"But I don't understand. If Cupid was part of your royal guard, wouldn't you or one of the Shitennou remember him?" Minako asked.
"You're right, we should remember him…" Mamoru responded, shaking his head. "And yet, I can't think of another explanation. She must have met him after we took her in."
But what can we do with this information? Minako rubbed her forehead, the stress now getting to her."Mamoru, can I ask you something… personal?"
"Anything," Mamoru answered, his eyes clear and sure.
"After people on Earth starting becoming… corrupt. And were taken control of by Queen Beryl… What did you do with them?" I know that as a member of the alliance of the planets, I would not have acted in a way toward people from another that went against what that planet's leader wished.
Mamoru sighed heavily. "It was a difficult time. Wars started all over the place. But I had hoped to save them, to free them from Beryl's influence."
"Yes, I remember. When I was enlisted to help the armies on Earth," Adonis spoke out. "We were instructed to fight back only in self defense, never to initiate. And to always avoid killing."
"Of course," Minako smiled. "That's the honourable thing to do. To stop them, but try to save them. That's what Sailor Moon always does. I'm sure it was the same in the past." There's no way I would have killed Cupid. Especially if he was a member of the Golden Kingdom. I'm sure of that. But Kagami seemed so sure that he was dead...
"It's getting late. Minako, your parents will be worried if you're not home soon, right?" Mamoru stood up. He gently nudged Adonis. "Why don't you walk her to the lobby?"
In the hallway, Minako was unusually silent. Her heart started racing, and she could feel the colour rising in her cheeks. "Adonis… I never thanked you."
"For what?" he asked, his eyes wide, taking everything in.
"For… what you said. Back when Kagami was about to attack me," she closed her eyes, too embarrassed even to face him. He said he loved me. I didn't imagine it, right? He wasn't lying, was he? The last time he told me he loved me, he was trying to manipulate me, trying to break me. This time it's different though. "It made me happy."
"You're welcome," he said quickly, then whipped his head around so he wouldn't have to face her.
"Well, this is the entranceway. I'd better get going," Minako said quietly. He didn't seem to react very well to what I said. Maybe I was wrong to mention it. She started to head out the door.
"Wait," Adonis grabbed Minako's wrist just as the sliding doors opened in front of her. She turned around, and he pulled her closer—so close that they could feel each other's breath. "Could I just…"
Minako looked up, gazing into his eyes. She stood on her toes, and prepared for the moment when their lips finally met.
Just as they were finally about to kiss, someone walked in through the sliding door carrying bags full of groceries and bumped into Minako, ruining the moment.
"I'm so sorry, I wasn't paying attention," the boy said as he bent down to pick up his groceries that had been strewn across the floor.
"It's alright, don't worry about it!" Minako said pleasantly, despite her disappointment. She reached for an apple that had rolled by her foot, and held it out to the boy.
As he looked up at Minako and reached for the apple, he looked very confused. His hand hovered above the apple that Minako held, not moving, and not taking it.
"Is something the matter?" Minako asked.
"It's just that… you seem so familiar," he said softly.
"I don't think that we've met before," Minako giggled awkwardly. She looked at Adonis who stood behind her, and noticed that he appeared very wary of this strange boy.
"No, maybe not," he responded. "I just moved here after all. But you really do look familiar…"
"I'm Minako, and this is Ad—I mean, this is Ace," she said, trying to fill in the silence. Who is this boy? His eyes are so deep and grey, it feels like I'll get lost in them.
"I'm Shinzo," he said as he ran his fingers through his violet hair. "I'm sorry to bother you again but I have to ask…"
"What is it?" Minako flashed a big grin. He seems sweet enough. Polite, anyway.
"Do you happen to have a sister?"
"Minako, I think it's time that you get going. I'll walk you outside," Adonis spoke up before she had a chance to answer. He bowed to Shinzo as he put his arm around Minako and walked her out the door.
"Are you alright?" Minako asked, confused by Adonis' rash behaviour.
"I'm fine. But there's something off about that boy… He said you looked familiar, and he asked if you have a sister. I think he might have known you from the past life."
"If that's the case, then why didn't you let me talk to him more?" Minako asked, frustrated. What if he knows something that could help us?
"And how would you have explained that to him in a way that he'd understand? We don't know if he has any recollection of the past life," Adonis responded, looking as frustrated as Minako. "How were you going to tell him that you do have a sister, but she's not really your sister anymore—not in this life?"
"I guess you're right," Minako sighed. We were about to kiss a few minutes ago, and now we're practically fighting. I don't even understand what happened.
"I'm sorry," he spoke more softly this time, and put a hand on Minako's shoulder. "I just don't want to put you in any unnecessary danger. Please, let me look into this a bit more. If he's living in the same apartment as Endymion, then I can try to get more information about him while I'm here. Let me be of use to you."
Minako nodded and sighed. "All right," she said as she leaned forward and kissed him on the cheek. "I have to go now. But I'll come back and see you tomorrow morning."
"Take care," Adonis responded, his hand instinctively touching the spot on his cheek that she had kissed.
As she walked away, Minako reflected on everything that had just happened. That boy did have a familiar aura… but gentler than the one I'm thinking of. More pure. She shook her head. Maybe I'm thinking about things too much. Maybe it was all just a coincidence. But are there ever really coincidences…?