"Are you ready to embark for Mars?” He questioned in his professional voice after he removed his mask temporarily. His hologram epad tablet or Hpad, held in his right hand, was ready for inscription. “Yes, do you know how long it might be? My schedule says 18:55 and it is now 18:32.” Everyone on the Moon and Mars used the military time.
“The ship has arrived, but it will take about an hour to dock here and reload,” he replied casually looking her over as men do when seeing a pretty woman. Then he heard it.
“You have a cat?! Can you take a cat?” He exclaimed with surprise.
Used to the same remarks when discovering the animal, she reached for the papers stored in her insulated jacket.
“Yes, I can. Here is his permit and he has stayed with me for three years here on the moon,” Alice explained, presenting him the permits.
Small talk began between the two on how Frederick was rescued from a shelter on Earth. After getting her assignment to go to the Moon, Alice had campaigned vigorously to bring the cat as a test subject for future animals. After reviewing her permits, the officer in green waved her on to the loading ramp.
She could see the massive fuselage of the shuttle silently slide into the docking platform as the airship hangar gates slowly closed behind the waiting passengers like an old fashion camera lens. The outer framework of the ship remained outside of the hanger for maintenance. The immense hooks of the chassis audibly clamped the docking area with loud crunching sounds. Another whooshing noise was emitted around the exit and entrance doors as the sealed doors began to open, as if to yawn wearily after the long tiring trip from Earth. Many passengers began to debark onto the loading platforms down to their connecting shuttles going to the Moon. Some people were new mining crews; others were high paying sight seers. Some of the tourists signed on for work duty to enhance their brief stay and to save on expenses.