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“When can I start decorating the gingerbread house?” Leia pouted and Anakin laughed, kissing her curls.

“When Luke gets here, sweetheart,” he replied.

“They are taking so long,” Leia complained. “I want to decorate the gingerbread house and drink hot cocoa from grandma.”

“Padmé texted me, they are a few minutes away. Be more patient, Princess.”

“Yeah, waiting for something makes it that much more fun when it finally happens,” Ahsoka added cheerfully. “Like with how long it took Bariss to finally ask me out.”

“I’m happy that it happened,” Anakin said amused. “You two were dancing around each other for months. I can’t believe mom won the bet,” he muttered the last part bitterly.

“I know my children,” Shmi teased. “I can’t believe either of you believes you can keep secrets from me. Or win bets against me.”

I know better than to do bets,” Ahsoka retorted snidely. “Anakin’s the one who never learns.”

Anakin just stuck his tongue out and huffed. “Mother knows best, I know. It’s like a Disney song, or whatever.”

“Grandma’s not evil though,” Leia pointed out as the buzzer at the door went off. “They’re here! They’re here!” She shot up, charging straight for the door, nearly tripping over the pile of presents next to their tree as she went.

“Slow down, munchkin,” Ahsoka scolded.

“I’ll open,” Anakin said, excitedly following his daughter to the door, so he could open it. It had been two weeks since he and Padmé sort of started seeing each other and he had been waiting for this night ever since.

“Hey,” Padmé said as the door opened, her arms shifting around a large glass container. “I hope you don’t mind, I brought a baked brie as a thank you for having us.”

“And I have the presents!” Luke added, rushing in with his arms full of bags. “Merry Christmas!”

“Merry Christmas,” Leia laughed and helped her brother with the bags.

“You didn’t have to,” Anakin said as he helped Padmé with the container. “We have enough food to feed a battalion, but come in, come in, it’s freezing outside.”

“I wanted to, it was no trouble.” Padmé stepped through the door and let Anakin close it. “It’s one of the few things I can actually make without Luke giving me grief.”

“Mom’s a really bad cook,” Luke informed Shmi and Ahsoka bluntly.

“Dad’s really great,” Leia retorted. “Grandma taught him well.”

“Maybe you should give Ms. Naberrie some lessons, bro,” Ahsoka teased as she ruffled Luke’s hair and kissed his forehead.

“What are you all doing in the hallway?” Shmi complained. “To the living room, go on, go!”

Everyone shuffled into the warm living room, heavily decorated with lights, a huge tree on the corner, presents all around and a table set for six. 

"Wow, this is…" Luke started. "This is Christmas."

"Yep," Leia laughed and set their presents near the others. "Christmas is big here."

“I can see that,” Padmé remarked, setting her brie down on the table. “Lovely to meet you, Ms. Skywalker.”

“And to meet you, Padmé,” Shmi replied. “I’ve heard quite a bit about you from my granddaughter.”

"All good things, I swear," Leia beamed. 

"Leia sort of can't stop talking about you," Anakin snorted as he places an arm around Luke’s shoulders. 

“Is that so?” Padmé smiled. “Well, hopefully, your opinion does not change after eating my cooking.”

"You should be prepared for that," Luke warned. 

"So I really liked Padmé," Leia blushed. "I wasn't the only one," she gave her Dad a knowing look. 

"Who wants hot cocoa?" Shmi asked, clapping her hands. 

"Me!" The twins shouted. 

“I would, but first I need to use your bathroom, please.”

"I'll show you," Anakin offered as Shmi redirected the twins to the kitchen and Ahsoka followed them, not before throwing her brother a smirk. 

“Are we… doing a bad job of hiding this?” Padmé whispered.

"My family is impossible to be discreet. I want to say we've been doing a good job but we have two very observant kids," Anakin shook his head, mentioning for them to go upstairs. 

“That we do. Also, from the way you talked about it, I would’ve thought your apartment would be much smaller,” Padmé teased. “I realize my townhouse is a bit much, but your place is really nice.”

"It is. I did some remodeling myself and before you go to the bathroom, I want to show you something," he took her hand and entered his bedroom, closing the door. "I sort of got an early Christmas present and I wanted to share it with you." 

“Ani, we can’t have sex right now,” she scolded, scandalized.

"Oh, relax, I'm not thinking about that," he snickered and grabbed a letter, handing it to her. "This is what I want to show you. Sex can come after everyone is sleeping." 

“You have a pen pal?” she asked, quirking an eyebrow as she took the letter. “Dear Mr. Skywalker…” her eyes widened as she read the rest. “Oh, wow, Ani, really?”

"Yep. I have a patent. A profitable one. This was my thesis research and I finally, finally, got the confirmation that this is mine. This work is mine for the world to know,” he beamed with happiness. “And there's a company interested in hiring me for their R&D department, focusing on eco-friendly engineering. They made a proposal… and it's good. I never saw so many zeros and honestly, it would give me such incredible stability and I could give Leia so much more ." 

“That’s amazing!” She looked up at him worriedly. “Wait, you’re not about to tell me it’s in Silicon Valley, are you? Because if so, I’m going to be so mad.”

"No, I would never do that to Leia.” Or to us. Whatever ‘us’ is. “It’s in Manhattan. Which means we might have to move closer. The commute will be too long from Brooklyn. But I will be doing what I love. I get to research ways to avoid pollution and make a difference."

“If you need help finding a place, I have lsome friends in real estate,” she offered excitedly. “Where’s your office? Tell me everything. Or wait, don’t, I’m sure you want to tell everyone over dinner.”

"Mom and Ahsoka already know. I haven't told Leia yet, though," he searched around his phone. "Here's the address. They were the same company I was supposed to work for after leaving MIT."

“Oh, it’s in the Flatiron District,” she mused, clearly impressed. “I thought Silicon Alley was basically dead, but that’s great. I think that’d put you within a half an hour of us.”

"That will definitely make our lives easier," he quipped, wrapping his arms around her waist. "I will accept the help. I'm thinking of an apartment for Leia and me, and we can see about enrolling her in Luke’s school."

“He’ll be thrilled, I know it.”

"I think Leia will miss Amee, though, she has been very supportive since she was placed with me," Anakin pointed out. "But the fact that she can be with her brother every day will make all the changes worth it." 

“It will,” she wrapped her arms around his neck and kissed him briefly. “Now you really should get back to everyone, and I really do need to use the bathroom. Where is it?”

"Next door to the left," he kissed her forehead, letting her go. "I'll wait downstairs."

“Don’t let anything start without me.”

"Never. I want you to have the full, uncut experience of Christmas." Anakin winked and left the room, going downstairs to find the twins hunched together with their steaming cups of cocoa, whispering. "What are you two conspiring about?" 

“What’s in our presents,” Leia said a little too quickly. “I’m trying to figure out if you got us a kitty.”

"I guess we have to wait. Do you like kitties, Luke?" Anakin said, sitting next to them. "Or you're more of a dog person?" 

“I like ‘em both,” Luke said brightly. “I like all animals, I think I wanna run a pet store when I grow up.”

“That sounds fun,” Ahsoka mused. “But also a lot of work.”

"I wanna make a difference," Leia said. "Like a real difference. Still figuring how, but I'll get there." 

Anakin smiled proudly and kissed the top of her head. 

“I’m sure you’ll find something wonderful,” Shmi promised as Padmé emerged from the hallway. “Nose powdered, dear?”

“Yes, thank you.” Padmé took a seat on the couch. “So how does this work? Free for all? Or do you have a system?”

"First, we have dinner," Anakin explained. "Then we have a couple of board games to play and we will only open the presents after midnight."

“Noooooooo!” the twins wailed in unison.

"They are right, presents are just for tomorrow morning, Ani," Shmi said with a smirk.

“I thought Santa Claus has to come before presents can happen, shouldn’t the twins be asleep for that?” Padmé asked. 

"Padmé, Santa Claus didn't really exist at the center. We know it's not real," Leia pointed out. "So, yeah—"

"We don't believe in Santa," Luke finished with a shrug. 

“Oh.” Padmé looked away guiltily. “So, I guess Anakin dressing up in the big red suit is out of the question?”

Ahsoka snorted. “Oh, God, I wish we’d thought of that.”

"Maybe one day we'll need him to dress as Santa, you know, for someone who believes in Santa," Leia said with a nonchalant shrug. 

"Red is not my color," Anakin chuckled. 

"We do, however, believe in Christmas miracles." Luke beamed. "After all, Leia and I are together. And we thought it would never happen again."

‘Can I tell them?’ Padmé mouthed to Anakin.

'You sure?' He mouthed back. She nodded slowly, then looked back at the twins.

“It’s possible that you two could be together a lot more.”

The twins exchanged a hopeful glance." Because…?" Luke prompted. 

"You two are together and we both got our wish? Again?" Leia blurted out again. "Because, like, we're not idiots, you know?" 

Padmé choked on the sip of hot chocolate she’d been taking, coughing as Ahsoka pounded her back to help her breathe. Anakin pursed his lips, trying not to be amused. 

"Actually honey, I got a job in Manhattan and we're moving there in January," Anakin started, smiling softly. "You'll be applying to go to the same school as Luke. Padmé is helping us hunt for an apartment."

"That's why?" Luke whispered, looking crestfallen. 

"That's the only reason?" Leia narrowed her eyes.

"Mom?" Luke pressed, nervously.

“Luke, Anakin and I have only known each other for a few weeks, people generally don’t move in together that quickly, regardless of their relationship status,” Padmé said slowly, clearly using the voice she reserved for court appearances.

"Oh," he whispered, looking at his hot chocolate. Leia frowned and looked away. 

"That's mean, you two," Ahsoka mumbled, shaking her head with a sigh and rolled her eyes. 

"Congratulations on your new job, daddy," Leia mumbled sadly. 

“It’ll be in a much nicer part of town,” Padmé pointed out. “And it will be easier for the two of you to spend time together after school.”

“Yeah, it’s going to be cool,” Luke nodded, but he was clearly disappointed.

“I’m hungry,” Leia complained, standing up and going to her grandma. “Can we eat, grandma, please?”

“The turkey’s not quite done yet, honey, but you can try Padmé’s brie.”

“Okay, I guess,” she sighed. “Can we play a game until dinner is ready?”

Anakin glanced at Padmé as Ahsoka agreed to about the game and took the twins to choose one from her bedroom. Shmi made some comment about how she needed to check on dinner and left as well.“Were we mean?”

“Maybe a little? I didn’t know they knew.”

“I guess we haven’t been that discreet,” Anakin pointed out.

“So maybe we should come clean at dinner?”

“They’re going to hate us a little bit, but on the other hand, we get to spend the night together without having to sneak around,” Anakin chuckled

“You are unbelievable,” she shook her head. “But I’m worried telling them will make them get impatient. They’re kids, for all we know, they think of us as a Disney movie.”

“We need to explain to them, carefully, what the next steps are,” Anakin stated. “What they can expect and what they can’t rush.”

“You think we can do it?

“I would be lying if I said that we can do it, because we don’t know. What I know is that we have very strong reasons to do it and to be good at it,” he said, tucking a strand of hair behind her ear.

“You could, you know,” she mumbled, flushing at the skin to skin contact. “If you wanted to. You could move into my house.”

“I could, but as great as these two weeks have been… it has only been two weeks and I want to enjoy the blossoming of our relationship before we drive each other mad,” he pointed out.

“You have a point.”

“I don’t want to ruin us before we have a real chance.”

“I understand, Ani, really, I do.” She took his hand and squeezed it. “And I’ll respect your wishes. But I also believe we already have a real chance. If nothing else, we have a very determined cheerleading squad.”

“I know, it’s what makes everything so worth it,” he leaned forward to kiss the corner of her lips.


“Mom!”

“Daddy!”

Anakin raised his head, sleepily, his arm still around Padmé. When it registered in his brain that his daughter and her brother were standing at the bottom of his bed, with a breakfast tray, his eyes widened as he realized neither he nor Padmé, were dressed.

“Good morning, guys,” he said softly as he tugged the covers up. “Breakfast in bed?”

“It’s all vegetarian except the bacon,” Luke said proudly.

“That’s great, sweetie.” Padmé ducked under the covers to find Anakin’s discarded t-shirt and pull it over her head. “Thank you.”

“This is nice of you two,” Anakin searched for his briefs somewhere inside the bed.

“Are you two okay?” Luke asked as he sat on the bed with Leia.

Anakin nodded as he worked to put his briefs on. “Yep. Why?”

“You’re acting weird,” Leia said bluntly. “Kind of like you did last night.”

“No, we’re good,” Anakin took a piece of bacon and ate it. “Very happy that you two understood our relationship and how it’s going to work.”

“It was very mature,” Padmé added, resurfacing to take one of the pieces of French toast. “Thank you.”

“That’s Daddy’s shirt,” Leia observed. 

“I forgot my own pajamas,” Padmé lied smoothly. “He let me borrow this.”

“We should eat if we want to open all the presents before lunch,” Anakin smiled. “Then maybe we can all go to Central Park and do some ice skating, what do you two say?”

“I can’t skate,” Luke answered. “Can we go for a ride in a horse carriage instead?”

“If we’re all in agreement, yes. We can,” Anakin nodded.

“Sounds like fun to me,” Padmé said, finishing off her toast. “How about you guys go ahead, we’ll be right behind you.”

“Why can’t you just finish eating with us in the room?” Leia asked suspiciously.

“Well, you can open your presents faster if you go into the living room and start sorting—” The twins were rushing out of the room before she could finish the sentence. “Okay, I need pants. Or a robe. Something so that I’m not flashing my privates to the kids and your family.”

"You can wear my things, first drawer," he said with a chuckle, leaving the bed and heading to the dresser. "Next time, we should lock the doors. Or get some clothes on before drifting off to sleep. I get the feeling this won't be the last time." He grabbed his MIT sweatshirt and some pajama pants, and handed it to her. "Here. These should do."

“Thank you,” she groaned a little as she pulled on the pants, then the sweatshirt. “That was mortifying.”

“They are more perceptive than we realize,” Anakin chuckled as he pulled out some pants and a sweatshirt for himself. “I’m glad we don’t have to hide anymore,” he whispered, climbing in the bed and placing a chaste kiss on her lips before grabbing a piece of bacon and placing it in his mouth.

“You’re insatiable,” Padmé laughed. “We should bring the tray with us and keep eating in the living room. I’m sure the kids want to start as soon as possible.”

“I bet they do. I hope the kitten is already prepared. Ahsoka has been hiding it in her bedroom,” Anakin said. “We got it from the shelter a couple of days ago and we didn’t want to ruin the surprise.”

“I hope Luke doesn’t get too attached, or we might be negotiating a custody agreement,” joked Padmé, grabbing the breakfast tray as they headed towards the living room. Sure enough, the twins were sitting in front of the tree, carefully sorting through the presents for ones that bore their names. “Hard at work, are we?”

“Can we open them now?” Leia whined. “We’ve been waiting forever.

“It’s been five minutes,” Ahsoka corrected with a snicker from the couch. “Maybe ten, if we’re being really generous.”

"We'll each open one, alright?" Shmi said. “So it's fair for everybody."

"Who opens first?" Luke asked. 

“How about the two of you?” offered Padmé. “Both of you pick one.”

They each reached eagerly for the biggest box they had on their pile. "I can't believe we have so many," Leia marveled. 

“On three?” Luke suggested, pulling at a corner. “One.”

“Two.”

“Three.” The twins tore away the wrapping paper in a frenzy.

Anakin laughed watching them shred the paper with an eagerness and a childlike glee of children who you could tell were not used to be pampered on Christmas. Leia received an entire new kit for school, from Shmi, that had crayons, pencils, coloring paper, a new backpack, new notebooks, everything.  Luke had gotten a trio of stuffed animals, a penguin, a fox, and an elephant.

“They’re adoptions,” Padmé explained. “Each of those animals represents a real one that is being taken care of in your name.”

"At the Zoo? Can I visit them one day?" Luke asked eagerly. 

“No, honey, they’re in wildlife preserves across the world, but we can absolutely go to the zoo once it gets a little warmer,” Padmé promised.

"It's awesome, thank you, Mom," Luke beamed, and Padmé felt the same little warm bubble in her chest that always came from her son calling her that.

“You’re welcome, Luke.”

“I’m gonna crush the new year!” Leia predicted, modeling her new backpack. “Thanks, Grandma!”

"Anything that I can do to help you make the difference, sweetheart," Shmi grinned. 

“You two lovebirds should go next,” Ahsoka suggested teasingly.

"I don't mind," Anakin said gleefully as Leia handed him a medium-sized box. 

"That's from me and you're welcome," Ahsoka said smugly. 

"You didn't," he widened his eyes. 

"You're a new Dad, you need to have style," Ahsoka shrugged with a grin and Anakin, much in the twins’ style, tore the paper away to open the box and find a beautiful, black leather jacket. "I think I got the size right."

"Snips, this is amazing, thank you," Anakin moved forward to hug his little sister. "You didn't have to spend so much."

"You deserve it, Skyguy," she grinned. 

“Very nice style too,” Padmé added. “Slick, cool, perfect for Anakin.”

"Open yours," Anakin nudged her as Leia passed over a smaller box. Unlike everyone else, Padmé unwrapped her gift very neatly, sliding her pinkies under the seams and carefully prying off the tape before popping open the box lid.

“Oh, it’s lovely,” she exhaled, lifting out the silver chain and pendant. “And such a unique design, thank you.”

"It symbolizes motherhood," Anakin beamed. "It's a family heirloom, I think it suits you. To celebrate your new role," he winked at Luke, who grinned and nodded. 

“An heirloom,” Padmé repeated, eyes wide. “Are you sure ? I mean, I’m sure that someone in your family will need it down the line—”

“Just take it,” Leia scoffed. “You’re part of the family, you’re my brother’s mom. Put it on her, Daddy!”

Anakin smiled and took the necklace to wrap it around her neck and close the clasp. "There. It's perfect." 

“Thank you,” Padmé smiled softly at him. “I’ll treasure it.” Anakin smiled and kissed her cheek.

“Moooom, this one is moving,” Luke said nervously, pointing at a box that was rocking back and forth. “I’m kind of scared.”

Leia gasped and Ahsoka snickered. "Oh my God, oh my God, it's for me. It's for me," she rushed for the box, knocking her brother to his back in her rush. "You gave me a kitten?" She looked at her father with bright eyes. 

"I don't know, it could be a seriously pissed off raccoon," he chuckled. 

"Open it," Ahsoka urged her. 

Squealing, Leia undid the box and opened the lid to let out a sob as she took the grey kitten from the box and hugged it to her chest. It meowed and she petted his fur. "Thank you, thank you, thank you."

“He’s so cute!” Luke gushed, reaching over to pet the top of the kitten’s head. “What are you gonna call him?”

“Saber,” Leia decided. “His name is Saber.”

“I think you won Christmas,” Shmi whispered to Anakin.

“In a big way,” he nodded, happily, seeing not only how happy Leia was, but also at her brother and the woman at his side. “Christmas can only improve from here.” Anakin beamed as he laced his fingers with Padmé’s.

“And next year, I get to teach you guys all about Hanukkah,” Padmé added with a smile. “I’ve already got a very good feeling about this.”


One year later...


“I still think you two were insane to plan your wedding around the holidays,” Ruwee clucked his tongue. “So much chaos.”

“Daddy, don’t be grumpy,” Padmé scolded. “It was fitting, we met because of the holidays.”

“It’s a time of the year that means a lot to us as a couple and as a family,” Anakin said, kissing Padmé’s temple. “If you excuse us, though, we do have somewhere else to be this evening.”

“There’s a couple of presents for the twins we want to do.” Padmé made the rounds among her family, exchanging hugs and kisses. “We’ll see you guys tonight at our house.”

“Bye, everyone,” Anakin smiled, guiding is fiancée to the door. “We’re going to be late,” he whispered to her. “We have to hurry before we can only do this after New Year's and the wedding.”

“Ani, you worry so much, I didn’t even get the chance to be a bridezilla,” Padmé teased. “Bye, everyone!”

“Goodbye, dear!” Jobal called. 

“Bye, Aunt Padmé!” Ryoo and Pooja shouted.

“Did you want to be a bridezilla?” Anakin joked as he opened the car door for her. “I worry because I want to give them this. I know they know this is coming, but not right now. It’s going to be a bigger hit than Saber was last year.” 

“Oh, you have no idea,” Padmé rubbed her stomach thoughtfully as she buckled in. “I’m kind of glad your mom thought of taking them to Christmas Eve Mass while we were with my family for tonight. I love our kids, but at the holidays, they are menaces.”

“They love the season. They know it’s our season, so they take more liberties,” he sat in his seat. “I’m so happy they will be officially ours from today. Like, legally and everything. I’ll be Luke’s father. You’ll be Leia’s mother. Plus, we’re getting married in a week. What more could we ask of Christmas?”

“Don’t make me spoil your surprise.” She wiggled her eyebrows with a grin. “Let’s just get home. The waiting is as bad for me as it is for them, I’m sure.”

“Alright,” he laughed as he started the car. They didn’t live far from Padmé’s family and since Anakin convinced his mother to move to Manhattan, given that Ahsoka had gotten into college in the city, they all lived close by, which was both a relief and a blessing.

“You’re getting better at Hebrew, I’m proud of you,” she remarked as they drove by the shops and apartment buildings. 

“I have a wonderful and dedicated teacher.”

“So, we can renegotiate on the bar and bat mitzvah?” She asked coyly. “And don’t tell me it’s too soon. We just planned a wedding in six months and it nearly drove us both crazy, we need all the time we can get.”

“If they want it, we can do it,” Anakin said diplomatically. “They’re old enough to decide for themselves and I think we should let them.”

“And now you’re talking like a lawyer,” she laughed. “God, I’m turning you into me. It’s kind of hot.”

“We do spend a lot of time together, it was inevitable,” he chuckled, biting his lower lip. He brought her knuckles to his lips, dropping a gentle kiss over them. “It’s been a crazy year, hasn’t it?”

“The craziest,” she agreed, “but also the best. I’m so grateful for you and our kids. I’m happier than I ever dreamed.”

"You and me both, love," he smiled. "I love you, Angel."

“I love you too, Ani.” She leaned in to kiss his cheek as he parked the car. From the window, they could see the twins waving at them excitedly. “Ready to tell them?”

“Yes. Definitely ready.” Anakin jumped from the car and jogged to her side, opening the door for her. “My lady,” he said teasingly.

“You goofball,” she sighed, accepting his hand to get out of the car before heading up the stairs, straight to the door. “We’re home!”

“Mom!”

“Dad!” The twins practically tackled them as soon as they stepped inside. Padmé laughed, even as the wind was knocked out of her. 

“We were only gone for a few hours.”

“Yeah, but the mass was boring,” Luke complained. “And we wanted to know what the surprise was.”

“Ahsoka told us you had one,” Leia tattled. “What is it?”

“Well, now I think maybe we shouldn’t let you get it until tomorrow.”

“Nooo,” Luke wailed, glaring at his sister. “Please, Dad, may we have it now? Please?”

“Depends, did you at least behave during mass?” Anakin teased, kissing Leia’s forehead and ruffling Luke’s curls.

“Mostly.” Leia huffed. “There was this one stupid boy behind us who kept pulling on my hair. So I punched him in the arm. And Grandma made me sit in the corner for a bit.”

“That’s my girl,” Anakin grinned. “No boy messes with you.”

“I think we can let them have it,” Padmé said with a smile. “Come on, into the kitchen for cocoa.”

The twins dragged their feet but entered the kitchen, Saber at their feet, meowing and purring as Anakin began preparing their cocoa. 

“This is mean, you know that, right?” Luke pouted.

“Mean would be not giving you the surprise at all,” Padmé countered, getting a few treats from the jar for their cat. “Give him one each,” she told the twins, handing them the fish-shaped cookies. 

The twins took the treats and gave them to Saber, who was not shy about accepting them before jumping to the table, licking his whiskers. “So what’s the surprise?” Leia pressed.

“Ani? You want to tell them?”

"Hmmm," he mused as he added the finishing touches to the cocoa. "I can tell you we signed some big responsibilities today," he started.

"Like, for the wedding?" Luke frowned. 

“No, not for the wedding.” Padmé’s eyes sparkled. “But it is about our family.”

“Stop being weird and tell us!” whined Leia.

"Padmé and I have officially adopted you both," Anakin said as he set down two steaming mugs of cocoa in front of them. "We are officially parents to you both ." 

“For real?” Luke’s eyes widened and Padmé opened her purse, pulling out the paperwork for them to see.

“We had it notarized this afternoon,” she said with a grin as the twins snatched it out of her hand, oohing at how official it looked.

“It’s beautiful,” Leia whispered tearfully. “Luke Skywalker.”

“Leia Naberrie,” her brother retorted, smiling widely. “Thank you, Mom.” He beamed at Anakin. “Thanks, Dad.”

“There’s actually one more surprise I have for all three of you,” Padmé confessed as Saber ran across the counter and sat directly on the adoption papers. Sighing, she scratched behind the cat’s ears as she looked at her family. “Next year, there’s going to be someone new at the holidays.”

“Bariss?” Leia guessed.

“No,” Padmé laughed. “Well, that’s up to Ahsoka. But actually, I was talking about your baby brother or sister.”

“Hmm?” Anakin raised his head, clueless, as the twins stared at one another.

“Are you going to adopt another kid?” Luke asked, confused.

“Aren’t we enough?” Leia complained with a huff. “You just adopted us, take it in. Breathe it in. No need to add another troubled child to the mix.”

“What baby brother? Or baby sister?” Anakin asked, oblivious to his children’s comments, eyes fixed on the woman he would marry in just a few days.

“No adopting,” Padmé reassured them, moving her free hand to her stomach. “I found out at my last doctor’s appointment last week that I’m pregnant. We’re going to have a baby.”

“Wait, what?” Anakin’s jaw dropped as the twins let out excited gasps. “How?”

“Isn’t that our question?” Leia teased.

“Mom, that’s amazing,” Luke rushed to her and hugged her around the waist.

“It is,” she agreed, tousling his hair. “I wanted to tell you this way so that you’d know we didn’t plan this, and we are definitely not trying to replace either of you. This new little one is going to need the best big siblings in the world. Think you two can pull it off?”

“Yes!” Leia shouted and came around the table to hug Padmé as well. “We’re going to love this baby so much. Don’t you worry!”

“Yeah, we’ll be the best brother and sister,” Luke said.

“Ani?” Padmé looked at her fiancé. “Honey, are you okay? You’re staring at us.”

Anakin blinked, seemingly coming out of his daze. He glanced from each twin to his fiancée, before repeating it and when he tried to speak, he choked. “I… uh… I mean… wow? I… I had no idea… you know, because of what happened… I didn’t think this was possible, but… I…”

“You broke him,” Leia snickered.

“Yeah, we’ll let you fix him too,” Luke rolled his eyes and released his mother.

Leia giggled and grabbed Saber, and the twins rushed out of the room, whispering and laughing to each other. Padmé moved in to put her hands on Anakin’s shoulders. “This is what happens when we don’t use protection,” she teased.

He rose from his seat, cradling her face between his hands. “You’re pregnant? You’re sure?” 

“Five weeks,” she confirmed. “Didn’t you notice me not drinking these last few days?”

“I did, but I thought it was something religious, about Hanukkah, you know I’m still learning about your religion and I thought it would be difficult, if not impossible, to get pregnant naturally since I did do chemo,” he explained, joining their foreheads. “You’re amazing for making this happen. I didn’t know I was entitled to any more miracles.”

“This is the time for it,” she pointed out with a smile. “Happy holidays, Ani.”

“It’s always on the holidays, isn’t it?” He laughed, wrapping his arms around her waist and leaning down to kiss her.