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Jan Kilbride's account of his time spent aboard the space station Daedalus.

Jan's statement begins with him explaining how mindblowingly vast the universe is, how small we are and how people cannot even possibly wrap their minds around this concept.

He was sent up to the space station Daedalus at the same time as Manuela Dominguez and Carter Chilcott, though he notes that Chilcott was doing an isolation study and spent the mission in a separate compartment behind a thick, sturdy door. Dominguez also had her own tasks, but Jan suspected he was being given useless busywork replicating experiments that had already been done on the ISS.

Eventually, Jan began to feel as though they were not alone in space, though when he tried to discuss this feeling with Manuela she was dismissive. This feeling grew stronger day after day, until finally the entire station was shaken by a deep, concussive noise loud enough to make Jan's ears bleed. He tried to find Manuela, but when he kicked off a wall his forward momentum abruptly stopped, and he found the nearest hand grips were somehow too far away to reach. He spent an unknown amount of time flailing in the middle of the passageway before Manuela reappeared, claiming she hadn't heard anything.

After this, Jan spent a lot of time staring out into the void, and the mission controllers stopped sending him work. Eventually he went on a spacewalk to repair one of the station's solar panels, but instead of climbing onto the exterior of the station he just floated farther and farther away from it. Eventually Earth and the station receded to tiny specs, and he was confronted with a vast shadowy shape that blotted out the stars where it passed. He reflected that such a being could easily have killed him without even noticing, just as a human might accidentally tread on a weed.

Post-Statement Edit

Melanie is puzzled by the statement, as Killbride definitely returned to Earth with Chilcott and Dominguez, but she can find no record of him anywhere after that. She remarks that it's like he disappeared into thin air.

Basira interrupts her train of thought by inviting her out for a drink, and they pause to gossip about Martin for a bit before deciding to invite him to come along. Melanie offers to do it, once she's wrapped up the statement.

Martin, however, sends Melanie to Elias, who calls the meeting her first performance review. He's frustrated by Melanie's repeated attempts to kill him, and the fact that he can't figure out how to make her trust him. Instead, he reveals that Melanie's father did not die in his sleep at the Ivy Meadows Care Home (MAG 36) as she had been told. He implants in her mind the knowledge of how he did die, and Melanie begins to weep. Elias then warns her that if she continues to defy him, he'll give her more information on exactly how awful his death was, and implant it so deeply in her mind that she'll never be able to stop thinking about it. Then he offers her the rest of the day off.