Episode VII: Escape from Peril
An Original Screenplay
INT. PORT OLATH
The speeder enters the wide main street of Port Olath, a bustling frontier town. Powerful lights are strung up on the high walls of the gigantic main cave, and many smaller caves can be seen breaking off and leading away. Many buildings are built directly into the walls of the cave, but others, especially on main street, are four walled structures built in the wide-open space. People and aliens scurry about their daily business and several red armored Coalition Troopers stand watch. There is vehicular traffic as well, mostly personal speeders or cargo transports.
This place is crawling with troops.
Donít worry, they keep away from certain areas.
Thenna turns down a side street.
INT. PORT OLATH - SIDE STREET
Thenna stops the speeder outside of the cantina and they disembark. Thenna looks at the entrance, and back at the boys, sighing.
You should be able to find a ride here.
Well, I guess this is it. Good luck.
We appreciate the help.
Kane, do you have any money?
Oh, didnít think of that.
Maybe I should go in with you. You know, to help you findĖ
Suddenly Thennaís speeder starts up and speeds off. They turn to see it go and Thenna runs a few steps after it in vain.
The boys look around to see that Minch is gone.
I donít believe he stole my speeder!
Dadís going to kill me.
I have an idea.
Kane looks around at the crowd of people outside of cantina. He sees a Rodian walking towards a parked speeder and runs up to him. He waves his hand.
You will give us your speeder.
The Rodian looks at Kane. Thenna turns to Ben.
Wow, Iíve always wanted to see a mind trick.
Keep waiting, Kane canít do it.
He waves his hand again.
You will give us your speeder.
The Rodian still looks puzzled. Kane grabs his saber and ignites it.
Give us your speeder!
The Rodian panics, yells, and runs off.
Kane jumps in the speeder.
What? It worked. Come on! Heís getting away.
Thenna runs to the stolen speeder and Ben and Artoo follow. R2 beeps at Ben. Ben force-lifts Artoo into the speeder. Kane and Thenna jump in. Ben takes the controls and takes off after Minch.
INT. PORT OLATH - STREET
The Rodianís speeder rockets through the streets of Port Olath, dodging traffic and pedestrians.
I canít believe you stole a speeder.
Youíre the one driving it.
Donít blame this on me. We donít want them to know weíre Jedi, and you pulled your saber out.
Itís a training saber!
Ben shoots Kane a look like heís gone mad. Distracted, Ben almost hits a group of merchants.
Stop arguing and drive!
BEN and KANE
Thenna points to the radar screen.
Great. Heís heading into the Distribution Center.
INT. PORT OLATH - DISTRIBUTION CENTER
Minch checks the radar on Thennaís speeder and sees that heís still being followed. He steers the speeder into the busiest area of the Distribution Center. Automated cranes and belts sort through an endless stream of cargo containers of all shapes and sizes and drop them onto large hover trucks. Ben steers his speeder right after him.
I told you we shouldíve left Minch on the sinking ship.
Our job as Jedi is to help people.
Ben just barely dodges a large crane.
No matter who they are.
You call this helping?
They continue to give chase as Minch pulls out of the thick of the Distribution Center and turns down a small cavern.
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