"Count Vorkosigan, I require one more service from you."
Yuri's windows are open. They're always open now. Piotr wonders if Yuri's starting to throw members of the General Staff to their deaths as well.
He's knelt for Yuri uncountable times; this is no different. Yuri splays his fingers on the back of Piotr's neck and urges him forward. Piotr knows his duty.
When the Emperor has finished, he dismisses Piotr with a flick of the hand. "Give my regards to your wife and children." Yuri's laughter haunts Piotr until that night when, abruptly, like so many other things, it ceases.