She had imagined this moment for years, but when it happened she wasn’t ready. Her soft hands fumbled the controls and she heard a humming in her head like a thousand bees. I can’t do it, she despaired.
What happened? Shiloh yelled. I’m getting distress signals in the feed.
I’m sorry, she cried. I think we should give them another chance before we activate the protocol. I know I will be called to account for this failure.
They watched the asteroid harmlessly self-destruct on the screen. It’s okay, Shiloh said. Maybe they’ll do better after this scare.
Yeah, maybe. She watched the blue planet recede from view as they headed for home.
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Written for Fandango’s Story Starter.