Star Wars Universe: Rise of the Clones

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Chapter 15

The Triton sat in position between the other two Venator class star destroyers as the Imperial shuttle docked and Lord Valkyrie disembarked with Captain Cruz standing at attention, awaiting for him. Lord Valkyrie stepped off the platform and asked, “Report captain?” Captain Cruz reported, “Sir, we have left Munoz and are now holding position with the O.S.S. Copperas and Yakut as the other two Venator class star destroyers are staying behind till the first transport and supply ships arrive.” Lord Valkyrie asked, “Is the ship ready to head to The Facility?” Captain Cruz replied, “Yes sir, but we have transported the woman into the isolation chamber in Med Bay so you can see her right away.” Lord Valkyrie put his hands to his hips and said, “Very unexpected captain. I take it the particle transporter is fully operational.” Captain Cruz stated, “Yes and no sir. Commander Gleam was insistent to get rid of her from The Facility and you to examine her that he didn’t care whether the particle transport is certified or not.” Lord Valkyrie made a low growling sound and Cruz stood her ground. Lord Valkyrie continued, “For his sake it better be important. Show me the clone, captain.” Captain Cruz led the way, with Lord Valkyrie following, as they left the hanger bay.

The clear white doors slid open and Captain Cruz and Lord Valkyrie entered the same hallway where they saw Gala, but the viewing windows were lined with stormtroopers (barely leaving any room for Captain Cruz and Lord Valkyrie to look past) and the four corners of the room inside had twin, small, mini-gun turrets. Captain Cruz and Lord Valkyrie looked through the glass windows to see a girl wearing a grey hoody sweatshirt and pants huddled up in the far corner with the hood over her head as she looked down. Captain Cruz and Lord Valkyrie are able to look in and see the girl’s eyebrows and skin are grey (almost white), and her lips are light purple while her short cropped hair is grayish/brown. Lord Valkyrie asked, “What is her name?” Captain Cruz replied, “Her name is Taylor my lord.” Lord Valkyrie barely moved his head from side to side and he asked, “Why the elevated security?” Captain Cruz handed him a tablet and replied, “Its better if you see it for yourself sir.” Lord Valkyrie first saw a pause image of Taylor sitting before a heavy set man and pressed the play button and watched the video.

When the video finished Lord Valkyrie continued to face the tablet and Captain Cruz, unable to see Lord Valkyrie’s expression beneath his hood, asked, “Sir, are you...” Before Cruz can finish Lord Valkyrie handed her the tablet, looked up and ordered, “Open the door, now.” The stormtroopers began to glance over at Lord Valkyrie’s direction (while also trying to remain at attention) till Lord Valkyrie looked over at Captain Cruz’s direction and the troopers immediately looked forward and Captain Cruz replied, “Yes sir.” Captain Cruz marched around Lord Valkyrie and stood before a Security Trooper by the door control panel, as Lord Valkyrie approached, and ordered, “Open the door corporal.” The Miranda clone Security Trooper did not move till she is covered by a dark shadow and she looked behind Captain Cruz to see Lord Valkyrie standing behind the captain, as if patiently waiting. The Security Trooper immediately snapped to attention and replied, “Yes Captain!” And she faced the control panel, pressed two buttons and the door opened before Lord Valkyrie entered and the door closed and locked behind him, isolating Lord Valkyrie with Taylor.

Lord Valkyrie calmly walked over to Taylor as she still remained huddled in the corner till a dark shadow is casted over her, covering her into darkness. She barely moved her head as she looked up to see the towering figure of Lord Valkyrie standing over her with his snake eyes gazing down into hers as she felt a sense of fear even when Lord Valkyrie lowered his open, gloved left hand and spoke, “Rise, Miss Taylor.” Taylor stood up as Lord Valkyrie raised his hand. Lord Valkyrie spoke, “You have a very special gift Miss Taylor.” She did not afraid of Lord Valkyrie’s eyes as he stared straight into hers till Lord Valkyrie said, “I have seen what you did at The Facility.” She looked down from his gaze and Lord Valkyrie spoke again, “I have abilities as well.” Taylor continued to stare at the floor, but is now hugging herself as she stood nervously and Lord Valkyrie resumed, “If you are willing to join us, you will need to have confidence within yourself Miss Taylor. First, by looking at me.” She continued to stare down at the floor and Lord Valkyrie demanded, “Do as I say.” Taylor looked worried as she glanced side to side but continued to look down from Lord Valkyrie’s gaze. Lord Valkyrie grabbed her by both her shoulders and squeezed, but Taylor looked like she is unaffected by Lord Valkyrie’s strong grip and Lord Valkyrie spoke with anger, “Look up, or I will do what your previous doctor has recommended.” Taylor glared up at Lord Valkyrie, reveling her iris’s in her eyes turning yellow, and with one sudden push of her hands Lord Valkyrie was thrown back and hit hard on the far wall of the opposite end of the room (creating multiple cracks on the glass portions of the wall behind him). Captain Cruz immediately bolted to the door when, in a blink of an eye, Taylor grabbed and tore off a piece of the wall panel beside her and threw it at the door lock, wedging it so the locking bolt is unable to pull back and let Captain Cruz and the others in. Before Captain Cruz could yell, to warn Lord Valkyrie, Taylor crouched and jumped to the other end of the room and pinned Lord Valkyrie to the wall and held his head back as Taylor pulled back her lips to reveal white pointed teeth and began to bite into Lord Valkyrie’s throat.

Taylor’s teeth barely touched Lord Valkyrie’s throat when suddenly Lord Valkyrie’s right hand grabbed Taylor by the throat and began squeezing. Taylor choked and made gasping noises as she tried to pry Lord Valkyrie’s hand away (but to no avail) as Lord Valkyrie stood up and held her eye level while only the tip of Taylor’s feet are touching the floor. Lord Valkyrie’s face is just an inch from Taylor’s as he stared into her wide open, yellow, eyes as his snake eyes bore down into hers (like a snake staring down its prey) and spoke in a menacing, but firm voice, “Do not tempt me.” After a few moments of struggling, Taylor stopped and her eyes changed back to brown before Lord Valkyrie set her back down and let go of her throat. Outside, Captain Cruz stopped trying to break the door open and she and the stormtroopers resumed watching over Lord Valkyrie as he began to pace around Taylor. Taylor looked forward, as if standing her ground, as Lord Valkyrie spoke, “As I was saying, you have a very special gift Miss Taylor. All you have to do is be brave enough to accept what you are and use your abilities to aid your brothers and sisters to achieve what you all want.” When he stood in front of Taylor and spoke his last words, she looked at him and Lord Valkyrie said, “Revenge, Acceptance and Peace.” Taylor’s blank expression changed to that of interest and asked, “What do you want me to do?”

Captain Cruz watched through the viewing window when a blue protocol droid appeared behind her, snapped to attention and stated, “Captain Cruz, the O.S.S. Dominator reports they have made contact with the inhabitants of a planet called Kamino that requires the attention of both you and Lord Valkyrie ma’m.” Captain Cruz looked at the droid and asked, “What’s the message?” The droid replied, “Yes ma’m. The Dominator reports that the inhabitants have facilities that creates and trains clones and are willing to do business with The Order.” Many of the stormtroopers glanced in Captain Cruz’s direction as she replied, “Order the captain and the other ships to set course to Kamino at maximum warp at once and order the Dominator and the other two star destroyers to wait for our arrival.” The droid replied, “Yes ma’m!” And it turned and left. The door then opened to Taylor’s isolation room and Lord Valkyrie stepped out and stated, “Have Taylor assigned to her own personal quarters. She is cleared.” Some of the stormtroopers grumbled but were quickly to assume their attention when Lord Valkyrie turned his head slightly in their direction. Captain Cruz replied, “Yes sir. I want to report that one of our star destroyers has made contact to the inhabitants of the planet Kamino and they are willing to join our cause and have the ability to create and train clones.” She then added, “When I heard the report I ordered the captain and our escorts to head to Kamino at maximum warp and to have the star destroyers that are already there to await for our arrival.” Lord Valkyrie spoke, “Very good captain.” He then began to walk away as Captain Cruz followed alongside and Lord Valkyrie continued, “The Order is taking shape as I expected. Once Kamino joins our cause our military forces will grow substantially and we will have enough forces to launch a full scale military assault in the southern hemisphere of the galaxy.” Captain Cruz replied to Lord Valkyrie’s comment, “That will be excellent sir, and my brethren will be more diverse and take a little weight off The Facility. If Kamino accepts the cloning proposal then we do not have to worry about the cloning equipment at The Facility breaking down and no more random defect clones.” Lord Valkyrie stopped before the turbo lift, turned to Captain Cruz and replied, “That’s right captain. Now take care of Miss Taylor, and notify me when we are about to reach our destination. I will be in my chamber.” Captain Cruz snapped to attention and stated, “Yes sir!” Lord Valkyrie entered the turbo lift, as his black cape whooshed about him, and the door closed before Captain Cruz made an about face and marched back to Taylor’s isolation room.

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