AN: Let it be known that Tahiri Veila is in my top three favorite Star Wars characters, beaten only by Mara Jade and Padmé Amidala. She's gone through so much, and she was only fourteen when she lost the love of her life! Fourteen! She had it so much worse than Bella and she actually tried to do something about it.


Bella sat in her bedroom, elated that she could hear Edward's voice again. Maybe he finally did care about her again!

A blond barefoot girl jumped in through her window. Bella sat up. Was this a vampire friend of Edward's? The girl was only twenty-nine, and actually did have some color to her skin and three prominent scars on her forehead.

"Who are you?" Bella asked.

The girl said nothing, and then slapped Bella.

"Ow!" She yelped.

"My name is Tahiri Veila," the woman declared. "Seriously, what you're doing with your life sickens me."

"You don't understand!" Bella wailed. "The love of my life deserted me!"

Tahiri raised an eyebrow. "Do we really want to go there?" The young woman sat down. "Let me tell you a story, Bella Swan, of a boy named Anakin Solo. Anakin was my. . . my everything. He was my best friend and the only boy I ever loved, in that way at least. He died about fourteen years ago, killed by an alien species called the Yuzhan Vong. I have to live with that every day, knowing that I never gave him that last kiss, that I left so much unspoken."

She sighed and wiped a tear that was on her cheek. "I've gone through some bad times, Bella. I've had my mind invaded, and have been bonded with one of the Vong. I've gone to the Sith in attempt to try to save Anakin."

"That's sad, but what does it have to do with me?" Bella whined.

"At least I've done something with my life, and I didn't go numb. I try to live without him, even though it hurts," Tahiri said. "I know something about pain that you don't. Other people drown in their pain. I just swim in it."

Bella stared at her, shocked. Was that empathy for the young woman poking it's way through?

"I'm so sorry," Bella whispered.

"Well, take one from me," Tahiri finally said. "At least you know that he's out there and he's alive. If you really loved him, that should be a little more than I have."

With that, the woman slipped out into the alternate continuity.