Chapter Five - Luke's Mislanding
Thus begins the crossover! Enjoy.
Oh, and the communicating telepathically that Luke and Mara do – it’s probably a stretch of Force abilities, but I figure they are
married and therefore very closely connected. And I meant to alternate points of view, but this one ended up as Luke again. Sorry! DISCLAIMER
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or Lord of the Rings
The Jade Sabre
came out of hyperspace above a planet mottled with a collage of blue, green, brown, white, red and black. Luke closed his eyes, allowing the Force to wash over him.
There was a Dark Side presence on Arda for sure, but it was not as strong as Luke had expected it to be. For a place that had supposedly corrupted living beings, it was surprising how faded the Dark Side felt.
Something was odd, though. The Force from Arda felt different than anywhere else he had been before. And Luke had been to a good part of the galaxy.
He glanced at Mara sitting beside him in the cockpit, wondering if she had felt it too, but she was staring silently at the planet below them. “It’s beautiful,” she finally said.
Luke wasn’t quite sure that he agreed with her, but he just nodded. “Shall we take a look?” he asked. She said nothing, so Luke took over the controls and headed for the surface.
He landed on the western edge of the main land mass. It was a very green area of rolling grassy hills and small leafy trees. As Luke climbed down to the ground, he noticed that most of the hills were dotted with perfectly round colorful panels. Doors?
Behind the ship, Mara jumped down from the ladder and walked around to meet her husband. “Look at this place!” she said. “I’ve never seen anywhere like this.”
Mara’s excitement was infectious. Luke grinned and grabbed her hand. “Come on!”
Together, they walked among the meadows and down a road lined with short fences. Mara pointed at the grass-covered mounds that they passed. “Look there!” she said softly. “That almost looks like a window!”
Luke nodded. “And see the round panels? They have bright gold handles. I think they’re doors.”
“Doors?” Mara looked at him skeptically. “You mean people actually live in there?”
Shrugging, he replied, “Not necessarily humans, but something does.”
Suddenly they came upon a towering hill dotted with several lattice-covered windows. “Maybe we should start here?” Mara asked with a wry smile.
“Beautiful and smart,” Luke said. “I guess I did marry you for a reason.”
They started toward the door, but before they could reach it, it flew open and a tall humanoid creature emerged. Luke put a hand out, keeping Mara behind him. He could sense waves of hostility radiating from this strange being, but decided for a civil approach anyway. Mara was tense and rested her hand lightly on the hilt of her lightsaber. “Greetings,” Luke said. “We come in the spirit of friendship to meet with the leader of your planet.”
The blonde alien notched an arrow and held his bow ready. “And to say welcome, you break the most sacred of his laws.” He narrowed his eyes. “No man is allowed to set foot in the Shire.”
“Yet that apparently didn’t stop you,” Mara retorted.
“The Eldar are not bound by such restrictions.”
“I’m sorry,” Luke apologized. “We were unaware that we had done anything illegal. I am Jedi Master Luke Skywalker. I’m sure – ”
The alien’s eyes narrowed dangerous. “What did you say?”
Luke eyed him, feeling his sudden anger lash out through the Force. “I’m Luke Skywalker. I’m come to speak with your ruler.”
He watched as the alien called over his shoulder, “Should any Knights in the service of the crowns hear me, please come forth!”
Two diminutive beings came running out of the dwelling behind the archer, who now held his bow aimed. “What is it, Legolas?” asked the one with reddish hair.
The sandy-haired one narrowed his eyes at Luke and Mara. “Who are they?”
“Meriadoc Brandybuck and Peregrin Took, I call on you now not as Master and Thain, but as Knights of King Éomer and of King Elessar.” Legolas nodded to the two Jedi. “As Lord of Ithilien, I declare you under arrest in the presence of Knights of Rohan and Gondor for treason against his majesty, Elessar King of Gondor.”
“What?” Mara shrieked. “This is ridiculous!”
“Jade!” Luke barked. She looked at him, stung by his tone. ‘I’m sorry, love, but I had to stop you. Who knows what could make them arrest you, too,’ he thought.
She sighed. ‘I suppose you’re right.’
‘I love you.’
Meriadoc tied Luke’s hands behind his back. His lightsaber was still hidden inside his robes, for which he was thankful. “You will await extradition to Minas Tirith, where you will sit in judgment of Elessar,” Legolas told him. He cast a disdainful eye at Mara. “Your servant girl will go with you.”
Luke felt Mara’s self-rightous anger and tried to calm her. ‘Peace, Mara. This can’t last forever.’
‘I hope not.’
“What is your name anyway, girl?” Legolas was saying.
“Jade,” Mara replied. “Jade Ada.”
Legolas nodded suspiciously. “A strange name. Where do you come from?”
“Tatooine,” Luke replied automatically.
“Coruscant,” Mara added, greatly enjoying the waves of confusion that radiated off of their three captors.
Peregrin asked quietly, “Legolas, what are they talking about? I know of no such place.”
Legolas’s eyes darkened. “Coruscant,” he repeated. “I have heard of that.”
Mara snorted. “That’s not surprising. It’s only the capital of – ”
“Enough, girl!” Luke snapped. “Don’t you know when to shut up?”
He immediately regretted his words when he felt the furious ripple from his wife and saw the loathsome stares from the two smaller aliens. Legolas aimed his arrow at Luke’s heart. “She may be your servant, but you will not speak to her in such a sharp tone.”
Luke had to force himself not to smirk as he felt Mara’s satisfied ‘Serves you right’ echo in his mind. With his hands bound, Luke let Meriadoc and Peregrin lead him into the underground dwelling.
While they had to stoop to get through the door, both Luke and Mara found that they could stand up comfortably in the middle of the entryway. Mara, being a few inches taller than her husband, found that the top of her head brushed the ceiling. Legolas had to keep his head bowed.
Several other beings the same as the two Knights gathered curiously in the hallway. Two females, one with a younger male who appeared to be a teenager at her side, came to the front of the group. “Pippin?” the mother asked. “What’s going on?”
Peregrin smiled at her. “Don’t worry, Diamond. They won’t hurt you.”
The other female frowned. “I thought Men were not allowed in the Shire.”
Meriadoc left Luke and went to her side. “They won’t be here long, Estella.”
Luke and Mara shared a look. Neither sensed danger from the alien race that surrounded them, but Meriadoc’s words were not encouraging. Luke sighed. So far the trip was not going as well as he had hoped.
Beside him, Mara was getting impatient. “Do we at least get some place to stay until you take us to wherever this King of yours is?”
Legolas gave Luke a look. “Your girl is mouthy.”
“Tell me about it.” Luke ignored Mara’s sharp pinch on his back.
“She is right, though,” Legolas continued. He turned to Meriadoc. “Merry, my old friend, I ask you as Master of Buckland and head of Brandy Hall for a favor. Until tomorrow, would you hold these two prisoners here at the Hall?”
Estella looked alarmed. “Under your guard, right?”
Legolas bowed his head even more. “I would not have it any other way.”
Merry nodded. “Of course, Legolas.”
He and Pippin ushered Luke and Mara into a tiny room and shut the door behind them. The click of the lock echoed a moment later. Luke could feel Legolas’s presence outside the door.
He turned to Mara. “Well I guess we just – ”
“Shut up!” she snapped.
Stung by her words, he took a step back. “Look, I’m sorry about the things I said.”
Mara snorted. “You played your part very well.”
Luke gave her his wounded look. “I was just trying to protect you.”
She raised an eyebrow. “You’re still going to pay for it.”
Mara Jade was one of the only people in the galaxy whose threats carried any weight with Luke Skywalker. So he nodded slowly and said, “Try not to hurt your new husband too badly.”
“Oh I won’t hurt you,” Mara replied. “Unless sleeping alone is painful.”
Luke could not stop himself from groaning. Mara smiled sweetly at him. “Honeymoon is over, Jedi Master.”