1. Nar Shaddaa
Demo looked around at the other troopers and gave a nod to Flash. “KE’SUSH!” he yelled. Immediately he and the others stood at attention and saluted. “The Empire may have turned against you, but we have not,” he began.
“Tell us what to do, general and we will do so,” Flash added.
Vhiran nodded approvingly at the still unwavering loyalty of the men he had commanded and befriended. “At ease, my friends.” He turned to Flash. “All you need to do now is stay alive, captain,” he said. “And wait until I contact you again.”
Flash saluted. “Sir, yes sir!”
“Flash, do you know where the others are?” Ashukahwa asked.
“Ghost’s stationed on Dantooine, general. And Blackout’s overseeing the garrison that is being set up here on Nar Shaddaa.”
“Contact them at the first possibility you have and give them the orders I just gave you.”
“Understood, sir.” The captain nodded. “So, what will you be doing in the meanwhile?”
“Getting off this moon first. I take it they know we’re here, since you’ve been looking for us.”
Flash nodded. “They do. General, please stay in your hideout a little longer. I’ll have Blackout arrange you and your friends a ride to Dantooine and tell Ghost you’re coming. And until you’re safely away, I‘ll declare this area off-limits to all Imperial personnel.”
“Thank you, my friend.” Vhiran bowed. “Be prepared. Next time we meet will be the time for retaliation.” He then took the captain’s hand and both clenched their hands into fists. “Darasuum kote!” Vhiran said.
“Darasuum kote!” Flash repeated in reply. He looked at the other troopers and raised his fist in the air. “DARASUUM KOTE!” he called out.
The voices of the troopers calling out the motto of the Grand Army of the Republic as one sounded throughout the area. Although not knowing the meaning of the words, Shamila looked in amazement at what happened. The clones that had hunted them down only moments ago now swore loyalty to them. And they would be far from the last. She knew, while seeing the spark in her Master’s eyes as he looked proudly at the soldiers enthusiastically singing a war chant and waving their blasters in the air, the tides had finally turned. The fate of the Empire had been sealed.
– Ke’sush! (Keh-SOOSH) – Attention! (the army command)
– Darasuum Kote (Da-RAH-soom KOH-tay) – Eternal Glory (motto of the Grand Army of the Republic)