Thank you all for reading and reviewing! And yes, there is a chapter today, thanks to Nyota's Heart always amazing efficiency. I had a senior moment yesterday and prepared the PM and everything, but I forgot to click "send" Luckily she was able (as usual) to beta-read it on the spot this morning Thank you! I was very much looking forward to the moment when I would introduce Fel in this story -- he came on board as a prisoner, like Ayesha, but with an entirely different reaction. Ayesha is still nursing her wounded pride here, even though her focus has shifted, whereas Fel doesn't have such qualms, he just thinks of himself as a prisoner of war. He's extremely rational, as opposed to her and, well, he sees how much she's invested in the art analysis department to understand that it's not a mere pastime. What they do have in common is that they both need to have a cause to fight for. Fel is already admitting that he found one, and Ayesha might be getting there. Two years ago, she would have flipped the table at his 'like you' comment. Rumpy is going to end up playing therapist if I keep this up Well, after today's chapter, the Admonitor will be on its way to Nirauan, so Ayesha will have to make decisions -- for realz this time. And as Csillan_girl said, if they stopped talking past each other, it would help... Welcome back! Like Ny said you nailed it here. Did they ever really understand each other? I guess it's lucky that Fel doesn't know Thrawn all that well yet... Thanks again! Next chapter up in 5, 4, 3... PS: I know that I need to catch up on endnotes, I'll take care of it at some point in the (hopefully) not-too-distant future.