In which we meet Rey, she meets Finn and they steal a ship together.
Much of our tale thus far unfolds upon
The desert sands of hot Jakku. Yet all
So far were visitors. Drawn here by hope
Or crashed — most fortuitously you’ll see.
It is now time to turn our tale towards
A hero who will never call this home
But fears to leave. Scavenger, pilot–
Abandoned here by family and trapped
By patience and by loyalty, she waits
For someone to remember her and come
To bring her home. Alas, tis not to be.
She’ll leave Jakku without her family.
Evening descends upon the dunes, and Rey
Daydreams of ships and far off friends and home.
When sudden sounds a shrill alarm: a cry
For help, a piteous metallic squeal
From over the horizon. Rey takes up
Her staff and speeds towards the sound. She finds
The droid, the little BB8, ensnared
By nets and hooks of one Teedo upon
His armored mount. Rey frees the droid and sends
The scavenger away.
Now BB8 alone
Friendlessly awaiting Poe Dameron’s
Return, turns to young Rey and asks for help.
Rey hesitates then takes the droid with her.
The sun rises upon Niima outpost,
And Rey arrives with BB8 in tow.
Recall that Finn is stranded on Jakku,
Seeking water. All grand heroic hopes
Must wait before hydration.
Afar sees Finn bedecked in Poe’s jacket
And rushes at the former trooper fast
With all the aggression it can muster.
Finn runs — disturbed by this petite assault.
After follows Rey. She knows the outpost
Better than them both and so steps up to
Unseeing Finn and clocks him with her staff.
BB8 shocks the hapless Finn and claims
The jacket as its master’s own. Now Finn
He sighs, realizing what’s occurred. He tells
The tale of losing the intrepid Poe
When he and that fair pilot did crash land.
BB8 is saddened, grieving for Poe
And for the mission it must now complete
Now Rey turns to young Finn and asks
Of him if he is of the resistance.
Caught by surprise and her admiring eye,
Finn answers yes and hopes she sees a hero.
Barely has this fateful meeting happened
But the baleful helmets of stormtroopers
Herald trouble for our new friends. The screech
Of TIEs fill up the skies and fire rains down.
Finn grabs Rey’s hand, and she protests as bombs
Explode nearby. Rey runs for a fast ship
With Finn and BB8 sprinting behind.
Fortune is full of most capricious turns.
Our heroes run for safety and freedom,
Then watch it disappear in fire and flame.
In desperation, they change direction:
An abandoned freighter is their only hope.
Rey takes the helm and Finn the guns and up
They soar into the sky. The First Order
Pursues. Rey flies with unnatural grace
And Finn fires shot after hurried shot:
Blasting the TIEs from out the skies. Teamwork
Does see them through. They flee the evil ships
And make it to the dark of open space.
But barely have they made their quick escape
When a shadow overtakes them. So Finn
And Rey hide below floor and wait to see
Who has caught up with them so oddly fast.
The doors slide open with familiar hiss,
And two old heroes climb aboard the ship:
“For many years this galaxy we’ve roamed.
But now we see twas all to find our home.”