Title: Hope for the Future Author: Anedon Characters: Bail Organa Timeline: 18 BBY Notes: The fic gift for mavjade. I hope you like it. And Thanks to the wonderfull divapilot for the beta and support. Spoiler: Request I would like a story either in Beyond Legends, Saga, or Beyond with: Spoiler: Request 1. Luke time traveling (forward or backwards in time is fine, canon or complete AU is fine) 2. Luke meeting family he's never met. (Even tangentially related, so I'd be fine with Bail Organa since he was Leia's father. An OC is also fine, so like a grandchild or something.) 3. The person Luke meets learning who Luke is to them. I don’t want: Any worry about a time travel paradox Characters: Luke, anyone else canon or OC. Corusant 18 BBY Bail Organa was tired. It had been a long day in the imperial senate, again. It had been a year since Chancellor Palpatine had proclaimed himself as the emperor, a year since the Jedi had been massacred, a year since Padme Amidala had died, a year since he had adopted her daughter. Bail couldn´t believe how much the galaxy had changed in this time. The power of the senators had been reduced to little to nothing, non human politicians had been arrested or forced to give up their positions, the holonet was full of imperial propaganda and the agents of the new order spied on everyone. Some other Senators including Bail´s friend Mon Mothma had fled Coruscant and went into hiding. Sometimes the viceroy wished he could do the same, but Alderaan was a core world with peaceful inhabitants and they wouldn´t have a chance against the empire. So he had to play the role of the loyal Senator while supporting the rebellious worlds in the shadows. But there was little he could do, most of the galaxy was still exhausted from the Clone Wars and many worlds openly supported the Empire. Palpatine had brought back peace and stability they said, the Jedi were traitors they said. It frustrated Bail how effective the Empires propaganda was, how many beings in the whole galaxy believed the Emperors lies. He stood up and left the speech he was writing for a moment. He had worked the entire evening on it but hadn´t achieved much. During the time of the Republic he had been one of the most respected public speakers in the senate and writing his speeches had always been easy, but now? A week ago imperial soldiers had located a surviving Jedi on Alderaan and the Senate demanded an official statement from its Senator. But what should he say? Bail hadn´t known about the whole affair until the Jedi had been captured and executed by the imperials. He wished they had learned about it before, he wished they could have sent the man to a safe place. But now it was too late and the Senator of Alderaan had to defend himself against accusations in the imperial senate. Bail knew how risky the situation was: only a few months ago the imperial army had attack the planet of Naboo and murdered its queen for hiding a handful Jedi padawans. Bail feared it could happen to Alderaan too, that star destroyers would fill the orbit and soldiers would swarm through its cities killing and arresting his people. Bail didn´t wanted to think about what would than happen to Breha and his daughter Leia. The senator thought of her every day. She was the light in the darkness that had filled the galaxy. But could he protect her? The Empire was searching for Jedi and a single traitor or a single decoded message could expose them. What if his speech failed to convince the Emperor? Bail stepped to one of the panorama windows and looked down into the night. The lights down there were the same as they always had been but it felt different, cold and distant. He thought of all the people down there who believed Palpatine to be a hero, to all the armies and fleets under the Empires control. "How can we ever hope to destroy the empire?" he muttered to nobody but himself. "You can always hope." Bail turned around and reached for the blaster on his hip. Nobody should be here. But there was someone, standing behind him. A man, Organa assumed he was around thirty, with blonde hair. "Who are you?" Bail asked the stranger carefully while slowly moving towards the elevator. "I´m a Jedi," the man told him, and Organa stopped drawing out his blaster, while his thoughts ran through his mind. He had heard that more than one Jedi had turned to the dark side and was now supporting Palpatine. Was it a trap? Or could a Jedi truly have survived, here on Coruscant? The man raised his hands to the senator to show they were empty. Bail stopped walking but kept the blast pointing at the man´s chest. "What are you doing here?" he asked carefully. "The force sent me here," the stranger said, but he seemed to be as confused about it as Organa. "You are Bail Organa." It wasn´t a question, it was a statement. Bail lowered his blaster a bit. Something told him to trust the man before him. It was almost as if the senator knew him. Had he seen the man before? He couldn´t remember. Then he froze as he realized something else. "You must leave, now. The Empire has spies everywhere. You are not safe here." Bail realized how he started to shiver. What if the Emperor had installed holovidcameras in this room or microphones? For a second he saw the destruction of Alderaan before him. "They won´t realize I´m here," the Jedi told him again a little confused but confident. That calmed Bail down. "And don´t worry for my safety, I will leave tonight and after that you won´t see me again." Bail holstered his blaster and stepped towards the Jedi before him. "Then why are you here?" The senator felt still suspicious despite his feelings, which told him he could trust the person in front of him. But he once had believed the same of Palpatine. "I wanted to meet you, I heard a lot about you." This confused the senator of Alderaan even more. This Jedi had heard a lot about him? He was trying to keep his loyalty to the order a secret. "Who told you about it?" Organa asked, still wondering if he had seen this man some when before. Something about him remained him of... Padme. The man paused before he answered, "My sister." Another pause. "I´m Luke Skywalker." "Luke..." Organa muttered the name more to himself. Leia´s twin, the boy Obi Wan had taken with him. How was this possible, the children were born only a year ago? Was it a trap? Had the empire figured out what had happened? Organa started to shiver again. "How is that possible?" he asked quietly. "The force has sent me here." Bail saw the confusion on Skywalker´s face as he answered. The Jedi seemed not to understand it himself. For a while they just stood there, the senator and the Jedi and followed their own thoughts. Then Organa asked, "Are you from the future?" The Jedi nodded and millions of questions filled the senator´s head. He asked the first one that came to his mind. "Is Leia okay?" Luke smiled. "She is." A great relief overcame the senator and he returned the smile for a moment. There was another question he wanted to ask but, he wanted to hear the answer but at the same time he feared it. Luke walked towards the great panorama window and Bail followed him, still disbelieving. "So you became a Jedi?" Bail asked Luke while they looked down into the night below. "Yeah and Leia too." Pride filled Organa as he tried to imagine his daughter as a Jedi. Again they kept silent for a while and the senator thought again about asking the Luke the one question that interested him the most. But he couldn´t, he feared the answer. "You have to continue your fight," Luke suddenly told him. Bail look up. "Against the Empire? It often feels hopeless, the Sith are strong." "You are strong too senator, there is a lot you can do. A lot you will do," Luke replied and smiled knowingly. "The empire will be overthrown?" Organa asked after a while, still trying to determine how to go further. Luke nodded, "Yeah, there will be a rebellion." The viceroy felt sadness in the Jedi´s voice and it told him his dark fear was true. "I´m dead than?" He asked quietly. When he looked at Luke he saw the sadness in his face and it gave him the answer. So the fight against the empire would take his life. Organa took a deep breath. He had known this from the first day, from the moment when he saved master Yoda from Kashyyyk. But then he thought of the Empire, of the cruel things Palpatine had done to the galaxy. He thought of Padme and the queen of Naboo and of the young boy the clone troopers had killed before his eyes at the Jedi temple. They had to continue the fight or more and more innocents would die in the Sith´s shadow. He had to continue the fight. For Breha, for his daughter, for the citizens of Alderaan and the galaxy itself. He turned again to Luke, wanting to thank the Jedi for giving him strength, but Skywalker was gone. Bail looked around in the room, panicked. The Jedi wasn´t here anymore and it looked like he never had been. Organa blinked for a moment and then realized how tired he was. He had been working for hours and hours. Had the Jedi even been real? Or a hallucination caused by the stress and worries? Bail wasn´t sure, what had happened should have been impossible, but Organa knew the force was very powerful and impossible to understand. But he knew that it didn´t matter, Luke, whatever he was, had told him that the Empire would fall and there was always hope. Organa felt as if a great burden had been taken off him. And he felt confident, tomorrow he would give the senate the speech they wanted to hear. He would see Breha and Leia again and he would play the role he had to in bringing down the Empire even if it would cost his own life.