Damia - "The third story I've started today. Tiring. Any way, I thought you all might like it. It's a bit more lighthearted than most of them. I like it. Oh well, just read and review,"
Wren - "And I'm feeling left out, so I'll say the disclaimer,"
Damia - "Or I can have Duo give me a back rub while Heero gives you one, and have Quatre do it,"
Wren - "I definitely like that idea better," Damia snaps fingers and everything is set up.
Quatre - "Damia does not own GW or SM,"
How They Met
Five girls sat inside the small orphanage on L2. They were playing a game that involved piling a bunch of sticks in a pile, and then pulling them out one at a time. When the pile collapsed, the person to pull the last stick lost. A tall man came in.
"Hotaru," He called. The youngest of the girls, a little child who looked about 6, turned at the voice.
"Yes daddy?" She asked.
"I have some special news for you and the other girls," He said with a smile.
"Do I get to ring the bell?" She asked with a large grin. The man nodded and she ran over to the wall and pressed a button. A noise like forty chiming bells sounded and soon about thirty children had piled into the large room.
"Hello kids," He said with a smile.
"Good afternoon Mr. Tomoe," They chorused.
"I have some special news for you," he started, "I know you all like to have your own rooms, but now you're going to have to share. There was a fire at the Holliwell Orphanage on the other side of the city. We have offered to take in a few of the new people. I would like to have one of you children room with one of the new ones. Everyone will have to share, I am sorry," He said.
"Mr. Tomoe, it's all right. They're all in the same boat as us, they need a flop, and we got the roof. We might as well let them stay. Heck, even if we have to share a room, we're a lot better off than if we were running the streets," A little girl with a brown ponytail and emerald green eyes announced.
"Thank you Makoto, does anyone else have anything to say?" He asked. No one moved, "are you sure," A little girl with long dark hair raised her hand.
"When are they gonna be here?" She asked.
"In about two hours, I suggest you start picking up your rooms," He said. He walked out of the room and everyone split into their own little groups.
"Our rooms are already clean," A little blonde girl said with a yawn.
"But we all have bunk and one of yours is covered in stuffed animals and the other is a mess because you sleep in it Minako," Makoto said.
Hey, we wont be able to have sleep overs in each others rooms now," Another blonde cried.
"Usagi, it's not as bad as all that," A girl with blue hair said with a smile.
"Yeah Usa, Ami's got a point. Would you rather have kids like us sleep on the street so we can have over nights, or would you have a kid share your room so that they have a roof over their heads?" Rei asked.
"Point taken," She said with a sigh.
"We all should clear out half our dressers and closets, and the other bunk," Ami said.
"And now the sleep overs will have to be in my room," Hotaru said with a smile. They all took off for the hall they had rooms in and started to take care of everything.
The bell rang again as the girls were hall sitting in Ami's room. They walked into the big room and sat.
"The kids should be here in a few minutes," He said, "I have a list of kids and ages, you'll be sharing them with all sorts of people. Boys will be with boys, girls will be with girls, but the ages are going to be a bit off. He looked at the list again as the door bell rang. "Hotaru, go lead the teacher and the kids here please," He said with a smile. She scampered off to the door. "All of you kids on this side of the room," Dr. Tomoe said, pointing to one side of the room. They all moved obediently and waited a few moments for Hotaru to come back.
"Hello Mr. Tomoe," A tall woman with blonde hair said.
"Hello Miss White, please have your children sit on that side of the room. Hotaru, come stand beside me," Miss White gave him a worried glance and did as he instructed.
"Kids, please stand over here," She said. Once they were standing Mr. Tomoe took over.
"All right children, you will be sharing a room with one of my students, I have made a list, and I would like both of you to come to the middle. The kids who have been here longer will lead you to your room," He looked at the list.
"Makoto Kino, and Haruka Tenno," Makoto walked out as a girls with sandy blonde hair and teal blue eyes did. They looked each other up and down, and then nodded. Makoto started to walk and Haruka followed her, a duffel bag in her hands.
"Ami Mizuno, and Setsuna Meiou," Ami ran a hand through her dark blue hair and walked out. There was a tall girl with dark green hair coming as well. Ami smiled and beckoned her to follow.
"Derek Williams and Mamoru Chiba," A tall kid with light brown hair and brown eyes walked out as a kid with jet black hair and blue eyes did. They walked out together.
"Minako Aino and Michiru Kaiou," He said. Minako walked out and so did a girl with teal hair and eyes. They smiled and Minako grabbed the girls hand and started to walk away without a by-your-leave. Usagi and Rei both groaned at the girls actions.
"Usagi Tsukino and Fran Jackson," Usagi walked out and so did a girl with short blonde hair and brown eyes. Usagi smiled and motioned for her to follow.
"Rei Hino and Jill Jackson," Rei walked out and so did a girl with blonde hair and brown eyes. Rei shrugged and nodded her head slightly before walking. The rest of the kids were sorted and went to their rooms. Mr. Tomoe nodded to his daughter and she smiled before scampering off to check on her friends.
"Who is that one?" Miss White asked.
"That's my daughter, Hotaru," He said with a smile.
"Where is her mother?"
"She died in birth,"
Hotaru ran down the halls and turned into Fantasy Avenue. The kids had named all of the halls and painted pictures on the doors. Each bedroom had a mailbox of sorts in the Library that had the 'address' on it. For instance, Hotaru was in Gemstone Lane in the Black Panther room. So her mail box was in the top row, and said 'Black Panther' above it. She needed help to get what she needed, but she had her own room. The other people in her hall were the cook, the five teachers, her dad, and three other rooms that were used for guests.
The first door on the right was Emerald green with a dragon on it. Hotaru knocked. It was opened by Makoto's new roommate Haruka.
"What do you need squirt," She asked with a smile.
"I was looking for Makoto," She said with a smile.
"Alright then," Haruka gave her another smile and then opened the door a bit wider.
"Hey Makoto," Hotaru said, flopping onto the bottom bunk.
"Hey Hotaru," Makoto said from in the closet.
"What are you doing?" Hotaru asked.
"I'm making everything neater," Makoto said.
"because it was messy,"
"You do realize that we're children and we're supposed to be messy, right?" Hotaru asked.
"I don't see you complaining when I help you clean your room," Makoto said with a laugh.
"I'm not complaining, merely stating a fact,"
"well a child I may be, but I don't like messes," Makoto said.
"You are so weird," Hotaru said.
"I know," Makoto agreed,
"Oh well," Hotaru turned to the other girl in the room, "I'm Hotaru Tomoe," She said, holding out her hand.
"I'm Haruka Tenno," Haruka shook the little girl's hand.
"I feel really short in this room," Hotaru said.
"It could be because Makoto's tall and I'm twelve," Haruka said.
"That would do the trick," Hotaru agreed.
"We're gonna take down the top bunk and put them on either side of the room, you need to move," Makoto said.
"Alright, I'll see you later," Hotaru hopped off the bed as Haruka and Makoto started clearing the floor. She went across the hall to a yellow door with fairy on it and knocked.
"Heya kiddo," Minako said with a smile. She opened the door wide and gestured for Hotaru to go through. Hotaru went in and sat down, watching the other girls fold her clothes and put them in the dresser.
"Michiru, this is Hotaru, hotaru, this is Michiru," Minako sat on the bottom bunk and looked at them both.
"Hello Hotaru," Michiru said with a nice smile.
"Nice to meet you," Hotaru said with a smile.
"Likewise, I'm sure," Michiru said with another of her sweet smiles.
"Whoa, you talk like Ami," Hotaru said with a surprised look.
"Who is Ami?" Michiru asked.
"Another of our friends," Minako said with a smile.
"She's really smart," Hotaru said with a smile.
"I hope that I can be construed as smart," Michiru said.
"Yup, you're just like Ami," Hotaru stated.
"What exactly does that mean?" Michiru asked with a laugh.
"It just means that you're gonna use words that me 'n' Usagi 'n' Minako wont understand," Hotaru said with a nod.
"Hey," Minako cried.
"Just stating facts," Hotaru said with a shrug. Michiru laughed again.
"I'm glad I met you tow," She said with a smile.
"I'm gonna go check on the other girls," Hotaru said. She left the room and walked across the hall. This door was blue with a unicorn in the middle.
"Hello young one," Ami's new roommate answered the door.
"Hello, you're Setsuna, right?" Hotaru asked.
"That would be correct," Setsuna said with a nod.
"Wow, you're really tall," Hotaru said with a smile.
"I'm fifteen," Setsuna said with a smile.
"You're really pretty to," Hotaru added. Setsuna blushed softly and opened the door a little wider.
"I take it that you are here to see Ami," She said.
"Yup," Hotaru moved past and went to stand behind Ami, who was on her laptop. (An - this is the far future, Laptops are to them like pencil and paper are to us,)
"Hello Hotaru," Ami said, not getting up form what she was doing.
"Hi Ami, having fun?" She asked.
"Damia Windsong has a new book out, I'm just ordering it," Ami said with a smile. (An - I know I know I know, I want to be an author and a clothing designer, ^_^ everyone has dreams, )
"Cool, seem to be doing fine," Hotaru said with a nod.
"Worried?" Setsuna asked.
"Just making sure that my friends are ok with their new roommates," Hotaru said with a smile. Hotaru left the room to go to the red door with the fire bird. She knocked and a blonde girl answered the door.
"Yes?" She asked.
"Hi, I'm Hotaru Tomoe, is Rei here?" She asked.
"Tomoe? Are you related to Mr. Tomoe?" She asked.
"Yeah, he's my dad," Hotaru said with a smile.
"Why are you here?" The girl asked rudely.
"Because Rei is my friend," Hotaru said with another smile.
"Are you sure? She told me she's only using you to get to your father," The girls said, looking at hr finger nails.
"No, she's my friend," Hotaru said.
"Alright, hold on, I'll ask," The door closed and opened a few moments later.
"What did she say?" Hotaru asked, sure that Rei wouldn't have said anything.
"She says she's to busy to talk to you," The door was quickly shut in her face. Hotaru stood there, staring at the door for a few moments before moving to Usagi's door. It was pink with a golden brown griffin. She knocked. A girl identical to the other opened the door.
"Hello, is Usagi here?" She asked.
"Who wants to know?" The girl asked.
"Hotaru," She said nervously.
"Hotaru Tomoe?" The girl asked.
"Yes, that's me," Hotaru said, her face brightening a little bit.
"Sorry, She doesn't want to see you," The girl said.
"Did she tell you that?" Hotaru asked.
"well you se, me and my sister and Rei and Usagi were all talking, and they told us that you were annoying, but they couldn't say anything or you'd go crying to your dad like a baby," The girl said.
"What?" Hotaru asked, tears blurring her vision.
"Look kid, you're not wanted here," She said with a shrug. The door closed again. Hotaru took a step back and the tears started to fall from her eyes.
A lot of kids in the Lillian Tomoe Orphanage teased her and didn't like her. The girls said that it was because they were jealous of her dad. It confused her because her dad loved all of them and didn't single anyone out. Except maybe Hotaru, but those times weren't really special. She had grown up with all of these kids. Her mother had died giving birth to her and her father had opened an orphanage in her name and decided to run it. Most of the kids had been taken in at the beginning six years ago. Ami said that a lot of the kids were jealous because a lot of people had wanted to adopt Hotaru, but couldn't because she already had a father. Ami couldn't care less. She was one of the very few kids that liked living in the orphanage. Minako was always telling Hotaru that she was special and beautiful. She said that the reason a lot of people wanted to adopt Hotaru was because Hotaru looked like a china doll with her thin build and pale skin. Her purple eyes that seemed so old for such a young face and her dark hair helped make her look even more pale. She was an extremely delicate looking girl.
Right then Hotaru did resemble a China doll. She stood in the middle of the hall in a light purple sun dress that had lace straps and crystalline tears streaming silently down her cheeks. A look of utter dejection was on her face. A boy turned down the hall, he was tall with black hair and blue eyes. He came from behind her and called out. She turned, the tears still falling and she was still silent. She looked up at him.
"What's the matter?" He asked, "Did you not get chosen for adoption?" She shook her head and sniffed lightly.
"No," She said quietly.
"Do you want to tell me what's wrong?" He asked. Her lower lip trembled as he squatted down in front of her to look in her eyes. She flung her arms around his neck.
"Nobody likes me 'cept Minako 'n' Ami 'n' Makoto 'cause I'm Mr. Tomoe's daughter," she cried into his neck.
"I'm sure that's not true," He said.
"Yes it is, I thought Usagi 'n' Rei liked me, but their new roommates said they didn't 'n' that they didn't even want to talk to me," She said, sobbing on his shoulder. He stood up with her in his arms. She hardly weighed a thing.
"I'll tell you what, you help me find my friends, and I'll bet all of them like you," He said with a smile.
"K," She said.
"What's your name?" He asked.
"Hotaru, what's yours?" she asked with a sniff.
"Who're your friends?"
"Setsuna Meiou, Haruka Tenno, and Michiru Kaiou," He said.
"They're my friends new roommates," She said with a smile. She swiped her hands across her eyes.
"I have the right hall, right?" He asked.
"Yup, they're all in fantasy Avenue," She said with a smile.
"That's what my roommate said, but all he did was confuse me until I saw that where the halls connect there seem to be street signs," He said with a smile.
"Where are you?" She asked.
"I'm on Safari street," He said with a smile.
"Who's your roommate?" she asked.
"Derek Williams," He answered.
"You're in the Lion room," She said with a smile.
"That's right," He said with a smile.
"This is Setsuna's room," She said, pointing to the Unicorn door," That's Michiru's," She pointed to the Fairy, "And that's Haruka's," She pointed to the Dragon.
"Alright, let's go get all of them," He said with a smile. He knocked on Setsuna's first.
"Yes?" Ami asked, opening the door. She opened it the rest of the way.
"What's the matter Hotaru?" She asked.
"Nothing," Hotaru said, hiding her face in Mamoru's neck.
"Setsu," Mamoru called.
"Hello Mamoru, what's the matter with the young one?" She asked.
"I think we should all talk to these Ami, Minako, and Makoto people," He said with a frown.
"We should go to Makoto's room, she'll have the most space," Ami said quickly.
"Then let's go," Setsuna said. Ami knocked on the green door. Haruka answered it.
"Hey guys," She said in surprise.
"We're going to have a meeting in your room," Setsuna said.
"I'll go get the other two. Ami dashed off to the other room. Soon they were all in the room. Mamoru told them what Hotaru said.
"I may not know her, but no one should feel unwanted," He growled.
"We like you," Michiru said with a smile.
"Really?" Hotaru asked with a smile.
"Everyone in this room likes you, and so do Usa and Rei," Minako said savagely.
"But they said," Hotaru started.
"I don't care what they said, come with me," Minako jumped up and walked down the hall, the others looking out the door with interest. Minako pounded on Rei's door. It was opened by an annoyed girl.
"What do you want?" She asked.
"I want to know who you think you are," Minako said angrily.
"I don't know what you're talking about," The girl said.
"What did you tell Hotaru?" Minako asked.
"Hotaru? I'm sorry, I have no idea who you're talking to,"
"I doubt it, A pretty little girl, black hair, purple eyes?"
"You Liar, you told her that Rei didn't want to talk to her," Minako accused.
"I wouldn't go calling people bigger than you are a liar pip-squeak. I could clean the floor with your face," The older girl said .
"Feel free," Minako said, taking a step back into the hall. Haruka and Mamoru started to go forward, but they were stopped by Makoto.
"Watch and learn," Makoto whispered.
"Listen little girl, obviously the brat just wants attention," The other girl said.
"And like I said, you're a liar," She said.
"That's it, I may be new, but I don't let anyone talk to me like that," the girl grabbed for Minako, but she dodged. Minako hauled back her arm and hit the other girl square in the jaw.
"Where's Rei?" Minako asked calmly.
"She's not here," The girl said. She hit Minako in the shoulder and the smaller girls staggered slightly. The other girl hit Minako on the shoulder again and Minako fell. She stayed on the ground and let the other girl come close before planting both feet into the girls stomach and shoving as hard as she could. The other girl fell.
"Makoto, I'm tired of fighting now," Minako said as the other girls came forward and Minako stood with her arms crossed. Makoto dashed out and crouched into a fighting position in front of her friend.
"Go back to your room, and don't talk to Hotaru anymore," Makoto said.
"You're getting off easy," The girl said, backing into her room and closing the door.
"Time to deal with the other one," Minako said. The other came over before she knocked on the door.
"That was rather surprising," Michiru said.
"Makoto doesn't like us to not be able to defend ourselves," Minako said with a smile.
"It's a good thing to know," Haruka agreed.
"Let's see what's going on here," Minako suggested. She knocked on the door and it was opened by Usagi. Rei was laying on the bottom bunk.
"Hey guys, what's up?" She asked with a smile. Her silvery blonde hair up in two buns with long streamers trailing out the back and falling to her knees.
"Hey guys," Rei said. She was looking at a comic, "Hotaru, I've got the newest addition to 'The Guardians' and I'm almost done you can read it next," She said, not looking up.
"Come one in, we were trying to get away from our new roommates, they're kind of weird," Usagi said, making a face. Hotaru jumped at her, wrapping her arms around the girls neck.
"You still like me," She said happily.
"Not if I die of suffocation," She said with a laugh. Hotaru loosened the choke hold around the other girls neck.
"Why wouldn't Usa like you?" Rei asked, she glared at the other girl, "What did you do Odango Atama?" She asked. Hotaru jumped on the bed and hugged the feisty brunette.
"You like me to," She said with a smile.
"Why wouldn't I?" She asked.
"Your roommates were telling her something, and since we all know Jill and Fran Jackson, they're just causing trouble because they think it's fun," Michiru said with a frown.
"What did they say?" Rei asked with a frown.
"They said you didn't really like me and were only pretending 'cause you didn't want my dad not to like you," She said.
"And you believed them?" Usagi asked, hurt in her voice.
"I didn't think, it was upsetting," Hotaru said.
"She's only six baka," Rei snapped at the other girl.
"So," Usagi said with a pout.
"Oh Usa, I know you like me, I'm sorry," Hotaru wrapped her arms around the other girls shoulders. Usagi hugged her back.
"We'll see about this," Rei jumped off the bed and shoved through the full room. The rooms really weren't made to hold ten people, even if they were kids.
Rei walked over to her dorm and walked in the dorm. Usagi in quick pursuit. The door was closed and they heard shouting and a few thumps. Usagi came back out a moment later.
"What were the thumps?" Hotaru asked.
"Rei shoved Fran off her bed," Usagi said.
"Why?" Hotaru asked.
"She said she didn't want it contaminated," Usagi said with a shrug. A few moments later Rei came out with two bags full and a red blanket with a firebird in the center.
"Usagi, Fran and I are switching rooms. I'll let the two of them poison each others minds," She moved off to Usagi's room and walked in. She came out with a still packed bag and walked back into the firebird room. She came out a few moments later with a lamp and some stuffed animals. She put them in The Griffin room and came back out.
"Let's go get a snack," Usagi said with a smile.
"Good idea," Mamoru agreed, They followed Usagi to the kitchen.
"Hi Burt," Usagi said with a smile.
"Now Bunny, you know the rules, dinner aint 'til 6:30," An old man with a receding hair line told her.
"I know burt, but I'm hungry now, and you know I'll eat everything you put on my plate," She said with a smile.
"Who are the others?" Burt asked, looking behind the tiny blonde girl.
"That's Setsuna with the green hair, Haruka with the blonde, Michiru with the aqua, and Mamoru's the guy," She said, not taking her eyes off the fridge.
"You all hungry?" He asked.
"I am," Mamoru piped up. There were negatives from the rest.
"Well now, how old are you?" Burt asked.
"Well you're a growing boy, I'll give you that. Might as well give you two something to eat, Usagi would probably die if I didn't," He said with a laugh.
"Yeah," Usagi cheered. Burt went to the fridge and pulled out four bowl of rice. He put them on the counter in front of the kids and then added forks.
"You need to eat it in here," He said.
"Only Usagi and Mamoru are hungry," Michiru said.
"I know," Burt said with a smile. Ten minutes later Mamoru had finished his rice bowl and Usagi had finished the other three.
"What are we having for dinner?" She asked.
"Hamburgers, curly fries, and corn on the cob," He answered.
"How long 'til dinner?" She asked.
"You just ate three bowls of rice," Haruka said.
"You should see Usa eat when she's really hungry," Hotaru said with a laugh.
Damia - "And there ends the first installment of a story that I kinda like,"