Chapter seven

In light of recent events they had all almost forgotten about the upcomming play. Still after their revenge on Usagi, Minako noticed that Haruka would no longer attempt to flirt with her while they rehearsed: indeed she showed nothing but apathy towards the smaller girl. This hurt Minako more than Haruka could have guessed, but of course she never showed it; she was an actor after all, wasn't she?

The opening night of the play came faster than expected with all the commotion out of the way. Recent events had caused Minako to somewhat change her attitude towards her acting – and indeed life in general. She treated everyone with more respect than she used to, which had to be a good thing.

The lead up to the opening night, and indeed the play itself, passed without any hitches whatsoever. Minako was in her element on stage and managed to get by without a single mistake even though she was nervous, althouth maybe that was because she wasn't nervous about the play itself so much as what she was planning to do afterwards. Rei and Michiru had told her that Haruka thought she was with Usagi. It was only then that they realised that they hadn't let Haruka in on what they were doing, which had proved to be an extremely stupid thing to do.

That night Minako performed better than she ever had before; perhaps the fact that she was saving the acting for the stage had something to do with it, perhaps not, I don't think we'll ever know for certain. But everyone there agreed that that was by far her best performace, the shining girl in the roll of doomed young Juliet: even so the play would not be what they would all remember that night because of, no, not at all.

Rei Hino ran out of the school's theater and down the corridors and out to just outside the school, hoping to catch up with someone before she lost track of her. That 'someone' happened to be Kai'oh Michiru, and Rei had decided that she would finally pluck up the courage to tell the other girl how she felt about her, just like she should have done a long time ago.

"Michiru," she called when she got closer to the bluenette. "Michiru, wait up."

She stopped and turned around, waiting for Rei to catch up with her.

"Is there something you want to tell me, Rei?" Michiru asked, curious as to why the other girl was blushing a deep shade of cardinal red.

"Yes," she replied. "There is something I want to tell you, Michiru, and I've wanted to tell you this for a long, long time."

"Well whatever is it?"

"I… well I don't know exactly how to say this but… I just wanted to tell you that… I just…" she took a deep breath. "I love you, Michiru. I love you."
Michiru was a little surprised by this but not entirely, and moreso than surprise she felt deep happiness and contentment.

"I was beginning to think you'd never say those words to me, Rei, I really was," she smiled slightly and planted a light kiss on the other girl's cheek. "I love you too."

Minako was waiting outside Haruka's dressing room for the blonde to finally emerge. She needed to talk to her, she badly did; things couldn't continue as they were otherwise, and Minako knew this for certain, someone was going to do something that they would deeply regret in the future.

Finally, after what seemed like an age, Haruka finally appeared. Her eyes looked red, Minako noted, and he skin was still flushed from the heat in the theatre. She blinked when she saw that Minako was there then blinked again as a sneer appeared on her face.

"What are you doing here, Minako?" she asked.

"I came to talk to you," Minako replied.

"What about? Have you got tired of your little girlfriend and decided to come crying to me?" Haruka snapped.

"My little girlfriend?" Minako laughed, "what girlfried?"

"Tsukino, who else?" Haruka muttered.

"Tsukino Usagi?" Minako couldn't help but laugh. "We've been archrivals since eigth grade! I don't even like her."

"How do you explain the fact that you shoved your tongue down her throat then?"

"That," Minako grinned, "Was all part of my 'give Usagi a taste of her own medicene' act."

"You mean you did it to humiliate her?" Haruka raised an eyebrow.

"Yeah, spreading rumours is just too much of a cliché," Minako chuckled.

"So you humiliated her and yourself in the progress."

"No," Minako shook her head. "I just gave them the truth."

Haruka podered for a second as to what Minako meant then it clicked.

"You mean your actually…"

"I'm bi, yeah," Minako said, her voice barely above a whisper. "It just took me a long time to come to terms with it. Too long, I guess."

Haruka shrugged, "It's a hard thing for some people to come to terms with. Anyway, why are you telling me this now."

"Because I know how I feel about you now, Haruka," Minako replied. "I just don't know if you feel the same way any more."

Whatever Haruka had been expecting Minako to say that definitely wasn't it.

"You mean…"

"I love you, Ten'oh Haruka," Minako whispered. "I'm sorry for being such a twat about it before… I just didn't know what I was thinking, what I was feeling. I'm sorry…"

"I love you too" Haruka replied, smiling slightly at Minako, who promptly burst into tears and threw her arms round Haruka's neck. "You know, I was right about one thing though."

"What?" Minako asked.

"You really are a drama queen, Minako," Haruka laughed.

"Drama queen!" Minako looked up at Haruka, pouting.

"I mean that in the best possible way of course," Haruka replied. "And don't pout, it makes you so cute it's almost scary."

Minako then took Haruka's hand in her own and laughed through her tears.

"Well I may be a drama queen, but every queen needs a king by her side, right?" she said and they left the school together.