Wednesday Prompt Smash: Exploring the New World

A/N: MERRY CHRISTMAS! ‘Tis the season to be jolly, hence me forgetting to post this yesterday (also was celebrating my mum’s birthday). Before the story I’d like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays (if you don’t celebrate Christmas). Season’s Greetings everyone, enjoy.

Tim’s work.

Prompt: Exploring the New World

Word Limit: 300 words

Travel Log- Day 1: We arrived on the planet today, the AI released us from cryo-stasis  just as they were designed to after scanning the area for environmental suitability. It’s not what you would call lush, but it is no desert either. For the moment we are unpacking the equipment and setting up camp, oxygen readings are positive.

Travel Log- Day 7: It’s been a week now and we’ve begun mapping the area. For the moment we have enough supplies to be cautious and limit our travel area to walkable distances that are within sight. Carl says there is a forest beyond the hills, says there is a water source there, not sure how he came by this information as nobody’s been over the hills yet.

Travel Log- Day 10: Carl was right, according to some of the other explorers there is a forest and a river that runs through it. All just over the hills, it’s a fair distance to the hills and there is no telling how long it will take the group to climb over but we have to start moving and searching for supplies otherwise we’ll be left for dead.

Travel Lo – Day 15: They were wrong, they lied. There is no forest, or river. The hills are really mountains and we’ve wasted five days and most of our supplies travelling over them. There is nothing here except some scarce bushes- no flowers or berries, and no plants our herbalist can identify with edible leaves.

Travel Log- Day 20: Something is wrong. Either my eyes are wrong or everyone else is delirious, they refuse to go, they say I am mad and that we shouldn’t leave. They think there is really a forest and river here, but I cannot see a forest or a river- we will die here if we stay.

Word count: 307 words


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