Four days had passed since the incident on Nar Shaddaa. RedQueen and Andarta were in the meeting room discussing the next stage of their spice operations when Reds holocommunicator alerted to an incoming call. She activated the device and Zenu appeared before her. He wasn't given time to speak. "This had better be an emergency...newbie, where's your commanding officer?"
He was panicked. "Everything went to hell! They're gone! They took everyone!"
"Slow down, dammit, and start over! What happened?" Red questioned him.
"We showed up to make the deal and the lieutenant told me to watch the door. I tried my best but I couldn't help it. I kinda sorta had to..uh..well, I had to go..pee. So I left--only for a minute--but when I got back the area was swarmed with cops. You've got to come help!"
This wasn't good at all. Red Dragons had been arrested before and successfully rescued in a variety of ways but something didn't seem right, here. How did the Coruscant Defense Force find them? Red Queen looked to Andarta, "What do you think, Dart?"
"That lieutenant is loyal, been with us a while, and we really cant afford losing so many people. We're short handed as it is." she replied.
Red closed her eyes and thought for a moment then turned back to the holo and said, "Listen to me. Stay where you are. Send me your coordinates and we'll come to you." She closed the connection. "Guess you were due for a visit back home, anyway, Dart."
The two boarded their ship and warped to Coruscant. After travel time and docking procedure, nearly two hours had passed. Andarta checked the coordinates; they pointed to a back-alley in an industrial zone. "Why were they all the way over there..," Red muttered. They pressed on and closed in on the coordinates. A lot of the buildings there looked run-down and abandoned. From behind a pile of empty crates came the sound of quiet crying. Andarta pushed aside the crates, revealing a startled twi'lek.
"You actually came! Listen, don't get angry, please? I didn't have a choice. I had to do it or I would end up like the others," his attention turned to a nearby dumpster. Red signaled Dart who nodded then moved to the dumpster and slowly lifted the lid. She peeked inside, sighed, and flipped the lid open. Inside were the remains of the lieutenant and the rodian recruit, Doress. "Start talking..." Red said with a glare in her eyes.
"She set us up. Told me if I didn't call you and make you come to Coruscant then she'd kill me too," he explained, "She kept saying something about the Empire, something about a ... hey... what's that in the sky?"
Andarta and RedQueen shifted their views upward. A faint shape was in the sky, somewhat triangular. Another appeared, and then another. As they grew closer, more and more revealed themselves in the sky. "What the hell are the Imps doing here!?" Andarta exclaimed.
"It can't be.." Red shook her head a bit. "Would they really go so far as to attack the Republic capital world?" She was shocked, she had never seen so many ships descending toward a planet at once. Their weapons systems prepared to fire. The Sacking of Coruscant had begun.
"We have to move!" Andarta shouted.
Red gathered her senses and grabbed the newbie by the arm. They took off sprinting, backtracking their way to the spaceport. The imperial ships maintained altitude and unleashed death from above. Everything shook as the bombs went off. Screams, explosions, and fires erupted everywhere; the world was falling down around them. By the time the three made it to the spaceport, it seemed like a miracle they were still alive. There was no time to lose, they had to get off Coruscant. The structure of the building was partially destroyed but the bay containing their ship remained intact.
"Wait, you two," Andarta barely let out between breaths.
They came to a halt and turned around with a questioning look in their faces.
"I've been thinking. There's no way this hunk of metal is going to be able to get past those d**n Imps. We'll just get shot down, and I'm not a huge fan of rushing off to death."
Zenu'sin showed a look of terror and spoke hysterically, "What are you saying? You mean we're stuck here!?"
"Now calm down!" Red ordered, "I'm sure we'll think of something, there has to be a way.."
Just then an Imperial shuttle quickly landed in the port and started unloading troops. The ground invasion had begun.
An idea sparked in Red Queens head and she grinned.
Dart knew exactly what she was thinking. "Hm, I've never had the chance to steal an Imp shuttle before ... this should be exciting."
They took cover behind a cargo crate and waited for the unsuspecting soldiers to march out of the bay. When the way was clear they made a dash for the shuttle. The engines flared and the ship started preparing to take off. Red jumped into the open shuttle door followed by Zenu then Andarta. The cockpit door was right next to them with a totally unaware pilot inside. Dart stepped in, grabbed the now-shocked pilot, and tossed him off the ship. She sat down in the seat, still warm, and familiarized herself with the controls.
"It's a bit weird compared to other stuff I've flown but I can get us home," she assured the others.
The outside door slowly shut and the ship took off toward the sky. As they approached the Imperial cruisers, a sweat broke out on Red Queens forehead. She wiped it off and sought assurance, "This plan is gonna work..right?"
"It..uh..should work," Andarta replied.
They met altitude with the cruisers. If they get found out too soon, they'd be shot down for sure.
"How much longer until we can warp?" Red asked.
Andarta checked a few readouts and responded, "Fifteen seconds, maybe. We're almost out of here, just a little--"
A voice invaded the cockpit--it had an Imperial accent. "Transport IT-935, why aren't you docking? Return to the ship, at once!"
Dart activated the transceiver and commented, "Hmm yea I just don't feel like it," She gave a little smirk, "Instead, I think I'll go get some Correlian booze," then disabled the communications. She activated the hyperdrive and the ship jumped to lightspeed.