Title: The eternal flame. Author: EGKenobi Characters: The usual suspects. Genre: Drama, Adventure Era: The Original Trilogy Rating: Suitable for all. Summary: A discovery is made on Tatooine that could have repercussions for the entire galaxy. Author's note: This is my first fic for a number of years, and I'm a bit rusty so please bear with me. Hope you enjoy the journey Prologue – Tatooine The young man stood staring at the dusk sky with his macro-bincoculars watching the sight unfold before his eyes. It looked as though the smaller ship was hoping to use the planet as some sort of slingshot to escape the Star Destroyer. But it hadn’t work. He saw bright flashes as they exchanged turbo laser blasts. He frowned as a wispy cloud obscured his view for a brief moment. There wasn’t many clouds on Tatooine as it was an arid dry planet. While the days were unbearably hot, the nights were incredibly cold. And from time to time, wispy clouds formed in the evening sky. But this evening it couldn’t have come at a worse time for the young man. Once it cleared, he noticed that the Star Destroyer remained, but the smaller ship had gone. He adjusted the focus, wondering if they’d somehow managed to escape, or looking for a debris field. But rather he saw that it had been captured by the Star Destroyer, and it was in the process of being pulled in to the hangar. It was then he noticed the debris burning up in the atmosphere. Some were brighter than others. One in particular caught his attention. It burned brightly, it also looked like someone was trying to fly it. It clearly wasn’t a piece of debris! It was an escape pod! The young man tracked it through its descent through the atmosphere until it flew behind one of the massive sand dunes, the only clue that it had landed was the large plume of sand it threw up as it hit the planet surface. He looked pensively towards where the pod hit the ground trying to work out how far away it was. He was so lost in his thoughts that he jumped when a voice intruded his thoughts. “Luke! I’m about to activate the security grid! You done out there?” “Yeah sure Uncle Owen, I’m heading in now!” Luke responded. As he entered the humble living quarters, he cast one last look at the sky and wondered who had upset the Empire this time?