Last One There’s a Rotten Egg

Harris and Sanchez bunny-hopped into the chasm in the reduced gravity of this strange world, but Kwon held back. Despite the surveillance and the simulations and the successes of the rovers she was deeply unsettled.

Petrified eggs—larger than the Zaqar lander the astronauts flew in on—sat half submerged in a pool of hydrocarbons at the bottom of the cave. They’d gone undisturbed for millions of years. Now these three primates from another world were going to do some disturbing.

Kwon looked back over her shoulder. Nothing but alien crags blocking the light of the distant sun.

Harris screamed.

Notes: This is a drabble, or a story of exactly 100 words. I’m posting drabbles for the entire month of December. I used an image as a writing prompt for this piece. You may be able to find the image on the artist’s ArtStation page. Image by Antoine Collignon, used with permission.

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