If Only She Could Tell the Truth: Part 33

Qi’ra stepped before the entrance to Dryden’s yacht and took a deep breath. As the black door slid open she thought to herself, Here goes nothing.

She walked into the narrow entryway to the guard, a stoic friend of hers named Tohl, with a smile on her face. She needed to look as relaxed as possible even though her heart was racing a million miles an hour.

“No weapons,” Tohl grunted sternly.

Her smile widened as she placed her blaster on the counter. “It’s good to see you, Tohl. How have you been?”

The guard didn’t respond. He only looked past her to gaze at Han and Chewbacca with a suspicious glare. She nodded at him.

“They’re good,” she said.

Tohl grunted again before giving her a nod.

She walked into the open elevator that was waiting for them and Han and Chewbacca followed suit. As the doors closed behind them she stared silently at the golden walls, inhaling the patented smell of distilled gold, and closed her eyes. What she was about to do could possibly get her killed.

If she was going to die she would want Han to know that she still loved him, that she had never stopped loving him, and that she would never stop loving him. Her fingers inched toward his and grasped them.

She opened her eyes to look at him and found him looking at her.

“It’s going to be fine,” he said. “This is going to work.”

That wasn’t a reassuring statement. “You said that last time,” she said.

“This time it’s going to be true.”

Sometimes his arrogant confidence was maddening but at this moment she could only smile at his bravery. He knew there was a high chance that he would die and yet he didn’t seem scared. She commended that.

She stepped closer to him.

“Han, I–” she began but was cut short as the elevator’s ascent came to a halt and the golden doors slid open.

She immediately moved away from Han, releasing her grasp on his hand as she recognized Dryden’s unmistakable form sitting on the long couch in the middle of the room. Chewbacca softly grunted and she found herself smiling.

These were his friends. And with their help, they were going to win. She couldn’t wait to see the surprise on Dryden’s face.

With her chin raised and her expression determined she stepped out of the elevator to an uncertain fate.

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