“It’s show time!” Aru materialised and carefully placed his code replicator on the door.
After a brief moment, the door hissed swiftly as a bridge extended for them that led to the enormous power core suspended in the middle of the room.
Diy stepped inside first. A quick look around and she didn’t see any guards. She felt a poke in her left arm, a signal that Aru was going on ahead.
Suddenly, from the other side, two troopers appeared, marching in their direction.
“Wait!” Diy called.
“What do you want?” one of the troopers inquired. “You shouldn’t be here.”
“The commander asked me to call on reinforcements!” she faked a bit of urgency in her voice.
“Where is the commander?” the second trooper asked.
“By the hangar. Sage “The Boss” Cormac is on the loose!”
“Oh, that’s bad. Let’s go!”
With the Soldiers gone, Aru materialised, kneeling by a panel next to the power core. The Kiffar woman approached him.
“Anythin’ I can help with?”
“Actually yeah,” the Human was hurrying, “see those two wires? Splice them and reattach them when I tell you to.”
They both were doing their part as quick as they could.
Sage had managed to accumulate a respectable pile of dead bodies next to him. His lack of armor and the renewed confidence in their enemies had caused him a few more wounds.
Zuza herself had fended off two troopers, but now three were by her side. As she parried one, an incoming baton forced her to duck and roll backwards, finding herself now cornered by her opponents.
“Sage!” she yelled.
The brute looked behind, completely ignoring three shots to his torso. Luckily, they were using blasters set to stun, but still, The Boss felt them.
Hurrying over to the small Human like a raging rancor, Sage tackled the three troopers that were about to subdue her at the same time. They flew against the nearest wall.
Sage then threw Zuza in the air and caught her on his shoulders. The Human whimpered with pain from her recent abdominal wound.
“Let’s get out of here. Things are getting crazy!” he said.
“Tank pachoochoo deployed!” Zuza screamed, raising her gun.
She turned back and fired at the pursuing troopers the best she could, while Sage was running away and bulldozing any stupid creature that tried to stop him.
Suddenly, all the lights went from white to deep red. They were flashing, accompanied by the sound of alarms. And there was also a shift in the Geta’s positioning as the floor seemed to twist to the right a bit.
“They did it!” Zuza celebrated.
“Yeah, but now we have to get away!” said Sage.
“Diy!” the Human tried to reach their friends via commlink. “Diy, do you hear me?”
“Loud and clear, sweetie. The Geta is disbaled and won’t be getting back up anytime soon. How are things going there?”
A few bolts grazed past Zuza as she ducked to give the Kiffar an answer.
“Could be better,” she said. “We’re on the run now.”
“Meet us back on your ship in four minutes.” Aru’s voice came through the commlink.
“Roger that mate!” Sage yelled back at him.
“We gotta go.” Aru stated. “Zuza’s safe with Sage, but he could do something stupid.”
“Yeah, bucko. We did our part. Let’s regroup with everyone.”
Both the Kiffar and the Human ran as fast as they could. The ongoing comotion allowed them a relative free pass across the entirety of their way.
As the duo kept moving, they eventually made it to Zuza’s ship. Although, neither were there yet.
Aru initialized the take-off procedures in hopes they would show up soon.
Cutting through the alarm sounds and the occasional blaster bolt, a raging voice boomed in the distance. It was getting closer.
Diy grabbed her blaster pistol and witnessed what could only be described as a living assault tank rushing towards her.
Sage was running for his life, and Zuza was firing as much as she could.
“I’m on my last bolts!” She yelled at him.
“We’re almost there!” the Zeltron yelled back.
Diy provided cover fire, trying to shoot across the Zeltron. It wasn’t easy as Sage’s might covered a large portion of the visible corridor.
One last push and Sage lunged inside Zuza’s starship.
“Punch it!” he yelled.
“You got it!” Aru replied.
The starship detached from the dock and they flew away from the Geta as fast as they could.
Zuza traded places with Aru and positioned the ship for hyperjump.
“I’m getting readings of a ship coming out of hyperspace!” she informed the others.
As if on cue, a massive Star-Destroyer emerged from hyperspace and immediately began firing indiscriminately against them and the Geta.
“Holy mother of Kark!” Aru claimed. “That is a Karking Star Destroyer!”
“Get us out of here, Zu!” Diy pleaded.
The starship’s radar was now picking up several TIE-Fighters coming in their direction. As an entire Squadron passed by, the ship rocked with the heavy fire upon its shields.
But as they flew behind and repositioned, two TIE’s were blown up.
“Wooo!” Aru yelled from the opposite side. “Take that you Imps!”
Diy was trying to reach the Expansionists’ command center. When she did, they ordered everyone to fall back and regroup. “Yeah, like I wanted to stay and fight this thing…” she sarcastically told her commanders.
With some struggle, the team managed to fend off the TIE pursuers and evade the Star Destroyer, that was mostly focused on the Geta.
When they were in the clear, Zuza punched in the coordinates and they jumped to hyperspace.
“Good work everyone!” Aru announced.
They were happy but visibly tired, and hurt.
Sage was being bandaged in several places by Zuza who, at the same time, was tended to by Diy. The Human, mostly unscathed, pulled out one of his tabac cigars and enjoyed his smoke.
The battle was over, but not the war.