The goddess of light, Palutena, threw her staff onto the floor of her throne room, letting out a painful yell. Upon hearing this, her angel, Pit, rushed into the room.

"Are you OK, Lady Palutena?" he asked, picking up her staff for her.

"Oh, I'm sorry I startled you, Pit," she responded. "I'm just having a hard time with the humans again."

"What have they done now?" asked Pit.

Palutena explained, "Remember that territory the humans were fighting over a week ago? The goddess of nature, Viridi, decided to create more land to settle the dispute. That worked for the past week, but now the humans are fighting over the new land!"

"Ouch," responded Pit. "It must really be stressful trying to give peace to such a greedy species."

Palutena slumped in her throne and held her face in her hands. "It really is!" she moaned. "Sometimes, I wonder if it's worth fighting for these humans. It's like they don't want to be helped!"

"That's not true," said Pit. "When you come to their aid, they look up to the sky and cheer your name. When you're not around to save them, they beg and plead for your help."

Palutena thought about this. "So, what you're saying is, they do want my help, but they're just so reliant on it."

"That's what I think," said Pit. "Personally, without you, I'm worthless. I can't even fly without you. Without you, I'd just be stuck in one spot, unable to go anywhere or do anything."

"You're right," she said. "Without me, you'd be so desperate for a purpose that you might try to find one in material possessions, or conquering others."

This interested Pit. "Are you saying the reason humans are the way they are is that…?"

"I'm a lousy goddess," sobbed Palutena.

"No! Never! Not at all!" exclaimed Pit. "Everyone loves you! You're the greatest thing that's ever happened to this planet!"

"That's a lie," she said. "Haven't you listened to them? Some of them are outright convinced I don't exist, because they never see me. Are my effects on the world really so miniscule that they don't even realize I'm causing them?" Palutena turned her head away from Pit and cried into her arm. "I hate my job so much!"

Pit walked to the side of her throne and wrapped his arms around her. "You need a break, Lady Palutena." He put his head on her shoulder and held her tightly until she stopped crying.

"Hey, I know what you need," said Pit with a smile. He got down on his knees in front of her.

Palutena sniffled and looked puzzled. "What are you doing?"

"Relax," he said. "I'm your servant, and I'm here to do my job." He took off her shoes and began massaging one of her feet. "How does that feel?"

"Pit, I appreciate your willingness to help, but I don't think I need a foot massage right now," she said.

"Don't be silly," he smiled. "Everyone could use a foot massage." He began rubbing both feet at the same time.

"Ooh," she moaned. "Actually, it feels really good when you use both of your thumbs like that."

Pit smiled some more. "Who has two thumbs and likes foot massages?"

"Everyone with two thumbs!" she laughed.

"Just close your eyes and take deep breaths," said Pit. When she obliged, Pit leaned in a bit closer and sniffed. "Even her feet smell beautiful," he thought.

"What was that?" said Palutena, sensing his sniff and opening her eyes.

"Nothing. Just relax. Close your eyes. Take deep breaths," he repeated.

This time, she kept one of her eyelids partially open and witnessed him kissing one of her feet. She just closed her eyes, smiled, and said nothing; she took pleasure in having an angel on his knees and kissing her feet without even being asked.

"Could you get my ankles, too?" requested Palutena.

"I'm getting there," said Pit, moving his hands upward. "You're really beginning to like this, aren't you?"

"Very much," she said with a sigh of relief, wiping the remaining tears off her face.

Slowly, he worked his way even farther up, stroking her calves one at a time. He was so happily amazed that she allowed him to get that far.

"Thank you, Pit," said Palutena.

"No, thank you, Lady Palutena," replied Pit. "Anything I can do for you is my pleasure." He stood up, feeling accomplished.

"Huh? Where are you going?" asked a worried Palutena. "You're not finished, are you?"

Pit, looking shocked, replied, "You mean you want me to go even higher? But to go any higher than your knees, I'd have to–"