A crowd of Rebels was currently shoved into
a U-Wing headed towards Delaya. Ashori Monoceros was
in trouble. Sweat rolled down her neck and back.
Currently, she was on a mission to attack her
lover's garrison in order to save Commander Xergo.
Since straying from her Rebel roots, Ashori had kept
in contact with Papius Arundel...until a certain
comrade made it completely impossible for her to do
so. Stabbing Yekaterina Hanson had been essential in
her and Papius' other evil plots, but this time, the
woman's untrusting nature got in the way of Ash
warning the Governor of what was coming. She had
even tried to use her comm to reach him before she
left New Alderaan. Yekaterina continued to breath
down her neck, thus making it completely impossible.
She was fearful that Major Passik's force would be
strong enough to seriously hurt the Governor. As the
craft exited hyperspace just outside of Delaya, Ash
let out an anxious sigh.
Major Passik had given them orders to dock at a
specific station close to the garrison. The moment
she began attacking from above and drawing attention
towards her fleet, the small group of on planet
Rebels would attempt to find Iyah Xergo using the
maps of the garrison that Mug had provided. Everyone
was on edge, though for different reasons. Iyah had
been gone for some time. There was no way to tell
what kind of person they'd be rescuing. Beneath her
hand, Ash smirked. There was one thing she was
certain of: Papius had done a number on the Rebel
commander. The smirk fell away as she patted Mug
Zoran on the shoulder. "There she is!" She
exclaimed. "We'll get Commander Xergo back today."
Mug Zoran was thrilled that the Rebellion was
finally moving to rescue his fiance, Iyah Xergo,
from the Imperial forces on Delaya. He had not seen
her in so long, and he had nearly given up hope when
the orders came. More than that, he missed Callista,
and knew there was too much risk in bringing her
back *before* this mission had been completed. He
was glad to be with Ash and Kat, as he thought their
personal connection to the Commander would be needed
for this operation to be successful. As he sat in
the U-wing he tried to prepare himself for the
battle to come, but all he could think about was
Iyah. When Ash tapped him on the shoulder it brought
him back to reality, and he offered her a half
smile. "Thank you. Thank you so much," he told her,
as he placed his hand upon hers. Her confidence was
Yekaterina Hanson was dressed for battle. She knew
Delaya better than anyone in the mission, but the
planet they were returning to was not the same one
that she left. So much had changed, and the Imperial
presence had only increased since the last battle.
She had been watching Ashori like a hawk, as she
would never again trust the woman who so brutally
stabbed her during the last Battle of Delaya. She
feared for Iyah, who had been in captivity so long,
and was determined to do everything she could to
rescue the woman and reunite her with her family ...
even if it meant sacrificing her own life. Checking
the power cell on her A280 blaster rifle, she slung
the strap over her shoulder and prepared herself for
the mission to come. "Don't worry," she said to Mug,
who perhaps was too emotionally involved to be here.
Her eyes then slowly moved to Ashori, watching her
Beneath the surface, Ash felt angry with Kat. She
would never forgive herself if this mission led to
the death of the Imperial Governor who had her
twisted around his little finger. Though she smiled
at Mug, she knew that she wouldn't think twice about
killing the Rodney bastard should she be ordered to.
Her hand dropped from his shoulder. She could feel
that they were descending into the Delaya
atmosphere. The ship rumbled. Yekaterina's eyes were
burning a hole through Ash's back. There was tension
within their little team. Mug was too emotionally
invested. Yekaterina had no trust in Ashori...and
Ashori...well, you know all about that. The ship
settled within the appropriate port. No one got
comfortable. Ash moved towards the hatch to finish
putting on her armor before the big moment arose.
She had reviewed Papius' new garrison. She was sure
she knew where to find him if she could get away
from her group. *Sigh*. She was ready to abandon the
Rebels for an Imperial life. After all, it sounded
pleasant to live in the garrison instead of on New
Alderaan with all the pathetic refugees.
Through their communication, Major Elayne Passik's
voice broke through. "Preparing to enter Delaya."
She said calmly, letting her ground crew know what
was about to come. "Remember your mission and do not
let anyone stray from it, Mug Zoran. I can't promise
any of you that you'll survive. We're assuming
Commander Xergo is being held on the lowest level of
the garrison where the jails are. My fleet will do
their best to take on the brunt of the battle, but
we can't kill everyone." She abruptly ended the
transmission. Elayne was now preoccupied with that
was before her: a mess. She had taken part in the
first bombing on Delaya. She didn't like losing,
which was perhaps what had brought her back to the
planet. The Corsair fleet appeared in the bright
blue skies of Delaya. Elayne could see all the
destruction of the city. The people of Delaya needed
to be liberated. There were many Rebels pilots who
felt the same. In addition to her own squadron of
twelve X-wings, she also had twelve Y-wings and
numerous fighters making their way towards Delaya.
This was only wave one. She didn't want to show the
Imperial Governor all of her cards immediately. As
she changed her comm's frequency to speak to her
team, she could be heard lighting a cigarra and
taking a long drag. "You know the drill, men. Let's
whip some Imperial ass and fuck some shit up!" She
slammed her fist down before both of her hands took
hold of the X-wing's controls. As they began to
light up the skies, Mug Zoran's group officially had
Governor Papius Arundel was sitting calmly in his
office at the Imperial garrison when the alarm began
to sound. "What is it?" he demanded to know over the
comm, but he got his answer before the officer on
the other end of the line had a chance to answer.
From his viewport he could see Rebel starfighters
descending from above, attacking his garrison.
"Launch fighters. Immediately!" he ordered, slamming
his fist on his desk, behind a clenched jaw. He
moved toward the turbolift quickly so he could
descend to the operations bunker. His anti-starfighter
batteries began firing at the oncoming fighters,
while a squadron of TIE Strikers prepared to launch.
Mug Zoran breathed a sigh of relief when he heard
the voice of Major Passik over the comm. Readying
his weapon, he was the first to burst from the
U-wing and make the surface of Delaya. Fortunately,
they had enough intelligence to locate Iyah, but he
wondered if they had enough of a force. The rebel
strike team rallied behind him as they entered the
garrison, just as a Y-wing unloaded a bomb that
brought down an AT-ST walker near them. Once inside
it was hall to hall fighting, as the unprepared
Stormtroopers were quickly dispatched, before
regrouping as the alarm went off and taking up
better defensive positions as they attempted to move
lower towards the cell block. A blaster bolt nearly
took his head off, but Yekaterina stepped in from
behind him and pulled him out of the way at the last
"Watch your head," Yekaterina said, before
dispatching the Stormtrooper with an aimed shot from
her A280 blaster rifle. Up and down the corridor
laser blasts flew back and forth as they traded
shots, causing her to look at her chronometer. She
knew that the longer they took to reach the cell
block, the greater the Imperial defenses would be.
Grabbing hold of a frag grenade off her belt, she
primed it, and tossed it down the corridor to where
the Imperials had set taken cover. She grabbed Mug
once again, and pushed him behind a wall, while
covering her ears. "Fire in the hole," she warned
Ashori and the rebels as an explosion erupted down
the corridor, magnified by the enclosed space.
Debris and the remnants of Stormtroopers soon rained
down upon them. "Forward," she yelled, before moving
into the debris, firing unaimed shots in the smoke.
They had to reach Iyah soon.
"Oh Governor, you've been a bad, bad boy." Elayne
growled. Her X-wing pointed in the direction of the
garrison. Several other starfighters followed her.
"Knock out their turrets! I want all their big guns
down!" She shouted, launching a bomb into a pit of
TIE Strikers which had yet to ascend into the sky.
"Suck it, you bastard!" Major Passik was a bit of a
potty mouth. It was for the better that Mug's
daughter had not been around to witness how she was
once she got comfortable with someone. "Wave
two...how close are you? Shit..!" A Y-Wing was
destroyed near her flank.
Below, Ashori Monoceros was officially inside of the
Imperial garrison where Papius, in theory, also was.
Using her blaster rifle, she struck down
Stormtroopers. Right now, her survival was key. She
couldn't save the Governor now. Thankfully, he had
quite a force that the Rebels would need to plow
through before reaching the Governor himself. Ash
stepped back at Kat's warning, covering her ears
with her hands. The frag went off, causing a rain of
people parts to scatter over them. They were on the
move again. "According to the map, we're getting
close." She announced to her team. "We should see
the holding cells soon." She kept an eye on Mug. He
was a liability. Emotionally blind, she didn't think
that he would live to see New Alderaan again.
Inside the holding cell sat Iyah Xergo herself.
Though there was chaos above her head, she showed no
signs of excitement. Papius had left her with
another tormenting video taken from the perspective
of the nerf plush of Sierra Rodney playing mommy to
*her* daughter. Over the video, the Grand Moff's
wife read the classic story of the Three Little
Nerfs, complete with various voices for each
character. Iyah had been broken. She realized that
she couldn't even compare to a scummy ISB officer.
Commander Xergo had given up. She lay on the floor,
Mug stopped momentarily to look at the map, they
were only one turn away from the cell block now. He
turned to Ash and Kat, as he showed them on the map
where they were, and where Iyah was expected to me.
"We're so close," he said, in a desperate, pleading
voice. As he turned the corner he opened fire, but
moved too quickly to and was rewarded with a blaster
shot to his left shoulder. He dropped slowly, taking
cover behind the wall, but was unwilling to give up.
Not now that he was this close to the long overdue
unification with his wife. "Save her," he pleaded,
as he looked up towards Kat who was trying to drag
Kat tried to stop Mug from rushing, but there was
just too much passion in him as she feared. When he
went down, she was quick to grab him and drag him
away. Their unit had taken casualties and she was
tempted to withdraw before they all got wiped out,
but Mug's pleading caused her to fight on. She
grabbed hold of a flash-bang grenade and blindly
tossed it in the direction of the remaining
Stormtroopers between them in the cell block. When
it exploded it gave off a blinding light and
deafening sound that distracted them and gave Kat
and the others the opening they needed. Surging
forward in one final charge they gunned down the
Stormtroopers and cleared the path between them and
Mug brought up the rear of the charge, no longer
able to hold his weapon, as his right hand was
raised up across his body to apply pressure to his
wound. He stepped over the bodies of the fallen
Stormtroopers and moved to the cell containing Iyah.
As he did not have the access code, he placed a
small explosive charge on the panel, before moving
back and detonating it. Moments later the panel
exploded and the door to Iyah's cell opened. "Iyah!"
he screamed through the smoke, before surging into
her cell. It had been too long since he last saw her
and his heart melted. He rushed towards her, despite
his own injury, and crouched down next to her. "Are
you alright? We've come to rescue you. I'm sorry how
long it took," he said, as he attempted to help her
up, which caused him a great deal of pain.
"Mug! Stop!" Ashori yelled. He was proceeding too
quickly. Mug wasn't a seasoned warrior. This was too
much for him...yet Ash had brought him in hopes that
he would be killed on duty. The man was shot,
painfully, in the shoulder. He dropped. Ash rolled
her eyes. Wounded...but it wasn't fatal. Kat had
appointed herself as Mug's official babysitter.
"It's too dangerous." Ashori argued as another surge
of Stormtroopers appeared. "If we don't get out now,
we may never get out!" They were so close. She could
see that Kat wasn't going to stop. They were going
to save Commander Xergo or die trying.
She closed her eyes and covered her ears for the
second time. This time when they moved towards the
cell block, they had an advantage. Ashori shot down
Stormtroopers while keeping an eye on Mug. All in
all, what was left of their team did successfully
reach Iyah's cell. Once the door was blown off, Ash
stepped back to observe and watch out for enemies.
The metal door holding Iyah in her cell suddenly
burst forth. It slammed against the backwall of the
cell. Iyah didn't move. Papius had demonstrated what
kind of power he had by bringing Callista to the
garrison base and torturing Iyah with her. This all
could have been a fucked up plot to wreck her all
over again. Her head weakly lifted. "Mug..?" She
could hear his voice, but the smoke blinded her at
first. Slowly, it cleared enough that she could see
the man she loved so much. She felt so many emotions
in that moment. The most powerful one was sadness.
She was speechless. "You.. You came..." She had been
through hell and back again. She had lost
weight...and her spirit. Her eyes fell on his
injured shoulder as tears streamed down her cheeks.
"Mug." She cried harder. She stood on uneasy legs,
gradually turning to face him. Her shaky arms
wrapped around him suddenly. "Mug!"
"Oye. Bastard. You need to get your people out of
that base immediately." Major Passik shifted her
comm back to his frequency. "I'm gonna light that
place up. My second and third wave is here. Get your
woman and get the fuck back to your house." She
ordered him as her voice cut out. There was nothing
more thrilling than killing Imperials. They had
taken her legs...so she would take down Papius
Arundel. A group of starfighters reunited with her
having taken out the last AT-ST. "Don't get cocky
people. We still have a big ass tumor to remove.
Take out the garrison!" She yelled, releasing bombs
rapidly on the upper part of the garrison. "Good
luck, Zoran..." She said quietly to herself. If he
managed to survive, then he deserved one hell of a
pat on the back.
Mug turned towards his beloved Iyah, pausing from
the intensity of combat to bring his face close to
hers. His nose connected with hers, rubbing back and
forth slowly, until his love for her culminated in a
deep, passionate kiss. "Iyah, I love you, but we
have to go," he said, as he took her by the arm with
his one good arm and began leading her back from
which they came. "Move it! Back to the U-wing!" he
ordered, as he stepped over the bodies of the fallen
troopers to navigate back through the winding
corridors of the garrison. "We'll be home soon," he
promised his wife, as they pressed on ... they were
making good time. They had almost escaped.
Kat knew that if they did not get out of the
garrison *now* the Imperials would surely have
enough time to get organized and stop them. She had
rifle at the ready, but so far everything was clear
from where they had entered earlier. But then a
squad of Stormtroopers appeared in front of them,
closing off the point at which they came in and
cutting them off from the ship. She opened fire with
her rifle, but they soon found themselves pinned
down against the wall. They were so close ... yet so
far. Her attention turned to Ash, reluctantly, as
she would need her help for the final charge. "Cover
me," she said to her, before she crouched down and
moved forward down the hall, firing off blind shots.
Iyah was in a state of shock. Mug was *really*
there. She had gone through such emotional trauma,
first suspecting that he was dead, then wondering
why he had yet to come. Now he was here. Slowly, her
love for him cut through all the other problems
filling her head. She began to nuzzle her nose back
against his. "Oh, Mug." It was *over*. This time
Papius would not have her again. They kissed,
quickly trying to make up for all the love they
hadn't been able to give each other over her
imprisonment. "I love you, Mug. Get me out of
here..." It was a plea, not an order. Her Mug had
changed so much. He became a leader in order to save
her. Using him as support, they made their way back
towards the entrance of the garrison. She longed to
be far, far away from here. She missed her
home...but most of all, she missed her family.
Ashori could see that Commander Xergo had been
broken. The woman looked exhausted. It would take
time for her to make a complete recovery. In that
time, Ash could cause more problems ... if they
managed to survive this. It seemed that Papius had
employed more Stormtroopers and sent them rushing
towards the cellblock. It was harder to keep going
on...especially towards the end. There was only one
last squad of Stormtroopers between them and
freedom. Ash nodded her head to Kat. It was time to
regain that woman's trust. While Yekaterina charged,
Ash loyally shot down Stormtroopers. Together, they
somehow managed to clear the path for the remaining
members of their team to continue through.
Outside the garrison, all hell had broken loose.
Elayne's squadron had managed to knock out all of
the garrison's large guns. They were now focused on
taking out the building itself. At the topmost layer
was hit, pieces of the garrison's walls began to
fall down to the ground. Some collided with
Stormtroopers, but it would also create a new
obstacle for the Rebels to work through. "Looks like
we've got some more visitors." She said, spotting
TIE Strikers whose top priority was to stop them
from destroying the base. "Wave three, take care of
them. Everyone else, drop your bombs on this damn
garrison and let's go home to celebrate!"
When Ash and Kat cleared the path towards the
U-wing, Mug surged forward with his arm around Iyah
to support her. As the breached the structure he got
a full view of just how effective Major Passik's
forced had been in attacking the garrison. It was
the victory that the rebellion needed, but all he
was focused on was his personal struggle to recover
Iyah. "Get to the ship!" he yelled to the rebels, as
he struggled along through the battlefield, past the
burning hulk of the AT-ST to get aboard the U-wing.
Once inside he, helped Iyah to a seat in the
passenger compartment. Kat and the other rebels were
right on their heels. In short order everyone was
aboard and ready for the trip back to New Alderaan
with their rescued commander secure.
The light outside the garrison seemed so bright that
it hurt Iyah's eyes. She blinked away her tears,
staring up at the starfighters that polluted the
sky. The garrison was on fire. Iyah shook. She
breathed in the dust anxiously. Now that she was
leaving her cage behind, she would have to begun
*true* recovery. They had successfully made it. With
Mug's help, she was seated and buckled. Her hand
wouldn't release from his. She couldn't afford to be
separated again. Her heart hurt. Her head hurt. The
only thing that was clear was Mug. The commander
dropped her head. She began to cry as the Rebels
returned to the U-wing. It launched up to the sky.
Again, they left Delaya behind in a rush. It was
over ... right?
Elayne spotted the U-wing exiting Delaya. She
laughed and laughed. "You damn bastard! *You did
it*!" Her laughter could be heard during their short
communication. Beneath her, the garrison was
exploding. She pulled her steering device upward as
she, too, began to make her departure. The woman
wore a wide, crazed smile. Perhaps they had restored
hope to the people of Delaya.