Sailor Moon Fan Fiction ❯ Shades of Purple ❯ Why ( Chapter 9 )

[ P - Pre-Teen ]

Kunzite would be training the military today, so I spent the day on the moon, hanging out with the other guardians and doing my usual kingdom patrol. At the end of my shift I watched the sun go down like I always did. I wondered if he was watching it too?

A couple of days passed and I hadn't heard from him. We didn't really plan the next time we'd meet up, but I knew he was busy. Endymion has been working those four generals like crazy lately and really focusing on strengthening their military. I don't know why, but it's been happening. I figured I'd give it a couple more days or so and then go down and see him if I still didn't hear anything.

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"Gentlemen!" Endymion assembled his four generals. "There is someone I'd like you to meet. This is Beryl. She will also be a commanding officer for our troops along with you four."

A sweet looking woman with red hair stepped forward, standing up straight and dressed in uniform. "Thank you, kind Prince," she said in a flirty tone of voice before facing us. "It is an honor to be working with you all."

"I am Kunzite, the lead commanding officer," he stepped forward and respectfully bowed. "You will be working mostly with me."

"With all due respect, Your Majesty," Jadeite cut in, "why do we need another commanding officer? The four of us are doing just fine, and it's not like we're going to war or anything right now."

"Lately I've been sensing a heavy darkness on this planet," Endymion said in a firm tone, though you could tell he was worried. "Something tells me that we might be going to war soon, for some reason that's unknown to me right now. I just want us to be prepared in advance for the worst. Beryl here is a veteran of the army, and though she is young, she knows what she's doing. We could really use her."

"We will do as you wish, Your Majesty," Kunzite bowed. "Come with me, Beryl. We have work to do."

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My designated waiting time had passed. It was time to go down to visit Kunzite and see how he was doing with all that work he was given. Gosh I missed him.

I stepped into the portal and teleported over, and found troops marching and training all over the place. I saw Jadeite, Zoisite and Nephrite all training different groups, as well as some woman I'd never seen before. I assumed Kunzite was either on some kind of break or given a different task for the day. I went out to the garden to search around.

I didn't find him out there, but I did find Endymion kneeling over by the fountain, praying. I waited for a bit as to not interrupt. When he finished and opened his eyes, he came over to greet me.

"Good afternoon, Venus. Are you looking for Kunzite?"

"Yeah, do you know where he is?"

"He should be in the workout room today. We've all been trying to build our strength."

"Okay, thanks." I turned around and began walking towards the castle, before pausing for a second and turning back. "Endymion? Are you all right? You seem stressed."

"I've been better, but I'm fine. Thank you for your concern though. I've just had… bad vibes lately, and a strong feeling that our kingdom will be threatened. I want to make sure we're ready for anything."

"Is that why you've been having your generals work so much?"

"Precisely. We've never had any real danger around here, but I just want to be safe."

"Understandable. Well, you have some good people on your side. I'm sure you'll be fine no matter what."

I went inside and looked for the workout room. I'd never seen it before and had no idea where it was, so I was browsing for a while. Finally I entered a hall where the sound of weight lifting could be faintly heard. I slowly pushed the door open and peeked my head in, and found Kunzite in there alone, lifting the largest barbell I'd ever seen and completely in the zone. I slowly walked over to his side.

"Kunzite?"

He saw me and let out a typical weight lifting grunt as he finished his set and put it back on the rack.

"I didn't know you were coming today."

"I know. I hadn't heard from you, so I thought I'd come down and see if we could plan something?"

"Venus, I've been incredibly busy. We all are. The prince is expecting war. Going on dates is not a priority right now."

"I know, I didn't mean-" I cut myself off. Something was wrong and it was obvious. I know he was stressed out and I understood that, but… he wouldn't even look at me. He seemed angry with me.

"Kunzite, I understand your circumstances and I don't mean to intrude, but I miss you and don't want to have to go weeks at a time without seeing you. Maybe I can help?"

"No. This matter concerns our kingdom, not yours." He finally looked me in the eye, but that warm, loving look he always had before was completely gone. "I'm sorry that you travelled all the way here for nothing, but I think you should go."

I didn't even know what to say. Why was he being like this? I started to get irritated.

"Um… okay? I'll go then." He got back on the bench and started lifting again. I stood at the doorway watching him, shook my head and walked out.

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The ball was in his court. I wouldn't be going down to Earth again until he came here first. Wouldn't want to be a burden.

I was lying in bed staring at the ceiling, when suddenly Serenity burst into my room. "Venus! We need to go to Earth, now!"

Of course we do.

I slowly sat up, still spacey. "Why is that, Princess?"

"Endymion thinks a war is going to break out! He's trying to train his army. I think we should go and help!"

"I already tried that, Princess. Kunzite said they don't want any help."

"Well, Endymion might feel differently. We should at least try. Please come with me. Don't you wanna see Kunzite?"

No.

"Ugh, fine. I'll do it for you. But if he says they don't want help, you need to respect that. Understand?"

"Yeah yeah, now come on, let's go!"

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We arrived and ran up the stairs to Endymion's throne. I was just trying to keep up with Serenity, who was running like the building was on fire.

She swung open the door and ran up to hug her prince.

"Oh, Endy, it's so terrible what's been happening! We're here to help you in any way you can."

I calmly raised a hand to wave at him. "Please excuse her pushiness, prince. She's very concerned about a war that hasn't even broken out."

He smiled back at me. "No worries. I'm glad you girls are here. I actually could really use your help."

Oh? So he could, huh?

"If you could alert everyone on the moon, and be prepared to come down and assist us in battle if need be, that would really ease some of our stress, knowing we'll have extra allies. And Venus? If you and the other guardians could provide as much support to the generals as possible, I think they would appreciate that. Surely they miss you all, being so tied up here lately."

"Oh…" I faked a smile. "Will do, prince! I will absolutely spread the word on the moon."

"Perfect, thank you so much. This means a lot. You know, I think Kunzite is out front right now, if you wanted to go down and see him for a bit?"

"Oh, okay… I'll do that." I felt uneasy about it, worried he'd act the same way as last time, but it was the prince's orders, so… I went down to find him.

I paced myself slowly, stalling as much as I possibly could. When I finally reached the bottom floor, I went to the front and opened the door, and could see Kunzite and Zoisite working with a group of soldiers.

Well this is going to be awkward…

"Get down and give me 100 more!"

Those two paced back and forth watching as the soldiers relentlessly did their push-ups. I figured now was as good of a time as any to interrupt if I had to do it. I slowly walked up.

"K-Kunzite?"

He turned his stern face to me.

"The uh…" I began choking on my own words. Why was I so intimidated? I started to feel the dark vibes too… perhaps the ones Endymion was talking about. "The Prince has requested that I come see you, and offer any support that I can…"

"Venus, can't you see I'm in the middle of training? You couldn't have picked a worse time."

He turned to Zoisite. "Keep going. We won't be distracted from our tasks."

They continued their training. Kunzite hardly looked at me. He kept talking to Zoisite and acted like I wasn't there. It almost seemed as if he was afraid to look in my eyes.

After what I felt was a sufficient amount of awkward moments, I finally decided to turn around and go back home.

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I opened my journal and began to vomit all of my thoughts; all the things I wanted to say to him. Since I obviously couldn't talk to him personally, I figured at least writing them down might help somehow.

It all started after the day I asked him that question, of whether or not he loved me enough to compromise serving his kingdom a little in the hypothetical future. Is that what he's mad about? I don't know, it seems like more than that...

Well it don't make sense. It's just craziness. Ohhh, I need to know where we're at.

Wondering why you're acting this way

Wondering why you can't find any words to say

Maybe someone told you a lie

Or maybe you're just being shy

Keep wondering why

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A/N: Tbh I don't really know what commanding officers typically say when training their soldiers… so that part was a little awkward. I'm uncultured :L

I know this has been long… but you're getting close. Thanks to everyone who has even read this far lol. Just a few chapters left to go.