Sailor Moon Fan Fiction ❯ Shades of Purple ❯ Pretty Boy ( Chapter 2 )

[ P - Pre-Teen ]

"You look beautiful, Your Highness."

I was finishing up Queen Serenity's hair and makeup for her party that night. Not gonna lie, I'm kind of a pro at cosmetology.

"Thank you, dear. Your work is always appreciated. Why don't you take a break and have some time to yourself before the guests arrive? I insist."

"Thank you, Your Highness." I bowed and went out back into the gated garden.

I stared at the fountain for a while, listening to the splashing of the thin waterfall. Eventually I sat down on the edge of it and looked out at the sky. It had been a week since that awkward date with Adonis, and I had forgiven Serenity, though we still hadn't spoken since then. It was really beautiful outside that night, and I would've loved to just stay out here the whole evening, but my presence was required at this party. The queen invited numerous kingdoms from different planets to attend. It would be a full house of royalty. Kings and queens, princes and princesses, and all of their main warriors.

I started to hear noise inside, which meant it was time to head in and be prepared to go into hospitality mode. The queen insisted that we guardians should just focus on having fun and enjoying ourselves, but I was in the habit of attending to guests' needs and running around as the planner of most events that took place at the palace. So I spent some time making sure everything was in order, but after a while I kind of just felt like being an introvert for once and avoiding people. I found Mercury at a table, eating Jupiter's appetizers and holding her current book.

"Hey. Still reading The Reason?" I sat down and started pouring a glass.

"Yes, I simply cannot put it down. It's phenomenal. Lacey Sturm is amazing. Have you finished it yet?"

"No, not yet. I've been trying to, but I keep getting… interrupted. But I guess it's good to savor it too."

"That's true. I could read about her testimony all day."

"Same. Hey, do you know any of these people, other than the ones from your planet's kingdom? I swear I've never seen any of them before."

"I can't say that I have either. I don't even think I've ever met anyone from Endymion's palace other than Endymion himself, so I wouldn't be able to even point them out."

"Neither could I. It honestly feels kind of awkward to me, with everyone from Venus knowing what happened with Adonis, and Princess Serenity and I haven't been on the greatest of terms since then. If you don't mind, I'll probably just hang here with you the rest of the night."

"That's perfectly fine with me."

"Sweet. I'm going to go grab some food; I'll be back."

The food table was surprisingly empty. Jupiter's keish is the absolute BEST, and had just been brought out so it was still fresh. I didn't even want to grab a plate. I just started eating right there. I don't know most of these people, so who cares what they think, right? Meh. I decided to slow down. I poured a glass of punch, and mid-sip I turned my head and saw a tall, silver-haired man standing there next to me.

I sort of jumped in shock of the sudden presence there and almost started choking on punch.

"Gosh! You're like Ruth Gordon, just standing there with a tannis root. Make a noise!" [1]

"A reference to an excellent film," the man said. "I did not mean to startle you."

"Right. I'm just-"

"Eating all of the keish before everyone else does?"

I rolled my eyes at the evident judgment. The nerve of this jerk.

"Why do you care?" I hissed.

"Just making an observation."

"Great. We'll build a dome over you and jam a telescope in your head." [2]

"No need to get so defensive, Princess. I am merely articulating what I am seeing. It would be unfortunate if you attracted the attention of people who would actually cast judgment on you."

"No, what's unfortunate is that group of girls over there giggling and making googly eyes at you, and the fact that you're clearly over here to avoid them." I tilted my head slightly to look at those girls in the distance behind him who couldn't possibly be more obvious. "Well, pretty boy? Are you going to go make them swoon? Or would you rather stay here and continue this ever so delightful conversation?" I smirked.

He smirked back at me. "Actually, I believe I should return to attending to my prince. So if you'll excuse me, Your Highness. And I'll get working on that dome." He began walking past me.

"Your prince?" I called out.

"Indeed. I am Kunzite, the head general of Prince Endymion's kingdom."

"Prince Endymion? You don't say…" I began to smile and ponder that, letting out a grunty laugh.

"And miss… Venus, correct? I really was not judging you. Princess Jupiter has a phenomenal talent in the culinary department, so it's completely understandable."

"Wait, how do you know Jupiter?"

"Easy. She is dating my fellow general, Nephrite."

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"Oh, there you are. You were gone for a while." Mercury set the book down again.

"Yeah, well. I can say I know someone now. Oh and get this: Jupiter's mystery man is one of Endymion's generals!"

"Really? That's ironic. I guess Serenity might not be the only one who could end up marrying into the royalty of that kingdom."

"I still think it's crazy that the queen has allowed such free contact between us and earth like this, but she knows them far better than I do."

"Attention!" the MC said through the mic. "This next dance is for all of the couples in the room. And to all of the single men and women out there, feel free to grab a partner if you want to participate in the slow dance for fun. We'll resume the regular dances after this song."

"Hey Mercury, I bet Jupiter's guy came here with Endymion. Let's watch for them."

There were tons of couples on the dance floor, but eventually we caught sight of him. Long, dark brown hair, a dark blue suit, and surprisingly taller than her. He seemed a little odd, but still chivalrous nevertheless.

"WAIT," I paused. "Is that Mars over there? Who's that blonde guy?"

Mercury looked equally intrigued. "I don't know, but that's just… surprising. Mars hates both dances and men. She must have really found him interesting."

"I wonder if-" I felt a hand gently placed on my shoulder.

"You've been hiding in this corner all night," Kunzite said in that deep voice. "Do you want to keep hiding, or would you care to join me in this dance?"

I flipped my hair and gave him a sassy look. "Oh? And what's in it for me, pretty boy?"

"I'm rescuing you. That old man from Mars' kingdom has been staring at you all night." He motioned over to the back wall where this creepy guy was standing. I hadn't noticed him there, but I felt like he was staring into my soul and it freaked me out a little.

"Okay, yeah, let's go." I quickly stood up and moved away from there to the dance floor.

"So… I guess we-" I stopped talking as he placed his hands in the traditional slow-dance position. I did likewise, and the initial awkwardness faded away soon enough.

"Thanks for saving me," I said quietly. I looked back up and he actually gave a genuine smile and had this look in his eyes that was kind of… sweet.

"It is my job to protect people, after all."

"So, with all of the times Prince Endymion has been here… why haven't I ever seen you before? I mean, with you being his head general and all."

"To be honest, parties and other gatherings alike aren't really my forte. But I was pleased to come tonight, as it meant a great deal to your queen."

"She sure seems to like you guys down there on Earth."

"That feeling is mutual for all of you up here."

"Oh gosh," my tone of voice changed to freak-out mode. "That creepy guy moved and is looking over here. Let's move away." I quickly rotated us to face the other way and moved behind other people out of a short panic. Kunzite gave a friendly smirk.

"You're an interesting person, Venus. And I don't mean that in a demeaning way. It honestly was nice to have made your acquaintance tonight."

"As weird as it is to say, it was nice for me too." I finally returned a genuine smile.

The song ended and I felt oddly disappointed.

"Thank you for your company," he said with a respectful bow.

"Yeah, you too." I couldn't help but watch him walk away until he was out of sight behind the hordes of people.

I returned to the table with Mercury, who had also been asked by some guy with a long ponytail to dance. I didn't see Kunzite for the rest of the night.

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The guests slowly started leaving and the room felt spacious again. The other Senshi and I helped clean up the place and restore it to its original setup. It was late and I was exhausted. I couldn't wait to get to bed.

Strangely enough though, despite being as tired as I was, I could not get to sleep for the longest time that night. For a while I was thinking about how I would make amends with Serenity and hopefully things could go back to normal with us, minus the random surprise blind dates. But after that… I just could not stop thinking about Kunzite. That mysterious, handsome, silver-haired man, who not only put up with my snarkiness, but also went along with it and was basically up to my level.

I'm not falling for him. I'm not. He's just really handsome and seems like a solid guy.

I finally drifted off to sleep. And my dream started off as a nightmare, with that creep who was staring at my during the party, except he had me cornered and wanted to stab me to death with a knife. For some reason I didn't have my Venus powers and couldn't do a thing. But then Kunzite came in, fought him off with his sword, and brought me to safety. He had rescued me again, and in the strangeness of my dream, I kept repeating lines to myself…

Oh, my pretty pretty boy I love you

Like I never ever loved no one before you

Pretty pretty boy I do

Let me inside

Make me stay right beside you

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A/N: 1 & 2 – Gilmore Girls quotes. I couldn't help it. Plus I was watching that show while writing this, so ya know.

Also, as stated at the beginning and as you've probably noticed, I'm writing in more of a modern-day setting, even though it's the silver millennium and supposed to be more prehistoric. On the show whenever it would show flashbacks and all that, it looked pretty modern most of the time so I thought I'd go with it. Plus it makes it easier, you know, writing in the setting of the time we actually live in. /lazy

And really tho, you should read Lacey Sturm's The Reason. It's incredible.