Monday, April 28, 2008 12:09:12 PM
Then the room went dark, except for the white veins in the pods, which glowed with their own grey luminescence.
In the almost dark a square door opened with a slight sound of bubbles passing through a liquid.
The white sand outside the door had been disturbed by many tracks. Pale yellow orbs with sickly green and grey limbs pulsated amongst the dunes, rocking back and forth before sending themselves across the undulating white surface; leaving more of the indicative tracks in the sand.
More and more of the yellow orbs, varying slightly in size and number of limbs, propelled themselves across the dunes to the square door opening in the cuboid structure. Slowly something began to leave the shadowy interior of the dark vessel, stretching forth a black pod with white veins, connected to a blue limb, pocked and bumpy.
The yellow orbs began to emit a chorus of hissing that rose and fell in pitch from an inaudible peak to an inaudible growl. The orbs themselves throbbed larger and all along their green grey limbs tiny lines of black dots flicked into existence and, with as much energy, flicked out of existence again.
The thing crawling from the vessel had come fully into view, its green ring of slime encompassing a thin, fluid disk of oil rising high atop its dark blue limbs.
The ring expanded it's thickness and the disk of flickering light it held contracted into a black dot, producing a precise note of sound that mirrored the orbs' own hiss.
The orbs stood still for a moment and the only sound was the wind howling as it began the job of covering up the disturbed sand.
The green ring atop its blue legs and black pods followed the smaller orbs across the sand, the wind blowing sheets of white in all directions. Some orbs rocked back and forth for a few seconds and sped ahead, across the crests of high dunes, and down the other sides. In the blurred distance an angular orange shape stood. Lights flickered across its surface as if to signal something to the arriving group, which plodded on at the speed of the blue limbed visitor.
By the time the group had reached the orange structure it dwarfed them, and was tearing itself a large rent in its slightly metallic surface to allow entrance. The green ring with its blue limbs was allowed ahead of the yellow orbs, but they followed closely, hissing as they collided with each other and the sides of the new doorway.
The visitor crawled through a corridor fashioned from woven orange fibres, forming an uneven fabric held in place by large black knots of twisted metal. A low whirring sound, accompanied by a higher clicking noise, filled the long passage. Ahead a small assembly of yellow orbs waited, their limbs flickering with black spots.
The visitor stood before them and its green ring began to glow brightly and expand, thinning into an almost white hoop, with a wide membrane of light in its centre. A sound like a wet buzz emanated from the ring as several small objects fell from its dancing fluid disk, tumbling to the fabric floor in front of the yellow orbs. The pale pink objects had their tiny limbs bound with a crusty blue substance, which also covered their small mouths to prevent them making noise.
Hissing, the yellow orbs fell upon the thin pale figures, gripping their limbs with their own stronger, flickering appendages. The orbs pulled at the weak creatures, snapping their encrusted bonds and allowing them to flail their arms and legs. Then they scraped away the crusts over their mouths, so they could make noise; as they were slowly devoured in methodical sucking bites from the orbs' blue mouth slits.
When all the tiny bodies were clean of flesh and only the thin white bones sat in small piles on the floor, the visitor expanded its green ring of slime to its utmost diameter and released more for the rest of the clan.