Disclaimer: The universe this is set in belongs to Tribune and Roddenberry-Kirschner, among others.

Author's Notes: This continues the storyline set in "Table Talk" and also occurs before the series.

Wild Rumours
by Estirose
copyright 1999

The evidence was there on her desk. She hadn't had to go very far to find it. It was exactly what Mizi had talked about, the hold-ups in books going to press and being published.

Alex Ravachov's "The Church and the Companions" had been held up by every major publishing firm that she knew about. It *had* been published, by a small firm, but from reports, it was intensely difficult to get, except through the publisher. No bookstore, it seemed, would carry it, even the small independents.

But Ravachov's book wasn't the only one getting delayed. She recalled, through convention gossip, a book that painted the Companions in a less-than-flattering light. And there was another, she'd read on the 'net, which was slowly being turned into a humor book instead. Humor books seemed to be perfectly fine.

Most people would think that the books were getting squashed because of lack of appeal or lousy scholarship. Even she would have, if Mizi hadn't tokd her about Ravachov's woes. The stories were spreading quietly like wildfire at the convention; one only had to listen in on the conversations to tell that everybody was worried.

Of course, there were the ones who laughed at the rumours, but she wasn't one of them. She was sure if she continued digging, she'd find even more examples. More proof that the Companions weren't all that they seemed.

More proof that the world may be falling apart, and nobody noticing. All in rumours.

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