Earth hummed happily as he held Luna in his hands, admiring the softly greyscale color scheme of his lab coat combined with the colors on Luna that contrasted so easily with the blues, whites and greens on his fingers. He smiled softly before standing up from his desk, closing his eyes as he yawned quietly, sighing and wandering over to the door before opening it. A slight blast of cold air hit him on the way out, which made him smile as he closed and locked the door to his office. After all, he didn't want Pluto to wander in there and grab or drink something he shouldn't. It made him laugh, the way he allowed himself to slip into parental tendencies so easily, but he supposed he couldn't help it with all the life on his planet. He walked over to the kitchen and began to get things out for himself as he hummed to himself, closing his eyes while rocking back and forth on his feet in order to wait more patiently. Sol knows he needed the patience. He quietly placed some food into a dish and placed it in the microwave, pulling it out once it was done and quietly humming to himself as he walked over to the couch. Nobody was around that he could see. Nobody except for Mercury. He merely ignored the other planet, however, and began to eat peacefully. It took him a few minutes, but he suddenly choked and began to cough heavily. Another oil drill...? He thought before shuddering and coughing again as the black liquid oozed from his throat and out of his mouth, dripping onto his hand as he spit it out quietly. "Ugh..."
Mercury just barely hummed a tune to himself as he sorted through an assortment of various documents tucked away neatly inside an office folder. Once again, he was organizing and reorganizing all the information he could possibly get his hands upon, making sure it was all correct and not useless nonsense that contained absolutely no relevance that one of the other planets decided would be ''helpful''. It just caused him more work, in the end, so, as as a result, he grew pissy whilst sipping his usually sweet, now bitter coffee. Mercury eyed Earth when he had entered, silently watching him with a coldness behind his gaze despite being a generally warm planet during the day. He then looked back to his paperwork, busying himself once more. Until he heard Earth coughing. It was like lighting a match and throwing it into gasoline, and within the blink of an eye, he had decided that his work could wait until later to be completed and walked up to Earth. "Are *they* bugging you again?" Mercury asked, an almost sadistic smile plastered to his face; sadism was the closest emotion to jealousy he could get. Wait, jealousy? Mercury wasn't jealous of Earth, he couldn't possibly be. How could he, anyway? Earth had life; Earth had water; Earth got along just fine with *everybody* and *everybody* looked after Earth; Earth had a genuine atmosphere... Okay, yes, maybe he was overly jealous, so perhaps that explained his cruelty and sadism in full. It didn't change the fact that he went out of his way to make things harder on the life-baring planet; hell, he *enjoyed* doing so. Yeah, he was definitely jealous.
"A-nother oil drill..." He managed to choke out between coughs as he pulled a small hand towel he kept on him in order to cover his mouth and wipe off his mouth, then looked up at Mercury in quiet confusion. "You- you don't usually care when I have attacks like this...when did you change your mind?" Earth seemed very excited suddenly, hoping Mercury had gotten over his clear jealousy. Luna slowly raised her head in a form of warning before Earth wheezed softly and coughed again, wincing softly. "Khhh...fuck..." He whispered softly as Mars walked in, raising an eyebrow at them while Venus walked in alongside Mars with a soft giggle. Earth couldn't manage any noise, choking on the black substance combined with some smoke in his lungs from fires raging on his planet as he struggled to breathe. He managed it after a moment, but it truly looked painful as he brought the towel away from his mouth, smoke escaping from the edges of his mouth as his eyes flickered a bit. "Mh- ow..." He whispered as he placed a hand on his chest, taking slow, deep breaths to relieve the pain as he leaned back onto the couch quietly. "That always hurts so much..."
Mercury only stared as his smile faltered, his expression briefly swapping over to sheer stone-cold resentment, silently watching Earth as he simply stood there. He was having a mini internal argument with himself, a raging battle if you will. One part of him, the more reasonable and sensible part, was screaming that he should just try to help the fellow planet. However, the more emotional and sensitive side of him, kept arguing back that he should continue and feel the satisfaction of pushing Earth's buttons. In the end, he came to a clear decision. Why the hell did he need to *help* Earth of all planets, anyway? Mercury's mildly sadistic smile appeared once more, "Poor you; you should have gotten rid of those vermin while they were still under control. Now, look at them, tearing away at the only place they could ever go and eating up your resources." He commented with a cold chuckle, "Y'know, it's never too late to ask an asteroid to help solve your *unfortunate* dilemma. Who knows, maybe the dinosaurs will come back. I liked those giant lizards, personally."
Earth took a soft breath before glaring up at Mercury, letting out an angry growl as he stood up quickly. "I'll never ask anyone to get rid of my humans! They've been evolving for thousands upon thousands of years. YEARS, Mercury! Yeah, they hurt me, but...but I'm not giving up on them! I know they can change! I know they WILL change!" He spoke determinedly, letting out a huff of a breath as some smoke came out, coughing softly before taking a shaky breath. "...They have to...a-and why do you care, anyways?!" He immediately whirled back to anger since Mercury had swung first, crossing his arms as Luna tilted her head up to stare blankly at Mercury. All she knew was that Mercury was being mean, and she let out a soft squeal as she tried to scold Mercury. It only resulted in her being held in his hands and close to his chest to ensure Mercury wouldn't try and grab her or something, Earth's eyes flashing in anger.
"You didn't seem upset whatsoever when the dinosaurs got whipped out of existence, who, keep in mind, also had been evolving for millions of years, just like your *precious* humans have been!" Mercury shot back, coldly rubbing pure facts into Earth's face as if he were rubbing salt into his wound. His smile had, once again, dropped, this time being replaced with a firm, hate-filled scowl. He wasn't going to hide the fact he hated him, he never had after all. "Yet you seemed soooooo fucking eager to get rid of them! So why the fuck won't you get rid of the very creatures that are actually *hurting* you?! You're dragging *us all down* with your "oh, the human's will change one day, I just know it!" and your "I'll be fine guys, trust me!" bullshit you're *constantly* pulling. It's a burden to *everybody*, not just yourself, and you *know it!*" Mercury fumed, now harshly glaring up at Earth as he spoke, as if challenging him to do something, anything, about it. He hated the fact he was the smallest planet of them all, but he had something the others don't necessarily have; Mercury had the icy truth of the facts of all the papers he commonly submerged himself into, possibly to find information to use against the other planets.
Earth's eyes widened before he took a soft breath, Luna letting out an angry squeak at Mercury as Mars and Venus approached from the kitchen. "Mercury, please calm down." Venus tried as Mars grabbed Earth and pulled him close, glaring Mercury down as he held the scientific planet's head to his chest. He said nothing, just locked that stone-cold gaze on the secretary as he let out a soft snarl before looking down at Earth. The scientific planet knew that Mercury was right, but the words still stung him heavily. He took a sharp breath before beginning to cough heavily again, covering his mouth as tears welled at the edges of his eyes from how painful it was. It was like they were cutting into a vein, and it made him want to throw up, cry and pass out at the same time.
Mercury only further scowled, glaring right back at Mars with a fury and jealousy ten times his size. He was ghostly silent and just about as terrifying as standing before the court judges in the sense that he had ready access and knowledge of the cosmos' data. For once, however, he showed a bit of self restrain instead of continuing to bark away every piece of evidence he knew to be the truth that incriminated Earth; or Mars, considering he hated his red face just as equally. Mercury, instead, wandered behind Venus, almost as if he were hiding behind the planet, "I need duck tape or something constantly over my mouth... Or restraints? Those'd work too..." Mercury half-mumbled, half-whispered to Venus and Venus alone, showing the feintest bit of remorse. He knew the gravity of his precious facts; he knew it all too well, as a matter of fact; and very rarely did he ever spout them out carelessly as he had done, let alone not get a quick-lashed response in return. Was he still jealous? Yes. Was he a teeny-tiny bit regretful for what he said? Also yes, but he would *never* admit that to anyone other than Venus or Sol.
Venus nodded and quietly lead the small planet into another room, taking a soft breath before smacking Mercury upside the head. "That's for calling my brother a burden." She spoke sternly before softening up again, rubbing his cheek lightly. "But thank you for showing some restraint and not continuing. Let's go." She brought him over to a box, opening it before placing a piece of fabric that's roughly the same color as the surface of Mercury's planet into his hand. "Here you are. This should suffice for now. Why are you so mean to Earth anyways? He's never done anything to you." She spoke out quietly but curiously, always having wondered why anyone would have any reason to bully her little brother. He was always sweet to everyone unless they offended him.
Mercury quietly grumbled as he gently rubbed the area he had been thonked on, sitting down in the air and letting his centre of gravity keep him afloat as he stared down at the ground. "Hatred. Jealousy. Envy. Resentment. There's a few reasons, so take your pick..." He muttered with a sigh, only after checking and looking around to make sure *nobody* else was anywhere in earshot. Mercury was sure he'd die of either embarrassment or rage if word got out of his true reasonings behind giving Earth such a hard time. The small planet let out another sigh as he continued on with his explanation, "It's like he tries to rub it in our faces that he's got the *perfect* conditions for life... Meanwhile, I'm over here and I'm having enough issues trying to keep *myself* alive, let alone anything else..." Mercury admitted, now sheepishly keeping his gaze upon the floor. He felt awkward and weird for having said that aloud, having only ever talked to himself about it, and he only talked to himself mentally about it beforehand.
Venus watched him for a moment before sighing softly, putting her hand on Mercury's head as she shook her own head quietly. "Mercury...you know that's not what he intends to do. If anything, he's trying to do the opposite." She spoke before smiling softly, "Remember when he first told us? You were so happy...You always seemed proud of Earth for what he did, even if it hurt your feelings." She moved close and put her arms around him as she floated in the air softly as well, nuzzling her cheek on his. "I'm sure Earth'll forgive you."
Mercury softly grumbled once more, finally prying his eyes off the floor to look up at Venus for a few moments. His eyes glimmered with sadness and regret; he had no tears though, not being the type to let anyone see that, even Sol or Venus weren't allowed to see that side of him. Mercury silently thought something out as he stayed calmly seated in the air, sighing out for a third time as he momentarily let himself relax. It wasn't like he was going to get hurt or scolded harshly at the moment anyway. "Could you... Steal Mars away with you for a bit...? I wanna apologize, but I *reaaaaally* don't want that red fucker around, heh..."
"Mmm. I suppose." Venus nodded before smiling at him, leading him back into the room after a moment to let everyone cool down. Mars stared Mercury down before putting a hand on Earth's shoulder and standing up, walking off with Venus before catching Mercury. "Hurt him again, I'll make sure your orbit's knocked out of whack for the rest of your life." He growled softly, Venus pulling Mars out of the room before he can threaten Mercury further, leaving Earth and Mercury alone together. Earth sniffled softly before looking up at Mercury, letting out a soft sigh as he wiped his eyes. More oil was softly dripping down his face from where he'd coughed it up.
Mercury mouthed a thank-you to Venus just before she walked off, completely ignoring Mars' threat for the time being; he didn't want to get enraged again, after all, that could wait for later. He apologetically looked at Earth for a few moments, not saying anything as he sadly stared before hopping off his feet and merely floating in place in front of the scientific planet so that they were more eye-to-eye. Mercury couldn't exactly change his height, so he settled with floating. After a bit, he let out a soft sigh, "Earth, I'm... I'm sorry, for what I said, for *everything* really... I shouldn't behave like I do and did, nor use my knowledge against you or any of the other planets like that, I'm well aware I shouldn't... I just-" Mercury cut himself short, gently shaking his head to keep himself from getting emotional. He then pulled out a handkerchief and solemnly wiped away at Earth's face, "I won't make excuses; I'm sorry, Earth. I truly, *truly* am."
Mars and Venus disappeared now, Earth looking at Mercury with a soft sigh before sniffling quietly. "I'm sorry I talk so much about my humans, Mercury, I just want people to be proud of me. I want people to be happy with me so that I can be. What if...what if I just didn't talk about it anymore?" He mumbled out before looking up at him with a soft sniffle. "Would it make you happy again, Mercury? I want to be your friend again, but I'm nervous. Please..." He whispered out before pulling Mercury close and hiding his face into the other's shoulder tightly.
The secretary paused and fell into thought, slowly going wide-eyed as he silently realized exactly how big of a heart the fellow planet had, and how badly he had forgotten that fact. It broke Mercury's heart hearing Earth try to negotiate with him, only further so when he got pulled close. Though, he shed no tears, doing his utter best to stay emotionally tough. "What...? No, no, no, no; why are *you* trying to compromise?... *You* should be mad, and *I* should be compromising for your forgiveness..." Mercury muttered quietly, taking a moment to think once more before softly adding on, "I'd be happy with just your forgiveness alone, Earth... Can I do anything to, erhm, earn it once more? I'll do anything; I really, *really* will; I'd even anger Mars to the point of him kicking be towards the asteroid belt, haha..." He said, attempting to make a light joke to lighten the mood a little bit.
Earth sniffled softly before wiping his eyes quietly, letting out a soft giggle at the joke. "No, I don't think that'd be necessary, Mercury..." He then seemed to think quietly, rubbing Mars' cheek idly as he thought. "...Mmm...no, not off the top of my head. I'm happy with just forgiving you, you know." He mumbled out before smiling lightly, sighing softly. "You're my friend, Mercury, you're close with my sister. I'm happy to have you here." He smiled a bit softer, sighing quietly. "I appreciate you just trying this." He mumbled before taking a soft breath and just holding him close as he closed his eyes quietly, his body heating up after a moment as a bit of smoke inched it's way out of his mouth. He managed to repress most of the coughing fit, just letting out one before clearing his throat. "Egh...still hate that."
Mercury, all too well aware that he shouldn't like the fact that Earth had heated up, couldn't stop himself from melting into the suddenly warmer hold he was in. It was subconscious and a developed result, so he couldn't help himself, but he did watch Earth hesitantly when he coughed out a touch of smoke and softly frowned. "They really need to learn to stop treating you so poorly..." Mercury murmured, doing his best to be respectful of Earth's beloved while still showing his concern. "I hope they learn to take better care of you soon; I'm sorry you have to deal with all the pain they cause..."
He merely nodded after a moment of contemplation, taking a soft breath. It seemed a bit less whole now, but he rubbed Mercury's head gently to try and ease his concerns. "I'll be fine, Mercury...and I'm sure they'll be...fine." He whispered the last word before shifting and rubbing his eyes, suddenly extremely tired. The day had been emotionally taxing on the scientific planet, and he was ready to just go collapse in his bed with Luna next to his head. It was a pleasant thought, and one he wanted to act on, but Mercury was still upset and Earth wanted to comfort him until he felt that the cold planet was warm again. It was just how he was.
Mercury only hummed softly in place of a response, silently floating there whilst he slowly, but surely, properly calmed himself down mentally and emotionally. After a little while, he squirmed his way out of Earth's hold, his internal and external temperature roughly the same warm-like state it tended to be at whenever he, be it intentionally or not, sapped heat from another planet. He got much warmer around Sol, for obvious reasons. "I think I'm going to go find Sol; I've got to show him a few things anyway. Do you want anything while I'm still here? I can find Mars or Pluto; I know you like their company."
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