Ringworld is property of Larry Niven. All characters from the Buffyverse are Property of Joss Whedon. Everything else belongs to me. This story was orginally written as a "To Boldly Go" challenge but alas it was not to be so. This is the first story in the "Supersymmetry" series which is a crossover with "Ringworld". "Wheel in the Sky" copyright Journey.
Winter is here again oh Lord, Haven't been home in a year or more, I hope she holds on a little longer, Sent a letter on a long summer day, Made of silver, not of clay, Ooh, I've been runnin' down this dusty road
Ooh, the wheel in the sky keeps on turnin', I don't know where I'll be tomorrow, Wheel in the sky keeps on turnin', I've been trying to make it home, Got to make it before too long, Ooh, I can't take this very much longer, no I'm stranded in the sleet and rain, Don't think I'm ever gonna make it home again, The mornin' sun is risin', It's kissing the day
Ooh, the wheel in the sky keeps on turnin', I don't know where I'll be tomorrow, Wheel in the sky keeps on turnin', Whooa... My, my, my, my, my... For tomorrow
Oh, the wheel in the sky keeps on turnin', Ooh, I don't know where I'll be tomorrow, Wheel in the sky keeps me yernin', Oh, I don't know, I don't know, Oh, the wheel in the sky keeps on turnin'
Ooh, I don't know where I'll be tomorrow, Wheel in the sky keeps on turnin', Ooh, I don't know, I don't know, I don't knowohoh, Wheel in the sky keeps on turnin', Don't know where I'll be tomorrow, Wheel in the sky keeps on turnin', Ohh, the wheel in the sky keeps on turnin', Wheel in the sky keeps on turnin'
It was two o’clock in the morning. Buffy and Willow crouched behind a dumpster in an alley in the crappiest part of town. For two days they had been looking for Dawn who somehow managed to get herself captured yet again by the forces of darkness. Buffy was desperate and running out of ideas. She had managed to beg Willow into performing a locator spell.
“Not real happy about the magics.” Willow had said to her as she succumbed to Buffy pleading. “I can do a simple locator spell. All I need is a drop of blood.”
“Thanks Wil. You’re the best.” Buffy said relived.
Willow pricked Buffy’s finger and set the blood amid the rune stones.
“I need something that belongs to Dawn and since you and she have the same blood…”
The drop of blood began to glow a soft white color tinged by orange streaks.
“”This is called a bloodline.” Willow said. “The magic creates an actual physical line in the air that we can follow. This is better than GPS.” Willow smiled.
Buffy’s blood sparked. A thin red line rose up from the center of the rune stones. It snaked like a living thing. The blood line hesitated then split in two. One half of the blood line curved around the corner pointing to a rundown warehouse. Buffy’s suspicions were confirmed.
Willow did not look too happy. The other half of the bloodline shot upwards disappearing into a star crowded region of the sky.
“Is it suppose to do that?” Buffy asked not really caring. Willows use of magic was not the most precise. Any number of things could have gone wrong.
“Uh, Buffy..” Willow said with real concern in her voice. “According to this, Dawn is also in the general direction of the galactic center.”
Buffy looked up following the path of the bloodline as it disappeared into the sky.
“Well, let’s check this planet first, ok?” Buffy said.
“Right with you.” Willow replied. Buffy pulled out her stake as they headed towards the warehouse.
The next day in the magic shop Willow performed the spell again. She realized she was a novice but the results she got last night were insane. How could she mess up such a simple spell? The rune stone she used last night still had Buffy’s blood on it. Willow sat in the upstairs section of the Magic shop where she could have a clear view of Dawn and Buffy as she performed the spell again. Sure enough, the bloodline split. One half of it went directly to Dawn. The other half pointed downwards this time.
“Well, this is new.” Willow thought. For nearly an hour she watched the downward pointing bloodline slowly shift a few degrees as if it was tracking a moving source.
“Of course!” Willow thought. “If it’s tracking an object in space it’s going to shift as the Earth rotates.”
“Hey, Willow!” Buffy yelled from below. “We’re going to the bronze. Wanna hang?”
“In research mode.” She answered. “I’ve got to troubleshoot this spell.”
“Have fun.” Buffy replied sarcastically. Buffy, Dawn and Xander left the magic shop.
Willow watched the shifting bloodline. A thought occurred to her. Whatever it was tracking would be over the horizon in a few hours. She grabbed her laptop and punched up some “Sky and Telescope” star maps. She was glad she had talked Giles into installing a wireless hot spot. She located a GPS unit behind the counter and got her precise latitude and longitude.
“I can’t wait.” Willow thought impatiently to herself. “If I measure the rate of angular displacement I can predict when whatever this bloodline is tracking will appear above the horizon. Willow did the math. Sure enough the object was on the celestial equator.
The celestial equator is a great circle on an imaginary sphere in the same plane as the Earths equator. It is a projection of the terrestrial equator out into space. As the Earth rotated everything in the sky moved at the same speed.
Willow brought up pictures from the Hubble telescope to see what it was that the bloodline was tracking. She reviewed the images on her laptop. Nothing special stood out. Then she got an idea. Willow connected directly to the images database on the NASA computers after a few minutes of careful hacking. She came across the typical series of encrypted classified photographs. None of them held her interest. However, she located a new series of jpegs with a “.mil’ tag.
“.mil” is the Internet domain for the military.
“Come to me my sweeties.” Willow carefully hacked the jpegs in a few seconds. She didn’t want a repeat of last time.
What popped up on her screen was a high definition image of a blurry G2 star with a ring around it. Willow enhanced the image. The jpeg was generated by the Hubble telescope. The picture size was well over twenty thousand by twenty thousand pixels. Willow examined the ring around the star and squeaked.
She was fairly certain the ring was solid.