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Drabble: Aral Vorkosigan's Spy.

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The chip has no emotions, but Simon sometimes thinks he can feel them in its intensities, in the status updates pricking sharp behind his eyes, in the names bursting with adrenaline, in the connections snapping with a headache. Sometimes when the chip marks change, it's with a vengeance.

identify: Vorkosigan, Aral

status: surveillance

-watch wait protect

-suspect danger danger

-keep safe danger loyalty danger

-suspect murder fragile hold protect

-honor lies protect

-breaking protect shatter sacrifice protect victory

The change flashes before him. He blinks.

identification run. status: keep alive at all costs.

Simon smiles and follows at Vorkosigan's heels.