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FIC: The Last Elgo
I took a break from Finishing Thwarted Fate and decided to write the second of the four "Stump the Writer" fics I am honour-bound to write. :P

Title: The Last Elgo (G)

Notes #1: For sunlit_music:Hmm...something with Han Solo, before he met Luke? I have a soft spot for Han. :)

Notes #2: This was inspired by a recent conversation I had with sunnyskywalker about Han’s origins. Could be classified as extreme crack or canon. It’s up to you. :P






sometime in the OT

The twins watched Han stalk away with surprise, then turned to Chewie.

“What’s his problem?” Luke asked.

“Most people like to have their birthdays remembered, you know,” Leia said, still laughing.

Chewie grimaced. [His birthday is sort of a sensitive topic.]

“Really?” Luke asked. “Why?”

[I can’t tell you. It’s a secret.]



/


29bby??

The fireworks started long before the news was made official. After a decade of waiting, and five disappointments, the small town of Elgiv was finally welcoming the Elgo.

The moment the mid-wife stepped out of the birthing chamber, and refused to meet his eyes, the Duke realized the truth. Fixing the fake smile on his face so firmly that his cheeks ached, he walked with confidence that he did not feel into the room.

The Duchess was already on her feet, her jaw set as she cleaned the squalling baby.

“The mid-wife has gone for the Frock. Nanny is spreading the news as we speak.” None too gently, she dumped the wriggling child onto the blanket and firmly tied the napkins around its waist.

“Do you…” The Duke hesitated. “Are you sure we can get away with this?”

She gave him a frosty look.

He raised his hands in placation. “I know. We’ve discussed this already… I just…” His words stammered to a halt. There was nothing he would say to the Duchess now about the risks involved and the paltry gains of this caper that he hadn’t already told her before. He had seen her put herself through two life-threatening pregnancies and half a dozen dangerous schemes. He himself was merely the third of several failed consorts.

All were testimony to the Duchess’s determination that the Line of her mothers did not end with her.

The mid-wife came in, her eyes still fixed on everything and anything but the Duke’s face. She carried the Elgo’s box in her arms and for the first time since the first day of the Duchess’s lifetime, the Frock was revealed.

Even the child seemed to realize the solemnity of the moment, its wails fading into soft whimpers as the cloth was passed over its head. The Duke held his breath as the mid-wife stepped aside, but his fears were unfounded. In the Frock, no one would ever suspect that this child could never be Elgo.

Twelve hours later, the Naming Ceremony was performed with all the people in attendance. The Duchess was glowing, her eyes fierce and triumphant as she stared down her distant cousin, now delegated to mere Lady. The Lady in question merely smiled, with thinly disguised disappointment in her eyes.

Standing stern and proud, the Duke did not even blush when the old priest whispered his congratulations for finally giving Elgiv a daughter. He gave the child to the Duchess and stepped back as she raised it up to the crowd.

They roared their approval.

“Elgo Hanna, behold your people!”


/


”I can’t believe you’re really not going to tell us. Don’t you trust us, Chewie?” Luke asked softly, his face sad.

[Don’t you understand the meaning of the word ‘secret’?]

Leia smiled sweetly. “But we’re practically family. Families don’t keep secrets from each other.”

Chewie snorted. [Nice try. But look guys, even if I wanted to break my life debt and betray Han’s trust, I won’t. Han will skin me alive.]

[For real.]



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fialleril From: fialleril Date: April 16th, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOLOLOL. Poor, poor Hanna Han. :P

Now I'm kind of curious about how exactly he escaped his life as the Elgo.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: April 16th, 2009 02:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
All I can say is that that is a secret so deeply hidden that even Chewie doesn't know. *facemysterious*

Edited at 2009-04-16 02:25 pm (UTC)
albumsontheside From: albumsontheside Date: April 16th, 2009 03:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
LULZ. Now I want to know just how he managed to get himself out of that!
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: April 16th, 2009 08:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
If I told you, I'd have to kill you. :P
albumsontheside From: albumsontheside Date: April 16th, 2009 08:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

Love that film!

... I'd like to see you try ;)
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: April 17th, 2009 07:40 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: what film?

...do not underestimate the power of the Dark Writing Side. :P
knight_ander From: knight_ander Date: April 16th, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nicely done. Funny, yet almost cruel. :p
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: April 16th, 2009 08:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
It explains a lot, doesn't it?
knight_ander From: knight_ander Date: April 17th, 2009 12:21 am (UTC) (Link)
No, not really.

Is any OT-era pairing safe from your wrath?
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: April 17th, 2009 03:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Macho men are usually overcompensating for something. :)

Since only H/L spring to mind, I guess not!
sunnyskywalker From: sunnyskywalker Date: April 17th, 2009 03:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Aka "Why Han walks around with 'I am manly! MANLY I TELL YOU!" stamped on his forehead. And everyone else would be like, "Dude, it's okay to break some gender-role boundaries, seriously." Probably Leia has an explanation for how it's all absurd and artificial (possibly as an addendum to the "why the Empire's massive discrimination is not just immoral but stupid and pointless" speech).

Although since The Frock is not described, it's possible that in Elgiv, sensible plain frocks or trousers are for girls and frilly things are for boys, and Han is actually acting feminine for his culture.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: April 17th, 2009 07:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Aka "Why Han walks around with 'I am manly! MANLY I TELL YOU!" stamped on his forehead.

Poor Hanna Han. His/her life has been one long attempt to prove something... :P



Although since The Frock is not described, it's possible that in Elgiv, sensible plain frocks or trousers are for girls and frilly things are for boys, and Han is actually acting feminine for his culture.

ROTFLOL! Now, I did have this idea that the Frock was a kind of frilly and trousery thing embroidered with a pattern of pearl-encrusted blasters... :P
sunnyskywalker From: sunnyskywalker Date: April 17th, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Pearl-encrusted blasters ftw!

I remembered now that in Victorian times, frilly little dresses were for baby boys and girls alike - it was the unisex onesie of the day, apparently. So there's even real-world precedent!

Now we just need to know what the Imperial Navy's deal is - are women that threatening, guys?
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: April 18th, 2009 09:42 am (UTC) (Link)
I remembered now that in Victorian times, frilly little dresses were for baby boys and girls alike - it was the unisex onesie of the day, apparently. So there's even real-world precedent!

And if Wikipedia is to be believed, it wasn't so long ago (early 20th century) where little boys wore pink and little girls wore blue.


Now we just need to know what the Imperial Navy's deal is - are women that threatening, guys?

I think it's a Palpatine thing, perhaps a twisted reaction to being brought up in a matriachal society?
sunnyskywalker From: sunnyskywalker Date: April 20th, 2009 02:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Hm, it could be a Palpatine thing... but he also usually seems to go for schemes that already have some popular support, since it makes the manipulation easier. So I think it must be a fairly widespread viewpoint in the GFFA, along with anti-alien bias. (The second would probably get a boost from the Clone Wars, since a lot of the Separatists seem to be non-human and thus "enemies of the Republic.")
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: April 20th, 2009 06:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Is the anti-alien bias widespread in the GFFA pre-OT? I always thought that while humans are the single dominant species across the galaxy, in terms of population numbers they are far from a majority; (Using the Jedi Council for example, I believe Windu is the only actual Human on the seat?) and that the anti-alien bias was something that Palpatine had to introduce in degrees?
sunnyskywalker From: sunnyskywalker Date: April 20th, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's definitely not total, but it does seem like powerful positions are disproportionately filled by humans. Both Supreme Chancellors are human, and many of the most vocal or important Senators are human (Padme, Bail Organa, Mon Mothma, Fema Baab, Bana Breemu, Fang Zar, Giddean Danu, Bail Antilles...). When the Clone Wars start, most of the Separatists are non-human. Usually when we see a planet with two sentient species where one is human, the non-human ones live out in the wilds and are looked down on (Gungans, Tusken Raiders). Now, this is all during the time when Palpatine has already been in power as Senator for a while, so I'm sure he's been encouraging it, but I don't think he could be totally responsible. When we see aliens in power, they're usually criminals out in the boondocks (Jabba) or have a powerful human ally (the Nemoidians with Darth Sidious). So I think that while the extreme anti-alien bias of the Empire was a change, it probably had a little support to get going.

(The Jedi I think are a special case, since they take anyone from the Republic who's Force-sensitive. Having an alien in charge for centuries probably helps too.)
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: April 21st, 2009 07:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow, when you explain it that way, I can't help but notice it as well.

Now, this is all during the time when Palpatine has already been in power as Senator for a while, so I'm sure he's been encouraging it, but I don't think he could be totally responsible.

No, I don't think so either. I think he's encouraged it since he's been in power but he's building up on something that must have already been there.


(The Jedi I think are a special case, since they take anyone from the Republic who's Force-sensitive. Having an alien in charge for centuries probably helps too.)

True. And the Jedi exist in a higher plane of enlightenment so how they behave towards each other is not a reflection of how the rest of the world interacts.
sunlit_music From: sunlit_music Date: April 17th, 2009 04:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Chewie snorted. [Nice try. But look guys, even if I wanted to break my life debt and betray Han’s trust, I won’t. Han will skin me alive.]

[For real.]


bwahaha! I love this. Thanks for writing this fic!
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: April 17th, 2009 07:41 am (UTC) (Link)
:D :D I'm glad you liked it, dear!
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