Toasted Cake 114: The Shallows by Nathaniel Lee
Toasted Cake 114! In which we find a lump of carbon crystal.
I found the piece of the alien ship out back, right on the marsh edge.
This story first appeared right here in Flash Fiction Online.
Nathaniel Lee lives in North Carolina with his wife, son, and obligatory cats, where he maintains a vague sort of career that provides sufficient money to continue his writing and board game habits. He is the Assistant Editor of both Escape Pod and the Drabblecast, which means he has read enough stories about penises, serial killers, and time travel. Find him at his blog at Mirrorshards.org, where he does Very Short Stories . 100 words. No more. No fewer. Every day.