By Alexandra Bracken
The galaxy is at war.
Although the insurgent Alliance has received a number of battles opposed to the Empire, wish is fading. The Empire is ready to unveil the best weapon the galaxy has ever seen--the dying famous person. The Rebels' purely probability to defeat it now lies within the not going palms of a princess, a scoundrel, and a farm boy....
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He resisted the urge to back away a step, compromising by shifting his stance slightly. Head wounds sometimes brought on bizarre ideas and dangerous behavior. Baldur was still staring at him, not so much threatening now as if pleading silently for some kind of help. After a moment Hal cleared his throat and asked with polite curiosity: "What happened next? " Now there was outrage, though not directed at Hal. "When I opened my eyes, I saw that the fighting was over. " The voice of the self-proclaimed dead man was turning shrill.
At the moment he was certainly not on his guard. A short sword was sheathed at his side, and his clothes were so begrimed and tattered that it was hard to guess whether they had originally been of rich material or poor. This newcomer's attention was entirely centered on the great fire itself, whose gentle roar went on unceasingly. The youth continued a methodical progression, as if he were intent on making his way entirely around the ring of flame, reconnoitering just as Hal had done. He even seemed to be making the same tentative efforts to approach the burning wall as closely as he could, but of course the heat kept him yards away.
It's remarkable how those things work, sometimes," Hal acknowledged diplomatically. By now they were strolling together back toward the house.