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Meanwhile back at the safe house... [Aug. 1st, 2007|09:46 pm]
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The hot tub had been everything Gregor had promised, and the couple emerged glowing, hungry and laughing after a long soak.

Breakfast had been assembled, cooking would have been too strong a word for the pulling together of ration packs, and some of the contents of the box the doctor had brought. Coffee had been drunk, and some of the rather ill matched collection of clothes in the wardrobe donned. Laisa felt much better in a pair of trousers and a shirt, although her fair hair still looked as though she had been electrocuted somewhat.

Time had moved on sufficiently for them to contemplate contacting the Vorkosigans, to find out how Alys and Simon were, and to speak to the children, but the comconsole was sending out a busy signal.

"That's odd, isn't it?" she asked Gregor.
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Waiting... [Aug. 1st, 2007|12:32 pm]
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Ekaterin had sat restlessly since the alarm went up. Ivan still sat in the armchair looking decidedly worried. Pym had contacted Miles on Ma Kosti's private commconsole and he was on his way here directly and as usual she was getting absolutely no information. As she thought about why she was getting no information she shuddered, The commconsoles are busy...? She shook her head. One thing at a time...One thing at a time.... She needed something to do but there was nothing. She got up from the chair and paced the room trying to reach Jankowski by her comm link every few paces. A noise in the hall made her look up and Ivan jumped to his feet. She ran outside to the foyer and saw a hoard of men entering and a strange limp for being carried by two men. Her jaw clenched as she saw it was Jankowski. General Allegre burst through the mob and walked up to Ekaterin.

"Lady Vorkosigan we...I have some terrible news. Its seems as though the children along with Byerly have been kidnapped. We've been trying to reach you by commconsole for over an hour..." Allegre's eyes went to the commconsole where it was shut off. Ekaterin followed his gaze.

"Ivan says it's been busy since last night but no ones been on them all day."

Allegre swore under his breath and bellowed orders to find a technician and find out why they weren't working. He looked at Ekaterin, the pain from her eyes reflecting in his. "I've given orders that the Emperor and Empress, Dono and Olivia, as well as Miles be contacted and sent straight here." He turned away and muttered to himself, "all this extra precaution for Gregor and it wasn't even him they were after..."

Ekaterin took a deep breath and turned to Ivan tears swelling in her eyes when a knock on the door indicated more people arriving.
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Civilian jump station, Komarr (x-posted from character journal) [Aug. 1st, 2007|12:45 pm]
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Tamu smiled over her father's note. As if she didn't know the affection that lay behind his gentle chiding about her choice of a new home on Barrayar, so far from Earth. But it was like him to make sure.

All of her belongings had been whisked away into the baggage system. Her shuttle wouldn't leave for a good while yet, all she had to do was show up at the appointed time. Meanwhile she could keep herself amused by wandering about the station and engaging in her perennial pursuit, people watching. It went far beyond mere hobby or pastime; what was an anthropologist, after all, but an over-educated people-watcher?

She caught the scent of a bakery. They vented their ovens into the corridor so that it filled with the rich smell of spicy Barrayaran bread. Clever! Well, she might as well start sampling the local cuisine. Plus, deep-set instincts would make her appear more innocuous to others if she were eating. You had to know such things if your hobbies involved staring at people. She grinned at herself and went in.

The person behind the counter was a tall youth, with what she'd come to recognize as typically Barrayaran brown eyes and hair, and a distinct resemblace to the stout middle-aged woman who bustled around with bread and cakes and muffins and other delectable items a few steps back in the tiny shop. Neither of them so much as glanced twice at the small woman in her exotic-looking head scarf and long dress. After all, they lived on a space station and saw all kinds.

Tamu gazed at the list of offerings posted above the counter. Ma Babochkin's Barrayar Bakery, the sign proclaimed. Indeed. "Spice bread...a Barrayaran specialty!" That sounded promising. Ooh, and a meat pastie. And some coffee. Everywhere in the Nexus had coffee. It was a human universal. Even the overbred Cetagandans drank it.

She drew a logical conclusion. "Can I get some cinnamon in my coffee?" Yes, she could. She stepped out again with a small sack full of goodies and a steaming cup of universal human food culture. Barrayar had milk cows as well, it turned out.

Tamu settled in on a bench with the best view, nibbled on her prizes, and watched the human variety walk by. There were a few Barrayaran military types, though most of those she assumed would be over on the other station. There were many more Komarran citizens in the loose trousers they favored, and more Barrayarans, some dressed in civilian clothes and a very few in what she recognized as House uniforms. She didn't know enough yet to instantly know which ones were which, but she did recognize a Vorsmythe uniform from when she'd been socializing with the Vorthys' and some of their friends. Vorsmythe, she understood, was an industrialist and it made sense that some of his people would be travelling between Barrayar and Komarr. The presence of one of his Armsmen might mean that Vorsmythe himself or one of his family were here, or it might just mean that he had a pressing need for a very trusted agent. Another man dressed in a House uniform she didn't recognize strode by, looking tense.

This sent her thinking about the peculiar Barrayaran system of neo-feudalism. How did it continue to survive under the pressures of contact with the galactic civilization? And yet, it did. Changing, no doubt, but maintaining its basic structure. Was that inertia, a desire to minimize social chaos (of which the Barrayarans had had plenty in the last hundred and fifty years) or did it offer some intrinsic benefit which made it worth preserving? She hoped to find out, or at least to form a more elaborate theory...
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Captured! [Jul. 31st, 2007|02:43 pm]
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Byerly Vorrutyer woke up with his name echoing around him.
"By!" "By!" "Uncle By!" "Wake up!" "By!" "Please be okay!" "By!"
I hate babysitting. he thought. "Quit dancing on my head." he tried to say sternly but it came out sort of creaky. He opened his eyes and looked into a bunch of small, but concerned faces. "I'm okay." It was coming back. They must have stunned him. He sat up and felt his pockets instinctively. His stunner was gone and his comlink and tracer, but his shoelace was still there. He felt the back of his neck, smooth unbroken skin; his subdermal implant was still there. The range wasn't great, but how far could they have gone? So begins the waiting game. As his senses came alive, he was aware of a low humming noise and the vibrations of the floor. He looked around for Jankowski and counted off the kids. All the kids were present, but no Jankowski. "We're okay, kids. Have we done our reconaissance? What do we know?"
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lions, tigers, bears...oh..my? [Dec. 30th, 2006|12:24 am]
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Jankowski tried to keep up with the children as they ran around a turn trying to see who was faster. When he turned the corner the children were staring open mouthed at the giant frame of a bear. He grinned at the site of the stunned children. He turned to By who was on his heels around the corner and whispered in his ear.

"You know what might be fun...if you go up behind them and scare them. That'll teach them not to run ahead of us from now on." He grinned slyly and walked up to the cage to talk to the children.
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The following morning Laisa & Gregor [Dec. 18th, 2006|11:08 pm]
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Laisa stirred at little, from her comfortable warm position curled in Gregor's arms, and opened one eye to observe him. She yawned, then ran a hand through her hair, and smiled at him.

OOC - up to you whether you're awake or not :)
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Children on the way to the zoo [Oct. 13th, 2006|10:13 am]
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Aral and Helen looked about in fascination as they entered the gates to the zoo. It had been awhile since they had last been there but since they were little they couldn't remember much of it. Helen looked over at Aral who had been bouncing up and down and being annoying in general. He had a big grin on his face as he was standing in between Xav and By.

"I want to see the lion." He held up his hands as if they were claws and roared. Helen rolled her eyes. Jankowski standing right behind her bent down. "Is everything ok?" She smiled and nodded.
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(no subject) [Sep. 6th, 2006|08:57 pm]
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Arriving in Vormuros' District was awkward. They were stuck with the conundrum of just how to get there-- the suborbital shuttle Imperial Security provided was safe, sure, but there was no chance he was coming unannounced, now. ImpSec would rather not like their most junior Imperial Auditor taking unsecured, pre-scheduled, public transportation in this moment of secret crisis, thank-you-very-much-m'lord. Roic, beside him, was ImpSec's only concession, and even that took more argument and request-and-requiring than usual. The Armsman shifted in his seat, and Miles found himself looking into the young man's pensive gaze. "Yes?" he asked.
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Brooding in the library (after By picks up the children) [Sep. 6th, 2006|03:20 pm]
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I really shouldn't have been so angry at him. I don't know what came over me..and to leave By standing in the hall...He must think I've lost my mind or something. But how could Miles do that...plan to leave and not even tell me...break yet another promise to help Aral with something. I couldn't even calm down after Miles left..and to have Pym walk in on my crying...maybe I have lost it... Ekaterin sighed and stared at the comconsole which was displaying the garden plans for Count Dono's garden. She had been sitting in the library since the children left with By and she still had not actually done anything.

A sound from the hall made her look up. She heard the door open and some mumbled words. She sulked back into her chair when she realized it wasn't Miles who had come home and stared again at the comconsole. She heard footsteps approach the library and then stop. The door opened and Pym poked him head in, nodded in satisfaction of finding her there and sad softly.

"M'lady, Lord Ivan is here to see you."

Ekaterin nodded and Pym retreated out the door. Ekaterin tried to look more chipper but couldn't quite pull it off as Ivan entered.
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At the Safe House Laisa and Gregor [Sep. 6th, 2006|12:41 am]
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follows on from http://community.livejournal.com/vorkosiverse/11910.html

Laisa waited for the doctor to leave, before turning round to meet Gregor face to face, kissing him gently.

"I'm sorry to be pathetic."
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