Here we go, for the third time! STAR WARS I'M ALIVE DRAMATIS PERSONAE Ankyr Nuruodo Mitthraw Nuruodo Leia Organa Solo Han Solo Boba Fett Mara Jade Skywalker Shira Brie Jacen Solo Tenel Ka Solo Tahiri Veila Soontir Fel Ta'a Chume Jaina Solo Gilad Pellaeon Cal Omas Special Thanks To: Celine Dion, again; Timothy Zahn, Kevin J. Anderson, Tom Veitch, Michael Stackpole, Greg Keyes, Walter Jon Williams, and Rebecca Moesta; Jaina_Jag, Jedi_Liz, Daughter of Yub Yub, and everyone else who read the first two books; the good people at Del Rey and LucasBooks who gave me so much to toy with, especially Lucy Autrey Wilson, Sue Rostini, and Shelley Shapiro; and, of course, the nerf herder himself, George Lucas. (Does anybody read this??) -------------------------- Ankyr Nuruodo, and his father, Mitthraw Nuruodo, strolled down a dank tunnel deep in the bowels of Mon Calamari. The elder Chiss' skin was severely greying, partly from age, and partly from stress. "The situation in Theed?" he asked his son. Ankyr grimaced. "It is being handled." "By whom?" "I contacted the Emperor's Hand who served us before. I have been assured success." "Yet they are not yet dead?" Mitthraw paused for a moment. "No matter. There are more pressing matters at hand." Ankyr regarded his father. "Have you decided?" "Hm? Ah, which system..." Mitthraw mulled over it for a moment. "A new opportunity has been laid right in our laps." He grinned devilishly. "Hapes." "Hapes?" "Yes. Now that the fool Ta'a Chume is on the throne, Hapes will be blinded by the politcal intrigue she will undoubtedly cause. I want you to destroy the cluster." Ankyr's eyes bulged. "The entire cluster? But how?" Mitthraw's evil grin grew wider. "The Chiss Bomb."