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Printed from https://www.writing.com/main/view_item/item_id/2222433-The-Replacement
by Triv
Rated: E · Fiction · Contest Entry · #2222433
Flash fiction on an exploration leading to a strange discovery
Surinder fit inside the little cave with minimal effort. A typical ten-year-old could barely get in thanks to the rocky overhang.

Once inside, he realized the cave was deceptively bigger and belied its tiny entrance. Though there was no natural light, he found no difficulty in wading deeper into the cave’s belly.

While he had been on the planet for a couple of years, he had never ventured outside the immediate area where his fellow spacemen abandoned him. Well, Surinder volunteered to stay back due to the fuel situation on the craft.

The planet abounded with natural resources. Fruits and vegetables caused no adverse reactions. His initial tentativeness in experimenting with food disappeared.

He did not need to go beyond the perimeter of ground zero, and frankly, he was scared. Not a single mobile living being ever manifested itself.

And then, today.

A brief sound of thunder erupted from the far side of the mountain. The clear sky indicated no imminent rains. He had to investigate.

He progressed, warily marveling at glowing rocks lighting his path.

The cave got cooler as he gained courage in his exploration.

Another couple of minutes of walking, and he came upon a clearing—sunlight from both the suns sprayed through a large gap where two rocks meshed with each other inconsistently.

Surinder gasped. Not at the light streaming down from above. But at the person astride a stone disk at the center of the clearing.

It wasn’t even the fact there was another human in this previously uninhabited planet that shocked him.

The man looked identical to Surinder. In every way, from the height to his face.

A big smile adorned the being’s face.

Without preamble, the man spoke.

“I’ve been waiting for you.”
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