Cupid Alliance Series 2: To Defy Destiny
Title: Cupid Alliance Series 2: To Defy Destiny
Show: Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon
Series: Cupid Alliance Series
Timeline: "The Last Sacrifice: The End of the Silver Millennium", "CAS 1: The Trouble with Love", "CAS 2: To Defy Destiny", "Every Cloud", "Crystal Shards", "CAS 3: Unwilling Accomplice", "Our Past 1: The Reason We Fight", "CAS 4: Princess of Light", "Our Past 2: The Reason We Still Fight", "Our Past 3: The Reason We Fought", "CAS 5: One Last Shining Star", "In the Darkest Forest", "Destiny or Duty", "Desperately Searching", "Kazeko", "Chronicles of the Star Senshi"
Time: Season 1
Chapter 1: Evaluation
Asakaze, Cupid # 374 Omicron, sat on the roof of the building opposite the Crown Arcade and sharpened her arrows. She watched as a short blonde bounced in, followed by her short-haired friend, a girl named Osaka Naru. They settled themselves at the counter and exchanged pleasantries with the blonde boy manning the counter, Furuhata Motoki. He thought of the two as younger sisters, his friends, but the blonde was completely and totally infatuated with him, to the point that she couldn't see that her friend Umino was falling for her. Asakaze aimed a simple Arrow of Desire at the little blonde, letting it fly, watching hearts fill her eyes. Though technically against the Cupid Code, Tsukino Usagi was not yet Assigned, so Asakaze was free to do as she pleased.
She straightened as a tall man with stormy blue eyes came into view, pointed toward the little arcade. He wore his power like a cloak, glaringly obvious to any Cupids or gods. She opened her great white feathered wings, soaring closer and hovering over his head, examining his energy signature. "Urakaze-kun, do me a favor."
"What do you need, Asa-chan? And where are you, anyway? You have a meeting with 35 Omicron in ten minutes. Status reports and all. If you expect a new assignment, you must be there on time."
"I know, worry-wart. Look, I need some information on the Silver Millennium."
That got the younger Cupid's attention, and Cupid #557 turned his entire attention to his former master's question. Asakaze laughed at the change as the human with black hair entered the arcade. In a flash of pale blue, the younger man appeared by her side, pale brown hair pulled out of his face, ice blue eyes searching the street. "Why the Silver Millennium, Asa-chan? Who did you find?"
"I think . . . I think I found someone very important. Just find me the files, please? I'll come see you after my meeting."
Urakaze shrugged, covering his ears as a fierce wail shook the buildings, threatening to bring them to the ground. "Kami-sama! What a sound! What poor creature is being skinned alive?"
"A girl who has only just begun to understand her destiny. I will see you later, Ura-kun." With that, the older of the pair opened her wings and flew off, golden hair shining in the sun an instant before she vanished. Urakaze moved lower and glanced inside the Arcade, taking in the girl and her friend, the blonde boy, and the dark-haired man. He sensed anger, fury, pain, and . . . something else. A tie that he could not identify. Shrugging, Cupid #557 Omicron headed toward the Great Cupid Library to find the information that his former master had requested.
35 Omicron was an old Cupid, her gray hair pulled into a tight bun, glasses on her long nose, wrinkled fingers rifling through brittle papers, sharp muddy green eyes glancing up at the purple-eyes cupid. The Omicron Cupids knew that 35 could assume the form of any age that she wanted, but old woman was her choice, possibly to intimidate her young charges. "Well, 374. I see that you have been busy recently, and your progress has been satisfactory. Your apprentice has done well, a tribute to a fine and meticulous teacher, but you have not requested a new assignment in twenty years. I do not understand your reluctance to be an excellent Cupid instead of merely ordinary."
"Forgive my honesty, but it is not the number of assignments that makes a Cupid worthy. I have brought hundreds of couples together in these past two decades, and I think it unfair of you to point out that none of them were worth points I'm supposed to be accumulating so I can be assigned more land, or another apprentice. I do not really care. Since Urakaze, 557, graduated and was given his own domain twenty years ago, I have been doing the best job I can with what I have been given, not fighting for more. Tokyo is a beautiful city, and its people are happy. With the exception of the recent youma crises, my town is peaceful. People fall in love, they get married, they have the children, and they live full lives. What reason would I need more land if I have achieved all of this? Honestly, 35 Omicron, I don't understand why I was called for Review, anyway. I have spent the last two decades trying to stay out of the spotlight."
To the blonde's surprise, 35 was smiling, her wrinkles not as severe in her happy state. "And that is exactly why you have come to our attention. You finally realized the true purpose of a Cupid, and we need to ask you for a favor."
"Me? The Council needs a favor from me?"
"Yes, Asakaze-san." The blonde started, shocked that 35 had used her real name. "You see, we do not give Assignments to Cupids that need to advance; we give our special cases to Cupids that can handle them. We have a few that only a powerful and wise Cupid can handle, and we want you to consider one of the Alpha Cases."
"Alpha Cases," Asakaze whispered, wings falling open in shock. "But those are the ones that even the hundreds cannot bring together! Those are the destined ones!"
"And we have faith that you will bring them together. Have you seen the list recently?"
"I have. It has grown substantially since Beryl awoke and began to call her generals. Soon the first of the ancient senshi will begin to fight, but we have no idea who that girl will be."
"You will find out the Senshi's identity, and that of her court when they make themselves known. It is important to us that the information is brought to our attention as soon as possible. We cannot protect the ancient princess if we never find her. She cannot die again. It is a great disgrace to the Cupid Alliance and the Gods that gave us life that we let the Moon Kingdom fall in the Silver Millennium."
"I have read the reports, and no one is to blame for that unfortunate event. We could not have predicted it. Even the ginzuishou was silent until the tragic end, and you were able to send the senshi to a new future on Earth."
"Asakaze, listen to me. I know that you younger Cupids see that event as a mere stroke of bad luck, the one valley of tragedy in a long string of Cupid successes, but the truth is that none of us who were there can even admit to our true identities at the time. We all changed our names, our designations, and rebuilt the Cupid Alliance from scratch. We trust the youngsters like you to keep this Alliance from falling into ruin as the last one did. Being immortal, we will always feel the pain of that horrible day. We all lost our charges, and something . . . some part of us went with them, never to return. All that we can hope is that they will have their happy ending here."
"But that will never happen if we do not find and destroy Beryl and her master Metallia." Asakaze nodded as she stood. "I will do my best to find the senshi, but I want a favor."
"I don't care about the Alpha Cases, but I do want to request Tsukino Usagi."
"Usagi? She's in your Realm, isn't she? You're in charge of her, anyway."
"I think she's special, 35 Omicron. I think she has to be Assigned."
"Any one else?"
"Chiba Mamoru. And all of the Senshi if I find them."
35 raised an eyebrow, amused by the impetuosity of the younger Cupid. "I'll make you a deal. We will consider Chiba and Tsukino, but we will not Assign them to anyone else until we vote on you. As for the Senshi . . . we cannot Assign their cases to just one Cupid. They are powerful and complicated. However, I will make you a deal. As soon as you identify one couple and can successfully prove that they truly love each other and not because they fight together against the darkness, you may name your Partner and the Senshi will be given to you."
Asakaze bowed her head. "Deal. Consider Tsukino and Chiba, please. There is more to that girl than meets the eyes, and the boy practically bleeds power."