I know the fighting isn't over yet, but I'm glad to have a minute to rest. Padme is safely aboard, and there aren't any battle droids within reach of my lightsaber.
We're outside the arena, but not outside the fight. In spite of myself, I clenched my rented lightsaber. A mass of Trade Federation cores and droids covered the ground around the arena. No wonder they kept coming like that! I didn't know there were so many.
Just then, laser blasts erupted around our gunship. Just like I suspected--we've been spotted! As Obi-Wan and I ignited our lightsabers, the clone pilot steered our ship toward the fight. Ahead of us were thousands of white-clad soldiers, opening fire on the rows of ships. Ships are landing and more men are headed into the battle.
It didn't take long before I noticed an obvious weakness. "Aim right above those fuel cells!" Blown down I knew the power would go down a notch and the communications would jam.
The clones did, causing a spectacular explosion that sent three towers to the ground, flattening three of four larger droids in the process.
"Good call, my young Padawan," said Obi-Wan proudly. I smiled at him as I sent him my answer through the Force: Thanks.
We flew ahead, where Obi-Wan ordered the clones to go for a small group of Federation cores preparing for takeoff.
BTW at one point in the fight I actually heard Master Windu scream. He sure must be enjoying himself.
"Look!" Obi-Wan cried suddenly.
I did. Outside the opposite end of the gunship was a Geonosian speeder fleeing from the battle. That craft carried the presence of the dark side... "It's Dooku!" I shouted. "Shoot him down!"
The pilot turned to us. "We're out of rockets, sir."
Well, you could at least use your bullets then...oh well. "Then follow him!"
The pilot nodded and gave chase. As we pursued, Padme insisted we would need help. Obi-Wan shouted, "There isn't time! Anakin and I can handle this!"
As we tore across the sand, two fighters came up behind us and began shooting. Suddenly something hit our ship. The vessel lurched sideways, causing Padme to lose her balance and tumble out.
No! "Padme!" I cried in horror. "Put the ship down! Now!"
Just then Obi-Wan ran forward. "Anakin! Don't let your personal feelings get in the way!" He turned to the pilot and ordered him to continue the chase.
I hate you. "Lower the ship!" I repeated. I turned to the pilot, who was swiveling his head in confusion.
"I can't take Dooku alone," Obi-Wan went on. "I need you. If we catch him then we can end this war right now. We have a job to do!"
"I don't care!" I replied. After all we've been through, losing Padme, now, would be unbearable. "Put the ship down!"
Obi-Wan tried to point out that I'd be expelled and forced to leave the Order, but I'm still unmoved. "I can't leave her!"
OK, Obi-Wan finally proved his point: "What do you think Padme would do were she in your position?"
I struggled with myself, but finally spat out what I could not bring myself to deny: "She would do her duty. Follow that speeder!"
The gunship took off ad course, but I still kept my eyes on Padme until she was out of sight.
And the chase was on.