After they found seats, Tom started talking about what he read on the way to the moon base and how cool it was in space. John and Kim were looking all around at everything and saw there was a sign that read “Gravity Games!!!” They both interrupted their father and asked, “Can we go play gravity games?”
Tom looked around and saw the games and a number of people at the games in bright jump suits. “John, could you take your sister to that park? And keep an eye on her. And make sure one of those officials can see you at all times.”
John jumped up, feeling so proud of himself that he was asked to take part in such a difficult task. “Yes, sir,” and John took his sister by the hand and set for the gravity games.
Tom watched them go and turned back to his wife, who was feeling much more grounded now. “So, I was saying how they grow these plants you see around this room on Mars, too. So we can breathe.”
Amy looked up. “I didn’t know that we could breathe on Mars.”
Tom shook his head with a smile. “We can’t breathe in Mars’s atmosphere, but in the tents and in the Mars dome they grow these plants and more. I mean, in the tents, they have a moss-like plant in place of grass and they have vines growing everywhere. And the gravity there makes you feel like you weigh less than half of what you way on Earth.”
“So there is gravity on Mars.” Amy was looking relived.
“Yes, not as much as on Earth, but I think it’s a third of Earth’s gravity. They say it feels like a weight has been taken off your shoulders. That’s why there is a retirement community on Mars.” Tom gives a big smile.
Amy sees this. “I hope you aren't thinking of retiring on Mars.”
“We have a few more years until then, but I read that in Tent B where the sports complexes are and the race track is. They put a street on the other side of the golf course where young retirees have condos. There are stores there and everything.”
“My friend told me that there is a mall with a spa in one of those tents,” Amy said with fake interest. She was expecting Tom to say let’s move to Tent B.
“Oh Yah, that’s where a retirement community is.”
Amy just rolled her eyes.
“They have condominiums on each side of the street with a big mall and hospital at the end. That mall has everything you need and it has gotten bigger over the past year, with more stores and everything.”
“How many floors does the mall have?”
Tom thought for a minute. “The mall part just has one with a restaurant at the entrance, and there is a separate food court and the spa with a gym, but the mall has a lot of new stores in the extension they just added. There is a second floor, but it’s the hospital, and on the third floor, there are rooms for the retirees that need more care.”
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