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Alligator’s Moat

a Sci-Fi novelette
by Marco Guarda

Copyright 2013 by Marco Guarda

Proofreading by Diana Cox

This story is a work of fiction.
Any names, characters, places and incidents are product of the writer’s imagination or have been used fictitiously and are not to be held as real. Any resemblance to persons, living or dead, actual events, locales or organizations is entirely incidental.

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No part of this story may be used or reproduced in any manner without prior written consent of the author.

Smashwords Edition, March 2013

Alligator’s Moat

Jimmy Cricket paid the autopilot robot, picked up his suitcase and hopped down the ladder the rocket had put out for him.

This time, it was a landing bay made of concrete, hard and flat, the rocket had perched itself upon; so when it took off again, Jimmy didn’t run as usual, fearing of being engulfed in the detritus blown all over by the exhaust nozzles, but strolled leisurely off the bay, to a series of lancet-shaped terraces.

He walked over to the end of that which jutted the most and peered down to realize he was standing on a buttress of rock more than three hundred feet tall.

From up above, Jimmy couldn’t see the ground below; it was hidden by an all-enshrouding, lazily drifting fog from where, here and there, only the gnarled and darkened crowns of what looked like luxuriant, tropical trees emerged.

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