The Rover

The rover had been given the command to stop five minutes ago. The new command was take and send a photo. All of the engineers waited. A quiet developed loud in its intensity. They have to wait five more minutes for the image to arrive.

One of the junior air force guys tries to whisper, “what do you think it is?” And is shooshed immediately.

What was seen was a large glinting metal object.

What it was no one knew.

The sound that announces new photos dings.

In unison the room turns to the big 50 foot monitor up front.

What is it? That’s the easy part. It shouldn’t be there. That’s what made the older section manager collapse. The shock of seeing a an aircraft cannot be described. Seeing 300 people walking around outside of it, well what the fuck.


Published by Bryan

I am an army vet, husband, and father of twins, I am currently working on my next publication, a collection of military fiction, and next year will be publishing an apocalyptic science fiction novel. My urban noir novel, "Compounded Interest," can be purchased on Amazon. I host a podcast on creativity called Origin: Stories on Creativity and co-host the soon-to-be-released show on speculative fiction called Mirage with fantasy author R. Emma Hardcastle. My youtube channel is: The Origin podcast feed is: For updates on "Mirage" and future publications follow me on twitter: @bryaiello More of my short fiction can be found at: My amazon author page is:

One thought on “The Rover

  1. My thought was the engineers/air force would receive a message in Chinese within the next minute, “We were here first. Get off our turf. Go home, Yank, or we’ll…” Yea, that last part is easy enough to imagine. So, is it aliens the rover finds? I didn’t get that from this. Unless it’s “illegal aliens.” 🙂

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