THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 256
…Definite signs of skepticism waft through the pink mist of Eridanus…
It isn’t long before Deke notices that Gus is discussing time-travel with a very different looking girl.
“Doesn’t that girl talk like she’s not from these parts?”
“Boys, you are definitely alive for real and 10 light-years from Earth—–you were right when you guessed Epsilon, Gus, in Orion’s Constellation.” Father Sam tries to center their thoughts on the present.
“There is no way we could have come this far on SEx! Even if we would have had enough fissionable material, it would have taken ten years.” He looks over at Deke. “Hell, you haven’t aged a minute.” He looks at Sampson and Celeste. “And how did you guys get here, sweet Jesus, you don’t look a day older than us!”
“How did you get off Mars for that matter? The New Mayflower reported that Tycho was empty, it was like you evaporated. We even had a f*****g memorial service for you!” Gus is having the most trouble wrapped his mind around the concept.
Cerella decides to give up her attempts at communicating in the official language of the United States, her mind drifting directly to Deke McKinney, while Sampson leads them back to the Spaceflight Expository.
Deke is intrigued and receptive, taking Cerella into his cerebral depths, respectfully speaking.
Dad does his best to explain things to Gus while pointing at it like it was his own, “This is the ship we named NEWFOUNDLANDER, they call it Explorer here. Your mother and I stumbled on it, buried in 40 centuries of Martian dust and it came from these people,” he points at Cerella like she built it.
“Without it,” Celeste adds, “I hope you realize that we may not have lasted long enough to greet the New Mayflower.”
THE RETURN TRIP