did someone say post-finale kanera/space family headcannons? no? well to bad
Hera’s the one who drags Kanan back to the Ghost and patches him up. She’s gentle - like extremely gentle - as in she removes her gloves and moves with the utmost care and delicacy that she can possibly manage
Getting the bandages off takes a lot of time because unfortunately the bandages got a bit…stuck to his face
it’s a painful process and Kanan is gripping Hera’s waist as a grounding point the whole time
normally Hera would say something about that, but she gets it
she’s trying REALLY hard not to cry once the bandages are removed completely because his eyes are just…gone
she ends upsitting there for like an hour just washing the skin around his eye sockets, being as gentle as possible
once all the excess blood and gore has been washed off it’s really actually not too unbearable to look at
Hera doesn’t want to wrap up his eyes just yet because “they need a little bit of air first, love” and “i know it stings but just hang in there”
and Kanan wants to cry because it just hurts so much but he can’t even cry anymore and that’s just so frustrating and makes him want to cry even more but he can’t
Hera doesn’t know what to do because a kiss and gentle words can’t fix this and she just feels so useless
but she can’t help it because they were only gone for like two days and there were so many moments she was so sure she would never see Kanan or Ezra again
and she really hates her choice of words but the vocabulary is just so against her and it doesn’t help at all
and she wants to do something so she takes Kanan’s face gently between her hands and just lightly rubs her thumbs across his cheekbones
he’s leaning into her touch and she’s getting so emotional just staring at him looking so helpless and so broken
and then she’s kissing him for the first time in what feels like forever
and he’s kissing her back but it’s slightly clumsy because Kanan’s still disoriented and not entirely sure where her mouth is at first
Hera keeps her hands on his face and guides his lips against her own because she knows they both need this now more than ever
but after a few minutes of messy kisses - and yeah maybe they both somehow wind up shirtless - Hera’s perched on Kanan’s lap and just hugging him
his chest is still warm and his ponytail’s been pulled loose so she can run her fingers through his hair and his hand are settled on her hips
it all feels so familiar but the emotions charging the cabin are just so depressing because they know that things won’t be entirely the same
and suddenly Kanan gets this idea
his hands are suddenly roaming carefully up the sides of Hera’s torso, ghost like and gentle and there’s so much tender love behind the gesture that Hera can’t help but gasp
he gets to her shoulders and traces down the length of her arms to Hera’s elbows before his hands wander back up to her shoulders and dance across her collarbone
Hera’s just sitting there, watching Kanan’s mouth, trying to avoid his eyes as his hands slide up her neck and cup her cheeks before they wander to the base of her lekku
she has to try really hard to not fidget too much as his fingers brush down the skin of her lekku before he encircles her waist in his arms and pulls her a little closer
his mouth is by her cheek when he whispers, “yep, still beautiful,” in the softest, most fondest voice he has ever used
and Hera just loses it, sobbing into his shoulder as he holds her for what feels like hours
In the following days, Hera’s the one taking care of Kanan’s bandages, leading him around the ship until he can get a solid mental picture of it
he’s already got a pretty decent one from all the years spent on board but he’s still sketchy on a few finer details
like there are certain ruts and bumps in the floors that he never bothered to notice before, corners that stick out farther than he thinks they do, etc.
and they try to make sure that everyone leads Kanan around at some point, because this is something they all need to adjust to, not just Kanan
Sabine’s the first to volunteer, knowing that this must be hard for Kanan and she just honestly never thought he would end up like this
they talk quietly for a long time in the galley, and one of the first things out of Kanan’s mouth is an apology
“I’m sorry I won’t be able to see your work anymore, Bean”
and Sabine almost hits him because that should not be your priority in this situation
but she refrains because she knows he’s just trying to find a way to let her know that he still cares about her and what she does even if he can’t see it anymore
Zeb usually just tries to help Kanan find a way to “see” the game board in the common area because they’ll both be damned if they can’t still play a game every now and then
Zeb also starts secretly working with Sabine to create Sabacc cards that have raised images and numbers and symbols so Kanan can still play with them
Kanan feels like crying when they finally present the cards to him
he can still beat them and is very proud of this fact and it frustrates and confuses Zeb and Sabine because they weren’t going easy on him??
Hera usually helps Kanan adjust to the co-pilot’s panel and the buttons because she knows that one of the kids won’t always be able to sit with her during a mission
they talk about stuff…a LOT
everything from Ezra, to Sabine and Zeb, to how they want to run missions, to how Kanan’s loss of eyesight will effect his everyday life
they talk about nothing, about old friends, old missions, about what Chopper broke that day
mostly they just sit in comfortable silence with Kanan’s hand tracing Hera’s knuckles to the point where he can accurately describe to someone the width between her middle and second knuckle, how the skin dipping between those knuckles feels, the creases between her thumb and second finger etc.
Ezra is the hardest to approach, because every time the kid looks at Kanan, there’s this overwhelming feeling of guilt and anger just roiling inside of Ezra
Kanan tries really hard to talk to Ezra about it, he knows that that’s probably the best solution to the situation
but Ezra avoids Kanan like the plague for the first week and a half after they get back
eventually Kanan gets it out of the kid that he just wants revenge on Maul for what happened - for what he took
in Ezra’s mind, Maul is just another on the list of people who have taken things from him
Kanan makes a point to talk to Ezra almost every day about what happened until he’s sure that Ezra gets it that it’s not his fault and Kanan’s not mad at him and that he doesn’t have to take revenge
once a month Kanan will stand in front of Sabine and Ezra and trace his fingers over their jawlines, their cheekbones, noses, etc. and try to get a feel for how their appearances and heights are changing because he’ll be damned if he misses them growing up
Chopper tends to be very helpful, not as grumpy towards Kanan, and leads him around very carefully
Chopper once cursed out Hera on instinct when leading Kanan around because he thought she was trying to come after him
Hera had tried really hard to be mad at Chopper but she was just so amused and touched at how protective this cranky droid was being
just give me all the spacefamily and spaceparents dealing with Kanan’s blindness in the best way possible okay
an attempt at the star wars rebels cast in the clone wars aesthetic, i ran out of gas halfway through rendering this. i probably shouldn’t be spending this much time on fanart at the moment but after marathoning TCW and SWR in quick succession the only thing i can think about is star wars
“…Is that the old astromech you found during the Clone Wars?”
“His name is Chopper.”
Chopper and Hera Backstory at last! And I have a feeling Hera didn’t ask for permission to keep him.
Since he’s being confirmed as having been ‘found’ I have a theory that Chopper has a rather adventurous backstory that predates his meeting with Hera, which also accounts for his rather boisterous personality.
But ohmygoodness, can you imagine his burnt out circuits trying to understand why a small twi’lek girl has spent the past two days putting him back together, amking do with supplies in the junkpile, trying to reattach his extendo arms and buff the scratches out of his chassis and chattering away nonstop.
Finally, he has mobility, his power cells have been replaced, and 78% of his logic circuits are still working.
And when she stands up, and says: “Alright, well I’m glad we got your other treds working, its good to see you on your feet! But its time for me to go Buddy. So you stay here and I’ll be back tomorrow, okay?
But of course, Chopper just warbles irritably and follows her home despite all her protests.
He’s like the most feral hulking cat your ever saw that hisses at everyone except this one smol child.
I will colour this when I have more time because I really like how smol Hera came out. ~