i remember when aliens first started appearing in popular culture. there were horror movies about them, and plastic toys for kids, and my younger brother said, with shining eyes, that he wanted to become an astronaut and fight aliens.
(more) when i was a kid i wanted to be a cowboy, the ultimate modern hero, wrangling the wild wild west with nothing but a rope and a hope. now, the game had changed, and the frontier to be tamed was no longer the Great Plains of the west, but the great stars of the sky. scientists told us there were other planets, and other stars with other planets, and other galaxies, and the brave men who went out from earth were the newest generation of great explorers.
my younger brother is not at all surprised to hear that men have landed on the moon and walked there, but it still seems strange to me, a bit unnatural. the moon controlled the tides and stabilized the planet and we had stepped on it. i guess i thought that every spaceship lift off symbolized that we were gods among beasts, traversing the stars, the new modern heroes.(less)
Masayoshi hung his head off the side of the bed and stared, upside down, at the dresser that ran the length of the far wall of his bedroom. He had not even realized he was staring at it until Beyond slapped the inside of his thigh lightly. "Oi," he(more) said. "Still with me?"
"C'mon, look up here," Beyond coached him, shifting Masayoshi across his lap. That sent fresh jolts up his too-sensitive nerves and Masayoshi jerked and raised his head, too strung-out to give Beyond the sour expression he meant to. Which was just as well, since Beyond clicked the camera button on his cell phone before Masayoshi could even register that it was in his hand.
"Did you just-" Masayoshi gaped at him, as Beyond looked down at the cell phone, a self-satisfied expression on his face.
"Take a picture of you fucked out on my dick? Sure did." Beyond raised an eyebrow and delivered his best smirk.
"Delete it right now!"
"Mm, I don't think so." He gripped Masayoshi's hip tight with his other hand and typed something quickly on his phone. "I wonder if Gotou's awake yet?"
"Don't send him THAT-!" Masayoshi kicked at Beyond, and Beyond laughed and tossed his phone on the mattress, out of Masayoshi's reach. He loomed over Masayoshi, sliding both of his hands down Masayoshi's thighs and pressing his legs back up to his chest.
"Do you know how tight you get when you're upset?" Beyond purred, and Masayoshi gripped the sheets tighter when Beyond fucked into him again. "Making you mad is the /best/ thing-"
"I hate you so much," Masayoshi said, annoyed, as Beyond smeared the come cooling on his chest with his fingertips.
- Storm Bringers 4 -
[continuation of 3, Shousuke's POV]
However, while I am hearing about the plan, there is one piece of information I don't quite expect: that I am one of a teenage group that has weather-related powers. White clouds wander the skies over his head and(more) when he motions upwards, a chunk of cloud comes down from the sky and hovers in front of him.
Knowing that I'm not alone lifts a great weight off my shoulders.
'But...whatever did we get these powers for? Why us?' I blurt.
Sakuya, who's been watching the cloud disappear, only gives a shrug and takes out his phone to inform Aika of the plan.
Aika's red watch suddenly sticks in my mind...and I still have that instinct that I've met her before somewhere, sometime, some place...