Nomi and her family had just landed their X-wings when they saw the Millennium Falcon land.
The Jedi jumped out of her fighter when she saw Chewbacca leaving the YT-1300 freighter carrying an unconscious Finn. The medics immediately took care of the man.
Dash embraced his wife and saw with relief his children jump out of their fighters. It was a victory for the Resistance, but it was a bittersweet victory.
They had lost comrades during the battle.
Nomi was looking for Han, but instead of him a young, to her unknown girl stepped out.
Leia was standing at the landing pad and the Jedi felt grieve in her. Something terrible must have happen. The girl and Leia moved to each other.
Then the General took the girl's face in her hands. Shortly after Leia embraced the young girl and Nomi saw tears in both eyes. Slowly it dawned on the Jedi what happened.
Han, Leia's husband must have died. Was this the darkness she had felt over Starkiller Base?
When Nomi entered the base's command center together with Dash they saw Chewie sitting in a corner. The Wookiee looked shaken. But there was no time for grieving.
R2-D2 which stood since Luke's disappearance in a corner of the command center was suddenly awake.
Together with Leia, Poe C-3PO, BB-8, the young woman and a handful other Resistance Officers stood Nomi in the command center, when R2 projected a hologram in the air.
BB-8 begun to beep and Poe turned to him. "Yeah, all right, buddy, hold on."
The Commander run over and removed the ancient data store that Lor San Tekka had given him from a base computer. He inserted it in BB-8, which then projected its map.
BB-8 shrinked the map down to size and the two droids moved slightly and the two holograms united. BB-8's piece of the map perfectly fitted in R2-D2's.
All were looking in amazement at the completed map.
Leia put her hand on her heart and whispered: "Luke"
Suddenly there was in the whole command center cheering and embraces.
In the middle of the night it knocked at the door from Nomi's and Dash's quarters. When Nomi opened the door the General stood there. On her face were traces of tears to be seen.
"May I come in?"
Nomi let her in. The Jedi felt still grieve and sorrow in her old friend. "What happened, Leia?"
The General sighed and sat down at the table. "Han is dead, Nomi. I felt it when he died and Rey told me how he died."
Leia looked at her. "Rey is the girl who came with Chewie and the wounded Finn on the base. All three had witnessed how Kylo Ren murdered Han."
The Jedi paled. "Kylo Ren? Ben murdered his own father?"
Her old friend nodded. "They've spoken together and suddenly our son activated his lightsaber. He stabbed out twice right in Han's chest.
" It was too much for Leia, she couldn't hold her tears any longer at bay. "It is my fault, Nomi. I asked Han to bring our son back.
I thought he as his father would succeed where others have failed."
Nomi took her friends hand. "You couldn't know what would happen, Leia. If it comes to guilt, then I'm also guilty. I told you that all will be good, when your son comes back to you.
Therefore you've asked Han to bring him back."
Leia shook her head. "No it was my decision to ask Han. It was my decision to send him to his death, Nomi."
"This is crazy, Leia. Don't do this to yourself. You aren't guilty." Nomi looked straight in Leia's eyes. "It wasn't your fault."
"Perhaps you're right. With the completed map we have finally a chance to find my brother.
Rey will travel together with Chewie."
The Jedi looked at her with astonishment. "Rey? Why her?"
The General showed a faint smile. "Because she has Luke's lightsaber and she is Force sensitive, Nomi. Haven't you felt it?"
Nomi shook her head. "It could be that I was too distracted."
Leia stood up. "I hope that the map really shows Luke's hideout. It was good to speak with you. But it's late and we all should try to get some sleep."
The General went to the door. "We see us tomorrow at the landing pad."
When Nomi came the next morning to the landing pad, Leia and Rey were already there. Rey turned to head to the Falcon. As Rey walked off, Nomi heard Leia call out to her: "Rey"
Rey turned around.
Leia looked friendly at the girl and said: "May the Force be with you."
Rey smiled at the General and entered the Falcon. Shortly after the freighter ascended and the journey begun.
- To be continued after Star Wars The Last Jedi -