– 00:47:02:13 –
“Sage!” Alfran yelled through the intercom, he’d bypassed the usual X.I.N. protocols and had called me by the name of his dead friend, something wasn’t right.
“I’m here, what’s wrong?” I replied.
“I hope you are close, I’m getting some weird readings from Terra and a countdown timer has just popped up on my screen., it’s either a coincidence or…”
“There’s no such thing as coincidences, how long does it say we have?” I asked, already preparing the ship’s systems for an emergency jump.
“Just under forty-seven minutes.”
So soon! I thought to myself. “I’ll be there in a few minutes. Wish me luck!”
I just hope that it is soon enough.
“Good luck and Sage?”
“Take care,” Alfran replied with obvious concern in his voice.
I disconnected the call and ran out of the bridge. “X.I.N.” I yelled, “As soon as the ship is ready, make the jump!”
“Are you sure those coordinates are correct?” X.I.N. asked.
“Just do it!” I snapped as I raced into the tech lab and picked up a handful of molecular transporters.
This was a trademark Shadowplay; if I was right, and I knew deep down that I was, that countdown timer signalled the destruction of Terra – landing would be suicide.
Those coordinates are our only hope of survival.
Meanwhile in multiple locations throughout the Universe…