I am traveling thought the financial district on Coruscant in disguise again. I am using a Dantooine trader ID. I enter one of the hundreds of non-descript building in the area and head to the offices of Kr’s Trading Association.
At the door I have to have a quick bio-metric scan. This is one of the stupider security devises I have seen. I am clone. I look like almost 5 billion other clones. I use my false ID and the door opens. I walk thought the empty reception room to one of the small offices.
The person in the room has his back to me as I enter. He stop working on the computer turns to me and say “Take a seat Alpha 20397, we have much to go over since your last report.”
“Yes, Captain Bray.” I reply curtly. Bray was one of the clone troopers that were moving up the ranks quickly. He was efficient, loyal and very smart. I felt he was also overconfident at time. I am sure he will go far in the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R), as long as he never loses his head over his gains in power.
“Give me your report, Trooper. I don’t have all day.” Bray barked. This was one of his traits, calling everyone by generic title. This was his way of showing that he, and those clone like him, were special, while the rest of us are fodder for the war. I let it slide off me and begin my report.
“The observation of the Malastareian delegation has shown that they do have an extensive spy network on Coruscant. Their main focus seems to be the Nabooians. The Gran seem to have taken serious offence with them since the invasion of Naboo. I was able to access several of the delegations com terminals, including used by a security officer.”
“And how did you manage that.” Bray broke in.
“The Malastareian, like many of the groups we are assigned to guard or escort, quickly forget clones are sentient being. They act as if we are not there and let slip many items they shouldn’t. The security officer accessed his com station while I was in the room and lost his security ID in a transport once. I copied it and then dropped it into Senator Ask Aak’s diplomatic pouch.” I replied
“Interesting. Some how in reviewing your record I didn’t see advanced Com slicing. Have you been picking up new skills from that so called Lt. Cmdr?” Bray inquired
“I was trained by G.A.R techs after the battle of Geonosis, I’m sure it’s in my record. But yes Lt. Cmdr Oneida has been training some troopers with a background in Com slicing. I am not sure what this has to do with my mission?”
“Ah Yes, the mission. Continue.”
“The spy network the Malastareian have put together is gathering information on many of the other senators. They have been quite successful in turning member of security details.”
“The security personal? That is interesting. How are they turning them?”
“The usual way; bribery, intimidation, blackmail. In some cases they have created conflicts within delegations to weaken the resolve of the intended target. A very multifarious operation. I could have obtained the entire list of compromised subjects and detailed reports of what information has been gathered.”
For the first time Bray shows sign of agitation, “But you did not do that Right! Your orders were clear. G.A.R. personnel are not to be implicated in any way. If you are found out, you will be terminated.” Bray glares at me
“I understand fully, Captain Bray.” I reply. “I know the Malastareian need to be found out by another source. I am developing a plan. Do you want to hear it?”
Bray stares at me for a moment. “No, I don’t think I do. But it better work Trooper. And don’t ask for help from the troopers you work with. Do you understand ?"
“And be damm sure you don’t ask for help from that utreekov al’verde* of yours!”
Now it is my turn to feel slightly agitated. “Yes, Sir! I swear I will not ask anyone for help in this matter” I spit out.
“You’re dismissed. Contact me to meet again after your plan is in motion and you are sure of success. Fail me, and you will die.”
I get up to leave and look at Captain Bray. “I will not fail the G.A.R.”
To be continued
* Mandalorian for “stupid commander’