Gallett sat upon a corner of the low table between Pennbaston and myself.
"And now the cube has vanished from the carc."
I did promise to take them on myself or else engage a rider whom I trusted
to do so as soon as possible after I arrived. I thought I had not been
unforgivably late but I have been diverted longer than I expected. I had
hoped Sem Partoldi would impart the circumstances to the Septa beings before
I picked them up; I made it clear to the Sem why I was coming here and
consequently why I was more than reluctant to add the responsibility of
a delivery to Septa. Maybe she did not. Maybe they changed their intent,
or could not wait, or....any number of things."
unknowable at present."
to Vettra. "I am as uneasy as I am about theft that they could somehow
move the cube themselves. Are they out in Mirhveda and should they be?
Will they harm themselves or another? I am at fault!" I drove to my feet
and began to move restlessly about, toward the hearth, along it, back.
"I should have pressed Sem Partoldi for more details; I know nothing about
them. Are they escaping? Are they dangerous? The Sem made it seem that
they would entertain me during my journey by confiding their tales to me
and answering my questions. Possibly I assumed I could satisfy myself as
to their safety before I reached Mirhveda. But I should not have assumed
"Your thoughts were focused upon us, upon what might be happening to us,"
Pennbaston spoke quietly.
does not excuse my failure. Especially mine."
gave me that glance of hers which said I could not expect to be perfect
all the time; could not hope to do everything all the time however much
that limitation continued to aggravate me.
must have trusted Sem Partoldi enough," Gallett remarked thoughtfully.
"Even if you did not and can not now articulate it completely you must
have intuitively trusted her enough to chance carrying the cube."
also had time to rethink that. If it is true that I trusted her. Enough,"
my voice took on a harsh edge as my dissatisfaction with myself deepened.
"I did wonder if she had given me an empty cube."
is possible," Gallett agreed.