Lavi decided it was now or never and swooped down towards the base. The fire from the ion cannons was almost nonexistent but, nevertheless, it was there. She hovered low over the base and carefully timed her shots. From somewhere behind her a series of bright green blasts erupted and Lavi lost her port engine. She fought for control, trying to stabilize the rolling X-wing. Someone of Red Squadron shot the TIE who wounded Lavi. She still fought for control, pulling up on the joystick with enough force to rip an asteroid from its indefinite cycle. Through her gloves, the joystick felt like molten lava. The view out of the front port was enough to make one sick: stars, metal, stars, metal, stars, tower. Tower! Lavi fought madly for control, hoping to miss the deadly jagged wall of metal in front of her ship by only a kilometer, now less. She reached for the ejection switch, but her head was spinning along with the galaxy. Lavi hit something else instead. Her seat did not launch, but a succession of proton torpedoes did. Oh, a lot of help that was, She thought sarcastically.
The shots must have hit some power generator or fuel storage because the moment they hit the wall of the shipyard a chain of explosions sounded and the whole place started shaking. But then, how could Lavi tell; everything was spinning.
Quickly Gemi threw a second tow line to Red Sixteen and attached it. She already had Lairah's ship on the first line. Her ship was so damaged that the ejection switch never worked. According to the readings, Lairah was still alive. Then again, Lavi's ship was half dead, so how could she tell.
A turret suddenly exploded with a violent blast that sent a shockwave through the remaining ships. More explosions followed as Gemi quickly knocked the engines up to full throttle and the group zoomed away in a hurry.
None too far out, Lavi glanced out the aft viewport. The face of the planet behind her exploded with deadly force, tossing shards of rock into space. Fragments pounded her ship and shut down the commsystem. Lavi gave the device a whack with her fist and it blinked back to life, a bit staticy, but still there.
There as no need for communication, however. She knew where they were going.
Back on Delaya, shouts and applause rose from the crowd as the sole survivors of Red Squadron were welcomed home.
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