A grief signal

Arthur Merlyn, « Sunken Universe » Super Sciences Stories, vol. 7 n°3, New York, novembre 1950, p. 105.

Almost immediately he saw what he was looking for- the sand-built house of a caddis-worm, gigantic and hated, yet relatively harmless cousin of the Eaters. He waved a grief signal and the humans glided ip beside him. Quickly he explained what he wanted.

Cautiously the band spread out in a U around the stone, the mouth of the U facing the same way as the opening of the worm’s tube.