- D'Qar -
The next morning Leia came to Dash's and Nomi's quarters. She sat down to them at the table and Nomi pushed a cup of caf over to her. The general looked as if she had good news.
She took a sip and then she spoke full enthusiasm: "The data store you've brought to Jakku actually contains a map. Do you know what that means? I finally got a chance to find my brother.
If Luke is back, everything can be fine. I am so grateful to you. Commander Dameron will set out for Jakku to pick up the data store from Lor San Tekka."
Nomi was happy for Leia and replied: "These are really good news, Leia. I can imagine that you can't wait."
The general nodded and stood up. "I don't want to hold you back any longer."
Dash and Nomi also stood up. "We'll accompany you to the landing pad, if you don't mind.
The routine maintenance of our X-wings is due."
When they arrived at the landing, they saw Poe Dameron preparing his X-wing for takeoff.
BB-8 was already in his socket, while Poe walked around his fighter. Next to the X-wing was an EL-16 HFE blaster rifle, which he probably wanted to take with him.
The commander, who wore the battle gear of the Resistance troops, combined with his beloved leather jacket, instead of his usual pilot coverall had noticed Nomi's gaze at the blaster rifle.
"You can never be careful enough, Nomi. General," he turned to Leia, "I'm ready to takeoff." The general nodded.
Poe donned his helmet, climbed the ladder to his fighter, and jumped into the cockpit. Before he closed the canopy he heard the general: "May the Force be with you, Commander."
Then he started the converters and the X-wing rose on his repulsors, to ascend a little later into D'Qar's atmosphere.
If everything went according to plan, it would not be long before he returned with the map Leia had longed for.
Leia said goodbye to her friends and walked to the command center while they went to their X-wings.
They had been working on their fighters for quite a while, and were smeared with oil, when Tasherit came to the landing pad. Their daughter couldn't suppress a grin.
"Why not let the mechanics maintain your X-wings?"
Dash shook his head. "I don't permit a mechanic at my X-wing. My life depends on everything working properly.
I don't want to become space dust because of a sudden malfunction of the laser cannons. I'd rather do everything myself, my little one."
Tasherit laughed. "For you I will probably always remain the little one, Papa."
Her father caressed her right cheek, leaving a small oil trail. Tasherit tried to wipe away the oil with her hand and only made it worse. She grinned.
"Now I'll have to wash myself again before I meet Jaden."
Tasherit was about to leave when her father stopped her. "Is that something serious with the young Katarn?"
His daughter shrugged. "I don't know, Papa. He's nice and I like him being around." Then she hurried to the pilots barracks.
Dash looked after his daughter and turned to his wife, who was still working on her X-wing. "So if you ask me, our daughter loves the young man, she just doesn't want to admit it."
The Jedi looked up briefly from her work and nodded. "You could be right. Just wait and see. Tasherit takes time to admit her feelings and we should give her the time.
She comes in this respect probably rather after you than me."