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Infinite Possibilities (L/M romance, completed)

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  1. Gabri_Jade

    Gabri_Jade VIP star 5 VIP

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    Well, I never intended to post this anywhere when I first started it, but I'm going to be very brave (deep breath, Gabri!) and do so as repayment to all the authors whose work I'm reading, and the readers who make this board such a fun place to be. I hope you enjoy my story half as much as I'm enjoying yours. :)

    Summary: Approximately three months after the end of The Last Command, Luke and Mara have developed a tentative friendship. Can romance be in their future?

    Rating: PG

    A/N: Barring unforeseen DRL attacks, I plan to post every Friday and Monday. :)

    Standard disclaimers apply. I only wish these characters were mine.

    Winner of Best Interpretation of a Canon Character for Mara Jade, Summer 2003 Fanfiction Awards

    Thank you, everyone! :D


    ~*~*~*~*~*~

    Luke found her in their usual spot on the roof and went to lean on the railing next to her. "Hi, Mara."

    She glanced at him, and he would have sworn there was faint amusement in those usually hard eyes. "Hi, yourself. Were you actually looking for me this time?"

    Luke smiled at the reminder of the several previous times they had found each other in this very spot, simply by chance. Could it be just chance? "Not actually looking for you -- but I was thinking about you."

    Mara snorted. "Like you don't have anything better to think about, Skywalker?"

    "Not often," Luke replied cheerfully.

    Mara snorted again; then the silence stretched out companionably between them. Characteristically, Mara was the first to break it.

    "So spill, Skywalker."

    "Spill what?"

    "What were you thinking about me for?"

    A simple question from anyone else, but Luke knew Mara Jade well enough to recognize the inherent danger. Any overly personal answer here and she'd most likely stalk off -- and he at least needed her to hear him out first. He decided to play it safe.

    "Just in a general sense, Mara. I haven't seen you for a few days."

    "Been busy," Mara said.

    "I figured," Luke said. He hesitated, then decided to take the risk and bumped her elbow gently with his own. "But I missed you." He held his breath as she looked at him sideways, then sighed inwardly in relief as she seemed inclined to allow the gesture.

    "No one to swing your lightsaber at, Jedi? Why didn't you ask your sister to come out and play?"

    Luke grinned and turned to look out over the city's never ending traffic jams. "Leia isn't quite as good with a saber as you are."

    "Damn right," Mara agreed.

    "Do me a favor and don't put it that way to Leia herself," Luke said, amused.

    "That's reasonable."

    Another silence fell, wherein both watched the buzzing Coruscant cityscape and contemplated their next conversational strategies.

    "So, how's work?" Luke finally ventured.

    Mara sighed. "Slow. Whatever else I may be, I'm not a diplomat."

    "You are, and always have been, more than you believe, Mara," Luke said softly.

    "And you are, and always have been, foolishly optimistic, Skywalker."

    Luke chuckled, pleased to have found her in this rare playful (well, for Mara) mood. "Can't argue with that. In fact, speaking of foolishly optimistic," he added, ignoring the sudden wary look Mara sent his way, "you've heard about the state party at the end of the week?"

    "Of course."

    Luke took a deep breath. "Would you like to go with me?"

    Her eyes widened. "Have you lost your mind?"

    He touched her hand, ready to duck quickly if necessary. "Please, Mara? We're friends; I'd like to go with you. And besides, if I show up alone, Leia will steer me toward every eligible woman in the room."

    For all his preparation, Mara's ultimate reaction still took him completely by surprise. She stared at him for another moment, then laughed. Luke was taken aback, wondering abruptly if he'd ever heard her laugh before. He didn't think so. And she has a beautiful laugh, too, he thought irrelevantly.

    "Going to let me in on the joke?" he asked. Mara's laughter tapered off into residual giggles, which Luke fou
     
  2. Marawannabe

    Marawannabe Jedi Master star 4

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    *wild hugs for Gabri* Ooh, this is gonna be a good one! I can tell! *loves a fic that has dancing in it* This dinner shall be much fun! Lovely dialogue, I love banter! And hmmm, are Lukie's thoughts already traveling down an unbidden path?

    *drags in a couch and some popcorn* Can't wait for more! ;)
     
  3. inez_the_swampgirl

    inez_the_swampgirl Jedi Padawan star 4

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    *joins mara on the couch and grabs some popcorn*

    YAY! A new L/M fic! Wonderful, Gabri_Jade. I can't wait to see the dancing lessons. ;) The banter is great and you've added just enough 'forbidden' thoughts to keep our poor heroes circling each other for a while. :D

    inez
     
  4. Mistryl

    Mistryl Jedi Padawan star 4

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    great job Gabri! Looks real interesting. Dancing [face_mischief]
    Can't wait to see it.
     
  5. Jaded Skywalker

    Jaded Skywalker Jedi Padawan star 4

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    "I wasn't raised in the middle of nowhere on some rim world, Skywalker," Mara said. "I'd knock 'em dead."

    "Yeah, but with your dazzling charm or a vibroblade?" Luke muttered.


    Perfect! :D

    Yay Garbri! I'm glad to see another Luke/Mara fanfic out there!

    Dialogue was very well done!

    ~ Jaded ~
     
  6. ShortySC22

    ShortySC22 Jedi Master star 1

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    This is really interesting. I wonder how Luke is going to do at his dancing lessons. Keep osting! ^^
     
  7. Sara_Kenobi

    Sara_Kenobi Jedi Grand Master star 7

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    I thought the conversation between Luke and Mara was very sweet and funny. Great start! :)
     
  8. Jedi_Liz

    Jedi_Liz Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    its nice to see another Luke/Mara story starting! Maybe soon they will overwhelm the boards and be as numerous as the Jaina/Jag fics!


    Its also nice to see another "just a few months after The Last Command" fics. :p

    (mine is one as well)
     
  9. jedilady_th

    jedilady_th Jedi Youngling

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    Great beginning! Can't wait to see dancing class, I would think Luke would be pretty good, considering it takes a lot of grace to duel well.

     
  10. EmilieDarklighter

    EmilieDarklighter Jedi Master star 4

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    Oh. My. Sweet. Force.

    GABRI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    How DARE you call ME talented when you've been keeping all this wonderful stuff hidden! *jaw hanging open* You, Gabi-darling, are AMAZING! Perfect perfect perfect! Characterization is on the dime, for both of them!

    A few of my favorite lines:

    "So spill, Skywalker."

    "Spill what?"

    "What were you thinking about me for?"


    Perfect, Gabi. It just captures both of them.

    "No one to swing your lightsaber at, Jedi? Why didn't you ask your sister to come out and play?"

    Luke grinned and turned to look out over the city's never ending traffic jams. "Leia isn't quite as good with a saber as you are."

    "Damn right," Mara agreed.

    "Do me a favor and don't put it that way to Leia herself," Luke said, amused.

    "That's reasonable."


    *shakes head* Mara to the point. I love it.

    "You are, and always have been, more than you believe, Mara," Luke said softly.

    "And you are, and always have been, foolishly optimistic, Skywalker."


    *grin*

    "You blew up the Death Star and faced Vader, the Emperor, and C'baoth -- not to even mention me -- and you're afraid of being set up on a date by your sister?"

    "Hey!" Luke said indignantly. "You haven't seen the women she likes to pick out. If you were in my place, you'd be scared too."

    Mara giggled again. "What, are they Gamorreans or something?"


    Now THAT is refreshing from the norm profic. Luke the farmboy is peeking out from behind the Jedi Knight!



    Eagerly awaiting more, Gabi! I LOVE IT!!!!

     
  11. Gabri_Jade

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    :eek: Lots of replies! Wow. Definitely a happy new author here. :D

    Marawannabe: *returns hugs* Thank you! Luke and Mara without banter would be like Vader without his mask. Just not the same. Glad you liked it!

    And hmmm, are Lukie's thoughts already traveling down an unbidden path?

    You never know... [face_devil] Oh, wait -- I kinda put 'romance' in the subject line, didn't I? Hmm. [face_plain] ;) Okay, so the destination is something of a foregone conclusion here. In this story, it's the journey that's important. Hope you enjoy it. And a couch and popcorn! I like the way you think. Who wants a Coca-Cola to go with? And thanks for your quick response, Mara. I had to run off to work almost as soon as I posted, and it was wonderful to see a reply before I went. :)

    Inez: So glad to see you! I'm glad DRL is letting up lately. Yes, lots of banter. They just can't help themselves. And although I've never bought this 'it takes them ten Force forsaken years to realize they're perfect for each other' profic viewpoint, they can't have it too easy, now can they?

    Mistryl: I do like your name. :) And thank you. I've always thought that if Mara was a good enough dancer to pass for a professional on missions, she'd probably enjoy it. I always like fics where her dancing ability is at least mentioned.

    Jaded Skywalker: That's my favorite line too. :D I'm very glad everyone seems to like the dialogue -- there's plenty more where that came from. I love writing dialogue. [face_love] :)

    ShortySC22: Thanks! Dancing lessons coming on Monday. A bit more bantering than dancing, but what can you expect with these two?

    Sara_Kenobi: Thank you! Pretty much what I was going for. I'm glad it came across that way.

    Jedi_Liz: I'm with you all the way. Not that I don't like Jag and Jaina, but I will never jump on a J/J fic with the same enthusiasm I have for the L/M fics. I'd be terribly happy if more were to come along.

    jedilady_th: Thanks!

    Can't wait to see dancing class, I would think Luke would be pretty good, considering it takes a lot of grace to duel well.

    Funny you should mention that point...

    Emmi: Dearest, you are talented. Very. Why do you think it was scary to post my first real work? There are so many talented authors on this board. It's kind of intimidating. I'm happy you think I'm holding my own so far. :) Also pleased you think the characterization is good. I'm definitely inside Luke and Mara's heads -- good to know I'm picking up the right vibes while I'm there. ;) And you picked a lot of lines I love too. But your sig, dear one! :eek: [face_blush] [face_blush] [face_blush] *groans* I'm going to blush every time I read one of your posts, and I read so many...thanks a million. :D

    Next post on Monday. :D

    ~Gabri

     
  12. EmilieDarklighter

    EmilieDarklighter Jedi Master star 4

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    *shakes head* I'm having a hard time making Luke and Mara act like Luke and Mara in SoG. I'm thoroughly disgusted with the first part of it because it's breaking the writer's number one rule of "show, don't tell". I didn't quite have enough banter, save for the story of how Luke got his nickname. I'm quite disappointed in myself.

    I'll be keeping a sharp eye on this, Gabri. It has so much potential. I can't wait for Monday!

    Oh, and consequently, I think you'd be an awesome addition to the Skywalker-Jade Revival Society over at the Writers' Resource board. Why don't you drop in and we'll see about a membership for you?

    Your *wink* #1 fan,

    Emmi
     
  13. Gabri_Jade

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    :eek: You're disgusted with the first part of SoG? Nonsense, Emmi. SoG is wonderful. If the first part breaks the 'show, don't tell' rule, I certainly didn't notice. And Luke and Mara are very recognizable. I've been impressed at how you've kept them in character in such an unusual setting -- and I loved the story of how Luke got his nickname. If you want to edit later, fine, but what you have now is excellent. You have no reason to be disappointed in it or yourself.

    You want me to join SJRS, do you? After only one post? And what if the next one is horribly out of character and I waste all that 'potential'? What then, hmmmm? ;) I'm flattered, dearest. I'll give it some thought.

    New post tomorrow. :)
     
  14. LadyPadme

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    Gabri_Jade: I don't normally read L/M fics, but this one certainly has started off well!

    The only way it would annoy Calrissian is if he really thought we were in a relationship -- and if you think I'm going there, you need a lobotomy. LOL!

    I can't wait to see what happens with these dance lessons. Left-foot Luke, eh?

    You've definitely got Luke and Mara down well--my hat's off to you. I find it impossible to write Mara (I like her but I can't crawl into her skin at all). Will eagerly be awaiting posts on Mondays and Fridays!!

    Oh, and if you throw in evil cliffhangers, I'll have some epithets to hurl back at you. You have been warned. ;)

     
  15. Gabri_Jade

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    LadyPadme: What a pleasant surprise! And you a dyed in the wool H/L fan, too. Thanks for your kind comments. I hope I manage to keep you interested, even if it is Luke and Mara here.

    I find it impossible to write Mara (I like her but I can't crawl into her skin at all).

    Really? [face_intrigued] I have the same problem with Han and Leia. I have to concentrate much harder on them, and then I'm still not sure I have them in character. Luke and Mara are much easier for me. Did you say if I threw in evil cliffhangers? :eek: I? After what you've been doing with In Love and War? And after that really awful one you did, all I did was sulk, not hurl epithets...oh...except for when I called you an evil, cliffhanger-addicted author...um, yeah. Forgot that. *smiles sweetly* You know I meant that in the best possible way, don't you, LP? You'll just have to wait and see if I've followed your example there. [face_devil]

    Next post up in just a few minutes. :)
     
  16. Gabri_Jade

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    Chapter Two

    Mara flipped idly through her selection of music disks, wondering if she should scare the daylights out of Skywalker by starting out with something fast-paced and exotic. The more she thought about that option, the more tempting it sounded -- but she had to admit that as annoying as Skywalker could be, he had been unrelentingly kind to her since the moment they'd met. Even when she'd held a blaster to his head and threatened to pull the trigger, she'd never heard a sharp word from him. And he'd been extremely patient while teaching her the finer points of handling a lightsaber. Mara sighed and pulled out a disk of slow music, well suited to teaching a beginner.

    She sensed his presence well before he was at the door -- someone as strong in the Force as Luke Skywalker was ridiculously easy to pick up. Mara was waiting for him, leaning on the jamb of the open door, arms crossed and expression expectant.

    "Good morning, Mara," Skywalker said calmly.

    "That remains to be seen," Mara answered, waving him inside. "How fast do you think you can pick this up?"

    "Don't know," he replied. "How good a teacher do you think you are?"

    "Good enough," Mara said sharply, trying to ignore the amusement she actually felt.

    That irritating calm didn't even waver. "I don't doubt it."

    "Fine, then. Let's get to it."

    "You know," Skywalker started, his voice laced with a sudden earnest hopefulness, "If you went with me and wanted to dance, I wouldn't mind if you danced with someone else. You don't have to go through all of this."

    "That'd kind of defeat your purpose, don't you think?" Mara asked. She slid a chair to the perimeter of the room, enlarging her already cleared dancing space. "If I were Leia, I'd see that as a golden opportunity."

    "Think of how it would look, though." Skywalker perched himself on the arm of her small sofa. "She can't really try to set me up when my d-- .....um, escort is in the same room."

    Mara glared at him just on principle, so he'd know she hadn't missed that slip. "Can't she? 'Her? Oh, yes, she did come with him, but they're just friends, really. Of course I'm sure! He is my brother, after all. No, don't be silly. Mara won't mind a bit. I told you, they're just friends. Would she be dancing with another man if they weren't? Now come with me; I know Luke would love to meet you.'"

    "You should have been an actress, Mara, not a smuggler," Luke said with a grin. "Your skills are just being wasted in your current line of work."

    "Nonsense. Comes in very handy for undercover work. Always did as an assassin, too."

    Skywalker shook his head at her, but she sensed no real disapproval from him, only vast amusement. "I thought we weren't going to pretend we were in a relationship."

    "Don't even go there, Jedi. All this is about is not giving your sister a chance to spring all those scary aristocrats on you."

    He held his hands up in a gesture of surrender, the amusement still rolling off him. "If you say so."

    "Stop laughing at me inside your head," Mara demanded.

    He laughed aloud at that. "I wouldn't dare, Mara."

    "You're such a lousy liar."

    "Not that bad. I did a little undercover work myself during the war, you know."

    "It's a wonder you're still alive."

    Skywalker looked at her sharply. "Leia said that exact thing to Han when they first met."

    There was something thoughtful about his gaze that made her uneasy, though she couldn't have said what it was to save her life. "That doesn't surprise me. It's a wonder Solo's still alive, too."

    Skywalker's Force sense gave her the distinct impression of someone shaking himself. "The same could probably be said for all of us. You and Leia and Chewie have all been through a lot, too."

    He considered her part of that group? To be classed with his closest friends and family? An unbidden flash of memory struck her: Skywalker in Mount Tantiss, willingly offering his life in exchange for those of his family -- and for Mara's own.

    In unconscious imitation of the man in front of her, Mara
     
  17. Jedi_Liz

    Jedi_Liz Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    nice post!



    I love all the subtle hints.....the way Luke said that Leia had said those one words about Han and everything.


    Good Job!
     
  18. Marawannabe

    Marawannabe Jedi Master star 4

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    Gabri, you are truly amazing. You have every single characterization of Luke and Mara exactly on target, some of the best I've seen outside of the legendary RebelMom's work.

    The banter was perfect! Just the right amount of tension and sarcasm, and Luke's innocence. *happy sigh* This fic is fast becoming a favorite... ;)

    *really hopes that Luke will be able to hold his own on the dance floor*

    Although, my dance teacher always said that a good follower can make a bad leader look good. With Mara at his back, I don't think he'll have to worry at all.

    LOL to the backup plan, that was great! Have I said amazing post? I'm really not sure if I have or not... Keep up the phenomenal work ;)
     
  19. inez_the_swampgirl

    inez_the_swampgirl Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Yay, Gabri! I agree with the others, your Luke and Mara are dead on. :)

    I'll let you all in on a little secret, though...*looks around conspiritorily, then whispers* This is how I write my fic. Han and Mara are the same character, except Han is egotistical and Mara is angry, though she controls it a lot more later on. :eek: *Inez flees from LP and Emmi, ducking popcorn and rotten fruit*

    inez
     
  20. ShortySC22

    ShortySC22 Jedi Master star 1

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    A great follow-up post. This is really good, the best part will be when the finally make it to the dance....^^ Good job and keep it up!
     
  21. EmilieDarklighter

    EmilieDarklighter Jedi Master star 4

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    *force-directs rotten fruits, popcorn, and whatever else she can find at inez* Where HAVE you been?

    Gabi-dearest, now I'm positive you belong in the SJRS. If you don't join, I'll be highly disappointed. ;)

    "Can't she? 'Her? Oh, yes, she did come with him, but they're just friends, really. Of course I'm sure! He is my brother, after all. No, don't be silly. Mara won't mind a bit. I told you, they're just friends. Would she be dancing with another man if they weren't? Now come with me; I know Luke would love to meet you.'"

    *rolling in hilarity* Well, darling, I don't know about your ability to write Han and Leia, but your ability to write Mara imitating Leia is hilarious. *cracks up*


    "Stop laughing at me inside your head," Mara demanded.

    He laughed aloud at that. "I wouldn't dare, Mara."

    "You're such a lousy liar."

    Characterization is still perfect here! Your banter is the highest quality I've ever seen. We definetly need to get Mommy in here to read...if she's not already.



    "Not that bad. I did a little undercover work myself during the war, you know."

    "It's a wonder you're still alive."

    Skywalker looked at her sharply. "Leia said that exact thing to Han when they first met."


    I LOVE the use of that line! It reminds me of something I did in Bring on the Rain with a line from The Last Command...


    She couldn't remember the last time she'd been truly speechless, Mara reflected distantly. She knew herself to be both an excellent dancer and a beautiful woman, but she'd received few compliments in her life that hadn't been a thinly veiled attempt to seduce her. This, though.... Skywalker was utterly sincere, with no ulterior motives that she could sense. With a tinge of amusement, she decided that he probably didn't realise it was a compliment, let alone the nicest she'd ever gotten. He was simply stating a fact.

    I have but one thing to say: Awwwwww!!!


    "I might remind you," she said with an intended sarcasm she couldn't quite pull off, "that I haven't actually won a match yet. Though I have come close," her pride impelled her to add. "If my dancing ability shows through in my lightsaber practice, then logically it should work the other way for you."

    "I hope so," he said. "Leia's all I can deal with on this front. If you were to join her, I might as well give up."

    "Don't worry about it, Skywalker. You'd have to be even more annoying than Calrissian for me to throw you to the stormtroopers that way."

    His eyes met hers. Horrified realization abruptly swept over her. What had she said? Mara hastened to smooth over the mistake before his attunement to her in the Force allowed him to see the odd flicker of emotion that had prompted those words. "I mean, it seems a sisterly sort of aggravation to inflict. Not my place."


    Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!! Perfect!



    "You are usually more straightforward than that," he finally said. "If I really annoyed you, I think I'd worry more about being pushed off the palace roof."

    A very unwilling grin escaped Mara at that image. "Well, now you've gone and done it. I'll have to think up a whole other backup plan now."

    Skywalker grinned right back at her. "I have great faith in you."

    Mara laughed. "You're stalling again. Shut up and let's dance."


    *SIGH* Almost-mush. Gotta love it. ;)

    We'll see about SoG. I'm glad Luke and Mara are recognizable to my readers, because they're quickly becoming strangers to me in that particular setting. That's why it takes so long for me to post. ;)


    -Emmi
     
  22. LadyPadme

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    Oh, this is so well done! I couldn't keep a silly grin off my face the whole time I was reading it--which means I thought it was great foreplay dialogue. I loved the banter, and it was so in character!

    Do I have to wait until Friday for the next post?

    Sighs.

     
  23. mistryljediskywalker

    mistryljediskywalker Jedi Youngling star 3

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    You like my name? Half the people I've run into don't even know what a Mistryl is.

    Well, anyways, great story. *imagines Mara as an actress for some reason soaps pop into head* must be my mother always watching them gag.
    *falls out of chair laughing*

    sorry, just a funny thought. (and a scary one) Great job on this part Gabri!
     
  24. RebelMom

    RebelMom Jedi Knight star 6

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    Gabri, you're characterizations are wonderful. The banter is great and I'm thoroughly enjoying this. Keep up the good work. :)
     
  25. Gabri_Jade

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    Hey, you all stuck around for the second post! I'm so pleased. ;) :)

    Jedi_Liz: Thanks! I love to read subtle writing, so it's nice to think I might be pulling it off in my own work.

    Marawannabe: You have every single characterization of Luke and Mara exactly on target, some of the best I've seen outside of the legendary RebelMom's work.

    Now that is a compliment of the highest order. Thank you.

    Dance teacher? You've had lessons? I'm jealous. Someday I'm going to learn ballroom dancing, I swear. As far as Luke goes, I wouldn't worry about him too much. :)

    Inez: LOL! I like your innovative approach to things. It obviously works, because you most definitely have characterization down yourself.

    ShortySC22: Thank you. :) But are you sure that will be the best part? [face_mischief]

    Emmi: *laughs* Dearest, you don't have to copy and paste the whole chapter, really... Glad you like it. I rather liked Mara imitating Leia myself.

    Your banter is the highest quality I've ever seen.

    Probably because I'm such a smart aleck myself, it just comes naturally.

    I LOVE the use of that line! It reminds me of something I did in Bring on the Rain with a line from The Last Command...

    I know, I thought of that too. I wrote this before you posted that, honestly! Great minds think alike, right? ;) Actually, it happened to me just like it did to you: I wrote the line before I realized it was a quote, then figured I could put it to good use.

    *SIGH* Almost-mush. Gotta love it.

    *laughs again* Dear, do you realize that you just called a casual death threat 'almost-mush'? I'll let it pass because it's Luke and Mara. For them, I think it's a kind of flirting.

    'We'll see about SoG', nothing. You promised me you'd finish that fic and I'm going to hold you to it. I understand what you're saying, though. Maybe you should take a break from it for a while and write on Landslide instead. ;)

    LadyPadme: Thanks! If someone reads my work with a grin on their face, then I'm happy. I'm really pleased that everyone thinks the characterization is accurate. I thought it was, but I wasn't sure if maybe I was too close to my own work to be objective. And yes, you must wait until Friday. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. :D

    mistryljediskywalker: Half the people I've run into don't even know what a Mistryl is.

    You're kidding. :eek: They're missing out on two of the best SW books ever, then. Shada D'ukal is a terrific character. She deserves much more character development than she's gotten after VotF.

    In essence, Mara has been an actress most of her life; she's been undercover so often that acting has got to be second nature to her now. *envisions Mara as a soap opera actress* You're right, that's frightening.

    RebelMom: Greetings! *bows to the Great One* No, seriously, I'm honored. I've read quite a bit of your work, I think, and it's fantastic. I love your contributions to Bring On the Rain, Mirror Manifest was one of the more unique story lines I've read, and I recently spent a couple of days glued to the computer reading Shackled Past. If you approve, I know I'm doing something right.

    And now it's off to bed, off to bed. (Remember Cogsworth saying that in Beauty and the Beast?) Oh, my. I just looked at the clock. Definitely bedtime. 'Night, all. :)

    ~Gabri


     
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