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Jun 03, 2020 7:00 PM
the force awakens
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And, one summer evening when Rey is nineteen, as the sun sets, Anakin appears before her, expression intense.

"Kylo Ren is coming to this planet," she says without preamble. "He's after the map Luke left behind - Leia sent a pilot after it, I think he might get there first but I've been having trouble following him - "

"The man Luke left the map with is in a village full of innocents."

"Kylo Ren won't hesitate to slaughter them."

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Rey stops what she's doing immediately - gutting a star destroyer and looking for parts for the Falcon - and is immediately on alert.

"Do you know what village - who is this man? We have to get everyone out of there."

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"It's Tuanul - the spiritualist guys - and one of their leaders, Lor San Tekka. They're nearby."

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"I'll take the speeder and contact Unkar on the way. He can open up the tunnels and they can hide there. We can't let Kylo get the map or hurt these people."

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She nods, expression tight. "If Kylo catches up to us, I should be able to cover the retreat." She's still not visible to anyone other than Rey, but, well, she doesn't need that to use the Force.

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Rey starts running. "I can fight. You've taught me so much. I'm strong enough."

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"You'll be at a disadvantage without a lightsaber if Kylo's there, and I don't want you hurt."

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"I don't need a lightsaber to kick his arse. I can do this."

With her Force heightened speed she gets to her speeder in record time. She quickly sends a message to Unkar and starts on her way to the village.

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Anakin ghosts alongside her, clearly unhappy.

But they make it to the village in record time as well - and they seem to have beat the First Order to it.

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The village isn't particularly small, not really. There are smaller ones, poorer ones. It's unassuming. Which she supposed is why the man picked it. Rey had never actually been here herself, never had reason to, but she did have a passing knowledge of most villages this side of Niima. There are a lot of people around though, which makes her nervous. Will they listen to her? They don't even know her. She hopes for their sake that they do. The First Order does not take prisoners of their kind. Innocent.

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There's an X-wing fighter parked on the ridge outside the depression the village rests in, and an orange and white astromech keeping watch. It's night by now.

He beeps, alarmed, when she approaches. <<Who are you?>> he calls.

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She hops off her speeder and stops a few metres away.

"A friend. I've come to warn this village. Kylo Ren and the First Order are on their way. They know. We need to get these people out of here."

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He rolls back and beeps an expression of concern. Then: <<I informed Best Pilot. Do you have an exit method?>>

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Rey checks her wrist pad, Unkar's transport isn't far behind them. "I have room for maybe - forty people on the transport and a place for twice as many to hunker down. We need to get them ready now. Take me to your pilot."

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He hesitates -

Then spins, whirring into the village.

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Rey follows quickly, knowing that Anakin is right beside her.

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Poe rushes out of the tent, having received BB-8's message. He suppresses the instinct to reach for his pistol.

"Beebee, who is this? Are we under attack?"

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<<Did not give name. Says First Order is coming with Mask Jerk. She has a transport, wants to evacuate village.>>

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"How did they - it doesn't matter." He spares at glace at the girl and then turns to Lor San Tekka. "We have to get out of here, sir. Have to hide. Get you someplace safe."

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"I have room for around forty of your people on the shuttle. There's space in the tunnels beneath Niima to hide you and your civilians from the Order. Do you have the map?"

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He seems tense. "I don't know that I can trust you, and - we are not cowards."

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"Your people will die," Anakin hisses, uselessly.

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"I'm not just going to stand here and watch these people be slaughtered. Kylo Ren is coming and he will kill every single one of these people to get what he wants."

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"She's right, whoever she is. Raise the alarm and get these people out of here."

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He hesitates - then sighs. "I will. There are sixty of us here - I'll stay for the second shuttle. We'll prioritize children and their parents for the first."

He turns and starts giving orders for people to prepare to leave.

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Poe turns to the girl. "Not that I'm not grateful. But who are you exactly? Other than our knight in shining armor."

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