The Arrangement: Chapter Nine
Author’s Note: Soo this chapter is hella unedited but I’ll read over it asap, I just wanted to get it uploaded for you lovelies! Also, most of the info I got about the planet in this chapter is from Wookiepedia but I might have added a bit extra for Drama haha
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“You’re… scared of losing me?”
“You’re my apprentice… and Snoke would kill me if anything happened to you.”
You huffed. Of course that’s what meant. You were foolish to have thought differently.
The Command Shuttle jolted slightly.
“It’ll be a bumpy landing!” You heard James shout out from the cockpit.
You turned back to Kylo, who was already moving, “Strap yourself in.”
You nodded, following him back to your seats.
Hux was already buckled in, gripping the sides of the chair tightly.
“Cheer up, General,” you smirked as you echoed the words he had spoken to you.
You sat down just before the Shuttle dipped downwards at a steep angle. You also found yourself gripping the sides of your seat as you readied for the landing.
“Landing in 10…9…8…”, James’ voice drowned out as fear suddenly took over your entire body.
“What’s wrong with you?” You could hear Kylo faintly speaking to you in the background. But at this point, your eyes were drooping and your other senses were weakening at an alarming rate.
Then, complete darkness.
“Wha… Where…,” you struggled to form a coherent sentence when you came to your senses.
You could hear Kylo let out a sigh. You saw that his helmet was now off. “Stop trying to speak.”
Your eyes moved around slowly and you soon noticed that you were still in the Command Shuttle.
“We landed… fairly safely,” Hux said, looking disapprovingly at James.
“Barely an hour,” Kylo responded, having a good guess of what your question was. “You fainted before we landed.”
“I suppose I wasn’t the most terrified after all,” Hux said. He was obviously enjoying this.
You groaned, sitting yourself up slowly. You actually felt fine now, as if you were only waking up from a nap.
“Do you feel dizzy?”
You shook your head at Kylo as you stood up.
“Good. Be outside in five minutes.”
He stared at you incredulously, “Training, what else?”
You let out an exaggerated sigh, and you heard Hux snicker.
“Have you sent out a distress signal?” You turned to James, ignoring Hux and Kylo.
“Yes, Your Highness. No response as of yet, but it shouldn’t be long.”
“Good,” you mumbled, “The sooner we’re off this planet the better.”
You pushed passed Kylo as you walked down the ramp of the Shuttle, which was already open.
You immediately regretted your decision when you were met with a freezing cold wind. You blew away a snowflake that had landed on your cheek and frowned. It was like an even colder Starkiller Base.
“Where in the galaxy are we?” You muttered to yourself as you looked around. It looked barren, perhaps completely uninhabited. It was completely blanketed in snow but in the distance you could see the faint flow of lava sprouting up from the ground. What an odd planet.
“Welcome to Ilum, Princess.” You hadn’t noticed Kylo come up from behind you.
You had felt a strange sensation as soon as you had stepped foot off the Shuttle, and it hadn’t gone away. This planet had a certain kind of… pull. That’s when you remembered. “S-s-so t-this is t-the J-edi’s f-f-famous p-planet?” Your teeth chattered through the entire sentence. You were freezing.
“What’s left of it,” he was clearly unbothered by the cold.
You raised an eyebrow, waiting for Kylo to continue.
“The Empire laid waste to it a long time ago. Stripped it for its resources.”
“What resources could the Empire have wanted from a sacred Jedi planet?
Your eyes widened slightly at that, “They’re the ones that are used to power lightsabers, aren’t they?”
Kylo nodded, “But any that grew on this planet were harvested many moons ago. This is a wasteland now.”
“Then why were you so against coming here?”
Kylo paused for a moment, you could see that he was hesitant to continue, “You felt it too didn’t you, the moment you left the Command Shuttle? It’s a pull to the… to the Light.”
“Ah, so that’s what that nagging feeling is,” you half laughed, trying to diffuse the tension that had suddenly fallen between you.
“The Empire may have claimed this planet decades ago but the legacy of what it once was lives on. That’s why I didn’t want to bring you here, not when you’re still training. The very ground we walk on is steeped in remnants of the Jedi Order and the Light Side.
"How do you know so much about this planet?”
“…Someone told me…once.”
You raised an eyebrow, “Snoke?”
He shook his head and remained silent.
“That doesn’t matter.”
“Promise I won’t tell anyone,” you said light-heartedly.
“Y/N…” He warned.
“Kylo…” You matched his tone.
He sighed, “My… uncle. Now that’s the end of it so don’t–”
“Luke Skywalker,” you whispered.
His head shot up, suddenly curious, “How do you know that name?”
You shrugged, “I-I don’t know, I just sort of felt it.” Certainly, you had heard the name before, but it was as if someone had just whispered it to you in that moment. You felt compelled to utter it aloud, like something was urging you to.
Kylo furrowed his eyebrows, “Get back into the Command Shuttle, we will train inside.”
Kylo hid his emotions well even without his helmet, both physically and mentally. He couldn’t have you sensing his concern.
It was as if this planet was speaking to you. Willing you to uncover his past with the Light Side. A past that he had been trying for so many years to bury. He knew of this planet’s power. You were on the verge of finding out and Kylo wouldn’t have that. He simply couldn’t.
You felt strange. The same voice you had heard in your head moments ago had dulled down to a low murmur. But you could still hear it clearly. He’s lying to you, Y/N.
“What are you hiding from me?” You stopped in your tracks before you could reach the Shuttle’s ramp.
“You’re keeping something from me. Something important.”
“Kylo this planet… it’s like I can hear its thoughts,” you told him, almost in awe.
He scoffed, “Don’t be ridiculous.”
You shook your head, “You know I’m telling the truth. You’re hiding something from me, I can feel it.”
“You don’t know what you’re talking about,” he huffed. He needed to get you off this planet for good, “Now get back inside–”
“You weren’t scared that I would leave you for Light Side if we came here, you were scared that I would find out the truth, weren’t you?” You were half shouting now.
“The truth about what exactly?” His voice rising too.
“I don’t know!” You threw your hands up in defeat, “Something you should have told me a long time ago, I can tell that much.” You were certain of this.
“I owe you no truths!” He snapped, roughly grabbing your forearm, “Now get back into the Shuttle before I make you.”
In that moment, you heard another delicate whisper in the back of your head. As if someone… or perhaps something on this planet wasn’t going to leave you alone until you heard it. Only, this whisper was different, it was the same word over and over again. It kept getting louder until finally it screamed throughout your mind. And that’s when you heard yourself saying it out loud.
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