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She pulled away from Icebones's touch. Still suffused by that deep physical revulsion, Icebones nevertheless felt oddly bound to this pale, malformed creature. For all her strangeness, the Ragged One seemed to have more in common with Icebones than any of the other mammoths here. Only the Ragged One seemed to understand that Icebones was truly different—had come from a different place, perhaps even a different time. Only the Ragged One seemed to understand that the world had not always been the same as this—that there were other ways for mammoths to live.
But the mammoths, who had eaten nothing for half a day, fell on the wiry yellow stuff as if it was the finest browse. Gulls hopped among the spindly grass tufts or circled overhead, their caws thin and clear in the cold, still air. Icebones thought the gulls seemed huge—their bobbing heads rose higher than her own belly hairs—much larger than any birds she recalled from the Island. At last the land sloped down sharply, forming a beach strewn with rust-red gravel and littered with scraps of dusty frost.
After beating the grass against her knees to knock off the dirt, she pushed it into her mouth, and her trunk explored for new clumps as she chewed. She inspected the ice on the crater pond. Much of it was hard and blue. Mammoths learned about ice. Icebones knew that fresh ice first appeared as a film of oily crystals, almost as dark as the water itself. When it thickened it would turn gray and opaque, and thicken slowly. If it lasted to a second winter it would harden and turn a cold white-blue.