Duchess Zara Rodney whispered to her twins. "Daddy
will never find us if we're quiet. Then we will
never have to go and meet Great Grandma Magnolia."
Within their Coruscant suite, Zara had requested
that *many* pillows be brought to their room. Those
many pillows now formed the ultra comfortable fort
that she and the twins were procrastinating life
in...or playing! Darrus cooed loudly, causing Zara's
attention to shift from Sia to him. "What are you
doing!?" She spoke in a playful voice. She gently
grabbed him by his little feet and slid him closer
to her. "You cutie baby boy!" Zara bent her head
down and placed kisses on his tummy. Darrus began to
laugh loudly, then Sia joined in as she grew over
excited by her mother. Marcus was, of course, out on
a pregnancy craving run. This time, Zara was after
chocolate. If he wanted specifics, *any* was as
specific as she got. Between the impending dinner
with the Emperor, being on her home planet, and
meeting with her grandma, Zara was feeling a teensy,
weensy bit stressed out. The more chocolate her
husband brought back, the better.
The door to
their suite opened up revealing a soaked Duke Marcus
Rodney. He had been caught in an unexpected
rainstorm, and the airspeeder he rented did not have
an umbrella. He did, however, have a bag under his
arm bearing the all too familiar Auntie Mae logo.
"Zara!" he called out, as he moved through the suite
until he entered the bedroom, finding the pillow
fort. "Oh my goodness. Impregnable defenses," he
teased, as he attempted to find his wife and
children. "I'm afraid I have some bad news. They
were fresh out of purple potato ice cream," he said,
with a cringe, hoping she would not send him back
out into the rain. "The staff got a real kick out of
my ordering it. At first, they thought I was a
celebrity impersonator," he said, as he sat down on
the edge of the bed. "Speaking of that ... I'm ...
uh ... afraid I've made HoloNet News again," he
said, as he rolled his eyes, and offered over the
bag of ice cream. "I got the new Sierra flavor.
Terrible thing the King did. We should have warned
her," he said, before breaking down into laughter.
heard Marcus arrive. It wouldn't be long before he
found where they were obviously hiding. "Gahhhh!"
Darrus grabbed a handful of her silver hair and
attempting to eat it. "Darrus, hair is not for
eating. We've been through this. You get to try baby
food when we get back home. That'll be yummier than
milk... I hope." She pried her hair out from his
vice-like grip. "Impregnable defenses, that's what
she said." Zara shot at her husband then began
laughing like a fool. "Hiya honey! You're all wet."
She frowned. When she sent him outside, the skies
had been bright. Five minutes later, they were dark
and it was pouring. The words 'bad news' were met
with a Rodney pout on her face. As long as he had
something sweet in the bag, Zara would survive. She
took out a wall of the pillow fort to reveal herself
and the twins.
HoloNet News again? What did you do this time? I
hope we were wearing clothes... I swear, those
reporters never leave us alone." She took the bag
from him and opened it up. Inside, she found *ice
cream*!! Her smile doubled. "Yay! Thank you,
Marcus!" There was even a spoon inside of the bag!
She opened up the ice cream before she burst out
laughing. "Oh my Germanicus! I've watched that
holocam video a million times. It's so funny!" She
took a spoonful of ice cream and shoved it in her
mouth. Her craving was instantly satisfied. "Don't
let that King near me ever again, okay? I don't want
the same thing to happen to me."
to you saying you'd do *anything* for the people of
Delaya?" Marcus teased her, as she went to work on
her ice cream. "It really wasn't her best moment,
although it might have been his," he informed her,
before turning his attention to their children, whom
he missed very much despite being gone for only a
half hour to purchase the treats. "Have you located
Grandma Magnolia?" he asked her, feeling much safer
now that she had ice cream. Before she could answer
the question he reached over and plucked up Sia, as
he now had an adorable shield to protect him as he
broached the uncomfortable subject of the potential
"Okay. You can
invite the King over and I'll do anything for Delaya.
How would you like that?" She stuck her tongue out
at him. Zara knew he wouldn't like that at all...and
neither would she. She had seen far too much naked
Squib on the video that he had given them. She
spooned an extra big scoop of ice cream into her
mouth as he asked about her grandma. The expression
on her face provided a solid answer: yes. That was
what prompted her to hide while he was away. She
watched him use Sia as a super cute human shield.
Zara was in awe of how much both of the babies had
grown now that they were almost four months old.
"...Yeah, I did.." Her birth family was the reason
why they'd come to Coruscant. She needed to face her
grandmother even though she was scared. She dug her
bare feet into the carpet nervously. "I haven't seen
her in so long. I'm scared. What if she's seen our
video? What if she hates me? What if we find out
that my family is really nasty and evil and you
decide you don't love me anymore and leave me?" Zara
"I think that
would be the first battle of the Delayan-Squibbian
War," Marcus teased her, as he imagined the King
doing what he did to Sierra to Zara. "Well there's
only one way to find out. How about we head over
after the rain lets up and find out?" he said to
her, as he tried to boost her confidence. "Oh come
on!" he protested, as he turned his attention away
from Sia to look at her. "You know that everyone who
has seen our video loves us," he said, before
smirking at her with a wide grin and reddened
cheeks. "I will always love you and will *never*
leave you," he promised her, before safely placing
Sia down and moving over to place a reassuring kiss
upon her lips.
The Delayan-Squibbian War would need to take place
on Skor II, otherwise there would be a spoon crisis.
Zara was reluctant to agree to go meet her grandma.
She was always going to have worries, especially
after what Luna had done... She looked at Sia and
recalled when her sister had stolen their baby girl.
Whenever she felt doubt about killing Luna, Sia and
Darrus reminded her of why she couldn't be around
anymore. Everyone slept better knowing her sister
wasn't out their plotting how to destroy their
lives. "That's because our video was beautiful. It
wasn't made for everyone to see." She grumbled. Zara
would *never* be over the fact that their most
intimate moments were all over the HoloNet. Her pout
grew deeper while he reassured her. Still, she
accepted his kiss and began to warm up to the idea
of achieving what they had come here for. "You're
not allowed to leave me," she said as she nibbled on
his lower lip. "The drunky priest said you'd be with
me until death. I'm not dead yet!" She kissed him
once more. She couldn't do this without him. Being
on Coruscant alone was uncomfortable. She had
worries about the Emperor exposing her family's
past. Zara's hormones were getting the better side
of her. "We'll do it. When it stops raining ... *if*
it stops raining, we'll go." She brush her hands
over Sia's silvery hair. "You're going to meet your
great grandma. She'll love you because you and your
brother are *perfect*." She looked at Marcus. "You
should change. I don't want you to be cold." Her
arms slowly wrapped around him to share her own body
Zara said they would go *if* it stopped raining a
blinding light came through the window as the clouds
parted and the sun began to shine brightly upon
them. "Ah. That was fortuitous," he said, as he
reached over and grabbed Zara's knee before giving
her a little shake. "Yes. I'll go change to meet
your grandmother," he said, giving her leg a
squeeze, before rising from the bed and moving
towards the walk in closet. He stripped out of his
wet clothes, carelessly leaving them on the floor
for the maid to deal with it. Then he began to
change into his darkened outfit highlighted with the
red that signified the House of Rodney. He stepped
forward, outstretching his arms, and smiling at his
family. "Tada," he said, before taking a comedic
She moaned at the sun. The little shake helped her
out of her funk. Regardless of what happened, they
were going to come back to this very suite and be
together. Marcus could join in the pillow fort next
time. While he dressed himself, Zara rose and
slipped on a pair of shoes. She grabbed socks for
the twins and was still sliding them on Sia's feet
when he returned. Zara whistled. "Ooh. Gimme some
sugar, sexy!" She gave out a pathetic catcall,
laughing as she did it. "Alright kiddos. The sooner
we get this over with, the sooner we can have pillow
fort time with daddy." She lifted Sia off of the bed
then Darrus. She kissed both of their foreheads. "I
love you both." She whispered to them. She was
*ready* ... mostly.
Inside of the
speeder, Zara recounted the directions to Grandma
Magnolia's home. She felt sicker the closer they
came. It was mostly caused as a result of Zara
noticing different places from her childhood.
Everything felt different from when she had been a
kid. She looked down at her children as she wondered
what happy memories she had to share with them.
"It's that one, right there." Zara pointed out a two
story building. It was an old pawn shop on the first
floor, but the second was obviously a living space.
The sight of it brought back so much. She recalled
spending time with Grandma Magnolia before Luna was
trustworthy enough to care for her alone. She
remembered working in the pawn shop on used droids.
It was the first time someone had put a hydrospanner
in her hands and had brought on her fascination with
working on all things mechanical. Zara glanced down
at the chronometer which bore her family's crest.
She took a deep breath. "I-I don't know if I can do
this, Marcus. She might not even know I'm alive."
proud of Zara for doing this. He believed she was
doing the right thing. As the speeder moved across
Coruscant they passed an obnoxiously large neon
billboard advertising Auntie Mae's, which made him
shake his head and blush. "You can do it, Zara.
She's your grandma ... if she doesn't know you're
alive she'll be glad to know," he said, as he
wrapped his arm around her tightly. "Set her down
here," he instructed the droid, who gently descended
their luxury speeder down to the street level in
front of the pawn store. "Here we are, but take your
time," he said, as he looked towards her, trying to
instill confidence in her with a reassuring look.
sure about that. What if she asked about Luna? She
frowned, burying her head against Marcus' chest. She
had never expected to come back here and reconnect
with family. Her concerns increased as the speeder
engine went quiet. They had arrived but Zara was
still doubtful if she could actually do it. She
stared down at her knees. It all happened when she
was twelve. The day her family was executed would
never leave her mind. She tried to lock it up, but
it got out at times. She *had* to do this. If not
for herself, for their children. Sia, Darrus, and
whoever came afterward would never know *any* of the
Ta'em family if she didn't stand up and walk into
her grandmother's pawn store. "Okay." She inhaled.
"Okay... I think you better hold the children.." Her
knees were visibly shaking as she handed Sia and
Darrus over to their father. She forced herself out
of the speeder with buckling knees. "I used to come
help my grandma here all the time." She told Marcus.
"'Magnolia's Magnificent Junk', it used to be
called." She noticed that now it simply said 'Pawn'
in neon lights. "I worked on old droids. Nothing as
old as Nana though."
brought her closer to the door. "Okay... Okay..."
Her hand reached out, gripping the handle of the
door. When she pushed it open, a gentle chime of a
bell could be heard. It made Zara jump ten feet. It
also announced her arrival.
the counter, Magnolia Ta'em shook her head. "This is
*not* an original!" She said, tapping her finger on
the jukebox in between her hands. "I know a fake
when I see it. I've been in this very same shop for
45 years. I was alive when this fake was popular!"
She grumbled at the customer who was very clearly
trying to screw her out of credits. Throughout all
of the years, the sound of the bell still
momentarily caught her attention. She looked up
through the heaps of random items in her shop. What
she saw at the door made her drop the jukebox to the
ground. Its pieces exploded this way and that. As
the screws rolled across the floor, Magnolia stepped
out from behind the counter. One of her hands was
clenching her chest. Her mouth was wide open. She
could hear the customer complaining, to which she
threw up her palm to silence him. "A *real* SoroSuub
jukebox would have never broken from such a short
fall. Leave my shop! I'm closing early!" The elderly
woman was too busy making her way towards a true
ghost of the past. She stood before her
granddaughter. "Zara?!" Tears were streaming down
her face an instant later. Even if Magnolia was
blind, she would have recognized her son's youngest
behind his wife, keeping silent, but doing his best
to attend to each of their children with both of his
hands. He cradled them in his arms, supporting their
heads, but when their great grandmother stepped
forward and began to cry he inhaled deeply, not
knowing what to expect. Darrus began to get fidgety
and make noises, which caused him to look down and
make silly faces at his son to try and distract him,
and to enable his wife and her grandmother to have
an uninterrupted reunion. His eyes looked towards
Zara, wishing he could do more to support her, but
unfortunately his hands were full. He did, however,
wish her the best with what was about to happen.
feeling so hot. Seeing her grandmother brought on an
overwhelming sea of emotions. The wave crashed into
her and flooded her. There were so many reasons why
she had avoided Coruscant like the plague. She
couldn't mentally handle facing the past. "It's
her..." Zara whispered, suddenly feeling like she
was going to faint. "G-Grandma..." The woman had
aged so much since the last time she saw her. Her
dark hair had gone completely grey. The liveliness
that once existed in her eyes was gone. She and Zara
only barely resembled each other. It was clear that
Zara had not inherited her silvery hair from her
grandmother. As the woman approached her, the dizzy
feeling magnified. "I think I need to..." She began
as she lowered herself to the ground in time to
faint. Her blood pressure had been sky high since
talk of Coruscant began.
blinked the tears away. She moved closer to Zara.
Darrus' noises made her look behind Zara. Clearly,
Magnolia hadn't kept up with the times. She had *no*
idea that her granddaughter was alive, married, and
had two beautiful children. It was death that had
pulled the Ta'em family apart, but it seemed life
had brought them back together. "Zara!" She reached
out towards her just in time to feel her faint in
her arms. She looked up at the man, clutching Zara.
"She's alive..." The old woman couldn't believe her
eyes. She squeezed the girl for all she was worth
before remembering that the girl had passed out. Her
head lifted. "Horris! I need you!" She yelled. From
within the shop, an old B2 battle droid came walking
towards her. The paint job had been customized. It
was painted purple and black...alike to Zara's
bodysuit. The droid stopped in from of Magnolia.
"Pick her up and take her upstairs. Place her in my
bed." She ordered the large droid. Once Zara was
secured, Magnolia turned her attention on the man
and what could only be her great grandchildren.
"Thank you for bringing my granddaughter back to
me." She said. The tears kept coming while she
spoke. "Come with me. I live above this shop. Tell
me about yourself and about those beautiful
children." She led Marcus towards a turbolift.
cried as he watched her go down and faint, wishing
he could do anything, but whatever he did would
likely jeopardize his grasp on the children. When he
saw a repurposed B2 battle droid emerge on the
scene, his guard went up, and he drew the two
children nearer his chest ... grandma or no grandma.
He was quick to follow Magnolia and the droid, never
letting Zara out of his sight. "My name is Marcus
Rodney. *Duke* Marcus Rodney," he explained,
introducing himself, as he entered the turbolift.
"This is Lord Darrus and Lady Sia," he continued,
but when he named the children, he did not release
his grasp on them. He was still acting cautious.
*Very* cautious. The lesson of Luna Ta'em was still
For the second
time, Magnolia clutched her chest and her jaw
dropped. "*Duke*?!" She thought of Zara eating
flatcakes with syrup dripping down her chin when she
was old enough to know better. "Does that mean..?"
She looked towards Zara and Horris. Zara was a
*Duchess*. It seemed they both had a lot to fill
each other in on. She grasped the railing in the
turbolift so she, too, didn't faint. "I'm so happy
to meet you all. After what happened to my son, no
one could find Zara. I assumed the Imperials had
taken her and done away with her just like her
brother and sister." Magnolia briefly reflected on
it. She had not been strong enough to attend the
public hanging. The turbolift opened. Magnolia
Ta'em's home was like a time capsule. There were
many pictures projected onto the walls of Zara, Luna
and Valin. There were even pictures of Starcaster
and his wife, Ava. It was Starcaster Ta'em who bore
the family's signature silver hair while Ava was a
dirty blonde. She watched the battle droid place
Zara on her bed in the next room. "Great
grandchildren..." Magnolia saw in awe as she looked
over Darrus and Sia. She was a stranger to their
father, so, understandably, she did not ask to hold
them. "Please. Sit. Is there anything I can get
you..?" Her hands were shaking as she reached
beneath her coffee table to reveal a large photo
album. "I never thought Zara would marry." She said,
opening up the book. "She was such a dirty little
girl. She always had a hydrospanner in her hand. She
refurbished my droid."
instantly recognized the image of Luna, which caused
him to momentarily cringe, but the other individuals
were unknown to him. "Yes. Great grandchildren," he
began, but hesitated before going further. "...with
more on the way," he added, before moving through
the living space to take a peek at Zara whilst
Magnolia continued to speak. He moved to take a
seat, but did not release his grasp on the children.
"That's how I met her," he explained, remembering
her in the garage where they reconnected and were
nearly killed. "She is very handy," he explained, as
he looked over the images that Mangolia was
presenting. He was beginning to get comfortable. He
was beginning to let his guard down.
"More on the
way!?" She sounded delighted by that fact. The old
woman had lived years believing that her only son
and his whole family were gone. A happiness filled
her when she discovered Zara was alive and that she
had a *growing* family. "Congratulations!" She
positioned the book where Marcus could see. "Really?
You'll have to tell me that story... And others...
It's been so long. When did you two marry?" She
frowned briefly. It wasn't Zara alone who had to
face the past in reconnecting. "Look," she said,
pointing to a picture of a very young Zara held in a
headlock by Luna. "These girls fought so much you
would have thought they were brothers." She pointed
to another picture. "This is my son, Starcaster." In
the picture, the man was grinning. His arms were
wrapped around a woman. "And this, Ava, Zara's
mother ... it's such a shame..." She shook her head,
quickly flipping past pictures of her son. The next
image she stopped on was one of Zara, approximately
six years old, dressed up like a Dewback. Magnolia
chuckled. "I'll let you take this book home so you
can share these memories with all of your children."
Granny Ta'em," Marcus replied, as he debated
internally just how much to trust this woman and
what to tell her. "Well, it was a private ceremony,
in the islands," he told her, before his cheeks
reddened and his throat tightened. When he was
presented the image of Luna and Zara fighting he did
not comment, but he wanted to say that things had
not changed much. "Yes," he said, about it being a
shame, but he did not know what else to say. "Oh.
That is kind, but don't you want it?" he asked, as
he looked over the remaining pictures. His wife made
for a cute Dewback.
sounds *wonderful*. I'm glad Zara found someone
who's good for her. She's been through so much.." It
was to everyone's relief that Granny Ta'em wasn't
tech savvy. She was blissfully unaware of Zara and
Marcus' HoloNet scandal. The old woman shook her
head. "No. I want to make a new album with new
memories. I want to be in Zara's life again."
Magnolia's spirits had been lifted. She looked down
at Darrus and Sia. "Twins." She said in awe. "I love
Rodney was coming back to in Magnolia's bedroom. "Mmm..."
She slowly sat up. She knew exactly where she was
despite all of the years. *Nothing* had changed. The
sound of Marcus and Magnolia speaking barely touched
the bedroom. She hoped that the conversation between
the two of them was going well. She had developed
her own trust issues after Luna. Zara rose and made
her way towards the living room where they were
sitting. She saw the photo album and immediately
began to blush. "Granny, what did you show him?"
Zara seemed to be feeling better. She smiled. She
embraced her grandma tightly. "I missed you so much,
Granny. I'm sorry I didn't come back sooner. After
all that happened...I didn't know *how*."
sighed. After hugging Zara, she felt certain that
this wasn't a dream. She had survived. "I'm happy
you're back now." The past didn't matter to her.
Magnolia had spent a long time replaying the day of
destiny in her head. She recalled exactly where she
was standing when her friend delivered the news that
Starcaster Ta'em's family was dead. As she pulled
back from the hug, she noticed the chrono hanging
from a chain on Zara's neck. "The Kain Burgan chrono..."
She brushed her old hands over it. "How did you find
one of these?" She adjusted. Her hands rapidly moved
into her pockets. What she withdrew was a chrono
identical to the one Zara had stolen, only it showed
wear from Magnolia using it every day.
The antique that brought him and Zara together and
inexorably altered their lives for all time. It
marked the moment in their lives when they ceased to
become individuals and instead became a couple. He
wanted to tell the story, but he decided that it was
better for Zara to share. He felt like anything he
could say would only spoil the reunion between Zara
and her grandmother, and therefore focused his
attention on the children, but never stopped
listening. He was pleased that everything was going
well so far, and could not contain the smile that
had formed on his face. His grandparents were long
gone ... his parents recently gone ... Magnolia
Ta'em represented a link to the past he desperately
wanted for his children.
A piece of the
Ta'em family still existed in Magnolia. Zara felt
her letting go of those untrusting feelings all too
quickly. Magnolia Ta'em was old and frail. What was
she capable of doing? Her question about the chrono
brought a smile to her face. It held such a deeper
meaning than just bearing the Ta'em family crest.
Without that chrono, there would be no twins, and no
Zara and Marcus. Her eyes flickered towards Marcus
and their children. In her absence, it seemed
nothing had gone wrong. It was the best case
scenario. "It's complicated... You remember Kain
Burgan, clearly. He smuggled me out of Coruscant
after the execution." She began explaining. "He took
me back to Alderaan and I worked in his chrono shop.
It wasn't enough. Seeing my family die like that.. I
started living wildly. I became a thief for hire.
Data, valuables, *anything*." She lightly explained
to her grandma. "Once Alderaan was gone, I heard
rumors of one of the Duke's sons on Delaya
collecting Alderaan treasures. It was a long shot.
When I snuck into Marcus' quarters, I found that he
had the chrono." She could see Magnolia's face
turning pale as she explained her illegal
activities. "I stole it from him. We made an impact
on each other, and he came to the garage I was
working in on Etti IV. The rest is history. It all
started with this chrono. I wouldn't have anything
without it." Zara reached out towards Magnolia and
squeezed her hands. "D-Don't worry. I don't do
anything like that anymore."
answered Zara's wild story. Magnolia was digesting
it. She had gone on to become a thief. To succeed in
infiltrating a castle, Zara had to have some
talents. Her shock started to wear off. "I blame
your father. He was a wild child. Before he joined
the Rebellion, Starcaster was a smuggler. His
business was far from legal." Magnolia explained.
"He was such a bad influence. He even involved your
mother in it..." She rolled her eyes. "Whatever the
story, I'm so happy to have you back. You have a
beautiful family, my Zara." The tears began to
return to Magnolia's eyes. She clutched both Zara
No matter how
many times he heard the story of their union it
never got old. A smile came to his face as he
remembered their first, brief encounter and how it
was love at first theft. He could not wait until the
children were old enough to hear this story. "Yes.
She's become quite the Duchess. An inspiration to
the people of Delaya," he finally chimed in, seeing
the opportunity to enter the conversation and
celebrate his wife. He smiled at Zara's grandmother
as she clutched them, before moving his eyes
cautiously to his wife. "Granny Ta'em, would you
like to hold them?" he asked, hoping it would be ok
with Zara, as he finally released the twins from his
up with pride. "I bet she is! That's *my* Zara." She
squeezed her granddaughter extra tight. "I'm so
proud of you, dear. Your father would have been
proud too. He only ever wanted the best for you."
She shifted towards Marcus at his question. Her
smile had grown even wider. She opened up her arms.
"Yes, yes, yes!" The old woman was crying again. The
impossible had become possible right before her
eyes. As he transferred each twin to her, Magnolia
carefully held them. She began making faces at them.
"I can't wait until you're old enough to eat
cookies." She said to the two smiling children. Now
she could imagine herself becoming a true
grandmother. "You can come over to Granny Ta'em's
house any time. I'll come visit you too." She looked
down at Sia, amazed that the silver hair had been
passed down to another generation.
Seated on the
couch, Zara watched the exchange. Her cheeks were
red from her husband's compliments as well as her
grandmother's. She felt *good*. Meeting with
Magnolia had been the right decision. She owed
Marcus thanks for supporting her and not allowing
her to hide in her pillow fort. She totally approved
of her grandma holding the twins. Sia and Darrus
remained in a good mood. She watched Darrus reach up
to grasp at Magnolia's hair. He'd recently gotten
into pulling Zara's hair. "You *have* to come visit,
grandma! There's so much I want to show you. We live
in a castle!" She said, laughing at how ridiculous
it all seemed. When she left, Zara was twelve years
old. In the span of five years, so much had changed.
She looked over at Marcus. Her mouth was writing
checks that she hoped he was approving.
how Magnolia handled the babies very carefully, as
he entered full overprotective mode. He hardly
breathed until she settled into a suitable position
with them. "Yes. Do please come, Granny Ta'em," he
said, echoing his wife's invitation. He reached
across towards Zara, taking her wrist in his hand
and giving her a gentle and reassuring squeeze to
encourage her. He was so proud of her for going
through with this. "Yes. A castle with *many* rooms.
We'll always have room for *family*," he added,
trying his best to be helpful in the reunion of the
herself moving closer to Magnolia out of her own
overprotection. Nothing could turn that instinct
off. Marcus made her happy by supporting her and
having a relationship with her grandma after they
were burned so badly by Luna. Her hand ran over his.
She loved him so much. When they arrived back at the
suite, she was going to snuggle the heck out of him!
"Mhm! We won't have to share a bed when you come
over. Do you remember me, you, and Luna all piling
into one bed?" She laughed. Instead of going for
Magnolia's hair, at last minute, Darrus grabbed his
mother's silvery hair. "Aw, you got me." She reached
out to take Darrus from her grandma. "I think we're
going to go for now, Granny. I promise we'll be in
shifted her attention to Sia alone now that she held
just one child. She placed a kiss on the little
girl's forehead. "I love you," she told the child
before carefully handing her back to Marcus. "Such
wonderful children." She grasped the photo album,
giving it to Zara. "Please, take this. I want you to
be able to share these memories with your children."
She hugged Marcus and Sia, then Zara and Darrus.
"Thank you for coming."
collecting the photo album and sharing a teary
goodbye with Granny Ta'em, the family moved to the
turbolift, then out of the pawn shop and into the
speeder. In the back of the speeder, Zara leaned
over and kissed her husband. "Thank you so much for
encouraging me to come meet her. I couldn't have
ever done this without you. Now I get to have my
grandma.. And the twins have a *great*
grandparent... All because of you." She had tears in
her eyes. "I love you."