THE NULL SOLUTION = Episode 14

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THE NULL SOLUTION = Episode 14

…there is a shiny spheroid here, close enough to the Sun that it should be melting to its core…

… as a propaganda video put together by Bassett’s people is keeping everyone occupied, Roy is getting unexpected feedback from back in SOL Control…

“Gus isn’t making the turn.” a tech warns.

A simple ‘What?’ will not do. He flees the stage like the prune juice he had for breakfast had suddenly done its job. He commandeers a security hovercraft to hasten his presence where it counts most. Is Gus incapacitated? That’s his stepson out there about 80 million miles + rising. The possibilities are endless.

Once at the interspace communication cube, he tries to get some answers. “Are you there, Gus?”

After a few agonizing minutes, an answer:

“Yes Roy, I’m here. This thing seems to have a mind of its own.  I checked my heading and it wants to go to other side of the galaxy or somewhere thereabouts.”

“Override the auto-nav. Even at SOL you’re in no man’s land. This mission is over, get back here STAT.”

There are multiple factors at work here.

“I am exactly on the other side of the sun… and there is a shiny spheroid here, close enough that it should be melting to its core!”

Mercury by Maddy P. from Palmcrest Elementary

“Could that be Mercury, we haven’t looked at it much since Messenger back in 20-teens?”

“Negative on Mercury, I passed that hotspot in a flash 5 million miles ago.” Human beings are so adaptable. “I’m back in control of SEx, slowing down to get a closer look. I can tell you one thing, somebody made this thing. It ain’t no run-of-the-mill planetoid.”

“Make sure you get some selfies of that thing and head back,” That is the good news. The bad news, “I know it’s a bitch, being Saturday and all, but land over at Osceola AFB instead… I got them believing Deke is with you.”

There is no response from an astronaut who is anxious to get back to wife Mindy and a carefully planned, long overdue date-night…


THE NULL SOLUTION

Episode 14


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THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 274

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THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 274

…Whatever the season, whatever the reason, this is a joyful moment in the extensive history of Eridanus…

… Back at the wedding “party” and ever the prankster, Sampson insists Fortän judge the liquidLoudmouth Soup refreshment that has loosened the collar of more than one celebrator. She liked it so much that she requested a whole glass and when the brew hit home, it would be hard to get a word in edgewise.

She is quite lucid, in an entertaining sort of way, allowing a real personality to shine through. Mental perfection is quite a narrow path to take and sometimes it takes a little lubrication to expose one’s humanoid-ity.

Whatever the season, whatever the reason, this is a joyful moment in the extensive history of Eridanus {which spans countless millennia} and an untold story for a planet {Earth which is an infant by comparison} which could use some good news for a change —

— Having Ekcello wrapped around her pinkie finger, Celeste has a major role in arranging the ceremony that sets the cements her son and his daughter for all time… which to her surprise is Weddingdirectly, yes sometime BEFORE childbirth. She does not question the time-honored Eridanian ritual rather she injects as many tasteful Earthly touches as possible, for the comfort of her clan.

Probably the most enduring custom, that of having a Maid-of-Honor and Best Man, is a lock-down must. On the guy side, Gussy is the obvious choice, with Sampson a close second. Cerella chooses another heiress, from a towered city on the other side of the planet, who is as close to a best friend as things go here. She and Zina were born in the same century and as personal contact goes; their minds seem to be tuned to the same tune. —


THE RETURN TRIP

Episode 274


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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 237

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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 237

Constance Caraway Private Investigation is morphing into Constance Caraway & Associates, a four person team…

The mere thought of 40 or more thousand casualties boggles the mind. It WOULD have been a disaster of epic proportions; unthinkable, unspeakable, inhumane, but none of that compunction entered into Pentateuch’s decision to kill a throng of innocent God’s children.

It wasn’t like he didn’t give it the good ol’ Hades try.

But he didn’t, he wasn’t allowed, he was sent packing back to his fiery lake home where everyday is hot and every moment regretful, most definitely for any of his indentured tenants.

MeanwhileR.Worth Moore has joined the group, to check Fanny’s emotional state, which is okay fine, though she was the most profoundly affected by the evening’s twists and turns. “Are we still driving back tomorrow Fanny? Or would you like for some of this to sink in?”

“Yes we should leave as planned and no, I would rather be back in Tally getting licks and hugs from Molly. When I came back in March, she was the happiest yellow dog I’ve ever seen. She misses us Connie.”Molly-001

“Let’s see how our new business arrangement works out,” Constance addresses the elephant in the room, “if we make this a two city operation, Molly stays with you. If we shift up everything up north, Worth buying a house up here and all, Molly comes up too.”

“It’s going to be weird for a while.” With Worth and Ace in the same picture, Constance Caraway Private Investigation is morphing into Constance Caraway & Associates, a four person team, complete with in-house legal and a lightly used Beechcraft Twin Bonanza. The latter is Ace’s contribution to the newly re-formed company, trading in his single engine Bonanza for this 6 seat beauty.


Constance Caraway P.I.

Forever Mastadon


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The NULL Solution = Episode 104

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The NULL Solution = Episode 104

…In pursuing “The Curious Case of Collapsar’s Cause”, worse is better…

#It would take a cosmic force to disable TSF# Xat would know.

#We suspect ⃝    is responsible#

#We know both ⃝    #

The dank cavern surrounds them once again. Xat returns to the world he created for himself.

Ekcello and the Keeper return to the surface. One problem solved while others go unanswered.

#I wonder if Xat could solve the riddle#

#Which riddle Supreme Elder? There are two O#

Chasonn is aware that he needs a fashion makeover to blend into the world he seeks to occupy. Clothing may or may not define the man, but it means different things to different people, while others find it unnecessary. He does cut a fine figure, but if he shows up on Collapsar Axis looking like a Seljuk prince, he will last only as long as he goes undetected.

Someone versed in the ways of the Ÿ€Ð, tells him that he is suffering from the dreaded “2’s”:

  1. 2 clean
  2. 2 comely
  3. 2 thin
  4. 2 modern

…And not barbaric enough.

So in the days leading up to his one-man incursion, he regresses, digresses and most importantly suppresses the Seljukian charm that hangs on him like a badge of honor. In order, he undoes the 2’s:

  1. Bathing is for the weak
  2. Seediness projects strength
  3. Excess in all things
  4. Dress-down for success

In pursuing “The Curious Case of Collapsar’s Cause”, worse is better. As it turns out, the Ÿ€Ð intellectual class is clothed in hooded garments. It makes them look smarter. For Chasonn, it will be a convenient way to wander about.

But the real risk taking begins with his prisoner- tested and prince-approved particle-beam transporter. Hitting the larger target is easy, finding a strategic spot to insert him is critical. If the transporter places him in the wrong area, it would take him days to find what he is looking for – if only he knew what he was looking for.

Goal one is to make sure that Seljuk interests are secure. Goal two is fluid.

“I will return to my landing spot at the appointed time. If I am not there, keep trying. Hopefully I do not attract undue attention,” he tells his transport assistant.–


The NULL Solution =

Undue Attention

Episode 104


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