Title: Fragments Author: Ceillean Characters: depends on the weekly themes Notes: Written for the Ultimate Drabble Challenge, which you can find here * Baby She held him tightly, fingers gently running along the soft curls of black hair that covered his scalp. “He’s beautiful.” She whispered and placed a warm, lingering kiss on top of the baby’s head. “He’s a miracle.” Her husband said but she caught the odd edge in his voice and she knew that it was almost time. “I want to name him first.” She said, fighting tears. “At least let me give him a name.” Her husband nodded curtly and gave his wife the time she needed to say good-bye. “My beautiful little boy.” She whispered. “My beautiful little Zekk.” Child Behind the grav dumpster or into the sewers? Zekk wasn’t sure which way to go. But he had to hurry because time was running out. Behind him, he heard the heavy footfalls of men who were chasing him. They wanted what he’d taken from them but he couldn’t give it back. He had to deliver the jewels to Peckhum because otherwise he and his friends wouldn’t be able to eat. And he was so very hungry. Biting his lip, Zekk decided to take his chances in the sewers. The rats down there couldn’t be any worse than the ones topside. Teenager He’d met several girls in the past few years but no one had been quite as striking as Jaina Solo. When she smiled, it felt like his heart was likely going to burst. “Are you sure you don’t want to come along?” She asked sweetly. “You’re so gifted, Zekk. My uncle could teach you so many new things.” He swallowed. It was a tempting offer, of course. Escape life in the slums and join this beautiful girl at the Jedi Academy. But then he remembered Peckhum. “Sorry. But I got a job to do.” He turned his back on her. Adult Around him, younglings had their eyes closed as they concentrated on levitating stones. Zekk watched and evaluated, gave pointers and encouraged. He liked teaching the children, knowing that one day they would go out on their own and become the individuals they were destined to be. He was proud to know that he would play a great role in their lives. As their friend. As their tutor. As their Master. Zekk turned around and smiled as Jaina approached. He still considered her the most beautiful woman to ever cross his line of sight. Too bad her heart was already taken. Elderly “I know I’m too late.” His voice was barely audible but his words were clear and truthful. He held her hand tightly, squeezed until the skin around his knuckles turned almost translucent. “I never told you…” Jaina smiled. “Told me what?” “How much you mean to me. How much you’ve always meant to me.” Zekk closed his eyes and breathed in deeply. It was almost time. He could feel it. It was now or never. “I love you, Jaina.” She leaned forward and she kissed him. “I know.” A heavy burden disappeared from his shoulders and Zekk finally knew peace.