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Beyond - Legends Unopened Boxes- (Luke/Mara) ~ MMM Holiday Challenge - Authors Thanks!

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  1. mavjade

    mavjade Former Manager star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Title: Unopened Boxes
    Author: mavjade
    Characters: Luke and Mara
    Timeline: See A/N
    Notes: This story is set in the universe of my fic http://boards.theforce.net/beyond_the_saga/b10477/27866044/p1/?12]I[/url] Do, Promise a few months after Adalet died. If you aren't reading I Do don't worry it can be read without it just realize that Luke and Mara never got married and Adalet was Luke's wife who died. I swear it is mushy, you just have to wade down a little! ;)

    Written for the 9th MMM Challenge, which was to write a holiday vignette WITHOUT using the words gift, party, or celebrate. One more catch--the vig must end with a kiss!

    If you only knew how many time I tried to use the word celebrate! I was about to pull my hair out! 8-}

    5/10/15 - Truncation fixed

    ~*~*~*~

    Luke stood on his balcony looking out over Corsucant and watched as the decorations began to amass. Winter Fête was approaching fast and the entire planet, it seemed, was excited and ready to have a good time. Brightly colored lights were hung from every available space making an already bright city completely scintillating. Homes were decorated with items from celebrations of home planets and decedent planets mixed with newly bought decorations to pass on to those who would come after. Hundreds of banquets were planned, even the cantinias held events; there were games, plays, and music for the three day festival designed to honor and revere those beloved and held most dear.

    When Luke had first arrived here many years ago, there was no such festival. It had been done away with by the Emperor and after his fall it took several years for wonder and excitement of Winter Fête to come back to the beings inhabiting this planet. But when the festivals had started again, Luke was drawn to them like a smoke moth drawn to a flame. The first year Han had drug him to a classier cantina than the ones he frequented but the look on Luke's face, Han told him later, had made it worth his while. They had been making snow and blowing it all over the room, and the lights that were hung made it glitter and glow casting beautiful designs on the walls. Luke sat in a corner booth watching people dance and sing as if there weren't a care in the galaxy, and he had longed to be a part of it.

    For years after that outing, he had. He let most things lay as they were for those three days and enjoyed himself with his friends and family. But this year was different.


    There were no decorations hung in his apartment; it looked the same as it had for weeks, empty. It was void of the life he had once had, void of the love he had shared. This was the first Winter Fête after Adalet had been killed and he did not feel very festive.

    The day finally arrived for the beginning of Winter Fête and the music and laughter started, leaving Luke alone with only his thoughts. He had begun to come out of his depression with the help of his family and Mara, but this was something that he felt he needed to morn. Next year, perhaps, would be a different story, but he felt he owed his wife this much.

    That evening Han and Leia came by, trying to get Luke out of his apartment, but to no avail. Han even begrudgingly offered to take him to the cantina they had enjoyed together all those years ago. Luke was flattered but he did not feel like going out and he wished them a good time as he pushed them out the door.

    The second day brought several people to try and entice him out into the festivities. Wedge had invited him over to a dinner with Iella and the girls, Corran had tried to get him to go out since Mirax was gone until the next night and even Kyp had tried to get Luke to do anything other than stay in his apartment but the Jedi Master would not budge. He was content to be alone and did not want to bring anyone else's mood down. One by one they came and one by one Luke sent them away.

    On the third and final day of the festival Luke woke up late, letting himself sleep in and enjoy the dreams he was having rather than get up and face reality. Today was the day that most beings exchanged presents with their loved ones, giving them a token of their love. Luke spent most of the day catching up on paper work to keep his mind off of things, but when the sun began to set his mind began to drift toward a small box in his closet.

    Inside the box was the present he had gotten many, many months ago on a mission to an outer-rim planet. It was the one he had intended to give Adalet on this very day, but he would never get the chance. He got the box down and took it to the living room where he set it on the table in front of the form couch. For quite some time he just looked at the box not daring to open it for the emotions he had kept in check so well for the past few days would spring forth and he did not know if he could handle them.

    After some time, he wasn't exactly sure how long, the comm from his door alerted him to the fact that someone was there. Just as he was getting up, the door opened to reveal a worried looking Mara Jade.

    "Luke," she sighed as she saw he was alright, at least physically. "I've been trying to get hold of you for hours. You promised you would always answer."


    Luke looked outside and noticed it was much darker than it had been, what he thought was only moments ago. "I'm sorry, I guess I was daydreaming. I didn't mean to scare you."

    Mara plopped down on the couch beside her friend and smiled at him, "Don't worry, I just wanted to make sure you were alright."

    "I'm fine, just didn't feel like joining the activities."

    "Luke, you should join in, have some fun. You're not honoring Adalet's memory by sitting here in the dark all alone, this festival is to honor and cherish those you love and you are doing the exact opposite. Why don't you remember her with your family and friends, make her memory alive here with you now?"


    A small smile started across Luke's face, "You're right, but I still don't feel like going out. Will you stay here with me?"

    The look on his face almost broke Mara's heart; he looked so small and frightened, she decided to tell him complete truth. "Of course I'll stay. There isn't a person in the galaxy I would rather be with tonight than you."

    Mara noticed Luke kept playing with a box on the table, he would spin it, run his hand over it, but never open it. Curiosity almost got the better of her when Luke spoke.

    "I got this for Adalet a long time ago but never got the chance to give it to her." He opened the box and pulled out a very simple yet beautiful gold chain with an intricate stone hanging on the end. Luke hadn't noticed it before but now, holding the stone in the light, he realized that the color is the exact same shade of emerald as Mara's eyes.

    He turned to look Mara in the eyes, "I want you to have it."

    "Oh, Luke. I can't--"

    "Please, Mara. I want someone I love to have it, to wear and enjoy it. I know you don't really wear jewelry very often but..." He trailed off, giving her a bright smile.

    Not trusting herself to speak, Mara turned her back to the man sitting beside her and pulled her long red hair up off her neck allowing him to put it on her. Turning back around she looked into Luke's eyes and what she saw reflected back made her heart start beating very fast. There was so much love in his eyes. She knew it was a platonic love, but it was more than she had ever experienced.

    "It fits you perfectly," Luke said softly. The length made the stone fall just a few inches below her collar bone making her eyes stand out and shine more beautifully than they usually did. "It's as though it were made for you."

    Mara smiled back at Luke, "Thank you," she simply said as she leaned in and placed a small kiss at the corner of his lip.

    ~*~*~*~
    Many years later...

    Mara sat on her form couch, fingers brushing the necklace Luke had given her all those years ago. Warm hands began rubbing her shoulders causing her to almost pur in appreciation. Mara figured this was what Winter Fête was truly all about. Her children and their families were all here together with the love of her life and she.

    She turned to look at the person who was rubbing her shoulders and though her face had aged, the shine of her eyes had not deminished at all. She looked down and the stone and then at each and every member of her family. She pulled him down into a passonate kiss that projected all the love and life she could muster. There were groans and jokes from her children but she payed them no mind. She wanted the man she loved to feel that her love was still there but had grown every day.

    Finally when she pulled away she spoke a simple phrase but behind it there was great meaning, "Thank you, farmboy."

    ~ The End
     
  2. WarmNyota_SweetAyesha

    WarmNyota_SweetAyesha Chosen One star 8

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    Fantabulous. Interesting how a gift Luke got for someone else was STILL perfect for Mara--tells you something doesn't it? ;) [face_laugh]

    Squggles for a melty read.

    [:D]

    Why can't every day be MMM? [face_laugh]

     
  3. DarthBerryStraw

    DarthBerryStraw Jedi Master star 4

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    Finally when she pulled away she spoke a simple phrase but behind it there was great meaning, "Thank you, farmboy."

    And then I melted into a huge pile of mushy goo. [face_love]
     
  4. ginchy

    ginchy Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Luke does have a lot of love to give. I love how he and Mara were happy together in the end. As it should be. [face_love] Great work!!
     
  5. BigFatty

    BigFatty Jedi Padawan star 4

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    This story definitely has me interested in the AU you've created. But this bit of mush was fantastic, too.
     
  6. walker-of-minds

    walker-of-minds Jedi Youngling star 1

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    nice story loved the end and the kiss.
     
  7. madman007

    madman007 Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    What a great little addition to your epic.

    And a horrible situation that I'm sure happens. You get something for a spouse but they are gone before you can give it. Heartbreaking.

    But, in this case, maybe the stone was destined for Mara. The ending surely showed that.

    Bravo. =D=

    Merry Christmas!
     
  8. Kidan

    Kidan TFN EU Staff star 5 VIP

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    what wonderful mush! Great job Tahiri!
     
  9. DaenaBenjen42

    DaenaBenjen42 Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    Mara worrying when she can't reach him by comm... yep, can so see that.

    "Of course I'll stay. There isn't a person in the galaxy I would rather be with tonight than you."

    Awwwww...

    Luke wanting Mara to have the jewelry that he wasn't able to give to a loved one and Mara being hesitant... wow. Majestic and common place and reverent all at once. (That hit me a little extra hard because my grandmother gave my sister a necklace that had belonged to my greatgranny. Which, also, was a wow moment today to look at it and realize that a relative had worn it and cared for it. Loved that touch, Mav.)


    Well done, Mav. :)
     
  10. dancing_star

    dancing_star Jedi Master star 4

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    Awwwww, I loved this!! [face_love] :* Beautiful and sweet. Such a treat to read.[face_dancing] Great job and Merry Christmas!! [:D]
    =D= =D= =D= =D=
     
  11. divapilot

    divapilot Force Ghost star 4

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    A very sweet story.
    [face_love]
     
  12. NYCitygurl

    NYCitygurl Manager Emeritus star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Aww, that was so sweet!! Sad, but I love that Mara was able to pull him out of his sadness and that they ended up happy together :D
     
  13. Irish_Jedi_Jade

    Irish_Jedi_Jade Jedi Master star 4

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    beautiful! So absolutely wonderful, Mav, as always! You have such a talent for making a situation feel...normal, not stiff. You know what I mean? :p Sorry...I'm beat after the holidays, kinda comes with working retail, so i'm not the most coherent! But that was so sweet, and fits so well with, I Do, Promise!

    Love you!
    [face_good_luck] Irish
     
  14. path-seeker

    path-seeker Jedi Padawan star 4

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    That was such a sweet story, mav. I especially enjoyed seeing Mara as the comforter here, and the ending was beautiful. [face_love]

    Great job! =D=
     
  15. mavjade

    mavjade Former Manager star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Thank you everyone! You all are, as always, so kind! [:D]

    Jade_eyes:
    Fantabulous. Interesting how a gift Luke got for someone else was STILL perfect for Mara--tells you something doesn't it?
    Thanks girl! [:D] It was perfect for Mara and yes, it might just tell you something! ;) [face_whistling][face_batting]

    Squggles for a melty read.
    :D I'm always happy to make people melty!

    Why can't every day be MMM?
    I know! But then of course I wouldn't get my daily does of angst and I might explode! :p


    DarthBerryStraw:
    And then I melted into a huge pile of mushy goo.
    :D It makes me happy when I can make people melt! Thanks for reading and I'm glad you enjoyed!


    ginchy:
    Luke does have a lot of love to give. I love how he and Mara were happy together in the end. As it should be. Great work!!
    He really does. I agree they should always end up together, and they always will in my stories... even if it takes a while to get there! ;) Thank you!

    BigFatty:
    This story definitely has me interested in the AU you've created. But this bit of mush was fantastic, too.
    Thank you! The other story is definitly AU and pretty different from this story... full of angst, but it does have its mushy moments! :)
    Thanks for reading! [:D]


    walker-of-minds:
    nice story loved the end and the kiss.
    Thank you so much! I thought about leaving it at the first kiss before the "many years later" but it just wasn't mushy enough. :) Thanks for reading!


    madman007:
    What a great little addition to your epic.
    Thank you! They end up tying together more than I originally planned. ;)

    And a horrible situation that I'm sure happens. You get something for a spouse but they are gone before you can give it. Heartbreaking.
    I'm sure it does and it breaks my heart just thinking about it and I can't imagine how much it must hurt. But of all the people I know who have lost their spouses, especially at a young age, the ones that cope the best are the ones who give those special things to someone else they love.

    But, in this case, maybe the stone was destined for Mara. The ending surely showed that.
    Mayyybe... [face_whistling][face_batting]

    Bravo. Merry Christmas!
    Thank you, madman! A late Merry Christmas to you as well! :)


    Han:
    what wonderful mush! Great job Tahiri!
    Thanks Han! I didn't think it was going to turn out mushy there for a while, even though I wanted it to be mushy. I never know where that muse is going! 8-}
    Thanks for reading!


    DaenaBenJen42:
    Mara worrying when she can't reach him by comm... yep, can so see that.
    :D I always worry about writing Mara too soft, so it makes me feel much better when people comment on the soft things and say they fit. Thank you!

    Awwwww...
    He hee! Just the reaction I was going for with that line!

    Luke wanting Mara to have the jewelry that he wasn't able to give to a loved one and Mara being hesitant... wow. Majestic and common place and reverent all at once.
    I'll admit, I was hesitant to write it. Giving something to a child or a grandchild is one thing but giving something that was suposed to be your wifes to another woman that isn't already family, I knew that could be taken several different ways. I'm glad it came across as sweet and not weird.

    (That hit me a little extra hard because my grandmother gave my sister a necklace that had belonged to my greatgranny. Which, also, was a wow moment today to look at it and realize that a relative had worn it and cared for it. Loved that touch, Mav.)
    I kinda got the idea from a similar circumstance. When my grandmother died I was given her engagement ring (actually it was given to my fiance and he proposed with it) and I know how special it feels to me and I hoped to convey that. It really is a special feeling. :)