MAN-TRAPS

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MAN-TRAPS

by John Yeo

   The ship landed on an Earth-like planet, a huge single green sea, bounded on all sides by a mountainous land. The vegetation was stunning, multi-coloured trees, covered in succulent fruit that looked edible and appetising.

        “Looks like we have found what we are looking for!”  The Captain said to his second officer, who was operating the outer periscope to survey the terrain.

   “Yes Sir, there doesn’t seem to be any visible inhabitants, just those strange purple mushroom-shaped plants on the fringes of that forest.”
Johnson, the second officer, had travelled with the Captain on many missions before.

     “Good!” Exclaimed the Captain, “We’ll send an exploratory team and a rover to explore.
As the team got out from the rover, and began walking forwards there was a whoosh as a tentacle whipped out from one of the plants and picked up an explorer and calmly swallowed him. The other members of the team tried to escape but they were surrounded by alien plants.  Cousins of the Earth’s, Venus fly-trap. Alien man-traps. 

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