Thursday, February 03, 2011

Burning Bright - Melissa Scott

"The steward nodded, but didn't move. "I couldn't help noticing your pins."

Lioe let her smile widen, grateful she hadn't had to set up this encounter herself. "I saw yours, too." She glanced again at the pair of Game pins clipped just below the company icon: one was the triangle-and-galaxy of the Old Network, but the other was unfamiliar. "Local club?" she asked, and was not surprised when the steward shook his head.

"Actually, it's a session souvenir," he said. "It was a Court Life variant, run by Ambidexter about five years ago."

"I think I saw tapes of that," Lioe said, impressed in spite of herself. The steward didn't look old enough to have been playing at that level five years ago. "That was the one that featured Gallio Hazard and Desir of Harmsway, right? The one that really made Harmsway a Grand Type."

"That's right." The steward glanced quickly around the cabin, then lowered himself into the couch next to her. "I'm Vere -- Audovero Caminesi."

"Quinn Lioe." They touched hands, awkward because of her safety harness.

"You wouldn't be the Lioe who wrote the Frederick's Glory scenario," Vere said.

"As a matter of fact, I am."

Vere grinned. "That was a great session. There's been a lot of talk on the net about it; I'm still trying to find someone at the club who'll run it. Are you going to be doing any Gaming while you're here?""

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