Logbook #15

AS15-90-12249
AS15-90-12249

Le chapitre 15

Xu hated being the shortest. It drove her slight inferiority complex into absurdities. Her she was on tip toes trying to look over Desai’s and Jean’s shoulders. Valentina was on the terminal station reading the chat interface from CapCom. Apparently, their transmission cost rate was increasing again and there were undertones of potential disruptions of service. None of them enjoyed being the dependent off spring on another world. And this highlighted their concern.

She drew in her breath, placed a hand gently on each of the guy’s shoulders and softly but firmly pushed them aside. Once they realized she was there, they quickly stepped apart. Both looking at her with slightly larger eyes.

She sighed. “Don’t worry.” she began “We have many friends across the globe including a few with private transmission networks. We will never be left out on our own. At least not yet.” she concluded.

She gestured around her at the Hab. It was a comfortable home but nowhere near self-sustaining for the four of them. They all knew the reserves of food and air gave them only so many weeks of survival. And the actual number was readily available for each to see on any monitor.

While Xu placated their worries as best she could, she couldn’t calm her own. They had 3 months before the next supply ship. On top of that, they were expected to show some amount of progress in obtaining oxygen and water from local sources. Having Valentina immobilized indoors was a benefit and strain. Remaining inside allowed Valentina to focus on learning from sources on Earth. However, it kept her away from their optimal site, a possible cold trap on the side and bottom of the crater rim they had settled upon. If they could find water and could excavate it, they might be a long way to being self-sustainable. If they didn’t, they’d find themselves dependent upon Earth, or another water source, forever. She didn’t like being dependent upon anything and this worried her.

Xu returned her focus to the screen. The same uncertainty pervaded the news from Earth. There was the continual strife over ever-more scarce resources. Thousands suffering from inadequate care. And environmental disasters moving even more thousands to distress. The peace and tranquility of their module felt like a calm life boat in some very turbulent times.

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