Beyond ~The Return to the Corporate Sector~ Post-ROTJ, Action/Adventure/Romance, H/L 05/12

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  1. calgary Jedi Knight

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    Oh so great to see an update, Ivy. Man, is this story tightening up. Hope you can update on your site also. I know this is tough to work on this story and work on your school projects, but this story is just coming along. I really like Thalus?s sister, Taroor. I loved that little scene where she pats Leia on the head. I'm such a fan of the Wolfmen.
  2. owphoenix Jedi Knight

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  3. Geezerette50 Jedi Knight

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    Ahhhh....the tension mounts. I can't help but feel that some part of that vision will come true. Just have to hope for that happy ending!

    ;)

    Sue
  4. calgary Jedi Knight

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    Never fear...Leia will save the day (I hope)
  5. Solo_Fan Jedi Master

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    Good update! Jedi visions give me the creeps, because you never know if they are the future, or just a possible future.
  6. GreatOne Force Ghost

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    Oh wow... great update! Han really didn't question Leia's vision too much, did he? I guess he's finally starting to believe in that 'hokey religion!' LOL!

    Still, a lot of tension and nice build up. *chews nails* :D :D :D
  7. Spike2002 Former FF-UK RSA and Arena Manager

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    Ivy: I randomly decided to read you whole story, uhm...about 2 hours ago :D Now that I've finished reading what you've done so far, I have to confess I'm hooked by this entire story, and am also glad there is someone else who has read Han Solo at Star's End. I'm personally a big fan of the Corporate Sector and any story that covers it I'm a fan of.

    Excellent story, and I looked forward to your next update.

    Spike :)
  8. Sock_of_Darth_Vader Jedi Master

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    Oh, good update. I like the connection with Daley's books.

    You wouldn't kill Han. You couldn't. But I can't help being a little scared...
  9. Sock_of_Darth_Vader Jedi Master

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    Any chance of an update soon?

    (okay, that really was a disguised 'UP!' [face_devil]
  10. ivylore Force Ghost

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    I think I need to start checking in here more often.... [face_blush]

    SockofDarthVader; Don't be scared. Update, coming this weekend.

    Spike2002; I'm a huge fan of the Corporate Sector too - anything by Brian Daley or from his series. Welcome and thanks!

    GreatOne: I promise everything will turn out okay...

    Solofan: Thanks!

    Calgary: The wolfmen have really grown on me too. I had no idea they would be such a big part of the story when I started writing it, but they keep butting their way into every single part of it. And getting quirkier, in their own little wolfmen ways.

    owphoenix; You're absolutely welcome.

    Geezerette50; Wait for the happy ending, you shall.


    Be back this weekend...

    Ivy
  11. Rosh_Penin Jedi Knight

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    I await the update with excitement!
  12. HerHighness33 Jedi Knight

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    Oooo, an update! Yay!

    *pitches tent*
  13. Geezerette50 Jedi Knight

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    Brings s'mores and kahlua.....
  14. ivylore Force Ghost

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    Mmmm. And I love Kahlua!

    *waves to Rosh_Penin and HerHighness33*

    ~Chapter 10~(Continued)






    Thalus slipped into Chewbacca?s oversized chair quite comfortably. The luminous glow of Bonadan?s atmosphere filled the dim cockpit and the fine outer hairs of his Thalus's pelt shone as though they were metallic.

    ?A problem?? the creature asked.

    The Millennium Falcon had been in orbit with the local freighter traffic for exactly four and one half hours. Han hadn?t intended to be evasive about the change in plans; it was just that every time he thought about venturing toward the main hold and explaining their current situation, it ended with fluffed tails, bared fangs and the ragged feel of his jugular being ripped open. He sucked in his breath and rested an elbow on the forward console, then exhaled deeply. ?Thalus, we can?t land.?

    To his relief, the Shistavanen?s fur didn?t bristle. ?Why??

    Han explained that Leia believed they would be destroyed before reaching the den. And why. And then, when Thalus didn?t say anything, he explained how she knew.

    ?Last month there was an ?unfortunate? accident,? the wolfman hissed when he finished. ?And the month before that, there were two. She is right. We dare not risk it.?

    ?Leia is very resourceful,? Han reassured him. ?She?s already assembled some kind of back-up plan.?

    ?What is it??

    ?I?m not really sure what it is yet. We?re supposed to remain in orbit with the local traffic until we hear from her.?

    The Shistavanen?s grim gaze wandered past the transparisteel viewport. ?Well, if you were seeking to remain with the local traffic indefinitely, I should mention that there is a pair of Picket Fleet ships weaving their way toward us.?

    ?Damn it.? Han checked the tactical display screen and saw that Thalus was right. He banked the Falcon hard to port and yanked on the throttle, directing the Falcon beneath the belly of a very large bulk hauler and into her shadows. ?Let?s see if they follow.?

    The two Marauder Corvettes sailed by on either side of the hauler, but both ships flew as though they hadn?t noticed him.

    Han held his breath. If they were part of a local patrol unit and scanning for unregistered ships or wanted ships, they may have already identified the Falcon. The good news was that while the corvettes could hold their own against minor smuggling ships and pirates, they wouldn?t stand a chance against the Falcon?s specially modified weapons system. The bad news was there were usually bigger and scarier reinforcements nearby. Han double-checked the navicomputer. Earlier he had plotted several short hyperspace jumps that take them safely to the other side of the system in nanoseconds. The problem was, once in hyperspace, Leia wouldn?t be able to contact him. Ultimately he would have to return to Bonadan and begin circling all over again; only then any patrol units would be on full alert. Life would simply be that much easier if no one noticed them.

    Just behind them lay one of Bonadan?s ubiquitous space stations. A dozen massive container ships were stationed outside it, in the process of loading up with goods and materials. Small silvery light freighters that traditionally made runs between the planet to her space stations darted in and out of the greater ship?s docking bays. To his relief, the pair of Marauders wove headfirst through the stretch of traffic behind the hauler and bee-lined it for the sheltered section of the station.

    ?See,? Han proclaimed. ?They?re probably just scoping for smugglers.?

    ?Or they might be turning around,? Thalus replied.

    Han swore. ?No. They?re not turning around. And for Corell?s sake, don?t say things like that. It?s bad luck.?

    Thalus checked the tactical display scene. ?Ooooooh.?

    ?What??

    Thalus clacked his teeth together noisily.

    ?Are they turning around??

    ?I didn?t say it.?

    Before Han could process that, the transceiver flashed
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  15. RogueSticks Jedi Knight

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    Woo! It's good to have YOU back Ivy! I'm so very thrilled that there's been an update. And that Han and Leia are together, more or less unscatched... I have no need for my WMDs here... as of now. Excellent.
  16. calgary Jedi Knight

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    Ha! Loved it when Han addressed the Bonadan Upper Level Security as sweetheart. Too cool! I also loved the reference to the anxious wet noses trying to smell him. I've really enjoyed the two version of this story. Hope you spin off some stories about the wolfmen down the road. You promised us an update, and you delivered.
  17. GreatOne Force Ghost

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    Great post! I get soooooo excited when I see that you've updated. I love this story. :D :D

  18. Geezerette50 Jedi Knight

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    It feels as though we are getting ready for the home stretch. The heroes are together, regrouping is happening for them and the not-so-short help, and the cavalry has arrived.

    It's all good.

    On to the final battle?????



    A Hopeful Sue
  19. Rosh_Penin Jedi Knight

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    Oops, missed an update! Good work, ivylore!
  20. ivylore Force Ghost

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    I apologize for being so absent from this thread that I missed all of your replies. School is DONE! Finally!

    Thanks, Calgary, Geezerette50, Roguesticks, Great_One, and Rosh_Penin.

    And let's get to it..

    ~Chapter 11~





    Leia watched as the final and youngest cub marched to the dais where the Matriarch of the Fifteen Dens embraced and welcomed her home in the name of her ancient ancestors. Hundreds of Shistavanen filled the great pavilion, the ceiling of which was framed with bloodwood that had been soaked and twined into pointed twisting skeletal sculptures and jagged spikes. Sections of bloodwood had been wrapped in a very thin material that had subsequently been treated so that it clung tightly to the wood and gave the appearance of skin. It was translucent enough that natural sunlight poured down from overhead although the material gave the airy quarters a rosy tint. Leia felt as though she was standing in the bowels of something alive ? or something that had once been alive.

    Off in the distance, the city of Topwaau was visible, built in the hills of the same dark bloodwood that was tougher than titanium. Since the ceremony had begun, the sun had rapidly burned away the thin web of morning fog, revealing the strategically desirable view of the deciduous forests and wind-ravaged lowlands. They stretched as far as she could see in any one direction and reminded her of Alderaan?s southernmost continent. Leia would have said so to Han, except that the ritual embraces (which had also involved a great deal of sniffing) were completed and the Matriarch of Fifteen Dens gestured for him to step forward.

    Looking mildly embarrassed, the tall Corellian complied.

    The Matriarch sniffed him soundly and growled at length. It was quiet enough to hear the whuffling breathing of the wolfmen nearest her.

    ?Han Solo,? translated Thalus, who was standing to her right. ?If ever you are in need of a friend, of aid, of a safe haven, you are always welcome here. If the Alliance is ever in need of aid, we are here.?

    Normally, Leia knew Han would have broken the seriousness by cracking a joke, but he only said, ?Good luck to you, and Mooz.?

    ?Thank you my friend. We will remember you.?

    ?You?re turning out to be quite the diplomat,? Leia whispered under her breath when he returned to her side.

    ?Don?t get too excited. I?m not making any career changes.?

    Silently, all of the wolfmen turned and began filing out of the pavilion, heading quickly for the city. Taroor was the only one to turn around and offer a very human-style wave with her massive paws.

    Leia waved back, much to the confusion of the fierce-looking she-wolfs waiting to escort them to the Falcon.

    As goodbyes went, the exchange was less than satisfying, but the Millennium Falcon had arrived at an inauspicious moment in Shistavanen history. Over the last two weeks there had been several skirmishes with the Hriiki, an avian species that dwelled in the thickest part of the woods. Recently, the ferocious flyers had attacked two cubs, both of whom had escaped with serious injuries. (Leia wondered if the jagged spikes of the great hall were a form of protection should the Hriiki fly inside the pavilion, but there was no one around to ask, except for their escorts who were both wearing silvery feathers in their wide belts.) In retaliation for the recent attacks, a hunting party was being sent out tomorrow and as a matter of cultural tradition, the Shistavanen believed goodbyes before a battle courted back luck. Naturally, Thalus and Mooz had already signed on.

    Twenty minutes later, Uvena Prime was a dream in hyperspace.

    Leia collapsed in a heap at the holo-table and eyed the remnants of the three day sleepover. Ration bar wrappers, tufts of hair, and various items culled from the storage compartments that had been used in impromptu games to keep the youngest cubs occupied. ?How many hours of vacuuming will it take to r
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  21. GreatOne Force Ghost

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    May 22, 2003
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    Lovely post! Once this story is completed, I intend to reread the entire thing over at your website. :D

    But I'm sad it's coming to an end! :(
  22. calgary Jedi Knight

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    Wonderful post. So glad I got to this. The way you handled the awkwardness beteen them was wonderful. Slowly, but surely Leia is beginning to trust Han and herself through the force. If you think of this as a precursor for Renewal....well there is still a long way to go.
  23. QueenOfAces Jedi Knight

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    I love your writing, ivylore. What a nice surprise to see this posted...I missed the last couple of chapters.

    I really like the complexity of your stories and the depth of your characterizations. I look forward to reading the conclusion when you get it posted.
  24. Geezerette50 Jedi Knight

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    Yay, an update! Tying up lose ends, each one discovering what the other knows and doesn't know....

    Conclusiony, eh? :)
  25. Tahi Jedi Grand Master

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    Kahlua! Now you're talking. :)

    I do enjoy your characterisation of the Shistavanens - rather a cool society. Laughed at all the sniffing going on. :D

    Marvellous dialogue and story-telling as usual. :)
    I enjoyed Leia's rescue of Han - great stuff.

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