"Uh, yeah, I guess so. Just had a really vivid, really weird dream."
"So, is sleeping beauty back among the living?" a voice asked from the
Nate looked over to see Jude's smiling face poking into the cabin from
the corridor. "Jude," Nate said, nodding toward his 'friend' as he moved
through the doorway to enter the cramped quarters.
"Better get over to the galley and choke down some chow, partner," Jude
said in his painfully cheerful voice. "We've got that EVA at 0900."
"Uh, right," Nate said. "EVA at 0900. And you're going to be working
"Among other things, the cooling unit for the secondary power thrusters,"
Jude told him. "If you attended role call like the rest of us, you'd
know what jobs had been assigned," he added with that winning smile of
"Right. I'll try to remember that."
"Okay. See you in the ready room at 0830," Jude said and ducked back
into the corridor.
"Are you sure that you're all right?" Marie asked, with apparent concern.
"Yeah, I'm fine," he said. While still somewhat confused about what had
happened, he was sure enough about one thing. He tossed the bed covers
aside and climbed out of bed. "I just need to notify the crew chief that
I won't be going on any more EVAs during this run."
Nate looked carefully into Marie's eyes and could see nothing more than
what appeared to be genuine concern for his well being. Still, not
wanting to take any chances, he shrugged his shoulders and said, "Let's
just say that I've developed a sudden fear of open spaces and I don't
want to 'accidentally' fall into one of them."