February 15, 2021 – International Space Station 5 AM, UTC
The crew was at ease; the pinging sounds had stopped. The last time it had occurred was ten days ago. Victoria wrote it off as an anomaly, likely it was what they had suspected, recording it in her logs but then gave it no more attention.
Jennifer was glad the crew had let it go, not realizing that Victoria and Kendra had also heard the sounds. Now that she’d gotten the signal to proceed, she needed to get with Jeff. Jennifer was getting excited about her mission.
“Jeff, could I speak with you for a moment?” Jennifer asked as she was crossing the lab closer towards him.
“Sure, what’s up, Jennifer?”
“If this is too personal, please tell me. I know you are not married, but are you seeing anyone at the moment?”
Knowing where this conversation would head, Jeff smiled to himself. “I’m not actually, but you do know we are encouraged not to fraternize while on an expedition,” he said, looking at her intently. “But aren’t you married?”
“Well, yes, but I was hoping that we could talk about it. You see, I’m actually in a poly-amorous relationship. My husband is fine with my extracurricular activities; I was hoping that you might be too. Since we can’t actually “do” anything while we’re on the station, how about we consider it like “pre-dating? What do you think?” Jennifer was hopeful that he would say yes. He just had to, otherwise everything would be nothing.
“Hmmm. I did not know that! And I’d be okay with that because if I’m honest, I’ve never objected to this kind of arrangement, but I’ve never had the opportunity either,” Jeff said with a big smile, looking forward to the next few months.
Jennifer smiled back. The web had been woven.
April 18, 2021 – International Space Station 3 PM, UTC
This closed-off environment of the station was perfect for Jennifer and Jeff’s relationship to blossom. The work kept them together most of the day, helping to create an almost symbiotic connection. It was the perfect situation for their relationship to grow. Things were going along smoothly, much better than Jennifer had anticipated. Jeff was definitely on the hook for her! Surprisingly, he decided to break protocol by having sex in Jennifer’s quarters, a considerable risk. The plan was going faster than she had anticipated. Thank goodness for cloaking technology!
June 23, 2021 – International Space Station 11 AM, UTC
“Houston, we’re ready to disembark. Heading home now,” Victoria said, transmitting the last message before leaving the ISS. The rest of the crew stood by for the next instructions.
“Copy that, Eddleston. We’re looking forward to having you back safely.”
June 23, 2021 – Pensacola, FL Earth 3 PM, EST
“Expedition 64 – The Artemis Generation of astronauts have successfully splashed down off the coast of Pensacola,” read the banner breaking through the show Jennifer’s husband, Terence, was watching. He smiled, knowing they would soon add another alien baby to their family.
Thanks so much for your participation! 🙂 See you next month!