Two days later came Wedge's mission order for Gall.
Dash thought that he had seen there Boba Fett's ship the Slave I. We were pretty sure that it wouldn't be an easy mission because of the great Imperial garrison there.
And we should be right about this.
It was planned that the pilots of Rogue Squadron distract the Imperials so Lando, Princess Leia, Chewie and Dash could land with the Millennium Falcon resp. the Outrider on Gall.
Dash ought to bring them to the location of the Slave I.
We had to deal with superior numbers. A Star Destroyer was in a striking distance, so our 12 X-wings were attacked by 72 TIEs.
Furthermore there was a second Star Destroyer at the planet's dayside.
When the second Star Destroyer slowly advanced towards us we were forced to abandon the attack. Under those circumstances we were unable to carry on.
Luke was nearly vaporized by Rogue 6 because his R2-unit went mad. He told me afterwards that only because he had used the Force he managed to take out the X-wing without hurting Wes.
All of us were hoping that we bought enough time, so that our friends were able to reach the Slave I.
Back at the base, we then learned that this was not the case. Boba Fett escaped.
What should the crew of the Millennium Falcon do against such superiority alone? Yes, alone. Dash skipped out on them with the justification that he wasn't paid for shooting.
Luke was so furious about this that Wedge was forced to hinder him on bashing Dash. There wasn't much to be seen of a Jedi at this moment.
When we were alone I gave Dash a piece of my mind. The argument was noisy as usual. I stood in front of my fiancé and flashed at him angrily.
"Damn, Dash, why did you do that?"
He looked at me innocently with his wonderful green eyes.
"What have I done, darling?"
"You know exactly what I'm talking about, Dash! You skipped out on our friends! Do you realize that they could have died there?"
He tried to calm me down and grabbed my arm. I shook off his hand.
"Don't touch me!"
"What do you want, Nomi? They paid me for bringing them there.
Damn, more wasn't agreed! I'm a mercenary, in case you forgot! If they expected me to fight for them, then they would have had to pay me for it!"
The answer hit me hard. This wasn't the man I believed to love. I had the feeling of seeing a stranger in front of me. Saddened I turned away.
"You've understood nothing, Dash."
Dash took me by the shoulders and turned me to face him. I looked at the ground, because he shouldn't see that I was crying. Of course he realized it nevertheless.
When he spoke to me again, there was so much love and tenderness in his voice.
"Please, Nomi, stop crying. Yes, you're right, it was wrong what I did. I... I'm sorry."
He gently took my head in his hands and started kissing away the tears.
"Forgive me, darling."
Hesitantly I began to return his caresses and Dash sighed with relief.
"I forgive you, Dash."
Later we learned that the malfunction of Wes' R2-unit wasn't by chance. A bribed technician had programmed it this way.
We won't get any chance to learn who has bribed her, because Wedge was forced to shoot her.
A few standard days later Dash got another chance from Princess Leia to make up for his behavior on Gall. She had hired him as a bodyguard for Luke.
He should take care that nothing happens to Luke on Tatooine.
Everyone suspected that Vader was behind the attack, but I can't imagine that. Even he can't have sunk so low that he seeked his own son's life. Or did he lie to Luke in Cloud City?