Disclaimer: I do not own Chronicles of Riddick. I only own Nova Rhea and any other OCs you may see in future chapters.
Author's Note: Also, I accidently deleted the last chapter and it's going to take me some time to rewrite it, if I even manage to do it because my soul died once I realized what happened. Thank you. 8/30/2015
When you're reading this, I think that you should listen to Run Devil Run, by Girls' Generation, but listen to Kesha's version so you can hear it in English. I think the song describes how Rhea feels when she sees Riddick has come back.
5 years have passed since Nova Rhea last saw Richard B. Riddick. She had found most of her family and friends, and gained new ones along the way. She still visited Imam every now and again; she felt it was only appropriate after everything they'd been through together all those years ago. She was now 21 years old. She'd grown to become 5'5", her eyes had changed from dark brown to pearl grey, and her hair was a little bit longer than medium length. Her hair was still dark brown, but it now had a natural grey streak in it; the grey streak made up her bangs which covered half of her left eye. She had taken it upon herself to learn different ways to defend herself and had become quite skilled since Riddick left. She hadn't let many men near her the way she had him, she didn't want a repeat of what happened between them, so she tried her best not to get too attached to the men she did end up liking.
'I wonder if Imam is home yet?' Rhea thought.
Rhea had decided to visit Imam the way she did when she was passing through his part of the system. Rhea had to pass Helion Prime in order to get from one planet to another when she wanted to see certain family members, so it worked out pretty well for her. She was saddened that Jack had left them to join the Mercs. The thought of Jack becoming a Merc made Rhea's skin crawl, and it made her feel a little betrayed by Jack. Jack had only done it so she could go find Riddick and bring him back, but Rhea thought there could have been other, more effective methods.
Rhea was getting closer to Imam's house and was lucky to have seen him before he got there himself.
"Imam!" Rhea called, trying to get his attention.
"Rhea." Imam said, greeting Rhea with a warm smile and a hug. "It's been a while." Imam said, continuing to walk to his house.
"Yeah well, I've been busy studying to become a Vet. Thought I'd stop by and say hello while I'm taking a break from my studies." Rhea said.
"Becoming a Vet, huh? I could see you doing that." Imam said, with a smile.
"Yeah. I've wanted to be one for as long as I can remember." Rhea said, smiling back at Imam.
Imam opened the front door and they stepped inside. Rhea felt something was different about the place, like the energy was off balance. She left him and was pulled towards what she thought might be causing such a change. She stopped when she saw the figure of a man, long locks of hair fell to the floor as he seemed to be shaving his head.
"Who are you?" Rhea said.
"Come now. You sayin' you don't remember me? You of all people should remember." Came a familiar voice, as the man continued to shave his head.
Rhea's heart started pounding.
'There's no way.' Rhea thought.
"So, what have you been up to lately,… Angel?" Riddick said.
Riddick turned around to face Rhea, he looked her over a few times before smirking.
"Damn, someone's looking grown up." Riddick said, in a semi-mocking voice while smirking.
"What's the matter?" Imam said, when he came in and saw Rhea's shocked facial expression.
Imam hadn't seen Riddick yet because of the angle he had come into the room.
"The asshole is back." Rhea said, venom dripping from every word.
Rhea's facial expression had changed from shock, to pure visible hatred. Imam turned to see what she was talking about.
"Riddick!" Imam said dumbfounded.
"What's good, Holy Man?" Riddick said, smirking at Imam. "Did you know all your doors were locked? Five years ago, I took 3 people off that planet. A kid, Jack; who everyone else thought was a boy, a holy man searching for New Mecca, and a teenaged convict." Riddick said, looking at Rhea while he said the last part. Riddick turned to Imam. "I told one man where I'd go, I showed trust to one man. Did I make a mistake Imam?" He said, making Imam visibly nervous.
"There's no simple answer." Imam said, before he was cut off by Riddick, who now had a shiv to Imam's throat.
Rhea brought the handgun she had concealed in her right sleeve out, and had it up against Riddick's head in a matter of milliseconds.
"You sure you want to do that?" Rhea said.
Rhea was tempted to pull the trigger, but she had more self-control than that, for now.
Riddick gave Rhea a sideways glance, then looked back at Imam.
"Whatever was said, was meant to give us a chance, a fighting chance." Imam said, shiv still against his throat. "Were it not for the threat of invasion I would have never betrayed you."
Riddick turned his head when he sensed Imam's wife, Azure, walk into range from upstairs.
"Riddick." Azure said, surprised to see him.
Everyone looked over and saw Imam's daughter crouching down against the bars of the railing. Riddick lowered his weapon and started walking towards the stairs.
"Your daughter, who's name would be…?" Riddick said, when he reached the outside of the bottom railing.
"No." Azure said, stopped their daughter from getting closer to Riddick.
"If you have issue with me, then let it be with me. You need not know their names." Imam said.
"Zeesa. My name is Zeesa." Zeesa daughter said.
"Zeesa." Riddick said, getting in front of the staircase. "Cute kid." He said, turning to Imam.
"Did you really kill monsters? The ones that were going to hurt my father and, Nova?" Zeesa said.
Riddick looked over at Rhea and Imam.
"Such are our bedtime stories." Imam said.
"Go, Zeesa, go on." Azure said, urging her along.
"Going by your first name now?" Riddick said, turning towards Rhea.
"The only people that call me by my first name are family and friends." Rhea said.
"So, as a friend, does that mean I should too?" Riddick said, with a cocky smirk.
"Who said we were friends?" Rhea said.
"I don't know. I just figured that since we were pretty close once, in more than one way that I'd still count." Riddick said.
"Well you don't, and the past is the past. So everything that happed between us means nothing." Rhea said.
"Of course it doesn't... Nova." Riddick said, earning a death glare from Rhea. "Now, who do I have to kill to get this payday off my head?"