anidala week 2021 - day six: time travel
The first time he woke up again, he thought the previous three days had been a force vision. He played the three days through exactly as he had before. The second time he woke up again, he was confused. He asked his new Master what was happening, but go no answer. By the third time, Anakin Darth Vader woke he realized what was happening. He was stuck in a timeloop. Three days exactly. He would wake up on the first day, the day he would go on to pledge himself to the Dark Side his wife curled up beside him in bed. On the third day she would be dead and suddenly he was waking up again.
By the twenty-first time, Darth Vader was trying everything. He lost track of how many times he lived through those three terrible days by the thirtieth time around. At one point he just swung his lightsaber at Yoda, killing him in an instant. Many other times, he watched Obi-Wan burn in the lava of Mustafar. The one thing he refused to change was pledging his loyalty to Darth Sidious. How could he, when it was the only way he could save Padmé?
But she kept dying. And he kept waking up again, three days earlier.
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