Overseer's Assassin

Chapter 8

Accessing the spacecraft’s computers, Samar learns that nearby there is an entrance to a wormhole that exits near Earth. There are wormholes throughout the galaxy, forming a transportation system. In wormholes, space folds like a blanket. Anyone who enters will exit at a distant point. This one exits only 45 light years from Earth.

A military or police force may anticipate his course and wait for him at the wormhole. Samar’s new, enhanced mental processing power can quickly formulate a plan in the hours before he arrives. However, his thoughts turn to the Council Chair’s behavior. Why is he treating Samar kindly after destroying his home planet? If he was a guest, then why is security pursuing him because he left the city?

Samar deduces that he has something the Chair wants. Furthermore, he infers that there is a conflict and animosity between the Chair and Samar’s Overseer. Although humanity’s Overseer had a poor reputation on earth, Samar trusts him. Samar thinks earth’s Overseer is in the right. When humans questioned his decisions, all along he was trying to save them. He was trying to help them grow and avoid destruction. He somehow feels the Overseer is calling him to return to Earth.

Samar also deduces that if the Chair and Overseer want his presence, then he may have a power or ability he is yet unaware of. This gives him hope as he faces a very difficult challenge of reaching Earth before he is captured.

Samar does not think they will destroy his spaceship and kill him in the process. His best chance is to come out of light speed and dodge any ships trying to stop him from passing through the wormhole. Then he can enter faster-than-light speed on the other side, and get to earth. However, he will have to land and enter the Overseers underground city before the police or military catches him. Samar hopes that they do not know the Overseer’s exact location. The Council Chair did not even know if the Overseer was alive, although Samar doesn't know either.

Samar anticipates the enemy will try to take control of his spaceship remotely. Samar spends most of the three-hour flight to the wormhole altering the ship’s computers to encrypt commands. To take control of his ship, the enemy would have to decrypt the systems within 30 seconds between the time he exits light speed and enters into the wormhole.

The Council Chair is in the laboratory reviewing Samar’s test results.

The Chair remarked, “This is it! Overseer 412192 placed an alarm in another dimension that reminds Samar to return when his power reaches a certain level. How did he know how to do that? If we saw this earlier we could have stopped Samar from leaving.

“Do not let him get back to Earth! It appears 412192 has some kind of plan. Make sure you keep Samar alive.” The Chair’s aides relayed his message to security forces at the wormhole.

Samar brings his spaceship out of light speed 20 kilometers from the entrance. Enemy ships surround the wormhole. Samar deftly maneuvers around them as they attempt to stall his ship with energy fields that can disrupt his ship’s engines. Their efforts to hack into his ship’s computer systems are unsuccessful. Samar escapes into the wormhole and reenters light speed on the other side.

Dozens of enemy spaceships enter light speed and follow him. A few faster ships pass him in an attempt to reach Earth first then intercept him before he lands on the planet.

At top speed, it will take two days to reach Earth from Samar’s current position. Enemy forces cannot knock Samar’s spaceship out of light speed without destroying it. Samar has two days to plan his mission when he reaches Earth. First, he must encrypt the spaceship's controls again because Council security forces will undoubtedly solve his current encryption after two days of working on it. Second, he needs to find a way to land the spaceship without being captured. If security forces reach Earth before Samar does, they will be able to locate the Overseer and block the entrance to his underground lair.

Samar encrypts the systems and decides he must hope for the best. His chances of getting to the Overseer are slim because he will be especially vulnerable after he lands on Earth’s surface. Over the course of two days, Samar plans his flight descent and landing using his own memory of Earth’s geography and terrain. There is no data about Earth within his ship’s computers. Furthermore, if he manages to make it inside the Overseer’s lair, it is impossible to know which direction he should go at that point.

Samar remembers that only six days ago he was overjoyed that he was going to visit the Overseer’s island. The following events were tragic and unexpected. However, he trusts that the Overseer has a plan. Many things have happened that Samar could not have foreseen. He hopes the Overseer has prepared a way for Samar to complete his mission, whatever his mission is.

The two-day flight at light speed takes on spiritual significance. Samar recounts the events of human history that led to the destruction of the planet. He now knows why Earth’s Overseer resisted granting the people their wishes for universal peace and prosperity. The whole time they were facing an hour glass that was counting down the minutes toward their imminent doom. The Overseer was trying to save humanity. He thought life's struggles would help them grow ethically and earn the galactic Council’s approval.

Why did the Council Chair say he did not know if the Overseer is alive? Perhaps the Overseer abandoned Earth before it was destroyed. Maybe he is hiding where the Council cannot find him. Maybe he became distraught and committed suicide when it was too late to save humanity. What is the Council so intently interested in Samar himself? By what mechanism is the Overseer impressing him that he should return to Earth?

Samar concludes there is more information the Overseer wants Samar to receive. That information should explain what is going on. Even if the Overseer is dead, it is possible he left a message behind for Samar.