The small spacecraft rudely landed on the rocky surface of Molina, a small satellite of planet Sora of Galaxy G2. The men and women inside could feel each and every bone of their body rattling by its severity.
The exploration team unbuckled and dressed up; the scanner already told them that the air was breathable; visibility was not bad, the only obstacle was a soft mist that apparently was permanent because the star S40 that lit its skies like our sun was at its topmost position.
“If it’s like earth, that mist will turn into a fog by night.” Tana remarked.
“Yes.” Marx replied as he shot a cursory glance at the bluish green sky above.
The visibility was not bad; it was a very thin veil of mist, which made the distant view a little tough but not much problem with viewing close, mid-distance things.
They carefully moved forward for the surface was really rocky, polished stones jutted out of the surface like knives.
“The exact location of the SOS call was somewhere behind those rocks.” Josh said after checking the co-ordinates of their location.
They started to walk towards the rock; there was a medium sized space shuttle right on the other side. Its position said it has crashed badly. Their shuttle commander tried to contact the shuttle again but did not reach any answer.
They received a SOS signal from Molina a week ago; they reached it as soon as they could. Now, it seems that the link is broken. After repeated tries they got no answers at all.
The shuttle seemed lifeless.
“We are entering the shuttle Rick.” Tana informed the commander before they entered the open door.
“Be careful. The door should not have been open wide like this. This is very odd.” Rick warned.
“Start scanning for life and transmit the scan results simultaneously.” Rick instructed as he keenly watched the monitor.
The monitor started to show a strange data, there was life form all around them, actually it appeared that some alien life has covered the whole space ship, in and out, but there was no human life but the signal of their own team.
They started to scan room to room. Suddenly Rehana touched Rick’s shoulder, “The door of the shuttle has disappeared.”
It has, now it appeared like there was no door at all. If they had not seen their team entering through that door they might have got confused.
“Make instant retreat Tana.” Rick ordered. Right then the signals from the team went dead; all at a time.
The space shuttle started to move from its place. They could see at least half a dozen legs and two antennas jutting out of it.
They were too far away to attack it.
“I think it was not a space shuttle but a living creature impersonating one.” Rehana gulped hard. “It has mimicked the distress signals from the last shuttle it devoured.”
Two drops of tears rolled down her cheek.
They retreated back to space after seeking permission from earth.
“Look!” Rick said, the same SOS was flashing on the screen again; the co-ordinates were of a location right on opposite side of Molina.
“It sits there, tricking its preys to itself.” Rehana whispered.