The Secret Beneath the Ice by Andrew M. Crusoe
Approx. 3,550 words.
Published on November 30, 2012.
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
When a thoughtship and its pilot finally reach Avani, they barely have a chance to marvel at its sapphire forests before they are ambushed by an enemy far beyond their understanding.
Tumbling down to the planet's surface, an ice-covered continent to the south is the only viable landing site. Lucky for them, the ancient secret that hides beneath the ice could lead to bliss... or hell.