With remarkably little fanfare, the two redesigned girder-extensions were delivered to the Laythe Colony, and attached to the sides of the Utility Hub, preparing the way for the large fuel tanks to be attached.
Although Raylo Kerman remained on standby in high orbit above Laythe in Shuttle 2, KSP Command decided that the transfer would be handled by Tomtrey, alone.
Previously, the three-Kerbal crew of Bob, Adwig, and JebClone had arrived to relieve the incredibly lonely, Bill Kerman, who had nested quite comfortably in the Command Cupola. Commenting only briefly on the smell wafting from the far end of the orbiting station, Bob and JebClone opted to move into one of the two habitation pods. Each pod has the capacity to house up to four Kerbals for an indefinite period of time, so the pair were able to stretch their green little legs.
Adwig jumped at an alternate role. Each of the Laythe Shuttles consists of two thrust sections; a larger four-engine section, and a smaller two-engine section aft that can be removed as needed. The command pod salvaged from the initial Laythe Gas Can Convoy was docked to the smaller section, allowing Adwig to serve as an adjunct to Tomtrey, able to assist in future tug-duties.
So, Refuel 1 was in place, the adapter-girders had been attached, and Tomtrey’s understudy was futilely rehearsing in case he would be called on to assist in the coming missions. (Hint: he wouldn’t.)
The primary section of Shuttle 1 was built with a spare seat beside the pilot. Up until now, Tomtrey had been keeping his collection of vintage toy trains in the “shotgun” seat. However, these were stowed for the sake of the mission.
In a serendipitous conjunction, Refuel 1 carried a crew of three, and three fuel canisters that needed to be moved to the Colony Orbital.
Like he knew what he was doing, Tomtrey picked up Thompbles, Newry, and Hans Kerman, one after the other without incident, carrying a Kerbalnaut and a fuel tank on each flight.
To the great surprise of all involved, the transfers of crew went without a hitch.
The first tank was used to fill the tanks aboard the orbital, and then discarded. The two remaining tanks were used to top off the station’s tanks as well as both Shuttle sections, and deferring to Bob and JebClone’s claim on the first habitation pod, Thompbles, Newry, and Hans moved into the second pod.
And with that, a great many relatively mundane tasks had been completed, and the Laythe Colony roster was updated: Bill in the Cupola, Bob and JebClone in one habitation pod, and Thompbles, Newry, and Hans in the other, Adwig in Shuttle 1 Minor, Tomtrey in Shuttle 1 Major, and Raylo high above them all in Shuttle 2.
The stage was set for the next phase of the Laythe Colony experiment. Back in orbit around Kerbin, Lemdon, Harsey, and Hadrie remained on call aboard Refuel 2. With no urgent reason to send the mega-ship to the Jool system, the crew sat in indefinite standby. Lemdon and Harsey, brave morons both, were happy to while away their time in orbit playing successive hands of Go Fish, much to the amusement of KSP Command. Hadrie, however, had other plans.
Joining in the debates between Engineering and Command, Hadrie managed to suggest several key ideas, integral to the brand-new Laythe-Lander project. After managing to voice important suggestions that helped get him into orbit, historians are united in their complete lack of surprise at Hadrie’s success inserting himself into the design discussion for the mission that would put boots on the surface of Laythe for the first time.