Usagi was going to accept Ami's loan when Minako offered to pay.
"Ok, ok! No arguments here!"
She put her hands in her pocket and looked at everyone guiltily.
'I need to spend less money on comic books,' she thought to herself. 'I've asked mom and dad to increase my allowance, but they keep saying I would just waste that money too. If Mamo-chan had been here, he surely would have paid...'
Usagi tried not to be sad that Mamoru wasn't spending time with them tonight. She turned to Minako and gave her a hug.
"Thanks, tomodachi (friend)!"
Then, Usagi noticed that Ami had received a text, and that her hand was shaking.
'I hope everything is ok...'
Ami quickly flipped the phone shut and led the group to a nearby 24 hour diner. They were chatting and having fun, and Usagi found herself relaxing. She didn't need to have Mamoru around in order to enjoy herself. It could be just her and the girls. And the time away from the Outer Senshi put distance between the memory of Haruka's kiss on her lips and her everyday reality.
'I'm sure it was just a fluke,' she thought again for the millionth time.
"So, tell us more about your boyfriend, Mina-chan!" Rei inquired.
"Well, you all saw him at Michiru's concert, and some of you met him earlier because he works at the Kawaii Beauty Salon."
People needed in agreement.
"He is fashionable, has a cool bike, and even bought me an expensive gift before we officially started dating. I know it's only been a little over a week, but I really feel like he is the one for me...like I'm falling in love...and I think he feels the same way!"
"Wow...that is so romantic," Makoto responded. Usagi and the others nodded their heads in agreement.
"We should go on a double-date," Usagi suggested. Minako didn't respond because Rei changed the subject to the fashion show.
"I'm so excited to be a model and a guest singer at the fashion show," announced Rei.
"Yeah, you are going to do great," agreed Makoto.
"Are you sad that you are not going to be a model, Ami?" Usagi inquired. Her friend had been distracted throughout the entire dinner.
"Hm, uh? Sorry...I was distracted...no, of course not. I don't like being the center of attention, and to be honest, fashion is not really my thing. Setsuna made the right call with the models she chose. She should get a lot of business for her shop after all of this, and I know all of you are going to have an amazing time on the catwalk."
The conversation continued, and then Ami's phone made a beep. She froze. She didn't reach for it.
"Who's the text from?" Usagi asked as she grabbed the phone from the table.
"No!" Ami practically shouted. But she was too late. Usagi had already flipped it open.
"Are you ok, Ami?" Rei asked as she reached across the table and felt Ami's forehead. "Are you getting sick or something?"
"No...probably just tired..." Ami was sweating and trying to play it cool at the same time.
Usagi handed the phone back to Ami who was surprised to see who the text message was actually from. She read the message aloud to everyone: Ami-- need 2 meet again. tell others. very imp. @ Cafe Lolita, 1pm. Setsuna "Strange...I wonder what is happening that we all need to meet up...again..."
"I did sense that something was amiss," Rei announced.
"Well, we better call it a night. Looks like we might have another long meeting in store for us," Ami stated. Usagi absently nodded her head in agreement. She was nervous about seeing Haruka.
'Will she be there,' Usagi wondered. Aloud, she asked, "Are we supposed to tell Mamoru about the meeting?" Ami thought for a moment. "Not sure. It said 'tell others.' I guess that includes him. I presume she has already let the other Outer Senshi know about the meeting. I'll send him a text for you, Usagi-chan.' Ami typed a quick message while Minako paid for dinner. The group walked outside and headed their separate ways to go home.
"See everyone tomorrow," Usagi called out.
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