A Matter of Importance by Murray Leinster

By Murray Leinster

"Nobody ever observed the message-torp. It wasn't to be anticipated. It got here in on a path that prolonged backward to someplace close to the Rift—where there was Huks—and for a really, very good way it had traveled as simply message-torps do trip. It hopped part a light-year in overdrive, and got here again to normality lengthy sufficient for its photocells to examine the star-filled universe all approximately. Then it hopped one other part light-year, and so forth. For a protracted, very long time it traveled during this jerky fashion."

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He shook his head yes again and looked around at the others, feeling both proud and terrified. How could he walk beside one so tall and dressed so strangely? “Come now. I’ve traveled a great distance. ” Ollie blushed but complied with her wish. He expected Leon or Wade to call out “sissy,” but instead they followed the giant lady in black from a safe distance. She looked as if she should be the object of worship, a whole religion might spring up around her feet. She was so calm and graceful she might go waltzing with the Pope of a spring evening.

Father could feel it too. ” It was almost light now. Birds were shaking their heads and ungluing their eyes. Bad Bud Rosenblatt was snoring on a little pallet he had made himself sometime during the night. ” I asked. “Buddy’s such a wimp,” Tina said. ” I grabbed Tina by her shoulders and forced her to look me in 41 RUNNING FOR YOUR LIFE the eyes. I could see the years, neatly labeled and stacked in boxes. The stuff that wouldn’t fit was burned long ago in an abandoned field no one would ever visit again.

29 THE INVISIBLE TWINS One morning, a few days later, I called Mrs. Jacobson on the phone. At one time I had thought she liked me, thought I was a positive influence on her slothful son, but at first it seemed as though she barely remembered me. “I was living in Europe for a while,” I explained, “and I was just wondering how Dan and Mary were doing, I hadn’t heard anything . ” “Oh, I suppose they’re doing very well. ” “And the twins, what did Mary have? ” “I’ve never seen them myself,” she said, and I knew I had struck a sore spot.

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