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By Anne McCaffrey, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

Petaybee used to be starting to be up. day-to-day, the sentient planet--like any child--was studying to acknowledge and comprehend the that means of out of doors stimuli, to answer these stimuli, to speak its personal wishes and desires...even to take advantage of human speech.
Yanaba Maddock had appointed herself defender of her followed planet, and he or she had even succeeded in proving its sentience to the entire nonbelievers. yet regardless of all her efforts, few outsiders actually cared for the sentiments and intelligence of what they gave the impression to be an enormous hunk of rock--or a trifling oddity to be gawked at.
Then Yana was once abducted. the cost of her freedom--the planet itself.
But the one person who may perhaps converse for Petaybee used to be Petaybee--and not anyone knew what a residing planet might do as soon as it discovered its voice...

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This makes me suppose much better. ” Then Sean clasped her in a farewell embody and she or he, Bunny, and Diego boarded the corporate travel that might take them to Marmion’s government spaceliner, ready in orbit. In Yana’s carryall was once Sean’s marriage ceremony vest, to sleep with, and a rapidly made city recording to Petaybean relations in corporation provider. Bunny carried a frozen fish for her cousin Charlie from his mom and dad and a basket of pemmican from the marriage banquet for homesick Petaybeans. Diego carried letters from his father to his mom, and a basket of his favourite Petaybean meals, plus food to maintain himself and Bunny fit at the trip. as soon as aboard the spaceliner, Sally Point-Jefferson, Marmion’s aide, conscientiously positioned Charlie’s fish within the freezer. Bunny remained glued to the viewscreen, staring at Petaybee disappear right into a tiny element of sunshine within the vastness of black area. She bent and unbent her arms opposed to the port in farewell as her domestic disappeared altogether. 2 Bunny grew to become clear of the window, a bit gasp of dismay escaping her throat, her eyes misty with suppressed tears. “I by no means suggestion I’d see the final of Petaybee,” she stated mournfully. Diego instantly took her right into a hot include, murmuring reassurances and a few of the foolish names that he had created for her. “Now, gatita,” he acknowledged, the identify that means “little cat” or “kitten,” “it’s no longer as though you won’t be coming again, or whatever. It’s just for a short while. and that i guess nobody from Kilcoole has ever visible Petaybee from house such as you simply did. seems like a kind of stones Aisling polishes up, the bluey ones with the white bands. ” “Yes, i suppose it does at that,” Bunny stated, sniffling till Marmion passed her a tissue. “Oh, sorry. Didn’t deliver something to blow into. ” “What the well-appointed vessel has in quantity—things you don’t be sure you convey with you,” Marmion acknowledged kindly. “I overlook how challenging it really is to go away a spot you're keen on. merely imagine how excited you’ll be to determine it within the viewscreen in your long ago. the higher view! ” Marmion then equipped every body into maintaining busy; settling into their booths, getting nutrition, making themselves cozy. “I’ve had Sally collect garments for you, on the grounds that you’d all be overwarmly dressed the place we’re going. It’s additionally vitally important, i believe, that we decide clothing that may look applicable to our project. ” “What’s mistaken with what we’re donning? ” Bunny requested. She was once donning the attractive assemble shirt Aisling had produced from the cloth Yana had proficient her with. The shirt made her suppose very stylish and grownup, and Diego acknowledged it used to be the nicest factor he’d obvious her in. “I’m now not suggesting you alter your sort, dear,” Marmion acknowledged in a conciliating tone, “and that shirt is unquestionably stunning, yet you can’t look each day in it. So Sally and that i scrounged round to determine what will be you in addition to, ah . . . no longer too conspicuously assorted. Oh . . . ” She gave an exasperated sigh as she observed the defiant glance on Bunny’s face. “For all I’m alleged to be so diplomatic, I’m no longer placing this within the correct phrases, am I?

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