The elevator door opened. FN-3043 gulped.
A simple room sat before him with dark walls and dim lights that gave the space an almost gloomy nature. He stepped out of the elevator and as the elevator door slid closed behind him it was only then that he truly felt the weight of this moment.
A small walkway lined with tiny circular lights led to a throne where Supreme Leader Kylo Ren sat quietly facing him. His loyal subjects, the Knights of Ren, stood behind his throne like silent statues cloaked in darkness. Every nerve in his body was screaming for him to run but his mind forced him to stay absolutely still.
“Come forth, FN-3043,” Kylo Ren commanded, his deep voice reverberating off of the walls.
3043 was taken aback. How did the Supreme Leader know his name? He did as Kylo Ren commanded, walking forward rigidly. His heartbeat pounded in his ears and the back of his neck was sweating but he kept a stern yet confident countenance.
He stopped before the throne and knelt to one knee.
“Supreme Leader, I am humbled by this audience,” he said.
Kylo Ren silently gazed at him.
The hair on the back of his neck stood as it seemed that Kylo Ren’s dark eyes were staring straight through him.
“You can rise, FN-3043.”
And that’s what the trooper did. As he gazed at the Supreme Leader his hands began to quiver, forcing him to clench them into fists.
“I have summoned you here today because you did something very extraordinary FN-3043.”
“And what was that my lord?” FN-3043 asked.
Kylo Ren leaned forward.
“You killed what was the last remnant of an ancient power I had been trying to find. I thought I could contain that power. My lofty goals backfired. You did what neither I or my Knights could. And you didn’t have to. You could’ve fled like normal stormtroopers would but you stayed.”
FN-3043 dipped his head.
“I was only doing what I thought was right.”
Kylo’s full lips quirked into a slight smile.
“And…you saved the lives of many that day, maybe even including me. I do not pretend to believe that things couldn’t have gone terribly wrong if it wasn’t for you.”
FN-3043 gazed upward at the Supreme Leader, his mouth gaping in astonishment. Was this really happening? Was Kylo Ren really complimenting him? It felt like a scene out of the best dream he could ever have.
“You are not a typical stormtrooper, FN-3043,” Kylo Ren continued. “You are much more. And that’s why I’m rising your rank to Captain.”
3043’s jaw dropped.
“You’ll also need a name suitable for a captain as well. All will now know you as Captain Spere.”
3043 couldn’t contain the smile that lit up his features. Kylo Ren sat back in his throne, his expression turning stoic once more.
“Now go before I remember that you violated the stormtroopers’ code by trailing me that night and I decide to change my mind…violently,” Kylo Ren said.
FN-3043’s smile vanished and his heart nearly skipped a beat at the Supreme Leader’s horrifying threat. He bowed.
“Thank you, my lord,” 3043 said.
He calmly but hurriedly made his way back to the elevator where the doors slid open for him exactly when he reached them. As he entered the elevator and the doors closed he began to laugh.
Laughed with an elation he had never felt before. He couldn’t wait to tell his friends the good news.