Happy to be starting Episode 3!
Usagi sat close to Mamoru, practically on his lap. There wasn't a lot of room on the crowded couch. She put her hand gently on his thigh. It was rock hard. He was tense. She looked up into his grimacing face. He was obviously unhappy to be working with these Outer Senshi. He was always slow to trust people whereas she trusted too easily. Mamoru glanced down at her and relaxed.
"I love you, Usako," he whispered. She smiled and leaned into his arms even more as Setsuna and the quiet Hotaru got up to get refreshments for everyone. No one was speaking.
'We are all being ridiculous,' she thought in annoyance. 'We were developing a nice friendship until we discovered each others' alter identities. Why should we suddenly stop being friends? We are all still the same people...right?'
Usagi coughed a little bit before asking in a small voice: So...now what do we all do...?"
No one spoke right away. Suddenly, Makoto stood up from the couch.
"Whoa!" exclaimed Usagi and Rei as both almost fell off either end of the couch. Luckily, Usagi had Mamoru to grip as Rei grabbed Minako. The pair were steadied and prevented from falling off.
"This is ridiculous! Why are we all trying to squeeze onto these small couches anyway?" Makoto huffed as she knelt down on a small cushion next to Ami who had been sitting next to the tea table the entire time.
"I was wondering the same thing..." Haruka murmured as she raised one eyebrow. That one small gesture broke the ice, and everyone laughed, even Mamoru.
"I guess I will move with you, Makoto," Minako said as she got up from the couch to make more room for Usagi, Mamoru, and Rei.
'Aw,' thought Usagi. 'Now I have no excuse to grope Mamoru...' she reluctantly scooted away from him.
"I think it's best to wait for the tea, and hear what Setsuna has to say. She seems to know more about the current situation with the Dark Kingdom," Michiru added as she directed the conversation back to the original question that Usagi had asked.
"But we were the ones that battled and defeated Queen Perillia before," Mamoru countered. "How could she know more about this situation then us? I remember oh so well what it was like to be succumbed by the evil of the Dark Kingdom...to be that bitch's slave."
Usagi didn't look at Mamoru. She had relived the entire battle during her awakening. She remembered it all very well too. At the same time, she had forgiven him for the past transgressions, even the most recent minor incident with Minako. At this point, she wanted to move forward with their relationship, but she felt that something or someone was holding them back. She had a deep yearning in her core for the special tenderness of true love, but she wasn't sure when or even if they would ever consummate their love. Not at the rate they were going, especially with this new evil.
"She is the Guardian of Time. It would be best to heed her words," Haruka scoffed at Mamoru. She got up from her seat on the opposite couch and walked toward Usagi and Mamoru. Bending down, she gripped Usagi's hands gently in her own.
"Come. Let us get some more cushions for tea. It seems your boy needs to cool down for a moment."
Usagi felt the anger radiating from Mamoru, but she was unable to hesitate. She was pulled to her feet by a strong grip and led down a hallway to a closet. The conversation in the other room faded away.
"In here," Haruka said as she opened the closet at the end of the hall. She pushed Usagi gently inside and closed the door behind them. They were engulfed in darkness. Usagi's heart began to beat faster as she sensed Haruka coming closer.
"Perhaps you should look to another for the comfort and love you seek," Haruka whispered in the darkness as a hand caressed her neck. Usagi's breathing increased as she felt the other woman move even closer in the darkness. Now, Usagi was pressed against a shelf. Haruka's breasts connected with Usagi's own. Usagi felt warm all over, tingly even. She had never been this close to a woman, and she was surprised at how much she liked the feeling. Haruka's mouth was next to Usagi's ear. "I could suggest a good woman for you...if you are interested..." There was a slight pressure as soft lips touched the top of her ear. Haruka kissed her gently as she pulled down some mats from the shelf above Usagi's head.
"Mmmm" Usagi moaned softly as she leaned into the ear kiss.
Suddenly, light blinded Usagi as the closet was opened. Haruka turned back to look at the startled and flushed Usagi. "Let me know if you want more information about my offer." And with that, she walked away.
'What the...what was that all about?' Usagi didn't move. She couldn't move. Her legs had turned to jello, and she was so inflamed that she thought she would die from a heat stroke. The only other person that had ever made Usagi feel that way was Mamoru. How could Haruka have the same affects on her? What did it mean?
'And what woman did she have in mind? I thought Michiru was her girlfriend...and I can't imagine that she would be ok with Haruka dating me at the same time. Who does that leave? Setsuna? Not...Hotaru? That girl must be fourteen, maybe fifteen at most. She probably doesn't even know what love is let alone passion...' Usagi thought in frustration as she tried to solve the puzzle of Haruka's words.
'It doesn't matter. I have Mamo-chan. He's all I've ever needed. Why would I want anyone else?'
And yet the devilish part of her brain made the decision more difficult than it had to be.
Devil: 'Then why does he not consummate your relationship...make you his eternally?'
Angel: 'Well...he's had other matters on his mind...and we have the Dark Kingdom to deal with...'
Devil: 'Maybe he has another woman on his mind...'
'Stop that!' Usagi had regained control both of her body and of her mind. She refused to doubt Mamoru or think that way. They hadn't seen Queen Perillia yet, so there was no guarantee that she was back. Plus, he had been brainwashed then. He hadn't wanted to join the dark side, to try and kill her.
Devil: 'Of course wherever the Shitennou are, their queen won't be far behind.'
Usagi shook that thought away as she walked up the hall. She took a seat on a cushion next to Mamoru. He looked at her oddly.
"I went to the restroom," she explained as she got settled into the cushion and the discussion. She hated to lie to him, but Usagi didn't think the small kiss was worth mentioning. After all, it could have been an accident, a brush of lips as Haruka reached for the mats.
'For crying out loud, it was on my ear!' Usagi thought in annoyance. 'And yet...what a kiss it had been...'