EMERALD 3: A BEACON SHORT STORY
Copyright © 2011 by Colette Duke
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Visible through the landing craft's viewing window, a single mountaintop jutted like a pink castle from the thick mist that cloaked Emerald 3. Fioran adjusted the controls to ensure the craft stayed on course between the twin moons and well above the planet's permanent cloud cover.
Emerald 3. It was an ill-conceived name for the giant ball of gray-white clouds. But recent probe transmissions indicated lush foliage on the planet's surface, and someone in Galaxy Command had decided on the name.