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Saga Night Must Fall - sequel to AoH - ESB-era AU (L/M, H/L, Vader, Yoda, Rogues) - Completed

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  1. JediMara77

    JediMara77 Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Title: Night Must Fall
    Author: JediMara77
    Timeframe: 2-3 ABY
    Characters: L/M, H/L, Darth Vader, Yoda, Rogues
    Genre: Drama, Action, Romance
    Summary: The Empire is on the offensive as the Rebel Alliance continues the struggle to bring freedom to the galaxy. When sacrifices must be made, will the Rebels lose all that they fight for?
    A/N: Sequel to [link=http://boards.theforce.net/the_saga/b10476/31652552/p1]Alliance of Heroes[/link]. This is Part Two of The Jaded Trilogy. Part Three - The Way of the Force - can be found [link=http://boards.theforce.net/the_saga/b10476/32018114/p1/?11]here[/link].
    Disclaimer: Don't own anything, although I wish I owned Jedi-in-Training!Luke.


    [b]Dramatis Personae[/b]

    [u]With the Rebel Alliance:[/u]
    C-3PO - protocol droid
    Captain Wedge Antilles - Rogue Three
    Chewbacca - co-pilot, [i]Millennium Falcon[/i]
    Commander Arhul Narra - Renegade Leader
    Commander Luke Skywalker - Rogue Leader
    Flight Officer Avy Valla - Rogue Twelve
    Flight Officer Dack Ralter - Rogue Six
    Flight Officer Kasan Moor - Rogue Seven
    Flight Officer Kit Valent - Rogue Eleven
    General Airen Cracken - Director of Intelligence
    General Carlist Rieekan - Minister of War
    General Crix Madine - Director of Special Forces Command
    Han Solo - captain, [i]Millennium Falcon[/i]
    Lieutenant Hobbie Klivian - Rogue Four
    Lieutenant Mara Jade - Intelligence agent, Rogue Ten
    Lieutenant Rade Ticarus - Rogue Eight
    Lieutenant Tycho Celchu - Rogue Nine
    Lieutenant Wes Janson - Rogue Five
    Lieutenant Zev Senesca - Rogue Two
    Mon Mothma - Commander in Chief
    Princess Leia Organa - High Councilor
    R2-D2 - astromech droid
    Red - astromech droid
    Winter Retrac - Intelligence agent


    [u]With the Empire:[/u]
    Admiral Firmus Piett - Death Squadon commander
    Captain Lorth Needa - captain, [i]Avenger[/i]
    Darth Vader - Dark Lord of the Sith
    General Maximilian Veers - Death Squadron ground forces commander
    Palpatine - Emperor


    [u]Others:[/u]
    Lando Calrissian - Baron Administrator, Cloud City
    Prince Xizor - leader of the Black Sun
    Yoda - Jedi Master

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    [i][b]When you look at the Dark Side, careful you must be...for the Dark Side looks back. - Master Yoda[/b][/i]


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  2. JediMara77

    JediMara77 Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    CHAPTER 1





    Hoth was cold?extremely cold. The snow whipped around his slight body and stung the small patch of exposed skin on his face. He brought his hand to his scarf and tried to tighten it, but it didn?t matter?whenever he was out on patrol, he thought he would never be warm again. Even after six months on this Force-forsaken planet, he only felt vaguely warm while in a hot sanisteam, which according to base regulations could only last one minute. The rest of the time he was either freezing, close to freezing, or only slightly cold.

    Luke Skywalker keyed on his comlink and tried to raise his voice over the howling wind. ?Echo Three to Echo Seven. Han, old buddy, do you read me??

    ?Loud and clear, kid,? Han Solo's voice came in over the comlink.

    ?I haven't picked up any life readings. What about you??

    ?Nah, I keep telling Rieekan that these patrols are pointless. There isn?t enough life on this ice bucket to fill a space cruiser.?

    Luke chuckled. Han had been on his case for the past six months?ever since their arrival on Hoth?as to why the Rogues had to suggest such a barren wasteland of a planet as the Alliance's new base. And of course Command had agreed with the suggestion. After all, not even Vader would want to chase the Alliance to an ice planet.

    Luke didn?t like the patrols either, but they were necessary. If Echo Base was to be protected from Imperial assault, they had to be vigilant and make sure there weren't any probe droids lumbering around the base. Not only that, but some of the patrols had indicated the presence of monstrous creatures, and if Echo Base was going to expand in the near future, they needed to be aware of any and all life forms on the planet.

    But for now, there was nothing to be found. ?Right. I?ve hit all my markers. Why don?t we head back to base??

    ?Sure, kid. I won?t argue with that. Echo Seven out.?

    Luke readjusted his scarf and grasped his tauntaun?s reins, then guided the creature in a circle and started the trek back to base. He wished he could just fly back, but they?d been having problems with the speeders since Day One and General Rieekan, the leader of Echo Base, didn?t trust the patrollers to go out in them. So instead they were forced to use tauntauns, one of the only creatures that could withstand the cold weather on the planet.

    They were also one of the slowest methods of transportation, and Luke suppressed a sigh as he lumbered back to base. But his frown soon turned into a smile as his mind turned to nicer thoughts, like Mara Jade. It had been a year since they became a couple?since their first real kiss, outside her quarters on Home One. They'd spent all their free time together since that moment, which was not nearly enough time in Luke?s opinion. The Rogues were still flying across the galaxy on supply runs and escort missions. Mara flew with the Rogues on some occasions, but most of the time she was off on some crazy mission for Cracken or Madine. They seemed to love sending her to far-flung planets on dangerous missions that made Luke?s skin crawl. He knew Mara could take care of herself, of course, but it didn?t matter. He always preferred when she flew with him, where he could keep his eye on her.

    Not that he would ever let her in on that fact, of course. If she knew what he was thinking, she?d probably beat him up. Luke shivered even more just thinking about it.

    But tonight?tonight was going to be different. Tonight there would be no talk of missions, or death, or defeating the Empire, or anything else of that matter. Today was their first anniversary, and he was going to show her just how much he cared for her.

    He?d planned a special evening, and it was going to be perfect. One of the cooks was preparing the dinner he?d gathered on the last supply run; he'd borrowed a holovid for them to watch afterwards; and he'd even bought Mara a gift?one that, thanks to some assistance from Winter Retrac, he knew she?d adore.

    A gust of wind nearly blew him off h
     
  3. Luna_Nightshade

    Luna_Nightshade Manager Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I love the image of the droids fighting each other and being jealous. It is awesome. So is Mara and Luke's flirting, and how understanding Luke is of her feelings. Looking forward to seeing them interact as the war continues! Great start!
     
  4. WarmNyota_SweetAyesha

    WarmNyota_SweetAyesha Game Host Who Loves Fanfics & RPGs star 7 VIP - Game Host

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    Fantab start! Your L/M is scrumptious, so very yummy! :) How perfect they are together during the OT. [face_dancing] [face_dancing]



    [:D]

    !!

     
  5. Hazel

    Hazel Jedi Master star 4

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    YAY! [face_dancing] It has re-started.

    And you're right, Monday updates are a fantastic way to start the week.

    *

    Hoth [face_freezing]
    Seriously, when and if I ever write an ESB AU, I'm so sending these poor souls to Planet Hawaii.

    But his frown soon turned into a smile as his mind turned to nicer thoughts, like Mara Jade.

    SQUEEEE!!!

    Yay, first anniversary!


    The deck officer glanced up. ?You mean your anniversary date with Lieutenant Jade??

    Luke rolled his eyes. ?Yes, Ensign Connors. That's the one.?

    ?Oh yes, Commander Skywalker, everyone knows.?


    I bet someone is selling tickets :p


    His heart had soared upon hearing her use that word, and he told her that he'd wait as long as she needed?that he'd wait for her forever.

    More SQUEEEEEEEEEE!!!!! [face_love]


    *

    ?Oh please, Mara. If that?s the case then he?s also trying to impress every other woman in the Alliance. Did you see him talking to that twit Stacy the other day? I swear that girl had drool coming out of her mouth!?

    Tee-hee, Leia's jealous.

    ?What?s the matter, Leia?you jealous??

    See. :D

    ?Of course not!?

    Yeah, right! :p


    More SQUEEEEEs at the L/M in the hangar scene. [face_love]


    *

    [face_laugh] Hoh, bickering droids - poor Threepio.

     
  6. FelsGoddess

    FelsGoddess Game Host star 5 VIP - Game Host

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    ?Hey, whatever it was, I didn?t do it!?

    This time.

    Oh R2, just be nice. :p

    Great start.

     
  7. Piper057

    Piper057 Jedi Youngling star 2

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    Oh, I'm so happy that Luke didn't meet wampa this time! [face_dancing]
    This chapter is very warm and loving despite the climate on Hoth. :D


    I really don't know why but this little detail is my favourite. [face_love]

    Red and R2 are adorable. Poor guys!

    Really? Does he behave like Han? [face_laugh]


    And now the whole week to wait! :_| I've read it too fast. I need to read one more time... or two... or three...

    *after reading it again* How could I forget? Xizor! Nanci will write the best villian in the galaxy!
    [:D]
     
  8. Briannakin

    Briannakin Grand Moff Darth Fanfic & Costuming/Props Manager star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    Feb 25, 2010
    Yay! It's up!

    although I wish I owned Jedi-in-Training!Luke

    You and me both

    Hoth was cold-extremely cold.

    Take it from a life long inhabitant - Hoth is ALWAYS COLD! [even when the rest of the sector (continent) is going through a heatwave, Hoth is still cold].

    ?I?I?m really looking forward to our date tonight,? he said in a rush.

    *facepalm* Idiot Farmboy

     Lol. I love the bickering droids! Great start! I love all the cute dating mush![face_love]
     
  9. Ocelotl_Nesto

    Ocelotl_Nesto Jedi Master star 4

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    Interesting about the speeders... no Wampa either... No Ben Kenobi vision....but definitely a fun AU ... thanks for the PM>
     
  10. dm1

    dm1 Jedi Master star 4

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    Oh, my! Red and Artoo are a hoot! Poor Threepio has his hands full, doesn't he?

    Han, you really should take your own advice! That said, I don't know if Leia is ready for that yet...

    Please add me to your PM list, this is going to be quite a ride!
     
  11. LouQuinn

    LouQuinn Jedi Knight star 4

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    Feb 14, 2010
    It's up! It's up! Yay! Yayayayayayay!

    You have no idea how happy I am to know that you didn't insert the Wampa scene. That would've been a heck of angsty scene. But knowing you, you probably make us all squeal in happiness and save all the angsty stuff for later when least expected.

    EDIT: I decided to write a longer review for this chapter (which is only fair, since I've been waiting for this for two weeks!)

    The rest of the time he was either freezing, close to freezing, or only slightly cold.

    I sympathize with you there, Luke.

    Not that he would ever let her in on that fact, of course. If she knew what he was thinking, she?d probably beat him up. Luke shivered even more just thinking about it.

    [face_laugh]

    He?d planned a special evening, and it was going to be perfect. One of the cooks was preparing the dinner he?d gathered on the last supply run; he'd borrowed a holovid for them to watch afterwards; and he'd even bought Mara a gift?one that, thanks to some assistance from Winter Retrac, he knew she?d adore.

    Knowing Mara, it's probably some blaster :p

    A gust of wind nearly blew him off his tauntaun. ?Whoa,? he cried, pulling tighter on the reins and righting himself. He shook his head and urged the creature to move faster. ?C?mon, let?s go.?

    I was totally scared that this is gonna be the Wampa scene. BUT IT'S NOT! I almost cheered in my bedroom when I scrolled down and found out that it's not the Wampa scene.

    ?Fine,? Luke huffed. He jumped off his tauntaun and handed the reins to the attending deck officer. ?Does everyone in this base know about my date tonight??

    The deck officer glanced up. ?You mean your anniversary date with Lieutenant Jade??

    Luke rolled his eyes. ?Yes, Ensign Connors. That's the one.?

    ?Oh yes, Commander Skywalker, everyone knows.? Connors leaned in and winked. ?Good luck!?


    [face_laugh] Rogues can't keep a darn secret, can't they?

    But then she had surprised him by saying that as much as she cared for him, she just couldn't sleep with him. At first Luke felt like he had been punched in the gut.

    That's Luke with a male ego for you.

    Luke nodded. He was willing to do anything to help her overcome her past for good. Especially since he was the only person she felt comfortable confiding in. ?I have to be. I love her, Han.?

    Han broke into a huge grin. ?You do? Well, have you told her that??

    ?No. I want to, but I?I always chicken out at the last minute.? Luke knew that Mara felt the same way about him, but he didn't know how she would react to him using that word. He was afraid she'd freak out and run away.


    Oh go on, Luke. Tell her. Tell her. TELL HER.

    Han, apparently, had a different opinion. ?Ya know, if you told her that you love her, it just might convince her to stay the night. Women like those sorts of things.? He wiggled his eyebrows.

    And that's typical Han for you.

    ?Luke never antagonizes you. He dotes on you constantly.?

    Well, he's the perfect gentleman, Leia. It's only natural ;)


    ?Yeah,? Mara said apologetically. ?And you have to get to the speeders.?

    ?I?d rather be working on you than working on the speeders.?


    *le gasp* Such language, Luke Skywalker!

    ?I just wanted to tell you that?that I?? He trailed off, looking awkwardly at the floor.

    ?What, Luke??

    ?I?I?m really looking forward to our date tonight,? he said in a rush.


    [face_love] Totally in-character! I can see Luke doing this, you know. Well done, Nanci. =D=


    Love the beginning! I had to stay in bed today because I caught a fever and was left confined to my bed. This particular update made me smile the whole way through and made me feel a lot better. Keep it up! Can't wait for next Monday! :)

    ~Lou>
     
  12. jaded_jewel

    jaded_jewel Guest

    I have the biggest smile on my face because the first chapter is up. :D [face_dancing]

    Only one minute for a hot sanisteam! BBRR! I feel for them, but hey you take what you can get I guess.

    Romantic Luke is so sweet and well romantic.[face_love]

    I?m going to show my Harry Potter nerd side?paraphrasing here??What goes on in the Rogue Leader?s love life is kept completely a secret, so naturally the whole base knows.? :-B

    Oh I love how you are making Luke?s and Mara?s relationship?it makes sense and very in character in my opinion?especially the little teases and banter.

    LOLOLOL!! [face_laugh] The droids are hilarious! I?ve always thought R2 had more intelligence than a droid should, I guess I should have expected Red would too.

    Great chapter and amazing start to the story. Can?t wait for more! :) =D=
     
  13. Book-Geek

    Book-Geek Jedi Knight star 3

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    Love the droids almost getting into a cat fight! Very good first chapter!
     
  14. LouQuinn

    LouQuinn Jedi Knight star 4

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    Whoops! Sorry for the double post[face_worried]
     
  15. ginchy

    ginchy Jedi Master star 4

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    Thanks for the PM! :D Happy to see this up and running. Glad not to see the wampa in the character list, though should we count him out completely? ;) Love Luke and Mara and their burgeoning relationship. They shouldn't rush anything and I'm glad they're taking it slow. Anything is faster than 10 years, yes? :D I love Leia and her complete denial of her feelings for Han. And I love the droids with attitudes. LOL

    Great beginning and I'm excited to read more!
     
  16. Jedi_QueenBee

    Jedi_QueenBee Jedi Youngling star 3

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    Who would of thought that Red and Artoo wouldn't get along????

    This has catpured my imagination!!! Can you have a post on Sunday? My Birthday is Sunday and that would be a wonderful gift!!!!
     
  17. YmaSolo

    YmaSolo Jedi Master star 1

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    Hip hip hazzah! It's up! Had to search high and low... lurk... and stalk others who I know read Alliance... but I found it.

    tsk tsk tsk for no PM... [face_shame_on_you]

    Please please please put me on your PM list [face_praying] [face_hypnotized]

    Now for critique. Very nice. The lovey dovey L/M is kind of fun. I can so see Luke being "ready to wait for her" and all.

    The droid interaction is so cute.
     
  18. LouQuinn

    LouQuinn Jedi Knight star 4

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    Hear here! You wouldn't deny a woman of her request now, wouldn't you?[face_batting]

    (although, to be fair, I would practically do anything to get a faster update. This is the first time I actually follow a story from the very beginning and I never had to deal with this... agony of waiting new chapter to be posted :_|)
     
  19. JediMara77

    JediMara77 Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Luna:

    I love the image of the droids fighting each other and being jealous.

    The idea popped into my head and I had to do it.

    So is Mara and Luke's flirting, and how understanding Luke is of her feelings. Looking forward to seeing them interact as the war continues!

    Thank you! Flirty Luke and Mara is so much fun to write, especially when they're so young.


    Jade:

    How perfect they are together during the OT.

    Very glad to hear it. :)


    Hazel:

    Seriously, when and if I ever write an ESB AU, I'm so sending these poor souls to Planet Hawaii.

    [face_laugh] Hey, Yavin wasn't THAT bad...and Home One is kinda...well, homey...

    Yay, first anniversary!

    They made it a whole year! See, I can be nice to them after all!

    I bet someone is selling tickets

    I'm betting it's Wes or Hobbie or Dack. Or all three of them.

    Tee-hee, Leia's jealous.

    Oh, Leia and Han, those crazy kids.

    More SQUEEEEEs at the L/M in the hangar scene.

    Glad you enjoyed it. :)


    FelsGoddess: You know Han, always getting into trouble! And R2, being nice? [face_laugh]


    Piper:

    Oh, I'm so happy that Luke didn't meet wampa this time!

    THIS time...

    This chapter is very warm and loving despite the climate on Hoth.

    Glad to hear it. :)

    Really? Does he behave like Han?

    I think Mara would beat him if he tried. [face_laugh]

    How could I forget? Xizor! Nanci will write the best villian in the galaxy!

    He has a small but important part. :)


    Briannakin:

    *facepalm* Idiot Farmboy

    But we love him, don't we?!

    Lol. I love the bickering droids! Great start! I love all the cute dating mush!

    Heh, glad you enjoyed. :)


    Ocelotl:

    no Wampa either... No Ben Kenobi vision....but definitely a fun AU

    We've still got a long ways to go on Hoth...about ten or so chapters...so you never know what could happen in the meantime!


    dm1:

    Oh, my! Red and Artoo are a hoot! Poor Threepio has his hands full, doesn't he?

    He really does! It's bad enough having to deal with all the humans; now he has bickering droids, too.

    Han, you really should take your own advice! That said, I don't know if Leia is ready for that yet...

    Hmm...we'll have to see about that...

    You are added to the list! :)


    LouQuinn:

    But knowing you, you probably make us all squeal in happiness and save all the angsty stuff for later when least expected.

    [face_laugh] [face_laugh] [face_laugh] I have NO idea what you are talking about. [face_whistling]

    Knowing Mara, it's probably some blaster

    Nah, I already gave her a blaster in I, Mara Jade. It's something else. :)

    I was totally scared that this is gonna be the Wampa scene. BUT IT'S NOT! I almost cheered in my bedroom when I scrolled down and found out that it's not the Wampa scene.

    Heh...well you know they've still got a ways to go on Hoth...

    Rogues can't keep a darn secret, can't they?

    With Wes and Dack around? Hell no!

    Oh go on, Luke. Tell her. Tell her. TELL HER.

    We've still got a long ways to go before that happens. [face_whistling]

    *le gasp* Such language, Luke Skywalker!

    See, he's not always a perfect gentleman... ;)

    Totally in-character! I can see Luke doing this, you know.

    Thank you!

    Love the beginning! I had to stay in bed today because I caught a fever and was left confined to my bed. This particular update made me smile the whole way through and made me feel a lot better. Keep it up!

    Aww, I'm so glad to hear that! [:D]


    jaded_jewel:

    I have the biggest smile on my face because the first chapter is up.

    And I have the biggest smile because you said that. :D

    Only one minute for a hot sanisteam! BBRR! I feel for them, but hey you take what you can get I guess.

    Personally I'd be walking aro
     
  20. kataja

    kataja Jedi Master star 4

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    Ok, finally I?m getting my behinds in gear again. Wanted to have time to rev this chapter!

    Lovely start! I?m back where I first saw Star Wars! (Yup, it was ESB!)

    He?d planned a special evening, and it was going to be perfect.
    I hate it when they say that! It means it will screw up!:(

    A gust of wind nearly blew him off his tauntaun. ?Whoa,? he cried, pulling tighter on the reins and righting himself. He shook his head and urged the creature to move faster. ?C?mon, let?s go.?
    And nothing happened: Nice touch![face_dancing]


    ?She wants to wait??
    Oh, that's the direcetion you?ve chosen! The interesting thing about Mara is that, depending on the fic, anything really goes. She could as well be a virgin as a sexoholic. And your explanation works very well! So we still have all the UST :D



    Did you see him talking to that twit Stacy the other day? I swear that girl had drool coming out of her mouth!?
    [face_laugh] Oh, poor Pink Five!



    Han, General Cracken wants to see you in his office right away.?

    The Corellian raised his arms innocently. ?Hey, whatever it was, I didn?t do it
    !?
    Oooh, Han! [face_laugh]


    ?Yeah? I?d?ve thought that you already warmed up back at the South Entrance. You know, making out with Mara in front of everyone.?

    ?Ah, you?re just jealous.?

    Wedge grinned. ?You?re right?I am.?

    Probably my fav but excellent dialogue all along! And how cute to see Luke & Mara together like this! [:D] Stellar!


    Artoo and Red don?t come along? Hmmm [face_thinking] LOL Poor Threpio:p

    And the good thing about the late answer is that your next post probably isn't far away! ;)


     
  21. Master_Jaina1011

    Master_Jaina1011 Jedi Master star 4

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    Does it make worthwhile if I reply? I mean actuallu reply?!

    When I finished AoH, I was sad and mad that Lane got to read this! :D

    You started off on the right note, and getting our hopes up. Because I know you and you are going to put us and your characters through carefully structured torture.

    You know, I am flashing back to I, MJ and her birthday party and Luke wincing at pin the tail on the wampa. Anyways...

    Luke rolled his eyes. ?Yes, Ensign Connors. That's the one.?

    ?Oh yes, Commander Skywalker, everyone knows.? Connors leaned in and winked. ?Good luck!?



    It's like Voyager or the Enterprise. Everyone knows everyone business. Yeah trying to keep things secret is so freaking hard.

    But for gossipers like the Rogues it's betting pool time.

    Luke shrugged. As much as he wanted to explain the entire situation to Han, he couldn't. All he could say was, ?She wants to wait.?

    ?She wants to wait??

    ?Yes.?

    ?Why??


    Oh Luke and Mara.... you two lovebirds. Such a farmboy Luke is.


    So I love your Han and Leia. You write them so well. And your Luke and Mara in this time period is exactly how I picture them!

    I am very excited to see where this goes. Even though I know you're going to torture us A LOT!
     
  22. JediMara77

    JediMara77 Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    kataja:

    Lovely start! I?m back where I first saw Star Wars! (Yup, it was ESB!)

    Aww. [:D]

    I hate it when they say that! It means it will screw up!

    Hey! Don't you have faith in me? :p

    And nothing happened: Nice touch!

    I will admit - I did that totally to mess with you all. [face_mischief] [hl=black]Now, that's not to say that there will be no wampa appearances in this story... [face_whistling][/hl]

    Oh, that's the direcetion you?ve chosen! The interesting thing about Mara is that, depending on the fic, anything really goes. She could as well be a virgin as a sexoholic. And your explanation works very well! So we still have all the UST

    I thought it was a nice contrast between Luke as the farmboy and Mara as the "worldly" one in the relationship. But while she's had all this experience, she's never been in love (or been loved by anyone, mind you) and it really freaks her out, even as wonderful as Luke is. Plus, I have to keep reminding myself that she's only nineteen - and while that's an adult, it's still young enough that sex wouldn't be expected in a relationship. Or maybe I just think about these things way too hard. ;)

    Oh, poor Pink Five!

    I'm glad somebody got the reference. [face_laugh]

    Probably my fav but excellent dialogue all along!

    Thank you. I used to hate writing dialogue. Now I love it. It helps when you have characters like Luke and Mara to play with.

    And how cute to see Luke & Mara together like this!

    Yeah, it's really kind of disgusting how adorable they are. LOL.

    Artoo and Red don?t come along? Hmmm

    Like I said, it was one of those random things that popped into my head that made me laugh really really hard.

    And the good thing about the late answer is that your next post probably isn't far away!

    Tomorrow! ;)



    MJ:

    She's actually replying! [face_laugh] [:D] (MJ and I actually live near each other so I usually get her comments in person, lol.)

    You started off on the right note, and getting our hopes up. Because I know you and you are going to put us and your characters through carefully structured torture.

    [face_laugh] Oh that made me laugh really hard.

    I don't know if I should be pleased or offended that you called it "carefully structured." LOL.

    [hl=black]And I don't know what you're talking about - it's not like I made myself cry every time I listen to a certain song and think of a certain scene in this fic or anything. [/hl]

    You know, I am flashing back to I, MJ and her birthday party and Luke wincing at pin the tail on the wampa.

    [face_laugh] Actually the wampa was the pinata...I can't remember what they played "pin the tail" on! :p

    But for gossipers like the Rogues it's betting pool time.

    Yeah. You can never keep secrets with the Rogues around.

    Oh Luke and Mara.... you two lovebirds. Such a farmboy Luke is.

    And we love him so!

    So I love your Han and Leia. You write them so well.

    Thank you so much! They're so much fun to write at this time period. You gotta love them.

    And your Luke and Mara in this time period is exactly how I picture them!

    Yay! [:D] It was really really weird writing them this way at first. Now it's lovely. :)

    I am very excited to see where this goes. Even though I know you're going to torture us A LOT!

    Hey! :p

     
  23. JediMara77

    JediMara77 Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Registered:
    Mar 5, 2004


    CHAPTER 2





    ?Thank you all for coming on such short notice,? General Cracken stated as everyone took a seat. Han nodded at the general; while Han didn?t much care for being sent on crazy missions, Cracken seemed like an all right guy.

    ?We?ve got an important mission coming up and think you three will make the best group,? General Madine continued. Han held the former Imperial?s gaze for a moment. He?d spoken to the general once or twice and had been surprised at Madine?s nonchalant acceptance of his former life in the Empire. Madine's dedication to the Alliance made Han wonder if he really was wasting an opportunity by not serving.

    Now, Han merely narrowed his eyes. ?Yeah? What?s goin? on??

    ?We?ve got some supplies to pick up from Ord Mantell. Normally, we?d send a regular team out, but there are some extenuating circumstances that are making us take precautions,? Madine explained.

    ?Yeah?? Mara leaned forward in her chair, all business. ?What sort of extenuating circumstances??

    ?The supplies are weapons,? Cracken answered.

    Leia was immediately alert. ?Weapons? What kinds??

    ?All sorts.?

    ?Who from??

    ?We?ve had a contact on Ord Mantell for awhile now. He came across a shipment, sent over an encrypted message.?

    ?Okay. But why send me? Couldn?t Captain Solo and Chewbacca pick up the weapons by themselves??

    Madine and Cracken shared a glance. ?They want to meet with you,? Madine replied. "Possibly join the Alliance."

    Leia nodded. ?I see.?

    ?Wait a minute?is this a good idea?? Han demanded. He had not forgotten the near-disastrous mission to the Shelsha sector one year prior. Since then, Leia had gone on a few missions but was usually stationed at Echo Base, helping Rieekan lead operations. Han much preferred it that way, where she was safe.

    ?Why wouldn?t it be?? Leia snapped at him. ?I?m perfectly capable of performing such a mission.?

    ?Ord Mantell can be a nasty place,? Mara interjected. ?We wouldn?t happen to be meeting in one of the less populated areas, would we??

    Cracken shook his head. ?The meeting will take place in Worlport.?

    Han groaned. Worlport was the capital city and no place at all for Alderaanian princesses. He opened his mouth to protest but a sharp glare from Leia made him keep his mouth shut.

    Cracken continued, ?We hope you don?t mind, Captain Solo. We thought that, with your history, you would be best to send on the mission.?

    Yeah, Han knew what they were getting at?with his smuggling past, he?d be best to navigate Leia through Ord Mantell. He didn?t blame them one bit for the assumption, and despite all his protests to Leia about these missions, he didn?t mind doing his share to help out?as long as he didn?t have to formally join the Alliance.

    But he could only imagine the look of disdain on her face right now as she was reminded that Han was, in her words, a scoundrel.

    ?It?s settled, then,? Madine announced. ?You?ll be heading out in one week?s time. Information will be sent to your datapads. Good luck.?

    Han stood up, shook the generals' hands, and waited for Leia to reach the door. He politely gestured for her to go ahead. She gave him an odd look, then left.



    Mara made to leave as well, but Cracken asked her to stay and speak with them privately. She nodded and sat back down, sensing that there was something more to this mission.

    ?You?re probably wondering why we?re sending you on this mission, lieutenant,? Madine started.

    Mara nodded. Winter Retrac usually accompanied Leia anytime an intelligence agent was needed on one of her missions. And, judging from the mission summary, she didn?t understand why an intelligence agent was needed at all. Yes, it would be dangerous, but Leia would be well-protected on the ground by Han and Chewbacca. Mara?s skills would be far more useful at Echo Base, where she could help get the speeders working.

    ?We?ve gotten some disturbing intel reports from that region of the sector.?

    ?What kind of reports??

    Cracken
     
  24. LouQuinn

    LouQuinn Jedi Knight star 4

    Registered:
    Feb 14, 2010
    *snags away first reply*

    FIRSTSIE!

    EDIT:

    Now, Han merely narrowed his eyes. ?Yeah? What?s goin? on??

    ?We?ve got some supplies to pick up from Ord Mantell. Normally, we?d send a regular team out, but there are some extenuating circumstances that are making us take precautions,? Madine explained.

    ?Yeah?? Mara leaned forward in her chair, all business. ?What sort of extenuating circumstances??

    ?The supplies are weapons,? Cracken answered.

    Leia was immediately alert. ?Weapons? What kinds??

    ?All sorts.?


    ?We hoped that you could provide some information on the other Hands, and that you could perform some reconnaissance work while on Ord Mantell.?

    Mara continued to glance back and forth between them, utterly confused?and then she got it.

    Other Hands.

    She hadn?t been the only one.


    To believe that you're special and being told otherwise. If I were her, I'd be terribly angry myself.

    ?Stang, Mara, trying to kill me?? Luke joked. He extended his hand to help her up but Mara was already on her feet, ready to rush down the hallway again. ?Hey, wait!? Luke protested. He grabbed her hand and pulled her back to him before she could get away. She shoved his hand away violently and he stepped back with a questioning look. ?Mara, what?s wrong??

    ?Nothing,? she said, but Luke shook his head at her.


    Number one most used lie by a girlfriend. Really. There's actually a statistic to prove it. The second one being "Oh, you don't have to give me any gifts for my birthday". [face_laugh]


    ?What time should I pick you up?? he called after her.

    She turned around. ?Pick me up??


    And to think that my ex-boyfriend never picked me up. Let's trade lives, Mara.

    ?Thanks. You look pretty hot yourself.?

    Finally someone is giving Luke a run for his credit. I mean, come on, ESB-Luke is extremely hot. I'm so glad Mara said "you look pretty hot" instead of saying "you don't look so bad".

    ?Shove it, Jade, and sit down and eat.?

    She complied and gave him an impish look. ?Oooh. So demanding.?

    ?Yup. Got a problem with that??


    Man, I really like this Luke.

    Luke knelt underneath his bunk and pulled out his bottle of Whyren's. He poured Mara a generous glass and then, after a pause, poured one for him, too. Mara looked at him with widened eyes. ?You?re drinking??

    ?Why not? It?s a special occasion.?

    ?But you never drink.?


    Please don't let him fall down drunk. Please. I beg you.

    ?You?? She trailed off, unable to speak as she ran her fingers over the smooth, elegantly-pattered wood. ?This is too much.?

    'This is too much' is number three most used lie by a girlfriend. Trust me, Luke. She doesn't mind.

    He admitted to her a while ago that he'd been searching the HoloNet, trying to find any images of her in the Imperial Palace. He especially wanted to find holos of her dancing.

    GFFA's version of a virtual stalker, eh? My, My.

    ?Okay. What?s wrong??

    ?Nothing?s wrong,? she said automatically.


    Twice in a day is too much, Mar. That lie should only be used once in few months, really.

    ?Oh. Oh," he said, finally understanding. ?He lied to you, didn?t he??

    ?Should I be so surprised? I mean, he lied about everything else,? she replied, voice turning bitter. ?He told me I was the only one. He said I was special, and that nobody else could do what I could. It?s what made me ?okay? with never knowing my family. I thought I was doing my sacred duty for the Empire. Needless to say, there were Force knows how many other people doing that exact same duty.?


    Perfect characterization! A very believable anguish coming out of Mara.

    ?It?s so stupid, Luke! Why should I care what Palpatine did to me? Why should I care that he lied? Of course he lied?that?s what he does! But here I am, in the middle of an anniversary date with the best boyfriend in the galaxy and I?m freaking out because the Emperor lied to me. Stars, I?m ruining everything.? She placed her head in her hands an
     
  25. Jedi_QueenBee

    Jedi_QueenBee Jedi Youngling star 3

    Registered:
    Sep 5, 2008

    Thanks for the late present!!! It was the best one i got this year!!!! I loved it so much that i has to let out squeals of delight while my family was making weird faces at me.[face_laugh] Can't wait for the next post!