Sailor Moon Fan Fiction ❯ Shades of Purple ❯ Don't Mess With My Love ( Chapter 7 )

[ P - Pre-Teen ]

"Um, hi?" Mars opened the door to an unfamiliar face.

"Hello. I'm here to see Venus. Is she here?"

"Yeah, I think so. One sec."

Instead of going to fetch me, Mars decided to scream as to be heard throughout the entire palace.

"VENUS! COME DOWN TO THE FOYER. SOME GIRL'S HERE TO SEE YOU."

I was in my room and heard her loud and clear. She continued to yell my name the longer I took to get there, up to the point where I was borderline jogging down there.

"Luana?!"

"Hi!" she excitedly exclaimed as we ran up to embrace.

"Okay, so you obviously know who this is," Mars said.

"This is my good friend Luana from back home. We've known each other for years."

I turned back to her. "What are you doing here? I haven't seen you in ages!"

"Well, you know I've been a wedding planner for a long time now," she began. "And recently I planned a wedding for one of your kingdom's soldiers, and he and his wife were so pleased with the outcome, that they put in a good word with your parents for me at Magellan Castle. They contacted me and invited me to go in for an interview, and last night they gave me the news. I am now officially the kingdom's event planner!"

"Oh wow, that's fantastic! I'm so excited to have you working so close, and I'm sure my folks are happy to have you too. Hey, you'll get to experience part of what I do now."

"Yeah, I'm stoked! I just wanted to deliver the news to you in person."

"That's so great. We won't have to be so far away now whenever I'm at home."

There was another knock on the door.

"I'll let you two get that. I don't wanna intrude on your little jamboree here," Mars said as she walked away. Typical.

I opened the door and found my love standing there with a large rose, which he handed to me as we embraced.

"Hey you," I said. "Just decided to drop in?"

"I wanted to let you know that the prince is having a little gathering tonight. I know it's a bit last minute, but I would love to see you there."

"Okay, sure! Kunzite, this is my friend Luana from my hometown. She just showed up here and surprised me. Luana, this is my boyfriend Kunzite. He's from Earth."

"Nice to meet you, Kunzite. I don't think I've ever met anyone from Earth before."

"It's an honor to be the first. Pleasure to meet you." He bowed respectfully.

"Kunzite is the head general of Prince Endymion," I gloated.

"Speaking of which," he cut in. "I really must be getting back. But I will see you tonight, and your friend is welcome to attend as well." He kissed me on the cheek.

"Aww, you two are meant to be," Luana said.

Kunzite nodded and headed out.

"You're gonna love Endymion's palace," I said after closing the door. "It's like nothing else on Venus or even here."

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We walked through the palace to the teleportation portal.

"So, how are you and Ray?" I asked.

"Oh, that… it's over with him, as of last week," she said, trying not to look sad.

"Oh… I'm so sorry, Luana."

"It's okay, really. We were drifting for a while, and it wouldn't work out anyway. It's a good thing; it'll give me a chance to really figure out what I want."

"That's the spirit." I flipped the switch to turn on the portal. "We'll have fun tonight. It'll help get your mind off of it."

We landed on Earth and made our way to the front. I knocked and Nephrite answered the door.

"Venus, good of you to come!"

"Hi Nephrite. Good to see you again."

"Same. Who's your friend?"

"I'm Luana. Just visiting from Venus for a couple days."

"Well, it's a pleasure to have you. Please, come in."

We went into the main party room, which was surprisingly pretty packed for a last-minute event, but not too crazy.

"If you'll excuse me, I need to return to the kitchen to assist Jupiter with dinner," he said.

"Okay. See you around."

Upbeat music was playing and many people were dancing around. It was louder and much more mainstream than Endymion's usual choice in music. I caught sight of Kunzite on the other side of the room, so we made our way over there.

"Hey, pretty boy," I got on my toes to give him a quick kiss.

"I am glad you made it."

"This palace is amazing, Kunzite!"Luana said. "It must be such an honor to reside here."

"Wait until you see the gardens," I said.

I saw Jupiter bring out a large plate of cherry tarts, her specialty, to the appetizer table. "Oh my gosh, I need to get some of those," I said with wide eyes. "Hold on, I'll be back."

I made my way over there, and ran into Zoisite, who was also getting some before they were gone. I took the opportunity to casually get to know Mercury's paramour.

Meanwhile, Luana took the time to get acquainted with Kunzite.

"So what do you do around here?"

"My primary role is to protect my prince, ensuring his safety at all times. Three other generals here share that role with me. I am also the commanding officer of our military, in case our kingdom is ever threatened and needs to be defended."

"Sounds so noble. It's like you're literally Venus' knight in shining armor."

"She is also an admirable warrior for her princess."

"That she is. Hey, it looks like she's a little occupied talking to someone, and I'm really curious about those gardens. Could you show me?"

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Kunzite took Luana out back to the massive gardens for a miniature tour. They stopped at a large, gorgeous fountain.

"All of us generals helped to build this garden in some way," Kunzite said. "This was my main contribution."

"It's incredible." Luana gazed at it with amazement. "You're really talented."

"You're very kind."

Luana turned to him. The lights from the lampposts shone on his hair and his cape blew with the wind. She started thinking about her ex-boyfriend who also had long hair, and suddenly went into some sort of trance.

"We should probably get back inside," he said. "Venus will be looking for us."

"Or…" she said. "We could hang out here for a while."

He noticed the way she was looking at him and began to back up a little. "We really should get back. You are welcome to stay out here if you would like, but I'll be returning to Venus."

"No, don't leave me out here alone," she gave a seductive look and moved closer. "Please?"

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I finished up my conversation with Zoisite and went back over to where Kunzite and Luana were. I found Mars and Jadeite in their place.

"Hey, have you guys seen Kunzite anywhere?"

"I think he went out to the garden with some girl," Jadeite said.

"Oh right, we were about to go back there before I got distracted. Cool, thanks."

It would probably take forever to find them since the garden was so monstrous, so I tried to just listen for noise. The only sound I could hear was from a fountain, so I decided to head that way and start there. I walked through the intricate maze of tall hedges until finally I came to the fountain and found…

LUANA AND KUNZITE KISSING?!

"What the hell is going on here?!"

They stopped and backed away the moment they heard my voice.

"Venus, please, this wasn't me. It's not what you think," Kunzite pleaded.

I was paralyzed. I couldn't even bring myself to speak or react in any way. All I could manage was to turn around and run away.

Kunzite came after me. "Venus!"

Luana tried to follow, but he stopped her. "You go back inside this instant," he said firmly. "In fact, you can just teleport back home. You are no longer welcome here."

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I ran and hid behind a tree. The same tree I hid behind when I made a scene in front of Kunzite and Carly that one time. I was out of breath. Should I be crying right now? Screaming? Punching the air and throwing things? All I could do was catch my breath and try to take in what just happened. Is this even real?

"Venus," Kunzite found me. "Please hear me out."

"I don't know if I want to hear anything from you right now," I said. "And frankly, I'm not sure if I want to hear anything from you ever again."

"She kissed me. She asked to see the gardens since you were busy talking with Zoisite, and after I insisted multiple times that we go back inside, she came around and stopped in front of me and kissed me. And that's when you showed up."

I was silent and still not looking at him.

"Venus, I know she's your friend, but you must believe me. You trust me, don't you?"

I sighed. "Yes. I do."

He walked over and took my hand, looking lovingly into my eyes like he always did. "Then will you please take my word? I would never do anything to hurt you."

I looked into his eyes for several moments. "Of course I will. I know you'd never do anything like that. I just… can't believe she would…"

"I understand."

He held me for a long while out there. I didn't return to the party that night.

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I arrived back at the teleport chamber on the moon. The palace was quiet since everyone was still at the party. I went down to the bar to pour a glass of wine.

As I walked out into the living room, I found Luana on the couch. The moment she saw me she jumped up and pleaded.

"Venus, I'm so sorry! I didn't mean for that to happen. It just… happened."

I set the glass down and tried to stay calm.

"What do you mean it just happened?"

"We were just looking at the garden, and talking, and… he was there, and, well, I just had a moment."

"You just had a moment?! No one just HAS MOMENTS like that where they kiss their friend's boyfriend on 'accident'!" I was furious.

"I just couldn't help it. I was upset and vulnerable because of Ray, and I haven't been alone in a long time, and… well, I couldn't help it. He's so handsome. I couldn't control myself."

"Are you kidding me?!"

"Look, I said I'm sorry, so I think I should go now."

"Yeah, you should," I said through my boiling anger. "I thought you were a friend of mine, but I was wrong. You tried to fit into the arms where I belong. You moved right in behind my back. Everyone knows friends don't do that!"

"Hey, I slipped up, okay? Yes, I find him attractive, and if he weren't taken I'd probably do it again, but clearly he's not interested in me. You don't have to worry about it."

"My gosh Luana, I don't believe what I'm hearing. I don't even know who you are anymore. He is everything to me, and you know we're meant to be. You said you were happy for us! How could you go and do this?"

"I'm just gonna go home, okay?" she turned around and went for the door.

"Fine. Also Luana, I don't want you anywhere near my palace. You're fired."