Fallowed Ground by James Haresign
Approx. 9,520 words.
Published on January 14, 2013.
(3.00 from 1 review)
It is a golden age for Human expansion as they spread across the galaxy, colonising any world they find that is suitable. There is no end to what humanity can accomplish, but arrogance has always been their downfall, and nobody stops to consider what might happen if they choose the wrong world.