As Misha spoke, Babette’s mind drifted to the experiences they had shared during the mission. Misha spoke of being in orbit for 180 days solo before the Soyuz resupply vehicle arrived and how he had happily welcomed the French scientist, Dr. Bescond. There was a chuckle and light applause from the audience, for Babette’s attractiveness had not gone unnoticed.
Hearing his words, Babette reflected on the obvious delight she saw in Misha’s eyes when he first saw her. She had come through the airlock from the Soyuz vehicle and, shedding her space suit and helmet, appeared in her light jumpsuit. It had clung to her body from perspiration, and she displayed a beautiful figure that seemed to entrance him. She wondered then whether he remembered her from their meeting two years before in Paris. She would remind him of that later in the mission.
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