The NULL Solution = Episode 10
…We are not searching for where, we are searching for what…
–Just what would a caged animal (let’s say a lion) do when it manages to break out of the confines of zoo’s enclosure? You best get out of the way, because Mr. Lion is going to head for the nearest open country and the sense of freedom.
As pleasant and accommodating as the Eridanians have been, one Sampson McKinney represents that captive lion. On one hand, he has the Universe laid out before him, while on the other, all those planets, stars and galaxies are nothing but raw meat he cannot sample. It feels like a lion’s lifetime since he has tasted the sweet essence of autonomy.
Up until this point in time, Stardate 2052.50, the Defender has been sitting in the Spaceflight Expository certainly appreciated but absolutely unused. It was designed by a long-gone previous generation on Eridanus, when getting somewhere meant something; to an exploratory people that has since waned and the security of the Milky Way Galaxy was not an issue. On Earth, Jesus Christ had yet to take his first step.
The Space Family McKinney is poised to see what’s up on the other side of Barnard’s Loop.
Much to their dismay, it is Cerella who will pilot Defender once it escapes the gravitational influence of their “home star” Epsilon Eridani.
“Are we headed to the Pinwheel Galaxy, oh wise daughter-in-law of mine?” That would be one guess, Sammy Mac. She shakes her head no.
“How about Andromeda X, at zero point 4 degrees,” yet another suspicion from Deke is shot down.
“We are not searching for where, we are searching for what.” Judging by her blank stare, she is not entirely sure. Leading up to this unauthorized expedition she has had a chance to study the ancient/taboo texts that refer to an unknown force that has before upended the Eridanian applecart and that has done so once again. “When we have passed the Orion Nebula, as you call it, I will engage the time-space-fold drive. It is with that invisible impunity that will begin our search.”
“Oh swell. This is like getting a driving lesson, but you’re not allowed to touch the steering wheel!”
“Relax and enjoy the ride Dad,” Deke has 100% confidence in the real driver. “What can we do my dear mate-for-life-wife?”
Cerella decides to concede some control, “Sampson McKinney, please plot a course 15˚ mark 7 to the Triangulum Galaxy.”
“Now you are speaking my language! I love it when you talk navigation to me.”
“Isn’t that the Seljuk neighborhood?” Deke surmises.
“We must check on their safety before we proceed further,” Cerella clarifies.
Sammy Mac cannot resist asking, “And why do you care about them?”
“They are our friends.”
“… the kind of friends that you haven’t talked to in how many years?”
“The passing of time is relative.”
Perception is 90% of reality.