Have made contact with Captain Hart, who will be guide/security chief for expedition. Gruff man, prone to moody silences. I am told by one of the crew that he lost a son on last voyage.
Two days in this cave and already I miss the air.
Have developed minor obsession with checking instruments. Everything is fine everything is fine everything is fine. Ivan says it’s normal. I see him sharpening his blades every few hours.
The heat from the passageway is dull, throbbing. At night, I can feel it across the chamber. Its red glow creeps in everywhere.