Title: For the Love of The Lady Author: Kit' Timeframe: 18BBY Characters: Kit, Del, Zallie, Estra, A’radia and....others.... Genre: Angst Challenge: The OTP & Pairing Thread ♡ | Challenge #16 Posted: Milestones! Challenge topic: Reunion after separation Summary: The Lady burns and takes her captain with her, but will things work out when an unexpected friend from Kit's past turns up in the most unlikely of places. *~*~* The Lady was burning. Kit sucked in an acrid lungful of air and coughed violently, feeling her throat burn. “You need to take Quin and get to the escape pod,” Del shouted pushing her through the smoke as she held their youngest daughter’s body close to her. Quin’s face was pale, marred with blood from the blow to her head and her breathing was coming in little ragged gasps. It hadn’t meant to turn out like this, the job was supposed to be an easy one but then they’d run into Imperials and there had been a dog-fight. They’d won the battle but now The Lady was burning as it spun out of control through space heading towards a tiny, outer-rim planet. Kithera could feel the sweat beading on her hairline from both the heat of the ship and from carrying her daughter. “I can’t leave you.” “I’ll be on that escape pod, I’ve just got to grab a few things.” Kithera shook her head desperate for him to understand as the music of The Force swung wildly around her, a cacophony of brass and drums. “There isn’t time. We can replace everything, but I can’t replace you.” He said nothing, just pushed her along the corridors, past the boy’s room, past Zallie’s old room and then down the stairs. They were lucky that they’d only had Quin this trip. The older ones were off on the other side of the galaxy travelling in Nicco’s Baroness. It had been months since they'd seen them, but now Kit was glad. She stopped as they reached the door of the escape pod. It had so rarely been used that it took her a second to remember the code to get in. The door snapped open to reveal the stark but clean interior. She hustled in and laid Quin on one of the tiny bunks and then turned and looked at Del, her chest heaving as tears pricked the corners of her eyes. “I’m not leaving you.” He shook his head. His stared at her and she could see the tear streaks, the only clean spots on his dirty, worried face. “You have to go Rin, Quin needs you. I need to know you’re safe.” “Del, I’m faster than you. You tell me what you want and I’ll get it and get back…” “I need you to use your gift to heal Quin. I will make it back, I promise. I can’t go just yet. The escape pod is programmed to find The Baroness.” He said softly, barely audible over the snap hiss of the pipes and the crackling of the old electrics as they burned. He reached out and cupped her face and she closed her eyes at the touch, trying to memorise the feeling of his hand on her skin. “I can’t leave you.” She whispered again, “I can’t lose you. Please. I can’t.” He stepped back and out of the pod and smiled at her. “I love you Rin,” he said, “I always will.” “Just get back before the electrics go. Please.” He nodded, giving a tiny half smile. “Tell the kids I love them,” he smiled at her and stepped back and punched the button as she realised what he was doing. She threw herself at the door as it slammed closed. The pod engines rumbled to life beneath her and then the vessel was accelerating away. She stood and watched as Del smiled at her. Then the lights of The Lady went out and he was gone. Kit screamed, loss and despair threatening to overwhelm her. She threw herself at the window again and again, trying to call on The Force to send her back to him, but it was no good. Chest heaving, fists bruised, she stood and watched from the port window as The Lady spun faster and faster through the air, until it was sucked into the gravity field of the planet below. She watched as the old ship burned through the atmosphere, a white-hot trail of metal and memory. She watched and she hoped that she would see something. Some glimmer of light. The other rescue pod. Something that told her that Del was okay. That he had survived. That he escaped. But there was nothing. She watched until the little escape pod flew her too far away to see. Then she sunk onto the floor...and she sobbed.