To love your wife is good; to love your State is good, too.But if it comes to a question of survival, you have tolove one better than the other. Also, better thanyourself. It was simple for the enemy; theyknew which one Aron was dedicated to....
p talking? Because you recognize the truth, that your wife committed suicide because of the loneliness and now your devotion to state has become meaningless? 'The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away' was the old maxim, but 'the State only taketh away' is the new."
There was more talk and some drinking, for the agent had conveniently brought some choice liquor.
The next morning, after they had arisen from where they had fallen asleep in a stupor, the agent proposed his plan. With the disgust and despair of the hangover, the agent's biting attack on his pride and his state, Aron listened. Later the agent was no longer the enemy, but a partner in a deal.
* * * * *
The next week the ships came. Twenty-seven proud cruisers of the People's Republic; also troop and supply ships. They landed in the broad valley on the main continent of Kligor, twenty miles from Aron's station.
The professional fighters emerged from their tools of war, the dull hulls of the ships and the dark unifor
Aron and his wife accept a lonely five year job on a trivial world at the edge of the United Empire's sphere of influence. They are to warn the Empire if the People's Republic fleet begins an invasion. Shortly after the death of his wife, the People's Republic ships come, and Aron turns traitor. But traitors have all sorts of reasons for what they do, and they can't always be trusted.
It's a somewhat convoluted story, with the reasoning withheld until the end. It's better written than a space opera, but the characters are a bit thin, and the plot a little contrived, but it's an okay story.