Sitting in the hallway outside the room where she had just been grilled about what she had learned over the prior two years, Kiki was trying not to hyperventilate as she dreaded what the result would be. She was still waiting on the results of the written portion of the Examination and it felt as if the entire process was designed to be an elaborate torture with all the anticipation followed by additional waiting. Kiki hadn’t frozen during the oral portion, but she worried that she had babbled during parts of it as it now seemed like a blur. Everything that she had done in the past, helicopters full of wounded, life or death decisions needing to be made in seconds while getting shot at. Yet here she was, almost undone by getting questioned by three experts in the field she had been pursuing a career in for years.
It would be a good thing for Kiki to make the trip out to the Carolines with her family and if Kiki needs to justify to herself the trip she can always put on her "Princess Hat" to do a morale boosting visit to a JMS medical clinic in her unofficial role as the Poster Girl for the JMS.
Also there should be one of the "Princesses" hospital ship on station for the Kaiser and if it is the one named after Nella I am sure that Kiki will be more then delighted to take Nella and Nan on a tour of the ship.
Not to mention that the Carolines are a hell of a lot closer to Cam Ranh than Germany is. Take the trip, let Daddy have ONE and only one photo op, spend a couple of weeks sunning on the beach & playing with the youngsters, then hop across to Vietnam to visit Ben. Use the Princess Hat.
I wonder if the Escape Tower will end up getting used in this timeline?The context of my post was a manned US space mission exploding during launch, it was not specific to shuttles. I used Challenger as an example of the type of disaster that could occur, especially since PM noted in his update that NASA was having trouble with their Saturn rocket and that the US has an administration hungry for results.