A time travel fic? Yeah, it really is...
I actually happen to love these fics and something like Star Wars lends itself so well to it! I've read a bunch of Time Travel fics to have been playing around with the idea of doing one for a long time now.
And finally, this came up!
Now, I know most of you probably don't read it, but for those that do, Mara, the Rebel is still alive. It is not forgotten. Jedi Honor. A combination of no internet and writers block and this story has kept me from updating. I've got nearly all of this written and am outlining the sequel.
Okay, so I'm not technically outlining so much as putting my ideas for it on a notepad. But it's all in my head! Conversations and everything!
More at the bottom. Let's get this over with.
DISCLAIMER for the whole story: George Lucas owns Star Wars, I own his merchandise. Alot of it. It's rather embarrassing.
Leia landed her small one-man ship near the new Jedi Temple on Yavin IV, grinning as she saw her brother run out of the entrance towards her. She hit the release for the cockpit roof and unfastened her harness before jumping out of the cockpit and hugging her brother.
"I thought you'd never get here!" Luke laughed, and Leia swatted at his arm.
"Come on, you really think so little of me to ditch you?" she asked jokingly and he shook his shaggy blonde hair before throwing an arm over her shoulder.
"Nah, I was just expecting you to be here a little faster," he told her. "I'm kinda used to how fast the Falcon travels."
"Me too," she grinned. "This thing barely makes 1.5 past light speed. It's ancient!"
"And illegal," he nodded. "I heard Han ramped that thing up for you with help from Lando."
"You heard correctly," she grinned. "Anyways, little brother, are you going to show me the new temple or what?"
"Okay, first, I'm definitely older," he scoffed. "And second, you probably already know this place in and out from when we were stationed here with the alliance."
"Your point, Skywalker?" Leia laughed. "I want to see what your operations are like!" she bounced as they entered the cool air of the temple.
"You know I don't even have students yet, right?" he asked.
She leaned her hand on her hip and gave him a pointed look.
"Fine, fine, calm down!" Luke laughed, holding his hands up in surrender as they walked down the hallway to show her around.
Several hours later, Luke pulled Leia out a side door to the Temple and down a path through the trees. They stopped at a small cliff overlooking a massive sparkling lake. The sun was setting just at the right angle across from them to set the crystal water on fire.
"Wow," Leia breathed, taking in the beauty. Luke grinned and glanced out at the water himself.
"I know," he nodded. "I discovered this on my first week back here. You know me and my love for water."
"You can take the boy out of Tatooine, but you can't take the Tatooine out of the boy," Leia teased.
"Isn't that true," he agreed and sat down on the cliff. "I figured we could practice your skills in the Force here instead of in the temple. More privacy."
Leia made a face and sat next to him.
"We don't have to if you don't want to," Luke told her and Leia shook her head.
"It isn't that," she said. "I just... I'm just still worried about this whole thing. I feel like I need to do this, but at the same time, I just can't get past the fact of what happened to our father."
"He came back," Luke told her again.
"It was kinda on the late side though," Leia told him. "But enough of that. What are we doing first?"
"Just moving rocks. It's one of the first things Yoda taught me."
"Okay, what do I do?" she asked, crossing her legs and facing her brother. He mirrored her position, and put his hands on his knees.
"First, you need to relax. Close your eyes," he said to her. She followed, listening to the soft sound of the water.
"Open yourself up, just relax and feel the Force flowing through you," he told her in a calm, soothing voice. Leia relaxed and felt the tingling in her chest fill her up. She allowed it to move and her veins felt alive with potential.
"I think I feel it," she said, concentrating on the feeling.
"Good now, pick a rock," Luke said, grinning. Leia opened her eyes and spied a small, water smoothed rock laying just a few feet away from her.
"Close your eyes and picture that rock, and then picture it moving as how you want it to," he instructed. "While you do that, focus on the feeling inside of you. That's the Force. Your manipulating it to move the rock."
Leia focused, seeing the rock in her mind float up and hover a few inches above the ground. She kept trying to use that feeling inside her to move the rock closer, but it wouldn't budge. Luke watched her struggle with the task, the rock merely shaking back and forth, every once in awhile kicking off the ground only to fall back down. Leia huffed and opened her eyes, the rock ceasing any movement.
"This is ridiculous! I'm nowhere near as powerful as you Luke!" she cried out, throwing her hands up.
"You are powerful, Leia," he told her, touching her arm lightly. "I can feel it. The raw power that courses through your veins. You can do this, you just need practice."
She sighed, and scooted back and turned so she could see the water again. She leaned up against the rock wall that made up the layers of the cliff.
"Luke, I just, I can feel the power, but I think my dislike for it overrules me sometimes."
Luke stared at her for a moment, before joining her against the rock wall. "You know, sometimes I just wish that I could go back in time."
"Back in time?" she asked incredulously.
"Yeah, back to the days of the old republic," he grinned, looking at her. "Back when the Jedi were a massive, powerful order. When they filled that old temple on Coruscant."
"Well, if you ever discover this secret of time travel, I want to go with you," she laughed, only half serious.
"Yeah," she grinned. "I'd love to see the Old Republic. The pre-Empire Senate, and Alderaan. And maybe find out who our mother was."
Luke smiled at that last part. "I would love to meet her. Did Bail ever say who she was?"
"No," Leia sighed. "Just that I resemble her, and that she was very charismatic. She could influence her people and was one of the original founders of what became the Rebellion."
"That's pretty Wizard," Luke laughed, using a phrase that was popular in the Old Republic. Leia got the joke and laughed with him.
"Sounds like a pretty neat wish," she smiled as the sun set over the trees opposite the lake. As the last of the of the sun fell over the trees, a deep rumbling sound began.
"What is that?" Luke wondered aloud as the sound grew louder.
"I have no idea," she said, standing up. A blue light began emanating in front of them, growing oval in shape. The wind kicked up, pulling strands of hair loose from Leia's bun on the top of her hair. They whipped around her face and she struggle to see what was going on.
"Luke!" she called out, and felt her brother grasp her hand.
"I know!" he called. The wind got even stronger, pushing them towards the light. "Grab on to something!"
"GRAB ONTO SOMETHING!" he yelled louder, and Leia reached her other hand out, looking for a root or anything to hold onto. She came up empty though and the wind pushed her and Luke closer to the light. It enveloped them, silencing Leia's scream. She squeezed her eyes shut against the bright light, and the wind ceased, replaced with the sound of hundreds of different languages being spoken at once. She opened her eyes, and realized she was on... Coruscant.
Luke inhaled sharply and Leia realized she was clutching his hand still. He looked around in amazement as her hand released his. He'd only been on Coruscant a handful of times, but each time it amazed him.
And each time he'd arrived via ship, not blue light portal.
"Amazing," he breathed. "It must be some Force thing. Like a Force Portal or something."
"Luke," Leia called.
"I mean, I've read about these things before in the old Jedi Holocrons," he rambled, still looking at the vast traffic lanes that stretched high above and below their heads. "But I never thought I'd experience one."
"This is fabulous," he continued. "Just absolutely-"
"Luke!" Leia called sharply, grabbing his shoulder and spinning to look at the Holo Stand behind them.
"What?" he asked, startled.
"Look," she pointed. "The date!"
"What, 16:4:19," he read. "Leia what's your- wait, what?"
"We're in the past," she said. "A month before we're born."
"What?" he stared at the date. "How can that...?"
"You wished for it, remember?" she said. "You brought us here, Luke."
Prologues are always ominous with the endings, aren't they? It seems like a running theme.
Now, the weird thing about this fic is I outlined roughly the first chapter, and then only used half before I deviated from it. I actually almost scrapped it and started over awhile back because I didn't feel the quality of the writing was very good. But alas, I deemed it acceptable, finished the first chapter, and now I'm on chapter 12. Go me.
NOTE FOR THE STORY AND HOW AU IT WILL BE:
The timeline, for lack of a better word, is Kriffed. Yes. Luke and Leia are about 24 in this fic according to later chapters, so Luke wouldn't have had the temple yet. Also, Leia isn't married to Han yet. I'm not quite positive on the canon dating for that, but considering she's pregnant with Jaina and Jacen in the Thrawn trilogy, I know it's within five years of RotJ.
Unfortunately, no Mara in this story. But, she is one of the main reasons I plan to do a sequel. That and I kinda wanted to write a fic with Thrawn in it... But you'll see how that plays out if you stick with me that long.
I try to stick fairly close to RotS, but I took some liberties with the undefined timeline for it. You'll see what I mean if you stick with me that long.
There won't be any appearances of Han either. Just thought I'd mention that. Some people shove Han onto Coruscant but I'll skip that plot.
Now, I may have broken cardinal rule to writing a good fic here in that I have no written outline for this story. Everything is in my head and many of the major plot events that occur were working whims. They actually increase the quality of the fic in my opinion. I'll point em out as I go.
FINALLY, I am done. This is the prologue, so it is short, but the chapters will be longer. I'm thinking of a posting schedule but I'm not sure what will happen with school. No promises other than they come when they come. I almost have this finished, so once I do, updates will be more definite.
Until then, review, alert, fav, ignore, whatever. Just give me a heads up when things get to weird and you book it back to Kansas with Dorothy.