The colony had reached capacity, but she didn’t mind crowding. Three family homes were noisy and warm. But while extra bodies were fine, leaking water and flickering power were not. The crumbling, century-old sphere would not wait for complete surface recovery.
Water pressed against colony walls, bubbles searching for gaps and weak spots to exploit. When the southernmost district collapsed the boom reverberated through the colony. Crowds pushed towards evacuation docks.
She crawled from the rubble and watched the pod disappear into the dark.