In 2006, I started this story and finished it a year later. I had no idea what an adventure I’d embarked on. Of all the stories I’ve written, both Star Wars fan fiction and my published works, this massive novel is still one of my favorites. It has been my wish to take another look at The Path of Dreams, shortening it a bit and giving it some much needed editing. The inspiration at the time came from speculation that Darth Krayt was either Jacen or Ben, since his identity had not yet been revealed in the Legacy Comics. I mulled over the idea for a while and decided Ben would make the better Darth Krayt. And so, this story quickly formed. I wrote it in three acts, and despite the numerous romantic story arcs in the novel, it is more tragedy. This is a huge “what if” story, and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing and reworking it… BUT I’m not promising you won’t need some tissues at times, and nobody is safe. Won the Summer 2007 Best Romance Award on The Force. Net Title: The Path of Dreams Rating: PG-13 Author: Flowerlady (Sara Walter Ellwood) Timeframe: Legacy Era Dramatis Personae: (association is at time of introduction into the story) Alema Rar, Twi’lek female, Sith Assassin Alexandria Winger, human female, Jedi Knight Allana Djo, human female, Hapan Princess Allia Judday, human female, Lieutenant Rogue Squadron Ben Skywalker, human male, Jedi Apprentice Booster Terrik, human male, Captain Errant Venture Cha Niathal, Mon Calamari female, Chief of State GFFA Corran Horn, human male, Jedi Master Darth Caedus, human male, Sith Lord Darth Krayt, human male, Sith Lord Dur Gejjen, human male, Head of State, Corellia Gavin Darklighter, human male, Supreme Commander GA Defense Force Han Solo, human male, General Corellian Defense Forces Jacen Solo, human male, Jedi Master, Colonel Galactic Alliance Guard Jagged Fel, human male, Imperial Admiral Jaina Solo, human female, Jedi Knight, Major Rogue Squadron Jysella Horn, human female, Jedi Apprentice Kyp Durron, human male, Jedi Master Leia Organa Solo, human female, Jedi Knight Lon Shevu, human male, Major Galactic Alliance Guard Luke Skywalker, human male, Grand Master of the Jedi Lumiya, human/cyborg female, Lady of the Sith Mara Jade Skywalker, human female, Jedi Master Masen Krieg, human male, Admiral, Second Imperial Fleet Mirax Horn, human female, Captain of the Pulsar Skate Qing Niao (Vongerella), Yuuzhan Vong female, Sith Acolyte Soontir Fel, human male, Imperal Baron, Advisor to the Moffs’ Council Syal Antilles, human female, Commander Corellian Defense Forces Tahiri Veila, human female, Jedi Knight Valin Horn, human male, Jedi Knight, Lieutenant Rogue Squadron Wedge Antilles, human male, Admiral Corellian Defense Forces Zane Skywalker, human child Zekk, human male, Jedi Knight, Lt. Colonel Rogue Squadron Genre: AU, Drama, Angst, Dark, Romance Disclaimer: The universe and the characters belong to George Lucas and/or the authors who created them. I can only lay a slight claim on the original characters and the plot bunnies that brought about this story. Author Note: I wrote this long before Jysella's canon age was identified in Fate of the Jedi. At the time of my writing this story, it was speculated she was only 3 - 5 years older than Ben. Summary: After two years of galactic civil war, Jacen Solo achieves Sith Mastery and uses manypawns to garner as much power as he can. Ben Skywalker is a young Lieutenant in GAG and apprenticed to Jedi Master Jacen Solo, esteemed Jedi Council member and an up and coming officer. Jysella Horn is finishing her Apprenticeship with Mara Jade Skywalker and is trying to come to terms with her feelings for her younger best friend. When love wins out, the two young lovers enter a relationship that is far from accepted by family and friends. Spurred by his love for Jysella, Ben will eventually make a decision that could destroy the Galaxy. Meanwhile, Grand Admiral Jagged Fel positions himself to become the new Emperor of the Galactic Empire. Jaina Solo, her fiancé and Jedi partner Zekk, and Valin Horn try to figure out where they belong as they face a fateful battle that will change all of their lives and the future of the Galaxy. While the fate of the Jedi falls on the shoulders of a pair of very unlikely compatriots. The Path of Dreams Book I: The Loss of Innocence Sand from the hot, dry terrain blew into his face, clogging his nose and eyes. The dunes rose before him as if they too were trying to foil his escape. The brutal double assault of the twin suns beat upon him mercilessly, their intense heat causing rivulets of sweat to run down his dusty forehead and into his eyes. He squinted against the relentless glare, making vision even more difficult. His heart pounded painfully against his ribs as he ran, but he somehow knew that if he paused long enough to catch his breath, to wipe the sand and sweat from his eyes, or even to lick his parched sun cracked lips, the monster behind him would catch him. The horrible thing raced up one dune and leapt to another. He could sense it and its intent. It wanted to consume him. It wanted to become him. The thought made the boy run even faster, never wavering in his speed even though his muscles, lungs, and sunburned skin begged him to slow down. If the krayt dragon caught him, all would be lost... Thanks for reading!