Oh dear. This is the first time I’ve seen someone keel over in shock and face plant in such a way because of a shout. @badlydrawnnea dear, do you need some help? Or would you like me to get your brother @badlydrawnmana instead?
things you said after you kissed me (Vader Down AU, Aphra goes after Vader instead of Luke)
Vader watched as Aphra sprinted towards him, the droids 0-0-0 and BT-1 failing to keep up with her. Even from far, he could hear her yelling out “You’re alive! You’re alive!”
Finally reaching him, Aphra momentarily bent over with her hands on her knees while she panted trying to regain her breath. Straightening up, she asked, “Are you okay? I found your TIE and the thing’s wrecked and I couldn’t find you.”
Vader gripped his lightsaber in hand, his thumb hovering over the ignition button. “The trap you set failed.”
Still out of breath, her chest heaved for a few moments before it came to a still. “Please,” she softly pleaded, “you have to believe me. I didn’t plan this. I would never.”
Aphra’s eyes were fixated on his lightsaber (If I get a choice, I’d like a lightsaber straight through the neck). Behind the mask, Vader closed his eyes and reached out to the force, strong on this planet where the ancient jedi temple once stood. He could feel the honesty of her words and the concern for his safety radiating off her like heat from a furnace. Opening his eyes, he accepted the truth.
Vader clipped his lightsaber to his belt and Aphra’s eyes widened in shock that he actually believed her. Maybe it was because of the heat on this desert planet that made it hard to think straight, but Aphra suddenly felt the urge to kiss Vader. So she did.
It wasn’t exactly how she imagined it in her dreams. Never realizing until now just how high in stature Vader truly was, Aphra had to reach up to him standing on her toes and grabbing his tunic. His torso jerked down almost like he was going to topple over her before he awkwardly regained his balance. He growled, “What are you-”
-the rest of his words died in his throat as Aphra pressed her lips to the grill of his mask. He felt his arms hang limply at the side and the mechanical apparatus in his chest forcing air into his lungs. A phantom sensation tingled around his mouth as for the briefest second it felt like her lips on his.
Finally letting go, Aphra came back down to the ground and to her senses. “I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have done-”
Vader cut her off. “Don’t. Don’t say that.”
An expression of shock appeared on her face before it quickly changed to ecstatic joy. “If I knew you weren’t going to kill me for kissing you, I would have done it much sooner.”
Together side by side, they walked towards to Ark Angel where 0-0-0 and BT-1 were waiting. Turning his head towards her, Vader saw Aphra smiling back at him. “I mean that,” she said. “I would have picked a better place for our first kiss too. Have I ever told you how much I hate sand?”