A Clouded Future

Lialla came out of the bacta tank, and the first thing she did after she was dried off and clothed was sit down and cry. All around her, the world began to blur, and she didn’t think about anything else accept that Kylarra was gone. The woman that she’d loved more than anyone else in the world was now gone. She even went so far as to say that Kylarra was more important to her than her own mother.

No one else had shown her the kind of love and attention that Kylarra had. Even her own parents, who were too busy all the time, didn’t show her as much love as Kylarra had. She was never too busy for Lialla. There was never anything more important than her. She taught her so much, and she showed her how to love.

Until she’d met Kylarra, Lialla had known only anger and loneliness. She had gone to the Royal House of Learning to be a security officer just to spite her father, who wanted her to be a politician like himself. She worked hard and taught herself to only rely on her own abilities and never anyone else’s.

That was life before Kylarra. Now, after Kylarra had taught her the ways of love and peace and that all things relied on each other just like a machine needs all its parts to work together to function, Lialla was different. She truly loved all living things and respected them. She sought to change other people’s lives just as Kylarra had changed hers. She wanted everyone to understand that love is the bond that keeps everything together. Without love, there is no working machine.

And now, Kylarra was gone. Now she was dead. She’d never see her again. She’d never smell the sweet smell of flowers that seemed to cling to the air around her. She’d never feel that motherly love like she’d felt when she was with Kylarra or that sense of security. She’d never hear her wise words or her tender voice. She was gone. Nothing could change it.

A hand rested on her shoulder as she felt someone slip down into the seat next to her. “What’s wrong?” he asked, and instantly Lialla knew what it was. “Are you okay?”

Lialla looked up at Geldar with tear-filled eyes, and without realizing what she was doing she threw her arms around him to hold him close to her. Tears came uncontrollably now, and she sobbed openly as she held Geldar tightly.

Geldar reached up to press her head closer to his shoulder in a comforting gesture. He didn’t know what to do. He didn’t even know what was wrong. Had Satchal really hurt her in some other way? Had Tarrsk hurt her somehow? What was going on?

“She’s gone,” he heard her finally say between sobs. “She’s gone.”

And then, Geldar knew what was wrong, and his heart sank. Closing his eyes, he fought back his own tears. Who had told her? Did Satchal? Tso wouldn’t. He was the one that told Geldar in the first place. Did Nyarchagga or Tarrsk or was it someone completely different? Geldar decided to find out.

“Who told you?” he asked.

She pushed him away for a moment as she wiped the tears from her eyes. “She did,” Lialla muttered.

Geldar was taken aback. “Excuse me?” he asked thinking he’d heard her wrong. “Did you say my mother told you herself that she was dead?”

Lialla nodded. “In the bacta tank. She appeared to me.”

Geldar was stunned. His mother had appeared to her? How could that be? He thought only those with the Force could see the spirits of Jedi. Did Lialla have the Force? Was she a Jedi too?

“What did she say?” he decided to ask instead.

Lialla took out a tissue and blew her nose. “She told me that I should help you guys. She told me that the Dark Side was surrounding all of you to swallow you up. She also said that I could help Satchal if I just didn’t give up on him. She said you and could work together to help bring the light into the darkness that is surrounding him.”

Geldar couldn’t stand the mystery anymore. He simply had to ask. “Do you have the Force?” he wondered.

She looked up at him curiously. “Do you mean, can I sense it?” she asked and he nodded. “No. I don’t think I can sense it. If I could, I think your mother would have told me.”

Geldar nodded. “Then I don’t understand how you could see her.”

“I wasn’t making it up,” she stated defensively. “It really happened.”

Geldar was quick to apologize. “No, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying you made it up. I believe you. It’s just that I’m thinking maybe you can sense the Force on some smaller level. I’m also wondering why my mother never appeared to me.”

Lialla smiled up at him though the look was still riddled with grief. “I don’t know. All I know is what she told me.”

Geldar shook his head. “There is so much going on right now. I only wish I had some guidance.”

It was then that the door opened once more and Sia-Lan stepped inside. “Greetings, friends,” she said then stopped short when she saw the tears in Lialla’s eyes. “Have I come at a bad time?”

Geldar lowered his head. “I’m afraid Lialla has just learned that my mother is dead.”

Sia-Lan looked confused. “We were close,” Lialla explained, and Sia-Lan nodded in understanding.

“I’m sorry,” she replied.

Geldar looked up at her. “It’s okay. I’m sure that there’s a reason for all of this.”

“Yes,” said Sia-Lan. “In fact, that was why I was here. You see, Rann and I were talking, and we think that maybe our two groups were brought together to help each other. We think our masters have sent us all away by ourselves so that we could meet and learn from each other. Therefore, we’d like to work with you guys if we can.”

Geldar smiled up at her. “I appreciate that, Sia-Lan,” he said. “Any help is welcomed.”

“Rann is going to speak with your friend, Satchal,” Sia-Lan explained. “He has the ability to understand the emotions of others and sympathize with them.”

“Something I wish I could do,” said Geldar with a frustrated sigh. “I can’t seem to get Satchal to open up to me.”

Lialla looked down at her feet and played with her hands. “Satchal is very troubled,” she told them. “His dreams are horrible.”

“I know,” said Geldar. “Tarrsk told me everything. He still believes that Satchal killed his own master. The Force only knows how Brin’tac is going to take all of this when he gets out.”

Sia-Lan took in a deep breath and let it out slowly. “I feel sorry for all of you,” she said. “I think I’m finally beginning to understand just how deep your troubles lie.”

“I think Kylarra said it best,” said Lialla distantly. “The Dark Side of the Force grows stronger, and it is surrounding all of us.”

Sia-Lan took in another deep breath. “Why do I get the feeling that I’m stepping into that darkness myself?”

The End

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