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Aug 03, 2021 2:44 AM
So you know how getting Fate Anakin to become Vader when her Ellie is a Jedi is annoyingly hard -
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"I will make arrangements on the way. As long as you do not mind driving, of course."

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"I like driving," she says with small smile. 

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"Good."

The Chancellor's speeder is very nice. Many fun little gimmicks for the... adventurous pilot.

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Which Anakin certainly is, especially if Elesse doesn't start objecting when Anakin pulls stunts. 

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Not at all. Her quiet giggles might be encouragement, even.

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Well then...

Anakin is a very, very talented pilot, even for a Jedi. They'll be at Elesse's apartments in record time - and having not even caused any crashes, a more impressive feat than it might otherwise be, given how Anakin was flying. 

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"Excellent driving, my dear. I am almost tempted to offer you a position as chauffeur, if that were not a dreadful waste of your talent."

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Giggle. "Bodyguards do often also drive, which wouldn't be a waste at all."

"But even still - maybe whenever we're," out on our dates, "meeting up, I can do any driving. Just as a compromise."

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"That sounds like a fine idea."

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Grin. "Good." And inside? (Anakin gets the doors for Elesse.)

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Inside.

Elesse leaves the cake on the counter and takes a seat on one of the long couches, using a remote to switch on the external privacy field.

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She waits a moment to give Elesse time to object before sitting beside her, smiling over at her. "You have a very lovely apartment."

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"Being Chancellor does have its perks. Not that that is the reason I took the job."

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She laughs. "Why did you?"

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"There are many things about the order of the galaxy that I would like to change, and the office of the Chancellor offers a platform from which to do so."

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Serious nod. " - What sorts of things? I know what your public election platform and record is, but a lot of politics isn't that public stuff, right?"

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"Most of it, even. By the time a bill makes it to the floor, one will already know who will support it and who will oppose it. The speech-making in session is for the benefit of the constituency or to swing a few undecided votes that aren't important enough to meet with individually."

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She nods.

A pause, then, like she's thinking through her words as she's talking: "I am really interested in - everything you do, and you're a really good politician, and..." Shrug. "I want to help, if I can." Small smile. "Though 'talking politics' might be an odd thing to spend my birthday on."

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"Not at all, if that is what you would prefer to do."

"Though I must confess I did have an ulterior motive for inviting you here tonight, only tangentially related to politics."

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...Brain please do not go to how pretty her lips look when she's smiling like that. 

"Oh?" Anakin asks, squishing down her hormones. 

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She leans closer. "I know I have often offered you alternative points of view, but I need to know. Anakin. How much do you... trust the Jedi?"

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She frowns a little. "...I guess it depends on which Jedi and what's going on? I trust most random ones to more or less do their jobs, and, like, if handed a baby not lose track of it, but I don't confide in most of them? And I'd trust the ones I've run missions with to watch my back in a fight, though how friendly we are does kind of vary. Master Palpatine specifically has been really trustworthy for everything that's come up so far, though."

"If there's a secret you're hesitant to know if they can be trusted with - guess it again depends on what it is and what you'd want them to do about it? But I won't tell them about anything you share without your permission."

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"This is a secret I would rather you keep to yourself. Which is why I am telling you now, and did not earlier."

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Slow nod. "I won't tell anyone. I promise."

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"Thank you for your trust." Elesse seems to relax in some brief, undefinable way-

-and a rush of power bursts forth from her to batter at Anakin like a dark waterfall, swift and raging and seductive-

-and then it's gone, pulled back into Elesse. "I am a Sith Lord."

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