Rocky dust crunched as they shuffled arm in arm. They smiled at each other and he winked, realizing how the martian gravity eased their ancient joints. A dusty sunrise rusted in the east, this new dawn for those with a life nearly spent.
The couple entered their dome, latched it, awaited the airy hiss, and radioed success to the cradle of mankind.
–“Earth? This is Mars.”
He winced at the cacophony of elation erupting a few minutes later.
–“Welcome home, Lewis! How’s the weather there?”
Life won’t be easy, and probably not long either. But at the frontiers of mankind, it never had been.
-This is a sequel to The First Walk of Man.
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