Copyright 2011 Eli Robertson
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Once again their prayers had gone unheeded, every request ignored. There would be no signals responding, no ships arriving. The colony’s spaceport was empty, as it had been for years, slowly decaying through disuse. The automatic warning beacons drifting high above made sure of it.
This world was marked. It had been touched by the hand of the Plague, the Creeping Death. And like so many others, quarantined, cast aside and abandoned. The Plague had no cure, no hope for those worlds it ravaged.