Beyond Despair, Hope, Search and Discovery - AU - H/L - Complete

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  1. Lady_Misty Force Ghost

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    A one shot that might become two.

    Han and Leia struggle to become parents. AU as far as the EU goes but not part of my AU.

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    Leia felt like crying as she stared at the home pregnancy test: negative.

    Her and Han had been trying for nearly three years to have a family but all of it seemed to be in vain.

    Her and Han had married shortly after the fall of the Empire and decided to wait a few months to start a family; a family that felt just out of her grasp.

    Leia tried to seek solace in the Force but peace eluded her.

    She quickly threw the test into the trash, washed her hands and headed for the sitting area of her and Han’s apartment.

    As she stared out the window in front of her at the skies of Coruscant she wondered what type of mother she would be. Breha Organa hadn’t been a true mother to her. It was as if she only existed to be shown off like either a pet or an accessory.

    Maybe that’s why she sought out the vague memories she had of her real mother.

    Leia wondered if her mother would have been better than Breha or if the nameless woman would have lived up to her expectations. She knew the image of her biological father had been shattered when Luke had dumped her with the news that she was his sister and that he was Darth Vader’s son.

    Bail had raised her well and taught her valuable life lessons. She briefly wondered what Anakin Skywalker could have taught her.

    She pushed her thoughts aside. There was nothing to gain by dwelling on the past and what her life could have been.

    Sometime later Leia felt Han’s Presence coming towards her and forced herself to smile.

    A minute later the front door opened and Han came in.

    “Hey sweetheart,” he said with a smile as he came over to her.

    Leia stood and hugged her scoundrel.

    “How did the meeting go?” she asked, pushing some of his hair out of his face.

    “It went better than I thought it would.” He answered.

    “Are you hungry?” Leia asked as she headed for the kitchen.

    “Some of last night’s mashed tubers would be nice.” Han called out to her from their bedchamber.

    Leia was heating up the mashed tubers when she remembered that she had forgotten to throw the covering for the pregnancy test away.

    She didn’t want Han to tell her that they would keep on trying. It was beginning to her too much.

    She felt Han approach her.

    Tears ran down her cheeks as he gently pulled her close to him.

    “Leia, maybe it’s time to see someone about this.

    The last thing Leia wanted was speculation on the visit to any medical specialist. She had been torn into when her and Han had married and she was all too aware that gossip rags were wondering why she and Han hadn’t produced any children for the next generation of Jedi.

    But if they could learn why they weren’t having any children then they could hopefully fix it.

    “Alright,” she whispered.

    xxxxxx

    A few days later Leia and Han sat in front of two specialists. One was a Mirialan and the other was a Kaminoan.

    In all the talk she hadn’t caught exactly what each of them specialized in but one of them specialized in fertility.

    “The tests have come back and there is nothing wrong with either one of your reproductive systems.” The Mirialan said.

    Leia could sense a ‘but’ in there and she could tell that Han picked up on it too.

    “Since we couldn’t find an issue in the reproductive systems we scanned your DNA for faults. And we found something both fascinating and baffling” The Kaminoan said.

    “Baffling?” Leia heard Han ask.

    “Knight Solo has DNA strands that don’t belong to a human or any known sentient species.” The Kaminoan answered.

    Leia frowned.

    “But I look human and all other scans of my genetic code say that I am human.” She said.

    “On the surface it looks human but it isn’t.” The Kaminoan said. “We wouldn’t have known something was off if we hadn’t been looking for flaws or other oddities in your DNA.”

    “Which parent?” Leia asked; hoping that she would be told it was maternal. It would be a walk in the park to find her mother if that was the case.

    “The foreign DNA comes from your father and he got it in turn from his father. After that it is unclear where it came from after that. It is almost as if your parental grandfather just popped into existence.” The Kaminoan commented.

    “The simulations that we have run show that it will be difficult for the both of you tp conceive. And then you might not de able to carry them to term.”

    Leia felt as if her chest was being squeezed.

    She might never have children.

    “There is hope since your mother carried twins that you too will be able to have children.” The Mirialan commented.

    Leia just nodded.

    xxxxxx

    It had been nearly three months since she and Han had seen the specialists. She had felt numb for so long.

    She felt cheated by the Force. She wanted children so badly but the Force decided that she wouldn’t.

    She had silently begged the Force for an answer but she hadn’t received an answer.

    She suddenly raced for the refresher to relieve her stomach of her breakfast.

    After she was finished she retrieved the home medical kit to check her temperature. She couldn’t afford to come down with any type of virus since she had said that she would help Luke with the new students. She had promised to show them proper etiquette for social functions.

    Not to mention she had promised Mon Mothma that she would be present for an audience with Dacus Reel the Prime Minster of Tatooine.

    Finally the thermonitor beeped and Leia checked it and frowned when she saw that her temperature was within an acceptable range for a normal human female.

    Curious she reached into the Force and searched her body for an answer for her sudden nausea.

    A smile suddenly formed on her face as she found the answer to her question. The Force had answered her.

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    :D :D Perfect title for the emotions =D= (Hope this becoems two) [face_batting] @};-
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  3. Hazel Force Ghost

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    Sometimes you just have to stop trying :)

    I'd like to see this continued too.
  4. Lady_Misty Force Ghost

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    Thank you @Jade_eyes

    @Hazel Sometimes you do and miracles happen.

    I felt like Bomb (Blackbird) from Angry Birds at one point writing this. Twice while writing this my laptop just shut off without warning and blah blah blah. Anyway I took in to a repair shop and it has a problem cooling off. So I have ordered a cooling fan.

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    Leia couldn’t stop the tears that trickled down her cheeks as she held her newborn daughter close. After months of worrying that something would either go wrong or that she would wake up and it had all been a dream her daughter was here.

    She was perfect; in her eyes at least.

    Wispy brown hair covered her head and her eyes were a bright blue that would most likely turn a brown in a short time.

    Leia felt some pain that this little child that she held in her arms might be her and Han’s only child but at least they would be parents.

    “She’s as pretty as her mother.” Han told her.

    Leia laughed; there was no way in the Spiral Arms that she was pretty at the moment. She was covered in sweat and her hair was a mess.

    “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” Han whispered to her.

    The door to her room slid open and Luke came in with a soft toy animal.

    Leia carefully pushed herself up a little more so that she was in more of a seating position.

    Luke came over, using the Force to pull a chair to the other side of the bed, and sat down next to her.

    “So this is my niece.” Luke said with a smile.

    “Yes,” Han said with pride.

    “I can already tell that she will be strong in the Force.” Leia told her brother.

    Luke nodded.

    “She will be a powerful Jedi one day.” Luke informed her and Han.

    Han laughed.

    “I just hope that she isn’t impatient like she was coming into the galaxy.” Han said. “This little one nearly arrived in the parking area; at least that’s what it felt like. Han commented to Luke.

    Luke laughed at the thought.

    “She waited for us to sign in and get into a room.” Leia reminded her husband.

    “It sure felt like she was going to arrive before we even got through the door.” Han informed her. “The doctors were surprised when you said when you told them when your labor started.”

    “Don’t remind me.” Leia said. “At the rate you are going when the next child comes you will feel the same amount of pain that I will be in.”

    The amusement in Han’s eyes fled; but a moment later it was back.

    “Another?” Han asked in shocked wonder.

    “Yes, didn’t you tell me that you want a little Han?” Leia asked with a smile.

    Han just nodded.

    Leia could tell that he was remembering when she had told him that a baby was on the way.

    They had debated for weeks whether or not they should learn if the child was male or female. In the end they had decided to wait until the odds of the child’s birth were higher. Leia had been slightly disappointed when she had learned that she was expecting a female. Up until then she had been debating which sounded better: Bail Anakin Solo or Anakin Bail Solo. She truly didn’t know what to name a girl. She refused to name her after Breha; not after the rough early childhood she had had.

    “I’m sure that she was just eager to meet her family.” Luke said; snapping Leia back to the present.

    “It seems so.” Leia agreed.

    “So, does she have a name?” Luke asked.

    Leia shook her head.

    “I flat out refuse to name her after Breha Organa and I don’t really have anyone else that I would want to name her after.” Leia stated.

    “What about that politician that you have mentioned on several occasions, the one that died shortly after the Empire rose?” Luke asked.

    “Padme Amidala?” Leia asked.

    “That sounds right.” Luke answered.

    “She put the Emperor in power, refused to believe that something was wrong and then the Emperor had her killed and blamed the Jedi” Leia stated.

    “I take it that you don’t like her then.” Luke said.

    “I don’t have a high opinion of her.” Leia stated.

    “But from what I understand she didn’t put Palpatine into power she just asked for a Vote of No Confidence in Chancellor Valorum.” Han began. “Palpatine then got voted into Office.”

    “How did the Emperor blame the Jedi for her death?” Luke asked; puzzled.

    “Padme Amidala was pregnant during the end of the Clone Wars. Shortly after the Empire was established she disappeared from her apartment and turned up dead on some planet in the Outer Rim; the baby had died with her. There was a lot of outrage in the Senate and there were pleas that her death be examined but the Emperor used old laws on Naboo that stated she was to be buried without further examination.” Leia stated.

    “So you think that the Emperor had her killed because she knew something?” Luke asked.

    “She was friends with a few Jedi.” Leia told her brother. “I don’t know which ones though. And I see that it is completely possible for the Emperor to have her killed for her connection to the since she could say something about the whole thing.”

    “She could have been expecting a child of a Jedi.” Han mused.

    Leia turned the suggestion over in her head.

    She didn’t know Padme Amidala but she doubted that a woman that fought so hard for the democracy and the Republic would commit Career Suicide by involving herself with a Jedi in such a manner.

    “I doubt it since she didn’t seem like the type that would have risked her career as a politician for a Jedi.” Leia said.

    “But what if they were in love and refused to deny how they felt so they kept their relationship a secret?” Han asked.

    “That sounds like something from a bad romance drama or novel.” Leia informed her husband.

    “It does.” Luke agreed.

    “Twins separated at birth is pretty corny too.” Han said smugly.

    “Point,” Luke said.

    “But Leia has a point: a senator having an affair with a Jedi is like Vader and a senator having a relationship before the Rise of the Empire.” Luke said. “I mean everyone knows how much he hated politicians.”

    Leia was about to laugh when she remembered something.

    “He liked a few.” Leia said suddenly.

    “What?” Luke and Han asked.

    “Vader liked a few.” Leia stated. “He felt that Bail Organa was honest and not afraid to hide behind something. There were a few others who’s names escape me but he knew Padme Amidala.”

    “How do you know that?” Luke asked, curious.

    Leia knew that Luke liked to learn about Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader. Luke wanted to know if there had been more of Anakin under the inky blackness of Vader.

    Truth be told Leia really didn’t like thinking of Anakin and Vader as the same person so she tried to see them as different people or entities depending on the day.

    “I am on friendly terms with Pooja Naberrie, Padme Amidala’s niece. Pooja told me once how she and Vader were alone in a room. Vader asked if her family had disproved of her career choice. She answered that they had been upset and wanted her to be something else. He stated that it was because of what happened to her aunt. She told me that it was as if he knew about her family’s displeasure at the fact that she refused to settle down.” Leia explained.

    After that they switched back to names.

    But something told Leia that she should look deeper into a possible connection between Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala. If Vader had known that Padme Amidala’s family had disproved her continuing her career as a politician then it stood to reason that Anakin had to have known as well. That meant that there had been a connection between the two.

    “I vote that we sleep on her name.” Han said; snapping Leia out of her musings.

    “That might be a good idea.” She agreed.

    “You might end up taking her home without a name.” Luke joked.

    xxxxxxx

    Leia sat at a computer terminal going through everything she could find on any possible connection between Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala. It was slow going since not only she didn’t know what she was looking for and the Emperor had encrypted many files on the Jedi.

    Leia paused when she felt her daughter stir in the infant sling that she was in.

    It had been two weeks and the baby still didn’t have a name. Leia felt guilty but she wanted her daughter to have a name with meaning and tied to her family.

    So far all she found was a holo of a celebration on Naboo about ten years before the Clone Wars started. Padme Amidala had been Queen on Naboo and Anakin had been a new Jedi Padawan.

    Leia smiled as she examined the holo. Everyone looked so happy or relieved.

    The computer beeped to say that it had found something else.

    Leia selected it and found that it was a report from the first battle of the Clone Wars. It mentioned that Senator Amidala had traveled to Geonosis to negotiate the release of the Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi. She and the Jedi Padawan Anakin Skywalker had been sentenced to death instead. They had been rescued and the resulting battle was the first one in the Clone Wars.

    Leia felt her interest pique. If Anakin had been with her shortly before the battle then it stood to reason that he had been with her before that; the question was though for how long.

    Leia started to tare through the database. She couldn’t say why but if Padme Amidala was somehow connected to her mother then maybe they could finally learn her identity after so long.

    Leia doubted that her mother was Padme Amidala since the woman had died before she could give birth. Perhaps she was seeing Obi-Wan and the Emperor killed her for what Obi-Wan had done to his apprentice. Leia still wanted to vomit at the memory of the short clip that her and Luke had found a month ago that showed the burned and maimed body of their father.

    An hour later Leia felt like destroying something. She was going in circles now.

    Her daughter whimpered at her frustration and Leia felt herself soften.

    Deciding that she needed a break Leia stood and headed for the food prep area and raided the cooling unit.

    As she ate Leia stared at the traffic.

    Some of her problem was the fact she didn’t know if her parents had been in a long term relationship or a brief one. Were they married or content to just found comfort in each other’s arms during lulls in the War?

    Personally Leia liked to think that they had been married. She knew that it was probably unrealistic but Anakin Skywalker had been a man of honor at one point. As a child of either rape or a brief romance he might have wanted more for any children that they might have.

    After a few moments Leia got up and headed back to the computer terminal. She would rely on the Force. She closed her eyes as she selected a planetary database and then asked for a search for Anakin Skywalker.

    Leia opened her eyes to find that she had selected the database for the planet Naboo.

    There were several things on Anakin Skywalker. They were mostly surrounding the Battle of Naboo which he had taken a part off as a nine standard year old child.

    Leia kept looking. She doubted that the Force would have led her to this database if something wasn’t here.

    She quickly took a break to change her daughter and to use the refresher.

    Soon she was back and searching again.

    Leia did learn that Anakin Skywalker had been a bodyguard to Padme Amidala after an assassination attempt and that had lasted until the beginning of the Clone Wars.

    Leia nodded to herself. This would explain how he knew how her family had felt about her staying in politics.

    But she still felt that something was missing.

    xxxxxx

    Han Solo entered the apartment that he lived with his wife and daughter. It had been a long day and he was looking forward to relaxing with his wife and daughter.

    He hoped that him and Leia could settle on a name soon. He would rather not have his daughter be referred to ‘Baby Solo’ for longer than a month. He had heard stories of parents that didn’t name their children for months.

    Han noted that Leia was at the computer terminal reading something.

    “Han, did you know that if we married on Naboo we could ask the monks to keep our marriage a secret?” Leia asked as she turned to face him.

    “Too bad we didn’t know that when we got married.” Han said as he walked over and kissed his wife. “It would have saved us a lot of trouble with certain beings that I could name.”

    Leia laughed.

    Certain beings thought that she should have married someone rich or powerful in order to help the fledging government. Leia told them that they could rot with the Emperor’s soul in whatever pit he had been sentenced to. It didn’t stop the huge wedding though with tons of guests and what not. Han knew that if and when Luke got married that he would only have a private ceremony with only family and friends in attendance.

    ‘The only thing would be that only us and those that were there would know about it.” Han said.

    Han watched as his wife suddenly stood.

    “Only those that were there would know that we were married but we would have a certificate though.” Leia whispered.

    Han watched in puzzlement as Leia headed for the room where they were storing some things that had been in her father’s room from the Jedi Temple. Her and Luke were going through all the flimsiplast, datapads and datacards that they could find in an effort to learn any to help them understand the man that had helped give them life.

    “I found a file on a datapad a few months ago but it was encrypted and there was a passcode. We have been too worried to take it to someone that could slice it for us since we have no idea what is on it.” Leia said as she returned with an older model datapad.

    “But you and Luke figured out what the passcode was.” Han said.

    Leia nodded in agreement. “But we couldn’t read what was on it because of the encryption on it. It appears to be something important though.”

    Han carefully took the datapad from his wife and looked at the file. It was encrypted pretty well.

    “What was the passcode?” he asked.

    “A list of numbers that form what looks like a date but if it is a date then he switched the places in such a way that we don’t know for sure what it truly is or what it would have meant to him.” Leia answered.

    “Here, I’ll show you.” Leia said as she jotted some numbers on a sheet of flimsiplast.

    Han looked at them and started looking at ways to detangle them. His days as a smuggler had taught him that beings use different kinds of code.

    Han suddenly felt like laughing as he arranged the numbers into the “correct” positions.

    “A few days after the beginning of the Clone Wars; if I figured it out correctly.” Han said; feeling pleased.

    “He would have still been getting used to his new cybernetic arm. The Jedi Council wouldn’t want him injuring himself before he fully adjusted to it.” Leia mused.

    “But that doesn’t explain why he used that date.” Leia said as she moved their daughter into a nursing position.

    Han scanned the file as he thought of the possibilities.

    “His signature is terrible in this file. All the others that we have seen on the others are bad but this is the worst.” Han commented.

    Han opened the part of the file that would allow him to decrypt the file and found another passcode.

    Without really thinking Han typed in the name of the woman that had been brought up several times.

    The screen flashed red.

    Han tried again; this time using the name Skywalker instead.

    The screen flashed green and the screen showed some text and two signatures.

    “Wow!” Han cried.

    “What?” Leia asked.

    “They were married.” Han said as he turned the datapad around to show the two signatures to his lovely wife.

    Han watched as his wife stared at the pad before carefully taking it from him.

    “That would mean that he was unfaithful to her if we exist.” Leia whispered.

    “Leia,” Han began, “if you had two powerful Force Sensitive children that the Emperor would destroy the first chance he got wouldn’t you go out of your way to make it look like the mother never gave birth?” He asked.

    “Only they would know but the rest of the galaxy would believe what was said.” Leia said; catching on.

    “A simple blood test would confirm it.” Han said with a gentle smile.

    “I have to talk to Luke.” Leia said as she made retrieved her commlink.

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    This was getting a little too long.

    It looks like though that there is going to be a third chapter which is fine with me.

    The place where I lost words was where they were discussing a connection between Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala. I really liked what I had the second time but since it wasn’t saved it was lost. :`(

    The ball really got rolling as I wrote their conversation and before I knew I was writing more than that.

    I do know of people that take their infant children home without a name. A family that I know did that for their third child for sure. I think he went six weeks or so without a name.
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    Cool update. =D= Yay for a future post and uncovering family facts.
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    They're getting somewhere. :D
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  7. Lady_Misty Force Ghost

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    @Nyota's Heart Thanks

    @Hazel Oh that they are and they will go further!

    You lucky Followers! I have another update for you! :)

    I have also changed the name since this was originally a one-shot.

    I apologize for my slowness and I made an error. The child I mentioned at the end of the last chapter went unnamed for six months not six weeks. What had happened was the parents had settled on a name and someone through a monkey wrench in on their plans which dragged out seven months. In the end they settled on the name they had originally picked out.

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    There were no words to express the nervousness Leia was feeling as she sat across from her old acquaintance Pooja Naberrie Olie.

    Leia wanted to tell Pooja that they were related but she couldn’t just drop the news on the woman. News like this had to be given carefully and people were always telling Leia that she had no tact; something she had apparently inherited from her father.

    Leia was relieved that she was holding her daughter so she couldn’t rearrange things at the table in the upscale restaurant to relieve her anxiety. Instead she used basic meditation breathing exercises to calm her nerves.

    “So do you have a name for the little one?” Pooja asked.

    “Han and I are pretty sure we have a name for her; we are just working out if we want the name the woman was given at birth or the name she was known as in life.” Leia explained.

    “What name is that?” Pooja asked.

    Leia smiled. “Lakshmi was the name my father’s mother was given at birth but after she was kidnapped she became known as Shmi.”

    Pooja smiled.

    “Personally I like Lakshmi better.” Pooja told her.

    Leia laughed, it felt so good to just have some girl time.

    Her daughter started to fuss; trying to suck on her tunic.

    Leia wasted little time opening her tunic enough to slip her daughter in and then she grabbed her cloak to cover herself a little more; some beings took great offense when a lactating being tried to nurse their young in certain public places.

    In all honesty Leia had seen many females of different species, cultures and back rounds expose themselves more than a being trying to nurse their young.

    For the rest of lunch Leia and Pooja talked about their lives over the past few years. Leia learned that Pooja had several children, all of them were older than baby Solo but that didn’t matter.

    Leia finally gathered her courage to tell Pooja what she and Luke now knew about their mother; how they were related.

    Leia was about to say something when she heard a disgusted noise.

    Leia looked up to see a Twi’lek woman standing there wearing something that could only charitably be called a dress; it left very little to the imagination.

    “Do you have to expose yourself in such a shameless manner?” The Twi’lek woman demanded.

    Leia released her anger for the most part into the Force and fixed the other woman with a cold stare.

    “I am covered and only those at this table or excellent hearing would know that my daughter is nursing.” Leia told the woman. “Besides, a strong wind or a piece of your skirt getting caught on something would leave you completely exposed.” Leia informed her detractor.

    The Twi’lek stared at her for a moment in shock.

    Leia turned to Pooja.

    “Can we go elsewhere?” She asked the elder woman.

    Pooja nodded and signaled the waiter droid to come over so they could pay the bill and leave.

    Once they were out Pooja started to complain about the manners of the Twi’lek woman. How on Naboo nobody would have commented on it unless they were privately telling you that part of you was uncovered,

    Soon they were in the relative silence of the Solo apartment.

    For the first few minutes after arriving Leia and Pooja talked about different things.

    Finally Leia pushed her fears aside.

    “Pooja, recently my brother and I discovered some interesting information about the identity of our mother.” Leia told her cousin.

    “Oh?” Pooja asked.

    “It was well hidden and what we have pieced together makes sense as far as her identity goes but we haven’t done the DNA test yet. To do that we have to inform her family because of the laws of her home planet require that the family be informed when a kidnapping has taken place.

    Pooja’s eyes widened.

    “You and Luke were abducted?” she whispered.

    Leia nodded.

    “It was to protect us from the Emperor but her family and everyone else was lead to believe that she died before giving birth.” Leia explained.

    Pooja’s mouth opened and Leia knew she had guessed the news Leia had for her.

    “I always knew they were in love; so did my mom but we never have had any proof. Then the Emperor enforced little known laws about her privacy and that she was to be buried without another examination and that the baby would stay in her.” Pooja told.

    After a minute Pooja stood, straightening her skirt.

    “Do you mind if I call my family and let them know that you and Luke want the test done?” Pooja asked.

    Leia smiled.

    “Use my comm station; it has strong privacy settings.”

    Leia felt some fear that the Naberries would not accept her, Luke, Han and little Lakshmi. But the Force assured that they would take them in with open arms; they would love to have more members of the family.

    Leia blinked when she realized that she had given her daughter a name in her mind.

    She looked at the sleeping baby and smiled. Her name would be Lakshmi Ami Solo. She would be the first of many Solo children.

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    There will be only one more chapter.
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    Great update. Pooja is sweet, and the new title is lovely and fitting. Looking forward to the next part. :)
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  9. Lady_Misty Force Ghost

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    @Nyota's Heart Thank you!
    @Hazel you missed a post.

    Sorry for the delay. I have no excuse.

    This will be the last chapter for this fic since there is and will be no more to tell.

    Leia, Han, Luke and Lakshmi meet the Naberrie Family.

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    Leia watched as shrubs and walls passed on either of the speeder she, Han, Luke and little Lakshmi were in. In just a few minutes she would finally meet the Naberries in person at a local medical center to verify a relation between the Naberries and her and Luke.

    They had spoken over the comm but this would be the first time they would all meet in person. At the same time Leia was nervous but excited for this meeting so much could happen during this meeting. She still remembered all too well about making first impressions but anyone could put up fronts. The best way to get good readings on people was see how they acted when they weren’t trying to impress you; when they were at home or at their office.

    Finally the speeder slowed as they approached their destination and came to a halt. All of the adults took a moment to take a few cleansing breaths before they prepared to enter the medical center and confirm what they already knew.

    Leia gently slipped Lakshmi into a carrying sling and let Han take her hand while Luke took a position on her other side.

    Slowly as a group they headed into the medical center. A male human nurse was waiting for them near the reception desk and gestured for them to follow him down a corridor.

    They didn’t speak as they walked to the room where the tests would be performed. The silence was light and Leia could Feel that the nurse was curious but was professionally holding back on asking questions. It was nice that someone wasn’t pestering her with questions; back on Coruscant she could rarely go anywhere where organics would be serving her in any fashion without someone asking person questions.

    About part way down the corridor the nurse veered towards a door on the right and tapped a button on the wall to open it.

    They walked in the room and the nurse shut the door behind them. Leia nodded pleasantly at the Naberries when she saw them but they didn’t exchange words as the male nurse took DNA samples from them.

    They all watched the nurse though as he inputted the samples into the analyzer in the room. Seconds passed, if Leia wasn’t Force Sensitive it might have felt like hours instead of the ten seconds it took the analyzer to finish.

    The nurse looked at the results and he turned to look at them with a gentle smile. “Luke Skywalker and Leia Solo are the children of Padme Naberrie; congratulations.” He announced politely

    It was as if a spell had been broken and Jobal Naberrie hugged her. Leia returned the gesture grateful that she could Feel how happy her grandmother was to know that she a part of her deceased daughter; that the swollen abdomen had been a lie.

    Leia knew from experience that anger would soon set in with the Naberries as they thought of the years that had been stolen from them. She couldn’t blame them; she knew that if by some twist of fate the same thing that happened to her mother happened to Lakshmi she would be angry if she discovered that Lakshmi had given birth and her child or children had been spirited away. Maybe in time she could understand but it would still upset her.

    She still had a hard time with how her life had been on Alderaan. It had been hard for her to understand what love truly was since Breha and Bail had had an arranged marriage and never truly loved each other. They did care for each other but there had been bitterness at times on Breha’s part. Leia could never be sure if it was because Breha thought that she, Leia, was the result of an affair that Bail had had with some human woman or if Breha had been jealous or angry that Bail would rather be on Coruscant than on Alderaan.

    Leia was ten nearly eleven when Breha had died as a result of a miscarriage gone wrong. It had surprised Leia to no end as she grew older that none of Breha’s maids, her personal medical droid and her organic doctor had known that Breha had stopped taking the birth control drugs and had gotten away with not getting the birth control implant replaced. Together the pills and the implant had prevented any possibility that Breha could get pregnant. She had either miscarried or gave birth prematurely to six children that didn’t live to see a second day of life before medical professionals had highly advised Breha and Bail to stop trying for a child in that manner. Leia remembered all too well how many times Breha reminded the beings that she entertained that she could never carry a child herself without fear of a miscarriage or preterm labor. Maybe Breha had been emotionally insecure and wanted to prove to herself that she could have her own child. She still remembered when Breha had been rushed to palace’s medical wing only to die within two days.

    But she could Feel that the Naberries would have been different from Breha. They would have only expected her to be polite and to respect others. They would have blocked her from politics but really she wasn’t cut out for politics which was something anyone that truly knew her wasn’t afraid to point out. It would have also prevented the Youth Legislative Program from attempting to brainwash her into believing that the Government on Coruscant could do no wrong and that all she had to do was complain that the laws weren’t being obeyed.

    Before Leia knew it the Naberries were leading them to the speeder parking lot and being told that they would take her to the family home and they would have a home cooked meal and they would share stories. They wanted to know if half of the things that happened to them were true and if any of the stories were exaggerated.

    Lakshmi made a happy noise and Leia smiled at the sounds of her daughter’s coos.

    For the first time in several years Luke and her had found family beyond themselves, their deceased father, his step-brother and his wife. It felt good that they had family and she knew that Han felt the same way.

    It felt good to have found them.

    Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    The End

    Oh my gosh, this is finished!!!! Thank you one and all for reading and your interest in this.


    I hope to hear from you again.
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  10. Hazel Force Ghost

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    Nice story, Misty!
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  11. Nyota's Heart Combos & Paragraphs Host

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    Wonderful wrap up and musings on the choices that others make and the consequences. =D= I love the sense of harmony and contentment at the end.
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  12. Lady_Misty Force Ghost

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    Thank you @Hazel and @Nyota's Heart! :) This was a joy to write and thank you for sticking with me.
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  13. AzureAngel2 Force Ghost

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    Ups, I almost missed THIS treasure here!

    [face_love]

    Loved that you used the name of a Hindu goddess for the full name of Shmi. And the way how you worked towards a family reunion... sniff!

    @};-
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  14. Lady_Misty Force Ghost

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    It made sense to me that if Shmi had been sold into slavery as a young child she might not have remembered her full name or someone couldn't pronounce so tagged her with a nickname. I think wookieepedia suggested that her name came from the Hindu goddess Lakshmi so I looked up the name and fell in love with the meaning
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  15. AzureAngel2 Force Ghost

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    Jun 14, 2005
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    [face_love] Love you for being so thoughtful AND inventive.
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