$1.49BAAL is a completely new species, genetically engineered to investigate the Mars' interior between the Crust and Core. Politics and technology-misuse causes the Martian Moon to fracture into three primary parts. Two remain to orbit Mars even to this day while the third crashed into the planet and buried everything in three to ten kilometers of Regolith.
BAAL is hidden from the general population, but is cast out of the laboratory during the cataclysmic destruction caused by the descending lunar fragments. After many millennium, Earth sends a Martian Rover that wakes BAAL from hibernation. With childlike curiosity, BAAL makes the journey to Earth and interacts with the exciting new life forms of the water, air, and land.
Public reaction and News Media hype combine to drive Political action. The unique creature from Mars is hunted by the U.S. military. Even though it attempts to communicate through changes of color and brightness along its surface as it learned from the water creatures, BAAL's experience with people ends in controversy.
The story is written from the perspective of an alien arriving to Earth. First Contact is from BAAL's point of view. How can it communicate? Its quest is to learn, but most importantly, to belong, to be accepted. BAAL loved its Creators and now searches for that same connection, guidance, and comfort with the creatures of Earth.
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