The first thing she saw when she woke up was white. She blinked. The sheet of white was pulled aside and a woman in candy pink colored scrubs came over. The woman looked at the monitors beside the bed, checked a few things, and left.
A moment later, Mizuumi walked in. “Good to see you again.”
“I’m in a hospital aren’t I?”
Mizuumi nodded. “The doctor called your parents, so they know what happened.”
“That’s good.” Riley looked around. “Were’d she go?”
“Who? The nurse?”
“No, that girl. Hiryuu.”
“Oh, her. She’s in the cafeteria right now, eating as if she’d never seen food before.”
“Good. I want to talk to you about her.”
“What about her?”
“Does she look at all familiar to you?”
Riley gave her a quizzical look. “Really? I find that hard to believe.”
“I just don’t.” Mizuumi shrugged.
“She doesn’t remind you of anyone we know?”
“Nothing comes to mind.”
“She looks like Ryuusenshi,” Riley said bluntly, getting straight to the point as she knew that being obtuse would only frustrate the other woman.
Mizuumi thought about that for a few minutes. “There’s some resemblance,” she said finally.
“There’s more than just a slight resemblance there; they’re nearly identical.”
“You have an odd definition of identical.”
“I did say, ‘nearly’.”
“It can’t be a coincidence.”
Mizuumi shrugged again. “They say everyone has a twin somewhere. Maybe Hiryuu is Ryuusenshi’s.”
“Is it also a coincidence that their names are so similar?”
That made Mizuumi pause. “Names…That’s a little different.”
“If it was just the names, I’d chalk this up to coincidence. If Ryuusenshi weren’t a senshi, I’d say the similar appearance thing was a case of Hiryuu being a big fan. Ryuu is, after all, a famous singer. All of that combined with the fact that Hiryuu is also a senshi…”
“I think I see where you’re going with this.”
“We both saw her in her fuku and she saw us in ours.”
“Her fuku is far too different from Draco’s for her to be a clone.”
Riley stared at her. “Clone?” Mizuumi shrugged one shoulder. “You’ve been watching too much Sci-fi.”
“You have a better theory?”
“A couple. The first thing I thought was that she could be a senshi from Ryuu’s home world.”
“Thuban? I know Queen Erytheia is trying to rebuild the place, but I thought Ryuu was the only senshi from there.”
“Well, Thuban does have a sun and at least one moon. Hiryuu could be the senshi of one of those.”
“It’s also possible that she’s the senshi of planet Thuban itself. Ryuu is from Thuban, but that’s not her senshi name.”
“You have more, don’t you?”
Riley swallowed. “I remember Usagi and company telling us about someone called Chibi-Usa who turned out to be Usagi’s daughter from the future.”
“Somehow I doubt that’s the case here.”
“These are just theories, Mizzumi. I don’t know for sure who she is.”
“We could always ask her.”
“You’re kidding, right?”
“Nope. Besides, she’s hiding behind the curtain right now.”
Mizuumi pulled the curtain away to reveal the teenaged girl with light green hair. “She is,.”
Hiryuu looked sheepish. “Um…hello?”
“It’s not polite to eavesdrop,” Riley told her.
“I know it’s not, but I needed to know if I could trust you.”
“How much did you hear?” asked Mizuumi.
“Enough to know that you’re not my enemy.”
:If you thought that was a possibility, then why did you help us?”
“I couldn’t be sure. I had to help on the off chance that you were friendly.” Hiryuu shook her head. “They’ve used this kind of ploy before.”
“They? The people we were fighting?” Hiryuu nodded. “Who are they, exactly?”
Hiryuu looked uncomfortable. “I don’t know that much about them, but they call themselves the Thuban Initiative. I’ve only run into a few of them myself, but the ones you saw yesterday were Lupus and Saggita. Lupus is the Director of Acquisitions, whatever that means. Saggita…I’m not familiar with her. She’s probably new.”
“What do they want?”
“Soul Crystals,” she replied. “I’m not really sure what they’re using them for, but they seem to need a lot of them.”
“What are they?” Mizuumi asked.
“Yoarashi tells me that they’re pure destinies. They come out when the body meets with violence. The kaiju were developed to deliver a specific level of violence to bring them out.”
“Kaiju are those creatures?” asked Riley
“Yes. The Initiative has a group of scientists who develop, create, and deploy Kaiju. I don’t even know how they do it. Yoarashi might, or even Kousen, but not me.”
“Those people you mentioned. Who are they?”
“Yoarashi and Kousen are senshi as well as my friends and teammates. They’re here on this planet somewhere, but I haven’t been able to contact them.”
“Are there just you three, or are there more?”
“My eam consists of Yoarashi, Kousen, Ryuuza, Kido, and myself. It was bigger, but the Initiative managed to capture four of them. I think they’re still alive. At least, I hope they are.” She shook her head. “I don’t know. I’m not really sure about anything anymore.”
“Now that we know what we’re dealing with, I want to know who you are.”
“That’s a little more complicated,” Hiryuu replied slowly.
“Start with your name and where you’re from,” Mizuumi suggested.
“That’s why it’s complicated. My name, as I said, is Hiryuu. Fuyuno Hiryuu.”
“Fuyuno? That’s Hakkinki’s and Ginme’s last name.”
“As for where I’m from, that would be Thuban.”
“Ryuusenshi’s home world,” Mizuumi said.
“I am the only child of Queen Ryuuko and King Anrui. From your point of view, I will one day be their only child.”
Riley and Mizuumi stared at her in shocked silence as they processed these new pieces of information.
“From the future,” Mizuumi said slowly. Hiryuu nodded. “What year is I where you’re from?”
“The 30th century,” Riley said. “The same time period that Chibi-usa came from.”
Hiryuu nodded, looking a little relieved. “I know Small Lady Serenity quite well. We used to play together as children.”
“Just to get an idea of what’s going on, what’s happening on Earth in your time?” Riley asked.
“Things aren’t good.” Hiryuu went on to describe the attacks by the Black Moon family.
“That pretty much matches up with what Usagi and her friends told us. So, if that’s your time period, why are you showing up now? Chibi-usa was here yeas ago.”
“She showed up when she did because the conditions for her existence had been met. If things had gone differently, she might never have. For example, if Beryl had one, none of us would be here. If the Makaijuu aliens had won, or even if Mamoru had never properly regained his memory, she might never have been born. As for me, I’m here now because this is the earliest point at which the conditions for my existence and the existence of my teammates has been met. Showing up when Chibi-usa did would have done no good as none of the people who could help me had woken yet.”
“I suppose this makes sense.”
“There’s a lot more to it, but that’s the simplest explanation.”
“Simple answers are likely the best idea right now,” commented Mizzumi.
“I don’t suppose you can tell us what your senshi name is?” asked Riley.
Hiryuu frowned. “Didn’t I already tell you?”
“No, you skipped right to your civilian name.”
“Oh, sorry. I’m Sailorthuban.”
At that, Riley looked relieved. “Well, at least you aren’t called SailorChibiDraco.”
“Why would I be called that?”
“Because your mother Queen Ryuuko used to be Princess Ryuuko, who is also known as Sailordraco.”
“She is?” This was clearly a revelation to Hiryuu.
“She is,” Mizzumi confirmed.
“Just like how Chibi-usa is SailorChibiMoon because her mother used to be Sailormoon, Riley continued. “I’m just glad you have a unique name.”
Hiryuu looked very surprised at all of this new information. “Do you know where she is?” she asked urgently once the shock had worn off.
“At this moment? Likely still in Tokyo with Demeter and Hakkinki.”
“Prince Anrui, also called KnightCepheus.”
“My father is a senshi as well?”
“You’ll find that most of your mother’s close friends are senshi.”
“Some of them I know, King Jinsei and Queen Kahen especially.”
At Mizzumi’s puzzled look, Riley explained. “Ginme and Akimi.”
“So, what are your senshi names?” Hiryuu asked. “And your royal names, too.”
“I was once Princess Kotori, but I’m also Sailoraquila.”
“I’m Sailorcygnus, also known as Princess Hyoushou.”
Hiryuu’s eyes widened in recognition. “You two are Summer Triangle senshi? Wow! But…where’s Sailorlyra?”
“It’s where she lives,” Riley explained.
“You’re all scattered around? Why?” Hiryuu was confused.
“Because we’re all from different countries originally. Clover, Sailorlyra, is Greek. I’m Canadian. Mizuumi is…well, she looks Japanese, so we gave her a Japanese name. Ryuusenshi, Hakkinki, Akimi, Insei, Kinrei, and Ikkakujuu are Japaense. Ginme is like Mizuumi in that he looks Japanese so we gave him one of those names. Tamashii is half African half Japanese, but she’s Canadian like me.” Riley paused. “I think that’s everyone.”
“Except Taci, but I’m not sure how to classify her,” Mizuumi put in.
“Taci? Oh, Astarte. European I think, but don’t ask me what part specifically.”
“How did you all wind up together?” Hiryuu asked.
“I don’t know about the others, but Tamashii and I did a semester long transfer to schools in Tokyo. Astarte came with us as we thought she was just a cat at the time.”
“Clover is also a transfer student,” Mizuumi reminded her.
“Right, that’s how she met Ikka.”
“Ginme and I had been working for the enemy before Ryuu healed us,” Mizuumi continued. “If she hadn’t, we might never have come back to ourselves.”
“Yes, because the other senshi would have killed you both,” Riley put in.
Mizuumi shrugged. “It’s not like I blame you guys; after all, we were trying to kill them, too, and take the princess.”
“Good point. Anyways, the others just kind of…fell in with our group and our identities were all revealed. Hakkinki found us on his own as he’d been looking for Ryuusenshi for a long time. So, now that we have more information on this situation, we need to tell the others.”
Hiryuu took an involuntary step back. “Will you tell them about me?”
“They need to know everything, so yes. Don’t worry, Hiryuu. We’ll only tell our fellow senshi about you, people who we know we can trust. Besides, if your teammates are out there, our friends might be able to find them if they know about it.”
“That sounds like a good idea,” she replied slowly.
“Since cell phones aren’t allowed in here, you’ll have to make the call, Mizuumi.”
She nodded. “I expected that; the doctors don’t want you to move for a while.”
“You have all the phone numbers?”
“On my cell.”
“I won’t worry then.”
“Is there anything else you want me to tell them?”
“Just that I’m alright. I’ll heal up in a few days, so there’s no need to worry.”
Mizuumi nodded. “I’ll get right on this.”