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Gungan to the left

Dance (G)

By : obaona

Archived on: Monday, September 22, 2003

Mara and Luke among the spires of Coruscant. A stand-alone companion to Gabri_Jade's 'Infinite Possibilities'.

Coruscant is a land of endless spires. For as long as I can remember - for as long as I care to remember, leaving my past in my past - I have known these spires. I would come up here at night, as I do this night, and stare out at the endless spires and the colorful lights set so beautifully and unintentionally against the black of space and the twinkle of the stars. When my training as the Emperor's Hand would become so tough, so demanding that I doubted myself, I would come here.

I would tell myself it was merely to watch arrivals and departures, to become more aware of the maneuverings of the Court. But the truth is I loved the view. The Imperial Palace - now the center of the New Republic - had and still has the best view on the planet. I might as well take advantage of it, now as well as then.

It is just past dusk. The stars are visible just above my head, and the very brightest shine brightly on Coruscant's uneven horizon. Everything has faded from blue, to pink, to a gentle, soft purple. The wind is faint, even at these heights, with all the impediments of the other buildings nearby.

For the first time in months, I smile. It feels wonderful to be up here, and I no longer feel so weighed down by my grief. I will probably be chilled soon, as I am wearing only a simple white tunic and a pair of pants, matched with sandals. It gets cold up here.

Still, it's enjoyable. And I'm glad it takes so much security clearance to get up here, because that means I am often undisturbed.

"Hello, Mara."

I whirl, moving my arm so the blaster strapped to the inside of my wrist will fall into my hand easily. I don't feel any danger, but I don't take chances. Even at my age, sixty-odd-something and counting.

But it is only Luke.

If one can say 'only' of Luke Skywalker. He is dressed in simple black, which I find surprising, considering he spent all those years in Jedi robes. But . . . I first saw him in person in that outfit. Am I getting sentimental? Most definitely. He looks - normal, otherwise. I tell myself not to be surprised. His hair still has the gray, spreading outward from his temples, making him look distinguished. And his eyes are the same - I love those eyes. I love how they have never changed, and that they aren't any different now.

He smiles at me, and I smile back. He holds out his hands, and I don't hesitate for a moment; I take a few quick steps, and cautiously place my hands in his.

It isn't quite what I expected. I can feel his touch, and it's warm. I know I am touching him. Taking his hand more firmly, I squeeze it, and he squeezes back, giving a little laugh.

"Do you remember our dancing lessons?" Luke asks me softly, looking into my eyes, his love for me plain as ever. My straightforward farmboy. "This blatantly romantic setting rather reminds me of it."

I laugh. "I remember you being afraid of your sister setting you up on dates, and desperately asking for help." I pause, and continue more gently. "I remember how I fell in love with you, with each step we took across the dance floor together."

"Together," Luke murmurs, eyes going distant, then he smiles again. His hand comes to rest on the side of my face, and he strokes my cheek. He grins suddenly, and adds, "You were the one who insisted on the dance lessons. Didn't want to be seen with a man with two left feet."

I slap his arm, no longer bothered by the strangeness of touching him. "Skywalker! As I recall, us getting together was more your fault than mine. I'm not the romantic sap in this relationship, farmboy."

He grins again, and we both laugh, sharing a moment of joy as easily as ever. We had so very many. Then his smile fades. "I won't appear to you again," he whispers.

My expression fades with his. "I know," I say sadly. "And I will miss you. I won't have your idealism to balance my pessimism, anymore."

"Life goes on, Mara." He smiles, at peace. He continues softly. "I'll be waiting, my love."

"You better be," I murmur, as he folds his arms around me and brings me close. I rest my head on his shoulder, feeling his strength, knowing I will have to go on without it, for a time. Until I join the Force.

He strokes my back for a few seconds, then draws me back away from him slightly by putting his hands on my shoulders. "But for tonight," he whispers, "let's dance." His lips meet mine, perfectly familiar and perfectly wonderful.

And we dance the night away.

Original cover by obaona. HTML formatting copyright 2003 TheForce.Net LLC.

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Author: Jade the Sith
Date posted: 9/23/2003 8:25:11 AM
Jade the Sith's Comments:

First review!
I loved this-very sweet...sad, which is good. I loved Mara's line "I would have your idealism to balance out my pessimissm anymore"
Well written, and small, good plot-I enjoyed it a lot
Good job!

Author: Mcily Nochi  (signed)
Date posted: 9/23/2003 9:48:24 AM
Mcily Nochi's Comments:

This is lovely! I enjoy how it continues the themes in "Infinite Possibilities" without repeating them. I especially love the last sentence-- the fitting end of a happily ever after.

Author: MoriahthePariah
Date posted: 9/23/2003 11:19:26 AM
MoriahthePariah's Comments:

Oh, that was a nice little twist. Like a sweet version of "The Sixth Sense." Too bad it wasn't a bit longer, to keep me hanging. I didn't figure it out until the end!

Author: obaona  (signed)
Date posted: 9/23/2003 12:22:09 PM
obaona's Comments:

Thanks to all the people that commented!

I just wanted to say thanks to my betas, Burkie and Gabri_Jade. :)

Author: socal-schitzophrenic
Date posted: 9/23/2003 9:13:24 PM
socal-schitzophrenic's Comments:

oh, that was sad, but cool(if that makes any sense). i just love luke/mara mush, it warms my heart. great writing!!!!!!

Author: jaded of mara
Date posted: 9/24/2003 4:24:01 PM
jaded of mara's Comments:

I loved your story, but i'm confused is that an image of luke or what?

Author: Darth_Pepsi
Date posted: 9/24/2003 9:01:40 PM
Darth_Pepsi's Comments:

He's deeeeaaaaddddd... mwa-ha ha ha ha haaaa!
Loved it... incredibly sweet... and it made me cry!

Author: YDM
Date posted: 9/25/2003 3:53:39 PM
YDM's Comments:

soo... i'm a bit confused... is luke dead? that was a bit unclear to me. otherwise, WHAT A SWEET STORY!!

Author: Gabri_Jade  (signed)
Date posted: 9/26/2003 2:31:10 AM
Gabri_Jade's Comments:

I'm so pleased to see this in the Archive, oba! Although I hate to think of Luke's death and Mara's sorrow, this vignette is very eloquent and touching, and perfectly in line with my interpretations of Luke and Mara in 'Infinite Possibilities'. This is just the ending I'd want for them: a lifetime of happiness, and a bond of love that not even death can break. Simply beautiful, dearest.

Author: blazer003
Date posted: 9/26/2003 12:29:49 PM
blazer003's Comments:

Um, yeah he's dead. In "Heir to the Empire" OB-1 comes back one last time to Luke. Luke is doing the same for Mara. He is just like the blue force beings that OB-1, Yoda, and Anakin all turn into. This is a very creative and well written little story, and it sounds so very plausible in the STAR WARS universe, which is what I think that the books and fan fiction should be all about.

Author: padme64
Date posted: 9/26/2003 1:21:01 PM
padme64's Comments:

I loved the story as I was reading it. I was a bit shocked about Luke's death, but you showed how strong Mara is in the story and the love they both shared even in death they could not be parted except in the force.

Author: vadersangel
Date posted: 9/26/2003 2:14:32 PM
vadersangel's Comments:

I so enjoyed your story. It was so beautiful and so touching. Very tender. Well done. :)

Author: Darthdeb
Date posted: 9/26/2003 5:51:32 PM
Darthdeb's Comments:

A sweet story, but sad at the same time. I know that the characters can't live forever but this was well written. Especailly the way Mara was when Luke came back to her as one w/the Force. Well done!!!

Author: Jedi-2B  (signed)
Date posted: 9/27/2003 11:27:51 AM
Jedi-2B's Comments:

Wonderfully sweet little story. Though I hope Luke makes it past his 60's!

Author: LianaMara  (signed)
Date posted: 10/2/2003 5:45:11 PM
LianaMara's Comments:

Congrats on getting this archived, oba! :)

This story is so beautiful, and even though it has a sad ending I think it's wonderful. You captured Mara's personality, and her inner strength, perfectly in such a short vig. But like all your other stories, you describe everything so vividly, so it feels like I'm standing there and watching the whole scene.

And like everyone else has said, the last line is true fairy tale material. Excellent job, dear!

Author: KypKarrde
Date posted: 10/2/2003 10:07:43 PM
KypKarrde's Comments:

Ooooh...I didn't guess this until I finished! Then, of course , I had to go back and read it over again. Nice, how you squeezed so much mileage out of a few paragraphs. good writing.

Author: Archangel
Date posted: 10/4/2003 5:22:41 PM
Archangel's Comments:

...someone needs to get me a hanky, oba.
Awesome, as always.

And email me, before I get bored! ;)

Author: The Stormtrooper Shrink
Date posted: 1/18/2004 12:17:10 AM
The Stormtrooper Shrink's Comments:

"sniff, sniff" ! I loved it...but I *hate* it when Luke dies in fanfiction. That's why I'm reading this stuff, to break me into it when he does it "for real". Thanks for this.

Author: JadeTakashi
Date posted: 6/7/2007 2:21:11 PM
JadeTakashi's Comments:

I'm with the Stormtrooper. I have to read this stuff, so when they kill him off in the actual official productions, i'm prepared. Now that Sacrifice is out...well, i missed that preparation. I mean everyone has to die, but that makes it no easier.

I'm lovin it Obaona. This is a great fic.

Author: Jimmy Pilrose
Date posted: 8/30/2007 9:55:12 PM
Jimmy Pilrose's Comments:

Very, very good. But there is one slight problam... Luke never dies! I love the kissing and muxh beetween Starwars caracters, especialy Luke and Mara but still good, very good. I am like the Master of Star Wars Expanded Universe and movie history of Starwars and even out of all the caracters, Mara Jade is my favrite.

Oh and if you have any questions at all about Starwars Email me and I mean any questions, even the impossible to anwser ones because I'll know it. Email:

Author: darthmatrix101
Date posted: 10/12/2008 7:30:43 PM
darthmatrix101's Comments:

ok let me get this straight...
luke is dead
and he shows up as a force spirit
and he's going to become even more of the force as Obi wan had in ... heir to the empire i think it was??

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