Author: Shawn Bennett

Star Wars: Darkness Rising: The Threat Within Chapter 25 and Epilogues

Chapter 25 “Well, young lady, you are quite lucky,” Doctor Tutt said while she examined the readouts.  The medical droid scanned the stump of her leg taking measurements.  It looked at Rae and its photo receptors blinked.  “Yeah, real lucky,” it said with a slight hint of sarcasm in its voice.   Rae bit her lip at the tone of the droid, not knowing if she wanted to laugh or cry at the comment.   “Pay him no mind,” the doctor said not looking away from the scans.  “We can fit you with a prosthetic leg within a day if you want something to match your skin tone and texture, or a few hours if you aren’t that picky.”  “Prosthetic?” Rae asked.  “It is the least difficult way to get you your mobility back.”  She looked up from her tablet.  “I mean we could try to regrow your leg.  But that would…

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Star Wars: Darkness Rising: The Threat Within Chapter 24

Chapter 24“And we repeat,” Holdo said.  “All ships focus your shields to port and fire as soon as you have a solution.  We will only be on station fifteen seconds.”  She leaned against the railing, her fingers tight around the foam guard.   If the Brightsong and Tarkin’s folley could not manage to take out the corvettes creating the interdiction field then they would have to jump into the middle of the fight on their next pass.    She held her breath as they came out of hyperspace, this time behind the fleet.   The Imperial fleet immediately opened fire on them but thankfully most of their weapons were not able to target to their aft.   Her fleet began pouring fire out at the ships.  Ion bolts, turbo laser fire, and proton torpedoes hit the Imperial ships.   The few smaller ships that were targeted sustained severe damage, the Star Destroyers were holding…

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Star Wars: Darkness Rising: The Threat Within Chapter 23

Chapter 23Poe couldn’t believe the firepower that he saw the Star Destroyers unleash.  They had not needed to destroy the task force with turbolaser fire, the weapon could have done that.   BB8 whistled over the comm.  Poe looked down at the scanner.   Over one hundred Tie-Fighters were heading toward them.   He had no doubt that they were the new ones that they had been fighting.   BB8 gave a low tone of dismay.  “What do you mean?”  Poe asked as he adjusted the sensors.   The gravity field was wrong.   “There are interdiction fields.”  He slammed his fist on the arm rest  “Rogue Leader, Arclight.”  “I read you Archlight.”  “We have to buy the ships time to get away,” Wedge said.  “They have interdiction fields,” Poe said.  “I know.  We will figure something out.” “Where is our backup?” Poe asked.  “I don’t know, they will be here soon.”  Poe cursed and rolled…

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Star Wars: Darkness Rising: The Threat Within Chapter 21 and 22

Chapter 21Kylo paced along the upper deck of the bridge.   For five days the fleet had been jumping in and out of hyperspace as they made their way across the galaxy.   He had been disappointed that the Lady Luck had escaped destruction at Coruscant and there was a fleet mobilizing.   He was oddly grateful to learn that the Star Dust had made it to Coruscant.  At least they could wrap all of this up at once.  “We have less than three minutes until we leave hyperspace, Lord Ren,” Admiral Hux said to him.  “All hands are at battle stations and all fighters are prepared to launch as soon as we come out of hyperspace.”  Kylo paused in his pacing and nodded to the Admiral.  In Kylo’s opinion, Hux was insufferably arrogant.  As insufferably arrogant as he was, Kylo knew that he was justified in being so.  Admiral Hux and volunteered…

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Star Wars: Darkness Rising: The Threat Within Chapter 20

Chapter 20The Star Dust exited hyperspace near Yavin 4.  Rae pressed the button on the comm station.  “Yavin control, this is the Star Dust.”  “Star Dust, this is control. Please identify yourself.”  She sighed.  “This is Padawan Rae and Padawan Lowbacca.  We are requesting permission to land at the temple.”  “Permission granted.  Master Skywalker asked to be made aware of your arrival.”  “Thank you, Control, Star Dust out.”  Rae leaned back in the chair.   The bacta cuff was still on but Rose had told her that it would probably come off once they could get to a real medical facility.  “Get us down please, Finn,” she said.  “I do not show any ships approaching us,” K7 said from the co-pilot’s seat.   Finn nodded and engaged the engines, probably entering the atmosphere a bit quicker than needed.  The past five days, they had all felt like the fleet was right behind…

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Star Wars: Darkness Rising: The Threat Within. Chapter 18 and 19.

Chapter 18. Kylo stood straight with his hands behind his back.  He looked up at the hologram of the older scarred man before him.  Kylo was glad that this was over the echonet and not face to face.  “Lord Ren, do you mean to tell me that your former pupils managed to escape you?  Are you sure that they escaped?”   Kylo ground his teeth.  “I did not let them go if that is what you are hinting at, My Lord,” he said and pointed to the bandage on his face.  “I did not get this because I was playing nice.  And I realize that this pushes the timetables forward.  It is nothing that is not insurmountable.”  “Lord Ren,” the man said and crossed his arms.  “You have underestimated your students several times now.   They were the ones that sensed me.  I called you there to kill them and eliminate the…

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Star Wars: Darkness Rising: The Threat Within Chapter 17

Chapter 17Finn leaned back against the seat and closed his eyes.  He sighed and unlatched his helmet.  He set it aside and pulled off his gauntlets.  He heard someone coming up behind him and looked back.  Rose stepped around the K7 unit and sat down in the copilot’s seat.  “You ok?” she asked.  Finn shrugged.  “Well, I am now wanted for treason, sedition, and murder, so other than that, I am fine.”  “Well, you are among company,” Rae said from the doorway.  Lowbacca ducked in and set her in the seat that K7 wasn’t collapsed against.   “Really ought to thank you two for saving our hides.”  Lowbacca nodded in agreement.  “You’re Finn, right?”  Finn nodded.  “This is Dr. Rose Tico.”  Rae nodded to Rose as she turned her seat around.  “I’m Rae and this is Lowbacca.” Rose watched her.  “What are the Jedi doing in Imperial space?”  “Looking for him,”…

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Star Wars: Darkness Rising: The Threat Within Chapter 16

Chapter 16Finn felt that they were far enough away from the city and pulled up taking the Star Dust through the atmosphere and out into space.   He applied more thrust and broke orbit.  He had the onboard navi-computer begin to calculate a course.   The dedicated computer was more effective than an astromech droid but it couldn’t help do repairs to the ship.  Lowbacca growled and pointed at the sensor display.  Finn looked over to see two blips closing rapidly with the Star Dust.   Finn focused the sensors on them.  “Interceptors,” he said.  He adjusted the sensors.  “And eight more behind them.”  Lowbacca growled something at Finn.  “No idea what you said,” Finn said, “But, we just have to keep ahead of them for a little longer and we will be out of the planet’s gravity well.”  The ship rocked as a few blaster bolts hit the shields.  “It’s going to…

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Star Wars: Darkness Rising: The Threat Within Chapter 15

Chapter 15 Finn flew the Star Dust toward the landing field.  Captain Phasma sat in the co-pilot seat and Rose sat behind her.   As he came around the tower, he could see the large black ship in the middle of the landing field like a large inky stain on the ferrocrete.   Beyond it was the hangar that held the tie-fighters and shuttles.   “What is that?” Rose asked when she saw the ship.  “A Ravager class corvette,” Captain Phasma said.  “It’s been modified for covert operations.  Perhaps they are going to give me an actual command.”  “Maybe,” Finn said as he extended the landing gear.   The comm unit sounded and he absently reached out flipping it on.  “This is the Star Dust,” he said.  “This is tower control.  You are to alter you landing status.  You are to land on pad twenty A,” a voice said.  Finn was applying more power…

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Star Wars: Darkness Rising: The Threat Within Chapters 13 and 14

Chapter: 13 Lando paced in and out of the cockpit.   Each time he came in, he looked at the holo-projection then turned and walked out again.   Nein sighed as Lando came back in once again.   There wasn’t anything that they could do until the padawans contacted them.   Lando grumbled then turned to walk back out of the cockpit.  BX began making noise and whistling.   “What?” Lando said.  Nein said something and pointed at the holo-projection.  Lando looked at the Holoprojection.  It zoomed in on a ship that was descending toward the city.   “It can’t be,” he said and sat down in the pilot’s chair.  BX whistled again.  Nein looked at some other information on a different screen.  He muttered something to Lando.  “Well, poodoo,” he said.  “Of all the luck to see them again.”  The hologram turned as the ship sailed overhead.   The words Star Dust clearly visible.  “I think…

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