‘Cloak of Deception’ – Chapter 33

Happy Palm Sunday!!  I don’t feel that we say that enough as Christians.  We are always so happy about Easter Sunday, we forget the other celebration that we should focus on and that is Christ’s entrance into Jerusalem.  We really should have Palm Sunday parades.  I’m amazed that never became an American tradition.  All well.  Today was quite the day at church.  It was emotional and exciting and sad all at the same time.  It happened several times over.  First, my pastor last week announced that they had their home robbed and had several personal items taken that meant the world to them.  This Sunday, they announced that the items were found and they caught the guy who stole it all.  On top of that, the church that was sharing our sanctuary, which was Episcopal, had finally found a new building to move into.  We have had a great relationship, but it is good to see a church starting out on their own and starting a successful future.  One of the most emotional moments of the morning was finding out that our church was going to return to them the rent they had been paying for the past several months to help them on their way.  It was a small token by our church, but I think it meant the world to this fledgling church.  It made me extremely proud of our elders and deacons for having made such a decision.  On the other side of things, however, today’s church service was LONG!! We left at our typical time to meet at church at 9:30 a.m. (so I could be there for choir rehearsal as I sang and played trumpet this morning), but didn’t get home until 3:00 p.m.  OUCH!!  We normally get home at noon, so we were beat and by the time Heather and I took a nap and then started to get going for our “day” it was almost 5 p.m.  Needless to say, our day was shortened.

Okay, onto our discussion of Chapter 33 of “Cloak of Deception” by James Luceno…..

Chapter 33 – We start this chapter following Qui-Gon and Boiny trying to find the sniper on the walkway.  Some Eriadu security forces join them as well.  While searching, Boiny comes running towards Qui-Gon and one of the security agents pulls out his blaster, hits Boiny in the chest and injures Qui-Gon.  Qui-Gon then uses his lightsaber to cut the supports on the platform to tilt it toward the floor.  Meanwhile, in Valorum’s box, the musicians stop on the floor because of the shouts of panic from the audience.  Adi Gallia and Vergere rush forward, with lightsabers ignited, to Valorum’s side.  In the Neimoidians box, the security droids go to their readiness mode, and the Kutai activates the force field.  We then switch to Cohl and Havac in the media center.  Havac then reveals the real target was not Valorum, but the Trade Federation.  A struggle ensues and Cohl kills Havac finally.  We then switch to the floor where Qui-Gon witnesses Neimoidians in the summit booth get cut down by their own security droids.  The Jedi, Judicials, and audience are caught stunned in silence.


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