By Eric Flint
FREEDOM AND JUSTICE -- AMERICAN sort
1632 And in northern Germany issues couldn't get a lot worse. Famine. illness. Religous warfare laying waste the towns. merely the aristocrats remained quite unscathed; for the peasants, loss of life was once a mercy.
2000 issues are going okay in Grantville, West Virginia, and everyone attending the marriage of Mike Stearn's sister (including the complete neighborhood bankruptcy of the United Mine employees of the US, which Mike leads) is having a great time.
THEN, every little thing CHANGED....
while the dirt settles, Mike leads a gaggle of armed miners to determine what occurred and reveals the line into city is minimize, as with a sword. at the different facet, a scene out of Hell: a guy nailed to a farmhouse door, his spouse and daughter attacked by means of males in metal vests. confronted with this, Mike and his associates don't need to ask who to shoot. At that second Freedom and Justice, American kind, are brought to the center of the Thirty Years' warfare.
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It had been a good life, I supposed. I'd gotten everything I'd gone after, so why wasn't I happy? One day, one of the children playing on the lawn came up to the porch. A friendly little boy, smiling, he asked me how old I was. "I'm two hundred years old," I said. He giggled, said, "No you're not," and put his hands on hips. I laughed, too, which touched off one of my coughing spells, and Mary, my pretty, capable young nurse, had to ask him to go. " "Of course, Mr. " I didn't watch her walk away—that was one of life's pleasures that had died long ago.
Something kept me from telling her about Socrates. He was of another world, a world in which she had no part. How could she understand when I couldn't even fathom what was happening to me? Finals came and went. I did well, but I didn't care. Susie went home for spring vacation, and I was glad to be alone. Spring vacation was soon over, and warm winds blew through the littered streets of Berkeley. I knew that it was time to return to that warrior's world, to that strange little gas station--this time perhaps more open and more humble than before.
I followed him in and sat down on the familiar couch. Socrates was very still in his soft brown chair, his eyes riveted upon me. In a voice strong enough to pierce walls but light enough to be carded by the March winds, he announced, "There is something I must do now. " He stood. " I stammered angrily, sliding back in the couch as he slowly came toward me, stalking, like a tiger on the prowl. " "'Don't be afraid," he repeated. "Comfort yourself with a saying of Confucius," he smiled. ' "Saying that, he reached out and placed his hands gently but firmly on my temples.
1632 (The Assiti Shards, Book 1) by Eric Flint