Drake Paulsen and his Wookiee
partner Nikaede are enjoying a sumptuous meal at Feyodor’s
Tavern on Omman, on the occasion of the Moon Festival.
He is just starting to enjoy his vacation when a woman
named Padjia Anjeri comes and asks him to take a job for
her. She offers 30,000 credits in return for Drake
taking her and a pair of passengers’ offworld
immediately. Drake will not jump in blind, and demands
an explanation. She reveals a small crystalline statue
– an ancient Twi’lek head she saved from being sold
on the black market. She is an anthropology student who
wants to take the statue back to a museum on Ryloth –
and avoid those who stole the statue in the first place.
Drake finally accepts the job, only to find
stormtroopers killing Padjia’s “passengers.” They
are sent on a chase through the capital city, with the
troopers clearly out to kill the lot of them. They run
across a lightsaber-wielder – another of the
passengers named Colonel Tyneir Renz. They make their
way to a smuggler hideout and Drake’s waiting ship,
the Steadfast. Drake and Padjia are growing quite
romantic, and he learns that Renz is a Jedi – and
Padjia’s father. He takes the group off Omman towards
Derora, a moon in the Birjis system. She also reveals
that the “idol” is the crystallised ashes of a Jedi
hero from 4,000 years ago. The Rebels are trying to
forge an alliance with the Twi’leks, and the idol is
the key to pulling it off. At the Rebel base on Derora,
the idol is presented to the Nercathi clan. General
Cracken offers Drake a job, but the smuggler refuses,
says goodbye to Padjia, and heads off for other jobs.
from Christopher G. McElroy's
Time Tales, www.theforce.net/timetales.