Title: Forgiveness Author: Anedon Timeframe: After Crucible Characters: Jacen Solo, Jaina Solo, OCs Categorization: Legends, AU Notes: This the second part to my first fic Atonement: http://boards.theforce.net/threads/atonement-a-jacen-solo-fanfic.50041213/ Atonement was an older fic of mine I translated and uploaded here and later wrote new chapters for. This is the second part of the fic and it deals with Jacen´s return to the galactic alliance. It introduces more canon characters and I assume it won´t fit with completely with fate of the Jedi and crucible. But I will do my best to make it fit. Thanks to the wonderful Lady Belligerent who is my beta reader. Thanks for this Also Thanks to Halle Dray who agreed to be my second beta. Thanks And last but not least Thanks to my new beta divapilot. BTW: Don´t wonder that Jacen hasn´t that much PoV chapters at the beginning of the story. He is still the central character and will get more involved when the story later. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Prologue Thorne kneeled before the corpse of his apprentice. Once again a great sadness felt him. In the last ten years she been his daughter in all but blood, she had helped him much more than he had helped her. In the first years his guilt had vanished and he had again a purpose in his life. He had sworn to himself not to make the same mistakes again, he had sworn to keep her alive. And now she was nothing more than a dead body and he, he was still alive. Once again he had outlived his apprentice. No tears came from his eyes while he kneeled next to her. He had lost all of them in the last three days, along with a good deal of his remaining powers. He had aged in this time more than in the last ten years. His eyes had become cloudy and his hands shivered more often than not. It was cold around him and today he felt it much more than the day they reached Asterian. Everything had changed in the moment the blaster bolt had killed Briala. Every feeling she had helped him overcome had returned, his guilt, his shame and his anger. In the last three days he had given into all of them, his rage had led him to the men responsible and he had killed them. Thorne didn´t know if he had killed all remaining Lost Sons or if there were more on other worlds but his duty was fulfilled and Briala was avenged. At least partially he was also responsible for her death, once again he had driven his student into the arms of death. "I´m sorry. Briala. I´m so sorry. Please forgive me." With this words he set the wood she rested on fire. It started to burn and Briala's corpse was devoured by the flames. "This was all my fault. I´m sorry. I should be the one who had died. you didn´t deserved to die. You where so young. I´m an old man. I´m sorry. He muttered while the fire grew. "Please forgive me." He begged her and the tears returned to his face. He sat there for hours crying and begging for forgiveness while the Briala got her funeral. Throne had buried his old apprentice in the earth of Learan but Briala? No, she had been a Jedi and he burned her like a Jedi. Night gathered around him as the fire burned down and only ashes where left. "Please forgive me." Me muttered a last time while the last of his tears landed on the ground. "I already have master." A voice said behind him and Thorne turned around. Briala stood there a few steps away from him and she wore the same sleeveless training outfit like she had on Learan. "Bria?" He asked her disbelieving. She looked at him: "You don´t have to be sorry master you couldn´t have prevented it." "I could have. I should have left you on Learan where it was safe." Her face became sad: "I would have convinced you to take me with you, in that case." Thorne knew she was right with that, he had never been able to deny anything to her. He asked himself if Jacen Solo felt the same for his daughter. Had this been the reason for his fall to the dark side? In a moment like this Thorne could understand his decision. And he had done it himself he realized and shame filled him. "I´ve slaughtered them, the men who killed you. I´ve searched for revenge. I´ve shamed your memory." Briala came closer to him: "That wasn´t revenge it was justice, they deserved to die for what they had done in the village. If you hadn´t stopped them they would murder more innocents now. You have saved them." Thorne wasn´t sure if she was right with that but he wasn´t sure about anything anymore. "You died." he finally managed to say. "There is no death there is only the force," Briala said: "You have taught me that." "But how can you be here?" She smiled sad: "I will always be with you, Mako. If you want to talk to me I will answer." Thornes head raised for a moment. This was the first time since decades someone had used his first name. Tears filled his eyes once again when he thought back to friends who had called him by it in his youth. They were all dead now, like Bria. Only he was left, that seemed to be his fate. "I should be dead too." He muttered to Briala. "Here is nothing left for me." She rested her hand on his shoulder like the Jedi Gaven always did. "But there is something you have to do." Thorne laughed: "I´m a weak old man, what can I do?" Sadness overcame her face once again: "A war is coming, you know that. You have seen it." The prophecy. In his years on Learan Thorne had visited the Phaeron once every year. He had sat there in the darkness and thought about the prophecy that was written there at the wall. He had always believed it to be just an ancient relict but them it had started to fulfill itself. Thorne had seen how tyranny took place in the center of the galaxy. He had heard about the destruction of Alderan and the beginning of a new age in the galaxy. And he had heard of the Jedi who returned. Thorne remembered who he had learned about the three grandchildren of Darth Vader and he had known they would play a part in the wars to come. But the Vong war had changed everything, it had fulfilled the next part of the prophecy but it had also taken Anakin Solos life and the greatest son had died. Thorne had believed that the prophecy had changed but four years ago... He had believed the prophecy wouldn´t fulfill itself but it still did. Jacen Solos fall had broken him and he had realized that everything was true, the prophecy the great war that would come and the vision he had. Thorne shivered when he thought back to it. "There is nothing I can do. I can´t change fate, nobody can." He told Briala. She shook her head: "Jacen Solo is alive." That was true, something had changed Thorne assumed, by sparing the life of her brother Jaina Solo had changed everything. Thorne remembered the moment at the phaeron a month ago where he had realized who stood before him. He had been so hopeful, but Briala´s death had destroyed that hope. "There is so much you can still do." Briala said to him. Thorne stood up and asked: "What?" "There are people out there who need your wisdom, your knowledge. They need you Mako." Tears filled his eyes again: "I can´t do this alone." Briala looked at him: "I will be with you. Always."