Jen groaned and rolled over, looking right into a pair of glowing silver orbs. She shrieked and jumped, hitting her head on the top bunk. An insane laughter came from the edge of her bed.
“Oh, stars!” the growly voice said between bouts of laughter. “You should have seen your face!”
“Oh goody!” Jen said dryly. “I’m back for two days and already your starting with the corny wake ups. Thanks mutt.”
Tyler grinned at her. “No problem, J!”
Serena entered the room, the twins right behind her. “Wolf, that was completely unnecessary,” she said, shaking her head. The twins nodded in agreement.
Tyler stuck her tongue out at her. “What’s the fun in her being back if I can’t bug her every now and then?”
“Every now and then doesn’t mean every single possible opportunity, Wolf,” Skye said sourly. Tyler merely shrugged.
“I have two months of picking on to catch up on. You think that’s easy?”
Jen sighed and lay back down. “I wish you wouldn’t Wolf. I feel as if I’ve been through all seven hells and back.”
“Besides,” Serena said brightly. “Breakfast’s ready!” Tyler instantly sped to the kitchen, followed by the twins. Serena sighed and walked over to the bunk she shared with Jen. “She really missed you, Jen. Everyone did. Especially…you know.”
Jen nodded as Serena helped her up. “I know. I suppose I have to talk to him, don’t I? About all this.”
“That would be the proper thing to do.” Serena nodded as they headed into the kitchen and sat down at the table. Breakfast was a stack of waffles and bacon. They let Jen have first dibs on it, as her appetite was even more ravenous than Tyler’s. Starinfinity assured them that it would wear off. Dark energies had that effect on people. When she’d heaped her plate, the others dug right in.
As Tyler ate, she watched Jen pack her breakfast away. Stars, I’ve missed you, little sister, she thought to herself. What are you going to do about Seiya, though? He’s probably so happy your back that he hasn’t eaten a thing. At least, not much anyway. I still can’t believe that he’s StarFighter. I should’ve seen it long ago. We knew there was something odd about them, but I wasn’t sure what. Tyler shook her head and continued eating in silence. I hope Brett’s holding up ok over there.
Tyler’s hopes were farther from the truth than she imagined. Seiya hadn’t eaten a thing. He’d drink water every now and then, but other wise wouldn’t take anything else into himself. He spent all his time moping in his room. At least, that’s what everyone else assumed he did all day long. Brett was at his wits end and said so to Taiki and Yaten as they, too, sat around the breakfast table.
“Me, too,” Taiki said from behind the newspaper, flipping a page and sipping his coffee. “I wish he’d tell us why he’s doing this. He hasn’t eaten a thing since Jen got back.”
Yaten snapped his fingers. “We should bring Jen over here. Maybe she could get him to eat something.”
Brett shook his head. “Nope. I tried calling there, but Jen’s pretty useless right now. She can’t walk very far without assistance. She’s very weak still. That much dark energy is bad for fire types. StarLove was lucky that way. She adapts better to things than Jen does.”
“Who is this StarLove anyway?” Yaten asked, quite frustrated. “No one’ll tell us anything about her.”
“Ah. Well, I’m not sure what help I can be. I didn’t know her very well, her being who she is and all. Her name is Kiyoshi Yumeko, know as Yu-chan among the guardians and senior sailors. She’s our equivalent to Tsukino-san; our princess, the heir of Kiyoshi Yuri, the High Queen, and her husband Taki, the king. She’s very nice from what I hear from the others, very much like Usagi and Minako in many ways that are quite creepy now that I think about it.”
“That helps a little,” Taiki said. “Why do you suppose Starinfinity is hiding her identity from us?”
“She’s hiding it from us, too,” Brett reminded him. “And, frankly, I don’t know. I don’t care to second-guess her. It’s generally not a good idea anyway.”
“I won’t ask,” Taiki commented, eying him from around the edge of the paper.”
Seiya came flying into the kitchen just then, a colossal grin on his face.
“What’s with you?” Yaten asked. Taiki just raised an eyebrow at him.
“Can’t talk right now. Gotta go!” Seiya said, gulping back some juice and, grabbing a piece of toast, was out the door before they could blink.
“Did that strike anyone else as being incredibly odd?” Yaten asked, glancing at the door. They nodded, not saying a thing.
Jen woke up to a knocking on the door. She groaned and rolled over. Everyone had left right after breakfast, so she had to get up and answer it. “This better be important.” She muttered as she walked out into the hallway to answer the door. She yawned as she opened the door.
“Ohayo, Jen,” a familiar voice greeted before she could speak.
“Seiya?” she asked yawning. “What are you doing here? Especially at this time of the day.”
“May I come in?” he asked, ignoring her question, something Jen found rather rude, but let him in anyway. “Thank you.”
“Now will you answer my question or not?”
“Oh. I just wanted to see how you were doing that’s all.”
“Bull. You could’ve just asked me that over the phone or what not. Why are you here?” Jen sighed. “Seiya, we need to talk.”
Seiya sighed and sat down on the couch, leaning back and inviting her to sit beside him. “We need to talk, I know, but that’s not what I came here for. Yes, I really was concerned about you. The past two months has been a living nightmare for me. You have no idea how much I missed you.” He looked at her with those eyes that convinced her he was telling the truth.
Jen looked away. She’d always had a hard time looking at those blue eyes of his, regardless of their expression. “I can’t say the same.”
He nodded. “Brett, or rather his uncle, explained it to me. Why was he so surprised to see me? Who was Seikou really?”
“Is that what he called you?” He nodded. “Seikou was truthfully my boyfriend. He didn’t die in a car accident. He was killed in the early attacks on the Juoukoku. Diamond was responsible. Remember Obsidian saying something to that effect three months ago?”
“Right. Anyways…” He sat closer to her. “Jen, when you vanished, it tore me up inside. I was pretty much useless as anything: idol singer, student, and senshi. Speaking of which, I am Sailorstarfighter.”
“I know, Seiya. I was there. You know I’m StarFire, so I don’t see the point in you mentioning that fact.”
“Jen, the point is that I’ve missed you. I missed you more than I can possibly tell you. I know you’ve been through a lot, most of which you don’t remember. I still want you to be my girlfriend.”
Jen stared at him for a moment, then sighed and shook her head. “I’m afraid I can’t be your girlfriend anymore, knowing who you truly are. I have nothing against you, but I can’t be your girlfriend any longer. I’m sorry, Seiya.” She turned away from him. “I suggest you leave now. I have nothing more to say to you.”
Seiya stared at her in stunned silence. “Jen-“
“Go!” she snapped.
Hurt, he stood and walked to the door to put his shoes back on. He looked back at her, her cold black eyes gazing at him, expressionless as a stone carving. There was no sorrow or regret on her face or in her eyes; no emotion at all registered there. He turned and walked out the door, the noise it made when it closed hid the sob of grief and pain mixed with relief that escaped from Jen’s throat.
Cheetah kneeled before her queen, not daring to look up at her. “We have lost Kitsune, my queen,” she managed to squeak out, cringing in fear.
“What?” An’ei yelled, standing up, enraged, knocking her throne over in the process. Her white dress swirled around her, her tail lashing around angrily. “How is this possible?”
“Somehow the former Guardians were able to escape the palace and joined their powers with those of the current Guardians as well as those of Starinfinity to bring her back. It worked, unfortunately.”
“Yes, very unfortunate as we now have four guardians, three senshi, and Starinfinity to fight us!” An’ei ranted, pacing. “I am most displeased with you three.”
The triplets swallowed. “We won’t fail you again, An’ei-sama,” Lynx said, bowing lower to the ground.
A slow smile spread across An’ei’s cat-like features. “No, you won’t will you?” she said slowly and menacingly. The triplets looked up, startled. A green light flashed towards them and they didn’t even have time to scream before they disintegrated into oblivion. The crowd gasped in surprise.
She turned to them. “Let this be a lesson to all. Do not fail me! Diamond! Quartzite!”
The two remaining generals appeared in front of her. “Yes, my queen?” Diamond asked, bowing at the waist.
“You two are now in charge of destroying the Guardians and those miserable senshi. A special reward to the one who destroys Starinfinity.”
“Hai, An’ei-sama,” they said in unison and vanished.
Quartzite melted into a plush chair. “I thought we were dead for sure in there,” she said to Diamond.
“Don’t worry so much. The triplets failed her more than you could ever dream of doing,” he said, picking a grape from a silver bowl beside him and popping it into his mouth.
“Thanks a lot, Diamond-sama,” she said sourly. “So, what are we going to do about the Guardians?”
He shook his head, white hair flying. “I’m not sure. I know StarFire and StarLove better than anyone because they were under my spell for a time.” He grinned slowly. “That’s it! StarFire.”
“I don’t understand, Diamond-sama,” Quartzite said, looking quite confused.
“StarFire has a dual identity. I don’t remember what the girl’s name was, but she had a boyfriend named Seiya Kou. From what I saw in her mind, this boy resembles Seikou from the style of his hair to the shape of his eyes. He is, according to other things I know about this world, a very popular idol singer, whatever that is.”
Quartzite began to smile as well. “I think I know where your going. If you don’t mind my saying so, you have a very ruthless mind, Diamond-sama.”