The large eyes of Admiral Ackbar were a strangely comforting sight. But the voice that spoke first in response wasn’t his. “It’s about time you two stopped lying around while the rest of us did all of the work.”
That smooth-talking voice could only be one person. “Good to see you, Lando,” Han said from behind Leia.
“Good to see you, too, old buddy. Even better to see you, Princess,” Lando said as he approached Leia and took her hand and kissed it in his usual gesture. She saw his eyes glance up to her hair, but he didn’t comment on it.
“It’s nice to see you, too,” Leia responded before she felt Han step up behind her and put his hands on her shoulders.
“Back off, pal. She’s gonna be my wife, soon,” Han said.
Lando’s eyes grew wide. “Is that so? When’s the wedding?”
In all of her excitement about even deciding to get married, Leia hadn’t once thought about when an actual wedding might take place. She turned to look at Han. “Yes, when is the wedding, Han?”
He looked down at her with a smile. “Whenever you want, sweetheart. I’ll marry you right here, right now.”
Leia smiled back. “Then that’s what I want.”
Han looked a little confused. “What?”
“Let’s just do it right now. Admiral?”
Ackbar turned to look at them. “Yes?”
“You are allowed to legally marry people, is that correct?”
“It is,” he responded.
“Would you marry me and Han?”
“It would be an honor.”
“What do you say, Han?”
“Sweetheart, I’m fine with this. Are you sure you are? I thought maybe you’d want a big, fancy wedding with hundreds of guests.”
She reached up and framed his face in her hands. “Han, all I care about is marrying the man I want to spend the rest of my life with. Whether that happens in a million-credit dress in front of a thousand people or wearing some old clothes in front of only a few of our closest friends doesn’t matter to me. This is just about us.”
He looked at her and her heart swelled at the thought that she’d get to see that face hopefully every day for the rest of her life. “Gods, I love you,” he said before he leaned in and kissed her.
Suddenly remembering that they had an audience, Leia gently pulled away and looked at the small group of friends surrounding them. “Would you all do us the honor of attending our wedding? I know it’s short notice…”
The group simply laughed and smiled in their approval. “Wait, where’s Threepio?” Leia asked.
Lando groaned and covered his eyes. “Ugh, I suppose you’re going to make me turn him back on for this?”
“Sorry, Lando. I know he’s a pain, but he really should be here,” Leia said. “Right, Han?”
Han looked at her, his torn emotions evident on his face. “Oh, all right.”
It was only a few moments later that they heard the voice as the familiar, gold droid descended the ramp. “Oh, Mistress Leia and General Solo! It is so good to see you again. I trust you are doing well.”
“Very well, Threepio,” Leia said. “Han and I are getting married.”
“Oh, what wonderful news! Well, Alderaanian customs state that the bride-“
“Can it, Threepio,” Han cut in. “We don’t care about customs. We’re getting married right here, right now.”
“Well, normally for these kinds of weddings you would-“
“Shut up, Threepio,” Leia interjected.
Han wrapped an arm around her shoulders. “See how perfect she is for me?”
Leia gave Han a squeeze and then turned back to Admiral Ackbar. “What do you say, Admiral? Ready to marry us?”
Han and Leia stood before Admiral Ackbar, facing each other with their hands clasped. Leia barely heard the words that were spoken during their little ceremony. She was too caught up in the look in Han’s eyes staring back at her. As a child she had occasionally thought about what her wedding might be like. In those fantasies, her father had walked her down the aisle and the room was filled with hundreds of guests. Her dress was made by the finest seamstresses and her hair was done by the best stylists.
Never once in those fantasies did she really think about the man who she might be marrying. The most glamorous, extravagant wedding in the galaxy couldn’t hold a candle to the simple exchange of vows occurring now if this was the man she was becoming bonded to.
Somewhere in there she remembered saying, “I do,” and Han’s identical response. And then his lips were on hers; their first kiss as a married couple. This was another instance in which she was glad only to have a few friends around, for it would be expected that a princess only share a simple, quick kiss with her husband in front of such a crowd. This was anything but simple and quick, but she savored every moment of it.
When they finally pulled away they were accosted with words of congratulations and hugs from their few guests, only their closest friends.
Threepio decided to speak again, “Now, traditionally, after the wedding it is customary to-“
Han scooped Leia up into his arms. “Shut up, Threepio. I know exactly what is customary after the wedding. You guys won’t mind if we catch up with you a bit later, do you?” Han said to Lando.
“Nah, buddy. We’ll see you later,” Lando responded with a wink.
Leia sometimes disapproved of Han being a bit too forward with certain things, but at the moment she had no complaints. He carried her back up the Falcon’s ramp and before she knew it, they were in their bunk again, clothes hastily scattered on the floor, Han’s body pressed on top of hers while he looked into her eyes and said, “I can’t believe I get to spend the rest of my life with you.”
“I feel the same way. I just hope that our forever is a long time. You know, that whole time I was in that cell, the only thing that kept me going was the possibility of seeing you again. The last time I saw you, I thought you…” she trailed off as her emotions got the best of her.
“It’s okay, sweetheart. You know it takes a lot to take me down. I’m gonna do everything I can to make sure you don’t ever have to go through anything like that again. If anything, I should be the one thanking you for saving my life again.”
She reached up and placed her hand against his cheek. “How could I bear the thought of not seeing this handsome face again?”
“I love you, Mrs. Solo.”
She smiled at those words. “I like the sound of that. And I love you, Han.”
Her hands wound up in the hair in the back of his head and he lowered his lips to hers in a kiss that slowly deepened. She had wondered how it was possible that every time they made love it got better, but somehow it always did. Knowing that they were now committed to one another for life only seemed to intensify all of the wonderful feelings she had for him and felt from him. They were joined in body and soul and all of the determination to fight for their freedom was returning. She had been beaten down almost to the point of giving up, but it seemed that suddenly things were worth fighting for. There was actually hope for a promising future with Han.
She clutched him tightly, never wanting it to end but finally they called out each other’s names in ecstasy and relaxed in a tight embrace, Han’s head buried against her neck while his breathing slowed and she ran her fingers through his hair.
“You know,” Leia began, “Sooner or later we’re going to have to stop hiding in this cabin and go out and face reality.”
He lifted his head to look at her. “This isn’t exactly the honeymoon I’d imagined.”
She laughed. “I know, but I promise that when the timing is right, we will more than make up for it. Deal?”
Han sighed. “Deal. Let’s see what’s going on out there.”
“All right,” Leia said as she moved to disengage herself from Han’s embrace, but he pinned her down to the mattress.
“I think they can handle another twenty or so minutes without us, don’t you?”
His head descended to her breast and she felt his lips and tongue suddenly overriding any normal sorts of thought processes. “Yes…” was all she could manage to get out.
Push's condition to me was that they had to get married before they left the planet. I really had no choice. Ackbar was the first one that came to mind when she mentioned an admiral, and I asked her if she had someone specific in mind and she said she had thought of him but it didn't have to be him. I also told her after I wrote the wedding that I could stop earlier and let her write the post-wedding sex but she said that she had written all of the sex to that point so she told me to just go ahead and write it myself. Yay, they're married!