Bishoujo Senshi Sailormoon Eternal
Act 04: Jalon’g ii Kantahar. Fury of the Star’s Fire

“Well, that was interesting,” Seiya said, leaning back on a park bench later. The setting sun gave his black hair some unusual highlights. “Even in such a relaxed setting, those girls are all so painfully tense I can feel it.”

“Well, the twins seem relaxed, but that’s about it,” Yaten muttered.

“Can you believe they do that every Sunday?” Taiki wondered.

“Really?” Yaten turned, lifting an eyebrow. “And how would you know that? They’ve only been here a little more than a week now.”

“Brett told me,” Taiki told him. “He says that there’s snow on the ground for half the year where they come from, so they make the most of any nice weather they get.”

“Good afternoon, everyone!” Minako shouted, running up to the Three Lights. She looked cheerful, as usual. “What’s up?”

“We’re not really doing anything. How about you?” Taiki inquired politely.

“Well, I heard a rumor that those creepy exchange students are planning on entering the talent contest on Saturday.”

Now it was Seiya’s turn to raise an eyebrow. “They’re not creepy, but I can see why you’d think that. Does this rumor of your say what their doing?”

“I don’t know.” Minako shrugged. “I overheard them talking at school yesterday during lunch hour. Tyler—”

“Wolf,” Yaten corrected.

“Wolf mentioned something about doing a circus act just before she took off. Their conversation was really bizarre. I’ll have to tell you about it sometime. Weird girl.”

“That one has attitude. She doesn’t seem to want to be here,” Yaten commented. “It’s a little strange for an exchange student.”

“She doesn’t like anyone at all, except the others in her group,” Minako added. “Actually, I came over to get you to show you something. Follow me!”

With their curiosity getting the better of them, the Three Lights followed Minako to where the other senshi were standing. It was the same area where they’d had the picnic with the exchange students; they were sitting in a circle on the faded old blanket. Jen was bent over a guitar and Tyler had a pair of bongos between her knees. They were singing something in English.

“They’re good!” Rei commented admiringly. The other senshi nodded.

The song ended. There was some discussion afterwards in low voices. The twins seemed to want something and were pleading with the other four. After a couple minutes, they gave in and Tyler started a new rhythm on the bongos. Jen, taking her friend’s cue started the chords to a new song. Its lyrics were in English, so a few of the senshi had trouble understanding them. It was a pretty song though so it didn’t matter as much to them.

Close your eyes, give me your hand, darling

Do you feel my heart beating, do you understand?

Do you feel the same, am I only dreaming?

Is this burning an eternal flame?

I believe it's meant to be, darling

I watch when you are sleeping, you belong to me

Do you feel the same, am I only dreaming

Or is this burning an eternal flame?

Say my name, sun shines through the rain

A whole life so lonely, and then you come and ease the pain

I don't want to lose this feeling

Say my name, sun shines through the rain

A whole life so lonely, and then you come and ease the pain

I don't want to lose this feeling

Close your eyes and give me your hand

Do you feel my heart beating, do you understand?

Do you feel the same, am I only dreaming

Or is this burning an eternal flame?

Is this burning an eternal flame?

An eternal flame?

(Close your eyes and give me your hand

Do you feel my heart beating, do you understand?

Do you feel the same, am I only dreaming

Or is this burning an eternal flame?)

 

As the song ended, the senshi clapped. The exchange students looked at them in surprise at their unexpected audience.

“Wow! You guys are really good!” Usagi said, walking towards them. “Are you guys performing at the Three Lights’ talent contest on Saturday?”

“We were considering it,” Serena said before Tyler and Jen could say anything.

“You should, you know,” Michiru said, nodding encouragingly. “You have talent.” The other senshi agreed.

“No, I don’t think we will,” Jen said, hunched over the guitar, plucking a few strange sounding chords.

“What, are you scared?” Rei asked with a sneer.

Jen slowly looked up from the guitar. “What did you say?”

“That’s it isn’t it. You’re afraid to play in the Talent contest because you’re not good enough!”

That did it. Something inside her snapped. Only Tyler’s hands on her shoulders prevented her from flying at Rei.

“Before Jen looses it completely, what’s the prize for winning?” Serena asked. “You guys are being very secretive about it, but if we’re going to do this, we want to know. Otherwise, forget it.”

The Three Lights exchanged looks. “I suppose we can tell you if it’ll get you to enter. Just don’t tell anyone else, ok? There are cash prizes and gift certificates and stuff like that,” Taiki said. “But the grand prize is a shopping spree at Juuban shopping center and a day with us three.”

Tyler leaned over and whispered something, in English, in Jen’s ear. A slow grin spread across Jen’s face. Jen stood and walked over to her guitar case and took out a black glove. She walked over to Seiya, Yaten and Taiki. She took the glove and lightly smacked each of them with it.

“What was that for?” Yaten and Seiya looked puzzled.

“She’s issuing a challenge,” Taiki explained under his breath.

“That’s right. How about upping the stakes a little?” Tyler joined Jen, her hands on her hips, looking up at them. Unbelievably, she was shorter than Yaten!

“Like what?”

“A side bet. If we win, we get something. If you win, you get something. Understand?”

“What do you propose?” Taiki asked.

“If we win, we, oh, I don’t know…”

“Seiya leaves me alone,” Jen suggested. “The last thing I need is a puppy dog following me around constantly.”

“Fine,” Seiya agreed. “But if you loose, I can take you out on dates. No, wait, I have a better idea. You’ll be my girlfriend.”

Jen paled, thinking. “Hang on a sec,” she said, going over to the others to discuss it. Tyler went, too. After a bit she came back. “Agreed. Now, how will this be decided?”

“It should be something that doesn’t involve either Seiya or Jen,” Ami suggested.

“You mean like guessing how many jellybeans there are in a glass jar?” Starr asked thoughtfully.

“No, not like that. More like a battle of wits.”

“Who against whom?” Makoto asked.

“I’d suggest Wolf against Ami, as they’re both highly intelligent, but I don’t really like that idea,” said Serena. “Rather, I think it should involve them, seeing as this deeply involves both of them. Any ideas, Jen?”

“Hmm. Singing is definitely out. How about sparring?”

“That’s not a bad idea, actually,” Seiya said. “Name a time and place.”

“By the monkeybars at noon,” Tyler quipped.

“Wolf! How about here, 1 p.m. on Saturday?”

Seiya nodded. “Fine with me. Do you want to use sparring pads?”

Jen gave him a disgusted look. “What kind of a wimp do you think I am? Besides, I don’t bruise easily. If you want to use some, go right ahead. I’m not going to pull my shots.”

“Just checking. Shake on it?”

“Don’t need to,” she said turning away to put her guitar back in its case. “Let’s go, Serena.”

“I’ll be right with you.” Turning to Seiya she said, “In the meantime, Seiya, please don’t follow her around, ok? I’m getting tired of listening to her complain about it.”

He nodded. “Can I still watch her? Is that ok?”

“Just don’t be too obvious about it, ok?” she said and left.

 

“I have a new plan, Majesty,” Obsidian said, bowing before his Queen’s throne. The rest of her minions looked on with interest at what crazy scheme Obsidian had hatched in his twisted mind.

“What is it this time?” she asked, bored, her long, carefully filed claws tapping endlessly on the arm of her throne, golden eyes blazing.

“Well, majesty, our past attempts at finding the talismans have brought the Guardians out of hiding and convinced the Traitorous One that the sailor senshi of this world can be trusted.”

“Get to the point, Obsidian,” the Queen hissed, eyes narrowing. “I am beginning to get impatient with you and your endless, worthless plans.”

Obsidian swallowed nervously. “My plan, oh wondrous Queen, is to walk among the humans, pretending to be one of them, adopting a human name, going to one of their schools. That way, I’m less likely to attract the attention of the Guardians. From there, I can more easily track down the keepers of the Elemental Talismans while they are in their disguised form.”

An’ei nodded. “Well, well, Obsidian. This plan has merit. I’m pleased!” She sat back in her throne. “You may proceed, but be cautious. Starlight and Starsinger are sensitive to our presence and it won’t be dulled by taking on the appearance of being a normal human.”

“I will obey.”

Obsidian stood in front of a full-length mirror and stared at his reflection. “Perfect as usual. Humans are such simple folk in appearance,” he said admiring himself.

“You’re so vain! It’s a wonder Her Majesty hasn’t tired of you yet,” a woman said coming up behind him.

“Can it, Quartzite,” he growled, turning to look at his rival. He blinked. “What’s with the outfit? Has Halloween come early this year?”

“Studying human customs and sarcasm, I see.”

“It’s required for this mission,” he said turning back to the mirror and running his hand through his short black hair.

“Speaking of which, our Queen has ordered me to accompany you on this mission. And the name’s not Quartzite. It’s Hyoumu Moudoku.”

He nodded approvingly. “I like it, Quartzite. It suits you. Mine’s An’unno Mayonaka.”

 

The next day after school, the senshi all sat around a table at the Crown Fruit Parlor. Everyone, including Hotaru and Setsuna, was there. They’d tried to have a meeting the day before, but

“So, you had another encounter with the new senshi?” Setsuna asked, leaning forward on her elbows.

“Only one of them this time. It was the one called Starlight, to one with the green and silver hair. It was at school this time,” Makoto said, retelling what had happened. “One of the leaves from my Oak Evolution attack cut her on the cheek. The whole encounter was, well, it was weird!”

A tall waiter with black hair and black eyes walked up to their table. “Here are your drinks,” he said. His voice was very deep. He looked up at Michiru and his eyes brightened. “Ah, Kaiou. How are you today?”

“Fine thank you, An’unno. I didn’t know you worked here.”

“Now you know. And, please, the drinks are on me,” he said, bowing deeply, then walked away.

“He’s so gorgeous!” Makoto, Minako, and Rei said sighing.

“Where do you know him from, Michiru?” Ami asked.

“He’s a student who transferred to our school yesterday. He sits behind me in class.” Haruka rolled her eyes and Michiru laughed. “Haruka doesn’t like him because he flirts with me. Constantly.”

“He seems nice enough,” Makoto sighed, all starry-eyed.

“As Brett said the other day, ‘appearances can be deceiving and often are’,” Taiki quoted.

“I would have to agree with you, Taiki-san,” Setsuna said. “There’s a strange aura around him, a very cold aura. You’d best beware.” She looked around. “Umm, where did Kino go?”

The senshi looked around, and found her talking to An’unno. They all get sweat drops. “Mako-chan! She’s at it again!” Ami groaned.

“Anyway, of the six senshi, we’ve only personally met one. I wrote to Mamo-chan about them,” Usagi continued.

“How is Mamoru-san these days?” Michiru asked.

“Well, he says he’s doing fine in school and his English is really improving. He’s been tutoring a high school girl in Japanese. Mamo-chan says that she looks like a cross between Setsuna and Rei. He also said that she’s a really famous model. I forget what her name is, though.”

Just then, Makoto screamed. She was under attack by a tall, blue-haired woman. Quartzite. Her black haired companion, Obsidian, soon joined her.

“What do you want with me?” Makoto was absolutely terrified.

“You know what we’re doing, so don’t play games with me, Starfire!” Quartzite said, laughing. “Talisman Reveal!” she said pointing at her victim’s throat. Makoto screamed as a bright red, star-shaped object appeared outside of her throat.

“I found one,” Quartzite said triumphantly.

The object turned black. “Wrong again, Quartzy-baby!” a voice said from the doorway of the Crown. Everyone there turned to see who it was.

“Wha…? Starfire!” Obsidian yelled in surprise. “Well, you’re too late. This woman is dead. Silver, take care of her!”

A thick black mist appeared around Makoto, turning her into a yahrai when it dissipated. “Silver!” It said.

“Mako-chan!” Usagi cried in horror. She ran to the bathroom. Once inside, she shouted, “Moon Eternal, Make Up!”

When she rejoined the others, Starfire was outside of the Crown, sprawled on the pavement. Silver had thrown her out of a window. Small cuts crisscrossed all over Starfire’s skin. The appearance of the yahrai had sent all of the patrons and workers alike running in terror for their lives. The inner and outer senshi used the opportunity to transform and rushed out to try and help. Seiya went over to her barely conscious form, trying to get her to stand up. Finally she got up, standing unsteadily. The Starlights hadn’t taken the time to transform.

“Hands off!” Starfire growled, pushing Seiya away. She watched as the yahrai pounded on the senshi, who were powerless against it. Their attacks just seemed to irritate it. “Don’t you people ever learn? Aries Flaming Disk!” she shouted.

The yahrai dodged and shouted, “Silver Arrows!” and sent a shower of deadly arrow shaped projectiles hurtling towards the wounded senshi.

“You’ll have to do better than that!” she said, raising her hands in the air. “Elements above and below.” She lowered her hands. “I summon Fire!” Her hands flew up in a round shape and she began spinning. “Eternal Fire Cleansing!” Starfire stopped spinning and pointed at Silver. A wall of angry red flames engulfed the yahrai, returning her to Kino Makoto, who collapsed to the pavement.

“Thank you, Starfire.” Sailormoon said, rushing over to Makoto’s side.

Starfire raised an eyebrow. “I guess Starlight already beaten the ‘sailor’ thing into you when she fought with you the other day. Well, see you later.” she said leaping onto the roof of the Crown and vanishing from sight.

On the sidewalk where she had fallen there was a small pool of dark red blood. This startled the senshi. Starfire hadn’t looked as though she was that badly injured. The wounds must have been deeper than they’d initially guessed. Oddly enough, Jennifer wasn’t at school the next day.