Matt held up his phone, the recorder app running. “Explorer’s log, entry 1292. Our mission continues, though resupply remains limited. More and more of the worlds we encounter have hostile environments. I’ve had to increase to a Level II environment suit when I venture out to explore.”

Running his hand through the cupboard, he pulled out a box of expired Pasta-Roni and wrinkled his nose. “Rations are as low as morale.”

Looking over to Kevin, asleep on the couch, Matt continued: “My copilot has dealt with the situation by remaining in his hibernation chamber for increasing periods of time. That won’t do for me.”

He looked at the pile he’d started on the floor, made of of cut-up old raincoats and PPE material from the household stash. “I’m an explorer. I need to explore.”

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