EXT. THEED HANGAR – DAY
The HUTT’S GAMBIT can be seen flying into the busy hangar as many ships enter and exit
INT. THEED HANGAR – DAY
ANAKIN, OBI-WAN, OWEN, THREEPIO, and MISC SENATORS disembark and walk towards the main exit, they are met by PADME, BAIL, ARTOO and the PCs along with some other ALDERAANIAN DELEGATES
PADME : Welcome all of you to Alderaan. she smiles, one that OBI-WAN nervously avoids, and ANAKIN happily returns I’d like to introduce you formally, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, this is my brother Senator Bail Organa, and Ministers Vreen, Kreel, and Gaspar.
BAIL : A pleasure to meet you, Master Jedi.
OBI-WAN : Likewise, Queen Amidala, Senator, Ministers, this is the piiot who got us here, Owen Lars, Owen smiles and clumsily bows, obviously awe-struck and his droid.
PADME : Threepio? looking excitedly to ANAKIN is that your threepio, Anakin?
ANAKIN : smiling sheepishly Yes, Owen bought him from my mother.
PADME : obviously overcome with nostalgia Captain Lars, I offer you any droid on Alderaan, price no matter in exchange for your Droid here. I must have him.
THREEPIO : Oh! Dear!
OWEN : awestruck For Scraphead? elbows threepio in the side You must be my lucky bucket of bolts, Scraphead. Truth be told, I could really use a decent navigator droid and an overhaul to the hyperdrive. That’d be worth ten protocol droids in my line of work.
PADME : smiling Done! Artoo, see to Threepio’s cleaning and the Captain’s requests. Artoo beeps and moves off along with Threepio and OWEN
THREEPIO : Of course, Mistress.
BAIL : Sis, I’m not even going to ask. I think the stress of the upcoming negotiations are getting to you.
PADME : Don’t be ridiculous, that Artoo and Threepio just bring back good memories. She smiles, and while ANAKIN brightens thinking she is talking about him, OBI-WAN darkens, the memory of the cantina on tatooine fresh in his mind
OBI-WAN : If I may ask, Senator, how did you generate such support for this action when so many in the Senate are calling for war?
BAIL : The Separatists aren’t wrong in their concerns, Master Jedi. The Republic has become strained in its behaviors, and while we on Alderaan are thankful for the actions of the Jedi so many years ago, they did so without the authorization of the Senate, which rightly has the Separatists worried.
PADME : The Separatists are doing nothing to help themselves, they are aggressive and tyrannical to their neighbors, Bail. to the JEDI You must forgive my brother, he is even more idealistic than me, and has many friends from university on the Separatist side. He, like I, longs for peaceful resolution and a return to a stable Republic.
BAIL : A Republic made strong through diplomacy and democracy, not through the tyranny of an army. It is sentiment that motivates many on both sides of this conflict, and what has drawn us together.
ANAKIN : That may be harder than you realize, Padme, we got ambushed on the way here by Separatist forces trying to prevent the peace talks. And there was the assassination attempt as well.
BAIL : It is unfortunate, but the Separatist are fractured – their leadership at odds with itself as some try to use the conflict as a means of gaining power. This is true of the Republic as well, though. There are many who seek to reap great rewards by returning to the days of having a Grand Army, Kuat, and Rendili both have shipyards from the days of the old Republic Navy that if we returned to a standing military would become unfathomably wealthy again. Then there’s the creation of the Supreme Chancellor, should war be declared – a position that has very few restraints on its power.
PADME : Greed is a motivation for many on both sides of this debate, and it is one that must be battled by all, but we will discuss that and more at the talks when the Separatists arrive.
OBI-WAN : And when are the representatives from the Separatists arriving, your highness?
PADME : Obi-Wan, we’ve known each other for years, Padme, please. They won’t be here until tomorrow, in the meantime, though, we’ve scheduled a banquet for the Senators and Jedi in honor of this event. camera moves to OBI-WAN’s face, who wears a pleasant, if emotionless stare and smile. fades to
INT – THEED DINING ROOM – NIGHT
OBI-WAN wearing the same emotionless stare and pleasant smile as he sits across from PADME, who is obviously trying to rekindle the spark they had. ANAKIN sits next to OBI-WAN, and obviously thinks that PADME’s looks are meant for him. Across from ANAKIN next to PADME sits BAIL, and the PCs, OWEN, and other SENATORS and MINISTERS are arrayed around the table. ARTOO and THREEPIO can be seen serving drinks. Conversation continues in the background as we see ANAKIN laughing next to OBI-WAN, obviously enjoying himself, and occasionally flashes to PADME, who looks longingly at OBI-WAN, but for the most part is focused on OBI-WAN, looking more and more uncomfortable. OBI-WAN finds himself on a planet where he lost his Master. Blaming himself for choosing PADME over him, and now he sits directly across from PADME
OBI-WAN : giving a weak smile and placing his napkin on his plate My apologies, however I feel I must retire. OBI-WAN gets up abruptly and leaves the room, leaving PADME and ANAKIN looking shocked. PADME moves to get up
ANAKIN : Please, Padme, stay with your guests, I’ll speak to Obi-Wan. He gets up, and PADME smiles
PADME : Thank you, Anakin, if there’s anything you need. PADME smiles and ANAKIN takes it the wrong way
EXT – THEED HALLWAY – NIGHT
ANAKIN, jogging, catches up with a very dejected looking OBI-WAN in the hallway who is slowly walking back to their room
ANAKIN : Master! Obi-Wan! Wait! OBI-WAN stops and turns
OBI-WAN : Anakin, what are you doing out here? Go back to the dining hall, you will be missed.
ANAKIN : Master, no one in that room means to me what you do. You’re the closest thing I have to a father, and when you look like a Rancor ate your heart I tend to place that highly on my list of things to rectify. smiling
OBI-WAN : I’m okay, Anakin, I have found myself with a lot of unresolved resolved feelings, and more questions than I have answers.
ANAKIN : I don’t feel anything, Master. a troubled thought enters his mind Perhaps I should focus and see if I can’t sense it too?
OBI-WAN : smiling that ANAKIN would somehow turn this into his own deficiency and not wanting the PADAWAN to doubt himself when in reality it is OBI-WAN that has the deficiency There is nothing for you to feel, Anakin, this is a worry of my own making, and one that I must meditate upon. You go and enjoy yourself, we rarely have the opportunity as Jedi to experience such finery as what the Queen has for us, and it is good to experience it when we have the option. It reminds us of what we are fighting for. with a fatherly smile, he grasps ANAKIN’S shoulders You are a good friend, Anakin, I am glad to have you here.
ANAKIN : smiling, but confused As are you, Master. I wouldn’t want to have spent these years with anyone else. You have taught me everything. nodding, OBI-WAN turns and exits, leaving ANAKIN staring after him, troubled and alone
OWEN : coming up behind ANAKIN, patting his bulging stomach Let me tell you, Alderaanians have got some seriously good eats! seeing ANAKIN’S face What has you all upset, you look lower than the twin suns during an eclipse!
ANAKIN : It’s Master Obi-Wan, something has him upset.
OWEN : scoffs Obi-Wan! That man isn’t happy unless the galaxy is ten parsecs from doom. He doesn’t know joy like the rest of us. Too much of a crusader that one – needs some wrong to right or he just isn’t happy.
ANAKIN : I don’t know …
OWEN : Anakin! Snap out of it! laughs Obi-Wan will get his sorted, you need to sort yours.
ANAKIN : Looking confused What are you talking about?
OWEN : The Queen, that’s what! Didn’t you see the way she kept looking over to your side of the table? She buys your droid for ten times what it’s worth, then puts all that gold on it … I’m telling you, she likes you!
ANAKIN : blushing I like her too. She saved me from the life of a slave … I mean, I know it was Master Qui-Gon that actually did it, but if not for her, they never would have even been on Tatooine.
OWEN : looking at him Nah, that’s not it. You aren’t grateful for that. I know that look.
ANAKIN : blushing again What look? at this time, they arrive at the outside of the banquet hall where PADME are escorting some of the GUESTS out. ANAKIN immediately stops and stares at her as she is caught in the fading light of the room
OWEN : THAT look … yep. You’ve been bitten by the Icheron Enchantment Bug.
ANAKIN : I’ve loved her since I first met her, Owen. She’s smart, she’s beautiful. She’s everything the Queen of the Galaxy should be. seeing OWEN and ANAKIN, PADME walks over to them after saying her goodnights to the GUESTS
PADME : Where’s Obi-Wan?
ANAKIN : He’s meditating in his quarters. Preparing for the coming negotiations tomorrow. I was coming back to see you catching himself and the rest of the guests at dinner for him. And to update the other Jedi, of course.
PADME : smiling Well, you’ll have to update them for me too then, I’m not going back to that stuffy room. All Bail and those Senators do is talk politics. I’ve had my fill.
ANAKIN : I imagine it would get boring talking about motions and precedents all the time, though truth be told I’d never get anything done if I had someone as distracting as you there all the time.
PADME : staring at him and smiling as if she was seeing him for the first time Well, I guess my absence will let them get more work done, won’t it? I was going to take a walk, but would the two of you like a tour of the Palace?
OWEN : seeing what’s going on and rubbing his belly anew No thank you, your worship. A full belly and a hairy furball is more than enough to fill a pilot’s day.
PADME : looking decidedly insulted A hairy furball?
ANAKIN : laughing He means a dogfight, Padme, a hairy furball is what you call a dogfight in starships.
PADME : laughing Oh! Well then, Captain, I am pleased the day met with your satisfaction, and wish you the best come the morning. Anakin, turning to him and smiling would you like a tour? OWEN can be seen behind her out of her sight giving ANAKIN motivation
ANAKIN : pretending to be a stuffy politician and mocking the formal dinner, he bows slightly and extends his arm Well, m’lady, I would delighted to be your escort for the evening.
PADME : laughing and returning the overly exaggerated manner Of course, m’lord, I am honored to have you as my escort! the two walk into the moonlight laughing and exchanging causal conversation, appearing to be naturals in each other’s presence. Fade to
INT – OBI-WAN’S QUARTERS – NIGHT
OBI-WAN sits akimbo upon a meditation chair in deep concentration. Disembodied voices can be heard about him, despite his attempts to calm himself, flashes of QUI-GON JINN’S death and MAUL’S face flash in his mind disturbing his peace. The camera fades into his mind’s eye and we see images which are attempting to show Obi-Wan that the very same anger he feels for Maul will create a test in which he must let go his anger and pain or be consumed by the Dark Side. The images show his own face, merging with Mauls in the flames of Qui-Gon’s funeral pyre, but as the flames lick and flicker more faces are merged into Mauls, Luke’s and Anakin’s as well along with Palpatine’s, showing this single being is the nexus of all their lives, tied together through the commonality of Anger. These faces move too fast for Obi-Wan to see, however, and appear as little more than a confusing jumble. Before we have too long to focus on it, however, the morning light pours in through the blinds and the sound of a shuttle thunders overhead – the Separatists have arrived