Disclaimer: Star Wars belongs to Disney and is the intellectual property of George Lucas; he created the sandbox. I'm making no money off of this and am simply destroying the sandcastles.


Author's Note: A little bit of background before you jump in.

This is a series of vignettes that were originally written as part of what's called the "Monday Mush Mania" thread over at the TFN boards; as a result, these are challenge vignettes - the first two being dialogue only - in writing 'mush' or 'fluff'; happy *gasp* vignettes!

All of these Vignetts feature the OC children of Jacen Solo and Tenel Ka - their triplets to be exact with one appearance by Tana, from my "From Scratch" series. The first two Vignettes are tied to the last installment of this series - Layne's Diary [as noted in the author's notes below] - but it will not be necessary to have read the Diary to understand their content.

Enjoy


Title: Without You

Author: Jade_Max

Genre: Mush / Romance / Fluff - Challenge fic; all dialogue

Characters: Jysella Horn and Jarid Djo-Solo (OC)

Summary: After Jarid Djo-Solo was maimed saving Jysells Horn's life, their relationship went downhill with Jysella retreating from him to wallow in misplaced guilt. Some encouragement from his sister Layne and some soul searching has led him to the conclusion that he can't live without Jysella - and he's prepared to fight dirty to keep her…

Author's Notes: Set in tandem with Layne's Diary I've been writing of Jarid's sister Layne and the "From Scratch" mini Series. In specific the events here reference entries 19, 20, 21, 24 and 26.

You don't need to read the diary to understand the events happening here - I've tried to make it as painless as possible


Without You

"I didn't think to find you here."

"Jarid!"

"You were expecting someone else, pet?"

"I wasn't expecting anyone at all - and don't call me that."

"Why not?"

"You know why not. It's not..."

"Not what, Jys? Appropriate? It is and you know it."

"Not anymore Jarid, things have changed."

"Things?"

"Since your…"

"My what?"

"Don't make me say it. I can't bear the thought of it."

"Is that what this is about? Ha! It was a flesh wound, Jys; nothing to worry about."

"Flesh wound? Jarid - you lost your arm!"

"And now it's back. You wouldn't hold that against me would you?"

"It's not the same."

"How would you know? You've been avoiding me since I got it fitted."

"Don't, Jarid, please?"

"Don't what Jys?"

"What do you think you're doing?"

"I thought it was obvious - I'm stalking you."

"Jarid - I'm warning you..."

"You are, are you?"

"I'm serious, don't come any closer."

"Or what?"

"You'll regret it."

"More than I regret losing my arm, pet?"

"Don't call me that!"

"Until you give me a good reason why, you're out of luck Jys."

"That Solo charm doesn't work on me, Jarid."

"It did once."

"That was before-"

"Before what, Jys? Before we were paired as a team that works so seamlessly together? Before we spent hours on the practice mat - hours that eventually ended up in your bunk or mine?"

"Don't-"

"Or was it before I lost my arm rather than have you lose your head?"

"Jarid-"

"I don't regret making that choice, Jys. I never will. I lost my arm, but if I'd lost you… I'd never have been able to bear it."

"Please don't."

"Don't cry. Please don't cry."

"How can you even look at me, knowing what I cost you?"

"What you cost me? Jys - you didn't cost me anything. I did it willingly, and I'd do it again a countless times over. I couldn't bear the thought of the galaxy without Jysella Horn."

"I can't do this, Jarid."

"Do what? I'm not asking anything from you - not yet anyway."

"I can't pretend like nothing's happened."

"I'm not asking you to. I'm simply asking you to accept the gift I gave for what it was. I love you Jysella."

"You shouldn't."

"I've been in love with you since you first turned that sassy tongue on my hide to sharpen it. I love everything about you and my life would be poorer for the lack of your presence."

"Jarid-"

"Don't fight me, pet. I can't stand the sight of your tears."

"Then maybe you should leave."

"I'm not letting you run from me. I won't make my father's mistakes, Jysella - I won't pretend like you mean nothing to me."

"It would be easier if you did."

"Easier for whom?"

"…"

"For you, you mean. I can't do it, pet. My heart hurts just thinking about life without you. I feel like I'm going to suffocate - like I can't breathe. I feel like... like I lost more than just my arm to that blade and the pain is killing me."

"Jarid-"

"Hush, my love. No more tears. I didn't know until you ran just how much you truly meant to me. I never realized it until my sister gave me a swift kick in the backside and told me I was a fool if I let you go. She also swore she'd never speak to me again if I didn't at least try to make you face up to your fears."

"Layne said that?"

"She did. For a self-centered, self-absorbed creature, she has a heart of gold buried at the center."

"I wouldn't go that far."

"And that's another reason why I love you - you're opinionated and not afraid to let it show!"

"Ha!"

"Indeed. I can't think of better things to be doing with those lips than laughing or scorning my family, pet. Should I demonstrate?"

"This doesn't change anything, Jarid."

"Ah, but it does. You see - you're smiling."

"Am not."

"Then what is this tilt of your lips, this slightly crooked bend on one side? Have I ever told you how wild that smile makes me?"

"Jarid - we can't-"

"We can, my love. I love you. I'm in love with you, and you wouldn't hurt so much if you didn't love me back."

"I never-"

"You don't have to say it, Jys. It's in your eyes when you look at me. It's in your touch - even now as you're trying to pull away, your hands caress my skin. It's in everything you say, everything you do, and you know I'm right."

"I can't stand the thought of hurting you again, Jarid."

"You didn't hurt me - the blade of that dark Jedi hurt me. I simply did what any man does when faced with losing the most precious thing in his life. I made a decision and lost something I didn't value as highly."

"But… your arm-"

"Is replaceable. You are not."

"How can you say that?"

"Because it's the truth."

"Jarid..."

"Marry me, Jys."

"What?!"

"Marry me, you stubborn woman. If you don't like to see me in pain, then marry me."

"But… but…."

"Say yes, pet. Make me the happiest man alive and say yes. With you watching my back, I'll never hurt again."

"We could just be partners."

"Never. I've tasted your kisses, Jysella. I can't be just partners with you. Not when every time I see you I yearn to have you touch me. Not when every time we talk, I want those soft lips on my skin. Not when simply looking at you makes me ache. I can't bear the thought of another man trying to win your affections, knowing he might not honor and cherish you the way I do - to the very depths of my soul. I can't live without you, or bear the-"

"Yes."

"Yes, what?"

"I'll marry you, Jarid."

"You won't regret it, pet. Not a day - I swear."

"Shut up and kiss me - and then we'll have to talk about how to break the news to my parents."

"I'd walk through the fires of the nine Corellian hells if it meant you'd marry me, Jysella. I'd brave the wrath of the Emperor and the disciplining of the Old Republic Jedi Council. I'd-"

"If you don't kiss me now, I'll change my answer."

"As my lady commands."

fin


Author's Note: This was a ton of fun. I've never done anything that was strictly dialogue before. It was easier than I thought I'd be once I got an idea of what I was going to do!