Moon Cats


"Artemis, can we talk?"

The white cat in question looked behind him, his dark green eyes settling on the black cat that had walked up behind him. "Sure Luna, what's up? Been a heck of a week, hasn't it?"

"That it has. It was what, not much more then a week ago that we were eating at Elegant seas, on a date no less!" She paused, collecting her thoughts. "I hope we can do it again sometime?" She cursed herself silently. That wasn't supposed to come out a question.

"Why didn't you tell me about this Adrian guy sooner?"

Luna winced. "I should have, I know! I was just embarrassed, and scared."


"That you'd hate me." She sighed. "You don't hate me, do you?"

"You should have trusted me more, Luna. Look at all the time we could've had!"

She looked down at her forepaws. "I know, and I'm sorry."

"I am to. I'm going to have to think about all of this." He said, looking away and at the stars.

"I understand." She turned, to walk away fighting her tears.

Artemis, who had looked away to hide his grin, admitted to himself that it was petty but he couldn't resist yanking her chain a little. "Tuesday!"

"Pardon me?"

"Tuesday the Elegant Sea's reopens. I still have the money for our date since we couldn't actually pay the last time. Be ready by eight."

She was confused, the shocked, then happy as she had ever been. "Okay... I'll be ready. I'm surprised you..." Then realization dawned...and rage. "YOU WERE TEASING ME?"

Artemis, who had been slowly moving away laughed and broke into a run. "I'm sooorrryyy!"

She chased him, certain he wasn't sincere.


Reika sighed, watching the men carry the last piece of inanimate furniture she owned out of the office tower apartment that had been her home for so long. She sighed again when her father entered. "Don't even ask, Father. I'm not changing my mind."

"I didn't think you would. Can I at least convince you to take some of our men as bodyguards?"

"She already has." A mans voice behind him startled Akira. Turning he found Mako, his arm in a sling and with a cane looking at him. "Though she's calling me a butler for some strange reason."

"Sounds more respectable, Mako, and a man your age needs to be a little respectable don't you think?"

The old mobster shrugged. "Yes Ms. Reika."

"Who else are you taking?"

"No one father. Well, other then Tiger-chan." Akira Hagisaki stepped back, shocked yet again when the large tiger statue stood and growled. The surprise only increased when he realized that a small TV. Filled his mouth. "Since I won't have to hide my television he can guard my house, I think."

"Why such a small apartment though?" The worried father asked. "I know nicer places in more secure buildings, and with your trust fund alone you can afford them."

Reika smiled and touched her fathers arm lightly. "My new friend Makoto, the one I met at the hospital, lives in the same building. I'll feel safer with a friend nearby." She didn't mention her friend's extra-curricular, super heroic activities. She'd promised not to.

"Well, I understand though I won't say I'm happy. I'm your father. I worry!"

"I know. I love you too."


Akuma slumped, looking at the four other men being transported from the hospital to prison. He didn't understand how he could have failed so easily!

Suddenly the van bucked and rolled onto its side, and monsters ripped men from their seats. Akuma cowered in horror at their screams of pain. Then it was his turn, and he was pulled out of the car.

Unlike the others, he wasn't harmed, but instead the creatures cut his manacles off carefully, and stood him up before a man in a gray uniform type outfit, his long green hair woven into a braid.

"Akuma Hagisaki?" Akuma nodded, frightened. "My name is Prince Adrian of Neptune, and I have an offer to make you."