SF Drabble #26 “And Then There Was One”

At first I thought I was going crazy. The noises against the hull, the weird lines on the sand… I thought they were just my mind playing tricks. Scans never picked up anything, and the atmosphere out there is highly toxic.

But now I’m certain. Whatever it is tried to get through the airlock outer door during the last sandstorm. There are gouges in the titanium alloy. What could have done that?

I can’t take off until the others come back with the mining crawler, but they’re not answering hails and they’re already overdue. I’ll give them eight more hours.

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