Trying door after door and finding them locked, he was about to suggest going back toward the spiral to find another floor when he came to a feature they hadn't seen yet - a window.
"Ah, glass, or at least something like it. I was beginning to wonder if it was all solid walls and wide openings."
"Could use forcefields or something, I guess."
"Always have another idea, don't you."
While James looked at the details of the mounting of the large pane in the wall, Rachael looked out over the courtyard where they had been before. The clouds had dispersed with dawn, apparently. Being a bit elevated, it was easier to see the layout and size of the complex. She continued to examine the view, trying to identify what looked wrong. Then it hit her.
"James! Look at the shadows!"
"Huh, what about them?" Looking out the window he looked down at the low walls in the courtyard. At first nothing seemed out of place, but then he suddenly understood her confusion.
"Yep, and I think I can now confirm, if we still had any doubt, that we're not in Kansas any more. Or even on Earth." Rachael was standing at the far end of the window, face up against the glass looking up and to the right. James joined her and saw what had caused her declaration. A binary star.
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