Sailor Moon Fan Fiction ❯ Remember To Live ❯ Guard Your Heart ( Chapter 2 )
There were three days until the Queen's royal ball. Queen Serenity – the spitting image of love, mercy and truth; the Senshi served a great and worthy master. They had all been hard at work getting everything ready. The ballroom looked gorgeous; decorated with flowers, candles and lights, and a massive, beautiful chandelier hung in the center.
Princess Serenity entered the room. "Good morning, Venus. I am leaving now to see Endymion. Would you like to come with me?"
"Thank you for the offer, Princess, but I think I will stay here and finish setting up."
"Finish setting up what? We finished last night."
"Yes, but… I figured we could use some more roses in the mix, especially on the south side of the room. That side feels a bit empty."
"Well, um… all right. If that is what you wish to do."
"It is. Tell the prince hello for me."
The Senshi had to patrol the Moon Kingdom daily, each taking their own shifts. There was never any kind of danger or threat, but the queen still required it to be on the safe side. While Venus was on her shift that afternoon, she regretted not going with Serenity to Earth. She would have loved to see Kunzite.
But why am I so afraid? Why couldn't I even tell Serenity about him…?
The truth was that she was afraid. Afraid of being heartbroken like she had been in the past. Though, there was something different about Kunzite. Something just felt… right. But that only worried her more. He seemed to be this great, amazing man with a beautiful heart, but what if he turned out to not be that way beneath the surface? She did not want to lose the image of him that she currently had.
But all the same, she couldn't seem to stay away. Seeing him, even for a moment, brightened her day beyond words.
"Good afternoon, Venus," her fellow blue-haired Guardian said as she walked by, snapping her out of her trance.
"Oh? Hello Mercury."
"Are you feeling all right? I couldn't help but notice your blush," she smiled sweetly.
Rationalizing everything within a matter of seconds, she figured that she might as well tell someone. Mercury seemed to be a trustworthy person for that, as she was the quiet one of the group and would likely not go and repeat anything.
"Actually Mercury, can I tell you something, just between the two of us?"
"Of course. Is everything OK?"
"Yes, no need to worry. I was just… thinking about Kunzite."
"Endymion's head general?"
"Yes, he's the one. I have to be honest… I truly believe that I'm falling for him… but I feel that I shouldn't. Surely you remember what happened in the past…"
"Hun, you should not let the past control you like this. Another man's crimes against you should not prevent you from giving someone else a chance. Kunzite is a good man."
"I know he is. I guess I just worry that he won't be who he appears to be once I become vulnerable. Or, what if I lose him? I don't know… what if he… changes?"
"You are reminding me of some things that I've been reading. 'Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.'  'Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.'  I would advise you to give it a chance with Kunzite, but ONLY if you truly feel that it is right. And, 'above all, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.'" 
"You really think I should go for it?"
"I do. And I am always here if you need to talk."
"Thank you, Mercury."
Venus ended her patrol and went back in the castle.
The surveillance room was located at the top of the castle, only open to the Queen and the Guardians who knew the passcode. It was in that room where they could keep watch over the Earth to ensure its safety and protection. If chaos were to break out, the Guardians would travel there and help Prince Endymion and his warriors fight for peace. That was the agreement between Queen Serenity and Endymion. However, nothing like that had ever happened before. They would only occasionally check the surveillance for the same reasons that they patrolled the Moon Kingdom – just to be safe.
However, that day Venus wanted to check in for other reasons. She watched Autumn Plains in all of its magnificent beauty. The trees swayed with the soft wind like they always did, and sheep and frogs roamed freely through the plateau. Then she saw Kunzite, sitting on the edge of one of the high walls and looking out at the sky like he always did. He truly looked like the warrior that he was. She felt her heart pounding faster.
He could be the one.
Serenity returned to the moon after being away all day. She met Venus in the portal chamber and told her all about her day with her beloved. How they took a long walk on top of the high castle walls, how they strolled through the gardens for hours, how amazing he was…
"I want you to come to Earth with me tomorrow, because I have an idea," the bubbly princess said.
"What kind of idea?"
"I think we should ask Endymion and the Shitennou to come to the ball. It would be fun, and they've never been to the moon before…"
This shook her heart a bit. "Well, have you asked the Queen?"
"I will tonight, but I don't think she will object to it. She really likes them all."
Venus thought about it. Maybe this wouldn't be such a bad idea. Maybe it could be an opportunity.
It had been a hectic day. Venus was put in charge of getting all of the last-minute details in order for the ball. It was much more work than she ever would've imagined, and Mars had been on her case the whole time.
"What are you doing now?! I told you, put SIX chairs per table, not seven. Are you TRYING to make it clustered and tight? And what's with the cables over by the food table? There's always that one clumsy guest who will trip, break a bone, and we have to get them medical attention and the party's over. Oh, now what's this over here? Why did you mess with the bouquets? Too many roses, Venus…"
It was a breezy evening in Autumn Plains as she sat by the pool, contemplating what she would say and still feeling frustrated from the day's events.
"Rough day?" a voice said from behind.
"Yes, very much so," she said with a sigh. Kunzite walked up and sat next to her.
"Would you like to talk?"
"It's just all of the last minute planning for this ball. Serenity hasn't been of much help since she's always here, and being in charge comes with so much pressure. Everything that could possibly go wrong at the ball will be my fault. Someone could trip over a chair or a cable and get hurt, or they could spill wine on their fancy attire because there wasn't enough space at the tables. And my fellow Guardian Mars increases the stress by a tenfold."
"You are worrying too much. Everything will be fine. It is a well-known fact even on Earth that Queen Serenity's festivities are always phenomenal."
She looked at him and smiled. "I have a question for you. Would you and your men like to come to the ball?"
He looked a little surprised for a moment. Those kinds of things weren't really his forte, but if it meant spending more time with her…
"Kunzite!" a voice called. Endymion and Serenity walked over to them, along with the three other Shitennou: Zoisite, Nephrite and Jadeite. "We have been invited to Queen Serenity's ball tomorrow night. Are you able to come?"
He stood up to face his Prince and nodded. "I will be there."
Serenity beamed with excitement. "Wonderful! I will see you all tomorrow night, then."
"Until tomorrow, Princess," Kunzite said with a bow.
She went to the portal and the noblemen returned to their routines, when Kunzite gently pulled Venus aside.
"It will be an honor to see your palace on the moon. But first, if you would like, I want to show you my home palace. I did promise you that I would someday, after all."
The Guardian blushed a deep red. "I would love to."
They arrived at a frosty forest on top of a mountain in the Middle East. Kunzite's palace. It was winter time and bitterly cold, but so beautiful all the same. Despite the snow and ice, there was still green grass on the ground and a running river and waterfall that had not frozen over. They entered through the doors that led to the castle, which was completely surrounded by brick walls. At the top of the stairs was the entrance to main chamber, and that whole area was lit up beautifully like a Christmas night.
"Are you cold?" he asked. He took off his cape and put it around her shoulders. She turned pink in the face as they locked eyes, both smiling sweetly. They went up the stairs, stood at the top and looked over the tundra. Snow started to gently fall, while the lights up there kept shining and the burning torches kept them warm. It felt magical.
Venus turned to him and said, "This is the most beautiful place I have ever seen."
He looked at her with that deep love in his eyes that only she could draw out. He gently held her face, lifting it towards his, leaned in slowly, and kissed her with more passion than she had ever known.
And the magic intensified.
A/N: 1. Proverbs 17:9. 2. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. 3. Proverbs 4:23.