Spoilers for Barrayar
Marcus L. Rowland
Count Vordarian didn't know he had the potential for immortality, of course. Under other circumstances Cordelia might have told him, trained him. But now her son was endangered - a son she could never have had before the invention of the uterine replicator.
There was little time for pity or remorse. As Bothari's blade came down, as his head rolled across the table, she felt the faint stirring of his quickening, snuffed before its time, and wished it could be otherwise. She whispered "there can be only one," put the head in her bag, and set off to end a war.
Notes: In the Highlander universe immortals can't normally have children. But it occurred to me that the uterine replicator might change that... That got me wondering why the first gift Cordelia bought on Barrayar was a sword, and the rest followed very easily.
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