we are all that stands between the wasteland and sky.
we are all that stands between the wasteland and sky.
we are all that stands between the wasteland and sky.

THE QUICK PICKS;
   I'm Not Mad; Ganner takes his Jacen alive hopes to Jaina, and meets a little Dark Siding instead
   Most People Do; a reunion victory for a goddess and the mere mortal Dathomiri queen
   The Sword of the Jedi; Luke hears voices in his head concerning destinies
   Mistake The Signs; emotional introspection with other girl's reflection
   There Has To Be A Way; not making the same mistake twice, now starring Tahiri





[ I'm Not Mad ]

   "The Vong kept Jacen alive after they captured him. For a long time. They kept him alive so they could hurt him. I could feel it. I never even told Mom and Dad what they put him through. What happened to Anakin... that was better. That was clean."
   Tears had sparked in her eyes, but her voice was hard enough to cut transparisteel. "I felt Jacen die. In one instant, he was- he was just gone. Blasted out of existence like he'd never existed at all. I felt it. If he were alive, I wouldn't need you to come and tell me about it! I'd know!"
   Her hands had clenched to fists, white-knuckled, pressed against her sides, and her lips drew back over her teeth. "Don't talk to me about this- this garbage ever again. And don't talk to anyone else, either. Anyone. If I find out you've so much as looked in a mirror and told yourself, I will hurt you. I will teach you things about pain that no one should ever have to learn."
   "Hey, Jaina, it's okay," he'd said. "I won't tell anybody, I promise. Don't get mad-"
   "I'm not mad. You haven't seen me mad. You better hope you never do." She had folded her arms and turned her back to him. "Get out of my sight."

Traitor, by Matthew Stover
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[ Most People Do ]

   "Yes, Majesty," General Farlander said. "I'm relieved as well. I put this operation together in the absence of any instruction from my superiors-" His eyes flicked to Jaina. "-and at the urging of one of my officers. Who- even though she is a goddess- is still rather junior."
   Tenel Ka gave Jaina an appraising look.
   "Goddess?" she said.
   "You can call me 'Great One'," Jaina said. "Most people do."

Destiny's Way, by Walter Jon Williams
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[ The Sword of the Jedi ]

   "I name you the Sword of the Jedi," he said. "You are like tempered steel, purposeful and razor-keen. Always you shall be in the front rank, a burning brand to your enemies, a brilliant fire to your friends. Yours is a restless life, and never shall you know peace, though you shall be blessed for the peace that you bring to others. Take comfort in the fact that, though you stand tall and alone, others take shelter in the shadow you cast."
   Luke fell silent, and for a long horrified moment he stared into Jaina's wide-eyed face.

Destiny's Way, by Walter Jon Williams
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[ Mistake The Signs ]

   [Malinza's] expression held a burning pride, but it failed to hide the terrible weariness that Jaina recognized all too clearly. She remembered that feeling from when Anakin had died; of there being nothing left to lose; of desperation; of despair. It was so easy to mistake the signs of self-destruction for battle scars.
   "What are you fighting for?" Jaina asked.

Force Heretic II: Refugee, by Sean Williams and Shane Dix
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[ There Has To Be A Way ]

   "Tahiri, you've got to get out of there!"
   "No, there has to be a way!"
   "There isn't! Now, move!"
   "I can do it, Jaina. I have to!"
   "Why? So you can die like Anakin?"

Force Heretic II: Refugee, by Sean Williams and Shane Dix
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