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Gungan to the left

Mechanical Spirit (G)

By : Persephone_Kore

Archived on: Monday, February 19, 2007

In which Han is attempting to repair the Millennium Falcon, Luke is amused, and Anakin's ghost wants to play with the shiny engines.

"Bring it back without a scratch, my--ow!"

Han's irritated mutter broke off in a yelp as the fused panel he'd been coaxing loose from the Millennium Falcon also broke off and went zinging across the hangar.

There was a smack, a huff, and Luke said, "You know, I can come back later. You don't have to throw things."

Han could hear him not trying very hard to keep from snickering, which probably meant he wasn't hurt. "Didn't mean to throw it, kid. It got away from me." He extricated himself from the Falcon's innards and poked his head out the hatch. "Sorry about that."

"No problem. Want a hand?"

"I don't need a hand, I need a parts warehouse." Han jumped down and sighed. "I don't know, maybe a lightsaber would help. Most of the access panels in the rear half of the ship are slagged or fused shut; I can't even get to where the worst engine damage ought to be." He gave the hull an affectionate slap. "But she still flies! ...For now. And Leia calls her a piece of junk."

Luke only shook his head and smiled.

Han tapped at a half-slagged exterior panel and tried prying open the engine compartment from this new angle.

"Well," Luke remarked, "Lando Calrissian flew it into the Death Star and out again while it was blowing up."

Han turned to stare at him. "I know that." He felt a faint electrical tingle and frowned up at his ship. "Feels like a short in there, maybe...."

"Um, no." Luke laughed a bit sheepishly. "I wasn't talking to you. I don't think that was an electrical short, either."

Han made a show of looking around the hangar and peering under the belly of the Falcon. "We're the only ones here, Luke."

"No. My father's here."


Luke sat down on a bench, winced, and removed a wrench from underneath him. "My father. Anakin Skywalker." A smile. "Not Darth Vader anymore. Jedi can become one with the Force when they die, and still be... part of the world. Able to appear and talk." He paused. "Kind of translucent and blue, like a hologram image, but a lot better quality."

"All right, Luke, I've admitted this Force business is real, I've seen you wave things around in the air without touching them... but you're telling me your father, Darth Vader, is roaming around on my ship as a ghost?" Han shook his head. "I don't do ghost stories. Did they give you painkillers when you visited medical? You sound kinda loopy." His eyes narrowed. "Did you actually visit medical?"

"I visited medical! And I am not loopy on painkillers." Luke paused. "Or on pain. I'm fine, honestly."

"So you're asking me to believe--" He followed Luke's gaze. Through the hatch. "That Darth Vader is on my ship?"

"Anakin Skywalker," Luke corrected him, "and... well, yeah. He says he's jealous."

"...Jealous?" Han asked suspiciously.

"He likes the ship. Says it doesn't look like junk if you like engines." Luke tilted his head and peered further in. "And he wishes he could be solid again and work on it."

"Ohhhh no," Han said. "No way." No way was Vader going to play with his ship.

Luke was laughing again. "Obi-Wan told me he was a good pilot. He says he was a good mechanic, too."

"I don't care if he was a good mechanic!"

"He says--" Luke's eyes widened, and he doubled over. "You're kidding!" he called.

Han looked from Luke, wheezing on the bench, to where the ghost of Darth Vader was supposedly prowling his ship. "Fine, I'll bite. What's he kidding about?"

Luke got control of himself, though tears were still leaking out of his eyes. "He says, when he was a kid on Tatooine, he built C3PO out of scrap parts."

Han whirled and climbed back into his ship. "You tell your dad's ghost," he called out, "three things."

"He can hear you," Luke told him.

"Whatever. First, I'm not surprised Threepio came off a scrap heap. Second, what did a kid on Tatooine want with a prissy protocol droid?"

"I think that's what he had parts for."

"And third," Han said, ignoring this and sticking his head briefly back out, "tell him, I've met Threepio. I've spent a lot of time with Threepio. And if he's presenting Threepio as an example of his mechanical skills...." He took a deep breath. "Then that is NOT A RECOMMENDATION!"

Original cover by Persephone_Kore. HTML formatting copyright 2006 TheForce.Net LLC.

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Author: Dreagoddess
Date posted: 2/19/2007 9:41:38 PM
Dreagoddess's Comments:

*gigglefits* I absolutely adore Han here. And Anakin. He comes across so well, even just with Luke translating things. I can so picture him coming back as a ghost and the thing he wants most to do is be solid so he can tinker!

Author: DarthIshtar  (signed)
Date posted: 2/19/2007 10:23:36 PM
DarthIshtar's Comments:

This definitely made me laugh. Luke...I'm not sure how to describe that bit...

Author: VaderLVR64  (signed)
Date posted: 2/20/2007 9:53:18 AM
VaderLVR64's Comments:

"And third," Han said, ignoring this and sticking his head briefly back out, "tell him, I've met Threepio. I've spent a lot of time with Threepio. And if he's presenting Threepio as an example of his mechanical skills...." He took a deep breath. "Then that is NOT A RECOMMENDATION!"

Can't say I blame him there! Loved it!!!

Author: JediClaire
Date posted: 2/22/2007 8:37:38 AM
JediClaire's Comments:

Brillant! I just wish the story was a bit longer, then I could have giggled longer as well!

Author: LLL
Date posted: 2/22/2007 7:18:33 PM
LLL's Comments:

Isn't this a GAS?? I love this story!!

Author: Kadi-Ahn_Tanye
Date posted: 2/23/2007 11:49:29 AM
Kadi-Ahn_Tanye's Comments:

There is only one word I can think of to describe this story.


Author: Padema
Date posted: 2/23/2007 3:14:40 PM
Padema's Comments:


Author: Arwen Skywalker  (signed)
Date posted: 2/23/2007 10:18:10 PM
Arwen Skywalker's Comments:

LOL!!! I love Han yelling "that is not a recomendation!". I LOLed so hard! Great Fic. Poor ANi, nothing to fix. :D

Author: Nienna Narmolanya  (signed)
Date posted: 2/27/2007 7:08:24 PM
Nienna Narmolanya's Comments:

*falls off chair laughing*
That was amazing, Persephone, and just what I needed after a stressful day at school. The last line was my favorite - a great clincher - but the whole story was excellent. :-)

Nice job!

Author: Zonoma  (signed)
Date posted: 3/6/2007 7:06:53 PM
Zonoma's Comments:

This was the first thing I read after an unexpected hiatus from SW fanfic and it left such a smile on my face! I loved poor Han in this. Great characterization! Thanks for the pick me up.!!!

Author: SugarBant Jinn  (signed)
Date posted: 3/8/2007 11:14:48 PM
SugarBant Jinn's Comments:

LOL! I can sympathize with Han here - those are my sentiments exactly!

I loved it! very well written, and the characterization was good!

Author: me_luv_darth_squishy
Date posted: 3/30/2007 6:02:40 PM
me_luv_darth_squishy's Comments:

I gotta agree w/Zonama...for a first fanfic after an accidental break from Star Wars, I am IMPRESSED!!!!

i fell out of my chair, honestly.


Author: marajader2d2
Date posted: 4/2/2007 10:55:35 PM
marajader2d2's Comments:

thats rofl HILARIOUS!!!!! a true work of art, everybody comes together and the characters are GREAT!!!!!

Author: Jturtle  (signed)
Date posted: 4/9/2007 7:43:45 PM
Jturtle's Comments:


Last line was my absolute favorite.

Author: Aiel
Date posted: 4/12/2007 1:28:11 AM
Aiel's Comments:

Absolutely wonderful, funny, short sharp and shiny.

Well done!

Author: Jewelle
Date posted: 5/25/2007 4:41:35 PM
Jewelle's Comments:

this is flippin funny! I love it! this is by far my favorite fanfiction that I've read.

Author: Master Senya Analandi  (signed)
Date posted: 6/7/2007 7:29:15 PM
Master Senya Analandi's Comments:

Perfect!!!!! This was one of the first fan fics I've read and I fell of my chair laughing!!! :D Love the last line!!!!!

Author: leia's_sister  (signed)
Date posted: 8/13/2007 8:00:16 AM
leia's_sister's Comments:

i roflmao'd so much i needed the toilet afterwards!!! loved the last line!!!!!!

Author: jedigirl
Date posted: 11/3/2007 12:27:48 AM
jedigirl's Comments:

THAT WAS HILARIOUS! I can just imagine the look on Han's face when he heaard that bt 'bout Ani building 3PO. That was completely the wrong thing for Ani to say. ;)

Author: Gerarra Flur
Date posted: 1/17/2008 11:48:07 AM
Gerarra Flur's Comments:

*splitting her sides*
HA Solo! Now YOU have to get your teeth shocked out of your head by the Falcon's evil fuses!
Oops.... Ahem.
Well to say the least, I loved it! You've got Han's character down to the final egotistic note. I applaud you on this. I only wish there were more, my fine fan-ficing friend. (say that ten times fast)

the G'sy and ex-Jedi,
Gerarra Flur

Author: wover30  (signed)
Date posted: 3/4/2008 10:03:19 AM
wover30's Comments:

I can just imagine Anakin pouting after Han's speech to Luke. Grins. My theory is that Han hasn't felt the power of the force and will give in eventually to Anakin. Muahahaha.
Hem. Now that my insane moment is over, great job, great writing and great humor!


Author: jfreake2004  (signed)
Date posted: 3/21/2011 4:45:29 PM
jfreake2004's Comments:

*wipes tears from eyes*

Oh, you got Han down to the tee!! I loved this fic! Great job!

I really needed this after a hectic day at work!

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