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> However, I would like to know if there is a way for me to
> use Lua's load string,
> then get access to byte-compiled code  and then translate the
> bytecompile
> code into whatever I need

My old lua2c does that but I don't think that's what you need. I think
you need a source-to-source translator. Otherwise, you'd get stuck in
semantics mismatch. Try luac -l to see what kind of bytecode Lua uses.
> Wouldn't this be simpler for me to do (as then Lua takes care of lexing,
> parsing, etc)

If you want that, check out my lstrip (especially the -d option):