It was a grey Sunday morning and Carrickfergus Castle stood imposing before the dappled ocean. The umbrella of sky crowning it was a mesh of grey and white, a sure sign of interdimensional disturbance. Ghost images of Imperial ships shimmered like traces of infinity.
Today the Quay Vipers were out in force for their annual bike race in aid of the hospice. Bikes of all shapes and sizes flooded the car park but unknown to them a force from beyond the outer rim was about to materialize. Families and friends gathered to witness the parade but suddenly from over the top of the hill white and black armoured figures marched towards the Vipers, their skull like masks fixed on domination. Led by an Imperial officer the mix of stormtroopers loomed down over the event weapons at the ready, determined to claim this place in the name of Darth Vader himself. There were sandtroopers, TIE fighter pilots and classic stormtroopers joined by the most dangerous bounty hunter in the galaxy Boba Fett. Mercy was not in their vocabulary and the Empire was about to expand claiming the biker fleet as their own.
But suddenly hot on their trail another crack in the fabric of reality brought forward a new squad of heroes determined that the Imperial forces would embrace the event rather than pervert it in the name of the Empire.
Led by Batman, came the Ghostbusters, Captain Jack Sparrow, a lone female X Wing pilot and a group of rebels sporting Emerald Garrison jackets. The battle lines had been drawn as the forces of good and evil faced each other across the carpark. Could Captain Jack’s sword be a match for the Imperial blasters and could Batman’s skills be enough to put them down? Maybe crossing the proton streams from the Ghostbuster’s backpacks would be enough to break the dimensional disturbance and return everyone to their proper places in time and space. Everyone watched as silence fell across the crowd, the Imperial march theme the only sound. And then something amazing happened.
Boba Fett shook the hand of Batman and the troopers formed a guard of honour for the Quay Vipers as their squad of powerful machines roamed the area for everyone to see. Gone were the labels of darkness and the troopers patrolled the crowds meeting and greeting man, woman and child alike. Somehow the Imperials and the superheroes had found a common ground and joined forces to give the crowds a day they would not forget. For those few hours the greatest heroes and villains in history bowed before the power of the Vipers as they raised money for those less fortunate. There were even whispers of some of the Imperials never returning home and joining the Viper squad to continue their quest across the country to help raise funds for charity. Maybe it was the effect of the dimensional crack but these legends were united in their goals to help the Vipers achieve their goals. The meeting and greeting knew no bounds as celebrities, children and mayors alike stood side by side with the heroes and villains to help raise much needed funds for charity. And as the Imperial officer whispered to someone, there are some things Lord Vader need not know.
And in a few hours they power of the vortex began to heal the dimensional rift and Imperials and heroes alike were pulled back to their own realities. Last anyone saw of them was the glint of white armour disappearing over the crest of the hill beside the castle and a final pose from Captain Jack beside the castle before he realized this was not his time zone. With one last drunken wave to the dwindling crowds, he too was returned to his own time.
But the mission had been completed. By joining forces the Imperials and heroes had ensured the success of the Viper squad and brought much needed funds to the collection buckets. The smiles and joy on the people’s faces had been imprinted on the stormtroopers’ minds as they faded from our reality with a respectful nod from Batman. The mission had been a success in ways they had not foreseen. The goodness of the event had changed them forever and as the last winds fell, there was a whisper that floated across the ancient stones of Carrickfergus castle.
“We’ll be back.”