Chapter 10- Adieu
"I can't thank you enough. All of you are so great," Lorelei said, looking from Luke to Leia to Han to Kitster to Anakin and, finally, up at the Millennium Falcon.
She had a large duffle bag slung over her head and one shoulder. Within it was the overlay that she had removed and the slave outfit she had worn at Babba's. That time, when she had been a slave girl, seemed so far away now. She didn't even know why she kept the stupid outfit.
The bag also contained a bunch of credits--of which Lorelei had affectionately called a "crap-load of money"--and the communicator. Luke had told her that the one that Harry was to received went by the code of 0012.
"You should have enough credits to find a decent place to live, including food and clothing," Leia said.
"Thank you again. I can't believe this. You are all such great people," Lorelei gushed. Luke smiled.
"If you need us, you are welcomed into the Main Senate Building anytime," the Jedi said.
"Yes, well, I could use one more favor," Lorelei began shyly.
"Han, could run an errand to my homeworld when you get the chance?" she asked. Han smiled, a faint gleam of curiosity in his eye.
"What do you need?" he asked.
"Well, I've had an idea to start an herb and potion shop here. I can make all sorts of healing potions and know of a bunch of useful herbs. Dumbledore suggested that I do this while we were talking outside of the Falcon. I'll ride with you."
Han nodded. "No problem. Sounds like a profitable business to me."
"But, Lorelei, I thought that something like this would be against your government?" Luke asked.
"Dumbledore says he can get them to give me permission. They owe him a favor or two," Lorelei winked.
"Why don't you come to the Senate tomorrow morning, and we'll head off?" Han asked.
"That'd be great."
The door to the landing platform they were on opened with a hiss. Two armed guards of the New Republic walked out.
"We're terribly sorry about this, President Organa-Solo, Sir Skywalker, but we have to take Lord Vader--"
"Anakin," Anakin corrected quickly.
"To the holding block. He must stand trial for his crimes…the people demand it," one of the guards said.
"I was afraid this was going to happen," Leia said, turning to her father. "I'm sorry, but they're right. You must go on trial."
Anakin nodded. "I understand. I will go without protest."
The two guards nodded and led Anakin away.
"Is he going to be all right?" Lorelei asked.
"I don't know," Luke said. "I hope so."
"I won't be able to preside over the trial, like I normally would. They're calling in Mon Mothma to do it," Leia said.
"I'm sure he'll be fine. Anakin seems like the type that always comes out the better," Lorelei said, causing Han to snort laughter and Luke and Leia to glare at their friend. "Anyway, I should go. I need to find a place to live before dark."
Lorelei gave the rest standing there a hug, and then left the platform into the building beyond.
"Luke! Why did you just let her go?" Han asked quickly, as soon as she was out of earshot.
Luke turned, confused. "What do you mean?"
"You know exactly what I mean. Well, at least go talk to her. Ask her to meet you somewhere later or something," Han persisted.
"She has a mission, Han. I can't interfere with that," Luke said.
Leia shook her head. "Just go, Luke."
Luke looked at her. Leia nodded him toward the door. With a quick smile, he turned and followed after Lorelei.
The building was crowded, and if it wasn't for the fact that every newcomer had to register in on Coruscant, he might've never found her. Instead, she was waiting patiently in a nearby chair. She was next in line. Luke went and took a seat by her.
"Luke!" she said happily. "Did you forget something?"
"Yes, I…" Luke faltered. Suddenly, he produced the scroll. "You forgot this."
Lorelei took it. "Oh. Well, I can't be responsible for this anymore. This is nothing but trouble," she said. Drawing out her wand, she held the scroll over it. She muttered a few words and a blue flame caught onto the scroll. In seconds, the flame and the scroll both were gone, and Lorelei placed her wand back into her bag.
"Well, that's that," Lorelei said. Luke nodded silently.
"Next," called the register droid.
Luke watched as Lorelei filled out all the necessary information. Then, finally, she turned, waved, and walked away. Luke watched her until she could no longer be seen in the crowd.
"Why, Luke?" came Han's voice.
His brother-in-law was standing over him. Luke sighed.
"She has a mission, Han. I told you. Now, I'm going to go see Father," Luke said, standing and walking away.
Han could only sigh.
End Notes: That's it, friends. The end. However, the sequel is near, so keep an eye out! Please R & R! Bye!