Chapter 5. Parting
Part 6. Bonds
“I don’t want you to die!!” Shamila suddenly yelled. Nillanthir’s heart felt like it was sinking. He went down on one knee and grabbed Shamila by her shoulders.
“I won’t die yet.” Nillanthir said calmly. “I have to do this and you must leave. I don’t know if we’ll see each other again but I know that you will be strong one day. You must protect the innocent.” Nillanthir then held Shamila’s hand open with one hand and his other hand reached for his wing. He silently counted to three in his mind and grabbed the biggest feather of his wing and pulled, his face suddenly winced at the stinging sensation pulling the feather out caused. He then placed the feather in Shamila’s hand and he closed her fingers around it. “This shall be for you to remember me by. Look after Vhiran and Bultar. The Force will watch over you always.” Nillanthir then leaned in and placed a soft kiss on her forehead. He then stood up and turned. “May the Force be with you all.” Nillanthir then started to run to the entrance, hoping to distract the clones.
“Wait, don’t,” Churro said. “Don’t stay here on your own. I can sense who is leading the attackers. It’s, it’s Anakin.” A look of sadness appeared in the young Knight’s eyes. Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker had been a good friend of Churro’s, until his fall to darkness. Still, Churro did not want two of his friends ending up killing each other, even if one of those friends had betrayed them all. “You can’t stand against him, Nillanthir. None of us can.” He clenched his fists. “We must leave. We must escape! Come with us!”
Nillanthir shook his head. “I won’t leave, Churro,” he said grimly. “That is not Vader you’re sensing…” Nillanthir then turned and before he walked off he gave one last look to the others. “How they found us here was through a former friend of mine. He and I fought a long ago and now he wants to kill us all. As for Vader… He is with the Emperor for some purpose.” Nillanthir then turned and walked up to Churro.
“I know that he was your friend, but you have to let go of him now. Darth Vader is now what he has become.” The sounds of footsteps could be heard as the enemy went through the back entrance to the cave. Nillanthir then started to run and he held his lightsaber ready.
“STOP STALLING AND GO!” Nillanthir yelled at the Jedi and he then ran forward to confront the enemies that threaten to destroy those he cared for. The day that they kill her is the day I die, Nillanthir thought to himself as the footsteps intensified.
Emerald eyes scanned through the dark cave, with squads of troops behind him. He never thought that it would come down to this. He swore to help the Jedi, but now they were his enemy. He could sense him nearby. At last. The traitor of traitors will have justice placed upon him, Aoshi thought as he readied himself.