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By David Dodge

Jess Matthews, an absolutely authorized American international correspondent, had come into the People’s unfastened Federal Republic in convenience at the Orient show. yet occasions had moved too quickly within the Balkans and now he used to be attempting to break out from that terrorized kingdom via masquerading as a peasant riding a herd of goats.
He had are available by myself. Going out -- if he used to be ever to get out -- he had corporation: Cora Lambert, a high-voltage American newspaper lady, who was once both in hassle. For Jess and Cora had discovered a mystery which may break Bulic, head of the feared safeguard Police, and to Bulic it was once a call of his lifestyles or theirs.
Jess had determined their in basic terms probability of survival used to be to move for the frontier on the border city of Skaro -- with the protection Police sizzling on their heels. experience piled on experience, break out on hair-breadth break out. Mile through mile the 2 correspondents made their approach towards the hoped-for lighting fixtures of freedom, hiding in gutted farmhouses, driving in a version T truck filled with making a song ladies and, ultimately, creeping into the darkened graveyard above the brightly lit frontier river -- simply wanting protection.

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Merely lambs. ” He chuckled. “Second, they are going to expect the yashmak and pantaloons. We disguise your lady instead in a woodland of naked legs and arms and uncovered faces. Third, you aren't any longer a peasant yet a mechanic to maintain this – this—-” He gestured wordlessly on the truck. “I wish you know extra approximately equipment than I do, gospod. i've got been promised that it'll holiday down each seven kilometers, regularly. It has pedals rather than a gearshift, and the power of a canary chook. I by no means observed something love it ahead of. ” I had. It was once a model-T Ford, older than he was once. As a high-school child I had taken model-Ts aside and placed them together with a screwdriver and 2 pliers. I stated, “I can preserve it going if it doesn’t crumble totally. the place did you get it? ” “From the occasion. ” “And the ladies? ” “Also from the celebration. ” He smiled. I acknowledged, “I don’t are looking to ask questions from now on than you do, yet we should understand adequate in order that we won’t say the wrong factor in entrance of them. in the event that they are from the social gathering why are they assisting fugitives from the celebration? ” “They are from the social gathering, no longer for it. we've traitors in our association. The celebration has extra traitors in its personal. They ask us to affix them. during this a part of the rustic we've a majority within the occasion in addition to within the anti-Party. it really is very helpful. ” He smiled back. “All correct. just one extra query. Do the ladies be aware of what they're risking? ” “They comprehend there's a definite probability, certain. they're all volunteers. i may have had one other dozen. ” He extra, as an afterthought, “I advised them that you simply had helped Djakovo escape the rokos. ” “We didn’t. ” “It doesn’t topic. ” “It does topic. we want aid, yet we don’t are looking to purchase it that means. ” “Gospod” – he placed his large hand frivolously on my shoulder – “you can’t purchase our support. we provide it simply because we think in sure issues. the scoop that you introduced has positioned new life in we all. we wish to keep on Djakovo’s paintings. He would have helped you. If a bit lie makes it more straightforward for me to assist you, what does it topic? ” “The ladies should still understand the reality. ” He shook his head. “They may still be aware of as little of the reality as attainable. It’s their defense. this night we'll take shield with people who won't even understand that we're not what we appear to be. Don’t you notice how dead it might be for the rokos to aim to beat information regarding you out of them, or approximately them out of you? ” I couldn’t argue. Cora got here out of the farmhouse wearing shorts and blouse that have been exact with these worn via the remainder of the sorority. She wore sandals like theirs, and the homespun socks I had received for her concealed her bandaged heels. She fitted into the teams with none visible mark of distinction except that her legs and arms have been whiter than the suntanned skins of the opposite ladies. Above the road of the yashmak she was once sunburned, under it faded. They have been small issues, yet Piotr commented on them. Fatma, the gorgeous, darkish woman, was once in control of the crew. She acknowledged, “It doesn’t subject. She’s a brand new convert. We all looked that means once we started.

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