Krono set the ship to auto-pilot and walked to the back where the others sat around at a nice dinner table eating and talking. He sat down next to Saturnus who had already proceeded to fix a plate for him. “Sorry guys... there’s a little problem.” He broke into their conversation, quieting them down. “There aren’t enough rooms for all of you so some people will have to share. This is the smaller of the two ships that my father stole from Queen Uno.” Krono informed them. “You’ll have to find roommates…” Cupid yawned, stretching his muscular arm over Vixen’s shoulder. From either side of Nova, Dai and Apollo glared at each other before gripping Nova’s arms. Both Nova and Vixen cringed and looked to Krono for help. “…Preferably of your own gender!” Vixen peeled Cupid’s arm off and Nova sat still until they released her.
Lynx looked around the table at all the couples; whether happy or not, she still envied them. Even little Si and Otto seemed to like each other. She felt lonely. “I guess I’m the only one who has nothing to worry about.” She returned to her book, without finishing her dinner.
“I’m sure you will find that special soul mate soon!” Nova said to encourage her. Lynx didn’t bother to look up, but stuck her head further into the pages to hiding her blushing cheeks. Nova sighed and started to play with her food using her fork, when she noticed Apollo hadn’t touched any of his food. “Are you alright?” She asked touching his hand that trembled as it held his fork.
He pulled his hand away. “Yeah, yeah... just one less thing for me to worry about…”
“Worry about what?” She asked innocently.
Dai placed his arm around her shoulder leaning back in his chair. “He knew you would have chosen to stay with me.” He whispered loud enough in her ear for Apollo to hear.
Nova frowned. “Oh... Dai…” She pushed him back playfully. “You’re just joking right?” She looked back to find Apollo gone. “…who would I choose?” She whispered to herself. Once dinner ended everyone appeared to already know who to stay with. Nova stopped in front of a vacant room and pushed the door in. In the dark hallway, she could hear a struggle in the shadows. Two people seemed to be arguing about something, but she could not see who it was. “Who’s there?”
“Alright, alright... I will...” Son-Shi said as he rolled out from the shadows.
“You will what?” Nova asked him.
“Oh, um… nothing…” Nova leaned down into his face with a big smile. Adjusting his collar, he felt a little nervous with her looking at him. A cigarette bud hung from his lips, which seemed strange for a little monkey to do. He tried to appear as adorable as he could so he tossed out the cigarette bud. “Well actually… Nova... Apollo wants... I mean I was wondering...”
“Would a cute little monkey like you want to stay with me in my room?” She asked him.
“No, not me...” He shook his head with his eyes stretched. Nova failed to hear his plea, as she grabbed him up and brought him into her room. Out of the shadows, Apollo walked up after they entered the room. With his foot he stomped out the cigarette Son-Shi tossed away. He couldn’t tear himself away from Nova’s door; he placed his hand it, gently, as if he was touching Nova instead. Resting his head on the door, he laughed at himself for trying to use Son-Shi as a mediator to tell her his feelings. In his line of business and for the sake of his soul, there was no room for feelings. It was for the better; if Hydra discovered that he had feelings for her it might be the end of him. Thinking about Hydra made him shutter; he hoped that hellion god would never find him again. Still, he wanted to protect Nova in case something hideous like Hydra appeared or something worst – Dai. He pulled a chair up to the door, leaned against it, lit a cigarette, and blew a smoke ring in the shape of a heart into the air.
In the middle of their rest, the ship shook violently tossing Apollo to the floor. He woke up with a start, running to the pilot seat, to find Syria passed out in the co-pilot seat. He noticed the dashboard flashing wildly with red warning symbols; one, in particular, for engine malfunction. Sand from the Desert Planet mixed had shot up into the motor damaging the engine of the ship. Veering out of control, the spaceship hit the outside wall of a space dome. He grabbed Syria around the collar shaking her violently. “Wake up!” The ship jerked forward, as it entered into a small hole in the side of the dome. Into the passageway, they passed pieces of debris being thrown out of the space dome’s garbage shoot. He watched helplessly as they spiraled toward a forested area of a colony.
Most of the ship is made out of shock absorbent material that helps give each passenger a smooth ride; so, inside of their rooms they feel nothing and hear nothing. With Syria unconscious, Apollo was the only one who knew about the dire circumstance. He dashed back to Nova’s door; stumbling over the chair, he began banging on the door. “Shiva, Shiva, wake up!”
Her eyes fluttered open with every bang on the door. Unable to hear or see what was going on outside of the ship, Nova was confused about why Apollo wanted to come into her room so frantically. “Apollo...? Dai isn’t in here... just me and...” She rolled over to find Son-Shi gone. In his place laid a brawny, dark skinned, afro-haired man lying in the bed next to her. It was the man she had seen with Apollo a few times before. But what was he doing in her room? She screamed, just as Apollo broke through the door. Nova rushed into his outstretched arms. The ship crashed against a massive tree, ripping a hole into Nova’s room. The afro haired man woke up, but a branch of a mighty tree slashed through the wall striking him over the head rendering him unconscious. Still holding on tight to Nova, Apollo plummeted from the ship with Nova in his arms and the other man by his side. The rest of the ship descended on an aimless path across the jungle until it landed several miles away. Apollo watched it crash with all the others on board as he faded into a slumber. He could just barely see two tall angels, Luna, with a mask of the moon and Samus, with a mask of the sun carrying Nova and him down safely to the jungle floor.
Hours passed, Apollo could feel cold water being poured down his throat. He could see two hands wrapping a bandage around his head. When his eyes cracked open he saw Nova’s face; it looked more beautiful than the faces of the two angels that saved them. Nova’s golden hair sparkled in the sun as she leaned over him, to tie the cloth tight. He reached up gently and pulled her down to him, pressing his face into her shoulder. With a deep breath, he breathed in her fresh scent, allowing himself to be lost in her embrace. He realized what he did, letting her loose. “I’m sorry.” He said.
“It’s alright.” Nova said. Unfazed, she finished wrapping his head. She crawled up next to him, leaning against the tree. Apollo let his hand wander along her hair, to her chin and finally down to her collar bone. He touched her necklace of the little silver heart. With his fingernail, he popped it open to find the picture of Venus’ family. “It’s my grandfather, grandmother, and mother... or is it my uncle? They think it was my brother in this picture and not my mother. My uncle was stolen away from his father and mother as a baby.” Apollo felt pain from the words “stolen from his father and mother” because the same thing had happened to him. “My mom received this necklace from my grandma who had turned into an angel. She didn’t know she was her mother at the time. She was young when grandma gave it to her. Later on mom gave it to me. It’s the only picture I have of them. We lost all the old photos when the cottage was destroyed.”
“I wish I knew who my mother was.” Apollo sighed touching Hyperion’s face.
“Really you don’t know who your mother is?” He shook his head letting go of her necklace. She sprung up with a smile. “Then I’ll help you find her...” She knelt down and grabbed his hand. “I promise… you’ll find her someday...”
He stared at her a long while, surprised by her words. After sometime, he sighed and looked away. “Sure... I’ve tried my entire life… I doubt I’ll find her that easily.”
“Come on…” she bounced up. “You can’t give up hope that easily.” She said. Out of the corner of her eye, she saw something moving in the bushes. “What the...?” Apollo sat up and looked in the direction of her gaze. A gargantuan creature slithered from the brush. The colossal serpent slid into the clearing watching them closely. Apollo rose up in front of Nova pulling her along behind him as he sidestepped away from the snake. Nova observed from over Apollo’s shoulder as its red eyes followed them. The serpent reared back to strike, but as it projected forward to strike a man landed on its tail to deter it. It spun around hissing at the man. He swung a pole colliding with the snake’s scaly face. Other brown skinned people with aboriginal clothing emerged from the bushes scaring the large snake away by waving their primitive tools. Apollo took a sigh of relief, while Nova gripped tighter to his shirt, when the head of the native people approached him. The man drew his weapon on them; Apollo placed his hands up and spoke in a foreign language. “What did you say?” Nova asked him.
“I think I told them we’re friendly... hold on...” He said something else in their language, but it caused them to explode in conversation. The angered man raised his weapon to lash out on him, when the afro-headed man descended from the trees catching him by the arm.
He stepped before the people speaking in the same language that Apollo attempted. After conversing for a while with older man for a while, he spun around laughing to Apollo. “I thought I taught you enough of the language to know the difference between ‘We are friendly’ and ‘We are manly’.” He laughed hysterically, slapping him on the back like a familiar friend. “As if those words didn’t challenge the alpha male enough, you could have left off the second statement.”
“What did I say?” Apollo asked.
“I’m manly, even more manly than your mother.”
“I guess being away for so long I’ve gotten some words mixed up…” Apollo blushed with embarrassment. “I was trying to say, we were friendly and gentle like a mother.”
“Now that is funny!” Nova laughed.
“Oh Nova, I didn’t see you just then.” Afro man said.
“No, you just saw her all night is all.” Apollo grumbled.
“Oh, you’re not angry about that, are you?” Nova studied the stranger; he seemed so familiar. She wanted to figure out who he was and how he ended up in her room. “Are you really angry? Hey, it’s not my fault she...”
“I’ve got it!” Nova interrupted their conversation. “I know what happened. You came into my room, ate that adorable monkey, Sushi-San, and took his clothing… and stretched it out… a lot…”
“It’s S-O-N - S-H-I, short for Son-Hou-Shi. It’s the name of an ancient god of monkeys.”
“Well whatever, the problem is you ate him! You killed my pet! I mean… friend!” She grabbed his afro, developing a small ball of light in her hand; his afro started to glow. “You’ll pay for eating my friend!”
“Hold on!” He yelled. “Watch this!” Before their eyes, he metamorphosed into a spider monkey. “I am him...” With a cheeky smile, he wiggled his eyebrows.
“Huh...?” She frowned, letting go of his hair to give him a big hug. “He coughed you up!”
Apollo and Son-Shi slapped their foreheads. “Maybe she’ll figure it out later?” Apollo suggested.
“Somehow I doubt that.” He said being squeeze by Nova’s firm grip. “Venus and her children are known for their strength, but they are lacking in other departments…”