INDEX OF STORIES IN (IN-UNIVERSE) CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER click on the arrows to go directly to the story → 11 ABY – Jade Apprentice During the Jedi Academy Trilogy. Mara speaks to Luke after returning to Yavin IV briefly to deliver news of Mirax to Corran. → 13 ABY – Jade Recovery One week following Planet of Twilight. Luke wrestles with Callista’s departure. Mara visits. → 17 ABY – Jade Waltz Two weeks after The New Rebellion. Talon Karrde and Mara Jade attend a formal dance commemorating Leia’s return to power. → 18 ABY – Jade Evolution Immediately after Showdown at Centerpoint. Luke is upset after the death of Gaeriel. Mara tries to cheer him up. → 19 ABY – Jade Revelation Bracketing the final chapter of Vision of the Future. Luke and Mara are getting married. First, they have to tell everyone. → 19 ABY – Jade Sabre One month after Union. Luke gives his new wife a present. → 20 ABY – Jade Reflection (SJRS Challenge May 2013) About a year after Union. Mara, Mirax, and Leia share drinks and stories. → 23 ABY – Attachments Some time after Survivor’s Quest. Luke wrestles with the idea of Jedi marriage. → 23 ABY – Jade Attachment One year after Survivor’s Quest. Luke and Mara resolve the Jedi marriage issue. Follow-up to Attachments. → 24 ABY – Jade Reminiscence (SJRS Challenge December 2013) A few months after The Crystal. Luke and Mara try to celebrate the Festival of Life. → 27 ABY – Jade Despair During Dark Journey Mara and Luke react to Anakin Solo's death → 27 ABY – Jade Dilemma During Enemy Lines I: Rebel Dream. Mara has to decide whether to accompany Luke to Coruscant or stay behind with Ben. → 29 ABY – Jade Anniversary (SJRS Challenge February 2013) Immediately after The Unifying Force. Luke and Mara celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary. ________________________________________________________________________________ Thanks everyone for the 2014 award nominations! Best Canon (won) Best Series (nominated) Best Canon Interpretation (nominated) Best New Author (nominated) ________________________________________________________________________________ I'm cross-posting these from fanfiction.net in the hope of receiving some C&C here. I'll post an additional story every few days. Comments are welcome as this is my first attempt at fan fic and I'd like to improve. Some of the stories may be similar to others that are floating around out there (this is coincidental, I promise - I don't read similar stories until after I've finished mine). Basically, these will be a series of stories expanding on the relationship between Luke and Mara, since the details we get (especially during the Bantam era) are a little light. Canon-compliant, for the most part, with some internal canon/self-referential elements. I hope you like the stories. * * *JADE APPRENTICE 11 ABY - During Jedi Academy trilogy and I, Jedi Mara speaks to Luke after returning to Yavin IV briefly to deliver news of Mirax to Corran. Mara entered the room adjacent to the one where Luke slept. She noticed Tionne sitting quietly in meditation, and briefly considered how to sneak past the woman. It was too late, though, as Tionne opened her eyes, clearly sensing her presence in the room. Her greeting was less-than-affectionate. "Mara." Mara tried to smile at her, but didn't quite succeed. "Tionne. Can I see him? I wanted to say goodbye." Tionne frowned. Mara had always known Tionne to be kind and generous, but all she was sensing from the other woman now was faint anger and hostility. Tionne responded. "He's sleeping." Her eyes narrowed. "You're leaving again?" Mara was starting to get impatient with her, and snapped a bit. "I was just passing through. Had to drop something off for Keiran, and thought I'd say hello." Tionne sighed, and closed her eyes again. "Perhaps you should just leave. You made your choice to abandon him, and to return now only to leave again is unacceptably cruel. Goodbye, Mara." The undertones of anger in Tionne's voice shocked Mara. And enraged her. She snapped back venomously. "I don't stay where I'm not needed, Tionne, and all of you made it perfectly clear that you didn't want or need me around here." Tionne's eyes opened again, and the transformation in the woman jarred Mara. Suddenly Tionne was no longer angry, just sad and serene. The woman sighed. "You think you were not needed here?" Mara set her jaw, prepared to argue. "I know that I wasn't. I had no friends at this place, save for Keiran. And he certainly did not need me here." Tionne's eyes narrowed. "Perhaps you did not have many friends among the trainees here, Mara, although that was as much your own doing as ours. But you've left someone out, intentionally or otherwise." It was clear of whom Tionne was speaking. Mara huffed. "He didn't need me here, either, obviously. And he certainly didn't care if I was here or not." Tionne sighed, and all of her anger faded away. "You are either gravely mistaken or are being deliberately defensive. Your leaving hurt Master Skywalker badly, at least as much as when Gantoris died, and as much as when Kyp left. Perhaps even more so. That much was clear to me, even without the Force. I would not have you hurt him like that again." Mara suddenly felt sick. "I want to see him, before I leave. I want to make sure that he's ok." Tionne nodded. "I will not stop you from looking in on him. Please do not wake him. He needs to rest." With that she closed her eyes again. Mara sighed and quietly opened the door to Luke's room. She nearly gasped as she saw Luke lying there. He looks like he aged a hundred years since the last time I was here. She could tell he was sleeping, and fought off the urge to say something to him. Tionne's anger had stung her. She turned to leave, but heard a soft voice behind her. "Mara." She turned back to see Luke's eyes open, staring at her. Mara winced. "I'm sorry to wake you. I promised Tionne I wouldn't. I was just going to check on you before I left. Go back to sleep." She saw only sadness in Luke's eyes. "Why did you come back, Mara, if you're leaving again?" She felt a strong feeling of discomfort, but did not lie to him. "I found some information about Mirax, and came to give it to Corran. He told me who he was. I got here right in time to catch the end of the battle." Luke settled back again and closed his eyes. She thought he was done talking, but he spoke again a moment later. "So you did not come back because of me?" She hung her head, and suddenly regretted having come here in the first place. "No." "I see." Luke's voice betrayed little sadness, but Mara got a sense of his anguish through the Force, clearly leaking out through mental barriers made weaker by his battle with Exar Kun. Mara sighed. This isn't going well. "I need to go, Skywalker. People waiting on me, and all that." Luke opened his eyes again, and looked at her. "Will you not come back, and complete your training?" Mara shook her head. "It's clear this isn't working for me, not now." "Will you come back some day?" Mara looked away for a moment. "I don't know." Luke was quiet for a long moment. Finally he responded. "I hope you do, Mara. You will always be welcome here." With that, he closed his eyes again. There was nothing left for Mara to say. She mumbled "goodbye, Luke. May the Force be with you," then turned to leave again. Again, a quiet voice stopped her. "Mara, one more thing. There's a package with your name on it in the top drawer of my desk. I meant to give it to you a long time ago, but never got the chance. Please take it with you when you leave." With that, he settled back again, and this time Mara could tell he was indeed sleeping. She walked over to the desk, and pulled out a small box labeled Mara from the top drawer. She briefly considered opening it on the spot, but something inside her kept her from doing that. Leaving, she tried again to slip past Tionne without being noticed. Again she failed. She hid the package behind her hip as Tionne's eyes opened to look at her. "Did you speak with him?" Mara shook her head, lying as she left the room. "No." * * *Mara managed to return to her ship without further embarrassing encounters, and ordered her crew to take off before retreating to her quarters. She found herself staring at the box in her hand, suddenly apprehensive. Whatever the gift was, it had been important enough for Skywalker to hang on to for 'a long time', and she wasn't sure she was comfortable with that type of gift. Luke was sometimes overly-sentimental, and she had little use for that emotion. She sighed as she tore the box open, then frowned as she discovered a simple holo, an unremarkable and unadorned model. Quietly she thumbed it on, and her eyes snapped open in surprise. It was a picture of her and Luke together. She had no idea who had taken the holo, but she recognized the scene instantly. Coruscant, right after the end of the Thrawn campaign. In the holo she and Luke were talking about something, and Mara was instantly mesmerized by the serene smile she saw on her own face, at that time only two years ago. So much had happened since then. Luke looks so much younger in this picture, but I don't look much different. Except for the smile. Mara realized she hadn't had occasion to smile very often, in the short years between then and now. Luke had survived a great deal of darkness recently, first with C'baoth, then with the Emperor reborn, then most recently with Exar Kun. Mara couldn't quite admit to herself that her life since then had been equally dark. She glanced over at her bag, still packed after her rush to leave Yavin 4. In it was her lightsaber, the one that had belonged first to Anakin Skywalker, then briefly to Luke. Mara had been shocked at Luke's gesture at the time, and the years since then had not particularly diminished that shock. That lightsaber had been perhaps the most touching gift anyone had ever given her, and she had not initially wanted to accept. After all, she hardly deserved it. Sure, she had helped out with C'baoth on Wayland, even perhaps saving Luke's life in the process. Yes, she had given up killing him, and had maybe even started to like him and admire him. But all that didn't make her worthy of taking Luke's only physical link to his father away from him, especially since everything she had done had been for her own selfish reasons. Luke hadn't seen it the same way. He had given her the lightsaber because he respected her, because he trusted her. And, she knew, because something in him had told him that it was right. That the lightsaber was something she needed to have, for reasons neither of them had known, or indeed even still did know. She and Luke had become friends, after Wayland. Maybe friends wasn't even a strong-enough word. Looking at her smile on the holo, Mara realized that Luke had been the best friend she'd ever had, then, when that picture had been taken. Her confidant, her savior. The only person in her life who had trusted and respected her implicitly, even as she threatened over and over to kill him. He had seen something in her that no one else had ever seen. Something, over the course of the past few years, had changed him. They were no longer close friends. In fact, they were barely even friends at all. The man she had respected, admired, even loved to the extent that she was capable, was gone. She suddenly found herself wondering if the Luke she had known would ever come back, and fearing that he would not. She sat quietly, staring at the holo for a long time. A deep sadness welled up in Mara as she thought about her last exchange with Luke. Will you come back some day? I don't know. I hope you do, Mara. She knew she didn't feel needed or wanted at the Academy, but she knew that was only an excuse. She didn't know if she would come back because she didn't know how to cope there, without Luke. Without the Luke she had known, the one who had been transformed somehow into a stranger. She closed her eyes, her decision suddenly made. Yes, Luke. Someday, I will come back. When you do. She thumbed the holo off and, setting it aside, lay down on her bed. She hoped for a quick descent to sleep, but something happened then that had not happened for a long time. With a heavy heart, and a growing feeling of despair for her future, Mara Jade wept.