Ruth placed a covered box on the table. "Impressive," Harvey said. "Now, everybody, sit down and relax. It might be a long wait."
"Not so long," said Red Brace a little while later. "They're coming over the crest right now."
"Who's with him?"
"Looks like Carsing."
"I might have guessed that." Harvey watched a while at the window, then turned back. "Okay, everybody, masks out of sight."
There was a pause; a sound on the outside step. Then into the doorway walked Carsing. His hand made a swift motion inside his coat and out again.
The squat, ugly barrel of an explosive scatter-gun glinted at them.
"Everybody back against the wall," Carsing said. "Colonel Baker doesn't want to be crowded."
Slowly, tensely, staring at each other, they moved to