Mirror Manifest - a short story about Mara and her mother-in-law

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  1. RebelMom

    RebelMom Jedi Knight star 6

    Apr 20, 2000
    The Muse struck last night and this is the result. And the really good news is that this is short and finished. Yes finished. I'll put the first part up now. I'll need feedback.


    /Bridal Suite Imperial City Grand Hotel/

    In the semi-quiet of the late night, Mara Jade Skywalker stood on the hotel balcony peering towards the Manarai Mountains. The lights of the city made it seem like midday, illuminating the mountain range. Inner peace prevailed now that the three-ring circus masquerading as her wedding was completed. Musing over the day, she knew that everything had turned out fine but the stress had burdened her heavily. As soon as Ackbar said 'I present to you, the Skywalkers', she felt the load lift and lighten. The reception was a blur, at least of everybody and everything but Luke. Just before they left, the dress designer, Jari'kyn, presented a gift to Mara. "Wait until you are alone, the two of you, then open it."

    Their arrival at the Grand Hotel came off without a hitch. The night at the hotel was a wedding gift from the Horns. Mirax and Corran had registered the suite under their name to provide a modicum of privacy; they even checked in for Luke and Mara. The Concierge, a friend of Mirax's, surreptitiously escorted Luke and Mara to the suite, advising them of the hospitality available. The Grand Hotel was, or rather still is the most luxurious hotel on all of Coruscant. Room service was available at all hours and provided the most gourmet items to be found on any menu. She'd advise the waiters to leave any items delivered on a tray outside the door. The Do not Disturb sign was lit. After keying in the code, the Concierge gave Luke her private comlink, congratulated them and promptly left them alone.

    The room revealed an opulence unrivalled in the known galaxy. Polished wroshyr wood chairs in the anteroom exhibited minute etchings of a myriad of sentient beings. The suite also had a sitting room containing a nerf leather sofa, two conform loungers and a small dinette. The bedroom contained the largest size bed in existence, sporting a gaberwool blanket and a multitude of pillows. To one side was a balcony, the other an alcove providing access to the refresher. Tucked into the alcove was an antique bureau, its mirror framed with intricately carved wood.

    Sitting on the sofa and placing a box on her lap, Mara opened Jari'kyn's gift while Luke watched. As she lifted the lid, she caught a glimpse of a shimmering green material. Lifting the material out of the box, Mara held it up for inspection, awed by the beauty of the gift. It was a translucent jade sleep gown. Mara luxuriated in its silky feel, then headed for the refresher to change.

    Finished with her reverie, she turned herself around on the balcony to peek inside their room. Luke still lay asleep in the middle of the huge bed covered only with a thin sheet. She watched him intently as he rolled over. His usually taut muscles were relaxed but still noticeable. His blonde hair, disheveled by the pillows, seemed more unruly than she had ever seen it. He was turning to his right side facing her. His left arm was dangling at his hip. His movements had displaced the sheet, leaving it tangled around his legs. He reflexively reached for the sheet to pull it up. Keeping it clutched in his hand, he grabbed hold of a pillow, which he hugged, to himself. Mara smiled lustfully. It was time to replace that pillow with herself. An enormous gust of wind preempted her reentry. The bitingly chilled wind roused every hair on her body causing her to shiver. A second gust beat into her from the other side forcing her into a stumble. Grasping the doorframe, she pulled herself inside then slid the transparisteel door shut.

    Luke mumbled but otherwise didn't stir. She reached up her hand to run it through her hair but was stopped by a tremendous tangle. It would take her quite some time to de-tangle. There is no time like the present. She pattered over to the alcove and sat in front of the bureau, which automatically brought up dim lighting. Re
  2. Ladyx_los

    Ladyx_los Jedi Youngling star 1

    Jul 23, 2000
    Ooooh! Here's a new idea... I like it! Keep it up, puhleas! (Whines)
  3. Daphne

    Daphne Jedi Youngling star 3

    Jun 28, 2000
    Hmmm... short, finished, and interesting....

    You can count on me reading.
  4. Vee

    Vee Jedi Grand Master star 3

    Jan 16, 2000
    It's finished already?! How could you be so cruel and end it there then? *sniffs, runs away crying, then runs right back to see if you've posted again*
  5. KnightMara

    KnightMara Jedi Padawan star 4

    Apr 13, 1999
    Very interesting, indeed. Star Wars meets good ol' fashioned ghost story.

    I'm hooked. Please continue ASAP!
  6. RebelMom

    RebelMom Jedi Knight star 6

    Apr 20, 2000
    Far be it for me to cause my readers pain. I just like to get replies between sections. So don't despair, here is the next section.


    Mara looked at the woman as she attempted to organize her thoughts. What was happening? Who was this woman? What was their connection? Never one to pass up a challenge, she figured that the best way to get answers was to ask questions. Might as well be the first one to respond. "My name is Mara. And you?"

    "Padme. Why are you in my mirror?"

    "I was going to ask you the same thing. I really don't think we will get an answer to that anytime soon so let's see what else we can determine. How about location? I'm on Coruscant..."

    "As am I."

    "You remind me of someone."

    "As do you. So of whom do I remind you? "

    Mara was surprised by the royal bearing Padme held. The only person she knew who came close to it was Leia. That was the disturbing thing though. Padme was almost a younger version of Leia. She had heard talk of each person in the galaxy having a doppelganger but didn't believe it. Until now. "You remind me of my sister in law, Leia. You mentioned that I remind you of someone. Who?"

    "My handmaiden, Sabe."

    Mara giggled softly, not wanting to wake Luke. Padme looked at her askance. "You find that amusing. I see no humor in my words."

    "My apologies, Padme. It's just that I am the least likely person to be considered a mere handmaiden."

    Padme's glare was defiant. "A mere handmaiden? I'll have you know that Sabe is one of the most loyal, trustworthy handmaidens in my employ. She has defended my life many times, literally putting herself in the line of fire. She is proud to be one of the hands who do my bidding."

    Mara choked on her giggles. That last sentence that Padme used hit hard and drove deep the implications of the statement. Mara /had/ been a handmaiden, however twisted it was. Now, Padme's handmaidens they must have...Wait. Handmaidens are for royalty. If Padme has handmaidens, then... "Padme, accept my humble apologies. I spoke out of turn on an issue I didn't totally comprehend. Forgive me?"

    With a regal nod, Padme accepted Mara's apologies. Mara swallowed and then asked, "You say you have handmaidens. That would make you royalty, correct? Might I ask your title and where you rule?"

    Padme pondered the question. Mara thought for a moment that she had irreparably damaged their connection by her outburst of giggles. Then Padme spoke, "I am Amidala, Queen of the Naboo."

    **to be continued**
  7. juwannajedi

    juwannajedi Jedi Padawan star 4

    Mar 23, 2000
    I like it, Rebel Mom. Intriguing idea!
  8. Vergere

    Vergere Jedi Knight star 5

    Jul 19, 2000
    this is really good rebelmom!!! keep it up! more! will Padme find out about her children??
  9. SithAbigail

    SithAbigail Jedi Youngling star 2

    Apr 6, 2000
    Interesting idea RebelMom. I can't wait to read more! :)
  10. KnightMara

    KnightMara Jedi Padawan star 4

    Apr 13, 1999
    This is really getting good.

    ::waits impatiently for next installment::
  11. RogueJai

    RogueJai Jedi Padawan star 4

    Apr 14, 2000
    Ahh! No. You may not end it there. More. :) Puhweeeeaasee?
  12. Queenie

    Queenie Jedi Youngling star 1

    Mar 1, 2000
    Cooool, Rebel Mom. Neat idea. I'll be waiting for your next post! :)
  13. RebelMom

    RebelMom Jedi Knight star 6

    Apr 20, 2000
    Glad you like the idea. Not exactly sure where I got it. Here is some more.


    'Well that didn't help any. Never heard of Naboo.' Mara was confused now. Padme was telling the truth, Mara could feel it. But queen of a non-existent kingdom? She needed more answers, not more questions. Okay, back to the beginning. They are both on Coruscant. Time to narrow down the location. "We're both on Coruscant, let's narrow down locations. I'm in Imperial City at the Grand Hotel. And you?"

    "Galactic City at the Grand Hotel in the bridal suite."

    "Galactic City is now called Imperial City."

    Disbelieving, Padme remarked, "Since when? It's been Galactic City since the beginning of..."

    Mara interrupted, "Since the Emperor renamed..."

    Padme intruded this time. "What Emperor?"

    Mara couldn't believe the ignorance of this supposed ruler. What Emperor? Like there could have been another. And she claims to be in the bridal suite of the Grand ... Wait. Bridal suite. She said bridal suite. "You said bridal suite. I'm in the bridal suite of the Grand Hotel."

    Padme gave Mara a sly glance. "I certainly hope you keep your distance. I have no plans to share my husband."

    Mara rolled her eyes. "Very funny. I can guarantee you that the only husband I want is my own. He's sleeping now."

    Padme nodded knowingly. "So is mine. Tell me about your husband."

    Mara pursed her lips, thought a moment then spoke. "How can I describe Luke? He's half of my soul; we complete each other. He's gentle, idealistic, selfless, passionate, intense and countless other adjectives I could name but won't. He's had rough life but then so have I. He was thrust into leadership and war while still grieving the loss of his guardians and mentor but he overcame the odds." She paused. "He's taught me so much in the ten years that I have known him..."

    "Ten years. Is this a second honeymoon then?"

    Mara blushed slightly. "Actually, we just got married today."

    Padme was astonished. "You've known him ten years and are just getting married now! What happened?"

    Mara turned her head away for a moment then turned it back again. "Let's just say there were many obstacles to hurdle and emotional baggage to discard."

    Padme smiled sympathetically at Mara. "Tell me what he looks like."

    "He's not very big but he's compactly built. He's got blond hair, blue eyes and his smile." Mara sighed. "He has such an innocence when he smiles. He looks every bit the Tatooine farmboy he..."

    "He's from Tatooine? So's my Ani. As a matter of fact, you could have been describing Ani, except for the size. Ani is tall."

    "Really? Here we are each of us sitting in bridal suites, talking about our new husbands who mysteriously hail from the same planet and have the same physical characteristics save one."

    "Not to mention the character qualities. Many of those fit Ani as well. He used to be a slave..."

    "But slavery is illegal."

    "Not yet. I have been working in the Senate to abolish it..."

    Just when Mara thought Padme proved herself sane she said something anachronistic. She felt a tingle in the force and knew that she was close to the answer. She could vaguely hear Padme continuing to talk about the Senate. "Mon Mothma agrees with me..."

    "Padme wait a minute. Let's pull back a moment. This whole conversation is eerie. Luke would probably say it was the force at work..."

    "So would Ani. He's a Jedi Knight."

    Mara let her mouth drop. She didn't know all the Jedi personally yet but she knew that none of them went by the name Ani. The force tingle grew stronger. "But Padme, I don't know any Jedi Knight named Ani. Luke is a Master..."

    "It is highly logical that you don't know any Jedi Knight named Ani because there are so many..."

    Another tingle hit Mara.

    "He just passed the trials last week. Obi-wan was ecstatic..."

    Then it hit her. The answer was obvious, wasn't it? Just one more piece to complete the puzzle. "Padme, what is Ani's full name?"

    Padme smiled with glee. "His full title is Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker." She turned
  14. Daphne

    Daphne Jedi Youngling star 3

    Jun 28, 2000
  15. little susie jedi

    little susie jedi Jedi Youngling star 1

    Apr 6, 2000
    very interesting.

    More soon?
  16. Herman Snerd

    Herman Snerd Jedi Master star 6

    Oct 31, 1999
    Wow! What a cliffhanger Rebelmom.

    Could you send whatever muse bit you with this story over my way? I need a little help.

    Oh, and again, wow! GREAT idea for a story. A meeting of two women who married Skywalkers without the problems of time travel.
  17. KnightMara

    KnightMara Jedi Padawan star 4

    Apr 13, 1999
    Another awesome post, RebelMom. Keep 'em coming!
  18. RebelMom

    RebelMom Jedi Knight star 6

    Apr 20, 2000
    I know I promised some more. As I was looking over the next post, I decided it needed some work. My Ani/Ami experience is weak and reading the post, well it was lacking. I don't want to disappoint all you Ani/Ami fans so I am retooling it and will have it up later.

    Herman, the Muse that struck me was a Light Side Muse.
  19. RebelMom

    RebelMom Jedi Knight star 6

    Apr 20, 2000
    Didn't take me long to spruce this up. Believe me it is 10 times better than before.


    /Bridal Suite, Galactic City Grand Hotel/

    "Ami? Where are you, love?"

    His low voice was so seductive that she almost melted on the spot. She blushed as she remembered the trail of his kisses... She picked up the brush she had dropped during her conversation with Mara and began to brush out the tangles. She considered herself the luckiest woman in the galaxy. The Queen of Naboo and the Jedi Knight. There were people who actually opposed the union. The Jedi contended that Knights could not be burdened with marital ties; it would distract them from the Force. Many of her own advisors tried to dissuade her; an arranged marriage with someone of noble bearing would benefit the Naboo better. What about her feelings? And Ani's? This marriage was right. She and Ani were soul mates; they belonged together. She insisted and she won; they were married despite the critics. "Padme?"

    Momentarily startled, she called softly to Ani. "Coming."

    Still clad in her white translucent sleep gown, she stepped quietly into the bedroom. Ani lay in the middle of the huge bed covered only by a thin sheet. He ran his fingers through his tousled blond hair, his blue eyes following every curve of her body. "Where have you been, Ami? I was getting lonely."

    She approached the bed, her sleep gown shimmering in the faint light of the city. Ani sat up, anticipating her arrival and turned the sheet down so she could climb in. Smiling mischievously, she instead sat on the edge of the bed. She wanted to tell him about Mara but wasn't sure how. "First, I had been out on the balcony, looking at the Manarai Mountains, when the wind built up tangling my hair into an unmanageable mess. Then, I went to the bureau, to comb it out when..."

    She was cut off by his passionate kiss. He wrapped his strong arms around her; she wilted in his embrace, electrified by his touch. All thoughts of her conversation with the magical, mystical Mara fled under the assault of his presence on her senses. There were more important things to which she needed to attend. Mara would have to wait.

    **to be continued**
    How was that?
  20. Herman Snerd

    Herman Snerd Jedi Master star 6

    Oct 31, 1999
    Way to write the smut Rebelmom. :)

    Oh wait, I shouldn't use the words 'smut' and 'mom' in the same setence.

    Does anybody have a Dark Side Muse??????
  21. Leia

    Leia Jedi Grand Master star 2

    Aug 8, 1998
    I love this, RebelMom! Keep it up, and PLEASE post soon.
  22. Vergere

    Vergere Jedi Knight star 5

    Jul 19, 2000
    oh keep going keep going keep going!!! this is so great!!! will Mara tell Luke?? will Ami tell Ani?? will Padme and MAra talk again and figure the whole thing out?? will Luke talk to his mother?? how does the bridge of time happen??

  23. Raissa Baiard

    Raissa Baiard Chosen One star 4

    Nov 22, 1999
    This is great RebelMom! Keep it up. My favorite EU and Ep. I characters together! I'm really looking forward to finding out what happens when Mara and Padme pick up their conversation.
  24. Jedi Zee

    Jedi Zee Jedi Youngling

    May 1, 2000
    Come on RebelMom, don't keep me waiting. Patience may be a virtue, but it's one I don't got <G>

  25. RebelMom

    RebelMom Jedi Knight star 6

    Apr 20, 2000
    Did I go overboard on that last section? Maybe I should edit it? (At least I can edit my copy.) I don't want to get thrown off the boards.

    So many questions. I suppose you want answers. Well I have more story to post. See if this helps.


    /Bridal Suite, Imperial City Grand Hotel/

    Mara found out that waking up a naked man on his honeymoon to engage in an intellectual conversation was not possible. Since she could broach the subject later, she just went with the flow. That kiss threw all coherent thoughts out of her head anyway. Later, she went to the refresher. She didn't return immediately stopping instead at the bureau hoping for a reconnection with Padme, AKA Amidala, The Queen of the Naboo, AKA Luke's mother. She sat down in the chair and hugged her knees to her chest. Luke's mother, her mother-in-law. Luke had no memory of his mother. If she could give Luke his mother... She stared at the mirror waiting patiently. She didn't want to wake up Luke again until she had something tangible to relay. Tangible? How can a mirror offer something tangible? Maybe if she could reach in and pull Padme through? No, that wasn't plausible. Better just get information. If only she would reappear. 'Padme, come back.' Nothing. All Mara could see was her own reflection. Closing her eyes, she nodded off.

    'Wake up Mara' was whispered through the force, filtering into her subconscious. She opened her eyes and was rewarded with a new reflection. It was Padme yet somehow she was different. Mara scooted closer and reached for Padme who was reaching back. The same spark came to their fingertips. Mara wanted to reveal their connection until she noticed Padme's troubled look. Keeping her voice calm, she said, "Hello Padme, what's happening?"

    Padme smiled meekly. "Hello, Mara. This is the strangest mirror. Time has passed and I have aged but you look as if you are still on your honeymoon."

    Mara only said, "I am."

    Padme looked up as if she was about to beseech a request to the higher powers. Tears welled up in her eyes. "Oh how I wish I was still on my honeymoon. What I wouldn't give to have such joy again."

    Mara could feel the anguish radiating off Padme. Mara's hand was still touching Padme's reflection seeking to relieve her pain. "Tell me what has happened."

    Padme wiped away her tears with her trembling free hand. She dare not release her touch on Mara's reflection; she received considerable comfort from the connection. She began her story. "I left my husband."

    Mara drew a sharp breath. With that statement, she had a pretty good idea what had happened. Padme caught Mara's response but didn't really understand it. Her voice faltered occasionally as she spoke. "Things were wonderful the first year. Then just after our first anniversary, Ani's mother was murdered. He was devastated; he would not be consoled. Obi-wan tried to talk with him but Ani refused all counsel. He began to change; he withdrew into himself. He pushed me away. Anger, rage and mistrust were his constant companions. I became afraid of my own husband. He was being consumed..."

    Mara interjected. "By the dark side."

    Padme only nodded. Mara gently prodded. "There's more, isn't there?"

    Padme looked down at the toiletries arranged on the bureau top and took a deep breath. "I just found out that I was pregnant. I haven't told a living soul yet. You are the first to know."

    Mara began to cry thoroughly confusing Padme, who jerked her head up to see. "Mara?"

    Mara smiled weakly at Padme. "Please don't think me callous to your situation, but your pregnancy will have a major impact on me. I should probably explain..."

    Turning her face towards the bedroom, Padme released her touch on the mirror. "Obi-wan and Sabe have come. I need to go. May the Force be with you, Mara."

    **to be continued**
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