After a while Poe Dameron's broken ribs were healed.
Only a small scar under the right eye and a discoloration on the left temple still reminded of what he had suffered during his imprisonment on the First Order Star Destroyer.
Whether and how far his mental wounds had healed would be shown.
Dash met him on the landing pad, when Poe examined his new X-wing. The commander stroked lovingly the wings of the fighter, which was painted black with orange stripes.
"Isn't it a beauty, Dash? I can't wait to fly." He grinned. "From now on, you can call me Black Leader."
Dash walked around the fighter, examining it from all sides. "Yes, the fighter is truly exceptional, Poe.
However, I fear that you will be the target when the First Order comes to know that you are flying this X-wing. Nomi told me what you and Finn had destroyed on your escape."
"Yes, he was pretty good with the laser cannons. I wonder what happened to him. I hope he survived the crash and brought as much distance as possible between himself and the First Order, Dash.
Have you ever flown a TIE? Wow, this fighter moved really fast."
The former mercenary shook his head while Poe continued: "Such a TIE is almost as maneuverable as an X-wing. I now know what such a fighter can and what he can't.
We could use that knowledge in combat."
Dameron's eyes were shining. He was fully in his element again. "By the way, I've looked at the simulators that General Organa has brought. You have already spent a few hours in there."
Dash laughed. "For Jess's taste probably a couple of hours too much. It seems she doesn't like the simulator."
Poe laughed as well. "I am already curious how the simulator training affects our performance in combat."
Dash became serious. "I'm afraid we will all too soon have to prove our skills at the control stick and the laser cannons.
The First Order will not rest until we have destroyed them or they have destroyed us."
Poe declined. "Oh come on, what would make them a threat to us?"
"I don't know, I've a bad feeling about this."
It showed soon that the First Order was keeping on and on.
Tasherit had left a few standard days ago for a mission when Snap Wexley burst in the barrack. Nomi looked up from her data pad.
Somehow Snap's vehement demeanor recalled her to Wedge Antilles, who had always burst into her quarters without knocking. "We shall come immediately to Poe at the landing pad.
I already met Dash on the way. He should already be there."
After Snap had disappeared in the direction of the landing pad, Nomi donned her pilot gear and left the barrack to go likewise to the landing pad of the Resistance base.
When the Jedi arrived, all pilots of the two squadrons were already assembled. Poe was leaning casually against his new X-Wing and looked around.
"Now that we are complete, I can tell you what it's about. Snap has discovered on a recon mission activities of the First Order at Kuat. We should rap them over the knuckles.
Ok, Blues and Reds, man your fighters and may the Force be with us."
The pilots jumped into their X-wings and made them ready for takeoff. One fighter after another ascended into orbit over D'Qar.
When they had left the gravitational shadow of the planet behind, Dameron gave the order to jump into hyperspace.