GRAY  SKIES,  SWIRLING WITH SOOT.  STONY 
 GROUND  WITH  NO  HINTS  OF  VEGETATION. 
                                          
 BELOW  THE  SURFACE   ARE   THE   MINES, 
 SPIRALING  DOWN  INTO THE  CRUST.  SMALL 
 COMPARED TO THE CAVERNS  THEY EVENTUALLY 
 REACH AND  JOIN WITH. THE TEMPERATURE IS 
 HIGHER DOWN HERE, AND  THE VIEW  IS  NOT 
 AS MONOCHROME:  A  GREEN  LIGHT  BECKONS 
                FROM BELOW.               
                                          
 LONG  AGO, THERE WAS A LIFEFORM HERE. IN 
 THE CENTER  OF  THE PLANETOID, SOMETHING 
 DORMANT, WAITING  FOR A  COLLISION  WITH 
 ANOTHER   BODY.   BUT   NO   PLANET  WAS 
 REACHED,  AND  OVER TIME,  THE  SEEDLING 
             BECAME A SLUDGE.             
                                          
 AND  ELVES   CAME  AS  MINERS,  AND  THE 
            SLUDGE WAS BOTTLED.           
                                          
  
                                        
    
                                      
      
                                    
      THE CARGO SHIP IS FILLED,     
         PREPARED FOR LAUNCH,       
      IGNITION SEQUENCE STARTED     
       HOURS AGO. ELVES IN THE      
      PASSENGER CABIN, NOT YET      
      SEATED. BUT SOMETHING IS      
      WRONG. THERE IS SOMETHING     
      GREEN AROUND THEIR MOUTHS.    
    THE SLUDGE HAS BEEN SAMPLED,    
        ENTERTAINED, AND THEN       
         FINALLY BINGED ON.         
                                    
    THE ENGINES ARE BURNING HOT,    
         AND THE SHIP ACCELERATES         
           AWAY. THE ELVES HAVE           
        STRAPPED THEMSELVES IN, AND       
       ARE LYING COMPLETELY STILL,        
               LIKE CORPSES.