The City expanded in all directions like a crystal. Glass, chrome, and circuitry expanded in every direction.
In most parts of The City, you couldn’t see the sun. In some places, you could barely tell which way was up.
She’d been born there, and it was all she had ever known. It was a billion-limbed organism that consumed and screamed and polluted: The Infant of the Beast, chewing up people. But it was not all there was.
As she rose into the sky, she felt a thrill of anticipation. She would crack The City’s shell, and show them the truth.

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