A/N: This takes place in the AU of Leia Vader. Aené is older now and reflecting on her father, whom she loves, and tries to get the galaxy to see him the way she does rather than for the crimes Vader committed.
‘My daddy has always been there for me. He always knows just what to do to make everything OK. When I had bad dreams, he was always comforted me and made me feel safe. I remember when I would wake up in the middle of the night and he would be the first one awake and in my room, letting me know everything was OK and it was just a nightmare. He would stay and hold me until I fell back asleep.
‘Whenever I got hurt, Daddy always healed me the best. Even though Ama’s kisses and hugs helped, Daddy had the ability to heal my wounds with the Force. And even though he wasn’t able to cook well, I loved his cookies the best because they were burnt and also made with love.
‘Ama always did my hair too tightly, which was all right for going to school or fancy events, but Daddy’s was the best for running around and playing. He never tugged too hard or made my head hurt when he did my hair.
‘Daddy would always tell the best stories. There were many nights I wanted to be able to stay up to listen to the adventure tales he told. Sometimes they were real, things that happened to him in the past and others were more of a fantasy, but oftentimes, I didn’t know which ones were true and which were fantasies; it didn’t matter. I loved all of the stories and still remember most of them.
‘I will never forget riding on his shoulders or piggyback around the house or in the garden. His laughter always met his eyes and made me feel like I was the only other person in the galaxy. Whenever I needed anything, he would do whatever it took to get it for me, even if it meant staying up all night to fix something that had broken.
‘Even if my daddy doesn’t see eye-to-eye with the Jedi, but he taught me about respect. He taught me that even if you don’t agree with someone, you can respect them and they will respect you. I think it’s one of the most valuable lessons I’ve learnt. Even if I don’t end up training to be a Jedi forever, I know that Daddy respects my judgement and has faith in me. Even though he’s protective of me, I know that he’ll respect my decision when I get married too. I know he’ll always see me as his little girl, but I hope that in time he’ll also see me as a young woman.
‘My daddy saved many people’s lives and also destroyed many, but to me, he’s my hero. I love my daddy and think that he’s a hero because he isn’t perfect, but he tries to do what is best. Even when I make mistakes, I remember that Daddy did too and that it’s OK not to be perfect. My daddy learnt from his mistakes and that means that I can learn from mine too.’
Aené took a deep breath and looked around at all of them men, women, and children she was addressing on Coruscant. It took a lot of courage for her to get up and speak on her father’s behalf, but she loved him and wanted him to be able to be recognised as a good father. Even if they didn’t view him as a good man, Jedi, or Sith, Aené wanted them to know Anakin as a good father.
‘I know that I won’t be perfect, but that’s all right. I will do my best to good and that’s all anyone can do. I also know that no matter how numerous the mistakes are, my daddy will always love me no matter what and I will always love him too. That is why I ask you today to not view him as a Jedi or Sith or Chosen One, but as a man...as my daddy. I’m proud to call myself his daughter.’