Serenity moved from the kitchen to the door. She opened it and smiled, laughing as she saw her son on the other side. "Since when do you knock?!" She opened her arms to embrace him. She was thrilled to see him, knowing that she would be able to talk to him about a few things.
Tal took her in with one arm but still held a serious face, "Who else is here?" He asked hesitantly.
She smiled, "Les Crafter and Dante's grandson Brandon." She pulled away, noticing the young woman hiding behind his back. "And who is this?"
Tal's mouth opened in stunned amazement. Had she really just said Les Crafter and Dante's...grandson? "Um...what?"
Jeanne hit his arm playfully and grinned, "Tal seems to be breathless at the moment." She gave him a half stern look and reached out her hand, "My name is Jeanne Acomyda. Tal and I have been dating for some time now. It's good to finally meet you."
Her smile brightened, "My my,it is nice to finally meet you, as well." Serenity lightly smacked her son's shoulder, "You've been holding out on me." Serenity took her hand, shaking it lightly. "My goodness, you are beautiful." She focused back on her son, "Yes, Les and Brandon are here. They're looking for any sign of Dante." She said with a smile, moving back so the two could come into the house. "You've been gone too long, Tal. You need to come home more often."
Tal shook his head when his mother hit his shoulder and he put on a smile. "Oh, yeah sorry mom. Been busy on the other continent and all. Security forces have been absolutely stretched to the max. Don't know if-alright I have to go see them..." He said moving past the two women and into the room. He almost fell on the floor in amazement. "Les?" He said quietly.
Serenity shook her head, "Same old. I'm sorry about this. It's been a little bit of a weird day." She said to the girl, "Would you like something to drink? Some tea or coffee or something?"
"Oh yes please, that would be lovely! Thank you! So you have company? Are we interrupting? I could always come another time if it's too much trouble." Jeanne said and cautiously took a few steps inside.
"You're not interrupting. My son and anyone he brings over are welcome at any time. The company will love seeing Tal." She ushered the girl into the kitchen. "Tea or coffee?" She asked, knowing her son was meeting Les, someone he'd always heard about, but hadn't seen in close to 30 years.
"Oh tea will be fine thank you." Jeanne said and as they rounded into the main room, they saw Les laughing about something with the biggest smile on his face.
Les looked to Serenity, "By the Force, he looks so much like his father!"
Tal looked back at his mother and Jeanne and snapped to it, "Oh jez! I'm so sorry! Jeanne this is my father's Padawan from a long time ago, Les Crafter and his own padawan Brandon. Les this is my girlfriend Jeanne Acomyda."
Les bowed, "It's a pleasure to meet you, but Brandon is not my Padawan." Brandon gave Tal an annoyed look and bobbed his head up at the new company.
Tal chuckled, "My apologies Brandon."
Les looked over to Jeanne as she took the cup of tea that Serenity gave her. They all sat down together as Les spoke, "So you know of the Jedi Order then?"
Jeanne smiled and nodded, "Oh yes. Tal and I were bitter rivals in the security force for the longest time until one day I found him practicing his lightsaber techniques in an empty courtyard. This was around the time the Empire fell."
Tal chuckled, "She almost turned me in as a Jedi but I explained the situation and we became friends and then soon after a couple."
Serenity smiled, "I'm glad you didn't let him snag you so easily." She said, pouring a glass of tea for Jeanne. She was happy that her son was so happy, the smile on both of there faces the same she had for Tal. "I hope you don't mind being in a room of Jedi."
Jeanne shook her head, "This is more Jedi then I've ever seen in one place, I will have to admit. But I love it personally. I'm glad to see the Jedi are making a come back. We need them now, more then ever..."
As Jeanne said that, Les looked to Serenity slightly and half smirked. This directly tied into what he had asked earlier.
Les looked back to Tal, "So you look very well Tal. I'll get to the point though. Brandon and I are looking for Master Kamatura. We've come from the Jedi Academy on Yavin 4. Where Master Sky-"
"Master Skywalker? Oh yes I've kept up on that news. I very much want to meet him in person, possibly even go to his academy someday." Tal said with a smile.
Les nodded, "You'd be greeted with open arms my friend. A Jedi Knight coming home to fellow Jedi. Couldn't think of a better way to start your career as a Jedi."
Serenity sighed, not sure what to think. "Jedi are a cricial player in the galatic game." She said, moving from the living room into the kitchen. She was avoiding the conversation with Les. She didn't want to talk about her going back to the Academy. She didn't know if she had the strength for it. She'd already given up so much.
Tal saw his mother move into the kitchen and got a concerned look, "Excuse me for a moment."
He stood and moved into the kitchen after his mother, "What's wrong mom?"
Serenity turned when her son came in, giving him a soft smile. "The past has caught up with the present." She said simply, moving over to embrace her son. "It seems that I am at a crossroads, unsure of my next move."
Tal held her for a moment and got really worried. She never talked about this kind of stuff unless something was seriously wrong. "What's going on mom. Don't be dancing around riddles, tell me straight up. What's going on?"
She smiled at her son. He never was one for riddles. "Les has asked me to return with him to Yavin 4 to take up a role as a Master at the Academy." She said, her eyes giving away her true pain.
Tal stood for a moment and nodded, knowing how she would feel about that. He sighed deeply and propped himself against the table looking at his feet for a moment. He looked up at his mother and nodded, "They you should go. There's no way the Force randomly put everyone here together now like this just for us to dismiss it so quickly." He took a step closer to her, "I know you blame yourself for a lot of things in the past, but they are in the past now mom. You can't do anything about them. You have to accept them and move on. Dad's death was not your fault and you are too strong of a Jedi. You have an amazing ability with the Force mom. You could do a lot of good there. Nothing happens by chance mom. It's the will of the Force that we are all here today. I think the Force is calling to you again."
She sighed, "I haven't really used the Force in almost 7 years." She gazed around her home, "You were raised here. I watched you grow here. You helped me plant my garden in the back. I don't know if I can just give it all up again. I've tried in the past. I just don't know if I can go back to it like nothing's happened." She automatically thought of the son she was never able to track down. The tears that had been forming in her eyes fell down her cheeks, and she tried to brush them away before he saw, but it was no use. They just kept falling.
"The Force has taken so much from me."
He put his hands on her shoulders, "And has given you so much as well. You still have me and you always will. You have wonderful memories of dad and the others. You have your health, your strength, you have many things mom. Mom I love you, that will never change. But you have a chance to redeem yourself through the Force. Why not take it? I want to go mom. I will come back from time to time, but I will probably be leaving Naboo. You don't have to fight mom, but teaching the next generation is sometimes just as much as fighting. You could do so much good mom. I know you could. But whatever decision you make, I'll support you. Ok?"
She nodded to him, appreciating his support. "I wish your father was here." She said, "Not that I don't love having you. But this would be so much easier with him by my side." She sighed, rubbing her temples. "Can I do this? I've made a life here. Can I just give that up and start over?" She said, looking at the home she had created. The thought of losing it broke her heart. "You don't regret any of the past, do you? I know that sometimes you wish that you'd had a father, but I worry about you."
Tal smiled brightly showing more of Tal Senior in himself now then ever, "Mom, you gave me an absolutely wonderful childhood. You were always a loving, supporting, and caring mother. I have never regretted anything from my past, ever. Even the time I didn't get to spend with dad. You were everything a child could have ever wanted in a mother. Plus you let me play with lightsabers, so that was cool too." He said with a chuckle.
She laughed, knowing that everything would be alright. She thought about everything she would need to do, but stopped. "I think, if I go to Yavin 4, that I keep the house. There's no reason to get rid of it. The queen gave it to me all those years ago." She smiled. "Besides, I want a place to come back to. If this doesn't work out, I don't want to have to start over, AGAIN." She said with a smile, hugging her son. "I don't deserve you."
Tal hugged her and felt a trickle of the Force begin to seep back into his mother again, but only a trickle. He pulled away and took a deep breath, "Well should we tell them the news? And yes, I would hope you would keep the house...I would hate for you to give it to some damned out of towner..."
She smiled and nodded, "Might as well. I know Les will want to contact Master Skywalker and tell him the good news." She said to him, moving towards the living room again. She looked at Les. "I've decided to accept your offer and go to Yavin 4, if it's still on the table."
Les smiled stood up hugging her, "Thank you Serenity. You don't know what this means to me! Thank you so much!"
Tal smiled at Les, "Hey now, don't be hogging it all. I'm the one who convinced her." He said with a wink to his mom.
Jeanne smiled brightly as she sat watching everything, "So does this mean I'll have to pack?"
Tal chuckled, "I'm gonna have to say yes."