Fin Ulrand sighed. His brothers Ben and Ash were with him, feeling sympathetic.
“What’s wrong, Fin?” Ben asked.
“You already know the answer…” Fin sadly replied. The Empire….
“I mean, come on! We live in a native cruiser on the planet Unk, WHICH IS A GAS GIANT, AND THOSE MONSTERS STILL WANNA TERRORIZE US!!!!!! AND THEY-“
“Tone it down, Ash!” Ben calmed his brother. That is the true nature of the Empire… he thought.
Just then, a hologram appeared. It was a golden protocol droid.
“Fin, Ash, Ben, this is C-3PO from the Rebel Alliance. We know that the Empire is setting up a blockade on your planet, due to the results of a previous mission.” the hologram said. Soon, an R2 unit appeared on the hologram. The R2 unit beeped a couple of times, and then the protocol droid spoke again. “Artoo, show me that dang map already! Alright, thank you! Well, we saw, from this map of Unk, that the Empire is blockading your planet. We warn you to abandon your ship right now and jump in a fast frigate to escape. We plead you to join our Rebel Alliance. We will serve you well, and make up credits for your ship. We can defeat the Empire together!” Then the hologram disappeared. “We have to go!” Fin informed. “I’ll bet five thousand credits that the Empire is sending star destroyers out of hyperspace right now.”
Just then, a fleet of destroyers appeared in the cloudy sky.
“Well, hand ’em over!”
“Let’s go!” Ash said, as they jumped into a frigate.
But, as expected, the unexpected happened.
“TIE fighters, incoming!”
A squad of five TIEs streaked the air towards the frigate.
“Ash, get to the rear guns as fast as you can!”
“Alright, Ben, ALRIGHT!” Ash rushed to the rear cannons and began firing.
“Watch out, Ben, we need to be quick if we’re going to get out of here! Those two destroyers are getting awfully close!” Fin informed.
“Come on, come on, COME ON!” Ben said.
“Don’t take chances! I’ll bet another five thousand credits that we aren’t going to make it!” Fin replied.
Just then, the frigate went through with the TIES too.
“Well, gimme, bro!” Ben asked, holding his greedy hand out.
“You know I was being sarcastic!” Fin corrected.
“I’m getting into the Life Day spirit!” Ben happily replied. “Did you get all the TIES, Ash?”
“Yep! Let’s go!”
“Alright!” and soon, the frigate was in hyperspace.
* * *
“Welcome aboard Home One, new recruits!” Rebel Admiral Ackbar greeted the three.
“Please meet Leia Organa, commander of the rebel fleet.” Ackbar pointed at a young lady, dressed in white.
“Welcome aboard, Rebels. Hope you can keep up!”
Copyright© 2018 Gerry Kramer.