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Discussion in 'Threads of Time' started by Luke Skywalker, Sep 25, 2019.

  1. Luke Skywalker

    Luke Skywalker Star Wars

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    Date: 1st August, Year 108.

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    A fly was bound in a spider’s web, the tinny buzz of its protests one of the rare sounds in the hushed Venus gardens. The web’s eight-legged occupant was making its slow, pensive way over to its prey as though savoring its victory. Luke was sat beside them. He could help.

    Should he help? His passive role in the conflict seemed familiar somehow, especially coupled with the quiet trickle of water and the uninterrupted beauty that surrounded him.

    He was hunched over on the smooth rim of a stone fountain, hands on his thighs, hood over his head, watching the web to pass the time and distract himself from his wavering trepidation. Leia would arrive soon. He wanted to look forward to her visit, but could only feel wave after wave of anxiety. Nausea. She would expect him to recount everything. He would have to tell her about how he’d failed her son, how that failure had shoved him into the arms of the dark side of the Force. How Kylo Ren had gone on to murder Han Solo. Husband. Best friend.

    Luke exhaled heavily, taking in the sweet, perfumed smell of flowers and fruits. The fly’s cries had taken on a rapid, whining quality as the spider closed in on its frantically wriggling body. The sound pinched at something inside him. He didn’t know why he should care so keenly. Spiders had to catch and consume prey in order to survive. To rescue its potential meal was to unbalance a normal and important part of the natural world. He should not help.

    But he couldn’t just sit there and watch! He’d already done too much of that on Ahch-To!

    The spider was almost upon the wailing fly, its fang-like mandibles twitching in anticipation.

    Slow, hesitant, Luke reached out with his gloved hand, swiping his metal index finger across the web and freeing the insect. It took to the sky, nothing more than a black dot.
     
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  2. Leia Organa

    Leia Organa Star Wars

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    She was nervous. Why was she nervous? It was Luke.

    The first time she’d seen him, so weathered and desolate, she hadn’t had time to really think about feeling this way, as their connection had reignited so suddenly. She did want to see him, had been counting the days until they could meet. Their bond had been a comfort after missing for what felt like an eternity.

    But...she couldn’t forget the sadness, in his eyes, smile, the way he sometimes couldn’t bear to look at her during their previous conversation. There was none of the vibrant, positive energy he’d always emitted around her, a person who saw the good in everyone and never gave up.

    Had something happened? Had he really given up? There was something niggling at her mind that told her he might have.

    She stepped into view, her white jumpsuit and boots standing out. Luke was at a fountain, his attention on something among the flowers. She knew it was him from feeling alone, even if his face was obscured by a hood.

    “Luke?” Leia said as she got closer.
     
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  3. Luke Skywalker

    Luke Skywalker Star Wars

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    He sensed Leia’s presence drawing closer to the gardens. She was a bright, flickering flame compared to the muted greens, blues and sundry other colors cast out by other lifeforms.

    Luke did not raise his head until she called out to him, the sight of her in her youth stealing away his breath. Once again, he was left begrudging his age and knowledge of what was to become of Leia, of Han, of himself. Still looking to the horizon, Master Yoda would have chided him.

    Endeavoring to heed his old mentor’s words, Luke gave himself to the present. Leia was here with him in the flesh. Now. Love and joy warmed his chest.

    Leia,” he rose to his feet, lowering the hood of his cloak. “I’m sorry I took so long.”

    Luke crossed the short distance between them, making to gently take his sister in his arms. He would have been content to embrace her until the sun(s) set. Though they were all connected through the Force, it could not authentically replicate the feeling of physical contact with a loved one.
     
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  4. Leia Organa

    Leia Organa Star Wars

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    She watched as he removed his hood, but shook her head when he apologised, before wrapping her arms around his taller frame. “Don’t. You had your reasons – I'm just relieved you got here safely.”

    She allowed herself to stay in his embrace for a few moments more – although they’d been separated mere weeks from her point, it had felt like years, and even more so now she was seeing an aged version of her brother.

    “How have you been? Are you alright?” Leia said as she stepped back, eyes roaming his face. This wasn’t merely pleasantries; they’d never been one for that, even right at the beginning.
     
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  5. Luke Skywalker

    Luke Skywalker Star Wars

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    He stood across from Leia, a faint frown touching the fringes of his face as he considered her question. Such a broad question. Was he all right?

    Truthfully, he felt better here than he had on Ahch-To now that he was equipped with a renewed sense of purpose and knowledge that the Jedi were not to end. He knew in his bones, in his heart, that he would return to their own galaxy one day, where he would give his life on Crait to save his sister and the rest of the Alliance Resistance. He was at peace with this certainty. Until then, he would use the extra time he’d been given here wisely.

    “Like I have stepped out of a tunnel into sunlight after years of stumbling around in the dark,” he answered Leia, both cryptic and honest. His droll, good-natured smile took ten years off him. He elaborated gently: “I wasn’t…” Myself? Well? “Happy. But I’m getting there now.”

    He would not get there if he had to tell Leia about her son, as well as the regrettable role that he himself had played in pushing him into the waiting arms of the Dark. It wasn’t this selfish reason that made him reluctant to recount the past to Leia, though, but his cold, gnawing fear of her reaction.

    “Are you all right?” he asked, dropping his gaze to appraise his twin sister. “You’re more beautiful than ever. You’d shine even without the Force.”
     
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  6. Leia Organa

    Leia Organa Star Wars

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    She watched him frown. In the flesh, it was even more unsettling to see him so weighed down, lost in emotions and memories she would hopefully soon know. Even if it was difficult, she wanted to share this burden.

    Even with unspoken truths lingering over them, Leia couldn't help but smile, lips parting as she exhaled a breath she didn't even know she had been holding when she saw his face soften, more like the Luke she knew. How she had missed that smile.

    She wanted to seize him in another hug, worried for his wellbeing more than ever. He, of all people, deserved happiness, after everything he'd done.

    Leia blinked back tears at his words, and she reached to brush a strand of hair from his face. "I'd be more alright if I knew what you knew." There she was, straight to the point as always. "But, seeing you...I don't think I've been happier in this place."
     
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