All the Inspirational Quotes You Will Ever Need

Hey y'all! Emma here!


If there's one thing you must know about me it is that I LOVE good quotes.  For years, I've been keeping long lists of them to share with friends or just to scroll through on days when I feel a little overwhelmed or down in the dumps.  Sometimes, certain little sayings can remind you that everything is all right in the world.

Here are 20 of my favorites!  Some are serious, some are incredibly meaningful, and some are just plain funny.  Enjoy!
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Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.  
-Dr. Seuss

If you want to hear God laugh, tell Him your plans!
-Unknown

There is some good in this world, and it's worth fighting for.  -J.R.R. Tolkien



"Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Til your good is better and your better is best."
 -Saint Jerome

"There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature."

-Jane Austen
"Have no fear of perfection; you'll never reach it." -Salvador Dali


"I've noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born."
-Ronald Reagan


"Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible." - Saint Francis of Assisi


"Holiness is to take whatever Jesus gives us and to give Jesus whatever he asks of us with a big smile.”
-Mother Teresa


"So many books, so little time." -Frank Zappa




At first if you don't succeed, fix your pony tail and try again.
-Unknown


"Conquer yourself and the world lies at your feet."
-St. Augustine

It's never too late to be what you might have been. -George Eliot


"Tell me the last time you danced, and I'll tell you the last time you were happy."
-Unknown


"Wherever I have been, I am back," he answered in the genuine Gandalf manner. 
-J. R. R. Tolkien, The Two Towers



"There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship." 
-St. Thomas Aquinas

"Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?"
-Corrie ten Boom


When you feel like you're drowning in life, don't worry - your Lifeguard walks on water. -Anonymous


"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."

-Oscar Wilde


"Some people have a way with words, and other people...oh, uh, not have way."
-Steve Martin


Aaand just for good measure...




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Which quote was your favorite?  Let us know, along with some of your own favorite quotes in the comments!


Hooked on Books~August


So. 

If you read The Giver, you should have been going "WHOAAAAA" by the time you reached the end. I know I was. 

If it wasn't already evident, The Giver is simply overflowing with themes and hidden messages. There are too many to go over in one post, so I will discuss a few of the more prominent ones that I found more interesting, and if you want to hear more, let me know in the comments and I can do a separate post on the subject. 


So my favorite theme, that isn't often acknowledged since it's strongly a Christian theme, is the apple. (SPOILER ALERT from here and on) 

What is the first thing that marks Jonas's ability to "see beyond"? An apple. And what was it that caused Adam and Eve to fall into sin? An apple. The next thing Jonas see in color is Fionna's hair, which is also red. From the moment he begins to get a taste of reality he sees the one thing that caused Adam and Eve to fall into sin. The beginning of his journey towards reality is the same beginning that marked Adam and Eve's entrance into our world. Then, of course, Jonas sees Fiona's hair, which is often considered a trademark of beauty for women. 


The pro-life vibes. Whoa. Yes, the baby was already born, which is a bit different from the actual definition of abortion, but still; not many authors have the courage to put something like that in their books. 

When Jonas's father kills the baby, it is labeled as downright wrong with no excuse, other than that Jonas's dad didn't know what he was doing. And he didn't really, just like people today don't truly know. they think that it's okay to kill a child simply because it isn't fully developed. Well, I'm sixteen. I'm not fully developed. Does that mean it's okay to kill me? But in reality, that scene is a prime example of what is happening today, but it's portrayed to the next level, so that people will see the shock of it.


  

The third theme I want to discuss is the obvious, central one.

Is feeling and emotion really worth all the suffering and pain? In the book, the answer is yes. Jonas gets to feel all different kinds of joy and pain and in the end, he decides that it is far better to spend you life feeling both rather than feeling nothing. 

And now...
August's book recommendation is...




Synopsis 

In a broken, futuristic version of North America, the Capitol keeps a tight leash on its districts by forcing each to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, where all 24 contestants must fight to the death until only one victor remains. Katniss Everdeen finds herself in the middle of The Hunger Games, where she life, even outside of the arena, becomes a constant battle for survival. 

Now, unlike The Giver this is definitely a read-at-you-own-risk kind of book. Compared to most Young Adult books, The Hunger Games is actually pretty clean, however it is very violent. 

I read it when I was fifteen, or maybe fourteen, I don't remember, and I was able to handle it without my morals being thrown overboard. In all honesty, I wasn't going to read the books, until a reliable Catholic mother--my friend's mom--started raving about them, so I figured I'd give them a try. 

Needless to say, I did not regret it. 

In my mind, books typically fall under one of four categories: 

1.) Bad messages throughout simply to attract readers
2.) Bad messages throughout for a purpose 
3.) Nothing in particular (neither good nor bad)
4.) Good messages throughout 


The Hunger Games Trilogy is a prime example of #2. Although The Hunger Games Trilogy is rampant with violence and apathetic citizens, it serves as a stark warning for what our country and world in general is headed for.

The Capitol televises The Hunger Games not only as a reminder of who's in charge, but also as entertainment.  The President (in The Hunger Games) makes children die for their parents mistakes. Does this sound familiar? Well it should, because this is exactly what our country, and many others, are doing with abortion. Innocent babies are dying for their parents mistakes. Seeing as most people, for whatever reason, don't think abortion is wrong, Suzanne Collins (author of The Hunger Games) had to switch it into something that would make people pay attention. 

I know that the violence is one of the main reasons why a lot of people aren't allowed to read this. 

Another reason is the fact that Katniss seems to have no morals qualms. 

Except that this isn't actually true. People in today's world are very immoral because they are ignorant and so basically they are in the same boat as Katniss. None of them can see that what they are doing is wrong, and they've grown up that way. 

Basically, Suzanne Collins is doing us all a favor and saying "LOOK PEOPLE, this is what happens when you don't teach your children morals, when you don't teach them how to behave, or when you don't teach them about God." THIS IS WHAT A GODLESS WORLD LOOKS LIKE. Now, in reality, I doubt Catholicism would have been so lost, but either way that's what happens when you let the world go the way it's going now. 




Now, for the last thing I want to talk about. (And this is where you think "oh my gosh finally Brigit is going to shut up") 

The love triangles. No, this is not a reason to read the books, but if you look at it the right way, it's no longer a bad thing. (If you do like love triangles then I'm sorry for insulting you please go right ahead and read the books) The love triangle fits right in with everything else I've said, except that we pretty much already have this. The romance in the story become publicized just like it is with today's celebrities. We have gossip about celebrity romance. The Hunger Games has celebrity gossip. The only difference is that the romance in The Hunger Games is slightly more satirical than what we have, which again, points out that we are going down the wrong path. 

"My morals are already fine, I don't need an eye-opener," you may be thinking. 

Well, my morals were perfectly fine too. But after I read The Hunger Games I felt panicked, just as I should have been. Seeing as we live in this twisted world of today, no matter how good our intentions, we still tend to grow apathetic. Not every single person is this way, but I've found that even the best of Catholics needs reminding every once in awhile of what we're fighting for here. Basically, this story woke me up. As any of my friends can tell you, I am very passionate about the wrong doings in our society, and it started with this. Maybe it won't do this for you, but for me, The Hunger Games opened my eyes, and made me not only realize, but feel that there was something wrong with society. And I needed to do something. 

Ratings and Ranks

🌟=bad
🌟🌟=okay
🌟🌟🌟=average
🌟🌟🌟🌟=good/amazing
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟=MIND BLOWING

My Personal Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Writing Style Overall Rating: 🌟🌟
Character Development: 🌟🌟🌟
Writing style difficulty reading level: 🌟🌟
Plot: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Appropriateness Level: 🌟🌟🌟
Christian Themes: 🌟






Jane Austen Heroes RANKED

(*hem*) Let me just say, before I get a crazed bunch of Austenites on my trail, that I am ranking these heroes based on my OWN PERSONAL PREFERENCE.

Now let us move on . . .

So, first, let us name these heroes.

Sense and Sensibility: Edward Ferrars and Colonel Brandon

Pride and Prejudice: Charles Bingley and Fitzwilliam Darcy

Mansfield Park: Edmund Bertram 

Emma: George Knightley

Persuasion: Captain Frederick Wentworth

Northanger Abbey: Henry Tilney

Lady Su...... NOPE NOPE NOT GOING THERE

As much as I LOVE Jane Austen, I absolutely hate, hate, hate, HATE  Lady Susan. If you can't understand why, take the risk and read the book.

Now we can move onto the RANKINGS

8: Edward Ferrars (Sense and Sensibilty)

Edward is just . . . Edward. There isn't much more to say about him than that. He's nice, but lacks too much character. And, when he refuses to break his engagement to Lucy, you're just like, "THERE ARE SUCH THINGS AS ENGAGEMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN BROKEN OFF." But he comes around at the end. 

7: Charles Bingley (Pride and Prejudice)

While he shouldn't really be classified as a "hero", I let Mr. Bingley join in on the party. He's sweet and kind, but just a little too easily persuaded (or dissuaded) But, all in all, he's a good chap.

6: Fitzwilliam Darcy (Pride and Prejudice)

I know what you're thinking, "WHY IS MR. DARCY NOT AT THE NUMBER ONE SPOT?!?!?!?!?!?" Don't you think that almost everyone says that Mr. Darcy is the best Jane Austen hero? That he would be any girl's top choice to be swept off her feet by? I'll admit, I love Mr. Darcy, but he takes too much attention of the other heroes.


5: Captain Frederick Wentworth (Persuasion)

Ahh....Captain Wentworth. The first time I read the book, I REALLY DID NOT LIKE HIM. How could he be so unfeeling towards Anne's feelings??? But when the part came where it was hinted that he was jealous, we had some common ground. When he wrote the letter, HOLY COW I LUVED HIM. 



4: Colonel Brandon (Sense and Sensibilty)

He's just perfect. I mean, sure, he's 35 and Marianne is 17, but he really loves her. While some people may say that he's unfeeling because he accepts that Marianne is obsessed with Willoughby, HE IS THE PERFECT PERSON OKAY?? He really does think that Marianne loves Willoughby, and does not want to impeach on their happiness. I'm SOOOOOOOOOOO glad that he and Marianne end up together at the end. (and who wouldn't want Alan Rickman reading poetry to them???)

3: George Knightley (Emma)

There is just something about the name, "Knightley" that makes your heart soar, no? Throughout the book, he behaves like Emma's best friend. So much so, that you would never have suspected that he had been in love with her since she was 13! (Just think of this, Mr. Knightley was 16 years older than Emma. That would have made him 29 years old when he fell in love with her! A 29-year-old in love with a 13-year-old!) 

2: Edmund Bertram (Mansfield Park)

He was also soooo sweet to Fanny since they met. And though you want to strangle him for going on and on and on with Mary Crawford, you forgive him at the end. He's patient and kind, and you sorta always know that he's going to end up with Fanny.

1: Henry Tilney (Northanger Abbey)

Yes, Henry Tilney is my favorite. Since his first appearance in the book, he charms you with his witticisms. And even though he's angry at first when he finds out what Catherine was thinking about his father, he gives her even more attention afterwards. And (this is for the movie) J J Field's facial expressions are to die for. 

Honorable Mention

Henry Crawford (Mansfield Park)

Why he is by NO MEANS a hero, I have to admit that when he really did fall in love with Fanny, you sorta liked him. I even felt bad for him when Fanny rejected him. 

Quotes From Each Of Our Heroes

~ I do not understand you. Reserved! - How, in what matter? What am I to tell you? What can you suppose? ~
Edward Ferrars

~ My ideas flow so rapidly that I have not time to express them - by which means my letters sometimes convey no ideas at all to my correspondents ~

Charles Bingley

~ I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look, or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew I had begun. ~
Fitzwilliam Darcy

~ Good God! You would! It is not that I did not think of it, or desire it, as what could alone crown all my other success; but I was proud, too proud to ask again. ~
Captain Frederick Wentworth

~ This will probably be the case, and yet there is something so amiable in the prejudices of a young mind that one is sorry to see them give way to the reception of more general opinions. ~
Colonel Brandon

~ Do you? -- I have no doubt. Nature gave you understanding: -- Miss Taylor gave you principles. You must have done well. My interference was quite as likely to do harm as good. It was very natural for you to say, 'What right has he to lecture me?' and I am afraid very natural for you to feel that it was done in a disagreeable manner. I do not believe I did you any good. The good was all to myself, by making you an object of the tenderest affection to me. I could not think about you so much without doting on you, faults and all; and by dint of fancying so many errors, have been in love with you ever since you were thirteen at least. ~
George Knightley
Sorry for such a long quote, I just loooove him so much <33

~ You can have no reason, I imagine, madam, for wishing Fanny not to be of the party, but as it relates to yourself, to your own comfort. If you could do without her, you would not wish to keep her at home? ~
Edmund Bertram

~ And are you prepared to encounter all the horrors that a building such as 'what one reads about' may produce? Have you a stout heart? Nerves fit for sliding panels and tapestry? ~
Henry Tilney
(*choked voice*) See? He's teasing Catherine here! I LUV IT <333


GIFS THAT CANNOT BE PASSED UP
Be prepared for a bunch of Henry Tilney 









I know that this isn't a gif, but THEIR FACES XDXDXDXD



Felicity Jones looks so young there! 


(*cries*)




So, I realize that I should have spread them equally around . . . oops. I had more (and not just of Mr. Tilney) but they didn't show up. I HAD A PERFECT ONE OF EDMUND. GAH. If you want a good laugh, look up Henry Tilney gifs. (look up the other heroes of course if you want)

DISCLAIMER: These pictures are not mine, I just looked them up on Google Images. 

Music from the Movies

Hey everyone! I'm excited to be blogging again and my post today is going to be a bit different. I am a pretty big fan movies especially the action/adventure type as some of you may know but there is one thing I hope everyone notices when they watch any kind of movie. The music and soundtrack. Every movie has a unique music score and helps to tell the story of the movie, from big orchestras to maybe just some piano music in the background. Some of you might wonder why music is so important to a movie but let me tell you this. If you watched your favorite movie today and took out the soundtrack you would notice something was missing. Even if your someone who doesn't ever really pay attention to the music most of the time you would still know something was wrong. Now let's say you watched that same movie again with the soundtrack back in and you decided to pay attention to the music while you watched. You would definitely hear and see a difference in the movie. Here's why: without music you lose a sense of emotion for the story and the characters as well. Movies and TV shows need to be able to share a sense of emotion and set the mood for the story but it's hard to without a good soundtrack to accompany. Here's an example, most of you I'm sure have seen Star Wars or at least heard of it know that it has one of the greatest music scores in the history of  movies. That's because they utilized their orchestra and made Star Wars what it was by making epic music to go with it. Star Wars fans across the world would probably have a hay day if Disney decided to take out the music score from the upcoming movie in December. That's because Star Wars isn't the same without it's music. So now that I've explained why you need music let me say a few things about how they use it. For one thing you need a loud and big track to go along with that epic battle scene so that your sitting on the end dge of your seat while you're watching. I'm sure you could all think of a movie with that type of scene and you watched in amazement or horror as the battle went on. Now think of that sad romantic scene with the soft beautiful music as the hero or romantic antagonist is about to die or leave. You can't help but feel what they feel and it may make you cry. Or maybe that scene where one of the characters it's doing something mischievous and is about to achieve their goal when it all goes wrong and you can't help but laugh. When these things happen then the movie producers and music composers know they did their job right. I hope you all learned something about music today and enjoyed this post! Just remember now that movies would be all the lesser for it without music to help tell the story and send you to a galaxy far, far away....... or maybe a parallel earth where you work on a rock farm.


P. S. Just throwing in some movie/tv references! ;)

Creative Writing Contest July: Thanksgiving in a Galaxy Far, Far Away . . .

Here is the winning story! Brigit won again. There weren't any other entries though, but this is still an amazing story. Comment below if Han Solo got on your nerves on how he was treating Anakin. Han Solo and Anakin???? I hope I got you interested! Well, here's 


Thanksgiving in a Galaxy Far, Far Away...

The smell of simmering gravy swam through the kitchen, complimented by the smell of the roasting turkey and stuffing. Rich, smooth mashed potatoes, freshly whipped, wafted steam. Piping hot corn melted yellow butter that had been hurriedly slathered on top. Vegetables steamed on the stove. All the steam from all the different components of the meal added together to give the modern, pristine kitchen a sauna-like feel.
The sauna part was the only thing Padme Amidala noticed about the kitchen. She had spent hours working carefully to make sure each part was just right. She had hosted countless dinners and receptions for people who were so powerful that one wrong move from her could have gotten her killed. She was used to that. What she was not used to, was cooking a meal for her own family. There had been a few family dinners, of course, but none of them were recent. There hadn’t been anything even closely resembling a family function since Ben had joined the Darkside, and Luke had disappeared. So Padme continued to work diligently on the dinner, alone in the kitchen.
Well, not quite alone.
Working quietly beside her was her husband, Anakin Skywalker. After Anakin had nearly killed her all those years ago, Padme had found it prudent to remain in hiding. She feared that she would make things even worse for Anakin by trying to bring him back, and she also hadn’t wanted to possibly endanger her children, so she had shamefully allowed her husband to attempt to destroy the entire galaxy.
Things had changed when Luke went to see him. Padme had been well aware that Luke was risking his life when he went to visit his father, and she had tried to convince him not to, but he hadn’t listened.
Thankfully, Luke had succeeded and had brought Anakin home. Padme still didn’t believe it sometimes. When her husband was out, she would turn on the Holo and half expect the news to be showing the latest damage done by the infamous Darth Vader.
After his return to the Lightside Anakin had traded his menacing black armor for a newer technology that enabled him to resemble his old self as much as possible. Except for the breathing apparatus, that is, but even that was now restricted to only covering his mouth.
Anakin was finishing the mashed potatoes. He poured the creamy, delicious mush into a bowl, then went out to the back deck. Padme always insisted on growing her own herbs, so Anakin carefully selected a full stalk of parsley,
He made his way back inside where his angelic wife was carving the turkey. Anakin carefully snipped the edges off the parsley and carefully laid them on, trying to make his food as perfect in appearance as Padme’s.
Anakin glanced at the clock. Their guests should be arriving soon.
As if right on cue, the front door opened.
Anakin knew it was Luke, not just because he could sense his son’s familiar presence, but because no one else would go right through the door.
Leia had been so independent and distrustful of her long-lost parents that she never quite treated them as parents, and always knocked. Luke had no such qualms, and always saundered in right through the door.
“Hello, father,” said Luke, greeting Anakin kindly. Although the greeting sounded formal, it was really just Luke’s manner of speaking. He had grown to be the ideal Jedi, and as such he didn’t burst through the door joyfully yelling, “Hey, Dad, what’s up?!”
“Luke,” said Padme, softly but happily as she glided into the hallway.
As always, she looked beautiful. A careful diet and rejuvenating vitamins had allowed her continue to look way younger than she actually was. The first few signs of silver hairs were slipping in, but her face was smooth and young, although there were a few more worry lines.
The three Skywalkers were making their way into the kitchen when the doorbell rang.
Anakin steeled himself, then opened the front door.
“Hello, father,” said Leia. At this point Leia looked older than her mother, which was kind of strange, but Leia hadn’t been so strict about her diet and vitamins. Han Solo wasn’t strict about it either.
“Where’s Ben?” asked Anakin. Sure, the kid was on the Darkside, but he looked up to Anakin so much that it flattered Anakin immensely.
Han Solo stiffened, but before he could make some cutting remark Leia said, “Eh, you know how he is. He’s too much of a teenager to show up with his family. And of course, he wouldn’t show up on time for the world, so give him a bit and he’ll come.”
Having been listening to the conversation, Padme piped up, “Well, we told Ben when to come, and I’m not eating cold food just because my grandson has hormone problems.”
His face turning even more red, Han once more was about to burst, but Leia cut him off with a laugh, “Serves the kid right, let’s go eat.”
The Skywalkers and most of the Solos made their way into the dining room, where Padme began to bring out the food.
Anakin took his place at the head of the table, with the rest of the family filling in the space between.
“So, Han, any luck with a job?” asked Anakin.
Han bristled. He and Anakin had not quite gotten along ever since Anakin came back from the Darkside. Han never could seem to quite trust the guy, even after all these years. Their relationship had...lessened...in intensity, fortunately, although it still could use a little less chill and a little more family warmth.
“I’m supporting my wife and that’s all that matters,” said Han.
“Here we go,” muttered Leia.
Completely ignoring Leia’s foresightful comment, Han placed his fists on the table and leaned forward, “I’m supporting my wife with a steady influx of money, while all you ever did for your wife is try to kill her and then leave her, not only alone with newborn twins, but you left her to have to defend herself from the likes of you!”
“Han,” said Padme, her perfect vocal tones both reprimanding her husband and her son-in-law and gently introducing a slightly altered version of what they were talking about that would be harsh enough to shut them up, “considering that your son is following the same path my husband did, I can hardly see how you are so harsh with Ani when surely you must feel some sort of sympathy for your son.”
Han, who both feared and admired Padme Amidala, replied with a guilty, lowered tone, “Well of course I feel sympathy for my son.” Not that he really thought that, but Padme always seemed to gentle that he always ended up feeling guilty for arguing in front of her.
As Han looked downward in guilt, Padme shot her husband a withering glare that said everything that needed to be said about his horrible-in-every-way conversation starter.
If things could get much worse, they did, because Ben chose that moment to arrive.
The energy level of the entire table dropped significantly.
“I’ll get--”
“No, I will,” said Anakin, cutting Leia off.
Leia anxiously watched as her father rose slowly from the table, and walked resolutely towards the door. She considered how terrible it was that a grandfather needed to steel himself so much to simply get the door for his grandson, but Leia knew he wasn’t just steeling himself for answering the door, he was mentally preparing himself for the stress the the night would unavoidably bring.
Anakin yanked on the front door.
Ben stood in front of him, having left his mask behind. Anakin was glad that Bed wasn’t so stupid as to wear it in the house. Yet, Anakin almost wished his had worn the mask, because the mask hid the starved look on Ben’s face much better than Ben himself could hide it. His eyes were glazed over, just slightly. They hadn’t lost their focus, but they didn’t have the crystal-clear clarity that they had had when he was a little boy. His face was paler than usual, but perhaps that was just the black bringing out the whiteness of his skin. His hair was not dirty, but he hadn’t bothered to cut it in years. His lips curved downwards in a perpetual almost-frown, and there was a small pucker beneath his lower lip that would have made him look as if he were pouting if it hadn’t been for the dark, hollow light in his eyes. He hadn’t abandoned his new clothes, however, and the thick black cloth was a stark contrast to the subtle yet bright, cheerful colors of the Skywalker home.
Han stood to greet Ben.
“Hello, son,” said Han.
Ben didn’t respond; he just glanced at his dad and sat rigidly in his seat.
“So how’s your job?” asked Han sarcastically.
“I could ask the same of you,” said Ben.
Anakin snorted, smiled, and coughed in an attempt to suppress his laughter, but he failed.
The entire table jumped as Anakin’s deep but hearty laughter filled the air.
When Anakin finally stopped laughing, everyone, including Ben, had smirks on their face. Under different circumstances, they might not have laughed, but everyone was well aware of the fact that if they didn’t laugh and attempt to show signs of humor, it would be a long night.
“Seriously, how is your job?” asked Han, only lessing the sarcasm level slightly.
“It’s fine,” said Ben, tersely.
“Just fine? Come on, Ben, we want details,” said Han.
Huffing, Ben said, “Call me Kylo.”
“Okay, Kylo, when was the last time you were promoted?” said Han.
“It’s been awhile,” said Ben tensely.
“You know,” said Luke, “In the Resistance there are quite a few opening for--”
“Uncle Luke, how many times have I told you that the First Order has a way better pay,” said Ben.
“I know, I know,” said Luke, holding out his hand in defense, “But I mean the Resistance is so much more rewarding; you get to save people--”
“When I think of rewarding I think of money,” said Ben bluntly.
Luke sat back in his chair, “Well, okay then, that’s fine too.”
“Being serious, how’s your job dad?” asked Ben, not entirely sounding serious.
“Oh it’s great,” said Han, the sarcasm scorching everyone at the table.
“You know,” said Leia, “You dad did get a part-time job with the resistance,” said Leia.
“What?!” cried Kylo, “When did that happen?”
Han smirked proudly.
“Recently,” said Leia, not sounding happy.
“Well at least he actually agreed to join this time,” Luke remarked, “Last time he waited until the last possible minute to sign up.”
“Hey!” said Han, “Be grateful I actually came! If it wasn’t for me you would have been fried.”
Anakin coughed.
“Yeah…” said Luke, “But I’m just trying to look on the brightside.”
“Well at least you’re not looking on the Darkside,” Han retorted.
Ben sighed, “Dad, please lose the sarcasm.”
“You want to see sarcasm? I’ll show you sarcasm,” said Han very sarcastically.
Leia rolled her eyes, “Han, please, listen to your son.”
“Listen to him? Why in the galaxy would I do that?” cried Han.
“Remember what I said, Han, this was supposed to be a peaceful family gathering,” said Leia.
“I don’t actually think we’ve had one of those,” said Padme, sounding very sweet even though her words implied otherwise.
“I’m sorry, Grandma, I know you’ve always wanted a quiet gathering,” said Ben sincerely.
“What are you implying?” said Padme, putting down her fork for the time being to get more involved.
“Only that it’s hard to have a conversation that doesn’t involve arguing so long as my dad is around,” said Ben.
“I don’t think you’re much of a help either, young man,” said Leia.
“Well where do you think I get it from, Mom?” said Ben.
Luke snorted.
“What is it, Luke?” said Leia.
“Hm, what?” said Luke, trying to feign ignorance and completely failing.
“Come on, Luke, you know what I’m talking about,” said Leia.
“Yeah, Luke,” said Han, who seemed to have an inkling as to what Luke found amusing, “Say it.”
“I was only thinking that maybe Han isn’t the only one Ben got it from,” said Luke, trying to sound as harmless as possible.
“Very funny, Luke,” said Leia.
Han laughed, “Yeah, Leia, it’s nice that you blame all his negativity on me.”
“Oh. Han isn’t really negative, he’s just sarcastic,” said Luke, not realizing the implication in his words until after he said it.
“So your point is,” said Leia dryly.
“See Leia, he gets the negativity and dryness from you,” said Han, as he once again burst into laughter.
Leia rolled her eyes, “Thanks, Luke.”
“Sorry,” said Luke.
“So then where did Leia get it from?” asked Ben.
There was a brief silence before Padme said, “Has it even occurred to you that the majority of personalities isn’t genetical?”
“So you’re saying that my defaults are entirely my fault,” said Ben.
“No, I’m saying that before my children and son-in-law start the next decade long feud, they should take into consideration other sides of the argument,” said Padme.
“Spoken like a true politician,” said Han.
“You’re a smuggler, you have no right to talk,” said Padme.
“And here we are, back at the beginning,” said Leia.
“You know, we haven’t actually been talking about our jobs,” said Luke.
“That’s because we’ve been deciding who to blame our defaults on,” said Leia.
“Yeah, but--”
“And I don’t really think we have the best jobs for open discussion,” said Leia.
“Except for Padme here; she’s got the perfect job for discussion. Imagine telling your political friends that you disclosed the galaxy’s secrets to a smuggler and a Captain of the First Order,” said Han.
“I’m sure that would be very amusing, Han,” said Padme as she began to clear empty dishes.
Han laughed, “It definitely would.”
“Ben isn’t a Cap--” started Anakin.
Alarms began to blare. Most of the inhabitants of Naboo had an alarm system built into their homes that only went off when there was a severe, worldwide emergency.
Padme jumped. “What is that for? What’s wrong?”
Ben closed his eyes. Considering that the alarms only went off during a worldwide emergency it probably meant that something huge was threatening the existence of the entire planet. The most likely thing causing the planet wide emergency was the First Order, which meant that he should know about it. He wasn’t a Captain, but he was crucial to the Order's existence. And he hadn’t informed anyone of his current whereabouts. General Hux, who didn’t take a particular liking to Kylo Ren, had often mentioned that if Kylo Ren decided to disappear, he was entirely responsible for anything done to him while he was gone. Basically, Hux was saying that if the Order had plans for a certain planet, they wouldn’t stop them if Kylo was on said planet.
And Kylo was on said planet.
Kylo felt a wave of wrath wash over him as he realized that Hux hadn’t cared to inform him of his plans.
Kylo rose abruptly from the table and slammed a fist on the table. He caught a glance of his family, and even though several of them were perfectly capable of killing him, they all had some high level of fear marked all over their faces, and Kylo had seen all of them in worse situations. Why then, were they afraid? Were they afraid of him? Well, they should be. But that didn’t change the fact that Luke and Anakin were far better trained than he, and Han had plenty of experience getting out of sticky situations.
He hated the look on their faces. He hated it with a passion stronger than what he had felt when thought of that Jakku girl escaping from inside the biggest battle station in the galaxy.
“Ben,” snapped Han, “What is this? Did you set a trap for us?”
Ben squeezed his eyes shut. They had already tested Starkiller. At this point there would need to be some reason to blast an entire planet, no matter how small the reason. The First Order’s favorite reason for destroying planets was to prevent knowledgeable individuals from escaping. Sending out individual squadrons to find the person who knew too much was difficult, and not always successful, so simply destroying the entire planet was sometimes the “cleaner” solution.
Ben opened his eyes. His father was glaring at him, having already labeled him as the instigator of this emergency.
He turned his gaze away from his father, and looked at Padme, who appeared to be more terrified than the rest of them. Why? He had always known her to be incredibly brave.
“Grandmother,” he said, “How involved are you in politics these days?”
Padme’s face turned even whiter, “Very.”
Then, as if flipping an off switch, all the fear fled from Padme’s face and her eyes harden in resolution. “We need to leave. Now.”
Ben shook his head. “Once the First Order is locked on a target there is no escaping. They will blast anything that tries to leave the surface.”
“They’re after me,” said Padme, glancing at the rest of her family, “They’re after what I know about the Resistance’s plans.”
“They can’t have you!” cried Anakin, who, after all these years, still loved his wife to a fault.
Padme’s face softened, “It’s the only way, Ani.”
“Even if you turned yourself in they’ll still kill you.”
“I’m more valuable to them alive than dead,” said Padme.
“You won’t be able to get past them, and that’s a fact,” said Ben.
“Of course, you’re right, I won’t be able to get through to them, but you will,” said Padme. “You weren’t, oh, I don’t know, considering staying here and dying with your family? Like a noble human being.”
“Harsh,” whispered Luke.
Ben looked extremely uncomfortable, but Padme didn’t give him time to think of an answer, “No, of course you weren’t considering that. You’ll just have to take me with you,” said Padme.
“There's no guarantee that they won’t kill us,” said Ben.
“So we’ll be dead along with everyone else on my home planet. What’s the difference?” said Padme.
Realizing how good for him it would be if he could make it with Padme to the base, Ben agreed to take her.
“We need to act fast,” said Ben, “They’ll be firing within minutes.”
Anakin watched, stunned, as his wife walked around the table and kissed each of her children in turn, even Han. Then she came to stand by Anakin.
“This is goodbye, Ani,” said Padme.
“I thought I’d killed you long ago. I was wrong. This time you are wrong too,” said Anakin.
“No,” Padme said, shaking her head.
“We’ll find a way, we’ll come get you,” said Anakin.
Padme looked at him sadly.
“Why did you never tell me you knew so much about the Resistance’s plans?” said Anakin.
Padme shook her head, “I love you, Ani.”
“I love you too,” said Anakin, tears beginning to flood from his eyes. “Don’t do this to me again. There must be another way. Besides, the Resistance wouldn’t want you to go. They’ll torture you and you cannot resist their techniques.”
Padme, oddly resigned, only said, “They won’t learn anything from me.” Then she turned and followed Ben out of the door.
“You don’t have to do this,” said Leia tightly, as she gripped Padme’s arm as she walked by.
“Yes, I do. For the sake of my planet,” said Padme. She pried Leia’s fingers off of her arm, and rushed out the door to Ben’s menacing command shuttle, it’s huge wings forming a triangle. The shape reminded Padme of very ancient buildings called pyramids, that marked the tomb of an important leader. This felt just like a tomb to Padme. Ben didn’t speak as he started the ship and took off.
Anakin plopped into a chair, put his head in his hands, and sobbed.
“Dad, what are you doing?” said Luke, appalled at how quickly Anakin had given in.
“I already lost her once; I couldn’t bare the pain. I can’t do it all over again,” said Anakin.
“She was probably crucial to the Resistance’s plans; will they be able to continue without her?” said Luke.
“They will,” said Leia grimly.
“So then Padme wasn’t the only one who knew certain information,” said Luke.
“There is only one who knows the secret to their plans,” said Leia, “and it wasn’t Padme.”
Anakin looked up sharply, “What?”
“Then who?” asked Luke, even as Han realised and let out a sigh.
“It was me. It is me. Padme doesn’t know anything,” said Leia.
Anakin got up from the table and went to the window, where he could see Ben’s ship still heading for Starkiller Base, undeterred.
“Does Ben know this?” asked Luke.
“No,” said Leia.
Han said to no one in particular, “I got a bad feeling about this.”
Luke smiled slightly while Anakin fingered his lightsaber. Han’s gaze fell to the Millennium Falcon, squatting outside, lying in wait for its next victory.


EEEEEEEEEEE!!!!! Anakin and Padme <333

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