Santiago: A Myth of the Far Future

By Mike Resnick

Bandit, assassin, identified to all, obvious by way of none...has he killed 1000 males? Has he kept a dozen global? His legend is as huge because the Rim itself, his path as elusive as a wisp of starlight within the empty nation-states of house. The gift for him is the most important in history.

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It is a possibility," he responded. "I'm trying to find anyone. " "Who? " "Billy Three-Eyes. Ever listen of him? " She nodded. "Yes, sir. " "Do you take place to grasp the place he's? " "He's useless, sir. " Cain frowned. "You're definite? " She nodded back. "When and the place? " "He was once killed correct out there," she stated, indicating the road, "by a guy known as MacDougal. " "Peacemaker MacDougal? " requested Cain. "Yes, sir. That was once his identify. " "Shit! " muttered Cain. He seemed up on the lady. "Did he have any pals right here? " "Mr.

The Swagman corrected her. "In truth i feel it might be most sensible if I did the speaking and the negotiating for us. " "What makes you any larger at it than me? " she demanded. "If you'll have enable me discount for the landcar, i would have got us one with air-conditioning—or not less than whatever with higher surprise absorbers. " "This was once the single one on hand. " "You did not solution my query: What makes you think that you are greater certified than me? " "Because he is an alien," acknowledged the Swagman. "So what? " "I used to be raised by way of extraterrestrial beings.

Advantage spotted that her glass was once empty and reached for the bottle, however the Angel was once quicker and put it at the some distance aspect of the desk. "Why did you need to meet me? " he endured. "I imagine we are able to support one another. " He stared at her, delivering no answer, and eventually she resumed talking. "You're after Santiago. So am I. " "Then we are opponents. " "No," she stated rapidly. "I'm no longer after the gift. All i need is the tale. " She paused. "And i actually may well use a narrative on you in addition. " "I don't have any curiosity on your journalistic aspirations," stated the Angel.

Rather well said," replied the Swagman. "I approve wholeheartedly. And what approximately Cain? " "We determined to pool our assets and our information," spoke back advantage. "Our pursuits are parallel, yet no longer exact. We either wish Santiago, yet he wishes him for the gift and that i wish him for the function. " She paused, gazing him thoughtfully. "Have you anything so as to add? " he instructed pleasantly. "Just that not anything approximately our contract is written in stone," she stated, selecting her phrases rigorously. "If I have been to fulfill somebody who was once higher capable of aid me...

Cain nodded. "Do you recognize that i am rejecting your provide? " "You're loopy! " snapped the Swagman. "Even after I take the items i would like, the remainder of it truly is worthy hundreds of thousands at the black marketplace! " "Maybe i am simply now not an paintings collector. " "You've made a truly silly profession selection, Sebastian. " "Is probability? " requested Cain. The Swagman shook his head. "Just a prediction. " "All correct. you might have made your provide, i have grew to become it down. Now what? " "Now we wait. " "For what? " "For you to alter your brain. " "I'm unlikely to," acknowledged Cain.

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