“No time to waste.” Jack grabbed his PADD. “Pete, beam me to the hangar!” He stood still, disappeared in front of those in the Control Room, and reappeared moments later next to his saucer. He ran up the ramp. He sat in the chair and placed the helmet on. The saucer rose a few feet, then sped down the tunnel. Moments later it was airborne, speeding toward its destination.
He used the saucer’s communication system to contact Rich. “Give me the coordinates for the object’s entry point. This saucer has sensors that can analyze that thing. I’m going to meet it and see if I can discover who’s responsible.”
It took him several minutes to arrive at the point where the object would enter the Earth’s atmosphere. He had a few extra minutes to spare. He activated the sensors and watched for it. He didn’t have to wait long.
It entered the atmosphere without burning up. It grew bigger as it approached the saucer. Jack guided the saucer to fly along the object’s path, wishing for more time to take readings. He had mere seconds since the object would outpace the saucer. The object split in two. One was still on its original heading. The other changed course to the southwest.
He set the saucer on autopilot to return to the compound, then called Pete to beam him to the Control Room.
It seemed like an eternity waiting for the transporter’s sinking feeling. However, it only took a few seconds to complete.
Pushing Rich aside, Jack ran to the console. He activated controls for a hidden panel that unfolded out of the console. He looked up at the screen. It showed the object over North America. The screen split to show the second object over South America.
“How long?” Jack watched the image of the missile as it sped over the US. If only the warning had been more detailed.
“Thirty seconds,” Rich answered. “The US and Brazil tried to shoot them down with anti-ballistic missiles, but they couldn’t get close. Our coastal laser defense couldn’t get a lock on it either.”
Jack closed his eyes. “Please,” he prayed. The image made his gut clench. Jack slid a finger up the controls. Hopefully, he was doing it right. The light in the room dimmed a little and then brightened, as if having a power surge.
Using the Odin Satellites’ video feed from headquarters, they watched the objects hit the ground. One over Kansas and the other in the Amazon region of the Confederation of South America.