|Sithlords and Holoshows
Author: GreatOne PM
Leia finds out about her husband's childhood in a unusual manner. Post ROTJ Fluffysilly viggie. there isn't a catagory for silly fluff..hehe. All characters belong to LFL, and I am not making any money off these storiesRated: Fiction K+ - English - Han S. & Leia O. - Words: 1,547 - Reviews: 18 - Favs: 17 - Follows: 1 - Published: 09-06-04 - Status: Complete - id: 2046403
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Set after ROTJ. Han and Leia have been married for four years.
Sith Lords and HoloShows
President-elect Leia Organa Solo's day had been extremely busy, and this was the first chance she had to actually sit down. Her feet throbbed, so she slid her shoes off under her desk, shut her eyes and leaned back into the comfortable chair. Within the month, she would be taking over the Presidency from Mon Mothma, who had declined another term. With three year old twins and Anakin, still a baby at sixteen months, Leia had doubts about whether she should take on the enormous task of the Presidency.
Han, however, had been surprisingly supportive, even though he visibly cringed every time the holonews referred to him as the First Husband. "How many husbands do you plan on having after me?" he had jokingly asked his wife. "That depends on how suspicious people get between poisonings," Leia had replied, managing to keep her face serious.
The buzzer rang on her desk, and Leia reached over. "Yes?"
"Leia, it's me," Luke's voice came on the comm. "Can you turn on the holonet?" His voice sounded odd.
"Sure, what frequency?"
Leia pressed the button, and coded seventy-two into the console. Immediately a holonet program that Leia had only seen one time shimmered into focus. It was a tabloid type show that featured obnoxious beings, usually screaming, swearing in dozens of languages, and throwing things at each other and the audience - The Herild Starlite Show. A hard looking, overweight woman with loud clothing sat next to the host. "Seventy-two?" Leia double checked with Luke. "Are you sure? This is nothing but a trashy talk show."
"Just listen, and call me back if you get a chance," Luke replied, his voice still sounding strange.
Leia sat back and listened. As the loud woman talked, Leia felt her body tense and her arms tingle.
"So," the tall male host was saying, "you grew up with our new First Husband, Han Solo?"
"Yes, we were both orphans on a freighter called Trader's Luck," she replied.
"Orphans? Who took care of you then?"
"The ship's Captain, a real Hutt's butt by the name of Shrike."
The audience shrieked at the description. Leia leaned forward and felt her heart start beating faster. Han was an extremely private person, and he had never been able to talk about his childhood to her. To have his past aired for the entire galaxy to hear was simply going to tear him up. And Leia knew the only reason this woman was on this terrible show, telling everyone about Han Solo, was because he was married President Leia Organa Solo.
"We were all forced to beg on the streets when we were little, to raise money for Garris Shrike," she went on. "And as soon as we got a little older, we were taught how to pickpocket tourists, and steal from merchants."
"That's interesting. We all knew Solo had a colorful past. I guess his life of crime started at an early age," the host intoned, trying to be somber although his face betrayed his glee at nabbing this interview. "How did this Shirke person end up with orphans, Madam Delcie?"
"He found us wandering on the streets," Delcie replied. "Most of us were starving when he stole us, so we thought things were going to get better with Shrike. Except it didn't"
"Nah, that creep beat up on us orphans all the time, when we didn't make him enough credits during the day, or the ones that had the spunk to fight back. Believe me, Solo was always getting beat up for having a sassy mouth on him."
Leia watched the rest of the holoshow, numb. She had always suspected her husband's childhood had been bad, but to find out he was continually abused, both physically and mentally, as a child shocked her. Watching the interview had made Leia realize why her husband had built so many walls around his heart, and why it had taken him so long to lower those barriers. The fact that he not only survived his childhood, but turned into a caring man with a sense of humor made the Princess proud. Leia knew it had taken a great deal of internal strength to be able to overcome that kind of beginning. It was only the loud buzzing of her comink that jolted her back to the present.
"President Organa Solo?" her secretary began. "The comlink lines are going crazy. Holo reporters are demanding to talk to you."
"Put them off, Kari," Leia asked quietly. "I'm taking the rest of the day off."
Leia headed for the private berth that held the old freighter.