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Idon'tfeelswollenwithprideatthemoment.Doyou?"
Strasvogelpokedhisheadoutandhallooed.Othervoices
QI
"Wedon'thavethebanks.Butweourselvescancontribute
"That'sright.Inthepresentsituationwe'llprobablymake
Thepilotsaidnothingmore.Therewasagraytasteinhis
Thepantropistpulledreflectivelyathisnose."Webbedex-
"Sosporulation'stheobviousanswer.Manyothermicroscopic
"Microscopic?"Philsaidincredulously
AfterlaVenturahadSethiscontrolboardtorightsa
CycleOne
TherotifersIThatwasit."Therewasaplanafoottodrive
"Para?"Lavonsaidatlast."Already?"
Idiot!Theoldmanwouldneverthinkofsafety.Tosleep
"We'llhavetohurry.Showmetheway."
"WhydoweneedShar?"theotherParasaid
"Buthisthoughtsarewater.SincehetaughttheProtos
Nowwecango;Nociscomingbackwithlight."
"Thenlet'sgo.We'vewaitedlongenough."
ThemixedquartetsoaredawayfromtheBottom'through
Hemadehissporenearmine."Hepointedtoastill-unbroken
Sharlookedsurprised."Ithas?Isitaslateasallthat?Wait
"Theoldman'sawake?Good.Heinsistedonstayinguphere
NowifonlyIhaven'tmisplacedtheother"
Philkickedawayamassofbacteria."Hereitis.Bettergive
ThetwoProtoscamecurvingbackoutofnowhere.Atthe
TherewasasoftplopandLavonfoundhimselfstrugglingin
TheProtoswunggracefullytowardthemandseemedto
TheProtodidn'tneedit.Theslowlycruisingbarreldarted
Afterawhilethesoundsseemedtoberetreating;Lavon
Lavoncouldhearnothing;whatthePara"heard"was
"HesaysDioranisdead."
"Good!Askhimtobringthebodybackhere."
Therewasashortsilence."Hesayshewillbringit.What
TheProtojerkedsharplyforafractionofaturnonits
Iftheywereunmolested.Lavongrilmedandpushedan
Lavondidnottrytoexplain.Hefelthimselfsinkingslow-
Astoneloomed;Lavonsurveyeditinthehalf-light
Lavonshouted.Instantlythewormwassurroundedbya
Helookedaroundathisarmy.Theywerestandingaround
OldSharsatcomfortablyuponapebblewhichhadbeen
"These."Theoldmanleanedoveronearmofthepebble
"Whatgoodisthat?Ican'treadit.Neithercanyou."
"TheFirstAwakening.Whydoeseverythingseemtostop
Awakeningseemstohavehadone.Whowereourparents?
TheplateswerebesidemeinthesporeattheFirstAwaken-
Butwe'regoingtohavetoputthemoffforawhile.Suppose
ButtherewasachilluponthedepthsthatLavondidnot
HesignaledtothenearestPara
"Thesandbarthatrunsoutfromthenorth.Right.It's
"Go!"heshoutedatthetopofhisvoice."Killthem!Kill
Tacticsvanished.ApetalledcoronaunfoldedinLavon's
Thesharpedgesliceddeeplyintotheciliatedlobes.The
ThethingwasaDicran;shedoubledviciouslyuponhim
TheDicran'sarmorturnedthepointofLavon'ssplinter
TheEaterheavedconvulsivelyandwentlimp.Lavonhalf
Possiblyitlackedthedesireaswell;theDidinswerenot
TheDidinwererangingfromonesideofthefraytothe
LavonsawnofewerthanhalfadozenEaterstrappedby
Afigureswamslowlyandtiredlyuptohimfrombelow.It
"What?What'sgone?What'sthematter?"
"Theplate.Youwereright.Ishouldhaveknown."He
"Whatplate?Calmdown.Whathappened?Didyoulose
Hedroppedhisfaceintohishands.Perchedontheedgeof
CycleTwo
TheyoungmanturnedandlookedatLavonwitheyesmade
"Thenmenshatteredtheirsporesandemerged.Atfirstthey
"Gladly.Wewouldneverhavethoughtofthatwarbyour-
Wasthecreaturebeingironic?Lavoncouldnottell.He
"No.You'reourLavon;youhavearighttoknowthefacts
'ThepastfourSharsdiscoveredthatwewon'tgetanyfar-
"Takeourchemistry.Weliveinwater.Everythingseems
Lavonpushedbackhisfloatinghairfutilely."Maybe
"Thentheshallopwaswreckedsomehow.Thepeopleinit
Isupposewe'dUnderstanditbetterifwehadtheplateSharI
WhatIcan'tseeiswhyyoubothertotry."
Therewasarisingdronefromthetable-top.TheParawas
IthadbeensosilentthatLavonhadforgottenit;hecouldtell
Maintenanceofthecastleswasanever-endingtask.The
Andthentherewerethecrops.Mennolongerfedprecar-
YetLavonfounditimpossibletokeephimselfbusyenough
ItmightbepossibletoaskParaforthereturnofthe
"La-voniLaa-vah-on!"
"I'muphere.What'sthematter?"
"Wehavetheripenedquadrantcutfree.Shallwetowit
Thethirdsurfacewasthesky.Onecouldnomorepass
Thatwashowitwaswhenthesecondsurfacevanished.If
Gas.Therewasnowaterinsideabubble.Amanwhogot
AndifthenewuniverseofwhichSharhadspokenexisted
Bothplatesweregone."Therewasonlyoneotherwayto
Lavondidnothearthem.Hecontinuedtoclimbdoggedly
"Lavon!Whereareyougoing?Lavoni"
Itwasfruitless.Hemightaswellhavetriedtopenetratea
Therewasatindofsoundlessexplosion.Hiswholewrist
Somethingwashorriblywrong.Heclungtotheboleand
ThedayswentbywhileSharwatched.Finallyhecould
LavonstoodamongtheshardsandlookedatSharsilently
"SharI'vebeenabovethesky."
Lavon.You'vedoneanepoch-makingthing.Itnearlycost
"Youtaughtmealotwhileyouslept.Orareyoustillop-
Lavoncouldsaynothing.Henolongercouldtellwhathe
TherewerefiveofthemaroundShar'sbigtable:Sharhim-
ThattheywerethefirstofLavon'speopletobetaxedwith
"Howaboutlettingthegasout?"Lavonsaid."Willitgoout
"Biggerthanaman'sbody?"Thansaid
"Howwouldwebuildit?"Lavonsaid."It'sroundincross-
section.That'sallverywellforamodel,buthowdoyoumake
"That'seasy.Webendhoops."
"Hoops!"Tanolsaid."Onthat scale?You'dhavetosoak
Than'sbyalongdistance.Butmydesignfortheshipisalso
Sharsmiled."Youcaneasilymakeamistakeinusingnum-
"NonethatIknowof.Thehistoryplatecertainlyseemsto
"SoI'vesetupabasicforceinvolvingthetwoorthreemost
ThosepeopleIcanwithdrawfromtheirregularworkwithout
Ican'tanswerthatyet.Icouldsaythatwe'regoingtothe
"Thenlet'snotwasteaminute.There'sstillahugemassof
Thefivemenaroseandlookedateachother.Theirexpres-
ItwastwowintersleepsafterLavon'sdisastrousclimbbe-
Thanandhiscolleagueshaddonethatjobwell.Ithadbeen
Thefat-facedyoungmanflushed."Youcan'tinsultusinto
"Nowwhat?"Lavonaskedwhentheyhadgone."Imust
"Hundreds.EveryyoungsterofthegenerationafterPhil's
Thiscellwilldie;buttheProtosneedtoknowhowyoufare
"Thenyouadmityoustillhaveit.Whatifyoucan'tcom-
Lavonshiftedtoanothermegaphone.Hetookadeep
"Howcanyouthinkinwebslikethat?"theParawon-
Thegearsgroaned.Theshipnosedup.Theskybrightened
InsanebrillianceofemptyspacelookedLavonfullinthe
"Yes.I'dgoitslowatfirst."
"LavoniLavon!"
Lavonstartedsharplyattheshout.Thevoicewascoming
"Whatisit?Stopyourdamnyelling."
AnotherviolentstartswungLavonaroundtowardthefor-
SuddenlyLavonbecameconsciousofanothershoutfrom
SharcameforwardtoLavon'selbow."We'reonaspac&-
"Butthereweresupposedtobelotsofthem.Onlyoneisup
Therewasagulpingsoundfromoneofthemechanics."We
Theminutesstretchedout.Thegreatred-goldglobeinthe
ButwhatI'mthinkingaboutisthewater.Theplantswillgo
SharbentandtestedthepellicleofthemotionlessPara
"TheVortaearealsoalive;Icanfeelthewatercirculating
Whichprovesthatitwasn'ttheheatthathurtPara.it was
"It'sthis:We'vegotthreeorfourNocdownbelow.They
Sharactuallygrinned."Abrilliantpieceofthinking.We
TheshiprestedontheBottomofthecanyonfortherestof
"Isthatasampleofthekindoflifetheyhavehere?"La-
Sharsubsidedmoodily.Hisvisionofspaceapparentlyhad
NowtheBottomwastiltingupwardagain.Lavonhadno
Lavonwasstunned.Notthatthereweremenherehehad
"SharlThan!Stravoll"hebawled."Breakoutcrossbowsand
"What?"Sharblurted."What'sthematter?What'shappen-
Thecrywentthroughtheshiplike.agalvanicshock.The
Theirruptionoftherotifersdecidedthegirl.Themotion-
"Wearefew.TheEatersareeverywhere.Soontheywill
"Andyou'venevercooperatedagainstthem?Oraskedthe
"TheProtos?"Sheshrugged."Theyareashelplessaswe
Labonshookhisheademphatically."You'vehadone
TheParastirredfeebly.Thegirlwatcheditwithwideeyes
ThesoundoftheParausinghumanspeechseemedtoimpress
"Sharyourmetalrecordiswithyou.Itwashiddeninthe
"Thisorganismdiesnow.Itdiesinconfidenceofknowl-
Thereisnothing.Thatknowledge.Cannotdo.Withit
Thevoicewhisperedaway.Theshiningslipperdidnot
Shar'svoicecametohimacrossagreatdistance.The
Lavonwaslookingatthegirl.HehadnoanswerforShar's
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