Agent of Change ( A Liaden Universe Book) by Sharon Lee

By Sharon Lee

Tough-but-tender characters with a vivid future—if they stay that lengthy. Terran Miri Robertson was once a mercenary, yet she retired to a soft task as a personal bodyguard. What she didn’t recognize what that her purchaser had strong enemies. Now he’s lifeless, and they’re after her.

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His eyebrows shot up. " "Well enough to swear and pidgin my way through a battle plan. And if ever anybody was a managing bastard, you are. " She turned toward her room, experimentally flipping the hidden blade out and in. Behind her, he murmured something in Liaden. She whirled, glad the blade was closed. " The Trade words crackled with outrage. " He bowed contrition and dared a question. " "To refresh and adorn myself. " And she was gone, leaving him to wonder at the sudden bite of bereavement and at the impulse that had led him to address her in the intimate mode, reserved for kin.

I have already agreed to go first, to make the universe safe. A Scout or a spy—it is the same thing. I am an agent of change in either case. Expendable—too useful a tool not to use. "Sometimes," he continued softly, "tools are programmed to protect themselves. This 'chora, for example, can be moved about within the hyatt with no difficulty. " He looked at her carefully. "The 'chora may not even know what it will do when the boundary is crossed—some circuits are beyond its access. " Miri nodded warily.

She flipped it to the obverse, and light skidded off the polished metal surface, snagging on the roughness of engraving. As she'd done a hundred times since she'd gotten the thing, she ran her finger over the engraving, trying to puzzle out the alien characters. In the room outside her door, the comm unit buzzed once ... twice. Miri dumped the disk among her other treasures, sealed the hiding place, and was on her way to the door, threading the belt around her waist as she went. *** VAL CON WAS on his feet and moving as the comm buzzed a second time.

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