Author: Leanne8582
Title: Tears in Heaven
Rating: PG

*note* I don't own rights to either Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton or any characters licensed by Lucasfilm Ltd. This is George's show.

Tears in Heaven

Would you know my name
If I saw you in Heaven
Would it be the same
If I saw you in Heaven
I must be strong
And carry on
'Cause I know I don't belong, here in Heaven

Mara Jade-Skywalker tossed and turned. She had never slept well without Luke and she hadn't had a decent night's sleep since he died six months ago. Her dreams were filled with strife and pain. She could see it over and over again. Luke, turning to face the Yuuzhan Vong warrior. His lightsaber coming up to meet the Vong's staff. The two of them battling for their lives. Suddenly, the Vong pulls out a thin strip of cortis ore. Luke's lightsaber shuts down and the Vong's staff is no longer met with any resistance. the staff cleaves through Luke's chest. He falls to the ground in disbelief, throws a final loving glance in her direction, then slumps over, dead. Mara, who is 100 yards away, can do nothing but watch.
In the dream, as in life, she could nothing. Clutched in her arms is Ben, barely three months old. Her heart burned with hatred and desire to strike the Yuuzhan Vong dead, but she could not, would not, put her only son at risk. Mara then did the only thing that she promised herself that she would never do, she ran away. Grasping on to Ben tightly she jumped aboard an evacuation transport about to take off. She had saved her son, but lost her husband.

Would you hold my hand
If I saw you in Heaven
Would you help me stand
If I saw you in Heaven
I'll find my way
Through the night and day
'Cause I know I just can't stay, here in Heaven

Mara woke up panting and sweating. The nightmare had been especially strong tonight. She sat up and looked around. She knew that she she must still be dreaming because sitting at the foot of her bed was Luke.
"Luke," she whispered.
"Yes Mara, it's me."
I must still be dreaming, she thought
"No, dearest you are very much awake. I've come to give you a very important message. You must stop tearing yourself apart over my death."
"But it was my fault."
"No, it was the will of the force."
"Luke, I miss you more everyday. I love you. What will I do now?"
"You will care for Ben and raise him as a Jedi. He will bring peace to the galaxy."
"Luke, I can't do it alone."
"Mara, you've always been strong. I need you to be strong for me one last time, love. Can you do it?"
"Yes, for you I could do anything."
"Sleep now Mara. I must go."
"Can you come back?"
"I do not know."
"Goodbye, husband"
"Goodbye wife, and tell Ben that I will always be looking over him.
With that Luke's image disappeared.

Time can bring you down
Time can bend your knee
Time can break your heart
Have you beggin' please
Beggin' please
Beyond the door, there's peace I'm sure
And I know there'll be no more tears in Heaven

Mara lay back down, knowing that, for the first time in a log while, she would sleep. Truly sleep.
Your son will be a Jedi, she vowed silently. Mara's eyes closed and her mind reached out for her Ben. He responded with his own mental presence.
He will be a Jedi, and you will be proud of him. This I promise.

Would you know my name
If I saw you in Heaven
Would it be the same
If I saw you in Heaven
I must be strong
And carry on
Cause I know I don't belong, here in Heaven

The End

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