Shelby saw the rainbow but decided to stay in bed anyway. She knew they’d all be talking about it by lunch. And later in the day, the first sketches of “Martian Leprechaun” would be shared all over the M-web. It would spread on Earth too, but interest there would wane fast. The Martian settlers were no longer news, but slotted below “entertainment” on most social platforms.
People thought Mars would be a terraformed promise land, alleviating the pressure on Earth’s resources. Shelby wanted to tell people the truth. Mars was alive when they landed. It made the rainbow for her.