Behind the crew entered a woman whose ordinary brown skin was threaded with scars on one half of her face, and on the other, gave way to glass and ceramic fittings and an unblinking eye that wasn’t anything natural. Gasps of admiration went up from the adult onlookers, and Yasmin was hoisted to her gene-father’s broad shoulder, among a forest of the other children. They didn’t wave to each other, but all turned the same way to look upon the visitor.
“Oh, those are gorgeous repairs,” Altair said. “They kept the Treaty, oh they did.”
The visitor smiled with the human side of her face. The glass-and-ceramic mask on the other side glowed in its spiderweb of leads. Tears shone in the human eye, as the children held out their arms to her, and the adults carried the final chorus of the Song of Fortunate Return: “Mavra Fix-all, welcome home.”
From my work-in-progress novel Ship’s Heart, the prequel to Inside the Jump. Yasmin, Jehen’s younger sister, is five years old. Mavra Fix-all is a starship captain returning home after the wreck of her ship.
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