with the reflected light of the explosion.
"We're done," Gold Leader said.
"We are?" Wedge frowned, bringing his X-wing around in a wide circle. Sure enough, the only things visible nearby were X-wings. Apart from expanding clouds of glowing debris, of course. "What about the drop ships?" he asked.
"I don't know," the other admitted. "Gold Three, Gold Four; report."
"We got six of them, Gold Leader," a new voice said. "I don't know what happened to the seventh."
Wedge swore under his breath, switching comm channels as he glanced back toward the Star Destroyer. The new group of TIE fighters was coming up fast. No time for him to do anything for the Katana except maybe warn them. "Luke? You've got company coming."
"We know," Luke's tight voice came back. "They're already here."
They came out of the drop ship with lasers blazing, laying down a heavy cover fire as they moved toward the two sets of blast doors that led forward from the docking bay. Luke couldn't see them from where he was, any more than he could see Han's group waiting silently for them behind the edge of the portside blast doors. But he could hear the Imperials' blaster fire, and he could sense their approach.
And there was something about that sense that set the back of his neck tingling. Something not quite right about them :
His comlink beeped. "Luke?" Lando's voice came softly. "They're coming. You ready?"
Luke closed down his lightsaber and gave his handiwork one last check. A large section of the corridor's ceiling was now hanging perilously by a few strands of metal, ready to come crashing down at the slightest provocation. Beyond it, two sections of the wall were similarly boobytrapped. "All set," he told Lando.
"Okay. Here goes :
And suddenly, the pitch of a different