Materialised overnight, huge lump of coal in garden border. Inked carbon slick with rainfall, December too warm for snow.
Settlers from the constellation Canes Venatici arrived on Earth five centuries too late for contact with humans. They’d expected to find a blue and green world teeming with wildlife, but instead found a place of eternal winter.
They searched for answers beneath the snow, as there was little on the surface to show that civilisation had ever existed.
In an excavated block of ice, a human male sat cross-legged. Flesh covered his bones and he had a black beard. Next to him rested a four-legged creature with thick lips, long eyelashes, an extended neck, and a hump on its back.
Vapour clouds up high…
We scribble the world’s future
with metal crayons.