It had been hours since ship’s sensors had registered the launch, which made the launch itself hours old by the time it had reached Flynn’s crew. As soon as he knew the projectile’s course, he had swung Calypso to exit the solar system.
They just came out of the shadow of Unceri 6, a ringed gas giant that had occluded the sensors’ view of the sun, but now the optical sensors registered all the information. Flynn and his crew watched as the sun, which had been orange G2, similar to the size of Old Earth’s sun, had detonated. A shell of superheated material expanded from the star, even now overtaking Unceri I, a rocky planet.
The stellar material burned and ripped through the planet until nothing remained.
“Flare me,” Ann breathed.
“Stars above,” Hank swallowed. “I knew the math, but to see it. . . .”
I’ve seen it before. The Alliance possesses stellar destabilizers, but the ones able to cause novas were banned, supposedly destroyed. And now someone else has them.
“We’ve cleared the system,” Ann said.
“Raise sails, get us streaming for Alliance Outpost Magdalon.”
“You really want to go to an Alliance outpost, Flynn?”
“We need to report this. Someone needs to stop this before those maniacs target an inhabited system.”