Mug Zoran was
glad to be back on New Alderaan after a string of
operations in the Ringali Shell. He wished that
Callista would be there, but as far as he knew she
was still staying with his in-laws on Esseles. When
they landed in New Aldera he was quick to debark the
Blue Haven and walk through the city towards the
homestead that Callista had designed. "Wow. Look at
how much they've built while we were away!" he said
to Iyah, as the path that led to their home was now
populated with houses, shops, and ... an Auntie
Mae's franchise! As he walked up the stone path to
the front door of their forever home he opened the
door and stepped inside. As he looked around he saw
blue fur everything and the house seemed to be in
disarray. "...I think we've been robbed," an
overwhelmed Mug said to his fiance, as he turned to
face her to gauge her reaction.
It was to
Iyah's relief that they were returning home to New
Alderaan. The sight of New Alderaan from the Pelta-class
frigate had filled her with happiness and hope. She
knew Callista would not be waiting for them at home.
It would take time to arrange for Sierra to bring
her back home. She wanted nothing more than to be
united as a family again. The knowledge of the
Inquisitor's presence on Chandrila had shaken her.
She didn't want to die, nor did she want to lose
surprised by all the changes in New Alderaan. "It's
so much better for these people. They'll never be in
a situation like Tarkintown again." Iyah had found
her heart in Tarkintown, but she was determined to
never let these people suffer like that again. She
knew that they were in good hands. Jelena Rodney was
a capable leader in her eyes. As they walked up
towards their home, Iyah had no idea that there were
visitors. When they walked through the door, Iyah
noticed all the blue fur. She wondered if the Squib
her daughter had befriended went through a massive
shedding phase. "Goodness." She crouched down,
grabbing some of the fur. She noticed it smelled
like ... like... "Ice cream..? This smells like ice
Callista's voice shattered the quiet in the house.
She darted down the stairs from the upper level of
their home at full blast. "*Mama*! *Daddy*! *Mama*!
*Daddy*!" The brown-headed little girl collided with
her parents. She hugged them both tightly. There was
so much blue hair that even Callista's buns had some
in it. "You're home!!! Ewwie! Mewwie! *C'mere*!" She
called out for her Squib friends.
Ewwiekewwieikkie came bounding through the house
with a giant pot on her head. "You're home!" she
said, having lost track of the days where she had
been left in charge. "No worry. I take care of
everybody," she said, before giving a giant hug to
Iyah. She then moved towards Mug and gave him an
equally big hug. "Did you bring any food? We ate all
the food," she said, before running around the
living room excited. "Oh! Oh! Oh!" she said, as she
grabbed hold of a small datapad. "This is for you!"
she said, but it was not an explanation of what she
was doing here, but instead it was a bill from
Auntie Mae's for 872 credits. "Fix this. They said
no more," she said, before going into a pout she had
copied from her adoptive family.
was hot on her sister's heels. The significantly
smaller Squib came darting out. On her head, she
wore a smaller sauce pan. "Hiiiiiii!" She had *no*
idea who Mug or Iyah was, but she trusted Ewwie and
gave both of them a big, tight hug. "Hi!" She hugged
Iyah. "Hi!" She hugged Mug. When she had finished,
she was off like a rocket. "Food! Food! I so hungee!"
She fell to the floor clutching her stomach then
rolled from side to wide. "Hungeeee, hungeeee!" She
continued to roll. Callista, easily inspired, joined
her in rolling back and forth on the ground. "Weeeee!"
She cried out.
shocked. First her daughter appeared, then
Ewwiekewwieikkie, and finally a new, much littler
Squib. It was surprising to see that some of
Claudius' family had arrived in New Alderaan. Given
the war in Chandrila, she wondered if the Squibs
appearance meant that he was dead. They had quite a
full house at the moment, but it was the best thing
for Commander Xergo to come home to. She squeezed
her own daughter, then both Squibs. "I'm so happy to
see you again, Callista." She kissed her daughter's
forehead before releasing her to play with her
friends. Iyah took the small datapad from
Ewwiekewwieikkie, eyeing the amount owed to Auntie
Mae. She coughed, sliding the datapad in between the
cushions of the sofa. When she looked down at
herself, she realized she was covered in blue hair.
It clung to her uniform. As she looked over at
Callista and the two Squibs, she felt an
overwhelming urge move through her. She turned to
Mug, smiling. "Mug... Let's get *married*." She said
suddenly. The stress of the war had been pushing her
closer and closer to this decision. "Like, now." She
added. There was never going to be another
opportunity like this.
Mug was giving
hugs to everyone, particularly his daughter Callista,
when Iyah suddenly had the idea that they should get
married immediately. As his arms were wrapped around
Callista he looked up at Iyah. "Yes. Let's do it!"
he said, as he gave his daughter a kiss on her
cheek. "I'm sure Jelena has the authority to perform
the wedding with her duties here," he said to her,
as he rose back up to his feet. "Is everyone ready
for a wedding?!" he asked the girls, who began
squealing with delight. The real question was ...
was he? He loved Iyah more than he ever thought
possible, and as he stood in his chaotic living room
he was 100-percent certain he wanted the rest of his
days to be like this.
Her face lit
up bright. At long last, she and Mug were getting
married. Iyah had patiently waited for this day to
come since he had chosen her as his bride. She loved
him, and she loved that he understood what she did.
Her duties as a Rebel had made it impossible for
them to marry any sooner...but now that would
change. Mug was coming first today. Iyah wrapped an
arm around Mug and hugged him. This was their
life...and it was perfect. She looked forward to a
day when the war ended and they could reap the
benefits together. After all, her future had to
include Mug. She was leaning in to kiss him when a
knock at the door stopped her. "More children?" Iyah
asked with a laugh. She made her way over to the
door, but when she opened it she *did* find another
child. "Sierra?" Her eyes settled on her
sister-in-law and a baby? Iyah had learned to work
past her hate for all Imperials for the sake of her
daughter. Even Sierra had earned her trust at this
had made her way back to New Aldera with the
intention of collecting her girls. The house simply
wasn't right without the Squibs, and Sorbet had
become incredibly sad while his owner was away. She
stood before Callista's happy little home with Bruce
in her arms. She remotely tried to hide her
appearance by not dressing in her uniform and
wearing a hood up over her hair and face. From
outside the door, she could hear screaming and
became nervous that something had happened...until
Iyah opened the door. "Oh, hello." She didn't expect
to see Iyah with the ongoing war. "I've come to pick
up Ewwiekewwiekkie and Melickielickie to take them
home. I hope they haven't been *too* difficult for
you. I appreciate you watching over them."
you for watching Callista ... again," Mug said to
her, as it seemed their wedding was meant to be with
so many of their loved ones present. "We are to be
married this very day," he said, as he moved towards
her. "Would you be able to stay?" he asked her, as
he looked down at the beautiful baby she was
holding. It made him a want to have a baby with Iyah
if possible, but after everything he had seen over
the past week at Chandrila he might want to wait
until the war had ended. "...and who is this?" he
asked, as he smiled down at baby Bruce. The family
he never knew he had was growing exponentially.
"Oh, no need
to thank me, Mug. She's a pleasure. I did want to
ask you about something. We will be travelling to
Skor II to formally adopt Melickielickie soon.
Afterwards, we're going to go to..." She hushed her
voice so only he could hear. "Auntie Maeland." She
returned to former volume. "I'd like to take
Callista too, if that's okay with you." Sierra
grinned as he shared a tidbit of good news with her.
"Congratulations!" She said happily. She offered a
quick hug to Mug, then another to Iyah. "Yes, yes.
I'll stay. Is there anything you need help with?"
Bruce was in a pleasant mood. Sierra had made a
point to have a conversation with Meham before
leaving the Retributor. He had been out like a light
for most of the trip. Now he was *very* curious. The
ISB officer grinned. "This is my son, Bruce. He's a
cutie, isn't he? Want to hold him?" She looked down
at her baby. "This is uncle Mug and auntie Iyah."
She told her son.
With the size
of Ewwiekewwieikkie's ears in relation to her head
there was no whisper that could escape her. The
moment she heard the words 'Auntie Maeland' her
yellow eyes widened and she began to jump around in
a frenzy. "Auntie Maeland! We're going to Auntie
Maeland!" she said to Callista, before her mother
had even been given a chance to answer. "Melickielickie
we gonna go!" she said, before taking Callista in
one hand and Melickielicklie in the other and
dancing around in a circle. "Auntie Maeland!" she
said, as if she had ingested all of the sugar on the
planet. Well, an 827 credit ice cream bill came with
*a lot* of sugar.
and Melickielickie, the news of Auntie Maeland was
meant with even more screams than that of Iyah and
Mug's wedding. Melickielickie had been introduced to
Auntie Maeland which twenty-four hours of coming to
live at the Rodney estate. "We go! We go!"
Melickielickie danced in a circle with the other
girls. Callista and Melickielickie were clearly
hyped up on sugar. "Thank you, mama!" Callista
squeaked as she grew dizzy and fell to the ground.
Melicklickie mimicked the same action, her hand
lingering over her tummy. "Eeeeeeeee."
very well say 'no' after seeing her daughter become
so excited. She smiled. "Yeah, you can take my
princess with you as long as you don't leave until
after the wedding. We could use some help." Iyah
said with a little laugh. She didn't immediately
mention to Sierra that the decision to get married
*today* was only ten minutes old. If anyone could
understand, it was her. Sierra had done the same
thing. Her hazel eyes looked down at the boy she
introduced as 'Bruce'. He really was cute. It made
her think about having children with Mug. She had no
doubt that it was in the cards. It was necessary for
her to wait until *after* the war ended. She
couldn't perform her duties while pregnant. More
than that, she didn't want to bring a child into the
world right now. She wanted something better for her
offspring, and that included Callista.
was a bastard, there was no denying the fact that he
was still a Rodney, so when he discovered that
pretty much *everyone* but him was getting to go to
Auntie Maeland the famous Rodney pout found its way
onto its lips. He wanted to go to Auntie Maeland
too! "A lot of help," he admitted to Sierra, as he
looked around his house for additional signs of
damage. "I didn't know Squibs shed so much," he
said, as he moved towards the upstairs to take a
look to see what they had gotten to up there. It
seemed they had all been staying in Callista's room,
where a giant fort had been constructed. "I'll be
right down," he said, as he moved towards the
refresher, as the fact that he was about to get
married caused his stomach to jump into action. He
tried to open the refresher door, but it would not
budge. "They broke the refresher!" he yelled down
the stairs, as he entered the override code to open
refresher door opened the presence of El-Nay Darr
was made apparent. "Have you come to rescue me?" she
asked, as she had barricaded herself in the
refresher the day before. "I-I-I came to help," she
said to Mug, still trembling, with a face that was
decidedly white with fear. "But once they got into
the ice cream there was no stopping them," she said,
as she rose from the toilet seat and began walking
towards him. "I don't know how Sierra does it. There
should be never more than one Squib in one place,"
she said, as she brushed past him and moved towards
the stairs. It was like she was in shock, as if she
had just seen battle.
In the gazebo
behind Mug and Iyah's homestead Doctor Pilaq Tohan
was sitting with Doctor Alessandra Bailo with a pot
of tea and some cookies. "It is wonderful what
they've done here, doctor," he said, as he reached
out and picked up a Corellia finger, before eating
it slowly. "Before we leave we should check on their
medical facility to ensure everything is up to
date," he explained to her, before sipping the tea.
"I imagine they are quite ill equipped," he mused,
as he ate another cookie. "I suppose we should check
on the children, but ... you did say I needed rest,"
he pointed out, before another obnoxiously loud
slurp of tea. As he heard the children roar again he
looked down towards the cookie platter. "On second
thought they'll be okay," he said, before moving for
the cookie again.
was surprised by how much the Squibs had managed to
shed within Iyah and Mug's home. There were a lot of
preparations to do in order to see that they were
married by the end of the day, so Sierra remained
inside of the house to help out. The first order of
business was cleaning up the mess her adoptive Squib
daughters had left behind. She also contacted Zara
and Marcus to invite them, and task them with
collecting the necessary clothing for the wedding; a
dress for Iyah, something formal for Mug, and a
flower girl dress for Callista. As soon as El-Nay
was found, she roped her into helping her out with
preparations. It was good to see that the
Mandalorian had survived the ordeal with Jessa.
Sierra couldn't help giving her friend a big, tight
In the gazebo,
Doctor Bailo was enjoying a quiet moment with Pilaq.
She had overseen his recovery since Lady Rodney had
brought them to New Alderaan. Between her long
fingers, she held a tea cup which she slowly brought
up to one of her mouths and took a sip. "I think so
as well. The have created a wonderful place for
those affected by the war to settle." She set her
cup down and slowly picked up a Corellia finger. She
nodded her head in agreement. "The facility I worked
at Jubilee has recently begun replacing old
equipment. Typically, they resell the old equipment.
I wonder if they might be talked into donating it to
the people here." She had worked at that medical
facility for decades. She would make a list of what
was needed at the medical facility and see what she
could do to help. She cringed, hearing loud noises
from inside the house. A moment later, the backdoor
opened and closed. Alessandra could see the wild
brown hair of Callista Nilar making her way towards
the gazebo. "We've been found out." She informed
girl sat beside Pilaq. "Hi Doctor Tohan." She said,
reaching out for a cookie. "Mama and daddy are
getting married today!" She informed the old
Ithorian. "You guys gotta come! Auntie Sierra is
here too. She says we're going to Auntie Maeland."
She began nibbling on the cookie.
"It must have
been the cookies. They can sense sweets from a
kilometer away," Doctor Tohan warned Doctor Bailo as
the young girl approached and went right for the
cookie. "Oh dear. A wedding? Today?!" he said, as
his heart began to flutter with emotion. "We'll
come!" he told the little girl, speaking for Doctor
Bailo who he did not think would object to coming.
He was surprised that Sierra was back, as she had
snuck away after getting everyone else settled. "Did
she come alone?" he asked, as he had been wondering
what was happening back in the warzone. He did not
like being left out, but at the same time with his
age and failing health he could not be a part of it
"You were only
able to find these because they were hidden behind a
bundle of celery." Doctor Bailo smiled down towards
the little girl with both of her mouths. She looked
shocked to hear that they would be attending a
wedding *today*. It was good news after so much bad
news. However, she'd need to keep an eye on her
patient so he didn't over do it. With all that had
been going on, Doctor Bailo was beginning to feel
like it would be easier for Pilaq to remain *here*
on New Aldera. He could retire, or, at least cut
down his hours. "A wedding sounds wonderful." She
looked up at Pilaq. She was glad that she had been
able to find happiness this late in her life.
smiled quadrupled. She only had one mouth, yet she
managed to smile the brightest of all. "Nope! She
brought the baby!" Callista informed them. "Mama
says when he gets older, he can come to my tea
parties." Her legs stopped moving suddenly as a
realization struck. Her big, blue eyes looked up at
Pilaq. She placed a hand on his arm. "Doctor, does
that mean you're gonna leave with Auntie?" Tears
were beginning to form in her eyes. She suddenly
hugged him. "I don't want you to go!"
was relieved to learn that young Bruce Rodney was
still alive and well, and with his mother! "I am
sure he will enjoy that very much," he said to the
little girl, as he smiled down at her. "I am sorry,
Callista, but I am needed with the baby," he said,
as the young girl began to cry. It made him feel
*awful*. His large bulbous eyes slowly rotated to
look at Doctor Bailo for support. He wrapped his
long, lanky arms around her, drawing her in near.
"Do not be sad," he told her, as long arms
completely encircled her.
daddy will have a baby! Then you can come stay with
us!" Callista declared as she began to cry. She
protested her new friends leaving for good. She
buried her cherubic face into the Ithorian while she
cried. Callista had the biggest heart of all of
eyes fell. She looked back at Doctor Tohan. Slowly,
she rose from her seat and moved to pat Callista on
the back. "We're going to miss you too, Callista."
She said soothingly. "It is not goodbye forever.
When you come visit Ewwiekewwieikkie and your aunt
and uncle, we will come see you." She ran her long
fingers through the girl's pretty hair.
Rodney had to throw quite a bit of her weight around
to accomplish the list of duties that Sierra had
given her. AKA, she had to act alike to Drusilla.
"We're here!" She announced to her family as the
Nerf Herder came to land on New Alderaan. Somehow,
she'd had the time to get the nanny droid working
and had spent time explaining to it that Marcus was
the descendant of Germanicus and Raeni Rodney, and
that their children were part of the next
generation. The droid would still need so much work
but it would be able to help with the twins during
the wedding. Zara unbuckled herself and stood. There
was a crate in the back with clothing for Mug, Iyah,
and Callista. She, herself, wore a simple dress for
the occasion. She collected up both of the twins
carefully. "Jelena is supposed to meet us here,
right?" She asked Marcus. They had never visited New
Alderaan before. "Nana, can you get that crate?"
looked at the bot. It had a fresh coat of royal
purple paint on it. Zara had given it a face to make
the droid look more 'friendly'. Even then, all Sia
wanted to do was pound on the droid with her
As the Nerf
Herder descended into New Aldera, Duke Marcus Rodney
was overcome with emotion as he looked out at the
former Delayans who had abandoned his world to seek
refuge here. "I suppose this is better for them," he
said bitterly, as he rose from the cockpit and began
to attend their children. "Thank goodness for the
droid. The nerve of Sierra to ask us to bring all of
this stuff," he muttered, as he focused his
attention on young Darrus and Sia. They were about
to meet a large portion of their very complicated
family. "That's what the message said," he told her,
as he took Zara by the arm while she had the twins
and guided her down the ramp.
droid, now being called Nana, was still attempting
to the process the fact that nearly eight centuries
had passed since the was last in service. However,
she was still in the service of the House of Rodney
and, despite the change in time, there were still
young children to care for. Grabbing hold of the
crate she moved down the ramp behind Zara and
Marcus. "Why do they call this place *New* Alderaan?"
she asked, as when she was last powered on Alderaan
was very much intact.
Rodney, who had virtually become Governor of New
Alderaan, slowly moved towards the Nerf Herder as
the dust settled from its landing. "Oh my goodness.
There they are!" she squealed, as she became more
hormonal teenager than Rebel leader. She completely
ignored Marcus and Zara and went right towards Sia
and Darrus. "So these are my cousins then," she
said, as she attempted to mentally comprehend the
family tree. She began making weird faces and
speaking gibberish in a cutesy voice as she gushed
over the babies.
the Rebels had done for their people made Zara
wonder what they could do about the Imperial
occupation in Delaya. If they could make the
Imperials leave, then Marcus and her could actually
function in their roles and fix things. The
Ithorians had made a major contribution to the
atmosphere. It looked better and better every day.
The Imperial garrison, AT-AT and walkers were
becoming more of an eyesore. Zara wanted their
people to be treated better. She wanted the twins to
grow up without the Imperials on their homeland.
Zara rolled her eyes. "I think we can call us even
from when I shot her now." She moved slowly down the
ramp with Marcus' help.
twins would meet many new people in the Rodney
family, but they weren't the only ones meeting new
people. Zara had *never* met Claudius' eldest
daughter. She had helped figure out the truth about
Jelena's death, so she knew what she looked like.
She also knew that Marcus liked her, so she *had* to
be a good person. Zara noticed her from the ISB
recordings when she saw her. A smile started forming
on her face, then she shifted to look back at Nana.
"I'll fill you in later, okay? I've got a lot of
history to catch you up on." The eight-century old
Nanny Droid was a mystery to Zara. It was her only
chance to learn about the two people who had started
it all for the House of Rodney.
In her arms,
the twins were absolutely thrilled with Jelena.
Somehow, she got *both* children to laugh and smile.
Darrus' shaky little hand reached out towards his
cousin's hair. Sia was too busy laughing and
wiggling to grab at Jelena. "How did you do that?!
They never both laugh at the same time!" Zara
gasped. Jelena was a baby whisperer. "It's great to
finally meet you in person, Jelena. I've heard so
much about you. . . I even went to your funeral."
She laughed dryly. That was when Luna had stolen
"I heard it
was a real blast," Jelena replied, with an impish
grin, as she smiled towards her aunt. "I am sorry
for not introducing myself, but ... babies," she
explained, before nodding her head to the woman. "I
suppose I'm your niece, Lady Jelena Rodney," she
said, before taking hold of the front of her dress
and performing a curtsy in front of her.
"Congratulations on becoming Duchess of Delaya," she
said, with a polite nod and a happy smile. "It was
never anything I wanted, and yet here I find myself
struggling each day to govern a world," she said,
with an exhausted sigh, as she started to talk shop.
One of the necessities of governing was frequent
complaining. "Welcome to New Alderaan," she said to
them both, before ushering them down the main street
that would lead to Mug and Iyah's homestead. "You'll
find the Zoran homestead a bit unusual, but it was
designed by young Callista so please don't laugh,"
she said to them, as she moved through the bustling
settlement. All around them the former Alderaanians
and Delayans were working to rebuild their lives and
"I heard it was an even bigger blast for Sierra."
The joke was in bad taste and funny nonetheless!
Zara nodded her head. "I know. They come first." She
looked down at her twins. Jelena seemed so nice! She
was totally different from Drusilla, and even more
different than her father. Zara liked her right off
the bat. "Thanks! The Duchy just kinda fell in our
laps. I know how hard it can be to try to make
everybody happy *and* do the right thing. I can't
say how the people feel here, but it looks *really*
nice." Zara commented as they began heading towards
the Zoran homestead. She wondered if any of the
former Delayans would return home if the war ever
ended or if they would remain with Jelena. She was
excited to see a home designed by Callista. She
imagined a house with a gigantic crown on top. "Awww.
Callista! I miss her. We haven't seen her since the
coronation." She told Jelena as she found herself in
front of a house that only Callista could design.
Her smile grew even wider. "So cute!" She looked at
Marcus. "I guess I gotta go enter the warzone.
Without us, the whole wedding party would be naked!"
She offered him both twins before opening up the
door into Mug's home. She was shocked to see that so
many people had gathered inside. There was Sierra
and Bruce, El-Nay, Mug, Iyah, Callista, *two*
Squibs! "Iyahhhh! I got you a dress!" She called out
over the noise.
bridesmaid ... never a bride," Yekaterina Hanson
said, as she dressed herself in the upper level of
Mug and Iyah's homestead. It was a wonder that she
had even five minutes of privacy to dress herself
with all of the children running about. As she
looked in the mirror she thought she saw Inquisitor
Thrope and let out a scream of anguish. Her heart
was racing, and all of the color briefly left her
face. As she caught her breath she opened her eyes
and saw nothing in the mirror. She was
hallucinating. Her close encounter with the
Inquisitor was still fresh on her mind. She was glad
to be back on New Alderaan, where everyone felt
Mug Zoran was
enjoying his last few moments of bachelorhood as he
was in one of the upstairs guest rooms preparing
himself ... alone. The master suite had been
reserved, and deservedly so, for Iyah, as he did not
need the space. He wished his mother had lived to
see this day, but the Empire had other plans.
Formalwear was something that he had no use for, so
he was struggling with what to wear. He considered
wearing his uniform, when suddenly he was
interrupted by a knock at his door.
come to check on his younger half-brother. "So
here's where you're hiding," he said, as he moved
into the room and gave him a huge slap on the back.
"If you want to make a run for it ... out the window
and I'll guard the door," he told him, as he
remembered how nervous he was on his wedding day.
Fortunately, he had eloped to the Sea Islands,
whereas Mug was getting married in front of almost
everyone. "I brought you something to wear," he
said, as he revealed the formalwear that he had to
pick up. "Do you have someone to stand up for you?"
he asked, as he lay out the clothes on the bed.
replied nervously, his voice nearly squeaking. He
moved not to his brother, but to the clothing that
he brought. "Thank you," he said, as he began moving
towards the refresher to get dressed. "No. I won't
run. I'm going to spend my life with Iyah," he
shouted from the refresher as he dressed himself.
"No. I don't have anyone. It's nothing but women,
Squibs, and Ithorians here. You're the first human
male I've seen since returning home," he said, with
a laugh, before emerging back from the refresher
completely dressed. "How do I look?" he asked, as he
posed for his brother. "Will you stand up for me,
brother?" he asked, as he was starting to get
Marcus took a
few steps towards his brother, reaching towards his
clothes and giving him a final adjustment until
everything sat perfectly. "*Now* you look good," he
told him, before brushing some dust off the
shoulders of the dark coat. "Of course I'll stand up
for you," he said, as he began to lead him from the
room towards his date with destiny. "...but I'm
going to need a favor later," he told him,
cryptically, but before Mug could ask him more about
it they had descended the stairs into the swelling
crowd of family. "Good news, everyone. He's going
through with it!" he teased, as he motioned to Mug
awkwardly walking in the formalwear behind him.
"Holy shit in
a handbasket!" Major Elayne Passik inhaled far too
sharply on her cigarra when she heard screaming
from the refresher. She had wandered upstairs to the
balcony to enjoy a cigarra without forcing
everyone else to deal with her secondhand smoke. She
quickly stomped out the cigarra and made her way
back inside. She tactfully waited for the screaming
person from the refresher to leave. The shorthaired
woman she saw was noticeably the one who had been
tormented by the Inquisitor. Even from the
holographic projection, Elayne recognized the look
in her eyes. It took her back to standing in her
bathroom in a medcenter with her forearms slashed
up, just staring at herself in the mirror. She
understood what Yekaterina Hanson was going through.
She opted not to talk to the woman at this very
moment. There was a wedding to celebrate. They could
talk PTSD before Elayne departed. Instead, the
blue-haired woman made her way down the stairs
carefully. She exited the back door into the yard.
"Ah, much better." She said, lowering herself down
in her seat right next to none other than Commander
Dillon Hobbes. Her hand linked with his.
stood inside of the master bedroom of the Zoran
homestead. Sierra, too, was there. Sierra was now in
charge of all *three* babies while Zara helped
prepare Iyah. "Lookit, Iyah. You got something old."
She pointed towards her ancient nanny droid.
"Something new," she pointed to Bruce, "Something
blue... lots of somethings blue." She said, pointing
to all of the Squib hair. "And something borrowed."
As Zara spoke, she showed Iyah a small box
containing elaborate earrings worn by none other
than Raeni Rodney. "It's almost time. Soon you'll
join the married club." Unknown to Zara, the flowers
that had been collected for Iyah's wedding were
Iyah stood at
the large window in her room. She stared down at the
crowd that had collected to see them married. It was
shocking to see how quickly all these supporters had
shown up for them. Her only regret was that her
mentor could not be present for the occasion. She
wasn't nervous in the slightest. This was a moment
she had been ready for since the day she met Mug.
Mug had saved her from herself. He had made her a
better person in so many ways. The Commander turned
towards her sister as she pointed out everything.
Iyah laughed softly. "Thank you, Zara." She took the
earrings and placed them on each ear. She had grown
used to wearing uniform. Her wedding dress was
significantly different from her uniform. It was
white...white in a way that screamed *spill
something on me*. It wrapped around her bronze body
comfortably. For the limited information Zara had,
she had found something very pretty. There was an
exquisite design on the front, while the other side
was backless. She could think of nothing other than
made her way downstairs once Zara, Sierra, and her
nieces and nephews had left to join the crowd. At
the end of the stairs, Callista was waiting. "*Wow
Mommy*! *You look like a Princess*! *Princess
Mommy*!" She squeaked. On top of Calista's head, she
wore a tiara. Her long, brown hair draped over her
little shoulders. The dress Zara had selected for
her was a soft pink and *very* cute. Callista
squeezed her mother as soon as she reached the
bottom of the stairs. "Daddy's waiting. You gotta go
Dillon Hobbes found it strange that he was at this
ceremony, but Elayne had invited him and he did not
know how to say no to her. He was out on the balcony
with her, not to smoke, but simply because he did
not know anyone else. He moved into the house with
her when he heard the scream, but seeing it was the
Rebel trooper from the conference of the other day
he was not at all surprised. He envied the Rebel
squadrons assigned to New Alderaan, as he did not
expect them to have to fight the Empire anytime
Ewwiekewwieikkie had decided to help Callista be the
flower girl, but unfortunately the basket of
multi-colored flowers looked delicious. "Om nom
nom," she declared, as she took a handful of flowers
and began to shove them into her mouth. She was
chewing obnoxiously loud as she ate as many as she
could. Unfortunately, the flowers were chosen for
aesthetic purposes and no one had any reason to
suspect they would be ingested. As a result several
of the flowers were the source of a common medicinal
painkiller, which she had ingested raw, and thus had
started to become very high. "I ... I feel warm,"
she said to Callista and Melickielickie, as she
began to stumble around, as if she was floating.
Melickielickie stood at the base of the stairs with
her sister and Callista. She had no idea what was
happening, but she was more than pleased to help
out. She had shoved flowers into the front of her
dress. Callista did say she was to be a 'flower
girl', so she tucked flowers everywhere she could.
Some of the flowers smelled funny and made her
sneeze. "Chu!" She squeaked, pawing at her little
nose. "You warm?" Melickielickie asked, using her
paws to try to fan her sister.
Zara gave Iyah
the cue to go as she darted off to take her seat.
She thought it was wonderful of Marcus to act as
Mug's best man. Soft music began to play. Zara had
to give it to them, the Rebels had managed to put
together a nice wedding for Iyah and Mug. Their
backyard was now decorated with flowers and lights.
The gazebo, where the couple would marry, looked
gorgeous. The sun was setting over New Aldera when
Callista and Melickielickie began walking down the
makeshift aisle. They were dragging Ewwiekewwiekkie
with them and threw barely any flowers at all. It
was *adorable*. Zara hoped that they all would be
reunited at her and Marcus' ball.
ran over the front of her dress nervously. She
checked her hair, which was done in an updo. She
fooled around with her veil. The time had come and
she wanted everything to be *perfect*. The girls
walked down the aisle first. Ewwiekewwikkie's
behavior caused her to worry about the Squib. Was
she okay..? Iyah took her first step out the back
doors of the home her family shared. Goosebumps
erupted on her bare arms. Self doubt nipped at her
heels briefly. Was she good enough for Mug? Could
she make a good wife for him? Iyah forced her chin
up. Her eyes met with his. The emotions that
overwhelmed her at that point were enough to make
her stop moving. Her eyes blinked away tears. She
was so happy to have him. When she began moving
again, she was walking much quicker towards Mug,
towards destiny. At last, she stood inside of the
gazebo before the love of her life: Mug Zoran.
Rodney stood in the gazebo as she smiled at each of
the members of her family and their invited guests.
As the leader of the safeworld it was her task to
perform the ceremony, which she did not take
lightly. "Friends, family, Squibs ... we are
gathered here on a new world to usher in a new
love," she said, as she smiled at Iyah and Mug. "It
is not often in this cruel war that we are provided
with moments of joy, moments of togetherness,
moments of love," she said, as she thought about her
distant father. "Take a moment to savor the peace
offered by this world, and by this love, for as we
have all learned over the past years there are no
guarantees," she said, as she raised her hands.
"Before this bond is sealed I believe my uncle has a
few words to say," she said, before nodding to Mug.
to the words spoken by his niece quietly, until she
finished and allowed him to speak. He turned, taking
Iyah by the hands, as he lifted them slightly and
smiled down at her. "Wise men say 'only fools rush
in', but I can't help falling in love with you," he
said to her, sweetly, as his voice nearly cracked.
He looked towards Callista for a moment, smiling at
her, before he made the moment just about him and
his *wife*. He leaned his face in towards her and
placed his lips upon her in a tender, loving kiss in
front of everyone.
stood outside the gazebo with Doctor Bailo as the
marriage ceremony took place. As Mug and Iyah
exchanged vows he reached out with the long digits
of his hand and took Doctor Bailo's hand in hers. He
had grown a lot of affection for the woman in the
wild time they had spent together since first
reuniting during the hideout on Ithor. He as very
old, and perhaps nearing his last days, but he did
not want to spend them alone.
on the words that Jelena spoke. The war had been
hard on her until she added Mug to it. He was such a
good man who was capable of reminding her that
happiness existed. In the time they had been
together, they had endured so much. He had helped
bring her home from Delaya. He had helped her
recover, even when she wasn't feeling like herself.
She would do everything she could to be worthy of
the wonderful man standing before her, willingly
pledging his life to her. Iyah's eyes were only for
him, especially once he began speaking. Her heart
fluttered in her chest. The words were pushed her
and forced the hot, happy tears from her eyes. Her
hands were clutching his and shaking. This moment,
by far, was the happiest in her life. "Mug.." She
sniffled, taking a step forward to kiss him. Their
union was sealed. Before friends, family, and
everyone they cared about, Mug and Iyah became
husband and wife. Iyah let the kiss drag on just
because she wasn't ready to let go. When her lips
did leave his, she smiled her brightest smile. "I
love you, Mug."
Aside from the
main event, Doctor Bailo had remained close to
Doctor Tohan. She had a happy, content look on her
face while she watched the young people profess
their love for each other. She didn't know either
Mug or Iyah well, but she was happy for them
regardless. Happiness was so hard to find at a time
like this. The war had taken so many lives. It had
come close to taking Pilaq's when he chose to defend
the young Rodney child. Her eyes shifted towards
him. Her long fingers held his hand. The union
didn't feel like it was for Mug and Iyah alone.
Alessandra had, at last, found her own little piece
of happiness. Wherever this war took them next, she
would follow him. Their days of loneliness had
As Mug and
Iyah were officially wed a chorus of applause
erupted from all in attendance, but as the noise
died down, from the rear the applause only grew
louder. The crowd turned and parted, allowing Lord
Gaius Rodney to step forward. He was holding one of
the last bottles of Alderaan Ruge in the galaxy, and
had gotten quite drunk. "Look at you," he said, rosy
cheeked, as he staggered forward. "A family of
losers hiding on this rock," he said, before taking
a swig of wine right from the bottle. He had bided
his time on New Alderaan watching as the young
Jelena rose to power and the bastard Mug grew his
family. He watched on the HoloNet as the throne went
to Marcus and Zara, and as Claudius finally had a
son. He had *nothing*. Now to watch his cousin Mug
find love and happiness among the family was too
much for him.
had been searching *all* around New Aldera for her
father. When she arrived back at the
Rebel-constructed home they'd been given, she found
him missing. Times had not been easy for them. The
only member of the House of Rodney who wasn't doing
well was *Gaius*. Farrah had spent time trying to
arrange a plan to get back on top, but she had
*nothing*. She had only succeeded in securing them a
ship that she stole from some idiot. Her searching
had led her to the home of the family's bastard.
When she overheard people talking about a wedding,
she knew *exactly* where he was. "Daddy!" She called
out as she raced towards the backyard where her
drunken father was making a scene. To her surprise,
many of the members of their house were in Iyah and
Mug's backyard. She noticed Marcus and Zara. Sierra
was there too along with every damn offspring the
whores had produced. She surged through the crowd
and pried the bottle out from her father's hands,
smashing it on the ground. "Daddy, no!" She grabbed
his hand. "We're going home. These people don't
deserve to talk to you." She growled, attempting to
sway her father to follow her. They were *not* going
to the stupid, piece of crap home that had been
built for them.
succeeded in leading Gaius to the front of the house
where they were alone. There, she gripped his face.
"Daddy, we are *leaving*. This place is bad for you.
You've been drinking too much!" She stomped her
little foot on the ground.
fallen from the commander of the Alderaan Guard and
hopeful to the throne of Delaya to ... nothing. All
he had left was Farrah, so when she arrived, and
began dragging him away he went with her. "Enjoy
your party while you can," he muttered to the
family, before burping loudly. He hated every single
one of them, and if he was not so drunk he might
have pulled his blaster and started something, but
as it stood now he saw two of every one ... which
made for the frightening sight of four Squibs. As he
left with Farrah he replayed the missteps he had
taken that led to this. He would need to crawl out
of his hole and start anew.