By Lois McMaster Bujold
A wealthy Komarran service provider fleet has been impounded at Graf Station, in far away Quaddiespace, after a bloody incident at the station docks concerning a safety officer from the convoy's Barrayaran army escort. Lord Miles Vorkosigan of Barrayar and his spouse, woman Ekaterin, produce other issues on their minds.
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Visas and access permissions and such. really, as I keep in mind, she handles either Barrayar and Cetaganda. If there are any Cetagandan brokers on Graf, i have not noticed them. i will be able to merely desire the opposite is usually actual. even though if the Cetagandans do continue any spies or brokers or informers in Quaddiespace, they're probably to be on Union. i am in simple terms right here on Graf for, um, own purposes. ” earlier than they exited the Idris, Roic insisted Bel name Venn for an replace looking for the murderous quaddie from the hostel foyer.
Extra in particular, of the haut women who run the big name Crèche, on the middle of the Celestial backyard, the Imperial place of abode on Eta Ceta. ” Who nearly by no means left the Celestial backyard, without or with their ba servitors. So what is this ba doing approach out the following, eh? Miles hesitated, then went on, “This ba seems to be carrying out a shipment of one thousand of what i believe are the most recent genetically changed haut fetuses in uterine replicators. i do not understand the place, i do not recognize why, and that i have no idea who for, but when Guppy's telling us the instantly tale, the ba has killed 4 humans, together with our lacking protection officer, and attempted to kill Guppy, to maintain its mystery and canopy its tracks.
Ensign. ” Miles lower back the nod, and selected his wording conscientiously. “You, ah . . . would appear to have a substantial accountability, in your rank and age. ” Deslaurier cleared his throat, and acknowledged in a virtually inaudible voice, “Our division leader used to be despatched domestic past within the voyage, my Lord Auditor. Compassionate depart. His mother'd died. ” i feel i am getting the waft of this already. “This your first galactic voyage, unintentionally? ” “Yes, my lord. ” Vorpatril installed, most likely mercifully, “I and my employees are completely at your disposal, my Lord Auditor, and are prepared with our stories as you asked.
He gave Greenlaw a beseeching glance. Miles opened a hand in acknowledgment. “Not patrollers. Guards who be aware of what they are doing, expert in bio-defense approaches. ” “We'll need to draw on Union armed forces specialists,” acknowledged Greenlaw in a decisive tone. “I'll installed the request. however it will take them . . . it slow, to get right here. ” “In the meanwhile,” stated Miles, “I can personal loan you a few informed group of workers. ” Venn grimaced. “I have a detention block packed with your group of workers. i am not a lot inspired with their education.
Determine all of it out later . . . ” His pallet rose back, and the hall ceilings of the Idris flowed prior his blurred gaze for the final time. *** bankruptcy EIGHTEEN “Are we there but? ” Miles mumbled muzzily. He blinked open eyes that weren't, oddly sufficient, gluey and sore. The ceiling above him did not waver and bend in his imaginative and prescient as if visible mirage-like via emerging wasteland warmth. Breath drawn via his flaring nostrils flowed in coolly and with no clogging obstacle. No phlegm. No tubes. No tubes?