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Gungan to the left

That Kind of Guy (G)

By : SoloGirl

Archived on: Monday, June 2, 2003

How did Leia tell Han she was pregnant? And what was going through his head after he heard the big news? This short, introspective vignette told through Han's eyes attempts to answer those questions.

I've never been one of those guys who sits around and ponders the meaning of life. That's more like my brother-in-law. You might have heard of him; his name's Luke Skywalker. I've seen him argue for hours on destiny, the Force, and a Jedi's place in the galaxy. As for me, I used to believe that destiny didn't exist - that we make our own luck, and it all depends on nothing more than the roll of some huge heavenly dice. But now, after the events of the past few years, I'm not so sure. Anyway, I can tell ya this: trying to figure it all out is more of a headache than I'd volunteer for. So I guess that makes me wonder why exactly I'm sitting here doing just that.

Good question. And the only answer I really have is that I must be getting old. Or maybe Luke has rubbed off on me in the eight years since we've met. Or maybe it has something to do with the fact that Leia should be home soon with dinner and thinking always makes me hungry. I'm gonna go mix a drink.

Here, by the way, is our apartment on Coruscant - mine and Leia's, that is, and I'm just sitting here, waiting for her to get home. Thinking about destiny and the Force always seems to bring my thoughts back to her - but it's not like they don't go there naturally.

If, ten years ago, someone had told me that I'd actually care enough about someone else to rearrange my entire existence for them, the old Han Solo would have laughed in their face. Me, a hero of the Rebel Alliance? Respectable? Settling down with a princess? No way, I'd have said. I'm not that kind of guy.

If the old furball was here, Chewbacca, he'd give me some philosophical crap about life having different plans for us than we have for ourselves. But he's away visiting his family on Kashyyyk. And C-3PO - or Goldenrod, as I like to call him - is powered down in the bedroom because that rattle of his got on my nerves about ten seconds after I got home. So I guess that leaves me alone with my thoughts.

But not for long, because just as I'm thinking this I hear the combination being keyed into the door. I'm no Jedi, but I don't need the Force to know who's on the other side. Leia hesitates in the doorway for a split second before entering. The lights are dimmed, so I can't even see her face, but I know something's wrong. I start to move toward her, but she meets me halfway, almost in a rush.

"Sorry I'm late, but I had an appointment this morning, and then I had to stay late at the office -" I cut her off with a kiss. It takes her by surprise, but that doesn't seem to prevent her from enjoying it.

"Take it easy sweetheart." Now that she's pulled back and I see her face, I can tell that I wasn't quite right. She doesn't seem upset exactly; it's more like...flustered? That surprises me because Leia is usually anything but flustered. I start to ask her what's going on, but my grumbling stomach changes my mind and I say instead, "I just got home a few minutes ago anyway. And I'm starved. What's for dinner?" Those brown eyes of hers - probably the first thing about her I fell in love with - widen in horror and almost fill with tears. She claps a hand to her mouth and whispers from behind it.

"I forgot to pick something up..." Okay, now I definitely know something's going on. I've seen Leia cry before, but never over something as trivial as whether or not her husband gets to eat. We have definitely got to talk about these mood swings she's been having lately. I sling an arm around her shoulders and lead her to the couch.

"Hey, Princess, it's okay. Threepio can whip something up. No problem." Lucky for me, there is one thing in the galaxy Goldenrod is good for: he's an amazing cook. We figured out a long time ago that someone must have programmed him to do all kinds of household chores, because he's surprisingly good at it. Leia nods, makes a visible effort to pull herself together, and manages a smile as she goes to power him on and program him.

Half an hour later, after dinner is under way, I'm still completely in the dark. Leia's been so quiet all evening that I don't know what to think. And uncertainty is something I've never dealt with well. I figured she would tell me about whatever was bothering her when she was ready, but so far, no such luck. So I try the subtle approach.

"Leia?" She glances up from the food she's pushing around on her plate.


"Whatcha thinkin' 'bout?" Caught off-guard, she glances up quickly and looks away, her eyes refusing to meet mine. So much for being subtle.

"I'm just wondering how the plans for Luke's Jedi academy are going." It was almost a normal tone of voice, but I can barely keep my smirk from showing. Nice try, Princess, but I know you too well.



"How dumb do you think I am?" She sighs and finally looks into my eyes, and I'm touched by the conflicting eagerness and hesitation I see in their depths. I lean across the table to take her hand in mine. "Just talk to me, sweetheart." She closes her eyes and takes a deep breath. Panic starts to take a hold of me. I try to rack my brain for anything that could have gone wrong in the past few weeks. Nothing. Finally her eyes open. She seems calmer now, more in control; and at the hint of a smile that touches her lips, I relax slightly.

"Han, you know that cargo hold in the Millennium Falcon?" Leia and the Falcon. Somehow I don't like those words in the same sentence. My eyes narrow suspiciously as I remember her previous comments about my ship. The words 'bucket of bolts' and 'hunk of junk' come to mind, but I nod.

"Yeah..." Her smile grows, but it's still a little uncertain. Without looking, I know she's twisting her napkin round and round her fingers under the table. It's a nervous habit she has, but she usually keeps it pretty well in check.

"Well, we'll have to fix it into a nursery." Huh? Is all I can think, but she's looking at me anxiously as if she's expecting me to do something. The tension in the room is so thick you can practically cut it with a vibroblade.

"Why would we need a nursery? Is someone having a..." I trail off as the realization hits me.

"Because I doubt you'd want to leave our children in Luke's capable hands when we travel." It takes a second for me to process that, and while that second goes by I stare at her in disbelief and she stares back at me with a hopeful expression that belies her casual words. Children. I'm gonna be a dad. All of a sudden, the guy who never cared about anyone for the first thirty-odd years of his existence is gonna have a little life depending entirely on him for everything.


It almost seems too good to be true, doesn't it? I mean, what did I ever do to deserve this woman and this future? I don't usually get modest, but the idea of having a child who's a part of both me and Leia, someone who combines the best parts of our souls with our most human's just so amazing that I'm speechless.

Leia's voice breaks into my thoughts.

"Han? What do you think?" I lean across the table to kiss her. It's sweet and warm, just like the promise of a future that we're destined to share together.

"I hope he has your eyes..."

A couple of hours later, me and Leia are lying on the couch. Her head is resting on my chest, and my arms are wrapped around her like I'm never gonna let her go. That's when the exact wording of her sentence comes back to me, and I jump up.

"Hey, Leia, did you say children?" Her eyes fill with mischief.


"As in plural?" She nods and grins.

"As in twins." Twins. We're gonna have twins. I can barely believe it.

"Are you kidding?"

"Do I look like I'm kidding?" She demands playfully, with one eyebrow raised, and taking a good, long look at her, I hafta admit she doesn't look like it. I glance down at her still-flat stomach and gingerly put my hand on it.

"Can I feel them yet?" She laughs.

"Considering the fact that it's been less than a month, I'd be a little worried if you could."


"But you can feel this," she murmurs, leaning forward again for another kiss.

I'll admit it, the thought of kids scares the hell outta me. I mean, I've been knocking around this galaxy for long enough to find out just how harsh it can be. Am I really ready to bring two other beings into it? What if I turn out to be a lousy dad and I can't prepare them for life? What if I can't relate to the Jedi powers they're gonna have?

Either Leia can sense my doubts, or she just knows me as well as I know her, because she looks up at me again and flashes that sweet, serene smile that so few people get to see.

"You are going to be a great father. They'll love you as much as I do." I grin down at her, confidence restored.

"Oh yeah? And how do you know that?" She shrugs and winks, in a fair imitation of me. And that's when I start to wonder if maybe her Jedi powers picked up on some of my previous thoughts.

"I guess you're just that kind of guy."

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

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Author: Lady Padme  (signed)
Date posted: 6/2/2003 9:10:52 PM
Lady Padme's Comments:

Bounces up and down excitedly. I'm so glad this fic got in. I just loved it! Wonderful, wonderful characterization all around! Great job!

Author: Emmi
Date posted: 6/3/2003 8:07:32 AM
Emmi's Comments:

This was such a sweet fanfic! I love seeing that side of Han-it's a side I can never quite capture myself, and I have utter respect for anyone who can! Way to go! I'd love to see more!

Author: yodiss
Date posted: 6/3/2003 2:41:16 PM
yodiss's Comments:

wow!!!!!! luvs it! characterization was great--you totally captured both han's and leia's (and even luke's) characters! i love how you even got han's insufferable sense of humor and drawl in there. you're a fantastic writer. rock on!

Author: Dude
Date posted: 6/3/2003 5:23:57 PM
Dude's Comments:

This is a very cool story. Really good.

Author: starzgrl
Date posted: 6/3/2003 5:30:43 PM
starzgrl's Comments:

omg! im halfway through the story and i just realized that i beta- read this fanfic! congrats sologirl! you did it! like i said before... great story! keep it up!

Author: Blazer
Date posted: 6/4/2003 1:12:01 PM
Blazer's Comments:

Beautiful! Wonderful work! I know someone said it before, but you crafted a great piece of work with Han and Leia being presented with totally real characters. I throughly enjoyed the way you crafted their pictures. You painted them the way they are percieved in the movies! Great job! I loved it!

Author: C3SoloP0
Date posted: 6/4/2003 6:57:55 PM
C3SoloP0's Comments:

This was great.....I really love Leia and Han fics....and the thoughts going through Han's head are great....a wonderful protrayal of both characters....:)

Author: Forcebewitya
Date posted: 6/4/2003 7:12:19 PM
Forcebewitya's Comments:

Hey! great story I like it! I think that it really captured Hans character I can see him thinking that kind of stuff, good job!


Author: JediPug1  (signed)
Date posted: 6/4/2003 7:48:55 PM
JediPug1's Comments:

That was so sweet it made me cry! Han & Leia are captured so well by you. Great job!!

Author: Sebulba2179
Date posted: 6/4/2003 8:05:05 PM
Sebulba2179's Comments:

Wowwww...aww, that was so cute! :D I always wondered how Leia broke the news, too, and what our favourite scoundrel would say. Now I'm not wondering anymore. Terrific missing scene - one H/L viggie to rule them all. ;) Great job!

Author: Jedisister
Date posted: 6/4/2003 9:29:33 PM
Jedisister's Comments:

That was too cute!! Had tears in my eyes at how sweet it was!! I really liked it and the way you wrote too, with it being Han's thoughts. Great Job!! This was a great little fic!

Author: Savage
Date posted: 6/5/2003 9:31:30 AM
Savage's Comments:

This was a real hot story, dawg. Keep that ish up. Could have been a little longer, but it was still good

Author: darthdeb
Date posted: 6/7/2003 5:37:52 PM
darthdeb's Comments:

Great story!!!!!!! I really enjoyed it.
It captured Han's personality. Keep up the good work. Looking foward to reading more of your stories

Author: Lord_Head
Date posted: 6/8/2003 11:34:30 AM
Lord_Head's Comments:

i like it!! shows the soft side of han, which is hard to think about, but very soothing, knowing the ol' smuggler knows how to take care of his responsibilities. u should write another one from his perspective, that would be fun to read.

Author: SoloGirl (the author)
Date posted: 6/8/2003 11:41:47 AM
SoloGirl (the author)'s Comments:

Wow guys, I'm really flattered and glad that you liked my story! I struggled with it for a long time, until I realized that the only way I could make it work was to write from Han's perspective. I was a little intimidated at first, but I really enjoyed it and I'm glad you all did too! Big thanks go to my wonderful betas and fabulous cover artist!!

Author: KypDurronJedi
Date posted: 6/9/2003 2:27:34 AM
KypDurronJedi's Comments:

Great story! Love it how you portrayed Leia and especially Han. One mistake though: The part where Leia says she's thinking about Luke's Jedi Academy, well, Luke had not started thinking about it yet. Before "Heir to the Empire" they're already waiting for twins and Luke still thinks that he'll be the last of the jedi. This is until Luke sees Obi-Wan for the last time in a dream, of course. But no harm done, it was well written.

Author: Lord Bane Kronos
Date posted: 6/10/2003 9:11:05 PM
Lord Bane Kronos's Comments:

I liked the whoa it was verry neo but also somthing I could see han saying keep up the good work

Author: Mcily Nochi  (signed)
Date posted: 8/13/2003 11:25:51 PM
Mcily Nochi's Comments:

Awwwwww . . .

*clears throat and tries to think of something more coherent to say*



Author: Fran
Date posted: 9/26/2003 6:27:59 AM
Fran's Comments:

Awww, super sweet! Nice one for a good bit of fluffy easy-reading. Lovely! :)

Author: Tavae Themisal  (signed)
Date posted: 10/15/2003 1:40:01 PM
Tavae Themisal's Comments:

Alrighty, nice capture of the hormonal roller coaster that comes with pregnancy. Shoot I remember that a certain tech almost....ahh but I digress. Well done.

Author: monkeygirl
Date posted: 11/12/2003 8:20:16 AM
monkeygirl's Comments:

very cute story!

when I came to the end of the story I thought, what?!!

that's the end!
I love han in all the star wars movies he played and it was nice to see his point of view!
Wish there was a sequel *Hint Hint*

Author: Layren
Date posted: 4/21/2004 9:05:52 AM
Layren's Comments:

Awwwww that was so cute!!!!!! brilliant job!!!!

Author: GoddessOfImaginaryLight
Date posted: 12/4/2004 6:03:39 PM
GoddessOfImaginaryLight's Comments:

awwwwww....this was so good! i loved how han took a while to click to what leia was saying.. so like him.... ur characterisation was accurate, and u generally wrote a really swwet story... i want more!! the trilogy timothy zahn wrote was great... but not enough fluff!! i want fluff!!
brooke chook

Author: jabba  (signed)
Date posted: 2/13/2005 7:46:50 PM
jabba's Comments:

nice.... very nice i really like this fan-fic i really like the way you portrayed both characters very very well done! :)

Author: Cheryn
Date posted: 3/19/2005 7:28:02 PM
Cheryn's Comments:

Nicely done.

(JUst so you know, this has been explained in one of the books. I cannot recall the title, but it was the trilogy written by Timothy Zahn, wherein Jaine, Jacen, and Anakin Solo are born.

REspectfully yours,
CAn avid Star Wars Fan

Author: han solo fan
Date posted: 4/16/2005 7:48:52 AM
han solo fan's Comments:

Mmmmmm....... Brilliant! Sounds so ...Han and Leia, if u catch my drift. 1 of my favourites!

Author: Catherine
Date posted: 1/11/2006 10:21:29 AM
Catherine's Comments:

I just love it! I've always knew there's a daddy-feelings in him...somewhere...(And hello to Czech Republic!)

Author: PadmeJade
Date posted: 2/17/2007 6:09:35 PM
PadmeJade's Comments:

I love how you portray Han and Leia's Characters. Very well done! and I like how for once a story is told from Han's POV

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