The four women stopped in front of the gate. The commander at the front nodded to the program director seated next to the controls.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you,” he said just before pressing a button and keying in a password, signaling the opening of the gate and an oncoming rush of bitter cold.
“With all due respect, sir,” the commander replied, “neither you nor whatever higher power you believe in has any influence in there.”
The team of four secured their helmets and marched through the gate, leaving only the closing of the gate to penetrate the silence of the speechless on the other side.