The sensors had picked it up a week ago, while I was taking spectrograph readings of the big blue gas giant’s atmosphere. It was in the trailing trojan point, just sitting there.
When I started my burn to move into the inner system, it followed. I never saw any type of drive flame, but it was matching my course, about a day behind.
I’ve tried to hail them repeatedly, radio and laser. I’ve even modulated my drive flame with a simple numeric message. No response.
If they don’t answer soon, I seriously might drop some ball bearings in my wake…