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“A real live human…I thought that they were extinct, for thousands of years now” she said, as she gently reached her tentacle towards the infant human.

“Last thing I heard was humanity had done themselves in, before they were able to reach the stars.” Muff had always been one to keep up with the news, having an air of worldliness about him, while his gentle wife, Nani, didn’t bother herself with such issues.

“What should we do with it?”

Muff looked up towards the red horizon, contemplating what his father would have done should he be in this situation. Their settlement was a traditional place. No foreigners, no off-planet dwellers for thousands of miles. How would they react to such a strange thing?

“I don’t rightly know, Nani.”

“We can’t leave it here.”

“Now, I never said that,” Muff backpedaled. “I said, I don’t rightly know. I do know that any small creature should not be left in the Shadow. We treat our animals better than that. So we should at least be doing that.”

Nani nodded her head in agreement. A motherly glance at the human brought a smile to her face. She had been hoping for another baby. Maybe this was the answer to her alien prayers.

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