THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 47
…What exactly is your point Mr. Frodo — that that Sang-Ashi thing is really a weapon?…
“Your story is intriguing, but our spatial debris monitor assures me there is nothing in the vicinity of Mars.”
“He should know Crip, he helped build the darn thing,” Braden reminds him.
“What exactly is your point Mr. Frodo — that that Sang-Ashi thing is really a weapon? We are currently out of contact with Space Colony, specifically the Mars lander. The McKinney’s are currently spending daylight hours on the surface of the planet.”
“It is Afridi, Aldona Afridi, and that is not a good sign. You should signal the Colony to activate its energy absorption field.”
This guy is acquainted with sensitive tech info. “You know more about the orbiting station than you should.”
“I am a great admirer of the project and regret not being allowed to offer my talents to it.”
There is a brief pause in the conversation, as Roy directs key personnel to check out Afridi’s assertions. His news is disturbing, yet there is no harm is arming the energy absorption field.
A dazed technician stands, face paled by disbelief.
“It’s gone…” All he can do is point at the mission mockup and the flashing light that no longer shows an orbit line around Mars. With all the distractions, no one had been monitoring the status lights; one green blink on the surface, none in orbit.
“Mr. Crippen, what has happened,” Aldona Afridi has more than a passing interest in the goings on?
Roy frantically seeks out key faces around the room. Total shock applies, with some tears on the move, spreading among most of the assembled 100 technicians.
THE RETURN TRIP