Starlit Ruins - Chapter 3: High MoralsChapter 3
Heavy winds tore through her brunette bangs, frustratingly obscuring her view of the blade angled at her torso. She steeled her amusement at the sluggishness of her opponent. It would be so easy – so easy to let the vibrating weapon enter her skull and cleanse her of all doubts. Yet, at this time she did not desire it.
She clasped the blade between her hands in a demonstration of physical superiority and then twisted quickly, disarming her opponent in a single motion. The three exchanged yellow pupil glances, and decided that this village was not worth the effort. To further convince them, she manifested a long blade of simplistic design. “Seen enough?”
“Ah-ah we do have suh-seen enough,” the tallest stammered, “we go. Alone we do go.”
She said nothing, making a gesture with her transparent blade. The gesture told them to leave, and that if they were to ever return, she would kill them. They scrambled away, giving no hint
Starlit Ruins - Chapter 2: Rapt PreyChapter 2
She could no longer recall how long she had been running. A glance backwards told her that pursuit had dropped off. Exhausted, she dropped her knees, her mind a blur. She struggled against her fatigue even as the resurgence of pain brought her mind to a warm vertigo.
Who am I running from? Recollection failed, she was having a hard time thinking straight. Two days of running had not helped. Hunger drew her consciousness to a focus again, as it had done several times over the last forty-eight hours. Dully she remembered. She was running from a strange man in black armor. He had called himself “Cage.”
Not terribly inventive, she noted.
He had proclaimed that he wanted to protect her. His obvious efforts at capture had not exactly inspired the young girl's confidence. She glanced down at her torn outfit. Transforming to Sailor Mercury had not helped, much. She had been able to use her Shabon Spray to confuse them for her escape. She shook her head weakly, i
Starlit Ruins - ProloguePrologue
His crimson glare caused her to flinch, betraying fear where arrogant confidence once resided. What was a war of attrition had become unmitigated defeat. 'Beryl, I should send you to the Abyss!' his voice crackled, short of sounding menacing. 'I cannot believe you were defeated by such foolish girls!'
She said nothing.
'You masterminded the destruction of the Moon Kingdom? What will you do next, claim a rock from the ground as your pet?'
Resentment became clear in her eyes.
'A child! Uraki-Ayo-sama, that girl - Usagi! - she was no child! She had the ginzuishou.'
'Dispense with my name, foul woman!' he growled and struck her to the marble floor. She fell with practiced ease, defiance unfeigned in her eyes when she raised them to his. 'Know your place! Impertinent creature. That you should be spared is beyond my comprehension.'
She sighed internally, relieved, but did not relax. Midnight tones around them shimmered with dark streaks of blue and red light, indicating the strong p
Starlit Ruins - Chapter 1: Escape AtlantisChapter 1
Time. Probably one of the most alien and familiar aspects of life. Something to which many feelings have been ascribed. At this particular moment, laborious, unyielding, unsympathetic, unmerciful, and foremost both responsible and not. Yet, to the five anxiety-laden young women, there was a sheer gratefulness. They were alive.
Consciousness, to the young Princess Tsukino Usagi, had returned during what appeared to be a stunningly glorious midday. They lay somewhat precariously strewn about the edge of a densely populated oil painting-like forest of rich jades and deep coppery earth tones against a soft butter-yellow and crystal blue sky.
It was Mina, her beach-blond waist length hair slipped over her white and blue sailor school suited smooth shoulders. She helped the wounded, fatigued young leader sit up, who winced and gasped out at the echoed pain of several cracked ribs.
'Mina-chan…? Are you okay?'
'Ow! Um, I guess,' she muttered,