By Olaf Stapledon
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It might be good here. Might be the place he had hoped to find. And Dublin…. She was here. He hauled himself out of the cushion and walked back to the access lift at the side of the lounge, opened the hatch below and got a waft of mortally cold air. He got a jacket from the locker, shrugged it on and patted his coveralls pocket to be sure he had the papers, then committed himself and took the lift down into the accessway, got out facing the short dingy corridor to the lock, and the yellow lighted gullet of the station access tube at the end.
He stopped in the middle of the access ramp with the customs agents walking toward him— neat men in brown suits with foreign insignia.
Not so far away, a Union dartship stood off from dock, dullsurfaced and ominous, with vanes conspicuously larger than any merchanter afforded. It watched, its frame bristling with armaments and receptors. Viking's sullen star swung behind it as he moved, silhouetting it in bleeding fire, and he lost sight of Dublin in the glare— shut vid down, listening to station central's ordinary voice giving him his clear heading for the outgoing jump range, for a supposed jump for Voyager Station. 23 Merchanter's Luck 2 It was no small job, to clear Dublin Again for undock.
A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon