Fantastic AU, Anakin was so perfectly in character :)
This is a damn beautiful AU and I don't care who knows it.
Thank you for sharing this.
This is an interesting little corner of an AU -- and very hot.
Conceptually, though, was it taking Anakin away from his home that caused the spiral into darkness? Or was it the Jedis' carelessness in handling him?
Also, in canon, it was in the moment of defeat of the Republic that the seeds were sown that would allow it to be reborn a generation later. Without the twins, will the Empire ever fall?
Anyway, this is a very thoughtful story and I like the imagery very much.
Author's Response: That's partly why I shaped this story the way I did; to suggest questions of that nature. Part of what's fabulous about Star Wars is the dichotomy of inevitability and uncertainty that pervades the story and gives it its scope. (To be less general: I think that while this scenario leads to a better ANAKIN, it's not necessarily going to make a better UNIVERSE. Anakin's journey has been interrupted - or aborted before it began, really - and THAT'S even worse for the grand scheme of things.) Of course, YMMV. *G*