AN: So I’m a huge fan of the Star Wars series and fell in love with the latest movie The Force Awakens. I discussed possibly writing a drabble with ties of the movie, maybe having some of our characters seeing the movie and talking about it with one-another. Well, she brought up possibly doing it with our Defender RP characters and I loved the idea. So here it is 🙂 hope you guys enjoy! Oh yeah and there’s some blatant Star Wars spoilers in this post. Don’t read if you don’t want spoilers. Thanks ^_^
Teasing fingertips brushed the soft parchment of her latest find in the Normanle library as Adelle offered a small yawn in protest, the looming night just beyond the window beckoning her to escape to her quarters for some well-deserved rest. The mechanic wanted nothing to do with sleep, knowing well enough that as soon as her eyes closed the nightmares would slip through and plague her rest.
Sleep also meant the night would quickly vanish from memory, beginning a new day of work and struggle. And part of Adelle’s childish nature wanted her evenings where she could read and learn to never end.
Another yawn bubbled up from her throat and her hazel eyes rolled at her body’s demands for rest, the girl not wanting to give in to such protests. The book she pulled from the shelves on Defender construction and weapon classifications was quite the page turner and she wanted to finish it before the night’s end. She could yawn and yawn all night, Adelle could be as stubborn as a mule when she chose to be.
“Look who’s breaking curfew again,” a voice chimed from the doorway, the girl’s hazel eyes peeking up from her book to see a grinning Elliott and his small companion De stepping in from the darkness of the hallway. A grumble formed deep in her chest as she shifted in her seat, the girl brushing a hand through her dark curls a sign of frustration at being caught in the act of breaking rules once more. Lucky for her it was Elliott who stumbled upon her that evening. “Keep up with the sleepless nights and someone might end up getting shipped off to Dr. Ventril’s office.”
“I don’t mind Dr. Ventril unlike some people,” Adelle mocked the newcomer as he stepped into the library, careful to close the door behind him before taking a seat across from the girl. “I would have thought you would be the first to jump at the chance for some sleep. It’s odd to see you awake this late.”
“Not really, I wake up often through the night,” Elliott remarked with a shrug, gently placing De on the table before teasing its cold surface. “De sold you out actually. Said he picked up your footsteps a little while ago and I decided to come check on you out of the goodness of my heart.”
Adelle allowed a smirk to form on her lips as she chuckled at his words, “you mean you came to spy on me because you woke up and were bored in your room.”
“Reading me like one of your books,” the boy said with a laugh, the two of them enjoying a moment of company. However, his smile faded as he locked eyes with the newcomer, hoping to gather a better understanding of her sleepless nights. “Seriously though, you ok Dell? Pretty sure you haven’t slept at all this week.”
“Just a little bit of insomnia. No reason to worry,” she hummed, her gaze returning to the piece of literature sprawled out upon the table before her. “Helps that there’s a lot of great books in here. I’m learning a lot about the different weapons and upgrades able to be installed in the Defenders. There’s this one weapon that looks like a lightsaber. Wouldn’t that be so fun to wield? The blade’s laser blade is able to be extended and magnified depending on the settings done by the wielder. It would be much more efficient in a ground fight up close and personal with the enemy.”
Elliott chuckled at the thought. “Man, your inner geek is showing at full force Dell. Did you just make a Star Wars reference in your explanation?” He chimed with a wink, almost bursting into a fit of laughter at the burning red of Adelle’s cheeks. “You know what, I bet you were one of those kids who used to swing around sticks going swoosh and pretending you were a Jedi.”
“Literally saw you doing that the other day with the broom,” Adelle retorted with a narrowed gaze upon her companion, Elliott’s own cheeks tinting pink as he shyly ran a hand through his messy locks. “Pretty sure you’d be a Sith then since you’re such a jerk.”
“Me? A jerk? Surely you jest!” Elliott grumbled in protest with an accusing finger towards the girl. “If I’m anyone, I’m the hero of the story! Luke Skywalker for the win! And that means you’re the damsel in distress, so you’d be Leia-.”
“Leia wasn’t really a damsel in distress. She was the leader of an entire rebellion and continued to fight despite all her hardships which included her entire home world getting blown up,” Adelle corrected with a roll of her eyes. “And besides, let’s be real here, I’m Rey if I’m anyone.”
His next words paused at the tip of his tongue as Elliott contemplated her answer, the pilot unable to argue with such a declaration. A strong woman who’s known for her skills in mechanics, kindness, and cleverness. Oh and she was also one with the force. It was hard not to picture Adelle in that character’s cosplay. “So that makes me Poe then?”
“I bet you’d be Kylo Ren,” Adelle remarked with a laugh, Elliott’s cheeks burning brighter than ever as he growled in response.
“Not a chance! Kylo Ren is a damn whiny baby who throws tantrums whenever he doesn’t get his way! I’m totally not-!”
“You’re throwing a tantrum right now though?” She hummed with a wink to her companion, Elliott shifting back in his seat with a familiar pout on his lips. “Aw, don’t worry Ben Solo, I’m sure your father still loves you even though you murdered him.”
“I’m either Poe or Finn, not stupid Kylo Ren,” he muttered under his breath, clearly not amused in her antics.
“You’re so adorable sometimes,” Adelle mused as she marked her page for reading before closing the book to place her full focus on her company. “Fine, you can be Finn. And De can be BB-8.”
Elliott seemed to brighten at her words, lifting the core in his hands and studying it carefully. “Ha, I can see that. De would be an amazing BB-8.”
“Then he could go zipping around like the little ball of cute he is!”
“De would love that!” Elliott and Adelle chimed together in perfect harmony, the core humming in confusion at whatever they seemed to be discussing.
Their conversation was fun-filled and entirely ‘geek-central’ as Elliott elaborated; however, a sudden sparkle in Adelle’s eyes shifted their tone. “When we were forced here, not even Rogue One came out. I have absolutely no idea what happened in the other movies. I have no idea who Rey’s parents were, if Luke was ever going to speak on that mountain, if Poe and Finn were totally gay for each other.”
Elliott raised a brow at her words, “I’m not sure if they were actually ‘gay’ for each other-.”
“Missed the point entirely, we both missed the future films because we were throwing into this time period,” the girl explained, crestfallen. “That’s somewhat sad to think about.”
“What’s sad to think about?”
Both Elliott and Adelle froze at the third voice entering their conversation, a clearly frustrated Thaddeus Normanle entering the library with a narrowed eye on the both of them. Kelphalos hummed upon his shoulder, clearly a tattletale just like De.
“You’re both supposed to be resting yet here I find you both goofing off and breaking curfew,” Thad grumbled as he took a seat at the table next to Adelle, studying her tired eyes carefully before pointing an accusing finger towards Elliott. “Stop distracting her and go to bed.”
“I wasn’t distracting her, she was already awake when I came to check on her,” the pilot retorted with a frown. “We aren’t hurting anyone so why don’t you just go to bed if you’re so frustrated.”
“You’re hurting yourselves by not sleeping. Which then hurts me and the rest of the team,” the newest companion huffed at the accusation before turning once more to Adelle. “By the way, you both are practically screaming like fangirls in here and have woken up pretty much everyone in the household. So forgive me for being frustrated but I don’t much enjoy being woken up in the middle of the night because two time-travelers are gushing over each other.”
A playful smirk edged onto Elliott’s lips as he listened to Thad’s words, impressed by the sheer amount of jealousy he seemed to hold for the two of them being along together in the library. “So which part of this upsets you more: the fact that me and Adelle were alone together or the fact that we didn’t invite you to the party?”
Thaddeus didn’t bother to answer the question as he continued his focus completely on the tired girl before him. “What’s sad to think about? When I walked in, you were saying you were sad. So what has brought such sadness to your heart milady?”
As if on cue with such prying questions, Adelle’s eyes misted with tears and she buried her face in the palms of her hands to hide away from her embarrassment. The newcomer was taken back by such a display, finding it rare for Adelle to showcase such emotions in front of them without good reason. Clearly whatever was plaguing her must have been very near and dear to her heart to allow her to shed tears and whimpers.
“W-What has brought on such heartbreaking tears Adelle?” Thad asked as he reached a hand out to grace the poor girl’s shoulder, the pilot hoping to coax her from her breakdown. All the while Elliott just sat there, slightly confused by the display. This was very much not the tone of the conversation before Thad had walked in. “Was it Elliott’s fault? I can handle him if it’s true.”
“W-Wha-I didn’t make her cry!”
As Adelle tried to get out her muffled words through her whimpers, Thad craned closer to better understand the situation. Elliott thought to get up and assist in comforting the girl but something told him to allow her to open up to them.
“What was that Adelle? I’m here for whatever you may need so please confide in me what it is that is bothering you.”
“-ey and Luke-!”
Suddenly Elliott caught on and tried his best to hold in the laughter that began to bubble up in his chest; Thad glancing between him and the girl in hopes to know who the hell this Luke character was who made her cry.
“Luke? Who’s Luke?” Thad snapped at Elliott. “Who’s Luke?”
Elliott couldn’t hold it in any longer as he bursted into a laughing fit, “a Jedi master!”
A wave of complete confusion showed in Thad’s expression as he watched Elliott practically stumble out of his seat from his laughing, the pilot then turning his attention fully onto Adelle in hopes for some clarity.
“Adelle, what is-?”
“Rey and Luke! I d-don’t know what happened between them! And Finn and Poe! Does Leia ever see her son again? Does Lando ever come into the new episodes?” Adelle got out through her tears as she no longer hid her face from view, Thad left completely confused as his only source of understanding could not even get a word out through his laughing. “R2-D2. C-3pO. Chewbacca. BB-8. Everyone! I didn’t get to see Episode 8 and 9 so I don’t know what happens!”
“E-Episode 8? What on earth are you-?”
“S-She’s talking about Star Wars,” Elliott managed to get out as he tried to catch his breath. “It’s a movie franchise from our timeframe. Seems like she was a big fan of the series but we didn’t get to see all the films since we were sent to this timeframe. I’ll go ahead and assume that the tears she’s crying are really just because she’s tired as hell but refuses to go to sleep.”
“A movie franchise?” Thad repeated with a raised brow, the man quick to take the weeping girl into his arms as he rolled his eyes at Elliott’s childish expression. “Great, I’ve got a charge who’s insomnia is driving her mad with tears.”
As he finally managed to calm down from his fit, Elliott eyed Thad for a moment before speaking, “so what are we going to do with her? You gonna send her off to Dr. Ventril’s office to force her to sleep?”
“I’d rather she not begin to fear us,” Thad huffed at his companion’s words before gesturing to the door. “No, if the lady is moved this much by some movie franchise then we’ll tend to her needs. Go out there and find someone to fetch us these films she desires. She can watch Episode 8 or whatever it is and perhaps it will help ease her mind to-.”
Suddenly Adelle ripped away from the man’s embrace, her hands gripping tightly to his shoulders as she shook her head wildly at his words. “N-No, we can’t watch Episode 8 yet because you haven’t seen any of the films! We’ve got to start at the beginning with you! The beginning!”
“W-What are you-?” Thad blinked at her words, unsure of what to make of them. “I-I’m watching the movies too?”
“She’s going to be stubborn and refuse to accept the kindness unless we watch them with her. Besides, I’m very interested in seeing these movies again myself. I’m also curious about what happens next in the series,” Elliott hummed with a wink before escaping to the hallway. “We’ll get those films ASAP. You get Adelle duty until then!”
Thad frowned at the companion’s response before turning his attention fully on Adelle again, the girl now resting back in her seat and smiling despite the tears still cascading down. It was clear she was tired as can be but the excitement in her voice as she explained the films and their premises to Thaddeus brought a smile to the man’s face as he nodded along. Whatever made her happy was good enough for him.
“I thought you said we were starting at the beginning?” Thaddeus muttered with narrowed eyes towards the screen, a scrolling text piercing the starry sky with the title Episode 4: A New Hope. “Why the hell would we start on Episode 4? There’s clearly 3 whole episodes we’re missing here!”
“Episodes 1-3 are the prequels that were made at a later date. In many fans’ opinions, they are not up to par at all with the classics and aren’t really needed in a Star Wars viewing experience,” Elliott explained, the three of them sprawled out on a couch with Adelle happily at the center watching the movie before her unfold.
“I personally loved Darth Maul in Episode 1. His design was gorgeous and his fight scenes were magnificent,” shared the girl as she held De and Kelphalos in her arms.
“Right but again these films aren’t necessarily needed in a Star Wars viewing experience. They just tell of Darth Vader’s rise as the Dark Lord,” Elliott hummed, his head bobbing along to the familiar John Williams score. “If you want to watch them later, we can though. After all, this is for you to see the movies Adelle loves so much.”
“Why the hell is this scroll telling me all this information? Why doesn’t the filmmakers just let me see the damn movie and let me see it for myself?”
“Because they hate you.”
“Clearly,” Thad grumbled under his breath before his eyes widened, a gentle pressure on his shoulder a clear sign of what was happening. Carefully he turned his gaze to see Adelle passed out and leaning on him, her gentle breathing a sign she was sleeping peacefully for the first time in days. “S-She’s asleep?”
“What really? We’ve barely just begun,” Elliott hummed with a wink towards his companion. “Poor thing’s been a wreck for a while. Guess she just needed something to pull her away from her books so she could relax enough to get some sleep.”
“S-So should we turn this off and-?”
Elliott suddenly narrowed his eyes at the question, “you turn this off and stir in your seat and that girl’s gonna wake up and not be able to go back to sleep again. Nope, you’re going to have to sacrifice one for the team Thad. We’re in this for the long haul. I hope you’re ready.”
“A-Are you serious right now? At this rate, none of us will be able to work tomorrow and we’re all going to have to go see Dr. Ventril,” Thad huffed, his head gently leaning upon Adelle’s nest of curls as he whined.
“Yeah but to be fair you all were going to likely have to send me and Adelle there anyway for being so tired and possibly getting sick,” Elliott mocked with a wink. “This way you suffer too.”
“You’re such a child sometimes,” Thad growled as his arms crossed his chest, the pilot shifting to make himself as comfortable as possible while careful to not disturb the dear girl who now rested upon him. “I’m already over this scroll. Is it done yet?”
“Just shut up and watch the movie,” Elliott snapped, a grin on his lips as the scroll finally ended and the movie began. “May the force be with us.”
“What was that?”
“Nothing. Watch the movie.”