The Astral Queen (Micro Fiction)

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The Astral Queen landed on the planet's surface.

Lorialyn descended. The wind whipped her face. Her blue skin was blasted by sand.

She surveyed the land. Black clouds blotted out the sky and sun. Mangled metal towers sprouted from dunes of ash and sand.

Lorialyn turned and re-boarded. Inside, she paused before a glass chamber. She pressed a hand to the glass and peered in at her family, frozen in tubes along the wall. Tears streaked down her face.

When Lorialyn returned to the bridge, she adjusted the ship's database to reflect Earth as 'Inhospitable.'

The ship ascended. Lorialyn's search continued.

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