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Tear Jerker / X-Wing Series

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  • Jesmin's death. Kell's desperate attempts to keep his squadmate's stricken X-wing from crashing, even "carrying" it with his own, make it all the more tragic.
  • Wedge's internal breakdown about Jesmin's death when he has to speak to his friend, Admiral Ackbar. It's doubly hurtful when you know from his condolence message how proud he was of Jesmin, but he still has to confront her relative regardless.
    Wedge: I wish-
    Internally: I wish we could have saved her. I wish I could have found words to help your family hurt less. I wish a bad-smelling pocket of womp rats shaped like men hadn't been there to endanger her. I wish every legacy of the Empire were wiped clean from the galaxy.
    Wedge: ...I wish.
  • Ton Phanan's quiet breakdown and his subsequent speech to his friend. "There's no mechanical replacement for a future, Face. And every time I take a hit, and they have to cut away another part of me and replace it with machinery because I'm allergic to bacta, every time that happens I seem to be a little further away from that young doctor who had a future. He can't come back, Face. Not all of him is here anymore."
    • Not to mention his final words, telling Face to forgive himself for the his childhood mistakes.
      • The entire situation that led up to that last; the fact that Face went down to the surface to save Phanan, only for Phanan to die in his care. Face then had to dispose of the body by shooting it up with his starfighter's lasers, completely obliterating it.
  • Myn Donos's entire story arc. First, he is the only survivor when his entire squadron gets killed. Then, his astromech (the only other survivor, in his mind) gets destroyed in a battle. He recovers from that and realizes one of his squadmates cares for him, just in time to watch her die. Once he finally starts to get some closure and move on, he learns that the woman he has fallen in love with is an Imperial Double Agent, and is in fact the person who leaked the information that got his squadron massacred. Cue an EPIC Heroic BSoD.
    • He eventually gets over that too, and is implied (by the ending of the book, and a name-drop in a later one) to have found "Kirney" again and settled down/gone into business with her.
    • Gara/Lara/Kirney's side of that story is just as sad, especially when she starts Becoming the Mask and realizing (along with the reader) how incredibly and deliberately messed-up her life and psyche had been up to that point, and how unworthy her previous masters have been of her loyalty and service.
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    • Related to this is Janson and Hobbie's gutshot reaction when Wedge tells them about Talon Squadron.
      Janson: Eleven pilots we trained. Wiped out by a simple ambush. What a pair of incompetents we must be.
  • "I am Tycho Celchu, son of Alderaan, now orphan of the galaxy. I have come to this place of my birth to pay homage to who I was and those I knew. And those I loved and love still. It is my wish that when life abandons me, I am returned here to be among you, so that for eternity we may be together as we should have been in life. These gifts are but insufficient tokens of the love for you all that still burns within me. This fighter is another. It bears the colors of the Alderaanian Guard and transmits their code. It is my pledge to you, not of vengeance, but of vigilance. I hope you rest well knowing you will rest alone, because it is my life's work to see to it that no one else suffers as you have. I won't rest until this quest is complete. Rest easy. I miss you all."
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  • Dia's meltdown after having to shoot a squadmate.
  • Lara's pained words when Face is protecting her from Myn's fire after she's accidentally outed as being Gara Petothel to the entire squadron:
    Lara: Maybe you ought to let him shoot me.
  • Lara's goodbye message to Myn after she is exposed as a former Imperial, forced to flee and join up with Zsinj:
    "Myn, it's not likely that we'll ever see one another again. So I wanted to take this opportunity to say good-bye. Well, more than that. I wanted to explain. About what I did.
    "I was fighting a war, the way I'd been trained, and that involved infiltrating the enemy and getting their secrets back to my superiors, or sabotaging the data the enemy possessed. There was never a time when I saw a file labeled 'How to Destroy Talon Squadron' and thought to myself, 'Oh, that's what I want to do.' To me, it was just data about occupied territories and interplanetary borders.
    "Then I infiltrated Wraith Squadron, just a ploy to make myself more valuable to prospective employers, and things started happening. All the furniture that made up the way I'd thought and felt about things all my life started coming loose in my head. Nowadays it slides around and breaks into pieces and I have no idea what parts of it are real and what aren't. It hurts, and a lot of the time I don't know who I am anymore.
    "But I know what I have to do. Whoever I am, I'm staying here, like a vibroblade right next to Zsinj's vitals, and when the right time comes I'm going to stab him deep. That'll probably be the last thing I do.
    "I don't have any friends here, except one droid, and I don't have any where you are, or anywhere else in the galaxy, so when I'm gone there isn't going to be anyone to remember me kindly. So I was just sort of hoping you wouldn't hate me anymore. I really can't stand thinking that's the only way I'll be remembered.
    "I wish I'd been someone else. To give you that chance you wanted."


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