All was silent, save for the sound of
her footsteps. The putrid smell of
death caught Liz off guard. She
stumbled back, nearly tripping over her own feet. “Oh my god,” Liz said aloud, covering her nose.
She could feel the hate, the anger, lingering, still strong.
eyes adjusted to the lack of light, and she could slowly see the room starting
to take shape. Far in the corner,
there was a table with plates on it. It
looked as if the plates were left with meals half finished, but you couldn’t
tell whether that was food or not. A
few rats scurried off the table as Elizabeth walked over to it.
light saber rested on the tabletop. Liz
picked it up, blowing off the dust. She
pushed down the button, and the saber emitted a glowing red blade.
The saber was elegant. Golden
pieces and fine jewels were crafted into this Sith saber.
It must have belonged to a Sith lord of great importance.
Elizabeth pocketed the saber and continued down the hall on the far side
of the room.
was a big red door on the left side of the hallway, and there were three smaller
doors on the right. Liz squinted to
read the lettering on top of the red door, but could not, for it had gotten to
dark in the hallway. She frowned,
searching through the pockets of her robe.
“Damn,” she said, “forgot my portable light.” On the wall she found a large panel, and pushed on the round
flew from light fixtures above, but one bulb remained.
The red door was labeled ‘Main Chamber’.
“Well I guess there isn’t any harm in going to explore.”
Liz thought aloud. As she
pressed her hand to the door panel, the LCD flashed the words “KEY
got your key,” Elizabeth scowled at the machine, pulling out her saber.
As the blue blade of the saber extended, she thrust it into the panel.
The whole panel fell to the floor, melted, and the door gave way.
Liz clipped her saber to her belt and continued on into the main chamber.
was a foul air about as the essence of death became more present.
It was pitch black. Her soft
footsteps echoed in the silence. All
at once the torches on the wall blazed to life.
Skeletons were everywhere. Liz
looked down, to see herself standing on a sunken in floor panel.
There were book-laden tables along the walls, and an odd assortment of
devices. There were light sabers
lying next to the bodies.
headed for the other end of the room, when something stopped her.
She felt an odd presence; It filled the room, closing in on her.
Elizabeth turned, glancing back to where she came from.
Something about those skeletons just didn’t feel right at all.
She continued on anyway, shrugging it off.
As the door opened, the fluorescent bulbs on the ceiling illuminated the
along the wall were encased bodies in tubes, of what Liz assume to be important
Sith lords that had passed on. Down
the hallway she could see another door; she headed toward it.
She noticed something as she was walking by.
There was an empty tube. The
date had faded, but one word was as clear as day: Vader.
Liz looked close and found a light saber and an urn at the bottom of the
tube. “Wonder what happened to
this guy,” Liz smirked and walked on.
she neared the door, she walked into an invisible force field.
Elizabeth fell flat on her back, and she reached up to rub her nose.
“Damn that hurt!” she said aloud.
She searched the wall to find a paper-thin slit where the force field was
coming from. Elizabeth pulled her
saber, igniting the blade. As she
swung at the invisible shield, her saber bounced away, flying back down the
hallway. She sat down, crossing her
legs, thinking of a way around the shield.
“What have you done to the Ambassador’s ship?” Mathis held his saber towards the captain’s neck.
- We overthrew it. Daeken left with
the Ambassador, all aboard were killed, and the three escape pods are being
searched for.” The captain
mumbled on, but Mathis had all the info he needed.
A swift kick to the head violently forced the captain into a long sleep.
disabled all of the tracking and communication devices, and then rocketed the
ship towards Corinth. The flight
would be short, but the search long. With
the rotation of the planet, it would be a difficult mission finding the crash
sight. Mathis locked the remaining
crewmembers up, and began his search.
the ship glided down through the atmosphere, Mathis scanned the area, looking
for the wreckage of the escape pod. To
his surprise the computer picked up the ship on its sensors after only a few
minutes. Somehow he knew it
wasn’t going to be as easy as it looked.
stood, after about 20 minutes of pondering, and pulled out the gemmed saber.
The magnificent jewels that were embedded in it started to glow.
A closer look revealed a button on the bottom of the handle.
With a simple click, the field was gone.
Even though the electric hum had subsided, she still felt the need to
test her hand against it.
she walked to the door, It slowly slid open.
And as soon as she sensed the eminent danger ahead, something snatched
the saber from her hand. As it
disappeared into the darkness, the force field trapped her in the room.
With no options left, she decided to enter the room.
deep laughter filled the room; it seemed to come from everywhere and nowhere all
at once. The door closed, leaving
her in complete darkness. A raspy
voice called out to her from the infinite shadow:
“Why have you come here?” She
could not move, could not breath, and could not reach her weapon.
glowing red beam extended seemingly from nothing, and the nothing was getting
closer. With every step the nothing
took, the shadow of fear took more of her mind. With all of her will, she reached down and grabbed her saber.
With the flip of a switch, she slung it’s blew blade forward, colliding
with the red beam of light. As the
sabers slid against each other, flickers of light illuminated the face of what
was once nothing.
horrid image flickered before her, distorted beyond the point of racial
identification. It grinned back at
her, and with the flick of its finger, she was thrown against the wall.
The torches around the wall came to life, bringing shape to the room they
were in. Red stones formed the
walls, and a black carpet extended to a throne.
Aside from the blocked passage behind her, there were two other exits.
feeling of helplessness washed over her; Thoughts of her father and Mathis
filled her mind. “I don’t want
to die,” She began to cry.
are not ready,” The distorted figure scowled at her. He lowered his saber, extinguishing the red blade of death.
With this she leapt to action, raising her blade toward him.
As he raised his arm she was lifted into the air.
She threw her hand out, but could not force push him.
His mind was a metal door that could not be breached.
“Much potential you posses. I can teach you to use it.” He threw her down, breaking her leg. A blood-curdling scream filled the air as the pain rushed over her.
The words managed to escape her clenched jaw.
Another force push sent her into a corner.
walked over to her, igniting his saber. “I
shall, convince you, before the night is through.”
He held the saber against her arm, searing her soft flesh to a horrid,
shriveled crisp. She recoiled, with
a yelp, and rolled into a ball. With
a raised hand, he sent waives of lightning surging through her body.
Liz called out in pain, reaching a shaking hand out to her light saber
that lay in the middle of the room.
it rocketed toward her, he spun around, slicing her only hope into two dead
pieces of metal. “You will learn
the ways of the dark side, or be destroyed!”
His slanted eyes burned into her soul, destroying her mind.
She could not think; only lay sobbing on the floor.
He reached his bony hand out to her.
“Come, let us end this nonsense. I
can make you invincible.”
She shivered uncontrollably, her words barely a whisper through her quivering
lips. “I can’t,” she
whimpered. “I can’t betray
Mathis.” With a chuckle, he shut
off the saber again and began pacing the room.
Elizabeth struggled to her feet.
the ship neared the crash site, six talon wings came into view.
“Oh shit!” Mathis
realized the danger he was in. If
he saw them they must have picked him up on radar already.
Sure enough, the state-of-the-art fighter ships lifted from the crash
site and rocketed toward him. Mathis’s
fingers flew across the control panel, concentrating all power to the front
shields. As soon as the computer confirmed the command, the fighters
broke formation and started circling the ship.
switched the com on just in time to hear the commander of the group: “FA
rider, please acknowledge. We will
be forced to open fire under order of Lord Daeken.”
Mathis had to think quickly.
is the commanding officer. I came to oversee the search mission.”
Mathis shrugged to himself.
identify yourself.” The commander
out of options, launched three torpedoes and headed for the escape pod.
The ships returned fire, immobilizing Mathis's vessel.
As the dead FA rocketed toward the ground, Mathis went to the cargo bay.
down the lever, Mathis opened the cargo door quickly searched for a good place
to jump out. He leapt, falling into
a small lake. He surfaced, just in
time to see the talons rip through the FA like tissue paper.
Mathis could feel the heat of the explosion as he swam to the shoreline.
He crawled up under a small bush,
waiting for the Talons to leave. Then
he headed toward the temple. His
heart raced; fear for Liz, and for himself.
He did not know if he would find her, but he had to hope she had left the
pod. As he sprinted toward the
downed escape pod, the talons caught site of him and laced the ground around him
with laser blasts. He had to keep
moving; they wouldn’t hit him, not if he willed it.
leapt, with amazing distance, into the beaten-up pod, searching the rubble to
find no Liz. All of a sudden, the
pod was hit and sent spinning toward the temple.
Dizzy, and a little sick from the ride, Mathis tumbled from the pod.
He fell through the temple doors, looking back to see the talons setting
down at the base of the steps.
pulled his saber, igniting the blade, and charged them.
He swung around, deflecting blaster shots left and right.
He jumped down the stairway, kicking a man in the head.
As another one fired; he ducked, slicing through the attacker at the
waist. Then a disturbing sound
caught Mathis’s ear. Another
light saber had ignited. He swung
around in time to block the red beam of light that was angling toward his neck.
shot hit his shoulder. A buzzing
feeling came over him as his body went limp.
He was paralyzed. The
wielder of the other light saber came into view, a grin on her face.
“You are coming with me.” One
of the men hoisted Mathis over his shoulder and she collected the fallen saber.
They headed into the temple.
shot of lightning hit her body, and then another, and another.
She screamed out in pain--pain and fear.
“See, there are worse things than death,” he hissed at her
lay motionless on the floor, moaning in pain, exhausted.
“You will join me. It is your only option.”
He began pacing. “Too long
has it been since this glorious temple has produced a Master Sith.
But I feel our time rising again. You
will be my first apprentice.” He
stopped, turning to her, “I can offer you greatness.”
reached out his hand to her, as the doorway to the left swung open.
Ten men piled in, and the one carrying Mathis laid him on the ground.
The apprentice kneeled before Targon, greeting the Sith master.
“My lord, we have obtained a padawan.”
“Good work, Brainna. Good work.” He smiled, turning to Liz. Elizabeth looked up to see her love unconscious on the floor. All of her pain diminished, replaced by rage.
kill you,” she growled, with a wicked scowl on her face.
Targon placed his light saber at Liz’s feet.
She grabbed it, consumed in anger, and flung herself toward the dark
apprentice’s saber extended in time to meet Liz with a swift block.
Liz swung around, sweeping her saber at Brianna's feet.
Brianna back-flipped over the saber, but Liz quickly angled her swing up,
searing a line up Brianna’s back. As
the young apprentice fell to the ground, Liz slammed the saber down, cutting her
arm off. “Finish her!” Targon shouted.
eyes fluttered open, and he looked around, taking in his surroundings.
Liz breathed heavily, as she raised the saber.
Her hands were shaking. She
turned the saber upside down and skewered the fallen enemy.
Brianna’s screams echoed in the throne room, and then her life was no
more. Liz’s eyes gleamed down,
her muscles bulged, and she beheaded Brianna’s corpse.
the strength, the energy, the infinite power of the dark side.”
Targon reached forward, holding his hand open towards Liz.
Mathis watched intently as Elizabeth turned toward Targon.
She stood for a long moment, gripping the saber tightly.
Confusion and frustration filled her eyes.
She reached out, placing the saber in his hand.
“Good.” The raspy word
seemed to stretch out forever.
put a hand on her shoulder, leading her to the doorway.
A feeling of loss and despair washed over Mathis.
“How could she?” he wondered. He
finally fell unconscious again.