They came to a series of shelves dropping down and, beyond them, saw a fissure with its ledge outlined by moonshadow leading along the vestibule.
The fissure narrowed to some ten meters’ width at the brink of a dim gray sandslope that slanted downward into darkness.
Presently, Paul moved slantwise up the slope, probing cautiously until he found the wall of the fissure, an outcurve of rock there.
He stopped at the end of the fissure where it looked out on the desert’s marching dunes some thirty meters below.
He looked back up the fissure.
In that instant, the sun lifted above the horizon somewhere to the left beyond the end of the fissure.
Presently, he looked up the fissure at the new slope, studying it, marking the looseness of the sand.
Paul ignored her, leaped to his feet, and was off down the wind-compacted surface that spilled from the end of the fissure to the desert’s floor.
Paul reached the spice patch, shoveled a mound of it into a fold of his robe, returned to the fissure.
She looked up to see a line of hawks along the rim of the fissure.
Taking the reworked instrument in one hand, a handful of spice in the other, Paul went back up the fissure, studying the lay of the slope.
In a few minutes they stood on the floor of the fissure holding the pack between them.
She turned, seeing that Paul had the tent up, its rib-domed hemisphere blending with the rock walls of the fissure.
A spill of sand spread its brief curtain across the open end of the fissure.
Jessica nodded, walked to the fissure’s mouth where she could get a sweep of the desert, and swung her binoculars to the left.
He slipped away from her side and she heard his progress back up their fissure.
He was out on the hard-packed floor of the fissure then, swinging her to his shoulder and breaking into a staggering run as the entire sandslope came down with a loud hiss that echoed and was magnified within the rock walls.
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The earthquake opened a small fissure across the road.
The crisis is creating a fissure in the coalition government.