By Robert A. Heinlein

The message had appeared easy, but it used to be extra complicated than Don can have imagined. He was once being known as from Earth to an alien global for purposes unknown -- store in simple terms that his existence trusted it.

But taking off for Mars and getting there more healthy grew to become out to be much more advanced than Don ever might have guessed possible.

It was once hassle sufficient being inexplicably hounded by means of Earth's mystery police. but if he was once hijacked via Venusian rebels, Don without warning discovered that he used to be trapped within the heart of a warfare among worlds which can switch the destiny of the sunlight process eternally!

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Once someone grabbed Don in the dark; he struck out wildly, smashed his fist into something flabby and heard a muffled grunt. The doctor merely pulled him along the faster. The doctor stopped at last, seemed to be feeling around in the dark. There came a feminine squeal out of the blackness. The doctor drew back hastily and moved on a few feet, stopped again. "Here," he said at last. " He pulled Don forward and placed his hand on something; Don felt around and decided that it was a parked autocab, its top open.

All lights went out. III Hunted For an infinitely long moment there was utter blackness and silence without even the muted whir of the blowers. Then a tiny light appeared in the middle of the stage, illuminating the features of the starring comic. He drawled in an intentionally ridiculous nasal voice, "The next sound you hear will be . . " He giggled and went on briskly, "Just sit quiet, folks, and hang on to your money-some of the help are relatives of the management. This is just a drill. Anyhow, we have a hundred feet of concrete overhead-and a darn sight thicker mortgage.

Where did you lay hands on that book? " Don did not answer. His father had sent it to him but had cautioned him not to let it be seen; it was one of the suppressed books-on Earth, at least. " Don remained silent. " Presently Reeves took a deep breath and said, "Never mind. Go up to your room and pack. " He had started to leave when the headmaster called him back. "Just a moment. " Don accepted the slip; it said: DEAR SON, BE SURE TO SAY GOODBYE TO UNCLE DUDLEY BEFORE YOU LEAVE - MOTHER. This second message surprised him in some ways even more than the first; he had trouble realizing that his mother must mean Dr.

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