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Alice Bee and Christopher Levy.
One year after the Battle of Yavin (36:F2:4) in the Corellian system: Corellia (Auntie Maeland).
Ewwiekewwieikkie, Melickielickie, Callista Nilar, Grand Moff Claudius Rodney, and Major Sierra Rodney.

What began as a small ice cream parlor on Delaya had turned into a galactic phenomenon. Frozen desserts sold in every store. Franchises in every planet in the known galaxy. Saturday morning HoloNet program. But the crown jewel of it all was Auntie Maeland on Corellia. Each day millions of people came to the endlessly growing theme park that seemed to open a newly themed section every week. The only thing that grew faster than the park itself was the admission prices, with a single adult ticket now costing 147 credits. Claudius Rodney had chosen to take his family there after the adoption of Ewwiekewwieikkie, but nothing could have prepared him for what he was going to be in store from. As the tram from the spaceport took them to the park the glistening towers of the gates that would lead to a world of edible wonderment came into view. As he looked down to his children and niece he was glad they were so excited, but for him this was going to be a long day. Especially as 'Its a Small Galaxy Afterall' began playing on the tram.

There had been great anticipation for the Auntie Maeland trip. Sierra Rodney had watched, day after day, as her girls grew more inspired by the commercials for this holy sanctuary of sweets. She saw them play pretend games where they went on trips to the place deemed 'the merriest in the galaxy' Their excitement had successfully crept inside of her. She didn't want to admit it, but even she had a hard time sleeping the prior evening. She simply couldn't wait! After the successful adoption of Melickielickie, now was the perfect time to go.

Sierra sat on the tram with a grin on her face. A light breeze moved through her hair as the tram took them closer and closer towards their destination. Bruce was in quite a happy mood himself. He was seated comfortably in the baby sling wrap around Sierra's body. Atop his head, he wore a little hat to keep the sun off of him. Sierra looked over the girls. Callista had not stopped bouncing in twenty-four hours. Her legs moved quickly back and forth while she rapidly spoke to Ewwiekewwieikkie about the park. Melickielickie had squirmed her way into Ewwiekewwiekkie's lap, and was happily watching the world whizz by. All three girls were wearing matching shiny bracelets, which Sierra had cleverly given them in the morning. What looked like ordinary bracelets also functioned as trackers. So, in the case someone got lost, they could be found. As soon as the song began to play, the girls broke out singing. They knew the words *already*.

As the tram came to a stop, Sierra made her way out. What she stood before was the gates of, candy. Gigantic ice cream cones made up the support of the fence. The actual bars were made of candies that appeared real, yet were certainly fake. The gates were open and just inside the park stood the Loth cat that appeared on the logo of Auntie Mae's empire. The first thing Sierra noticed was the smell. It was like someone had figured out a way to make sugar airborne. She looked towards her husband, silently realizing that they were going to be *very* tired when this day came to an end.

The first stop as they entered Auntie Maeland was, of course, a gift shop. One of 7,200 such vendors on the grounds of the park. The music playing was incessantly, of course with subliminal marketing in full effect, attempting to get people to spend, spend, spend. There was candy everywhere, and plenty of small, but free, samples simply to whet the children's appetite. One of the vendors was selling giant, cooked thranta legs that people could eat as they walked around. And of course costumed characters were everywhere, including Brad the Bantha, and Doug the Dewback. Ewwiekewwieikkie made her way towards each of the free sample tables, placing her entire arm on the platter and then attempting to drag them *all* into her mouth. When she saw the fake candy bars she went towards them grabbing hold, and attempting to pull them off. She then attempted to gnaw on them, but they were not edible. "Yucky," she declared, before being surrounded by human children who thought she, too, was one of the costumed characters.

"Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh!!" Callista had to be reminded to breathe many times this morning. The little girl was so excited. The gift shop was overwhelming in the best of ways. She darted towards Brad the Bantha and Doug the Dewback. "Hi! I'm Princess Callista!" She said, courtesy and all. She hugged each character and told them she loved them roughly half a dozen times before running towards Ewwie. She, too, had noticed the candy bars and curiously wondered if they were edible. When she saw Ewwie try, and fail, Callista decided she shouldn't mouth them either. "*Ewwie*! *We're here*! *Can you believe it*!" She said, bounding through the children to reach the Squib. She began climbing onto her back. "Hold meee!" She cried out.

Melickielickie's nose twitched in the air. "Me smells... Me smells..." She pawed her chin slowly. "*Me smells candy*! *Eee*!" The little Squib yanked at the bottom of Sierra's shirt. "Mommeee. Candyyyy! Daddyyyy! Candyyy!" She opted to stay close to Sierra and Claudius, but she grabbed her father's hand and began leading him towards what was left of the samples. "Candyyy!" She picked up something that looked like a piece of chocolate and ate it. "Eeee!!!" She squeaked loudly, pawing at her mouth. "Ugh! Yuck! Ewww! Yuck!" Her tongue flung out of her mouth. She used her paws to try to get every scrap of chocolate off of her tongue. Beneath the sample were the words 'Alderaan Anise' The little Squib had tears in her eyes. She looked up at her father. "So yucky! You no eat!"

Claudius quickly rushed to the paniced Melickielickie. "What's wrong?" he asked her, when he could clearly see that something was *wrong* with one of the candies se selected. He looked at the note and saw it was 'Alderaan Anise' and when he *thought* no one was looking he quickly snatched up three and piled them into his mouth. It was the closest he would get to a drink at Auntie Maeland, and he desperately needed *something* to help with the unbridled enthusiasm of the girls. As he watched them run around inspecting everything, he looked towards Sierra cradling Bruce. He knew he would have to come back when Bruce was older ... and then when their next child was older ... he was going to have to get used to this becoming a recurring staple of their lives. "We need to get them out of the shop and to the rides," he suggested to Sierra, as he tried to move the hyperactive girls towards the spinning caf cups ride.

"Heeyyy..." Sierra said, giving her husband a knowing look. He was busted, and she felt a little jealous. Even the possibility of a second pregnancy meant staying away from the drinks and everything that had alcohol in it. It would be easy to resist tomorrow, but Marcus and Zara's ball was sure to bring a struggle. She saw Melickielickie looking briefly unhappy beside her father. She lit up again as soon as she heard the word 'rides' Sierra nodded her head to his suggestion. "I agree. I'd like to escape before they see the Ewwiekewwieikkie sized chocolate bars." She helped to corral the girls. "C'mon, girls! Let's go head to the caf cups!"

"Yayyy!" Callista and Melickielickie cried out in union. They moved towards the spinning caf rides, where the occupants controlled how quickly the cups spun by a wheel device positioned in the middle of the caf. Sierra watched two children spin themselves until they vomited. She began to remove Bruce from his baby sling and offered the smiling boy to his father. "Wish me luck..?" She said with a smile as she quickly darted off to a caf that was already filled with her girls. Sierra positioned her hands on the wheel, ready to fight all *three* girls to keep the cup from spinning too quickly. Sierra was a damn fool.

"Weeeeee!" Ewwiekewwieikkie said as she spun around and around and around and around and around in the spinning caf cups. But then suddenly the poor young Squib became very nauseous. "Off! Off! Stop!" she demanded, as she felt all of the sweets she had just consumed threatening to come back on her. "Nooooo!" she cried, as suddenly she began to spit some of the candies. "Ugh," she said, as she climbed out of the still moving spinning caf cup and began to crawl to safety. But when she looked up ... she saw it. She had arrived at Doctor Tohan's Wild Ride. "Pilaq!" she said, as she walked up to the giant statue of her doctor. She gave it a big hug, not understanding it was just a model. "C'mon everybody!" she said, as she jumped into a speeder with all of her family. Suddenly the speeder ride began to take off, as bars came down to hold them in place. It flew through a recreation of Ithor, crashing through tree branches, and rising up the herd ships. "Weeeeeee!" Ewwiekewwieikkie said, actually thinking she was back on Ithor. "How we get here?!" she asked Sierra, just as the speeder turned upside down and plummeted into darkness that ultimately would land them at the end of the ride. "We back?" she asked, as she brought her paw up to her chin and began to scratch. There was so much about Auntie Maeland she loved, but so much she simply could not understand.

Ohno. Sierra looked panicked as the inevitable began to happen. She hadn't been able to control the cup from speeding too quickly. Now she was gripping the spinning wheel in between them, trying to stop the cup. "Hold on! Just hold on! I'm going to make it stop!" But she couldn't, not before Ewwiekewwieikkie climbed out. Melickielickie and Callista seemed unaffected. They thought it was fun and moved onto the next ride without missing a heartbeat. It made her smile to see how the girls reacted to the mythical magic of Auntie Maeland. To all three of them, it made no sense. Doctor Tohan's Wild Ride was a prime example of how magical the place was. Even Sierra felt it was a damn good representation of the clean planet of Ithor. She laughed. "Weeee!" She even threw up her hands at several of the thrilling parts of the ride. It was so much fun! She wasn't sure who was feeling instantly addicted more: her or the girls.

As they got off, Sierra helped Melickelickie down from the speeder. "Yup. We're back. Let's try this one next." She didn't want to tell Ewwiekewwieikkie how it all worked. It wasn't that she wouldn't understand it. It was that Sierra never wanted to take away that awed, mystified look off of her face. In their mind, the girls had just visited Ithor. Sierra helped direct the group to a ride even Bruce could go one: The Swampy Cruise. They all piled into a large boat with a low, rumbling motor. There was a droid directing the ride, cracking the most cheesy jokes. The ride transported them to the swamps of Dagobah. There were even mechanical animals like the Dagobah python and Jubba birds. There was also a mechanical Rainbow Rancor, for Auntie Mae was one of the sponsors of the show. Bruce's big eyes stared at the rancor. Even he recognized it!

Ewwiekewwieikkie was sitting pleasantly on The Swampy Cruise ... but for long. When she saw the Rainbow Rancor she began to freak out. "Sierra, he's here!" she said, and then she was quickly out of her seat, and then, predictably, out of the boat. Right into the stagnant water that surrounded the ride she went, wading forward in waist deep water to get to the island with the Rainbow Rancor. "Ugh," she groaned, as she pressed her hands onto the shoreline of the fake island and climbed up onto it. She then quickly wrapped her arms around the fake Rancor, and began to smile from ear to ear. "I love you Rainbow Rancor," she declared ... she was not going anywhere until someone made her.

"Ewwiekewwieikkie!" She called out, only it was too late already. The Squib could *move*. She could move fast! Sierra couldn't do anything to stop her from reaching that Rancor. Sierra realized it early, and didn't try to stop her. The droid at the wheel had stopped operating the boat. "Miss, please keep your hands, legs, and body inside of the boat." He called out in a monotone voice. Sierra decided to take advantage of the opportunity. She reached into Bruce's diaper bag, finding her holocamera. She snapped several pictures of Ewwiekewwieikkie looking happier than she had ever seen, then put her holocam away to see about getting her adoptive daughter back in the boat. "Ewwiekewwieikkie!" Sierra called out, reaching again into the diaper bag. She removed one very large serving spoon she had hidden away from the girls in case something like this occurred. She held it up, letting the light glimmer off of it.

Ewwiekewwieikkie looked at the spoon and then looked at the Rainbow Rancor and then back at the spoon and then back at the Rainbow Rancor and then back at the spoon and then back at the Rainbow Rancor and then back at the spoon and then back at the Rainbow Rancor. "Hmm. Hmm. Hmm," she groaned, before reluctantly letting go of the Rainbow Rancor. "I love you!" she said, one more time, before she began getting back into the toxic water that had been growing stagnant in the ride since it opened without even being cleaned. "Ugh! Ugh!" she groaned, as she tried to catch up with the boat. She then raised her little paws, trying to climb back up, until she finally managed to get back inside. She then reached out, snatching the spoon, but then her eyes caught a glimpse of the Rainbow Rancor as it was growing smaller as the boat moved into another section of the ride. She was beginning to wonder if she had made the right trade.

Claudius lowered his face into his palm as *everyone* was taking pictures of Ewwiekewwieikkie's acting up in the middle of the ride. His children were about to become HoloNet sensations. He suddenly wished he had something stronger than Auntie Mae's Alderaan Anise candy to get him through this. He thought the day was nearly over and that they could return to the hotel to spend the night getting the toxins out of Ewwikewwieikkie's fur. His eyes went to his chronometer and he discovered they had only been there over an hour. He felt more defeated than when the Empire lost at Chandrila. When they emerged from The Swampy Cruise the girls began to go nuts when they saw the ride based on one of their favorite Holovid series. The Pirates of Wild Space. "Here we go again," he said to Sierra, as the girls began to run towards their favorite holovid star and alleged wife beater.

Sierra gritted her teeth. She wasn't sure if the spoon was going to win against the life-sized Rainbow Rancor. "Please work," she said under her breath, watching Ewwiekewwieikkie move through the sickening swampy waters. She nudged her husband with her shoulder as she saw him attempting to hide in his palm. "Don't worry. I brought the good shampoo." She snuck in a kiss to his cheek. She successfully had Ewwiekewwieikkie in the boat and the rest of the ride went smoothly. She made a mental note to stop by the gift shop and purchase a Rainbow Rancor plush for each of the girls, and Bruce too, before they left. Sierra made the mistake of letting her eyes move over his chronometer. Looking on the bright side, at least she wasn't suffering from morning sickness!

Everyone unloaded from the boat and the adventure continued in The Pirate of Wild Space. Sierra, somehow, managed to keep *all* the girls in the boat for that one. After that, they ended up in an arcade... So Sierra and Claudius could take a break while the girls ran from game to game entertaining themselves. "I think we'll go to the Atollon Room next. There's supposedly mechanical, singing convors. The best part of all? It's a ten minute sit down ride." She laughed. Readjusting, Sierra brought Bruce from the sling and cuddled him against her chest. She rocked from side to side while she walked, stopping at an old Fortune Teller game with a Wookiee dressed up in Mommy Fortuna garb. She arched her head up at her husband, offering him a bright smile. Auntie Maeland had brought out a bit of the childish part of Sierra. As a child, she hadn't gotten to *be* a child. Her mother had forced her to grow up so quickly.

She stopped at the game, pressing a button to make a fake fortune card pop out of the slot near the bottom of the game. She bent over, grabbed the card, and looked at the printed writing. It simply said 'There is an olive in your future' She snickered and laughed. "Here, I think this one is for you too." She offered it to Claudius.

Claudius watched as Sierra bounded off towards the Mommy Fortuna in a manner similar, but as extreme, as the children. He moved towards her, taking the fortune from her, but entirely understanding it. "Are we going to an olive bar? Purchasing an olive grove to make oil in our retirement?" he asked, before carefully folding it and placing it within his pocket. He took her by the hand, watching the children as they moved towards the Atollon Room where they would blessedly get to sit down. He was not sure why he decided to wear dress boots when there was going to be so much walking involved. His blisters had blisters. As they sat down the convors began to sing another obnoxious song with more subliminal marketing. The ten minutes allowed him to sit down, but the music almost made it not worthwhile. When the ride finally came to a stop they were dropped off in, you guessed it, a gift shop selling adorable plus convors that sang the same song as in the ride. A bargain at only 37 credits each, power cells not included.

She laughed softly. "With the way our day's going, I'm surprised it didn't bring to mind a martini." She wouldn't blame him! Sierra walked with her love towards the Atollon Room, where everyone had the chance to rest their feet. While she had abandoned her ISB uniform, simply because her cream top was bound to be ruined by the day's end, she had, stupidly, worn a dark colored shirt that ensured all exposed body parts would be burnt to a crisp. The girls seemed to have unending energy today. The singing in the Atollon Room had them all amused ... up until they learned the lyrics and began to sing it over and over again. The gift shop was a whole other story. While Sierra thought the convors were really cute, she wasn't sure she wanted to take one of the plushies home.

Callista, on the other hand, felt differently. She *loved* the convors. "Auntie! Uncle! Can we get one?! There's a pink one with a crown right there!" She said, pointing her small finger towards the bird plush. It would be Iyah and Mug who had to suffer through its song when she returned to New Alderaan.

Claudius used to think Drusilla was spendy, but the amount they were spending on souvenirs was growing exponentially. Still, it was worth it, as he willingly handed over his credit chit. They now had so many bags of souvenirs that he wished that they had Marcus and Zara Rodney's nanny droid to carry everything. As they came out of the gift shop they came face to face with the one ride he had always feared: Beggar's Canyon. "Uh. I think I'm going to sit this one out," he said to Sierra, as he heard the screams from those on the roller coaster. Already he was becoming queasy, and some of the color began to retreat from his face.

However, then Ewwiekewwieikkie saw Brad the Bantha near the ride there was no stopping her. "C'mon Daddy! Daddy!" she said, as she grabbed her adoptive father by the hand and began dragging him towards the ride against his wishes. "Melickielickie! Callista! Sierra! Bruce! Hurry!" she said in absolute terror as she feared not being able to catch up with the mascot. However, once she saw the ride she became equally excited and her yellow eyes widened like crazy. She began to pile into the front of the car, with her father next to her, as everyone filed in.

The guard rails came down causing Claudius to fill with fear, while Ewwiekewwieikkie began to clap. Suddenly the ride was off and they were moving much too fast through the recreation of the canyon on Tatooine. "At this speed will we be able to pull out in time? Claudius asked, as they moved past some animatronic womp rats. Just as they began to near the canyon wall he let out a tremendous scream of fear, which is exactly when the holo camera went on, forever capturing the moment for the low, low, price of 26.5 credits. Suddenly the ride shot up, causing them to miss the end of the canyon, and depositing them back from which they came. Everyone had exited the ride by Claudius who was pale and shaking, and perhaps needed his underwear cleaned as much as Ewwiekewwieikkie's fur.

"Yay! Yay! Yay! Thank youuu!" Callista cuddled her little convor. "I shall name you 'Sherry'!" She declared, running a single digit along the length of the convor's body. She moved along with the crowd towards the next ride, but when she heard the panicked screaming coming from those who entered the ride, and the sickly looking people who came out of the ride, Callista was scared. She hung back nervously. Sierra wasn't going to push her. After all, either her or Claudius was going to need to sit out with Bruce, who was far too small to go on such a thrill ride. Sierra took Callista's hand and squeezed it. "Okay. You sit this one out with Callista and Bruce." She agreed, readying to trade off baby duty to endure the wild ride with Ewwiekewwieikkie and Melickielickie, who could not be slowed down.

Instead, both of the Squibs hustled their adoptive father off and into the ride. "Let's go wait over here." She said to Callista, guiding her towards the exit of the ride and the kiosk selling photos from the ride. Sierra lingered close to the kiosk, eyeing the display screen until the picture with Claudius and the girls came up. She giggled, truly feeling back for her husband, but the girls looked *so* happy! "I'll take that one." Sierra said, purchasing a copy of the image to immortalize the moment. She thought some of the pictures she'd taken might make a great addition for her desk. When the ride ended, Sierra was taking pictures of Callista, who absolutely loved the holocam. Sierra saw the state of her husband and frowned. She moved towards him and offered him a much needed hug. "I'll never make you go on that ride ever again." She whispered.

Melickielickie's fur was sticking up wildly. She yawned, covering her open mouth with her paw. "Me sleepy." She said, totally unaffected by the ride. "I go sleep?" She asked, pawing at her adoptive mother's sun burnt legs.

Sierra looked towards Claudius and the girls. "Why don't we go back to the hotel for a little bit? Melickielickie and Bruce could use a nap... And Ewwiekewwieikkie, we really ought to get you washed." She said, running her hand over her adoptive daughter's back.

"I'm sleepy too, Melickielickie," Claudius said to his newest daughter, but he was giving the signal to his wife that it was time to go. As he began to leave he came upon a vendor selling candy versions of his Squib statue titled 'Big Time Hero of Beyond-Squib Deliciousness', which made him cringe. He looked at it for a moment, trying to determine if he really looked like *that*. He refused to buy any, as he did not like the idea of any of the girls devouring him. Eventually they made their way back towards the tram that would take them back towards the spaceport and the resorts. He could hear 'It's a Small Galaxy After All' playing already, which made him sigh, but eventually he just accepted it and began to laugh. "Hey," he said to Sierra, as he turned to stop her as the girls went on ahead. "You did great today. I love you, and I always will," he said, before leaning in and placing a kiss upon her lips.

"Me three..." Sierra added as she imagined sprawling out on the hotel bed and falling into a hibernation-like state of sleep. As they were leaving, she spotted the vendor with the 'Big Time Hero of Beyond-Squib Deliciousness' and had to wonder if Auntie Mae was the greatest ISB agent who ever lived. She knew everything! She didn't like the idea of the girls eating candy versions of him either, and did her best to use her body to shield them away from even noticing the vendor.

It was hard to tell if the song was actually playing, or simply repeating in Sierra's head. Briefly, the Rainbow Rancor song moved to the back of her mind to be replaced with this one. She was humming it when Claudius stopped her. She grinned at him. "Hi you." It had been a wild day, but a *great* day. "You too. That last ride looked scary and I really didn't want to go on it." She admitted, laughing. "I love you, and I always will." She repeated his words, her heart feeling full and content. Her lips met with his in a gentle, loving kiss. He was her world.

"Aww. Kissie kissie," Ewwiekewwieikkie said, as she moved onto the tram with everyone else. Gradually it got moving and the Happiest Place on Corellia began to grow smaller and smaller out of the window. She pressed her face to the glass as she watched it disappear, feeling profoundly sad. It was then she turned around, looking towards Claudius Sierra, and offering her best smile. "Can we come back tomorrow?!" she asked, just about as excited as she had ever sounded.

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