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–Year 1–

DANIELS:  Houston, this is Colony One.

HOUSTON:  Go ahead, Colony One.

DANIELS:  Well, my colleagues and I are absolutely thrilled to present our very first annual report.

HOUSTON:  That’s fantastic, Daniels. Say, how’s the weather today?

DANIELS:  Oh, y’know, the same. Mostly, with the landscape and that – reminds me of Utah.

HOUSTON:  Utah? Shit, Daniels, we thought you were from Minnesota.

DANIELS:  I am. Drove through Utah once though.

HOUSTON:  Yeah, yeah. Hey, those tomatoes of yours come up?

DANIELS:  They did.

HOUSTON:  And?

DANIELS:  Real bland.

HOUSTON:  Well, maybe next time. Go ahead with your report…

 

–Year 2–

DANIELS:  Houston, this is Colony One.

HOUSTON:  Go ahead Colony One.

DANIELS:  Once again, my colleagues and I are pleased to present you with our annual report.

HOUSTON:  Good to hear, Daniels. And I believe congratulations are in order?

DANIELS:  They are, Houston. First Martian human born at 8:15 this morning – our time of course. Seven pounds, three ounces. A very healthy little girl.

HOUSTON:  That’s wonderful. She got a name?

DANIELS:  Still working on it, Houston. Right now we’re just calling her Citizen Baby.

HOUSTON:  Cute. Well, on behalf of everyone here, extend our hearty congratulations to Citizens Anderson and Swann.

DANIELS:  I will.

HOUSTON:  Alright, go ahead with your report.

DANIELS:  Before I start-

HOUSTON:  Yes?

DANIELS:  Well, it’s been put to me to request chickens on the next supply shipment.

HOUSTON:  Chickens?

DANIELS:  For the eggs, sir.

HOUSTON:  That’s a long-shot, Daniels.

DANIELS:  I know, sir, but it was worth an ask. The powdered stuff… well, y’know.

HOUSTON:  Request noted. Go ahead with your report…

 

–Year 3–

DANIELS:  Houston, this is Colony One.

HOUSTON:  Go ahead, Colony One.

DANIELS: Just checking in for our annual report.

HOUSTON:  Right on time, Daniels.

DANIELS:  As requested, Houston. But before we begin – my colleagues and I couldn’t help but notice, the supply shipment was a little… Spartan, this time.

HOUSTON:  Our apologies, Daniels. Would’ve loved to send more but… there’ve been some budget cuts, so –

DANIELS:  Say no more. Better luck next time, right?

HOUSTON:  Right. You received the school supplies and whatnot for Citizen Baby, though, correct?

DANIELS:  Absolutely. She’s Rebecca now. Most beloved little girl on the whole planet.

HOUSTON:  Fantastic. Go ahead with your report…

 

–Year 4–

DANIELS:  Houston, this is Colony One.

HOUSTON:  Go ahead Colony One.

DANIELS:  Just checking in for our annual report.

HOUSTON:  Go ahead with your report.

DANIELS:  Well, Houston, I’d like to begin with a note of concern.

HOUSTON:  Yes?

DANIELS:  Yes. Our supply shipment contained only the bare essentials – and while we do produce enough of our own food to subsist at this point, I’m sure I don’t have to remind you that we rely on the shipments for supplies like medicine, and –

HOUSTON:  Our deepest apologies, Daniels. Things have been a little rough here lately.

DANIELS:  That was my next point. As best we can observe, it looks like sea levels back home have risen quite a bit.

HOUSTON:  They have. Please let Citizen Ells know his family was safely evacuated inland. They’re in Jackson now.

DANIELS:  I will. Thank you.

HOUSTON:  We’ll provide other updates shortly. Go ahead with your report…

 

–Year 5–

DANIELS:  Houston, this is Colony One.

HOUSTON:  Go ahead Colony One.

DANIELS:  Checking in for our annual report. But first, a list of grievances –

HOUSTON:  Our apologies for the lack of –

DANIELS:  Three of our population are dead from totally preventable causes – if we had had the proper medical supplies.

HOUSTON:  Daniels-

DANIELS:  That’s Citizens Shaw, Xiang, and R. Swann.

HOUSTON:  R. Swann?

DANIELS:  Rebecca. Citizen Baby. Infection and complications from a scraped knee.

HOUSTON:  Our deepest sympathy –

DANIELS:  I told you we needed more supplies.

HOUSTON:  Our apologies, Daniels, but the situation has become more complicated.

DANIELS:  Complicated? Houston, I have 3 dead.

HOUSTON:  And we have over three million dead. There’s a war on, Daniels.

DANIELS:  War? What war? When did this happen?

HOUSTON:  You’ll be receiving updates shortly. Go ahead with your report…

 

–Year 6–

DANIELS:  Houston, this is Colony One.

HOUSTON:  Go ahead Colony One.

DANIELS:  I would ask but…

HOUSTON:  All conscripted by the War Department.

DANIELS:  You mean the Department of Defense.

HOUSTON:  I mean the War Department.  There have been changes.

DANIELS:  …I understand. How’s –

HOUSTON:  There are several Citizens with relatives who have been killed in action or missing. You’ll be receiving a list shortly.

DANIELS:  Thank you.

HOUSTON:  Go ahead with your report…

 

–Year 7–

DANIELS:  Houston, this is Colony One.

HOUSTON:  Go ahead Colony One.

DANIELS:  The annual report. But, more importantly, I have a list. There are some things… we really need…

HOUSTON:  I’m afraid that’s impossible right now, Daniels.

DANIELS:  I know there’s not much to go around, especially with everything going to the troops, but if you could find any-

HOUSTON:  All interplanetary vehicles, rockets, and launch pads have either been repurposed or destroyed. I’m sorry, Daniels, but it looks like you guys are just going to have to sit tight until it’s over… Daniels?

DANIELS:  Yeah.

HOUSTON:  Something wrong?

DANIELS:  Just… low on medical supplies, equipment repair supplies, that sort of thing.

HOUSTON:  We know it’s difficult, but hang on. Good news is, most experts think war’s only going to last another six months. Then we can see about sending more supplies, ok?

DANIELS:  Yeah… Yeah, ok.

HOUSTON:  Go ahead with your report…

 

–Year 8–

DANIELS:  Houston, this is Colony One.

HOUSTON:   

DANIELS:  Houston, this is Colony One, do you copy?

HOUSTON:  

DANIELS:  Houston, this is Captain Trevor Daniels at Mars Colony One, do you copy?

HOUSTON:  

DANIELS:  Houston?

HOUSTON:  

DANIELS:  Houston, please copy…

 

 

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