Here is the next chapter baby. I just want to thank Neanda for reviewing both chapters. I was really beginning to think my writing sucked! You other people reading this, please review, it brings up my morale. Enough jibber jabber ( I like that word) on with the story. Make sure that you take a good look at the first chapter of Shining Pearls.

"I hope that this is not just some waste of time,' these were the thoughts of ten year old Rei Hino, Princess of Mars, Daughter of the King and Queen, and future Sailor Mars.

"Rei we are here! Make sure that all your stuff is properly packed together!"

"Yes Mother."

Soon the ship had docked in the moon kingdom. Rei couldn't help but be in awe of the palace's beauty. 'Man this place is even better than I had imagined.'

"Hello Rei, I am Queen Serenity, of the moon."

Curtsying, Rei replied "Hello, I am Princess Rei, how are you today?"

"Ya know, there is really no need to be so formal with mother. She is gonna tell you to knock it off sooner or later." That voice interrupted Rei's stream of excited thought. "Huh, What was that?"

"That was me." Rei looked down to see what appeared to be a little girl , maybe 8, with her hair in buns like the Queen's.

"And just WHO might you be?"

"I am Usagi, Princess of the Moon."

Rei couldn't help but be a bit surprised. This was her future comrade? She had expected her to be a bit more refined, elegant even-

An annoyed voice cut through her thought. "Since it seems that my daughter has already made her introduction, let me introduce you to everyone else. These two are my advisors. Black is Luna, white is Artemis. Please, will the two of you shift into human form? Anyways, next up is Makoto, Princess of Jupiter, Haruka, Princess of Uranus, Michiru, Princess of Neptune, and Setsuna, Princess of Pluto."

Suddenly, Rei felt both her father and mother squeezing her hand. The pair had on matching grins, as though they already knew what was to come. The Queen had launched into a very heartfelt speech about honor and other things. She had been drifting in out of paying attention, but a few sentences caught her attention.

"… For centuries, the tradition has been that the stronger planets act as a secondary defense line. This applies even to the guards, as Uranus protects Neptune. Though theses selections may seem a bit at random, they are not. It is this time that it has been decided that the planet Mars shall protect the Moon, satellite of the planet Earth."

Rei almost immediately shot up from her chair, eyes blazing. "Wait a minute, are you saying that I have to PROTECT her," Here she pointed to Usagi, "are you crazy?

"Now wait a minute dear, maybe you ought to sit down and think this through."

"NO! Can I please be taken to my room now? I just want to be alone."

Queen Serenity downcast her eyes as she allowed the fuming girl to be led to her room. 'Well, I'm sure that in time she will come around to the idea.'

Unfortunately, this was not so. Rei had calmed down by dinner, but it seemed that she glowered at poor Usagi whenever she had the chance. She civilly kissed her mother and father good bye after breakfast the next morning, but it was obvious that the affection was slightly forced.

This pattern continued for days. Rei would glower at Usagi, Usagi would cower, and Haruka would snort with amusement. Soon Makoto became more comfortable with Rei, enough so that the 11 and 10 year old could spar together comfortably. During these fights, they would chat almost idly about whatever topics came up. Today Makoto decided to bring up Rei's current situation.

"So Rei, what do you think of Usagi and the others?"

"I suppose they are alright, though I'm not particularly fond of Usagi."

"So I have noticed. What is it exactly about her that annoys you?"

"The correct question is what doesn't annoy me about her. I mean come on, she's a whiny, cry babyish, selfish, childish, bottomless pit of a-

"So what you're saying is that she's being an 8-year old."

"Well, I suppose. But still, she is just so annoying, She doesn't have any manners."

"It is true that she isn't exactly the most prim and proper lady, but come on. You have to admit that she does have some good qualities. She's a loyal friend, constantly full of energy, eternally happy, and totally adorable."

"Yeah, I guess you've got a point there."

"I honestly don't think that it is Usagi herself that you are upset with, but rather you're situation with her. It isn't fair that you would judge her based on how you feel about the position the two of you are in."

"Alright, alright I get it. I suppose I should go apologize for my behavior these past few days.

"That's right."

LATER THAT DAY

"Ah Usagi, could I talk to you?"

Usagi looked up, surprised that the Martian princess would want to talk to her. These past few days she had been anything but chatty.

"Sure, what about?"

"Well, I just wanted to apologize for my behavior these past few days. I really have been a jerk, and I'm sorry."

Usagi grinned widely," That's alright Rei, I forgive you. I probably would have acted the same way had I been in your position. I really hope we can look past this whole protection thing and be friends."

Rei smiled back at her saying'" Sure, I'd like that Usagi."

PRESENT DAY- MOON KINGDOM

"So what your saying is that I should just give Makoto some space Rei?"

"Yes, that's exactly what I'm saying. She'll come around, you'll see."

"Well, okay. I guess that would be the best way to go about it."

"Oh, and Ami, why did you come and see me of all people?"

Ami blushed,"Well I um, n-no reason Rei" She quickly hurried out of the room.

Rei, confused by the way the girl acted, simply shrugged her shoulders and turned to the book, wondering how this would turn out.

Well, that ends yet another amazing chapter. I'll admit this is WAY late, it was supposed to be up weeks ago, but the computer got sick, and then I got hit with home work, and Band, and a bunch of other crap, and I finally remembered this was here. But, from here on out, regular updates. Check out Shining Pearls!