Nomi and Dash headed back to Roan's settlement. This time they avoided the Sinking Fields and came safely back. Roan stepped out of his hovel, when he had heard his speeder's familiar noises.
He grinned broadly when Nomi and Dash jumped out of the speeder. "As I've said, it's trustworthy. I can drive you to your spaceship, if you like."
Nomi nodded. "We accept your offer with pleasure, Roan."
They heard blaster shots when they approached the Outrider. Roan's speeder hardly stopped when Dash already jumped out of the vehicle.
He pulled his heavy blaster out of the holster and ran the few meters which separated him from his beloved freighter. In front of the Outrider lay two dead masked figures.
Apparently has the automated laser canon at the freighter's underbelly done its work. The former mercenary couldn't suppress a satisfied grin.
The two dead weren't the first ones, who experienced that this freighter was virtually impregnable. Behind a dune Dash identified five more figures.
And those were very alive as the blaster fire proved which Dash scarcely missed.
He took shelter and shoot at the assailants. Dash looked shortly sideways when Nomi and Roan slumped close beside him in the sand. Roan came to the ready with a heavy blaster rifle and shoot.
One of the assailants grasped at his chest and fell to the ground.
"Splendid shot!" Dash shouted to Roan, while he was constantly shooting at the remaining four bandits. Nomi was about to activate her lightsaber, when Dash shot one of the assailants in his leg.
He pulled back and hobbled away from the combat zone. The others recognized now that they were about to fight their last stand and turned tail.
Dash stood up and fired some blaster salvos after them to quicken their retreat. After that he pulled out a little remote and deactivated the intruder alarm. He hold his hand out to Roan.
"Thank you for your help, young man."
"You're welcome," retorted Roan. He went to the in front of the Outrider laying dead and turned them with the rifle barrel. Thereby the cloths slipped out of position revealing their faces.
"Well I've guessed right. Those are Unkar Platt's men. He must have got wind, that you've landed here and wanted your ship for his collection."
Nomi laughed. "He had chosen the wrong spacecraft."
Roan turned to go. "I believe now you can leave Jakku without more troubles. It was a pleasure I was able to help a Jedi and her companion. May the Force be with you."
Shortly after he jumped in his speeder and headed back to the settlement.
Meanwhile Dash had lowered the ramp. He opened his arms invitingly. "C'mon Sweetheart, let's go away." Nomi walked up the ramp and stopped suddenly.
"Just a moment, there's something I've got to do." She turned and went to the bottom of the ramp.
There she sat down and pulled off her boots and let the sand trickle out of them, which has gathered there.
Satisfied she looked at the little pile of sand, don her boots and walked up the ramp again. Dash looked astonished at her, when she passed him.
But she only threw him a roguish glance and said: "Well, I'm feeling much better now. You know, I hate sand."
"And now, Darling, where we're going next?"
"Hosnian Prime, we won't Major Starr let wait for us longer than necessary."
When Dash had the co-ordinates of Hosnian Prime punched in the nav computer and Jakku's ground control has given clearance for take-off, the Outrider ascended in the orbit.
Shortly afterwards they made the jump to hyperspace.