Sailormoon S: The Golden Heart : Act VII: Part I
Luna's appearance was completely unexpected. No one could push a word from their mouth. They all figured that she came most likely because of Lola's arrival with her Daimon and only that. Otherwise the female cat was keeping a sharp eye on them.
Sailor Moon acknowledged Luna's earlier response, then lowered her head. In the end, breaking Andrew's party equipment was still her doing, even if she were busy fighting against evil. This night had chosen a direction that Serena didn't plan on going in.
"I know that you have a lot of bravery and courage, but that still doesn't make up for your fighting skills. We should have another sailor business meeting and discuss your strategy of attack instead of partying the entire winter break," Luna added her opinion.
"Luna, I hear what you're saying, but right now my head feels crammed," Sailor Moon replied in a stressful tone.
With Lita's sudden appearance and departure, Andrew's destroyed property, and what Luna had said combined, bringing Serena mental affliction. For one night, she had experienced a lot of factors, meanwhile Luna was remaining serious and not attempting to comfort her. She realized that her mentor was correct about needing to improve herself, which only brought more shame and disappointment in herself.
Ash and the others kept silent and thought about what Serena's reply to Luna; this was her first time they'd ever witnessed her in such a mishap. They couldn't think of anything to do but watch Luna continue giving advice.
"Well, Serena, dealing with more than one situation at the same time is something that you're going to have to learn."
Right after this was explained, Luna sensed an unusual yet recognizable energy standing by the living room entrance. The ebony cat merely diverted her red-orange eyes to this individual and called them forth.
"You, from the living room entrance. Come and stand over here."
Andrew along with Sailor Moon and the gang were startled by this sudden request, noticing the mysterious girl step into the room and stand in between them and Luna.
Without further ado, Luna closed her eyes as the crescent mark on her forehead began to glow; at the same time, a fuchsia light started to illuminate around the mysterious girl's entire body, giving off a bright shine against every object and wall in the room.
Sailor Moon along with her friends and Andrew remained in awe as their eyes were placed solely on the mysterious girl, her neon shine reflecting against their pupils.
For her, this strange rose light engulfing her body felt warm. And before the mysterious girl knew it, her radiance intensified, blinding everyone in the room.
She could feel her body shrinking while the clothes on her body melted away. During this transformation, her original height, hair length, and body structure was restored, along with her former school uniform and shoes.
Once the neon brilliance disappeared, Serena's Luna Pen dropped to the floor in front of the mysterious girl who was clothed as an elegant swan no longer existed. Learning of their true identity brought extreme bafflement and perplexity to everyone.
The person who stood before everyone was least expected to arrive, let alone disguise them self in a costume.
'Rini was the girl who I danced with...?' Ash couldn't figure this out.
He along with Pikachu and Ami wondered how the pigtailed child was able to perform a stunt such as this, and also why she'd decide to join Andrew's party and dance with him. Just thinking about sharing a dance with Rini made Ash feel awkward.
"I knew I felt a familiar presence in this room," Luna started her words. "Rini. What makes you think that you can just steal the Luna Pen and use it like it's some toy, and WITHOUT permission?"
Moments after Luna was finished with her question, Rini stayed unresponsive, trembling emotionally with fear while staring at the charcoal feline with a despaired expression. The young girl knew just how much nonsense lay in nabbing Serena's Luna Pen; there wasn't anywhere for her to toss the sheer guilt.
As their future-daughter, Darien and Serena were the most taken aback, and half-way appalled by her actions; this was never like Rini in the slightest.
"Rini... why...? Why did you do it?" Serena begged in a disheartened tone.
Everyone with their view on Rini stayed mute as they awaited for her explanation. Since it were the rose-haired girl, surely there had to be a passable reason.
With the pressure being topped on her, tears were on the verge of seeping from Rini's glazed eyes. Clenching her fists and shutting her eyes didn't seem to help the stress be pushed away, as she couldn't hold the action of crying back. Whether Rini favored it or not, she'd have to explain herself.
"Because I wanted to, that's why!" Finally the water drops trailed from her pupils down to her cheeks when Rini opened her eyes. "You and the others always leave me out when something exciting shows up. Even in a conversation that I'm aware about, you treat me like I'm not allowed. I think that with all the time I've spent here, I'm ready to do more stuff. I know that I'm still in elementary school, but that shouldn't rate my maturity level. I'm just tired of feeling left out..."
After this was explained, Rini's sobs continued on. What she had spoken was understandable, however personal and quite selfish.
From behind the living room wall near his stairs, Andrew had listened to this entire scene and became puzzled; none of what happened made sense to him because he'd never heard of Sailor Moon or a Luna Pen. Seeing Rini transform from a teenager was odd enough to take place in a dream.
"Luna Pen... Rini turning into someone else? I think I've been eating too many of those finger snacks," Andrew scratched his head and began to walk upstairs to his bedroom.
Serena declined greatly in wanting to see Rini cry. The sailor scout couldn't gather words to say. She along with her team mates noticed Luna standing motionless, not attempting to cheer up Rini. The day had already darkened, and Serena disliked how Luna wasn't thinking of Rini's positives.
The angered girl did her best to rise from the couch and stand up. Tuxedo Mask also rose to watch in case she fell.
"Luna. How can you be so cruel to her like that? Can't you at least acknowledge the fact Rini saved Andrew's life?"
It could be told that Sailor Moon was defending Rini without thinking deep about the Luna Pen. To her the device wasn't of huge importance as of now.
"Of course I didn't forget about that. But that doesn't justify her action of stealing the Luna Pen. By her taking it, she put herself in a huge risk. I don't know how you feel about her reasons for stealing the Luna Pen, but to me its just a bunch of nonsense. If Rini wants to be mature, she needs to learn how to ask for things before touching them."
There wasn't any false logic in this brief response to remove Serena's input or erase Rini's guilt. Meanwhile Tuxedo Mask, Ash, and Sailor Mercury in their mind admitted Luna to be the winner of this discussion. What they were dealing with was a simple case of an adolescent who was placing themselves on a higher stair and proclaiming their self mature than they are.
All in all, Andrew's party had lasted for three hours. Around ten o' clock, Ami would have definitely entered her room and sleep, but she thought her and the gang's time at the costume party would be splendid; just thinking about their end results made Ami sigh and feel terrible. She would have put a stop to Rini's plans if she knew the sweet child was tampering with Serena's Luna Pen, and so would have the others. But suspicion of Rini was far from being approached. Trista would be shocked to hear about the Small Lady's behavior.
With Darien's firefighter jacket slipped over her bare shoulders, Serena with her friends paced down the sidewalk while passing through Crossroads downtown. Pikachu especially wanted to sit inside of Ash's backpack. With Ash walking on Serena's left, Ami stood on her right with Luna in front of them. At this time no one felt like talking.
Least expected to our friends was Rei and Chad, who'd finally made it into the vicinity after about 26 minutes.
"Hey. Look Rei!" Chad alerted by pointing with his finger.
Quickly Rei moved her sight to where her friend was pointing, and was first affected with surprise. She and Chad didn't expect to bump into them so soon; let alone witness Luna pacing by herself, some feet in front.
"Luna!" Rei shouted, with Chad power-walking beside her.
Being that Luna was walking in front of everyone, Rei and Chad gave looks to their friends and noticed depressive and glum expressions. Both Rei and Chad became alarmed, growing curious about the ending of their night out. From what Chad experienced, the party was going exceptionally well, but now things had taken an opposite turn.
Seeing only Luna without a negative face befuddled Rei.
"Chad. You go talk to them. I'm gonna pick up Luna and carry her," Rei told him.
And so while Chad stepped past Luna, Rei waited until the cat was close to pick her up from the ground; Luna didn't seem to mind this in the slightest.
"Luna. What's with the looks on everyone's faces?" Rei asked in a concerned tone.
"If you don't mind, can we talk about this tomorrow, when you're not at work? Right now I'm not in the mood of discussing it. I'll make sure to contact you around your job break," Luna explained with a serious tone.
Rei nodded her head in response, but felt afraid. Whatever her friends did, Luna was very well not pleased; extremely disappointed for that matter. Only more anxiety built inside of Rei as to how the costume party really occurred.
Artemis finally made it to his destination, and now he'd have to change back into a feline to climb through the bedroom window.
As the Moon Guardian landed on the carpeted floor, he looked to his right and saw Mina asleep. She was sitting in front of her desk, using its wooden surface to comfort her head onto her slender arms.
When Artemis leaped unto the office desk, he noticed an open phone book laying beside Mina's arm. It was opened to the category where facilities beginning with the letter "S" derived. Artemis wasn't sure why the young girl would search through a phone book, but now the important task to do was helping Mina to her bed.
So after switching to his human state, then lifting her bed sheets, Artemis gently picked up Mina and placed her on her mattress.
His eyes were locked on hers the entire time he placed the blankets over her body and tucked her into them. Artemis was glad that he found Mina in her room, peacefully sleep. She'd never understand how much worry she gave Artemis; seeing as earlier she declared to solve all of her issues on her own. But now those words couldn't be referred to.
In his feline body, Artemis found himself lying at the foot of Mina's bed, eventually drifting into a gentle slumber.
With the time now ten thirty at night, neither Ash or Pikachu could sleep, so instead they waited for Trista's return while sitting on her sofa. She was using the bathroom, meanwhile hot chocolate was busy heating up on the kitchen stove in a silver pot.
Ash noticed Trista returning to her spot on the couch beside him and Pikachu. She was clothed in an ebony robe with slippers.
While staying up, Ash decided to share his point of view at Andrew's costume party to Trista, up until they discovered Rini and watched Luna criticizing her. Trista was shocked to hear about Lita's appearance, mainly Rini's actions, but she didn't react in a upset manner. After explaining the story to her, Ash felt as though a great load were lifted from his shoulders, yet he still felt stressed out from it; the Pokemon Trainer hadn't expected to see Luna with pure strictness.
"So Ash, how do you feel about all of it?" Trista asked.
"Well... I wasn't expecting to see Luna act so mean towards Rini, or how Serena lashed out at her. And then there's the thing about Rini. Out of everyone, she surprised me the most," Ash responded in dispirited tone.
For someone who was visiting, Ash along with Pikachu would always feel the most overwhelmed by any drama. Luna's and Serena's behaviors inside of Andrew's house were unexpected, hard to believe even. If things always happened this way became a question in Ash's mind. And as for Rini, Ash could never figure her motives out; for a child, Rini was crafty.
"Here. I'll go check on our hot chocolate," Trista told Ash, rising from her seat.
When she entered the kitchen and stood over the stove, steam exerted from the boiling hot chocolate. Therefore Trista turned its fire off, then grabbed two coffee mugs from her upper cabinet and poured the dark liquid into each cup, heat still rising from inside of them.
During this time was when Trista remembered about Pikachu. Ash had made sure to bring food for his rodent pal, but Trista wasn't quite sure if Pikachu could drink hot chocolate. So when she returned to her living room, Trista requested that Ash get something Poke Snacks, similar to cookies, from his traveling pack and give it to Pikachu.
Now Trista would be able to respond to Ash's comments for her question.
"When Serena first met Luna and received her transformation brooch, she was shocked. She didn't want to spend her life fighting evil and chasing after the bad guys. Still being 14, Serena's mind was more focused on playing video games and reading comic books. You'd probably feel like you were talking to a different girl if you met her at the time. But now, realizing her destiny, Serena has changed a lot."
While sipping his warm drink, Ash pondered on these words. It was true that Serena wasn't the heroine that he thought of her to be. To think of her old personality reminded Ash of himself; he'd experienced and went through the same types of changes. It pleased him to learn about what Serena used to be like. He had difficulty picturing Serena with her old character.
"On Luna's part, she's very impressed with Serena's progress as a future queen. That's probably the reason she acted so tough on her and Rini like you told me. It's because she cares a lot for both of them. And speaking of Rini, I should deal with her tomorrow. I became disappointed after hearing about her situation with the Luna Pen," Trista furthered her words, also tasting her hot chocolate.
Ash liked this idea of Trista's. That way his mind wouldn't be stuffed with Rini, how she'd danced with him and not give a specific reason. That was the first girl that Ash had ever danced with, and for whatever reason she had the spiky-haired boy wouldn't know until Trista spoke with her.
The next day
Few people were seen trailing down the streets because it was raining outside, stone-gray skies and a scarcity of clouds included.
To her luck, Rei's working shift contained less hours, letting her free around 5 o' clock. At the moment, the Crown Fruit Parlor's time was 1:33 p.m.
Rei spent her break while sitting on a chair in the employee's room behind the cash register, already sharing a conversation with Luna through her scout communicator. She'd finally been told of the fiasco at Andrew's costume party, not a detail missed; there was so much Rei wanted to say towards Rini now but it seemed futile, with the young girl already aware.
"Well, if it's fine with her parents, I'll use my last paycheck to replace Andrew's music set," Rei suggested.
"Serena hasn't told them yet. Her mother is on a trip with Sammie in California, while her father's traveling around Australia for business matters. Even if they were here, I'm sure Serena isn't ready to tell them. I know all of this can be mended soon. You girls just need to use this winter break as time for more meetings," Luna made this brief speech.
"Wait. Remember I'm busy paying back for my room damages, Luna," Rei informed with a sweat drop on her head.
"Oh. Yes, that's right. Guess that slipped from my mind. But that doesn't mean you can't join us when your off work. Your input is still important," Luna assured Rei.
"Right," a tiny smile lit up on Rei's face. "Well, any minute now Lizzie's gonna come and drag me back to the cash register. So I'll talk to you soon. And thanks for the info on last night."
"Don't mention it, Rei. You had a right to know. Bye for now, and good luck with work!"
The screen on Rei's watch turned off, and so she got up from her chair then walked towards the door that lead to the parlor itself. At least every table was occupied by one or more costumers; a pair of them being Trista and Rini, not to mention a familiar duo of blond pigtails who were seen at the table next to theirs; in between was a wall divider, so Trista or Rini didn't notice.
With Trista busy mending to her business with Rini, Ash had decided to take Pikachu along with him to visit Ami's home. He felt that it was the least he could do when him and the others were still recovering from last night's climatic event.
Questions started to fill in Ash's mind as he paced down the hallway with holding each backpack strap with his hands. The bag's zipper was opened in order for Pikachu to breathe or look through its hole.
'I wonder if Ami's still upset at me for last night. It makes me feel guilty to know that she was standing by herself, while I went off and danced with... Rini.'
Ash could barely recite her name, while just thinking about those exciting moments he shared with her. If Rini's identity were revealed, Ash would've been hesitant to dance with Darien's child; he'd feel content staying by Ami's side, viewing the other party guests enjoy themselves.
The question of Ami's chess tickets remained unanswered. She couldn't be positive about Ash's decision. Still, no matter how Ami looked at the situation, Ash was her last hope as someone who'd not think of chess as dull and boring. Her best friends were unaware of Lita presenting the free admissions, yet Ami right away sensed doubt in the idea of asking one of them.
While sitting at the dinner table in one of the wooden chairs, Ami with both elbows on the table held both chess slips in her hands and stared at them, thinking of Ash. If he actually declined, then Ami would be most obliged to handing her tickets over to Melvin. But the description of both chess game challenger brought interest to her; chances like these weren't always easy of obtaining, that was the way Ami figured it.
Sure enough, the idea of Rini mingling with Ash while dancing hadn't escaped her mind. Ami was also disappointed in Rini, but with her usual quiet personality didn't express much reaction; more concern than Luna held.
Suddenly a few knocks at the door interrupted Ami's thoughts. She set down her tickets on the clear table, then rose from the furniture and headed for the door. Ami had wondered what guest would be at the door around this time. She almost became startled, seeing that her visitor was Ash when he'd just been on her mind.
Before anything was said, both young scholar and Pokemon Trainer stared at each other with depressive expressions before parting their lips to speak. Ash had felt so willing to owe Ami an apology, Ami truly curious of hearing his response about her chess tickets. Pikachu finally poked out its head and noticed this silent moment, wondering what either human was thinking about.
After this failure, Lola wasn't sure what to think. She'd used two powerful Daimons, only to have them be defeated by a group of mere girls and a pint-sized rat. Lola believed that after this third time of not completing her task, that Professor Tomoe would fire her, and without hesitating look upon Eugeal for employment. With that taking place, Eugeal would learn of Lola's mistakes, and most likely snicker about them for the rest of her life, being the woman who proved herself and not Lola.
The developed fear of losing her job never left her mind. Twice Lola had been close to achieving a Pure Heart. Being outnumbered was a possible cause, but at the time Lola behaved as though it didn't affect her. However she couldn't excuse herself when her defeats were already clarified.
Wearing a large emerald-colored rain jacket that reached her ankles, a scarlet t-shirt and boots, and jet-black pants, Lola was making her way down the sidewalk while the rain was beating down on her.
Thankfully, the young girl remembered where her destination was. She worried about if the person she were looking for was inside and not busy elsewhere.
Forgetting about the end of her break arising, Rei walked towards Serena and took the empty seat across from hers.
"Oh, hi Rei."
Serena was almost startled by her friend's appearance. At the moment she was busy eavesdropping on Rini and Trista's conversation.
After hearing the story of Serena's dispute with Luna, Rei had to gather her words and formulate them. She wasn't quick to fussing at Serena because the more complicated portion of their issue was Rini.
"Hey," Rei placed her elbows on the table and began with a calm tone. "Luna told me about the problem from last night. My first guess as to who was causing trouble was you, but then Luna added the details."
At this moment, Serena would've snapped at Rei for her typical accusation, but this problem was too serious to add silliness. More than Rini thought, she'd affected everyone around her in a big manner.
Trista and Rini were chatting, but about casual topics, so Serena moved her ear away from the wall and gave her full attention to Rei.
"Yeah... I still haven't recovered from it yet. This isn't the Rini I know. Did Luna tell you the part where she danced with Ash?"
Before responding, Rei had to give some thought and toss her disbelief aside.
"What? What do you mean they danced?" the Hikawa Priestess leaned further into the table and stared at Serena with curiosity.
Serena laid her arms on the table before sharing her explanation.
"Yesterday at the party, Mina showed up in some outfit that looked like Pikachu. She thought Ash would like it, but instead it just freaked everyone out. So then when she asks Ash to dance with her, Rini steps in and gets his approval."
This reply alone was too much for Rei. It was as if she'd been working too many hours and missed a lot of her pal's lives. It hadn't been a week, and already drama was birthing.
Few minutes of silence took place before either Serena or Rei spoke.
"None of it makes sense," Rei stated while glancing at the table. "Does Rini have feelings for Ash and we're just blind to it?"
"Rini and Ash?"
When Serena mentioned their names, she tried imaging their closeness in her mind, but it felt awkward; seeing Rini also go after the Pokemon Trainer like Mina seemed unnatural.
It was during Serena and Rei's moment of wonder that other factors came and paused them.
"There you are, Rei. Come on, its time to get back to work," Lizzie informed, standing in front of Serena and Rei's table.
After watching Rei leave from the table, Lizzie smiled at Serena.
"Hi Serena. Would you like anything to drink?"
"No. I'm not so much in the mood for any smoothies today."
Even with Lizzie's surprised reaction, Serena plastered a fake smile onto her lips. She didn't want to bring worry to the cheery girl.
"..Oh, well OK. See you later then," Lizzie concluded, leaving from her table.
After that short conversation, Serena returned to leaning her ear against the wall to listen; and it had been good timing, because now Trista was talking with Rini about the subject she desired to hear about most.
"Rini. After everything that's happened, it leaves me thinking with one explanation. Do you have a secret crush on Ash?"
It seemed Rei was correct about Rini's motives. Serena became stupefied after hearing it twice. The anxious teenager made sure to listen intently for her potential child's answer.
"No. He's not that much of a talker, and too old for me."
"Once you get to know Ash, he's a very interesting boy, and he only outgrows you by two years," Trista made this verbal counter attack.
At this point, there was nothing else for Rini to say. All she could do was give in to Trista's reasons and admit her truth. This whole time the pigtailed girl thought she could gain her heart's desires just because of her status. No one would tell her different because she was innocent and young-minded; for her bright personality, she deserved anything. In Rini's world, this made total sense, and for no one would it change.
Rini kept her tiny arms folded while keeping her ruby eyes away from Trista's. She couldn't look at her; not now when she couldn't think of any words to retaliate with. Rini's stubborn characteristic was revealed in a bold form of way.
The entire time Lola walked through the grassy field's stone path, she remained hesitant. After everything that happened, the individual probably wouldn't want to see her. Reasons for even deciding to pay a visit weren't fully thought over in Lola's mind. It was a simple action that she wanted to take; just a matter which the 18-year old wanted to try for the heck of it.
Lola finally approached the front door. Her palms sweated even before she rang the doorbell. In the back area of her mind, a voice advised Lola not to continue with her plan. But the young woman pushed this small warning away, furthering to pressing the home's audible bell.
To Lola's surprise, the front door was opened by a woman. This beautiful person had long brown hair with bangs, peach skin, and jade-green eyes, meanwhile she was dressed in a crimson and magenta night robe; Lola couldn't believe what she was seeing, and didn't hesitate to assuming the worst.
"Can I help you?" asked the young woman.
"Ummm... yeah! I was just looking for someone named Andrew, but I have a feeling this isn't the right house."
"Oh. But someone named Andrew does live here. You mean my fiancee."
Now a sharper knife was entering Lola's heart. Hearing "fiancee" was enough to break her down. Especially with this woman's presence, hopes of meeting up with Andrew were futile.
So Lola carried on with her true emotions hiding.
Andrew's girlfriend was slightly taken aback when she noticed how rapidly Lola walked away from the door after giving her response. In the beginning, she didn't know who Lola was, so she simply made a shrug with her shoulders and returned inside Andrew's mansion, closing the door behind her.
It was still raining when Lola now walked at a slower pace down the street.
The fact that her life was entering a dark abyss didn't lay too far. She wasn't succeeding with her Death Buster career, meanwhile she'd just been slapped in the face by reality. Lola didn't understand any of it. It wasn't everyday she saw or met guys like Andrew, or when she got jobs. And now, it felt like both of those factors were slipping away. And because of one group of tacky superheroes and a single mangy rat?
Thinking about this began to anger Lola, as she clenched her fists and glared with her eyes at the road ahead of her. There had to be a way to change everything in her life for the better. But it had to start with revenge on that rotten Sailor Moon.
TO BE CONTINUED IN...
-SAILOR MOON S: LIKE THE DIAMOND SHE IS-
End of Act VII: Part I
SonicxReiHino: *screen fades in from black* Well, that's it, so far. I think I know how people are going to feel, but I also feel like working on this. But I need more time for my other stories. They've been untouched for a long time.
Batthan: Yeah, that makes sense. Even though I love this story.
SonicxReiHino: Believe me. I'm excited for what's gonna happen next. But there's other stories to be updated. Besides that, I wanted to try the "to be continued" thing. ^^
Batthan: My main worry is about Lita. I hope she and Ash works things out.
SonicxReiHino: Well, it's like I've been saying. Until the beginning of... SAILOR MOON S: LIKE THE DIAMOND SHE IS! *screen fades into black*