Title: A Lady Who Knows Whom She Wants Author: Jade eyes Disclaimer: Borrowing for the squee! Genre: Mush and SJRS challenge response for Feb. Characters: L/M. The challenge was Mara or Luke have a common task; I must infuse romance Mine was "doing plumbing" ~~~~ Luke Luke was tinkering with the ripple bath controls. He still enjoyed water inordinately. He also enjoyed taking soaks with Mara, very much! The jets needed realigning and despite what it said on the 'screen, it wasn't working. Luke was soaked so he'd taken off his shirt and hung it on the 'fresher door to dry. When the door chimed, he knew it was Mara from her vibrant sense. So he didn't think anything of coming to the door shirtless. ** Mara When Luke opened the door, Mara just drank in the pretty sight he presented. It made her forget why she was there. Oh yes, Corran and Mirax's anniversary party! Luke explained to her what he was attempting to do, and she rolled her eyes good-naturedly. She followed him into the 'fresher and perused the manual. within moments, Mara had diagnosed the problem and fixed it. She noticed Luke's chagrin. "Hey, as an independent Trader all those years, I pretty much had to fix my ship on the go and go behind the techs in space-dock." She grimaced. She smiled at Luke's relief. ** After the party, she and Luke went back to his place. Before they tried out the ripple bath "first hand", Mara had a little question for Luke. She had read of the exchange of betrothal lockets, which were made to look like two halves of a cred until the two lovers came together to make a whole. She knew Luke would appreciate the sentimental romanticism. She handed Luke the box while asking: "Luke, will you marry me?" ** Luke Luke gaped. It wasn't that he didn't want to, or was hesitating, but he found this nuance of his take-charge lover to be quite the -- turn on. As if ... what wasn't when it came to Mara? His answer bloomed in his blue eyes, and across the Force bond they shared. He gave a whoop of delight and picked Mara up, kissing her and twirling her around at once. Luke set her down and tickled her sides, without breaking the kiss for a second. Mara grinned and returned his heated kisses. /I take that as a yes./ She quipped happily. Thus, their love-play in the bath was definitely celebratory and joyous. +++++++ Bri: Thanks for this super fun challenge! !!!!!!!