By Poul Anderson
But accountability calls, so it is again to the spaceways for the main stylish particular Agent is 100 famous person systems--straight into the well-laid plans of his lifelong enemy Aycharaych.
Win or lose, notwithstanding, the lengthy evening of human civilization is coming and Flandry is familiar with it. what number extra battles can he stand to win in a wasting reason? and the way many planets will die meanwhile?
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I can simply answer, you are the voivode's daughter and the Gospodar's niece. But I remember from my cubhood--when folk still lived in Old Aferoch, though already then the sea brought worse and worse floods--a female ychan of that town. I knew her somewhat, since a grown cousin of mine used to come in from our village, courting her--" The story, which was of a rivalry as fierce as might have stood between two men of different clans in early days on Dennitza, but which ended after a rescue on the water, was oddly comforting: almost as if she were little again, and Trohdwyr rocked her against his warm dry breast and rumbled a lullaby.
I took it on myself to decide another human being wasn't fit to live. Now I know--" She seized Kossara's hands. "Ask them to correct you too. You committed treason, didn't you say? " The rest edged away. Brain-channeled, Kossara knew. A crawling went under her skin. " she stammered. "If you were bought--" "He grew tired of me and sold me back. I'll always long for him ... " The woman drew nearer. "I like you, Kossara," she whispered. " "Oh, somebody rich may take you for a while. Likelier, though, a brothel--" Kossara yanked free and ran.
Natives who want to break away and babble of getting Ythrian help. Human agents among them. We would expect such humans would be from the Domain, likeliest Avalon--not true? But our best findings say the Ythrians hold no wish to make trouble for us. And our people discover those humans are Dennitzan. " Hans sighed. "Not till yesterday did this reach me through the damned channels. It never would have before I left, did I not issue strictest orders about getting a direct look at whatever might possibly point to treason.
A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows by Poul Anderson