Bet you didn’t see this coming!
Also, I’ve had the idea planted in my head I should polish this up and serialize it on Amazon. I’d have to smash together some of the episodes to make the sections meaty enough to consider downloading, but it’s something to think about.
Chaudhuri returned just in time for the doors on the docking elevator to open once more.
Two people, one in full marine battle armor, the other made of white plastic wearing an AI uniform stood in front of the alien. It was encased in the chrome armor Chaudhuri and Redbeard had seen on the video screen, walking on the surface of Europa.
The three walked into the docking bay. The marine stopped in front of Redbeard and flipped her visor up. “No parade for me Geoff?”
“Gwen!” Redbeard’s hands twitched. “I’m- I’m so happy to see you alive!”
Chaudhuri flashed a glance at Redbeard.
Redbeard tried to ignore it.
Jones looked at Chaudhuri and smiled through clenched teeth. “Hoped I was dead too?”
Chaudhuri looked back at Redbeard. “What is she talking about?”
Cepheid approximated clearing his throat. “This may be hard to believe, but I’m Cepheid. The Keyaniim were kind enough to create this housing for me. It’s good to see you’re well, Doctor.”
Chaudhuri was still staring at Redbeard.