"Get up." The Emperor commanded, stepping infront of Vader.
Vader had sat there, silent, in his post. Laying and waiting, watching the camp entrance. He turned his head away from the leopard, chin rested on his paws. "Get up," the panther says again, tapping on Vader. "You must rise, Lord Vader." The lion turns his head away again. "You do no good, sitting here. You must eat and recharge."
"I do not wish to."
"And yet you must." The leopard says, tapping on the helmet, causing Vader to look up. "You cannot hide behind your mask, Lord Vader. Especially not from me." The lion's head whips away again. The Emperor lowers onto his stomach, on the same level as the lion, trying to seem more friendly. "She wouldn't want you to mope like this." That makes Vader look right at him, noses only inches apart.
"You don't know what she wants. I-" He nudges forward. "I know what she wanted."
Good. He has Vader's attention. [color=A71D1d]"And yet she left you."[/color] Vader slams his fists and snarls at the leopard, and the both stand at the same time. Vader is snarling- his anger is rising- "Stop it." The Emperor says, lifting onto his haunches to bat Vader's helmet with his paw. "Stop being mad at me. I didn't drive her away. You drove her away. You made your own children afraid of you. You have tarnished your own reputation in the clan. Not me. Not Padme. Not the homosexuals. You."
Vader steps back, his ears folded behind his mask, head tilted down. Guilt. Regret. Submission.
"I told you, I told you, Vader. You are the weakest member in this clan. Do you know why? Do you?"[/color] He watches Vader shake his head. "Because you and your attachments are your strength, and your, greatest weakness." Too loud. Prying ears. The Emperor, proving where he is, trying to enforce this "new look", because Vader will not listen to anyone else. "You are so afraid of being left alone that you have these... violent reactions to loss. And now, you lost your position, your wife, your children, your respect-" He sees Vader moving his hand and the Emperor's paw moves, stopping them in place. "Don't you dare try to choke me." He snarls, and Vader leans away.
"And there is no one to blame but yourself." He watches Vader, watches the lion slowly sit back down, knuckles digging into Earth. Now Lord Vader is listening. "Now how are you going to fix this, Vader? You have a weak to fix everything before your wife returns. What are you going to do?"
Vader is quiet, besides the constant, hollow breathing- and seconds past before he responds. "I am... going to try and fix the relationship with my children." The Emperor slowly nods. "I am... going to try and invest more time with them. Since I cannot gain a position back until May. I am going to try and help Padme."
"And of the others?"
Vader sat up and crossed his arms. "I am not apologizing to the homosexuals." The Emperor understands this- but Vader has already forgotten Rule One, it seems. But the Emperor makes no comment. "I will supply more food by hunting. And teach fighting to others." Another nod. "But most of the focus shall be on the cubs."
The Emperor nods. "Good. Now go. I don't want to see you moping around here again, alright?" Vader nods, and turns, heading for the camp exit, with the Emperor's eyes on him.