Onboard the Star Herald out in Wild Space, CR-8R "Crater" was arguing with BB-00 "Boo" who wanted to go visit the planet below them. Crater told him that he would have to wait as he scanned for hostile life forms. Emil Graf agreed with Crater and asked Boo if he had ever heard the phrase, "Look before you leap." The phrase reminded him of a story he heard one time.
Surviving the stomach
Around 30 years earlier, Nien Nunb and Shriv Suurgav were sent to protect a refugee starship when they landed on a planet to track two TIE fighters who were looking for the location of the ship. All of the sudden a ship that was crunched up into the shape of a ball came soaring past the Sullustan and the Duros. They went over to investigate the crash and found out that it was one of the TIE fighters. The ground started to shake around them and the two made a dash for their ship. The ship started to sink into the ground, knocking Nunb and Suurgav around. The ship landed in a green colored river. They fell off a green waterfall, into a tunnel and landed on a small piece of land surrounded by the green liquid. Nien Nunb and Shriv but on breath masks and went outside to the engine filters that were clogged with the green gunk.
When they got out, they noticed the second TIE fighter was crashed on the other side of the river. Then, many worm like creatures came out of the cracks in the walls wrap themselves around the TIE fighter until it fell in the green liquid. A vine from the top of the tunnel came down and grabbed the destroyed cockpit of the TIE fighter. The creatures noticed Nunb and Suurgav and started to swim to them. Nein quickly ran inside the ship but Shriv stayed out to clean the engine filter. The creatures started to latch on to the ship, scaring Nien Nunb. Shriv ordered Nien Nunb to pilot the ship out of cave even though he was still on top of the ship cleaning it. The Sullustan took the ship up towards the exit of the tunnel as the creatures went flying off. Shriv knocked frantically on the ship so he could get back in. As they made it through the exit Shriv told Nien Nunb that the islands were "alive" and that they were just in a stomach. Nien Nunb saw it as a mission accomplished.
Back on the Star Herald Boo was much more willing to allow Crater to scan the planet of hostile life forms after hearing Emil Graf's story. Boo changed his mind and wanted the planet to be scanned twice just in case. Crater went ahead and scanned the planet, joking that he might do it a third time.
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Notes and references
- As shown in "The Lost Stories, Part 3," the events of all the Star Wars Adventures: Tales from Wild Space comics are set a relatively short time apart. "Tales from Wild Space: The Best Pet" depicts CR-8R being aware of the events following those of Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi, and "The Lost Stories, Part 1" features the First Order. The Star Wars Book places The Last Jedi 34 years after Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope and the fall of the First Order 35 years after A New Hope, which, according to Star Wars: Galactic Atlas, corresponds to 34 ABY and 35 ABY, respectively. Therefore, the Star Wars Adventures: Tales from Wild Space comics must take place at some point between those years.
- Tales from Wild Space: "Look Before You Leap" takes place some time between the Liberation of Sullust and the Battle of Endor. Star Wars: The Rebel Files dates the Liberation of Sullust to 4 ABY and Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the Battle of Endor in the same year, meaning that Tales from Wild Space: "Look Before You Leap" also takes place in 4 ABY.