The Stormtroopers: Part 12

FN-3043 crept slowly down the dark hall before him. His heavy breaths and his armored footsteps seemed to echo off the hall’s stone walls.

“I can barely see,” he complained.

“Well you’re the one who wanted to go this way,” FN-1217 commented snarkily.

3043 looked back at him. There was suddenly a sound up ahead.

The two troopers immediately stopped and raised their blasters. They waited tensely for something to step out of the shadows at them but after a long minute, they realized there was nothing. The noise probably had come from a scurrying critter. Sighing, they continued on.

They soon found themselves at a door that was partially cracked. The distinct noise of battle waged outside. The troopers looked at one another.

“Ready?” FN-1217 asked.

FN-3043 nodded. “Ready.”

Seventeen yanked the door open and as they burst through the doorway ready to fight they found themselves on an overlook. Above them, the beautiful night sky was filled with the chaos of battle as X-Wings and TIE fighters flew this way and that. To the left, the forest was alight with fire caused by the many explosions within its interior. To the right, a lake spread as far as the eye could see beyond a cluster of other beautiful buildings that made their way down to the lake’s shores.

FN-3043 took off his helmet, relishing the cool breeze that ruffled his blond hair.

“It’s beautiful,” he said.

FN-1217 removed his own helmet as well, nodding appreciatively as he beheld the stunning view.

“Yes. It is.”

3043 suddenly noticed movement to his right and looked. Kylo Ren, at the end of the overlook about a hundred meters away, was donning his hood and entering another door. FN-3043’s eyebrows furrowed.

“What are you up to?” he whispered.

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