Mara truthfully had no idea how Jacen would even respond to her questions, and she didn't know if he'd even told anyone else what he was going to tell her. But she knew it was her right to ask these things of him. She had to know, to better ascertain how exactly things had happened and how they had ended the way they had. Though she knew it would be difficult for Jacen to talk about, she could sense that just from the way his Force presence felt. But this was a conversation they needed to have.
Darth Caedus. It was good to know what her nephew had become. She had wondered what she could call him, but she was content with Jacen. He wasn't as dark as Caedus should have been. Briefly looking down at the ground, Mara took a breath, then looked back at Jacen, still being able to remain calm. Somehow. No doubt still the remnants of all Palpatine had taught her many years before. "No, you can't just cut it out and leave it behind you. No matter how hard you try. It will always be there, always waiting for you to tap into it again. I know that all too well. Even though I am a Jedi Master, I still feel the darkness there, waiting for me. I even reverted to using my skills as a Hand on Kavan." As much as she didn't like it, she well knew the struggle against the dark side, to keep it under control. So that was definitely something she could relate directly to Jacen on. "Everyone needs someone. Whether you deserve them or not, they are your family and they are here. You should be with them."
Then as Jacen turned to the subject of her death, it was difficult to hear, but she needed to hear it. So she hadn't been the intended target originally, but it did make sense in a strange sort of way. And when it came down to her or the other members of their family being the sacrifice? Mara would rather have been the sacrifice to save the others. There was a flash in her eyes, a spike of anger in her Force presence as he said he was convinced Ben was the sacrifice. That didn't sit well with her. She'd done everything in her power to keep her son safe from harm. If she had known how dangerous Jacen would have become, she never would have entrusted her son to him. Though that anger was quickly quelled somewhat as he spoke of Lumiya and explained how he originally began his turn to the dark side. She couldn't help but wonder if Lumiya had had other motivations in turning Jacen than to simply turn him to the dark side. Knowing the woman, she undoubtedly did have underlying motivations in the matter.
"Wait, you turned to the dark side so you could save Luke's life?" A slight look of confusion finally cracked the otherwise stoic and calm look on her face. Well okay, so that made sense the more she thought about it and knowing how Jacen was before he fell. But then she heard the part about him having altered Ben's memories. Oh now that didn't sit well with her. She was extremely protective of her son. And that revelation alone was enough to finally make her walk over to him, balling up her fist and punching him square in the jaw. "You altered my son's memories just to cover your tracks?" She was trying so hard not to completely give in to the anger she was now starting to feel. But she knew she wouldn't raise a weapon against Jacen. No, she would just let her words and fists do the talking this time. "Was that the only time you altered my son's memory? Or were there other times?" She was fully prepared to punch him again if the need arose. But for now she just let him continue, taking a couple steps back to let him have some breathing room. After all, she didn't want to give him any reason to think she might draw her weapon on him.