The Aurorans dispatch a ship, Escort One, to the first planet in the solar system. Early in the trip, Britt argues with the pilot Isaac about every detail. Despite those arguments, Isaac and Jessica pilot Escort One to the new world. Once they settle into orbit, they begin the required surveys. As they orbit the planet, they wait for the surveys to conclude. Will the scientist be able to descend and begin their ground surveys? If they can will the planet be suitable for the initial Auroran settlement?
“Isaac, wake up,” Jasmine chastised as she shoved the pilot’s arm.
The pilot ground his teeth growling. “I’m awake.” He cracked an eye as he swiveled to look at his copilot. “My eyes needed a rest nothing more. And you know from experience that poking me isn’t a smart move.”
Jasmine shook her head and adjusted the controls at her station. She leaned into her seat laying her feet on her console while she laced her fingers behind her neck. “We’re finishing the last circuit of the planet, we need to update the triumvirs.”
Isaac waved her comment away. “You don’t imagine Quinn or Caitlin will be concerned about a second or two, do you?”
“Those two won’t care,” Jasmine agreed. She winked, adding, “But I’m sure Olyver would complain about the delay.”
The pilot huffed as the door to the cockpit opened, and Britt walked to the third seat. “Are we ready to call the triumvirs?”
Grabbing his cup, Isaac peered into it. He downed the remnants of water before tossing it at Britt’s head. “What are you doing up here?”
The older man deflected the plastic and groaned at Jasmine. “Can’t you control him?”
“He tossed you out of the cockpit earlier, Britt.” Jasmine clicked her tongue taking her feet from the console and shrugged. “Isaac, we have to check-in, and Olyver insisted that Britt is the communication officer.”
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