A technician monitoring the trajectory of a long-lost spaceship with an experimental engine finds a troubling piece of data.
This story is from Year 9, The Wheel of Fiction
There are thirteen spokes on this wheel. Eight are occupied by the eight themes from the previous years of stories. One is a prompt to turn the wheel again. One is a wildcard (hmm…curious). And three are covered only in question marks. I suppose I’ll find out what’s beneath those questions as we go along.
Music: “Unknown Terrain” by Andrew Sitkov
Ah, here is the first story of Year 9, written before the wheel was forged much less turned. I hope there won’t be any consequences…
[Video Description: Trailer. Duration, 43 seconds. Music: “Unknown Terrain” by Andrew Sitkov. Digital drawing. Two figures in silhouette stand in front of a car seen in three-quarters view from back. The car’s headlights are on. The figure at left holds up a device. They’re in an open field at night. The sky is full of stars. Before them appears a large glowing shape that extends out of frame. Title card with the words “Short Story” and “Genre: Science Fiction” and the story title are displayed in front of the image. The title card and story title fade. Lines from the story appear over the image: “Did you find something? Something not typical? It seems to be an audio file. But this file…it’s almost as if it were hidden? Then you didn’t hear anything significant? Like what? Like…noises that sound like words. You hear a voice? What do you hear it saying?” The title reappears at top just before the last line appears. A watermark of the site URL appears at bottom center throughout.]
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