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They were totally fucked - that much was clear. They had driven the buggy to just about half a click from their objective when the seemingly solid Martian soil underneath them had given way. The vehicle had lurched violently causing Brewster's helmet to smack against the camera stanchion cracking his faceplate badly.
Lewis had just managed to drag his companion out of the buggy and get an emergency patch on the helmet when the teetering buggy had finally fallen into the abyss that had been revealed as the thin surface layer cracked.
And that was it - no buggy, no spare oxygen tanks and Brewster seemed out for the count.
Lewis tried calling Mars base on his suit radio and, although he fancied he could hear a faint answering voice through the static, he realised it was useless anyway. There would be nothing the other two team members could have done as there was only the one buggy.
He peered into the opening but it seemed bottomless and almost pitch dark.
So. At least ten clicks to walk back and about 30 minutes of oxygen left - no chance, besides there was no way he was going to leave Brewster behind
What to do? Lewis' mind raced through the all but absent options but could only come to one conclusion - both he and Brewster were going to die.
But then he thought about their objective. Well, why not?
It had been the second week after landing that they had received the footage from one of their long distance drones showing what was clearly a structure of some kind. Low, brownish in colour but definitely not a natural feature. It was mission control that had issued the order to go out there along with a carefully thought out plan. It was risky, but everyone, including the astronauts knew this could be something big.
Lewis checked his map, said farewell to his still unconscious partner and set off.
As he got nearer, he could see it was semi cylindrical, about 60 meters long and 10 tall with no openings. When he got close, he could see an approximately human sized closed doorway. He was looking to see if there was some kind of catch or handle when the door opened inwards with a slight hiss. It seemed dark inside and he looked at his oxygen gauge - about 5 minutes left. Nothing to lose by stepping in and so he did.
In the darkness, row upon row of glowing, golden pairs of eyes opened.