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Only Sleeping

“This doesn’t make any sense.”

The world was dead, just rocks and dust. Katherine Jacobs, Planetary Vanguard Team Lead, removed her helmet and took a tentative breath.

Clean. Her team opened visors, letting the air in.

“You don’t get an oxygen atmosphere without life… so where is it?”


“What was that?”

Something mosquito-like landed on Katherine’s cheek.

“Aah! It bit me!”

She slapped it away as her skin began to dry out.

The blanket of dust shivered as thousands of the bugs emerged.

“Guys,” Katherine said. “I think we should – ”

She was cut off as the swarm descended.

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