Here is the continuation of the previous posting. There will be another to follow.
SCENE: Ginn’s quarters
Ginn, sitting next to a sleeping Eli on the bed: Eli, you must wake up.
Mandy: Enters the room as Eli sits up.
Eli: What’s up?
Ginn: The ship is coming out of FTL.
Mandy: And it’s going to wake everyone up soon.
Eli, hurrying to get up: No, it can’t do that. It’s not supposed to do that. What happened?
Ginn: We don’t know. Something in the Ancient’s programming. Destiny seems to think this is the end of the mission.
Eli: But there aren’t enough supplies to sustain everyone.
SCENE: The Chair Room in background, the Chair with Eli sleeping in it fills the picture.
A shimmering blue light surrounds the Chair and its occupant. It fades away (as it does in the pods), and Eli awakens. He has a long beard and is rough looking and disheveled. He has a folded paper in his hand that he looks at in puzzlement. Stroking his beard he realizes he must clean up fast. He has to do something about the ship’s command to wake everyone up. He rushes out of the room, stuffing the paper into his pocket.
SCENE: Command Center:
Eli rushes in, shaved and hair cropped, but freezes in his tracks upon entering.
SCENE: Front window of Command Central:
The command unit window cover has risen and the pattern only seen on the computer screens before now fills the view. An earth-like planet looms huge nearby with two small moons in the background. Beyond them a bright light shines, suggesting a distant sun, but different somehow.
SCENE: Follow Eli from CC entry to consoles. He rushes around to check where they are, looks up info on all stargate planets, but finds only the one.
Ginn appears and walks over to Eli.
Eli: Only found this one planet.
Ginn: The ship’s going into a high orbit on the fringes of space above the thick atmosphere around it.
Eli, looking at Ginn: Like Earth’s? Now I’ve got to figure out why everyone is to be awakened and try to stop it.
Ginn: Look up the end commands for the mission directive.
Eli stops a moment in thought: Yeah, Kauffman told me to do that, a while back. I forgot all about it.
Mandy appears: It’s too late. They’re waking.
SCENE: Stasis Hall:
Chloe, looking at TJ, after stepping out of the pod: I’m taking a shower.
TJ: I’m after you.
SCENE: Lisa before stepping out of pod, with her hands on her cheeks, staring.
Lisa calls anxiously: TJ!
Before Chloe and TJ can sneak off they’re stopped by Lisa’s call. TJ and Chloe rush to Lisa stopping in front of her pod.
Lisa looks at them, astonished: I can see.
TJ and Chloe: What?
Lisa: It’s not perfect, but it’s sight.
TJ: Can you get yourself to the Examination Room?
Lisa, excited, almost laughing: Definitely.
TJ: I’ll meet you there. You go on, Chloe. I think I need to check on everyone.
Lisa, excitedly: I can see. I can see.
SCENE: The passage outside the statis halls.
Greer: Stops to wait for Lisa’s approach, after hearing her voice.
Lisa: She sees him and rushes toward him, almost singing her excitement.
Lisa: I can see. I can see. I can see.
Greer, smiling: So you can. That’s wonderful.
Greer and Lisa: They hug and she resumes her sing-song words as they continue around a curve/corner and out of sight toward TJ’s Examination Room.
Lisa’s voice fades: I can see. I can see.
SCENE: Stasis Hall
Volker: That’s great about Lisa.
Brody: Yeah. So, I guess we got around those robot ships. We’re still alive.
Volker: Yeah, we must be in the next galaxy okay. Wonder if the ship’s charged up yet…been through a sun.
Brody looks at the last pod obviously still not working. He looks frightened, and shouts.
Brody: We’re here so…hey, did everyone make it!?
SCENE: Command center
Colonel Young and Camile enter only slightly aware of the significance of the scene before them.
Colonel: What’s happening, Eli? Did we get to the next galaxy and recharge? What’s the countdown?
Volker, entering: Seems like we just went to sleep. What the hel-?
Brody, entering: So everyone made it okay, huh, Eli? How? There was that one pod… Wow! Would you look at that!
Eli, flustered and anxious: We’re not in the next galaxy. And there is no countdown!
Rush stopped upon entering, studying the scene through the windows.
Rush: Where are we, Eli?
Colonel: And why did you wake everyone?
Brody: Or wait so long to wake everyone?
Colonel: Either way…Eli?
Eli: I didn’t. The ship woke us all up. I’m trying to figure out why. But there’s an Earth-like planet to check out, and we’ll be desperate for supplies real soon.
Colonel, over com: Scott, you and Greer doing okay?
Scott & Greer eating, along with many others.
Scott: Yes, sir. We’re getting something to eat. What’s the plan?
Colonel: When you’re done, prep the shuttle for a trip to our nearby planet.
Scott: Yes, sir.
SCENE: Command Center
Rush, having approached Eli at the console: Where are we, Eli?
TJ: Colonel, everyone accounted for. Only have a few with statis sickness, but they should be fine soon.
Colonel: Thanks, TJ.
Brody seated at his console: How did everyone survive if that pod wasn’t fixed?
Camile, looking closely at Eli: Eli? You look older. What happened while we slept?
Volker: And thinner. Hey, I need to know your secret.
Eli: He’s trying to concentrate, but all the discussions upset him.
Eli: Do you realize how much easier it was to work with all of you asleep. I’m trying to find out…please.
Rush, after checking out locations: We’ve crossed several galaxies since we went into stasis.
Eli: I couldn’t wake you. I had the ship wake me to find out if any planets had enough food to sustain the crew for a long period. I’ve barely found enough to sustain myself when I was awake.
Eli rolls his eyes and sighs.
Eli, at a whisper: Back to normal…honeymoon’s over.
Ginn appears next to him, but no one else sees her: But it was great while it lasted. She smiles.
Eli glazes sideways at her, and smirks.
Camile exits as Lisa enters excitedly.
Camile: Lisa, you…
Lisa: Yes, yes. Isn’t it wonderful? TJ thinks it just needed time to heal. It’s not as clear as before, but it may get better.
Lisa takes a seat. She punches Volker’s arm.
Lisa: Catch me up.
Volker: Well, as you can see…his voice trails off.
Colonel: Okay. Where are we?
Volker: We’re in the cluster’s web, on the edge of the void in the outer arm of a large galaxy.
Brody: More precisely, we’re near an earth-like planet in a solar system of that galaxy in a cluster I don’t recognize.
Rush: And possibly near the point in the universe where we pinpointed the big bang. We’re near the heart of the beginning of all things.
Colonel: Not at the end of the universe?
Volker: Well, if the Big Bang dispersed unilaterally, as we think it did, we would be at the center of the known universe.
Rush: Yes, at its heart…like I said.
Brody: And the readings are off the chart. This place is even better than Earth.
Eli: That’s why the ship woke us up. It’s ‘End of Mission.’
Eli points to the clock: There’s no countdown.
Eli: We’re not going any further. We’re in orbit around that Earth-like planet.(He points to the scene before them.) It’s end of mission. Look at this.
Eli pushes some buttons and the dimensional digital screen appears. Rush walks over to look closely, following their path line through the cosmic web across it with a pointed finger. Others observe.
Rush: Since leaving from here (he points to the starting point in the galaxy they by-passed) we’ve passed through several clusters, just left this galaxy cluster, and traveled through the connecting web to another. I’m afraid we may have lost a lot of information we might need along the way.
Eli: No, we haven’t.
SCENE: Medical Room
TJ, calling over com: Colonel?
Colonel’s voice: Go ahead, TJ.
TJ: I’ve found some interesting new medicinals that weren’t here before.
Colonel’s voice: Yeah, I’m getting similar reports from all over the ship. Thanks for letting me know.
SCENE: Command Center
Colonel turns to Eli: Well? You were the man in charge. What happened?
Everyone turns to Eli who looks puzzled, then remembers, pulling the folded paper from his pocket, now crumpled. He quickly unfolds it and looks hard at it.
Camile, before Eli can answer, enters and walks directly to the Colonel to mumble to him: I’ve made a quick report to Home Base, and you’re not going to like what I found out.
Colonel looks at her puzzled and astonished.
Camile responds with pressed lips and a head nod sideways.
Eli, glancing from the paper to the faces and back at the paper, then to Rush: I found this in my hand when I woke up.
Camile: What is it, Ely?
Eli: It’s a note, in Ancient, but a little different. I think I get the gist of it. Somebody…check for any kino recordings of movement within the ship recently. It appears we’ve been boarded.
Camile, Lisa, Brody and Volker: What?
Colonel: Who could have boarded us?
Eli: Well…Ancients. He holds out the note. There were things left behind, and fixed.
Scott, calling over com: Colonel?
Colonel: Go ahead.
Scott: Colonel, we’ve got two shuttles now.
Colonel: Really? Okay. Pick one and go. I’ll send another team along after you’ve made a complete aerial recon. We need to get some supplies on this ship.
Scott: Yes, sir.
Rush: Colonel, I’ve found a recording. It’s spotty, only select recordings.
Everyone crowds in front of a screen and watches the scene:
A hand comes off the kino, having covered its lens, as several individuals, weaponless, enter the ship from a shuttle bay. The recording shows they quickly disperse throughout the ship. One checks stasis halls and reports in an unknown language. Another checks command center, reads consoles, pushes a few buttons and reports. The same is seen with the stargate room, the food and supply storage areas, the medical center and life support units, and some damaged areas. It doesn’t take long as they quickly regroup and leave.
A hand comes off the kino again. There’s another entry through the shuttle bay, but this time supplies are brought on board, equipment is carried to sites where repairs are made. Another shuttle connects replacing the first that sets down and parks on deck. They unload the second shuttle. Everyone hurriedly boards, the last person out grabbing the recording kino, disturbing its picture, while something is apparently jammed inside it. It continues to record. The shuttle lifts off leaving the first parked on the deck.
There’s an escort for the ship through the solar system, providing an apparent unnecessary, but courtesy guardianship, until Destiny approaches the star, enters it, then exits where its escort is again waiting. They trail behind until Destiny reenters hyperspace when the FTL engages.
Eli, whispering, looking at Ginn whom no one else can see: How long ago did this happen? How long has it been since I was last awake? Why wasn’t I wakened when the ship came out of FTL at that time?
Ginn: a month ago…and, six months. I’ll find out.
Eli, muttering to himself: I’m so glad I got rid of the beard.
Volker: Their ships look like Ancient design.
Colonel: So they were benevolent. We could sure use all the help we can get.
Camile: They must have seen us as the ship’s crew. That fits…
Colonel: We are the ship’s crew. Eli, what does your note say?
Eli: Well, basically, they wish us luck on our mission. Hoped they helped enough in the limited time they had. And they hope to hear from us again at End of Mission.
Rush: There’s a message here, also.
Lisa: It must be what they shoved into the kino on some kind of disk.
Eli mutters: I didn’t know it could hold a disk.
Rush: Probably so. It tells the story of how many of them left Terra…
Rush: …when a virus broke out. They stargate-jumped from planet to planet, until they found a base with a starship. They knew of Destiny, but none had been able to locate it or find a source powerful enough to allow them to join it so they jumped their ship through the larger stargates to the furthest points they could reach. They kept moving their group ahead through hyperspace to stargate planets as the seed ships built them. They hoped to intercept Destiny and board her.
Brody interrupts: That would explain why the stargates were guarded in that last galaxy…well, the last one I remember. (mutters this last)
Rush: continues…Many more started than those who finally reached their present home, thousands of years ago. Apparently, their ship malfunctioned forcing them to remain for generations before they had the capacity to rebuild it. Their stargate is outside their solar system and unreachable for now. They still haven’t developed enough to fly out of their solar system…about like us.
Camile, muttering: Well, us when we left.
Rush continues: They tried to contact the ship when it appeared, even landed a shuttle hoping to remain, but the pods were filled, so they quickly left after unloading their supplies, returning with more, but left again as the ship was about to go into their star to recharge, then return to FTL. They left a second shuttle where one was missing, fixed some vital things, left more supplies, and this message.
Rush looks at the Colonel: It’s lengthy. Someone will have to decipher the rest. I can’t take the time. The language is a little different, and could take a while. It was all I could do to get that much.
Colonel: You did well. All right.
Eli, looking around, then at Rush to answer his charge: It appears we’ve arrived at the last stargate made by the seed ships. I’ve had the ship, that is, Ginn and Mandy, collect all the information they could along the way. We’ll have to review it to understand why the ship considers this as the end of its voyage.
Colonel: Let’s get to work and get this done.
Lisa: Colonel, there’s a heat signature on an upper deck we haven’t explored. It looks like someone’s on board with us.
Eli: It could be the pilot of the shuttle.
Volker: Could be…I didn’t see the pilot exit on that recording before they took off.
Colonel: Sergeant Graham, come in.
Graham: Yes, sir.
Colonel: Where are you?
Graham: I’m near the showers on my way to the mess.
Colonel: Get a couple more to go with you and investigate deck 27 in D hall. There may be a person, but not expected to be hostile. Proceed with caution anyway, and escort the person to the Staff Room.
Graham: Yes, sir.
Colonel: Lisa, I may need you to interpret for me. Be ready.
Lisa: Yes, sir.
Scott, calling over the com: Colonel?
Colonel: Go ahead, Scott.
Scott: Colonel, you might want to send that additional team down before collecting supplies. We’ve found some interesting things here.
Colonel: Such as?
Scott: There are several small cities dispersed over the planet’s single large continent and all appear unoccupied. Also, there’s another one of those tall towers or beacons, like the one found on Eden, sir. But, there are also gardens and orchards, and herds of animals roaming areas need the cities that appear to be farms. It looks as though it’s been prepared for our arrival.
Rush: Not for us, but for the Ancients who would be manning this ship.
Scott: I’m now looking at a larger city built around a central hub of some kind. It’s really beautiful.
Colonel: Who could be maintaining it, if everything appears unoccupied?
Scott: I don’t know, sir. We’ll have to check it out.
Colonel: Your team can start, Lieutenant. Scout out that city to see what you find and let us know. I think I have some scientific minds who want to join the other team. We’ll want to check out that central hub so make sure all’s clear.
Eli: And don’t touch anything.
Colonel: Did you get that, Lieutenant?
Scott: Yes, sir.
Rush, smiling: Eli, you’re starting to sound like me.
The Colonel and Camile leave together.
Brody and Volker exchange conversation:
Volker: The builders of the stargates much have prepared this for the crew’s arrival.
Brody: Yeah, this is where they’d settle and study that phenomenon out there.
Volker: It’s not the sun…I’ve found the sun. It’s hidden by that phenomenon’s light.
Brody: But how did Eli survive outside the pod?
Volker: And how did Ginn and Mandy monitor the ship to wake him?
They look at each other, then at Lisa when she speaks.
Lisa: I know how.
Together they all say the same thing at the same time: The Chair.
SCENE: Passage outside Command Center:
Rush catches up to join the Colonel and Camile as they talk in whispers leaving the room. He approaches them in the hallway to interject his concerns.
Rush: Colonel, I hope we’re not missing something here.
Colonel: What do you mean?
Rush: Well, if the planet is set up for the Ancient’s arrival…
Camile: That’s what I’m trying to tell you, Colonel. In my report I learned that we’re now considered the pioneering ancestors and the Ancients of Earth’s current, and greatly changed race.
Camile: Well, we’ve traveled a lot further for a lot longer than we’d planned when put into stasis. Eli gave reports each time he was awakened, realizing how much time could pass on Earth as we remained so long in FTL, not aging. Telford’s replacement asked to speak with Eli.
Colonel: Telford’s replacement? Wait a minute. We need to have everyone together for this.
Colonel contacts everyone to report. He calls Scott (stopping him from leaving the shuttle) as he walks to the meeting room: Join us via this link before you disembark the shuttle. Have your team recon (reconnoiter) the surrounding area within a mile radius.
SCENE: Command staff, gathered in meeting room with the Colonel leading the meeting. Present are Camile, Chloe, Brody, Volker, Lisa, TJ, Eli, and Rush. Scott is via a com link.
Colonel: Camile reported to Home Base and got a few surprises. She’s going to tell us about them. Camile?
Camile: When I reported to Home Base via the stones upon awakening, I learned that almost everyone we’ve known, and loved has died.
A gasp group-wide among the command staff filled the room. The Colonel looked confused. Rush lowered his head, before looking up at those upset around him. Eli remained quiet, looking sad.
Camile: It’s a terrible shock, I know, and I think we’ll have to let the crew know and give them a mourning period.
Rush: But we were expecting that possibility. We only thought it could be us who died.
Camile: We did prepare everyone by allowing them a visit and explaining how much time would pass on Earth while we were in stasis. We didn’t realize how long that time would turn into.
Volker: Was it the attack they were experiencing when we went into stasis?
Camile: No. While they survived the attacks on the planet, many were lost, and a new civilization has built up over the intervening years. In fact, they now consider us the pioneering Ancestors of the Ancients.
Rush: Laughs So we are the crew the planet has prepared for.
Camile: They were aware of our situation because Eli made a report each time he was awakened and searched the Stargate planets for food and water.
Colonel: Good job, Eli.
Eli: He nods his mouth drawn and tense.
Eli: It was a while before the stones and communication units on their end were repaired. But once I contacted them and explained the situation, well, with each of my periodic contacts I was a little more aware of what was going on, and what happened.
Camile: Tell us, Eli.
Eli, appearing distraught: I can’t talk about it, please. I’ve made kino reports from the little I had. That should help, because I was able to make a visit, to my mom, as she was dying. I spoke with her in the hospital…
SCENE: Flashback in hospital as Eli voice-over tells story. Maryann Wallace lying in a bed with tubes attached, and an oxygen tube in her nose.
Eli’s voice over: … and held her hand as she died.
Maryann Wallace: I’m so glad you could be here, Eli. I do wish I could see your true face one last time.
Eli: I’m sorry, Mom, but please believe it’s me, and I’d be here in person if I could.
Maryann: I know. Always remember how proud I am of you, and that I love you.
Eli begins to weep: I will, Mom. And I love you. I’ll miss you, but you’ll always be in my heart.
Maryann: I know.
Maryann shutters, then gasps once with her eyes closed, and sinks further into the bed.
Eli, quietly at first, then he becomes agitated and upset, standing up: Mom? Mom? Somebody! Help! Mom!
Eli presses the nurse’s call button, never taking his eyes off his mother or releasing her hand. He sits down, grips her hand in both of his, leans his forehead against his hands and cries.
FADE IN to meeting room: close-up, Eli’s face, talking.
Eli: With the Lucian Alliance causing so much destruction, I knew others could lose their loved ones also, but, after Scott asked for a visit with his son, Home Base couldn’t handle any more making visits back.
Colonel: Do you want to tell your story?
Scott: I could do that, sir. I saw Matthew when he was fourteen. It was odd to see him so grown up…
SCENE: Flashback actions described by Scott.
Scott’s voiceover: …after such a gap in time. He reminded me of me at that age. I spoke to him and his mother. He was becoming a fine young man, and making some serious decisions for his life. It was difficult to explain to him where I was and what I was doing, but he seemed to accept it better than his mother did all those years ago when I tried to tell her. He was even excited. It was hard to leave him.
Eli: Scott, I couldn’t tell you this before, but I saw him several times when I went back for reports.
Scott: You did? How?
Eli: He joined the service and got into Stargate Command. He worked in the communication room. He’s been waiting ever since to hear from you again. I reported to him on how you were doing, but with this long absence…I don’t know.
Camile: He almost died, Scott. He was protecting the stargate from an attempted entry. He’s disabled now, but still works in the communication room as a civilian. He’s much older, but so sure he’ll hear from you again. Everyone thought, after Eli’s reports stopped for so long, that all of us might have died. We’ll have to make arrangements for you to see him once you’re back on board.
Scott: Sounds good. I’m looking forward to it.
Colonel: Eli, I’d appreciate it if you could tell me all you know about what happened in those intervening years. I’ll report it to the crew. They don’t have to know it came from you. And I’ll get a full report when Camile and I go back to fill them in on our situation.
Camile: Please, Eli. It would mean a lot coming from you.
The rest of the group all speak at once: Yes. Please, Eli. We’d like to hear your point of view.
Eli, holding the kino with his many recordings made after his reports, told some things to them.
Eli’s voice over, with his past experiences flashing from scene to scene:
Eli’s voice: The first report shocked me. It was when the ship dropped out of FTL the first time, in the new galaxy, and the ship had to refuel in a sun. They were expecting someone to report any time; it’d been three years. Since there were no viable planets for supplies, I only woke Jamison so I could go back to make a report. They were relieved when I contacted them and arrived.
It was obvious there was a war because of all the explosions I could hear. General Telford was killed as I watched, and I was returned to my body when the one I was in was wounded. I felt it and my shoulder was sore for a while afterwards. The building had been repaired after what Camile and Greer experienced in the first explosion, but it was almost leveled again. It was frightening.
I didn’t report again at the next drop out of hyperspace. I was almost out of food and water. I woke Scott, and Sergeants Greer and James for the first time, to go to the planet and bring back as much as possible. They made three trips with a lot of good stuff, but time was up and the ship went into FTL again.
Since it wasn’t necessary the next time I didn’t wake them. I came across five planets in the next two stops and they were either frozen or desert. I finally made another report, and found that the Lucian Alliance had been defeated and the world was in the process of rebuilding. I also learned my mother was dying, so I woke Jamison again to assist while I went back. I exchanged places with Scott’s son. He visited with Vanessa while I was there. She took him to see Scott in stasis and to the observation room, but time was short and she needed to be with the stones, so I think they talked a lot.
I saw the new design of the office I was in, and was shown the surrounding city, also rebuilt. It doesn’t look like Earth anymore. Not the Earth or cities as we knew then. Apparently there was a lot of influence from Ori and Ancient architecture once the war opened the people’s eyes to what was really going on in the universe. It’s no longer a place I wish to return to. It’d be more foreign to me than this planet we’ve stopped next to.
Scott, over the com: I don’t know Eli. These building are more than a little different from what we’re used to.
Eli: Still, I no longer have a desire to go back. And once I returned Vanessa reported having heard a lot of strange noises on the ship because everything was so quiet. She was glad to go back into stasis with everyone, and so was I.
Brody: Wait a minute. How did you go into stasis? That pod was never repaired.
Colonel: Is that true, Eli?
Eli: Yes, Colonel. I immediately put Ginn and Mandy back into the computer once everyone was first put in their pods. I was expecting to die, so I created a program for them to monitor the ship and collect information until the ship reached a stargate planet with enough food and water to supply the whole crew for a while. They would wake those who could retrieve it.
Brody: Then you used the Chair.
Eli, hesitantly: Yes. As I said, I was expecting to die, and I couldn’t think of a better way to do it than to be with Ginn. Mandy was the one who discovered the stasis-like envelope she put over me. I didn’t even know until they woke me the first time. I was surprised I was alive.
Rush: Is that why you didn’t wake us when you were supposed to?
Eli, surprised at the allegation: No, no. I wouldn’t do that. My reports are all here. (holding up kino) You can review them. I really couldn’t find enough food and water to keep the crew. Each time I thought I might accumulate enough there wouldn’t be any good planets for a long time. I consumed it, and not gluttonously as you can tell. And I shared it with Vanessa, Scott, Greer and James each time I woke them to make a report or search a planet. They’ll tell you the pickings were slim.
Colonel: Okay, Eli. I believe you. Now, I’ll review your reports before I inform the crew, but I want to know when you made your last visit.
Eli: I think that was two years ago. It was routine. I haven’t figured out why I wasn’t awakened when the ship stopped and we were boarded. I should’ve been. Ginn’s checking into it.
Colonel: Thank you, Eli. Now, everyone return to your duties. I’ll call a gathering once Camile and I have reviewed Eli’s reports and we’ve made a more thorough report to Earth, after the teams return from the planet reconnaissance. Scott, you may return to your more pressing duties.
Scott: Yes, sir.
Volker, excitedly: Let’s go.
Camille: Eli, I’m so sorry about your mother. If there’s anything…
Eli: Camile…thank you. That’s a very kind thought, but you lost a partner. Maybe it was due to time, I don’t know, but you and everyone else have lost someone. There’s nothing special about me, and I’ve had time to grieve. You and the others haven’t. I hope you’re okay. (Eli hugs Camile.)
Camile: Thank you.
SCENE: The passage outside the meeting room.
Rush calls to the Colonel as he catches up to him: Colonel, about that matter I brought up earlier.
Colonel: You mean about missing something. What could be missing?
Rush: That the mission hasn’t been completed until the ship reaches that place we can now see out before us. Colonel, it’s so close. I’ve got to go. I’ve got to get closer.
Colonel: It might be too dangerous. It might be meant to be observed from here.
Rush: And how can we know that? This whole mission has been dangerous.
Colonel: But we were stopped here.
Rush: Maybe this was just a way station, to get final supplies.
Colonel: There are buildings. It’s meant for us to stay.
Rush: It might be meant for some to stay, yes, but not all. Someone has got to go further.
Colonel: Tell you what. After we’ve finished the recon on the planet and decided if we’re going to move down there on a permanent basis, you and I will discuss this again. I have duties now, and so do you.
Rush, as the Colonel starts to walk away: I’ll hold you that.
Colonel, turning back as he walks away: You won’t have to.
To be continued
There are questions to be answered here. Keep them in mind since this story isn’t finished. I’ll need ideas to finish it.
Why wasn’t Eli awakened when the FTL stopped and they were boarded?
What does Lisa decipher from the rest of the message?
Who could be on board and why?
What caused the strange noises? Was it just normal creaks and groans heard due to the silence on the ship or was it caused by whomever was on board? Was he fixing something that would take some time? Or monitoring something not working well? Or is it more sinister, an ancient who didn’t want his people to go to the center of the universe to find out its secret?
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