Title: The Shaktool
Game: Super Metroid
Spoilers: Mild spoiler for a sidequest puzzle
Length: 350 words
Prompt: "I'd like to see a good fic about the events of Super Metroid."
As soon as the corroded iris ground closed behind her, Samus realized that she was not alone in the small chamber. The pile of debris in back unfolded into a mechanoid with two long and multiply-jointed arms, each one terminating in a toothed excavating wheel. It began a slow circuit of the walls in a hand-over-fist fashion, using its own body as a pivot. She carefully stepped out of its path, still training her gun on it in case it became actively hostile.
Her suit's computer did not recognize the design. That, combined with the mechanoid's heavily encrusted body and excavating teeth worn down to nubs, suggested that it could be very ancient. It certainly looked older than the chamber. Zebes Colony had been built and rebuilt in successive settlements over its long history, with many t