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Dark Light of the Force
Chapter I: Knightfall
A Long Time Ago, In a Galaxy Far, Far Away...
It is a time of war and unrest for the Republic with the Separatists
and their droid army waging a full scale war. And like fire, the
Clone Wars continued to spread across the galaxy.
With the war coming closer to ending, Anakin Skywalker learns of the identity
of the Dark Lord of the Sith, whose intention was to twist Anakin's mind and
turn him to the dark side and destroy the Jedi Order.
But what about the prophecy of the Chosen One that will bring balance to
the force? What if the prophecy was misread as some have thought?
Or what if something was missing entirely...
Stars shown brightly in the dark of the night over the city-planet, Coruscant. In the past few weeks, the Clone Wars had been intense, with no sign of it letting up.
Then the Republic finally caught a brake when the Separatist leader, Count Dooku, was slain by Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, during the rescue of Chancellor Palpatine.
General Grievous, however, escaped, but it wasn't long before Clone Intelligence reported that the General had been found and was hiding in the Utapau system. Jedi Master, Obi-Wan Kenobi was despatched by the Council, to find and eliminate the General.
But as far as a blond young Jedi, Luria Tryonel, was concerned, things were getting worse, and she could sense it. Especially when she saw as Jedi Master, Mace Windu, leave the Temple, escorted by three other Jedi Masters, right after the report that Obi-Wan had defeated General Grievous.
Luria Tryonel was not a typical Jedi-In Training. She may have only been with the Jedi for ten years, but her connection to the force was strong, for a child of her age. Some Jedi wondered if her power might have rivaled that of Master Yoda. And despite her age, she was very adept in using the force.
Luria felt that the situation seemed odd. Everything seemed off. It wasn't until the last few weeks that she felt a cloud of darkness rapidly spread across the galaxy. It became more odd when Anakin and Luria crossed paths. Luria felt that he was uneasy, anxious or possibly worried, but she didn't know as to why. Something felt seriously wrong and Luria knew it. The darkness started growing when Anakin left the Temple to who knows where. And he left in a great hurry, faster then usual.
Then came the vision.
In her vision, many Jedi; Knights, Padawans and Younglings alike, had been slain by a former Jedi now turned Sith, with countless clone troopers slaying the Jedi as well. Bodies were scattered and lay on the ground, where they were slain.
That was when Luria bolted straight out of bed, trembling. Even in her sleep, she sensed the fear of everyone that was being slain. She climbed out of bed and walked over to the window. Looking out, the sky was clear, and the stars continued to shine brightly.
Anakin watched as Mace Windu, was blasted out of the window by Chancellor Palpatine, also known as the Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Sidious, using the powers of the dark side. Anakin remained in shock as he continued to stare out of the shattered window, but only for a few moments.
"What have I done?" Anakin cried out in a total state of shock. He dropped his now extinguished lightsaber to the floor and dropped to the chair behind him.
"You are fulfilling your destiny, Anakin." Palpatine said as he slowly walked over to Anakin, who looked up at him. "Become my apprentice. Learn to use the dark side of the Force."
"I will do whatever you ask." Anakin breathlessly said.
"Good." Palpatine answered in a gravelly voice.
Anakin started to breathe hard. "Just help me save Padmé's life." He pleaded. "I can't live without her."
Anakin then started to kneel before Palpatine as he stepped closer to him. "To cheat death is a power only one has achieved, but if we work together, I know we can discover the secret."
"I pledge myself to your teachings." Anakin said.
"Good. Good." Palpatine said with an evil smile. "The Force is strong with you. A powerful Sith you will become." He then looked down at Anakin. "Henceforth, you shall be known as Darth . . . Vader."
"Thank you, my Master." Anakin said as he bowed to his new master and then looked back up at him.
"Rise, Darth Vader." Palpatine told him as he moved over to his desk.
Palpatine puts on his dark cloak and pulls the hood up over his head. He looked at Anakin with cold yellow eyes. "Because the Council did not trust you, my young apprentice, I believe you are the only Jedi with no knowledge of this plot. When the Jedi learns what has transpired here, they will kill us, along with all the Senators."
"I agree." Anakin said to his master as he got to his feet. "The Jedi's next move will be against the Senate."
"Every single Jedi, including your friend Obi-Wan Kenobi, is now an enemy of the Republic." The Dark Lord announced.
Anakin bowed to Palpatine. "I understand, Master."
"We must move quickly." Palpatine said. "The Jedi are relentless; if they are not all destroyed, it will be civil war without end. First, I want you to go to the Jedi Temple. We will catch them off balance. Do what must be done, Lord Vader. Do not hesitate. Show no mercy. Only then will you be strong enough with the dark side to save Padmé."
"What about the other Jedi spread across the galaxy?" Anakin inquired.
"Their betrayal will be dealt with." Palpatine told him. "After you have killed all the Jedi in the Temple, go to the Mustafar system. Wipe out Viceroy Gunray and the other Separatist leaders. Once more, the Sith will rule the galaxy, and we shall have peace."
Anakin then bowed once more to Palpatine. "Yes, Master." He then turned and headed toward the door.
From high up in her room, Luria watched out the window. Right then and there, Luria felt strange. A little disorientated, as she felt a disturbance in the force. It felt like that the lives of countless Jedi were being slaughtered throughout the galaxy. The darkness just kept growing thicker and thicker thick.
Luria looked down to the ground far below, and something caught her attention. A man marched up the steps to the Temple with a battalion of people in white armor, right behind him. She bolted out of her quarters, with her robes flowing in the air behind her. Something was seriously wrong. And everything was confirmed when she reached a ledge, over looking the bottom floor. The man was cutting down Jedi, without mercy.
It was Skywalker.
Many other Jedi were trying to stop him, but their efforts were meaningless, and they fell under Skywalker's blade. Other Jedi were being surrounded and gunned down by clone troopers, without mercy. Every single Jedi was being overwhelmed. Upon seeing this sight, Luria learned that what she thought was fear, was nothing compared to this moment.
Luria had never seen a massacre that took place in her lifetime. These people were so cold and ruthless. In all the commotion, she had lost track of Anakin. He seemed to have just disappeared with no trace, but the clone troopers had scattered through the temple, slaying Jedi everywhere.
Luria took off down the corridors and headed for the Council Chamber. She lost track of time as she ran on the upper levels, but stopped. Footsteps were heard coming from around the corner. A lot of footsteps, and they were heading toward her.
She could sense that the people that were coming were clone troopers, so she ran from the ledge and hid behind a wall, then watched as the clone troopers marched past her. When the troopers walked out of sight, Luria started to breathe a little easier, then headed off to the Council Chamber.
However, she didn't get more than a few feet before more footsteps were heard. From every direction, and coming to her. Luria retreated back to the wall, but it didn't matter. She was exposed to more than one direction. She saw no way out and was trapped.
Before the clone troopers turned the corner, Luria was grabbed from behind, and pulled into a vent, that even she didn't know was there.
The vent cover was replaced before the clone troopers even knew that someone was there. There was a barely audible sound and the troopers started investigating, but due to the vent cover, blending into the wall so well, they found nothing and went about their business.
Luria was remaining still, but her mysterious rescuer still hand their hand over her mouth, keeping her from speaking or making any sort of sound. They remained still, silent and calm for the better part of ten minutes, before the other person removed their hand.
Luria turned around to face her rescuer. It was a young blond haired boy with brown eyes that was so light, it almost seemed like his eyes had no color at all.
"You all right?" The older boy asked.
Luria was still a little shaken from her ordeal and a near fatal encounter with the clone troopers, before she nodded. "I-I'm fine. Thanks, Jaric."
Jaric nodded, then grabbed Luria by the wrist. "Let's go. We need to get out of here."
"Wait!" Luria suddenly said. "We have to go to the Council Chamber."
"I'm afraid it's too late." Jaric coldly responded.
Many younglings took refuge within the Council Chamber when the clone troopers starting attacking. Jaric was already heading there, but stopped just short and stood just outside the corridor that lead to the Council Chamber. He had just seen a man wearing brown robes walk into the Council Chamber. He continued to watch from behind as the man stopped within the Council Chamber.
One of the younglings approached him, completely unsure of what would come to past. "Master Skywalker. There are too many of them." The young boy said. "What are we going to do?"
Anakin looks back at them with a stern expression on his face, then he ignited his lightsaber. The young boy flinches at the response. Afraid of what was coming. Jaric didn't watch. He just turned and ran, but he heard and felt what was going on it that room, and it would remain with him for a long time.
"I then hid in the vent, and wondered around for a while before I found my way here." When Luria looked into Jaric's eyes, she was no only able to understand the fear and horror that the boy felt, but it was almost like she could see it. Almost like she was there.
"How did you get away without being caught?"
That was one question that Jaric didn't know, or couldn't answer. He didn't know how he got away without Anakin sensing his presence. At the time, Jaric didn't care, he just wanted to get out of there.
Without another word, Jaric lead Luria through the ventilation. They crawled through 23 meters of the vent, with many twist and turns, before they got to an exit to the vent. It was quiet on the other side, with the exception of the faint sound of blasters and cries of the dead and dying.
With no footsteps coming, Jaric felt it was safe and used the force to knock the cover off, then crawled out, with Luria right behind him. The vent had taken them to a corridor that was about two meters from the ledge, over looking Coruscant.
They looked down both directions, trying to figure the best way to go. Then they heard footsteps before they saw the white armor of the clone troopers and the blasters in hand.
"There's some more." One of them called out as he pointed at the younglings.
Jaric and Luria stiffed. They knew what was about to happen, but they didn't know when or where. Jaric pulled Luria behind him, with the intent to protect her. Just as Jaric was in the process of pulling out a lightsaber, as well as the clone troopers were taking aim, two green energy blades cut through them quite easily. The bodies slumped to the ground.
Their rescuer was a young human woman with short black hair, red tunic and a short skirt. After seeing the two young Jedi, the woman's expression changed from a furious into a more concerned one.
"Master Keto!" Jaric exclaimed.
Serra Keto, Cin Drallig's greatest apprentice managed to survive. Both Cin and Serra managed to fight off countless clone troopers, but Serra was separated from Cin. Since then, Serra had been fighting what seemed to be a near endless number of clone troopers.
Serra was shocked that two younglings managed to survive against all odds and made it as far as they did.
"Mater Keto, what's going on?" Luria asked. "Why is Master Skywalker attacking us?"
Serra's expression darkens and she coldly responded, "He's turned to the dark side."
"I could have told you that." Jaric mumbled. "Oh, wait. I DID tell you that."
That commented earned him an annoyed and agitated expression.
"What?" Jaric asked with no idea that he said something stupid.
Serra shook her head in response, then gestured for both Jaric and Luria to follow her. "Let's get you two out of here."
Serra lead them away from the ledge and into a corridor. Not twenty meters down the corridor, clone troopers started to come. Serra continued to fight back, with her green dual sabers cutting them down and deflecting the blaster bolts.
Jaric pulled out his lightsaber and activated it. A blue beam popped out with a hiss, and it started humming, with a dim light. Using all that he learned and knew, Jaric assisted Serra against the clone troopers, deflecting the blaster bolts as they came his way, but staying back to keep an eye on Luria.
Luria was one of the few that did not want to use a lightsaber, and never wanted to carry it around, which she was now regretting.
They kept advancing down the corridor, while fighting off the clone troopers. The corridor connected them with the Jedi Briefing room. The room was obviously demolished, with computer systems and screens either destroyed, or still active, with debris on the ground. There were even several bodies of the clone troopers on the ground.
Serra ran up to the last trooper in the room and stuck a blade into him, then retracted it, and kicked him. The body was knocked to the ground, and his helmet detached and flew off, skidding into one of the corridors that branched out from the room.
Jaric took one step forward, but Serra grabbed his shoulder. "He's coming." She simply said.
Luria looked up at her. "He who?"
Serra pushed for a moment, before responding with enmity. "Skywalker!"
Luria was panicked. "What do we do?"
"I'll hold him off and the two of you get out of here." Serra ordered. "If I can stop him, then there might be a chance."
"And if not?" Jaric asked.
"Then our last hope rests with those who survive and you two must survive." Serra solemnly replied, then pointed to a corridor across the room. "Go that way."
Jaric and Luria watched as Serra jumped down and into the center of the room, duel sabers ready and in a fighting stance, barring the path of a man in brown Jedi robes, wielding a blue lightsaber.
"You shouldn't have come here." Serra said in a threatening tone.
"Serra. Cin Drallig's greatest pupil has come to greet me." Anakin said in a sadistic, yet more of a sarcastic tone.
Needless to say, neither Jaric nor Luria stayed long enough, but ran from the ledge and into the corridor that Serra pointed out. All they heard as they left the room and entered the corridor, was the crackling sound of lightsabers as a battle commenced between Serra and Anakin.
The corridor was small and they emerged into a room with four platforms, which projected holograms of Jedi Masters, which was placed in front of several windows. Stones and debris were spread throughout the room.
'They already got to The Training Room?' Jaric wondered. 'They must not want to leave anything behind.'
Jaric and Luria just continued to run through the room and through a corridor into another room. They reached a ledge, and looked down in the room below. Statues and pillars lined the outer edges of the room, with debris around the room. The ledge was at least a little more then ten meters above the ground.
"Where are the stairs?" Luria asked, looking around.
Jaric looked back at the girl. "We're actually going to jump."
"What?!" Luria cried out. "That's crazy? Are you out of your mind?"
"Quite possibly." Jaric admitted. "You gonna jump, or do I have to push?"
Luria obviously didn't want to jump, but the sound of lightsaber blades striking each other, changed her mind. The sound of the lightsabers were coming from the room they just came through. "Okay, I've got nothing to lose."
Jaric and Luria jumped over the ledge, landing on the ground. The landing wasn't so calm and Jaric didn't land well. When he hit the ground, he stumbled and fell face first. Luria's landing wasn't better off, but they still pulled themselves up. Looking around, they spotted another corridor and ran to it. They ran for several meters, before half a dozen clone troopers barred their path.
The troopers aimed and fired, but Jaric put out his lightsaber, and on instinct, deflected the blaster bolts right back, but not before a stray bolt grazed his left cheek. Jaric stumbled back a little bit, and his attention was diverted for a few moments with his lightsaber dropping to the ground.
When he turned back, the last trooper had a green lightsaber blade sticking out of his chest, before it was pulled out and he fell to the ground.
Standing behind the trooper, was a man dressed in a gray and white Jedi wardrobe with long white hair. It was Cin Drallig, and he seemed equally as surprised as Serra that two young Jedi survived against all odds, and as long as they have, but was also impressed.
"Are there any more of you?" Cin inquired of the children.
Jaric shook his head. "I don't know, Master, but you've got to help Serra."
"What's wrong? Where is she?"
Jaric pointed down the corridor. "That way, and up to the next level."
"Master Keto is fighting Anakin." Luria cried out.
Cin Drallig had a worried expression on his face, and felt like something terrible was going to happen.
"Get to the Hangar bay. Master K'Kruhk should be on his way there with others." Cin ordered. "If you hurry, then you'll be able to get there before him."
Jaric nodded, called the lightsaber to his hand, then he took Luria by the wrist and started down. He stopped when Cin called out to him.
"And young Stoppable." Jaric stopped and looked back to the aged Jedi Master. "May the force be with you."
"May the force be with you, Master Drallig." Jaric said, before leaving the corridor, with Cin Drallig running into opposite direction.
Jaric and Luria ran down the narrow corridor and up several flights of stairs. Going past a few other corridors that split off from the main corridor, they found an elevator as the end of the hall. After reaching the elevator, Jaric pressed a button and they waited, but nothing. The button was pressed several more times, but the elevator didn't come.
"The elevator's not working." Jaric said, looking around for any clone troopers. "The power must be down."
"Isn't there anyway power, could be rerouted?"
Jaric thought for a second. "There should be a console down one of the corridors that we past."
Luria was already heading back, with Jaric running to catch up with her. When they came to the other corridors, Jaric looked down each of them.
"Which one?" Luria.
"Just give me a second." Jaric said, as he continued to examine and consider his choices.
After several moments, his mind was made up when clone troopers came down, several of them.
"This way!" Jaric shouted as he pointed down one, only for several clone troopers to appear from around the corner. "Of course, this way looks good to." Jaric said, pointing down another.
Fortunately for them, when they got to the end of the corridor, another elevator was found. The only unfortunate downfall was that the door was smashed off and it looked unstable. The elevator was a round room with solid metal walls, and a light in the ceiling.
Jaric jumped in, but Luria wasn't as enthused as Jaric. All the signs were there that the elevator wasn't safe and could fall at anytime.
"Are you sure it's safe!?"
"It's better then the alternative!" Jaric replied.
The sound of the boots of the clone troopers seemed to have agreed with Jaric's assessment and Luria jumped on without another moment of hesitation. When the button was pressed, the elevator lifted off and toward the Hangar bay.
They finally got a chance to rest, for having to run from danger all night, and for many hours into the morning. For several minutes, the ride up to the Hangar was quieter then a krayt dragon's nest. Things were looking good, but before the elevator made it to its destination, the elevator came to a sudden jolt and stopped. Jaric and Luria was nearly knocked off their feet.
"Did you press the stop button?" Jaric asked, as he straighten up.
"No, did you?"
"Well, what happened?" Luria asked.
"What I think is that those troopers must have found the console and shut power down." Jaric casually replied. "Soon, we will be taken back down and be killed."
Luria turned to look directly at Jaric. "Is that what you think?"
Jaric shook his head. "You don't want to know what I think."
"Which is . . . " Luria asked, lingering on with the question.
Jaric grimaced, then responded. "The fact that the bulkhead holding this elevator up, will no longer hold it for much longer." Jaric responded.
"You mean the elevator is going to fall at any second?!"
"To ground level at an insane speed, killing us instantly?" Jaric said, like he was finishing Luria's statement, quite calmly. "Yeah, it will."
"Then how do we get out?" Luria asked. Right now, she was panicking and with good reason.
Jaric thought for a second, then pulled out his lightsaber, and began to cut a sizable hole in the wall of the elevator. After Jaric finished and pulled the lightsaber out, the part of the wall fell out and to the ground, far below. Jaric stuck his head out and surveyed their current predicament. Looking down, is was a long drop to the bottom level. Fortunately, a door was slightly opened, and a sliver of light came through it.
"I got some good news and some bad." Jaric announced. "Which do you prefer?"
"I'll start with the good news." Luria answered.
"Well, I found a way out and we need to work together." Jaric said. "All it would take is both of us, the force to open the door, a lot of dumb luck and it should lead us to the Hangar bay."
"And the bad news?" Luria hesitantly asked.
Jaric looked at the ten-meter gap. "There is a ten-meter gap between us and the door."
Luria reached her head out and looked around. There wasn't anything they could do or use to get up to the door. Even with the ten-meter gap, it was also six meters up. For once, it seemed like they were stuck. There wasn't anything on them that could help them with this predicament.
Jaric started snapping his fingers. "I think I've got an idea, but I need a hand."
Jaric reached out, and stained to remove the door with the force. Luria caught onto what Jaric was planning, then assisted. The door suddenly was ripped out of the frame and place into position between them and the corridor.
Jaric nodded to her. "You first."
Luria nodded, then ran out of the elevator and jumped landing on the door. She kept running and jumped, landing in the corridor. The young Jedi turned around, and with what power she could gather, held the door in place. Jaric prepared, but a straining sound came from the elevator. There was a slight and sudden jolt, which nearly knocked the occupant off his feet.
Jaric ran out and jumped on the door. Just as Jaric had jumped out of the elevator, the bulkhead gave way and the elevator fell to the bottom of the conduit.
Jaric didn't stop there, but kept going until he was in the corridor.
Soon Jaric and Luria was sitting on the ground, with their backs to the wall. The ordeal had shaken them a little bit and wore them down, but it was almost over.
"Thanks." Jaric said, breathlessly. "You did quite nicely."
Luria nodded in thanks, trying to catch her breath.
After a few moments they were well enough to start going, and headed down the corridor. Fortunately for them, they didn't encounter any clone troopers. It seemed like the Clone Troopers believed that every single Jedi within the temple was slain, but Jaric dismissed that theory.
As they kept going through corridors, and closer to their destination, it seemed like they were almost there, but when they turned down the left corridor, the corridor was filled with debris and stones that fell, due to a possible explosion.
"Just when we think when we're almost in the clear." Jaric started. "We're . . . "
Jaric didn't finish, but was cut off by blaster bolts firing toward them.
"Oh, come on!" Jaric complained.
Clone Troopers had found them and were coming at them. Jaric and Luria jumped clear and into a neighboring corridor, but was only able to go in about a few feet. This corridor had obviously collapsed as well.
Jaric groaned at their present predicament. "Can't we get a break for once?"
Jaric took out his lightsaber, but Luria kept him from using it. "Wait. I've got an idea."
"What is it?"
Luria pointed to a body of a clone trooper, laying a few meters away. "He's got some thermal detonators on him."
Sure enough, the body has some thermal detonators attached to his utility belt.
Jaric's eye's lit up as he realized what Luria had in mind. He reached out with the force and carefully, but quickly, the detonator came to his hand.
He looked at it for a minute, then held it to Luria. "Do you know how to use it?"
Luria felt like smacking Jaric upside his head for his ability to not understand such simple devices, like a thermal detonator. But instead of doing that, she took it and held the button down. It started beeping, then she rolled it hard into the corridor. Using the force, Jaric then guided the thermal detonator into the corridor that was filled with debris.
Moments later, it detonated with a loud explosion, which erupted. Small debris had been blown out of the corridor, and dust hung in the air.
With this newly acquired moment, Jaric and Luria ran back into the corridor and entered the newly open corridor. With the dust in the air, the blaster bolts were off and the troopers completely missed their targets.
Jaric and Luria ran into a massive room with the remains of a statute on the ground, and some of it was thrown through a large door. Inside the room, some of the computers were smashed, with two doors on the other side of the room, one on the north and the other just west of it. They were both cut opened with a lightsaber.
"Looks like Skywalker already came here." Jaric said.
"Let's just hope that he doesn't come back here." Luria said as well.
When they went through one of the doors, they found themselves on a bridge that extended for nearly fifteen to twenty meters. They continued over the bridge and also stepped over the bodies of fallen Jedi and clone troopers. At the end of the bridge, the entry to a corridor was blasted and destroyed. The door at the end of the corridor was cut opened by a lightsaber.
Jaric charged through the door ahead of Luria and into the Hangar bay. A few clone troopers stood at the far end of the bay, like they ran after someone. They turned around, but both Jedi hid behind some crates.
"Do you think they might have seen or heard us?" Luria asked in a hushed whisper.
Her question was answered with a barrage of blaster bolts coming their way, hitting the crates.
There was a slight pause before Jaric responded in a sarcastic tone. "No. I doubt they've found us yet."
Luria gave him a look saying that she wasn't in the mood for his antics. Or any for that matter. "Any bright ideas?"
Jaric thought about it, then looked at the crates. Then proceed to cut a hole in the crate. "There might be something in here that can help." Jaric said, then a piece of the crate fell off. Luria reached in and searched for something, only to pull out a few crystals.
"Great." Jaric said sarcastically. "We have saber crystals to fight them off. We're saved."
Luria ignored him. Jaric then started to cut into another create. This time, Jaric reached in and pulled out a small black metal box. Jaric looked at it, then back at Luria.
"You'd think that there would be some weapons in here?"
"We have the force." Luria calmly informed her friend.
"Well, yeah, we do." Jaric said. "That's a given."
Jaric closed his eyes and concentrated. He focused on the clone troopers. They were moving closer, but slowly. They would arrive in moments, but then something happened. Jaric felt overwhelmed, and nearly lost his strength. Luria would have been concerned, if the same thing didn't happen to her. They felt the presence of darkness, and it was coming their way.
"We have to get to a starfighter, and quick!" Jaric said with a slightly higher then normal tone.
"But what about Master K'Kruhk?" Luria asked. "Master Drallig said that he would be here."
"We didn't get here in time. They left already." Jaric replied.
"How could you be so sure?" Luria demanded.
Jaric pointed in the general direction of the troopers and the opening of the hangar. "Those troopers weren't at the far end, unless they were chasing a ship." Jaric whispered harshly, then took back his lightsaber. "We're going to have to do this the hard way."
Jaric jumped out from behind the crates, with his lightsaber active. The commander pointed at Jaric. "Blast him!" He ordered.
The other troopers aimed and started firing at Jaric, but he deflected the blaster bolts right back at the troopers. The blaster bolts ripped holes through their armor and the Clone troopers fell motionless to the ground.
Jaric straightened up as Luria came from behind the crates. Jaric looked around, searching for a suitable and working ship. His eyes landed on one.
"There is still one." Jaric exciting said, pointing out to a new Delta-7 Aethersprite-class light interceptor. It seemed small, but it had been redesign to be able to hold two people.
"How fast is it?" Luria asked. She knew that despite Jaric's attention span with his training, he always managed to keep up with the information about new ships the Jedi got.
"It's just a prototype, with a state of the art propulsion systems. It's very fast, but I'm hoping that the hyperdrive works properly." Jaric replied.
Luria became nervous. "I don't like how you said that."
Jaric looked back at his friend, then to the ship as he climbed on the wing. He pressed the button to open the cockpit, which opened with a hiss. The astromech droid greeted them with beeps.
Jaric reached down to help Luria, but noticed that she wasn't paying him any attention.
"Come on, let's go!"
Luria's hand lifted and pointed to the corridor, and whispered, "He's here."
Jaric froze, and he slowly looked up to where she was pointing. Standing just within the hangar bay, was Anakin Skywalker. His cold yellow eyes just stared down the two young Jedi. That was all Jaric needed to know what Skywalker had in mind to do to them.
Acting quickly, Jaric grabbed Luria's arm, and hoisted her into the ship. They dropped in the cockpit, and the hatch closed. Jaric was quickly trying to get the ship active, while Anakin was coming their way.
"Do you know how to fly this?" Luria asked, due to Jaric's continuous pressing of random buttons.
"You know what they say, 'There is a first time for everything'." Jaric responded. Truth be told, he practiced a lot and was a great pilot, but this ship was something else. It seemed designed with a much more complex system then he was accustomed to. Fortunately, he was a quick learner.
Finally, the ship powered up and Jaric took the controls. Anakin sense Jaric's intentions, and moved quicker, but he wasn't fast enough. The ship flew out of the hangar and out over Coruscant.
When the Jedi Interceptor cleared the atmosphere of the planet, they flew past a few clone fighters, going past them. The clone fighters altered their coordinates and flew to intercept the Jedi Interceptor.
"Great." Jaric mumbled. "Something had to go wrong."
The fighters fired upon the Jedi Interceptor, but Jaric veered out of the way, and the energy fire missed them, barely. The fighters chased down the Jedi Interceptor, trying to destroy them, but without much success. Jaric managed to avoid the fighters, but an idea came to mind.
"All right." Jaric said. "We're just gonna tap on the brakes here."
Jaric pulled a lever back and he and Luria shot forward in their seats as the Interceptor rapidly decelerated, and the Clone Fighters shot past underneath them. Luria gulped, trying not to be nauseous.
"Nice tapping!" Luria said, sarcastically as she straighten up in her seat.
"Thanks." Jaric said, then locked onto one of the Clone Fighters. When he had a clear shot, he opened fire, and one of the ships exploded.
"One down." Jaric continued to follow the fighter as the pilot attmepted to turn back to the planet, but the pilot underestimated Jaric as he was prepared. When the pilot made a complete turn, Jaric fired and destroyed the ship.
"Yes!" Luria cheered.
Jaric didn't seem to share her delight, at least until she heard the beeping that brought some concern as Jaric looked over and groaned. "Oh, no."
"We've got more ships coming." Jaric replied. "We've got to get out of here." Jaric then accelerated, getting as far from Coruscant as possible.
Jaric didn't slow down, but started to input some coordinates into the navigation computer. He wasn't sure where they would be going, but it had to be better then where they were now.
"Where are we going?" Luria asked.
Jaric didn't answer immediately. Mainly because he didn't know where to go.
"I don't know where we can go." Jaric finally replied, solemnly. "But I know that we can't go home. I don't think that we could stay anywhere for long."
"There might be someone that could help us." Luria said. "Someone that we could turn to."
Jaric then turned to her, and he seemed to have some hope in his eyes. "Then we'll be looking, even if it takes the rest of our lives."
Finally Jaric activated the hyperdrive, taking the ship into hyperspace.
That's all for this chapter. Despite how this chapter was done, I had to start somewhere and there would be something important here for later chapters.
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