Bishoujo Senshi Sailormoon: Guardians Trilogy
Mirror Universe
Part 04: Yumeko or Chinmoku? Who is she really?
DISCLAIMER: Sailormoon and the other cannon senshi belong to Naoko Takeuchi. All other characters are mine. Please don’t take them without asking my permission first.

The next few days passed in a daze. The senshi watched the renewed relationship between Jen and Seiya with much skepticism. On the one hand, as Taiki pointed out, it was good as Seiya was much less mopey. On the other, Jen monopolized nearly all of his time and so they all saw much less of him and never saw him out in public without Jen. Even Taiki and Yaten rarely saw him without her, as she was frequently over at their apartment. At senshi meetings, they saw only each other, and didn’t pay much attention to what was going on around them.

Taiki almost wished that Yumeko hadn’t sworn him to silence on this. He wanted very much to confront Jen about her newfound affection for his friend when she’d been so cold to him before. He wanted to know what was going on, and would even have settled for being able to talk to Yumeko herself, but she hadn’t shown herself to him since that first time. He thought that he’d seen her while walking through town the day before, but it was a foreigner and not Shinami.

He turned his attention back to his computer. Reflected in the monitor, he could see a vague outline of the ‘happy couple’ as they sat on the couch, ostensibly watching a movie. He rolled his eyes and shut the monitor off after saving his work. He stood up and grabbed his car keys. “I’m going out for a while,” he told them, not really expecting them to have heard a word he said.

He went downstairs to the front door of their apartment. The weather outside was depressingly humid, which didn’t help his mood at all. He wandered aimlessly down the street, not really caring where he wound up. He knew that he wouldn’t end up in the coffee shop where he’d met Shinami for the first time, as that was a fair distance from the apartment by foot and he was heading in the opposite direction in any case.

After a good twenty minutes of walking, he found himself standing at the entrance to a park. At this time of day, there were no children playing in it, so he went to sit down on a swing. As he rocked slowly back and forth, he stared up at the night sky, wondering if the place that Yumeko was from was visible from Earth. It occurred to him that he had no idea where she was from, other than the name of her world: Kinsei. He didn’t really know much about her, beyond her senshi powers and her status as princess.

He sighed and closed his eyes. What was the use in mooning over a girl that he knew almost nothing about?

“Penny for your thoughts?”

Taiki turned his head. “They aren’t worth that much. Trust me.”

Yumeko sat down on the swing beside him. “Oh I don’t know about that. I’m sure that something finds what you have to say of some value.”

They sat and stared at the night sky in silence for a time before Taiki asked, “What’s Jen doing out in public like this?”

Yumeko looked at him blankly. “Jen? Last time I checked, she was still with the others.”

“Not anymore, and she hasn’t been for a while now. She’s back at my apartment with Seiya right now if you want to see for yourself.”

“No need to get grumpy.” Yumeko frowned. “Maybe she was given different instructions than the rest of us. Who knows? This is Kasei after all.”

“That’s the funny thing about this. She hasn’t told us to call her anything other than Jen. You prefer me to call you by your real name, but Jen is happier with Jen.”

Yumeko turned back to looking at the sky. The moon hit her profile, causing her to look almost fairy-like. “It might have something to do with that fight she had with her mother before we left. I don’t know the details, but she’s been acting odd ever since. Perhaps this is a rebellion of sorts, or maybe we were wrong about how she felt for Seiya.”

“She felt so strongly towards him that she broke with the mission and went to him?” Taiki asked incredulously.

She blushed furiously. “Is that so difficult to believe?” she asked quietly. “It’s what I did.”

“I didn’t mean to ridicule you,” he said, feeling like an idiot. “I’m just saying that this is Jen we’re talking about here and not you. I can see you doing this. I’m glad that you did. I missed you. The thing is, though, that I thought Jen had her feelings all sorted out after the final battle with An’ei Souku.”

She nodded. “So did Tenshi. She’s Kasei’s best friend and knows her better than anyone aside from her twin brother, Yuki.” She stood, shaking her head. “I don’t know what’s going on. You haven’t said anything to her about seeing me?”

He stood and put his hands on her shoulders. “No. I promised you that I would keep your secret.”

She smiled. “I’m so glad that I can rely on you. Please continue to be silent on this. I wish I could tell you more of what’s going on, but I can’t. I’m sorry, but I have to go now.”

When she tried to move forward, he tightened his grip on her shoulders. “Please don’t go yet.” He turned her around to face him.

Yumeko looked into his eyes and froze at the emotion there. “The others will wonder if I don’t come back soon.”

“Let them,” he said before leaning forward to kiss her.

If his eyes had been open, he would have seen hers widen in shock and horror. She pushed him away. “I’m sorry, Taiki” Before he could react, she turned and ran.

She ducked behind a building, gasping for breath. What did he do that for? There was no reason for it. It makes me sick just to think about it. She wiped her lips with the back of her hand. Those disgusting movies are all wrong. He didn’t taste good at all. Kind of wet, really.

“So this is where you’re hiding, Moku-chan.”

“Go away, Garou,” Yumeko snarled. “I’m not in the mood for one of your games.”

“I’m playing games. That was a vastly entertaining scene between you and that Taiki person. When you’re done toying with him, mind if I give it a shot? Rei-chan won’t let me toy with Seiya.” The dark haired girl pouted.

“You’re welcome to him. Pretending to be this love struck girl is making me physically ill.”

Garou narrowed her eyes. “Want to tell him who you really are?”

“What I’d like to do is hurt him,” she snarled. “Crush him like an insect beneath the heels of my boots.” She made a fist, drawing blood from her palm with her long nails.

“At least wait until I’ve had a bit of fun with him.”

“Why? He’s my toy to begin with. I might leave some for you to play with afterwards, though.”

A third figure walked towards them. “Be nice, girls. There’ll be plenty for us to play with when Lady Nightshade gives us the word.”

“Can we attack them yet?” Yumeko asked hopefully.

“Not yet. Reimei is in an excellent position to observe and learn their deepest weaknesses.”

The blond snorted. “Right. Like Seiya’s are hard to figure out. Reimei has him wrapped around her finger so many times that I’ve lost count. He’d probably kill himself just to make her happy.”

“Yes, but that’s one senshi out of how many now, Chinmoku?”

She dismissed the third girl’s question with a wave of her hand. “I’m aware of their numbers, Mitsukai. All I’m saying is that he’d do anything for her.” She stuck her tongue out and made a gagging noise. “Makes me ill, really.”

“Exactly what are you getting at?” Mitsukai folded her arms across her chest and looked down at the blond.

A slow smile spread across her face. “Why not tell Reimei to dig into Seiya’s mind and find out the fast way instead of using the slower method? We don’t really need his mind to be in any sort of good condition for what Lady Nightshade has in mind, now do we?”

Garou and Mitsukai exchanged looks. “No, that’s not really necessary. I’ll have to mention this to Reimei next time I see her.”

Garou snickered. “Not that it’ll be any time soon. I’ve been watching her progress through the Pool. She’s good. You have to give her credit there.”

“As I recall, she didn’t even want to do this,” Chinmoku, the girl who had been posing as Yumeko, said, shaking her head.

“No, but she does it very well.” Garou laughed, a high pitched giggling sound that didn’t sound entirely sane.

“I’m not even going to ask.”

“It’s vastly entertaining. You should watch sometime.”

“There are easier ways to make myself ill.”

“That’s enough!” Mitsukai snapped. “We’d best be heading back. Lady Nightshade will want an update on your progress, Chinmoku.”

“I think I can keep Taiki running around in circles long enough for her plan to be implemented. The senshi are so busy with Jen right now that we could send one of her creatures rampaging through downtown Tokyo and they wouldn’t notice.”

Laughing, the three girls walked into an alley and vanished as if they hadn’t existed in the first place. The only trace of their existence was the echo of their laughter.