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