Of Cheesecake and Ewoks

Of Cheesecake and Ewoks
by Wedge Antilles, Cmdr. Rogue and Wraith Squadrons

"A long time ago, on a planet far, far away in the Corellian system, lived a young Ewok named Jek, but he was called Piggy by his friends. He wasn't born there but had been taken there as a young Ewok pup to be the pet of a wealthy and powerful man, the Diktat of Corellia," In the office, Wes and Hobbie could hear the soft voice of Wedge Antilles, General in New Republic Starfighter Command and Commander of Rogue Squadron, coming from the next room, Wedge's bedroom, as he began to relate a fairy tale. To someone just entering the office, it would seem as if he were reading a bedtime story to a small child and, if either man didn't know better, they would have thought the same thing; in reality, Wedge was telling the story to an Ewok, his Ewok, Emote. They also knew that a similar situation was playing out in the quarters of Colonel Tycho Celchu right next door as he too was putting his own Ewok to bed, Emote's friend Emic. Wes has heard Wedge tell the story to Emote many times before, it was the little Ewok's favorite tale from Corellia, even if Wedge did make changes to it like changing the character's name - he did that with a lot of the stories he told to Emote, substituting the names of friends he had lost during the Rebellion and war with the Empire; it was he way of making sure that their names and memories would not be forgotten.

"The Diktat did not treat Jek nicely and one day, Jek managed to runaway from him, making his way into the fields and woods of Corellia." Hobbie and Janson continued to listen to Wedge in the next room.

Wes elbowed Hobbie in his side, "You know, Wedge is getting pretty good at this. He'll make a great dad someday, provided he takes time off from running the squadron, gets out, meets some nice girl, and dates."

"Wes, with you around, he's had years of practice on how to raise kids," Hobbie teased his long time friend.

Wes picked up a pillow from his end of the couch and tossed it at Hobbie, hitting him in the head, "Well Hobbs, it's a tough job but somebody's got to do it and I couldn't think of anyone better," he laughed.

"Hey, that's now fair, you were armed," Hobbie cried as he threw it back at Wes, missing and getting Wedge in the face. "Oops, sorry, Wedge," he said coloring slightly.

Wedge picked up the offending piece of the couch scowling at the Majors, "Seems like I was telling Jek and the Beanstalk and putting to bed the wrong child; I should have been putting you two to bed," he growled - there was just a ting of a laugh in his voice to let them know he wasn't all that serious. "Know if Tych's got Emic put to bed yet?"

"No," Wes spoke up, "But he started before----" The opening of the door interrupted the rest of Wes' comment as Tycho entered Wedge's quarters.

"One of these day, I hope, Emic will tire of the story 'Shard of Alderaan', I know the thing by heart."

"He will, about the same time Wes and Hobbie grow up." Seeing the look of consternation on Hobbie's face Wedge added, "But in Wes' case, I don't see that happening in the near future." He clapped his hands together as the signal to go, "So, who's up for cheesecake? Wes, you're buying, and I want hot fudge and strawberries on mine."


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