Title: You Shine So Bright (And I Light the Night) Summary: Tahiri and Anakin share a peaceful summer evening on Naboo. Timeframe: Beyond the Saga (somewhere around 34 ABY or so); Legends; AU Length: vignette Genre: romance, mush, humor, friendship Characters: Anakin Solo, Tahiri Veila, mention of the Terrible (Solo) Twins A/N: Written for OTP Challenge # 15: Things You Said (6. things you said under the stars and in the grass). This was such purely self-indulgent fun to write -- an OTP that I've had since I was literally a Padawan myself. Though none of the events of Our Situations Must Be Dire are referenced, I consider this to belong in the same universe of fluff and sunbeams. Anakin and Tahiri are both alive and in their early twenties here, and the galaxy is no more of a disaster than usual. (Title from lyrics to the song “The Sun and the Moon" by Annalise Emerick.) You Shine So Bright (And I Light the Night) “Knew you’d like it here.” “With Rhen Var as my basis for comparison? Maybe I’ve learned to like icy winds.” “Oh no! It’s been four months, and my dear Tahiri has changed beyond recognition. Next you’ll tell me that you’ve been thinking fondly of our days in Knight Im’nel’s class and decided what you really want is to become a diplomat. I don’t know you anymore -- how can I ever cope with my heartache?” “I’ll show you heartache...” “Aah, no! NOT THE GRASS ATTACK! I am slain!” “Your sister always told me you were just as over-dramatic as Jacen and I defended you. Now I see my error.” “I knew it! You traveling with the twins was a terrible idea. Those two are turning you Sithly.” “Oh, but they have a lot of stories to tell! Did you know that Jacen has a section in his datapad labeled ‘baby Anakin destroys technology’, spanning from your toddler years to the present?” “You’re all terrible.” “You love us.” “Doesn’t stop you from being terrible.” “That tickles! Anakin!” “The more subtle grass attack is the deadliest.” “You’re ridiculous.” “But you’re stuck with me. I do love you.” “I think you’re alright too -- mmph.” “Just alright?” “Hmm. Might need a remind--” “That do?” “Depends, are we done once you get an answer? In that case, I’ll have to make you wait indefinitely.” “Honestly, I was planning on kissing you more.” “Good. And yes, you cantina clown. I love you more than anything. I’ve been counting the days.” “Do you think…?” “Hey, I am not pining away and neither are you. It would be a shame if you didn’t go study all those technical-genius things. And I’m still going to do that stint with the Scouts. That will stand us both in good stead when we’re sharing missions.” “I notice you say ‘when’.” “Do you think your uncle is going to be able to put up with us if we aren’t working together in the end? We’re enough of a trial these days as it is.” “Point taken. I guess being here just had me in a strange mood all of a sudden.” “Got news for you…” “I know. Just, you know how when my cousins invited us and the twins I told you about how Varykino was where my grandparents married? Anakin and Padmé, anyway. We haven’t visited here often, but it was in the stories Mom told us. I keep thinking they must have figured they had more time. Sorry, that’s weird and morbid isn’t it?” “Nothing is guaranteed on Tatooine. So no, I don’t think it’s strange to think about the future that way. But you can’t let the possibilities take away from now. And I like you weird.” “You’re right. Now is pretty spectacular. Clear skies, starlight, an amazing view.” “They weren’t kidding about Naboo cheese.” “You shine brighter to me than anything here.” “Not so bad with the cheese yourself, Tahiri.” Notes: Headcanon time! These Jedi haven't faced the same pressures from various wars as in Legends canon 30-something ABY, so it makes sense to me at least some of them seek higher education and/or work experience outside the Order after graduating from the first tier of Jedi training. Anakin always had really astonishing mechanical and computer skills in the books, so I can imagine he'd be nearly as interested in learning more there as in honing his Force skills. I can see Tahiri as really wanting to travel and see more of the galaxy, so the Scouts seemed like a good fit for her. https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Rhen_Var/Legends https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Tresk_Im'nel https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Bureau_of_Scouting_and_Exploration_Services https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Pooja_Naberrie/Legends - There's some mention of her and Leia being friends in the Senate, and that Leia later told her when she found out they were cousins. Given all the busy political careers and security problems involved, I'm guessing the Solo kids might know Pooja and Ryoo but probably only visited them a couple times while growing up.