Fathers and Daughters

FelsGoddess
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May 22 2012, 12:04 AM #1

Title: Fathers and Daughters
Timeframe: a month before the wedding
Notes: FotJ Light Bright Challenge
I better post this before it goes through another complete rewrite. :p

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Despite that Luke was in a coma, that the Galactic Alliance was scrambling to recover itself from Sith infiltration and that the Jedi found themselves in a state of limbo, Jaina had never felt more at peace. Seated next to Jag in a conference room aboard the Hapan shuttle Winding Way, she felt as her life was no longer a chaotic swirl into the unknown or like a pawn in the largest game of dejarik ever played. Han, Leia, Alllana and Tenel Ka joined her and Jag in the decorated yet comfortable room. The events of two months ago almost felt like a distant memory. Everyone listened quietly while Jag finished telling Tenel Ka the details of the Imperial election.

The Hapan queen canted her head in agreement, "A sound call. If Reige is the man you say he is, then perhaps our dispute will not escalate as it surely would have under Daala's rule. If I may ask, what do you intend to do now? I am guessing that you will no longer maintain official ties to the Empire."

“Correct," Jag stated, running his thumb over the back of Jaina’s hand. She squeezed his in return.

“You could follow Han Solo’s Guide to Appear to Be Working Without Actually Holding a Job, second edition,” Leia said with a smirk as she picked up her water glass from the table.

“Second edition?” Jaina asked, raising her eyebrow.

“The chapter about rescuing princesses needed some revision,” Han answered sourly. “Her Worship found a mistake—so she says.”

Leia poked his ribs, “It’s not my fault that you forgot that little run in with an entire hanger full of stormtroopers.”

“It wasn’t that many,” Han argued. “Chewie exaggerated.”

Leia just gave him a look, one that Jaina and Allana mirrored perfectly.

“Besides, I never had time to find a ‘respectable’ job,” Han leaned forward, as if he were about to share a great secret. “These Solo women are always getting into trouble.”

“That is a big lie, Grandpa. You got in plenty of trouble all by yourself,” Allana stated from her seat by her mother. “And Grandma had to save you all the time.”

Han glanced over to Jag, “A little help here?”

“Oh no,” Jaina started before Jag could speak, “You dug your hole.”

Han glared, and then continued, “Next you’re going to criticize my bar fighting.”

“I would never. Screaming and throwing random punches is clearly the best way to handle it,” Leia said with a straight face, but the amusement was clear in her eyes. “Perhaps Jag could give you a few pointers.”

“No thanks. I remember exactly how mean Soontir’s right hook is,” Han said with a slight wince.

“Spoken from experience?” Jag asked, leaning back in his chair.

Jaina rolled her eyes and interrupted what was sure to be some long-winded tirade from her father about sparring at the academy, “Speaking of Jag’s father, they’ll be here for the wedding.”

At the word ‘wedding,’ the other occupants of the room’s attention switched away from the sputtering smuggle. Leia began asking Jag what accommodations his family would need during their stay. Syal and Soontir had no said exactly how long they’re visit would last, but Jaina hoped it was long enough to spend time with them. Though Jag maintained steady communications with them, it’d been far too long since he’d seen them in person.

Soontir received the message about the election before Jaina knew. It wasn’t, as Han said, that Soontir had known a week before it had occurred. Jag had introduced Jaina via holo, but that wasn’t the same as a in-person meeting. If the Fels couldn’t find a way to come out for the wedding, Jaina had already vowed that they would find a way to see them. Jag deserved no less.

After a little more conversation passed about the guest list, Leia moved on to various other topics like the ceremony and much to Allana’s delight, Anji’s role. Given what Tenel Ka and Leia had come up with for the ceremony, everyone felt a little better knowing that the nexu would help keep Allana safe. Jaina’s attention quickly began to waver as she noticed her father’s constant fidgeting.

While Tenel Ka gave Leia more information about the wedding’s location (which eliminated the need to find a place not directly tied to the GA or the Empire), Jaina slipped from her seat and motioned for Han to follow. Knowing what Han’s problem was and sensing nothing was amiss, Leia didn’t so much as blink as Jaina led her father from the room.

Jaina made her way down to the end of the hall and through the plain door. She locked it after Han walked inside. The room was a small observation gallery. They were the only beings in the room. Not even a cleaning droid was present.

“Okay, Dad,” Jaina asked immediately, “What’s going on?”

Han glanced up and then at his daughter, but didn’t speak. He ran a hand through his hair a couple of times before finally asking, “Jaina, are you sure you’re ready for this?”

Jaina had expected questions from several people about not only the idea of her actually going through with it, but also how quickly she and Jag had decided to wed. While Jaina didn’t entertain the time of day to talk to those who felt the need to criticize their relationship, she knew Han’s question was solely based on the need to see his daughter happy.

Fifteen years ago, this conversation would be impossible. Even five years ago, she wouldn’t have been able to sort out and say what it was that Han needed to hear. She took a deep breath, let it out and then another before she spoke.

“I’ve spent the majority of my life feeling as if I had to save everyone. Everyone expected our family to put things right. It was easier to keep fighting than to stop and deal with everything that had happened,” Jaina stopped speaking for a moment. She stood in front of the transparasteel and stared out at open space. “I can’t solve every problem. Neither can Uncle Luke, Ben, you or Mom. Our family isn’t the galaxy’s bandage, scapegoat and savior.

“I can’t explain when it happened, but I realized that I couldn’t be the Jedi I’m supposed to be if I didn’t settle my mind. How could expect to find a peaceful resolution between two groups if I can’t make a logical decision about my own life? If I stay focused on the anger, the destruction that rips through our galaxy, I can only exasperate the problem.

“For too long, I’ve followed Uncle Luke’s prophecy as if it were carved into a mountainside. Prophecies change or become irrelevant. Maybe it became true; maybe it’s yet to pass. A sword doesn’t need to be a weapon. It can be a symbol of peace or strength. I took those words literally—as have others—and felt like my job is to kill anyone who creates a massive mess.”

Jaina’s eyes locked with Han’s, “After everything we’ve through, everything I’ve done to Jag, our paths continue to cross. I am not going to throw away our future out of an irrational fear that the galaxy will stop spinning if I do something for myself. I want to do this, Dad, more than anything.”

Han coughed slightly and then enfolded Jaina in his arms. He didn’t say anything. He didn’t have to; even without the Force Jaina would have understood. He kissed the top of her head a few moments later and pulled back.

“I fully expect you to still hold out,” Jaina told him with a soft smile. “I am your only daughter, after all.”

Han chuckled, “The threat still stands. One false move and-“

“You’ll feed him to a sarlacc,” Jaina said with a slight roll of the eyes. He threw his arm around her shoulder as they walked to the door.

“Nah, Lando acquired some carbonite last month…”

Father and daughter laughed all the way back to the conference room.
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May 22 2012, 03:11 AM #2

Love it!
Attn DelRey: Jag doesn't sparkle. Neither do any of the other Fels.
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May 22 2012, 03:36 AM #3

:applause:
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oldjedinurse
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May 22 2012, 11:27 AM #4

Great job! :D

I love an interesting turn of phrase, like "sputtering smuggle." :waytogo:
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Chimpo
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May 22 2012, 01:47 PM #5

Very nice :D
"I actually like Jaina/Jag best. Because they're such an imperfect fit, unstoppable force vs. unmoveable object, they challenge each other more and make one another cooler." Aaron Allston
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FelsGoddess
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Jun 5 2012, 01:56 AM #6

Thank you very much, all! :D
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Solo_and_Fel
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Jun 12 2012, 11:19 PM #7

“You could follow Han Solo’s Guide to Appear to Be Working Without Actually Holding a Job, second edition,”
:lol: :waytogo: So true.

Always love some good Han and Jaina bonding time. :D
I still want Blood Oath.


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jaynasolofel
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Jun 15 2012, 11:56 AM #8

“I fully expect you to still hold out,” Jaina told him with a soft smile. “I am your only daughter, after all.”
Love the Han and Jaina moments - I agree with Jaina - he may completely support them but still have that dad/daughter thing.

Awesome work, FelsGoddess

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jade51999
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Jun 24 2012, 03:33 AM #9

Glad to have read this. Sorry I did not have a chance to tell you how great it was before we lost you.
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