Яппаньки вам,уважаем(ый)(ая)(ое)!

words to the ring. No response. Again, in ancient Greek.

The ring accepted the key, and a menu of options appeared in his mind's eye.

"I've got everything she remembers," Bunny said, and at last she looked toward Elizar, breaking off her scan.

Fa collapsed.

"It's incomplete," Bunny continued, "but it may be enough for you."

"Thank you, Bunny," Elizar said.

Galen raced through the options. The ring had the usual observing and recording functions of a probe-in fact, he noted, it was recording now, continuing some order issued long ago; it could copy data crystals, erase data crystals, even add information to data crystals-he skipped down the list-and at the very bottom, something called ELECTRIC STORM.

Fa's head wavered in and out of view as she tried to regain her balance, sit up. "That hurt. It hurt! You take me to Gale now."

Razed knelt beside her, wrapped an arm around her. "I'm sorry. You didn't remember everything, so you can't come with us."

Fa hit her in the shoulder. "You're not nice. Gale didn't like you. And neither do I." Fa struggled against her, but her movements were weak, uncoordinated.

Galen requested information on the electric storm, but there was none. Rings intended to generate electricity were usually constructed differently from this one. A ring might be designed to deliver an electric shock if the stone touched an enemy. Or it might be devised to shock the wearer, an enemy who would receive the ring as a gift. Another possibility was a ring that generated a localized field. If the ring was hidden where the enemy would approach, it could be a lethal weapon. Any of those contingencies could have potentially been included in the ring, though he didn't know why they would have been. His mother had said nothing of it.

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