3. "You Must Choose"
The Rebels met the transmission with much shock, and as Leia herself exclaimed; “We destroyed them!” The Hutts on the other hand, found it quite amusing. Why would one pathetic little squad make any difference? And for a Hutt to be seen bargaining with the Empire? Unheard of! They would never accept!
Leia Organa was expecting a visit at some point, just not this quickly. It was only 5 hours after the transmission had been sent and already one of the Eliminator's shuttles was landing in their hanger. All Rebel troops were sent down to the hanger and the commander quickly surrendered. “I only want to talk, to Leia Organa, in private.” So Leia and Thrax made their way to the meeting room and left their troops aiming at each other, waiting for an excuse to fire.
“I have scrambled a transmission from one of Pokka the Hutt’s mercenaries. They spoke about declaring war on you.” (Which of course they hadn’t) “Do you know where this transmission came from?”
“Yavin 6. A mere stone’s throw away from here.”
“And you are offering help?”
“I will choose.”
“Please! I beg you!” pleaded Leia, “We are a small force and couldn’t possibly stand a chance against them! They will destroy all of us and leave the galaxy in tyranny and hunger! You will be double crossed! They will destroy you!”
At this Thrax worked up a rage. “NO-ONE DOUBLE CROSSES ME! I AM COMMANDER THRAX!!!” And in a flash he became a frightful spectacle. He stormed down into the hanger, flung anything that stood in his path to a one-man Y-Wing fighter at the wall. He flew at top speed to Tatooine…
When he sent a hologram to Leia, he no-longer wore the dark, angry face he had left with. It was more of a calm face, but still one you wouldn’t question if you valued you head. He spoke calmly, but still full of emotion. “Pokka’s palace has been destroyed, your Highness. I pledge my troops, and myself to your cause.”