So...this popped into my head about a week ago - instead of completely rewriting 'Sphere and Loathing', how about an ALTERNATE ENDING with Milolissa buildup following? Didn't see that coming, did ya? Also, be on the lookout for a special shoutout to the Apollo 11 mission and the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.
Like 'How I Met Your Mother', this will have multiple inter-connecting story arcs, the first of which begin right here with Milo's Internal Struggle.
We pick things up on Octalia, where Milo, his friends, Dr. Doofenshmirtz and an army of Octalians had rallied together to save Orguluth form the Sphere of Calamity. All other plans had failed until Milo came up with the idea for all Octalians to share the negative probability ions that were attracted to Orguluth.
The plan had worked.
Octalia had been saved from the Sphere of Calamity and Orguluth was somewhat freed from her hex, as it was now shared among her fellow Octalians. On the Octalian ship, Milo and friends (with Doofenshmirtz) wished their new alien friends well in their new lives.
"Remember, sometimes things will go wrong. But the good news is you can face it together!" Milo said, rallying the Octalians.
"No fear?" Melissa asked.
"No fear," Zack confirmed, getting a punch from Melissa.
Melissa smiled, looking towards her jinxed friend.
"Now...there's something I have to do..." the ginger said, walking down the ship's bridge to Milo.
"Oh. Hey Melissa!"
"Milo, when we were battling that sphere, we showed no fear...well, except for me. I feared that you'd be hurt - or worse - and I'd never be able to get to tell you how I really feel about you..."
"Melissa, what are you saying?" Milo asked with a puzzled look on his face only to have Melissa peck him on the cheek.
"Did...Did Melissa just kiss me?" the jinx asked.
"Uh, I think she did," Zack told Milo before blowing kissy faces at him.
"Get on the ship, you dunce-bucket," Milo deadpanned. "We'll talk about this later."
On the ship, Dr. Doofenshmirtz was the first to approach Milo.
"Hey, Milo. What's got you buggin'?" The former evil scientist asked.
Milo said nothing, he remained distant.
"Melissa kissed me, Dr. D.!" Milo then called out. "She's been my best friend since we were little kids and now...she kissed me! How am I gonna deal with the fact that my best friend has a thing for me while I have a crush on Amanda?"
"Oh boy..." Dr. Doofenshmirtz began. "I've seen this kind of situation only one other time."
"Where, Dr. Doofenshmirtz?"
"It was on a show my daughter watched when she was a little girl - 'Kim Possible'. There was one episode that stuck out to me: 'Emotion Sickness'. In it, Ron got coerced into a date with Kim thanks to these green microchips called Moodulators that controlled and amplified people's emotions. Before the date, he struggled with how he truly felt about Kim. He considered taking the next step, but feared how it would wreck his friendship with her if things didn't work. It wasn't until 'So The Drama' that Ron finally took the plunge after he and Kim got captured by Dr. Drakken during the Diablo Invasion."
"See, that's what I'm grappling with now. I have a thing for Amanda but I like Melissa too, but I'm not sure if I like her THAT way."
"Milo, I'm not sure if I can help on this one - but if I can give you any speck of advice on this matter, I'd say that when the time is right, you'll know what to do."
'So, Doofenshmirtz was no help. When we get home, I'll talk to Sara,' Milo thought to himself as the ship crashed on the moon due to Murphy's Law.
"What happened?" Zack asked.
"Looks like we crashed..." Loab told everyone. "We're on your moon, kids."
"We're on the moon?!" Zack called out in a fanboyish tone.
"Milo, did you bring the spacesuits?" Melissa asked.
Milo smiled, pulling out spacesuits for him, Melissa and Zack. "We're about to be the first teens to set foot on the moon!" the jinx declared. "Can we, Loab?"
"Fixing the ship may take a while, so go ahead!"
The trio put on their spacesuits and Milo led them out of the ship onto the moon.
"So...we really did land here in '69. Everything Murawski taught us about the Apollo mission was a lie!" Zack said, earning another punch from Melissa. "OW! QUIT IT!"
Melissa scoffed at Zack, slinging her right arm around Milo. "The Earth, from 230,000 miles, is a bright, shiny object. As you look at it, you have a strong attraction to it - because you know it's your home. Everything you've ever known your entire life is right there in a tiny dot. You can blot it out with your thumbnail if you stick it out in front of you," Melissa quoted one of the Apollo 11 astronauts.
Zack smiled "Beautiful...magnificent. Beautiful desolation."
Milo took a look at his surroundings. He was really on the moon. "For those who haven't read the plaque, let me read the plaque. Here, men from the planet Earth set foot on the moon - July 1969, A.D. We came in peace for all mankind. This is one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
Milo blushed as he caught sight of Melissa's arm around him. However, he quickly regained his composure. 'This isn't right! Melissa's just my best friend! I don't like her like that? Do I?'
About an hour later, the Octalian ship was fixed up and the trio returned aboard to head home. And not a moment too soon...Milo's got a lot of thinking to do.
So, yes...this will be multi-chapter because Milo's got a lot of people to talk to and a lot of thinking to do after what Melissa just pulled on him. Up next: Milo goes right to his sister for advice...with some fangirlish results. That will be part 2 of Milo's Internal Struggle and Part 1 of Sara's Sisterly Support arc. See you then and remember...
IT'S MILO'S WORLD AND WE'RE ALL LIVING IN IT!