Spiff watched the clock-slaved workings of the tides. He stared fascinated as the shimmering water rushed over the land. He had seen it all before, but the speed still took him by surprise.
Once again, as it had every other day, a strangely shaped figure approached just in front of the water’s edge. He waved as always, but the figure ignored him.
Ignoring the figure in turn, Spiff set his focus past where the tides had shredded his ship as it pushed it against the rocks, and out towards the horizon.
The sky began to shimmer orange and yellow. It wasn’t a strong effect, more like a mist, at least at first.
But then, as the star left full noon and began to set in the west, the form of the gas giant, filling the entire east side of the sky was visible beyond the blue…
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