Battling against blowing ice and snow, Maclin and Jones labored toward the summit of an immense cryovolcano. Each astronaut was agonizingly aware that oxygen reserves were low.
Dragging Vaughn up the slope proved more difficult than expected.
There was a moment of hesitation at the summit but absolutely no debate. The omnipotent Ice Gods of this frozen world wanted a sacrifice before Maclin and Jones dared return to Earth.
“Where are we?” Vaughn asked. Her voice was sudden, weak, and unexpected.
“Oh my God!” Jones shouted. “She’s still alive!”
Remembering the other Gods, Maclin hurriedly pushed Vaughn into the crater.
This is the first entry in the Ice Gods series. Ice Gods is a nonlinear narrative about a disastrous mission to Ceres and the seemingly supernatural events on Earth that follow.
Read the next installment in this series – “Icewoman”