The NULL Solution = Episode 14
…there is a shiny spheroid here, close enough to the Sun that it should be melting to its core…
A simple ‘What?’ will not do. He flees the stage like the prune juice he had for breakfast had suddenly done its job. He commandeers a security hovercraft to hasten his presence where it counts most. Is Gus incapacitated? That’s his stepson out there about 80 million miles + rising. The possibilities are endless.
Once at the interspace communication cube, he tries to get some answers. “Are you there, Gus?”
After a few seconds, he repeats the simple request.
“Yes Roy, I’m here. This thing seems to have a mind of its own. I checked my heading and it wants to go to other side of the galaxy or somewhere thereabouts.”
“Override the auto-nav. Even at SOL you’re in no man’s land. This mission is over, get back here STAT.”
“I am exactly on the other side of the sun… and there is a shiny spheroid here, close enough that it should be melting to its core!”
“Could that be Mercury, we haven’t looked at it much since Messenger back in 20-teens?”
“Negative on Mercury, I passed that hotspot in a flash 5 million miles ago.” Human beings are so adaptable. “I’m back in control of SEx, slowing down to get a closer look. I can tell you one thing, somebody made this thing. It ain’t no run-of-the-mill planetoid.”
“Make sure you get some selfies of that thing and head back,” That is the good news. The bad news, “I know it’s a bitch, being Saturday and all, but land over at Osceola AFB instead… I got them believing Deke is with you.”
There is no response from an astronaut who is anxious to get back to wife Mindy and a carefully planned, long overdue date-night…