millions of voices. That was where he had met Sandoval Bey, the mentor who had changed his life.
And now, so many years later, he was running through these same streets. And again his lungs were burning. Of course the first time, they had burned because one of them had a hole punched through it, not because of his age. Still, that boy of fifteen would have been caught long before now. What he had lost physically was more than made up for by what he had gained in experience. And Paris still sang to him.
No-it didn't. He realized that what had put him on that train of thought was the itchy feeling that something was missing.
It was. He couldn't p'hear anything. Anything.
Even at his weariest, he should be getting a background hum. But the silence in his head was as profound as if he were in space, solo, a light-year from any other mind.
The answer came to him like a cold, frozen hand on his chest. He remembered his psychic duel with the teep, earlier that night, the one he had shot with his partner's hypo-gun, the one whose power had just suddenly drained away. Sleepers. The hypos contained sleepers.
Once before he had taken them, as a condition for conducting an investigation on Babylon 5. It had been unpleasant, but he had dealt with it. This would be much harder to deal with.
He turned another corner. The darkness seemed to be wrapping around him, collapsing of its own dead weight. Dead was a good word-the world felt dead, lifeless around him. And he was alone in that dead world. The first time, he had at least had someone to talk to-Garibaldi, in fact, of all people.
They had actually been a good team. That had been when he first realized how useful Garibaldi could be to him. But now he had no one, just the silence, the claustrophobic, sticky silence.