Hands on Tension

A Star Wars: Rebels two shot by Andrew Joshua Talon

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Note: Set around Season 2…

Ezra looked around the Tantive IV corridors with an eager smile, as he and the rest of the Ghost crew walked through the corridors. They had made another cargo run for Bail Organa, and were meeting in deep space to make the exchange. The senator and his daughter were soon located, Bail all smiles as Leia was looking interested.

"Senator Organa, and Princess Organa," Hera greeted the pair.

"Hello Captain Syndulla, Master Jedi, everyone," Bail said with a smile. "We have much to discuss."

"You know what that means, squirt," Zeb smirked. Ezra scowled.

"Yeah yeah yeah, I get it," he sighed. He looked over at Leia, who smiled at him. "Hey Princess."

"I see you have a lightsaber now," Leia said. She led Ezra further down the corridor from the others, down into the wide expanse of the ship's cargo bay. Ezra grinned, and unhooked his lightsaber. He held it out for Leia to examine. The two were bent over it, their shoulders bumping against each other. Sabine looked over from the older Rebels talking and watched.

"Oh yeah! I'm not as good as my teacher. But I've been learning a lot from him," Ezra said, and Kanan stood up a bit straighter in pride some distance away.

"That's incredible," Leia said with a grin, turning it over in her hands. "You built a stun blaster into it?"

"Yeah," Ezra said with a nod. Leia hummed.

"So... You're not very good with the saber part, then?" She asked. Ezra looked aside, grimacing a bit.

"I'm working on it. But I did it more because I needed to have an incognito way to keep it close at hand in case I needed to switch to it."

Leia nodded. "Clever. But you know, the lightsaber part is hard to handle." She stepped back a few steps. Ezra shrugged.

"Well… I've gotten pretty-"

The Force screamed and Ezra snapped his lightsaber on. Just in time, as Leia had pulled her blaster and fired it. Ezra blocked the stun shot, sending it right back at the princess. Leia yelped and ducked down, narrowly avoiding the shot.

"Woah! You're as quick off the draw as Sabine!" Ezra gasped in amazement. Leia stood up, grinning back at him. Neither noticed Sabine tensing up a bit at this.

"Not bad!" Leia complimented.

Ezra deactivated his lightsaber, and looked admiringly at the Princess. "You have a lot of hobbies, huh?"

"You might say that," Leia said with a chuckle.

"So, wanna check it out?" Ezra asked. He held the weapon out to her. She stared for a second, and took it carefully into her hands.

"I… I'd love to," Leia said. She ignited the blade, and sucked in a deep breath as the blue blade buzzed to life. "Woah…"

"Don't try to be fancy with it," Ezra got behind her and gingerly began to guide her arms, up and down. "Get a feel for it, yeah like this."

"There's no weight... How do you manage it?" Leia asked curiously.

Sabine took a deep breath some distance away, and became unusually interested in her blasters.

"You have to go with the lightness," Ezra said, "use it to your advantage. Think of it as an extension of your body, and your mind."

Leia began to move it, up and down, side to side, until the motions became fluid to her. Ezra grinned.

"Heh, there you go, you got it."

"Wow... I seem to remember... Positions for the blade's use? In an old Jedi manual?" Leia asked. She looked at Ezra, and bumped back against him accidentally. "Do you know them?"

"Well, I only know a little Form IV…" Ezra said. Leia grinned.

"Show me!" She said eagerly, turning the lightsaber off and handing it back to him. Ezra took it, switched it into training mode, and ignited the weapon again with his own smile.

"Sure!" He said. He began to move through the basic forms, as Leia watched intently. Sabine watched too, her brow furrowed.

"I don't believe it," Zeb spoke. Sabine was too well trained to jump, but it was surprising. She looked over: She hadn't noticed that the rest of the adults were now watching Ezra and Leia. Hera and Kanan were smiling fondly, while Bail was looking both scared and proud.

"Kid's scoring points with the Princess," Zeb said with an approving nod. He looked over at the Senator and winced. "Er, no offense Senator."

"None taken," Bail said. "Leia has so few friends her own age. Letting her enjoy herself from time to time is worth it. Being a normal girl… With a normal boy."

That got a hearty twitch from Sabine.

"Amost normal," Kanan observed, though he was smiling as he squeezed Hera's hand. Hera smiled back. Sabine looked back over at the pair, trying very hard not to let them see the sudden tension she felt.

Ezra was demonstrating Form IV like someone competent at it. He'd progressed to basic acrobatics: Difficult to do in an enclosed space like the cargo bay, but he was doing very well. Leia grinned and clapped in a way that wasn't entirely sarcastic, and laughed as Ezra paused to bow.

"If I recall correctly, Form IV is known as Ataru, or Way of the Hawkbat," Leia said. Ezra nodded.

"That's right," Ezra said.

"It's very energy intensive, and relies on a lot of high energy movement," Leia continued. She hummed thoughtfully.

"I learned something called Shien, but with a staff," She said. Ezra nodded.

"Oh! Form V, right? I know… Some…"

"Want to show me?" Leia asked with a smile. Ezra grinned.

"Ah... I can try. Truth is, I'm not exactly a master at it," he said. He began running through some of the motions with his lightsaber, as Leia observed thoughtfully.

"Hmm… Your feet need to be further apart," she said. "Your stance is too tight." She shoved him, and he stumbled back. "See?" She got behind Ezra, and pressed against him as she adjusted his arms and shoulders. "Swing now. That feels stronger, right?"

"Yeah," Ezra said with a bright grin.

"You know," Kanan called out to them, "I have a training mode for my lightsaber. You could see how you two are in a spar."

Sabine twitched, her hands tempted to pull her blasters all of a sudden. The urge became much stronger as Leia smiled back.

"I'd love to!"

Kanan came down, and showed Leia how to set the saber to training mode. He then let her turn it on, and stepped back. Ezra grinned at her, and she grinned back. They were sharing the experience, and it was absolutely exhilarating.

"Well, I hope you're ready," Ezra said challengingly. Leia smirked back.

"I'll go easy on you," she replied. They clashed the lightsabers together, a few probing thrusts and jabs, before Ezra went for a complex Form IV combo: Striking and feinting, before flipping up to strike her from above. Leia dodged, and thrust into his stomach. Ezra yelped and landed hard on the deck in a competent recovery. Zeb tried very hard not to laugh at the awestruck look on Ezra's face, and the smirk on Leia's.

"... Whoa. That was amazing! How'd you do that?" Ezra asked. He scrambled up onto his feet. "Do that again! Show me how to do that!"

"Certainly," Leia said cheerfully.

He spent another ten minutes learning that move from Leia, getting all touchy and feely in the process. Hera applauded, Bail was amazed. Kanan shouted tips, Zeb enjoyed himself, and Sabine had to fight the urge to grind her teeth to powder. Hera stood next to her, leaning against the railing overlooking the cargo bay. Sabine glared over at Hera, who was smiling like a sun.

"You're jealous," Hera murmured softly.

"What? Of what? I don't know what you're talking about," Sabine muttered back, looking back at her guns. Hera looked over at Leia and Ezra.

"Did she just brush herself against him?" Hera murmured, just a bit louder than before. Sabine's head shot up as she glared at Leia and Ezra… Who were comparing their lightsabers. Sabine took a deep breath, and shut her eyes to center herself.

"Look on the bright side," Hera said reassuringly, "once we're back on the Ghost, he's aaaall yours."

"What, so he can annoy me more?" Sabine muttered, through the tension left her shoulders slightly. "Pfft…"

There will be a second part to this story.

Also, I'm building a new canon for Star Wars that combines the best of the Disney with the best of Legends. This is just one of several stories I plan to fill out the universe. If you'd like to join in, look me up on Spacebattles. I'd love to have you aboard.