First off, I have to give my apologies for falling behind on this, even as I applaud you for all the awesome events you've posted since the last time I checked in. Wow, but this is quite the tale, and I am enjoying every word. So, picking up where I left off . . . This was absolutely adorable. Everything about this scene with Eli and Vah'nya was adorable, and I loved it. What a gorgeous look at the way these two are bound together through Vah'nya sight - or should I say the way her sight takes root and draws strength from the bond that already exists between them - even when Vah'nya is very clearly grappling with no few small emotions. In more ways than one! YAAAAAS! Get your man, Vah'nya. And, speaking of . . . Oh Ezra. This was just heartbreaking. No matter the needs must of war, life is life, and those he has taken understandably weight on Ezra immensely. Goosebumps! I enjoyed every bit of Ezra and Thrawn being reluctant but committed allies of circumstance - - in their words. Or Thrawn's words, at least. Ar'alani! Never stop being you. This was a beautiful distinction, and so very Thrawn-esque in its expression! Really, in the end, that's all that needs to be said for Ar'alani's objections beyond the obvious that Eli and Vah'nya have already spelled out. I stopped my reading there for today, but I will be back to leave feedback for the next two chapters - and subsequent events you may post - soon! Thanks so much for sharing this truly top-notch collection with us, once again.