She had named herself, Bri’Nata, and she was half again larger than the meter-long Coconut Crabs. Only four times in Earth’s history had a creature’s mutations been so complete, so astoundingly beneficial. Bri’Nata had four equally-capable sisters.
If you could copy Einstein’s brain and run thirteen of them in parallel, they still couldn’t solve problems as fast as Bri’Nata. She could see well into the infrared and ultra-violet spectrum. She could sense perturbations, cracks, in space-time where it was child’s play to slip through and enter hyperspace. Their carapace’s acting like spacesuits, the sisters had already visited Jupiter, Wolf357, and Deneb (1550 light years from Earth). They built a hyperdrive to help them explore even further.
Luckily, these super-minds possessed a kindly demeanor. They saw humanity as woefully backward yet quite cute. Bri’Nata and her sisters had only completed their hyperdrive when nature called. The impulse to return to the sea and lay eggs overwhelmed even their powerful intellects. So Bri’Nata left the hyperdrive on Professor Gordon MacNee’s workbench before departing for the sea.
She approached the rocky beach where she had once emerged as a baby crab. There, she would lay her own eggs. Thousands of her progeny might be born to carry on her work and take Humanity to the stars.
A shadow suddenly fell across her. She had a moment to think, “oh bugger,” before an ATV’s tire crushed her into oblivion.
“Woohoo!” crowed Billy-Joe. “I just love the way they go splat! That’s my third ‘un.”
“Dang! I only got two,” complained Cooter.
“Well let’s go get some more!”
Back at Professor MacNee’s house, his wife Genevieve found the hyperdrive on his workbench. “Oh that’s so colorful,” she exclaimed. “It’s just the thing to plant my hibiscus in!”
Coconut Crabs are the largest land arthropods in the world: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coconut_crab
Written for author, Matthew Wright’s Short Story Challenge. Look here to find the original prompt: https://mjwrightnz.wordpress.com/2016/06/07/this-weeks-short-story-challenge-28/