Title: R.S.V.P. Author: Tarsier Timeframe: ~21ABY, Worth Fighting For timeline (essentially canon except Mara rejected Luke's proposal on Nirauan and Luke is now engaged to Callista) Characters: Part 1: Luke, Callista, mention of Mara; Part 2: Dankin, Callista, Anakin, Ghent Genre: Fluff/Mush Summary: A bit of fluff surrounding Mara's R.S.V.P. to Luke and Callista's wedding. Notes: This is a prequel to Worth Fighting For. There is a sequel to this story - I'll Save a Seat for You. I think of this story as occurring parallel to You Found Me on the Chasing Whisperkits timeline. Part 1 A stack of R.S.V.P.s for the wedding were arrayed in front of Luke. He stared at one with the “decline” box checked in particular, feeling simultaneously relieved and disappointed. He ran his fingers around the edges of the flimsy, his eyes coming to rest on the guest’s name: Mara Jade. He’d always known Mara wouldn’t come, in fact he was somewhat surprised she’d even returned the R.S.V.P. Still, he was a little sad to know their lives were moving in vastly different directions and this might have been his last chance to see her. “She means a lot to you, doesn’t she?” Callista’s voice startled Luke and he quickly reshuffled the flimsies before him, trying, and utterly failing, to look casual. “It’s okay,” Callista said, giving a quirky smile at his reaction. “I know you’ve been through a lot together.” Luke searched Callista’s face, looking for the meaning behind her words, for a hidden resentment or jealousy. He let out a relieved sigh when he couldn’t find any indication of deeper significance. He pondered, not for the first time, the irony of the fact that his fiancée was the hardest person in the galaxy for him to read. “I told Leia I’d meet her to discuss flower arrangements this morning. Can you finish updating the guest list?” Callista continued smoothly. “Sure,” Luke said, rising to give Callista a kiss before she left. “I’ll see you later.” Once Callista was gone, Luke sat back down, trying to work through his feelings. Where did he and Mara stand? They had been so close, so connected, he was sure they were falling in love. And then she had rejected him. He’d been so confounded by the whole incident he’d given up on love entirely—until he found Callista again. Now Callista was his whole life. Where did that leave Mara? Just another student? No, she was hardly a student at all, and wasn’t “just” anything. A friend? No, from day one their relationship had been far more complicated than anything that could be defined by simple friendship. She means a lot to you. That was about the best summary of his feelings Luke could think of. He smiled, reminded once again why he loved Callista so much. Luke may not be able to read Callista’s mind, but even without the Force, she could read his.