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N: For Amnesia Nymph. Happy birthday!)

Playing in the Rain
By Silver Sailor Ganymede

Haruka leaned back on the roundabout and looked up at the sky: grey, steely and full of clouds: wonderful. The playground looked strangely eerie; such places weren't supposed to be so dull and dreary. Indeed, the only colour she could see was the girl sitting on a slide just opposite her: Minako.

Minako had been a friend of hers for years, and about the only one who had still talked to her after she broke up with Michiru. That hadn't been pleasant, and she didn't want to think about it, but she did know that the break-up hadn't been her fault. Hell, if it had been anyone's fault it was Setsuna's, but that was beside the point.

Haruka shook her head and told herself it didn't matter. She had Minako now, and that was enough.

The playground looked too dull and dreary. It needed more colour than this.

'Well at least it's not raining,' she thought, and as if by magic a large raindrop fell on her face, followed by another and then another.

"Oh great," Haruka groaned. "Just great; we've gone for a walk to the middle of nowhere in my favourite kind of weather."

Minako, however, didn't seem to have noticed the drizzle that was falling from the sky. She was now standing up, staring at the slide in front of her with a determined look on her face. She turned to Haruka and grinned.

"Watch this!"

With that she started running up the slide, only to slip back down again.

Haruka laughed. "What are you doing, Mina-chan?"

"I'm going to get to the top of the slide," Minako replied, as if it were a perfectly normal thing for her to be doing. Then again, Haruka thought, it probably was.

"Why are you trying to get to the top of the slide?" Haruka asked, slightly confused.

"Because I want to," Minako replied, running at the slide again – only to slip yet another time.

"Mina, that isn't going to work. It's too damp," Haruka sighed, but Minako didn't seem to be bothered.

"No, I'm going to get up there," she replied, still smiling, and took another run at and up the slide. This time she grabbed the top of the slide and pulled herself up.

"I got to the top! I told you I could!" Minako laughed – and then promptly slid back down the slide backwards, landing upside down.

Haruka looked at her, perplexed, and then Minako shouted, "'Ruka, help! I'm stuck!"

Once again Haruka couldn't help but laugh. Minako was so goofy; Michiru would never have done something like that. She was always far too serious. She walked over to Minako and smiled down at her.

"Are you going to help me up or not then?" Minako pouted.

Haruka leaned down and kissed her, then pulled her to her feet.

"Come on, Mina-chan," she said. "The rain's getting heavier. We'd best be heading home."