The NULL Solution = Episode 192

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The NULL Solution = Episode 192

…Without probable cause, Ekcello expires on the spot. His spirit wafts unto his offspring, but his corporeal presence ceases…

Imagine the surprised passengers of the wayward NEWFOUNDLANDER, when Ekcello pops in with Celeste. And they are accompanied by a toolbox of technology in the form of a Null; a naughty Null at that, unbefitting his status as representative to Harmonia.

True to his word, at the sight of his {former?} friend, Sampson wastes no time attacking Skaldic, his still strong hands wringing the life from the co-conspirator.

“Stop!” Ekcello has facts pertinent to the well-being of the victim. “Skaldic is here to restore control to the navigation.”

Sampson backs away, “In that case I’ll kill him after he undoes his handiwork.”

A good wife supports her husband. A better wife rights his wrongs. She pulls him aside, “Ekcello is behind the glitch, not Skaldic. Let them work and we can be on our way.”

A dagger stare at Ekcello replaces clenched hands on Skaldic. Ekcello is acutely aware of the disdain that Sampson is sending his way. Normally aloof and above the fray, the Eridanian is feeling pressure from all sides. He has not taken the radical changes to his world in stride. He is given to fits of erraticism. His power of influence has been neutered. He is experiencing humiliation for the first time. His beloved Cerella and Joyner, the 2 main sources of his anxiety, remain at a distance, unsure how to act toward him.

Without probable cause, Ekcello expires on the spot. His spirit wafts unto his offspring, but his corporeal presence ceases.

Cerella crumbles in a heap.

Celeste rushes to his side.

Joyner is feeling ill.

Skaldic completes his task.

The ship turns around.

The people are stunned.

Without the aid of Ekcello, there is no returning for Skaldic the Null. If Celeste escorts him back, she will be forced to stay on Eridanus, her trans-migratory capabilities unable to stand on their own. All she can do is to forge a telepathic connection with Fortan to give her the news that Ekcello will not be returning.

Oh the irony of it all. He wanted his daughter back and now he is with his daughter, in spirit only.

Ironic in its own way is that Skaldic gets what he really wanted; to be with Deimostra, in proximity only.

However, from Lorgan’s Harmonia galactic view, Skaldic remains the Eridanian delegate, which means his life is not completely his own. Somewhere between Orion Nebulae and the Terran system, he is called away for greater galactic business, which is the end result of The Null Solution.

As for the rest, it will be the long way home.


The NULL Solution =

Episode 192


page 187 (end Ch. 20)

The NULL Solution = Episode 188

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The NULL Solution = Episode 188

…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.


The NULL Solution =

Episode 188


page 181