NEW STAR: HORIZON

Matt carefully led the landing party across the ice-covered terrain toward the structure. As we got closer, we could make out the halo of an apparent force field. The bluish green light that created a dome that surrounded the area field keeping the machinery safe against the violent weather.

“Okay Professor let’s see you answer this one?”

Matt moved closer to the field for a better look. He noticed at the base of the beacon there were battery cells sprawled across the ground. “What’s the life of these cells?” Sadia asked.

“Based on the model I’d guess five years would be a good bet.”

“It figures you’d seen the batteries before.” Deforest guessed. “That means this has been powered at least 25 years.”

“More like 30.” Sadia corrected him.

“Apparently, somebody believed we’d be coming?” O’D added.

“They somehow made a transmitter capable of sending a signal back to the Earth.” Sadia marveled. “But it doesn’t add up, the signal should have reached the Earth in six months. We should have received it decades ago.”

Matt knew they didn’t fully understand the type of a wormhole D-A 2012 was. “Remember the Wormhole itself is unstable. The signal immerged from the wormhole at the Canals.” He was about to go into one of his lectures about traversing through hyper-spaced tunnels when something caught his eye. NEUTRINOS INTERFACE.

“Matt, what is it?” Sadia asked when she saw him stop. Matt pointed to the equipment. Sadia recognized it almost immediately. “That’s a Neutrino Interface Adapter of some kind. Older model, they probably used it to boost the range of the signal.”

THAT’S THE PROBLEM. THEY INVENTED THOSE ADAPTERS 10 YEARS AFTER THE EXPEDITION LEFT THE EARTH.

“MAJOR, THIS IS ALISON MUNDY DO YOU READ ME?”

“What’s up Mundy?”

“We received message Horizon picking up energy signatures coming from your position,”

They looked around and examined the area but saw nothing. “All clear, are you sure the indications are from here.”

“That might be coming from below the summit on that ridge below us.” Deforest added.

“That must be it. How far away are you?”

“We’re about twenty minutes out.”

“Meet us at the ridge below the summit, come with guns blaring, Stewart out.” Almost Involuntary he was off at full speed running toward the ledge.

“Matt, shouldn’t we wait for the shuttle.” Sadia yelled.

“No time for that.” He told her as he ran faster than humanly possible and did a swan dive over the side.

Sadia yelled, “It’s at least a hundred meters down. Can his suit survive that?”

Deforest peered over the ledge. “Hopefully, he thinks so.”

 

 

 

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