‘Darth Maul:Shadow Hunter’ – Chapter 36

Okay, I thought this would be a nice relaxing Saturday.  Well, not quite the case.  I got up fairly early this morning (early for a Saturday anyway) at 8 a.m.  I needed to be at Binghamton High School for the parade at 9:15 a.m.  When I got there, there were a few marching band members that were excited to see me.  Most of them were students I had before and some were former students of East Middle.  What I really couldn’t tell my students at the time was that I felt completely out of place.  I am no longer a part of this band and it felt a little awkward as I am no longer the director so I felt very much out of place with this band.  In my mind and in my eyes, this band has become the other director’s band, and this is as it should be, but it’s hard for me to go back and be a part of that group without wanting to fix “problems” that I saw.  I had a hard time zipping my lip and not trying to fix issues that I saw.  But, I was a good boy and did very little instructing and decided that I was just going to have fun and act like I was in Drum Corps. all over again.  That worked for me and got me through the parade.  It was a rainy, semi-warm and humid parade which made it harder to march in the rain but overall it didn’t go bad at all. 

Last night, after I got done blogging, my cable box, phone, and Internet was all shut off by Time Warner.  When I called the eight hundred number, they told me they didn’t know why I was shut off.  Great, I was in the middle of watching the movie “King’s Ransom” and never got a chance to finish it.  This morning Heather went to Time Warner and they claim that we underpaid our last bill by $40 last week and that we needed to pay that much in order to turn everything back on.  On top of that, when we asked for an invoice, they couldn’t provide one because there were no supervisors there.  No supervisors?  Okay, if there are people working on a Saturday you would think there were a middle level boss somewhere.  Well, guess what, NO ONE!!  They suggested we come back on Monday.  So, tonight I’m going to try and research satellite T.V. and see if it’s cheaper and if we would get better service.  I am simply fed up with Time Warner and paying for shitty service!  We got home and Heather had gone to Aldi’s to get food while I was marching the parade and we came home and unloaded the car.  Then we ate lunch (soup and corn dogs) which tasted good after marching in such a wet parade.  Then Heather and I watched a portion of “Major League II” before she went to bed for a nap before work.  She got woken up by Austin who said that Time Warner was at the door.  Well, we got excited and thought maybe someone had heard our complaint.  Well, it wasn’t Time Warner, but Rent Way and they were looking for our payment, which isn’t due till Sunday, but they wanted the money today.  So, Heather got out of bed, went to the bank, and ran a payment over to Rent Way.  By the time she got home we ate dinner and she went to work.  I goofed around with the kids tonight playing with lightsabers and getting them amped up for “Star Wars:Revenge of the Sith” as it was going to be on HBO tonight and I knew they would want to see it.

Okay, so time to talk about Chapter 36 of “Darth Maul:Shadow Hunter” by Michael Reaves.  Only one more chapter after this one and then the overall review.  So, Chapter 36…..

Chapter 36:  Pavan’s shot rang true.  He hit the Sith once, then twice.  The body floated in zero-g gravity and the holocron started to float back to Pavan.  He grabbed it and put it in his pocket.  As Pavan went to reach for Maul’s lightsaber to hurt him, Maul’s eyes opened.  Maul reached for his lightsaber, activated it, and cut off Pavan’s hand holding the blaster.  Pavan pushed off the floor toward the hatch.  Maul made a swipe with his lightsaberand missed.  When Pavan reached the hatch, he closed it and scrambled the code.  The Sith made his way to the door and started to use his lightsaber to melt through the door.  We switch to Maul’s point of view.  He had been taken by total surprise.  He was even more shocked that it was Lorn Pavan and that he couldn’t sense his presence.  Maul burned through the lock and lept forward.  This chase had gone on long enough.  We switch back to Pavan who is trying to run for his life to the main section of the space station.  There he hoped to find some security personnel that would help him.  Then Pavan got to an atrium that had gravity and several Senator’s in cloaks.  Pavan ran at them and the security guards drew their blasters in fear.  Pavan pulls out the holocron and the Senator immediately recognized it.  Pavan tells them that he needs to get it to the Jedi.  The Senator notices he’s injured.  He takes the holocron and gets Pavan medical attention.  Lorn manages to thank…..Senator Palpatine!

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