Then there was the small boarding ship, where all of Alpha Crew was except for Cas, who had remained on the Alpha vessel. "Wait! What is that?" He noticed that behind the human fleet, it was just pitch black, no stars, just nothingness behind them. That isn't normal at all. "It's the black hole," Exo answered, crossing his arms. "Our scanners are unable to detect them, and nobody saw it. We were focused on your group and did not notice it." Kenny grimaced, reaching up to drag his hand down his face. Soon the small boarding ship was out of sight, and all he could see were the alien scouting vessels and his fleet, but he kept his eyes on the enormous darkness behind the human fleet.
"When you arrived, we had originally planned to meet you there, but we pulled off course to hurriedly deal with the situation at hand. In case you did not know, though the words for it are in your people's vocabulary, a black hole has this zone around it. Once you enter that zone, there is no going back. You will be pulled in and ultimately die." Within the next few seconds that is what happened in the footage. The alien scouting ships had quickly returned to the mother ship, and the mother ship glowed brightly before completely disappearing.
"Wait, how did your people attain this footage? Your ships left," Kenny gestured at the screen. "We sent out a drone. Actually, it was how we found your planet after discovering something similar that was sent from yours across our travels." Exo explained, uncrossing his arms and sitting beside Kenny. He nodded, because he knows that they have sent out machines to space with recordings, in hopes that if there is anything, or anyone, out there then they will find it or come across it. Kenny gasped, watching as the ships were pulled apart by the very molecules they were made up of and then pulled into the darkness where they shortly disappeared.
"That's," he paused to take in a breath, "Just, wow. No wonder your people got out of there immediately." Exo looked over, appreciation flashing across his features for Kenny understanding him. Kenny doesn't know, but some of other crewmates didn't handle it so well. "Since you know where our planet is, can you take us back?" Kenny stood up, not able to sit down as his thoughts ran wild. He thought about something, but, surely, it cannot be possible.
The aliens would have told them far sooner, right? "I am sorry, Kenny, but your planet is gone." Exo stood up, looking down at the male human with a frown on his face. They were told to start expressing similar expressions of the humans to make them feel more comfortable, and at first Exo didn't care, but he knows that he just delivered some horrible news. "That isn't funny, Exo. I know you are new to our language, but that isn't something funny to joke about."
Suddenly the room felt small, and it felt like Exo was towering over him. Kenny stepped back, feeling his knees wobble. No way. No way, could his friends, family, and all those animals that he cared for are gone. Yet it was logical. The meeting point was only about as far from earth as the sun is from Earth. He has done his fair amount of research on black holes, and he knows that they have been known to basically swallow stars and even desolate planets, or sometimes simple gas giants.
"Kenny, we believe that the black hole absorbed your planet. We just checked your galaxy for it, and it along with other planets were gone." Exo said softly, or made an attempt at least. Kenny looked at him, suddenly noticing how blurry his vision was. "You can't be serious," Kenny's voice broke at the end. He had a good life going for him: rescuing animals, sometimes even people, and doing what he loved to do- research animals and travel around the world. He felt warmth and wetness on his face, but he was too heartbroken over the loss of his home and everything he knew being torn away from him within only an hour after leaving Earth.
"Are you alright?" Exo approached him, looking at the tears in shock. "Honestly, no," Kenny gave a pitiful chuckle, finally beginning to wipe away the tears but they kept coming. Exo looked at them as though just touching them might burn his fingers. "It's not acid, just some H2O," somehow seeing the alien's reaction slightly helped. Exo nodded, gently reaching up to follow Kenny's hands and help him wipe them away. "Perhaps you should sit down," Exo's voice was different. It was almost rumbling, very lowly and like thunder in a way.
Kenny didn't bother asking why, choosing to quietly follow Exo's suggestion. Instead of just sitting down, he fully laid down on the bed, but he made sure to still keep his boots hanging off the edge. He jerked his head up when he felt his boots coming off, and he was surprised to see Exo gently taking them off his feet. He nearly snorted at the weird look that Exo gave his feet. After that, the tall alien just kind of stood there awkwardly. Kenny sighed and turned his head, pressing his face into the soft blankets.
It felt like his entire body had been dunked in freezing cold water. Exo wasn't lying, so he, along with the others, are the very last humans from Earth. "Do you wish for anything?" Exo quietly asked, appearing nervous and unsure of how to react. The tears had stopped, but Kenny still had the same mournful expression on his face.
"No, I'm ok. Thank you," Kenny murmured, his voice teetering on the edge of tears again. He wants to get a grip of himself, but he knows sooner or later he is going to have to let it all out. It just isn't good for someone to hold in their tears and cries for too long. "May I," Exo seemed to gulp, "Would you be alright with me comforting you?" Exo almost appeared nervous as he stood there.
Kenny actually laughed, not expecting that at all, but he quickly regretted it when he saw Exo's face fall. "I'm sorry," Kenny quickly rushed out, sitting up to show he is sincere. "I was laughing because of how you worded it, not exactly at you." He kind of felt like an ass doing that, just laughing at his attempt of being friendly in a human way.
"So, may I?" Exo stepped closer, standing at the very edge of the bed. Kenny considered it before answering. Cuddling with someone, even an alien, would probably be soothing, but would Exo really be ok with tears so up close? "Are you alright with me crying on you or your clothes?" Kenny laid back down on his back, looking at Exo.
Kenny has decided to simply let Exo decide, because he doesn't want to make Exo feel uncomfortable. Exo took no time to consider it, "No," he quickly answered. Before Kenny could get a peep out, Exo was beside him laying on his side. He just laid there, so close to touching yet barely managed to keep just enough air between them. Kenny inched closer, rolling onto his side to lightly Exo. He felt the alien tense beneath him, and he was about to pull back but was stopped by Exo.
He returned Kenny's hug, pulling him closer so that his head was at the collar of his clothes. Kenny didn't mind the clothes, because he is beginning to trust Exo, but that doesn't mean he wants to be cuddling in the nude with him. "Thank you," Kenny said, noticing how the lights in the room dimmed without Exo making a single movement. "You're welcome, now rest." Exo moved his arm to wrap it around Kenny's shoulder and lightly hold the back of Kenny's head. Surrounded by alien warmth under a ceiling with glowing blue veins is how Kenny fell asleep.