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 regarding 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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Making plans to maintain themselves to themselves, i assume. after all, the explored Nexus has grown round them on account that then, so now they get a few foreign currency by means of servicing ships and delivering move amenities. and is the reason why our fleet got here to be docked there, even if no longer what occurred afterwards. The, ah . . . ” He hesitated. “The bioengineering incorporated loads of metabolic adjustments, however the so much incredible alteration was once, they've got a moment set of palms the place their legs could be. that is particularly, um, convenient in unfastened fall. with the intention to communicate. i have usually wanted i might had a number of additional palms, whilst i used to be working in vacuum. ” He handed the viewer throughout and displayed the shot of a quaddie, wearing vivid yellow shorts and a singlet, handing himself alongside a gravity-less hall with the rate and agility of a monkey navigating via treetops. “Oh,” gulped Ekaterin, then fast regained keep an eye on of her beneficial properties. “How, uh . . . attention-grabbing. ” After a second she further, “It does glance rather sensible, for his or her surroundings. ” Miles comfy a trifle. no matter what her buried Barrayaran reflexes have been relating to noticeable mutations, they might be trumped by means of her iron grip on solid manners. an identical, regrettably, didn't seem to be real in their fellow contributors of the Imperium now stranded within the quaddies' method. the adaptation among deleterious mutation and benign or beneficial amendment was once no longer comfortably grasped via Barrayarans from the backcountry. provided that one officer pointed out them as terrible spider mutants correct in his record, it used to be transparent that Miles may upload racial tensions to the combo of issues they have been now racing towards. “You get used to them beautiful quickly,” he reassured her. “Where did you meet one, in the event that they retain to themselves? ” “Um . . . ” a few speedy inner enhancing, right here . . . ”It was once on an ImpSec challenge. i cannot speak about it. yet she was once a musician, of all issues. performed the hammer dulcimer with all 4 hands. ” His try to mime this outstanding sight led to his banging his elbow painfully at the cabin wall. “Her identify used to be Nicol. you will have cherished her. We obtained her out of a good spot. i'm wondering if she ever made it domestic? ” He rubbed his elbow and further expectantly, “I'll wager the quaddies' loose fall gardening options could curiosity you. ” Ekaterin brightened. “Yes, certainly. ” Miles again to his stories with the uncomfortable simple task that this was once unlikely to be a great activity to plunge into underprepared. He mentally additional a assessment of quaddie background to his record of reports for the following few days. *** bankruptcy “Is my collar instantly? ” Ekaterin's cool hands made businesslike paintings upon the again of Miles's neck; he hid the shiver down his backbone. “Now it is,” she stated. “Clothes make the Auditor,” he muttered. The little cabin lacked such facilities as a full-length reflect; he needed to use his wife's eyes as an alternative. This didn't appear an obstacle. She stepped again so far as she may well, a half-pace to the bulkhead, and appeared him up and all the way down to fee the impact of his Vorkosigan condo uniform: brown tunic together with his kinfolk crest in silver thread upon the excessive collar, silver-embroidered cuffs, brown trousers with silver part piping, tall brown driving boots.
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