Kaze found the people, who had now become two adults and a baby, and snaked its
way back to Mara to show her what it had seen. It took a few hours of practice, but Mara
learned how to understand what Kaze showed her, and set up a birds-eye view of the
people, with Kaze streaming their movements to her continuously. Mara would keep
these images in the back of her head as she worked, with the sounds of a foreign tongue
echoing dully in her mind. Mara kept an eye on the family as the season changed once more,
watching the child grow. The years began to turn in their slow, peaceful, way and the three
people became four, then six, then twelve. Before she was aware of it, Mara had marked off
on her year-stick fifty notches. She had lived in this new place, in her now mansion-like
cave, for half a century.
In the last fifty years, she had comfortably furnished her home. She had created most
amenities, and found many different animals that could be put to many different uses.
Joshua had only come to see her five times, never staying for longer than it took to assure
her that he was still alive and remembered her, leaving her with a gift or answering her
frantic questions about various matters. Like the second visit, for instance, seven years
after Mara had arrived. At the time, Mara had been looking at her reflection in the pool
with concern for a few days, checking her skin over and over again. She was supposed to
be turning 29, but she looked as though she hadn't aged a day from her 22nd birthday.
It was on her 29th birthday that Joshua returned, sitting down and explaining her
appearance to her.