3rd Person POV
Black Beetle made his way up the dimly-lit staircase, and navigated through the castle. Guards gave nervous salutes as he walked by, and the slaves instantly bowed when they saw him.
The door to the throne room was held open for him. He stepped through and approached the throne. Kneeling with one knee up and his head down, he greeted the Queen. "Your majesty, we have captured the prisoners," he reported.
"I trust you have dealt with them appropriately? Remember they were all to be kept alive."
"Of course, your majesty," he responded, keeping his head low. He smiled, knowing they wouldn't be that way much longer.
"Good, have them awake and ready to be sent to Kadavo shortly. Soon I will have an army of super powered slaves under my control."
"Yes." Black Beetle stood, bowed, and left the room.
Dooku has come to confront Miraj about why Anakin is still alive.
"Why is Skywalker still alive, Miraj?" Count Dooku demanded.
"Whatever do you mean?" she responded indignantly. "I have nothing to do with Skywalker any longer."
"Do not try to hide it from me Miraj, I know you have Skywalker, hidden away in your palace."
"You have no proof of this, I have Black Beetle and my army searching relentlessly for him, I do not have Skywalker in my palace!"
"Is this proof enough for you?" Dooku growled, holding up a hologram disk. The image of Anakin chained up and unconscious in the queen's palace dungeon showed up.
"And the fact that you clearly told Black Beetle just before I walked in, that you will soon have an army of super powered slaves under your control. Just how long did you think your actions against the empire could be kept hidden? We have eyes and ears all over your palace."
"Who has been giving information to you? If there is a traitor in my palace, they will be dealt with severely!" Miraj cried.
"Why, it was none other than your 'faithful advisor'." Dooku gestured to the man standing beside her throne. "Atai Molec has been serving as an agent for the empire for many years now." Miraj glared down at him, merely for him to cross his arms and smirk.
"Now, send for Black Beetle to bring up the prisoners," Dooku ordered. "And I will kill them myself, since you are not competent enough to do it."
"I will allow you to do no such thing!" Miraj cried, standing up. Dooku smirked.
"Molec?" He looked pointedly at the Prime Minister. He nodded sharply, and took out a holo-communicator.
"Black Beetle." The communicator beeped and soon Black Beetle was on the screen.
"How can I be of service?" he answered, with a tinge of sarcasm. The Prime Minister didn't catch the quiet sigh at the end.
"Have the prisoners brought up to the throne room."
"All four of them?" he asked, surprised.
"Yes, all four of them. Do it as quickly as you can." Atai ordered. However, Queen Miraj had had enough. She jumped up from her throne, and went over to Atai.
"Stop this instant! I o-" suddenly, she was floating up into the air, gasping for air as she pulled at the invisible force choking her neck. Count Dooku stood with a hand out, eyes locked on the queen's neck. Right when the Queen was ready to die, he let go and she dropped to the ground with a thud. She took deep, jagged breaths, hands rubbing her pained neck.
"Let that be a warning to you, Queen Miraj," Dooku told her with a glare. "Atai, see to it that Black Beetle arrives here with the four prisoners." The Prime Minister gave a quick bow and left the room in search of Black Beetle. Count Dooku looked down at the Queen, sitting on the ground breathing heavily. "You wouldn't want your general to see you like this, would you? Get up, show me you can complete a task as simple as that at least." She stood up shakily, trying to regain her composure, and coughed a few times. Miraj glared at Dooku.
"Enough. I will not be ordered about in my own palace! Leave at once, Dooku," she demanded.
"You have no right to tell me what to do, Miraj. You seem to have forgotten who your master is. Perhaps you haven't learned your lesson, and I should just end your reign here and now," he replied, stretching a hand out.
"You wouldn't dare-" she was cut off by the door opening. "Black Beetle!" she cried joyously. He had walked in following Atai, carrying Impulse over his shoulder and Ahsoka under the other arm. Anakin and Blue were following begrudgingly behind him wearing inhibitor collars. "Black Beetle, dispose of the prime minister and Count Dooku at once. I want them both removed from Zygerria. Leave the prisoners here for now, and get rid of those two," Miraj ordered. Black Beetle dropped Ahsoka and Impulse on the ground. Anakin and Blue were practically glaring holes into the back of his armoured head.
"Black Beetle, you will regret it for the rest of your short life if you lay a hand on me. Kill Skywalker immediately, and I will pretend you never went against the orders of the Empire and assisted Queen Miraj in her traitorous acts," said Count Dooku.
"Actually, I have other plans," Black responded with a chuckle. Slowly rising, he transformed his arm into a laser gun. Quickly aiming at Queen Miraj, he shot her shoulder, and she collapsed to the ground. "It's my turn to be the master," he smirked. Charging at Dooku, he changed his arm into a blade, but his attack was blocked by a red lightsaber.
While this happened, Anakin and Blue took action, each running to their friend. A quick little jolt of electricity woke Impulse up, and Ahsoka just needed to be shaken a bit. Soon both were awake, and they began to make their getaway. First things first, they snapped off their inhibitor collars effortlessly with the aid of the force. Following Blue Beetle's instructions, Impulse picked up Ahsoka and ran out first to get the ship started while Anakin and Blue took care of the guards that had entered the throne room.
The fighting continued for Black Beetle and Count Dooku, until a quick slice of his lightsaber gave Dooku a small break to escape. As Black Beetle healed, Dooku quickly force jumped up the many ledges around the room, launching himself through the large stained-glass window that gave backlight to the throne. Blue Beetle quickly followed through the shattered glass, opening his wings for increased speed. He had no cognizance of Black Beetle flying after him in hot pursuit, determined not to let the control of the blue scarab slip through his fingers once again. Dooku dashed through the marketplace, running to his ship.
Ahsoka now had the ship she and Anakin had arrived in with Obi-Wan and Rex. She piloted it over to the broken window, and gave a nod to Impulse who activated the comm-link signal. Anakin noticed the beeping on his communicator, and made his way to the waiting ship by the window. Suddenly remembering they would need her to tell them where Obi-Wan and Rex were, he lifted the queen bridal-style, and jumped through the window into the cargo holding of their ship. The back closed up and he gently laid her down on the floor. He navigated his way through the back of the ship, reaching the cockpit where Ahsoka and Impulse sat.
"Where's Blue?" he asked them.
"He was chasing Count Dooku, but Black Beetle's there too. We can track him with his communicator, he'll probably need backup," Ahsoka replied.
"Ok, I'll set up the tracker. You pilot," Impulse instructed.
Meanwhile, Anakin went back to talk to the Queen.
"Please be okay, Blue..."
"What was that, Ahsoka?"
"Nothing, don't worry about it."
Count Dooku ran through the crowded marketplace with his hood up, muttering curses as he moved people and objects out of his way with the force. Blue Beetle was right on his heels, and flying above the crowds made it much easier to move around. He trailed Dooku all the way to his ship, not wanting to endanger the civilians with his energy beams. The former Jedi jumped into his ship, and flew off as fast as he could, not noticing Blue Beetle standing on the ground beneath it.
"Stop right there Dooku!" With one well-aimed shot at the engines, the ship came crashing down.