Author: Iverna Title: We Were Invincible Timeframe: post-LOTF Characters: Jaina and Jacen Summary: Jaina and Jacen were invincible. But sometimes life traps you, and sometimes you can't get away. Notes: Written for the First Sentence challenge. The first sentence is now actually the first paragraph, because I changed the punctuation back to the original version. Don't kill me for it! We Were Invincible I was twenty-three. I was invincible, because you are when you’re twenty-three. The fact is, life sometimes traps you. Sometimes there is no way out and there is no chance to escape. Sometimes there is. Sometimes you can get away. Sometimes you die. We were twenty-three and we were invincible. The thing about traps is, sometimes you don't notice them until they're sprung. No matter how much Mara has taught you. No matter how attuned to the Force you are. Maybe that's why Jacen went off on his little jaunt across the galaxy. Trying to brace himself. Gain enough insight and wisdom and ability to be able to see it, before it happened, before we lost all chance of getting away. But if life wants to trap you, life will trap you. Anakin was seventeen when he died. Seventeen and brash and invincible. Because he always was, no matter what age he was. I believed it. Maybe it was true. Maybe being dead isn't the same as being beaten. But the war ended and we survived, thanks to him, thanks to luck. We survived and we rebuilt with the others, sharing, healing, helping. We still had each other. We've always had each other. And we were invincible. I don't know if either of us ever realised what was happening. I don't think I did. Looking back on it, it was stupid. Luke told me something once, something that Mara told him, back when. He said that if you yell too much, you stop hearing everything around you. If you power around with the Force too much, you stop hearing its guidance. No matter how attuned you are. So maybe that's why we didn't see it coming. Maybe that's why it didn't do Jacen any good. He was so focused on becoming truly invincible that he became blind. Life sometimes traps you. It trapped us. Sometimes you don't see the forest because of all the trees that stand in your way. I can't think of a saying that tastes bitterer. I think we were scared. Scared of losing. You go through a war like we did without becoming scared of losing, I dare you. But we won, we were invincible, we never talked about scared. Scared doesn't happen to heroes, and heroes we were. Anyone will tell you that. But when you're scared, you can either run or fight. We've never been the type to run. And if you're going to fight, you need to prepare yourself. And when you don't know what you're facing, when the trap hasn't been sprung but you can feel it, lurking away in your subconscious, so clever that you don't even feel it, the only way to prepare yourself is to be invincible. To be so strong that nothing, no one, can possibly beat you. Maybe if he'd just admitted it, just trusted a little bit, the Force would've spoken to him. Maybe I would've spoken to him. Maybe we wouldn't have become blind. We were thirty-two and like the numbers, everything had turned around. We were invincible, because you are when you've spent your whole life sparring and preparing and fighting off horrors that other people only see in movies or nightmares. But life sometimes traps you, and sometimes there's no way out. There was no way out. There was one way out. But there was no escape, because you don't escape that, not ever. Some battles you don't walk away from no matter how good you are, no matter how you survive, no matter what you do. We were invincible. But we weren't facing horrors this time, we were facing each other. The trap was sprung. There was no way out. Sometimes, no amount of training or preparation or sage advice can help you anymore because sometimes, the very attempt to become invincible leaves you blind and vulnerable. Sometimes you can get away. Sometimes you die. And sometimes you have to do both. We're thirty-three and we're invincible. Even if there's only one of us left.