Saturday, November 4, 2017

Bitesize fiction. With a pinch of salt. Part 3

First Officer's log, stardate 20150706

The Salinians have given us a warm reception and we were given the chance to admire the salt caves. The caves ran deep throughout the planet's crust and held inside them houses, commercial and educational centers and even underground lakes. The Salinians have built themselves a home in these tunnels, leaving room enough for the indigenous plant and animal life, as little as it was, to continue living undisturbed. There was room enough for everyone.

We admired the view of one of their leisure centers from the promenade.

Particularly impressive were their decorative structures and the abundant use of lights. Some were arranged in clusters, others hanging from the ceiling like stalactites. There were very few dark corners in the populated caverns and the atmosphere was almost warm, despite the lower temperature that the Salinians prefer.

There were small row boats on one of the smaller lakes.
After the tour was over, the Captain, myself and the ambassador were invited to participate in the first negotiation meeting. We do not foresee any impediments. Although the Salinians are not technologically advanced and not members of the Federation yet, their behavior so far has been open and the communications smooth.

End log.

1 comment:

  1. The story was inspired by one of our visits to a salt mine here in Romania, at Turda. The images are actual photos I took there with my camera. The structures seemed quite sci-fi to me.

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