By Harry Harrison
The planet used to be known as Felicity. The identify was once a comic story, aside from these forced to settle there. Inhabiting it have been beings bred for millions of years for a unmarried function: to assault and kill. Jason knew this. yet he additionally knew the planet on which he lived was once relocating towards sure catastrophe. And Felicity used to be the one spot within the universe the place he and his partners might continue to exist. He notion he had labored out the fitting plan. yet what awaited him on Felicity went a long way past his wildest imagining.
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The blood-spurting body was unceremoniously dropped to the ground. “I like this knife,” Temuchin said. ” “I was about to present it to you,” Jason said, bowing to hide his scowl. He should have realized that this would happen. Well, it was just a knife. ” Temuchin asked, dropping the knife for a servant to pick up and clean. Jason was instantly on his guard. “No more or less than other tribes,” he said. ” His voice was as hard and cold as the steel itself. ” “There is a lost secret then that you may have heard of.
Babies and candy: Pyrrans and weapons. “With these we’ll be just as well armed as anyone else—in fact better. For any one Pyrran is better than any three barbarians. I hope. But we’re shading the odds with these. With the exception of one or two items, they are all copies of local artifacts, only made of much better steel, harder and with a more permanent edge. ” Only Grip’s gun appeared in his hand this time, and he had the intelligence to be a little chagrined as he let it slip back into the power holster.
There was a roar and the chase was on. Jason turned the corner and raced full tilt along the side. Unlike the smaller, circular cainachs, this one was rectangular, and Jason reached and dived around the next corner before the angry horde could see where he had gone. Shouts and hoarse cries echoed behind as he raced full tilt around the structure. Only when he reached the front again did he slow to a walk as he turned the last corner. The pursuit was all streaming off in the opposite direction, bellowing distantly like hounds.