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The light here on this world was old, greasy. Its redshifted glow, bounced, amber-like, from ancient edifices of strange origin. Huge blocks of crumbling concretions. Dust devils slinked and scuttled, dry rats of wind-blown granules hunting for food. Although, here, there was none.

The worlds' star hung fat, and gibbous in the dry sky. Red. If you held your hand up, you could see prominences lumber ponderously into its corona. Arching back on themselves as the magnetic field lines snapped and whipped.

It was here, at the edge, that they found the object. Partially embedded in the regolith.

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    Neville Hunt over 4 years ago

    Wonderfully written, Jeff. I've learnt some new words today, gibbous, regolith...I am a better man now! 'Slinked and scuttled' - superbly descriptive.

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    Jeff Taylor over 4 years ago

    Thanks Neville 😊

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    Drew Martyn over 4 years ago

    Superb, Jeff. I really love that second paragraph in particular, it's so visual and awe-inspiring :)

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    Jeff Taylor over 4 years ago

    Thanks Drew. 😊

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    Christopher over 4 years ago

    This was so descriptive I had to shake the dust off my clothes after reading it. Fantastic, Jeff.

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    Jeff Taylor over 4 years ago

    Thanks Christopher😊

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