Prologue part 3: (These events transpire during and after the Clone Wars episode "Grevious Intrigue") "Get in, get in, hurry!" Shouted a Horn Company Recon trooper from inside one of the escape pods. "Not without Captain Lock!" Replied Gale.
A few escape pods had already filled up and shot out of the smoking hull of the ship. Gale, Dren, and several troopers stood in the corridor, covering the remaining troops as they evacuated. As the last surviving members of Horn Company straggled in, there was silence. No blaster fire, nothing. Dren could hear the grown of steel as the ship tried to hold together. The troopers were illuminated by a dull flashing red light, signaling them to evacuate. It had been flashing the whole time, but they only now noticed it. "Gale..." Dren started to reply. "I'm not leaving without him, Dren!" Snapped Gale, but his voice showed he was losing hope that their captain would make it. "Gale..." Dren put his hand on Gale's shoulder, "we have to go, now." "Alright." Gale's heart sank. His captain was a good soldier and a close brother, but order were orders.
Just as they were boarding the escape pod, the blast doors opened at the end of the hall and blaster fire rained through. Gale and Dren looked up in surprise. Captain Lock rushed through, with a wounded clone leaning against him. "You ARC boys never were good at following orders." Lock said, out of breath. "Lucky for you, sir!" Said Gale, with a grin on his face that was hidden by his helmet. "Let's get of this tin can!" The troopers piled onto the escape pod and it jettisoned out into the black abyss of space just as Droid flooded the corridor where they had been moments before. (To be continued....)