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From Me To You
a story told in e-mails
by Red

Rating: PG

This is a selection of e-mail messages sent by Star Wars characters to each other. The tale starts shortly after A New Hope, when Vader first became aware of a powerful Force-sensitive, and proceeds to the end of Return of the Jedi, with several major changes from the canon plotline.
 
 
From: Darth Vader <darthvader@thesith.gov> 
To: Mon Mothma <peoples_mothma@calamari.org>


Mothma,

It has come to my attention that your band of rebels and traitors is harbouring a Force user. I have you know that all Jedi have been proclaimed traitors and State enemies by Imperial Decree No 4, dated twenty one years back and still in force.

I must determine whether the Force-user you have among your ranks is a fully trained Jedi. For this, have him contact me at the above address as soon as possible. Should you fail to comply, you and your followers will be regarded as Jedi or Jedi followers and treated correspondingly. I am convinced you see the disadvantage of your common underedogs being caught in a Jedi fight.

Think of the number of casualties. Think of your people, Mothma, and make the right decision.

Darth Vader

From: Mon Mothma <peoples_mothma@calamari.org>
To: Darth Vader <darthvader@thesith.gov>


Your message, dated 18.06.21, has been received. The matter will be given due consideration.

signed, Mon Mothma.

From: shooting_star@coruscant-freeservice.net
To: Darth Vader <darthvader@thesith.gov>
Mon Mothma showed me your message. I am the person you are looking for, but I am not a Jedi. So there. No need to get your knickers in a twist.

Shooting Star

From: Darth Vader <darthvader@thesith.gov>
To: shooting_star@coruscant-freeservice.net
"Shooting Star",

It was wise of you to make yourself known. For this alone, I can safely promise your friends will not be punished on account of you being a Jedi or a Jedi trainee. However, if you truly care for your own life, as well as your friends, you will henceforward refrain from snotty remarks.

Whether you are a Jedi or not, is for me to decide, as I am the only other surviving Jedi at the moment. If it is established that you are not a Jedi, you have the right under Imperial law to the services of an attorney in the judicial proceedings (as you are still a rebel and a traitor), as well as other options that may lessen your eventual punishment. All Jedi, on the other hand, are automatically enemies of the state and as such deprived of those rights.

However, there have been certain developments that have opened up possibilities which you, as a Jedi, would not have had before the destruction of the Imperial battle station. If you turn out to be a Jedi, you will be contacted by me shortly. Taking into account your youth, I may have a proposal for you, depending on your worthiness. You might even find it interesting. You must believe me, young one, I do not wish you ill, unless it becomes unavoidable.

In your reply, state your true name, age, place of birth, parents, and the name of the person(s) who trained you, as well as the duration of the said training.

I must warn you, I will sense any untruth, and any attempt on your behalf to lie or disguise the truth in any way will be treated as non-cooperation.

Darth Vader

From: shooting_star@coruscant-freeservice.net
To: Darth Vader <darthvader@thesith.gov>


I am prepared to answer your questions, even if only for the sake of my friends, but if I do so, will you answer mine? There are some things I need to know, and as the only Jedi, you are the person to ask.
 

S.S.

From: Darth Vader <darthvader@thesith.gov>
To: shooting_star@coruscant-freeservice.net


If I am satisfied that you have replied to my questions adequately, I will endeavour to answer your questions, provided they are reasonable and do not concern any state secrets or other confidential matters entrusted to me.
 

Darth Vader

From: shooting_star@coruscant-freeservice.net
To: Darth Vader <darthvader @thesith.gov>


Okay, I guess I must fulfil my end of the bargain first. Must confess, I thought about it long and hard, and decided there is really nobody left whom this could concern or whom you could hurt on the basis of this information. Except myself, that is.

Therefore I suppose I can safely tell you who trained me, because he is dead anyway, thanks to you. It was Ben Kenobi. His real name was Obiwan or something (I am not sure how to spell that, having only heard the name once or twice). Perhaps you remember, you killed him on Death Star. Or perhaps you don't - with thousands of lives upon your soul, how can you remember a single one of them?

Anyways, Ben sort of trained me all of two and a half days. That is all the training I have received. I have no way of knowing how much training a Jedi requires, but truthfully, that must be not nearly enough? That is one thing you might clarify for me.

Oh, and my name's Luke. I'm 19 and from Tatooine. My father was Anakin Skywalker - I hope this name rings a bell? - but I honestly have no idea who my mother was.

Old Ben told me you killed my father. Ben claimed he had been a Jedi. Since you seem to be in a conversational mood, couldn't you tell me about him? Anything, even if it's only about his death? I've been trying to find some info about him, but everything's been erased from the databanks. I don't even know what he looks like. I'd be grateful for any information you are able to give.
 

Luke Skywalker

From: Luke <shooting_star@coruscant-freeservice.net>
To: Darth Vader <darthvader @thesith.gov>


You have not replied to my previous message. I hope you are not planning to back out from our agreement? You claim to have been a Jedi!
 

Disappointed,
Luke Skywalker.

From: L.O. <rememberalderaan@coruscant-freeservice.net>
To: shooting_star@coruscant-freeservice.net
CC: solo <solo@nalhutta.net>


Luke, Han,

How are you two, rogues? Yesterday we got an interesting piece of information on the council. It's really not that confidential, but don't go babbling about it, okay? It seems that three days ago Mr Tall'n'Ugly stormed out of an important meeting. Since then all his appointments have been cancelled and his secretary is not taking any messages. Society columns have begun to take interest.

And, most important of all, Mr X at the palace (you know who!) says he did not appear at the Emperor's weekly gathering, upon which His Sleaziness was most distraught...

Where could the old bugger have gone? Wherever it is, I hope it's a deep place with lots of fire.

Hope this piece of news cheered you up a little.

Hugs&kisses,

Leia.

P.S. Luke, how goes your Jedi-hunting game with him?

From: Luke <shooting_star@coruscant-freeservice.net>
To: L.O. <rememberalderaan@coruscant-freeservice.net>


You were right, Leia, this information was interesting.

You see, three days ago I sent my last message. Remember, we discussed it - the one where I revealed my name and asked about my father. Do I have to be worried now? Not that I think my insignificant self could cause such agitation. He has not even replied. So I still do not know anything about my father.

But still, could it be he's coming for me? Any idea why? Besides the obvious, that is. Perhaps it was my association with Old Ben?

I have moved away from my present location and am writing from a public terminal.

See you soon,

Luke

From: Mon Mothma <peoples_mothma@calamari.org>
To: Borsk <feylyaforever@silverwhistle.bothannet.ga>


Hello, love,

Regarding this little confusion concerning Disappearing Sith Lords. A little bird told me V is researching Jedi. The list of names recently brought into his attention include Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Luke Skywalker. Could it be those names caused the itch?

Yours, 
Mon.

From: Darth Vader <darthvader @thesith.gov>
To: shooting_star @coruscant-freeservice.net
Mr Skywalker,

I apologise for my failure to reply promptly.

As regards your training, I can assure you, two days of training is not nearly enough to make one a fully trained Jedi. That must be, in some ways, a relief for you. However, the potential I have felt in you is tremendous, so my offer for a mutual agreement will stand. I wonder if I could persuade you to meet me in person, in a location of your choice.

In clarification, traditionally the Jedi started their training at the same time that they learned to speak, and the apprenticeship lasted about 20 years. I have some materials about Jedi training, mostly concerning the testing and promotion procedures of Jedi trainees. Should you agree to meet me, I might perhaps provide you with some of that, if you are interested. I hope this provides further incentive.

Now to the more personal matters.
Your master's name was spelled Obi-Wan Kenobi, you ought to remember that, as a master is a very important figure in every aspiring Jedi's life. And concerning Jedi Kenobi, it must have been you, then, on the Imperial battle station. At least now we both have some sort of a visual image of each other. The knowledge gives me certain satisfaction.

Yes, the name Anakin Skywalker does "ring a bell", as you put it. I could tell you some things about him; unfortunately, there are other things, and those are in an overwhelming majority, that I am not at liberty to tell. I have to admit, it was somewhat of a shock to learn he has a son.

One thing I can tell you, though, I did not kill Anakin Skywalker. It was your "friend" and "mentor", Kenobi, who is to blame of the incident where Skywalker all but lost his life. You, young one, should really know better than to trust someone who has a habit of presenting things "from a certain point of view".

I hope this answers some of your questions. If not, I shall endeavour to clarify.
 

Darth Vader
 

From: Luke <shooting_star@coruscant-freeservice.net>
To: <rememberalderaan@coruscant-freeservice.net>
He replied.
I'm enclosing the message.

Luke

[Attachment: msg.txt]

From: <rememberalderaan@coruscant-freeservice.net>
To: Mon Mothma <peoples_mothma@calamari.org>
Cc: Luke <shooting_star@coruscant-freeservice.net>


Re: Vader's latest message to Luke

Are you sure it is from Vader? The whole tone seems totally different, unduly familiar and avuncular.

Requesting a meeting, *snort*! Really, how thick can you be?

The Anakin Skywalker part was confusing. Vader didn't kill him; General Kenobi nearly killed him; etc, etc. From Vader's tone I got the feeling they were close. Also, note the present tense. Mon, do you know what happened to Anakin Skywalker? Perhaps our Mr X on Coruscant has the means to find out.

Luke, the man seems to be willing to divulge information to you. Keep up your contact, if possible; but be careful, it could be a trap. What is this proposal of his that he keeps yakking about?
 

Leia
 

From: Luke <shooting_star@coruscant-freeservice.net>
To: Darth Vader <darthvader@thesith.gov>


Hello.

Thanks for clarifying the Jedi training question for me.

You ask me to meet you. Not a good idea. I may be a farmboy, but I'm not that naive. What do you want with me, anyway? Can't you just write?

You were sorta confusing about my father, Anakin Skywalker. If you didn't kill him, then who did? Or did he really die in a space accident, like my uncle told me? Did he die at all? You speak of him as if he were alive. If that is so, please just tell me. I grew up knowing he was a space navigator, and then bam! Ben drops the bomb that he was a Jedi. Since then I've been trying to learn more about him, but I've begun to feel there is a cosmic conspiracy to hide the truth. You know, this is really frustrating.
 

Luke Skywalker

From: Borsk <feylyaforever@silverwhistle.bothannet.ga>
To: Mon Mothma <peoples_mothma@calamari.org>


Hullo, honey,

Oh what an itchy list of names! How about a lecture in history?

One Obi-Wan Kenobi used to be Anakin Skywalker's Jedi master. He was presumed to have died shortly after Clone Wars, only to reappear in holonews earlier this year. Fishy, this Jedi business. Wouldn't be surprised if he popped up again twenty years from now, happy and rosy-cheeked as ever.

Now, love, ask yourself what is the connection between Vader and Anakin Skywalker. As you remember, Vader made his first appearance late in the clone wars, that was about 20 months before Skywalker's death. Then he disappears from the news for more than a year. And see holo archives for the change of appearance. His trademark outfit didn't appear before his re-emergence. What do you make of it?

Yours,
Borsk

From: Darth Vader <darthvader@thesith.gov>
To: Luke <shooting_star@coruscant-freeservice.net>


I keep wondering why you are so fixated on your father. Be careful what you ask, young one. How would feel if you found out he was nothing like what you expect? Then again, would and should you believe it if I told you?

Your intuition serves you well. That is all I can say in this matter.
 

Darth Vader

From: <feylyaforever@silverwhistle.bothannet.ga>
To: <peoples_mothma@calamari.org>, <rememberalderaan@coruscant-freeservice.net>
Subject: I told you so!!!!!


Ladies,

Forwarding the tasty bits, for your enjoyment.

Mon, you owe me 20,000, which went to the greedy lizard for this.

Always at your service,
Borsk
 

-----------Forwarded message--------------

From: <alleyes@bothanrevival.net>
To: Borsk Fey'lya <feylyaforever@silverwhistle.bothannet.ga>
 

Borsk,

Enlosed X's reply. As per your request, I'm forwarding this to Evening News, Today's Face and Society.
 

---Original Message---

From: Xizor <ubervigo@blacksun.org>
To: <alleyes@bothanrevival.net>

It has been confirmed by an unnamed source that Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader are indeed the same person.

Prince Xizor
CEO
Black Sun Corporation


------------End Forwarded Message------------

From: Darth Vader <darthvader@thesith.gov>
To: Luke <shooting_star@coruscant-freeservice.net>
Luke,

You probably know now that it is all over the news. I did not foresee this course of events. I apologise.

Yes, Anakin Skywalker and I are the same person.

How are you coping? Have the reporters been plaguing you?
 

Darth Vader

From: <master@thesith.gov>
To: Vader <darthvader@thesith.gov>


Apprentice,

I am severely disappointed. You did not manage to bury the ghost of Anakin Skywalker completely, now deal with the consequences.

As a disciplinary measure, you will present yourself in my palace within 72 hours, where you will have your right (artificial) hand severed by means of a lightsabre, to remind you of the price of failure.

I want the Skywalker whelp caught within a month.

Sidious.

From: L.O. <rememberalderaan@coruscant-freeservice.net>
To: <shooting_star@coruscant-freeservice.net>


Luke,

you didn't come to our little get-together and that has me seriously worried. Don't isolate yourself! I realize, all this news about Vader being Anakin Skywalker must have come as a shock - hell, it was a shock for all of us! But you cannot let it pull you down. You are not Vader, you are completely different! You are a hero and a good friend. He can never be that.

Please, know that my cabin is always open if you want to talk.

Keep well, and chin up,
Leia.

From: Darth Vader <darthvader@thesith.gov>
To: Luke <shooting_star@coruscant-freeservice.net>


Luke,

Why do you not reply?

Surely you must understand, I had my reasons for keeping the truth from you. One of the reasons is the very thing that is going on in the media.

Keep safe, and if the reporters harass you, do not hesitate to let me know.
 

Darth Vader



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