Across the Sea of Suns (Galactic Center, Book 2) by Gregory Benford

By Gregory Benford

From the Nebula Award-winning writer comes a newly revised variation of this tale in his vintage Galactic middle sequence.

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She bent her head and whispered how she had removed her dress and concealed him with her body, pretending that they were making joy together. The woman had not come in and could not have seen him properly. Then there was a silence until she tremulously looked up and saw that he was smiling — no, grinning — at her, a cheeky, little-boy grin, very surprising on so strong a face. ” he said. He turned to the priest. ” Honakura was beaming. “It is the handiwork of the Goddess! Truly I was right to believe that She guided you here!

She could hear amusement, but no anger or threat. ” “Mmm? ” She nodded to the floor. “There are a few things I don’t have to do for the pilgrims, my lord, even if they ask. But she said . . ” The man cleared his throat harshly. “Right. Well, here are my orders. First, stop ‘my lording’ me and call me Wallie. Second, forget you are a slave and pretend that you are a beautiful gentlewoman. ” “I don’t know, my . ” “Neither do I,” he said. “But let’s pretend that I’m a great swordsman and you are a great lady.

She blushed as his eyes swiveled to study her. Then he smiled gently and took his hand away. “Sorry,” he murmured. A Seventh apologizing to a slave? She was astounded and confused. She hardly heard the start of the priest’s story. 27 Dave Duncan Yet when he described the demon she was horrified — hair on its face and its belly? It must have looked like an ape. “I came,” Honakura said, his voice still shaky, “to explain why a noble lord like yourself had been put in such obnoxious quarters with inadequate ministration .

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