How Erika got from the yellow pad with its grubby pencil lines to the utmost stars and an ancient ship drifting on the infinite ocean, Max didn’t know, but it proved once again that they were brother and sister under the skin. Erika was a dreamer like him, just another sort. If the world held together, she wanted to be a civil engineer. Max knew that Erika’s mom was a cop, who wanted her daughter to do something a little less dangerous. Erika loved watching things being built, and trying to figure out how they were put together.
It was the sort of dream that his parents wished he had, without saying so in so many words.