By David Drake, William C. Dietz

Their best hour, or their ultimate days...
The first Empire has entered what could be its final challenge: the Emperor is useless by means of assassination and has left an little one inheritor. Worse, the imperial mystique is yet a fading reminiscence: not anyone believes in empire anymore. certainly not anyone believes in a lot of something past the limits of self. There are exceptions, in fact, and to these few falls the self-appointed responsibility of holding a military-civil order that's corrupt, despotic - and infinitely premier to the barbarous chaos that might accompany its fall.
One such is Command Anson Merikur.
This is his tale

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A. van in pale turquoise, so it was quite easy to track. He pulled back the perspective, and directed their attention back to the tower. ” This vehicle was highlighted in a bright violet. Although air traffic did not follow roads as such, traffic patterns created the illusion of them in the trackless sky. It became rapidly evident that the two vehicles were following the same route. ” Michael said. ” “Yes, sir. ” Judith gasped, but she was already on her feet, heading for the door. Dinah grabbed her.

Lady looked like a Valkyrie turned executive secretary. ” “Near perfect match,” Michael said satisfied. “The program ignores the things that have distracted you like hair color, weight, and attire. ” “Is that little boy…” Judith asked. “Even a closer match,” Michael said. “They’ve cut her hair and darkened it, changed her clothes. With her asleep, she’s not going to be talking and giving anything away. ” He shook his head to dissuade further conversation. ” No one spoke as the images zipped down corridors, through tubes, and down underpasses.

They write each other regularly. He sends little presents. She sends photos of the kid. I managed some rather adroit questioning of the social secretary who handles Prince Michael’s appointments those rare times when he’s in-system and off-duty. She was quite amused that the first—and only—thing Prince Michael always insists on is time to visit with Judith Newland. “More importantly, although there was every evidence before he met Judith Newland that Prince Michael was a perfectly active heterosexual young male.

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