Chapter 1

RECORD: 0303K785$LUN-0.024
LOCATION: K1 Dig Site 3
THREAT DETECT: Level 7, 10—Unauthorized Cognizance, Protocol Incompliance
SCRUB REQUEST: Commander Kuang Xuan

"That's it. That's the dig order. Clovis Bray has left the building."

"Finally. Now let's get to work."

"Wait. You can't just start like that."


"Come on. Don't you see how momentous this is? Can't you feel it? We're on the Moon mining for what might be—"

"Above my pay grade. I dig. You dig. Let's dig."

"Slow down! Listen. A science only just discovered and a source on that wavelength or whatever is buried in the crust of the Moon. There's a whole other mission serving as a cover story! This is huge!"

"Just another day at the office."

"On the Moon..."

"Yep. On the Moon. Now come on. Get your gear and mount up."

"What's the hurry? It's just another day at the office."

"Nobody remembers the second guy to walk on the Moon."

"I do."


"The second guy to walk on the Moon. I can name them all. First was—"

"Okay. Fine. You made your point. Would you get your gear on?"

"You do feel it."

"Fine. Yeah. Just don't make me think about it too much, okay? We've got a lot of work to do."

"All right, Apollo. Whatever you say."

"Huh? I told you no nicknames. Now let's get moving."