Episode VII: Escape from Peril
An Original Screenplay
EXT. TOWNOWI – ROCK COLUMNS
The boys head with Artoo and Minch past large columns of rock which reach far into the sky. Minch looks up and sees the edges of nests resting at the very tops. He starts to make a weird hooting call. The boys stop walking.
What is he doing?
The boys hear a whooshing sound.
Sounds like he’s calling something.
A great shadow covers the boys.
I don’t like this.
Kane tugs Ben’s robe.
Hey, Ben – look.
He points to the sky. Ben looks up and sees two giant birds – atoqs – swooping above them. Minch begins to run away.
Hey! Get back here.
He chases after Minch, as one of the atoqs begins to descend. It pulls its wings back to dive. It’s claws almost reach Ben’s shoulders, but he ducks and rolls at the last minute.
Kane activates his lightsaber and turns as the other atoq makes a dive for him. He swings at it, but quickly leaps out it’s way as it continues towards him. The atoq swoops back up into the air, almost knocking over Artoo, and turns for another pass.
Ben, barely avoiding another atoq attack, has caught up with Minch, and grabs him. Minch struggles to let go. He points at the sky and the atoq that’s now diving right at them.
Let go! Run!
Ben refuses to let go. The atoq almost gets them when a blaster bolt hits it under the chin. The atoq hits the ground head first, rolling to a stop.
Ben looks and sees a young girl, THENNA SUNSHADOW (15), standing with her rifle. The second atoq goes for Kane and she shoots it under the chin as well, felling it instantly.
Kane walks up to her, with Ben and Minch following behind.
That was amazing.
Kane stares in amazement at Thenna. Thenna gives Kane a dirty look.
My name is Thenna Sunshadow. And you’re both welcome. Atoqs don’t like strangers. Or anyone else, for that matter. I heard a crash, came to look for survivors.
You should talk, hanging around with Minch of all people.
Kane and Ben look at each other.
She points at “Repuper.”
Oh, yes. Forgot name.
Anyone who hangs around with him may need help, but not from me.
Thenna turns and walks back to her speeder. Ben runs after her, grabbing her shoulder.
Not so fast. We need-
Thenna grabs him and flips him onto the hood of her speeder. Kane is astonished. Ben gets up and brushes himself off as Kane steps boldly forward.
Thenna looks the two of them up and down.
You must be awfully brave Jedi to come to Townowi. Or just awfully stupid.
How did you know we’re Jedi?
The lightsabers kind of gave it away.
We’re not here to cause trouble. Our father’s been–
We need to get back to the Jedi Temple.
Thenna’s eyes light up, but she quickly hides her excitement.
The Jedi Temple?
Yes, can you help us?
My father isn’t too fond of Jedi. I doubt he’ll take you. Maybe we can get you a ride at Port Olath.
Thenna gets in the speeder. Ben and Kane look at each other, and silently agree to go along with Thenna. Ben, Kane and Artoo follow, and Ben calls out to Minch.
Oh no, he’s not coming with us.
Yes he is. He owes me a life debt. Two actually.
You’ve got to be joking.
Ben looks her in the eye.
Jedi don’t joke.
Fine. Minch – get in here. Now.
Minch grumbles and gets in the speeder.
EXT. TOWNOWI - DAY
Thenna’s speeder rockets towards Mount Olath.
Are we going to be able to get this speeder up the mountain?
We’re not going up the mountain, we’re going into it. Port Olath is built into Townowi’s cave system.
The speeder rides past the dark, foreboding, mountains of Townowi until it stops at the massive entrance cave to Port Olath.
Most people get here the traditional way by docking their ships at a docking pad. I’ve never had to sneak anyone in this way. Still, rummage in the cargo compartment. There should be something for you guys to cover up those robes with.
Kane opens the compartment and pulls out some drab cloaks.
Ben and Kane look back towards Minch.
And give one to Minch.
He’s got friends everywhere doesn’t he?
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