Preface

Andor, season one, before and after episode nine

Cinta has gotten a summons from her cousin, to visit them on Coruscant. And also Luthen wants to know what Vel is up to now that she has chosen to remain on Ferrix rather, than following orders to leave the planet to do whatever else Luthen needs her to do.

Cinta/Vel pairing

Set in the world of Star Wars Andor space time continuum. Somehow canon compliant, perhaps? They are a couple.

Cannot make any more excuses for not leaving

'When the higher powers beckon, there is no excuse not to go.'

"I need to go to Coruscant. My cousin…Mon, who lives there, on Coruscant…well, she wants to see me. "

Vel knew it was long over due to report back. Back to their superiors. Because even if Cinta did not know, Mon was part of the same cause the both of them were. But it was need to know basis. And it was only by accident Vel knew of her cousin's involvement in the same rebellion the two of them were in. Keeping secrets was never a good thing between lovers. Then again, Vel was under orders. As her coming back to Ferrix, to Cinta. The reasons flimsy at best and the excuses she had offered to both Mon, but mostly Luthen had become thin at best. And now, her time was up. The cause waited for no one and well, guess, always came first.

"But you'll be back, right?"

Cinta, albeit being the one to practically order Vel to leave the first time around, had started feeling rather comfortable having Vel around. And so, giving her up was not going to be easy.

Cinta and Vel were lying in bed still, their bodies wrapped together, limb for limb. It had been a luxurious few weeks, the two of them had spent on the planet. Despite the Empire's presence and their mission to get to Cassian Andor, it had been easy breezy for the two love birds. Without nothing much more to do but to wait and observe, the time spent in each others arms was plentiful.

But, as it was, all good things always came to an end. And this one was no different. Even if both Vel and Cinta had been making excuses for both of them remaining on Ferrix to wait for Andor to arrive there. As they all still believed he would, as his mother was still planet side. But the two of them were slowly and surely running out of explanations as to why the both of them were needed to be on the lookout for the elusive Andor.

And so, when Mon Mothma had made the request, for seeing her cousin, Vel knew she needed to go back. To see what was going on and why she had been summoned in the first place.

"I will, I promise."

Vel was smiling. She was after all only too happy to be with Cinta wherever they were. Having been with her girlfriend for the few weeks, just the two of them spending time together was heaven for Vel. Well, guess it was for both of them. The rebellion, their cause, never really giving the loving couple the time to do anything but to plan, wait and fight. But the time spent on Ferrix was a Force sent. And so, giving it all up was going to be difficult at best.

"I guess you will need to see Luthen too. I am sure he wants an explanation as to why you are still here, with me."

They both knew it was what was going to happen, once Vel was on Coruscant. The promise Vel had just made, might just end up become broken. Something neither of them could help though, if Luthen ordered Vel to go somewhere else to do something different. As with the cause, no one ever knew their next mission until it was upon.

But, they could both hope, send out small prayers out there to the universe. And take what little time they had together, as a privilege most people in their position did not have.

"I would assume so."

Vel did not sound too happy about it. But, they had agreed to serve for the cause, both of them had and there was no going back. They were fighting the good fight after all.

There were no further words exchanged, as the two lovers kissed each other. Their love making soon becoming fervent, urgent even. As this might just be the last time they were together, in a longest while.

I am back! For the time being at least

'Coming and going, never knowing how much time one has to stay in one place, is never easy for any relationship.'

Vel had met with her cousin Mon Mothma and then taken the side tour to visit her family after having had a little chat with Luthen as well. None of the meetings being any easy for Vel. But she had muddled through, thinking of Cinta in the darkest moments while being apart.

"You would like Tepi Mora. He and his family are quite influential you know."

Vel's mother had been on a mission. As during the whole stay with her family, Vel had heard nothing but how she was wasting her life and that she needed to settle down and start a family. The suitors clearly already picked up for Vel by her parents.

"I am sorry mother, but I am not just ready for that. Not yet."

It had not been lying actually, not really. Even if Vel knew she would never settle for the life her parents had prepared for her.

"Well, I know you want to travel and see the galaxy before all that. But, you will have to promise, that in a year, no more, you will be back home and we will have a wedding."

"I promise, mother."

With her fingers crossed, Vel had flat on lied to her parents. Not really feeling bad about it either. Then again, this just might have been the last time she would see her family. As there always was the chance of dying for the cause present every single day. So, guess making her family happy even by lying was something Vel could live with.

Had they only known what Vel was really up to, they would have most likely held her back by force. Something Vel would not put past her parents. Besides, she could not really tell them about the rebellion, now could she.

Vel had never liked the life she was born to. The wealth, the people, none of it. But, she needed to keep up the appearances, as per suggested by Mon. And she had. Having traveled to Coruscant first, meeting up with her cousin and Luthen too. Then having gotten back to her home world.

And now, she was finally on her way back to Ferrix. To Cinta.

Having been able to convince Luthen she would be useful working with Cinta back on Ferrix, with some effort mind you. But in the end, Luthen had yielded and now, Vel was en route again. Even if staying on the planet, ridden with imperials, would put them both in danger. Still.

But at least Vel would be with Cinta.

"I don't know why you are insisting on going back. Cinta has everything under control."

Luthen had been adamant in his position, trying to get Vel change her mind. But, as stubborn as the man himself was, Vel was not far behind him. And so, after a few chosen words, harsh, then not so, Luthen had finally yielded and let Vel return to Ferrix. With the condition they would not get caught by the imperials. Surely, not an easy feat, but Vel had made the promise just the same. After all, what did she have to lose?

"I can't believe it! You're really back!"

Cinta had practically ripped the door open. Almost taking it off its hinges in the process. As having been totally exited in hearing it was really Vel behind the door knocking and to be let inside. Cinta leaped forward and into the arms of Vel's without any kind of hesitation. Kissing her senseless and dragging Vel back inside to their rented room.

"I promised you I would, didn't I."

Vel managed to chuckle in between the warm welcoming kisses of Cinta's. Being only too happy she had made the right decision. In coming back to Ferrix despite the warnings made by Luthen. Because Vel, was back in the place where she belonged.