In stealth mode, I slipped the ship past the warning beacons and eased into orbit around the brown dwarf star. The trick was to go dark and let gravity do the work.
"A balmy 174 C. Optimal drilling conditions," The ship's AI burbled.
"Launch probes one through seven." On the monitors, five dots impacted the surface and powered up.
"Collecting samples," the AI chirped.
Once the probes were full and back aboard, I cycled the engines and sped went superluminal. Brown dwarf crystals were a hot commodity, and I had just pulled off the galaxy's greatest jewel heist.
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Everyday DrabblesShort Story
A drabble is a very short story one hundred words long. No more, no less. They are designed for maximum impact in the least amount of space. For 2019, I'll be posting a drabble every day.