By Elizabeth Bear
In outdated Earth's clandestine international of ambassador-spies, Michelangelo Kusanagi-Jones and Vincent Katherinessen have been as soon as a starring crew. yet ever considering a disastrous undertaking, they've been residing separate lives in a universe ruled by means of a ruthless Coalition—one that's approximately to reunite them.
The pair are dispatched to New Amazonia as diplomatic brokers Allegedly, they're to come back helpful paintings. Covertly, they search to faucet its power offer. yet in fact, one has his frame of mind on treason. And one of the striking girls of latest Amazonia, in a season of competition, betrayal, and cover, he'll discover a new ally—and a strength past any that people have known...
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As if he had been recently hypnotised - or brainwashed... Pondering these thoughts, the Doctor became aware that he had entered an area of swirling mist. But it wasn't simply mist, there was something else about it. It seemed to enter his mind, telling him to go back, rilling him with vague dread. Powerful as these feelings were, he was able to overcome them, though not without considerable effort. To another, more impressionable mind - the centurion's, for instance - the mist might form an impassable barrier.
Sam put her hand flat against the door. ' Trev looked around the deserted yard. ' 'Maybe the poor man got arrested,' suggested Vicky. 'You said he was a bit strange. ' 'Then I'd better go and tell them he wasn't,' said Sam. She turned away from the police box just as the Doctor, still clutching the plastic bag, staggered into the yard. 'There he is,' Sam whispered. Ignoring them, the Doctor made his way to the door of the police box and leaned against it for a moment. Somehow the action seemed to give him strength.
He turned and stared at her, the blue eyes wide and unseeing. There was a livid bruise across one side of his forehead. 'You've been hurt,' said Sam. ' 'Sorry,' said the Doctor. wrong time... ' screamed a voice from the gate. Baz stood in the doorway, with Pete, Little Mikey and Mo behind him. ' Ignoring him, the Doctor turned to Sam. ' He stepped inside the police box, closing the door behind him. Baz rushed forward and hammered on the door. There was a strange wheezing, groaning sound, and suddenly he was hammering on nothingness.