I think a good friend is a mentor, and Georgia is a very good friend. She suggested “Shy Astronaut”.
Herman watched the pod float past the ship, his colleagues trapped inside. He could save them with ground’s help, but his mouth was suddenly as dry as his mother’s humour.
His finger hovered over the ground control video intercom. He’d never done the reporting, he was just the brains. Besides, his office crush was on shift and he’d never been able to speak to her.
He pressed the button.
“Ground. Hello? Do you copy? Hello?”
At 35, this was the day Herman finally learnt to speak to girls.