| Star Wars - Jaina Solo/Zekk - Say Hello Wave Goodbye
Jaina Solo and Zekk. The Jedi pilot daughter of two of the galaxy's most famous heroes and the one time street kid turned Dark Jedi turned bounty hunter turned Jedi. Former childhood friends who had the potential to become much more, if a galaxy wide invasion by a fanatical alien race hadn't separated them. And while their friendship survived dark Jedi, bounty hunters, Anja Gallandro, it couldn't survive distance. He might have still loved her, but she had moved on to new boys.
In the hearts of fanfic writers and shippers, their relationship will live on. Friends, lovers, whatever you want, it's clear that once upon a peaceful galaxy, something was there between them. And so, I present to you Say Hello and Wave Goodbye, the Jaina and Zekk soundtrack. Following are a series of 17 songs that I feel chronicles their relationship - from their time growing up together in the YJK books until their last goodbye in the NJO novels. I hope you enjoy it.
And, despite everything and everyone, just remember: Zekk will always be the first green eyed dark haired boy toy in Jaina Solo's orbit. Something's got to be said for that.
Say Hello Wave Goodbye
1. Remy Zero -
do you remember the time on Coruscant when we slipped out in the middle
of the night and went swimming in the fountain in Dhalbreth Square?"
Jaina Solo and Zekk are childhood friends who grew up together on the city planet of Coruscant. As the dynamics of their relationship change through the years, this remains their one constant. The memories of a simpler time keep them going for so long. Sadly though, the memories couldn't last through the Vong.
2. Crossfade - "Starless"
I think somehow I gotta see it straight
"Why are you
here, Jaina? Why couldn't you have stayed away? I don't want to hurt
"Then don't hurt me, Zekk. I'm no threat to you. I'm your friend. I care for you."     - Jaina and Zekk (DK)
He's Brakkiss' Darkest Knight. She's the daughter of the New Republic's Chief of State. Yet, their friendship prevails. And although Zekk knows he should do his duty and kill Jaina, he doesn't. He lets her go.
3. Ryan Cabrera - "On The Way Down"
On the way down
"I won't fight you anymore, Zekk. There's still good in you, but you'll have to decide which direction you want to go - starting now. It's your choice, so make the right one for you."     -Jaina (JUS)
"Jaina, I didn't mean to--"     -Zekk (JUS)
No matter what, she refuses to give up on him. Like Luke did with Vader years ago, Jaina is desperate to save the good inside of Zekk. And so she does. And then he realizes that everything he did was wrong. The darkness in him is so consuming. He doesn't want to remember it, and he doesn't want Jaina to know what he's had to go through, but he'll tell her anyway. To make her understand.
4. Savage Garden - "Crash and Burn"
Let me be the one you call
"Wherever you go, whatever you decide to do…I'll still be
your friend, Zekk."
Despite their differences, their friendship refuses to die. Zekk can't stay at the Jedi Academy due to the burden he carries from his previous stint as a Dark Jedi, and although Jaina doesn't want him to leave, she'll understand. And be sympathetic. And promise to be his friend, no matter what.
5. Carolyn Dawn Johnson - "Complicated"
We used to laugh, we used to hug, the way that old friends do.
Though Zekk stood stiffly and uncertainly, Jaina gave the dark-haired boy a quick hug as soon as he stepped out of the Lighnting Rod. He blushed in the dim light, then relaxed enough to hug Jaina back. They held the embrace for several more seconds.     -excerpt (SoA)
In which friendship starts to lead to something more. Neither wants to admit it, but maybe what they feel isn't exactly as platonic as either thinks. Friendship isn't as easy as it once was. It's awkward and confusing, and clearly shadowed by a crush.
6. Sarah McLachlan - "Drifting"
Somewhere below you, there's people who love you
"Hello, Zekk. Things are pretty quiet here on Yavin 4. I really miss - well, all miss you. I wish you'd reconsider and come back to the Jedi academy."     -Jaina (DoG)
So he becomes a bounty hunter. And she pines. But Zekk needs to prove himself, without the whole Dark Jedi thing attatched. And so he'll try, and she'll wait. Or not…
7. Hoobastank - "The Reason"
I've found a reason for me
"I came close to killing you once, because Brakiss had convinced me - or I had convinced myself - that you thought I was unworthy. Now the New Republic is in jeopardy again, and I'm one of the few people who can do something about it. Funny thing is, this time I don't feel like I have anything to prove. I just need to know that you're safe…"     -Zekk (EP)
But there's always an underlining reason for every decision someone makes. In Zekk's case, he always wanted to be someone worthy in Jaina Solo's eyes - never realizing she didn't quite care. Becoming a bounty hunter is fitting - Skywalker woman always seemed to have a thing for the scoundrels. And in Zekk's case, it'll allow him to get over his inferiority complex. Cause of her.
8. Sarah McLachlan - "I Love You"
Oh and every time I'm close to you
She stood with stinging eyes on the rooftop as he sealed the hatch of the old freighter. "Don't fly through any black holes, Zekk," Jaina said in a hoarse whisper.     -excerpt (DoG)
With the hunt for Raynar's father on, both Jaina and Zekk rush to try and help their friend, Jaina with her brother and friends, Zekk through his bounty hunter career. And so, in between the heroics and the rescues, there's time for reunions. And bittersweet goodbyes.
9. Amanda Marshall - "Right Here All Along"
When I needed someone to count on
"Besides, you can't expect Jaina to stay out of trouble just
because you're not
around, do you? Who'll come to her rescue?"
Rescues are fun, spontaneous, romantic. And a competition. And since neither of them know how to stay out of trouble, it's a pretty good thing that they're good at heroic saves. Luckily for Jaina, this is a competition that Zekk easily won every time.
10. The Shins - "One by One All Day"
I smell the engine grease and mint the wind is blending
You were no ordinary drain on her defenses
"I don't have a necklace for you, but you can be my copilot
- or my pilot - anytime you want."
"Don't think I won't take you up on that. Besides necklaces aren't my style."     -Zekk and Jaina (CaCR)
And so, Zekk becomes a Jedi, and the two become the closest they possibly will ever be. Both are completely infatuated and all the small touches and comments make it so obvious. This is their happy time. And the point in time in which, if the Vong never came, could have led to more. Sadly, life doesn't always work out that way.
11. Finger Eleven - "Thousand Mile Wish"
We climb a little further
The wry comment was so familiar, so normal. For a fleeting moment, Jaina remembered who they'd been just a few years ago - a fearless, confident survivor and a girl who ran toward adventure with headless joy. Two more casualties of the Yuuzhan Vong.     -excerpt (DJ)
In which the galaxy we all know and love has suddenly just become a darker place. The Yuuzhan Vong have come, and struggles are faced with grim determination - changing old relationships for good, and not necessarily for the better.
12. Bright Eyes - Haligh, Haligh, a Lie, Haligh
It's just a mumbled sentence to a passing acquaintance
Her reaction was not because she lacked feelings for Zekk - in fact, a few years ago she had found it difficult to keep her thoughts off him - but over time her feelings had changed from infatuation to something closer to what she felt for her brothers.     -excerpt (SbS)
For Jaina, separation did not make the heart grow fonder. For Zekk, it did.
13. Snow Patrol - "Somewhere A Clock is Ticking"
Every second, dripping off my fingertips
"Good. Kill some
"Be quiet, Jaina.
You don't know what you're talking about."
"And you do? You
don't even have a brother."
"But I do know the dark side. It isn't the answer."     -Jaina and Zekk(SbS)
And so we have the disastrous mission to Myrkr where everything changes for good. And the rift forming in their relationship starts to become a bit more permanent.
14. John Mayer - "Back to You"
Leave the light on
Would she have to face Zekk with a lightsaber to protect her own mother?     -Jaina (L)
"I've taken that path, and I know what a Dark Jedi can do. If it comes to that, someone will have to stop her. And I couldn't do that. No matter what, I just couldn't do it."     -Zekk (DJ)
Once upon a time, Jaina Solo wouldn't give up on her best friend when he became the bad boy Jedi terror. Years later, the situation's reversed. Jaina's lost her brothers, leading to a rapid descent to the dark side. As a friend, Zekk should do something. As a young man in love, he's immobilized.
15. David Gray - "Say Hello Wave Goodbye"
Take a look in my face, for the last time.
"Then you're right - this is good-bye."     -Zekk (DJ)
And so they part. Their friendship lies behind in the dust. The memories and times spent together just aren't enough to keep it alive in a galaxy so filled with death. It was worth a shot. It just couldn't last.
16. Crossfade - "Cold"
I never stopped to think of you
"I was thinking of asking Zekk."
Zekk pushed Jaina away when he joined the Shadow Academy, and she did the same after the disastrous Myrkr mission. And although they don't seem to share the same orbit anymore, it doesn't mean that they're not on each other's minds, still. Jaina might have a new boy toy, and a squadron to command, but she still wants Zekk in there, by her side. An apology? Sadly, we never find out.
17. The Beatles - "In My Life"
I know I'll often stop and think about them,
"I thought you were part of my dream. I kept thinking that I was waking up, and I would see your face, kind of distant and blurry…but always there."     -Jaina (EP)
I refused to end on a negative note with a goodbye. If there's one thing I have to say about fans of this 'ship, it's that they're optimistic. And so, I keeping with that, we'll remember the good times. Can anyone ever forget their first love? The boy or girl who was always in your heart, in your line of vision? Zekk can't. And maybe…maybe Jaina can't either.
Hidden Track. The Max Rebo Band* - "Jedi Rocks"
Cha tung ee-ma chay-choo raun ta-nee-ee-choo.
"Remember the time
you salvaged that old slicer module and we tapped into the computers
at the holographic zoo? We reprogrammed all of the animals to sing Corellian
*Actually by John Williams, but there'd be no fun saying that. Because I'm sure at some point - as in before all the angst - little Jaina and little Zekk just enjoyed kicking back and listening to silly songs on the Holonet. Right? ;P
So, I hope you enjoyed my soundtrack. In conclusion, I had a lot of fun making it. To download soundtrack, please right click, save target as here.