The NULL Solution = Episode 106
…Have you been holding back Ekcello; is there something you’re not telling us…
“All the mechanicals, the circuits, the guts are intact,” the Epsilon Eridani chapter of The Space Family McKinney has combed through Defender’s TSF issue, leaving no stone unturned. Deke, Sam and Celeste have attacked the retrieved schematics with the greatest urgency.
Skaldic has his own theories about the whole situation, including the riddle, but he has been conditioned to keep things to himself.
Try as they might, all the kings horses and all the kings men couldn’t put TSF together again.
Frustration and impatience is bleeding into the faithful. “Are you sure this is all of it? There has to be something missing Ekcello.” One simulation after another has failed to attain that time-space-compression magic.
The shine is wearing off the Eridanian mystique. Ekcello himself has been reduced to regretting the decision to mothball the tangible wings of a long-gone generation. Panic is setting into a previously panic-free zone.
The Keeper may have been paying closer attention. “Did not XAT tell us there is an unquantified essence to TSF?”
“Have you been holding back Ekcello? Is there something you’re not telling us? My God, you may never see Cerella back here on Eridanus, is that what you want?” Sampson McKinney will present you with the brass tacks.
In order to completely reinstate TSF, Ekcello must hearken back to the time when there was no difference between the Gifted and the Null.
And so it is retold by the most Gifted of all: The complete and sordid story of how one class of citizen represses another. In the days when spaceflight was abandoned, a segment of Eridanian society seized the opportunity to lift & separate from the rest; to be Gifted, with all the privileges that they built into it.
The Null had been intentionally stunted, the details of which may never have been admitted.