When the Moons are away the Planets will…
Saturn’s city was astounding. For the last two days Lunar had been doing his best to get used this new environment. But this place was far larger than even Earth’s Crinibus Aureis, and he was still feeling disoriented by all of the massive sights and sounds that this city had to offer.
The city was divided into rings, and in each ring had its own purpose and its own distractions. And leading him to one such distraction were two female moons, Titan and Titania.
“Zere is a certain fabric shop zat my mistress found ze last time we were here. I know zat she would like to get some of zeir cloz.”
“Oh do you mean the one with the gold and red lettering over the door?”
“Oui, zat is ze one.”
Lunar suddenly stopped in his tracks and looked at his situation. Here he is walking with two beautiful women, neither of them were his Earth, caring an armful of boxes and packages of different sizes. The realization of what was going on finally hit him.
“What am I doing?” Lunar thought aloud
The two moons stopped as well and turned to look at their peer. Titan was the first to speak, “I thought that it was obvious, you’re helping us do some shopping.”
“Oui. Zat is why we asked you to join us. We needed a strong, healthy, and handsome young man to help us.” Titania added
Lunar looked at the two of them, “You didn’t “ask” me anything. You two just abducted me from my duties of protecting Lady Earth.”
The scene of events that brought him there replayed in his mind. It had started out like most any other morning, he got up early to prepare Earth’s breakfast ready. He was greeted by the sight of Eris, who was eating her own meal of an egg on a slice of toast.
As he finished up with his preparations there was a knocking sound coming from their suit’s door. Eris waved that she would answer it and returned a minute later only to say that it was for him.
Lunar wen to check who could possible want to see him and spotted Titan and Titania standing in the lobby chatting with each other. He started to greet them when they both grabbed him, one on each arm, and whisked him away.
The last thing he clearly recalls seeing was Eris’s smile as she waved him good bye.
“Well when we asked Eris about you she said that it was alright.” Titan said sweetly
“Miss Eris does not speak for me. You should have asked me about it first.”
“And you would have said no. I know ze kind of person you are, Lunar. You and Oberion have similar views on duty.”Titania said flatly
“Yes, it is my duty to see to the safety of Lady Earth. Not to leave her alone while I go off shopping with two complete strangers.”
“She is completely safe here. And I would hardly say that she’s alone. She has that adorable little Ceres and Eris there to keep her company. Besides Eris most likely told Earth what has happened to you.”
Lunar was silent for a moment, “Why me?”
Titania smiled at the question, “To be completely honest, it is because I was curious about you. You are an unknown to me and I wanted to get to know ze kind of person you were.”
“And also none of the other men wanted to come with us on our little shopping trip.” Titan said bluntly
“Wait, I don’t understand.”
Titania giggled, “Titan is right. None of ze ozer guy would come wiz us.”
“Yep, and the only one who would isn’t quite strong enough to carry all of our things. Poor Dione, he does mean well, but he just doesn’t have the upper body strength for the job.”
Having a look of confusion on his face, Lunar decided to go with shat Titania said, “What do you mean by the kind of person I am?”
Titania stood tall and raised a finger, “Know who you are and who your opponent is, and wiz zat knowledge you can obtain victory. Zat is ze lesson zat my mistress wishes me to keep learning.”
“Oh, well that makes sense.” Lunar nodded in understanding
“Zat and you looked like an excellent example for arm candy.” Titania stated bluntly
“What?!” Lunar said with a slight blush of embarrassment
“Well you are a handsome looking guy, dearie. So why wouldn’t two beautiful women want you in their company.” Titan said as she took one of his arms
“Oui, Lunar, you are an attractive moon. And to be honest I am surprised zat you are not already in a very heated relationship wiz another girl.” Titania sad as she took his other arm.
All Lunar could do was keep silent while he blushed redder and redder. He knew full well that anything that came out of his mouth at that moment would be a stream of gibberish. Finally he found the right words that he was searching for and firmly spoke to his peers.
“So you mostly wanted me around to get to know me and to use me as a good looking porter. Not to be rude but I have better things to do.”
Lunar moved to put the arm full of packages on a nearby bench when a new male voice spoke, “You have spunk, inner moon. But I wouldn’t blow off these two like that.”
Lunar nearly jumped at the unexpected voice. He turns to look around and saw no one other than Titan and Titania.
“Oh that was Triton, Neptune’s right hand man.” Titan answered
Just a couple of feet away a man materialized out of nowhere and glared at Titan. “I didn’t find that funny the first time, what makes you think I was going to think it was going to be now?”
Lunar was lost for a moment the he noticed that Triton was missing his right arm.
“I wasn’t making a joke, this time. Being a primary moon you are his right hand man.”
“Oui, Lunar. When a planet has more zan two moons one of zem is chosen to be ze primary moon. Zey act as ze leader over all of ze ozer moons when ze host planet is busy or away.”
“I think I understand. It’s like a military organization.”
“Not exactly. With Jupiter that is the case, but with the rest of us not so much.” Titan said
Titania smiled and started to walk away, with Titan, giving a rough explanation of moons of the Outer System. Lunar hurried to gather up the packages and followed after the two female moons.
Triton simply shook his head as he thought, “What a sap.”
Being the ball of energy that she was, Ceres bounces down the stairs and heads right to the kitchen. There she is greeted by the sight of Eris putting her glass away.
“Good morning Eris. How was your sleep?”
“Not bad. Though I did have to close the curtains tighter thanks to all of the light that this place gives off. It felt like I was trying to take a nap during the middle of the day.”
“I know what you mean. I had to burry myself in a pile of pillows to block it all out.” Ceres joked. She also took noticed of the bowl of food that Lunar usually prepared for Earth’s breakfast, “Hey where’s Lulu?”
“Hmm? Oh he went out a few minutes ago with a couple of moons.” Eris answered
“Which two? Saturn has almost a dozen that I know of.”
“I think their names were Titan and Titania.”
“Oh” She says understandingly. But inside she felt nervous. Titan and Titania were arguably the two most beautiful moons in the system. They were strong, confident, well educated, highly skilled, and had the respect of their peers.
“Do you think that he’ll be alright? He is a stranger in a strange place, walking with people he doesn’t even know.”
“True.” Eris said, “But Lunar’s a big boy and is fully capable of taking care of himself for a little while.”
“I guess you’re right. I suppose that I’m a little nervous myself being here.”
“I can understand that. I’m not used to so many buildings and people. Being out in the Kyper there aren’t too many people to talk to.”
“What’s it like out there?” Earth asked as she came down the steps
Both girls turned to see Earth standing in the entryway to the dining room.
“To put it simple things are on the wild side out there.”
“Really? How wild?” Earth asked with a look of eagerness
“Very. But I can’t tell you too much more right now.”
“What? Why not?”
Then came a knock on the door and Eris moved to answer it, “Because I have to see who’s knocking.”
As Eris leaves the room. Earth sits down at her breakfast and starts to eat. Ceres looks around the room and picks up some bread and cheese and joins Earth. As the two ate Eris returns with a petite woman with big pink hair. Ceres remembered meeting her back on the flamen scapha platform when they first arrived.
“Good morning Earth dear.”
“Good morning to you too, Iapetus.” Earth says with a smile, “What brings you this way?”
“Well my dearest Saturn learned last night that we were expecting more guests, and wanted to know if you’d like to come and greet them with him.”
“The planets Mercury and Mars.” She says with a sweet smile
“Mercy is coming!!!” Ceres says with excitement
“’Mercy’, now that is just adorable.” Iapetus said
“Lord Planet Mars is going to be here too?” Eris says in a soft voice
Earth had noticed Eris’s reaction to the announcement. When she had returned she had her arms folded over her chest in a casual manner, but upon hearing Mars’s name she braced herself against the nearest thing she could reach.
“Are you alright, Eris?” Earth asked
“Ye… yes. I’m just fine.” Turns to Iapetus, “When will they be arriving?”
“Soon, which is why I’m here so early. Would you like to come and greet them with us?”
“Of course we would.” Ceres says as she grabs Earth’s hand, “Come on, let’s go.”
“I feel very fortunate to be surrounded by so many beautiful women. I’d best enjoy it while it lasts.” Saturn comments
On the landing platform Saturn more or less was the only man present. On one side he had Iapetus, Venus, and Europa. On the other was Earth, Ceres, and Eris.
“Awe, that’s so sweet of you to say dearie.” Iapetus says
“I for one thinks that it might be too crowded, having all of us grouped up like this.” Venus commented as she examined her nails
“You’ve never been much of a morning person have you sis.” Replied Earth cheerfully
Venus looked over at Earth and smiled mischievously, “Too true. It’s the night life that lights my fire.”
“And it’s a good thing that our nights are thriving very well.” Commented Saturn in a happy and cheerful voice.
Ceres speaks up, “Yeah. With all of the shows and the dancing, it’s like there’s a party everywhere you go.”
“But the real fun happens after the little kids go to bed.” Venus said as she glances over at Ceres
Ceres glairs back at her and before she could say anything the signal bell started to ring, alerting them of the arrival of the flamen scapha. Within moments the large craft lands in front of the five and its doors open up to the occupants.
“And after placing the orb inside of the crown do you know what happened?”
“For the last time, NO! I don’t know what happened and I don’t care, Mercury. I have no idea during these past few days that made you think that I ever cared.”
Saturn starts to laugh as he moves to greet Mercury and Mars, “My fellow planets, brothers of the Inner System. I welcome you to my home.”
Mars looks at Saturn and says in a tired voice. “Oh, hi Saturn.”
Mercury, on the other hand, embraces Saturn like an old friend, “Saturn, it is good to see you again.”
“And I you. It really has been too long since your last visit.”
“Mercy!!!” Ceres cried excitedly and gave him a big hug, “I never thought I’d miss you so much.”
“Oh little Ceres, we have only been apart for less than a week.”
“But still.” She whined in a cute little voice
Then Uranus speaks up, “We are pleased to meet you again Misuor Mercury. Did you find zose scrolls useful?”
“Yes I did. The astronomical reference proved to help his highness in his negotiations.”
“Zat is good. We had hopped zat zey would.”
“Oh Mars. I have someone to introduce to you.” Earth called
Mars was about to make a bee line to the nearest door way when he heard Earth called out to him. He turned to face her and her new companion.
Earth waves her hand towards Eris, “This is Eris, she’s a dwarf planet from the Kyper lands.”
“It is a honor to finally meet you face to face, Lord Planet Mars.” Eris says with a slight nod.
Mars scrutinize her for a moment, “I got to be honest, I imagined you to be a bit meatier.”
Eris chuckles, “I can understand your reasoning considering what I do out in the Kyper. But I do need to keep an eye on my figure.” Winks
“Wait you two know each other?” Earth asked slightly confused
Mars nodded, “Yes, the two of us send each other correspondence and such. In fact it was Eris that sent me that crystal flower.”
“How did it turn out?” Eris asked sounding a little more eager than she had hopped
“Oh you should see it.” Earth answered, “It’s a beautiful red and violet color. I’m really jealous of him over it.”
“Well the next time I see your one and only Sun, I’ll bug him about it.” Eris winked again
Mars gave a noticeable “humph” sound at the mention of Sun’s name.
“Awe, are you still sore about that little incident, Marsy?” asked Venus
Replying with a growl, “Being turned into a dried up husk of your former self is hardly a ‘little’ incident.”
“What do you mean?” asked Earth
“Oh nothing dear sister. Just trying to greet our fellow planet.” Venus says as she wraps her arms around one of Mars’s
Mars glared at the gesture.
“Come now friends let us go forth and be merry!” Saturn called out
As the group moved out Earth thought that she saw Eris’s hands clench into a fist as she watched Mars dragged Venus a long, with her still attached to his arm.
“Eris, are you alright?”
“Hmm? Yes, I’m fine. Why do you ask?” Eris answered with her usual smile
“No particular reason.” Earth reassured as the two young women followed behind