"So your date with Cael was actually good this time?" Bruno asked her, a bit of confusion in his voice.
"Well only because I was able to get some virus fighting action in. I was literally ready to punch him before the outbreak!" she told him. "Do you know what he told me?"
"What?" he asked.
"He said princesses don't need to do anything but look beautiful for him!" she hissed. "Isn't that disgusting? What a pig!"
"Ew what the hell?" Bruno was appalled by what he heard. "Princesses are usually more important than princes, hence why my sister got a battle ball over me! What an idiot!"
"I know! Ugh I wanted to break his jaw so bad!" she clenched her fists before unclenching them and sighing. "Anyways, did you get your battle ball?"
"Yes! I did! Well, just the orange one. Alarms were going off and I got nervous and ended up dropping the yellow ball and leaving it behind." he sighed. "You gotta show me how this thing works, are you free tonight?" he asked her.
"Well here's the funny thing, Cael and his parents are taking another trip to Mars and I'm coming along. We're actually going there pretty soon! We don't even have to sneak out! I'm sure Cael is going to play sports and your sister is going to go practice, so I can show you everything about the battle ball!" she told him.
"Excellent!" you could practically hear a smile in his voice.
"LIDYNAEA!" her mother called for her.
"I'll see you soon! Love you, bunny wunny!" she made kissy noises at him.
"HA!" he gave her his awkward laugh. "Love you too, asparagus!"
Lydia excitedly left the house with Cael. Cael thought it was because she was happy to see him, but little did he know she was excited to see Bruno again.
When they got there, they gathered into the conference room again. Bruno and Lydia had to refrain from grinning at each other too much as to not arouse suspicion from Cael. As per last time, the king dismissed the teenagers. Cael went off to play sports and the princess went to go practice with her battle ball. Bruno and Lydia waited for them to leave before going to find a spot near Burunarkus Hill to practice in.
"So you chose the orange battle ball." she gave his battle ball a look over.
"Yes." he nodded.
"The first thing you're gonna want to do is shove it into your chest like so" she instructed as she shoved her own battle ball into her chest and transformed into her armor.
"Nice outfit" he complimented her before shoving the battle ball into his own chest. He, however, did not change into any armor. Her remained in his black cloak. "How come I don't get a cool outfit."
"Eh..." she gave a half smile. "The armor isn't really all that great. I find it a bit restricting, which is why, as you see, I've made heavy modifications to mine."
"But how do I activate it in the first place?" he asked.
"Here!" Lydia took out her battle ball, and Bruno followed her lead.
"You see this here?" she pointed to one of the colored buttons. "Press it as soon as you slam it into your chest like so!" she demonstrated her armor transformation again.
Bruno did as she instructed and immediately had the standard battle ball armor. A metal battle suit. "Ugh that's it?" he asked her.
"Yeah, see? I didn't like that standard. If you like I can make modifications for you." she told him.
"For now I'll keep it standard since I'm new at this, I'll think of some cool armor later." he answered.
"Also, your black hair is now orange just like how my black hair is now turquoise." she pointed out.
Bruno immediately tugged on his hair to try and look at it. It was indeed very orange. "OH WHAT?!? UGH THIS LOOKS AWFUL!"
"Unfortunately, there's really no changing that." she frowned.
"I guess its the price to pay for power. What's next?" he stood eagerly awaiting more of her explanations and demonstrations.
She did her best to explain and cover all the basics. She had done extensive research on what each battle ball color can do, so she did her best to explain that orange's unique power is using the power of the force energy that surrounds everything in existence. It's almost like the blue battle ball's mind reading abilities that can actually be used for telepathically moving things, stopping things in motion, enhanced agility and close combat attacks, and prying your way into the minds of others. More advanced users would be able to plant thoughts into other's minds.
Since her battle ball's turquoise ability is reality warping, which is a tad similar, she demonstrated her reality warping powers on the ground next to Burunarkus Hill. She created a second hill with her warping. "I call it, Lidynaea Hill" she told him as she created it.
Bruno giggled. "Burunarkus Hill has a parnter now!" He used his new force abilities to take two nearby rocks and lift them into the air. He placed one on top of Burunarkus Hill and the other on Lidynaea Hill. Lydia used her abilities to warp the rocks into the shape of flags.
They both looked at their hills before looking at each other and smiling.
Lydia also explained summoning a battle sword, a blaster, a virus extractor, and using a battle ball as a method of transportation. Bruno learned all of this rather quickly. His favorite was his battle sword. His battle sword, unlike Lydia's standard one, was unique in the sense that it was in the shape of a cross. Two smaller lasers protruded out near where the hilt was, giving him additional combat advantage. Lydia theorized it did this because she activated him through secondary means, which made it branch out like that.
Soon, Bruno mastered all of the basics with Lydia. Now that they mastered their battle balls, they decided to have some fun using them. They transformed their battle balls into dune buggies that would easily drive through Mars' dusty terrain.
They had a few races, though they didn't keep track of who won. They also drove to various different land marks and discovered some new spots they could hang out in when she visited Mars. One of them was a small cool looking crater. They decided to practice some more with their battle swords, since Bruno liked that the best. They did a lot of practice and sparring.
Soon though, they were a bit tired of training, so they headed back to the palace. Bruno peeked into the conference room and noticed that the kings and queens were still discussing stuff. Bruno took that opportunity to bring Lydia into his room so they could research places in Cornbury to go, considering he registered himself and his sister into the school. He told her that he had to take his sister because his father wouldn't let him go without her. He didn't like Bruno traveling to other planets alone.
"This house looks okay" he zoomed in on a small house in the Cornbury neighborhood on the hologram. "It's small but we can always adjust it."
"Yeah." she nodded.
He then yawned. "Eh, I've tired myself out of training and conquering Earth plans." he admitted. "Let's do something else. Maybe a video game?"
She smiled. "Okay! But I warn you, I'm gonna win."
"Yeah right!" he giggled and lightly pushed her shoulder. "I'm gonna win!"
"If I win you have to kiss me!" she grinned mischievously.
"If I win you have to kiss ME!" Bruno puckered his lips at her.
They silently got their controllers ready.
"Now I don't even care if I win or lose" she shrugged.
"Me neither." he admitted.
They played a couple rounds. Whether they won or lost, they kissed each other after every round.
Soon they ended up ignoring the game to have a full blown out make out session. Things were getting pretty heated until Bruno's sister barged through the door. Bruno and Lydia immediately shot up and tried to pretend nothing was happening between them.
"Scarlazya!" Bruno hissed. "Learn to knock!"
"Were you two...?" Scarlet pointed her finger back and forth between them before laughing.
"Don't tell Cael please!" Lydia begged.
"Oh I don't care! I don't like Cael that much. I'm laughing because I'm surprised you're willing to kiss Burunarkus." she laughed again.
Bruno gave her an angry glare.
"No offense to you, brother, but you're a giant dork." she told him flatly and honestly. "I mean you told people we were from 'Roosha'. We don't even have Earthling Russian accents you already blew your cover there."
"They totally fell for it!" Bruno protested. "I am not a dork I am very strong and menacing!"
"Yeah okay" Scarlazya said sarcastically. "Anyways, love birds, time to let the Venusians go home."
The princess walked away leaving the door open again.
Lydia frowned. "It's that sad time where we have to part again."
Bruno caressed her cheeks. "When I get Earth warmed up for us we won't ever have to say goodbye to each other ever again."
They gave each other a goodbye kiss before he walked her downstairs. Unfortunately for them, they forgot to stop holding hands once they got to a certain point on the stairs. Cael saw them holding hands. They quickly let go of each other and tried to act like nothing.
The kings and queens said their departures to each other. Cael shook Scarlazya's hand first, then he went up to Bruno. He gripped his hand tightly.
"The fuck you holdin' my woman's hand for?" he tried to intimidate Bruno.
Bruno whimpered a bit, but gave him a flat cold expression. "Was making sure the lady didn't fall over. Her dress got caught on her heel I was helping her!" he lied.
Cael glared at him. "I got my eye on you!"
Bruno glared back.
The Venusians got into their ship and went back home