The world has been quiet, and Saise has been watching the skies. Through the tall fathoms of water above him, the stars are bright and hot and infinitely deep. They reflect and flicker back on themselves as the swell of the warm tide moves. The protecting reef at his back is silent, the little native fish hidden or fled. It should be a scene of peace, a scene of calm.
Across the stars, blocking them with shadow, the hulls of the skysharks pass back and forth, only a few hundred yards distant now. Slow. Only the biggest predators can afford to move that slowly: only those things which are supremely confident of not being eaten by s