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  1. Hopefulwriter

    Hopefulwriter Jedi Knight star 3

    Jan 6, 2016
    Writer: Hopefulwriter
    Time Frame: After THE FORCE AWAKENS
    Rating: For everyone
    Characters: Chewbacca, Malla
    SUMMARY: Chewbacca goes home to tell Malla Han Solo is dead.

    (The Wookiee language has been translated for the readers)

    The sun was lowering on the planet of Kashyyyk as Chewbacca waved to Rey
    as she lifted the Falcon from the ground. Making his way through the growth of trees, bushes, vines and undergrowth; stopping to gently pull something from the ground.. he was dreading getting home….and the news he would be telling Malla.

    Not waving to the other Wookiees as he made his way into the village clearing, he knew the news would pass to all in time.

    Climbing the rough wooden ladder to his own tree home, he then opened the door and was met with total quiet….so different from thirty odd years ago…his cubs were now all grown and had chosen life mates for themselves. Lumpy and Teba even had a son…Malla’s and his first grand cub. They all lived in different villages on the planet.

    It was just Malla and himself now. Slipping softly through the door he looked around the common area…then to the meal table..hearing soft clicks in the cooking room, he walked there; finding his life mate, he placed a paw on her shoulder.

    “Chewbacca!” She enfolded his waist in a welcoming Wookiee hug. After a mutual embrace, Chewbacca said, “Let’s go into the common room.”

    Malla dried her paws on her apron and followed her mate….sitting down beside him on the rough-hewn bench. In the light of the room, she noticed, again, the beginning streaks of gray in Chewbacca’s fur, then scanned the other seats.

    “Where’s Han? My ‘Han’dsome one.”

    “That’s what I’ve come home to talk to you about.” Chewbacca answered, taking both her paws in his massive ones. She looked expectantly at him.

    Taking a deep breath, Chewbacca began…… “Han has been killed.”

    Malla blinked her eyes…seemingly the statement not registering. Chewbacca waited.
    Malla’s brow wrinkled….her senses coming to terms with what had been said.

    “My Handsome one? Killed? In a battle with the Rebellion?”

    Chewbacca saw tears begin to well in her eyes… “Han killed? He’s dead?”

    “We were helping the Rebellion…..but he wasn’t killed in battle.” Chewie took a firmer hold on her paws. “He was killed by Kylo Ren…his son Ben.”

    Malla’ mouth flew open. “NO!” She jerked her hands from Chewbacca’s grabbing the corner of her apron, covering the tears that now begun to freely flow.

    “You know Ben turned to the Dark Side. The Ben we knew is gone….just as ‘dead’ to us as Han. Malla leaned her head on her mate’s chest and sobbed as if her world had come to an end…and it had…her world with Han in it.

    Chewbacca rubbed her back…letting her grieve; his eyes a little moist also. He’d not had time to grieve..they had a mission to finish, after he’d seen his friend fall into oblivion.

    Raising up, Malla wiped her eyes once more and stood, walking over to a chair. “This is where Han sat” , she smiled, but it didn’t reach her eyes….”Oh, the stories he told of his adventures and escapades….some we had to ask the children to leave the room.” She gave a little laugh of remembrance.

    She ambled slowly to the meal table, caressing the back of the chair in which Han had always sat when he visited. “He loved my grain cakes…I always made extra for him. “Remember the time one of the twins flung some food on his face?” She turned to Chewbacca….”That hardened space pirate just laughed.” Chewbacca nodded, a smile playing around his lips.

    She then walked to Itchy’s room, looking at the bed…..”I didn’t think he would survive when you brought him here after finding him.” Malla said. “We took such good care of him…”

    “He taught me to understand his language.” Chewbacca said.

    “And you taught Lumpy and me.”

    “Oh, Chewbacca,” Malla turned to her mate again, hiding her face again against his furry chest. “I just can’t believe he’s gone.”

    “Neither can I. For over forty standard years we were friends and pilots together…traveling the galaxies….working for Jabba….then with Princess Leia,

    Luke Skywalker and the Rebellion against the Empire.”

    Malla jerked away…”Oh, Leia! How is she?”

    “Still fighting…they saw each other…they still love each other even though they were separated all those years…each going their own way…”

    “Leia, losing both her son and husband….”

    “She’s strong, Malla. She’ll continue to fight…for the Rebellion and the Dark Side
    to get her son back.”

    “Do you think Ben will return to the Ben we loved.”

    “I don’t think so, but only time will tell.”

    They stood quietly for a few moments, embracing and remembering. “I have something
    I want us to do before it gets dark.” Chewbacca told her.

    Malla wiped her eyes, removed her apron and followed her mate out the door of their
    home, Chewbacca stopping to pick up what he’d left on the porch.

    Making their way through the growth of the Wookiee planet, they soon arrived at a clearing…..the place where Han landed the Falcon when he came to visit or brought Chewbacca home.

    Nodding to a fallen log, Malla sat and watched Chewbacca walk to the center of the
    landing area…He began to dig. Nodding to Malla she picked up the plant Chewbacca had pulled from the ground and walked to where he was. Together they placed the plant and shoved the dirt around it, securing it’s place.

    It was twlight now, and they both sat on the fallen log, looking at the tree sapling
    standing alone, shadows around it.

    “How thoughtful of you, Chewbacca, to choose a star-bloom tree.”

    The small, star shaped blooms began twinkling softly, catching the rising moonlight.

    “He loved traveling among the stars…that is where we will remember him.” Chewbacca said as he placed an arm around Malla’s shoulders. They sat quietly in the growing darkness, looking at the shining tree.

    In the darkness of their sorrow, the star glow of memories comforted their hearts.
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2018
  2. WarmNyota_SweetAyesha

    WarmNyota_SweetAyesha Game Host star 7 VIP - Game Host

    Aug 31, 2004
    @Hopefulwriter -- I have no words to describe how utterly touching and moving this is. =D= [:D] [:D]
    Thank you for sharing and for this:
    "In the darkness of their sorrow, the star glow of memories comforted their hearts."


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  3. CaraJinn

    CaraJinn Jedi Knight star 3

    Jan 8, 2018
    A beautiful story. And you describe their home and emotions so vividly. :chewie:
  4. Hopefulwriter

    Hopefulwriter Jedi Knight star 3

    Jan 6, 2016
    Hi Nyota, Thank you for taking your time to read NEVER WITHOUT YOU.
    Appreciate your comments and encouragement. I'd mulled this story over
    for some time before writing. Wondered how Chewbacca would break the news.
    Just my viewpoint. Lynda V.
  5. Hopefulwriter

    Hopefulwriter Jedi Knight star 3

    Jan 6, 2016
    Hi Carajinn, Thank you for taking your time to read NEVER WITHOUT YOU.
    I've enjoyed writing SW fan fiction for many years.
    Hope you'll enjoy the other stories I've posted here if you
    choose to read them. Lynda V.
  6. Mistress_Renata

    Mistress_Renata Manager Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Sep 9, 2000
    Wonderful! He and Han were together longer than any of the other pairings, and Chewie must have been gut-wrenched. A lovely look at how he copes and getting to see and share this grief with his wife. A tree planting is perfect.
  7. AzureAngel2

    AzureAngel2 Force Ghost star 6

    Jun 14, 2005
    Hi there, I am not around much these days due to some tough things happening in RL happening to persons that I love and care for very much. Plus I do not find joy in writing any more.

    But reading wonderful fan fics like yours still make me love & cherish the SW universe. Thanks for sharing this special moment with us. The latest film should have had a moment like this.

    I always liked Malla. Now I do like her even more.
  8. Hopefulwriter

    Hopefulwriter Jedi Knight star 3

    Jan 6, 2016
    Hi Azure, Life circumstances are hard and it takes time to come through them, sometimes with scars.
    Hoping your 'joy of writing' will return for you, for it is a great creative outlet.

    Thank you for your kind words. I remember the 'Wookiee Family' is a favorite of yours.
    Anxious to read more of your writings when you choose to return.

    Lynda V.
  9. AzureAngel2

    AzureAngel2 Force Ghost star 6

    Jun 14, 2005
    Thanks, @Hopefulwriter. That is very kind of you to say. Please keep up the good writing of yours, too.

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  10. Findswoman

    Findswoman Force Ghost star 5

    Feb 27, 2014
    Oh wow, this is gorgeous, though I would of course expect nothing less from you. :) What a beautiful tribute to Han, Chewbacca, and their friendship. I love the way you brought in Malla, as well as her and Chewie's family (grandcubs and all!), and the planting of the star-bloom tree in Han's memory was such a beautiful touch (paging @Ewok Poet here, as that reminds me of some Ewok rituals around life and death). TFA unfortunately doesn't really show us much about Chewie's reaction to Han's death, though it had to have affected him immensely—in some ways more (or at least differently) than it affected anyone else. So kudos to you for bringing that to us, and keep the fine work coming! =D= @};-
  11. Hopefulwriter

    Hopefulwriter Jedi Knight star 3

    Jan 6, 2016
    Hello Findswoman...good to hear from you again.
    I wasn't satisfied when the movie didn't show more from Chewbacca...they were together so long and had
    so many adventures. Appreciate all your kind words. You are an encouragement.
    Lynda V.