when he woke up he saw the commander sitting in a chair at the table.
“your awake son.. I am glad to see it didn’t take as long as your first sleep..”
“how long where I out this time?”
“a week.. but don’t worry the nurse have been taking excellent care of you.”
“thanks.. Aleena was it ?”
“yeah.. you watch out for her.. I think she has a soft spot for you..” he said with a blink in his eye..
“yeah.. I have sorta noticed that”
E'tad got up from the chair and took on his helmet..
“how do you feel? I expect you must be eager to learn the truth about the galaxy?”
“im fine I want to learn..”
“good I will se to it that you get your own quarters and still have the doctor and the nurse checking in on you.. you have been thru a rough start in your new life but you will get over it soon enough..”
“okay well where to first then E'tad?”
“well first stop.. the box over there.. you cant run around looking like that.”
in the box was a Mandalorian armor.. but it was all shiny.. just plain metal..
“you will get to coloring it when the time comes.. for now the others will see that you are new , and they will be helpful to you..”
“okay what color.”
“wait son.. every thing will be explained.. just take it on for now.”
he started to take on the metal parts covering his legs his knees and then the chest plate, the arms and then.. the helmet.. a shiny gray helmet with a T-visor, a range finder antenna. And as he took it down over his head it felt a bit tight fit.. not like his commando helmet that thing felt like it was all over the place.. this felt like molted to his face.. it felt.. comfy..
“how does it fit.. I had it made after my first helmet.. thinking we had a similar size”
“good now this way I have a lot to show you.. but first I need you to remember one thing.. a thing that helped me when I first started my journey from the clone army to freedom. Remember.. now you are free to chose, the clone commando died on his mission.. now you live a new life..”
“thanks.. ill keep it in mind..”
“good now this way..”
they walked out of the medic bay and down the corridor.. they came past a window where the nurse stood on the other side.. she looked up as they passed, he felt there eye's meet.. like the helmet was gone and see looked straight in his eye's.. she smiled and looked down in her papers again..
Down at the end of the hall E'tad oped a door leading outside.. out in a bright world.. a city in a dome.. he looked up and saw the huge dome looking like the sky stretching over the city sealing It inside from the desert world outside..
“This way Son.. I have a speeder over here.. we will take it to the museum.”
“okay lead the way..”
“can you drive?”
“sure I have training to drive anything”
“good you drive then..”
E'tad jumped on to the speeder and the clone walked around it and got in.
after a few minutes in the air E'tad looked at him.
“When we land you have to address me as Sir. when we are near anyone. Its better to keep them unaware of our friendship”
“okay but why..?”
“well.. its better to keep it like that for now.”
“where are we heading sir?”
“over there the museum.. time for a history lesson”
a few moments later outside the museum..
“in here the great hall.. here’s a special person you need to meet.. Mand'alore”
in the great hall where Huge Hologram's of Mand'alor's and a lot of them.
Mand'alor the First, the Conqueror, the Indomitable, the Ultimate, the Preserver, the Lesser, the Vindicated, the Uniter, and more..
In front of the holo was a special glass cage and inside was a long line of Helmets and Masks Behind the hologram was a large collection of weapons, debris and treasures from different planets. All items and parts of the history surrounding the Mandalorians and there.. violent past..
“here my friend I will leave you for now.. I have some business in the city but ill be back.. look around here.. much of the truth of the universe can be learned here.. the mandalorians have always been there to fight the fights.. even those the the republic ran from.. and im sure you can handle your self.”
“Okay Sir.” E'tad turned around and walked out of the museum. But stopped and said.
“And while you are here.. think over a name.. let them all inspire you..”
E'tad left. And he turned and looked at the many hologram's.
He felt overwhelmed. But at home.. like he was born here or raised here, he didn’t understand. He walked around reading about all the mandalores and others that have had an impact on his history.. arh hhis eha there’s.. whoa.. why did he just think it was his history.. why does all this feel to close to his heart..
“hello may I help you new born?” he turned and behind him was a mandalorian all in Yellow except a Grey Circle over his heart..
“I'm just looking and learning.. how did you know I was new here?”
“your armor.. you haven t made it personal to you. And you dont seem to know our history the way you are reading about it all.”
“well yes im new I have joined..”
“shys.. I know who got you to this planet.. do not mention there name in public.. but dont worry your sekret is safe with me..”
“how did you know? Sir?”
“i saw E'tad.. my.. son has joined him.. its not my decision to those her faith..”
“you say Son and “her” faith.. so whats it gonna be?”
“my daughter have rebelled from me.. and have now joined there Cause.”
“why did she rebel?”
“i was too hard.. I know that now. I didn’t listen to her.. and now I live alone here in my museum..”
“why where you hard. If I may ask?”
“no problem my young one.. you don’t seem like anyone ive ever meet of your “kind”. She.. wanted to join your cause and.. I tried to protect her show here what you have done in our history but she didn’t want to hear.. and I said. If you join them you will never be my daughter..”
“hard words.. but I can see it from your view. It must be hard.”
“thank you kind one.. you remind me of a person here in this museum.. over here walk with me” they walked to the end of the line where there only was a helmet.
“here.. well its a new part of the collection its not so long ago I got it im my hands.. it belonged to Jaster Mereel. A warrior and a leader.. and a good one too.. like I sense you will be.. but like you he had.. a kind heart like you at some points, he even saved the young boy Jango.. who became jango fett.. who was the main “clone” in witch all clones are modified versions of.”
“yes all of them? This is common knowledge, where have you been the hole war?”
“in the clone army..”
“b-but? A clone? Who are you ? Whats your name..?”
“by mand'alor this cant be true.. I have a lot to ask you.. may I?”
“i believe its for the best if we do not discuss this subject right now.. but now you know the truth may I ask you of something?”
“i want to learn to be free.. where do I start?”
“here.. at jaster.. and then Jango fett.. I think its best you learn who you are before you learn how to be free.. may I just show you one thing?”
“yes show me”
“show you well.. tell you.. let me quote.. Kal Skirata.. "No true Mandalorian can live alongside the Death Watch." that was his and Jango fetts Opinion.. just keep that in mind.. and.. ehm.. Jaster here.. was killed by the Death watch”
“thank you.. I will remember that..”
“i hope you will.”
E'tad walked in thru the Main door to the museum..
“are you ready we have to leave now. Ill expalin on the way.”
“yes two secs.. wait at the speeder I just need to see one more thing.”
“okay ill be out here.” E'tad walked out..
“promise me that you will remember what I have shown you my young clone..”
“i will whats your name?”
“take care Ta'naka.. I hope we will meet again..”
“so do I my young clone..”
“im no clone from now on..now Im a mandalorian..”
“then whats your name?”
“very suitable.. take care Jaster..”
“you too.. and i will tell Aleena that you love her..”
“You know h--..” he was already always out of the door..
outside he walked over to the speeder and in to the passenger seat.
“did you learn anything in there ? And who was that you where talking with?”
“a guide at the museum showing me the history.. and I think I learned a lot today.. did your business go well?”
“yeah but we will have to leave the city tonight.. our base have been compromised but we have hidden base on the moon.. we will head back and start packing and you have to stay at base tonight.. I have a.. mission to do tonight.. do you want to come? I could use your skills.. if you can do half of what you did when I meet you with your commando team you could solo this mission..”
“whats the target?”
“the Duchess Satine's enforcer.. hes getting to be a problem.”
“okay I will help you..”
“good lets head back to base.. you need to paint that armor..”
“yeah.. and have an idea for a color scheme.”
“realy? Interesting.. how about a name? Did you find any inspiration in there?”
“yes.. I like the sound of it..”
“good good.. Jaster was strong and good.. a fine choice.”
a few moments later back in a little unmarked Hangar he was sitting and painting his armor.. as he sat and painted all the parts of his armor Gray and with a dark blue shade making markings making him unique.. he didn’t know why those where the colors of his liking but its felt neutrally gray and blue.. he could see the armors coloring. As if he had painted it before..
“are you ready Mesh'la?”
“yes I am.. well almost.. I just need to paint my helmet..”
“yeah I can see that .. why haven’t you taking it off while painting..”
“well I. Don’t know? I just like it.”
“let me paint it for you..”
she sat down and stated to paint it while Jaster kept it on..
“Aleena.. I meet your Father today.. at the museum..”
she stopped up a sec and then continued to paint
“what did he have to say..”
“only that he was sad.. and that he love you..”
“nothing more? Okay ?”
“what do you want me to say..?”
“nothing.. but I sensed that he spoke with a open heart. He didn’t know I knew you when it came up.. and when I left.. I told him that I would tell you.. he loves you and he miss you..”
“thank you Mesh'la..” a small tear left her eye.
Jaster took her hand..
“easy.. he loves you.”
“i know.. an I knew.. I love him.. and.. eh. Never mind..”
she looked at his eyes in the visor.. she looked around.. and then whipered..
“and I'm in love with you. From the moment I saw you.”
“JAster! Are you Ready? We have to move out.. the target is on the move!”
he looked at E'tad
“Yes sir Ready..”
he looked at Aleena..
“i know you do.. ill be back soon..” she replied a little high.
“There now I am finished with your helmet.. she took her hand and dipped it in the blue paint.. then placed it on the helmet on his cheek..
“you better come back Jaster.. I wont go to my father alone..”
“ill be back soon enough..” e took a finger in to the Blue paint and made a circle on her armor.. over her heart.. like the one her father had..
he got up and ran to E'tad.. they ran to the transport fighter and left the hangar.. in a fast pace over the city roofs they soon began to follow a small speeder going towards the palace..
“PILOT! We need to get him down before the palace!! JAST man the front turret!”
he ran down the corridor to the ladder going down to the turret and started to shoot at the Speeder.
After a few shots he hit the left side of the speeder making it tilt turning and crushing in to a wall.. they landed fast along side of the wall and the wreck.
“Jast on my Six!”
“Rodger” the loading ramp opened and before the ship was hanging still they jumped out and E'tad turned on his Jetpack and landed near the Speeder.. jast Fell down and landed in a roll.. he Ran towards the speeder.. E'tad was holding his Rifle at the man in the speeder.. he wasn’t dead.. as jasper approached he could hear they where speaking.
“-ere are the plans for the Ship?!”
“Duchess Satine's ship the Concordia!”
“haha-ahahaha you think I had the plans with me. Hah I sent them there.. I knew you where Coming.. hah..”
a sound of sirens where approaching.. the man fired a shot going in to E'tad leg.. Jaster lifted his Blaster and a single shot put the Laugh to silence..
“Come E'tad we need to get out of here now..”
“y-Yes now this way!” they started to run towards the ship or Jaster ran with E'tad over his shoulder and as they got on the ramp started to close..
E'tad was laying on his back on the ramp as the ship started to fly away..
“Jast.. they knew.. we have a betrayer in our mist. Tell them..”
“easy now friend.” he raised his hand to his helmet.
“we need medic at base.. get us out of here.. keep it low Soldiers coming about!”
back at base. They landed and as the ramp lowered the medics arrived taking him to the medic bay.. Aleena was there too. But the first thing she did was check Jaster for injuries.. and then on to help E'tad..
a officer was pointing at Jaster..
“Him there he was with him”
“Yes I was there. I got him on the ship.”
“do you have the plans?”
“no he had been warned of.. E'tad told me to say we have a Betrayer in our mist.”
“we will take care of it.. Whats your name?”
“indeed.. well Men.. Lets clear out the base..”
they started packing and moving out filling the transport ship.
Jaster walked down the medic bay looking for E'tad.. he was sitting in the hall with his leg all packed up.
“good to see you Sir.”
“we are past Sir. Now. My friend. You might have saved me.. I wouldt have been albe to get to the ship and get way with out you.. so I think you erand a little something.. my Jetpack.. its over there.. its yours now.. I cant use it for a while with this leg.. so here..”
“thank you.. but I don’t know how to use it..”
“put it on.. you will learn..”
he got it on his back and all locked up.. it felt very natural to ware, a little heavy but not unpleasant..
“it fits.. super.. I will have to go clear out my quarters..”
“ill help you..”
“no no.. im fine.. besides.. she's on break down the hall that way.. dont let me keep you..”
“thanks.. are you sure your fine?”
“Let me be.. your acting like im a chiled.. dont let my baster be the one to tell you to leave..”
“your blaster.. ha. It will never clear the holster before where at your quarters..”
“haha.. thanks my friend.. see you later.”
he walked down the hall and jaster walked down the hall towards Aleena..
a little longer down in a room that said Cantina Aleena was sitting and eating.
“Jaster. Come have something to eat.. you must be hungry..”
he sat down and got something to eat.. they talked and talked .. about her chielhood and his.. her mother that had died in an accident at the embassy and her farther who was the Guide at the Museum. He talked about how he had learned about Jango fett being the one who he was cloned from.. and the kaminoens that had taught him about life and about following what others told you.. and after a few hours of talking they walked out of the Cantina, Hand in hand.. and on board the transport ship with E'tad.. they where on there way to the new base.. to the moon..
after some flying out of the city first then across the huge dessert to conceal there destination then out of orbit with the planet and down on a small moon.. they walked out of the ship onto the landing pad. And down in there new home.. the base.. a officer was shouting out names and there new quarters.. but as they shouted out Aleena's new quarters E'tad whispered something to the officer.. then he lifted his hand to his helmet and turned on his close range radio contacting Jaster and Aleena.
“a little thanks for the Rescue” then he pointed at the door that they could enter.. he had given them his quarters a little bigger then the normal quarters and with room for them both..
To be continued...