THE NULL SOLUTION = Episode 52
…Parsec after parsec blows by and not an Antaran inch is gained…
Instead of lying back among the comets and asteroids, they panic at the next sighting of O . The unmanned recon spacecraft are replaced by a warrior filled squadron, not seen in these parts for eons.
During this sighting-turned-encounter, O does not just vanish into thin air. Nor does it dash off at blinding speeds. What it does do is toddle off to a certain distance then maintains that distance. As hard as the Ÿ€Ð paddle, all available paddles in the water, they cannot catch up.
The commander of the 13-unit Ÿ€Ð fleet feels like he is being taunted. Parsec after parsec blows by and not an Antaran Inch is gained. The only way to bridge the gap is with the weapons that are normally used to terrorize opponents, generally to a bad end for the hunted.
But even when armed and lethal, the orders to fire are on ice. Perhaps there are questions about their weapons at great distance. Or perhaps such a prolonged sighting has them mesmerized.
Either way, the chase goes on.
And then the fleeting object slows below the speed at which light goes from here to there. Herein lies that all-important time, the critical time when crucial decisions are made and cannot be taken back. There is an itch that induces a twitch… that leads to irrevocable series of events.
The flagship of the Ÿ€Ð contingent causes the dominoes to fall, one by one all manner of ordinance are hurled at O, which has driven them to wits end. Had they knowledge of what happened to the Koreans, surely they would have chosen to give up the chase and chalk the experience up to a lack of understanding…
The entirety of the Ÿ€Ð pursuers are vacated from the space they had occupied, just inside Terran territory; vamoosed like they were never there at all. History will know it as “The Planet 9 Affair”.