Europa by T. M. Crone
Approx. 7,310 words.
Published on February 28, 2011.
Lieutenant Jouno Cordelli finally gets his chance to explore Jupiter's icy moon, Europa. When a fellow ground crew member falls victim to side effects of hyper-sleep and another is trapped beneath the surface, Jouno is torn between transporting his sick crew mate back to the Europa Explorer and rescuing Rylie, the Ice Queen, who has found a humanoid civilization below Europa's froze surface.