"Another dead world," the Traveller sighed. Other people always made the interesting discoveries. The other day (day, night, were there such distinctions in space?) he met a Vy'keen who found an entire world of living gems and had the videos to prove it. He scanned the two rocks at his feet, ignoring the larger ones just ten yards away, and re-entered his cockpit, blasting off to more interesting worlds covered in exotic flora and fauna.

The largest rock uncurled, stretching every segment of its worm-like body as it watched the metal creature take flight. It opened its mandibles and howled.