Title: Sea of Flowers Author: DaenaBenejn42 Characters: Luke, Mara, Ben, OC's, Han, Leia, Solo Kids Timeframe: a year and a half post Obsessed With Flowers Disclaimer: Star Wars still owned by Lucasfilm. All praise to 'em. Notes: This is the sequel for [link=[url]http://boards.theforce.net/beyond_the_saga/b10477/22710435/p1/?388]Obsessed[/url] With Flowers[/link] and was inspired by ginchy wondering if we?d see those characters again, JediFalcon (thank you JediFalcon!), positive response to Flowers, AND the [link=[url]http://boards.theforce.net/fan_fiction_resource/b10304/26891244/p43/?1062]MMM[/link][/url] challenge. Enjoy. It was a dark and cloudy day as she sat on the bench and watched Ben play on the equipment in the play area. Mara glanced up, noting the texture of the clouds, and nodded to herself. It was going to rain today. A few more minutes, and she'd gather Ben up and start for the apartment. Something was nagging at her, and she wasn't quite certain what. A few minutes later, she stood up. "Ben! Time to go!" Ben came over to her. "But I want to stay." She held out a hand, smiling. "It's going to rain. That means it is time for us to go inside now." He took her hand unenthusiastically. "Can we come back tomorrow?" "I'll think about it." Ben frowned as she led him to the parked speeder. She almost seemed to be laughing. That wasn't right. "What's funny?" "I have something to tell your father," Mara told her son and she helped him into the speeder. "Is it funny?" Mara chuckled. "Yes and no... need to stop by a florist." "Why?" She didn't answer as she buckled him in and got into the speeder herself. ~*~*~*~ She sighed as she sat alone in the Academy mess hall, aimlessly stirring her food around on its tray with her fork. He hadn't called. Worse than that: he had missed her call. Their scheduled weekly call, and he missed it. It wasn't the first time, as their schedules sometimes conflicted, but usually he called the next day. He didn't, and still hadn't. She sighed again, and moved to stand up. It wouldn't do to stay here, moping for an hour and not eating anything. It was just... the day was important. Their anniversary and her lifeday fell on the same day. Today. She missed it once due to being ill, and was determined not to miss it again. And he had... darn him. Suddenly, she felt an impossible presence and her head snapped up to look around the room. It couldn't be... could it? No. Could have been her imagination, making her feel things she wanted. She snorted indignantly to herself and shook her head. "Silly Force." "What's so silly about it?" She froze at the stunningly familiar voice and slowly turned to find... "Samir?" Blinking twice, she nearly fell into his arms. "You're here!" Samir took her into his arms and they stood there, in the middle of the mess hall, not caring that people were staring at them. "Did you think I'd miss it?" "Well no, but..." She pulled away and looked up at him. "You didn't call and I wasn't able to reach you." He smiled down at her. "I spent three or four days in transit or I would have called, Renna." Renna glanced around, suddenly realized that people were watching, and blushed. "Think we could take this somewhere more private?" "I don't see why not." ~*~*~*~ Luke had just laid Riana down for a nap when Mara arrived home with Ben. "How was it?" "Fine," Mara answered as she shut the door behind them. "Got drenched between there and here." Luke took a moment to wonder what Mara was holding in the container before bending down and helping Ben out of his jacket. "Did you have fun, Ben?" Ben nodded. "I wanted to stay longer. Was having fun." Luke smiled. "I'm glad you had fun." He glanced at Mara and noticed the expression in her eyes that usually meant she wanted to talk to him alone, nodded, and turned his attention back to Ben. "Go check on Riana, but don't wake her up." When Ben was safely out of earshot, Luke looked at Mara. "What is it?" She handed him the container. "Open it." Luke opened the container and frowned at the contents. "Flowers?" "