SF Drabble #195 “Passive”

He peered over the railing down into the red clouds below the science platform. “I don’t see them.”

“They’ll be along eventually. They tend to ride the air currents, and wherever they end up is where they end up. They don’t even really keep time, in any sense you or I would.”

“How can we negotiate with them, then?”

“Negotiate? For what?”

“Doctor, this gas giant has three large moons, all of which are mostly water ice. Not to mention the Earth-like second planet. We want to secure mining and settlement rights.”

“I can’t imagine them possibly caring either way.”

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