Darkness Falls Chapter 5
Luke brought the Falcon down close to the Jedi temple, he had been using as a home. It was one of the biggest temples on the planet. He had found quite a few books on the history of the Jedi and had also learned of the war with the Sith, which the Jedi had won at the time.
He looked over to where Mara sat in the copilot chair. She seemed impressed at the size of the temple. He had been as well, but due to the circumstances of his arrival he hadn't the time to really appreciate it.
"So this is where we going to stay?" Mara asked.
"I know it's nothing special, but it will hide us from any Force scans. The temple is pretty big, so they'll be plenty of places you can go. The most important thing is, that this temple is the perfect place to train to become a Jedi," he told her.
Mara nodded as she looked at the temple again. It was quite big and she could just make out another one in the distance. She could tell Luke was pleased to be back, most likely due to the fact, that it was highly impossible for the Empire to find him here.
"If you go exploring don't enter any of the Sith temples. If you do then I doubt you'll make it out alive. Especially if you have little training in the Force," he told her and by the sound of his voice she could tell it was important, so she listened.
"How do I know which is which?" she inquired, as the ship finally landed in a clearing to the right of the temple.
"You'll feel it through the Force. Granted, you haven't had much training in it, but with your potential I think you'll feel the slight warning the Force will give you," Luke replied, as she shut down the ship, so no scans would pick up the power source.
Mara looked at her companion for a few minutes and noted that he was trying to avoid talking to her again. She could tell he was pretty tired and so she decided not to ask anything more for now.
She followed Luke out of the cockpit and down the ramp, which he had activated, there was a slight wind blowing through the nearby jungle. The whole planet seemed to be one big jungle with the temples spread out in certain clearings.
'I wonder how both Jedi and Sith temples came to be built here,' she thought.
"I don't know how they did it," Luke said.
"How they did what?" she asked, startled out of her thoughts.
"You asked how both Jedi and Sith temples were built here," Luke said, turning to face her.
"No I didn't. I thought it," she told him.
Luke frowned at this. He hadn't been trying to read her mind and yet he had clearly heard her ask the question. He could tell she too seemed a bit wary of this. He decided to ask Yoda or Ben if he managed to get through to them. He turned around and began walking again.
It took a few moments before he felt Mara begin to follow him again. This was getting stranger and stranger, but he could tell the Force was pushing them along. He just couldn't tell what the Force wanted of either of them. He shook his head and tried to clear his thoughts.
Lando walked into the medical bay, followed by Barc and Wilson, two of his most trusted lieutenants. They had been telling him about the losses they had sustained at Cloud City.
"So, all together how many men did we lose?" he asked, as they approached Wedge's bed.
"Three hundred were killed and twenty five wounded," Barc informed him.
"Inform all of our remaining bases to go silent, do not allow them to launch any ships or send any communications," he ordered.
"Yes Sir," Barc nodded and quickly left.
They stopped in front of Wedge's bed, to find him sitting up and talking to Ackbar, one of the few commanders from the original rebellion to escape the Empire's takeover of Coruscant.
"Glad you made it back, Wedge," Lando said, as both turned to face him.
"I was lucky. Jaxs managed to grab me when I went down and he carried me to the cruiser we escaped on," Wedge told his friend. "Jaxs suffered burns on his left leg when the cruiser was hit but he'll live," he added, as an afterthought.
"I've decided to let things die down before we try another attack. I'll see you later," Lando told him before turning and walked away again, followed closely by Wilson.
Mara was sitting in her room trying to come to terms with what had transpired in the last few days. As she stood to go find Luke, a blue glow began to appear before her. She went for her lightsaber as the glow turned into the image of an old man with white hair and a beard.
He smiled at her gently. She kept her hand on her lightsaber, as another one appeared, this one was smaller than the first and turned out to be a small green alien.
"Hello Mara," the first said.
"Who are you?" she asked, her eyes narrowed as if expecting an attack.
"My name is Obi-Wan Kenobi. I was Luke's former Master and this is Master Yoda," the old man replied.
"Aren't you guys dead?" she inquired, as she recalled hearing their names before.
"Yes and no. We've ascended through the Force," Ben explained to her. "We can appear in this form at certain times," he added.
"Why are you here?" she asked, as she removed her hand from her lightsaber.
"Luke is busy trying to contact us, however, due to his state of mind at the moment, we cannot help him," Ben explained. "It is up to you, Mara, to help Luke put the past behind him and help him to embrace his destiny again," he continued.
"Why me?" she wondered.
"You are not just a fellow Jedi, Mara," Ben replied.
"Force mates you are," Yoda finally spoke.
"Force mates?" she asked, staring at the small green alien.
"You and Luke are bonded by the Force. Soul mates if you will. You are the only one who can help him," Ben told her.
"What has transpired with his sister was not supposed to have happened. Anakin, Luke and Leia's father, is trying to contact Leia and trying to get her to stop this, but the Dark Side is too strong," he continued. "You must get Luke to put aside his guilt and his pain. Then he can begin to prepare himself for what will come," he finished.
"Which is?" she asked again, trying to gain as much information as she could from the two dead Jedi.
"Say we cannot. The Force is unbalanced and nothing is for certain," Yoda spoke gravely.
Mara was having a hard time believing what she was being told, and yet a part of her seemed to accept it without question. The two manifested forms began to disappear, as she heard the sounds of someone walking towards her room. She could tell it was Luke and she couldn't decide what to tell him and what to keep to herself until he was ready.