SF Drabble #78 “Staking Claim”

When the drive shut off and we turned to get our first view of the planet, we saw that the terraforming probe had arrived ahead of us, was doing its work. A verdant green was happily spreading itself across a wide swath of the planet.

Only, there are cities, too. Some look abandoned, left behind when the atmosphere became poison. A couple have domes, there are lights in those. There are ribbons of highway, but most are abandoned.

There were people here. There were people here already. There still are. I wonder what they look like.

What have we done?

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