A Civil Campaign

By Lois McMaster Bujold

Lord Miles Vorkosigan, youngest Imperial Auditor to be appointed by way of the Emperor because the Time of Isolation, has an issue all his new energy cannot remedy: unrequited love for the attractive Vor widow Ekaterin Vorsoisson. Ekaterin is violently allergic to marriage because of her first publicity.

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Does not appear fair," acknowledged Ivan in a smaller voice. "I suggest, we needed to determine all these things out after we have been 13. " "As against, say, twelve? " Dono inquired tightly. "Um. " Dono buckled the trousers–they weren't too comfortable around the hips after all–hitched into the tunic, and frowned at his mirrored image within the reflect. He bunched handfuls of additional cloth on the facets. "Yeah, that'll do. The tailor must have it prepared via the next day to come evening. i need to put on this whilst i am going current my facts of obstacle at Vorhartung citadel. " The blue-and-gray Vorrutyer condominium uniform used to be going to appear tremendously strong on Lord Dono, Ivan needed to concede. might be that might be an exceptional day to name in his Vor rights and get a price tag, and take a discreet again seat within the visitor's gallery on the Council of Counts. simply to see what occurred, to take advantage of one in every of Gregor's favourite words. Gregor . . . "Does Gregor find out about this? " Ivan requested all of sudden. "Did you inform him your plan, ahead of you left for Beta? " "No, in fact not," stated Dono. He sat at the bed's part, and started pulling at the boots. Ivan may possibly consider his enamel clench. "Are you from your minds? " "As an individual or one other is keen on quoting–I imagine it was once your cousin Miles–it is often more uncomplicated to get forgiveness than permission. " Dono rose, and went to the reflect to examine the influence of the boots. Ivan clutched his hair. "All correct. You two–you three–dragged me up the following since you claimed you sought after my support. i will hand you a touch. unfastened. " He took a deep breath. "You can blindside me, and snort your heads off a good way to. It will not be the 1st time i have been the butt. you could blindside Richars with my sturdy will. you could blindside the entire Council of Counts. Blindside my cousin Miles–please. i would like to monitor. yet don't, in case you price your percentages, when you suggest this to be something except a massive, brief comic story, don't blindside Gregor. " Byerly grimaced uncertainly; Dono, turning earlier than the replicate, shot Ivan a penetrating glance. "Go to him, you suggest? " "Yes. i will not make you," Ivan went on sternly, "but if you happen to do not, I categorically refuse to have something extra to do with you. " "Gregor can kill all of it with a word," stated Dono warily. "Before it even launches. " "He can," stated Ivan, "but he will not, with out robust motivation. do not provide him that motivation. Gregor doesn't like political surprises. " "I inspiration Gregor was once particularly easy-going," stated by way of, "for an emperor. " "No," acknowledged Ivan firmly. "He isn't. he's in basic terms relatively quiet. it is not an analogous factor in any respect. you do not need to determine what he is like pissed. " "What does he appear like, pissed? " requested via interestingly. "Identical to what he appears like the remainder of the time. that is the frightening half. " Dono held up a hand, as by means of opened his mouth back. "By, apart from the opportunity to amuse your self, you pulled Ivan in in this this night as a result of his connections, or so that you claimed. In my event, it is a undesirable suggestion to disregard your professional specialists. " through shrugged. "It's in contrast to we are paying him something. " " i'm calling in a few previous favors.

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