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written by Jen and Erin
Whether it is because he's that guy from the wrong side of the tracks in love with that upper class girl who cares little for any distinctions between their societal positions, or because they've been best friend for years, or because she alone brought him back from the Dark Side of the Force - well, there's a multitude of reasons to love the relationship between Jaina and Zekk. Although they are no longer together in the latest books (the New Jedi Order series), people can only have one first love, and Jaina and Zekk are certainly each other's.
At some point during their childhood, Zekk met twins Jaina and Jacen on Coruscant (exact details unknown), and the three became fast friends, especially Jaina and Zekk. Often, the twins (or just Jaina) would accompany Zekk on some adventure in the lower levels of the city planet. One such adventure between the two is the namesake of this site - the trip to Dhalbreth Square:
"Zekk, 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?"
A distant smile curved the corners of his mouth. "And the glowfish we disturbed made so much light that the New Republic Security Forces came running after us." He took a deep breath. "Of course I remember."
-- Shards of Alderaan, Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta
During the course of the Young Jedi Knights book series,
in which the character of Zekk and the relationship between he
and Jaina are introduced, their friendship - and potential love
- is tested. Despite their closeness to Zekk, the Solo twins never
realized Zekk's Force potential.
In an effort to prove himself to Jaina, as well as others, Zekk
was seduced by Brakiss' Dark Side of the Force and the power it
entailed, and accepted the Dark Jedi's offer to train at the Imperial
Shadow Academy. Jaina was crushed, yet never gave up the determination
to save him from the fate of a Dark Jedi. In the end, she succeeded,
but only after a dangerous lightsaber clash with Zekk during the
battle between the Shadow Academy's Dark Jedi and Luke Skywalker's
"I won't fight you anymore, Zekk," she said,
switching off her lightsaber and tossing it to the ground. "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."
Surprise and anger and confusion chased each other across Zekk's
face. "How do you know I won't kill you?"
From the corner of her eye, Jaina saw Lowie step foward as if
to protect her, but Luke put a restraining hand on the Wookiee's
Jaina shrugged. "I don't know that. But I won't fight you. Make
your choice." Jaina pushed back her straight brown hair and looked
directly into Zekk's eye with calm assurance - not assurance that
he wouldn't harm her, but assurance that she had done the right
"Well, what are you waiting for?" she whispered.
With slow deliberation, Zekk raised his glowing red lightsaber
over Jaina's head.
-- Jedi Under Seige, Kevin J. Anderson
and Rebecca Moesta
After recovering from battle wounds, Zekk decided to become a bounty
hunter, still scarred from his past as a Dark Jedi. Although Jaina
was reluctant to see her best friend leave, she remained understanding
and promised to always be his friend, no matter what. The galaxy,
however, kept conspiring to bring them together. In the search
for Raynar Thul's father and during the conflict with the Diversity
Alliance, Jaina and Zekk often wound up working together, along
with their other friends, and/or saving each other's lives.
As the ship hovered in front of the embattled
alcove, the cargo door of the Lightning Rod hissed open. Zekk
grinned. "I thought it was supposed to be your turn to rescue
me this time, Jaina. Need a lift?"
-- Jedi Bounty, Kevin J. Anderson and
Soon after the Diversity Alliance was defeated, Zekk finally felt
confidant enough to join Luke Skywalker's Jedi Academy. Jaina and
Zekk's friendship continued to grow until the young Jedi Knights
met Anja Gallandro on a trip to Ord Mantell.
The angry young woman blamed Han Solo for her father's death
and, in her quest for vengeance, befriended the Jedi, especially
Jacen and Zekk. Jaina and Tenel Ka grew jealous of the time Anja
spent with Zekk and Jacen. At the same time, the criminal organization
Black Sun was rising in power, keeping Jaina, Zekk, and their
friends occupied with trying to stop the imminent threat. They
succeeded, and after Anja left the academy, Jaina and Zekk returned
to their extremely close relationship, their feelings evident,
yet both afraid to act on them.
"You're awfully attatched to this scrap heap,
aren't you?" Jaina observed with good humor.
Zekk looked into her brandy-brown eyes, raised and eyebrow, and
"Maybe just a little." Jaina took a sudden interest in a minute
scratch on the hull plating. "Kinda silly, I know. But sometimes
I wonder if you don't care about your ship more than, um... more
than most people do," she finished lamely.
He gave her a playful look. "Not only that, but it seems like
every time I need to fix up my ship, there you are helping me."
He paused, as if searching for the words. "So in a way, you -
and Jacen and Lowie and Tenel Ka - are all a part of how I feel
about the Lightning Rod."
Zekk reached out to push a strand of straight brown hair back
from Jaina's face...
-- Crisis at Crystal Reef, Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca
At this point, the Young Jedi Knights novels end and
the New Jedi Order novels begin shortly thereafter. Jaina
and Zekk's relationship takes a turn for the worse. Gone is
the cute hand holding, blushes, hugs, or often thinking of the
other first as seen in YJK. War changes people, and the conflict
with the Yuuzhan Vong made no less of an impact on Jaina and
After disappearing for the first two years of the series,
Zekk finally shows up again in Star by Star. As Jacen
notes, instead of the close friendship they previously had,
Jaina and Zekk drifted apart. she had become busy with her career
in Rogue Squadron, and Zekk had disappeared until the authors
thought convenient to reintroduce his character. Furthermore,
Zekk now seemed to act more like an annoyance than a friend
Soon after, Jaina and Zekk were sent on a dangerous mission
to the planet Myrkyr (along with their friends from the Jedi
Academy, Tahiri, Anakin, and others) to destroy the voxyn queen,
the original creature that was created by the Yuuzhan Vong to
hunt and kill Force-sensitives (the other voxyn were clones).
At one point in this mission, Jaina and Zekk shared a could-have-been
moment but Jaina pulled away, refusing to acknowledge the "sentiment
much deeper than friendship" in his eyes. Instead, her thoughts
turned to Jagged Fel. Although Zekk was disappointed, he didn't
seem to expect anything else.
"Another success for Zekk," Jaina said. She
turned and found herself looking directly into his green two-tone
eyes, a sentiment much deeper than friendship evident in the
way he held her gaze. Jaina waited a moment for him to look
away, and, when he did not, passed the detector film back to
him. "Hold this while I get the cutter."
Though hardly blind to the disappointment that clouded Zekk's
face, Jaina was careful to maintain a neutral expression as
she reached for the lasicutter. 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. It was love certainly, but
nothing physical- nothing like the spark that had passed through
her on the Tafanda Bay, when Jag Fel had ignored Borsk Fey'lya's
entire cabinet to introduce himself to her.
-- Star by Star, Troy Denning
Although the mission was a success, many tragedies occurred,
the foremost being Anakin's death, Jacen's capture (assumed
to be his death) and Raynar's kidnapping by Dark Jedi. This
led to Jaina's short but damaging fall to the Dark Side.
After the mission, Jaina and Zekk, along with the remainder
of the team, escaped to the Hapes cluster. Zekk tried to reach
out to Jaina but was continually rebuffed. She caught his intense
worry about her trip down the Dark Side, and became angry with
him. Although they never all-out fought, their friendship was
definitely at their lowest point.
Jaina took time to consider her next words.
She wasn't introspective by nature; this had been in her
mind since Anakin's exploits on Yavin 4, and she still couldn't
get her hands around it.
"With Anakin's death I lost a brother, but the Jedi lost
something I can't begin to define. My feelings tell me it's
something important, something we lost a very long time
For a long moment Zekk was silent. "Maybe so. We have the
Force, and each other."
Simple words, with a layer of personal meaning offered like
a gift, if only Jaina chose to take it.
"Each other," she echoed softly. "But for how long, Zekk?
If the Jedi keep having 'successes' like this last mission,
pretty soon there won't be any of us left."
He nodded, accepting her evasion as if he'd expected it.
-- Dark Journey, Elaine Cunningham
When they reached Hapes, Zekk realized that if Jaina fell
to the Dark Side it would be his duty as a Jedi to kill her
before she could harm others. Knowing he cared too much to
hurt her, let alone face her in a Light vs. Dark duel, Zekk
left. Their last exchange took place at Anakin's funeral.
After that, their interaction, and the fate of their friendship
was kept to a minimum throughout the rest of the series.
"We're returning to Eclipse tomorrow morning with master
She folded her arms and nodded acknowledgement. "So this
"You're not coming?"
"Not for a while."
He simply stood there, awaiting some word of explanation.
Inspiration struck and Jaina seized it at once. "Kyp asked
me to be his apprentice." She swept both arms out wide,
inviting inspection of her borrowed robes. "I'm thinking
about maybe taking it for a test flight."
Zekk regarded her silently. "Then you're right- this is
He turned abruptly and strode away.
-- Dark Journey, Elaine Cunningham
At one point during the stand at Borleias, Jaina wanted to invite Zekk to join
the Twin Suns Squadron - indicating that to some degree she still
had thoughts of her friend on her mind. But Jag disagreed with her
decision, and reluctantly, Jaina agreed.
"I was thinking of asking Zekk."
"He's not that good." …
"Do you have a pilot in mind?"
"Shuttle pilot named Beelyath…."
"I'll talk to him."
She could feel her spirits sag just a little, could feel the smile leave
her face. "I have to go. We just can't seem to find much time, can we?"
-- Rebel Dream, Aaron Allston
The fate of their friendship is still unknown. Although the New
Jedi Order books have reached and end, new books are due to
arrive out this summer - taking place five years after The Unifying
Force. As of the last novel, Jaina became single again - breaking
up with Jag to give herself some time to figure out her life and
place in the galaxy. Zekk, as far as we know, is still running around,
doing his duty as a Jedi. Both will be in the upcoming book The
Joiner King, written by Troy Denning. And maybe then, we'll
get an answer to the fate of their relationship.