‘Star Wars:Republic Commandos – Hard Contact’ – Chapter 7 (Part 1)

Well, it’s Tuesday and things today went okay.  Most of the talk at school and at home was about the weather.  And it wasn’t about today’s weather but the weather we’re supposed to get tommorow.  The forecasters (and you know how accurate they are :wink:) are saying we could get between one and two feet of snow tommorow.  I’ll believe it when I see it.  I have a love/hate thought of the idea of a snow day tommorow.  Like any teacher, I like to have my snow days because they are like a free day off from work (although that rarely happens because I usually spend most of that day grading papers and catching up on paperwork).  At the same time, any teacher will tell you that losing a day is like losing a day of instruction.   It puts you behind for the rest of the quarter and then you are playing a game of “catch up”.  Needless to say, because of all this talk, the kids were wound up pretty tight and that bled over into a lot of talk at free times during the day like lunch.  I had to lay the law down with my one class again today and that seemed to keep things under control.  I may just have to be a sheriff in the room in order to maintain the order that I need to run the classroom.  I worked really hard with my students today to try to get a lot of work done so that I could sit at home tommorow to grade papers if there is a snow day.  As school was letting out, the announcement was made that all after school activities were cancelled.  Along with Binghamton, my kids’ after school activities were also cancelled.  When I got home, I found out that this bummed Ruth out, because her first chorus concert was tonight.  That’s okay, it was rescheduled for Thursday night.  We lost SMASH rehearsal tonight as well as everything else was shut down.  The city and county pretty much cancelled everything and hunkered down and waited.  Heather and I had a nice relaxing evening where we didn’t do much but watch T.V. and enjoy a night together.  The snow didn’t start falling until about nine o’clock, and so far, there isn’t much out there.  I’m thinking we may not have a snow day tommorow anyway.

Okay, so let’s talk about Part 1 of Chapter 7 of Karen Traviss’ “Star Wars:Republic Commandos – Hard Contact”…..

Chapter 7 (Part 1):  “And glory, eternal glory, We shall bear it’s weight together.  Forged like the saber in the fires of death, Brothers all!” – Traditional Mandalorian War Chant.  – Niner decided that Clone non – urban training needed to be amended to cover vast open fields.  they all sat silently watching the militia sprawled  out on the field in front of them.  Fi asks Sarge if there’s any movement and he says no.  They all check in and say they’re fine and Atin is busy shredding a computer on a nearby speeder bike.  As much as Niner would’ve loved to take out the militia, they were trying to avoid all the hard contacts they were making.  They were all becoming visible to Ghez Hokan.  As Niner looked through his scope at the group, they all looked in his general direction at once.  Fi let him know there were five targets approaching.  That’s when Niner noticed the Umbaran captain followed by four battle droids.  As Niner listened to the conversation, he was able to get the implication that the militia may have just received reinforcements.  Then, suddenly in a change of events, the battle droids opened fire on the entire group in the militia.  They killed them all and stripped the bodies of I.D.’s and blasters and marched away.  They all began to speculate what that was about.  Whether it was about drinking on the job or other things, they all agreed that Ghez Hokan was not afraid to execute his own people for a higher purpose.  As they gathered to leave their position, Atin pointed out that he hadn’t fired a shot yet.  Niner told him to save them for later, when they’ll need them…..


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