The dirt’s like glass shavings and the three suns are blue and distant, but some of the old Earth knowledge still works: their trap line yields three plump smeerps for the stewpot that night. Alriel stirs them over the fire with a stick like a birdbone.
“Do we know if these things are safe to eat?” asks Delorem, glancing at the dwindling pile of S-rations.
“They’re just rabbits dyed green,” says Alriel. “Here, try some.”
Delorem sips with an unconvinced expression. “Tastes like chicken.”
“Don’t you mean iku’unu?” sneers Alriel, before the boiling smeerp-spores embed themselves in her face.