The sand felt sharp, like grains of glass slicing through skin, causing blood to drip over the desert floor. On the horizon an animal was silhouetted against the rising star. A brim of bone seemed to protrude from its skull. It held something which was attached to a larger animal with four legs.
By the patch of blood on the sand was the vehicle. The silver of it glistened in the star light, causing the animal to climb onto its companion and ride it forwards. The sand was dropped into the container, which was picked up and returned to the vehicle.
Once all seven legs had climbed in, the door closed, and the sand was poured into the reactor. It whirred into life and the man and horse stopped still. It placed its three fingers on the control panel and took off into the sky.