By Eric Frank Russell
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Yar, yet they haven’t obtained us but. ’ Gurd stated, ‘Did no one imagine to deliver a spare gun? ’ ‘Take mine,’ spoke back Lithar, handing it over. Cuddling it in an keen fist, Gurd grinned at him unpleasantly. ‘Don’t are looking to be stuck with it on you, hello? ordinary wert, aren’t you? ’ ‘Shut up! ’ tangled up Lithar. ‘Look who’s telling me to close up,’ Gurd invited. He was once speaking thickly, as though something had long gone improper together with his palate. ‘He’s creating a stack of cash out of me, else he wouldn’t be right here in any respect. He’d be secure at domestic checking his shares of unlawful zith whereas the Kaitempi belted me over the gullet. And he tells me to close up. ’ Leaning ahead, he tapped Mowry at the shoulder with the barrel of the gun. ‘How a lot is he making out of this, Mashambigab? How a lot are you giving . . . ’ He swayed wildly and clutched for a carry because the motor vehicle rocked round a nook, raced down a narrower highway, became sharp correct after which sharp left. Brank’s automobile took an identical nook on the comparable velocity, made definitely the right flip yet now not the left one; it rushed immediately on and vanished from sight. They became back right into a one-way alley, reduce via to the subsequent highway. there has been now no signal of pursuit. ‘We’ve misplaced Brank,’ Mowry advised Skriva. ‘Looks like we’ve dropped the Kaitempi, too. ’ ‘It’s a secure guess they’re chasing Brank. They have been in the direction of him and so they needed to keep on with somebody after we cut up up. fits us, doesn’t it? ’ Mowry stated not anything. ‘A awful wert tells me to close up,’ mumbled Gurd. speedily they zigzagged via a dozen part streets, nonetheless with out encountering a radio-alarmed patrol-car. As they squealed round the final nook – close to where the place their very own vehicles have been parked – a pointy, tough crack sounded within the rear. Mowry appeared again, waiting for to discover a loaded cruiser final up on them. there has been no automobile in the back of. Lithar was once mendacity on his facet it appears asleep. He had a neat gap above his correct ear; a skinny trickle of purplish blood was once seeping out of it. Gurd smirked at Mowry and acknowledged, ‘I’ve close him up, for retains. ’ ‘Now we’re wearing a corpse,’ complained Mowry. ‘As if we haven’t hassle sufficient. Where’s the experience . . . ’ Skriva interrupted with, ‘Crack photographs, the Kaitempi. Pity they bought Lithar – he was once simply the sweetest wert on Jaimec. ’ He braked difficult, jumped out, ran around the lot and clambered into his personal dyno. Gurd undefined, the gun overtly in his hand and never worrying who spotted it. Mowry stopped through the window because the computing device began up. ‘What approximately Brank? ’ ‘What approximately him? ’ echoed Skriva. ‘If we either beat it, he’ll get right here and locate no likelihood to change over. ’ ‘What, in a urban full of dynos? ’ He enable the automobile area ahead. ‘Brank’s no longer the following. That’s his woe. allow him deal with his personal problems. We’re beating it somewhere secure whereas the going is sweet. You stick with us. ’ With that, he drove off. Mowry gave him a 400 backyard lead, then droned alongside at the back of whereas the space among them slowly elevated. should still he enable Skriva lead him to a hide-out? There appeared little element in following to one more rathole.