Genres: Science Fiction
The Phobos Monolith
by Preston Dennett
True to her nature, Vasia ran without fear or caution across the Martian landscape. She leaped in huge graceful arcs that any dancer would envy. Naira did her best to keep up, but because of legs, and she quickly fell behind. How she wished she could rid herself of the cursed robo-walker that encased her legs so she could run like Vasia. Her sister’s body was strong and healthy. Naira, unfortunately, wasn’t as lucky. It was a miracle that their parents had even let them outside, considering how protective they were.
“Hurry up, Naira!” Vasia yelled. “Wait ‘til you see. It’s just a little farther.”
Naira huffed along at a steady pace. Vasia wanted to show her a patch of crystals she had found. They would, Vasia said, make a nice addition to their collection.
Seeing that Naira was catching up, Vasia turned and began running again.
Naira watched as her sister soared upwards. Then she landed and disappeared into the ground. A small puff of dust geysered upwards and settled instantly.
Naira increased her pace and knelt down where her sister had disappeared. There it was: a small black hole in the ground, just large enough to swallow Vasia.