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Waiting For Arrival

A Mastodon writing prompt story. These are science fiction short stories (usually 480 characters or less), based on an image generated by EW Doc Parris using MidJourney.

The stories are originally posted on Mastodon via my personal account.

Originally published April 24, 2023.

It was the waiting that was the hardest.

We didn’t know when they would appear. We had a pretty good idea of where. We prepared what we could. We were sure we were ready. Now we wait.

Staying alert and focused was hard. It got harder as timed passed. Minds wandered. Thoughts intruded. Questions arose. What did I forget? What did I overlook? What did we leave behind?

There! Light, a glint, a spark. Sensors come alive.

“Captain, they’re here.”

“Let’s say hello.”