The World Turns All Around Her

Original Airdate: 10 Nov, 2003

"Beneath the web-thin simulacrum,
inundating and fecund,
live myth and manifold truths.

Not one point of view
can embrace them at a glance.

Council of One,
CY 2333

[Command]

(Strobing lights and mist, and everyone standing stock still.)
HUNT [OC]: By the time you receive this message, the Andromeda Ascendant will be gone.

[Conference room]

(Hunt is recording a message on the Commonwealth glowing ball.)
HUNT; The portal of the Route of Ages will open again soon, and, when it does, we will be entering into another universe, where the Abyss awaits. And Tyr, as you know, has managed to unite many of the Nietzschean Prides. What you don't know is that he did this with the Collector's help from within the Commonwealth. And speaking of my dear Commonwealth, I know you won't help me, because I took Rhade from you. Actually, I saved Rhade because he's innocent. He did not let Tyr escape. As for Beka Valentine, she had her own reasons for going to Tyr. I, Dylan Hunt, Captain of the Andromeda Ascendant, say this is so. End of message. Showtime.

[Corridor]

TRANCE: There is something you must know about the Route of Ages.
HUNT: What I need to know is how to find Beka and figure out what I'm up against.
TRANCE: The universe or universes on the other side are not all evil.
HUNT: Well, see now, that's good to know.
TRANCE: I assure you, when we get to other side, I will be there for you. Dylan I was born to traverse all universes, a force from one side to the other.
(Boom, alarms.)
HUNT: I'll have you explain that to me later.

[Command]

ROMMIE: We're under attack from Nietzschean forces.
HUNT: Andromeda, damage report.
ANDROMEDA [on viewscreen]: No hull breach as yet. Analysing explosion residue.
HARPER: Come on, boss. A hit's a hit. I don't care. They shot at us first. It's fair play. Let's blow them to smithereens.
HUNT: Not until I get some answers, Mister Harper.
RHADE: Tyr wants to engage. Perhaps we should comply.
HUNT: Well, we'll do that, but I'll choose the time and place.
ROMMIE; Their missile barrage is mainly syronium based, and they're too low density to do any damage.
HARPER: Low density, huh? Like Tyr's brain. Syronium's only used for concussive effects. The most we're going to get from this is a headache.
RHADE: A low efficiency strategy. Curiously un-Nietzschean.
ROMMIE: Unless his intention is not our destruction.
HUNT: Oh, he just wants to shake things up.
RHADE: He'll peel off once he thinks we're rattled.
HARPER: And hell, boss, let's shake, rattle, and roll.
HUNT: No, that would be too easy.
ANDROMEDA [OC]: Incoming transmission from Arun Roy.
HUNT: Besides, you don't want to miss the show. On screen.
TYR [on viewscreen]: I propose a trade. A star map with a purpose you don't understand, for a crew member you cherish.
HUNT: Cherish? Beka? Yeah, send her back over here and I'll tell her how much I miss her.
TYR [on viewscreen]: If she meets with you, you might hold her against her will. Unless, of course, I had someone of yours at the same time.
HUNT: Oh, you're way too possessive, Tyr. Let go and be free.
(Transmission ends.)
HUNT: So, did you enjoy the show?
HARPER: I've seen it before.
HUNT: Oh.

[Tyr's compound]

TYR: You think I'm your meal ticket? Because that's not quite the same thing as loyalty. You've yet to prove that to me, Beka, and you're already leaving.
BEKA: Just to tell Dylan I'm not returning to the Andromeda. Tyr, if you get the Route of Ages, the tri-galaxies and everyone in them, will give you their loyalty when the Magog arrive.
TYR: Including yourself? Well then, I must get the star map.
BEKA: But you need my help. Which means we go fifty-fifty.
TYR: You've explored all your options.
BEKA: I'm here with you, aren't I?
TYR: Mmm hmm.
HARPER: Tyr Ana-sleazy. Living large in the lap-dance of luxury, huh?
TYR: I'd recognize that whine anywhere.
BEKA: Harper.
HARPER: You're still here, boss? Sheesh, I would've poisoned him and broken the atmosphere by now.
BEKA: Well, you'll have a little time to try your luck while I meet with Dylan.
HARPER: You're not really thinking of coming back here to stay, are you, boss?
BEKA: We'll see what the future holds.
(Beka and the armed guards leave Harper with Tyr and a barely-clad handmaiden.)
HARPER: I love the look. It's so er, Earth.
TYR: I didn't allow you here to insult me.
HARPER: That's what you think. The last time I saw you, you shot a defenceless blind woman. Awfully brave of you.
TYR: I could have you shot as well. And I just might, if you don't mind your manners.
HARPER: This conversation goes any longer, and I'll demand it.
TYR: It'd be a waste of ammunition.
HARPER: Now you care.

[Maru crew area]

BEKA: My life, everything I've been part of, my destiny for so long. I'm risking all that.
HUNT: The question is, why?
BEKA: Because it's the obvious choice. I need to see this play out.
HUNT: He's using you.
BEKA: He believes I can help him get the star map.
HUNT: You can, and that's my risk. But I need to know its significance, and you can help with that. All right, if he wants to follow me to the portal, then I will lead him. Let him make his move there, and learn what he knows.
BEKA: He'll trust me, I know that. Tyr and I had an understanding once. Perhaps it should have stayed that way.
HUNT: Well, if this is about trying to get that back, then I am sorry.
BEKA: Dylan, you've got to trust me.
HUNT: Yes. But then again, what are my options? Here. These are the coordinates to our staging area. From there we head to the Route of Ages.
BEKA: Great.
HUNT: Good luck.

[Corridor]

(Trance is carrying her bonsai.)
RHADE: You don't mind losing your place on the Maru?
TRANCE: Beka once said never assume a room for granted. And I have a nice room on the Andromeda, and I'm grateful for it. If you had to choose between struggle and a life of luxury, how would you choose?
RHADE: The honourable path.
TRANCE: Up until now, Beka has done so.
RHADE: Which says she may have motives we don't yet understand. Still, changing habitats isn't conducive to growth.
TRANCE: Look, it's almost ready to bloom. Change is the only constant. Fear, its companion. Overcoming fear is the key to unlocking its gifts. Dylan has decided that we will go to the Route of Ages. He is letting us each decide if we will go. What will you do?
RHADE: Wherever there is danger, opportunity lives as well. That's why I am here. I've made my choice.
TRANCE: Welcome aboard, Telemachus.
RHADE: Thank you.

[Tyr's compound]

TYR: The Magog have sped up their approach. That leaves little option but to act more quickly.
PISH [on monitor]: Don't be so obvious. Even your army won't save you without the Route of Ages.
TYR: Agreed.
PISH [on monitor]: Now is the time
TYR: We will be in contact.
(Ends transmission. Beka returns as Tyr feeds a biscuit to a handmaiden.)
BEKA: Ahem. Thank you.
TYR: My life is comfortable now, and I suspect that may be the only reason you want to be here.
BEKA: I've got to tell you, it doesn't hurt. As a matter of fact, putting my feet up is how I intend to spend my future, if you don't kick me out.
TYR: Do I have a reason to?
BEKA: Should I stay with you or should I take the Maru back to Andromeda right now?
(Tyr whispers in the handmaiden's ear.)
TYR: Go. (to Beka) What would you like to do?
BEKA: I would like to make up my mind, Tyr. It's very difficult if I don't know what you're thinking.
TYR: Trusting me is something you'll have to come to on your own, Beka.
BEKA: You could give me a sign. Even a remote one, Tyr. Are you going to let me be part of this or not?
TYR: This is me. Are you asking to be a part of me?
BEKA: Yeah. I guess I am.
TYR: Because I'm the only friend you have left?
BEKA: You asked me here. I'm a person, Tyr, with feelings and frailties, you know? If you want to run the universe, or whatever it is you think you were born to do, memorise this. It's better to love and lose, than never to have loved at all. That's something you could have learned from Dylan.
TYR: Don't compare us.
BEKA: It's hard not to.
TYR: There was a time, Beka, but a great deal of time has passed.
BEKA: Why don't you just tell me what I have to do to make you trust me?
(Beka turns to the other handmaiden nearby.)
BEKA: You can go.
(And goes into his tent to undress. Tyr signals the handmaiden to leave.)

[Conference room]

ANDROMEDA [on screen]: Dylan, we should depart for our staging area before Tyr's Nietzschean forces attack.
HUNT: Thank you, Andromeda. Oh, any sign of the Maru?
ANDROMEDA [on screen]: Not as yet. Is there anything else you require?
HUNT: No.

[Tyr's tent]

(Beka in bed, Tyr getting dressed.)
BEKA: So, now might be a good time for one of those blunt but truthful Nietzschean comments.
TYR: Where is the Andromeda?
BEKA: Why is that portal so important?
TYR: Because without it, all this will die. Everything. The Magog ship is close. Only months away.
BEKA: What? The last time we saw it, it was more than a year away.
TYR: Mmm hmm. The swarm will arrive before the Commonwealth can muster a resistance. The war will be quick, decisive. I can survive with my power intact, contain the Abyss, after it destroys the Commonwealth.
BEKA: But you need the map. Who else knows how close they are?
TYR: Beside those who told me, the Collectors, no one.
BEKA: Two months.
TYR: That's nothing. Nothing at all. So, if you can help me to get the map, I can keep our world from being destroyed.
BEKA: But the portal, what does it do?
TYR: You do not need to know that, yet.
BEKA: So, we're in this together?
TYR: Yes, we are in this together if you tell me the coordinates to the Andromeda's initial jump point.
BEKA: I'll do better. I'll take you there.

[Eureka Maru]

(The Andromeda opens a slip point.)
TYR: She's focusing GFGs.
BEKA: Got it. Here we go.

[Command]

(Not your normal slipstream. A lot smoother, fewer threads.)
ROMMIE: I'm detecting an energetic mass behind us in slipstream.
HUNT: That would be Beka and Tyr. Try to lose her.
RHADE: Losing them is counter-productive.
HUNT: Yeah, you're right, Rhade. Beka is one hell of a pilot. And you, well, you're only a Nietzschean. You'd never be able to lose her.

[Eureka Maru]

BEKA: They let the Nietzschean pilot. Lead in his pants, of course. No offence.

[Command]

RHADE: Trance, I've lost my place on the star map.
HARPER: I knew it.
TRANCE: Rommie, radial distance next jump point, please. Don't fight it. Focus on your coordinates. Rommie, zoom in and show altitude, please. No matter how you twist and turn, always keep your destination fixed in your mind. You're already there.

[Eureka Maru]

TYR: Don't lose him. The Andromeda is our only path to the Route of Ages.
BEKA: This is getting difficult, Tyr. I could use a little support.
(Tyr puts his hand on her shoulder.)
BEKA: Thanks loads.

[Command]

ROMMIE: Second jump point approaching.
HUNT: Excellent.
TRANCE: Good.
(The two ships come out of slipstream, then open up a new slip point and head back in.)
ROMMIE: They're still with us.
HUNT: Keep it up. I want them to work for this.
TRANCE: Focus.
(And out again to where a massive 4D cube represented in 3 dimensions is spinning in space.)
HARPER: Holy.
HUNT: Those still willing to make this journey, I'll be in the conference room.

[Conference room]

ROMMIE: I've checked at logical and illogical intervals since our arrival. The portal has no mass and is emitting no energy at all.
HARPER: None of this makes any sense.
RHADE: What frequencies are you seeing it on?
HUNT: Wide spectrum is my guess.
ROMMIE: Correct. I'm picking it up on frequencies ranging from forty hertz to twenty million terahertz.
HUNT: In other words, we don't know anything about it.
TRANCE: The Route of Ages portal does not exist in space and time.
HARPER: Then how are we supposed to get to it?
TRANCE: Passion, emotion, belief. They will be our guide.
HUNT: We're considering scientific options. Feelings don't enter into it.
TRANCE: It will, on the other side.
HUNT: I'll take your word for that. Rommie, it looks like it may have a repetitive pattern.
ROMMIE: It does. Each facet appears and disappears and reappears every seventy seven minutes.
HARPER: Around the universes in seventy seven minutes. It's a lot of ways to get lost.
RHADE: A conceit to be unmasked. Which door to take?
TRANCE: The one which leads to the Abyss. I will be able to feel it.
RHADE: And that door, how long is it there?
ROMMIE: Three point eight five seconds.
HARPER: Three point eight five seconds? That is a short window. We can't get our foot in the door that fast. Believe me, I've tried.
HUNT: Well, Mister Harper, maybe you didn't try hard enough. Or maybe it wasn't realy worth it?
HARPER: All right, you want to get a ship this large to hit a moving target like that in a four second window?
ROMMIE: That is correct.
RHADE: Or that is the end.
HUNT: It could be the end either way.
HARPER: So we're screwed at both ends.
TRANCE: According to the symbols on the map, whoever passes through the portal has a limited amount of time on the other side.
HARPER: Or what?
TRANCE: Or, they will not be able to get back out. The portal will cease to be.
ROMMIE: Apparently we have the equivalent of one revolution before the door closes.
RHADE: Seventy seven minutes.
TRANCE: Well, perhaps our time doesn't translate in the other dimension. For all we know, seventy seven minutes could be that many days.
HARPER: Sure. Or it could be that many seconds. Nanoseconds. I'm just curious, but is anyone else starting to think that maybe going there is a bad idea?
HUNT: I believe the portal may save us all. Or perhaps destroy us in the long run, and that must be its importance. That's why Tyr needs to go there.
TRANCE: We have to control our emotions. Fear, desire and despair. Everything relies upon it.
HARPER: Easy for you to say, but how's a guy like me supposed to control his emotions? Especially with a couple of pretty girls on board like you. And besides, you don't even have a pulse.
HUNT: I won't force anyone to go. Those wishing to remain behind may do so with no fear of reprisal or shame. Those willing to make this journey, I'll be on Command.
ROMMIE: As will I.
TRANCE: Harper, I was made for this moment. Dylan was made for this moment. This is our time.
RHADE: Sense the moment. Sense what you must do. Follow it.
HARPER: So everybody's in, huh? What am I supposed to do, just hang back in a slipfighter? I don't even know how to fly a slipfighter.

[Eureka Maru]

TYR: That, dear Beka, is how we will win the coming battle. The portal offers a method of entering and exiting the Abyss, weakening it without getting caught. Many millennia ago, it was used in just that way. As we came here, I deployed drones alerting my forces. Soon they will be here, and I will take the star map, the key to the Route of Ages.
BEKA: And then you and I go fifty-fifty, right?
TYR: You and I together, yes.
BEKA: And Dylan?
TYR: He dies.

[Conference room]

ROMMIE: Incoming transmission from the Maru.
HUNT: That would be Tyr. I'll speak with him privately.
(Rommie and Trance leave.)
HUNT: As in privately.
RHADE: Right.
HARPER: Tyr gives me a headache anyway.
(Harper and Rhade leave.)
HUNT: Okay, Andromeda.
TYR [on screen]: The map is all I want.
HUNT: I want to talk with Beka.
TYR [on screen]: She is with me now.
HUNT: Prove it.
BEKA [on screen]: It's true, Dylan. I'm with Tyr. For one reason.

[Eureka Maru]

(Beka points a gun at Tyr's head.)
BEKA: One only. Dylan, the portal is a way to control the Abyss, and you've got to get out of here. The entire Nietzschean army is headed this way to destroy you.
HUNT [on monitor]: Beka, make sure
BEKA: Listen. The Magog are close, only months away. You don't have as much time as we thought.
HUNT [on monitor]: We'll get you out of there.
BEKA: Yeah, well you'd better hurry. I have one angry Nietzschean at the end of my barrel.
TYR: Not angry.
(Transmission ends.)
TYR: Disappointed.
BEKA: I'll do it, Tyr.
(She squeezes the trigger, but nothing happens.)
TYR: I rendered that inoperable.
(Tyr throws Beka around and she tries to use a console.)

[Conference room]

HUNT: Andromeda, status on the Maru.
ANDROMEDA [on screen]: The Maru's engines just went full. All directional thrusters also at full.
HUNT: Beka's thrown it out of control. Match their course.
ANDROMEDA [on screen]: Acknowledged.

[Eureka Maru]

TYR: You will not stop me!
(The Maru is being thrown around.)

[Command]

HARPER: If we lose them, Beka's a goner.
HUNT: That's what I'm trying to prevent.
RHADE: Course and speed matched.
HUNT: Launch bucky cables.
ROMMIE: Launching.
(They grab the Maru before it enters the portal.)
HUNT: Hit it with two more.
ROMMIE: Launching.
TRANCE: If she falls into the wrong universe, we may never find her.
ROMMIE: Four bucky cables engaged.
HUNT: Pull her back.
ROMMIE: The portal's exerting a strong gravitational pull.
HARPER: I thought you said it had no mass.
ROMMIE: I never said I could explain it, Harper. I was just describing what's there.
RHADE: We've lost a cable.
HARPER: We can't hold her.
RHADE: Lost another cable.
HUNT: Maybe we can control their speed and vector, make sure they hit the right door at the right time. Rommie, how long until our doorway comes around?
ROMMIE: Nine seconds.
HUNT: All right. If we've got to lose her, let's lose her where we can find her again.
RHADE: One bucky cable left.
HUNT: Rommie, release the last cable on your mark.
ROMMIE: Aye, Captain. And mark.
TRANCE: She's gone.
HARPER: Tell me we got her into the right one at the right time.
ROMMIE: I think so.
RHADE: You think so. Do you know?
HUNT: Right, get us the hell out of here!
ROMMIE: We're caught in the portal's gravitational field.
HARPER: Of the thing that doesn't have any mass? I'm getting all the power I can, boss, shutting down non-essentials.
HUNT: All right, make me proud, Harper.
ROMMIE: We've broken away. Establishing a stable position.
HUNT: Damn it, Beka.
TRANCE: Three couriers to Terazed Triumvirs dispatched. A fourth one has coordinates to a secret location laid in by you.
ROMMIE: Shipwide alert. The portal will open in ten seconds. Mark at ten.
HUNT: Lieutenant Commander.
RHADE: Manual control.
HARPER: Aim uber straight.
ROMMIE: Seven, six, five.
TRANCE: Don't anyone resist.
(Time slows down.)
ROMMIE: Four, three, two, one.
(And they enter white space, where all matter breaks down.)
TRANCE [OC]: Let go of all you believe. Everything you know is no longer. Trust not knowing. You are safe.
(Hunt finds himself floating in space, looking at himself in a spacesuit floating in space - The Things We Cannot Change. Then he is back on Command.)
HUNT: Explain this. Report, all stations. Report, all stations. Report, all stations!
(Time returns to normal, then he has visions of himself in multiple situations.)
HUNT: What the hell?
(Trance suddenly appears next to each person before they speak.)
TRANCE: We are on the other side. Everyone is all right. Harper?
HARPER: Every time I look, I get a different reading, boss.
(He gets the hall of mirrors effect.)
HARPER: I'm fine. My head is just spinning a little. Boss? Boss? Boss?
(Harper vanishes.)
HUNT: Rommie, give me readings.
TRANCE: Rommie isn't getting any readings.
RHADE: We made it. We're orbiting a planet. I can see it, but my instruments are intermittent.
HUNT: Rommie, report.
(And sees Harper vanish.)
HUNT: Where's Harper? You've got to be kidding me!
TRANCE: Dylan, none of you are experiencing anything you can understand yet. Consciousness is stemming from hundreds of directions at once.
(Harper is back. To Rhade.)
TRANCE: We must focus on one thing. Beka. Her consciousness is here already. (to Harper) I will centre you, one to the other. Through me, we will form one consciousness. I will lead you there.
HARPER: Right. (Rommie believes she is alone.)
ROMMIE: I am getting no readings. My systems are nominal. I have lost my entire crew. Unable to register a record of events as there is zero input or stimulus. As there is zero input.
TRANCE [OC]: I am your guide. I will keep you safe. Push away your fear. Hold onto the light.

[Cave]

(The Maru is already here when Hunt pops into existence.)
HUNT: Okay. Now this is just weird.
(Harper and Rhade appear.)
RHADE: Now I see you, Captain.
HARPER: Boss, can you see me? Can you, can you hear me? Hello?
(Harper jumps up and down, waving.)
HUNT: I can see you, Harper. And I hear you just fine.
HARPER: Okay. It's just a little freaky. It's like an out of body experience. I can, I can see my hands, but I can't feel them.
HUNT: It's because we aren't here. We're travellers on our own waves of consciousness.
HARPER: Boss, there's the Maru.
TRANCE [OC]: Focus. Control your emotions.

[Command]

HUNT: There was the Maru.
TRANCE: If I might explain. I am trying to hold all of your minds together, like gravity that holds a planet in orbit, or the strong force that keeps the quantum totality intact.
HARPER: My mind is slipping.
RHADE: You mean your sense of reality.
HARPER: No, that's always slipping.
TRANCE: There is no you here, Harper. That is a perception. But here, you live your perception.
HUNT: So it's kind of like you are what you think.
TRANCE: Yes. That is how you are experiencing this universe. Thought manifests what you feel, so we must all think as one. And I can help you, until you understand it better yourselves. Now, let's find Beka.
HUNT: Let's hope she's thinking of us.

[Cave]

HUNT: Gentlemen, this requires our complete attention.
HARPER: Holy crap. Do you hear that?
RHADE: Yes, I do.
HUNT: Don't get distracted.
TRANCE [OC]: You are where you should be. All is well. Let go of panic. It does not serve you here.
HUNT: Unless, of course, it's the Abyss.
HARPER: What the hell?
HUNT: Correct, Mister Harper. That is what you would call hell.
TRANCE [OC]: Concentrate. Feel as one. Think as one.
HUNT: I'm thinking that this would look better from further away?
TRANCE [OC]: Correct. You can defeat what you fear. The Abyss has no power over you, only the power you give it.
(They shoot their weapons at the burgeoning black and red mass.)
HARPER: Come on, baby, explode. Come on!
RHADE: It's adapted to our weapons.
HARPER: No, this place manifests what we feel. It's adapted the universe so our weapons make it stronger.
HUNT: Then let's change them. Think negative energy. Concentrate.
HARPER: Come on, baby, kiss me right here. Come on, right where it counts. You're not so tough.
(The Abyss vanishes.)
RHADE: It worked.
HARPER: I guess three heads are better than one.
HUNT: Let's get Beka.

[Cliff edge]

TYR: Darkness, I am lost! Did you bring me to this spot for a purpose? I am leader of the Nietzscheans. The reincarnation of Drago Museveni! The last of the Kodiak, Tyr Anasazi! Do you hear me? I came here by accident. No way out. Except for her. She will bring you Dylan Hunt. In return, you can get me out, alive.
(The Abyss appears below them, then the figure of Enigma rises up to put its hand around Beka. And suddenly vanishes.)

[Cave]

HARPER: I think we're getting the hang of this. One mind, one destination.
HUNT: And one wacky universe.
(Someone shoots at them.)
HARPER: I think we found Tyr!
HUNT: I'm going after him.
RHADE: We all go. Remember, one mind or none survive.
HUNT: Yeah, quite right.
HARPER: Good, because if you want to destroy Tyr, I think I'm of the same mind, too. It's like we're all on the same wavelength.
HUNT: Literally.

[Cliff edge]

TYR: Dylan! I know you're nearby. Here she is. I'll give her to you, and you'll give me the map. Come and get her, Captain. Show yourself, if you dare. We'll see how insolent you are the next time we meet.
HUNT: That'd be right about now.
TYR: You can't kill me here. I've made a deal with the Abyss.
HUNT: Then you're already dead, and these cuffs won't hurt a bit.
(Tyr escapes before Hunt can manacle him, and runs for the edge with Rhade and Harper shooting at him. He gets hit, his life flashes before his eyes and he falls. Somehow he clings to the cliff edge until Hunt shoots him again, then Tyr falls with a scream.)
TRANCE [OC]: Beka, escape the darkness.
HUNT: Beka. Beka, it's me. It's Dylan.
TRANCE: Beka.
HARPER: Boss, you okay?
HUNT: We need to get her back to the ship.
RHADE: Look, it's turning black.
HUNT: Don't look at that. We need to think of the Andromeda. We are not here. We are on board the ship.
RHADE: On the Command deck.
HARPER: Right. Er, with Rommie.
HUNT: Now Beka, Beka, focus. Focus.
TRANCE [OC]: Focus.
BEKA; Dylan.
HUNT: There you go. Together, we can control this. Think of the Andromeda. Think of being back on board.
TRANCE [OC]: Beka.
HUNT: The ship.
TRANCE [OC]: You are already here. You are already home.
BEKA: Trance.

[Command]

TRANCE [OC]: Come back to the light. You are safe.
HUNT: Are we all present and accounted for?
HARPER: Almost. There's no accounting for Rhade.
TRANCE: Beka? Welcome back.
BEKA: This place has never looked so good.
HUNT: Well, you never looked so good in it.
BEKA: Thanks.
HUNT: You put yourself in the line of fire for all of us.
BEKA: Yeah. Now, let's get the hell out of here.
HUNT: Good idea.
TRANCE: The Maru has just returned to its hangar. It's because you wanted it there.
BEKA: It's nice to get what you want.
ROMMIE: We've got forty eight seconds to reach the portal.
BEKA: Beka, she's all yours. And move fast. Something's growing down there.
(The planet's atmosphere is turning black.)
ROMMIE: Force from the planet is slowing us.
TRANCE: Everyone, let go of your thoughts. Cling to nothing.
ROMMIE: According to my calculations, we're not going to make it in time.
BEKA: Well, your calculations are wrong. We've got to get out of here.
RHADE: Give it more, Harper.
HARPER: There is no more.
(They fly into the portal and nothing happens.)
HUNT: Well, if time does exist here, I think we just ran out of it. Perfect. Rommie, are you telling me we can't find another way out?
ROMMIE: According to the Route of Ages encryption, a portal on this side has never been achieved after missing the initial revolution.
HARPER: Great.
HUNT: Clear Command. Everyone but Trance.
HARPER: We never get to hear the good stuff.
HUNT: And Rommie, I want complete privacy.
(Everyone leaves, and the bulkhead doors close.)
HUNT: Trance, what did you mean when you told me that you were born to traverse all universes, and a force from one side to the other?
TRANCE: I am the way to get us out of this.
HUNT: Well, you know, I would like to get out of this. Now is the time. Trance, who are you? What are you?
(Trance turns into a fireball of hydrogen fusion.)
TRANCE [OC]: I am the avatar of a sun, a star. All things come from the same thing. All from me. You are elements of the sun. As I make you, I am able to destroy you. As I destroy you, I am able to create.
HUNT: You had me at avatar.
TRANCE [OC]: Awareness is where we travel. No path. I am all gravity, and it exists in all universes, between them. What destroys you in this universe will deliver you to the next. Are you ready to sacrifice everything?
HUNT: The sacrifice pales against that which we will gain.
TRANCE [OC]: You will put your trust in me to destroy you?
HUNT: And remake me, yes.
TRANCE [OC]: Then behold the expanding universe.
(Trance goes supernova, taking in the Andromeda. Then the Andromeda flies out to the portal. Everyone reappears, but only Beka is doing a weird rapid head shake thing.)
HUNT: Wow.

[Maru engine room]

(Making repairs.)
HARPER: I've got to say, boss, even breathing the same air as Tyr so as to trick him goes above and beyond the call, let alone
BEKA: well, nothing good comes without a price.
HARPER: I suppose. Well, in the end, it turns out there was no good in Tyr. It's kind of disappointing, really. He paid the price for it, though, for good, thanks to you. I hate to think what might have been, boss.
BEKA: Hmm. I saw you there, I saw you then. The saddest words, what might have been.
HARPER: So, fifty-fifty, huh? Partners, like always?
BEKA: What?
HARPER: Come on. Come on. Come on. King of the Nietzscheans? You must have seen Tyr's stash. His booty? He must have a horde. I saw some of it. We could
(Beka gives Harper an electric shock.)
HARPER: Just kidding, okay? I was kidding. Just a joke. I was joking, I was just joking.
(Hunt has overheard. He leaves smiling.)
HARPER: Sixty-forty?
(Another shock.)
HARPER: Seventy-thirty? Argh! Okay, okay!

[Trance's quarters]

(Trance is tending the bonsai.)
HUNT: Hi, Trance.
TRANCE: Hello. Could you pass me that over there?
HUNT: I can do that.
TRANCE: Thank you.
HUNT: That plant of yours is incredibly resilient.
TRANCE: Yes, it has to be. So, is there anything, you know, now that we're here, is there anything you'd like to ask?
HUNT: According to Rommie's internal clock and sensors, we were never gone.
TRANCE: Perception is quantum, cosmic and right here.
HUNT: Consciousness.
TRANCE: Mmm hmm.
HUNT: Trance, about what happened out there. It's something we should keep between ourselves for now.
TRANCE: Absolutely.
HUNT: Good. It was strange, though. Trying to figure out how we made it through a portal that wasn't there will give Harper something to do.
TRANCE: Yes, we wouldn't want to deprive him of that.
HUNT: It'll keep the boy out of trouble.
TRANCE: It's funny that you're the one talking about keeping out of trouble.
HUNT: All right, I'll make you a deal, Trance. I'll handle all the troubles in this universe, you take the others.
TRANCE: Deal.
HUNT: Deal.
(A sun twinkles in her eyes.)

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