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Vorkosigan Fic: Comsets and Conspiracies

Fandom: Vorkosigan series
Challenge: rat_jam promptathon: "Miles/Gregor, hiding"
Characters: Miles and Gregor
Rating: PG
Length: Comment fic, 700 words
Disclaimer: These characters belong to Lois McMaster Bujold. Go buy her books.


Imperial Auditor Vorkosigan paced in front of a large piece of paper covered with diagrams, notes, and contingency plans. Barrayaran terrorists still seemed the most likely suspects, but Cetaganadan operatives or Komarran revolutionaries might try to kidnap or control the Emperor of Barrayar.

He needed fresh information. Gregor had ordered the cameras in his quarters disabled years ago, but men were inserting sensors now. The comset beeped. Miles smacked the receive button, expecting a report.

Gregor's voice jerked him towards the screen. "What can I do for you tonight, Miles?"

"Gregor?" Miles studied the image of his Emperor and friend. Gregor appeared unharmed, a dark brown robe gaping open across his bare chest. If he was being coerced, there was no visible sign of it.

"I need to report to you on the Torren Peaks project, Sire. Can we meet tonight?" 'Torren Peaks' was code for Emperor under duress.

Gregor's forehead wrinkled. "I'm fine, Miles. Or at least I was until you started spewing code words at me. Is there something wrong?"

The pieces of the puzzle started rearranging themselves into a different scenario. One that was less menacing, but far more embarrassing. "You didn't answer when I called earlier, and your assistant wouldn't put me through. You always take my calls!"

Gregor shrugged, a hint of apology in his voice. "I'm married now."

Miles nodded. "I know. I was there." He waited for Gregor to explain.

Gregor waited, too. A flush slowly spread across his face and down his throat. "We were… busy," he finally hissed as he clutched his robe closed. "We just wanted a night together, man and wife instead of Emperor and Empress. Was that too much to ask?" His voice was angry, but something in Gregor's eyes suggested that, yes, it had been too much to ask, and he knew it.

Miles felt his own face heat. "I'm sorry," he muttered. "When you didn't answer, I assumed…" Miles gestured broadly, allowing a man orphaned by the violence of Barrayaran politics to fill in the gaps.

Gregor buried his head in his hands and groaned quietly. "Has it ever occurred to you that you may be a bit paranoid?"

"Sometimes," Miles admitted, "but Mother assures me that it’s a perfectly rational response to Barrayaran stimuli."

Gregor chuckled dryly and emerged from his hands, looking calmer. "Alright. How many people now believe that I'm in imminent danger?"

"Well, I contacted Ivan first." Gregor nodded. "When he didn't have any information, I called on General Allegre. His agents and analysts are involved. I also had the head of Imperial Residence security scramble his men in case anyone tried to remove you from your quarters."

"Well, I suppose it’s a good thing that I called when I did." Gregor paused a moment. Miles watched possibilities flicker behind his eyes. "Give it another half hour, observe everyone's reactions, and then declare the drill a resounding success. Or a horrible failure. You decide."

Miles smiled. "Letting me off the hook?"

"Well, I can't have people thinking that my newest Imperial Auditor is twitchy, can I?"

Miles allowed himself a good, full-body twitch. Gregor coughed behind his hand. "Luckily they don't know you as well as I do. Just be sure you call off the commando teams," he joked.

Miles was sure nothing showed on his face, but Gregor stiffened. "Miles – commando teams?" he demanded incredulously.

"No, I didn't request any Imp Sec teams," Miles denied.

Gregor shook his head. "You had me worried for a moment there."

The secure message Miles had sent to Quinn requesting Sergeant Taura's strike team was still in Komarran space. It wasn't too late to intercept it.

"So, why did you com me in the first place?" Gregor asked.

"Oh, it can wait until tomorrow. Say hello to Laisa for me?"

Gregor's face relaxed into a fond smile. "I will. Goodnight, Miles."

"Sleep well, Gregor," he responded, hitting the disconnect button.

Miles' report should be meatier by then. Today he'd just had suspicions about which conservative Barrayaran terrorist groups were being leaked information from inside Imp Sec. Tomorrow he'd know which groups had displayed increased com traffic when Miles kicked the hornet's nest.

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gryphonrhi
Apr. 11th, 2007 09:53 pm (UTC)
Enjoyed this thoroughly, and then I got to the last paragraph and *purred*. That is Miles. ::amused:: And Aral and Cordelia's son. Love it!
keerawa
Apr. 11th, 2007 10:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Rhi! I do love your icon quote.

This was my first attempt at writing in this fandom, so I'm glad it worked for you. Miles just never stops manuevering for advantage, does he?
(no subject) - gryphonrhi - Apr. 11th, 2007 10:10 pm (UTC) - Expand
weesam
Apr. 11th, 2007 09:53 pm (UTC)
I love this. Made me smile. And it sounded just like Miles. It's been so long since I read any Miles Vorkosigan, I have decided to go pull those books off the shelf and start re-reading right now.
keerawa
Apr. 11th, 2007 10:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Weesam! Re-reading Miles is always a pleasure.
eldritchhobbit
May. 6th, 2008 01:24 pm (UTC)
This is all kinds of awesome. Poor Gregor.

"Well, I can't have people thinking that my newest Imperial Auditor is twitchy, can I?"

::snort:: This is so Miles. You've captured them both beautifully.
keerawa
May. 7th, 2008 05:53 am (UTC)
I'm excited to get feedback on this one! I love Miles, and was quite pleased with how this one turned out. Thanks!
azurelunatic
May. 3rd, 2009 08:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, hee. Oh, Miles. And just like Miles to turn around and run with the new ploy!
keerawa
May. 4th, 2009 05:25 am (UTC)
Thank you, azurelunatic, I'm glad you enjoyed!
jaxomsride
May. 3rd, 2009 10:56 pm (UTC)
Very much in character, loved the ending too.
Very Miles!
keerawa
May. 4th, 2009 05:26 am (UTC)
He never stops, does he? Thank you for the feedback!
cleverocity
May. 4th, 2009 01:43 am (UTC)
Oh, yay! Awesome!
keerawa
May. 4th, 2009 05:26 am (UTC)
Thanks cleverocity!
bookaddict88
May. 4th, 2009 02:08 am (UTC)
Loved it! You've got Miles (and Gregor) down pat.
keerawa
May. 4th, 2009 05:27 am (UTC)
Miles is SO MUCH FUN to write! Thank you bookaddict88!
sahiya
May. 4th, 2009 03:00 am (UTC)
I giggled right up to the last paragraph and then went, "Oh, that's brilliant."
keerawa
May. 4th, 2009 06:33 am (UTC)
*grins* Thank you, sahiya. Miles is a twisty fellow indeed.
philomytha
May. 4th, 2009 08:30 am (UTC)
Ooh, I love this. Miles' machinations are great, and poor Gregor, having to answer his comm even when he's busy with Laisa, or risk having Miles send a commando squad to break his door down. Cordelia's line about paranoia being perfectly rational on Barrayar rang very true. Very nicely done!
keerawa
May. 7th, 2009 12:29 pm (UTC)
Gregor's life is not his own. Thanks for mentioning Cordelia's comment about paranoia; can't you just hear her saying that?
fawatson
May. 4th, 2009 10:13 am (UTC)
Lots of fun! Well done.
keerawa
May. 7th, 2009 12:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks, fawatson, I'm glad you enjoyed it!
randomstasis
May. 4th, 2009 07:55 pm (UTC)
Hee! the strategy tree grows again!
lovely lovely flashback you just gave me, there, with Miles "fullbody twitch"- I lol'd.
Otherwise, I have to agree with Gryphonri in every particular.
keerawa
May. 7th, 2009 12:31 pm (UTC)
Strategy trees indeed! Setting-up up your scenarios so that all paths lead to victory is something Miles believes in strongly.
sylvia_rachel
May. 4th, 2009 09:51 pm (UTC)
Oh! Squee! And I was reading along happily, thinking something along the lines of "Oh, Miles, you didn't!", until the very last paragraph, at which point, Oh!!.

Very well done indeed :)
keerawa
May. 7th, 2009 12:31 pm (UTC)
Heh, thanks sylvia!
filkferengi
May. 12th, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC)
Very fun, especially Cordelia's comment & the twist ending.

Twisty little dwarf, ftw!
keerawa
May. 15th, 2009 01:16 am (UTC)
Thank you, filkferengi! He is indeed a twisty lil fellow.
futago_02
May. 23rd, 2009 01:23 pm (UTC)
hahah! i JUST discovered there was a place for milesian fanfics, and i feel the same way you do! and your fic is just... delightful. :) puts a smile on my face. poor poor gregor.
lilyoftheval5
Jun. 8th, 2009 02:11 pm (UTC)
'"Has it ever occurred to you that you may be a bit paranoid?"
"Sometimes," Miles admitted, "but Mother assures me that it’s a perfectly rational response to Barrayaran stimuli."'

*laughs*
Thank you, a lovely scene. Fun in its plausibility.
keerawa
Jun. 9th, 2009 03:33 am (UTC)
*grins* Miles. Gotta love him. Thanks, lily!
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