Disclaimer: the characters depicted in this fanfic are not mine. All of them are the property of Lucasfilm Ltd. And JAM! Books. I am in no way making money off of this story.
Notes: I am a follower of the Jaina/Zekk thing, so there will be more romance in the story about them then Jacen/Tenel Ka. I like fanfics about both of them, but I find that a lot of the stories don't really do well with the characters real personalities (When Tenel Ka is overly emotional, when Jacen doesn't crack a joke, when Zekk and Jaina don't talk about repairing ships, ect)
The Young Jedi Knights had retreated to their favorite spot near the river. The graduation ceremony was held about 2 hours earlier. They all had come here to think what they were going to do, now that they were full Jedi. After swimming around for a while, the group had made a bit of a circle and lightly talked or joked about their future. At one point, Jacen had seen an animal he was interested in and had run off into the forest after it. After about 10 minutes, Tenel Ka went out to find him, because it was starting to get dark. Lowie had gone farther out into the forest earlier to climb up the trees and think, and Raynar had escorted Lusa back to the temple, leaving Zekk and Jaina alone. Zekk slowly put an arm around Jaina. She laid her head on his shoulder and could tell he was nervous about something, because he was shaking a bit, and his heart was racing.
Zekk looked down at Jaina < She is so beautiful. Every time I look into her eyes, I feel like I'm going to explode. I wonder if I should tell her how I feel. I just don't know if she feels the same way.>
Jaina broke the silence. "Is something wrong Zekk?" she asked. She could tell he was shaking a bit.
"Jaina," he started. I.I need to tell you something."
Zekk was shivering all over now. "What is it?" she asked.
"Jaina, I.I ah.I love you." He blurted.
< I love you> the words sank in very slowly. < Wow! No wonder he's so nervous.> "Zekk, It's ok. I'm not angry. The fact is, I love you too."
Zekk sat there awestruck. Jaina looked up at him and moved closer. Zekk put his hand on Jaina's cheek and moved closer as well, and their lips connected. It felt as if the kiss had lasted forever, and when they broke off, they were both shaking a bit. Jaina then flashed one of those lop-sided grins and moved closer. Their lips connected again, and the world seemed to drift away. They parted only when air became necessary.
After a while of just holding each other, Zekk broke the silence. "Maybe we should head back." Jaina grinned. "Well, what are we waiting for?" Then the two of them walked back to the temple hand in hand.
Jacen was still searching for, well, whatever it was. Some furry creature with 4 legs and big ears had sparked his attention, and he had gone looking for it. After about 20 minutes of searching, he gave up and sat down on a nearby bolder.
After about 15 minutes of searching, Tenel Ka found Jacen sitting on a bolder. He jumped when he saw her and said, "Uh, so, Tenel Ka, what's the difference between a Twi'lik jeweler, and a New Republic Jailer?" Tenel Ka stood there for a while before responding, "Ah, aha. I believe one sells watches, and one watches cells?" which was followed by the faintest bit of a smile.
< I can't believe it. She gets the joke, and smiles!> Jacen thought.
After looking at his dumbfounded expression for a while, Tenel Ka spoke up. "Jacen, my friend, it is becoming dark. We should head back for the academy." Jacen shrugged and said, "Ok, you lead the way." After a few minutes, Jacen was still thinking about the joke. < Maybe now would be a good time to tell her how I feel> Jacen stopped.
"Is something wrong Jacen?" Tenel Ka asked.
"Tenel Ka, I need to tell you something."
"What is it?" she replied, trying not to sound excited, but didn't do a good job at it.
"We've been through a lot together, and." he started.
"I believe I know what you are going to say," Tenel Ka said.
Tenel Ka nodded. "This is a fact."
"I believe you have developed feeling for me, past friendship."
Jacen stood there for a second before saying, "How'd you know?"
"I may have developed the same feelings," she answered, showing a bit of nervousness in her voice.
"You have?" Jacen said, caught off guard.
"This is a fact." Tenel Ka then did something that REALLY threw Jacen off guard: she kissed him.
After what felt like eternity, Jacen broke off and said, "I love you. I have from the moment I met you."
"I love you too. Now, perhaps we should head back to the academy before anyone becomes worried."
"As my sister would say, 'Well what are we waiting for?"
When Tenel Ka and Jacen neared their rooms inside the temple, Jacen spotted his sister in front of the door, with her arms around Zekk's neck, kissing him. Jacen thought, < Go Jaya!> Jaina immediately broke from Zekk and looked in Jacen and Tenel Ka's direction.
"Oh, ah, hi," she said trying to sound innocent. Jacen knew she had heard him.
Zekk broke the uncomfortable silence after glancing at Jacen and Tenel Ka's clenched hands. "Hey, you two have something to say I bet," he said pointing at their hands. Jaina looked at where he was pointing and made a slight giggle. Jacen looked at Tenel Ka, and said, "Yeah, I guess we both do."
All four of them said at the same time, "This is a fact."