Anakin had been reminding me about how Alexa was going to Ilum to get her lightsaber for the past two days and when he came to my room practically buzzing with excitement I had the feeling it was somehow related to Alexa’s adventure.
“Hey Anakin.” I smiled when I opened the door only to laugh as I was swept of my feet as he picked me up in his arms and carried me back into the room, allowing the door to close behind us. “Wow what’s the occasion?” I asked, grinning.
“Alexa just got back and her lightsaber is brilliant!” He exclaimed, beaming as he carefully put me down.
“That’s great! So what did it look like?”
“You’d have to see it to appreciate it’s awesomeness.”
“It’s that good?”
“Yep.” He nodded.
“I’m impressed, I’ll have to go see her later and congratulate her for her job well done.” I smiled, sitting down on my bed. I was glad that she’d been able to get her lightsaber, she deserved one after all the work she’d put in.
“Yeah you should, I’m sure she’d appreciate it.” He said as he sat down beside me. “I’m so proud of her for getting through the Gathering. From what she told she had some tough moments, but she was able to get through it and I know that she will be an even better person because of it. I couldn’t ask for her to do any better than that.”
“I don’t think anyone could, she’s a good kid Ani.”
“I know, and I’m glad that more people are beginning to see that. Her past doesn’t define her and I’m beyond happy that she’s making a place for herself here.”
I couldn’t agree with him more, Alexa had done well to get away from the streets and the creation of her lightsaber was a demonstration that she deserved to be a member of the Jedi Order. She was a fantastic padawan and any master should have been proud to have her. “She’s amazing. You’ve trained her well.” I said and he smiled at my use of his nickname, gently cuddling me.
With the initial excitement over we, or rather Alexa, decided that now was the time to go and show Kira that she’d won the bet. So we headed to the mess hall where Alexa waited outside and told me to go in and if I saw her I needed to bring her out. I found her sitting with some of the other padawans who where a bit older than us, and I told her that we needed to talk outside.
“Alright.” Kira agreed and got up from the table. “I’ll be back later.” She said to the others then we headed towards the exit. “So what’s up Rendal? Why’d you need to talk to me alone?”
“We need to settle something.” I replied simply.
“Oh ok.” She shrugged.
I brought her around the corner a little and I had to stop myself from laughing at the expression on her face when she saw Alexa with her lightsaber ignited.
“Hey Kira, what do you think?” Alexa asked, smirking at her as she twirled the lightsaber in her hand. Padawan Walsh didn’t say anything for awhile then she sneered.
“I think you stole someone else’s lightsaber.” She replied.
“Well that proves it. You really are as dumb as you look.”
I laughed along with my friend as Kira’s face turned red at Alexa’s words. “How dare you say that you infernal street rat! You have no right to insult me! Why don’t you go back to the slum where you came from!”
Our laughing stopped and I felt my blood boil in my veins, she could insult me all she liked, but that was not on! “Don’t insult my friend!” I growled and punched her fair in the nose. I watched with a rather mean sense of satisfaction as she stumbled backwards and her nose began to bleed. “I don’t care what you do to me, but don’t you ever say that to Alexa again.”
Looked at my girlfriend and gave a small smile when I saw the grin that had spread across her face. It seemed like she approved of my actions. That made me glad, I just wanted to see her happy...but I could still see the hurt hidden in the depths of her blue eyes. Kira’s words cut deeper than she would let on and I knew she would try to hide it when I tried to ask her about it later, but she needed to talk about it. For now though we had other priorities.
“I’ll tell the masters you did this!” Kira threatened, holding onto her nose as she glared daggers at us.
“Now, now, now.” Alexa started. “You can’t tell them anything since you made that little bet with me. I won so now you can’t tell anyone anything.”
“Bet doesn’t count, I didn’t think you could actually do it.”
“That is irrelevant, you agreed to the bet therefore it counts. I won so you now have to leave Rendal and I alone, AND you can’t tell anyone about all this. If you do I’ll let the Council know about all the people you’ve bullied.” Alexa narrowed her eyes to show she was serious then smirked. “Goodbye Kira, thanks for everything.” She gave her a small wave then turned on her heel and walked away proudly. I grinned and went after her, leaving Kira behind with her nose bleeding and her tail between her legs. Metaphorically speaking of course.
Once we were far enough away I patted my girlfriend on the shoulder. “You did great back there.” I smiled.
She shrugged modestly. “Not really, you did better. I never thought I’d see you punch her like that, it was epic!” She laughed, grinning back at me.
“Thank you.” I felt my face grow warmer and I knew there was a soft blush tinting my cheeks.
“Seriously though, you did good.”
“Aw cut it out, you’re making me turn all red.” I muttered.
“You look cute when you’re red.” She whispered making me blush harder. This of course caused her to giggle and she ruffled my hair. “See? Adorable.”
“Whatever you think...” I didn’t believe her really, but I didn’t want to argue. I wasn’t adorable... Right? “Anyway, I saw that look in your eyes when Kara was rude to you... You wanna talk about it?”
“Not really.” She shook her head.
“You sure? You know I’m here for you. She had no right to say those things and-”
“It doesn’t matter.”
“Hey.” I took her hand and led her into another corridor that happened to be empty. “Don’t shut me out, Alexa. You know I love you. So let me in and tell me what’s going on, don’t pretend that you’re fine when I can sense that somewhere inside you’re hurting.”
“I... Ok. We can talk about it. Just not here, ok? Let’s go back to my room and talk things over there, I don’t want anyone to overhear and get caught up in my problems.” She finally gave in and I smiled softly.
“Thank you.” I whispered. “Now come on, we can go back to your room, like you said.” I nodded and we headed back to her quarters.
Once we were there she sat on her bed and I sat down beside her. For awhile we sat in silence together before she finally spoke up. “When she said that it... It hurt. I wanted to smash her in the face just like you did and tell her to shut up. Thankfully you beat me to it and stopped me from breaking her face.”
“You’re welcome.” I said softly.
“I finally thought that I was getting away from all that. I felt like I had managed to put it all behind me then she just dragged it back and reminded me of it.” She sighed and hung her head. “I want to move on.”
“And you are.” I put two of my fingers beneath her chin and lifted it, turning her head gently so that she was looking at me. “Every day you’re moving a little further forward, away from that old part of your life. Your time on the streets is still a part of your life, but there’s more than that and with your victory today you have made great progress and we need to celebrate that.”
“How can we celebrate?”
“We could stay in and snuggle or we could go hang out with Master Skywalker and Alexa?”
“We could do both? Snuggle first then go see them.”
“Sounds perfect.” Alexa smiled, so we lied on her bed and cuddled together.