Komarr (Miles Vorkosigan Adventures)

By Lois McMaster Bujold

Komarr can be a backyard - with one thousand extra years paintings. Or an uninhabitable barren region, if the terraforming fails. Now the sun replicate very important to the terraforming of the conquered planet has been shattered by means of a boat hurtling astray. The Emperor of Barrayar sends his most recent Imperial Auditor, Lord Miles Vorkosigan, to determine why. the alternative isn't really a favored one on Komarr, the place a betrayal a iteration ahead of sopping wet the identify of Vorkosigan in blood. within the political and actual claustrophobia of the domed towns, are the Komarrans surrounding Miles unswerving topics, capability hostages, blameless sufferers, or rebels bidding for revenge? Lies inside lies, treachery inside of treachery - Miles is stuck in a race opposed to time to prevent a plot that can exile him from Barrayar perpetually. His burning wish lies in an unforeseen best friend, one with wounds as deep and honor as beleaguered as his personal.

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Then final evening, once you went to sleep … I heard you inform him immediately out you desired to make a shock inspection of his division this day, I heard you–he acquired up within the evening and known as Administrator Soudha, to warn him. I listened … I heard adequate to collect that they had a few type of payroll falsification scheme going, and i am greatly afraid … no. i am convinced Tien used to be taking bribes. Because–" she stopped and took a breath "–I broke into Tien's comconsole this morning and checked out his monetary files. " She glanced up, to work out how Vorkosigan may take this. His mouth renewed the crooked quirk. "I'm sorry I ripped at you the opposite day, for searching through mine," she acknowledged humbly. His mouth opened, and closed; he only gave her a bit encouraging wave of his hands and slumped down a section extra in his chair, listening with an air of uttermost recognition. Listening. She went on hurriedly, no longer sooner than her nerve broke, for she scarcely felt whatever now, yet earlier than she dragged to a halt from sheer exhaustion. "He'd had no less than 40 thousand marks that i could not see the place they would come from. now not from his wage, definitely. " "Had? " "If the data at the comconsole was once correct, he'd taken all 40 thousand and borrowed sixty extra, and misplaced all of it on Komarran exchange fleet stocks. " "All? " "Well, no, no longer really all. approximately three-quarters of it. " At his astonished glance, she extra, "Tien's success has consistently been like that. " "I constantly used to assert you made your personal good fortune. even though i have been pressured to consume these phrases usually adequate, i do not say it rather a lot anymore. " "Well … i believe it needs to be precise, or how else might his success were so always undesirable? the single universal think about the entire chaos was once Tien. " She leaned her head again wearily. "Though i assume it will possibly were me, by some means. " Tien frequently acknowledged it used to be me. After a bit silence, he stated hesitantly, "Did you like your husband, Madame Vorsoisson? " She didn't wish to reply to this. the reality made her ashamed. yet she was once performed with dissimulation. "I believe I did, as soon as. before everything. i will be able to hardly ever have in mind anymore. yet i could not cease . . . taking care of him. cleansing up after him. other than my worrying bought slower and slower, and eventually it … stopped. Too past due. or perhaps too quickly, i do not recognize. " but when, after all, she had no longer damaged from Tien simply then, in precisely that manner, he wouldn't this night have . . . and, and, and, alongside the full chain of occasions that ended in this second. That if-only may possibly, after all, be acknowledged both for any hyperlink within the chain. no more, now not much less. now not repairable. "I proposal, if I enable pass, he could fall. " She stared at her fingers. "Eventually. i did not anticipate it to take place so quickly. " it all started to be borne in upon her what a large number Tien's demise was once going to depart in her lap. She will be buying and selling the painful legalities of separation for the both painful and tough legalities of checking out his most likely bankrupt property. And what was once she speculated to do approximately his physique, or any type of funeral, and the way to inform his mom, and . . . but fixing the worst challenge with out Tien appeared already one thousand instances more uncomplicated than fixing the best with Tien.

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