Ranma 1/2 Fan Fiction / Sailor Moon Fan Fiction ❯ The Fiery Soul: Present ❯ Chapter Seven: Friends ( Chapter 7 )

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Chapter Seven: Friends


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The wind blew across the faces of the crowds of people gathered at the Hikawa Shrine for the festival that was taking place that night.
“How is Rei?” Doctor Tofu asked.
“She misses her parents,” Grandfather Hino replied. “She spends most of her free time with her friends.”
“After the General Matsumoto incident Ukyou told me that she was very upset,” Kho Lon said. “I think she spends time with her friends so that she will not have to dwell on her parents.” As Kho Lon finished her thought, Minako came in sight. “Minako.”
“Yes?” Minako asked.
“How has Rei been the last few days?” Nodoka asked.
“She is well,” Minako replied. “We have made some progress with getting her be more open with her emotions.”
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“A lot of people are here tonight,” Nabiki said while she and her family waited to use the offering hall.
“I am glad that many people showed up,” Kasumi said. “Rei and her grandfather worked really hard on arranging this event. Akane it is your turn.”
“About time,” Akane said. Inside the offering hall, she threw a coin into the offering box, then bowed twice, clapped her hands two times, bowed again, and then she fell into a prayer. Once each Tendou had their turn they all left the offering hall.
“I would like to speak to Rei’s grandfather,” Soun said. “See you all later.”
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“Wow this place is packed,” Usagi said at the steps of the Hikawa Shrine. “I bet Rei is happy.”
“I am sure that she is,” Makoto said.
“She put a lot of time and energy into this festival so I am sure that she is happy with the turnout,” Ami said.
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“Thank you Minako,” Nodoka said.
“No problem,” Minako said. “See you.” Minako left to converse with her friends.
“How is everyone in Nerima these days?” Grandfather Hino asked.
“Xian Pu, Mu Tsu, and I are busy preparing the Neko Hanten and the Japanese Joketsuzoku for our move.”
“You would think Nerima would calm down,” Doctor Tofu said, “but ever since Xytar appeared the number of reported injuries has risen.” Soun arrived and joined in the conversation.
“Do you think the Sailor Senshi can stop him?” Soun asked.
“I cannot say for sure,” Kho Lon replied. “We can only hope that Xytar underestimates the powers they have.”
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“Hey Ukyou, Ryouga,” Akane said when she saw the two. “How are you?”
“Hello,” Ukyou replied.
“Hey,” Ryouga said. He blushed.
“You didn’t get lost?” Nabiki asked.
“No; I kept him from getting lost,” Ukyou said. “Wasn’t easy.” Ryouga blushed harder.
“When did you two get here?” Kasumi asked.
“We have been here for a while,” Ryouga said. “We just finished our prayer with Rei. The line is long but worth the wait.”
“Nabiki?” Akane asked. “Can we get in line?”
“Sure,” Nabiki said.
“I can’t wait,” Kasumi said.
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“Minako,” Usagi said. “Have you seen Rei and Chibiusa?”
“I think they are in the fire room,” Ami said.
“Are you worried?” Minako asked.
“I am sure that they’ll be fine,” Makoto said.
“I hope so,” Usagi said. “I got this feeling like we’ll have unwanted company soon.”
“The Dark Moon Clan?” Ami asked.
“I hope not,” Minako said.
“Still keep an eye out,” Makoto said.
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“Thank you so much for your time,” the woman said to Rei and Chibiusa after the three finished their prayer.
“You are welcome,” Rei said after she bowed.
“See you later,” the woman said. She returned the bow.
“Come anytime,” Chibiusa said.
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“The Dark Moon Clan,” Makoto said after she saw a familiar symbol.
“We have to get ready,” Usagi said.
“We only have little time,” Ami said.
“We have to let Rei know.” Minako said.
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“Usagi?” Rei asked after her prayer ended. She and Chibiusa walked to their friends.
“Rei,” Usagi said. “We have trouble on the way.”
“Are they on their way?” Chibiusa asked. Minako nodded. “I’ll meet you outside.”
“Okay,” Makoto said.
“Sorry for the interruption,” Ami said.
“Let’s go,” Minako said.
“We can power up in my room,” Rei said.
Ami, Minako, Makoto, Usagi and Rei ran to her room. Once inside the room they grabbed out their Henshen Rods.
“Jupiter Power, Make Up,” Makoto called out.
“Mercury Power, Make Up,” Ami called out.
“Mars Power, Make Up,” Rei called out.
“Venus Power, Make Up,” Minako called out.
“Moon Prism Power, Make Up,” Usagi called out.
“Where to?” Moon asked.
“We can go out the back door,” Mars said.
“Right,” Jupiter said. “We must move quickly.”
“What is the plan?” Venus asked once they were outside the Hikawa Shrine.
“I suggest we split into groups to get our enemy away from Chibiusa and the innocents,” Mercury said.
“Good idea,” Venus said. “We have to act now.” The five Sailor Senshi jumped on the roof.
“May we have everyone’s attention,” Moon yelled. Everyone looked up to see the Sailor Senshi. “We need everyone to get a safe distance from the Hikawa Shrine. The Black Moon Clan is on their way.” The large crowd began to vacate the premises in a panicky exit. The crowd moved to an area outside the Hikawa Shrine. “Mars, watch over Chibiusa until our enemy arrives. Then lead our enemy a safe distance from the Hikawa Shrine,” Moon said in a lower volume that only the other Senshi could hear.
“Understood,” Mars said.
“Jupiter, Mercury,” Venus said. “Protect the innocents.”
“Okay,” Jupiter said.
“Gotcha,” Mercury said.
Venus looked at Mars, and walked over to her. “Mars, you and I will have a surprise ready for our enemies,” Venus said. She smiled. Mars nodded, and smiled while Venus whispered her plan in her ear. Each Senshi got into position.
Cooan and her droid Pyia arrived on the scene. The two saw Sailor Mars and Chibiusa.
“Just one Sailor Senshi here tonight?” Cooan asked. “This will be too easy.”
“You ready?” Mars asked.
“Yep,” Chibiusa replied.
“What makes you think I am the only one,” Mars said. “Time to engage our plan Venus. Fire Soul Bird.” A large fireball appeared on her hands, and she fired the attack off into the sky.
Venus stepped out of the shadows. “Crescent Beam Shower,” Venus called out. A light beam began to charge in her left hand before she dropped her left hand next to her right hand. Both hands released a large beam of light that pierced through the Fire Soul Bird attack and lifted it high into the air. The attack turned into a bright fire in the night sky, and sent small bolts of fireworks to rain down around the area.
Once the fireworks fell Mars grabbed Chibiusa and ran to join her allies. Pyia and Cooan dashed after them. The crowd watched the Senshi fireworks go off in the sky as the Dark Moon Clan chased after their targets.
“Impressive,” Pyia said while she chased after Mars and Chibiusa. “Too bad for you I resist heat attacks. Surrender now and I’ll grant you a merciful death.”
“I will never surrender,” Mars said. She continued to jump while she avoided attacks made by her enemy, and she led the two to her allies. She gave Sailor Moon a thumbs up when she rendezvoused with the other Sailor Senshi. “You ready Moon?”
“Yep,” Moon said.
“Let me show you my special move. Dark Flames,” Pyia said. Large flames formed around her hands, and she fired the attack off towards Sailor Moon, who jumped over the flames.
“Venus, Mars you ready to conclude your attack?” Moon asked.
“You bet,” Venus and Mars said together in unison. “Finishing Move; Blinding Beam Soul.” The bright fireworks vanished from the sky, and began to form a large beam of pure fire energy in the hands of the two Senshi. Together they released the beam at the droid Pyia and Cooan.
“This heat,” Cooan said.
“I can’t see,” Pyia said.
“Chibiusa,” Moon said in a whisper. “Hide in the crowd now.”
“Right,” Chibiusa said in a low voice. Ten seconds passed before Cooan and Pyia were able to see again.
“No, I lost sight of the brat,” Cooan said. “Pyia take care of the Sailor Senshi. We can’t have them in the way any longer.”
“With pleasure,” Pyia said.
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At the same time that the Senshi were busy Soun, Kho Lon, Doctor Tofu, Grandfather Hino, and Nodoka walked up the Hikawa Shrine steps. They watched the battle play out.
“Where is Rei?” Nodoka asked once they reached the top of the steps.
“Did Rei and her friends get separated from everyone else?” Grandfather Hino asked.
“They are safe,” Soun said.
“They are somewhere within the large crowd,” Kho Lon said. Grandfather Hino looked at her.
“You know something,” Grandfather Hino said.
“What makes you say that,” Doctor Tofu said.
“I may be old, but I am not blind,” Grandfather Hino said. “Now please, tell me what you know.”
“I am sure that Rei and her friends are safe,” Nodoka said.
“We can’t tell you,” Kho Lon said. “Sorry.”
“I see,” Grandfather Hino said. They watched the fight between the Sailor Senshi and the droid Pyia. Sailor Pluto appeared.
“Sailor Pluto,” Soun said. “How are you?”
“I am well,” Pluto said. “Thank you for not breaking your word.”
“Did you come to tell them?” Doctor Tofu asked. “Why?”
“Grandfather Hino suspects too much,” Pluto said.
“I see,” Kho Lon said.
“What is going on?” Nodoka asked.
“Rei and her friends are safe for,” Pluto said. “They are the Sailor Senshi; and so far they have kept Chibiusa safe from the Dark Moon Clan.” Pluto explained the situation to Nodoka and Grandfather Hino.
“Rei is Sailor Mars?” Grandfather Hino said. He paused. “I see…now I understand.”
“Are you upset?” Soun asked. Grandfather Hino shook his head.
“No, I am not,” Grandfather Hino replied. “Rei will be fine.”
“I am sure that she will be,” Doctor Tofu said.
“Why are you here?” Kho Lon asked.
“Since we last spoke about the Inner Sailor Senshi,” Pluto replied. “Xytar has gained strength; the Black Moon Clan is more aggressive; General Matsumoto is after them; and an unforeseen enemy lies cloaked in the dark ready to destroy our world. I am not here to lie, and tell you that they are completely safe from danger. Their enemies have grown more powerful. The road ahead of them is not going to be easy for them, and for those who care about them. All you can do is to be there for them.”
“Of course,” Grandfather Hino said.
“One more thing,” Pluto said. “Keep what I said tonight between us.”
“I promise,” Nodoka said. Everyone else nodded.
“See you Sailor Pluto,” Kho Lon said. Sailor Pluto once again vanished from sight.
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“Bring it,” Mars said.
“We’ll protect Chibiusa from scum like you,” Mercury said.
“Time for some fun,” Jupiter said.
“In the name of the Moon villain,” Moon said, “we shall punish you.”
“We’ll see,” Pyia said. “Flaming Circle Attack.” A large red circle began to form under the droid. Flame circles began to appear under each Senshi; and each Senshi found herself trapped in its red-hot flames. Afterwards a deeper blue flame began to form from under each circle.
“Too bad for you Sailor Moon that none of your abilities are able to interrupt my droids attack. Soon you all shall burn,” Cooan said. “Hahahahahamwhahahaha.”
“Good night,” Pyia said. “Sailor Moon…. see ya.”
“Shine Snow Illusion,” Mercury called out. Large drops of water began to form around her, and her hands collected the water. She aimed her attack, and unleashed a torrent of water at the droid. The attack pushed the droid back, froze the flaming circle, and cooled the other flaming circles.
“Move now,” Moon called out. Each Senshi member moved away from the circles.
“What?” Pyia said. “How did they break free?” The heated flaming circles turned bright blue, and the intense heat melted the pavement underneath.
“We can’t get close to the droid,” Mercury said. “Her aura is giving off too much heat.”
“I have an idea,” Jupiter said. “Moon, aim your Moon Tiara Action Attack at the nearest tree.”
“This time my attack will not fail,” Pyia said. “Flaming Circle Attack.” A large red circle began to form under the droid. Flame circles began to appear under each Senshi; and each Senshi found herself trapped by the red-hot flames. Afterwards a deep blue flame began to form from under each circle.
“Moon Tiara Action,” Moon called out. She grabbed her tiara on her head, and threw it at high speeds and the attack cut the tree. Moon’s weapon returned to her.
“Now Venus,” Mars said.
“Venus Love-Me Chain,” Venus called out. An energy of light began to surround her, and she formed a chain with hearts. She released the heart chain, and it grabbed the tree, and threw the heavy tree at the droid. Pyia flew in the air.
“Ugh,” Pyia said after she landed. “You really think on your feet. Impressive. I am not done yet.”
“Supreme Thunder Dragon,” Jupiter called out. Electrical energy began to appear around her. Soon a lightning rod appeared on her tiara, it collected the electrical energy, she discharged the electrical energy in the form of a dragon at the droid, and she turned the droid to sand.
“Impressive,” Cooan said. “You did well. Next time I will get revenge.” She vanished in a portal.
“That was fun to watch,” Chibiusa said after she cheered.
“That was close,” Mercury said.
“Yea,” Mars said. “We almost got turned to ash.”
“Good job all,” Venus said.
“The damage done to the road is extensive though,” Jupiter said. They all looked to see burn holes on the road.
“We should get Chibiusa home,” Moon said.
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“We have been at this for eight days now,” Calaveras said in her bedroom, “and we have yet to accomplish our goals.”
“What now?” Petz asked.
“I say we initiate our back up plan,” Beruche replied.
“That just might work,” Cooan said. Rubeus walked in the room.
“Indeed,” Rubeus said. “Time to raise the stakes.”
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“Students we have a new student joining our class. Her name is Kashi Kurozuki. Please introduce yourself to the class,” Sakurada said.
“Hello all my name is Kashi Kurozuki, and I love to tell people their fortunes,” Kashi said.
“Please take a seat,” Sakurada said.
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Rei walked to her next class. She was lost in thought, and did not see the new student, until they bumped into each other.
“Oh sorry,” Rei said. She helped Kashi up.
“Thanks,” Kashi said. “You are Rei right?” Rei nodded. “I started a new club named the Black Star Club that looks out for supernatural activities. You should think about joining.”
“I’ll give it some thought,” Rei said. The two shook hands. (Her hands and eyes feel cold.) Rei thought. (Something seems off.) Kashi left the hallways. Rei and several students looked outside, and saw a black star shimmer in the sky. (How strange.)
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“I foresee your deaths but if you join my club the Black Star Club; I can promise you a peaceful death,” Kashi said at her booth outside the school.
“What a whack,” a female student said. Several students left. Only two students remained.
“I will join,” a boy said.
“Me too,” a girl said.
“Let me pass onto you the symbol of my club,” Kashi said. She put the crescent sign on the two and each student spontaneously combusted. “Ooh guess they were unable to handle the power.” She laughed, and she vanished. A girl who saw the two students’ burn just stood where she was.
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“So let me get this straight,” Artemis said later that day at Makoto’s apartment. “A girl told you that two students’ combusted on campus earlier today?”
“That is what she told me,” Usagi said.
“Did she see anyone else?” Makoto asked. Usagi shook her head.
“We can’t rule out the Dark Moon Clan’s involvement,” Minako said.
“Right,” Ami said. “Our adversaries seem to have powers over fire, water, wind, and spiritual energy.”
“When I shook Kashi’s hand earlier I felt cold from her eyes and hands,” Rei said. “I think we need to keep an eye on her.”
“Do you suspect that she is allied with the enemy?” Luna said. Rei nodded.
“We can’t be too careful,” Makoto said.
“Anything else?” Artemis asked.
“Besides Usagi and Rei’s bit of news nothing new has occurred,” Ami said.
“Good,” Usagi said. She plopped open the manga that was on the table, and began to read.
“Makoto, Ami,” Rei said. “Wanna spar?”
“Sure,” Makoto said.
“I want to join,” Minako said. Usagi smiled, put the manga down, and joined her friends.
“They easily get distracted,” Luna said as the five girls headed out the door. Artemis began to drip sweat.
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“Rei Hino,” Elder Kho Lon said to her two hours later at the Hikawa Shrine. “You are the first individual in our history who has ever received both the kiss of death and the kiss of marriage. You are also the first outsider to manage to evade the outcome of both kisses. In lieu of your involvement with the Saffron incident, the Council of Joketsuzoku has accepted the resolution of the situation as payment for the kiss of death and kiss of marriage.”
“Thank you Elder Kho Lon,” Rei said.
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That night Rei dreamed. A young boy walked alone along a long windy street; there were stores on each side and trees scattered about. Many people shuffled on the sidewalk caught up in their daily routine, and cars sped by, before the boy crossed the street. Upon arrival on the other side, the boy saw a woman walk in his direction. He saw flames behind her, and he tried to run but his legs became unresponsive. She approached him, and laughed before her hand touched him. His body began to burn; flames appeared around him, and charred his body as the boy burned the woman laughed.
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Rei sat up on her bed early the next morning. She began to sweat. (That woman in that dream. I recognize her. She is with the Black Moon Clan. They are definitely up to something. I don’t like this at all.) Rei thought.
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That afternoon at a school festival, students went from stall to stall and enjoyed the various activities. One stall grabbed everyone’s attention. Kashi’s fortune telling booth had a long line of students.
“You will die soon,” Kashi said. She gasped. “If you join the Black Star Club your death will be less painful.” Rei walked up to the stall.
“I will join,” the girl said.
“Everyone will die but if join the Black Star Club you’ll have a less painful death,” Kashi yelled out. She noticed Rei, and smiled. “Rei.” She said in a lower voice. “Would you like your fortune told.”
“No thanks,” Rei said. She walked off.
“Suite yourself,” Kashi said.
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Rei walked outside the school grounds, and saw several teachers stride by. She glanced at their faces, and saw the symbol of the Black Moon Clan. One of the teachers fell down, and her burned body came into sight when the robbed vanished. A droid appeared in place of the burned body. (I recognize those symbols. The Black Moon Clan and Kashi’s Black Star Club are one and the same.) Rei thought. She grabbed out her Henshen Rod. (I need to hurry.)
“Mars Power, Make Up,” Rei called out. The three other teachers vanished to reveal three more droids.
“Sailor Mars,” a droid said. “How nice off you to join us.” Mars called Usagi.
“Usagi,” Mars said. “The enemy is here. I am near the festival grounds. Come quickly.”
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Usagi, Minako, Ami, and Makoto ducked into an empty classroom. Usagi opened up her Senshi Phone. She listened to Mars. “Gotcha,” Usagi said. “We are on our way.”
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“Can’t talk any longer,” Mars said. “Busy here.” She did a flip, and avoided an attack.
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“Mars,” Usagi said, but the call ended abruptly.
“We need to go now,” Makoto said.
“Sounds like she has her hands full,” Ami said.
“Let’s go,” Minako said. They grabbed out their Henshen Rods.
“Jupiter Power, Make Up,” Makoto called out.
“Mercury Power, Make Up,” Ami called out.
“Venus Power, Make Up,” Minako called out.
“Moon Prism Power, Make Up,” Usagi called out.
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“Surrender now,” one of the droids said.
“I think not,” Mars said. “Fire Soul Bird.” A large fireball appeared on her hands, and she fired the attack off towards the droid. The flames formed a large firebird before the attack struck the droid, and turned her to sand. Before the last three remaining droids could attack, Mars closed the gap. She aimed a right hook at one droid, and it flew in the air. She jumped up in the air, and kicked the airborne droid into the ground, and the impact of the strikes turned the droid to sand.
“You got some spark,” the third droid said. “Flame Arrow.” Mars avoided the attack, struck the droid with a strong cross hook, and turned it into sand.
“Not good,” the last droid said.
“Fire Soul Bird,” Mars called out. “A large fireball appeared on her hands, and she fired the attack off towards the last droid. The flames formed a large firebird before the attack struck the droid, and turned her to sand. “Now to find Kashi and figure out what she is up to.” She ran back to the area with the fortune-telling stall.
“Ah Sailor Mars,” Kashi said. “Welcome. I have been expecting you.”
“I know who you are,” Mars said. “You can’t hide anymore.” Kashi began to laugh. Several students backed away from the stall and watched the events unfold before their eyes.
“Very well,” Kashi said. “I am Cooan the youngest of the four Ayakashi Sisters of the Black Moon Clan. Soon this world shall be ours.” With this said her disguise vanished, and she revealed her true self.
“Not if we stop you,” Mars said.
“And you think you can beat me?” Cooan said. “Just try to stop me.” Mars studied her enemy before she attacked. She threw a punch, but Cooan dodged. Mars followed up with an upper kick; and a drop kick, and Cooan crashed to the ground. “Impressive. I don’t have time to mess with you right now. I am on a mission,” Cooan said. She stood up, and looked at Mars. “Fiery Imprisonment.” She unleashed flames. Mars soon found herself surrounded by the flames.
“Stop right there villain,” Moon said. “In the name of the Moon I shall punish you.”
“Ah Sailor Moon just in time,” Cooan said. She turned to face Sailor Moon and the other Senshi. “I have captured your friend.”
“Venus, Moon take care of her,” Jupiter said. “I’ll free Mars.”
“Venus Love-Me Chain,” Venus called out. An energy of light began to surround her, and she formed a chain with hearts. She released the heart chain at Cooan, but she deflected the attack.
“Is that the best you can do?” Cooan said.
“Sparkling Wide Pressure,” Jupiter called out. Electrical energy began to appear around her. Soon a lightning rod appeared on her tiara, it collected the electrical energy, and she released the electricity from her tiara. Bolts of lightning began to rain down on the fiery imprisonment that captured Mars, but the attack didn’t seem to affect the fiery cage. Rubeus teleported behind Cooan.
“So you are the Sailor Senshi that I have heard so much about,” Rubeus said.
“Who are you?” Mercury asked.
“I am Rubeus of the Dark Moon Clan,” Rubeus said. “Cooan finish them off.”
“Moon Princess Halation,” Moon called out. The Cutie Moon Rod appeared in her hand, and she began to spin the weapon around to charge her attack. She aimed her rod at Cooan, and unleashed a wave of energy. She coughed up blood, and died instantly.
“You’ll pay for her death Sailor Moon,” Rubeus said.
“Shine Snow Illusion,” Mercury called out. Large drops of water began to form around her, and her hands collected the water. She aimed her attack, and unleashed a torrent of water at the fiery imprisonment that held Mars, but the attack didn’t seem to affect the fiery cage.
“Too bad for you and your friends that you are unable to save Sailor Mars from captivity,” Rubeus said. “I think I shall take a few students as well.” He vanished along with the imprisoned Sailor Mars and four students.
“No,” Moon said. “We failed to free her.”
“We’ll get her back,” Mercury said. “He also took four students.”
“Right,” Venus said. “We won’t let them get away with this.”
“What a rotten turn of events,” Jupiter said.
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Akane sat on the couch in the Tendou Dojo living room with her sister Nabiki and their father, and the three watched a television program. Kasumi half listened while she cooked. They heard a knock, and Kasumi opened the door, and saw Yuuka, Aya, Saki, and Mizuki.
“Hello,” Kasumi said. “How are you?”
“Hey,” Saki said. She paused. “We bring bad news.”
“How bad?” Nabiki asked from the chair she sat at.
“The evening news will be on soon,” Yuuka said. “I don’t know how to tell you myself.” Soun changed to the channel that plays the news.
“This is Benjiro Miyagi reporting from JPNS.” Benjiro said. “Tragedy has struck a local High School in Azabu Juban. Several witnesses have alleged that the rumors about students who spontaneously combusted are accurate. Cooan, a member of the Black Moon Clan posing as student, tried to get students and teachers to join her club.”
“The Sailor Senshi intervened and ended Cooan’s life, but after her death Sailor Mars and several students were taken hostage by Rubeus. He appears to be a high ranking member within the Black Moon Clan,” Kana said.
“Authorities have refused to release the names of the victims, but have implored everyone to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity,” Benjiro said.
“After this short break we’ll continue with our program,” Kana said. Soun flipped the television set off.
“Rei,” Akane said.
“She’ll be alright.” Aya said. “If anyone can take care of themselves it is her.”
“I hope so,” Soun said.
“She beat Saffron,” Mizuki said. “She won’t be beaten by the Dark Moon Clan.” Akane smiled a little bit.
“Anyone want tea?” Kasumi asked.
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The next day Ami, Usagi, Makoto and Minako walked by the Game Center Crown when they saw a crowd of people gathered around a woman. She wore a blue shirt, skirt, and blue heels with white socks.
“I can use my divine powers to make this pipe leak,” the woman said.
“She is so cool,” a girl said.
“Show us your divine ability,” a man said.
“Show us,” the crowd chanted. “Show us.”
“Very well,” the woman said. She used her pendulum to make water sprout out of the nearby pipe.
“Oooh,” the crowd chanted. “Awesome.” They all clapped. Ami turned to her friends.
“Did you notice what she did?” Ami asked.
“No,” Minako replied.
“What did she do?” Makoto asked.
“She made us think that she used the pendulum when she actually did not,” Ami replied.
“Do you suspect her of fraud?” Usagi asked.
“I want to ask her about her pendulum,” Ami replied. She made her way through the crowd.
“Can I help you?” The woman asked once she noticed Ami.
“Can I see your ability again?” Ami asked.
“Okay,” the woman replied. She smiled. She used her pendulum to make water sprout out of the nearby pipe. (Again, she made us think that she used the pendulum.) Ami thought. (I wonder if she is one of the Ayakashi Sisters of the Black Moon Clan. I should be able to use my powers to make the pipe leak, and test her reaction.)
“Can I give it a try?” Ami asked. The crowd laughed.
“Sure,” the woman said. “Here is the pendulum.”
“I don’t need it,” Ami said. She concentrated on her Sailor Senshi powers within her, and made the nearby pipe explode with water. The crowd cheered. Ami bowed, and walked back to her friends. (How did she make the pipe explode without the pendulum?) The woman thought. She smiled. (She must be Sailor Mercury.)
“Hey wait,” the woman said. “What is your name?” Ami turned around.
“Ami Mizuno,” Ami said. Ami and the woman shook hands.”
“My name is Amaya Yamamoto,” Amaya said. Ami smiled, and walked back to her friends, and the four walked off to Makoto’s apartment.
“She is one of the Ayakashi Sisters of the Black Moon Clan,” Ami said.
“Are you sure?” Makoto asked.
“Without a doubt,” Ami replied.
“Should we confront her?” Minako asked.
“Might be too suspicious if we come back as Sailor Senshi and confront her,” Usagi replied. “We might reveal our identities. We’ll wait.”
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Later that night at Ami’s house, the doorbell rang. Ami answered the door, and saw Amaya.
“Can I help you?” Ami asked.
“I challenge you to a chess match tomorrow afternoon,” Amaya replied.
“I accept,” Ami said.
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After classes ended Ami, Usagi, Minako, and Makoto jogged to Ami’s house. They all ate a few snacks, and settled in.
“Ami,” Usagi said. “If you know that Amaya is a member of the Black Moon Clan then isn’t it dangerous to go?”
“I understand the danger,” Ami said, “but if we can learn anything that might help locate were they have Sailor Mars imprisoned then it is worth a risk to myself.”
“Do you have a plan?” Minako asked.
“I have developed a new sensor on our Senshi Phone,” Ami said. “Whenever one of us encounters a known enemy, powers up, or is attacked before we can power up our Senshi Phones will send out a message.”
“Is this new sensor ready?” Makoto asked.
“I still have not worked out all the bugs, but I figured that installing the sensor application now,” Ami said, “would be the most logical choice. I hope in a few days I can have all the bugs worked out.”
“I agree,” Usagi said. “The rest of us will be on standby in case an attack occurs.”
“Good luck with the match,” Minako said.
“Hopefully this plan of ours will work,” Makoto said.
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Ami looked at her pieces on the chessboard. (I have the upper hand now, but I need to come up with a new plan.) Ami thought.
Amaya sat on the other side of the table. (She is good.) Amaya thought. (She used her knight to take one of my rooks. I need to think about how to get the upper hand in this game, and expose her secret as Sailor Mercury.)
The two continued to play the game. Soon Ami had Amaya’s king cornered with a rook, queen, and a knight. (Time to step up my plan.) Amaya thought.
“Hello Sailor Mercury,” Amaya said. “I know who you are.” (She must have figured out how I was able to manipulate the pipe and make the water gush out. That was careless of me.) Ami thought. Amaya held up her black crystal in front of Ami. The crystal affected her, but before Amaya could complete the ritual, Makoto and Usagi arrived.
“Ami, are you alright?” Usagi asked.
“I am fine,” Ami said.
“We know who you are,” Makoto said. “Surrender.”
“You are good since you were able to see past my disguise,” Amaya said. She laughed. “I am Beruche the second youngest of the four Ayakashi Sisters of the Black Moon Clan. Soon the future of the world will be as we intend it to be.” With this said her disguise vanished, and she revealed her true self. Makoto, Ami, and Usagi grabbed out their Henshen Rods.
“Jupiter Power, Make Up,” Makoto called out.
“Mercury Power, Make Up,” Ami called out.
“Moon Prism Power, Make Up,” Usagi called out.
“You girls do not have a chance to stop us,” Beruche said.
“Sparkling Wide Pressure,” Jupiter called out. Electrical energy began to appear around her. Soon a lightning rod appeared on her tiara, it collected the electrical energy, and she released the electricity from her tiara. Bolts of lightning began to rain down, but Beruche had already departed.
“After her,” Moon said.
“I don’t think she is going to be very cooperative,” Mercury said. They dashed after her, but the droids surrounded them.
“You are not going anywhere,” a droid said.
“Crescent Beam Shower,” Venus called out. A light beam began to charge in her left hand before she dropped her left hand next to her right hand. Both hands released a large beam of light that pierced through one of the droids, and turned her to sand. Mercury walked outside to confront Beruche.
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“Hello again,” Beruche said. “Sailor Mercury. Have you come to say hello?”
“Where is my friend?” Mercury said. Beruche laughed.
“Oh you mean Sailor Mars,” Beruche said. “You’ll be able to see her soon. Do not worry.”
“Shine Snow Illusion,” Mercury called out. Large drops of water began to form around her, and her hands collected the water. She aimed her attack, and unleashed a torrent of water at Beruche, but she deflected the attack.
“Is that the best you can do?” Beruche asked. She laughed. “Your time is up.” She moved to a manhole, and put her hand on it. Mercury found herself surrounded by water, and she began to choke. “How does it feel?”
“Moon Princess Halation,” Moon called out. The Cutie Moon Rod appeared in her hand, and she began to spin the weapon around to charge her attack. She aimed her rod at Beruche, and unleashed a wave of energy. She fell to the ground, and died.
“Mercury,” Venus said. “Can you hear me?”
“Sparkling Wide Pressure,” Jupiter called out. Electrical energy began to appear around her. Soon a lightning rod appeared on her tiara, it collected the electrical energy, and she released the electricity from her tiara. Bolts of lightning began to rain down on the water that surrounded Sailor Mercury, but despite the strength of Jupiter’s attack, the water continued to imprison Mercury.
“It is no use,” Rubeus said after he teleported near the street. “She is now a prisoner of the Dark Moon Clan.” He vanished along with Sailor Mercury.
“Noooo,” Moon said.
“We failed to stop Rubeus again,” Jupiter said.
“Some friends we are,” Venus said.
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Two days later Makoto, Minako, and Usagi sat with the two Moon Cats inside Makoto’s apartment to discuss what to do next.
“How is the research into the mysterious virus that has spread throughout the Azabu Juban District?” Minako asked.
“Luna and I have been able to confirm that yesterday’s outbreak of the virus was definitely created and released by the Black Moon Clan,” Artemis said.
“Reports of sick people have risen since the outbreak in Azabu Juban,” Luna said.
“How close to the creation of an antibody?” Makoto asked after she coughed.
“Are you feeling well Makoto?” Usagi asked.
“I have been better,” Makoto said. “We need to kill this virus.”
“We should know more about the virus in a few hours,” Luna said.
“In the meantime,” Artemis said. “You should rest. The last few days have been a strain on all of us.”
“Alright,” Minako said. “See you all tomorrow.”
“Night,” Usagi said.
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Hours later, Makoto awoke on the floor of her apartment where she collapsed from her illness; someone who looked exactly like her in every detail was strangling her. Makoto struggled and pulled out her Senshi Phone even though a droid was strangling her. She pushed the double version of herself. The double smashed into the wall and transformed into a droid. Makoto stood up.
“I was so close,” the droid said. Makoto grabbed out her Henshen Rod.
“Jupiter Power, Make Up,” Makoto called out.
“You may have escaped my clutches,” the droid said, “but you won’t escape death.”
“Supreme Thunder Dragon,” Jupiter called out. Electrical energy began to appear around her. Soon a lightning rod appeared on her tiara, it collected the electrical energy, and she discharged the electrical energy in the form of a dragon at the droid. The droid looked on with panicked eyes. She turned to sand. Outside the window, Jupiter saw a woman on a UFO. The woman looked amused when Jupiter saw her.
“Oh you are not dead yet?” Petz asked.
“You can give up the game,” Jupiter said. “My friends are on their way.”
“You heroes have a lot of spunk,” Petz said. “I am Petz the oldest of the four Ayakashi Sisters of the Black Moon Clan. Soon the entire world shall fall to my virus. All you Sailor Senshi shall pay for the deaths of my two sisters. I tortured your two friends for hours, before they revealed your identity. Rubeus does not know that I am here for personal revenge. Hahahhahahaha.”
“Flower Hurricane,” Jupiter called out. Petals swirled around her, and she blasted the attack at Petz who deflected the attack.
“Is that all you have?” Petz asked. She raised the black crystal in her hand. “The power of the wind beckons to my call. Tornado.” Strong winds began to form around the area.
“Sparkling Wide Pressure,” Jupiter called out. Electrical energy began to appear around her. Soon a lightning rod appeared on her tiara, it collected the electrical energy, and she released the electricity from her tiara. Bolts of lightning began to rain down the area that the tornado ravaged, and Sparkling Wide Pressure kept the Tornado Attack at bay.
Sailor Jupiter jumped out the window, and onto the UFO. She aimed a kick at Petz who swiftly moved away. Jupiter blocked a punch, and countered with a cross hook and flung the Ayakashi sister face first into the ground. Jupiter jumped off the UFO, and landed next to Petz. Jupiter threw punch, but Petz blocked the attack. Jupiter attempted to sweep kick Petz into the ground, but she jumped over the attack. She did not see the upper punch that struck her in the gut. Jupiter was about to launch a follow-up attack when the effects of her Sparkling Wide Pressure Attack failed to stop the tornado. Jupiter found herself swept up into the air. ________________________________________
Sailor Moon and Venus arrived on the scene, and saw Jupiter captured by a tornado, but before they could help her two droids arrived and attacked them.
“Crescent Beam Shower,” Venus called out. A light beam began to charge in her left hand before she dropped her left hand next to her right hand. Both hands released a large beam of light that pierced through one of the droids and turned her to sand.
“Moon Tiara Action,” Moon called out. She grabbed her tiara on her head, and threw it at high speeds. It spun towards the other droid, and turned her to sand. Moon’s weapon returned to her.
“Hahahhahahaha,” Petz said while she looked up at Sailor Jupiter held prisoner in the tornado. “I shall enjoy my revenge.”
“We need to attack now,” Venus said. “She is too caught up in her lust for revenge.” Moon nodded.
“Moon Princess Halation,” Moon called out. The Cutie Moon Rod appeared in her hand, and she began to spin the weapon around to charge her attack. She aimed her rod at Petz, and unleashed a wave of energy.
“Noooo,” Petz said as she fell to the ground.
“Jupiter,” Moon said. “We’ll get you out of there.”
“Hang on,” Venus said. Luna and Artemis walked up to Sailor Moon and Venus.
“Moon,” Luna said. “Hurry.”
“Luna?” Moon asked.
“You can use your Moon Healing Escalation Attack,” Artemis replied. “To heal all those infected by the virus now that Petz is dead.” Moon nodded.
“Moon Healing Escalation,” Moon called out. “The Moonstick appeared in her hand, and she began to channel her energy into the black crystal that the late Petz held in her still hands. The attack spread across the planet and purified all those infected by the virus.
“Venus Love-Me Chain,” Venus called out. An energy of light began to surround her, and she formed a chain with hearts. She released the heart chain at the heart of the tornado to free the captured Sailor Jupiter, but the attack failed to free her.
Rubeus appeared near the two Senshi. “Petz served her purpose,” Rubeus said. “Your friend is now a prisoner of the Dark Moon Clan.” He vanished along with tornado imprisoned Sailor Jupiter.
“We took another life,” Venus said.
“And we still failed to save our friends,” Moon said. Tears filled her eyes.
“We’ll free them,” Luna said. “I know we will.”
“Yea,” Artemis said. “We won’t give up.”
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The next afternoon at Rubeus’s base of operations in Azabu Juban, Tuxedo Kamen, Sailor Mars, Mercury and Jupiter remained imprisoned in a room that barred their powers from use. Calaveras walked to door, and looked inside. She laughed.
“Rubeus’s original plan may have failed to secure the Maboroshi no Ginzuisho from Chibiusa directly like we wished, but now he has a new plan. Enjoy your last few hours together.” She laughed, before she left.
“Tuxedo Kamen,” Mercury said. “Is there any way to get out of here?”
“No,” Tuxedo Kamen said. “I looked around when they first brought me here, but I have had no luck so far.”
“Moon and Venus won’t forget about us,” Mars said. “When they get here maybe we’ll find a way to get out.”
“Yea,” Jupiter said. “We’ll get out of here, and protect Chibiusa just like we promised.”
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After Calaveras taunted her prisoners, she walked over to the central room. She walked by Rubeus who kissed her on the shoulder. She smiled.
“Are you ready to engage our plan?” Rubeus asked.
“Yes,” Calaveras replied.
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Minako and Usagi walked by the Crown Game Center with Chibiusa. The three were somber and quiet. They arrived at Minako’s house, Minako dropped off her bag and the three ate some snacks. They walked over to Usagi’s house.
“Any luck on where the Black Moon Clan is holding Tuxedo Kamen, Sailor Mars, Mercury and Jupiter?” Chibiusa asked.
“Nothing yet,” Usagi said.
“They are sure to make their presence known soon,” Minako said, “and when they do we will be ready.”
“We’ll save our friends,” Usagi said. A loud voice boomed across Tokyo, and the face of Rubeus appeared.
“Sailor Moon,” Rubeus said. “You have exactly one hour to bring the Maboroshi no Ginzuisho and the princess to me. If you do not show up on time, I will kill your friends. One hour is all you have.” He vanished.
“We have to go,” Usagi said.
“Right,” Minako said. The two headed off followed by Chibiusa to find a place to transform. Once they reached an alleyway, they grabbed out their Henshen Rods.
“Venus Power, Make Up,” Minako called out.
“Moon Prism Power, Make Up,” Usagi called out. “Chibiusa go home. We’ll bring our friends back.”
“Bring everyone back safely,” Chibiusa said. Sailor Venus and Moon ran off. “Come back safe Sailor Moon…mommy.”
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“Do you have a plan?” Venus asked.
“After we powered up,” Moon said. “I felt a burst of power from the telemarketing tower. Go and inspect the tower. I’ll head to the base and confront Rubeus.”
“Okay,” Venus said.
“Let’s do this,” Moon said.
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“Welcome Sailor Venus,” Calaveras said as she channeled her spiritual powers. “It seems you and Sailor Moon fell for our trap.”
“Sailor Moon will stop Rubeus,” Venus said, “and I’ll stop you.”
“Will you certainly are arrogant,” Calaveras said. I am Calaveras the second oldest of the four Ayakashi Sisters of the Black Moon Clan. Soon we shall stop Crystal Tokyo’s formation in the future. All we need is the Maboroshi no Ginzuisho. You cannot hope to stop us.”
“Crescent Beam Shower,” Venus called out. A light beam began to charge in her left hand before she dropped her left hand next to her right hand. Both hands released a large beam of light at Calaveras, but she deflected the attack.
“Is that the best you got?” Calaveras asked. “Pitiful.” She laughed. Venus attacked her opponent with an upper-hook but Calaveras evaded the strike. Calaveras threw three swings at Venus, who sidestepped two of the attacks, but the third caught her in the stomach, and she crashed into the floor. Calaveras attacked Venus with a lower spiral kick, but she grabbed Calaveras’s leg, and knocked her off balance. Venus blasted her back with mean right hook, and Calaveras flew the ground in a heap.
“Venus Love-Me Chain,” Venus called out. An energy of light began to surround her, and she formed a chain with hearts. She released the heart chain at Calaveras, and the chain grabbed her. Venus pulled her close with her chain, she launched a devastating blow to Calaveras’s chest, and she soared into the wall.
“Play time is over girl,” Calaveras said. She stood up.
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At the same time, Sailor Moon arrived at Rubeus’s personal UFO where it overlooked the tallest building in Azabu Juban.
“Welcome,” Rubeus said. “Sailor Moon. I never would have guessed that you and your friends in the past would be such an obstacle in our plans. You have been a pain in the past, present and future. This ends now. Hand over the Maboroshi no Ginzuisho and Chibiusa.”
“Never,” Moon said. “I am here to free my friends and to stop you.”
“Stop me,” Rubeus said. “Do you really think you can stop me?” He laughed. “Very well if we must do this the hard way.” His hands turned bright red. “The powers of Nemesis I call you to take the form of a beast, and ensnare my enemy. Crimson Beast.” A beam that appeared in the shape of a beast charged straight for Moon. She rolled out the way.
“Moon Princess Halation,” Moon called out. The Cutie Moon Rod appeared in her hand, and she began to spin the weapon around to charge her attack. She aimed her rod at Rubeus, and unleashed a wave of energy. He deflected the attack.
“Your power is impressive. No wonder you killed Cooan, Beruche, and Petz,” Rubeus said. “I do not have time for this.”
“I won’t give up,” Moon said. “Surrender now.”
“Hahahhahahaha,” Rubeus said. “Lucky for me I had a backup plan in case you managed to overpower me.” He pressed a switch, and the UFO began to shake and electricity flowed throughout. Moon soon lost her balance. His hands turned bright red. “The powers of Nemesis I call you to take the form of a beast, and ensnare my enemy. Crimson Beast.” A beam that appeared in the shape of a beast charged straight for Moon. The attack slammed into her and held her in place. “Your end has arrived Sailor Moon. It has been fun, but the best has won.”
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“I am not here to play,” Venus said. “Time to finish you.”
“Big strong words,” Calaveras said. “Time for this to end. You’ll pay for the deaths of my sisters.” She began to channel her energy. The spirits that looked like Mars, Mercury, and Jupiter appeared and they began to channel their energy into Venus, and soon she found herself immobilized. The spirits of Cooan, Beruche and Petz appeared and channeled their energy into Venus, and further immobilized her.
“Did you really think you could beat my power?” Calaveras said.
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Sailor Moon found her feet held to floor. Unable to move, Moon began to panic. (No, I can’t fail. Too many people depend on me. I can’t let them down.) Moon thought.
“Soon I shall be rid of you Sailor Moon,” Rubeus said. He began to channel dark energy in his hands. “Dark Blast Matter.” The dark energy in his hands grew bigger, before he released the attack at Sailor Moon. She closed her eyes, and gulped, before she reopened her eyes, and saw Sailor Mars, Mercury, Jupiter and Tuxedo Kamen. She felt Tuxedo Kamen grab her, and move her out of harm’s way, before the attack engulfed the area in an explosion.
“No! How did you break free from your imprisonment,” Rubeus said.
“Sabão Spray Freezing,” Mercury called out. The attack covered the area in a thick frost fog, and Rubeus vision blurred.
“I won’t forget this,” Rubeus said. He pressed a button, and vanished.
“He got away,” Mars said.
“We need to get out of here,” Jupiter said. “This place is gonna self-destruct soon.”
“Let’s get out of here,” Tuxedo Kamen said.
“Right,” Moon said. “Our best bet is to use the Senshi Teleport. Everyone gather.” Everyone gathered, and they all held hands except Tuxedo Kamen.
“Senshi Teleport,” Moon, Mars, Jupiter, Mercury called out. The four Senshi along with Tuxedo Kamen teleported to the telemarketing tower.
“Noooo,” Calaveras said once she saw the group teleport in. “How did Rubeus fail?”
“Moon Princess Halation,” Moon called out. The Cutie Moon Rod appeared in her hand, and she began to spin the weapon around to charge her attack. She aimed her rod at Calaveras, and unleashed a wave of energy. She fell to the ground, and died, and upon her death, the imprisonment that held Venus faded. In silence, the group found a place to de-transform.
“Is everyone alright?” Usagi asked.
“Yes,” Makoto replied. “Too bad Rubeus got away.”
“He may have gotten away,” Ami said, “but we delivered a hard blow to Dark Moon Clan today.”
“Indeed,” Rei said. “With the deaths of the four Ayakashi Sisters they’ll have to rethink their strategy.”
“I am glad that everyone is safe,” Minako said.
“I overheard a conversation shortly after they kidnapped me,” Mamoru began. “A lady named Esmeraude has been told if the Ayakashi Sisters fail that she is to follow her orders. That is all I overheard though.”
“Sounds like we’ll have to get ready for the next attack,” Makoto said, “but we should celebrate our victory at the Fruits Crown Parlor.”
“I could use some ice-cream,” Rei said.
“Yea,” Usagi said. “I agree.”
“We have been so busy the last few days I bet today’s ice-cream will taste extra sweet,” Minako said.
“Then why are we here?” Ami asked.
“Sounds like everyone is ready to go,” Mamoru replied.
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Inside the throne, room of the Europa Castle Xytar Lexeaba sat in his throne, while he waited to hear the reports from his new general.
“Have you set all my plans in motion General Savaski?” Xytar asked.
“Yes my Lord,” General Savaski said.
“Good,” Xytar said. “Continue to monitor the situation. That is all. You may leave.”
“Yes my Lord,” General Savaski said.