Prose-ject 2020 29: A Departing Scout

The prompt used: “May the Force be with you.” -Star War (quote)

Jeff was leaving on a scouting round again. He said that he had seen an interesting new building which we might be able to blow up if we got close enough. While it certainly was a provocation to the invaders, with all the known underground sanctuaries already either destroyed or flooded until they were underwater, we were safe. It would definitely send a message: We may hide, but we are not defenseless. You are not welcome here.

While it was even more dangerous than normal scouting, I decided to let him do it. He would probably sneak out and scout ahead on his own if I didn’t let him. At least this way I knew where he was going and what he was doing.

When he was at the hangar, making the final departure checks, I looked at him. My fantastic niece had turned into a fantastic nephew growing up in this underwater facility. He was brave, perhaps even to the point of foolhardiness and recklessness, but he was brave nevertheless, and had the brains to use his skills well. He had definitely proved himself during the years in the defense system.

If I lost him now, I knew that it would have happened anyway. Ever since being a little kid, Jeff had loved the oldest, the most classic Star Wars movies and their story of the Rebel Alliance fighting against the Galactic Empire. He would have gone out there to do his part in making our ragtag group into a real life version of the Rebel Alliance anyway and either come back with more information or died like the Bothans who died to get information on the the second Death Star.

Jeff was ready to leave, so I walked up to him.
“Uncle,” he greeted me. “Don’t worry about me. I’ll be back.”
“I will wait for you and your findings here. Be careful,” I told.
“No worries. I will be.” Jeff flashed his grin before turning somber. “No matter what happens, take care.”
“I will.” I said.

Jeff climbed to his ship.

I would never forgive myself if I let him leave and never return without one of the most iconic Star Wars quotes. I called out, “Jeff.”
“Yeah, uncle?” Jeff turned to look at me.
I smiled at him. “May the Force be with you.”
Jeff smiled back. “May the Force be with you too.”

Then he departed and I stood, watching as his ship made its way to the surface.

Now, I could only wait at the command center and hope that he would be back soon.

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