The darkness was over, and they would retreat to their lairs and leave humans alone until the next Dark Cycle began. Every month this world goes dark for twenty-four hours as the sun disappears behind the enormous moon.
The humans gave the natives the name Shadow People. The natives had adapted to the darkness eons ago when an asteroid struck their moon and altered its orbital speed. Darkness fell over the planet as the moon remained eclipsed between the Earth and sun. But humans needed a new home and deployed missiles to change the moon’s orbit once again
Humans settled on the planet once there was more sunlight for them and the agriculture they needed to survive. The Shadow People offered to teach them to live with the darkness, but the humans—invaders as the Shadows called them— refused and tried to force the Shadow People to live above ground and work for them.
As time passed, the Shadow People retreated underground, venturing out during the dark cycle. Humans had learned to live in fear of the Shadow People as they disappeared or murdered, property destroyed during the Dark Cycle. The Shadows were cunning enough to cut off the power grid on the planet when they emerged, leaving the humans as prey in the darkness.
Bigger worries lay ahead for the humans, and they remained unaware.
Soon the sky with ships from the mother world of the Shadow People would fill the skies. The Shadows had been colonists as the humans but lost communication with their homeworld when the moon shifted orbit. The Shadow People would take back their world and restore proper order to the galaxy. The humans of Earth and their lowly self-righteousness would learn their rightful place in the galaxy.
Now that my people were safely underground, it was time to put my orders into action