From the Inside Flap
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"Hurry up, boy!" Watto yelled at Anakin day in and day out. "You're never fast enough!"
Anakin tried to please Watto by working hard in his junk shop. But no matter how hard Anakin worked, it was never enough for his master.
Although Anakin's life was difficult, he never felt sad. He spent his free time in his bedroom workshop, busily building droids and gadgets and dreaming of his future.
"Someday I'm going to be free," Anakin told his mother one night. "Free to fly off to the stars. Free to become anything I want--even a Jedi Knight!"
"Go to sleep," his mother said. But she secretly hoped her son was right. The life of a slave was not a happy one. And, more than anything else in the universe, Shmi Skywalker wanted her son to be happy.
One day, some strangers came into Watto's junk shop. There was a tall man, a squat little R2 droid, and the most beautiful girl Anakin had ever seen.
"This outlander's ship is damaged," Watto snapped at Anakin. "Watch the shop while we're out back..."