Sailor Moon Fan Fiction ❯ Remember To Live ❯ Set Apart This Dream ( Chapter 3 )

[ P - Pre-Teen ]

Summer Forest

The Moon Kingdom was a beautiful masterpiece, though in a different way from Earth's kingdoms. The massive white palace lay on a platform of land surrounded by clear, serene ponds. A long, white walkway led to the front entrance. Back behind the palace was a small, forest-like niche of land, also surrounded by water. Plain green trees covered the land and there were several small ponds and running streams, though they did not produce the kinds of sounds as the ones on Earth. There were a few gardens surrounding the castle, as well as marble statues and tall pillars. There in the largest pond was an underwater entrance to part of the castle with a few chambers that were off-limits to all but Queen Serenity.

Night fell and the palace was lit up like a tree. Guests started arriving and making their way to the ballroom. Venus was constantly running around, making sure everything was in order and that the guests were happy. Jupiter's home cooked, gourmet food was definitely keeping them satisfied.

Endymion, Nephrite, Jadeite and Zoisite all arrived together, and the Queen and Princess went up to formally welcome them. Serenity immediately took her prince to the dance floor for some classy, slow-paced ballroom dancing. The Queen returned to her throne and the others went on to explore the massive room. Nephrite went directly to the food table and instantly fell in love with all that was there. Jupiter came out with a plate of tarts and he realized she was the chef. The saying, "The best way to a man's heart is through his stomach" was especially true for Nephrite.

"THIS," he managed to say through his mouthful of cherry tart, "is the most incredible thing I've ever tasted! You are an angel, woman."

Jupiter laughed and had the faintest blush. "Thank you. I'm glad you liked them."

"If you get a chance to escape from the kitchen for a few minutes, would you kindly give me the honor of escorting you to the dance floor?"

She gladly accepted.

Zoisite noticed Mercury standing shyly in a corner, staying out of the way. He boldly went up and interrupted her people watching session.

"What's a pretty girl like you doing over here in the corner? Why not come out and join the fun?"

"Oh, I'm not much of the socializing type," she said, looking away and beginning to turn red-faced.

"What've you got there?" he noticed the book in her hand. "Ah. Weight of Glory. I admire C.S. Lewis' work."

"You do? He is one of my favorite writers."

"That makes two of us, lovely lady. How about I help you out of this corner? Would you like to dance?"

She happily took his hand and went out to join in the slow dance.

Jadeite ended up getting into a debate with Mars about temple traditions, and whether prayer or making offerings was the more honorable function. Though on the outside they appeared to be angry and resentful towards each other, they were both very much enjoying it. They appreciated a good argument now and then and respected how the other could put up a fight. A new song started playing and the Queen encouraged more people to go up to the dance floor. Mars wanted to take that as a cue to leave; she hated dancing with random people.

"No way," Jadeite said, annoyed. "Dance parties like this are always the same. We go up there and waltz around like fools, and I'm usually stuck with some random woman who is a terrible follow and a waste of my time. Then the song ends and I'm obligated to either continue dancing or sit down and talk with her. Honestly, I'm not sure which is worse."

[1] "You are full of hate and loathing, and I must tell you, I love it," Mars said, both of them now smiling.

"It's nice to have someone to share this hate with," he said.

"The pleasure's all mine."

He sat and watched for a moment. "You know, this song isn't terrible… I mean, if you want, we could…"

"Lead the way, sir."

The three Senshi and their Shitennou, along with Serenity and Endymion, danced the night away along with the others. It was the most wonderful ball of their lives.

Once the arrival madness settled down and everyone seemed to be content, Venus could finally sit down and take a breather. She saw Endymion and his men scattered on the dance floor… all but one.

Where in the world is Kunzite?

She wandered around the room endlessly, but he was nowhere to be found. He said that he would be there, but it appeared he changed his mind. Discouraged and feeling a bit heavy-hearted, she exited the castle and went out back.

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Dressed in her elegant orange gown, she sat alone on the stone-paved ledge by the pond. He said he'd come. And yet he's the only one who didn't. This is why I didn't want to pursue him in the first place…

Frustrated, she stood up and chucked a rock into the water. That's when she suddenly felt a presence behind her.

"I couldn't find you inside. I was told that you might be out here."

There Kunzite stood, looking as dashing as ever. And for whatever reason, Venus became lost for words in that moment.

"I am sorry for being late. You… you look lovely tonight, milady." He bowed gracefully as he always did.

"Why thank you, General," she said as she curtseyed and tried to hide her blush.

He moved in closer. "I was late because making this took longer than I anticipated," he said as he reached into his pocket and pulled out a shiny object.

It was a gorgeous, golden chain necklace, made from scratch. The pendant was made with a shiny kunzite stone, with the words "Goddess of Love" inscribed on the back. He must've stayed up all night making it, she thought. He gently put it around her neck, and it shone the same way that her love chain attack would. She was still lost for words.

"Kunzite… I…"

He moved in and tenderly kissed her. She gladly obliged.

They glowed radiantly in gold and silver in the moonlight.

Looking at his loving, pale eyes and smiling, no longer feeling nervous or fearful, she asked, "General, would you like a tour of the palace?"

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They walked through the forest, alongside a flowing stream. Eventually they made it back into the castle, but continued touring instead of returning to the party.

"I hear you and your men are known as the Kings of Heaven? What does that mean?"

"My men and I are all rulers of our respective corners of the world. Similarly to my home palace in the Middle East, the other three have their own palaces in which they reign, and all of our kingdoms are at the top of massive mountains. Many people marveled at how high our mountains outstretched towards the sky, as if our palaces were touching Heaven. And that's where the name comes from. It is nothing more than a name."

"The first time I saw you, I thought you must have just come down from Heaven. And I still believe it. You have the most warm, beautiful heart like no man I've ever known. It's more than a name to me."

"You think too highly of me, Venus. I am just a regular human being with a mission to protect my Prince."

She stopped walking and put her arms around him. "Well, regular human being, you're a phenomenon to me." This time it was she who moved in to kiss him. Repeatedly.

They happened to be standing right in front of her bedroom. And so they entered, still kissing incessantly. She began to remove his cape, when something replayed in her head, too loudly and boldly to ignore.

"Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life."

It was far too soon. It wasn't right.

"Kunzite," she exhaled and pulled away. "I'm sorry. I can't do this. Not now."

He looked down for a moment and sighed. "Why did you bring me here?"

"Well, I… didn't really plan to…"

"No. Why did you ask me to come to the moon? I thought it was because you perhaps…"

Interrupting him, she leaned in and kissed him again. "I love you, Kunzite. You're the only man I've ever known who was worth becoming vulnerable for. But a good friend of mine recently told me, "Love is patient." I don't want to ruin what we have by rushing it. You're too important to me."

She went in for an embrace and he held her tightly in his arms for a few moments.

"I love you, Venus."

The night was drawing to a close and most of the guests had left. He joined his men and returned to Earth. After Venus had given him a special gift, that is.

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The next morning, Queen Serenity found Venus sitting alone on the railing of one of the balconies. When Venus saw her, she immediately got up and bowed.

"Good morning, Your Highness. Forgive me for being rather absent from the ball last night. I hope all went well."

"It did go well, thanks to you. I wanted to thank you for all of your hard work."

"It was my pleasure, my Queen."

"You went off with Kunzite last night?"

She was stunned at that question. She didn't realize anyone had known about that. But leave it to Queen Serenity to be on top of things.

"Venus," she continued. "I think it's wonderful that you have found a good man. I want you to be happy and it seems that he makes you that way. But I have to warn you…"

"Warn me? Is there something wrong?"

"Please be careful. I know the desires of your heart and I long for nothing more than for you and the other four to be happy and to experience the love, beauty and joy that you are longing for. But remember not to make an idol out of this man. I must tell you, Venus, I worry for the future – that something painful will happen, to all of us. I'm not sure what it is, but something tells me that if we're not careful, well… as I said, I'm not sure. But I understand the power of love and so I just want to advise you: set apart this dream. Set apart this dream for me."

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A/N: 1. Paraphrasing a part of a Gilmore Girls episode. Lol.

I'm not used to writing about romance and intimacy like this, so please help me improve by leaving a constructive review. Just telling me that you hated it is not at all helpful unless you tell me why.