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A Visit From Family
The halls of my palace had always been fairly empty, as I never allowed many inside. The citizens of the city below looked up at it, it was bright and unlike anything on the entire planet, so it was only natural for the citizens to admire it, as I did too. Of course, I wasn't a bad leader who had to force that idea onto them. No, instead I was seen as the God to all. Bringer of peace and prosperity. They saw me as their creator, which I was, and I was proud of that fact. I was a ruler as well, and as a ruler, it was important for them to know my power and to not underestimate me. Enforcing that correctly however, was always a problem for me.
But perhaps I was letting my ego grow too big. I was equal to them. Just a man with dreams of greatness, power, knowledge, and a better understanding. I felt as though meeting with my brother for the first time in an era would make me feel better. I remember showing him around the first advancements of mortal life on my planet many a year ago, but now that my people were so advanced I wasn't sure where to even start with introductions.
A glance out of my window would reveal the rising sun over the horizon, finally awaking me from my half-baked slumber. I wasn't a heavy sleeper, if anything, I slept with one eye open at all times. Keeping an eye on an entire planet is stressful, but I've managed to survive so far. This is a hell of my own doing, after all.
I stood up and fixed my long white hair into a messy bun before pulling my robe on. I always had a specific way of waking up, but today the glare of the shining white sun was what interrupted that. I could tell today was already up to a bad start. As I wash my face, I get soap in my eyes. I wince, washing it out and groaning.
"Aurora, please add Neo's ship to the whitelist. I forgot to last night." I sigh. "Oh, and make sure to send a gift to my sister next Friday. It's her birthday." "Yes, my liege." The woman from the door says, having heard me despite our distance. "And— raise your own salary. You're doing great." I smile at her, patting her shoulder as I pass. "How is your daughter doing?" "S-she is well, sir. She's nearing her adulthood soon. I just hope she won't run off and do anything dangerous. I have her training under the monks in Yeyix." "Ah. Well, I'm sure she'll learn something valuable there. Could you tell me how much more time we have before my beloved brother arrives?" "Y-yes- erm- about an hour." "Mm. Tell the kitchen to skip breakfast. I will be outside if anything is required of me." "Yes sir." She quickly skitters away, her heels clicking hastily against the marble floor.
I watch her leave before heading down to the courtyard. It's fairly quiet, save for the soft wind and buzz from the city below. I gaze upon the flowers, remembering how much my sister loved to create flora for her planet. Fruit, vegetables, animals. They were always her favorite, even over the first humans.
I look up at the light orange sunrise, watching as a dark ship swoops past me and lands somewhat far from the castle. I sigh, smiling softly to myself as I pivot off of the ground and fly towards the spacecraft. It might have scared a few citizens who are unlearned of space travel and history, but perhaps this would be a safe and needed lesson to them. I may have a lot of power, and the throne, but I am not always seen as the most trustworthy by those who are unenlightened. Their unintelligible blabber bores both me and the rest of the people around them. Though, they seem to be the ones sending the most calls and letters my way.
As I arrive in front of the spacecraft, I look around to see if my brother had stepped out just yet. I don't see him and worry that he might have gotten himself lost. I can't have him causing chaos. Not just yet.
"Neo?!" I call, looking around the green field. "Brother, is that you?! I seem to have gotten myself in quite a bit of a pickle here." "Have you already gone astray from the ship?!" I call again, following the sound of his voice in order to pin his exact location. He just grunts in response, bumping into me as we meet in the tall grass. I sigh in relief. "Good. You haven't caught yourself on fire." I chuckle, patting him on the shoulder. "Why are you surprised? I am capable of more than just lighting myself on fire from time to time!" "... Right, of course, brother." I shake my head subtly. He looks me in the eyes for a moment, analyzing my facial expression and furrowing his eyebrows. "Is there something wrong?" "Your hair is longer." "...I guess so. I haven't had the time to cut it." "It doesn't fit you. You should cut it soon." I stay silent, brushing him off and leading him towards the castle. "You came earlier than expected, brother. I even skipped breakfast." "Hmph. It's not like you need to eat much anyways with how much weight you've gained." He comments slyly.
I bring us back to the palace, where a long row of servants stand bowing on both sides of the hall. He gives me a smirk. "My, my... I would not have expected this from you, dear brother." "Expect the unexpected with me from now on then, Neo." I reply blankly. I don't usually have them do this, as it feels a bit unjust to have them treat me like a god instead as one of their own. I feel like walking amongst the mortals makes me just a bit more like them, and I like it that way.
"I don't think I will. I have a feeling you're putting up some sort of act in order to impress me." He places his large hand on one of my servant's faces. I see their entire body tense and their face fill with panic. "This one seems to have some sort of problem with me." "Stand down, Neo." "How about I teach you a little lesson?" He sneers, his sharp fingers digging into the poor servant's scalp and jaw.
I don't stop him though. I'm not sure why. I just stand there, staring at him and the small-bodied Marusian coldly. I know he wouldn't hurt them, he could have crushed their skull by now if he really wanted to. "Let them go." I say, inhaling sharply in annoyance. "I don't feel like it." He grins, raising them up in the air. Their nails dig into his hands as they try to free themselves, choking out and flailing as they struggle. They reach a hand out to me, tears streaming down their face.
I blink once again, watching as their eyes squeeze shut in pain. Blood stains their white button-up, their screams of pain filling the empty halls. Neo finally drops them as they fall unconscious. "You should work on your manners." I say, picking the servant up in my arms and holding them gently. I look down at their gentle, unconscious face with a frown. "It was unnecessary that you did that." I say, placing my hand gently on their chest. My hand glows on their bloodied shirt, healing their wounds in an instant. I hand them over to another servant. "Take this one to the infirmary to rest. If I hear that a single word about this incident gets out, you're all going to suffer the consequences."
I watch all of them nervously run off with the unconscious servant in their care. "Don't do it again." I say threateningly to Neo as he stands behind me. "You're no fun." Neo crosses his arms. "Come along then." I turn, leading him towards the throne room. He follows, his eyes wandering the place curiously as we enter.
The throne room has statues all around, plants, art work, and other bits and bobbles. I quite like it, as I treat it as if it were my own room instead of a throne room. I'm really the only one who comes in here anyways.
"It's nice. Your planet has grown." He comments, sitting down on a sofa near the end of the room by a window. "How has yours been?" I ask, sitting down across from him and manifesting a green-yellow fruit into my hand. "...War-ridden." He sighs. "So you come to me for advice?" I raise an eyebrow. "Yes." "You couldn't have come at a worse time..." I mumble. He rolls his eyes. "Tch. You're perfect, what could have possibly gone wrong?" "Conspiracy against me is starting to rise... I knew it would happen soon, but not this soon." I sit back, taking a large bite of the fruit. He raises an eyebrow. "Conspiracy? You?" "Yes, brother." I sigh. "My people are turning against me... I have a feeling this corruption is no laughing matter. Even if I have the confidence and power, it's not a good idea to let it fester. Do you remember what happened to our youngest sibling?" "Yeah, yeah. Stoned to death with the hottest stone in the entire fourth realm. It was his mistake for letting the rumors grow against him." "I cannot risk that. Not now."
Neo stays silent, picking up a book from the side of the room and sits back on his end of the sofa. I close my eyes and sit back, the feeling of the sun on my face is nice. "You know, I was actually going to ask if... perhaps we could create an alliance. Your diplomacy and leadership skills would help my planet grow beyond the need for war." He says, turning the page in his book. I don't open my eyes, just taking a bite out of the soft fruit in my hand and humming in approval. "I would not mind. I'd need to find the time though." "As long as you can come. I need as much help as I can get. All the types of enforcement that I've been doing have only made the chaos worse." "You have a violent approach to things, brother. Take it slowly, and calmly. You'll see." He grunts, closing his book. "Tell me when you can come. I will be here for a few more hours before I return home." He stands, putting the book away. "Have fun!" I snicker, sitting up. "Don't get lost." He grumbles, exiting the room.
I look back out the window at the fresh green fields outside, a smile sneaking onto my face. I finish my fruit and toss it away, standing up to go finish my dream. I wish I hadn't gotten up so early. I had nothing else on my schedule for today besides that meeting, after all. I don't need to sleep as a celestial, but I quite enjoy the activity. I liked dreaming of the stars, even if I saw them every night. It felt like looking through an entirely different lens.
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