‘Star Wars: The Cestus Deception, A Clone Wars Novel’ – Chapter 4 (Part 2)

It’s Friday, the end of the week, and it’s another travel day for the Crissman household.  We all got up around nine o’clock this morning and finished getting things together.  We got on the road by about ten o’clock this morning.  We had some things we wanted to do before we left Binghamton, so went over to Wal Mart, stopped at Target and Circuit City and then the mall.  We then decided to go to Wegmans and get subs for lunch before getting on the road.  We then traveled to Rochester and ran into some interesting weather on our way through Syracuse.  It was a mix of something between snow and freezing rain.  It made the roads slick, but we made it through and got to the Thruway and ran into no problems on the Thruway.  We got to the Rochester exit off the Thruway and there was a HUGE line of cars trying to get off the Thruway and, as always, Rochester only had two tollbooths open.  Figures!  We finally got onto 490 and got to Webster.  We had a great time visiting with Grammy and Papa and dad and I went over to Irondequiot to get some pizza and wings for dinner.  We had a great time eating dinner and talking at night.  We were exhausted and my father made a suggestion for tomorrow to solve my problem with my diahrea that doesn’t seem like it’s going away.  We had a long day with travel and we watched “A Muppet’s Christmas Carol” and then we all went to bed.  Tomorrow was going to be our third Christmas of the week!

Okay, so let’s talk about Part 2 of Chapter 4 of “Star Wars:  The Cestus Deception, A Clone Wars Novel” by Steven Barnes…..

Chapter 4 (Part 2):  Nate then went into deep thought about objects, which he learned to calm his nerves.  He felt it as the capsules ahead of his were launched and he was warned he nad fifty seconds.  He did final checks, unitl he was pushed against the back wall of the capsule as it was ejected from the ship toward the water below.  He watched the viewscreens as the view of “The Nexu” became smaller.  He was now on a straight drop through Vandor 3’s upper atmosphere.  The outer hull of the capsule heated up, but the capsule used the heat to charge it’s batteries.  The capsule took care of the drop.  There was nothing for Nate to do but wait.  the capsule’s jolted as the retro thrusters burst to life and again as the capsule hit the water.  The sensors on the capsules went from yellow to red as each one failed.  This was to be expected.  That meant the capsule was sinking in the water.  He tested the oxygen as he went to put on his helmet as he heard the chatter about his lost comrades.  The capsule began to fail as a claxon let him know of a hull breach and began to fill with water.  Nate then informed control of the failed capsules and asked for permission to end the objective.  Control told him negative and asked them to proceed to their objective.  Nate continued pushing buttons working on his procedures until the front of the capsule collapsed and fell to the ocean floor and water pushed in……


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