Disclaimer: I don't own Star Wars nor any of the characters --- and I do know that Mara and Luke had a son named Ben….and that there was a lot of stuff going on during the NJO time of events that has nothing to do with the stuff I'm writing about. But this is MY story and MY timeline. So please enjoy!!! Oh and I know that there was a minor character named Cray in the SW Galaxy, but I like it!
Chapter One: Birth
20 years after 'A New Hope'
At a time when most males would be nervous, Luke Skywalker wasn't. Han had been. And so had Wedge Antilles. And probably even Chewbacca had been. But this was far from something that would make this Jedi nervous. He was thrilled more then anything.
He stood by his wife's bedside and held her hand the entire time. You're doing great Mara. You're almost done. Luke told Mara Jade Skywalker through their Force bond as he softly kissed her sweat-matted forehead.
Mara looked up at Luke wearily and gripped his hand tighter.
"Ok push," the doctor said.
She nodded and pooled all her power through the Force and pushed as hard as she could. Within seconds, a baby's cry was heard.
"It's a boy!" the doctor announced as he held up the baby for Luke and Mara to see before handing him off to a nurse droid. Mara sighed deeply as she lay back against the bed for a brief second. She was so tired and wasn't sure if she could push anymore.
"Ok ready Mara?" the doctor asked.
"I don't think I can," she said beginning to cry.
Shh. I'll help you. Just a few more pushes.
Mara closed her eyes and intertwined herself with Luke's Force presence. And when the doctor said to push, she pushed as hard as she could while seeing a gentle hand pushing her other child out. And she didn't quit until she heard a baby's cry.
"It's a girl!"
Mara collapsed against the bed and began to cry. She couldn't believe what she had just done. She had just given birth to two living beings. To living beings that she and Luke had created out of love. Now she felt that her world was complete.
"I love you and our twins. Now rest, love." Luke softly whispered to his wife as she let sleep surround her.
Luke looked down at what he was holding in his arms -- it was his newborn daughter, Caylee. She was fast asleep, just like her mother. He gently sat her down in her crib then picked up Cray. He marveled at what he and Mara had brought into the world.
Mara bean to stir and woke up. She turned her head and saw Luke holding a their son, Cray in his arms. They had decided on names a long time ago, when Mara knew for a fact that she was having twins.
"Here you go mommy," Luke said, placing Cray in Mara's arms. She smiled softly as she traced her son's face with her fingernail.
"All ten toes and ten fingers on them both. I counted a few minutes ago." Luke softly said as he had picked up Caylee and walked over to Mara's bedside.
Mara laughed a little and smiled.
"She's perfect Mara," he said sitting down on his wife's bedside.
"No they both are," she replied, as she softly kissed the top of their newborn son's forehead. "I still think that we should have named them after your mother and father."
"But I do like Cray and Caylee." Luke said, softly kissing Mara's lips. "I love you," he whispered to her.
She smiled and said that same back to him. Luke gently placed Caylee in Mara's arms as well. He stood back and took in the moment. This was his family. It wasn't just Luke and Mara Skywalker anymore.
That was how it was twelve hours prior to that moment. But after eleven hours of labor, the couple suddenly had doubled. But that was perfectly fine to him and Mara both.
After a few more minutes, a nurse droid came into the room and let them know that it was time for the twins to be checked out by their doctor. And Luke insisted on going with the droid, just to make sure everything was all right.
By the time that he got back to Mara's room, she was sound asleep once again. She had had a tiring day. A few minutes after that, the nurse droid brought the twins back in.
"I'll handle it from here," he said to the nurse droid.
"Yes sir," the droid replied as she left the room.
He gently laid his son and daughter in their cribs that were next to Mara's bed.
"They both already have such a strong Force presences, I can feel it." Luke thought to himself as he watched them sleep. Then it hit him. He realized that since they were kin to Anakin Skywalker, the Sith Lords would be after them, just like they were always after Leia and Han's children. But what he was most scared of was one of them turning to the Sith.
Luke sat down in a chair near to Mara and the twins and just watched them. Eventually he did doze off. But a slight ripple in the Force, caused him to wake up. He practically jumped up out of the chair and was just about to ignite his lightsaber that he held in his hand, but he stopped. A small smile spread across his face.
Standing over the twins, a glistening hand gently stroked each of their tiny faces. Luke quietly made his way over to the figure and stood next to him.
Caylee looks like you my son. Luke heard a voice tell him inside of his head.
Thank you father. Luke replied.
Anakin Skywalker turned to look at his son and smiled. Take good care of them my son. The Force is strong in them, I can feel it. Teach them well, for they are the new generation of Jedi.
Luke smiled and nodded at his father's advice. And with that, Anakin Skywalker's glistening figure began to fade away.
A wave of happiness fell upon the room. That caused Mara to stir a little and slowly open her eyes. When she saw Luke by her bedside, she smiled. "He was here, wasn't he?" she softly whispered.
Luke smiled and nodded yes.
"Was he happy?" Mara then asked.
"He was. Now you get some more sleep." Luke said kissing her forehead softly. "I love you."
"I love you too." Mara said as she closed her eyes and fell back to sleep.
Luke sat back down in the chair that he had dozed off in, and watched. Watched over everything around his new family.
Ever since Mara and Luke had gotten married a year ago, Kyp Durron and Kam Solusar had been in charge of the Jedi Academy on Yavin 4. Luke every so often went back to check on the school. Now he and Mara had decided to spend more time on Courscant.
"They are so cute!" Leia said as she held Cray in her arms. It was a few days after the twins were born. And the Solo clan had come over to welcome the newest members to their family. Even Chewie and the droids came along.
"What are their names?" 11-year-old Jaina asked, as she, her twin brother Jacen and Anakin Solo, all entertained Caylee from her cradle.
"The girl is named Caylee and the boy is named Cray." Mara answered standing next to Luke as they watched their children being fussed over. Even Threepio and Artoo were fussing over the children. And in typical Threepio fashion, he was naming off several child-raising tips to Luke and Mara.
Caylee began to cry from her cradle in the middle of it all. Luke went to pick her up, before Mara could. Immediately Caylee stopped crying as soon as she was in Luke's arms.
"She hasn't done that for me yet. But as soon as Luke picks her up, she stops crying." Mara said standing next to Luke.
He smiled a little. All he simply did was reach into Caylee's mind to figure out why she was crying. Then he would tell her things to soothe her through their Force connection. But he wasn't going to tell Mara that. Yet he knew that she would figure it out soon enough.
"She's hungry." Luke said handing Caylee to Mara.
Mara smiled as if she knew how Luke was figuring things out. She took Caylee and excused herself from the room to feed Caylee. Luke went over and sat down next to Han on the sofa once Mara had left the room.
"So how does it feel kid?" Han asked Luke, referring to his old nickname.
"How does what feel?" Luke asked.
"To be a father."
"Wonderful. I've already made such a connection with Caylee. And if Mara would ever let me spend enough time with Cray, I could connect with him." Luke said.
Han just laughed. "Just wait until they get older. They will be a handful. Mine sure are."
That caught the attention of 3 pairs of eyes starring down at him. "Ok I take it back!" Han said as all three of his children pounced on him.
Luke just sat by laughing and smiling. But deep down inside that wasn't the only thing that he was worried about. There was something that was bothering him -- a feeling deep down inside the Force.
Across the galaxy, a young man stood on a lush green planet, looking up at the stars. He had felt their birth. The birth of Lord Vader's grandchildren from Lord Vader's son. He had been told many years ago, by the then ruling Emperor Palpatine, that these children would be the ones to bring the Empire back to full power across the galaxy. But now wasn't the time to take them from their parents…but soon very soon…
Author's Note #2: I know that this wasn't the best chapter, but please give the rest of the story a chance….it gets better as I go along. Please review and thanks!!!!