Hoseok and Yoongi's clunky ship landed as gracefully as a massive tankard is capable of nuzzling into sandy soil and sparse clearings amidst a tightly packed rainforest.
Whenever the full crew of Yoongi and Hoseok's ragtag team of rogues walked out of the shuttle and onto the soft, loose turf, they were engulfed in the thick sticky heat and the sound of unexpectedly raucous applause. The small clearing they'd landed in was surrounded on every side by lively figures all clapping and shouting in congratulations at the arrival of the Noon Mool crew.
Yoongi folded his arms and gave an almost-smile at the sight, his hip cocking to one side.
Woozi stood next to Yoongi—like a shorter, pink-haired mirror image with his own hip cocked sidelong in tow.
Hoseok shamelessly lifted his clasped hands into the air, gave them a shake this way and that, and did a playful series of jumps and butt-wiggles to mirror back the crowd's enthusiasm—making everyone cheer even louder.
Taehyung leaned down towards Woozi's short shoulder. "Why are they cheering?"
Woozi shouted back through the sound, "Because they saw the fight. It was broadcasted here."
"What?!" Tae couldn't quite make out the words.
"THEY SAW THE ARENA FIGHT!"
Recognizing that these people had seen him die a gruesome--and somewhat deserved--death in real time... left the starry-eyed young Tae feeling incredibly shy. He shuffled his feet in the loose topsoil to stand just behind Jungkook's broad shoulders, trying to make himself appear less noticeable amongst the new arrivals. He had little success.
Meanwhile, Jungkook's sharp brown eyes scanned the crowd. There were more people than he could count pouring out from the treeline around the clearing they'd landed in. They were all mostly dressed in khakis and camo and green and brown. Combat boots, tennis shoes, or hiking sandals. Swords strapped here and there, a few people holding fat blaster guns, and...a whole lot of young people. Some of the kids wearing swords strapped to their sides or their backs didn't look like they'd even made it to puberty.