By Lois McMaster Bujold

The intriguing follow-up to Brothers in fingers. Miles Vorkosigan is in hassle. His brother, a cloned stranger shaped from tissue stolen from Miles whilst he used to be a toddler, desires to homicide and substitute him. regrettably, Mark has discovered that with no Miles, he's . . . not anything.

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Miles could by no means have slipped that one, so i do not both. " "Who are you when you are now not doing the half? " Bothari-Jesek's gaze used to be narrowed, calculating. "I ... rarely comprehend. " He swallowed, and attempted back for extra quantity in his voice. "What's going to ensue to my_to the clones? " As Quinn started to converse, Bothari-Jesek held up her hand, preventing her. Bothari-Jesek acknowledged in its place, "What do you need to have occur to them? " "I wish them to move loose. To be let loose someplace secure, the place condominium Bharaputra cannot kidnap them again. " "A unusual altruism. i will not aid puzzling over, why? Why this entire undertaking within the first position? What did you desire to realize? " His mouth opened, yet no sound got here out. He could not resolution. He was once nonetheless clammy, vulnerable and shaking. His head ached blackly, as if draining of blood. He shook his head. "Peh! " snorted Quinn. "What a loser. What a, a damned anti-Miles. Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. " "Quinn," stated Bothari-Jesek quietly. there has been a profound reproof in her voice, simply in that unmarried be aware, which Quinn heard and stated with a shrug of her shoulder. "I do not believe both of us understands fairly what we have now carry of, here," Bothari-Jesek endured. "But i do know whilst i am out of my intensity. despite the fact that, i do know anyone who would not be. " "Who? " "Countess Vorkosigan. " "Hm. " Quinn sighed. "That's one other factor. who is going to inform her about_" A downward jerk of her thumb indicated Jackson's complete, and the deadly occasions that had simply handed there. "And gods support me, if i am particularly in charge of this outfit now, i am gonna need to record all this to Simon Illyan. " She paused. "Do you must be in command, Elena? As senior shipmaster current, now that Bel's below quasi-arrest, and all that. I simply grabbed 'cause I needed to, below fireplace. " "You're doing fine," acknowledged Bothari-Jesek with a small smile. "I'll aid you. " She additional, "You've been extra heavily concerned with intelligence all alongside, you are the logical selection. " "Yes, i do know. " Quinn grimaced. "You'll inform the kin, if it involves that? " "For that," Bothari-Jesek sighed, "I am the logical selection. i'm going to inform the Countess, convinced. " "It's a deal. " yet they either seemed as though they puzzled who had the higher, or worse, 1/2 it. "As for the clones," Bothari-Jesek eyed Mark back, "how do you want to earn their freedom? " "Elena," acknowledged Quinn warningly, "don't make delivers. we do not comprehend what we will need to alternate but, to get out of right here. To get_" one other gesture downward, "him again. " "No," Mark whispered. "You cannot. cannot ship them . . . backpedal there, in spite of everything this. " "I traded Phillipi," stated Quinn grimly. "I'd exchange you in a heartbeat, other than that he . . . have you learnt why we got here draw back in this bloody drop venture within the first position? " she demanded. Wordlessly, he shook his head. "It used to be for you, you little shit. The Admiral had a deal half-cut with Baron Bharaputra. We have been going to shop for out eco-friendly Squad for zone of 1000000 Betan money. It would not have fee even more than the drop venture, counting the entire apparatus we misplaced in addition to Thorne's go back and forth.

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