Part 10. With directions provided by Dr. Ha’annok, Breha found her way through the complex to her mother’s quarters. Blue had been dismissed by his superior directly after the examination and there had been no sign of him when she left the medical center, but Breha took this as an opportunity to try to navigate the complex by herself. She was going to have to figure it out somehow anyway, she reasoned, and she may as well start now. As it turned out, General Organa’s quarters were not that far from the medical center. Breha raised her hand to press the door annunciator, but the door slid open before she got the chance. She shook her head. How like mom to know I was already here. “Come in,” Leia said, motioning for her daughter. Breha stepped into the room. It was small but comfortable. A table in the corner held at least four datapads that Breha could see, and she suspected there were others just out of sight. A small galley kitchen lay off the main room, and Breha surmised that a closed door concealed a bedroom. Leia herself was seated on a small sofa. She had exchanged her more militaristic trousers and tunic for a gray gown fretted with pale gold embroidery on the sleeves and hem. She smiled at Breha and patted the seat beside her. As Breha sat beside her mother, she glimpsed her own travel bag beside the door. Leia noted her gaze. “I took the liberty of bringing your things here. There’s a spare bed we can set up for now. I thought you might like to stay here in my quarters until you get settled.” “Thank you. That’s kind of you.” “Well, I didn’t bring you all the way here to make you sleep outside,” Leia said dryly. She reached over and stroked Breha’s hair. “What did Dr. Ha’annok say?” Breha raised her hand to her abdomen and caressed the pregnancy bump. “Everything is fine. The stun blast didn’t seem to do any damage after all.” She looked up at her mother and managed a smile. “And it’s a boy.” Leia smiled and placed her hand beside Breha’s. She closed her eyes. “I can feel him,” she said. “He’s strong. Like his mother.” The smile faded from Breha’s face. “I’m not strong. I don’t have a clue what I’m doing. I’m just endangering everyone.” “Oh, you come to the secret headquarters of the Resistance and you think you’re endangering us?” Leia smiled at Breha. “I think we can do endangering pretty well without your help. And you’re stronger than you’re giving yourself credit for.” Leia gestured toward a bowl of fruit on the small table in front of the sofa. “I got some jogan fruits for you. When I was pregnant, Dr. Kalonia recommended them to me for their health benefits.” She grew silent for a moment. “You would have liked her, Harter Kalonia. She helped me with my pregnancies. She would have been delighted to help you with yours.” Breha glanced at the bowl. “I’d kill for some muja fruit,” she said. “I’ve been craving it for weeks.” “Then I’ll see if the quartermaster can sneak some in for you.” They sat together in silence for a few minutes. Finally Leia spoke. “It’s going to take some time, Breha. But you will get better. You’ll find your confidence. In the meantime, you can stay here in my quarters. If you need to get out, Poe will be happy to show you around the facility.” “Thank you, Mom. It means more than you can know.” She hesitated before speaking again. “Speaking of Poe. He told me - he told me that you went into space without an EVA suit. That you should have died but you used the Force to propel yourself back to the ship. He said he pulled you through the airlock himself, and your skin was like ice.” Leia’s mouth pulled into a tight line. “It’s true.” “You almost died.” “Yes. I almost died. But I didn’t. Not yet.” Leia smiled reassuringly at her daughter. “I’m not going to lie and say I recovered without a scratch. But Dr. Ha’annok is taking care of me and we’re doing what we can.” Leia stood up. “It’s getting late, and you’ve had a full day. The service droid will be here soon to set up your bed. I should let you get some rest.” Breha stood up to stand beside her. “Thank you, Mom. For everything. For getting me out of there, for bringing me back to you.” She began to take the elegant ring off her finger. “Here. This is yours.” Leia placed her hands over her daughter’s. “Keep it. It looks good on you,” Leia said, smiling. “Thank you,” Breha said, sliding the ring back onto her finger. She looked at her mother. “I have something for you,” Breha said, taking a data card out of her pocket. She turned it over in her hand a few times before handing it to Leia. “You remember how I always liked to take things apart and see how they worked? Well, at the manor, I had a lot of time on my hands. I decided to learn what I could about computers. I wasn’t that good at it but I did learn a few things. I set up a program on Armitage’s computers to record what he entered, and I created this file from it. I don’t think Armitage suspected a thing. I know he communicates with the First Order from certain computers in the house. Somewhere on this are his password protocols.” Leia stared at her. “This could be ...significant. If we unlock his password protocols, we could read his correspondence with his ships without him even knowing. I’ll get our encryption specialists working on it first thing tomorrow.” “I thought maybe if I recorded it, I could study the data and figure out his password for myself. Then I could figure out how to unlock the communications systems, get information in or maybe get a message out.” Breha’s voice dropped to almost a whisper and she stared at the pale blue ribbon tied to her wrist. “I hoped I could find out about Marielle. Where she was. How she was doing.” Leia gave Breha a sympathetic hug. “We’re looking for Marielle. No one will stop until we find her and bring her back to you.” “Thank you.” Breha smiled sadly. Leia sighed and gently took Breha’s hands into her own. “We’re all we have left, now, you and I.” Breha’s eyes moistened. “I know.” She looked at her mother. “I heard about Dad.” She shook her head. “Armitage told me Ben did it. But Armitage has lied before, and I can’t believe Ben would be so cruel.” Leia paused to collect her thoughts, and Breha saw a glimpse emerge of the diplomat that her mother had always been. “Ben is not our Ben anymore,” Leia said quietly. “Snoke corrupted him. Taught him to live in resentment and rage. I don’t know why Ben hated Han so much, but whatever flicker of distrust or anger Ben had toward his father, Snoke fanned into a fury. So when Han tried to bring him back home, Ben killed him.” Breha shook her head. “He used to be so kind. I remember when we were kids, how Ben used to always look out for me. He loved animals and was always bringing home some pet or other. He used to play games with me, laugh with me…” Her voice trailed off. “That Ben is still in there somewhere,” Leia reassured her. “But now, especially now that he’s declared himself Supreme Leader, it’s even harder to find.” Breha looked at her mother sadly. “I’d like to do some kind of memorial for Dad.” “It’s fitting,” Leia said, nodding. “I have an idea we can talk about in the morning.” They were interrupted by the chiming of the door annunciator. “That’s the service droid here to set up your bed,” Leia said. She leaned in and kissed Breha’s forehead. “Get some sleep. I’ll see you in the morning. Goodnight, darling girl.” Breha smiled. “Goodnight. I love you, Mom.” “I love you, too.” Leia said. She hugged Breha one last time, then turned away and headed toward her own bedroom.