A Forgotten Trooper

by SonicTeam34


Chapter 22: Rainy Night

The rain was falling fast, causing Strider to constantly wipe away the water from his helmet visor so he could see. Luckily for him, he emerged from the forest right outside Fluttershy's cottage and the Gunship.

Strider rushed towards the Gunship and hopped into the Transportation bay, before attempting to shut the door. However, the button that shut the door let out a crunching noise, before getting stuck.

With a sigh, Strider sat down in the transportation bay with the rain still flying into it. His armor was already soaked, so it didn't really matter.

Strider turned on the DC-15S's safety before putting it down next to him. Strider leaned back against the wall of the Gunship and began to get lost in thought.

Strider soon began to put information together which formed a terrible conclusion. If Rust and those other troopers had to evacuate with an escape pod, then the Venator must have been taken over or destroyed by the Separatists. That meant that there wasn't a Republic ship that could rescue him, and no defense around the planet. If the Separatists sent one single battalion of droids, this planet would be lost, along with the population.

The rain battered down on the Gunship, thunder rumbling in the distance. Strider looked over at the rain for a while, pondering about the situation. He was lost, forgotten, and alone...

At least, that was what he thought. But someone reminded him that he wasn't, or somepony.

Fluttershy emerged from around the Gunship, her mane and tail drooping from the rain. She looked over at Strider, then around the empty transportation bay. She didn't need to guess on what had happened.

"Strider? Do you want to go inside?" Fluttershy asked gently.

Strider looked over at the pegasus, before nodding and getting up. He hopped down from the transportation bay and walked with the pegasus over to the cottage. Fluttershy opened the front door and let Strider inside, before shutting the door behind her as she followed.

Two birds flew over to Fluttershy with a towel in their talons. They gently set it down on Fluttershy's back before flying off. However, instead of using the towel, Fluttershy held it towards Strider. Strider held up a hand, shaking is head.

"I don't need it, i've got armor and you don't." Strider exclaimed.

Fluttershy quickly used the towel to dry herself off, before putting it down on a spot on the couch. Strider sat on the towel and looked at the wooden floorboard. Fluttershy took a seat next to him, looking at the Trooper's hidden face.

After what felt like hours of silence, the only noise being the rain pattering against the windows and roof, Fluttershy looked down at the floor as well.

"Was no one there?" She asked.

".....no, that was what made it worse." Strider answered in an emotionless tone.

Fluttershy was about to say something, but closed her mouth, keeping the silence going.

"Three of my brothers were in an escape pod. They had died on impact. But one of my brothers did survive." Strider stated.

Fluttershy looked up at Strider with smile at the news, but Strider's blank tone and stillness caused it to fade away.

"Where is he?" She asked, afraid of the answer.

"He was being chased by one of those wooden wolves," Strider exclaimed.

"A Timber Wolf?" Fluttershy questioned, worried.

"I guess, but with a quick signal, he soon ended up with me. I fended off that Timber Wolf and was about to take him to safety, but another creature caught him." Strider said.

Fluttershy remained silent, stunned at what the trooper had said.

"I watched him die right in front of my eyes...unable to do anything. I fired at that creature, but the damage had already been done." Strider muttered.

He let his shoulders slump down while recalling what he had done next.

"I unloaded a full power pack on that Timber Wolf, as well as a thermal detonator, leaving nothing left of it." Strider finished.

After another round of silence, before Fluttershy asked in a sorrowed tone. "What was his name?"

"Rust...he was the leader of my squad...and a great person." Strider exclaimed.

Strider waited for a reply from Fluttershy, but instead, he was greeted with a hoof on his shoulder. He glanced over to see Fluttershy looking at him sympathetically.

"I'm very sorry for your loss, but I want you to remember, your not alone." Fluttershy stated.

Strider smiled under his helmet. "Thanks, for helping me out."

"That's what friends are for." Fluttershy exclaimed.

Friends... That was something that was rare throughout the clone army. They were all brothers and the battalion that he was in was led by a Jedi who usually stuck to protocol and was distant. Strider also wasn't ever stationed in one spot on a planet near its inhabitants. Knowing that Fluttershy saw him as a friend and not just a strange creature made him happy.

Strider began asking Fluttershy about the creatures from the forest and if they do things differently depending on the time. He might be able to scavenge parts from the pod if he needed something for the Gunship that he couldn't replace with what he had.

Unknown to both of them, a set of Blue eyes watched from a window behind them. That set of eyes then vanished as the pony they belonged to turned around and left.


The rain kept falling outside the cottage, battering the building with water, but it no longer gave off a dark ambiance. Instead, it began to fall in rhythm, like a calming beat.

The rain also masked the sound of hoof steps trotting away from the cottage. A Stallion ignored the rain pelting his mane, tail and fur as he trotted down a path towards Ponyville. The Stallion every now and then looked back at the cottage, his blue eyes locking onto the yellow light flowing through a closed window.

The Stallion gave the window one last look, before sighing and continued to trot towards the town. He had other things to do and had plenty of time on hoof.