6.- Back home

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Anakin and Luke finally reached the tribe.
"Luke! Hayden!" They heard Leia scream happily. Han was by her side.
"You don't imagine how worried she was for you two, guys" Han laughed.
"I was worried sick!" Leia laughed. "But thank the Force you both are okay"
Luke and Anakin hugged the girl.
"So tell me" Leia said "What happened?"
Luke stared at Anakin. He doubted.
"Palpatine wanted to turn me into the dark side. I told him that I was a Jedi so he tried to kill me. But Father saved me" he resumed.
"Father? Luke, he tried to kill you, remember?"
"Leia, he saved my life" Luke pointed out.
Anakin looked down.
"Leia... there's something I must tell you..." he said.
"About what?" She asked.
"About our father" Luke answered.
"Leia, the first thing you have to know is that your father is so proud of you" Anakin smiled.
Leia frowned her eyebrow.
"But... wasn't he dead?"
Anakin passed a hand through his hair.
"It's more complicated than that"
Leia sighed.
"Well, tell me, Hayden!"
"Well... my real name isn't Hayden. My name is Anakin Skywalker and I... and I am your father"
Leia laughed sadly
"Is this a mean joke? My father just died and you do this!"
"He's right, Leia." Luke intervained.
Leia's eyes turned bigger.
"That's not possible! It just can't!" She shouted.
Anakin sighed.
"That's what I thought, but look at me now. I'm here, 23 years in the future, I've seen myself being Palpatine's puppet and dying... and I've seen you two. You have no idea what this means to me, Leia. I'm so happy and so proud of you. Luke told me you hate me... I actually don't know what I did but you sure have good reasons. So I beg you to forgive me. Because I love you. And I'm sorry about all the pain and sadness I could have caused you. And your brother. You two are the only ones that make me see that I can do things right. And I'll be eternally gratefull for that."
Leia's watery eyes looked at her father one time before the tears came out.
She ran to him and hugged him.
"Father" she cried.
"I'm so sorry about everything, Princess" he smiled still hugging his daughter.
"No, I'm the one who's sorry..." Leia started. She stopped and looked at her brother "Come on, Luke. Come here"
Luke laughed and joined the hug. Anakin finally released his son and daughter from his embrace.
"And now what?" Leia asked.
"I should come back but... I just don't know how" Anakin told her.
"But if you come back... Everything will change, right?" Leia wondered.
"Yes. No more Empire, no more fear... And you both will grow up together" Anakin smiled.
"That's all very good but... What about Han? Father, I love him..." Leia whispered.
Anakin laughed.
"Don't even worry about that. I'll make sure that you and Han are together in the future. I promise you. But give me time... you're not even born yet"
Leia smiled.
"Okay. But remember about it, please. Remember about Han."
A shadow walked to them.
"Hey, kid!"
Han.
The boy hugged Luke and Anakin.
"I must go now" Anakin said.
"Why?" Han asked "Don't you like it with us?"
Anakin laughed.
"I love it with you. We'll see each other again, don't worry"
In that moment, Anakin felt a... well, he felt some presences.
"Obi-Wan?" He asked "Master... Yoda?"
A smile appeared in his face when he saw the two jedi Masters.
"I need to go home, Masters." Anakin explained "I have to. I've learned everything I need to know to be a better person, a better jedi, a better husband and a better father. I think I'm complete"
Yoda smirked a smile.
"Complete, you are. Go back, you must"
"How can I do that, Master?" Anakin asked.
"Search in your feelings, you have to. Clear your mind, you must. When do that, ready you will be. Your eyes, close them you have. The Force, feel it you must"
Anakin hugged his son and daughter and then did as the old and green Master told him. He closed his blue eyes. He felt the Force embrace him...

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When he opened his eyes, he wasn't in Endor. Padmé was in the ground, unconcious.
Obi-Wan was looking at him with pain and dissapointment in his eyes.
He found his lightsaber in his hand and it was on. He turned off.
For once, he knew what to do.

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