Killashandra Author:Anne McCaffrey "Lanzecki, I wouldn't put it past you to try to sucker me into another job like that Trundomoux black-crystal installation." — "I'm not, Killashandra. I'm just warning you of the disadvantages to an assignment that involves a long absence from the planet Ballybran for what might, in the long run, be inadequate compensation." His expression chan... more »ged subtly. "I'd rather not be professionally at odds with you. It interferes with my private life."
His dark eyes caught hers. His lips curving into the one-sided smile she found so affecting, he reached for her hand. She no longer shared a table with the Master of the Heptite Guild, but with Lanzecki the man.
Her smile answered his. Together they rose from the table...
Killashandra ree's life was one of catastrophic changes. She had joined the Heptite Guild to become a Crystal Singer , get rich, and forget her past.
And at first everything went just as she had hoped. In one season on the deadly beautiful world of Ballybran, she had sung Black Crystal, grown wealthy, and met a man who made her sorrows seem unworthy of notice.
But then a year later, a devestating storm turned her claim to useless rock. In short order she was broke, she had crystal sickness so bad she thought she'd die, and the only way she could be true to the man she loved was to leave him...« less