Title: An Acquired Taste Author: WarmNyota Characters: Luke/Mara Disclaimer: Borrowing with affection and as an entry in the 12th Fic-Gift Exchange. Fic-gift is for: @Jedi_Lover Request details under the spoiler: Spoiler 1. Three things you would like in your fic-gift: New love, a gift, and an embarrassing situation. 2. One thing you don’t want in your fic-gift: Death 3. The main characters you want in your fic-gift (no more than three) Luke and Mara 4. A character you don’t want in your fic-gift: Callista 5. The era in which your fic-gift should take place: OT Legends or OT Canon if you can work Mara into the new canon. So chuffed to be writing about L/M Read and enjoy. ~~~! Luke smiled in anticipation as he selected the holo-disks at an artistic vendor's shop and then made his way to his conapt. Today was he and Mara's sixth month anniversary. It was amazing that they were together at all, much less dating! Mara had mentioned that she had gone to live theater as her cover as an Imperial Intelligence Bureau agent. So he had gotten her musical vids of some of the most famous performers. He presented the set to her with keen expectancy of her pleased reaction, after their cozy candelit dinner, and her green eyes widened, and a flare of something (what?) came across their Force connection. Luke felt a pang of consternation. It wasn't quite anticipation he was sensing from Mara, but something entirely different! "Luke," Mara began, and for once, words failed her. She paused for a long moment and then started again, "I said it was an acquired taste. What I should have said, is I never actually did so." Luke's stomach plummeted. "Oh, no! Mara, I wanted it to be special for you, something you'd especially like and then to find out ..." He trailed off in utter embarrassment. Mara said hastily: "It was a natural misunderstanding, since I never went into more detail about my preferences. It's the thought that counts, isn't that what you always tell me?" Luke wanted to retrieve the situation and didn't know how. But Mara did. She turned on some jizz music and split a large slice of beeble-berry pie with him. They arranged to meet the next day for a spar and a ride in Mara's new yacht, the Emerald Shadow. ** Mara had honestly been touched by Luke's spontaneous gesture of a special meal of all her favorites: nerf-steak so tender it melted covered in a creamy mushroom sauce, crispy greens, and fruit pie. Even his mis-step had been so much in character for him, thoughtful and enthusiastic. Luke, this relationship of theirs, was also an acquired taste, and one she quite enjoyed! Their spar was energetic and fast-paced. Their skills balanced each other's seamlessly. Mara watched Luke move with happy self-indulgence, as his muscles rippled with each parry and riposte. Luke caught Mara watching him and deactivated his saber with a grin. He always enjoyed these spar sessions. "Ready for something else, Luke?" Mara asked, turning off her own saber. He gave an offhand shrug. "Let's hit the sonic showers and then go for our ride in the Shadow?" "Want me to join you?" Luke thought briefly, "Where? Oh!" He realized suddenly. He flushed and she laughed, loving to tease, although she had been more than half-serious. Mara kissed him swiftly, but deeply, and the Force sang between them, as it had ever since they'd met. +++ Mav Edit: Changed prefix to Beyond-Legends. If this isn't correct, please contact me.