"Lieutenant Cordelli, return to the Explorer with Lieutenant Clay in one hour. That's an order. We'll remain in orbit and prepare the shuttle for another surface landing. We will not abandon Lieutenant Duval."
Jouno perched himself on the edge of despair, the thought of leaving Europa, with Rylie alone beneath the ground, numbing him. The late afternoon shadows cast gloom across the landscape that not so long ago had mesmerized him by its uniqueness. Soon it would be dark. Above, he saw two sister-moons and wondered how much light they would reflect down upon him.