They came out of hyperspace. Before them was a medium-sized planet that was rather mountainous with desert plains and a few areas of green. Large seas also frequently dotted the planet’s surface. Around it orbited a solitary moon.
“We have come out of hyperspace.” E-5JF stated. Brynla rolled her eyes.
“Yes I’m aware of that.” she told the droid.
“We have you on our scopes light freighter. Please identify yourself.” said a voice on the com channel. Brynla hated dealing with The Empire, but life as a trader, and smuggler, meant coming into frequent contact with them.
“This is Captain Brynla. We are heading to Karagen.” she replied.
“The planet Karagen is restricted. What business brings you here?” the voice asked.
“We are bringing food supplies to a trader by the name of Asran.”
“Prepare to be boarded.” said the voice. Brynla had expected this, but was not happy with it. An Imperial Customs Frigate approached them, flanked by two TIE fighters. Out of the corner of her eye, Brynla thought she saw an Imperial Star Destroyer in the distance. This wasn’t going to be so easy, she thought.
The frigate docked with them. The doors opened and four stormtroopers marched into the ship followed by an Imperial officer. Brynla, Ennik, and E-5JF stood by the door. The officer walked up to Ennik and looked down on him.
“I take it your the captain?” he asked him.
“No she is.” Ennik said pointing to Brynla. The officer turned to Brynla.and looked her up and down with disapproval.
“Like what you see?” Brynla asked him.
“You are aware Karagen is a restricted world?” The officer asked her.
“Well I do now.” Brynla replied. “Why is it restricted? I have been here before and it wasn’t then.”
“That’s restricted information.” The officer replied.
“I should have guessed that.” Brynla responded.
“We will take a look in your hold. If we find anything that’s dubious, then you will all be taken into Imperial custody.” The officer informed them.
“Great. Just what I’ve always wanted.” Brynla replied. The officer looked at her annoyed.
“Silence!” You will take us to your hold.” The officer ordered. Brynla led the way and the Imperials followed. Once they were in the ship’s hold, the stormtroopers began searching through the various containers finding nothing but foodstuffs. After searching through everything they could find they left the hold, leaving everything a mess.
“Happy now? I told you we were bringing in food supplies.” Brynla told the officer. He walked up to her and sneered.
“Mark my words: your insolence will get you into trouble one day.”
“Noted.” Brynla replied looking directly into his eyes. The officer shook his head.
“You are cleared to travel to Esgor Spaceport. Go there directly and nowhere else. If you deviate in any way, you will be destroyed.” the officer told them. He walked out of the ship with the stormtroopers following.
“Nice guy.” Brynla commented as she went to the cockpit.
“Shouldn’t we tidy the mess up first?” E-5JF asked, suddenly finding herself alone.
“Why do you have to be so sarcastic with them? You’ll get us into trouble.” Ennik inquired as he sat down in the co-pilot’s seat.
“It’s just my way of getting through the day.” Brynla explained as the ship undocked with the frigate. She flew the Star Wolf directly to Esgor spaceport, well aware there were probably turbolasers directly aimed at them should they suddenly change course. She wondered what else they happened to be carrying: was it bombs, weapons, ammunition, or something else? Whatever it was, she knew it was something the Empire wouldn’t have been happy about if they had found it. It seemed Juslak could get her to do anything…
to be continued….
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