Clouds gathered over the abandoned complex, blocking the starlight that had provided some illumination. The rescue party was left to wonder about the fate of the colonists.
This particular world was somewhat colder than Earth but otherwise appeared surprisingly similar.
Winds howled from the north and a snow squall suddenly settled over the habitation.
As snowflakes fluttered around the crew, the commander was the first to notice an anomaly.
“These snowflakes are red.”
Several gloved hands reached out and visors tilted toward the dark sky.
Droplets of blood were soon streaking over the warm glass.