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Saga - OT Date Night--(Hera & Kanan romance/humor) COMPLETE 6/27/17, with artwork

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  1. Raissa Baiard

    Raissa Baiard Chosen One star 4

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    Title: Date Night
    Author: Raissa Baiard
    Timeframe: Saga OT, during Rebels Season 2
    Characters: Hera Syndulla, Kanan Jarrus, and the rest of the crew of the Ghost
    Genre: Romance, humor, fluff
    Synopsis: What happens when the space!parents have a night to themselves.

    Thanks to Findswoman for beta reading and encouragement

    To Mr. Baiard--who looks pretty darn good with a Kanan Jarrus goatee :kanan: [face_love]

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    Part One

    A standard VCX-100 freighter provided accommodations for up to eight crew members; Hera often wondered if whoever designed the ship’s galley had been aware of that fact.

    Now that there were five of them--six, including Chopper, who didn’t eat but had to be where everyone else was--the Ghost’s tiny kitchen and dining area felt more crowded than cozy. Still, as “mom” for this odd little family, Hera encouraged them to come together for meals, especially breakfast. In theory, it was a chance to spend some time talking and relaxing before they all headed out their separate ways. In practice, breakfast was noisy and rushed as everyone grabbed their preferred breakfast--hash for Zeb, haarshun bread for Sabine, ration bars for Ezra--and a mug of caf and bolted it down before running off. She was lucky if she had enough time to brief them on the day’s mission before they scattered. “Don’t forget,” Hera said as Zeb shoved his way out of the dining alcove past Ezra and Sabine finished her caf. “The three of you are going on a supply run tonight. Chopper, make sure you have the pre-flight diagnostics run, and Zeb, get the Phantom refueled before 17:00. You all need be at the North Hoofstra spaceport to meet your contact at Docking Bay 91 at 19:00 sharp.”

    Predictably, the objections started ten milliseconds after she finished.

    “BWAAAAP! Bwaa bwop bwaa bwopbwabwop!”

    “Why’s this guy gotta wait so late to meet, anyway? Sounds kinda dodgy, if you ask me!”

    “I don't know why I have to go if Zeb and Ezra are both going.”

    “Yeah, why does Sabine have to go? I can fly the Phantom!”

    Hera sighed and drummed her fingers against the table. Was it too much to hope that someday when she gave them all the day’s missions, they’d simply agree? Sure thing, Hera! No problem. Just once? She stood up, picking up her dishes, and addressed each complainant in turn:

    “Chopper, you have to run the diagnostics because you always have to run the diagnostics; it’s standard procedure.

    “Of course it sounds dodgy, Zeb. Anyone who’s willing to sell weapons and supplies to the Rebellion is, by definition, dodgy.

    “Sabine is going because she knows how to handle explosives; there are two pallets of thermal detonators among the supplies and I’d like them--and you--to come back in one piece. Maybe you can fly next time, Ezra.”

    Her answers satisfied no one; they left the galley grumbling at the unfairness of it all, leaving a pile of dirty dishes in their wake. Hera sighed; sometimes she wanted to remind them that she was not, in fact, their mother, and even if she were, they were certainly capable of picking up after themselves. She gathered up the rest of the dishes--somebody had to--and took them to the sonic dishwasher.

    Kanan, who had listened silently to the morning’s litany of woes, rose from the table as the door slid shut behind Zeb. “Wait, they’re all going on the supply run?”

    “Mmm-hmm.” Hera scraped the greasy remains of Zeb’s hash into the trash chute and put the plate in the dishwasher. “And they’re taking Chopper, too.” Their contact was a paranoid type who required an electronic passcode before giving them the supplies, so like it or not--and of course he didn’t--the astromech droid was necessary for the mission. It was a two-hour flight to North Hoofstra, and figuring in an hour to load everything, she was looking forward to at least five hours of glorious quiet.

    He crossed the narrow galley in two strides and stood behind her, putting his arms around her waist as she set a pair caf mugs in the top rack. ”You realize what this means, don’t you?” The warmth of his breath tickled against her lekku.

    “That we’re going to have a night to ourselves?” Hera turned around in Kanan’s arms and set her hands on his shoulders. She leaned against the counter, smiling up at in him. The rest of the dishes could wait. “Yes, I’m aware of that.”

    Kanan raised an eyebrow, and there was a roguish gleam in his green eyes. “So, what did you have in mind? Heading into Garel City? Hitting the cantinas?”

    “I was thinking more about staying in,” she replied, trailing one hand down to his chest. “You...me... a quiet dinner… watching a holo…”

    “That almost sounds like a date.” Kanan’s mouth curved into one of his rare smiles. He pulled her a little closer, leaning in.

    “Doesn’t it, though?” Hera agreed, as she stretched up to claim his kiss.

    “I can’t wait.”
     
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  2. Mistress_Renata

    Mistress_Renata Manager Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    "Watching a holo."

    Hm, I never heard it called THAT before! ;) And while it's not a small ship, it's enough for people to get on each other's nerves day in and day out.

    And if this is only part one, I have a sneaky suspicion that it's not going to go quite as smoothly as Hera has planned...[face_worried]
     
  3. mavjade

    mavjade It's so FLUFFY! Fanfic Manager star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    Aww... that ending is so sweet! [face_love]

    I'm way behind on Rebels (I think I've told you before in your diary which I'm also way behind on [face_blush] ) so I don't know how much Hera being the 'mom' is canon, but I certainly feel that it would very much be the case. I loved it here!

    [face_laugh] Poor Hera! Nothing like being mom to a bunch of adults. This made me laugh because it's such a mom thing to think. It fits her right into that role, even if she doesn't want it.

    This was really cute and I love the detail you got in here about the different breakfast and all the personalities in a short fic! =D=
     
  4. Ewok Poet

    Ewok Poet Force Ghost star 6

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    This is so cute! I love it how much Kanan and Hera planned to get rid of everybody else - including Chopper (you ALWAYS need to run the diagnostics, BWAHAHAHA) to spend a date night alone. [face_love]

    [face_rofl]
     
  5. Findswoman

    Findswoman Force Ghost star 5

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    Awww, this is off to such a beautiful, tender, hectic, wonderful start! There's no pair of space!parents in any galaxy who are more deserving of some quiet respite and together-time than Kanan and Hera, after all that those beautiful, wonderful, energetic, wiggly Spectres put them through. :p Even though she's "not their mother" (I see what you did there! :D ), Hera rises to that role with impressive industry and grace. She's the one who can rattle off all the details of the mission and each Spectre's role therein, and she's the one who can answer each Spectre's objections (and I love how you can totally tell which Spectre's saying what at that point even without tags like "Zeb said," "Sabine said," etc.—just shows what an ace you are at writing these characters ). Then, of course, she's the one who has to clean up everyone's mess—boy, can I sympathize with that. :( Kanan is adorable as the slightly deer-in-the-headlights dad figure, a little dazed by all the hectic goings-on around him—and even a little bit dazed (though in a happier way) once he realizes that he and Hera are going to get some alone time. But like others, I strongly sense that that alone time is not going to come without a few obstacles along the way! [face_nail_biting]

    Looking forward to more, and always love your Rebels approach! :)
     
  6. Raissa Baiard

    Raissa Baiard Chosen One star 4

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    Well, you know, sometimes couples do enjoy watching a holo together, as well as other activities. ;) The Ghost is a small enough ship for everyone to get in each other's hair (fur, lekku, whatever...) and in each other's business, so a little alone time for the space!parents is a precious commodity. It's a pretty safe bet that things will not go as planned, because when do things ever go as planned for the Spectres?
    I wish I could remember exactly which episode (Findswoman do you know?) where they're shooting TIE fighters and Hera says, "Come on, kids, make mom and dad proud," so she does seem to be aware of her role as the de facto mom. Hera does have both the nurturing side and the "keeping things on the rails" practical side of a mom.

    Especially if, as in Zeb's case, the "kid" is older than you! And I will admit to thinking similar things about my husband (love you, hon! :*)

    Thanks! YKYAFFW..when you speculate on your character's' preferred breakfasts, pizza toppings, ice cream flavors...:p
    Hera is too kind to roll her eyes and say "Because you're THE ASTROMECH DROID! Duh!"

    Again...duh, Zeb!

    Yeah, I always thought it was slightly unfair that Kanan gets to be Spectre One, when Hera's the one who really runs the show--flying the ship, getting those secret missions from Fulcrum, keeping the peace among her crew--but that's another "mom" characteristic, too. And like any mom, no matter how much you love the kids, sometimes you just need some quiet time, especially quiet time with space!dad.

    [face_blush]Thank you! I give all props to the voice cast and writers who have given everyone such a distinct voice that they've all taken up residence in my brain (in a good way, of course:p)

    Yep, been there, done that with cleaning up all the messes, too. And Kanan...well, you'd think he'd been in on the same mission briefings, wouldn't you? But he doesn't realize the implications until the last minute. Good thing Hera's got it all under control...for now! :hera: :kanan:
     
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  7. Raissa Baiard

    Raissa Baiard Chosen One star 4

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    Thanks to Findswoman for beta-reading and support @};- Thanks for encouraging me not to give up on this one[:D]

    Part 2

    Before Hera could even think about her quiet night with Kanan, there was the usual kilometer-long list of things to do.

    The first order of business was monitoring the holo-news, and it was never good. The Empire had established more weapons factories on Phindar and was busily despoiling their rain forests. Grand Moff Tarkin continued to redefine and erode the laws that protected Legacy planets. But the situation in the Lothal sector was relatively quiet, for the moment, and there were no emergency dispatches from Ahsoka to throw a hydro-spanner into Hera’s plans for that evening.

    Once she’d finished with all her updates, Hera took one of the speeder bikes to the far side of Garel City’s labyrinthine spaceport complex to meet with Commander Sato. They discussed the distribution of the fuel cells that Ezra had gotten from Hondo Ohnaka to Rinn, rumors of an incipient rebel cell on Mykapo, and how they might contact them.

    Next on the list was a trip into Garel city to pick up a few things for her dinner plans, without the rest of the crew knowing. She’d found an excellent recipe for nerf steak à la Quor-sav that would be perfect with a salad, some pastries...maybe she could even find some Lothalian currant wine to go with it. Of course, mentioning any of that to the others would just invite them to make personal comments about how she and Kanan would be spending their evening-- “watching a holo...is that what they call it now?”, “Fancy dinner, huh? Wonder what’s for dessert?”--that kind of thing. And she was so not in the mood for it.

    The Rebellion’s supply depot didn’t stock nerf steak and Rylothan cantarell fungus. Their goods tended towards bland, processed and pre-packaged, and Hera wasn’t about to resort to reconstituted synth-steak and freeze-dried mushrooms, not tonight. Opportunities for quality time with Kanan were too hard to come by.

    Fortunately, the marketplace was only a few minutes by speeder from the spaceport. She found the pom-flour and spices she needed easily enough-- Sabine had used the entire jar of boontaspice the last time she’d made tiingilar, and they were running low on garlic and catabar--and got salad greens and the cantarells at the produce stand. However, she had to haggle for the nerf tenderloins with a toothy Shistavanen butcher who looked like he enjoyed his work entirely too much, though. It took her nearly fifteen minutes of negotiation to get a fair price from him, but by the time she was done, Hera trusted he’d realized that not every female Twi’lek was a vapid piece of eye candy. The cheery Squib wine merchant was out of Lothalian wine, but Hera managed to find some lovely buttersweet puffs at a nearby bakery.

    It wasn’t exactly surprising that no one was around when Hera returned with her packages, and even less of a surprise that the Phantom was still waiting to be prepped for that night’s run. She managed to sling all her bags over her shoulder and carry them into the ship.

    Zeb and Ezra were coming out of the galley as she was in the corridor. “You refueled the Phantom, right?” Hera asked Zeb and received only a shifty, slightly hangdog look from the Lasat in return. “Your stunned silence is very reassuring. Go. Now. And you,” she told a smirking Ezra. “Go help him since he can’t seem to figure it out by himself. You’re leaving in less than two hours!” she called after them.

    She set her packages on the galley’s counter with a sigh and unwrapped the nerf tenderloins. They were a little thicker than she would have liked, so she found the meat mallet, shoved to back of the drawer of kitchen tools. Pounding the steak was strangely therapeutic, and she’d almost gotten into a rhythm when the door slid open behind her.

    “Whoa...hope that’s not supposed to be me.” Kanan commented as he entered.

    “Not yet.” Though she did wonder what exactly he’d been doing all day and why he hadn’t done anything to get the crew moving on their tasks...

    He leaned against the counter. “So, which one of them has driven you to commit unprovoked acts of violence against nerf steak today? No, wait...” Kanan held up a hand and touched his fingers to his temple. “Let me use my Jedi intuition….All of them.”

    “You’re wise indeed, Master Jedi.” She gave one of the steaks a last thump. “How many times do I have to remind them…”

    Kanan disengaged the mallet, which she’d unintentionally been waving as she spoke, from her hand and set it on the counter. “Anything I can do to help?”

    “If you want to wash and tear the greens while I prepare the steaks and mushrooms, that would be wonderful.” Hera mixed the boontaspice and catabar into the pom-flour and dredged the meat in the mixture. She added a little pepper oil to one skillet and some butter and garlic to another.

    “What are you making?” Kanan asked as he started shredding the lettuce and kibla greens into a large bowl.

    The nerf steaks sizzled as she set them in the larger pan. “Seared nerf tenderloin and sautéed Rylothan cantarells, with mixed green salad and buttersweet pastries.”

    “That’s ambitious!”

    “Well, we don’t have time to ourselves very often,” Hera said as she rinsed the cantarells. She patted them dry and tossed them into the pan with the butter and garlic. “I wanted it to be special.”

    He set the salad on the table and came up behind Hera. Looping an arm around her waist, he turned her towards him. “As long as you're there, it will be,” Kanan told her, reaching up to stroke her cheek.

    “Mmm.. flatterer.” She leaned her head against his shoulder as his arms tightened around her.

    “I have a few ideas, too…”

    “I’m sure you do.” Hera smiled, and Kanan leaned forward, perhaps to demonstrate a few of those ideas...

    The galley door slid open.

    “BWOP!” Chopper exclaimed, as they sprang apart. “Bwaa bwaaabwop b’bwap bwa bwopbwop!”

    “Oh, you finally ran the diagnostics like I asked you to this morning; well, thank you very much!”

    “Bwaa!” the droid insisted. “Bwabwop bwop bwaabwa bwopbwop.”

    “What? Ugh...this is why I told you not to wait until the last minute!”

    “What’s up?” Kanan asked, eyeing Chopper a bit resentfully.

    “The Phantom’s fuel line is acting up again.” It had been unreliable ever since that skirmish with the Gozanti cruisers over Lothal. “Here.” She picked up a pair of tongs from the counter and thrust them into Kanan’s hand. “Watch the steaks, and turn them over when the timer gets to fifteen.”

    “Fifty?”

    “Fifteen!” she called back, leaving a bewildered looking Kanan prodding the the nerf steaks with the tongs.

    Chopper’s vague “trouble with the fuel line” turned out to be not one, but three separate leaks. It took an eternity with sealant spray and engine tape to get the faulty line back to normal, only to discover that vrelts had made a nest in the control panel and chewed their way through the air filter. It took a muttering Chopper five tries to find the correct size to replace it, while Hera vacuumed the rodents’ smelly leavings out of the wiring. She sealed the panel back in place just twenty minutes before the kids were due to leave...and none of them were anywhere to be seen.

    Hera ordered Chopper to stay put, receiving another zoochberry and a string of electronic muttering in reply. She was muttering to herself as darkly and creatively as Chopper by the time she returned to the galley. Kanan had disappeared, but Zeb and Ezra were sitting in the dining alcove...the remains of the nerf steak à la Quor-sav with sautéed Rylothan cantarells on their plates. “What are you doing?!?”

    Ezra paused in chewing long enough to stare at her as if the answer was really quite obvious. “Having dinner,” he said through his mouthful of steak. “This is really good; you should make it more often! ’S a little rare, though.”

    “Yeah.” Zeb speared a mushroom and popped it into his toothy maw. “It's gonna be a while, we figured we might as well have a bite before taking off.”

    “What do you mean ‘it’s gonna be a while’?” Hera demanded. “You’re supposed to be leaving in 15 minutes.”

    “Sabine’s in the middle of coloring her hair. She said she was looking faded.” Ezra shrugged at the vagaries of girls with technicolor hair and their incomprehensible beauty regimens. “She kind of yelled at us when we asked if she was ready to go.”

    “Now?!? She had to do it now?” Hera didn’t wait for him to answer; she stalked down the hallway to Sabine’s cabin and rapped on the door.

    When she answered, Sabine’s hair was slicked back to her head, covered with dark blue goop. “What?! Oh, hey, Hera. I thought you were Ezra again. What a pest! He does not understand how important it is to time the color right.”

    “You need to get ready for your supply run now,” Hera said, trying to keep her voice level. The look that Sabine gave her in return indicated that she was now on a level of Those Who Do Not Understand with that pest, Ezra.

    “I’ve got ten minutes before it’s ready to rinse!”

    “Sabine! It takes two hours to get to North Hoofstra! If you’re not there on time, this whole deal falls through and we don’t have any supplies for the next month.”

    “Relax, I can get us there on time. It doesn’t really take two hours, not if you…”

    “Go. Rinse. Your Hair.”

    “Ugh...fine, but it won’t be…”

    “Sabine!”

    The Mandalorian girl pushed past Hera with another inarticulate noise of disgust and stomped of to the ’fresher.

    Hera returned to the galley, where Zeb and Ezra were picking over the crumbs of what had been a box of a dozen buttersweet puffs, while Kanan looked on in dismay. A few minutes later, Sabine stormed in like a soggy thundercloud, her hair clinging to her face in damp tendrils.

    “You look like a bright blue drowned rat,” Zeb informed her, grinning broadly, while Ezra snickered behind him.

    “Thanks,” she growled. “The Captain didn’t give me enough time to dry my hair. Come on.”

    Hera sagged against the counter as the trio departed. “What happened?” she demanded of Kanan. “I asked you to watch the steaks, and when I came back the guys were devouring our romantic dinner like a pair of starved rancors!”

    “I did watch them!” Kanan protested. “I flipped them over on fifteen, just like you said. But then I realized I really needed to polish my lightsaber.”

    “Right then?” Hera raised an eyebrow. Honestly, men... “I know we don’t get to spend a lot of time together lately, but you couldn’t have at least waited until after dinner?”

    “Well, I’d been working on it all afternoon, and it was pretty greasy. “ He shrugged. “I never realized how hard it is to replace a flux-torque casing.”

    “Wait...what?”

    Kanan gave her a puzzled look and then the roguish gleam came back to his eyes. “And just what did you think I was talking about?” He put a hand on the counter on either side of her and leaned in. “Maybe later you can…”

    The galley door slid open. Again.

    “What is it now?” Kanan asked through clenched teeth, straightening up.

    Ezra peered in the doorway, eyes darting between his master and captain and the slightly awkward position they were in. “Forgot my lightsaber. Guess I must have left it in here while I was eating.”

    Hera bit back an exasperated sigh.“Do you really need it?”

    “Uh...yeah…”

    “Fine.” Kanan strode over to the dining alcove, picked the saber up and threw it at Ezra, who caught it with an “oof.” “Now get going.”

    “Wow, what’s your…”

    “GO!” Kanan and Hera shouted in unison.

    “I’m going! I’m going!” Ezra scrambled out of the galley so fast that he skidded and slid around the corner.

    The door slid closed, and Kanan slipped his arms around Hera’s waist. “So, where were we?”

    “No, wait…” She held up a hand and waited, listening, listening, until the sound of the Phantom’s engines reverberated through the galley. When she heard the roar of the shuttle taking off--at last--she heaved a sigh of relief and threw her arms around his shoulders, pulling him into a kiss. “Now.”
     
  8. Findswoman

    Findswoman Force Ghost star 5

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    Oh man, oh man... inconveniently timed automotive difficulties (and hoo boy, do I know from experience that small mammals and vehicle air filters are an unpleasant combination... we had a dead baby mouse in ours for several weeks on end last year), piled-up errands and chores, household members who Just Won't Listen, same household members Not Doing What They're Supposed to Do, awol husbands (more on that soon)... and all of it at the same time... yes, I know just the kind of harried-mom existence Hera's experiencing here, and I can feel from reading this that it's likely coming out of your own experiences too. <3 On the other hand, it's absolutely hilarious, and so Rebels... Zeb and Ezra totally have it in them to gobble down anything in the kitchen that's (a) edible and (b) not nailed down, even if it's fancy food that Hera specially prepared for herself and Kanan (and after she scurried all around to get the right ingredients, too—d'oh!). And I can totally see Sabine getting all kinds of particular about getting the timing of her hair color process absolutely right—and looking like a "bright blue drowned rat" when it doesn't! :D (Sabine's hair color is a well-known institution by now, but what a fun bonus to get a glimpse of the process, too—and the effect it has on her crewmates! :p )

    Now Kanan... oh, where even to start? Well, of course all the banter between him and Hera is fantastic. The meat tenderizer... those things are unbelievably cathartic, aren't they? :p He's still got that cutely cluesless husband thing going: thank you, Master Obvious, one needn't be a Jedi to be able to figure out exactly what's leadin Hera to comit "unprovoked acts of violence against nerf steak" (just love that turn of phrase :D ). But of course it's his explanation for his awolitude at a critical moment, and the ensuing exchange, that are particularly priceless:

    Honestly, men indeed! [face_laugh] But, in his defense, flux-torque casings are serious business. Just how serious? Oh, you all shall find out soon... ;)

    And finally, once the last straggling space!kid gets shooed out and the Phantom takes off (smart of Hera to listen and wait for it juuuust to be safe), the much-deserved romantic evening begins. [face_love] Or does it? We'll no doubt find out in the next exciting and hilarious episode of Date Night, for which of course I can't wait! :D
     
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  9. mavjade

    mavjade It's so FLUFFY! Fanfic Manager star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    Poor Hera, she really can't win. She's doomed to always being the mom.

    I feel her here, I've done the exact same thing before! (Also, kneading bread dough works well for this!) And then the banter she and Kanan had after this was adorable. [face_love] I loved it!


    When she walked in and saw the romantic dinner being eaten, I was so upset for her. (I mean really, because I know I would have been beyond upset at that point. Though maybe that's just me projecting my cooking insecurity onto her. :p )

    I'm so happy they finally got their evening alone, even if it didn't go the way she wanted.

    This was so cute! =D=
     
  10. Ewok Poet

    Ewok Poet Force Ghost star 6

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    Poor Hera, seems like everything is against her at first - no edible food somewhere more convenient, a complicated recipe, Sabine having to colour her hair NOW out of all possible times, Ezra and Zeb being Ezra and Zeb, Chopper running his diagnostics late and finding huge errors.

    But hey, it ends with a loving kiss. FINALLY.

    I loved the details of recipes and how Chopper fixed the stuff. :)
     
  11. Mistress_Renata

    Mistress_Renata Manager Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Totally agree, and I think Hera is a lot more patient than I am... if I saw MY carefully prepared nerf steaks disappearing down the gullet of an ungrateful teenager because my clueless sweetie wandered off to polish his lightsaber (really? THAT was his excuse?), then I think at that point, I would be taking myself out to a fancy restaurant for a romantic dinner ALONE, followed by a movie ALONE, and maybe a trip for a mani/pedi, while the Clueless One contented himself with Rebel Alliance MREs and a cold night in front of the holoscreen...ALONE. :mad:

    Don't let him off that easily, Hera! 'Flux torque casing' my Aunt Tootie! Now THAT is a lady who deserves a day at the Fabulous Eliskandro's!
     
  12. WarmNyota_SweetAyesha

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    Raissa Baiard -- this is a true and literal hoot! But oh, no! the dinner!!! The wonderful, yummy dinner! Especially the mushrooms and the pastries. [face_laugh] They owe Hera and Kanan big time for hogging the food! [face_laugh] Loved Kanan's "What'd you think I was talking about?" [face_laugh] And Sabine's blue-goop color job - :eek: =D=
     
  13. AzureAngel2

    AzureAngel2 Force Ghost star 6

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    Hera & her "white" knight are one of my number one love matches around here in fanfic and you write them gorgeously. [face_love]

    The banter, the sweetness!

    He reminds me of a certain Disney character. A scoundrel that wants to steal from "Rapunzel".

    * sees Disney figures everywhere these days

    [​IMG]
     
  14. Raissa Baiard

    Raissa Baiard Chosen One star 4

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    Yes, poor harried Hera is drawn at least partly from experience; Mr. Baiard has that same infuriating tendency to disappear to do Very Important Husband Stuff at inopportune times (changing air filters on before a family gathering, really?) Keeping Zeb and Ezra fed could be a full time job; Ezra might have the "growing boy" excuse...but what about you Zeb? They are totally the kind to eat first and ask questions later. Sabine's hair is also partly from experience (though I've never dyed mine blue...or done it at such an inconvenient time) And all of them are theoretically old enough to know better, which makes it all the more frustrating for Space!Mom.

    Oh, yes, tenderizing a cutlet will do wonders for stress relief ;P And what did that steak ever do to Hera? (Though Kanan's use of "Jedi intuition" is meant to be a bit tongue in cheek; after all, they've all been driving him crazy, too)

    Well, you know, the kids aren't the only ones who can take "lightsaber problems" the wrong way ;)
    Yep...unfortunately, moms don't get vacations; our jobs tend to follow us wherever we go (probably going "MomMomMomMom..." all the way).

    Hera will have to try baking the next time she needs to work out some frustration...and hey, fresh bread after is always a plus! Yum! And thanks; they are a fun couple to write. After doing mostly YA romance, it's nice to do a more grown-up dynamic with Hera and Kanan.
    I probably would not have been as calm as Hera, either. Maybe facing dangerous situations on a daily basis makes her more sanguine about other things, though somehow I can't picture her yelling "What the KRIFF! You pair of kriffing barves! etc...."

    Thanks again! This being fanfic, the evening continues to go...you'll see ;)
    [face_laugh] And knowing Kanan, he'd be going "What did I do?" the entire time. If anyone deserves some "me time", it's Hera...perhaps that's a story for another time :bunneh:

    oh that part, is true! Really! It's an integral part of the lightsaber. (See the link in the notes on Part 3 for the full story!)
    She's got her hands full, as is so often the case for moms and space!moms alike. Glad you enjoyed the cooking details; I found "quor-sav fried nerf steak" mentioned on the Wook. I always felt like Hera was the kind of mom who was making beautifully nutritious meals for the family--that half the time no one was eating but her and Kanan. Sigh...kids...
    Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed it. Oh, yes, pretty much everyone owes Hera at this point... such is a mom's lot in life. But at least she'll finally get her evening with Kanan!
    They are definitely my OTP among the established characters, and they're especially dear to me since Mr. B and I cosplayed them (he makes a very credible Kanan!) [face_love] I am glad that you enjoy my take on them. And I hadn't thought of it before you mentioned it, but Flynn Ryder does bear a strong resemblance to Kanan...hmm, cross-universe plot bunnies!

    And what a cute picture! "Hey, Ferb, I know what we're gonna do today...learn to use the Force!" (More crossover bunnies?)
     
  15. Raissa Baiard

    Raissa Baiard Chosen One star 4

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    Many, many thanks to @Findswoman, for beta-reading and support, without which this story wouldn't have been finished. [:D] @};- Also, thank you for letting me dovetail with your incredibly fun Insert Tab A Into Slot B

    Part Three

    The pans on the cooktop were empty except for a faint smear of grease and a single sliver of mushroom. Hera eyed them and the crumb-filled pastry box with some consternation. She removed the pans from the stove, shoved them into the sonic dishwasher-- perhaps a bit harder than was necessary-- crumpled the box and tossed it in the trash compactor .“So much for our romantic dinner. Of course, they left the salad--those two never voluntarily touch vegetables unless it’s on a ziippa.” Hera pursed her lips, her lekku twitching thoughtfully, and went to the conservator.

    “What are you looking for?” Kanan asked as she peered inside.

    “Anything I can use to salvage this meal.” She located a vacuum-sealed package of StarToucht single-serve chunk light nuna, a jar of Corellian vinaigrette and--shoved to the back and hidden behind a bowl of leftover cream of fleek eel soup--a small canister of crumbled Tatooinian blue cheese.

    “How about these?” Kanan, who had been rummaging through the cabinets, offered her a packets of dried jogan fruit and spiced warra nuts.

    “Perfect.” Hera tossed all the ingredients into the salad and divided it onto two plates. It didn’t look like much, and it definitely wasn’t what she’d been planning, but it would have to do. “They didn’t have any Lothalian currant wine at the market, so you get Zero-Gravity Fizzyglug.” Of course, they didn’t have any wine glasses either, and for some reason the only clean glasses were a set of green plasti tumblers emblazoned with the logo of the Corellian Dreadnaughts smashball team. The effervescent liquid fizzed and popped as she poured it into two of the tumblers.

    “That purple stuff Ezra drinks?” Kanan wrinkled his nose as he slid into the dining alcove.

    Hera set the glasses and the plates of salad on the table, along with some of the galley’s slightly tarnished cutlery. “It’s as close as I could get to sparkling wine.”

    “It’s fine,” Kanan assured her, picking up his tumbler as she slipped in next to him. Even though there was more than enough room for two of them, Hera moved in close to him. Without a burly Lasat and a pair of snarking teenagers crammed in, too, the booth was merely cozy, and the coziness was quite nice. Kanan raised his Dreadnaughts tumbler to her. “To finally getting to spend time together.”

    She raised her own glass with a smile “To time together.” Hera took a sip of the bubbly, bright purple soda and coughed. The zoochberry flavor wasn’t bad, if almost tooth-achingly sweet, but there was a bit too much “fizzy” in Fizzyglug for her. How did Ezra drink this stuff? “So, tell me why your lightsaber was in such desperate need of polishing. And what exactly is a torqued flux casing, anyway?”

    “Flux-torque casing,” Kanan corrected. “The one on my lightsaber’s emitter shroud was completely stripped, and I couldn’t get the hilt to screw in properly….why are you looking at me like that?”

    “Oh, no reason…” Hera stifled a smirk, but her lekku twitched with amusement. “Sounds very serious,” she ventured as she took a bite of salad. She could fix almost anything on the Ghost with spacer’s tape and baling wire, but lightsaber parts? He might as well be speaking Gree.

    “It was! I had to go into Garel City to get a new one, and of course Ezra followed me.” As they ate, Kanan related his foray to Grug’s hardware store, his encounter with the garrulous Ugnaught proprietor, and the outlandish tale of “Master Meiloorunbaum,” the vocal teacher Ezra spun to quell the shopkeeper’s persistent questions. “It took forever to actually replace the casing. Let me tell you, whoever drew the diagrams for the padawans’ lightsaber manuals must have been working on an entirely different optical frequency! And when I finished, everyone was standing around outside the control room, listening, like they thought I was doing something...I don’t know...improper in there.” Kanan shook his head, still perplexed by his crew’s incongruous behavior. “For some reason, they didn’t think I’d want you knowing I had lightsaber problems.”

    “Amazing how they have time to stand around spying on you, but they can’t get their work done until the last possible minute. And Sabine! What in space possessed the girl to dye her hair fifteen minutes before departure?” Just like a certain other someone who absolutely had to polish his lightsaber. Hera raised an eyebrow at him. “She gets it from you, you realize.”

    “We're not really their parents, you realize.”

    “No. But just think,” Hera smiled, taking a careful sip of Fizzyglug; once you got used to the bubbles, it really wasn’t that bad. “By the time we really have children, we should be experts at it.”

    Kanan paused with his last forkful of salad halfway to his mouth. “Er...not any time soon, though, right?

    “Oh, good skies, no!” Hera laughed. She couldn't imagine adding a youngling to the mix of impossible odds, dangerous missions and constant action that was life aboard the Ghost. Perhaps someday….“We have our hands full with those three, and they’re theoretically able to look after themselves!” Kanan looked so relieved at her answer that she couldn’t help teasing him by adding, ”Though Chopper and Zeb were quite adorable with Pypey and baby Alora,” just to see the way his green eyes widened like a startled kneeb’s.

    “I’ll, uh...get the dishes,” he said, rising and taking her empty salad plate. “You’re a culinary genius, turning nothing but a bowl of greens into dinner.”

    Hera gathered the cutlery and glasses. “Thank you, I know there wasn’t much of it…”

    “It’s all right,” he said, taking the green plasti tumblers from her. He set them on the counter and pulled her into a kiss. “You go set up the holo, and I’ll make some bang-corn.”

    Hera went out to the common area while Kanan finished clearing the table. She pulled the dejarik table out from the semi-circular acceleration couch so that she and Kanan wouldn’t have to squeeze themselves into the narrow gap between the table and couch. One of the drawers beneath the couch held several extra cushions, necessary if one intended to sit there for any length of time; starship furniture was not designed for comfort. She arranged them on the couch and was adjusting the holo-projector’s focus when Kanan entered, carrying a large bowl full of freshly popped bang-corn.

    “So what are we watching tonight?” he asked, settling onto the couch. “Please not Gar-Jen Versus Gargantua again.” Zeb and Ezra were inordinately fond of Jedi Action holovids-- partly for the action, partly for the scantily clad females, and partly, Hera suspected, for the way that Kanan would wince at the inaccuracies through the entire holo.

    “Do you really think that’s something I would choose?” Hera slid the holo disc into the player, and a slightly blurry version of the Narrew Siblings Studio logo appeared and lazily revolved above the projector. “No, tonight we're watching We’ll Always Have Taris, the epic love story of Revan and Bastila Shan.”

    “I thought the Empire banned that one! How did you manage to find a copy?”

    Hera gave him a mysterious smile as she joined him on the couch. “I have my ways.” She didn’t think this was the time to mention that, among his various other sidelines. Lando Calrissian did a thriving trade in bootleg holos.

    On the projector’s viewing field, the bulky form of the cruiser Endar Spire crawled past, amidst a barrage of scarlet laser fire from the Sith fleet. Almost lost among the chaos, a tiny escape pod plummeted to the planet, crashing into its dismal looking undercity.

    Like a pack of hunting anoobas a knot of evil looking gangsters surrounded the pod; one pried open the door of the dented craft. An unreasonably attractive young woman in a skintight jumpsuit--really? Hera could only assume that came from the imagination of a male director--leapt out of the lifepod brandishing a yellow, double-bladed lightsaber and began carving a path through the ever-growing ranks of gangsters.

    Kanan frowned. “This isn’t historically accurate,” he complained. “Bastila lost her lightsaber in the crash and…”

    Hera laid a finger over his lips. “It’s only a holo.”

    “But…”

    “Hush, love. Watch the holo and eat your bang-corn.”

    Kanan sighed, but leaned back against the couch, munching a handful of bang-corn as instructed. Hera curled up closer to him, nestling her head against the sold warmth of his shoulder. With the extra cushions, the acceleration couch was quite comfortable, and the day’s hectic pace was starting to catch up with her. The rise and fall of Kanan's chest beneath her cheek and the steady cadence of his heartbeat were as soothing as a lullaby, comforting as a favorite blanket. Hera closed her eyes, just for a moment...

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    “It’s not my fault!”

    “You’re the one who let go of the repulsor cart!”

    “And you’re the one overloaded it so I couldn’t steer it!”

    “Maybe if you had a few muscles!”

    “Maybe if you used your brains and not your muscles!”

    “Waaah waah waah!” Chopper opened and closed his graspers like a pair of yapping mouths.

    Sabine sighed as she followed the droid up the Ghost’s ramp. “You said it, Chop.” Ezra and Zeb had been arguing all the way back from North Hoofstra about who was to blame for letting a cart full of freeze-dried protein cubes and canned topato soup crash into the Phantom, putting another nice dent in the left lateral fin...and which one of them was going to tell Hera.

    When the entered the main corridor, Chopper stopped so suddenly that Sabine bumped into him. He wheeled forward cautiously, holding up one grasper. “Bwaaa!”

    “What…?” The droid pointed towards the common area; A faint, staticky hissing noise emanated from the room, which was lit only by an eerie, pale blue light. Sabine froze, putting a hand on each of her Westar blasters, and crept forward cautiously to see what had Chopper so concerned. “Oh!”

    The holo projector was on, and it was the source of both the blue light and the hissing noise as it displayed a lazily revolving Brosso Mark logo, as it did when it was left on after a holo finished. Normally, Hera would have had a fit if someone did that--wasting the Ghost’s reserve power. A large bowl half-full of bang-corn had spilled on the floor, creating a trail of corn from the couch to the comm terminal--another thing that usually would have Hera spitting blaster bolts. Somehow Sabine doubted that Hera cared at the moment, though.

    Because Chopper was pointing to a large, dark form across the room: Hera and Kanan on the couch...

    Asleep.

    Hera’s head was resting on Kanan's shoulder, lolled forward at an angle that looked decidedly uncomfortable, and her mouth was slightly open. Kanan’s arm was pinned behind her. His head rested on top of hers, and he was snoring faintly.

    “What’s going on?” Ezra asked Sabine, as the guys came up behind her. He peered over her shoulder; Zeb looked over her head and laughed.

    “So this is what they do when we’re not here? Huh. I always figured…”

    “Zeb!” Sabine knelt down and started sweeping the spilled bang-corn back into the bowl; one less thing for Hera to mess with when she woke.

    “Should we wake ’em up?” Ezra frowned, cocking his head to one side to match the angle of his master’s. “That doesn’t look very comfortable.”

    “Nah!” Zeb chuckled evilly. “I’ve got a better idea; I’m going to get your paints, Sabine. These two could really use some mustaches.”

    “Garazeb Orellios! How old are you again?!” Like she would let him use her paints for that! She scooped the rest of the corn and set the bowl on the dejarik table next to the stuttering holo projector.

    “Aww, c’mon, it’ll be fun!”

    “No.” Sabine planted her fists on her hips adamantly. Someone had to be the mature one around here. She gave the Lasat a sidelong look. “Just think, if you go to bed while they’re still asleep….who knows how the Phantom got that dent? I certainly don’t.”

    The two exchanged glances and Zeb’s green eyes lit up. “Like the way you think!” he exclaimed, punching her lightly on the shoulder.

    Sabine shook her head as they headed off to their cabin, chuckling gleefully to each other at the thought of having gotten away with their careless shenanigans in North Hoofstra. Boys, really….. She turned back towards the couch to regard Hera and Kanan; the way they were sleeping really didn’t look comfortable, and yet...they looked kind of sweet together, cuddled up like that. Sabine carefully edged open one of the drawers beneath the couch, slid out a blanket, and gently tucked it around them, smiling. They’d wake up on their own, sooner or later; why disturb them?

    In the meantime, Zeb’s comment about her paints gave her an idea….
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    The first thing Hera noticed when she woke was the persistent ache in her neck and back. She felt like she was a piece of flimsi-craft that had been folded into a not-very-attractive shape--a somewhat flattened Alderaanian swan, perhaps. The second thing was that she definitely was not in her cabin. She was still on the couch in the common room, with her head propped uncomfortably on Kanan’s right shoulder; he was slumped forward, leaning heavily against her. Hera nudged him. His head flopped backwards with a grunting “snnnrrkkk”.

    “Kanan, wake up!”

    He stirred groggily. “Huh? Wha…?”

    “Wake up.” Hera nudged him again until he opened his eyes. “We fell asleep watching the holo.” She checked her chrono with a frown. “And we slept on the acceleration couch all night.”

    “We did?” Kanan blinked muzzily at her, wincing as he straightened. “Ugh...I guess this means I'm getting old…”

    “Never, love,” Hera replied, caressing his cheek fondly.

    He shifted on the couch, turning to wrap his arms around her, and his eyes sought hers in the dim light of the common area. “I’m sorry our romantic evening didn’t turn out the way you wanted it to. Maybe I should have woken you for the holo, but you looked so peaceful sleeping on my shoulder. And you were so warm and cozy next to me, I guess I fell asleep, too.”

    “I don’t care about the holo,” she whispered, leaning into his embrace. “All I wanted was time with you.”

    She felt his mouth curve into a smile, his goatee brushing against her cheek. “I just hope the kids didn’t see us like this.”

    “Oh, they did.” Her lips quirked into an answering smile. “We didn’t have the blanket when we fell asleep.”

    “We’ll be hearing about it later, I’m sure,” he snorted. “Next time, you and I can go on the supply run and leave them at home. Who’s going to know if we take a little extra time to….”

    “Kanan!” She smacked him lightly on the shoulder.

    “Have dinner!” His face was absolutely straight, but that roguish twinkle danced in his eyes. “I was going to say have dinner.” He leaned forward and kissed her lightly. “Drinks.” Another kiss, a little firmer. “Dessert.” And this time, his kiss was quite insistent.

    “Mmm… Dinner sounds lovely.” Hera smiled when they drew apart. “I’ll have to see if Commander Sato’s going to need more supplies soon. Right now, though, I’d say it’s time for breakfast.”

    She started to rise, but Kanan drew her back to the couch. “Are you sure? No one else is awake yet. We could have a few more quiet moments to ourselves.” His arms encircled her; his lips brushed hers again, lightly at first...

    The whoosh of a cabin door opening, followed by Ezra’s not-so-furtive “Remember, we don’t know anything about what happened to the Phantom!” interrupted them. The kiss dissolved into a shared sigh and a knowing glance. Another day aboard the Ghost had begun.

    Kana gave her a wry smile. “I’ll go get the caf started,” he said, kissing her forehead as he rose.

    As he disappeared into the galley, Hera picked the blanket up from where it lay puddled on the floor and shook it out to fold it. A piece of flimsi fluttered down. She bent to retrieve it; how had that gotten there?

    On it was a drawing in Sabine’s inimitable style, captioned “Hera and Kanan’s Date Night.” The picture showed Hera asleep, her head pillowed on Kanan's shoulder, his head resting against hers. They didn’t look like a pair of stodgy parental figures who couldn’t stay awake through an entire holo, they looked peaceful and loving--their awkward slumber somehow turned into a tender moment. Hera looked down at it, and a slow smile touched her lips.

    No, her date night with Kanan hadn’t been what she planned. It hadn’t been what she wished for...but perhaps it had been special after all.
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    For the complete story of Kanan’s trials and tribulations with his stripped flux-torque casing see @Findswoman’s Insert Tab A Into Slot B
    Zero-Gravity Fizzyglug
    The Corellian Dreadnaughts smashball team
    Gar-Jen vs. Gargantua and the Jedi Action holo genre
    Brosso Mark holo projector
    Narrew Siblings Studios: fanon holo studio, based on Warner Brothers, the producers of Casablanca
    We’ll Always Have Taris: fanon movie, based on the story of Bastila and Revan, told in KOTOR. The title is a riff on Rick’s line in Casablanca: “We’ll always have Paris.”
     
  16. WarmNyota_SweetAyesha

    WarmNyota_SweetAyesha Chosen One star 7

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    Wonderful!!!! :D Sabine's drawing -- sweet. And [face_batting] if you ever write about that supply run complete with dinner, drinks, and dessert, I'll be there. Ready to laugh and SQUEE! [:D]
     
  17. Mistress_Renata

    Mistress_Renata Manager Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Yeah, after pulling his "polishing my lightsaber" stunt, he TOTALLY owes her dinner & dancing! Someplace romantic, by an ocean.

    And what a lovely gesture by Sabine... :) Ezra and Zeb should be grateful she intervened. Bad enough they ate her steaks, but painting moustaches on Space!Parents? I'm pretty sure that would fall into the category of "justifiable homicide"! Especially now that Kanan's lightsaber is all fixed up and shiny.

    Love the movie title. And this:
    She didn’t think this was the time to mention that, among his various other sidelines. Lando Calrissian did a thriving trade in bootleg holos.


    Of course he does! [face_laugh]
     
  18. AzureAngel2

    AzureAngel2 Force Ghost star 6

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    earlybird-obi-wan would not hear anything about me being too heartbroken about heavy RL stuff to be around in the JC for a while.

    So I took a shy peak.

    This is not an up-to-date crossover, but it features Hera who is one of my favourites in the "Rebels" series and in your story. Sweet, sassy and sexy! Kanan hardly deserves her, but he is working on it.
     
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  19. Ewok Poet

    Ewok Poet Force Ghost star 6

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    We'll Always Have Taris. :D :D :D :D :D That was absolutely brilliant!

    Salad, bang corn and fizzyglug. That's different. That's what happens when you plan too much. That's what happens when you have an extraordinary gang that you can perfectly plan a mission with, but when it comes to plain, everyday plans...it's quite another story.

    The whole idea of a date turning out good even though the food was eaten, there was no wine and the gang came back early is a sign of true love. Kanan and Hera may be going through obstacles all the time and it's impossible for their space!kids to give them some proper alone time, but they love each other and that makes up for it.

    And I am glad that Sabine did not listen to Zeb and opted for that wonderful drawing instead. :)
     
  20. Findswoman

    Findswoman Force Ghost star 5

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    Aw, what a sweet, hilarious wrapup to a sweet, hilarious story! And the sketch is such a perfect finishing touch. (Yes, folks, that is absolutely an original Raissa Baiard piece of artwork—she is that talented! :D ) [face_love]

    When you're with the right person, even improvised salad with chunk light nuna (StarToucht! [face_laugh] and purple fizzyglug in chintzy sports-team tumblers is a romantic dinner for two—and these two harried space!parents definitely more than deserved some quiet time together. Just being together and talking about how the day has gone can be so special. Of course I love love love what they're talking about, namely, that gosh dang flux-torque casing that occasioned so many UGHHHHHs and GNNNNHHHs from Kanan—one of the sweetest pieces of intertextuality I've ever experienced, right down to "Master Meiloorunbaum" and the indecipherable manual drawings! :D The zherry on the ryshcate is Kanan's cluelessness about the crew's embarrassed reaction; I shouldn’t wonder if Hera experienced a brief internal smirk there. :p So yes, you're very, very welcome, and I'm tickled pink that it worked out so well for us to dovetail our stories like that. <3

    We'll Always Have Taris[face_rofl] ! Wow, you managed to roll three integral components of the Raissa legacy into one little piece of fanon right there: Casablanca, KOTOR, and punniness. :D And such a priceless touch to have Kanan comment on the historical inaccuracies; just goes to show you can take the Cowboy Jedi out of the Temple, but you can't fully take the Temple out of the Cowboy Jedi, and I have no doubt he have done that the whole flipping way through

    …if they hadn’t nodded of right there. On each other.[face_laugh] [face_love] And it’s sooo cute because they’re sooo tired and she’s squashing his arm and he’s probably going SNRRRXXX or something to that effect, and there are just so many cute details like the spinning Brosso Mark logo and the spilled corn that would otherwise have Hera “spitting blaster bolts." And then, after a nice, hearty Zeb-Ezra bickering session (in which you get them both perfect, as usual), the space!kids themselves catch them that way—just. Priceless. Zeb would come up with a dastardly prank like that; good thing Sabine put her foot down against such a misuse of her media. :p

    Incidentally I love that we get to see a bit of her tenderer side here, too, as she not only puts the blanket over them and memorializes the tender moment in her sketchbook in such a sensitive and understanding manner—but also leaves the sketch for them as a gift. Yes, it was definitely a very special moment after all, even if it didn’t go as planned, and Kanan and Hera’s sincere love for each other is what allows them to see it that way in the end (even just as Ezra bursts in with his non-furtive little “we don’t know anything about the Phantom!” outburst! :D ).

    Loved this from start to finish—thanks so much for sharing once again your incredible knack for romantic comedy and spot-on Rebels characterization, and I will always will look forward to more! And I too would love to read about that supply/dinner/dessert run whenever it happens to get written. ;)
     
  21. Raissa Baiard

    Raissa Baiard Chosen One star 4

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    Thank you! Sabine's drawing started out as a little sketch on a post-it note that I scannned in and colored on my iPad. I thought Sabine would like her Space!Mom to have it. They've had their differences, but they do love each other.

    And I just might be working on a little story about the next supply run...:D
    I hear Mon Cala is nice this time of year. Lots of great seafood restaurants there...Kanan should pull out all the stops and spring for the lobster special!

    Sad when the teenage Mando is the most mature one of the bunch. How old are you, again, Zeb? And yes, shiny lightsabers slice better ;)

    :D I thought you might appreciate that!

    Hera is all kinds of awesome! Kanan might be a little emotionally clueless from all the Jedi non-attachment teaching, but he really does love her, and that's the most important thing. [face_love]
    Thank you! That was one of those so-bad-that-I have-to-use-it puns that the moose muse grants!

    The best laid plans of mice and Space!Moms... and thank you for that beautiful comment; you've really perfectly said what I was going for in the story[face_love] When a couple has been together for a while, especially when kids or Space!kids are involved, the time together is more important than the actual activity and it doesn't matter if you're drinking wine from crystal goblets or Fizzyglug out of plastic tumblers. Love is what makes that time special.

    In the end, Zeb is too ;)

    Well, thank you...[face_blush]

    It might not have been what Hera had in mind, but I'm sure that salad was every bit as delicious to Kanan as the nerf steak would have been, because Hera made it and they were able to have dinner together. (And I have to thank you for suggesting StarToucht Chunk Lite Nuna, which was just too perfect! :lol: And I'm so glad our stories fit together so well [face_love] I'm sure Hera did smirk (to herself) about Kanan's obliviousness. He's so cute like that...

    You know Kanan would have kept going! He's Very Serious about his Jedi lore. I figured he would be like one of those people who complain throughout an entire movie that it's nothing like the book!

    And that's one of those places where life inspires art. There have been times when Mr.B and I have sat down to watch a movie after the Youngling's bedtime and...long day...warm husband...zzzzzzz... Zeb's lucky Sabine's not going to let him get away with using her paints; I doubt they'd come off very easily. He'd be scrubbing ion scoring off the Ghost for years to come!

    She may not be as vocal about, but her Space!Family means as much to Sabine as it does to Ezra. She's the one who pulls Kanan aside when he's being clueless, the one who paints a mural of the family on the ceiling of her cabin. She's a skilled enough artist to capture the sweet emotion behind the scene, and remind Hera that even if her plans went all wrong, she and Kanan were together and that makes everything all right.

    Thank you so much! [:D]
     
  22. divapilot

    divapilot Force Ghost star 4

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    Part 1. I loved how you completely set the crew up as a family! They even sound like one, with mom doing the directing and scolding and (and cooking and cleaning) and putting up with their whining about their chores. Chopper is like the family dog, always near the people and in the way, only a dog that can understand everything you do and complain about it.
    And finally the kids are out of the house! Time for dinner and a holo – or Netflix and chill…. o_O

    Part 2. Oh my stars, what a group. Just like kids, they can’t seem to follow the most obvious directions and have their own idea of what a priority is. Sabine’s hair color treatment is like OBVIOUSLY more important than meeting their supplier on time. Duh. And oh, the sight of Zeb and Ezra eating the meal Hera had worked all morning to secure would have made me cry. They’re so self centered it didn’t dawn on them that the food wasn’t for them. But then again, they are acting like kids and Hera has to roll with it like a mom. O:)

    And this part:
    Too funny! (Reminds me of the time my mom had to leave the house and asked my dad to listen for the timer on the dryer since she had just put in a load of laundry. When she got home, my dad (still watching the game from his recliner) dutifully told her the timer had gone off. A few hours ago. He didn’t realize she expected him to DO SOMETHING with the clothes once the timer chimed. )
    Hera is a far more patient woman than I would have been in that situation! Men! And kids! ARRG! At least she gets a kiss at the end. We’re making progress. [face_dancing]

    Part 3. Nice to see that Kanan and Hera finally get some peace and quiet.
    So funny!
    I can see how they can forget! They truly are the space!parents.
    And the holo – “We’ll Always Have Taris” – how perfect for your Raissaverse. And of course it came from Lando.
    Lol! It’s not immature for Zeb to want to paint moustaches on Hera and Kanan, it’s immature for him to waste Sabine’s paints. Of course!:rolleyes:

    But it ends on such a sweet note. Sabine picks up the spilled popcorn, they get a blanket for mom and dad, and Sabine gives them a special drawing. The kids, for all their trouble, love them right back. [:D]
    What a great little story! =D=
     
  23. Raissa Baiard

    Raissa Baiard Chosen One star 4

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    I wanted to take this opportunity to say a very, very big thank you for the nominations Date Night received in the Fan Fiction Awards:
    • Best Continuity Compliant
    • Best Romance
    • Best Humor
    • Best Established Relationship for Kanan and Hera
    • Best Ensemble Cast
    It was so much fun giving the Space!Parents some time together (even though it didn't come off as they planned) and I'm honored at the love this little date night has been shown :kanan: :hera: [:D]

    Thank you so much!
     
  24. Findswoman

    Findswoman Force Ghost star 5

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    Hooray! Congratulations to you on these very well-deserved nominations, my friend. So proud of you! =D=
     
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  25. Ridley Solo

    Ridley Solo Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Aug 27, 2010
    Those nominations were well-deserved for a piece like this. So much squee! I hope you sweep the awards! [face_love]