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KASSIDY
Doctor Bechtel here.

OPERATOR

Why so formal, Kas?

 

KASSIDY

Using my title while I still have it - take advantage of it while you can, you might have to call me Commander Bechtel soon.

OPERATOR

I'll always remember you like this, Commander Kassie-bear.

KASSIDY

My first order will be getting you in front of a firing squad - as far as you’re concerned that was never my nickname.

KASSIDY

Glad to see the fame hasn’t gone to your head like it has to Nathan’s.

OPERATOR

Let him live in his little fantasy world.

KASSIDY

Except it’s not a fantasy, is it? That’s the most insufferable part.

KASSIDY

I’m outside my quarters - would you mind getting the door open? It’s jammed again.

KASSIDY

I left my lab keycard by my terminal, I have tests to run before my shoreside exam. Those bio-crystallography reports won’t write themselves.

OPERATOR

Aye aye, captain.

KASSIDY

Commander. And it’s not official, not until the panel gives their final word.

KASSIDY

You know Martin Reeves is taking the command module entry exam too? You remember him, right? Greasy hair, talked a big game about becoming a sim lab specialist and ended up in a minor physics post when we all got our placements.

OPERATOR

What's your project?

KASSIDY

The crystals that we found in the west basin? They seemed to mimic the social features of the marine life we found them near.

KASSIDY

(lowering her voice)

I think I can make them do the same for us. That’s why I’ve been sending all those samples up to you these past few months.

OPERATOR

Good for you. The only thing I have years of experience in is making cheese toasties.

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