Oblivion by Michael Jan Friedman

Oblivion by Michael Jan Friedman

Author:Michael Jan Friedman [Friedman, Michael Jan]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Tags: Science Fiction, Fiction, General
ISBN: 9780743448543
Publisher: Pocket Books
Published: 2003-01-02T08:00:00+00:00

Chapter Eleven

“SO WHAT’S YOUR IDEA?” Guinan asked her companion.

Picard, who was sitting next to her in an obscure corner of the bazaar, had a serious fire in his eyes. But then, he seemed to believe that he had come up with the lead they needed.

“Demmix had a medication,” he said. “He always carried it with him. Something for stress.”

“You said he was the nervous type,” Guinan recalled.

Picard nodded. “To say the least. And in a Zartani, stress is a much more serious condition than in, for instance, a human. It can even be fatal.”

Guinan hadn’t been aware of that. But then, she hadn’t had occasion to speak with many Zartani.

“This medication,” said Picard, “had to be made fresh all the time. After a couple of days, it would have lost its potency. I left orders to have some waiting for Demmix on my ship, but—”

“But thanks to that bomb,” she noted, “he’s not on your ship. And if he’s feeling as stressed as we think he is—”

“He’ll need to obtain some medication,” said Picard, picking up the thread. “The question is—”

“Where would he find it?” Guinan smiled to herself. “I know just the place. It’s not far from here, either.”

“Then let’s go,” said her companion.

He got to his feet and extended his hand to her. As she took it, she imagined that she could feel a current of energy running through him—a current of optimism that she hadn’t felt in the longest time.

Like a drowning woman, she clung to Picard for as long as she could. Then she was on her feet and she no longer had an excuse to do so.

“It’s this way,” she said, barely able to catch her breath. And she started in the direction of the exit.


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