When the Resistance X-wings near Rakata Prime dropped back in real space, their pilots saw a few clicks away the Crusher. She was still there as their contact had reported.
Everything was still quiet and peaceful, because the sensors of the capitol ship hadn't detected the fighters yet.
But all pilots knew all too well, that it would change fast the farther they approached.
Via comm came Poe's command: "S-foils in attack position. Stay sharp and switch your comms on combat frequency!"
One by one the pilots reported in. Nomi heard Poe's voice again: "We're soon in sensor range. Attacking formation! Red 11 close the lines. Sev, you're too far away!"
"Copy, Blue Leader!"
Nomi saw, that Red 11's fighter accelerated to keep path to the other Reds. They were now in sensor range of the Star Destroyer. Nomi knew it wouldn't take long until it would teeming from TIEs.
And there they were.
Again Poe's voice: "Disband formation! Stay as far away from the Star Destroyer as you can, so the tractor beam can't get you!"
Nomi and Dash steered their fighters away.
"Cover me, Dash!"
"Right behind you!"
Via comm they heard the communications of the other pilots.
"TIE at 0,35!"
"I can't shake him!"
"Stay calm, Red 11, I'll get him!"
The Jedi shouldn't be distracted by the hubbub of voices and the cries of dying comrades. A TIE came directly at her and fired.
At the last moment she pulled downward, made a roll and fired on the TIE. The laser beams pierced the shield and the TIE exploded. One enemy less.
Suddenly Dash's voice: "Nomi, behind you!"
"I can't see him!"
Then it was suddenly very bright in her cockpit.
A few clicks in front of her an X-wing of Red squadron was hit and exploded. The Jedi's stomach tensed up.
More and more enemy fighter signatures showed up in her targeting computer and more and more signatures of her comrades were gone.
"There are too many, Poe!"
Then she heard Dameron's voice: "Blues, we're going in! Concentrate your fire on the deflector shield emitters. Reds keep the enemy fighters at bay!"
The X-wings of Blue Squadron engaged the Star Destroyer at full throttle. The Crusher's crew realized the upcoming danger fast.
Heavy defensive fire from the turbo laser batteries met the Resistance pilots. Poe Dameron's maneuvers became ever more daring to avoid the deadly laser beams. It was a deadly dance.
Suddenly Nomi felt danger.
"Poe, you're too close!"
In the last moment Dameron pulled the fighter up, before the Crusher's tractor beam could catch him. The Jedi heard via comm him breathe a sigh of relief.
"Thank you, Blue 12! We'll bring it to an end! Blue 11, Blue 12, follow me!"
Nomi and Dash pulled their fighters up too and flew close beside Dameron.
"There are the deflector shield emitters! Where the shields overlap is a very small gap! We must score a direct hit there to destroy the emitters!"
The Jedi and her husband answered in unison: "Copy, Blue Leader!"
Nomi knew that the targeting computer would provide improper data. She reached out with the Force to find the spot Poe had mentioned. There it was.
"Fuzzy, proton torpedoes!" The astromech chirped and did as ordered. Nomi still heard via comm her comrades fighting and dying in order to cover their back.
The Jedi closed her eyes and saw with the Force the small gap between the shields in front of her.
She pushed the fire button and the proton torpedoes found their mark.
Nomi opened her eyes and saw the impact and the resulting explosions, which ran through the deflector shield emitters at a speedy pace.
Poe Dameron and her husband uttered unison a cry of triumph.
"The shields are down! Repeat, the shields are down! Ready to attack the main reactor!"
Pursued by TIEs the remaining X-wings flew full throttle at the Crusher and fired their proton torpedoes.
"Blues, Reds, out of here!"
The Resistance pilots veered, while the TIEs were less maneuverable and still headed for the Star Destroyer, that was shaken by violent explosions.
The Crusher ripped into two parts as the main reactor exploded and dragged the surviving TIE pilots to their doom.
"Good job, guys! Let's go home!"
Soon after the Resistance X-wings made the jump to hyperspace.