Novel: Bad press calls for desperate measures. For the Interstellar Forces, sending a small crew to Neptune was the bet they were willing to make - at the risk of losing what little respect they have left (and maybe some lives).
A roll of dice and a lack of options led to the selection of the Celestion-5’s crew, a collection of inexperienced astronauts ranging from space-loving dreamers to cynics only in it for the money.
It’s them against the universe, and their odds are a gamble at best. Learning how to live together can only help. Though with the crew’s pervasive personal problems, that might be the real journey.
New Chapter: After all of the lies, the hiding, and the heatache, Leon and Angelo finally get a chance to talk.
“I wanted to talk. If that’s okay.”
“That’s okay, me too. What did you wanna talk about?”
“I-I just wanted to say,” he sat up straight, “you’re allowed to pinch me whenever you want, wherever you want, however hard you want.”
Leon blinked. “What? Roxie’s next door.”
“I don’t mind if you want to punch me either, but we’ll have to figure out a way to do it s-so that the cameras won’t s–”
“Ángie, what are you talking about? I don’t wanna hurt you.”
Angelo lowered his head. “I thought you might s-say that. Th-That’s why you’re allowed to use my money to buy your next girlfriend whatever you want.”
“I don’t want your money either.” Leon felt more tired than when he first woke up.