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.
Tough or not, he knew that he was done moping. It was time to start hoping. His problems, while far from over, were much easier to face now that he had a friend by his side. Things would turn out alright in the long run. All he had to do was focus on the positives and put his best foot forward into a brighter tomorrow.
That foot collided with something squishier than carpet. It coughed.
Leon shined his phone at the floor and saw familiar eyes staring up at him. “Ángie?”
He prodded at his brother a few more times to make sure he wasn’t dreaming. Once Angelo clutched his side and sat up, he knew he’d stumbled on the real deal.
“Ángie, what–?” Stirring in the other bed reminded him to whisper. “What are you doing here? Where have you been? Why were you hiding?”
Angelo’s eyes darted around. His arms and legs tucked in toward his body like a dying spider. Leon couldn’t help feeling a little sorry for him even though he was still kind of mad.
He lifted a finger toward Leon’s bed.
“You wanna come up?”
Angelo nodded ever so slightly.