By Poul Anderson
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After the Starkad affair, Flandry thought, you would. Between us, Max Abrams and I wrecked a scheme concocted by none less than Brechdan Ironrede, Protector of the Roidhun's Grand Council. How much do you know about that, Tachwyr? You were only put to showing me around and trying to pump me, when Abrams and I were on your world as part of the Hauksberg mission. And the truth about Starkad was never made public; no one concerned could afford to let it come out. You do remember us, though, Tachwyr.
I'll be watched for quite a while, Rax, if Wayland turns out to be any use. " She shivered. "Or they might be angry enough to brain-channel me and--" The cigarette scorched her fingers. She ground it into a disposer and reached for a new one. A million credits, she thought wildly. A million packs of smokes. But no, that's not it. What you do is bank it and live off the interest. No huge income, but you'd be comfortable on it, and safe, and free, free-- "You would require disappearance, certainly," Rax said.
At once Flandry bent himself entirely to the spitgun. Locked onto target after target, the beam flashed blue among the attackers that wheeled overhead. A winged thing slanted downward and struck behind the rim of the crater where he had settled. A couple of others took severe damage and limped off. The remainder escorted them. In a few minutes the last was gone from sight. No--wait--high above, out of range, a hovering spark in murky heaven? Flandry focused a viewscreen and turned up the magnification.
A Circus of Hells by Poul Anderson