By Jack McDevitt
Something-or somebody-has left a sequence of satellites in orbit round numerous planets within the galaxy. Now a group units off to find the beginning of the satellites-and study if mankind isn't any longer by myself one of the stars.
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That's a northman's name. " "I was born in the far north. " Hagan nodded. He appeared to be listening attentively. Then he shot an unexpected question. " Hal blinked. "The famed sea-rover? Only by name, and reputation. " The bent man nodded slowly, managing to convey the impression that he approved of piracy in general. " Hagan's one eye squinted. " The twisted man was nodding slowly. It seemed that he was choosing to believe, and that Hal's stock had just gone sharply up. " "There were about that number of us rowing the Argo, that much is true.
His voice was even quieter than before. " While the other was trying to think of an answer for that, Hal added: "It is my duty, as royalty, to carry fabulous exotic treasures with me all the time. But a look at them will cost you something. Maybe an arm or a hand. " He still sounded almost apologetic. It was as if the young bandit had received a long-sought invitation. Something had come alight deep in his eyes. "This is your last warning, fat man. " Hal made a soft meditative sound, and his right hand moved again toward his belt.
We met on the road, and he has been of some help to me. " Moments later food and drink were being pressed into Hal's hands, and he was led into the house and offered a place to sit. The names of a dozen of Baldur's relatives were thrust upon him, He thought he might remember one or two, those of the younger and better-looking women. On entering the house he put aside his helmet, and as a sign of peace, his hickory-handled axe, as soon as he could find a proper place to stand it against the wall, where it was not hidden but out of the way.