This short story was originally published in The Dark Beyond the Stars anthology
Beth is a maintenance tech on the Genesis, the spaceship that will carry her, along with fifty thousand other passengers, to a new home in deep space. But when she comes out of cryosleep to serve her thirty-day solo shift, she finds the ship in disarray, its systems malfunctioning. Worse yet, a previously undisclosed protocol has been put into effect: Protocol A235. And now Beth finds herself facing much more responsibility than she signed up for.