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The NULL Solution = Episode 118

…We have sunk too much into this operation to merely turn back with our tail between our legs…

“What did we hit?”

“Nothing that I can see.”

They traveled past and through mountains, valleys, sea and plain, no problem. Now with a clear path to their objective, it is no dice.

With no other choice, Gus makes a 360° loop around the massive structure, determined to find a way in. Fuzzy math still stands in their way. Unfortunately, there was no way of knowing this outcome in advance.

Whether by land or by space, it’s solve the damned riddle or else.

“Instead of driving all the way back to the landing sight, let’s call the drone over to this side and drop it down closer to the surface. We need to think a bit, talk to Crip, and plan our next move.” What else is there to do? “I’m getting hungry and all the good food is on the drone.”

Reconstituted ham will have to do for dinner. The King Ranch Easter egg hunt 2055 will go on without Marscie’s daddy. That he misses this April 18th Sunday was planned. What Roy Crippen has in mind may jeopardize Thanksgiving.

“We cannot afford to scrub another mission to Mars, Gus. You’re not flying a SEx sortie all by yourself at SOL+++. We have sunk too much into this operation to merely turn back with our tail between our legs. We need water samples, surface and ground, a complete atmospheric profile and one of every plant species you and Rick can lay your hands on.” This is not what this McKinney was built for. “Put your education to work, son. This is the meat & potatoes of space exploration.”

“I prefer champagne and caviar.”

“You can’t afford it… you forfeited your mission hazard pay, remember?”

“So it’s vacuum beakers and freeze-dried horticulture?”

“Yes…, but you can also scan the hell out of that building! It has to have some other purpose that we’re not aware of.”

“I’ll send Rick over to Harmonia with his résumé. Maybe he can get a part-time job in the Trust Dept., Retirement Division.”

“Not without solving that damned riddle first.”

The riddle; it all comes down to bad math and its unsubstantiated quizmaster.

A year that once held promise for positive change: for the Null of Eridanus, for the pilgrims aboard Collapsar Axis or for amateur cryptographers everywhere, time has slowed to pace of a snail.


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Prelude/Recap  http://wp.me/p2MBwN-4hQ

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Episode = 1   http://wp.me/p2MBwN-4i2      Chapter One   RETURN TRIP Continues

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Episode = 10   http://wp.me/p2MBwN-4jA

Episode = 11   http://wp.me/p2MBwN-4jz  Chapter Two  Free at Last

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Episode = 22   http://wp.me/p2MBwN-4lR

Episode = 23   http://wp.me/p2MBwN-4lS  Chapter Three  The 64 Parsec Question

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Episode = 35   https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4oF   Chapter Four  Friend Or Foe

Episode = 36   https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4oZ

Episode = 37   https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4p0

Episode = 38   https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4p1

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Episode = 45   https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4qv

Episode = 46   https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4qw

Episode = 47   https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4qQ  Chapter Five  Null Not Void

Episode = 48   https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4r6

Episode = 49   https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4rm

Episode = 50   https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4rl

Episode = 51   https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4rC

Episode = 52   https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4rO

Episode = 53   https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4rN

Space Family Thanksgiving on Earth  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4sb 

Space Family Thanksgiving on Eridanus  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4sf

Episode = 54   https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4sv

Episode = 55  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4sD

Episode = 56   https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4sR

Episode = 57   https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4sS

Episode = 58   https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4te

Episode = 59   https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4td  Chapter Six  Milky Way Apprehensive

Episode = 60   https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4tC

Episode = 61   https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4tB

Episode = 62   https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4tP

Episode = 63   https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4u7

Episode = 64   https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4uj

Episode = 65   https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4ui

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Episode = 67   https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4uH

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Episode = 70   https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4vj

Episode = 71   https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4vs

Episode = 72  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4vr   Chapter Seven  SCIFI

Episode = 73   https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4vI

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Episode = 80   https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4wV

Episode = 81   https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4wW

Episode = 82   https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4xq

Episode = 83   https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4xz

Episode = 84   https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4xH

Episode = 85   https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4xI  Chapter Eight  Fuzzy Mathematics

Episode = 86   https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4xG

Episode = 87   https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4yi

Episode = 88   https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4yx

Episode = 89   https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4yH

Episode = 90   https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4z4

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Episode = 93   https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4zB

Episode = 94   https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4zC

Episode = 95   https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4zY

Episode = 96   https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4Aj  Chapter Nine  Phantasmic

Episode = 97   https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4Au

Episode = 98   https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4AD

Episode = 99   https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4AO

Episode = 100  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4AP

Episode = 101  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4Bd

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Episode = 104  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4BQ

Episode = 105  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4C4

Episode = 106  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4Cg

Episode = 107  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4Cf

Episode = 108  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4CP

Episode = 109  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4D0   Chapter Ten  Snail’s Pace

Episode = 110  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4Da

Episode = 111  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4Dm

Episode = 112  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4Dx

Episode = 113  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4Dw

Episode = 114  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4DV

Episode = 115  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4E1

Episode = 116  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4Em

Episode = 117  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4EA

Episode = 118  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4EB

Episode = 119  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4EC  Chapter Eleven  Cryptomaniacs Anonymous

Episode = 120  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4FD

Episode = 121  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4FE

Episode = 122  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4FT

Episode = 123  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4Ga

Episode = 124  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4G9

Episode = 125  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4Gu

Episode = 126  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4GB

Episode = 127  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4GK

Episode = 128  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4GY

Episode = 129  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4GX

Episode = 130  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4Hj   Chapter Twelve  Facts & Other Fibs

Episode = 131  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4Hx

Episode = 132  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4HZ

Episode = 133  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4I7

Episode = 134  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4Il

Episode = 135  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4Iu

Episode = 136  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4IE

Episode = 137  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4IR

Episode = 138  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4IZ

Episode = 139  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4Ja

Episode = 140  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4Jr   Chapter Thirteen  Eupepsia Dreaming

Episode = 141  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4JA

Episode = 142  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4JM

Episode = 143  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4Kq

Episode = 144  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4KA  Chapter Fourteen  Tall Tales

Episode = 145  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4KL

Episode = 146  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4KS

Episode = 147  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4KR

Episode = 148  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4Le

Episode = 149  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4Ld

Episode = 150  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4Lv

Episode = 151  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4LF

Episode = 152  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4LE

Episode = 153  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4LY

Episode = 154  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4LX

Episode = 155  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4Mi

Episode = 156  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4MM

Episode = 157  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4MX  Chapter Fifteen  Key to the City

Episode = 158  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4N7

Episode = 159  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4Nt

Episode = 160  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4Ns

Episode = 161  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4Nr

Episode = 162  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4NY

Episode = 163  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4NX

Episode = 164  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4Ok

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Episode = 166  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4OH

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Episode = 169  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4Pc

Episode = 170  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4Po   Chapter Sixteen  Harmonia

Episode = 171  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4PC

Episode = 172  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4PM  Chapter Seventeen Will it Play in Peoria

Episode = 173  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4Q8

Episode = 174  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4Qj

Episode = 175  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4Qw

Episode = 176  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4QI  Chapter Eighteen  Two Sides to a Mirror

Episode = 177  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4QR

Episode = 178  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4QT

Episode = 179  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4Rq

Episode = 180  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4RI

Episode = 181  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4RU

Episode = 182  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4Sh

Episode = 183  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4Sv

Episode = 184  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4SF  Chapter Nineteen  Outbound Outcome

Episode = 185  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4SV

Episode = 186  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4T5

Episode = 187  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4Th

Episode = 188  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4Tr Chapter Twenty  The Long Way Home

Episode = 189  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4Tq

Episode = 190  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4TN

Episode = 191  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4TO

Episode =  192  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4TP

Episode = 193  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4UA  Chapter Twenty-one  They Call Me Lorgan

Episode = 194  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4UK

Episode = 195  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4US

Episode = 196  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4UT  Chapter Twenty-Two  Unwelcome Home

Episode = 197  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4Vh

Episode = 198  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4Vu

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…Background scenes from the last book/Where THE RETURN TRIP leaves off…

Book One – The Return Trip – Excerpts

 The Space Family McKinney has been splintered into fragments, flung here and there by forces, some that they control and others they do not.

Back on 2051 Earth

January 9 2051 ending of book one – THE RETURN TRIP

“President Crippen! Stellar Explorer is back on our screens. It made the Pluto turnaround!” The crew of the SLAV revises their previous report. “There is no way they could have made that turn at Sol x3, but they did, Crip!”

Roy Crippen crumples in a heap, relieved beyond measure at this turn of events. He could not bear the loss of more family, adopted or otherwise. “Thank you my dear Lord,” is all he can say.

The entire SOL Project Mission Control, led by Braden King erupts in applause when they hear the voice of Gus McKinney, “Lovell Space Center, this is Stellar Explorer… we’re heading back to Earth!”

Francine Bouchette-Crippen and Mindy McDonald melt into an embrace, as women who love test pilots do.

At that declaration of success, Gus McKinney glances over from the co-pilot seat, to check on how brother Deke McKinney came through the intense G-Forces of the turn screaming, “We did it man!!!!”

The pilot seat is empty ______________

Back on 2030 Mars – History of THE RETURN TRIP

 

Sampson and Celeste discover another spacecraft

January 2030

The very mound they had originally detoured to investigate has been cleared of its dust-cover, swept clean by ill-fated winds of change. It would seem that they are not alone on Mars, as one would assume, as a large spacecraft has appeared alongside and it is not of Earth. For all to see: 50 meters of shiny out-of-this-world metal.

And judging by what is left behind, of the soil/dirt that is, it was like it had been covered in mud; Mud? It sits in a dry creek bed, for what has probably been thousands of years maybe more.

Celeste has already donned an infrared magnification enhancement and focuses in on what are markings, to the left of what is most likely an entrance. The insignia are not decipherable, but judging by the size of the entry, there is a strong possibility that the creators of this presumably interstellar ship were not midgets. It looks like Sampson could pass in without so much as stooping.

There are vertical slits, perhaps windows, placed at various points along its angular lines. Using his naked eye, Sampson swears he sees blinking lights through the largest such window, which Celeste dismisses as a silly notion, that it can only be the reflection of the midday sun.

“I wonder which one of us would be considered the UFO,” Celeste muses.

They find the dead crew of a failed Eridanian expedition

After traversing 2/3 of the rectangular vehicle’s exterior, they find themselves at what appears to be the threshold of the apparent entrance, if it has such a thing. Assuming that nobody is home and the door is locked, gaining access should prove to be futile, with no knife to jimmy the door. The 4 foot wide notch in the ship’s wall runs several feet into its 150 foot expanse. It is away from the sunlight, which does not make all things bright in these parts, as dark as Celeste’s native Sweden during its sunless winter swoon.

“Damn,” Sam galumphs into spread-eagle prostrations. “Maybe we should be using the helmet lights,” he taps the side of his head to do so, to light their way and expose the upright-cancelling offender.

“Whooaa,” he springs to his feet like a wrestler scoring 2 points on a lightning-quick reversal {and low gravity}.

Celeste would have laughed had she not popped her light on, fearfully recognizing the cause of Sam’s fall, “That is a body!”

They discover what the Eridanians were doing on Earth

“Does this remind you of museum storage room, where incomplete dinosaur skeletons wait for missing pieces?”

At the precise moment they near some items, mostly likely activated by a motion sensor, pre-focused shafts of light appear.

“Fourth Dynasty Egyptian.”

“Are you serious,” Sam asks?

His versatile wife numbers Egyptology as an educational pursuit during her college career. “Khufu,” she single out a solid gold bust!

“God bless you.”

“Cheops to you Sam.” He was not making fun, merely his lack of similar expertise. “There are references to this bust, but no one has ever seen it……4500 year old solid gold.”

Another shaft of light is cast upon, “And what is this?”

“Another piece of the Palermo Stone, I don’t think this one has been catalogued. Do you see the similarities between Egyptian writing and the newfoundlian scrpit?”

“English grammar is confusing enough.”

“That is the Code of Hammurabi,” she points to the writing on a Diorite stone tablet, nearby, “Cuneiform writing for damn sure!!!!!!”

And though he is not as versed in Egyptian antiquity, in the manner and scope of his encyclopedic partner, he is not completely devoid of ancient historical knowledge. “The Code of Hammurabi is from 21st Century B.C. Babylon, kind of a wage scale and social

ranking for old-time Near East lawmakers.”

“Very good Sammy Mac and here I thought that space had vacated your unrelated memories; there is more than SOL and time travel up in that brain of yours.”

He is used to her deriding his seeming lack of culture, not that she is entirely wrong.

“The pristine state of this stuff leads me to believe that they are the originals, not poached from a crypt. Whether Egypt or Mesopotamia, these have not seen the harsh exposure of the centuries since.”

“I guess that this explains which direction they were heading?”

“Perhaps, but it seems that they have been going forth and back for a minimum of 5000 years.”

The 1st Earthchildofspace is Born

Deimostra Samantha McKinney was born almost two weeks premature, paradoxically so on April 1st 2030. Deimostra {Deimos} is certainly an uncommon name for such a cute blond-haired blue-eyed baby girl, so named for one of Mars’ reliable, if not fickle moons; Phoebe {Phobos} would have been too easy. As one would guess, her middle name is the feminine form of father Sam, an everyday tag she will carry as “Sammy”, the affectionate term she has already responded positively to.


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The Sci Fi – Family Saga of the Space Family McKinney continues, as the connection between Eridanus and Earth is inescapable…

… BUT nothing is as easy as it seems.

Sampson, Celeste, Deke, Gus & Deimostra McKinney are spread out across the Milky Way, at the mercy of superior alien races and an omnipotent higher power Earth has named Lorgan.

In the middle of the 21st Century, the planet Mars has been restored to its former glory – with even greater enhancements as it becomes the unofficial/official headquarters for Universal harmony…

… BUT before intergalactic harmony can be achieved, a puzzling riddle must be solved AND everyone has a crack at it.

Ultimately, the solution comes from an unlikeliest of sources.

The future of the Space Family McKinney, and their planned reunion, is at stake.

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…The Time-Masters have been scanning the future of multiple worlds: theirs, ours and even the dreaded Ÿ€Ð…

Time Masters

“There is a need for a consensus assessment of the growing emotional influence of these earthlings on our world,” Ekcello stresses.

“Have the newcomers caused us trouble? The original three have had a positive effect on my tower, as I believe yours?”

“It is not trouble is the strictest sense, but I fear that the youngest of the newest is unstable enough to possibly attempt an escape.” He speaks of Gus like he was a grandchild, or the Eridanus equivalent.

“Is it possible to send them back without damaging the timestem?” They are discussing many of the very things to be dealt by the Counsel in general, but Fortän’s opinions are valued by Ekcello and hold particular sway.

“That is what I hope to find out this day. The Time-Masters have been scanning the future of multiple worlds: theirs, ours and even the dreaded Ÿ€Ð .”

The far-off and long-forgotten Ÿ€Ð  is an outlaw-outlying-system in Eridanus’ distant past, even though it was the Ÿ€Ð  who Eridanus emulated in their transition to transcendentalism— But there is a rub-of-the-green when it comes to Ÿ€Ð  nature; they are and likely continue to be a paranoid bunch, steeped in a shunted corner of the Galaxy Sexta A.

“The passing of time will always tell,” concludes the wise-and-only Eridanian female Elder.

Side-by-side, mates for life, with years numbering in the many thousands, make their way to the dusty Founder Shrine amphitheater which is now filled with 1500 Elders.

There are notes flying through the audible frequencies, both sharp, flat, and perfect pitch. As confusing as the sung/spoken jumble seems, to have all these Eridanians using telepathy, at once in the same tower, would be a mind-blowing folly.

The appearance of Ekcello and Fortän causes the background noise to cease.

When Ekcello beckons the gathering to order, it becomes: each man, each voice, democracy in its utmost form, “I summon you today, here at Founder Shrine, to discuss the topic of the humans, who have grown so dear to us in recent times.”


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…Celeste uses her new psychic skills to accurately predict the near future, “We are about to have a guest…

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Their first glimpse of John Q. Eridanian, other than the exceptionally humanoid Cerella, comes while on the way to some McKinney family-space. Deke & Gus try not to stare, but subtle double-takes take place from on either side of the alien fence.

“They aren’t all that different than us,” Deke admits in the privacy of the family lodging.

“If you disregard the fact that their feet don’t touch the ground, then yeah.” Gus adds.

“Most of their physiological dissimilarities are organ related,” Celeste tells them. “The greatest difference is inside their minds. They communicate telepathically, although when they chose to verbalize, it is musical in nature.”

“Yes I picked up on that music stuff, but none of the telepathy.” Gus proves he is the real Gus and a McKinney male blockhead to the core. “You sure seem to have it down Mom… and all that time-bending too!”

Celeste uses her skills to accurately predict the near future, “We are about to have a guest.”

Whoooosh, on cue and never looking more striking, Cerella glides in, after doing the intuitive equivalent of knocking.–

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Having had time to digest their first encounter, Deke taking note of this native princess, who has had enigmatic feelings for him ever since seeing this wayward McKinney passed out and vulnerable on the other end of The Milky Way.

In the moment, the others in the room do not exist.

#My name is Cerella, heiress to the High Counsel of Eridanus#

“I believe we met “out there somewhere”,” he recalls.  {not “Somewhere Out There”}

She speaks to Deke alone, who takes her hand and kisses it gently, like it may fall off in his hand.


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THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 256

…Definite signs of skepticism waft through the pink mist of Eridanus…

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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?”

“It’s us that’s not from these parts and now that you mention it, she does look like she is from San Francisco or maybe New Orleans… yeah, I’m thinking Mardi Gras.”

“Boys, you are definitely alive for real and 10 light-years from Earth—–you were right when youorion 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!”

Definite signs of skepticism waft through the pink mist of Eridanus.

“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 to greet the New Mayflower.”


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