Star Wars Universe: Rise of the Clones

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Chapter 7

The Triton sat in orbit over Inchinn as an Imperial shuttle flew from the hanger bay towards the planet below. The shuttle flew towards a city that is powered up with various looking androids walking about and transportation vehicles moving and driving in various directions till the shuttle landed in front of a dome shaped building with its bottom two fins folding in and a ramp below and in front of the shuttle opened as two rows of stormtroopers stood at attention facing each other. Lord Valkyrie descended down the ramp and walked towards the building as Gleam followed behind but stopped as he looked around, still dazed and confused after being revived and noticed that he is surrounded by stormtroopers with four standing guard close to him and had hand held blaster guns pointed at him as well as Captain Cruz’s as she followed directly behind him and poked hard and shoved him ahead with her rifle. He tried to raise his hands but failed, as they are cuffed behind his back, and he looked at Cruz (not knowing it is actually her or her sisters around him as they wearing their helmets) and Cruz ordered, “Move scum!” He huffed and turned back forward with a look of disdain and continued following Lord Valkyrie off the sealed glass domed pad from the toxic air from outside.

A thick two way glass wall went up in front of Gleam as he stood with confidence as the cuffs were removed but Gleam still has his hands behind his back as he stood inside his cell. Captain Cruz looked at Lord Valkyrie and said, “Sir, he has still not said a word since he was awaken.” Lord Valkyrie continued to look at Gleam and replied, “Thank You for the report captain. Have everyone leave this room with the exception of you.” Captain Cruz snapped at attention and replied, “Yes sir.” Before she turned away and ordered the rest of the stormtroopers and the androids to leave. The door closed behind the last stormtrooper and Captain Cruz made an about face and stood to the right of Lord Valkyrie and and, without looking, Lord Valkyrie raised and dropped his left hand (as if flipping an invisible light switch) and a switch on a small panel to the left of the glass barrier flipped down and the words “Speaker on” Highlighted on the small screen and Valkyrie spoke, “Mr. Gleam. You have been a thorn to a lot of peoples sides since your term as a Commander in the Zarn Empire. And since the end of the civil war you stopped cloning and personally gave information and head the hunt and either enslaved or murdered the clones you have created, rather than try to save them. As of now, your facility is mine, and your clones are mine.” There was a sound of a pair of gloves being tighten as Lord Valkyrie balled up his fists on his sides, before crossing his arms, and Captain Cruz glanced at his direction while Gleam gave Valkyrie his full attention. Valkyrie continued, “Instead of having your clones to have some sense of a normal life you used them as if they were robots and treated them as such. Any genius general or commander would have put in the airlock and vent you out into space.” Gleam stood his ground as if unfazed as Valkyrie continued. Valkyrie stated, “But, I am going to let you live.” Cruz was about to protest but stopped herself quickly and kept standing at attention as Valkyrie continued, “You will also retain your rank as Commander and serve under me and Captain Cruz only on two conditions. First, until you have the trust of Captain Cruz and the rest of the original clones you have created, you will be under constant surveillance and your access to military records and intel will be limited. Lastly....” Pause, “YOU must earn my trust.” There was a short silence till Gleam smirked and stifled a laugh. Suddenly Lord Valkyrie threw his right gloved hand forward and Gleam was throttled back in the air as he yelped in surprise and slammed his back against the far wall, bounced off and fell hard onto his bed. Just as Gleam took a few short, gasping breaths he was suddenly lifted off his bed (as if an invisible force grabbed his neck) and was pulled forward with the tip of his brown boots dragging across the deck till he slammed into the glass barrier and began making choking sounds as he grasped his throat and clawing the glass as Valkyrie held his right gloved hand up in a squeezing motion and spoke firmly, “Do not test me commander.” Gleam began jerking and clawing the glass barrier as he choked and clawed with his right hand at the invisible force that is choking him to find nothing to stop from choking. Valkyrie asked, “Do you agree to the terms commander?” Gleam nodded his head without hesitation as his face began turning red and purple beneath his blond hair and Valkyrie dropped his hand with ease and Gleam crumpled to the floor.

Gleam grasped the collar and breathed heavily till Lord Valkyrie’s shadow is cast over him and Gleam looked up in fright as he saw Michael’s snake eyes staring right back at him from beneath the cloak concealing the rest of his face as Lord Valkyrie spoke, “You made a wise choice commander. For your sake, it better not be the last.” Ignoring Gleam’s terrified expression, Lord Valkyrie raised his left hand and flipped his hand again, to turn the speaker off, and turned to Captain Cruz and stated, “Captain Cruz, find the most suitable platoon for Gleam to be part of basic training and make sure your kin don’t kill him.” Captain Cruz looked at Lord Valkyrie grimly and asked, “You mean you don’t want a finger laid on him?” Lord Valkyrie replied, “No captain, I mean not KILL him.” Silence as Cruz kept from expressing her satisfaction beneath her helmet and said, “Yes sir.” Lord Valkyrie raised his right pointing finger at her and stated, “I leave you in charge of operations captain. I must meditate and know the extent of my powers before I am fully fit to rule.” Captain Cruz looked stunned and hesitated as she asked, “Si....sir?” Lord Valkyrie turned away and walked a few steps and said, “You heard me captain. I will be in deep meditation in my quarters. During my meditation, I want you to train your brothers and sisters how to fight and build an unstoppable military force the galaxy has never seen.” He looked over his right shoulder and continued, “I want you to also train Sofia captain.” Cruz tried to keep from showing her distaste as Valkyrie continued, “Even if she does not look like the others, she deserves a chance to be a strong warrior like you or them.” He looked back forward and continued, “I even have a feeling you two may become close.” He spoke loudly, “I do not want to be disturbed captain, unless our forces are mobilized and ready or Gala returns. Till then, you are in charge captain.” Then Lord Valkyrie left the room, leaving Captain Cruz worried, but kept a firm and blank expression beneath her helmet before snapping at attention and walking away from Gleam’s cell (as he looked on in shock and baffled).

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