Zorii Bliss: Chapter Eight

Zorii didn’t know what time it was when she finally woke up.

The first thing she noticed was the darkness followed by an immediate flare of pain that coursed through her body, immediately revealing her painful predicament. As she slowly rose from the rubble that surrounded her she realized that she was partially trapped inside a section of the tunnel that thankfully hadn’t collapsed and crushed her. But there was a way out. As her vision adjusted and the screen on the inside of her helmet began to relay to her all of the ways to escape this place she took a deep breath and rolled her shoulders.

“Oookay,” she mumbled to herself, stepping forward and beginning to climb the stones before her. The same stones that had ended the rebels’ lives. The thought was chilling.

There was no noise other than the anxious beating of her heart and the piercing sound of rocks tumbling down to the tunnel floor with her every footstep. And then, there was a voice. A voice that sounded familiar from above.

She scrambled up the stones, looking for her way out, and as she, with expected determination, yanked aside a sizable chunk of stone blocking her path, a stream of light poured into the space. She exhaled a breath of relief. Things only got better when none other than Gibble in his dark mask and thick fur-lined coat stepped into view.

“Didn’t think I’d ever see the day when I would have to save your life,” he said.

“Oh, I’m counting on it never happening again,” she said as he pulled her out of the depths.

She found herself in the middle of the city standing before a large collapsed section of the ground where she had just been momentarily trapped. The thought that she had, just moments ago, been under all of that stone was haunting. She turned to Gibble.

“How did you find me?”

“We got news that the First Order had found the rebels in the tunnels and were attacking. We knew you had taken the tunnels to go find the client and so we spread out to find you. It’s a good thing you pulled that stone when you did because I probably would’ve never found you.”

Zorii’s heart skipped a beat at the realization of that nightmare.

“Well, that’s not the worst of our problems,” Bliss told him.

His shoulders tensed. “Don’t tell me…the First Order captain isn’t here any more.”

“Oh, the captain’s here…outside of town in what will undoubtedly be a fortified hideout.”

Gibble nodded. “Sounds tough.” He grabbed his two-handed blaster cannon from off of his back. “But we’ve dealt with ‘tough’ before.”

Zorii smiled beneath her helmet. “You never seem bothered about stuff like this.”

He shrugged. “Just means more bucket heads to kill.”

She unholstered her own blaster. “Get in touch with the others and start heading for Miners’ Gate. I’ve got to go see Babu.”

As she began to head off he said, “Babu? What are you going to see him for?”

She looked back. “You’ll see.”

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