“The Grove” by Jennifer Foehner Wells was first published in The Alien Chronicles in 2015. I read it in The Future Chronicles – Special Edition.
A lot to summarize, so I won’t try. Enough to say that it is a story about an alien plant who is separate from the mother plant that occupies the planet. She chooses to be alone and wants to get away from the planet. Aliens arrive in a spaceship and she sees an opportunity to get away.
A very good story. Well written, well constructed, nice worldbuilding. I loved the main character Hain, an alien who seemed very real and beautifully imagined.