The NULL Solution = Episode 150
…Deimostra has gone from talking love with her mom, to crunching numbers with the object of her affection…
“I’ve been tossing around the numbers,” the infamous Skaldic postulates. “I have made a map…” he points, “… that is Earth, this is the planet Mars and way over here is our star system.” The graphics are scary lifelike. “At each location I have made a list of your family members and when they were there. I was working off the list you gave to me.”
He can see that she is tearing up, moving closer to comfort her. She lays her head on his shoulder. The moment freezes.
She composes herself, “How about the NEWFOUNDLANDER? That is where I was born.”
“Ah, good point! That is where I have been going wrong!” He adds an image of the ship that brought the McKinneys to Eridanus. He adjusts the figures to fit the equation:
6 – 2 = 9
0 – 1 = 0
**2 + 1 = 6 – (Sampson Celeste + Deimostra) in space = (Sampson, Celeste, Deimostra, Deke, Cerella, Joyner) on Eridanus. “2 + 1 = 6”
**6 – 2 = 9 (Sampson, Celeste, Deimostra, Deke, Cerella, Joyner) Eridanus minus (Cerella, Joyner) = Sampson, Celeste, Deimostra, Deke, Cerella, Joyner) Eridanus minus (Cerella, Joyner) would be a McKinney family reunion. “6 – 2 = 9”
**0 – 1 = 0 (Null minus Skaldic) = Zero. “0 – 1 = 0”
“That makes my head hurt, Skaldic.”
“All the numbers add up. Each represents some connection to your family… it also explains the flawed mathematics.”
“Does not the word “null” mean “without value” or “zero”?”
“Okay, I’ll give you that. But what does null mean in your language?”
“The word “Null” is a designation, not a description. It is Earth’s meaning that makes it a derogatory term. The riddle maker has framed its solution with the Terran system as a foundation,” he concludes. “I can no longer consider myself a true Null.” He faintly laments having to be lifted to Gifted status, in order to restore the essential ancient Null Spirit in the TSF capability of the ship Defender.
“Six McKinneys on Eridanus, nine McKinneys all told in the universe and my separation from my society satisfies the zero result.”
It is as easy as 1-2-3, maybe 4.
“My head still hurts.” She has gone from talking love with her mom, to crunching numbers with the object of her affection. Love = Headaches. Perhaps that is amalgam she should come away with.