She turned, the shock of seeing her son looking so much like her father brought a tear to her eye. She wiped it quickly, giving him a smile. "You look so much like your father. I wasn't expecting you to ever wear those." She said, grabbing a few things out of her dresser, putting them into the small case on the bed.
"I remembered where you put them. When I was younger I used to sneak up to the attic and put them on. They didn't fit like they do now." He watches his mom for a moment and sat down on the bed, "Mom...I miss him too. But this is something we can do in his name for the better of the Force. Don't worry, it the Force 3 times to kill dad, I imagine I inherited that trait." He said with a smile.
She sighed, "I can't believe you would sneak up there. I always meant for you to have them one day. I guess I didn't realize how soon that day would come." She sat down next to him, putting her hands on her own knees. "He would have loved this place. Loved how small it was, how perfect the rooms were. He would have worked in the garden. It's why I've got a hard time leaving here. He would have loved it, and I don' t want to let it go."
"But you aren't letting it go mom. You're just going to stay some place else for a while. You'll still have this place to call home." He put his hands on hers, "And I'll always consider this home, no matter what." He smiled again and stood, "But before we go, you have to start developing on your Force abilities again. If you're going to be teaching, you'll have to teach by example."
Tal looked to the bags on the floor, "Is this all you're bringing then? We've got the rest already set to go. Jeanne is coming with us too. I have the ship ready to go. All she needs is her pilot." He was referring to Serenity's ship that had been sitting in space dock for such a long time. Tal had taken the liberty of making sure it was up to par and ready to go. "Ready to the amazing Jedi I know you are?"
She sighed, "I know you're right. You're just like your father in that respect. He was usually right, too." She said, thinking about her ship in the dock. She hadn't done much of the things she use to do.
"Yeah. Let's go." She said, moving into the living room. She grabbed a few picture frames, putting them into her bag. She made it to the entry, turning to look back at the place that had been her home for 20 plus years.
Tal helped carry the bags and things to the ship, where Jeanne was waiting for them. She stood standing infront of the landing ramp smiling brightly, her thinks by her side. She didn't have much, just a bag, and a few other random things. She was wearing a leather jacket with black pants and a black shirt with her blaster on her hip. She had a small hat on her head that looked vaguely like an Imperial officer's hat, but without the insignia.
"We all set?" Jeanne nodded and helped with the bags. "Master Skywalker has been alerted to our coming. Apparently he is ecstatic to be having the Jedi Master who taught the great Les Crafter coming to his Academy."
"I resent that remark!" Said Les walking up behind them with Brandon, a big smile on his face. "All set then?"
Serenity followed behind, smiling at the group that was waiting by her ship. "As I'll ever be." She said, moving up the ramp of her ship. It had been years since she stepped onto the ship, and she breathed it in. Memories flooded her, overwhelming her with the past. She felt like she couldn't breathe. She wasn't ready for this. Wasn't ready for over powering sense of sadness that surrounded her.
Tal felt her sadness and set the bags down. Walking up behind her, he put his hands on her shoulders, "One step at a time mom."
Les stepped in for a moment and nodded, "I remember her well. Good ship. And you got yourself a good pilot." He said nodding to Tal. "We'll see you back at the Temple when we're done. May the Force be with you."
"May the Force be with you Les." Tal said and squeezed his mother shoulders, "Come on mom. Let's get goin. But I get the pilot's seat!" He said with a smile.
She nodded to Les, "May the Force be with you, Les." She said softly, moving up to the cockpit with her son. "You'll have to fly. I don't think I remember how." She said simply, taking the seat behind the pilot's. She would let Jeanne sit in the co-pilot seat. It had been years since she flew, and she pulled the seat belt on her lap. She just wanted it to be over, to be at a temple, to feel some kind of peace for all this.
Tal looked back at her, "Relax mom. Remember a Jedi feels no fear." He said with a wink, repeating the words she had said to him many times in his youth.
The ship shuddered as it lifted off the ground and rose into the air. He got the clearance from the tower and vector to take as they shot into the atmosphere. Tal and Jeanne piloted the ship with ease and grace as they plotted the course to Yavin 4 and the ship shot into hyperspace.
A small light began to flash slightly on the counsel and Tal checked it out, "Ah, damned coils. We should have had them replaced before we left. No problem though, I'll go give them a tune up real quick."
Tal moved off into the back of the ship, opening up a hatch and sticking himself inside. He found the coil that was shaking slightly and began to tune it with the spanner. His legs stuck out of the hatch into the air as he used the Force to grab the other tool he needed to fix the wiring problem behind the coil. He was getting good and greasy, just the way he liked it. He loved working on ships. Very easy to fix.
Serenity walked back, letting Jeanne control the ship while she went back to watch her son work. She leaned against the frame of one of the doorways, smiling at him as he worked. He looked so much like his father, working as quickly as he was. Tal was the same way, and she was pleased to see that her son was the same kind of man that his father had been.
"Need any help?"
Tal disappeared out of sight then his head popped out from the hatch, "Sure! You want to help me rewire the hydroconduit on junction C? The wires are a bit corroded. Also, the transporting unit seems to be shooting sparks for some reason. Not sure why." He disappeared inside the hatch again, inside the belly of the ship, working and torquing, trying to get the ship up to par.
She laughed, moving into the hatch with her son. She had built the hydroconduit herself, knowing exactly what it needed to be fixed. She grabbed the tools she needed, removing the corroded wires and replacing them. It took her only a few moments, putting it back where it belonged. "Got it. Did you get the transporting unit?" She asked, wiping her hands on her travel clothes.
Tal looked down at his mom's work and grinned, "Dang mom. You're holding out on me!" He moved his way into a narrow crack that he just barely fit into to get to the transporting unit. As he got close a spark jumped out and hit his hand, singing it slightly, "OUCH!" He said and smirked, "Guess I deserved that for not paying attention." Chuckling, he fastened it to where it was supposed to be and moved back to look at it. It stopped shooting sparks and he nodded in satisfaction.
"Perfect." He said to himself, "Alright next." He said to himself as if going down a list. "The hydro mixer is spitting out dirty water. I think you'll just have to replace it. But other then that, there really isn't anything too important that needs attention right away. Nothing we can't work on at the Temple that is."
Tal looked back up, "So how you holdin up mom?"
She shrugged, "I'm holding it together. Flying is good for me. Very catharsis. I didn't realize how much I missed it." She said, jumping out of the hatch and grabbing a spare hydro mixer that she use to keep on board. She knelt down, handing it to him. "This should work. It's old, but should still work." She said with a smile. "I've missed you."