|Race Against Time
Author: Charlie Hayden PM
Three heroes are thrust into the past to stop the darkness from spreading across the galaxy. On Hiatus.Rated: Fiction T - English - Chapters: 24 - Words: 116,071 - Reviews: 272 - Favs: 144 - Follows: 184 - Updated: 06-16-10 - Published: 09-04-08 - id: 4519603
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A/N:This is a new story that I thought of. I wanted to do another time travel story and this is the result. I wasn't sure what decade that I wanted to travel to but after reading an unfinished fic on here I thought that the timeline that I will be taking a turn in would prove interesting. I already have so much written for this story it isn't even funny. I hope that you enjoy this story.
"Vader is here...now, on this moon."
"How do you know?"
"I felt his presence. He's come for me. He can feel when I'm near. That's why I have to go. As long as I stay, I'm endangering the group and our mission here. I have to face him."
"He's my father."
"There's more. It won't be easy for you to hear it, but you must. If I don't make it back, you're the only hope for the Alliance."
"Luke, don't talk that way. You have a power I--I don't understand and could never have."
"You're wrong, Leia. You have that power too. In time you'll learn to use it as I have. The Force is strong in my family. My father has it...I have it...and...my sister has it."
"Yes. It's you Leia."
Leia replayed this conversation inside her head growing more distraught and determined by the second. The very fact that Luke had turned himself into the Empire to face that monster distraught her. The fact that the monster was his father- their father- was unconceivable and sent a shiver down her spine. She could believe that Luke was her brother. It explained the strong connection she felt with him, a connection like she hadn't felt before. But for Darth Vader to be their father, she didn't want to believe it. But Luke did and he was going to try to save him. Leia was sure that this could very well be the biggest mistake of his life and could very well could be his last one. Leia couldn't let Luke face this alone. Not with the amount of times that he wouldn't let her face danger alone. She also couldn't take it if she lost Luke, not now, not ever. That was why she left the strike team to follow her brother, barely explaining it to Han. Han, how could she tell him about Vader? How could she tell anyone? It was a moment like this when she wished that her adoptive parents were alive, so she could ask them about this, if they even knew.
It was nothing short of a miracle that she hadn't been noticed yet. After getting into the Imperial base, Leia mostly stuck to the shadows and thanks to the empires stark and dark interior design, she was able to go unnoticed, covering herself up in a black cloak. Luke's cloak. She overheard several imperials talking about a rebel who turned himself into the empire and that Vader had taken him to the Death Star. Leia had to get to the Death Star. She had to get Luke off of there before it was destroyed. As she made her way through the base, she saw her opportunity. A shuttle taking supplies to the Death Star, she had to hurry and hopefully she wouldn't get caught.
Leia raced as fast as she could through the Death Star without getting caught. Somehow she could feel everything that Luke was feeling. Anger, adrenaline, determination, revulsion, then serenity. As she neared the throne room she suddenly felt as though Luke was in pain, horrible pain. Leia raced harder to get to him, she didn't even think about what she was doing when she saw the emperor's royal guards. Because if she thought about she most likely couldn't do what she did but instinct told her what to do and that instruct sounded strangely like a voice she had heard her father speaking to over a communications console, telling her what to do. Before she could register what she had done the royal guards were shoved aside and against the walls. Leia didn't allow herself time to think as she burst into the throne room in time to see the Emperor torturing Luke and before she could even move she saw something that if she didn't see it with her own two eyes, she wouldn't have believed it. Vader had picked the emperor up and tossed him down the reactor shaft before collapsing, freeing Luke from whatever torture he was under.
Leia raced over to her brother. "Luke!" she called skidding to a halt to help him stand.
"What are you doing here?" Luke asked. "You're supposed to be helping the others."
"Did you honestly think that I was going to let you hand yourself over to the enemy without a fight?" Leia retorted as he got to his feet.
Luke ignored her comment as he rushed over to help Vader who hadn't gotten up. Leia stood there, unable to move, unwilling to help but when Luke looked over to her, she knew what he was going to ask without him saying anything.
"We need to get off of here and fast," she said. "Han had just gotten into the base when I left."
"Leia," Luke said moving to help Vader to stand "help me."
Leia just stood there for a moment looking at them. Mixed emotions running through her but then Luke met her eyes and she found her feet, moving to help. Together, she and Luke hurried to get out of there with an injured Vader holding them down.
"How did you get here?" Luke asked.
"I improvised," Leia told him.
Luke nodded in understanding. He then look away, getting a far away look in his eyes. "We better hurry!" he said urgently.
Leia could feel it too and the two of them pressed the pace to get to the hanger. Leia didn't even think about what she was doing because if she did, she didn't think that she could continue. Because if she even began thinking about how she was helping Vader to escape doom then she very well could freeze in what she was doing.
By the time that they reached the hanger, Vader seemed to be getting weaker by the moment, the sound of his mechanical breathing becoming even more erratic. But as they entered the hanger, none of the officers seemed to take notice. Perhaps they didn't care or was Vader's presence keeping their escape from being questioned? Leia couldn't decide on the matter.
"We need to find an empty shuttle!" Luke told her.
"Can you even fly one?" Leia asked.
"I think that, that question is irrelevant," Luke told her seriously, looking her in the eye.
"Then I'll leave it up to you," Leia told him as they made their way towards a shuttle. Thankfully it was still empty. Leia reached over once they were on board to close the ramp before helping her brother to deposit Vader in a seat in the cockpit while she took the copilots seat, knowing full well that Luke wouldn't need a copilot as he slid into the pilots seat.
"I'm going to try to make the jump to hyperspace as soon as we're out of here," Luke told her reaching for the controls, familiarizing himself with them.
"Why?" Leia asked knowing that that question was irrelevant. Luke no doubt wanted to get Vader immediate medical care.
Luke just looked at her in answer making Leia turn her attention to Vader, briefly wondering what Bail Organa would say to her helping him. What the Alliance would say and she began to have doubts, finally allowing herself the option of thinking. "They won't like what we're doing," she said.
"I don't care," Luke told her taking control of the shuttle and taking off.
Leia followed Luke's instruction, taking on the role of copilot. She pushed her thoughts in the back of her mind, choosing to concentrate on what she was doing instead. As they raced out of the hanger, she felt something screaming at her. She noticed Luke tense and she knew that he felt it too. The she felt the heat of an explosion as though it was right behind her and against her back and neck. "Luke! Something is wrong!" she barely got those words out before everything as she knew it flashed in front of her and the space around her brightened and turned to an intense white light.
Leia felt the intense wind and heard the unmistakable sound of a raging storm around her before she opened her eyes. Something green whipped across her face and she sat up seeing that she was laying in a field of tall grass. As far as she could see was the tall grass rippling in the intense wind and the gray sky of a raging storm, yet, there wasn't a single raindrop. They sky was just a dull gray where lightning pierced it every so often. Over the intense howling wind, thunder could be heard, every twenty seconds. Leia turned this where and that but she couldn't see anyone else. "Luke!" she called, fearfully.
"I'm here," came the instant reply followed by Luke's appearance as he too sat up, rubbing the back of his head.
Leia stood up and tried to see if she could see anything but grass and the storm. "Where are we?" she asked.
Luke slowly stood up and too looked around. "I don't know," he said. "But where ever here is, it's powerful with the force. I've never felt the force this intense before," he told her.
Before she could form another question that ran through her mind, Leia heard the distinctive sound of a groan, briefly wondering where it had come from before she remembered Vader. She stood still with the wind whipping her hair around her face, remembering that she had put it up before following Luke. She watched as Luke rushed over to where they heard the groan to help Vader. She was unprepared for the sight that would great her when Vader too emerged from the grass. He wasn't wearing that suit, his appearance not even associated with what she knew of him. A rather large and hideous scar ran over his right cheek and the side of his face coupled by his sunken eyes marred what was once a handsome face. Another thing that startled her was that he had hair, she had heard rumors that Vader was bald under that suit. His hair which reached down to his shoulders was the same shade of blond as Luke's only it had very few streaks of gray, a sign of age. Then his eyes settled on her and she felt a chill run down her spine. They were the same ocean blue as Luke's.
"We need to find a way to get off of wherever this is," Luke said and Leia broke eye contact with Vader to look at him.
"We don't even know where here is or how we got here. And that shuttle is no where to be seen," she said.
"There wouldn't be any ship for us to use to get away from here," Vader said speaking up. "We're inside the force."
Luke looked at him questionably. "Is that even possible?" he asked.
"Only if your dead," Vader answered.
"It can't be!" Leia couldn't believe it. She wouldn't. "There has to be some way to get out of here!"
Vader looked at her sadly. "There isn't," he told her.
"There is no death, there is force," Luke breathed causing Vader to turn his attention to him.
Before another word was spoken two streaks of lightning collided together creating a break in the space before them. A break big enough to walk through and then Leia saw something. Inside the break, she could see beings of different species walking around what appeared to be an urban city. "Luke, do you see that?" she asked.
Luke saw it too. "You don't think..."
"A way out, a way home," Leia confirmed. She walked towards the break and reached out to touch it.
"Don't!" came the harsh warning from Vader.
But Leia wasn't listening and she reached inside the break, feeling a sort of static electricity running over her skin. She looked back over to Luke. "We don't know how long this will last," she said.
"Then lets not wait around for this to close," Luke told her, coming up to stand next to her.
"You don't know where that can lead you!" Vader told them.
"It could be our only chance to get out of here," Luke told him, turning to face him. He then took Leia's hand. "We're going, are you coming with us?" he asked.
"I'm not going to let the two of you go through there alone," Vader told them strictly, knowing that he couldn't stop them.
Luke then turned to his sister. "Ready?" he asked.
"Absolutely," Leia confirmed and the two of them stepped through the break closely followed by Vader.