As for what happened to our sleeping beauty, that’s a tale for another day.

The defence grid was disabled, and it didn’t take the rebels long to notice. The Red Riding Hood, using a more powerful version of her Wolf virus, quickly disabled the rest. Soon every rebel ship for two hundred systems swarmed in the skies over Zantine. While on the ground, the last of Old King Cole’s loyalist troops, prepared for their defence.

And on that morning, the last any of them would ever see, Snow and Old King Cole addressed their troops, and the final gambit was begun.