Star Trek Deep Space Nine
by K. W. Jeter
First DS 9 Hardcover 1995
A hand darted into the water, through the ribbons of green weeds streaming in the current, into the darkness between the stones smooth as black pearls. A fist came back up, with flashes of silver wriggling from either side, a clear rivulet dripping from the elbow. Jake Sisko regarded the fish in the other boy's grasp. As before-since the first time-he was filled with both admiration and a stomach-knotting unease at the other's lightning quickness. Too fast, he thought. Like a knife piercing the water without even a splash. That's not right.
The two boys hunkered knees-to-chest on the largest rock in the middle of the creek, the yellow sun above drying the wet marks their bare feet had left behind them. The water churned white a few inches away. Jake squinted against the glare, turning his gaze toward the tall-grass fields that rolled up to the stand of trees that served as a windbreak at the crest of the hill. Eucalyptus, his father had called them, crushing the sickle leaves in his big hand to release their sharp, penetrating scent. Jake's father had reached up and pulled away a strip of bark, it didn't hurt the trees, this type shed the long, twisting pieces like snakeskins and given it to him as a kind of souvenir, one that he still had dangling on the wall of his bedroom. "Look," insisted the other boy, thrusting the captured fish in front of Jake's face. The creature's round eyes were emblems of unreasoning panic, the pink- rimmed gills fluttering wide in the strangling air. Its mouth made an idiot O, as the boy's thumb traced the scam of its belly.
Hardcover: 345 pages
Publisher: Pocket Books; Book Club First Edition, First Edition March 1995
Condition: Very good, dust cover some edge wear and spine chipping at top/bottom, binding straight tight
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