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Title: Mixed Fruit Jelly
Author: [livejournal.com profile] fialleril
Rating: G
Word count: 779
Prompt: Post-ROTJ AU, R2-D2 and Hermione Bagwa: Artoo writes his autobiography—mixed fruit jelly
Characters: Artoo, Luke, Hermione Bagwa, WA-7
Summary: Hermione Bagwa is pleased to see her favorite customers.
A/N: Flo is the nickname of WA-7, the waitress droid at Dex's Diner.

Mixed Fruit Jelly

It had been a long and trying week (the incident with the Corellian had proven to be the least of her problems), and Hermione was more than usually pleased to see her favorite customers in the Diner that evening. It had been almost three months since Luke Skywalker and Artoo-Detoo had dropped by, and she’s missed them.

The Diner was almost completely empty when they entered, and she suspected that was not an accident. She knew that Luke frequented the Diner partly to avoid the media (Dex had a policy, after all), and Artoo… Well, there weren’t many places even on Coruscant that would serve droids.

She grinned as she approached their table, one cup of Jawa Juice and one plasma booster already prepared. Luke and Artoo might have been the heroes of the galaxy, but they were nothing if not predictable in their orders.

“So,” she said, pulling up a chair and joining them. It was a slow day. She could get away with it. “How are my two favorite customers today?”

Artoo gave a series of low, rather mournful whistles followed by what could only be described as a very rude blat.

“He’s writing his memoirs,” Luke offered. “Finished the draft, actually. But we can’t find a publisher who’s interested.”

Hermione considered this. “Sounds off to me.” She turned to regard Artoo. “You’re one of the greatest heroes in the galaxy. You fought in the Clone Wars and the Rebellion! Why wouldn’t they want to publish you?”

This time Artoo’s beeps were decidedly biting. Hermione looked at him in shock. “Because you’re a droid? Well what has that got to do with anything?”

Artoo let off a string of very rude sounding bleeps, but Luke just sighed in frustration. “Apparently it’s a policy. Every publisher we’ve looked into will only accept manuscripts from biologicals.”

Hermione snorted indelicately. She couldn’t honestly say she was surprised. In the space of less than thirty years she’d witnessed the death of two governments and the birth of those that came after, but there were some things that never changed. Still… “I don’t see how that makes sense,” she said. “You know that practically every week they’re publishing a new ‘tell-all’ book by some goon who claims to have known Vader when he was a kid.” A glance to her left reminded her just exactly who she was talking to, and she added quickly, “No offense, of course.”

Luke just laughed. “Oh, I know,” he said. “Sometimes I pick them up and look through them, just because.”

“Ever find anything good?” Hermione asked, unable to help herself.

Artoo released a string of beeps that sounded remarkably like laughter. When he added a further whistle, Luke shot him a glare and said, “Oh shut up. It wasn’t that funny.”

Hermione would have pressed him further, but the first customers of the evening rush had arrived. She heaved a belabored sigh and stood up. Customers always had the worst timing.

“Don’t go anywhere, you two!” she said over her shoulder as she made her way to the Diner’s entrance. Even as she ushered the group of Toydarians to a table and took their orders, she kept one ear trained on the conversation between the two heroes.

Artoo warbled something mournful, and out of the corner of her eye she saw Luke nod. “I know,” he said. “I wish there were more places like Dex’s out there, too.”

Artoo’s next comment sounded more optimistic, and perhaps a bit devious.

Luke gave a snort of surprise. “No, Artoo,” he laughed, “I don’t think Dex would be interested in going into the publishing business!”

Hermione smiled to herself and went to greet the next new group. Things were starting to pick up. She would probably have to com Flo off of her break soon. In fact… She reached down and flipped the call switch at her waist. No sense waiting. And it was always interesting watching Flo around Artoo. She had quite the case of hero worship.

Her smile grew as she heard Flo grousing in the kitchen. That would change soon enough. In the mean time…

Five Jawa Juices, three Sliders, a dewback patty, and a mixed jelly tart.

She paused just long enough on her way into the kitchen to glance back at their table. Flo was already in deep conversation with Artoo, and all three were laughing about something. She heard Luke say, “Don’t be so modest, Artoo. You haven’t even told her about that time on Dantooine.” As Artoo squealed in dismay and Flo immediately began demanding the story, Hermione’s smile returned.

Well, she thought. Publishing. Who knows? Dex has done stranger things.

Date: 2008-07-25 11:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] moonspinner.livejournal.com
And it was always interesting watching Flo around Artoo. She had quite the case of hero worship.

Awww! Droid love! How sweet.

I love Artoo's voice in this. He was his typical opinionated self without saying a single word. Don't worry, babe, I'll publish that bio for you! :D

Date: 2008-07-25 02:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] starfoozle.livejournal.com
Heehee, this was great! Dex's Diner is easily one of my favorite places in th whole GFFA, and it's great to see something set there coming from you. I love how expressive Artoo is, and he's a writer! *very much amused* I'd like to see that bio published very much. :D

Date: 2008-07-25 04:07 pm (UTC)
beatrice_otter: Vader and Leia (Vader and Leia)
From: [personal profile] beatrice_otter
bwahaha! Dex so totally does need to go into the publishing business, because I do want to read R2's memoirs.

Date: 2008-07-25 04:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] justformusic.livejournal.com
Luke just laughed. “Oh, I know,” he said. “Sometimes I pick them up and look through them, just because.”

I can just picture Luke strolling down the street, stopping in front of a book stall and seeing Vader: The Early Years. And of course he would totally buy it! I wonder what kinds of things those "goons" would but in Vader's biography... haha, and Artoo as a writer was such a cute idea! I think you did a very good job with such an obscure prompt XD

Date: 2008-07-25 08:20 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] pronker.livejournal.com
Ditto the good use of the prompt. Diners are lots easier to relate to than formal state dinners, in my book. And Artoo as a scribe, neat idea! Good to see lighthearted Luke, with a touch of pathos about trying to find out more about Vader.

Date: 2008-07-25 11:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] emavalexis.livejournal.com
Ahahahahaha... Very, very cute. God, I love Artoo. The little guy's tell-all really would be quite the interesting read! :)

Good job.

Date: 2008-07-26 02:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] saucysushi.livejournal.com
There's always a waitress named Flo. This was so cute and imaginative! R2 had a personality all his own without saying a word. Luke and him are BFFs forever.

Date: 2008-07-27 12:16 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] sunnyskywalker.livejournal.com
Joining the line of people waiting for Artoo's memoirs. We should camp out!

I'm also totally imagining Artoo as one of the most awesome Holonet journalists in the galaxy ("On the Holonet, no one knows you're a droid"). He could just wheel around and get the most amazing scoops because no one notices him.

I'd love to see Blue Ghostie Anakin reading those books over Luke's shoulder.

Date: 2008-07-27 05:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] emmaorgana.livejournal.com
This is so cute. And I mean that in the best possible sense. I want to sit at that table with Hermione and listen to Luke and Artoo talk about Vader's bad biographies and droidist publishers and drink Jawa Juice and laugh!

Such a great sense of ease and mutual admiration and realism. So well done.

:)

Date: 2008-07-29 07:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] were-lemur.livejournal.com
Joining the line for Artoo's memoirs ...

Date: 2008-08-14 11:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] januaried.livejournal.com
Heehee! Love it! *cheers Hermione on to persuade Dex* I'd love to read Artoo's memoirs. XD

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