By C. J. Cherryh

Whilst the kif grab Hilfy and Tully, Pyanfar and her shipmates input right into a easy rescue test that quickly turns into a perilous online game of interstellar politics.

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Sfik. The guess simply bought taken and doubled. " "They are looking to get their palms on you, reliable ,gods, they cannot get Goldtooth in succeed in -- they wish you! you simply heard Tully say what that son is and also you acknowledged your self what Sikkukkut wishes such a lot -- Goldtooth was once simply the following, speaking to you. The kif need to be aware of that. They be aware of he can have handed us what they need to understand -- " "They'll kill the prisoners. they are going to kill them definite now if I fail that appointment, and they will tell us approximately it. If that were not adequate, our credits with the kif hits backside. difficult. " "You cannot do it! " "I cannot duck it both. No. certain that earless bastard goes to attempt us. somehow. and that i imagine i am beginning to imagine in kifish; i believe I learn him. i am completely secure to stroll in there -- if i will be able to maintain him pondering. i will desire corporation in the market. are looking to take a stroll? " w. A B B Y Y. c om Y F T ra n sf o A B B Y Y. c bu to re he C lic okay he okay lic C w. om w w w w rm y ABB PD re to Y 2. zero 2. zero bu y rm er Y F T ra n sf o ABB PD er Y "Oh, sure," Haral stated with a despairing shrug. "Gods, why now not? " XII The air of Kefk hit like an ammonia-tainted wall. Haral coughed even at the ramp; Pyanfar sneezed and felt the edge of her eyes even with the antiallergents. Haral had wear her portside finery, darkish spacer blue with a suite of gold jewelry, a collection of bracelets, an anklet with a bangle, a belt with silver and gold chains that rattled correct besides a colossal black AP gun and a belt-knife. Pyanfar wore the purple silk trousers, gold bracelets and belt and gold-earrings aplenty; a knife and a pocket-gun along with the AP slung low on her hip. "We glance a correct set of pirates," Haral had acknowledged prior to the lock sealed them out. "It's the pirates open air fear me," Tirun had retorted to them either, there within the lock. And Khym had acknowledged different issues, whereas Geran and Hilfy fretted and gnawed their mustaches sparse -- "Huh," Geran had stated, with exhaustion and fear in her eyes. "I'll choose you -- " Haral: "My activity. " And Tully later: "Where she cross -- the place move, Py-anfar? " She shunned solutions with Tully. "Out," she had advised him in that undesirable come upon within the draw back hall. "I bought enterprise, Tully. i am in a rush. " "Careful," he had acknowledged, anxious-looking. anxious, without doubt from the time he heard that internal lock open, getting ready to show The delight to the kifish docks. She reckoned the staff may inform him the place that they had long gone after she used to be good on her method. Or larger but, while she and Haral received again. whilst. They walked the dockside, she and Haral, in a sodium-light hell of clinging smokes and ammonia-reek and a humid kick back like a swamp at sunset. Kif moved, black wisps within the dimmer shadow alongside the some distance wall of this part of warehouses and manufacturing unit fronts. there has been no colour wherever approximately Kefk docks however the sickly sodium-glow, no brightness however the stark white of a few argon highlight on a around metal doorway. "Kkkkt. Kkkkt," the sound got here to them, as they walked earlier kifish ships.

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