New Update Chasing Ghosts I've written down a lot of potential ideas for fics that don't really need a full post, so I've taken the idea of several other authors here and created a notebook thread, if you will. Most of the stories posted here will be one-shots and below 2,000 words in length. *** Table of Contents Spoiler: Stories Title: A New Hope Infinities: Dignity Characters: Mon Mothma, Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine. Timeline: Months after A New Hope (AU) Summary: Being led to her execution, Mon Mothma has plenty of time to gather her thoughts as the rebellion will seemingly die with her. *** Title: Heroes of a Different Sort: A Clone Wars Tale Characters: Battle Droid OCs Timeline: Final year of the Clone Wars. Summary: Leading his hovertanks, a droid commander must keep his droids alive as they encounter a Republic trap. *** Title:Memories and Thoughts of the Future Characters: Obi-Wan Kenobi, R2-D2. Timeline: A New Hope "missing scene." Summary: While travelling to Alderaan to help the Rebellion, Obi-Wan meditates on his past and upon the future ahead. *** Title: Dark Forces: Anoat Sunset Characters: Kyle Katarn, Jan Ors, Moff Rebus. Timeline: 1 ABY Summary: On board with their new prisoner, the crew of the Moldy Crow deals with how they captured him, and where to put him. *** Title: X-Wing: The Three That Lived Characters: Luke Skywalker, Wedge Antilles, Keyan Farlander, Lynia Delline. Timeline: Immediately following A New Hope. Summary: At the celebration following the destruction of the Death Star, the three pilots that managed to survive meet and talk about friends lost in the assault. *** Title: Another Typical Evening on Nar Shaddaa Characters: Ceth Mascor (OC), Nimax and Jermat Jabuck (OCs), Portian'icol (OC). Timeline: 3,996 BBY Summary: A Jedi shadow and his two smuggler hangers-on hire a mercenary to return to their ship after a theft from a Hutt has gone somewhat sour, but things aren't as they seem. First Sentence Challenge Entry. *** Title: The Ashes of Mother Jungle Characters: Orren Mernos (OC), Biran (OC) Timeline: 31 ABY Summary: An Ithorian Jedi takes his apprentice with him to the first Great Herd Meet after the destruction of Ithor during the Yuuzhan Vong War. There they discover that some wounds may be hard to heal. *** Title: The Rising Threat Characters: Lumiya. Timeline: Immediately following Return of the Jedi Summary: While training on Ziost, the nascent Sith Lady, Lumiya, realizes her new powers and responsibilities in a galaxy without the Emperor or Darth Vader. *** Title: Han Solo and the Ash Beast of C1360 Characters: Han Solo, Chewbacca Timeline: 4 BBY Summary: Forced down by an Imperial patrol ship on an uncharted planet, Han Solo and Chewbacca must contend with an alien foe, and find a way off the planet! *** Title:Young Jedi Knights: Training Flight Characters: Jaina Solo, Wurth Skidder, Keyan Farlander, Corran Horn. Timeline: Circa 24 ABY Summary: A training flight at the Jedi Praxeum becomes an unexpected lesson for Jaina Solo. *** Title: Rebirth: An A New Hope Infinities Tale Characters: Admiral Ackbar Timeline: Minutes after Dignity Summary: After the execution of Mon Mothma, Admiral Ackbar has some very difficult decisions to make. *** Title: The Rain-Soaked Reign Characters: Lumiya, Flint, Anakin Skywalker Timeline: Days post The Rising Threat Summary: Upon learning of the death of her master, Darth Vader, Lumiya returns to his castle on Vjun and encounters Vader's other apprentice. *** Title: Rogue Squadron: Ground Support Characters: Luke Skywalker Timeline: 1 ABY, approximately 1 month following the N64/PC Rogue Squadron video game. Summary: While on duty on a desert planet, the Rogues are assigned to protect Rebel ground troops during an Imperial attack! Title: ANH Infinities: Routine Mission Characters: Kyle Katarn, Jan Ors Timeline: Roughly a year after Dignity. Summary: While on a simple mission for what's left of the rebellion, Kyle Katarn and Jan Ors realize that things aren't as they seem. Title: Young Jedi Knights: The Jungle Ruins Characters: Jacen Solo Timeline: Roughly 24 ABY Summary: A companion piece to YJK: Training Flight, Jacen Solo takes an early morning excursion into the jungles of Yavin IV to capture an image of another animal for his already extensive collection, and runs into a reminder of the jungle planet's violent past. Title: The Long Road to Recovery Characters: Alexis Wentlas, Galen Wentlas Timeline: Weeks after the events of Breakout Summary: After escaping from an Imperial prison camp, a young rebel realizes that her recovery won't be an easy one. Title: Conclusions: An ANH Infinities Tale Characters: Leia Organa, Darth Vader, Thrawn Timeline: One year post-Dignity. Summary: While training a captive Leia Organa, Darth Vader senses something familiar in his young ward. Title: The Saijo Aftermath Characters: Lumiya Timeline: Months after the Battle of Endor Summary: Laying in defeat after the Battle of Saijo, Dark Lady of the Sith Lumiya attempts to regain her strength and regroup Title:The Lost Hope, An ANH Infinities Tale Characters: Galen Wentlas, Hol Land, Anya Wentlas Timeline: Hours after Battle of Yavin Summary: An Alliance admiral reacts upon hearing the news of the rebellion's defeat on Yavin IV. Inspired by 21 Guns for the Chart Hits challenge. Title: Dignity Timeline:: Post A New Hope (Infinities timeline) Characters: Mon Mothma, Darth Vader, Leia Organa, Emperor Palpatine Dignity The auburn-haired woman sat silently in her small grey cell, eyes staring straight towards the magnetically sealed door. Her exhausted breaths came as evenly as she could bear to make them, hitching every now and then as a slight spasm of pain rushed over her. The torture hadn't always been physical. That had been reserved for each and every rebel that had been captured by the Empire while she had been forced to watch. Every question that was asked of her aides, captured pilots, even semi-civilians that had been manning bars and mess halls on their captured ships were directed towards her as well. It could end with a single answer, the dual interrogators had asked. Anyone that had any real knowledge had died before breaking, true to their training and their cause. She had led the Rebellion as part of an ever-shrinking triumvirate for two years. Differences of opinion between herself and Garm Bel Iblis had led to his departure and the very battle station that had captured her had claimed the life of Bail Organa. Somewhere it had all gone wrong, the last minute defensive strike against the Death Star had failed and their base on Yavin destroyed with the survivors of the first low-powered shot being captured shortly thereafter. The door hissed open, a harsh rush of air entered the prison cell and blew the folds of her stained white robes lightly. The dark and demonic figure that stood in front of her had once frightened her as it did almost every other sane being in the galaxy. Now his raspy artificial breath and tusked helmet sent no feeling over her save for relief. It would all be over soon. "Mon Mothma," Darth Vader said. His voice was a metallic bass that reverberated throughout the small room. "It's time." She stood from her cot and straightened her robes as best she could. Mon Mothma closed her eyes and took as deep a breath as she dared with her bruised ribs. "Lead the way, Lord Vader." The walk from the Imperial Palace's to the nearby Monument Plaza was long and she feared that her legs would give out from under her, sending her frail form sprawling onto the ground. The Imperials that watched her from the lens of the holocam droid that hovered in front of them would have loved that sight, she thought, the leader of the fallen and scattered Rebellion utterly humiliated. One last thing before her death that would make their cause the laughingstock of the galaxy and add to the futility of it all. She would not give them that pleasure. Monument Plaza loomed large on the surface of Coruscant, the statues of the heroes of the Republic long ago replaced by effigies of Palpatine and other Imperial heroes. A holoimage of Grand Moff Tarkin was the latest addition to the crop, awaiting the sculpting of a physical testament to his recent victory. Mon Mothma watched as a flock of columbiform birds scattered away from the ground, one of them leaving a pile of droppings on the emitter. The crowd was staunchly Imperial, immaculate in their finest dress uniforms while the general public's view of the proceedings would be broadcast live throughout the galaxy via the HoloNet on every single channel. Palpatine stood proudly on a center dais, his grey and wrinkled skin peering out of his voluminous black robes. His sickly yellow eyes beamed down upon her and a cackle escaped his lips. Standing next to the Emperor, looking resolute in a grey jumpsuit, was Bail's daughter Leia. She looked down at Mon Mothma, a hint of pity in her eyes. "Citizens of the Empire," Palpatine began. "Due to the efforts of Grand Moff Tarkin and Lord Vader, the leader of the terrorists that have brought war to the Empire has now been captured!" The assembled crowd applauded loudly and the faintest of curses and jeers caught Mon Mothma's ears. Her blue eyes stared into the camera lens of the closest droid, staring into the virtual eyes of every one that was watching. The Rebels that had survived were watching, of that she had every confidence of. They would vanish as best they could, some fighting in small hit and run attacks as they had when the war had first started and some would wait until the time presented itself, if it ever did. Every single being that had raised the crimson phoenix banner of the Alliance Starbird knew that they did so at the risk of their own lives. Every one had been expendable. Even herself. Darth Vader stepped along side of her, gauntleted hands resting upon his belt as Palpatine's speech continued, close to the onyx metal hilt of his lightsaber. That same blade had killed an untold amount of Jedi and had ended the life of her Senate colleague Fang Zar so many years ago. Those names would be good company to be in, she thought. "Citizens of the Empire, see now what becomes of those that threaten peace!" Palpatine's closing remarks sent the audience into a wild applause. The loud ovation nearly masked the hissing as Darth Vader's lightsaber ignited. The hum of a hundred bees filled her ear as the audience died down. "Do you have anything to say?" Darth Vader asked. It was a last minute plea for mercy that he was expecting, she thought, or a blubbering plea for her life that would rob her of any of the sparse dignity that she had left. "Long live the Republic," she said. There was a flash of red light and then no more. NOTES Spoiler * The idea for this story came along while reading the A New Hope Infinities comic series. In it, Luke's torpedoes do not cause the reaction necessary to destroy the Death Star and the Alliance present on Yavin are captured as they make their escape (the shot did manage to lower the power on the superlaser) * Fang Zar's death at the hands of Darth Vader is from Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader by the great James Luceno.