“You look like you’ve been run over by a lorry, chief, no offence,” comments Bice Chen with her strong Tuscan accent.
“Hectic morning, you know how it is,” Chani said. She opened her pack of jars, pulled out a stack of pickled plums hiding drugs that kept Alzheimer’s at bay. Kayla’s face lit up with gratitude.
My points total is now over one hundred, so the app is automatically flashing ‘New reward unlocked! Open now?’ I glance at the time.
I tapped the last of the mud from the drone and set it loose so it could zoom back to its charging station. We headed toward the pods.
Their voices rose and faded as they reviewed and discussed the enormous fragmented mechanical skeleton spread across the tables.
He picked up one of the hundred seed plugs and mimed licking it. The plugs of dirt and seeds did resemble black ice cream cones…
“Kalpavriksh?” Mira said, sceptically. “Never heard of them. And what do they mean by ‘experimental’?”
That’s right, says a very distant voice in Gracie’s head; and for a moment – just for a moment – Gracie sees it that way. A freshwater creek flowing through bushland to join a freshwater Parramatta River…