“I’m open,” said Nyla. Cas looked up and saw that her mother was standing with knees slightly bent, ready to receive. Cas passed her the ball, and her mother trapped it and dribbled to another spot before passing it back. They continued this—laughing, dribbling, chatting, and passing—until their shadows grew long and the fat blue Sun fell behind the rim of Dao Vallis, far down-canyon from them.
Shelter: Generation Mars, Book Two
Coming in March
(available for pre-order now: https://www.amazon.com/Shelter-Generation…/dp/1733731040)
(image: Niger Vallis near confluence with Dao Vallis, composite from Google Earth Pro – Mars)