By Sean Williams
600 thousand years after Imre Bergamasc's abdication, the Host principles the supposedly peaceable galaxy. yet revolution is fomenting-and Imre's unforeseen go back could be all it takes to gentle the ultimate fuse.
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She slithered backward across the floor and sat upright in a corner. She was still wearing her coat, and she wrapped it tightly around herself, afraid of the new, hard life she had woken into. In a period of twenty-four hours, she had been spied on, pursued, strangled, and imprisoned. She had seen three dead bodies and killed one man herself. She had not only learned nothing about her missing sister, but had been dragged into an underworld of mysteries and murder, from which she might not, now, ever escape.
She pictured him sitting suddenly forward at his desk, listening carefully. “Mac—” “Cigars,” he said with his mouth pressed close to the receiver. ” Then the line clicked dead. She jiggled the receiver, but got only the dial tone. He had hung up. She raced back into the bedroom and returned with the ad. When she dialed his number, it was busy. She glared at the tiny speaker, as though she could force herself down the wire by nothing more than willpower, and then firmly replaced the handset. She dressed quickly and locked the door behind her as she left.
She rolled over and crouched with her hands over her ears as men in uniform poured into the room. It sounded like a dozen tommy guns were firing at once. Monsieur Li’s grotesque body was torn in half. The air was full of gun smoke and misted blood. A strong hand took her wrist and dragged her out of the tempest. The hand belonged to a cop, and she sobbed with relief. Someone must have tipped off the police, or they had worked it out for themselves. The trail of bodies was there for all to see. Only dumb luck had brought her to Monsieur Li before them.