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IMPERIAL FLEET: The fleet around Vader's Star Destroyer now includes Needa's Star Destroyer, the Avenger. A shuttles drops from beneath the Avenger, containing Needa heading for the Super Destroyer.


Clutching desperately at his throat, Captain Needa slumps down, then falls over on his back, at the feet of Darth Vader.

VADER: Apology accepted, Captain Needa.

Two stormtroopers pick up the lifeless body and carry it quickly away. The Dark then turns and approaches Admiral Piett and two of his captains.

PIETT: Lord Vader, our ships have completed their scan of the area and found nothing. If the Millennium Falcon went into light-speed, it'll be on the other side of the galaxy by now.

VADER: Alert all commands. Calculate every possible destination along their last known trajectory.

PIETT: Yes, my lord. We'll find them.

VADER: Don't fail me again, Admiral.

Vader exits as the admiral turns to an aide, a little more uneasy than when he arrived.

PIETT: Alert all commands. Deploy the fleet.

IMPERIAL FLEET: Vader's ship moves away, flanked by its fleet of smaller ships. the Avenger glides off into space in the opposite direction.

No one on that ship or on Vader's is aware that, clinging to the side of the Avenger, is the pirateship, the Millennium Falcon.

THREEPIO: Captain Solo, this time you have gone too far. (Chewie growls) No, I will not be quiet, Chewbacca. Why doesn't anyone listen to me?

HAN: The fleet is beginning to break up.

HAN (to Chewie): Go back and stand by the manual release for the landing claw.

Chewie barks, struggles from his seat, and climbs out of the cabin.

THREEPIO: I really don't see how that is going to help. Surrender is a perfectly acceptable alternative in extreme circumstances. The Empire may be gracious enough...

Leia reaches over and shuts off Threepio, mid-sentence.

HAN: Thank you.

LEIA: What did you have in mind for your next move?

HAN: Well, if they follow standard Imperial procedure, they'll dump their garbage before they go to light-speed, then we just float away.

LEIA: With the rest of the garbage. Then what?

HAN: Then we've got to find a safe port somewhere around here. Got any ideas?

LEIA: No. Where are we?

HAN: The Anoat system.

LEIA: Anoat system. There's not much there.

HAN: No. Well, wait. This is interesting. Lando.

LEIA: Lando system?

HAN: Lando's not a system, he's a man. Lando Calrissian. He's a card player, gambler, scum. You'd like him.

LEIA: Thanks.

HAN: Bespin. It's pretty far, but I think we can make it.

LEIA (reading from the computer): A mining colony?

HAN: Yeah, a Tibanna gas mine. Lando conned somebody out of it. We go back a long way, Lando and me.

LEIA: Can you trust him?

HAN: No. But he has no love for the Empire, I can tell you that.

Han hears rumblings from the Star Destroyer they are attached to.

HAN (into intercom): Here we go, Chewie. Stand by. Detach!

Han leans back in his chair and gives Leia an invisible smile.

She thinks for a moment, shakes her head; a grin creeps across her face and she gives him a quick kiss.

LEIA: You have your moments. Not many of them, but you do have them.

IMPERIAL STAR DESTROYER: As the Avenger Star Destroyer moves slowly into space, the hatch on its underbelly opens, sending a trail of junk behind it.

Hidden among the refuse, the Falcon tumbles away.

In the next moment, the Avenger roars off into hyperspace. The Falcon's engines are ignited, and it races off into the distance.

Amidst the slowly drifting junk, Boba Fett's ship appears and moves after the Falcon.

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