Let us see what's happening with The Colony, shall we?
Quiet morning. Natalie came over to play with Max this afternoon, so that was less quiet. But very entertaining.
I get Robbie cleaned up and sit him down on our former commander's bunk while I fetch a glass of water. It feels strange to be here but after what we just witnessed on the monitor I have zero interest in returning to my quarters. I know we'll have to deal with the bodies eventually, but Eventually can wait until Later.
"Thanks," he says when I hand him the water. "And sorry about th-"
"Nothing to apologize for," I interrupt with a shake of my head. "It's a totally normal reaction, I think. Besides, we need to figure out what comes next."
"Oh, no, I'm pretty sure I'm all done now."
"Hah, I hope so. No, I meant we have to decide what we need to do now that our commander has betrayed and abandoned us. Do we go after him and find out who he's working with? Do we just bunker down and wait for the next supply drop?"
"Can we go back home?" The expression on Robbie's face makes my heart hurt.
"That was never going to be an option," I tell him as gently as possible. "This was a one way trip, you know that."
Robbie nods slowly and leaves his head hanging down. I use exploring Vassily's quarters as an excuse to leave him alone for a few moments. I need to clear my head. I need to start making important decisions. Before it's too late. Before Vassily returns and... before...
"Computer? Are there security measures that we can execute?" I shudder slightly at my own choice of words. "You know, some way to secure the compound's perimeter?"
I watch the nearest monitor as it goes blank for a heartbeat and then fills with text.
No such procedure exists. However all external entry points can be locked. Whether that prevents forceful reentry is dependent upon what form of force is exerted.
"So if they've got big enough tools they can huff and puff and blow our walls down. That's... not ideal."
"How many entry points are there?" Robbie asks. I didn't realize he had gotten up and was reading the monitor as well. When the monitor remains blank he quickly adds, "Uh, computer? How many ent-"
"Could we lock three and leave one open?"
"What are you thinking?" I ask, an uneasy feeling gnawing at my belly.
"If Vassily returns, with however many of whoever people he's got out there, he'll know all the ways to get in. If he finds the most obvious entrance locked, he'll check the others. If we make it look like one was accidentally missed when we were securing the compound..."
"Then that's the way they'll come in." I nod as the unrest in my stomach grows. "And if that's the only way..."
"Then we can be ready for them."