Okay, so I'm finally caught up with this fic! Loved the earlier chapters with Quinlan Vos (interesting to see he's still alive at this point in the timeline!) as well as learning more about Ayesha's childhood and the bond with her Wookie family. My favourite part of the fic is the interaction with Vader, and even though Ayesha can see glimpses into his mind, she doesn't perhaps quite understand what she's seeing or can possibly comprehend what it means. She knows so much about Vader and his life as Anakin and now that Luke is his son - and yet while she's emotionally affected by what she's seeing, she's quite curiously detached from what it means on a wider scale, perhaps because they are so far out with little information on what's happening in the Core. She knows Luke is a rebel leader and that he's Vader's son, but I wonder what she thinks of that - her viewpoint is limited to Vader's mind so she sees him, perhaps, as Vader sees him. It's very interesting. This whole section is just brilliant, with Ayesha coming into her own, being able to articulate that the terrible crimes committed against her didn't just "happen" and can't be brushed aside - someone did them to her, they were deliberate acts that can't be undone no matter how much Thrawn loves her. I got a shiver down my spine and then fist-pumped the air. Go Ayesha! Still, it's nice to see that she was able to talk things out with LaRone and Azada, and look outside her own perspective and understand maybe why Thrawn won't just throw of the Emperor - at some point she has to let go of her anger if she is ever to properly heal - whether or not she ever feels she can return to being Thrawn's lifemate. There's a lot she can blame him for, working for the Emperor and propping up an evil and unjust system of rule that condones everything that happened to her - and yet on the other hand Ayesha was also living within the system, benefiting from Thrawn's position and influence (and to a lesser extent Vader's). If either of them had known what the Emperor had planned for her or the true extent of his evil, she would have run far, far away long ago, maybe even taking up with the Rebellion or at least going into hiding on Kashyyyk or with Uncle Quin. Both she and Thrawn underestimated Sheev, they were both blindsided, and I wonder how much of her anger at Thrawn for failing to protect her is also anger at herself.