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The NULL Solution = Episode 198

the H1N8 Pandemic of 2046 is still fresh in their minds, not to mention African Ebola and Zika viruses that will not go away…

Stardate 2060 Earth

“The World Health Organization has decided that you must land at Harmonia, at least until a proper incubation period has passed.” Roy Crippen gives the bad news to the passengers aboard NEWFOUNDLANDER. They have penetrated the outer limits of the Terran System and were looking forward to a GLF landing. Francine is by his side, as passionate of a bystander as possible, waist-deep in the controversy.

“You have to be kidding! It turns out Joyner has seen some nice improvement. His body was missing the excessive humidity at home. We have been weaning his wet bulb tolerance down by 2% per week,” Celeste explains.

“Francine hasn’t been able to sell WHO on your findings and they are looking for 100% verification of baseline indicators… the H1N8 Pandemic of 2046 is still fresh in their minds, not to mention African Ebola and Zika viruses that will not go away. And how about the anti-vaxxer farce, the world hasn’t recovered from that one?”

“We are talking about the possible dehydration of a half-human adolescent, not some smallpox-infected-adopted child from a 3rd World country!”

“There is no more 3rd World, remember? You have to stay 30 days on Mars, followed by six months in quarantine at an isolation clinic we’re building at GLF. You have to consider, Cerella & Joyner will be the first aliens to live on Earth…”

“… that we know of Crip, c’mon, we know the real truth. Eridanus was snooping around the B.C. Egyptians for years… if anything, they were killed by something they picked up from Cleopatra.”

“Not to mention what Lorgan has been up to.”

Lorgan… now that’s another story.”

 

THE END

 

Copyright © 2018 by Gwendolyn K Hoff   All Rights Reserved

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The NULL Solution = Episode 198

the H1N8 Pandemic of 2046 is still fresh in their minds, not to mention African Ebola and Zika viruses that will not go away…

Stardate 2060 Earth

“The World Health Organization has decided that you must land at Harmonia, at least until a proper incubation period has passed.” Roy Crippen gives the bad news to the passengers aboard NEWFOUNDLANDER. They have penetrated the outer limits of the Terran System and were looking forward to a GLF landing. Francine is by his side, as passionate of a bystander as possible, waist-deep in the controversy.

“You have to be kidding! It turns out Joyner has seen some nice improvement. His body was missing the excessive humidity at home. We have been weaning his wet bulb tolerance down by 2% per week,” Celeste explains.

“Francine hasn’t been able to sell WHO on your findings and they are looking for 100% verification of baseline indicators… the H1N8 Pandemic of 2046 is still fresh in their minds, not to mention African Ebola and Zika viruses that will not go away. And how about the anti-vaxxer farce, the world hasn’t recovered from that one?”

“We are talking about the possible dehydration of a half-human adolescent, not some smallpox-infected-adopted child from a 3rd World country!”

“There is no more 3rd World, remember? You have to stay 30 days on Mars, followed by six months in quarantine at an isolation clinic we’re building at GLF. You have to consider, Cerella & Joyner will be the first aliens to live on Earth…”

“… that we know of Crip, c’mon, we know the real truth. Eridanus was snooping around the B.C. Egyptians for years… if anything, they were killed by something they picked up from Cleopatra.”

“Not to mention what Lorgan has been up to.”

Lorgan… now that’s another story.”

 

THE END

 

Copyright © 2018 by Gwendolyn K Hoff   All Rights Reserved

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…“Maybe space sickness took a while to set in?”…

CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO

Unwelcomed Home

In the midst of the long way home, young Joyner has indeed come down with something. 4 out of 5 doctors do not have a clue; the other 1’s license is expired.

The otherwise warm & fuzzy homecoming story has threatened to bury the lead.

With each passing parsec, Joyner McKinney drops further below his baseline of perfect health. “Listless” is definitely not a word used to describe his countenance, but listless he is. Outward symptoms like a runny nose or an upset stomach, Does Not Apply to his Eridanian half. Any illness at all will be his first. Lethargic will have to do for now.

On Eridanus, wellbeing is a given. Near immortality promotes an invulnerable attitude and rightfully so. “Pert’near immortal” is the new moniker that Sampson McKinney has attached to the Eridanian condition, especially since the passing of Ekcello. His vested interest in Joyner dampens this certain set of circumstances, “Maybe space sickness took a while to set in?

While the effects of space affect everyone differently, Celeste is the closest thing to a medical officer on this ship. She begs to differ, “No, I don’t think so Sam. He was given a complete physical before we left. He checked out just fine.”

She has had ample time to observe her grandson. Not once has there ever been a solitary reason to panic… up until now. She has been hesitant to raise an almost unthinkable theory about his health. In the privacy of her and Sam’s cabin, she shares her theory.

“I am wondering if the same “bug” that did in the original crew of NEWFOUNDLANDER is what is causing Joyner to feel bad. There were a couple bodies on the bridge when we found it.” They must confront the facts, no matter how unsavory. “He is ½ Eridanian after all, just a thought.”

“Skaldy wasn’t sick when he was summoned to Harmonia.”

“As far as I know, the Null have greater resistance to outside influences like germs and such. I am going to scour this ship for any signs of a harmful agent, something that we either overlooked or have not been an issue until this voyage. In the meantime, you better send a message off to Earth. Crip may want to run this by Decon 1.”


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…When Celeste tells of the 2 light-year-about-face of NEWFOUNDLANDER, Fortan gives Ekcello the same treatment she is authorized to dispense to anyone else…

“Perhaps we have proven to be a worthy adversary. There is no sign of black ⃝    . Wherever that hole leads has to be better than this.” The Ÿ€Ð can only hope.

They may be disconnected from their previous dimension, but as distant as the beacon may be, at least it can be seen at all. The stars look to have heat and there are no visible boundaries.

Without knowing or admitting so, they have learned a lesson. The Collapsar collective will find their way… eventually… in about 10 lifetimes with just as many Župzïð’s to come. The Harmonia beacon will always be a reminder to mind their manners.

Celeste bypasses Ekcello in favor of Fortan, the mother who had put her reservations about Cerella behind her. She is honestly ignorant of her mate’s mischief. The days of transcendent knowledge has dissipated like the morning fog. She did not think Ekcello would act on his frustrations. That he should not be able to do anything like this on Eridanus, no matter of his status, is currently moot.

When The Earth woman tells of the 2 light-year-about-face of NEWFOUNDLANDER, the new Supreme Elder of the New High Council gives Ekcello the same treatment she is authorized to dispense to anyone else.

“What you have done is inexcusable. You must return with Celeste and restore that ship to its original path. It is the will of the people that decided the fate of our daughter, notImage result for caught red handed you.”

“I do not possess the skills to do so Fortan.”

“Then who does?”

“It is Skaldic {who was following orders BTW}. He reconfigured the navigation.”

The Null, particularly Skaldic, do not own hyperphysical capabilities. Fortan is aware of the quandary.

“You will help Celeste unlock the deepest Gifted skills in him.”


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…“We are reversing course Dad!” Deke is keenly aware that autopilot was not programmed for this…

One question that will remain unanswered is, what role will they will play in the future of life on Earth?

The question should be, will they ever get there in the first place?

1/8th works for pizza, but not when traveling 10 light years, not nearly far enough toward their goal – suddenly NEWFOUNDLANDER reverts back to its days on Mars, when it makes a dash for home.

“We are reversing course Dad!” Deke is keenly aware that autopilot was not programmed for this.

“Is there something in our path, a comet or something that we had not planned for?”

“Nope, we have come about to a course leading straight back to Eridanus.”

Every good spaceship has a main viewscreen.  It is a virtual forward looking window to what is outside the hull. Sometimes it acts as a message board for communications with whatever. The command deck is looking at a starfield that they had already passed, while half-expecting to read a joke or riddle or something that would explain their reversal… nothing. Not even a fresh riddle from Lorgan.

“We have lost control of the helm. I’ve tried everything I know.”

“Try unplugging and plugging navigation.” A reboot is a sure cure for balky electronics.

In inimitable fashion, the visage of Ekcello appears to them, the “them” now comprising one & all onboard. It appears that he has come undone.

“I could not allow my daughter to leave Eridanus. Some things are not up for a vote. Upon returning, we will discuss continuing your journey.”

“Can he hear us?” Sam wonders if Ekcello can hear their reactions.

“No, this is not a complete transmigration,” Cerella is taken by surprise.

“The coward sabotages NEWFOUNDLANDER and he doesn’t have the guts to appear in person?”

Right on cue, he goes on, “There is nothing you can do to undo our work.”

“OUR work, does that mean he had help in this fiasco? I thought your father was a man of his word, Cerella?”

“Let me go back and talk him out of this.” Celeste still has the ability to go hyperphysical. “He has been exhibiting signs of instability for almost an entire cycle. My guess is that not even Fortan knows about this.”

“Somebody did and I predict that someone is Skaldy. I thought he was acting fishy. If I get my hands on him, there will be one less Null in the universe.”

“A negative Null will not solve a thing, Dad. Let Mom go and talk some sense into them.”


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…Hardly a single meaningful moment of his time away from Earth is not contained herein…

CHAPTER TWENTY

The Long Way Home

There is one data storage device that Sampson McKinney has clung to with his very life. From the time he and Celeste decided to occupy the alien ship NEWFOUNDLANDER, that they stumbled upon on Mars’ surface, it has been like a good luck charm, or perhaps his security blanket. It does not matter. He has it and you will have to pry it from his cold dead hands.

It is a time capsule that can be held in a single hand, cold or warm, an Earthly encyclopedia of as much human knowledge that can be condensed; a personal log of what has been the most incredible adventure ever in the history of history. He did not know when or if this recorded gem would ever be seen by anyone but him.

Should he ever be the last earthling, dead or alive, the essence of what it means to human and in space is contained for whomever to view. In the case of his children i.e. daughter-in-law and grandson, barreling through space toward Earth, it is a fountain of useful information and endless hours that will help whittle away at the ensuing boredom of their journey.

For example:

Deimostra not only sees herself being born, she is getting a crash course about her home-to-be.

Deke can cue up the moment when he is spirited away from Gus and a flawed SEx.

Joyner gets to witness what life aboard Space Colony 1 was like for his Grandpappy and Grandmum firsthand.

Cerella discovers that her father-in-law is way more sentimental than he leads on; the de facto videographer of the ceremony that joined her to Deke.

Celeste hears her husband speak about her in terms that would make Lorgan blush {we believe}.

The man, who has spawned an entire family in and of space, is exposed for the softy that he is. Hardly a single meaningful moment of his time away from Earth is not contained herein. Who would have guessed that the McKinney patriarch had such mad editing skills?

Digging even deeper into the megabit menagerie of memories, there is footage of King Ranch, complete with a tribute to its founder and dearest friend Braden King. Gone but not forgotten is NASA’s voice to the world, back before Francine Bouchette-Crippen took the mantle. Talk about your ground floor archives. Braden has been gone for quite a while, but the legacy that he passes down to Roy Crippen, Sampson McKinney and a long line that stretches to the edge of the Milky Way and beyond, is a must-see for everyone aboard NEWFOUNDLANDER; wide-eyed yes – dry-eyed no.


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… like a doting parent, the glistening orb from Neverland reminds one & all, that he/she/it/they remains dynamic in what goes on in the Milky Way…

The McKinney departure was treated like a holiday, on a planet where cyclical celebrations are nil, until that time in a cycle when those wacky stowaways from a distant planet arrived on their doorstep. If they had drunk-uncles on Eridanus, the McKinneys would be considered such.

While the general population rejoices then and now, Skaldic commiserates with Ekcello. Whether he will ever rid himself of his emotional ties to Deimostra is questionable. He has been spotted with Ekcello in those off-hour circadian rhythm hours practiced by the off-worlders. His mechanical expertise is essential to Ekcello’s doings.

Any elder who is anybody is sure to be on hand to watch NEWFOUNDLANDER whoosh away into the pinkish skies. Regular air travel is mandated to just above the height of the many towers. The piercing of the outer atmosphere is not to be missed or likely repeated anytime soon.

The Null contingent continues to be deliriously happy to roam freely anywhere. Some have ranged far. Others choose to cohabit nearer the action of Eupepsia.

The creativity and resourcefulness of the Null is inspiring. The notion of gift giving had been buried so deep, by the Gifted, that it took individuals like Offingga to compile a crate of mementos for the emigrants to take back to Earth. It will serve as proof that their post-Space Colony 1 adventure really did happen and has not been staged by a NASA conspiracy.

Offingga may be pleased to see Deimostra leave, but she is guilty of nothing more than understanding that the McKinneys are leaving behind a long chapter in their book of life.

As not to be excluded from this seminal moment, ⃝    makes an unexpected appearance. There, like a doting parent, the glistening orb from Neverland reminds one & all, that he/she/it/they remains dynamic in what goes on in the Milky Way.

Of course, any given reflection off by Lorgan is as different as the rare snow-fog-flakes that fall once in a pink moon. Some see faces, others the past and others something unknown.

As NEWFOUDLANDER zooms away, and the occupants look back and forward, they witness what is to be their outbound outcome, had any of them possessed the skill to interpret it?


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