A DIFFERENT KIND OF ACE
By Rowena Zahnrei
Multiverse 101: A Prologue
Ace Rimmer flicked back a stray lock of his perfect hair and turned his cool gaze to the Sultan.
"I'm afraid the Plutonian Cybernauts aren't going to back down, your Eminence," he said, his smooth voice managing to convey warning and encouragement at the same time.
"At least four thousand have gathered outside that wall, and you can bet they'll have at least twice as many more hanging over us in orbit.
They want the Princess Angela, and they'll reduce this moon to rubble if they don't get her, pronto."
"But what can we do?" The little man twisted the hem of his golden robes between his pudgy fingers. "My wife was right—I never should have tried for this job.
'Play the numbers, win four years of luxury as Sultan of Io.' What was I thinking?"
"Now's not the time for second guesses, old chum. You've got to keep those spirits up. For your daughter's sake, and for the sake of your people."
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