SF Drabble #252 “Big Bertha”

The generator is twelve kilometers long. Sorry: tall. When we dug up the heat sink ring, we thought it was some strange alien architecture, designed to awe and inspire. The circulation vents we initially took for mine shafts, sealed against the harsh, toxic climate.

When we turned it on everything became clear. We lost three people who happened to be standing on an contact plate; those areas must have been cordoned off originally, or the builders were simply careful enough to avoid them.

Doctor Stein says it’s connected to something, something we haven’t dug up. It may be a weapon.

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