The asteroid field was doubly a graveyard. It held the ruins of a lost civilization and the wrecked ships of treasure hunters that came to plunder it.
The lucky ones found broken moons with perhaps a few pieces of treasure or a surviving mural which they could present to a galaxy starved for novelty.
The unlucky ones fell prey to the region’s unstable gravity and other anomalies.
I approached the largest planetoid and sent a coded message. A hatch opened, and I maneuvered my ship inside. One day, we’ll let the galaxy know that we’re still here. But not yet.

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