[LMB] Birthday Tixie

Jean Lamb tlambs1138 at charter.net
Tue Jan 26 18:24:22 GMT 2016

Kalina Varbanova is 35 today! On her tour of Barrayar, she is greeted by a
small noble family who insists that she is really a Vor, and isn't it sad
that some people can't spell these days? So Kalina, you are off to South
Continent today, where you are feted by the Vorbanova clan as a long-lost
cousin. After a modest hiking tour of their fort (the original bits have
been preserved and laid over with more modern construction, plumbing and
what not, there are spots where the sheet rock isn't entirely finished yet),
you are the guest of honor at a hastily-thrown-together feast which is
nevertheless excellent. Their stable is pretty small, but the
stablemaster/groundskeeper has a pretty neat bloodlines book, and the family
makes a modest amount with stud fees. The weather is quite nice, and there
was a race-meeting scheduled for today anyway--the elderly Vor dame who
normally gives away the cup is laid up with an aching hip today and is
thrilled to pass on that duty to you. And then you find out it's harness
racing intead of flat or steeple, and you enjoy yourself immensely (though a
couple of the drivers appear to have had watched Ben-Hur on a couple of the
stretches and you are told, well, they knew what it was going to be like
when they entered the race and since there was no actual blood drawn on
driver or beast, life goes on). Anyway, you have a lovely time and are sent
home through a handy passing space warp with the extra cake and a split of
the local champagne, which isn't half bad either. 

Happy Birthday!

Jean Lamb
tlambs1138 at charter.net
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