SF Drabble #170 “Manifest Destiny”

We landed on Peohore just ahead of the day line, to catch them sleeping. Their weapons were old-style LASER rifles, like pre-unification human ones, only with less charge: they’d get three, maybe four shots before the guns were useless. And us in mirror-finish shock suits. No orbital or air, no armor, no artillery. It was fuckin’ laughable.

They seemed amazed. I was guarding some Peohoray prisoners, they kept asking me, why? Why did we invade their planet? We’re peaceful, we haven’t had a war in hundreds of years, we pose no threat to the Earth Empire. Why the invasion?


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