Title: What's the Word? Drabbles! Author: It Is Your Destiny Genre: drabbles Characters: lots of Saga characters Timeline: PT / OT / ST Summary: The Ultimate Drabble Challenge VIII: Return of the Drabble Author's Notes: This is my first experience with writing drabbles. If I just don't get it, please advise. Disclaimer: SW is not mine. I'm just playing with the sand. -o-o-o-o-o-o-o- A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... STAR WARS Week One: 1. Valor 'Determination,' Vader mused. He could sense it through the Force. 'It creates motion.' Sure enough, his son ascended the stairs with confidence. 'Bold.' Bathed in eerie orange lighting, the boy's face reminded Vader of himself... once a hero, eager and courageous. Smoke was rising throughout the chamber. Now face-to-face with Vader's dark silhouette, Luke waited only a moment before igniting his blue-bladed lightsaber. 'The audacity.' Though impressed by Luke's bravery, Vader still thought the boy foolish. His crimson blade snapped into existence. Luke stared hard at that black helmet, for his greatest challenge was about to commence. The blades clashed. 2. Honor "By the stars," Obi-Wan muttered to himself. Sprinting, he headed for the council chambers. "He better be there." Honoring Qui-Gon's request had proven difficult these first three years. To mentor a Padawan was one thing. Instructing a twelve-year-old Anakin Skywalker was something else. The boy was supposed to meet with Obi-Wan before they received their new assignment. Naturally, Obi-Wan checked the designated spot. Then, all the usual locations Anakin frequented. He was nowhere to be found. Now running late, Obi-Wan coped with a harsh truth. Despite the tough challenges to come, training Skywalker would remain his greatest trial of all. 3. Sacrifice Jedi Master Luke Skywalker chose Ahch-To as his sanctuary. Once he refused to leave with Rey, pangs of guilt crept into his psyche. Was he truly content? Sitting upon a serene cliff, Luke meditated. He reached out. Expansive hangar bay... Old Ben dueling Vader. 'That's it,' Luke mused. 'Ben let Vader defeat him.' Kenobi becoming one with the Force helped Luke in ways he couldn't understand at the time. Now... 'Could I do the same for the Resistance? Join into the Force on my own terms?' Three decades after the Galactic Civil War, Luke was still learning from Ben Kenobi. 4. Defeat The Empire dealt a crushing blow. After rescuing Luke from Cloud City, Leia struggled to steady her mentality. Sadness and pain threatened to consume, but she still possessed a fragment of hope. As Princess of Alderaan, she would not be defeated. Aboard the Redemption, Lando took the brunt of Leia's anger. "How could you?!" she snapped with tears welling up. All traces of his happy-go-lucky attitude gone, Lando vowed to rescue Han. Could Lando's pledge repair the damage unleashed by his betrayal? Only time would tell. Leia gazed out the frigate's viewport with Luke. Her shred of hope became radiant. 5. Victory Lando turned around to witness the destruction of Jabba's sail barge... a mammoth explosion against the perfect blue sky. Their plan to rescue Han had somehow worked. 'At what cost?' Leia thought. She had destroyed Jabba herself. 'Is this what it means to be a Rebel?' They had eradicated dozens of sentient beings, and incited the future wrath of many Hutts. Had Tarkin considered Alderaan's fate a victory? Leia felt sick to her core. Luke sensed the conflicting emotions and squeezed her shoulder. "Go to Han," he suggested. The desert skiff rushed them all towards uncertainty. Leia held Han, tightly.