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."
Tal looked at the unit for a moment and nodded then looked back up at his mother, "Come on mom, I haven't been gone that long." He said with a grin. The grease had rubbed off on his face and hands and he looked like he had just dived into a grease bucket. His head went around a corner to get the old unit out but he stopped and stuck his head back out, "But for what its worth, I missed you too."
She smiled, "A mother always misses her children. Even if they're only gone for a day or two." She said, laughing a little. It was a true statement. Every day, she missed the son she never got to meet. But she smiled at her son, enjoying this time together. "Do you think you'll stay at the Academy for a while?"
He sat back with the unit in his hand and examined it for a moment, "I don't know. It really just depends on if I'm needed elsewhere I guess. I guess you could call me a part of the Jedi Order now. I've always wanted to know what that was like. I guess now I'll get the chance huh?" Pulling the old unit off, he set it down before plugging the new one in and securing it in place.
He stopped or a moment and looked up at his mom, "How about you? You ready to be a Jedi Knight again?"
"Jedi Master, not Knight. I don't think I'll be going out on missions like I use to. I'll leave that for the younger ones. I'm way too old to be doing anything like I use to." She said, thinking about her old days, when she was running around the galaxy with Anakin and Obi-wan. She didn't think she missed it, but talking about it, thinking about it, made her ache.
"You'll find out soon enough what's it like. I just hope you're ready for it."
Tal half grinned, "I'll admit my skills haven't been fully tested, but by most standards I am a Jedi Knight. I guess I'll finally be able to take the trials huh?" He began to tweak a few components infront of him as he spoke, "And as far as you being 'too old'," He gave her a sarcastic look, "Come on mom...I can see you takin on a Sith Lord and kicking his ass!"
Serenity had to laugh at her son. "I haven't taken on a Sith since I was almost 25 years younger. I doubt my body would be able to keep up." She said, watching her son work. "You have to take the trials. And a little more training might do you some good as well." She said, always a mother.
Tal gave her a look, knowing she was being 'a mother'. "Yes mother." He said sarcastically and went back to tweaking. "I'm sure you would kick a Sith's butt no problem mom. Of that I have no doubt."
His mind raced with the idea of being a Jedi Knight out on some distant planet battling a Sith. He half grinned again and motioned for a tool, "Can you hand me that please?"