Previous Chapters: Can be read here.
Characters/Pairings: Obi-Wan/Padmé, Vader, Palpatine, Luke
Word Count: 5,064
Rating: NC-17 - married people doing married things, bucketloads of angst, mature themes
Summary: There was important work to be done, and Vader needed to begin without delay.
Author's Notes: I didn't expect to have this one ready so soon, but I got some good work on it done tonight and hey presto! All of a sudden it was set to be posted. I think you'll see why I didn't include this one with the batch of chapters I put up last week, though, because it's set quite apart from them by several different factors. First of course is the renewed focus on Vader. My emphasis on the physical and emotional details may bore and/or put off some readers, but I assure you there's a point to it - besides me just being insanely interested in the guy, heh. The plot is definitely beginning to move forward, although some of that won't be immediately evident from this particular chapter. Just keep in mind ... every action has a consequence. ;)
Read it here @ jedionpaper