The next morning, Nomi was ordered to come to the Resistance High Command in the command center. Surprised, she looked at Dash. "What do they want from me? I'm only a simple pilot."
Her husband smiled at her. "Only a simple pilot? Darling, you've survived so many battles, possibly they want to benefit from your experience."
When Nomi entered the command center, she saw Admiral Ackbar and Major Ematt , whom stood at the holoprojector table. Over the table floated the hologram of the planet Ord Mantell.
Admiral Ackbar waved Nomi nearer. "Ah, Commander Darklighter. Glad you have followed my order so quickly."
Interested Major Ematt looked at the pilot. "Commander Darklighter? Are you related to Biggs Darklighter?"
Nomi nodded slightly. "Yes, he was my cousin, Major. His death during the assault on the first Death Star caused me to join the Alliance."
The Major smiled slightly. "Biggs Darklighter's cousin, who would have thought? I knew your cousin well. We were together stationed on Yavin 4. He burned for our cause, Commander."
Nomi could still remember very well how her cousin had raved of the Alliance when he was the last time on Tatooine.
He was on his way to the secret meeting point when he came back to his home planet to say good-bye to his closest friend and his family.
No one could know at that time that it would be a farewell forever.
She was torn from her thoughts when Poe Dameron stormed into the command center. "Excuse me, that I'm late. I've been held up. Admiral Ackbar put him off.
"Relax, Commander, we know that you never take it so precisely with punctuality. And not only with it. But let's leave that now. We have more important things to discuss.
" The Admiral turned to Major Ematt: "Please explain to Commander Darklighter and Commander Dameron what it's all about."
The Major nodded. "We have intel, that the First Order operates a secret research facility on Ord Mantell. You should find out whether the information is correct.
If so, the laboratory must be destroyed."
Nomi looked surprised at Major Ematt and responded: "But we're pilots."
Ematt smiled. "Commander Darklighter, we are well informed about your career in the Alliance. You have repeatedly and successfully carried out commando missions during the Galactic Civil War."
The Jedi smiled back and wished inwardly that Admiral Ackbar wouldn't have such a good memory concerning her missions at this time.
Dameron had listened attentively all the time, then he objected: "A commando mission with two commandos? Are you making jokes, Major?"
"Of course not, Commander. You two will assemble a commando unit. You know best who is suitable. Here are the coordinates for your mission."
Poe received the data chip.
"That's all, Commander Darklighter, Commander Dameron. Dismissed."
Outside the command center, Poe looked at Nomi questioningly. "How many commando missions have you already conducted?"
The Jedi shrugged. "I can't remember. There were... many. Any idea whom we could add to our team?"
Dameron grinned broadly. "Oh yes, I have. I think about your husband and your sons.
With four Jedi and a seasoned mercenary we should be able to destroy these First Order research facility, if it's really on Ord Mantell. We meet at 2000 for the briefing in my quarters."
Nomi nodded. "I'll inform Dash and the triplets."
At 2000 all forgathered in Poe's barrack. The triplets leaned because of lack of seats against a wall, while their parents and Poe sat at the table.
"I want to emphasize that you still can decide whether you participate in this mission or not. We force nobody to participate." He looked expectantly at Dash and the three young Jedi.
Dash spoke first: "Nomi told me that it goes to Ord Mantell. Well, I know the place and it wouldn't be my first commando mission. Count me in, Poe."
Dameron took the decision of the former mercenary with a brief nod. Then he looked to his sons, who spoke quietly with each other. Finally Dash Jr.
as the eldest of the brothers begun to speak: "We've no experience with commando missions, but our abilities as Jedi should compensate this. Count us in, Commander Dameron."
Poe smiled. "We should drop these formalities, Dash. After all, we'll fight together. Just call me Poe." He activated his data pad and slide the data chip in, which Major Ematt had given him.
"The coordinates that specify the location of the research laboratory, show that it should be located in the volcanic area of Ord Mantell.
We will fly with a small freighter to Ord Mantell and land at some distance from the coordinates.
On board the freighter, we will transport explosives with time fuzes, with which we can blow up the laboratory.
The most difficult thing will be to invade the laboratory to set up the explosives. The First Order won't leave such an object unguarded. The rest is a walk in the park.
As equipment we also need blaster rifles and blasters. As I've heard, Nomi and Corran are very skilled with the vibro knives, if it comes to a melee.
And above all things, take your lightsabers with you. Well, I guess that's all. See you tomorrow at 0800 at the landing pad."