Title: An Almost Meeting. Author: Jade eyes. Disclaimer: Borrowing for fun. This arose on the SJRS thread in Fanfiction Writing Resource. Jedi_Lover wanted Mara to be on Jabba's sail barge. ** That lunkhead Boba Fett took a very unlucky shot and hit the barge. It knocked Mara off her precarious perch above the action. She had to admit Skywalker was a great hand with that saber of his. How had he gotten so good? She slipped and her own shot went wide. In all the noise, it, and she, went unnoticed. *** She wound up at Anchorhead eventually, got a ride offworld with some others fleeing after the aftermath of Jabba's demise. Many families felt liberated to leave and not come back to where they had had to eke out a living. ** ** Unbeknownst to Mara, she had been knocked out for more hours than she realized. During that time, Luke and his friends had made their getaway. In the interim, the Emperor's conscious and unconscious grip on her mind started to ease. Mara didn't understand why she felt so light, so unburdened. When she puzzled it out, however, she realized his hold was dissipating. She decided to play the biggest deception of her life. *** She returned to the Emperor and played the dutiful Hand. She was on Endor, "spying" on Luke and waiting her chance to take him out, seemingly. But when he returned victoriuos and the Emperor vanquished, she was really free. She watched the celebrants from a discreet distance. The Emperor's last command was nothing but a lingering tension headache. ** Later, she joined the employ of Talon Karrde and became his second in command. +++++ Authorly note: So, Mara doesn't have all the "baggage" from RoTj, etc. Luke has a subliminal memory of her on the barge and she has more than that. So, they meet on the Wild Karrde again, as they rescue him, but there is a different kind of tension between them. Sound good? Shall I proceed?