Space Travel: Natural Disasters

I almost looked past the planet with crimson lands and lavender oceans until it sent me a transmission. I entered its orbit to simply communicate, as red planets have no docking stations for my style of ship. When I got close, its gravity pulled me into its atmosphere, and I discovered crystal blue lakes and emerald green forests hidden by a red sky. The seemingly social inhabitants hid from view while beckoning me to land. Before I could find a docking station, the solid ground began to crack. The inhabitants were hostile and ready to attack as if I caused the quake. Without a second thought, I broke through the red atmosphere and continued on my original path through the universe. As I watched the planet through my rear window until it was no longer visible, I wondered if the inhabitants knew I didn’t cause the quake.

January 2019