“The chronometer can’t be correct,” said Willen.

“Diagnostics show nothing amiss.”

“It can’t be,” Willen snapped. “Run them again.”

“It’ll be the tenth time. You know what they say about the insanity of trying the same thing and expecting different results.” Margot sighed. “What’s so impossible about the reading? We can see just from an elementary once-over that this thing has been out in the void a long time.

“If the chronometer is accurate, it’s been out here longer than the known or observed age of the universe.”

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