on as an Ensign in the EarthForce Fleet and I joined Ground Forces. We saw each other from time to time and kept in touch, but I hadn't heard from him in years. Until two weeks ago. I received a communiqu© from Minbar. To my surprise, Jeff asked for an urgent meeting. Naturally I agreed - Jeff's an old war buddy, so I checked out his recent history to make sure nothing serious was going on.' Vance resisted the temptation to smile at his father's typical cau tion, strong enough to check up on an old friend he hadn't seen for a while, just in case there was a chance of getting caught in a compromising position.
'The Minbari seemed to trust Jeff, which is strange, because they don't trust anyone, least of all humans.' The Colonel wiped his mouth with his napkin and continued.
'I went along, as I had some leave. So I met up with Jeff in the Minbari capital, Yedor. We talked about old times for a while, but I could tell there was something on his mind. Like he was making small talk but all the while trying to size me up. Then he asked if I wanted to see where he was staying. I agreed, thinking he maybe wanted to show me how well he was doing. So, we left and boarded a Minbari flyer. I didn't think anything of it, since Yedor is a massive metropolitan centre, and flyers are common, but when I saw we were leaving the city, I started to get a little worried.'
Vance could only imagine what his father's version of 'worried' was. This was a man who had spent years keeping himself alive behind enemy lines, surviving inhospitable environments where any second some hostile could try to cut him limb from limb.
'We flew to a different city about a thousand klicks away. I'd never seen anything like it, and when I asked Jeff, he told me it was called Tuzanor, the City of Sorrows.