A Night in Jakku

The sun was dipping below the horizon and the sky was growing dark. Rey sat at the foot of the AT-AT walker she called home gazing upward at the thousands of stars that were slowly twinkling.

“Beep beep boop.”

She jumped. She had almost forgotten about the circular astromech droid she had saved earlier that evening sitting by her side.

“Don’t startle me like that,” she said, a hint of annoyance in her tone.

The droid rolled forward, cocking its domed head at her inquisitively. She looked at the droid, “Classified” is what he called himself, with an apologetic expression.

“I’m sorry. I’m just not used to having visitors.”

The droid beeped in understanding before turning its round black eye upward. She did the same. They stayed this way, in silence, for a long while before Rey gradually began to grow sleepy. Her head lolled and she was just on the verge of snoring when the droid beeped loud enough to startle her again.

“What is it?” she yelped, alertly scanning the area.

The droid tapped her with its orange-and-white spherical form before extending a mechanical arm to point upward. She followed its gaze and gasped at the sight she beheld.

Blue and white light moved across the starry night sky like a neon cloud, lighting up the dark desert around her. She couldn’t believe her eyes. This was the rarely seen phenomenon she had always heard of from the older scavengers called the Anokla Lights. It was caused by a herd of over a million Summa-Verminoth, giant space octupi that normally settled in the far reaches of Unknown Space. Every few decades or so the creatures would migrate and mate. When in mating season their bodies would glow an iridescent color, hence the Anokla Lights.

Rey had heard tales of the impressive lights but she never thought she would see it with her own eyes. She laughed to herself. This was a dream come true.

“It is said that when the Anokla Lights take place any wish you make will happen,” she quietly spoke.

The droid beeped excitedly. A bit of silence followed thereafter before “Classified” relayed to her his wish to see his master again. Then, with a curious cock of his head, he asked what she had wished for. Her eyes grew misty.

She looked at him with a sad smile. “Maybe I’ll tell you tomorrow,” she told him.

With that she turned her gaze back towards the sky and together, as newfound friends, they watched the Anokla Lights until they were no more.


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