“Venice. Are you sure?”
My assistant glances at her clipboard, and her glasses slide down her nose. She pushes them up, squints at the paperwork. “That’s what it says.”
I regard the passenger waiting to get on the aircraft. Eight feet tall, green skinned, four arms, each one tipped with a sharp claw. It smiles at me. Or, I assume it’s a smile. Difficult to say these days now the Interplanetary Spaceport has opened. You get all sorts through here.
I catch its eye, just the one. Address it directly. “Venice. You want to go to Venice?”
It nods. “Yesss.”
I move sharply sideways trying to miss the slobber. I don’t miss the wistfulness in its voice.
“Yesss. Home. Venus.”