Damage Assessment Team

In his shielded shell, Korix of Ascov II could have been lowered into a nuclear reactor without ill effects. A mile from the drop, the burn was still obvious on the planet’s surface. Radiation, the real killer, spread far beyond. One way or another, they’d exterminate these indigenes and make this place home.

Korix walked amid the charred remains, sweeping his biodetector. Puffs of ash rose at each step. In a stone’s lee, a signal. He leaned on one knee, brushed blackened soil from the spot to discover a green tendril, a sprout. Damn Earthlings just would not give up.


Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers: 100-word stories

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