By Poul Anderson
In a conflict waged opposed to Black Magic, the truth that Steve is a werewolf and his spouse is a hugely expert witch isn't strange. yet their adventures end up very strange, even for his or her international, once they are given the duty of neutralizing an enemy's final weapon--the world's strongest demon.
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The street lay bare, dark except for the moon and a distant unbroken lamp and the uneasy red glow from kindled houses, quiet except for the crackle and crash of their burn-ing. When I'd recovered to the point of having a functional nose, what I first noticed was the acrid smoke. That took several minutes. Barely enough unseared tissue remained to provide a DNA pattern for recon-structing the rest. When sanity returned, my shaggy head was in Ginny's lap. She was stroking it and crying. I licked her hand, feebly, with a tongue like dried-out leather.
A gun fired blindly from below. We went out a second-story window and into the sky. A carpet swooped near. Svartalf arched his back and poured on the Power. That Cadillac had legs! We left the enemy sitting there, and I passed out. VII WHEN I CAME TO, I was prone on a cot in a hospital tent. Daylight was bright outside; the earth lay wet and steaming. A medic looked around as I groaned. "Hello, hero," he said. "Better stay in that position for a while. " I waited till full consciousness returned before I accepted a cup of bouillon.
No, you're dehydrated" She drew me a quart. I lapped it down in a cataract and signaled for more. She shook her head. "You may have forced the salamander to skip, but we have to deal with it yet. " My therio metabolism redistributed the fluid and brought me back to complete health. My first truly clear thought was that I hoped no more beer would have to be spent on fighting the elemental. My second was that whatever the means, we'd better apply them soon. Penalties attach to everything. The trouble with being were is that in the other shape you have, essen-tially, an animal brain, with a superficial layer of hu-man personality.
Operation Chaos: A Novel (Operation Chaos) by Poul Anderson