By Lois McMaster Bujold
One crafty plan too many? It's spring in Vorbarr Sultana, and a tender person's fancy frivolously turns to options of affection ...money ...bio-genetics ...love ...lack of cash ...incompatible planetary sexual mores ...love ...District succession scandals ...the Emperor's marriage ceremony ...and, in fact, love ...Lord Miles Vorkosigan, youngest Imperial Auditor to be appointed by means of the Emperor because the Time of Isolation, has an issue all his new strength can't resolve: unrequited love for the attractive Vor widow Ekaterin Vorsoisson. Ekaterin is violently allergic to marriage due to her first publicity. yet as Miles discovered from his overdue profession in galactic covert ops, if a frontal attack won't do, visit subterfuge. He has a crafty plan ...Lord Mark Vorkosigan has an issue: his love for the sunny Kareen, daughter of Commodore Koudelka, has simply turn into unrequited back. but when all his new cash can't remedy their quandary, probably a really appropriate mixing of technology and entrepreneurial scheming may possibly. He has a crafty plan ...'It's one other winner with every kind of unforeseen adventures ...Georgette Heyer has met her fit for intrigue and magnificence! A sprightly performed romance with twists and turns that may merely occur in a Vorkosigan-inspired novel...Boy, can she write!' -Anne McCaffrey.
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As he lighted one he was conscious that the door to the inner cabin had opened. He turned, to meet Juliana Salcedo y Monies. And amazement grew within him. CHAPTER IV. CANAUGHAN BARGAINS. GERALD DESMOND had as much knowledge of women as the next man, and was always willing to learn more. As he looked at Juliana Salcedo he realized that she was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen; exotically beautiful, yet marked with the golden hair and gray eye of the purest Spanish blood. Her gown of palest green island silk accentuated her high coloring, the rich curves of cheek and arm and figure.
Her gaze went to the water pitcher in the corner, which had been filled that morning. “Thirst? ” She looked at the large square port, which was open, and smiled at the sunlit sea. 51 52 THE OPIUM SHIP “Marriage? There is the escape. ” And, sitting down, she composedly began to clean her automatic pistol. CHAPTER VI. THE SEA TRYST. CAPTAIN CANAUGHAN, Desmond, and O’Sullivan sat smoking in their cabin the afternoon after Canaughan’s rescue. All three had slept long and lustily, but the skipper was chafing under enforced inaction.
I’m comin’ to that,” retorted the fiddler. “D’ye mind there was only one true word in that poem, sir? For a fact there was! And that was where he spoke about an Ulsterman always improving —” “True for ye there,” interjected the skipper. “An Ulsterman always does improve —” “— like bad fish in July,” added O’Sullivan slyly, throwing 53 54 THE OPIUM SHIP Desmond a wink. ” roared the skipper furiously. “If ye were not a little runt of a man not worth me attention I’d break your back over me knee, ye little herring!