Extending my tired arms above my head. I stretch out my sleepy limbs. I lift my body into a sitting position, running my fingers through my H/C hair. My E/C eyes trail around the room before finally resting on the body next to mine. A soft smile graces my lips.
I move my fingers over into his light hair, “Joe?” I whisper, my voice raspy.
The chestnut colored haired male lifts his head from the pillow. Blinking his weary blue eyes open. “Good morning,” He croaks out, voice thick with sleep. I place my lips on his forehead softly and then stand up from the bed. My feet walk me through the hallway and into the cozy living room. My hands trail up and down my sides trying to create some warmth. My eyes sweep across the room. My ears perk up at hushed voices. My smile grows as two sets of feet come running into the room I’m stood in. I crouch down opening my arms ready for my children to come running into me.
“Mummy!” Quintin’s little voice shrieks in excitement. His twin Hayden, squeals when I poke his side softly. The little body’s push themselves against mine as hard as they possibly can. I laugh with them. The boys both have the same messy H/C hair that adorns my head but have Joe’s electric blue eyes.
After a few minutes of us talking and laughing the boys run off and go to play. I stand up and walk into the kitchen. My bare feet walk me across the room and over to the stove and begin cooking some breakfast for my family.
Joe comes into the kitchen a while later, flicking on the Television. The news appears on the screen, “We’re turning into actual adults now,” Joe jokes. I laugh nodding my head, pouring us each a coffee before sitting down next to him on the island bench. The TV lights up with a ‘Breaking News’ story.
“An epidemic has broken out,” My brows join together, “Young children around the globe have been dying from a mysterious disease that is burning their skin.”
A strangled cry comes from somewhere within my house. My eyes widen and my head snaps to meet the panicked blue eyes of my husband.
“Joe,” I draw out as he stands up and half-runs into another room eyes wide searching for our children.
“Quinn, Hayden!” He calls out. My eyes widen as they chase after the brown haired male. I stand up from the bar stool and make my way through my house, following the movements Joe had made only moments prior.
“Daddy?” Hayden’s shake voice calls. Joe’s and My eyes meet. Tears spring to my eyes at the weakness of his voice.
“Hayden?” I call out softly, watching him walk out of his and Quinn’s shared room holding his hands out silent tears falling down his cheeks.
“Whats wrong buddy?” Joe asks, bending down so that he’s in Hayden’s eye line.
My mind goes into overdrive. Where’s Quintin? My feet move me towards the bedroom. Quinn’s cries curse my ears. My eyes look down towards the screams. Quintin’s messy H/C hair is all over his now red face as he screams and cries. I gather him into my arms, making my way out of the bedroom and into the hallway, Joe has Hayden in his arms. Limp, Hayden was limp.
“Call an ambulance!” I shout voice frantic.
The rest of the day happens in a blur. Tests are run on my boys, but nothing comes back.
“Mister and Missus Sugg?” One of the many doctors we had seen today comes over to where we’re standing slowly, a sorrowful expression on his face.
“Nothing has worked has it?” I ask softly hand locked tightly in Joe’s. The doctor shakes his head softly, “I’m sorry for your losses.”
My eyes widen but no tears fall. My mind and body go numb. My babies have passed.
“No!” I shout my body falling towards the ground, before being caught by my husband.
“What was it?” Joe asks softly. His arms supporting me.
“We’re not sure,” The doctor says cautiously. I nod my head slowly. My weight seeming too much for me to hold I allow Joe to hold all of my weight.
I scoff, “So none of you know what has killed my babies?”
“No we don’t,” He says wincing slightly at the awful answer. My eyes well with tears and I pick up my body and begin to walk outside and away from the place that had killed my children. Silent tears fall once I’m out in the air.
My gaze travels to the sky, my tears subside and my breathing regulates. My eyes harden. I must find out what has killed my children.
Starring Danai Gurira, Michael Hayden, Lorenzo Pisoni, Carson Elrod, Andre Holland, Reg Rogers, Annie Parisse, John Cullum, Tonya Pinkins, Kristen Connolly, Joe Forbrich, Lucas Caleb Rooney, Caitlin O’Connell, Jordan Lund, David Manis
Today, it was announced that Chronicle director Josh Trank would be directing an unnamed Star Warsspin-off movie, the second such film announced (Gareth Edwards is directing another set for 2016).
So far, the plots of both films remain unknown, although rumors suggest that one will focus on Yoda, and the other on Boba Fett and/or Han Solo. That’s all fine and dandy, but was I the only one hoping for something a little less obvious?
If we are indeed getting Boba Fett and Han Solo movies, why not a couple of these as well?
1. Vengeance for Lady Vader
One fascinating but underused element from prequels was Padmé Amidala’s cadre of handmaidens; a group of women who were willing to put their lives on the line for the queen and later senator of Naboo. And while some were spotlighted—namely Dormé and the decoys Cordé and Sabé—they weren’t really given much of a send-off. Now that two of those actresses are big names (Keira Knightley and Rose Byrne), I would love to see some early Rebel Alliance action from these fierce ladies. I also see room for Mon Mothma and a new Queen of Naboo.
Director: Maybe I’ve just watched Sense & Sensibility too many times, but I’m thinking Ang Lee is the man for the job.
Starring: Keira Knightley, Rose Byrne, Naomie Harris, Dominic West, Jay Laga'ia, Genevieve O'Reilly, Keisha Castle-Hughes.
2. Rogue Squadron
Denis Lawson may be playing hard to get, but he’s too old anyway. One of the best things about the Expanded Universe is the X-Wing series, so why not see something similar committed to film? A more small-scale adventure about diverse, ragtag group of rebels surviving deep space dogfights and evading the Imperial fleet should be an easy sell to Star Wars fans, as well as an opportunity to see some female and non-human Rebel fighter pilots on screen. And if the Rebellion era is too tired, why not set the film in the 30-year period between Episodes VI and VII?
Director: Who is owning wartime movies right now? One woman: Kathryn Bigelow.
Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Natalie Dormer, Evan Peters, Lucy Liu.
3. Jedi Purge
So far, press for Episode VII has played up audiences’ nostalgia for the original Star Wars trilogy, but avoided callbacks to the prequels. While that’s understandable given their place in the films’ chronology, it would be nice to see a cinematic bridge between the two existing trilogies. Fan-favorite Expanded Universe characters like Quinlan Vos and Ahsoka Tano are still canon and still alive during this period. Throw in backwater planets like Nar Shaddaa and appearances from Shaak Ti (Angela Bassett?), and I will buy out the whole theater.
Director: A splintered group of gifted people on the run from a faceless, monolithic enemy? He might be swamped these days, but I’m thinking Bryan Singer.
While many of the plot threads established in Tales of the Jedi and Knights of the Old Republic are no longer canon, there is no reason why the dawn of the Galactic Republic and Jedi Order can’t be explored. Characters in the films have talked a lot about the Sith, but we’ve only ever seen two at a time. A film set 2,000 years ago at the height of the Sith Wars would not only be a visual spectacle, but also largely free of any existing continuity restraints.
Director: I think the man who gave us both Othello and Thor, Kenneth Brannagh, is the person for the job.
Starring: Lena Headey, Anna Paquin, Gaius Charles, Jackie Earle Haley.
5. Maul Vs. Kenobi
When Star Wars: Visionaries was released, the idea of a resurrected Darth Maul hunting down Obi-Wan Kenobi was just a step beyond fan fiction. But it became a reality with Clone Wars gave Maul back to us, cyborg legs and all. While it would have to retread some Clone Wars material, a small-scale revenge story that calls back the greatest Star Wars duel ever seems like an obvious sell. And hey, why not throw in a bit of Bail Organa and tween Leia?
Director: The man behind 3:10 To Yuma and The Wolverine, James Mangold.
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Ray Park, Sam Witwer, Joel Edgerton, Jimmy Smits.
The two just ended up running across town hand in hand. Thank God, Joe was there to keep her company into one of her late night antics that she had been itching to do since the day she arrived back in town. “Are we getting any closer to the bar or it’s just us getting closer?” Hayden had accidentally blurted out when the both of them had stopped running for a little while. Sure, it wasn’t a good idea to run, but the screaming they did was. The townspeople that they’ve passed through opened their lights, meaning to say that they were bothered by Hayden and Joe’s weird screaming. “God, I didn’t mean it to be that sexual but you could take it whichever way you want. Just get me shitfaced right now so that I could see your drunk Blue Steel impression and have a photo of it for future uses.” She said as they started to walk, still hand in hand. @joemontz