SF Drabble #8 “Contact”

“Are you getting this? Are you!?” the voice was shaking with excitement.

No wonder, too. Even through the external cam, the alien’s suit was impressive. As much vehicle as suit, a six armed machine spider with an environment pod suspended in the middle.

In the pod: something out of Lovecraft.

“What’s it doing?”

“There’s lights in there, like it’s looking at displays. Scans, maybe? Of me?”

“Or the Chariot.”

Almost casually, the alien reached over with a spidery mechanical arm and pulled the vehicle out of the ditch Rane had driven into.


“Yeah. Mighty neighborly of it. Him? Jesus.”

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