"Mace!" Shaak Ti cried, obviously surprised. "I wasn't expecting you until later-"

"I couldn't wait," Mace said softly, letting the door close behind himself. "Just couldn't get it off my mind…" He glanced at Electa, and then at Shaak Ti. "Is she allowed to hear this?"

Shaak Ti sighed. "Don't think so," she said. "Electa, would you please…leave us? Master Windu and I have…some talking to do. A bit of a misunderstanding, and I don't want you getting the wrong idea. So, could you please head back up to our apartment, shower, and just sit tight for a little while? This shouldn't take too long…"

Electa nodded, heading off towards the locker room. "I'll just grab my stuff and be on my way," she said, darting into the locker room. She was back in seconds, a duffel bag with clothes and shower supplies in it. "See ya back up there, master."

Shaak Ti waited until the door had firmly slammed, and then turned back to Mace. "Look, we can't be," she hissed, in a sharp, hushed whisper. "I can't love you, you can't love me, it's just not possible! We can't do this! We'll be expelled from the Order-!"

"Master Ti, please-!" Mace paused, recognizing how bad that sounded. "Shaak Ti," he corrected, "Please. I'm sure of this…I've been trying to leave it alone, but it just won't go away. You're absolutely perfect, in every way, and I can't help but wonder if you've ever done anything wrong in your life."

"Of course I have," Shaak Ti said slowly, looking down at her feet. "Plenty of times…"

Mace sighed, putting his hand under her chin and lifting her head up. "My point is, even if we don't go for it, I just want you to acknowledge it…I just don't want you to think that I'm ignoring you because I don't like you, I just don't want you to get hurt."
"I feel the same way."
Mace stopped right in his tracks, shocked. "You…you do?" he finally managed to choke out, staring at Shaak Ti. The Togruta slowly nodded, setting her hand son Mace's shoulders.

"I couldn't stop thinking about you for the longest time," she said. "I just wasn't sure what was going on…and then it hit me, when we ran into it each on the transport. Well, fell into each other. I realized it, and tried to fight it. But then you talked to me, and I…I just couldn't hide it anymore. From you, from anyone around me, even myself. I just needed to tell someone..." Shaak Ti shook her head sadly. "What kind of fools are we, who fall in love?"

I look away
Then I look back at you
You try to say
The things that you can't undo
If I had my way
I'd never get over you
It ain't the day
I pray that we make it through

Mace shrugged. "I dunno, but we're pretty damn stupid."



Shaak Ti laughed, stepping closer to Mace. The human male carefully placed his hands around her waist, stepping closer to her and looking down. While Shaak Ti's tall, curving montrals gave her an extra foot and a half to add to her height, she was, in reality, average in height. Shaak Ti looked down, then shook her head-tail off her shoulders and wrapped her arms around Mace's neck. "Look," she started. "I know we both want this, but it's just not going to be like that…it'll be so hard, hiding it. Are you sure you want to go through with this?"

"Even if we just acknowledge that we love each other, it'll be enough for me," Mace said softly. "Because then I'll know that I'm not crazy, I'm not stupid, and I've got a shot."

Shaak Ti smiled. "Well, if you want to, I suppose it'll be okay…"

"Two Council members," Mace mused. "Aren't we a disgrace?"

"We're awful."

A silence fell between the two, and Shaak Ti found herself blushing. Mace turned his head away, aware of the awkwardness of the situation. He finally worked up the courage to look into Shaak Ti's eyes: dark, black, and seemingly endless, they were like a pit of pure soul, made from heaven and forged into obsidian form. Mace found them sucking him in, drawing him closer and closer and closer-

Their lips met.

Make it through the fall
Make it through it all

Fireworks exploded in both of their minds, and Shaak Ti found her eyes widening in shock. She stiffened with the shock of the moment, but the relaxed and leaned into the kiss. Mace pulled her closer, drawing her up to him and deepening their kiss. When the two finally parted, it felt like it was a world that had passed between them.

And I don't wanna fall to pieces
I just want to sit and stare at you
I don't want to talk about it
And I don't want a conversation;
I just want to cry in front of you
I don't want to talk about it

"Is this was love felt like?" Shaak Ti whispered, stepping closer to Mace. The man shrugged.

"I dunno, I just read the sappy books."

Shaak Ti smiled, and she felt her feet beginning to move. Imaginary music played in both of their minds, and slow circles began to be traced over the floor. A flick of the Force triggered a radio, and soft music began pouring out. A delicate, sweet, dangerous dance they wove together, flying across the floor inelegant swirls, loops, and circles. Shaak Ti felt her skirts flying around her legs, and realized that this one dance, this one sweet, fast, spiraling dance that she and mace shared, was going to last 

forever. The natural grace of a Togruta flowed through her way, feet as light as the air itself. Shaak Ti seemed to barely skim the floor, hardly touching the polished floor of the training room as she and Mace flew across heaven. Nothing could break this eternal bond: nothing. Ever.

And I don't wanna fall to pieces
I just want to sit and stare at you
I don't want to talk about it
And I don't want a conversation;
I just want to cry in front of you
I don't want to talk about it

And nothing did break their bond. Shaak Ti and Mace were married in a private ceremony, with only Electa to witness the ceremony. It was a bitter-sweet day for all three Jedi: they all now had a major secret to hide, and it wasn't going to be easy. But, if love didn't always win, it wouldn't be a story. And thus, the tale of a Togruta and a hum falling in love and getting married, and living happily-ever-after comes to a close. A forbidden love, sprung from the fountain of bliss and ignorant fate, comes to a breaking point. The book's cover is shut; the movie's credits appear onscreen. The theaters empty-the song fades out. The last note is held, seemingly forever, before ending, and it is finally broken.

Unlike young love.

'Cuz I'm in Love with you
I'm in love with you
'Cuz I'm in love with you
And I'm in love with you
I'm in love with you

A/N: And…yay. Ending. So corny…I have got to stop watching movies. Although, I like the last paragraph, about the endings in life. That I thought came out nice. Well, please review and let me know how it turned out. I hope you all liked it!! : )