So It Begins, Epilogue by MioraaNyte ()
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As the time approached to address the group, Zefaara said to the holospecialist, "thank you for coming on such short notice, Mr. Vando. I appreciate you being able to accommodate me."
Looking to the Sith, Vando replied, "it is my pleasure and honor, my lord. To chose me over all others is truly gratifying."
"Everybody I asked said you were the best," Zefaara answered, "and this evening's announcement is too important to be left to chance."
With a bow and a smile, the man said, "thank you for saying that, are you ready, my lord? It is almost 1830."
Taking a seat behind her desk, the Sith replied, "I'm ready when you are, Mr. Vando."
As the holospecialist signaled to begin, Zefaara started her speech, "good evening my friends, tonight I present the news you've all longed to hear." Pausing for a moment, Zefaara continued, "since the day each of you joined our group, I promised one day we will have a home, a true home of our own." Standing to lean against the desk chair, she went on, "that day has come. With the help of a powerful ally, who shares our belief in an Empire where all its citizens, no matter their birth status or species, will be one people united." Taking a breath, Zefaara again spoke, "thanks to his benevolence, we will be putting Dromund Kaas behind us to accomplish this goal very soon."
As she moved to the front of her desk, she continued, " in the next ninety-six hours, we have much to do to prepare. We have all been rehearsing for this day, I believe we will succeed. We will be ready before schedule, for this is the day we have all been longing for." Standing there for a moment, Zefaara went on, "I will not lie to you, the next few days will be hard, for we have much to do in such a short time. We will find ourselves taxed to the near limits, but remember the reward and it will be worth the effort. Our ally and his people have been preparing for our arrival for more than a year. They too, have diligently toiled during this time to build a magnificent city and all its amenities, so that we may join them and see the dream of a united Empire take root and flourish."
"There are many of you with special skills that were not able to be used here on Dromund Kaas," the Sith informed the audience, "in our new home, your talents will be vital to our growth and prosperity. An example, there is fertile farm and grazing lands that have been prepared. We will turn to you with farming, ranching and other related knowledge for our very survival, your expertise will provide an invaluable asset." Smiling, Zefaara added, "and that is not the only skills that will now be crucial, the list is long and varied. The opportunities will be limited only by our imaginations."
Returning to her chair to sit again, Zefaara leaned into the camera and added, "I have only two orders to give this evening, my friends. I order that all operations of the compound be placed on automatic." With a smile on her face, Zefaara went on, "after that, I order everybody to take the rest of the evening off. Go home, be with your families and friends, celebrate this day." Then with a slight laugh, admonished the audience, "but please, don't get too carried away, we begin work at 0900 tomorrow morning. The last thing anybody needs is a hangover." As she brought her message to a close, her words became filled with joy, "our deliverance is upon us, I wish to personally thank each of you for everything you've done for the group, our people, our family and especially for me. Our future is bright as a supernova and it will forever be my honor and privilege to be one of you." With one last pause, she ended with, "good night my friends and family, may the Force forever continue to serve us well."
As Vando finished breaking down his equipment and began to depart, Zefaara once again thanked him and bid him a good evening. Without warning, Mayla excitedly entered the room exclaiming to her mistress, "Master, you must see this!" Moving to the window, Mayla pointed to the crowd gathered in the square below. Following her young friend, Zefaara looked out and saw what looked like hundreds of her people singing, dancing and celebrating. Turning to the Sith, Mayla said, "can you hear them, Master? It is a wonderful sound."
Putting her arm around the young woman, Zefaara hugged her and replied, "my dear, it's the most beautiful sound I've ever heard..."
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Image Comments (9)
ZjaelingNytesong () 1:37PM | Thu, 03 September 2020
Wonderful conclusion to this chapter.
Outstanding writing and illustration skills.
Radar_rad-dude () 11:03PM | Thu, 03 September 2020
Very cool illustrations and story! Wonderful job all around! Magnificent creation! Bravo!
BellaDark () 12:25AM | Fri, 04 September 2020
A great end to a great story and once again the perfect accompaniment of a series of images to illustrate it. Doing these two things so seamlessly to me is a marvel (no comic pun intended there, truly). Fantastic work. :)
daggerwilldo () 8:33PM | Fri, 11 September 2020
Thank you for a wonderful tale and some exquisite graphics. Very well done.