By Lois McMaster Bujold
Our hero is a quiet, upstanding citizen of Athos, an obstetrician in a global during which replica is performed fullyyt through uterine replicator, with no assistance from dwelling ladies. He faces an issue: the 200-year-old cultures usually are not offering eggs the best way they used to, and makes an attempt to reserve replacements by means of mail have failed catastrophically.
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He giggled because the defense guy touched his ankle. the safety guy jumped again in startlement, eyed him with turning out to be grimness, and pulled out his record panel with the air of a swordsman unsheathing his metal. "I don't love the appearance of this," he acknowledged. Helda, arising in the back of Ethan, stopped brief. "By all of the gods! Teki! I consistently concept you have been an fool, yet this is going past all-" "I'm off-shift," acknowledged Teki in a small dignified voice. "I do not hafta submit with you off-shift, Helda. " He twitched opposed to his bonds, beginning a brand new trickle of blood throughout his ft. Helda's voice stumbled to silence as she obtained a greater view. yet no longer for lengthy. "What is that this? " "Is he drugged, health care provider? " requested the protection guy as Ethan knelt beside Teki. "What with? was once this a, a personal act that received out of hand, or anything chargeable? " His thick arms poised optimistically over his file panel. "Drugged and tortured," stated Ethan almost immediately, commencing Quinn's medkit. "Kidnapped, too. " there has been a vibra-scalpel; a slightly, and the ankle wires parted with a ping. "Raped? " "I doubt it. " Helda, ultimate in, grew to become her head on the sound of Ethan's voice and stared at him. "You're no doctor," she gasped. "You're that moron from Docks and Locks back. My division wishes a notice with you! " Teki yelped with laughter, inflicting Ethan to drop the sterile sponge he'd been employing to his ankle. "Joke's on you, Helda! He quite is a physician. " He leaned towards Ethan, approximately tipping the chair, and confided conspiratorially, "Don't enable on you are an Athosian, or she'll pop an artery. She hates Athos. " He nodded fortunately, then, exhausted, permit his head loll sideways back. Helda recoiled. "An Athosian? is that this a few type of shaggy dog story? " She glared anew at Ethan. Ethan, absorbed in his paintings, jerked his head at Teki. "Ask him, he is the only jam-packed with fact serum. " Teki's pulse was once racing, his extremities chilly, yet he used to be now not really shocky. Ethan published the wrists. Reassuringly, Teki didn't fall over, yet sat up on his personal. "But to your info, madam, i'm certainly Dr. Ethan Urquhart of Athos. Ambassador health professional Urquhart, on a distinct undertaking for the inhabitants Council. " He hadn't relatively anticipated to provoke her, yet to his shock she drew again whitely. "Oh? " she acknowledged in a impartial tone. "Don't inform her that, Doc," Teki recommended anew. "Ever seeing that her son sneaked off to Athos no one dares to say where. She cannot even nag him longdistance there-their censorship men ship again any vids from a lady. She cannot get at him in any respect. " Teki dissolved in giggles. "I guess he is chuffed as a clam. " Ethan cringed on the considered getting drawn into a few relations squabble. the protection guy appeared both doubtful, yet requested, "How outdated was once the boy? " "Thirty-two," Teki snickered. "Oh. " the protection guy misplaced curiosity. "Do you own an antidote to that-so-called fact serum, healthcare professional? " Helda inquired frostily. "If so I recommend you administer it, and we are going to kind the remainder of this out down in Quarantine. " Ethan slowed. His phrases fell from him one after the other, like drops of chilly honey.