The Alien Dies At Dawn

  • Chapter 1

  • (This story has been edited for all audiences)

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    There was a scream of tortured air over the Mojave Spaceport as a two-man starship lowered it's hot jet engines toward the wide landing field.

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  • It slowed and settled gently to the ground.

  • Before the faint wisps of smoke had time to dissipate, the airlock door opened, and a big, broad-shouldered man got out.

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    He dropped lithely to the ground and started off across the field at a quick trot.

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  • He nearly bowled over a field attendant who had been coming toward him.

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    Spaceport Attendant

    β€œHey!”

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    the surprised attendant said.

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    Spaceport Attendant

    β€œDon't you want your ship checked?”

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    Kendall Stone

    β€œDon't have time,”

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    Kendall Stone called back, as he continued running toward the Customs Office.

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  • He glanced at his watch.

  • 18:00.

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    Twelve hours till dawn.

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  • Twelve hours!

  • Kendall Stone gritted his teeth and doubled his pace.

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    He was in a hurry.

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  • He'd practically burned a hole in the vacuum between Earth and Mars trying to get to Mojave on time.

  • Twelve hours!