His words were what were soon to have her break atmosphere....LEAVE ALDERAAN.
The Mariner IV was rocketing up through the stratosphere as her mind had one directive and that was to Leave Alderaan...
"NO!" Marina not only broke out of that directive, but slammed her ship back down.
"What the-?!"... She couldn't believe she had the mindset to leave. How did she come to leave? Who-
"Gasp!..." her father's words had set her up to leave. It all became clearer now, like a fog suddenly blown away by a Northeastern to suddenly expose the valleie under the mountains.
be de beep be... her droid too was directing her to return to escape velocity to leave Alderaan.
"What?.. who told you this?!" Marina was once more below cloud cover and accelerating back to her home.
Be de beep be... Her father the Duke had ordered TK to to leave Alderaan too.
She ran her hand hard over her face in an effort to wake up, for she had not wanted to leave, but somehow or other had found herself doing it. She wasn't aware her father used force suggestion on her, for she had no clue as to her father's connection with the force.
Just somehow or other she was nearly off world until she broke that concentration. Now she without thinking was heading back toward her home. Only that her droid started fighting her.
"What are you doing?!...
OFF the freakin controls, TK!" She screamed at it, for TK to disconnect itself from the ship's comp and back away.
What the hell was going on here, she raced to figure it out as once more there were bleeps on her monitors. Two fighters...foreign...were heading their way.She'd have to figure out as to how she got in leaving Alderaan later. Right now she had to loose those fighters. And loose she did, as once more she dropped nearly ground level while accelerating to keep just ahead of the fighters coming in for her. She knew the terrain all too well and got low enough for them to start their intercepting maneuvers to take her down.
"Come on, you runts...closer...closer..." She was watching her speed, the terrain below and the fighters she was allowing to get closer. Just before they locked on, she dove the Mariner down upon one of the fields... lower and lower, while the two fighters continued to gain tail on her. She then just barely leveled the Mariner IV at 2 meters off the top of the dry fields and hitting it at an outstanding mach 10.
"Eat dust, you freakin runts!" She cussed them as they suddenly lost sight of her ship.
At that velocity, the air ahead and around the ship was a tailing ultra-sonic boom hitting the fields like a tornado. It kicked up dust, debris, stock and everything not anchored down. Visibility behind the Mariner IV and all around became absolute zero.
In that blinding moment, the two fighters who were most likely flying on instrument assist, certainly didn't crash...no. That was not what she was trying to do.
But the two pilots were disoriented and had no clue as to Marina pulling a 90 degree vertical ascension. She was up and out before they regained any visibility and had lost her, both visually and on their instruments.
Her heart was furiously pumping and so was her alert status. "TK, why did my father tell you to leave Alderaan?" She turned to her droid, with quite a menacing look.
"My ship, my droid..the truth!"
be de beep be... TK replied that it was her who he had wanted to leave.
"Marina...what are you doing child?"Her father's voice came through the comm.
It startled Marina, for she had her transponder and comm off. But it came through the comm nevertheless.
"I told you to leave...LEAVE ALDERAAN!"
It hit Marina like a blow to her head, nearly taking hold for her to blindly follow...but for a split second.
"N..NO!" she bounced it off her.
"I'm heading back!" She shook the strong suggestion out of her mind and continued toward her home and her father.
"Fine..." he was heard saying.
Save who you can in Alderaa" His voice sounded defeated. This time it didn't intrude in her mind. this time it were one of compassion.
She rolled and banked her ship to the new heading...Alderaa.
"You mean our Queen?...she still there?!" She asked, sighing...for she had not thought of her queen, just her own family. She felt horrid. What kind of subject was she, if she had not thouth of her-".
"She's been evacuated.
But there are some of our people...childrem among them. They've been in hiding in the palace keep.. the one-"
"I know the one....go on...what else?!" she was mad now and wasn't aware as to how she were speaking to her own father..with orders.
"There are swarms of incectoids keeping them from escaping... Blast them."
"Huh..what?..what do you mean, blast them?...I've go nothing to blast-" She started to say before he r father cut her off...there was little time to Alderaan, especially at her air speed.
"Mach 10 through the swarm, child.Turn, land, board them and leave Alderaan....can you do it?" he asked.
Could she do it? Marina's face rosy-ed up. Of course she could do it. But how did her father know she had already done it not two minutes before?
"Oh freakin aye, I can!" Her heart was way ahead of her, beating faster than the ship's engines... or so it seemed.
"Do that...then leave Alderaan....please Marina."
"Gulp...Will do, dad... I can't just leave..." was all she was able to transmit before Alderaa came up on the horizon and growing in size exponentially.
She knew the palace..knew the keep. Hell, she had buzzed the palace quite a few times as a little girl. Only this time, she had permission and her father's blessing to do it.
The military ground armored vehicles, the fighters, the swarm of wasps , the soldiers were soon popping up on her monitors as moving markers in it's rendition of the city and palace..
Marina gunned her engines and brought the Mariner IV down once more to nearly 2 meters off the ground. She wanted so much to push it to the limit...but mach-10 would be enough. She didn't want to blow the palace and keep apart...just the wasps and knock down everyone else.
Mach-10 was enough to literally blast the exoskeleton insects to oblivion that were subjected to the wake of the supersonic boom her ship was tailing...literally blowing them apart well after her ship past them. But it wasn't her ship that hit them, it was the hyper-sonic boom that blew the entire swarm apart in pieces and shaking the ground all around... toppling a few armored walkers in the immediate vicinity...not to mention putting a lot of baddies on their arses too, knocking them literaly off their feet..
A lot of glass, even masonry came apart in that sonic boom. The entire court and surroundings were suddenly enveloped in a dark cloud of dust and debris (wasp parts everywhere... E V E R Y W H E R E !...
The Mariner had braked just as it passed the palace grounds and vectored in on a one point landing.
" Oh!..Ahhck!" ...Ok, so she came in a little too hot and kind of slammed it down a bit too hard. But she had put it down next to the keep.
Be de beep be de..her droid certainly beeped his disapproval on that landing.
"Ok..now what?" She just looked at TK, for there was no one she could ask as to how was she to get those in hiding to her ship? How would they know she was here?
But she didn't have too, for the mass of people that were held up in the keep..hiding...were suddenly making arush toward the Mariner IV. At first Marina wasn't sure who or what they were that were rushing through the dust storm as visibility was like near zero still. But alas...they were Alderaani.
"YES!!" She screamed out loud, hitting the ramp for them to come aboard. "Oh thank the heavens..." She silently prayed, tears coming out of her eyes.
be de beep beep...her droid informed her that some armored vehicles were strutting over from the other avenues of the city toward them, but visibility was still bad and marina just had to get them all or ..or there was no or. She just had too!
Be de beep de beep...her droid kept warning her.
"I got it..they're coming..now just tell me when the last one is on board-" She were screaming at it before it did just that.
"Hang on..everyone!" And she put the hammer down on the anvil. The Mariner IV fired all her vertical thrustsers, jolting the ship straight up before the thrusted her forward. The internal ship's g-force compensators nearly kept up in that split second or two. But they managed to leave the advancing walkers and troops that were finally getting back up on their feet, kilometers distant in a matter of seconds.
She then blasted out of the atmosphere and popped it into hyperspace...she knew all the good and ready jump points of her own system.