|Well She Seemed Normal
Author: 4Shame PM
Normalcy is a trivial topic, especially where the girls are involved. Nevertheless, they resume as close to normal positions as they can get. In the meantime, the new world order grows actively curious about the origins of this new Lunar Corporation.Rated: Fiction T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 6 - Words: 22,090 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 12 - Updated: 07-17-12 - Published: 04-30-12 - id: 8074535
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Minako Aino was a hero in her own right. She was always on time, dependable, friendly, fashionable and had an amazing skill of answering multi-line telephones without keeping people on hold for too long while still being able to maintain a fluent conversation with whoever was standing at her desk. The Preventers had dubbed her the Superwoman of clerical work and she eagerly accepted the title, never slowing her pace and always excelling despite the fact that her peers had thought she already perfected her position.
With large blue eyes, sun-woven gold hair and a physique equivalent to that of a goddess, she had won the affection of plenty though she never quite settled for anyone in the office since she charmingly reminded them that work place romances were strictly unacceptable and prohibited by law of the Conduct Code they each had signed and agreed to upon hire. Deflated and disappointed, many afflicted would saunter off, daydreaming endlessly about the many other paths the situation could have turned down that would be in their favor and silently having to settle for these fantastical pictures as they resumed their tasks and resolved that though they would like to quit, they all were Preventers for reasons far greater than could be surpassed by the face of a gorgeous gal…or so most would think…
Still, office work with the daily greeting of the spritely blue-eyed woman in varying degrees of clothing had almost seemed heavenly. Even when met with ghastly missions and human endangering circumstances, the everyday route Minako made around the office to deliver each person's preferred morning beverage was something unanimously looked forward to as she naturally brightened their moods with her smiles and sometimes botched quotes of encouragement. Even the infamous Wufei Chang who was noted for his publicly acclaimed distaste for weak women had grown to appreciate her, eventually decimating his unhealthy knack for verbal degradation and instead choosing to address her with a nod and nothing more. Others had speculated he had grown weary of constantly trying to berate her since she often seemed unbothered by it and skillfully ignored him but truth be told, when he reviewed productivity rates of the Preventers' Corps and noticed his pile of paperwork had gradually started to decline since her stay there, he had understood that perhaps she was in deed a value and thought that scathing remarks from him might scare her away so he stopped at once.
She of course didn't mind. In fact, once he stopped supplying such hurtful slurs, she had noticed the gorgeous shape of his almond eyes and how the jet-black smolder of those well-guarded irises were devastatingly alluring when you stopped to look at them. She had even managed to learn that he was rather keen on the search for justice, a noble goal in her mind; though she would have been likely never to know that about him had he kept up with his less than admirable remarks. And of course the romantic in her would always stop to imagine just which one of her friends, since she was naturally excluded thanks to their contracted Code of Conduct, could wrestle that sensitivity out of him that she was most certain existed beneath that scowl and those fierce charcoal eyes.
All in all, Minako Aino was in deed well revered in the Preventer's Corps. She had won Employee of the year since the beginning of her tenure and even inspired the creation of the Peacekeeper award which was granted to her for her mediation skill and also for her infamous referral of a talented young doctor who stopped a deadly virus cold in its tracks when the space federation had almost faced a large epidemic that would have easily killed half the Earth's population. She was an upstanding citizen, a hard worker, and as normal as any girl could be amongst a horde of Preventer agents with differing histories of tragic proportions. She was especially far from anyone's mind when dealing with a particular representative of a Lunar Corporation founded five years prior with a mission statement of universal peace amongst an impending dark era.
It had become evidently clear that forces inexplicable by the norms of mankind had existed when a global attack was initiated on the fields of the Sanq kingdom. World ambassador, Relena Peacecraft, was taken hostage and a message was sent by the uprising enemy warning the eight planetary senshi that their Queen, assumedly Relena, would be killed should they attempt to fight back. The Preventer's Corps cautiously attempted negotiations, withdrawing from a rebuttal since Relena was captive, which ultimately ended in failure. And though mobile suits had been blown to bits and mysteriously reprogrammed to follow through with orders from the enemy despite the pilots in the cockpit, the Preventers still strived to devise a way to overcome this strange power. It wasn't until a bizarre group of ten appeared, nine in skimpy uniforms and one male in a tuxedo and cape, that they had realized this battle was never meant to be their own.
Confused and warily indebted to these strangers, they drew up a treaty with Relena back in her rightful place and these masked heroes as anonymous as they were from the beginning. The Lunar Corporation became their formal name, publicly broadcast amongst a mass of uncertain receptors as agreements were made and consolidated with signatures. From research it was acquired that this group had been rumored to have existed centuries ago in Juuban district Japan, their identities never quite revealed. Even with large funding and extensive study, they still were unable to find a clue of which families could be connected to these so called heroes as all documents and files were lost in the spate that had gradually drowned most of Japan. With the launch of space colonies and expanse of technology, history had suffered a decrepit loss so the Preventer's struggled to ease their minds as they reluctantly accepted the new role of the Lunar Corporation that had sworn their only intent was to protect the universe from harm.
As it stood, the Preventer's Corps held precedence in cases dealing with natural crimes but if a situation arose that should be defined as anything other than "natural" then that case would be handed to the Lunar Corporation. Steadily, the case flow for the Lunar Corporation was increasing, an observation that had been somewhat unnerving for the apprehensive Preventers and even the new world order that had nominated twenty-six year old Relena Peacecraft as President of Universal management and peacekeeping. Space colonies were expanding, the once barren planets were beginning to evolve into inhabitable places and citizens' chatter about these anomalous members of the Lunar Corporation was starting to veer to vexing possibilities.
Cold and ever growing with suspicion was the common welcoming Preventer agents exuded when the familiar crescent moon pendant appeared on the lapel of a new-faced representative whose appearance was never quite the same in any of their arrivals. The Preventers often deliberated whether it could be the same person every time with different disguises or if they were different people that showed up each time, as the name always remained the same, but they were never quite able to come to a conclusive result. Nevertheless, as they awaited the inevitable arrival of an alien ambassador of the Lunar Corporation, they found their palms sweating with apprehension.
The room changed the moment the elevator doors slid open to reveal yet another new face of the Lunar Corporation. Smiling brightly, Minako gave a warm welcoming, fanciful eyes glittering with mirth and good nature as she entrancedly observed a tall, platinum blonde with remarkable sapphire eyes with hints of silver. His aura literally glittered with enchantment, small cat-like ears poking through his lustrous mane as though they were perfectly natural and instead of a crescent moon pendant upon his airy white clothing, there was a golden crescent moon shining resolutely on his forehead.
His splendid smile melted hearts of even the most unreachable, pale cream skin as smooth as milk glowing beneath the deified fabric of his angelic attire. Charming and well mannered, he bowed when reaching the flank of Preventers waiting on his arrival, nearly clearing suspicion from their minds as they cumbersomely hastened to retrieve their original standoffishness. Stern expressions returned with less conviction, the male species not at all exempt from the mystifying consequence of this newcomer's aura. From her desk Minako couldn't help but smile, eyes knowingly observing the stunned room as she smugly took a seat.
Even when the Lunar representative was swept away into a private room for conferencing, eyes remained glazed over with enchantment until hastily being pulled back by the stern admonitions of an uneasy superior.
"My name is Artemis."
Relena nearly felt her heart stop, the soothing tenure of his voice smoothing over her insecurities in a perplexing rife that she struggled to push aside. One glance to the side was no aid to her astounding reaction, as she noticed not only Wufei but Heero also showing expressions of malcontent which were only incurred when they were met with feelings they knew they should not have. Relena could only imagine what that could have been as she gulped nervously and unsuccessfully strived to be firm and distrusting.
"Artemis," she nodded, unconsciously taking in a deep breath and another when he had smiled. "Relena Peacecraft, pleased to meet you."
She hadn't extended her hand for fear that his magical touch might trigger some uninhibited fascination in his favor and in a rushed attempt to keep him from saying more, she pushed forward a slightly crumpled manila folder, her mind cringing when noticing her grip had been somewhat uncontrolled since his arrival.
She felt relief pour over her when Wufei's rigid voice took the task of explaining what was inside the folder.
"These are reports of an unexplained phenomenon in colony L1. People are collapsing without warning as though their life-force has been sucked out of them. Doctors say they are still alive but most are too weak to move or even wake up. This same phenomenon seems to be taking place on Earth in regions of the South Pacific," he informed, frowning when he noticed the concern that washed through Artemis' effervescent blue eyes. It seemed genuine and went against the suspicions Wufei had that the Lunar Corporation was orchestrating this strange phenomenon to further support their charade as an ally to mankind.
"We will resolve this issue as soon as possible," Artemis said, his expression noble and reaction quick. They felt his urgency clearly through their senses and Relena felt so sick as the alien nature of his appearance and the innocence implied made her question her own reasonable doubts about this organization. Heero had been seen tensing, his grip tightening over the head of a chair as he looked to be mentally grappling with how he should take this.
Previous representatives were of different temperaments. The first was largely mysterious, her ominous ruby red eyes setting each of them on edge as her responses to their inquiries were ambiguous and complex. It was the only opportunity they had to ask about the origins of this new faction and as the meeting ended they were forced to be content with discovering close to nothing aside from the fact that these soldiers had supposedly protected this universe for many millennia and would continue to do so as was written in each their birth rights. It was a nice notion, really, but it was not one they could simply accept when they had absolutely nothing else to go on but their word. As they evaluated that meeting and replayed the tape that recorded the stale conference, they each reached the conclusion that the ruby-eyed representative was purposely sent to keep them distanced from discovering the truth. The Preventers would try to corner her but it appeared she was absolutely immovable as she amicably side-swiped their questions and milked them for information they weren't even aware they had divulged.
After that they were extremely cautious when it became necessary to meet with any representative of the Lunar Corporation. The next few representatives were not as unsettling as the first but they were equally unwilling to share personal secrets as they never discussed more than was necessary and often left as soon as possible.
This representative, however, was unwarranted. He was kind, charming, compassionate and honest from what they could tell and it conflicted horribly with how they expected he would act.
Relena finally nodded, her navy blue eyes reclusive as she reluctantly glanced to her guards. Wufei and Heero nodded discretely afterwards, silently guiding the supernatural character to the door. He exited with a respectful bow, the file securely in his hands as he made his way out. The office watched him despite their real attempts to remain indifferent and they somehow overlooked the friendly smile he had given their esteemed secretary before disappearing to wherever it is he had come from.
Alone and suddenly able to think clearly, Relena pulled the phone from its hook and dialed a sequence of numbers. It was agreed beforehand that Wufei and another Preventer, possibly Sally Po if she wasn't busy, would travel to colony L1 to try and overlook the measures taken by the Lunar Corporation to remedy this latest problem. However, they were still uncertain as to who would overlook the operation in the South Pacific. A man by the name of Quatre Winner was originally referred to take the job but was unable after a conflict in schedules so the young President of Universal relations was forced to dig up old numbers and contacts. From an anonymous tip she found the number of a long estranged pilot who at one time was renowned amongst his peers to be the most resourceful.
Her fingers drummed against the table as the phone rang. Her drumming stopping as soon as she heard the line pick up.
"Mack Truck's Towing Company, this is Ed."
Relena bit her lip, recognizing the voice though still hesitant to believe it was real.
"Hello?" Ed asked through the phone, silence ensuing afterwards.
Relena gulped, urging herself to reply as she coiled the wire around her slender forefinger.
This has been floating around my head and I had to let it out. Plus, there have been so many updates in this section that I was so excited and had to write something. All other stories are still receiving attention, of course. Actually CHE's next chapter is almost done and the next chapter for Disconnect is half complete. Anyhow before I go off on a tangent, special thanks to Nerf-or-Nothing for being such an inspiration to this section with both your reviews and your writing! You've really helped me a lot with motivation and for that I am truly grateful! Also, TopazDragon and angelic acquarian! You guys are also great inspirations! Your work is nothing short of amazing and I am always so eager to read your stories though I am horrible at commenting. I am somewhat of am ninny when it comes to reviews and for that I apologize! Anyhow, I hope this section stays alive! So far it is looking pretty great! As always, all comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated!