Two crewmen are
working on the basic repairs of their spacecraft in orbit around a planet.
Crewman A stays inside to monitor the ship’s systems as Crewman B engages in a
spacewalk to check the outer hull.
is it looking now?”
A checks the
monitor and nods, “Levels are steady, but shielding is still a little low in
for further update,” A
few moments of silence go by as B readjusts the hardware outside. In short
time, efficiency increases and holds steady.
We can stop here for now. Reconvene at Airlock 3.”
Sealing the outer control panel and moving—”
communication suddenly cuts off and static fills A’s transmitter. The ship’s
operating levels haven’t changed, but B can’t be heard. A frowns, trying to
reestablish the connection.
“B, you’ve cut
out, have you made it to the airlock? B, please respond or attempt to
reconfigure your communicator.” A sweat begins to break out of A’s forehead. “B?
Can you hear me, B? Please respond if you can hear me. Have you made it to the
airlock? B? Please say you can hear me… B? B?! B!”