The planet was an unspoiled wilderness, largely made up of wide-open plains and dense, ancient forests where most of the native creatures made their homes. Martha couldn’t help wondering if it was a bit like earth must have been millennia ago, before apes came down out of the trees and evolved into humans.
“It’s beautiful,” she breathed, entranced, as she sat on a fallen tree trunk, listening to the susurration of the breeze blowing through the leaves high above her. It reminded her of the sound of waves upon a distant shore.
She hoped civilisation would never reach this place.