‘sup, Agent Kindling. Nice of you to make your debut.
She was sitting on the edge of the bunk with her head in her
hands, her lekku slumping forward over her shoulders, when the door slid open. It took Hera a moment to look up, barely able
to believe it; the door hadn’t opened since she had arrived, however long ago
that had been.
There was a human man standing at the top of the steps
leading out of the cell, lit from behind so that his face was shadowed. Just beyond him, Hera could see a pair of
stormtroopers in the corridor outside, their backs turned to her.
“Hera?” said the man.
She scrambled to her feet as he came down the steps towards
her, the door sliding shut behind her with a throat-clenching thump.
“Who are you?” she demanded. “What do you want? I’m – you can’t keep me here! My father –”
“My name is Roberto Beneke,” the man said, raising his hands
in a soothing gesture. “I’m an agent
from the Imperial Security Bureau.”