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He stood clutching the heavy laser, shivering to a nightmare sense of disaster too sudden and too vast to be escaped. " The gray man's voice was sternly chilling, oddly quiet. "A fugitive from the Redrock reservation and the laws of the Thearchy? " "I—" He tried to get his breath. " "Your companion with the flag? " Helpless, he could only nod. Sister Yeva came dashing toward him out of the skimmer. He watched with a faint spark of hope, till she recoiled from him with a gasp of terror and ran wildly past him toward the ditcher, screeching something at Lek.
To show that we are wandering laymen. " Pipkin squinted at Davey's water-stained passport and shook his head. "A childish forgery. " Davey looked at Buglet's anxious face and back at the imperfect god. "If we do have new powers, we need to find them now. To save our lives. " Pipkin grinned. "But I won't risk my own skin. I can't keep you here, though getting you safely away may tax my limited powers. " He swung from the table, dropped before them on his hands. " He danced away on twinkling feet.
Our old clothes are gone," she said. " He put on the garment that had been left for him and tried to explore the rooms around them. All the passages he found were closed with heavy metal doors he couldn't open, most of them sealed with what looked like a thousand years of dust and rust. " She smiled gravely. "Perhaps it's better if you think we're in danger. " He sat with her for a long time, groping for some unconscious recollection that would make him part of Eva Smithwick's last creation. " Angry at himself and almost at her, he stood up to pace the narrow room.
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