By Algis Budrys
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We got our compass headings straight in our heads, and then we were able to come out from under the windbreaker, which was all right with me. One of the reasons Artel and I could work as a team was because I didn't mind his smell. (That was what I said; actually, I liked it). But not in big doses like this. It was like eating a pound of milk chocolate. We'd done this kind of thing before; we knew what we were doing. A couple of hours from now, when it was still dark and we could expect most people to be thinking of sleep, we'd get moving, so that by the time we hit the place it would be tight-fast in dreamland.
Mrs. Holloway! I appreciate the fact that you love your husband, but he's potentially dangerous. Any man in sufficient delirium to hurl glasses and... and other things... at another individual, and then attempt to run him down with a bed... tear his shirt off – " he finished up with a mutter. I did all that? Marten looked like he was getting mad. Arlene looked at me. "You stay in bed, Charley," she said. "I'll be in to see you after a while. " "All right, honey," I said, feeling kind of low. But the bed seemed to have settled down, and I was pretty sick.
We don't find them any more often than you'd expect. " "Travel agents about the same any place, I guess," I said. He shrugged. "Civilization's about the same any place. ' It's true. My father couldn't infect a world with a population of six billion, either. Nor lose an interstellar passenger ship. And end with only a few thousand survivors from it. " He pushed himself down and lay on his back for a minute, with his hands behind his head, looking up. " He didn't sound particularly worried; well, it wasn't our problem.
Blood & Burning by Algis Budrys