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Beyond - Legends Sea of Flowers (L/M, H/L, OCs... AU) (update 1/22)

Discussion in 'Fan Fiction- Before, Saga, and Beyond' started by DaenaBenjen42, Mar 30, 2009.

  1. DaenaBenjen42

    DaenaBenjen42 Jedi Master star 5

    May 15, 2005
    amidalachick: Thank you. :)

    ginchy: Thank you, ginchy. :)

    dancing_star: NOT send PM?s to you, star? That just isn?t happening. Thank you, star. :)


    Things had been odd for a long time for Widia Jaden. From her long lost and kidnapped daughter showing up on her doorstep with a husband and a young son, to the baby being born in the guest room, to now, listening to Ben talk as he led her to the main room of Winter's apartment. She'd gotten used to the unsettling nature of oddness, or at least she thought she had. How normal was it for a translucent hyperactive child to regularly drop in and chat a while? She knew it wasn't, not in the least... which was why seeing Neesta having what appeared to be a tea party with the twins only made her pause momentarily and watch them. Then she turned and looked at Winter. "Can I talk to you a moment?"

    Winter, confused at the change in direction, nodded. "About what?"

    "Have the twins had an invisible imaginary friend for long?"

    Winter frowned at her, then looked over Widia's shoulder into the room and saw the twins seated at the caf table, playing with a tea set. One cup was, as usual, floating in the air by itself. "Actually... yes." She'd gotten the play tea set out earlier when everything happened, hoping to find something, anything to occupy three, and later four, children. Anakin and Ben didn't have much interest in it, but the twins... for some reason, they were.

    "When did it start?"

    "You see Neesta, Grandma?" Ben asked suddenly, pulling at her hand.

    Winter looked down at Ben, then at Widia again. "I'm not certain. Who?"

    Widia sighed. Of all the... It did make perfect sense, though. Ben's senses were good, but not THAT good. "Long story of long stories. Her name, as Ben just said, is Neesta, and she's in trouble now."

    "Why?" Ben asked with all the curiosity of a four year old.

    Widia bent down to look him in the eyes, knowing he wouldn't understand fully. "It's a grown up thing, Sweetie. And there are rules."

    "Oh. Why?"


    "Because why?"

    Widia stared at him, half-tempted to start laughing at the innocense of the question. "Let me worry about the whys, all right?" She stood up again and entered the room. "Neesta, you know better. And go visible completely so Winter can see you."

    Neesta, now fully outed, heaved an unneeded sigh, and faced her grandmother. "I didn't scare anyone, I helped and relayed information about a family member, and I made friends! Momma's not going to be mad at me for that!" She turned and set the tea cup down before losing her concentration further and dropping it.

    Winter blinked as she saw a little girl suddenly appear out of nothingness. Then she frowned... the girl bore a striking resemblance to Mara and Luke. And that's when she understood what Widia meant. "Oh."

    Widia felt like rolling her eyes at Neesta's explanation. "Oh really?"

    "I didn't scare anyone," Neesta reminded her.

    "Clinging to that small bit of logic doesn't make you any less grounded, young lady."

    Jaina raised a hand. "She can get grounded just like we can?"

    "Yes, Jaina, she can. And she is. And she knows why." Glancing down at Ben, Wida sighed. "Is that how Ben knows that your mother is all right?"

    If Neesta could have blushed, she would have done so, all the way to the roots of her intangible red-blonde hair as Jacen nodded in the affirmative. "I watched Daddy help her... and I think I spooked him because I forgot he can see me now and I stuck around too long."

    "Seems to be a theme today," Widia remarked as Neesta jumped suddenly as if someone had clamped a hand onto her shoulder. "That your grandfather?"

    "Yes. Hi grandpa!"

    "Good. Now you know how grounded you are."

    "Didn't do anything wrong!" When Widia's eyebrows went up, Neesta winced. "Twisting of the rules counts?"

    "Yes. It. Does."

    "Oh." Neesta turned and addressed thin air. "Do I have to go now, Grandpa Ani?" At what must have been his answer, her shoulders drooped. "Fine. Will I be ungrounded? ...what do you mean 'only if you earn it'?!? Not fair!"

    Widia ch
  2. WarmNyota_SweetAyesha

    WarmNyota_SweetAyesha Chosen One star 7

    Aug 31, 2004
    Super update. =D=

    liked all of it.


    Strange how I can get right back in the story even after a long break ;)


  3. Falcon

    Falcon Chosen One star 10

    Feb 7, 2002
    Great update. I guess Neesta was really grounded, when not only both grandfathers show but Biggs as well? Wow wasn't expecting that.

    More soon
  4. RedGold

    RedGold Jedi Master star 4

    Nov 29, 2004
    yay, Leia's okay! :D

    and Neesta's grouned... nice...
  5. dancing_star

    dancing_star Jedi Master star 4

    Feb 24, 2007
    Really glad to see Leia wake up. :) Loved the interaction between her and Han, and that Luke was there for Han just as Han was there for him before. Wonderfully written- so glad to see this updated! [face_dancing] Looking forward to more! =D=[:D]@};-
  6. RK_Striker_JK_5

    RK_Striker_JK_5 Jedi Grand Master star 7

    Jul 2, 2003
    Good to see Leia awake again. :) Good post, here. I like Neesta. :)
  7. ginchy

    ginchy Jedi Master star 4

    May 25, 2005
    Poor Neesta. She's just not allowed to have any fun! ;)

    I'm glad to see Leia's awake, and Han was there by her side. Luke, too. Can't wait for more! :D
  8. amidalachick

    amidalachick Jedi Master star 5

    Aug 3, 2003
    Awww, loved Han at Leia's bedside. This story was just what I needed to brighten my day. Lovely update, as always! =D=
  9. DaenaBenjen42

    DaenaBenjen42 Jedi Master star 5

    May 15, 2005
    I just now realized I hadn't replied yet. :oops: Apologies. (Story is also right now on a hold. It will be updated again, but there's something I need to do first on another one...)

    Jade_eyes: Thank you, Jade_eyes. Very glad you liked the update. :)

    JediFalcon: It's one thing to visit the living, but totally another to break the ground rules when doing so. ;) Thank you. :)

    RedGold: Yep on both counts! Thank you, RedGold. :)

    dancing_star: Thank you, star!!!! [:D]

    RK_Striker_JK_5: Thank you, Striker. :)

    ginchy: Thank you, ginchy. :)

    amidalachick: Thank you. :)
  10. Raphire

    Raphire Jedi Knight star 4

    Dec 19, 2008
    So we have a wedding! Yay! I can't wait to read more about Samir that will make this wedding seem all the more awesome!

    happy that Leia woke up and it was a really sweet scene between her and Han. Also I can't wait to hear more about Neesta!

    Her thing with the twins was amazing!

  11. DaenaBenjen42

    DaenaBenjen42 Jedi Master star 5

    May 15, 2005
    Raphire: Thank you. :) (And yep... eventually, there shall be a wedding!)

    A/N: It?s not much, but? update!!!!!!


    Han wasn't surprised to find Luke seated at Leia's bedside, reading a datapad while she slept. Not at all. He was surprised that Mara wasn't with him, though. Taking a deep breath, he pulled another chair over and sat down. "Hi."

    Luke glanced up from the datapad. "Hi yourself, Han."

    Han nodded to his sleeping wife. "She wake up again?"


    Then they lapsed into comfortable silence for a few minutes as Luke continued to read the datapad. Finally, Han sighed. "I wasn't going to ask, but... is something going on? With Mara? That she doesn't want to talk about yet?"

    Luke nodded slowly. "Yes."

    "Thought so. She didn't make you wear something strange again, did she?"

    Luke paused in his reading and turned to stare at him. "No, she didn't. In fact, she gave me a floral arrangement."

    "For what?" Leia asked suddenly, surprising them both.

    Han smiled at her. "You're going to be an aunt again."

    Leia blinked in confusion for a moment before a smile spread across her lips. "Oh."

    Luke returned the smile, but shook his head. "Act surprised when Mara tells you, all right?"

    Leia looked from him, to Han, and back again. "I think we can do that."



    Elsie had just poured her first cup of coffee when she felt it. Another seer. Close. "You know... it's rude to sneak up on people like that."

    Dawn chuckled from behind her. "And here I thought you'd actually drink that in your sleep, Dusty."

    Elsie sighed and turned to look at her. "Chris let you in?"

    Dawn studied her for a long moment, expression carefully schooled to be blank. "Somehow, I don't think he minded leaving this morning. What did you say to him last night? Or it could just be the fact that Running Moon doesn't pull strings to get me here, sitting in your kitchen for no reason."

    Elsie sat down across from her, took a sip. "He popped into my dream by accident, I threatened him with karaoke. Haven't spoken to him yet today. Still might look into finding a bar to embarrass ourselves at. Might be fun."

    Dawn studied her some more. "Right. You popped into a meeting Running Moon was having, specifically to talk to her. She knew it was more than what you said, because she knows you. She asked me to come here... why? What happened?"

    "I had a bad day. Can we just leave it at that?"


    Elsie set the coffee cup aside, wanting very much to be anywhere else. "I witnessed an accident I could not prevent, Dawn. That's all."

    "Uh-huh. That's not the vibe Running Moon got. Her wording was more 'Dawn, she was acting like she was sixteen again. Fix it, please!' And something about a ghost being grounded, whatever that means."

    "I was not that bad." She glanced at Dawn, noting the incredulous expression. "What?"

    "You were so. Starting with rescuing an unidentified coma patient out of the Hope Memorial Neuro-ICU based on a vision... and a promise to said unidentified coma patient, and ending with you at a wedding reception, being a human Oijua board." Dawn sat back and gazed at her cooly. Two could play at that game. "So it was more than witnessing an accident. If you try to lie to me again, do remember that I know more than thirty really annoying songs by heart. Spill."

    Elsie took a deep breath. It did nothing to settle her nerves. "You're right. It was more than the accident. Neesta was doing information relay to the kids who aren't supposed to know she exists, and got caught by her grandmother. Mara took exception to it, and I had to run interference because she would have said things to the kid that she would have regretted later."


    "The place I had to run interference in was a hospital, Dawn."

    Dawn froze, again evaluating the woman in front of her. That explained some things. "Oh. That wasn't a scenario I thought of when we were running you through your paces, was it?"

    Elsie laughed a little. "Would you have predicted that I'd be pressed into service because an invisible child wanted to be helpful?"

  12. Falcon

    Falcon Chosen One star 10

    Feb 7, 2002
    Poor Neesta, she so wants to be apart of the action but keeps getting into trouble

  13. WarmNyota_SweetAyesha

    WarmNyota_SweetAyesha Chosen One star 7

    Aug 31, 2004
    Glad to see an update and that Leia's up and got the happy news
  14. ginchy

    ginchy Jedi Master star 4

    May 25, 2005
    Oh, this is a blast from the past! I'll have to go back and refresh my memory! Thanks for the PM!!
  15. RK_Striker_JK_5

    RK_Striker_JK_5 Jedi Grand Master star 7

    Jul 2, 2003
    Echoing Ginchy in a blast from the past and good to see it updated. :D
  16. DaenaBenjen42

    DaenaBenjen42 Jedi Master star 5

    May 15, 2005
    JediFalcon: Hmmm... guess I'm not participating in the Mods Moving Challenge, then... Thank you. :)

    Jade_eyes: Awesome that she knows, isn't it? Thank you, Jade_eyes. :)

    ginchy: Just let me know if you need the links again. Thank you, ginchy. :)

    RK_Striker_JK_5: Thank you, Striker. :)
  17. DaenaBenjen42

    DaenaBenjen42 Jedi Master star 5

    May 15, 2005
    A/N: So... I got chocolate induced plot bunnies for Christmas. (And... I got to refer to NaNo project, too. Hee!) And, also, for those who didn't read 'em, there are referbacks in here to Wanting To Know/Ever & Always. But you don't have to read those for it to make sense. Enjoy. :)

    Jade_eyes , ginchy , RK_Striker_JK_5 , JediFalcon , Raphire , amidalachick , RedGold , dancing_star , mavjade

    Two months later...

    They'd been sifting through evidence in the Industrial District warehouse for the better part of three hours when she stumbled across something disturbingly familiar: a device with a power pack that had a Sith-like sigil on it, with paddles attached by a cord. "This is a Force Detector... I think. Never seen one outside of the written word before."

    Her partner sighed. "Outside of the written word? Elsie, really."

    "Well, I didn't think it would be prudent to ask Master Skywalker to have a look at salvaged equipment he doesn't like to use in favor of getting thrown across a room by instinctive reactions. So no, I've never seen one of these things before for real." Elsie studied the sigil, then shook her head. "And it's Sith leftovers, too. Great."

    "You're sure?" Darvis asked.

    "Unless that's the seal for the Old Republic, sure." She glanced around the warehouse, noted Neesta and Chris chatting while he picked his way through assorted, hopefully non-lethal, junk, and then returned her attention to studying the device. It was giving her the heebee jeebees. "What I wouldn't give for... oh wait. We can get one of those here in a snap."

    "One what?"

    "An Old Republic Jedi." At his raised eyebrow, Elsie sighed again. "It's not as ludicrous as it sounds, and you know two. They're your parents."

    "Wrong order."

    "True." She edged closer and let her senses roll against it just slightly. "Huh... just an inert powerpack, then." She brushed against it again... and had no warning when the room filled with a bright light that knocked her into Darvis, causing him to stumble and turn around with her in his arms. As soon as the flash had appeared, it was gone, and she was left staring at his chest. "Ow." Looking up, she noticed he was frowning at something behind her. "Sorry."



    "Where did that girl come from?"

    She blinked up at him, not understanding for a long, long moment. And then... "Girl?"

    "Wearing a brown jumpsuit, staring at her hands?"

    Elsie pushed herself out of his arms and turned to find Neesta... not translucent or glowing, and staring at her hands in shock. "Chris! Catch her!"

    Chris looked away from Neesta, to stare at his wife. "What? Why?" His answer came five seconds later when Neesta screamed and passed out, and he nearly didn't manage to catch her as she fell. "Oh!"

    Elsie scrambled over to the both of them, Darvis on her heels. Then she blinked and realized something was missing. Ordinarily, she'd have felt all three of them with her psy-senses... and right now, everything felt blank. Hollow. "Okay, so it wasn't inert. Damn."

    Darvis frowned. "I don't understand. She wasn't here before. Where did she come from? And who is she?"

    Elsie ignored him as she did a basic exam on the normally-invisible child, checked Chris over, and then gave Darvis a once-over. "If what I think just happened did, you'll probably be having a migraine later, Darvis. As for the kid here... she was here before, you just couldn't see her. This is Neesta. And she passed out due to the shock of suddenly being solid for the first time, ever. And, seriously, I'm glad she didn't have an escort today."

    "Why?" Chris wondered.

    "You want to explain Anakin Skywalker suddenly alive when he's dead? Or Ailee? Or Biggs? Or Master Yoda? Or that redheaded woman who Neesta calls "Great-Great Grandma" but I'm sure is older than that?"

    "Good point." Chris glanced up at Darvis with a smirk. "Although... it might have been interesting to have Ailee around..."

    Elsie snorted, unable to control her laughter. She looked at Darvis, knowing he was confused. "Long story."


    "Oh yeah."

    Just then the little girl started to squirm in Chris's arms, and woke up. She blinked up at him in momentary confusion, then looked at Elsie. "This is weird. Is he really holding me?"

    Elsie smiled at her. "He really is, Little Needle."


    "Don't know the how or why yet. Chris, you wouldn't by any chance also be psy-blind right now too, would you?"

    Chris stared at Elsie, wondering why she'd even ask. And then he realized he was, at that. "Well... yes."

    "Thought so. Weird side effect for a supposed Force Detector." She stood up, motioned for Chris to get up, and took Neesta's hand firmly. "Let's take you to Coruscant Medical, hmmm? Iris is just going to love this."

    "Why not Momma?"

    "I'm sure she will, too."


    Iris entered the waiting area with a clipboard just in time to see Darvis and two of his three partners enter with a little girl she'd never seen before. One wearing a brown shipsuit, with red-blonde hair that reminded her of someone, but she wasn't sure who. She frowned at them as Elsie smiled. "Hello."

    "We had sort of a problem," Elsie told her. "One that shouldn't be explained in a waiting room where there are prying ears."

    Iris blinked, startled at that pronouncement, as Elsie wasn't exactly known for her confidentiality enforcement. Whatever was going on... "Right. This way." Iris led them through the door she'd just come out of, handed the clipboard off to another nurse, and escorted them to a room. "Now. Explain."

    Elsie lifted the child, who couldn't have been more than six or seven, onto the gurney in the room. "This is Neesta Skywalker. Until 45 minutes ago, she was translucent. I want her examined... and Darvis, too, because I know Chris and I were affected by the thing overloading, and Lord only knows what it would have done to a potential Jedi if it can made a Force Ghost solid."

    Darvis startled at hearing Neesta's last name. "Wait a minute. They don't have a daughter that old!" He winced when Elsie spun and whapped him on the head. "Ow! What was that for?!?"

    "Tact. You need some. And it's better I do it than let Neesta find out she likes kicking people."

    Iris ignored them as she bent down and really looked at Neesta, who looked back at her with wide eyes. Eyes that were innocent but knew too much. It explained a lot, and all at once, Iris knew who this was without anyone having to say it. Her apparent age was just right for it to make sense. "Hi. I'm Iris Dellona. I took care of your Momma when she was sick."

    Neesta nodded enthusiastically. "She doesn't like Jello."

    "No, no she doesn't."

    "Can I have some?"

    Iris chuckled. "Why don't we get a doctor in here, give you your wellness exam, and then see about that, hmm?"


    Iris stood up, turned, and looked at Elsie. "Thank you."

    Elsie smiled and watched as Iris left the little room, then sat on the bed next to Neesta to wait. "You might end up having your first ever experience with Immunizations, too, kiddo."

    "What are immunizations?"

    "Things that are unpleasant but help keep a person healthy."


    Right then, Darvis groaned and leaned into the nearest wall. "Elsie, I thought you were kidding about the migraine!"

    Elsie smiled serenely at him. "Bad?"

    "Bad enough. What was that thing and why do I have a migraine? And how did you know?"

    "Simple answer is that you should get some Jedi training. That's also how I knew. And I still think it was a Force Detector." She sighed. "I probably shouldn't have tried to psychically sense what it was for, because that's when the prolonged wacky flash happened."

    "It felt weird," Neesta suddenly said. "Like it was pulling at me and was more than light. Then suddenly... no glow."

    Elsie frowned at that description. "Really? I'll add that to the list of oddness, then." She reached into her subpocket and pulled out a pendant, put it on, and shrugged when Chris frowned at her. "What?"

    "You're asking for trouble."

    "No, I'm trying-"

    Chris rolled his eyes at her. "Hospital. You. Badness. Not the time to wear an enhancing pendent and experiment, no matter how frustrated you are. Put it away." He stared at her until she reluctantly complied.



    "You two are weird," Darvis muttered.

    "And yet you wanted us to stick around," Chris reminded him teasingly. "I've got Elsie's migraine medication if you want it."

    Elsie sighed. "He's never used it before and it's not prescribed to him, Chris. And what I wouldn't give to have a version of Doctor Sato here to explain this situation..."

    "Doctor Sato?" Neesta asked, curious. "Didn't Iris leave to get one?"

    "Not what I meant, Neesta." Elsie paused and glanced at Chris. "Come to think of it, what did I miss while I was conked out for safety reasons?"

    "You're just wondering that now?"

    "Was too busy with other things before now."

    "Ah. Not much, other than Dawn having a reading on the Captain, and a rift alert which we didn't get to go and help with."

    Darvis frowned. "Conked out for safety reasons?"

    "You have a headache from a dampening effect on your Force Sensitivity wearing off," Chris explained patiently. "Now imagine you're constantly open to psychic miasma everywhere you go, and you're in a place where a bunch of people were killed and there's a rift in space and time..." He motioned to Elsie, who was watching Neesta poke at the sheet on the gurney distractedly. "And you'd just come off of a ten year vacation. Think about it."

    Darvis thought about it, then nodded. "Ah." He'd have said more, but Iris bustled back into the room right then, a man in a lab coat and scrubs following her. She glared at him. "What?"

    "Out. Both of you. Elsie stays."

    "Why does she get to stay?"

    "Because Neesta knows her and is comfortable with her," Iris told him simply. "And last I checked, you're not the father."

    Chris rolled his eyes. "Right. We'll be back in twenty minutes."

    "Better be. He's next." Iris watched them go, then settled her gaze on Elsie. "All right. This is the doctor who checked Mara in that night. Tell him."

    And as Elsie launched into a very long story involving ghosts at wedding receptions, hinky evidence in warehouses, and the events that led to them to being there, the doctor wondered if maybe she wasn't entirely sane...


    Mara opened their door to find a very pensive Elsie standing there, and Neesta at her side. It wasn't out of the ordinary to see them together... and then something caught her attention and she stared at Neesta and the child looked back at her longingly. "I must be seeing things. Elsie, explain why I can't see through her and she isn't glowing, please."

    "We had a small accident with a piece of evidence in an Industrial District warehouse," Elsie calmly explained, her tone slightly bored. "One moment everything was normal, the next, there was a big flash of light and Darvis was staring over my shoulder, wondering where the kid he didn't recognize had come from. And then Neesta screamed and fainted from sensory overload." She paused and looked down at the girl. "She's been a little subdued ever since."

    "Touching things is weird," Neesta blurted. "And smells! Everything smells!"

    Elsie blinked, surprised. Then she smiled, reminded of a long-ago conversation had on the subject of smelling things. At least now, she got to do that for herself with her nose, rather than her eyes. "Ah. Not subdued. Distracted."

    "And I want toast!"

    Elsie smiled at Mara, who was still staring at them both with wide eyes. "Can we come in and introduce her to food? Iris promised Jello, back at Coruscant Medical, and gave me one, but thought it'd be better for you to be there for it..."

    Mara got down on her knees and opened her arms to her child. "Come here." And right there in the doorway of her home, Mara Jade Skywalker got to hold her oldest child for the first time. She closed her eyes, enjoyed the moment, and didn't miss the sound of a barely suppressed sniffle of emotion from above. After a minute or two, she pulled back and smiled at Neesta. "You really want toast and Jello?"

    "Yes, Momma!"

    Mara glanced up at Elsie. "Are you sure this is my daughter?"

    Elsie frowned at her. "Please tell me you're kidding."

    Mara laughed at Elsie's expression, and stood up, never letting go of Neesta's hand in the process. "Of course I am. To the kitchen with both of you, and then one of you can explain why this seems so common place."

    Elsie snorted in laughter. "Hardly. I've just had to explain it one too many times today, and I think Iris pranked a doctor... that, or she really didn't like him and wanted to give him the weirdest case ever on purpose."


    Mara watched as Neesta ate the Iris-provided Jello with more relish than she'd ever seen from anyone. It made her wonder even more about this very sudden turn of events. "Good?"

    Neesta nodded as she set the empty cup down. "Yep! Toast now?"

    "Let's see how well you handle the Jello first," Elsie muttered. They both looked questioningly at her. "What? She's never eaten before."

    "But I'm hungry!" Neesta whined.

    "And that's a good start," Elsie told her. She looked at Mara, who was frowning in thought. "And no, I don't know if it's permanent. Won't know that until I'm not psy-blind anymore. Which I really wish was sooner rather than later."

    Mara stared at her, not having expected to hear that. "Psy-blind?"

    "I was right on top of the thing when it flashed, trying to figure out if it was a worthless piece of junk or not. Darvis got a migraine when the dampening effect wore off, Neesta got a case of solidness, and Chris and I... got blinded psychically. Why this couldn't have happened at least once when I was a teenager, I'll never know. As it is, the thought of my mentor with an actual body is somewhat amusing." At Mara's incredulous expression, Elsie shrugged. "It did get mentioned that I often brought ghosts to dinner with me when I was young, right? Ariel was exaggerating, and it was one ghost. The same one. A lot."


    "Running Moon is nice, Momma," Neesta spoke up. "You'd like her. Wears a strange beaded dress and odd shoes."

    Elsie chuckled. "That, she does. Hopefully, she wasn't teaching you Sioux."

    "Hanwei?" Neesta offered with a grin. "And no. Not much, anyway."

    Mara frowned. "Han-what?"

    "Translates very roughly as 'Mooney,'" Elsie supplied with a smirk.

    Just then, Luke arrived carrying a shopping bag, which he set on the counter. "Mara, I brought-" He turned around and froze when he saw Neesta sitting at the table, blinked several times. "Uh..."

    "It's a girl?" Elsie offered gently. "And I'll leave you three alone now and go check on Ben and Ri-Ri." So saying, she left the kitchen. She came back momentarily. "And Luke? She wants toast." Then she was gone again.

    Luke blinked again, then looked at Mara. "Toast?"

    Mara smiled. "Make some?"

    "Oh. Right."

    Mara watched as Luke set about making some toast, knowing how floored he was. She could feel the shock echoing off of him in waves. She glanced at Neesta. "Butter or jelly?"

    "Both?" Neesta suggested in confusion. "Why is he shocked?"

    "It's a lot to take in, Neesta," Mara told her as she stood up and moved to where her husband was staring at the toaster. She touched his arm, nodded towards the table. "Go and give her a hug. I'll do this."

    "What's the toast for?" Luke wondered in confusion, suddenly realizing how odd the request was when it was actually getting towards dinner time.

    "Neesta wanted it."


    Mara watched him go, kneel down in front of their daughter, look her in the eye for a long moment, then he pulled her into a fierce embrace and Neesta squealed in delight. Maybe eventually, the sense of touch wouldn't be weird for her... the popping up of the toaster reminded Mara of the task at hand and she smiled at an idea. Both? All right...

    Neesta ended up with quartered toast and three different varieties of spreads, and enjoyed every last one.

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  18. WarmNyota_SweetAyesha

    WarmNyota_SweetAyesha Chosen One star 7

    Aug 31, 2004
    Daena! [:D] [:D] and squee! for Neesta's "solidness" LOL Hope it can last!!!! :) :)
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  19. ginchy

    ginchy Jedi Master star 4

    May 25, 2005
    Awww!! How wonderful that Neesta is finally getting the things she wanted and Luke and Mara get to hold their child. Is it permanent? The Force wouldn't be so cruel to a child, would it? And I love how she randomly wants toast. So like a child.
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  20. Lady_Misty

    Lady_Misty Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Mar 21, 2007
    Very sweet, from what I can read since they haven't fixed the site yet. :(
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  21. DaenaBenjen42

    DaenaBenjen42 Jedi Master star 5

    May 15, 2005
    Jade_eyes : There is that possibility... Thank you. :)

    ginchy : Yep. Very much like a child. Thank you, ginchy. :)

    Lady_Misty : *truncation solution covered in PM* Thank you. :)

    A/N: Now then... there's a reference to Never Trust a Magic Elf in this post. It's truncated here, but in it's entirety over at FFN.


    As Neesta munched on her toast, enjoying it thoroughly, she noticed both parents staring at her. Normally, she didn't mind it so much when people stared at her, or looked at her, or paid any kind of attention to her, but right now it was weird... and she knew exactly what to do about weirdness. Grinning, she concentrated and continued to eat her toast. She had been having Jedi lessons with Master Yoda, and he tended to hit her on her intangible shins for misbehaving, and he wasn't here right now...

    Mara suddenly realized her chair was floating and looked to Luke to find him rising into the air as well, and had to laugh at the absurdity of it. "All right, Little Needle. You've made your point. Put us down now." She did. "You could have just said something."

    Neesta finished her toast and shook her head. "Too simple." Then she took a deep breath and looked at her father. "That was as hard as touching was before. Sort of."

    Luke blinked at her, suddenly realizing he was staring. He couldn't help it, though... and for some reason, it felt like someone should have been poking at him with a walking stick for not thinking of it in terms of the Force. His daughter was sitting in their kitchen, enjoying toast... never mind that she hadn't actually been born alive, here she was. "I believe it. Remind me to tell you about trying to lift my X-Wing out of a swamp sometime."

    Neesta giggled. "Don't have to! Master Yoda told me!"

    Luke glanced at Mara, who was looking at him funny. "That explains how she could lift us into the air. Training."

    "Learned a lot while I was grounded," Neesta told him. "And Grandma and Grandpa say hello."

    "Getting your X-Wing out of a swamp?" Mara wondered.


    "Oh." Mara suddenly realized they were missing a person, and glanced toward the door leading to the living room. "It doesn't really take that long to check on two children, does it?"

    "It does if one or two of them are awake," Luke reminded her.

    "Good point." Mara returned her attention to Neesta, smiling. "That reminds me. Come here."


    "Just come here." Neesta circled the table and Mara pulled her close, lead her hand to her abdomen. "You've been away so long, I didn't get a chance to tell you yet."

    Neesta blinked at the sensation under her hand... was that? She'd felt it before, with Ben and Ri-Ri, but this... "Wow."

    Mara smiled at Luke over Neesta's head. "Very wow."

    Luke suddenly frowned. "I wonder how we're going to explain this to Han and Leia?"

    Mara stared at him while Neesta froze in her arms. "You're right."

    "I get to meet Aunt Leia and Uncle Han!" Neesta said with enthusiasm, as if having just realized the advantages of her situation. "And not get grounded for spending time with people my own age!"

    They both stared at her, not having thought of it that way. For them, it was trying to explain the impossible. For her... not so much. Mara nodded slowly. "True. How do you think we should tell them, hmmm?"

    Neesta frowned. "The truth?"

    "What, that Elsie messed with a piece of equipment and shouldn't have?"

    "Magic Elf and mice making wishes, Momma," Neesta reminded her with a grin. "Anything is possible to explain, if you try really hard."

    Now Luke had to laugh at the reminder. "Ah. I'd nearly forgotten about that."

    "You weren't shopping for a basinette," Mara told him. "You missed the giant avian trying to pass himself off as a waiter. And really... it's not like they haven't heard her name before."

    "I didn't miss the man in a lab coat screaming his head off about not being an obstetrician," Luke pointed out.

    Neesta giggled suddenly, drawing their attention back to her. "There was more than that! And Dot gave me some pointers about clothing that I still don't get. I like brown!"

    Elsie came back into the kitchen just then, Leia following her. "I took the liberty of answering your door, and I'll be leaving now as I have overstayed my welcome, and Mara, I'll get a firm answer just as soon as I can... you know, feel. Oh, and here..." Here, Elsie pulled a manila envelope out of thin air. "You'll be needing this if she's solid. It's good to have an identity, and I did that months ago, just in case."

    Mara took the think envelope, blinking in surprise at the speed Elsie had delivered all of that in. "You don't have to go, you know."

    "If I don't go, Chris'll be turning up looking for me. It's not just about overstaying my welcome."

    "Ah. Thank you, for this."

    Leia watched the woman excuse herself from the kitchen, heard the front door open and close, and then turned to look at Mara. "What was that..." Her gaze fell to Neesta, who was looking at her with wide eyes. "Oh. Hello."

    Mara smiled. "That was about oddness not quite on the level of giant avians trying to pass themselves off as waiters. Leia, allow me to introduce you to Neesta, our daughter."

    Neesta waved. "Hi!"

    Leia pulled up a chair and sat down next to Neesta. "So you're the mystery person I saw right after the accident two months ago, hmm? It's nice to finally meet you, Neesta."

    Luke blinked. "You saw her?"

    "I wasn't sure what I saw until now. There was pain, and..." Leia shrugged.

    Neesta ducked her head, embarrassed. "I was visiting for Jaina and Jacen. Got in trouble."

    Leia smiled and raised her chin. "Thank you."

    "How are you taking this so well?" Mara wondered.

    "We talked, remember? During your hospitalization?" When Mara nodded, Leia smiled again. "How can I not understand what this means to you, after all you've been through? I get it, Mara."

    "Am I still in trouble for it?" Neesta asked plainitively, reminding them that there was something that still needed to be addressed. "For visiting?"

    Now Mara pulled a chair over, seated herself on Neesta's other side. "No. You never were, really."

    "Sure felt like I was! I couldn't even visit Diana without Ailee calling me on it! And she's not really alive!"

    The oddness of that statement caused all three adults to laugh, and that's when Ben joined them in the kitchen, saw Neesta sitting at the table between his mother and his aunt, and asked her if she wanted to play. Neesta looked up at her mother. "Can I?"

    Mara smiled down at her. "Of course you can."


    Leia watched the little girl run out of the room with Ben, smiled, and looked at her brother. "Busy day, hmmm?"

    Luke smiled back. "Still getting used to it ourselves. It's hard not to think of her as a frequent visitor that the kids aren't supposed to know exists."

    "That was why Widia grounded her," Mara muttered. "Something we'll have to spend time making up for, I think. Among other things."

    Leia glanced at the grocery bag, still on the counter. "Was one of you going to start dinner?"

    "Dinner?" Luke asked, then he followed her pointed gaze to the grocery bag. "Oh. Right. Dinner. Which we should have started already, and what time is it?"

    Leia laid a calming hand on his arm. "Calm down, Luke. I told Han to start cooking before I headed over here to find out why you were so shocked."

    "And I've already got the rolls in the oven," Mara added, glancing at her wrist chrono. "If Han is doing half the cooking for this... oh Force."

    "What?" Luke wondered.

    "It's Renna's rehearsal dinner! And we've suddenly got an extra child! And Elsie... pulled this out of thin air." Mara fingered the thick envelope currently laying on the table. "Speaking of people not acting normally... she wasn't."

    Leia rolled her eyes and stood up. "Alright... what haven't you done yet?"

    Mara smiled, and moved to take the rolls out of the oven. "Wanna help me peel tubers?"

    "Would love to."

    "Okay, then. Luke, go see how the little ones are fairing, okay?"

    He did.

  22. RK_Striker_JK_5

    RK_Striker_JK_5 Jedi Grand Master star 7

    Jul 2, 2003
    Dang, cool to see this continued. Sadly, I'm gonna have to go back and reread it. :(
  23. dancing_star

    dancing_star Jedi Master star 4

    Feb 24, 2007
    Wonderful update!! =D=Thanks for the pm. :) Keep up the great work! @};-
  24. WarmNyota_SweetAyesha

    WarmNyota_SweetAyesha Chosen One star 7

    Aug 31, 2004
    :D :) for Leia's reaction and Neesta seems to be fitting into the family @};- ;)
  25. Falcon

    Falcon Chosen One star 10

    Feb 7, 2002
    awesome update and everyone is taking it so well. Leia is great for getting Han cooking as soon as she sensed something was up from Luke. More soon