The crater was perfectly circular, and the thing that sat in it was white metal and as featureless as a lump of rock.
Sightseers were disappointed as it did nothing except creak and groan as it slowly cooled.
In the end, even the army left, certain this was no more than an unusually smooth meteor.
A thousand miles away they finished building their land bridge and swarmed the defenceless city.
Of course the thing in the desert looked nothing like a spaceship. Because it wasn’t one.
It was a diversion which allowed the invaders to take us without a fight.