untitled by Hannah Mullis
Jupiter felt his heart drop as he saw Sol fall from where he had been engaged in an aerial fight with Al Nar, a star with three hundred eighty times his power. “Sol!” was all Jupiter was able to yell as he ran to catch the falling star. Jupiter came just in time to stop his best friend from hitting the ground. Sol’s once regal looking tunic was now torn and burned, the left sleeve was completely torn off, and the right had been charred off from the elbow down. “Sol? Come on wake up!” Jupiter pleaded. “Come on, we can’t do this without you.”
The sound of Ganymede and Callisto warping over closer in their usual puff of smoke caused Jupiter to jerk his head up, “No! Stay back! He’s created a power field to siphon off some of the strain while he is unconscious, I can sense it! It is at least two times more than I give off normally, it will crush the two of you!”
“Will you be OK?” Ganymede called from where he stood, not daring to take a step closer. “Should we get help?”
“I’ll be OK. As for help, try to get Sirius to take care of Al Nar or at least hold him off for a while,” Jupiter called back as he lowered his gaze to Sol again .
“What about Sol?” asked one of the twins. Jupiter did not catch which.
“I’ve got a plan! Just go!” Jupiter replied waving the two on without looking up. The sound of the twins leaving reached Jupiter's ears as he lowered his hand. Jupiter closed his eyes and tried to remember every detail of the binary star dance that he had seen Sirius perform countless times. “I can do this,” he muttered before shaking his friend's shoulders, “Hey, Wake up. I got an idea, come on.”
Sol opened his eyes halfway and grimaced, “Jupiter?”
“Yeah, Look I’ve got an idea, you know the binary dance?” Jupiter prompted.
“For binary stars? Yeah, of course I know it. Why?” Sol’s voice was quiet and sounded strained.
“If we can pull it off it will heal you and refocus your power...” Jupiter starited.
“Jupiter you're not a star. There is a good chance that trying to do something like that would kill you,” Sol interrupted.
“I’m willing to risk that.”
“And your moons? What will they do if you die?” Sol asked doing his best to maintain firm eye contact.
“I’ve got moons as powerful as Taira and Vinas, some are more. They can take care of themselves,” Jupiter then added in a determined voice, “Now let’s do this!”
Sol looked to the side for a moment then nodded and Jupiter helped his friend stand, leaning his weight on him.
“Ok, ready?” Asked Jupiter. Sol nodded and Jupiter began to spin the two of them around. First in small slow circles letting them grow ever so slightly each turn. The more they turned, the farther away Sol could stand until the two were nearly an arms length away. Jupiter felt a smile cross his lips as he felt the ground leaving his feet heels first, until only the tips, of his toes were touching the ground, and then nothing.
The color returned to Sol’s face and a determined flash in his eyes, “Let go. I’m ok now,” he whispered.
Jupiter gave the same big goofy smile that he had used when they were kids, “That’s the only important thing.” He let go and landed gracefully. He looked up at his friend suspended in the air with his power glowing more than he had seen in years, “Now go on, don’t you have a battle to win?”
Sol smiled and turned his face to the battle still raging above them, “Yeah, thanks” he replied and flew away at an incredible speed.
The Frontier by Isabelle Monvavifar
Water dripping from its sod
Coated in ice so clear
Its beauty flourishing but flawed
The wind brushes its hair
Flying from the moist terrain
Speckles of snow in the air
The crippled flowers lying in pain
The birds escaping the cold
There isn't much left to say
The frosted frontier has taken its mould
Its sky clouded with grey