Hanako longs to find her place within the small group of survivors on the planet Mega, but is rejected as an outcast. So she leaves the colony to clear her head, as she often does. This time, though, she witnesses a geological event that will impact the entire ecosystem. If she can survive, she hopes to make it back in time to warn the colonists. And that they’ll believe an outcast.
This short story is part of the MEGAN Survival anthology, edited by Ellen Koehler, published by Reality Skimming Press. It’s available on Smashwords right now. The print version is coming soon.
The artwork by Jeff Doten depicts a “trip” alien from the story.