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There has been one fear that sought after settling -- prior to baths, ahead of the other factor shunted it apart. She buzzed the door of number 1 ten, down the hall from her personal quarters, down the hall from the bridge. No solution. She buzzed back, feeling a twinge of guilt that set her nerves on facet. "Khym? " She buzzed a 3rd time, starting to imagine dire strategies she had had part a ranking of instances in this year-long voyage -- like suicide. Like getting no resolution in any respect and commencing the door and discovering her husband had eventually taken that alternative that she had feared for months he could. His loss of life may resolve issues, fix her existence; and his; and he or she knew that, and knew he knew it, in a single nice responsible suggestion that laid her ears flat opposed to her cranium. "Khym, blast it! " The door shot open. Khym towered there, his mane rumpled from contemporary sleep. He had thrown a wrap approximately his waist, not anything extra. "Are you o.k.? " she requested. "Sure. fantastic. " His pelt was once crossed with offended seams of scratches plasmed jointly. His ears, his terrible ears that Gaohn Station medics had redone with such creative care and virtually restored to normalcy -- the left one was once ripped and 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 plasmed jointly back. He have been good-looking as soon as . . . nonetheless used to be, in a ruined, deadly approach. "You? " "Good gods. " She expelled her breath, brushed previous him into his quarters, noting with one sweep of her eye the disarray, the bedclothes of the sleeping-bowl stained with small spots of blood from his scratches. Tapes and galley dishes lay heaped in muddle at the table. "You cannot depart issues mendacity. " It used to be the previous, previous shipboard safeguard lecture, introduced with tiresome persistence. "Good gods, Khym, do not . . . _don't_ do this stuff. " "I'm sorry," he stated, and intended it as he did all of the different occasions. She checked out him, at what he used to be, with the previous rush of fondness grew to become to ache. He used to be the daddy of her son and daughter, curse them either for fools. Khym once-Mahn, lord Mahn, whereas he had had a spot to belong to. residing in dying, whilst he must have, yet for her, died decently at domestic, the way in which all previous lords died; and kids died, who didn't take themselves a spot -- or wander a few male-only reserve like Sanctuary or Hermitage, searching the hills, struggling with different men and death whilst the chances obtained lengthy. _Churrau hanim_. The betterment of the race. men have been what they have been, 3 quarters doomed and the survivors, if in brief, property lords, pampered and coddled, the brightness of hani lives. He have been so attractive. Sun-shining, clear-eyed-clever sufficient to get his approach of his sisters and his better halves typically. and each hani residing may have enjoyed him for what he did at Gaohn, dashing the kif stronghold, an previous lord outworn and romantically gallant within the everlasting tragedy of males-But he had lived. And walked approximately Gaohn station with ask yourself at ships and stars and foreignness.