SF Drabble #127 “Iron Oxide”

No one comes out here, not anymore. The domes are so big now, people don’t need to leave them. They live their whole lives in one self-contained settlement. Need to visit another dome? You go by rail; don’t even have to put on a suit.

Fine with me, I have the dust all to myself. The airlocks still work, the ones that weren’t closed off. I’d hate to have to evacuate a dome, though: I doubt one in ten even owns a suit. Used to be mandatory.

I go for walks. Sometimes you just need to get your feet dirty.

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