Actually, the night is always darkest--in the middle of the night. Keep up the good work. If the dawn comes, even if this Empire isn't dramatically overconfident, it still lacks the 'one player chessboard' advantage Palps had in the prequels.
LOL! Yes, it is true. Still, "night is always darkest just before dawn" has much more of a poetic ring to it, don't you think?
Thanks for the comment, glad you're still here.
I've just started on the first draft of the next chapter, taking us back to Lyana, Lance and Leia (wow, so did not do that on purpose, I feel like Stan Lee!!!) and the internment camp. We may just be seeing a glimmer of light in this chapter!