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Bodhi lingered after the briefing, hands behind his back in that stance that had become habit. The stance that hid his prosthetics arm from view. Not that anyone stared any more but some habits were hard to break.

“General Rook?” Mon Mothma didn’t need to look up to know it was him, tidying up the data chips as the rest of the briefing room emptied. “You're wondering why I didn’t assign you to the Endor strike.”

“Yes, ma’am.” He found it strangely comforting, the way she always knew. So, he never needed to ask.

“I have another mission for you and your team.” She gestured him to follow, leading him into a private antechamber. Her expression turned serious as she touches the little data-chip containing the information the Bothans had paid so dearly for. “There was a second message, from an imperial informant.” Her expression tightened, suppressing some deep emotion behind her stateman’s mast.

She pulled up a star map, gesturing to a gas giant orbiting a single star adjustment to Endor’s binary system. “According to this informant, there is an imperial research and development station in the Moddell sector. It’s being used to hold a group of scientists and weapons specialists. Against their will.”

“And you believe this information is credible.” Bodhi asked, his braided hair falling over his shoulder as he leaned in to look at the small speck in the map.

“I do. Yes.”

There was something about her voice, the tamped down strain that made him look at her. There was so much in her eyes, in the tightness of her lips. So much unsaid.

“Your mission, General Rook, is to retrieve the scientists and, our informant. Alive, if at all possible. And then destroy the facility.”

Bodhi nodded slowly, considering. “I’ll need an imperial craft.”

“You’ll have it.” She answered, a little faster than necessary. “A second shuttle has been set aside for this mission. Select your team and brief only those you need to. This mission is of the upmost importance. The Emperor has built a second Death Star. Even if we fail to destroy him, there must never be a third.”

Bodhi accepted the dossiers she had prepared him on the informant. “You have my word.”

He didn’t open the file till he was perched in the pilot’s seat as the other members of Rogue Squad, all Scarif survivors, loaded up. It wasn’t till then he saw the face of the Imperial informant. A holo of a woman, candid and some years out of date. Not a mugshot or a service record scan but the sort of holo someone might carry on their person. A holo of a loved one.

The medic who had saved his life on Eadu. And whose name he now learnt was Rochin. Rochin Mothma.

That was why the commander had such faith in the message.

***

They moved down the corridor at an easy trot, covering doorways and each other as they moved further into the facility.

Getting in had been easy. Easier than it should have been. The facility seemed to be manned by a skeleton crew while the rest of the garrison was elsewhere. On the Death Star perhaps. Or down on the forest moon. Bodhi send up a quiet prayer to the Force for the Princess and Luke’s safety. He’d gotten to know and like them both well. Even if he didn’t have much love for General Solo.

“Cover me.” He called to Melshi as he crossed to the last of the detention block controls. He had to step over a dead trooper, the smell of burnt duroplastic and flesh filling his nostrils. He would suffer for that later. For all of it. He wasn’t past the nightmares, that had become almost a familiar occurrence. Part of the fabric of his scars. But his hands no-longer shook during the fight. Only after.

He gave a triumphant ha as the door locks slammed back, echoingly loud. “Sefla, clear the cells to the left. I’ll take the right. Pao, keep the engines hot, we’re coming your way.”

He shouldered the rifle, concealing a stunner in his flesh and blood palm, just in case this one didn’t want to be rescued. Some of the scientists they’d pulled from other cells were frightened, erratic. Some were so badly mistreated they’d tried to fight off their rescues. And a desperate man could be stronger than he looked. As Bodhi’s blooming black eye could attest.

He opened the door with care, shifting his stance in readiness.

And stopped dead.

Date: 2017-08-08 12:51 pm (UTC)
galen_erso: (Death Star)
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The man inside was sitting at a table, drawing something. He wore a shapeless jumpsuit and had grey, shaggy hair and beard.

When he turned and looked at Bodhi, it was with Galen Erso's eyes.

Date: 2017-08-08 01:13 pm (UTC)
galen_erso: (Broken)
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"Bodhi???" the man says, with Galen Erso's voice. "Bodhi Rook? My pilot?"

Date: 2017-08-08 01:52 pm (UTC)
galen_erso: (Darkness)
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"They told me you were killed on Scarif," Galen says. "When they captured Jyn."

Date: 2017-08-08 02:06 pm (UTC)
galen_erso: (Such a dad)
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Galen gets to his feet, collecting his drawings. "You found Jyn?"

Date: 2017-08-08 02:21 pm (UTC)
galen_erso: (Aghast)
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"General?" Galen asks. "Where is Jyn?"

He follows, but he looks around, scared and bewildered.

Date: 2017-08-08 02:28 pm (UTC)
galen_erso: (Worried)
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"Yes," Galen says. "My Bodhi."

He smiles, briefly.

"Thank you."

Date: 2017-08-08 02:42 pm (UTC)
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"Have you seen Jyn?" Galen says in a worried whisper, watching the facility brighten to flame and fall dark.

Date: 2017-08-08 02:52 pm (UTC)
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"Yes, general," Galen says. He gets up, straightens his jumpsuit, and follows Bodhi. Keeping it together long enough to give all these strangers the suitable show.

Date: 2017-08-09 06:48 am (UTC)
galen_erso: (Shocked)
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Priorities.

"Where is Jyn?" Galen asks. "And what happened to your arm?"

Date: 2017-08-09 07:32 am (UTC)
galen_erso: (Darkness)
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"You mean she is dead?" Galen says. He sinks against the bulkhead, then sways towards Bodhi. "She has been dead all this time?"

Date: 2017-08-09 09:48 am (UTC)
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"Then everything I did was for nothing, I worked against your side, and you could just as well shoot me now," Galen says. "They showed me footage of her. In a cell. So I would work. So I built another Death Star, and tortured more kyber crystals, and the Force screamed at me, and I have no excuse. None."

Date: 2017-08-09 10:27 am (UTC)
galen_erso: (Broken)
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"I was barely," Galen says, clinging to Bidhi. "Our medic pulled me through."

Date: 2017-08-09 10:44 am (UTC)
galen_erso: (Drawn -- Bodhi)
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"Three times," Galen says, leaning his face against Bodhi's hair. "We owe her everything."

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