Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Infinity
Act 13 - Christmas Special (part 1) – The Concert

“So, today was the last day of classes before the holidays,” Tyler said, stretching. “You have no idea how much I’m looking forward to sleeping in.”

The other two Guardians attending Juuban High School laughed. “We understand Wolf,” Serena said, gathering her textbooks. “We understand all too well.”

“Just make sure you walk that dog of yours,” Jen teased.

“Maa!” Tyler fumed. “You know she’s not a dog, Jen.”

“I know. Just bugging you.”

Starr and Skye ran in then, mauling Brett. “Whoa, slow down girls. What’s the matter?”

“No more school until January!” Skye exclaimed happily.

“We can sleep in now and Serena will do Christmas baking!” Starr added.

“Right!” Jen said, snapping her fingers. “I forgot all about the snack part of the holidays.”

Serena shook her head in mock dismay. “What do you want me to make this year, guys?”

“Butter tarts,” Jen replied instantly.

“Chocolate mint squares,” Tyler said, licking her lips.

The twins requested gingerbread men and a gingerbread house, like they did every year, even though they lived far away from Serena normally.

Brett thought for a minute. “Hmm, what do I want to ask for? I know! Shortbread!”

They laughed. “That’s what you ask for every year!” Serena said, shaking her head. “Well, if that’s really what you want, then I’ll see what I can do.”

Meanwhile, the inner senshi and the Starlights were over in a corner making similar requests of Makoto, who was jotting them down as fast as they could make them. ”Slow down!” she exclaimed finally. “I can’t write that fast!”

They eased up until they ran out of ideas. “Thank you.” She looked down at the list she’d made. “Well, this should keep me busy for a while.”

Taiki looked at the list. “Is it too much?”

Makoto shook her head. “Nope! I’ll be fine.”

Minako had an idea. “Hey! Why don’t we ask Jen-tachi if they want anything.”

Seiya smacked his forehead, as did Makoto. “We completely forgot about them.”

“Why don’t we do it right now?” Ami suggested. “They’re all over there.”

The group walked over. “Hey guys!” Usagi greeted them cheerfully. “Whatcha doin’?”

“Making food requests,” Skye said. “Why?”

“Oh, we were just wondering if, since Mako-chan is baking stuff already, why don’t you make a request, too?” Minako said.

“It’s not a burden,” Makoto assured them. “I always bake lots of stuff this time of year.”

“We already made requests of Serena, who also does copious amounts of baking each year for our annual senshi end of year party,” Jen said politely.

“Why don’t we join forces, Mako-chan?” Serena suggested. “Two sets of hands can do more that one.”

“I…well, sure!” Makoto smiled. “I’d love to have someone to help out.”

“While we’re on the subject, what are you all doing? Christmas party-wise anyway?” Brett asked.

“Nothing yet,” Taiki said. “I’ve been meaning to get Shinami to convince Himitsu-san to let us organize a party over at her place. You’ve all seen the house they live in. It’s big enough for all us senshi to have a nice party there.”

“That’s another wonderful idea!” Usagi said excitedly. “I never thought of that one. My house is too small, and the only other place big enough is Rei’s.”

“Our apartment isn’t even big enough to hold all the senshi and Guardians,” Seiya added. “Us three and the inners, but not everyone.”

“Oy, Jen,” Tyler poked her. “Isn’t Jason staying with Himitsu-sama as well?”

“True. I’ll get a hold of him tonight. I’ve been meaning to anyways.” Jen nodded. “I’m sure it’ll be fine with Himitsu-sama to have the party there,” Serena added. “The parties are generally held at her place anyways so it won’t be anything new to her.”

Plans made for the next few days, they went home to make preparations.

“At our place?” Jason said quizzically. “Oh, if you put it that way, it makes sense. Hang on a sec.” There was a pause, then he came back. “It’s ok with us. Just the senshi, right? Ok. That’s fine. Just pick a date and we’ll do it. ‘Kay? Ok, talk to you later, Imouto-chan. Bye.”

Shinami walked out into the hallway. “Who was that Jason?”

“That was Jen. She just wanted to ask if we could hold a version of the senshi year-end party here. Himitsu-sama says it’s ok. We just have to pick a date now.”

Shinami’s eyes lit up. “No way! I was wondering what we were going to do because we’re so far from home. Now I don’t have to anymore.”

“I was having the same problem, too,” Jason said, smiling. “Now I’ll finally get to meet everyone. I’ve only met the senshi and vaguely told who’s who. I also really want to meet this Seiya Kou person Jen’s dating. I saw him when he was sick from Quartzite’s attack, but haven’t since.”

“He’s really nice from what I know of him,” Shinami supplied. “I prefer Taiki, but Seiya’s nice if you like the type. I still say he’s a genetic copy of Seikou.”

Jason raised an eyebrow. “Really? Isn’t Seiya also Sailorstarfighter?”

“That’s the only difference I’ve seen is the gender thing. Himitsu-sama can’t even figure out how that happened.”

“The galaxy is full of surprises,” Jason said, shrugging. “We’d best start making plans, Shinami-chan. Christmas isn’t all that far away now and the party should be sometime soon.”

“Hai!”

“So, Seiya.” Taiki started. “I got an e-mail from our manager.”

Seiya flinched. “What does he want?”

“Oh, he just wants us to do a joint Christmas concert two days before Christmas,” Taiki said casually.

“With who?”

“Ideally, someone well known or a unheard of band, but he says it’s our choice. We don’t really have a choice in this concert. Besides,” Taiki added. “We haven’t done a concert recently anyways. We really should have expected to have to do a Christmas one.”

Yaten rolled his eyes, but nodded. “Any suggestions?”

“Zodiac,” Seiya said immediately. “I want to work with Zodiac.”

Taiki and Yaten looked confused. “Who’s Zodiac?” Taiki asked.

“Remember the talent contest we held when Jen and the others first came to our school? That’s Zodiac.”

“Oh right!” Yaten smacked his forehead. “How could I have forgotten that?” he said sarcastically.

“Very funny Yaten.”

Taiki thought over the matter for a minute. “Actually, Seiya, that’s a very good idea. Zodiac is sort of known because of the contest. If we can get Shinami to sing with them, that’ll give them a bit more credibility.”

“You just want to hear Shinami sing,” Yaten said, teasing. “Fine. I don’t have any objections to this. I nominate Seiya to call Jen-tachi and Taiki to call Shinami.”

“You just don’t want to call either,” Seiya said.

“Bingo. I mean, why should I? You’re dating them, not me.”

“The squirt has a point,” Taiki said, heading for the phone. “I’ll give Shinami a call, see if she’s up to it. Even if we can’t get Zodiac, she’s a talented enough idol that she could pull this off. She could even just play the violin and we could do a joint like the one we did with Michiru.”

“True, but I’d rather get Zodiac and Shinami,” Seiya admitted.

Taiki called Shinami up then came back. “She sounded extremely excited about it. She also said, and get a load of this, that she’s used to having concerts with Jen, Wolf, and Serena, that those four are the true group called Zodiac.”

“Bonus,” Seiya said, nodding.

“She also said that if Jen-tachi are willing, she’d play with them.”

“Now all that’s left is to call Jen,” Seiya said, excusing himself.

Yaten and Taiki waited for almost 10 minutes for him to come back. “What kept you?” Yaten growled.

“Jen insisted on holding a speaker phone conference with the rest of the girls,” he said, slumping down on the couch. “They’ll do it. Don’t try and get a hold of Shinami again, Taiki, because Jen said she’d do it. They need to get practicing if they’re going to be able to do this.”

“Good. I’ll mail our manager back and let him know what’s up,” Taiki said, heading for his room.

Yaten leaned back in his seat. “And we have to decide what we’re doing. Nagareboshi e is overdone, as is Todokanu Omoi.”

“Well, you can put a new twist on Nagareboshi e,” Brett suggested coming in from the kitchen, startling them. “You do realize that Jason is also a real part of Zodiac? I just sit in with the group occasionally.”

“How do you put a new spin on that song?” Seiya asked, interested.

“Get Zodiac to sing it, like we did that day in the park.”

“That’s an idea, but we need other stuff to do as well.”

“Well, Christmas tunes are always a good idea at a Christmas concert,” he added. “It wouldn’t be the same without them.”

They sat and plotted tunes most of the rest of the night.

They all got together at the crown the next day to discuss things. They decided to hold the party right after the concert to unwind.

“This is going to work,” Serena said absentmindedly. “I’m really looking forward to this.”

“We haven’t done a real concert in a long time,” Jen added.

“We might even make some money off this,” Tyler said thoughtfully. “You never know what’ll happen.”

“Our manager promised to pay you for this,” Taiki interrupted.

“You guys are really doing a joint?” Minako asked. “Can we get tickets?”

“Please Taiki, Seiya, Yaten?” Usagi and the other inners pleaded.

They sweat dropped and handed them tickets, one each. “Fine. Just don’t loose them or get lost on the way there,” Seiya said, with a look at Usagi that made everyone laugh.

“Anyway, minna, I came up with an idea for the party,” Rei said.

“What, Rei-chan?”

“A gift exchange.”

“Sugoi!” Ami said, clapping her hands. “That’s a wonderful idea. How will it work?”

“Well, there are two ways and I can’t decide which. The first one is that everyone buys a gift, not knowing who’ll get it, within a spending limit of course. The other is to draw names out of a hat.”

“I like the just buying a gift one better,” Yaten said. “I’d have no idea what to get, say, Skye if I were to draw her name. I don’t know what I’d get anyone, actually.”

“I’m with Yaten on that one,” Ami said.

“Are we all agreed on that one then?” The senshi nodded. “Then that’s how we’ll do it.”

The day of the concert and party drew nearer and the two groups nearly had their pieces ready. They’d practiced once together, a rough dress rehearsal. They’d parted company knowing what to work on for the concert, trusting everything to work out.

“Ow! Not so hard Serena!” Jen said, flinching as Serena pulled her straight, red-black hair into a ponytail at the top of her head.

“Gomen, but your hair is still as stubborn as ever. At least you don’t have to straighten Wolf’s. Shinami has that unfortunate job.” The pair giggled. “There. All done, Jen. Now go get dressed. And try not to ruin the hair do please.”

“I promise, Serena,” Jen said, rolling her eyes. She hopped off the stool to go get into her clothes.

There was a knock on the door. “I’ll get it!” Starr said, running off to answer it. It was the Three Lights.

“Hey!” Seiya greeted them. “Well, we’re done, so we thought we’d come and wish you all good luck on stage tonight.”

“Good luck yourself,” Shinami said, not looking up from Tyler’s hair. She had a comb in her mouth, a bottle of something under one arm and a hairbrush in the other hand. She was wielding the brush against Tyler’s almost untamable silver mop while Brett and Jason sat and laughed. Silently, so she wouldn’t throw something from the dressing table at them.

Jen walked out then and gave Seiya a wordless kiss on the cheek, then went to get her own makeup on.

“See you on stage!” Taiki said as they left the dressing room.

“Bye!” Shinami said. She was almost done with Tyler’s hair. “There!” she said, stepping back to admire the results “Sempai, you have the most unmanageable hair ever! It’s a good thing I made you get dressed first.”

Tyler rolled her eyes, looking in the mirror. “Well, at least you can do something with it. It doesn’t look much different that usual, but I like it.”

“Good. Our instruments are tuned and out there already, so let’s go!”

“Yosh!” Tyler exclaimed, heading for the door, followed by the rest of the band.

The crowd cheered as the Three Lights walked out on stage. “Thank you for coming to our concert tonight, minna-san,” Taiki began. “Our special guest tonight is the first place winner from the talent contest we held recently, Zodiac. We hope you enjoy the concert.” The crowd cheered even louder, then hushed as Zodiac walked out onto the stage.

Their outfits were deigned to suit the wearer. Tyler was wearing a pair of jeans and a t-shirt with a howling wolf on it. The twins had on matching short skirts, long sleeved blouses and vests, with the colors flipped. Their hair was done as usual. Skye’s were yellow, blue, and green, respectively and Starr’s were green, yellow, and blue respectively. Serena chose to wear a pair of bellbottoms and a long sleeved halter-top, her hair down with a single braid over her right ear. Jason and Brett were wearing nice black pants and shirts. Brett’s shirt was white and Jason’s was red. Jen came out last. She was wearing a red sleeveless halter-top, tight black leather pants, and suspenders for no good reason. Her hair was pulled up into the ponytail Serena had strived so hard to get.

The crowd whistled politely as they took their places on stage. Seiya winked at Jen, who smiled back, picking up her guitar.

They opened with Nagareboshi e, but with Zodiac singing the main part and the Three Lights singing the background part. Jason and Shinami didn’t sing on that one, not having done it with the group before that week.

The crowd cheered loudly.

They moved on to some Christmas songs then, playing ‘Jingle bells’, ‘Silent Night’, ‘We Three Kings’, ‘Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer’(during which Jason jokingly placed a red nose on Seiya, causing the crowd and the rest of the two bands to laugh so hard they paused during the song to regain their composure), and several others. Afterwards, they moved onto playing some other songs. Zodiac performed ‘Pure Snow’ and ‘Yo ga akeru mae ni’. Then the Three Lights played ‘Endless Rain’ and ‘By starlight’. Afterwards, Tyler startled them all by playing ‘The sunlight garden’ from Shoujo Kakumenai Utena. Then Jason and Brett did ‘1/3 no ichi’ with Jen on guitar.

Yaten walked to the center of the stage. “I’d like to thank you all for coming out tonight. To end tonight’s concert we have a special duet by Zodiac’s Jen McCormick and the Three Lights’s Seiya Kou entitled ‘At the Beginning’. Thank you again for coming.”

The crowd cheered loudly as Seiya and Jen walked to the front of the stage. Tyler sat down at the piano again and started to play.

We were strangers
Starting out on a journey
Never dreaming
What we'd have to go through
Now here we are
And I'm suddenly standing
At the beginning with you

No one told me
I was going to find you
Unexpected
What you did to my heart
When I lost hope
You were there to remind me
This is the start

Life is a road Love is a river
I wanna keep flowing Now and forever
Wonderful Journey

I'll be there
When the world stops turning
I'll be there
When the storm is through
In the end I wanna be standing
At the beginning with you

We were strangers
On a crazy adventure
Never dreaming
How our dreams would come true
Now here we stand
Unafraid of the future
At the beginning with you

Life is a road
And I want to keep going
Love is a river
I wanna keep flowing
Life is the road
Now and forever
Wonderful Journey

I'll be there
When the world stops turning
I'll be there
When the storm is through
In the end I wanna be standing
At the beginning with you

I knew there was somebody somewhere
Like me alone in the dark
Now I know my dreams will live on
I've been waiting so long
Nothing's gonna tear us apart

Life is a road
And I want to keep going
Love is a river
I wanna keep flowing
Life is the road
Now and forever
Wonderful Journey

I'll be there
When the world stops turning
I'll be there
When the storm is through
In the end I wanna be standing
At the beginning with you

Life is a road and I wanna keep going
Love is a river I wanna keep going on
Starting out on a journey
Life is a road and I wanna keep going
Love is a river I wanna keep flowing
In the end I wanna be standing
at the beginning with you

At the end of the song, Seiya turned and kissed Jen lightly on the lips and gave her the rose from his jacket as the crowd cheered. Jen blushed and returned to her band as Seiya returned to his. The lights dimmed as they walked off stage.