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New Jedi Order: Back to Bakura
Galaxies still spun and the universe continued against all odds. Moons
fell, worlds were raped and reshaped and yet despite all the terrible
events, life continued as it always had, among and under the stars.
Peoples still laughed, fought, and cried in spite of or maybe because of
the Yuzhhan Vong invasion. Among these many people was Jaina Solo.
After the almost total destruction of the Vong forces at Borealis, Jaina
and the rest of her squadron had been given a brief reprieve. Jaina had
decided to go to Lando Calrissian's party with a member of her squadron,
Colonel Jagged Fel. Now six hours later they lay on the flat roof of the
biotics building holding hands and simply staring up at the stars. Both
had grown very quite and neither seemed ready to break the silence until
Jaina sat up suddenly peering at Jag. Her face was very serious when she
looked up at him.
"Jag," she asked softly, "What is this?"
"What is what, Goddess?"
"This. Us. I mean, I don't know, I mean what are we doing?"
"I'm not really sure, Jaina. I like you. I like you a lot and I want us
to stay alive long enough to figure that out. For now, I'm just your
boyfriend, the guy who wants to be there for you no matter what."
Jaina just sat there for a moment and Jag began to worry, but then smiled
when he saw Jaina fighting sleep. He picked her up gently and flashed a
smile when she demanded to know what he was doing.
"I'm delivering you to your quarters so you can get some sleep."
"I could get used to this you know," she said as she relaxed and snuggled
into his arms.
The next morning she woke with a pounding headache, most likely from the
large quantity of brandy she had drunk the night before. The pounding
intensified and Jaina suddenly realized that someone was at the door.
She glanced down at her clothing and realized that she still wore the same
clothes as the night before and growled out, "Blaster bolts just wait a
minute I'm coming."
She staggered out of bed and lurched to the door coming up sharply when it
opened to reveal her mother. "Oh hi Mom," was all she could think of to
Her mother glanced at her for a moment taking in the details and then asked
"Definitely. I'm going to have to kill Jag, once the room stops spinning
that is. One should not get a goddess that drunk."
"That bad, huh? I've had some pretty bad ones. Your father got me so
drunk after Endor." Jaina looked at her foggily and then Leia realized
that conversation was futile. "Well all right, sweetie, I'll go and let
you sleep it off. I just came by to tell you that your father and I are
"Okay, Mom," she mumbled, "see you later. I love you," Jaina finished
groggily already staggering back over to the bed, almost asleep.
Later that day, when Jaina finally left her quarters, she almost fell on
top of Kyp Durron who was sitting outside her quarters
"Kyp," she asked bemused, "why are you meditating in the hall?"
"To better serve you, Goddess, I am after all your porter."
Jaina grimaced at the memory of that conversation with Jag and finally
snapped to the present as Kyp started talking. "Well I don't think what I
said was that bad, Great One. Tel must have really done a number on you
Jaina whirled around to face him. "How do you know about that? You
weren't even there."
"I saw your parents leave and they 'suggested' that I check on you because
you didn't look to great."
"Where were they going?" Jaina asked with a sudden change of topic.
Kyp took a minute to think and then said, "I'm not sure. General Antilles
would probably know."
"Like I'm going to talk to my commanding officer while I'm off duty."
"So what are you going to do?"
"Right now I'm going to go eat."
"Well I'll see you later the, Goddess, I'm going to go make some
modifications on my x-wing."
"All right Kyp, I'll see you at the briefing tonight."
Jaina sighed as she exited the mess hall, after eating the stuff they
called food. She was unsure what to do now. Previously when she had leave
she would spend time with whatever of her family or childhood friends that
were present. However they were all off world. In fact, her only
childhood friend on planet was Zeke and she wasn't certain she wanted to
face him yet.
She began walking aimlessly, trying to decide what to do with her time when
she realized that she was headed outside, towards the forest. The part of
the forest was relatively safe, she knew. It had been cleaned out by the
ground soldiers as one of the few areas that had been spared total
destruction by the orbital bombardments. So she began to enter the forest,
it wasn't something she would normally do. In fact, it had always been
more Jacen's style to wander through forests, but then again, she thought,
perhaps that was why she was doing it.
Just as she was about to enter the forest, she heard someone yell quietly,
She whirled around hand automatically dropping to her lightsaber. "Jag,"
she hissed, "don't do that to me. I'm supposed to be relaxing here."
"I'm sorry, Great One, I'll leave you alone to relax in that case," and he
turned and began to walk away again.
"Hey wait, Fel, what did you want?"
"Well then why don't you come with me."
"I would but I'm really not much of a forest person myself. I had a few
bad experiences with them as a kid."
Jaina sighed and looked away. "Well I can understand that, I'm not
either." She turned away from him to start into the woods, but he stopped
her with a hand on her arm and a quiet question.
"Then whey are you going?"
She looked down at her shoes the said, "Jacen loved forests and the new
life forms within them." Her quiet statement shook him deeply and he began
to truly understand what she was doing and how significant her invitation
to join her was.
"Jaina," Jag said slowly and quietly, "if you don't mind I would be honored
to accompany you."
She started, surprised at his use of her first name and then simply held
her hand out to him in acceptance. As they picked their way through the
forest, Jag glanced over at her several times before finally asking her the
question burning in his mind.
"Would you tell me about him?"
Jaina remained silent for a long moment and Jag feared that he had gone too
far, but then, slowly she began to speak. "He, he was my twin brother,
five or ten minutes younger than me. We were very close as children and
had an incredibly strong force bond. Our parents weren't around a lot so
we often turned to each other for anything we needed. We were kidnapped
several times in our life and it was always me that protected them. I was
the oldest and it was my responsibility and now they're both gone."
By the time she finished this confession tears were streaming down her
face. They had stopped walking and Jag simply folded her into an embrace,
letting her cry. When she had recovered slightly, he started to release
her, to talk to her, when the world suddenly went black for them.
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