I can’t stop thinking about the signal I picked up. The Array has been scanning the origin for hours, but so far it hasn’t found anything more than the usual static. Just one tiny syllable uttered from millions of light years away (if it is authentic, which I sincerely doubt). But it’s impossible not to think about.

I read a bit about “ネ” on the Internet, (pronounced “ne”) and the Japanese often use that sound to ask for confirmation on something. Kind of like “don’t you think?” or “right?” in English.

It’s as if the universe is asking me for an answer, and there is no obvious question. It just wants a “yes”… or a “no”.  Dear universe, I wouldn’t know how to respond if I could.