The instrument panel before her lit up in a series of red flashing lights. The X-Wing’s sensors detected another barrage of fire from the squadron of TIE fighters behind her. Sam jammed the stick forward to try to send the starship in a downward trajectory to move out of position. A loud panicked series of beeps came from the astromech docked in the back of the vessel. The on-board computer translated this to text.
CONTROL SYSTEMS SEVERELY DAMAGED!
This was a realization that came to her nanoseconds before reading them. The last barrage of fire had not only dropped her shields but also rendered the starfighter nearly entirely immobile. She quickly glanced toward Dasvee through the transparasteel cockpit and noticed it didn’t look like things were going any better for her.
“This was it.” she thought to herself. For a brief instant she regretted the bandstanding she had done before the group had traveled to the droid plant on Mygeeto. Her fears of her friends being harmed had been amplified by the dark entity that had controlled her but still she was adamant about accompanying her classmates as they went into combat.“What good had it all done?” she mentally chastised herself. She was the least capable in her class in regards to combat and now her situation was reminding her in possibly the worst possible way.
Another barrage of laser fire strikes her starship a second after she instinctively pulls on her breathing ring and hits the cockpit ejection lever.
Sam rockets out of the X-Wing a moment before it explodes into a burst of fire and debris. She quickly scans the horizon looking for Das. She sees the Togruta’s ship is about to meet the same fate. The X-Wing begins turning into two approaching TIEs. The three ships collide into an massive fireball. Floating through space, TIE fighters swooping around her, Sam slows her breathing.
“This is how I die?” she thinks as she closes her eyes.
• • •
She is sitting at that small cafe with Elam. He offers her the fork to share the disgusting dessert she tricked him into getting. She walks over beside him and playfully smears a small amount on his face. He looks up at her causing her to giggle. Elam gets ready to say something as she moves her finger to his mouth. She wipes the food from his lips and slowly leans her face down to his.
• • •
A shrill beeping erupts in her ear. She knows it’s meaning…she’s been waiting for it for the last minute…her oxygen supply is running out. She opens her eyes and confirms this on her heads up display. Her eyes focus on her surroundings now. She sees weird shapes twisting in the blackness and then her eyes fill with a white light.