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The Healing, pt. 5: The Empire Strikes Back

By Matthew Kramer

Adventure / Scifi

The Duel

Chapter 1: The Duel

Upon landing on Bespin, also known as Cloud City, Luke finds his way through the facility looking for his friends, but also looking for Vader. As he passes door after door, the Force keeps leading him to his destiny.

At last, the carbonite chamber! Luke looks around and hears the gruesome breathing of Darth Vader's mask and turns and looks at the silhouette of the masked man. "The Force is with you, young Skywalker; but you are not a Jedi yet."

Luke walks up the orange-lit ramp toward the Sith Lord and in a stance, lights his lightsaber. Vader, at half-speed ignites his crimson red lightsaber and the battle begins.

Strike after strike the two enemies fight it out. Vader continuously trying to seduce Luke to the Dark Side of the Force. "You have learned much, young one."

Luke responds back, "You'll find out I'm full of surprises." The two lightsabers meet for about 10 seconds, and Vader over powers him. Luke sees his lightsaber clash to the ground. Vader down-strikes Luke and Luke rolls. Vader jumps and lands just missing Luke's fingers. "Your destiny lies with me, Skywalker. Obi-Wan knew this to be true." Luke denies this and falls into the chamber. Vader Force-points to a console just above Luke, and says, "All too easy." Luke Force jumps to the pipes above. "Perhaps you're not as strong as the Emperor thought." Looking up, Vader sees Luke, "Impressive, most impressive." Luke somersaults and lands and points an exhaust pipe at Vader and reaches for his lightsaber. "Unhn!" The lightsabers meet again, "Obi-Wan has taught you well, you've learned to control your fear." Two clashes later, "Now, release your anger, only your hatred can destroy me." Luke defends his ground, striking at Vader, moving toward and with one push, Vader falls backward into the void.

The search begins again, Luke is walking, sensing the presence of Vader in the Force. leaving Luke to deflect as best he could. Only this time, the Force is strong with Vader and with It, he moves parts of the facility toward Luke, who is weak against this power. One giant passes breaks a window and sends Luke flying. Vader looks down and sees Luke struggling to get away from the long fall.

After another search, Luke's spooked by Vader in the corner and with faster speed and breathing, Vader takes the offense. After several clashes, Vader pushes Luke down, points his lightsaber at Luke, "You are beaten. It is useless to resist. Do not let yourself be destroyed as Obi-Wan did." After a few clashes, Vader gets nabbed in the shoulder, but after a loop, Luke loses his hand. The fight is over. "There is no escape. Don't make me destroy you."

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