By Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Anne McCaffrey
Acorna, the "unicorn girl" has made peace together with her Linyaari earlier, and aboard the interplanetary salvage vessel Condor she is eventually loose. yet dread overtakes her while a misery sign summons Acorna and her partners to a close-by planet. For one of the myraid wonders of this international of sentient vegetation and intoxicating perfumes are unmistakable indicators that everythng Acorna holds expensive is at risk. A promise of world-shattering devastation is within the celestial winds-and drawing close disaster on the claws of the cold-blooded insectile race that seeks to eliminate all Linyaari and human lifestyles from the galaxy...the Khleevi!
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But I do. Dont say it. It’s a bad thing to say. I cant help it. I know. But you have to. How do I do it? I dont know. We’re survivors he told her across the flame of the lamp. Survivors? she said. Yes. What in God’s name are you talking about? We’re not survivors. We’re the walking dead in a horror film. I’m begging you. I dont care. I dont care if you cry. It doesnt mean anything to me. Please. Stop it. I am begging you. I’ll do anything. Such as what? I should have done it a long time ago. When there were three bullets in the gun instead of two.
It’s because it’s here. There’s nothing left to talk about. I wouldnt leave you. I dont care. It’s meaningless. You can think of me as a faithless slut if you like. I’ve taken a new lover. He can give me what you cannot. Death is not a lover. Oh yes he is. Please dont do this. I’m sorry. I cant do it alone. Then dont. I cant help you. They say that women dream of danger to those in their care and men of danger to themselves. But I dont dream at all. You say you cant? Then dont do it. That’s all.
The state roads. Why are they the state roads? Because they used to belong to the states. What used to be called the states. But there’s not any more states? No. What happened to them? I dont know exactly. That’s a good question. But the roads are still there. Yes. For a while. How long a while? I dont know. Maybe quite a while. There’s nothing to uproot them so they should be okay for a while. But there wont be any cars or trucks on them. No. Okay. Are you ready? The boy nodded. He wiped his nose on his sleeve and shouldered up his small pack and the man folded away the map sections and rose and the boy followed him out through the gray palings of the trees to the road.
Acorna's World by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Anne McCaffrey