chapter 1

The butterflies were not real butterflies, of course—butterflies having reached extinction long ago. No one alive today had ever seen a real one. These butterflies were little mini recon spy drones. They sure were pretty. They mimicked the living butterfly's movements of flight very well. The sound of the songbirds was synthesized from speakers mounted in the artificial trees. Needless to say, there were no songbirds.

art by Tony Millionaire