Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Chapter 11

Dinner had proven to be surprisingly uneventful given the sudden turn of events.  Leia had seemed more civil than Han could remember her being since this whole ordeal had started.  They’d talked about anything aside from their ‘marriage’ or the war that would continue without them while they would be stuck trying to convince some counselor that they did not belong together.

Han laughed to himself, wondering if it could possibly take an entire month for anyone to know for certain that he and Leia could not be husband and wife.  He’d have to see if anyone had ever been dismissed early from the program.  Any sane person would be able to tell that for their own personal safety their marriage needed to be dissolved as quickly as possible. 

While spending all of this time with Leia talking about their non-existent relationship wasn’t Han’s first choice, he had to admit that it sure beat hanging around with the Rebels in constant fear that the Empire could show up and obliterate them all at any moment.  Sure, he might miss flying the Falcon for a little while, but keeping her docked might give him some time to fix up a few things he’d been putting off that required excessive idle time that up until now he hadn’t had. 

With those thoughts in mind, Han slept surprisingly well that night.  While he never liked the idea of some counselor trying to tell him how he should ‘feel’ and spending the next several weeks playing ridiculous games designed to keep a loving couple from making a mistake, he wasn’t really anxious or worried about what the experience would entail.  Just about anything beat being shot at. 

He awakened feeling well rested and almost having forgotten what he had to do that day.  Opting to let Leia sleep a bit longer – if that was in fact why she hadn’t yet emerged from her bunk – he made his way to the galley to fix up a quick breakfast.  He could still hear Chewie snoring loudly, the Wookiee knowing full well that he had the day to himself and there was no reason to get an early start.  And in the middle of his first sip of caf he looked up to see a tired-looking princess.

“Good morning,” he said casually, not entirely sure what sort of mood to expect from her.

“Hi,” she replied indifferently.  Her hair was meticulously wrapped in a crown of braids on top of her head and she was dressed simply in black pants tucked into equally black boots, a while button-down blouse adorning her upper half.  He noted, not for the first time, that she could make the simplest outfits look good. 

None of that, Solo.  You gotta spend the next month making sure how evident it is that you can’t stand this woman.  “You hungry?” 

She shrugged.  “I’ll just have some caf.”  Without another word she went and poured herself a cup before sitting across the table from Han.  After a few moments of near silence, the exception being the sound of Han chewing his breakfast, Leia spoke again.  “So, today should be… interesting.”

Han arched his eyebrow, surprised that she was choosing to bring it up.  “Yeah.  How long do you think it will take for us to prove to them they need to grant us a divorce?”

“I’m not sure,” she said, looking down while her fingers absently played with the warm mug of caf on the table in front of her.  “They take the sanctity of marriage pretty seriously around here.”

“Yeah, well, they obviously need to have a less liberal policy on the distribution of marriage licenses if that’s how they feel about it.  Prevent people from making any rash and/or drunken decisions.”

He caught a hint of a smile from her, which caused him to display a full-wattage grin.  He caught himself just before she looked up at him.

“Just do me a favor and try not to make me look too bad, all right?” Leia joked.

“Only if you promise the same.”

“Yes, well, whatever horrible things I say about you will be true.  You’ll just start to make things up in order to make me look like the bad guy here.”

“Well, you are the bad guy, aren’t you?  I mean, if it were up to me, we’d just stay married.”  He’d said it as a joke, but for a brief moment he wondered if he wasn’t kidding.

“No, you want out just as badly as I do.”

Han hesitated before answering.  “Right, sure.”  He glanced at his chrono.  “I think it’s time to go, Mrs. Solo.”

She had started to get up and stopped immediately upon hearing him say “Mrs. Solo” but it seemed her sense of humor had returned because instead of being angry, she looked up at him with a smirk on her face.  “Don’t get too used to saying that.  I know you only married me for my money.”

“Who says I need your money?  I got plenty of my own.”

They began walking down the ramp.  “Really?  You could’ve fooled me.  Wasn’t that duct tape I saw holding the thermal exhaust port together?”

“All right, all right,” he said as they walked.  “Save it until we have an audience.”

And with that, the Solos headed for their first day of marriage counseling.


  1. Glad to see a new entry up. I loved the light hearted banter. And of course, one of my favorite things was Leia's smile triggering Han's smile.

  2. Aw, man. You left it there? Bummer. ;)

    That was cute. Like how they rib each other with a little attraction thrown in. It's fun to read Han thinking about her that way and then stopping himself. Loved the comment about the duct tape.

  3. Yeah an update to the story, and it's not even Friday! I really liked this chapter. "Mrs. Solo" I like the sound of that. Also loved the line where "Han thought and not for the first time that she could make the simplest outfits look good." Very intriguing. Very funny the line about he married her for her money. This was really cute and a fun surprise. Write more soon please.

  4. Yesss, new chapter. I enjoyed the bantering here as well, and that Han is trying to push his attraction aside. I'm eagerly awaiting more. :D

  5. yay! you posted!!

    This makes me happy. :)

  6. Leia is definitely softening to him. Lots of very cute banter here which is great.

    Love the bit when she smiles, making him grin, and then he has to hide it before she looks up.

    And I really like how he joked that if it was up to him they would just stay married, and then him wondering if actually that was partly true. Aww.

    It's great that you've written more of this Zyra, and I can't wait for the marriage counsellors now.

  7. So excited to see this up!!

    Loved that chapter! Nice to see them laughing for a change. Argh, the next ones gonna be very interesting...

  8. My favorite part is the 'married me for my money' line but you just did an overall great job on their dialague (as usual). Can't wait to see what happens next... :-)

    1. how's it going Push? Hope things are OK with you?

    2. Going alright, thanks for asking. Still very busy and not nearly enough time for the fun stuff. But I come around when I can (like today) and I miss you guys when I'm not here!

  9. I'd just like to point out the very fine looking ass that is now on the background pic! ;). Why aren't there more pics of Han bending over?

    1. Yes, def not enough pics of Han bending over. Maybe I'll stick with this theme for a while and just post pics that feature Han's better side...

    2. I like the sound of that! ;)

    3. Claire, you read my mind regarding this picture :) Push hope you get more free time soon, we miss you too. Real life stinks, I can't tell you how many things have broken around here in the last few days $$$:(. Han's picture is the sexiest repairman I have ever seen. That is one repairman's crack I wouldn't mind seeing. Oh Hell, I'm getting myself into trouble again........

    4. I like that sound of that too, Push. Does that mean more speedo pics? ;) Glad to hear things are ok.

      Lol, seams! Do I feel a ewww, mom coming on from your daughter?

  10. I love this! Thanks for the update, the banter between them is perfect, and I am anxious for more. I love the line about marrying me for money. So perfect!

  11. Yes, that's a big ewwww from the kid plus I got ratted out again. Still a great picture though:)

    1. I agree. It's a good pic. It looks like Empire, but tweaked? Seen one with Chewie standing behind him.

      Well, that's a bummer about the ratting out. I rat myself out cause hubby thinks it's funny. And he already knows I'm crazy.

  12. Aw, thanks, guys! This is why it's fun to post something and then be away from the computer for a really long time, lots of comments at once! I'm so glad you liked it and the banter. Writing witty dialogue for them is probably my favorite aspect of writing fanfic so it's nice when it's noticed. I can't wait to see what happens next, either!

  13. Hooray... catch up time for me. I am loving this story. The banter and tension between them is good. I love the line where Han might actually not want to be divorced and Leia's reaction. Can't wait to see what happens next!

  14. Aaaaaaaaw, I want to read more, NOW! :D That is such a funny story! And I want a detailed report of their entire seminar! :D

    I wish I were here sooner. I would have many stories I'd love to read! Next time you need ideas, ask me! :D Well, they all aren't Han&Leia-stories but definetely Leia-stories and you can feel free always add there as much Han as you want! :D