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"Hi, Siggy," said Leo Fallarian."Hi, Siggy," said another Leo Fallarian."Hi, Leos."
oly Bejeezis, DivEs AND paraverse trouble
. He smiled at the red-haired woman next tohim, whom he did not know. Smith was on the telephone -- the red and green one, which he had saidwas a present from a little girl in some paraverse far away, who called it a "telly-phone" -- so he andthe woman just nodded at each other.
No telling W
meet at a DivEs conference. But
ne is bad enough
. Both men -- dark-haired, dark-eyed, were half smiling at him.
Just wait, Siggy, you just wait,
the smiles said.He turned to the woman. "Csigolyi," he started, but she nodded.
, he thought.
."Sergeant-Major Wells," she said flatly.
oo-hah! So this Was Sergeant Connie Wells? Yeah, REAL paraverse trouble
. "I¶ve heard your name, of course,´ he murmured. "It is a pleasure to meet you ± ""As I have heard yours," she replied courteously, her voice distant. He nodded, they both broke eyecontact, and he stared out the window. Just Washington, D.C., nothing special, even if it wasalarming to realize that somewhere --
? -- in the multiple infinities of paraverses, an infinite setof mirrored Csigolyis all sat in this chair, or other chairs, and... And what? What were they alldoing? In some, there weren't even any Csigolyis..."Hi, Siggy," Smith said. The telly-phone settled itself on Smith's desk, adjusting its red and greenspots. Csigolyi looked away. Where
came from -- i.e., right
-- telephones didn't preen. Godonly knows what sort of "little girl" had given the damn thing to Smith."Hi," he said wearily.