Discussion in 'Fan Fiction- Before, Saga, and Beyond' started by ginchy, Jan 30, 2012.
jade_eyes: Thank you! I was hoping his confrontation of Daala would be powerful. And there is more Betrys in 200…mostly Fetus!Bets but that’s good too, right? LOL
taramidala: I agree, girl. I don’t like thinking that Luke dies and leaves his babies and Mara. And thank you. The story is definitely bittersweet. I’m so glad you enjoyed it.
Jedi_Lover: Girl, I can’t get a hug from my 2 year old! She is just too busy for things like hugs and sugars. As for bootknocking, I think I can recommend a few for you to read. LOL! There’s even one to go along with ‘200’!! And I so agree. Mara shouldn’t have died. But maybe she’ll be back in Episode VII. (How crazy is it that a sentence like that can be uttered and be in the realm of possibility???) Thanks, lady!
JediMara77: Thank you!!!
Luke stood on a craggy cliff overlooking ocean waves as they lapped at the beach. It was cold now, the off season, but still a beautiful beach with crystal clear water and soft white sand. Couples strolled hand in hand wearing long sweaters and sipping hot drinks while families combed the sands for seashells and sea glass. He could feel them all around him, their happy presences in the Force a welcome hum accompanying the rhythm of the ocean waves.
He and Mara had spent part of their honeymoon here on this beach, many years ago. She had never stood in this particular spot with him, but he remembered noticing it one evening as they had walked beside the surf under the light of a full moon. He smiled faintly, joy overtaking the pang of sorrow he suspected would always be there in his heart, even with all the changes he had been through in the past few months.
They had always talked about coming back here as a family, and he wished he had those memories to add to the ones of just he and Mara on the beach. But seeing Ben relax and have fun made the trip even more enjoyable than Luke had anticipated. They had survived their encounter with the fanatical Ewok tribe and that was not something he wanted to remember, though Ben insisted on singing the Yub Nub song often and loudly on the way home from that particular mission.
Home. He and Ben had moved back into the Temple, to the welcoming arms of the Jedi. Daala had yet to make another move against them, but part of him knew it was only a matter of time. But back at home with Ben, and among the Jedi, Luke felt more like himself again. He was more in charge of his life and destiny than he had been in some time. And he liked that feeling. It was almost as if a dark cloud had moved and he could see clearly once again. He knew he was ready for anything Daala might throw at him. He and the Jedi were ready.
His reason for standing on the cliff tugged at his memory. He pulled the IDD out of his pocket, staring at it in the sunlight reflecting from the water. It was a broken machine, but still he was carrying it around, bittersweet memories attached to it. He thought of Mara, the way she had felt in his arms and the completeness she brought to him. He thought of Betrys, the beautiful daughter he would never know for more than just a day, and of Ben, so like his own son, clever and powerful. He would never know their fates, but their destinies and his were no longer entwined and they would be fine. They had one another, and he had Ben.
He pulled back with his right arm and tossed the IDD as far as he could, watching as it arced up into the light and fell with a plunk in the middle of the ocean. And he felt no regret.
He turned to walk away but suddenly the sun was brighter and the wind crisper as he felt familiar arms wrap around his waist. She was there in his mind again, her love as bright and intoxicating as always. It'll be okay, my love, phantom lips seemed to murmur in his ear as their souls merged for an eternal second. Then there was a familiar brush against his hair, so soft.
He gasped and tried to reach for the elusive hand, but the colors muted back to their normal shades and he was alone on the cliff once more. "Mara," he whispered, her name carried away on the wind as he stood there smiling.
"Dad?" Luke turned to smile at his son as he climbed up the small cliff. "What are you doing?"
Luke pulled his cloak tighter around himself. "Just enjoying the view."
Ben looked out over the expanse of water. "Yeah. Nice. Anyway, Daala's on the comm. She says you're under arrest for inciting bad fashion on the galaxy."
"Tell her I pled guilty to that charge years ago."
"See, there you go with the humor again. Who says Jedi Masters are stuffy?"
"Your mother always did."
"Yet she hung out with you all the time. I think she was protesting a little too much."
A smile touched Luke's lips. "Maybe."
"Anyway, I just climbed up here to tell you it was time to feed the kid. But I'll give you a minute to meditate or whatever you were doing." Ben started climbing back down.
Luke watched him go before turning to look back at the water. It was time to devote his energy to Ben and to the Jedi Order. Thanks to Mara, both Maras, he could do that now. Her love had always inspired him and would continue to do so. Ever and always.
He looked down at Ben and started climbing after him. "Hang on a minute," he called to his son. "I'll come with you."
End, 'Echoes of Always'
I know that ending is used often, but there's a reason for it. All hail Tim Zahn, without whom most of us would only think of Star Wars as a great film and that would be the end of it.
I want to thank all of you for reading this story. It has meant so much to me, the story itself and your comments/thoughts/concerns. It just goes to show how much love we all have for these characters and that makes me smile. So thank you!
I also must thank two fantastic women who helped make this story what it is. First, JadePilot,who was the first person I mentioned this idea to back in 2007 (and continued to bug her with for the next few years). Her faith in me and the story is what made me want to write it, and the story is FOR her. Thank you for being such a wonderful friend and confidant, gal. I miss you!!
And second, JediMara77, who along with her 'Red Pen of Doom' made this story far more than it would ever have been with me alone at the wheel. Thank you for all your hard work, brainstorming, general awesomeness and friendship. You also helped me believe I could write something longer than a one-shot of smut (though, those are nice, too! *g*). You're awesome, lady!!
Awww. Thank you, lady, for writing such a wonderful story. I know I've said it before and said it often, but I love this story so much. I wish it were canon. (Well, I wish Mara had never died, but since she did, I wish something like this had happened afterward.) This epilogue is just beautiful and wonderful and so many other adjectives that don't even begin to describe it. You are a great writer and know these characters so well, and I can't wait to read more from you...and maybe with some original characters, too.
Delightful especially, He turned to walk away but suddenly the sun was brighter and the wind crisper as he felt familiar arms wrap around his waist. She was there in his mind again, her love as bright and intoxicating as always. It'll be okay, my love, phantom lips seemed to murmur in his ear as their souls merged for an eternal second. Then there was a familiar brush against his hair, so soft. That final line you used is always perfect
This was a great story Ginchy. It was nice to reread it.
I LOVE THIS STORY!!!!!
That is all.
Very nice ending. I also hope to see Mara in EP7, but I guess it would depend on the time frame. And if they are not going to follow EU canon, then at least give me Mara Jade Skywalker and have her alive and well and living a long life with her Farmboy. As far as I'm concerned I won't cry if there was no Vong War, if Jacen doesn't turn to the darkside, if Chewie doesn't have a moon dropped on his head, or Anakin Solo doesn't die on a suicide mission. Give me my Luke/Mara mush!!!
JediMara77: Thank you, gal. I’m always so pleased to know you enjoy this story like you do. I wanted to write something that felt mature and thoughtful, and you helped me to do that.
Jade_eyes: That is my favorite part, too. Thanks!!
Hazel: Thank you, gal. I am glad you enjoyed it the second time around, too!!
Briannakin: And that is wonderful!! Thank you!!
Jedi_Lover: Lady, if Mara is even MENTIONED in Ep VII I’m going to pass out cold on the floor. LOL If she actually exists and is in the film I don’t think my heart will be able to take it. LOLOL! Thank you!!
With our luck she will be Lando's wife.
Then Lando won't be in the film cause she would have killed him. Luke can visit her in prison and Ep VII starts from there!
Luke breaks her out of prison. "I'm Luke Skywalker. I'm here to rescue you...and to give you some Jedi love (Cue the ubiquitous porn music).
Girls, I hope, that in the EP. 7 Luke has a son, and Mara WILL be in this movie. At least, she should be mentioned. There no idiots working in Disney, and new movie should be designed for a specific audience. We are this audience.
@ginchy on your Award Nominations for this story. I know I loved this story!
Well it's been awhile since I've been to the TFN forum, and I am glad that I picked this fic as the first one to read. Ginchy, I love it! Nice job!!
Amazing, awesome, wonderful - there's just not enough adjectives to describe how much I love this story. Great job!
Thank you, Jedi_Lover, Bianka_Kenobi and ethereallights! I'm so glad you enjoyed. EoA is my love letter to L/M and very dear to my heart.
And another big 'thank you' to everyone who voted for EoA in the awards!!
Congratulations on your double win!
Thank you, lady!! You were there for EoA from the very start. Right after Sacrifice when I said, "This blows. I need to write a fic where Luke finds Mara again."
It was a well deserved win! Luke really does need Mara. He is not the same without her.
I remember when you came up with the plot. It was hard not to squeeee myself silly! Remember how bummed I was after sacrifice? EoA went"u a long way to heal my heart!
EoA was wonderful, but it was bittersweet. There was no perfect ending. There couldn't be because he had loved ones in each dimension. But I guess that is what makes it such a great story. Ginchy didn't take the easy way out and write four alternate endings like I did with AoW. lol!
JP, it helped to heal mine, too. I even read parts of profic past Sacrifice, which I had sworn never to do, and Luke and Ben's healed relationship helped me to heal even more. But, still, what a waste of a wonderful character in Mara! At least we'll always have fanfic.
And JL, I loved AoW!! I love the alternate endings. You thought of things I never did!! LOL I've always loved parallel universes. I blame The Twilight Zone.
I am still a Twilight Zone fan. My boys know all the big quotes. I was in my son's classroom yesterday and while we were leaving I saw a book on a bookshelf that looked like mine. He had brought a giant cookbook of mine to school to press leaves for some science project. As I was leaving with the cookbook my oldest son yells out, "It's a cookbook!" Which probably meant nothing to the other kids, but he remembers the episode To Serve Man on Twilight Zone. I loved all of those episodes. I also watched Night Gallery and The Outer Limits.
Anyway, this was a wonderful story.
Betrys is my faaaaaaavorite.