Before I come back to edit this and ask some questions + quote some good bits, I have only four words: NOW WE'RE TALKING! More Yakooboo awesomeness. <3 “The Admonitor is still in the Unknown Regions, but Corporal Prashat is my orderly. He goes where I go. My admiralness, as you like to call it, does come with perks, Ayoo’sha’nek.” - hmmm...wondering if this will be of any significance further on. The fact that the young man is blushing is pretty interesting, too. He's got to be having a thing for Ayesha. “It’s such a shame that this young lady’s health is so fragile,” the Emperor said. “I expect you to take better care of her in the future, Admiral.” He waved at a red-haired man with three vertical black lines tattooed on his forehead. “I was hoping to introduce Miss Eskari to one of her own,” the Emperor continued. “This is the new ambassador of Kiffu, His Excellency Paraseel Malki.” He paused to gauge Thrawn’s reaction. Thrawn remained impassive, merely giving the Kiffar a curt nod. “Well, this encounter will have to wait for another opportunity,” the Emperor added casually. “I am certain young Miss Eskari will have fully recovered for the inauguration of the new premises of the Embassy of Kiffu and Kiffex next month, and His Excellency will be delighted to invite you both.” - KRIFF YOU, SO KRIFFIN' MUCH, YOU KRIFFIN' SADIST SLIMEBALL-RECTUM. As in...you write narcissism and psychopathic manipulation perfectly. There was a long pause. “Your father expected that this would be your intention,” Thrawn said. “Why did he tell me off when I said I would find a way to be rid of Malki? I would have dispatched him the same way I dispatched Kchak Pr’ollerg.” OMG. YOU FOOLED US PERFECTLY. You planted a red herring with Ayesha going somewhere, while she was obviously going to the Centre and...in reality, it was Thrawn who murdered the bad guy. Not sure if I am angry, impressed or both. XD And if the Emperor read your mind during the reception tonight, he’ll know that you had nothing to do with it. This way, no one will ever find out who dealt with Malki, and if the Anzati get him first, it won’t even matter if they leave his body to be found. He was a Force user. Everyone knows that’s a feast for the Anzati.” "When you draw a line, it goes where you want." At this point, there is a fine line between madness and sanity that both Ayesha and Thrawn seem to be walking on, and another fine line between revenging and being a psycho. This is a point where there are no angels in this anymore (Tam, tho...<3). And, since we know where Thrawn's line will go, I am very curious to see where Ayesha's will and if their intersecting, interspersed lines will contribute to each other's paths. Brilliant. Bloody brilliant. I do admit I lost my faith in this at some point, where it was basically filler scenes to please the shippers, but right now, I'm applauding you so much that you may actually hear me if you turn off the appliances etc. ____________ Two suggestions: 1. Can you give us timestamps every now and then? I assume this is still 3 ABY, but I might as well be wrong. 2. Can you add links to chapters in the OP? I may or may not have to go through things to find something I need and for stories as long as this one, that would be useful.