telepath's eyelids flickered open. They had ended their brawl near a streetlamp, so it was light enough to make him out, but his eyes were black, like holes in space. Like Lyta's in all her unholy glory.
"Go ahead," Bester murmured. "It's what you want. But you know I'm right. I know how sick you are inside, and you can't stand that."
"You are right," Garibaldi said. "You're always right, aren't you? But you don't know me anymore, not like you think you do. Yeah, maybe on the inside I'm a bastard-we all are, one way or another. Maybe I can't blame it all on you. Maybe I do have to shoulder some of it. I'm willing to try. But you-you were responsible for the death of thousands. Millions, for all I know. And you don't have any remorse at all."
"No," Bester said, quietly. "I don't. There are things in my life I regret, but none of them would mean anything to you. And listen to yourself. All you're doing is trying to work yourself up to killing me, to justify it. Just do it, you pitiful gutless coward."
Garibaldi's finger trembled on the contact. "I don't need to justify it," he said, softly. "I can do it because I want to."
He counted five, then squeezed the trigger-or tried to. He found that he couldn't.
"Who has you Asimoved now, Mr. Garibaldi?" Bester asked, mockingly.
Garibaldi didn't let his weapon waver. "You owe me, Bester. You owe it to me to die like the dog you are. No, strike that, I like dogs. But as much as you've hurt me, as much as you've wronged me, there are a thousand others who you owe more. I'm not going to deny them, just to satisfy myself. I thought I could, but I can't. Your life belongs to everyone you've screwed, not just to me."
Bester managed a weak laugh. "Nice speech. You are a coward."
"Maybe. Maybe I am. But I'd rather