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The Erstwhile Visitors

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 May 7, 2023.

They arrived in a blaze of light and heat, landing in as remote as location as you could imagine. It took us days to get there, to greet them, and respond if necessary.

We finally got there, and nothing. They just sat there. We could see movement through the portholes. There were RF emissions, but nothing we could make out. But otherwise nothing.

They sat for weeks, ignoring audible, visual, RF messages.. And then, they fired up their engines and just…left.