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Aug 10, 2022 11:24 PM
anakin has two moms. no not like that. unless... [thinking emoji]
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Destroying Darth Plagueis isn't immediate. It isn't something they can do overnight, even with their two new (quasi-willing) recruits, even with - whatever the fuck Rodanthe is - giving them a way to hit Plagueis from a direction he never predicted. He's old, and while the transmission of power from Master to Apprentice has never been thorough, he's the heir of the Line of Bane and has at least some benefit from that millennium the Sith have spent in the shadows, building their power.

Darth Sidious has something he doesn't, though. A strength within her, and when they set their wills against each other at the final moment -

(She has actual allies.)

(She isn't, actually, strong in a direct contest. Elesse, for all that she's a baby Jedi, could probably challenge her on an even playing field.)

(By the time Plagueis realizes she's betrayed him, he's already lost.)

Darth Sidious holds herself still in the aftermath of his death, as the dark side of the Force jolts and seizes around her - as that immense wellspring recognizes her as the primary outlet for its fury -

She tries to avoid falling over. That'd probably be bad. At the very least anti-climatic. (She left Maul to watch Anakin. She deputized her handmaidens to manage her persona as the Senator and her work in the shadows as Sidious, put Shmi in charge of demolishing Plagueis's support base with them. Gave to Rodanthe the job of dismantling Plagueis's primary base and protecting what she can of his archives.)

She has Salacis with her, her apprentice. She has Elesse here, part of the trap she set for Plagueis.

(Perhaps it wouldn't be so dangerous, to let herself be weak.)

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Elesse does a less-good job of avoiding falling over. The fight was- intense, and she wasn't prepared for that last blast of dark side energy.

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Salacis reaches out to support her master.

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She slumps into her apprentice.

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Hug.

"You did it, master."

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She turns her face into Salacis.

"It's - been a long time."

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"And now it's over. You won."

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"Yeah."

"We won."

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Elesse pulls herself back to her feet.


"What next?"

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"We clean up here. We regroup. We handle the inevitable fires, and we get ahold of the rest of Plagueis's little network. Then - "

 

 

"I don't know."

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"We'll figure something out."

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"Hopefully."

Then, to Elesse: "What do you think we should do next?"

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"I don't know."

"But I want to go back to Anakin."

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"...I do, too."

The rush of power thrumming in her veins tells her to seize what she wants. To set aside all other considerations, to take and take and take -

Her daughter isn't something to just - take and claim - 

But she wants to go back to Anakin.

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"Sounds like a good first step to me."

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Smile. "I don't want to miss her childhood."

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"I think you just earned yourself some time off."

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"And Starkiller can continue avoiding the baby by running my network. She makes an oddly convincing Sith."

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"It's gotta be the frown. She has a killer frown."

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"Can't be just that. She wears a mask when working."

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"The psychic energy of the frown carries through."

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"She projects extreme disappointment in everyone around her very well. I have no idea why she thinks she isn't motherly."

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"...That's not a typical motherly trait."

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" - So how many mothers have you actually known."

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"I've been reading the literature."

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"I have no idea what the 'literature' claims, but - mothers are pretty often worse than fathers, and people don't care."

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