As much as we like to think of ourselves (humans) as that race without any real physical limits that we know of, most of us do know our limits. I’m not talking about our individual limits, but those of our entire species.
Now imagine a human-alien starship in critical condition, red lights flashing, sirens blaring. The perfect opportunity to see humans do what they do best, the aliens would think. Only to see them scrambling to the escape pods, dragging confused alien crew behind them. Isn’t that what humans are here for? To figure out the most dangerous of situations?
But, then it gets worse. As the last escape pod leaves, female-human Susan sees that there are still other humans and aliens on board the failing starship. Aliens watch in fear and horror as Susan is crying and screaming. Kicking and punching at her fellow human crew-mates who are holding her back from the controls. Because she damned-to-hell needs to go back and save those people stranded there. But, there is no way to save them. The ship is too hot and leaking radioactive material and acid into the air. The starship is burning through every life support system it has.
The aliens can see that the three humans holding Susan back are also crying. They too want to return to the ship and do what they can to help. But there is no hope. It would kill everyone they had managed to save on board their escape pod.
And that was the moment that aliens knew; Humans are some of the bravest, noblest, stupidest beings in the galaxy, but they have limits. And it crushes them more than anything in the world to know they cannot cross them.
This is amazing! I really can’t think of anything else to say here other than I really loved reading this, and I’d love to see anything else you send in!