Episode VII: Escape from Peril
An Original Screenplay
INT. TOWNOWI CAVE SYSTEM - EXPANSION TUNNELS
Ben continues to gain on Minch. The tunnel has a string of lights running along itís ceiling, but is devoid of traffic.
Heís taking us outside the city limits.
Not good. These tunnels lead up to the surface somehow, but itís a total maze.
We will be all right. Someone had to travel through here to string these lights up.
Suddenly it goes dark. Now only the running lights of the speeder illuminate the caves.
Minch is now within sight distance. Kane shifts in his seat and begins to get up.
Can you get any closer?
Did I ever tell you you worry me?
Just do it. Pull up on him.
Ben floors it as Kane gets on the front of the speeder. He steadies himself as the speeder comes up behind Minch. Kane leaps off the hood of the stolen speeder and lands - barely - on Thennaís speeder, just missing the exposed engine, which singes his cloak.
Minch turns and sees Kane moving up towards him and swats at him with his arm. Kane grabs Minchís shoulder.
Remember what happened last time you fought with me?
Minch gets a devilish look in his eyes and jerks the speeder sharply to the left. He leaps out of his seat, just as Kane realizes whatís happened. He too leaps away as the speeder tips, hits the ground, flips over and rolls.
In the Rodianís speeder Ben makes a wild turn in his speeder, and Artoo is thrown off by the quick turn. Ben has just enough time to react. He grabs Thenna tightly and the two of them leap to safely as well. The stolen speeder slams into Thennaís and the two crash and explode in a flash of light.
Kane gets up and checks himself. His left shoulder is injured. He sees Minch on all fours, holding his head and runs and grabs him.
You better hope theyíre still okay.
On the other side of the burning speeder wreck Thenna is lying on top of Ben. She pushes herself up a bit, her face hovering just above his. A strand of her hair dangles in Benís face. His eyes open.
You saved my life.
Just, um, doing my job.
Thenna stares into his eyes and begins to drop her lips towards his and - they hear a beep. Thenna turns to see Artoo next to them. He turns on his spotlight and continues to talk. Thenna gets up, looking down at Ben as he does the same. They brush themselves off.
Whatís he saying?
Artoo? Oh. Nothing, just reminding me about something in the Jedi code.
He looks as the wreckage of the speeders.
We better go see if Kane and Minch are okay.
He walks around to other side of the wreckage, and is met by Kane, holding Minch by the arm.
You two all right?
Just a few scrapes.
Kane throws Minchís arm at Ben.
Good. Hereís your burden.
The three turn and see Thenna staring at the remains of her speeder. She bends down and picks up a piece of metal and hurls it back at the wreck. Ben turns to Artoo, indicating Minch.
Hold on to him.
Artoo shoots out a whipcord, which wraps around Minchís neck. Ben and Kane walk over to Thenna, whoís practically crying.
Itís gone. Thereís no way thatís ever being fixed.
Ben puts his arm around Thenna, but she throws it off.
My speederís wrecked, weíre stuck in these caves and-
Weíll find our way out.
I thought you said the caves lead back up to the surface.
Yeah, and no one knows how.
[I know how.]
He said he knows how. [You do not you liar.]
Liar! [I can take us right to the cargo tunnels. Who knows these caves better than me?]
Thenna sighs. Ben and Kane look at her.
He does know these caves pretty well. Itís a long walk, but he should be able to get us into a cargo tunnel. I can get us to the surface from there.
Minch, youíre going to get us out of here.
Oh great. Canít we just shoot ourselves now and save him the trouble.
Thenna turns and takes one last look at her speeder, before the group sets out.
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