Almost

Disclaimer: I don't own any of these characters or this
song. "Almost" is BFS (bowling for soup) property and the rest of
the characters are the property of the greatest duo alive (Lucas and
Zahn of course)

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He watched them dance, wondering at the incredulity of the
situation. He was happy for his friends. He loved them both dearly,
but he couldn't help ponder what might have been. When he'd first
heard the news he'd been jealous of them, jealous that his friend
had gotten what he'd wanted. Now he realized she'd never wanted him.
Watching the young couple dance and laugh together, he could see
that he could never have given her what she now had. A song he'd
once heard came unbidden to his mind as he traveled through his
memories.

I almost got drunk at school at 14
And I almost made out with the homecoming queen
Who almost went home to be Miss Texas
But lost to a girl with much bigger breastes
I almost dropped out to move to LA
Where I was almost famous for almost a day

He glanced over at his date, a beautiful princess. He smiled. Yeah
she'd definitely lost to another girl.

And I almost had you
But I guess that doesn't cut
Almost loved you
I only wish you would've loved me too

He smiled and looked back at the couple. He took a sip of his drink.
Yes, he had almost loved her, but he wasn't sure if hadn't been just
lust after her immeasurable beauty.

I almost held up a grocery store
Where I almost did 5 years and then 7 more
Cuz I almost got popped for a fight with a thug
Cuz he almost made off with a bunch of the drugs
That I almost got hooked on cuz you ran away
And I wish I woulda had the nerve to ask you to stay

He laughed. He'd almost had a fight with one of his best friends
over her. The man had assumed something, and he hadn't done anything
to dissuade him. He now regretted that. So much could've been
avoided if not for him and his ambition.

And I almost had you
But I guess that doesn't cut
Almost loved you
I only wish you would've loved me too

He smiled. Yes he'd almost had her. But almost wasn't good enough.
He'd failed, but looking on at his friends, he was glad that he had.

You kept me guessing
And now I'm destined
To spend the time missing you
I almost wish you woulda loved me too

She'd made it clear to him that she wanted nothing to do with him
from the beginning. He had only recently come to terms with that and
finally let her go. For a while he had missed her. She hadn't wanted
to see him to avoid awkward confrontations.

Here I go thinking about all the things I could've done
I'm gonna need a forklift cuz all the baggage weighs a ton
I know we had our problems I can't remember one

He laughed softly. He knew well why she hadn't wanted him, at least
now. She'd been in love with someone else all along. Now that he
thought about it, he could see the signs that had been there, but he
still didn't see how his charm could've failed.

I almost forgot to say something else
And if I cant fit it in I'll keep it all to myself
I almost wrote a song about you today
But I tore it all up and then I threw it away

He had truly moved on with his life. He'd found a princess all his
own, and he loved her, more than he loved himself. She'd helped him
realize that there was more to love than charm and good looks. He
stood and walked over to the happy couple, apologizing for
interrupting and taking the bride by the hand. He led her to the
dance floor and they began to dance. His smile was bright as he
looked into her brilliant eyes, shining with joy.

And I almost had you
But I guess that doesn't cut it
Almost had you
And I didn't even know it

He sang softly, watching her as she watched him.

You kept me guessing and now I'm destined
to spend my time missing you
And I almost had you
I almost wish you would've loved me too

He leaned forward and whispered softly in her ear.
"Thanks Mara Jade Skywalker. You've done more for me than
you'll ever know." He bowed slightly as the song ended and returned
to his princess. She smiled up at him and he looked back down at
her. He leaned down and kissed her long and slow.

"What was that all about, Lando?" Tendra asked when they parted. He
smiled.

"I was just thanking my friend."

"Thanking her for what?" He kissed her again.

"Without her, I would never have found you." Tendra looked slightly
confused. "She did something for me no one will ever know. She
freed me from myself, at least partially." He looked back at Mara,
who was sitting with her new family, staring lovingly at Luke
Skywalker, her husband.

And I almost wished you would've loved me too, he thought to
himself, kissing Tendra once again.

El Fin

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