Week IX : When she saw that "star" was one of the prompts, Annina Blayne, the sparkly Star of the Idiot's Array demanded her turn. Bright I figured out a long time ago that being cute makes people underestimate you. They'll say things in front of pretty girl they wouldn't otherwise because they don't think she can have a brain. A winning smile, a pair of dimples, and some curls will get them to do things even when Jedi-mind tricks won't work. My whole family knows how to put on masks and hide in plain sight, but being myself has always been my best disguise. No one expects the fluffy, girly-girl to be a Jedi. No one ever expects her to be a spy. Notes: A future Annina reflects on the uses of cuteness Star "Nick has a card. Mara has one. You have them. I want one too!" Raissa hesitated, but Doran fanned the sabacc deck out in front of his three-year-old daughter.. Annina might not understand what a call sign was, but she knew that they marked her brother and sister as part of the family, part of the team. "Go ahead, kiddo; pick one." She frowned seriously as she pored over the cards, paused at the darkly lovely Queen of Air and Darkness (please not that one!) and finally chose. "This!" Doran smiled at her choice. The Star. "Perfect, 'Nina." Notes: Annina picks her call sign in her family's Rebel cell, the Idiot's Array. Mama "Mama, tell me a story!" Raissa scoops up her youngest, so different from her older siblings. Mara wanted stories of adventure--heroes, monsters and lots of fighting. Nick wanted true stories about spaceships and exploration. But Annina is the romantic. For her, a story must have princesses, enchanted hold-parents and, above all, true love. Raissa doesn't quite understand it, but hopes her little girl will always have the trusting heart that believes you can turn a Gungan into a prince with a kiss, knows that love triumphs over all, and hopes for the magic found "once upon a time." Please "Can we keep her? Please?" Annina holds up the ball of gray fluff. Big green eyes stare into Raissa's and the pittin cub's mouth opens in a tiny "meep". Raissa sighs; they already have a pet, and she's not sure what Frugly would make of this fuzzy interloper. She ought to say no. But then Annina coos and rubs her nose against the pittin's tiny pink one, and she senses it; the cub is for Annina what Frugly is to her. When the pittin meeps again, it's an echo of her daughter's "please." She knows what her answer will be. Notes: Like her mother, Annina is strongly empathic with animals. Her companion is the gray pittin she names Princess. Shine He sees the girl across the courtyard. She seems familiar somehow, but he's certain he'd remember those golden curls and laughing eyes...more than that, the way she shines in the Force. She sees him, too, and runs towards him, throwing her arms around him in an impulsive embrace. She laughs at his gob-smacked expression. "You don't remember me, do you? It's Annina Blayne, the little pest who used to follow you around on Merkesh." Now he remembers her--Mara's little sister tagging after him like a lost pittin. But the now...the little pest is quite grown up. Spoiler: Notes Luke Skywalker encounters Annina ten years after their first meeting (which will occur during "Teenage Rebellion."