A Royal Trouncing - Part 2

© 1998 by Cresent Star

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Zoisite rummages around junk mail, fan mail, black mail and finds a small envelope.

Z: Ah! the second chapter of that nut fic we were MSTing!
K: Let's see what horrors are in store for us!
Z: Hm, looks longer than the first. This can only mean one thing!
Z and K: Even worse writing!

The Venusian Masquerade

Z: I thought it was supposed to be "Venetian"
K: Oh well, some author's have a vivid imagination at the worst times.

Disclaimer: All characters belong to Naoko Takeuchi. Some situations were created by Rosalind Laker. I just loved her book! Other than that, all this is from my twisted imagination.

K: You mean you copied it off a book?! You're gonna get sued, I tell ya!

Chapter 2

Z: Gasp. How long awaited... Not!

Makoto adjusted the sheets of music before her, trying to concentrate on her practice. Unfortunately, her thoughts kept wandering back to the auburn haired man she had seen that night.

Z (as Makoto): He looks just like my old senpai!

Don't be silly, she told herself firmly. He's a prince and he's engaged...

K: And you are still contemplating on having a relationship with him? Man, you're sick.

I can't compare to Princess Naru in my looks... Forget him!

Z: I thought you were the one with the most 'talent'?

Still the images of him haunted her.

K (as Oliveiro): Boo! Gotcha!

She sighed in frustration, wishing that Marianna was with her, so she could tell her about her troubles. Unfortunately, the music maestro had caught them whispering between themselves and they had been forbidden to see each other for three weeks.

Z (as Makoto): *sniff* I'll miss you tonight...
K: Zoisite... stop implying something...

Sometimes, she hated the strictness of the choir.

K (as Makoto): Can't even do my nails! No flirting with guys... geez!

The choir was made up all of orphans. Her story was being abandoned while still an infant at the door way.

Z: I sense a cliche.

"How do you think it looks to the audience to see the girls whispering to one another?!" she mimicked under her breath.

K: Then made an obscene gesture with her fingers.

The past few days had been pure torture, passing each other in the music rooms, in the halls, only being allowed to make eye contact, nothing more.

Z: You see! I told you their relationship was more than it seemed!
K: Um, well, I think they're just good friends, um, that's all...

She eagerly awaited the passing of the next three weeks.

Z: So she could find out if she had passed her tenth retake of her driving test.

* * *

Celano wondered silently, his cool, ever composed expression disclosing nothing.

K: So how did you know he was wondering?

There was something about her that made him stop. Her beauty perhaps?

Z: The fact that she couldn't sing and that she should be banned from music halls even as audience?

He had to admit that Venusians were infamous for their philandering ways but the girl paled in comparison to Minako.

K: Really? Having second thoughts about your marriage eh, Celano?

Her voice? True, she could sing, but it was something deeper, buried in much confusion.

Z: And insanity.

"Love? What are you thinking?" a female voice intruded his thoughts. He flushed at having thought about these betraying things in the presence of Minako.

Z and K: Naughty boy! Naughty, naughty boy!


K (as Celano): I was thinking about having an affair with another woman,. what do you think?

"That's good.

Z: Whoa! She thinks that's good?!

For a moment there, I had the impression you were thinking out other girls. Silly me," she said, wrapping her arms around his neck.

Z: You don't know the half of it sweetie!

"Not now Mina, " he mumbled, pushing her off.

K: Do you think the author is sick or something?

"I think a walk around the gardens would be nice don't you think? It's not often we are invited to the Moon after all."

Z: Yeah, I've got my spray paint, let's go!

* * *

*I'm bored... I wish Mako was here....*

K: the author obviously has nothing else to say that is even remotely meaningful to the plot now.

Marianna thought, only half awake through her music lesson, repeating what Makoto had thought earlier.

Z (sarcastically): My, what a coincidence.

She groaned as her thoughts wandered and she struck a false note on the harp. The music instructor looked at her sharply.

K: With a knife.
Z: I don't think the author meant it that way.

"What do you think you are doing, young lady? Day dreaming like that?"

Z (as Marianna): Oh, I was just thinking up a list: A houndred and one ways to kill my music instructor. How does choking on my harp sound to you?

"I... I.."

"None of that lip from you! Concentrate! A half hour extra of practice for you! Now concentrate or you shall spend yet another half hour playing is that clear?"

K (as Marianna): Oh shut up you old fart.

"Yes sir" 'pent' she added mentally.

Z and K: Go Marie!

She put up with another half hour of strumming endlessly on the strings of the harp before she was dismissed. She told herself quietly that a stroll was what she needed. Just to the gardens and back.

Z: Well, here's another over used 'meguriai' thing. She just doesn't quit does she?

* * *

"Darling, " Celano said, "I think we should go on our separate ways. We can then see more of the gardens on our own."

K (as Celano): Where I can meet my mistress safely with you out of the way.

Minako pouted slightly. She had been wanting to spend time with him,

Z: Yup, the author is obviously hentai.

But he had been rather distracted after the incident with Oliveiro the other night.

K: Geez, give the guy a break Mina, he could have gotten killed and that would end the fic in a really abrupt way. Hm, I can see it now: "Prince of Venus Killed By Amatuer Swordsman."

Not that she could blame him. Queen Serenity should have known better than to have

Z: Made tuna fish salad.

invited representatives of these two quarreling nations. She should have been more sensitive to their turbulent

K: Machine guns.


"Why, of course love. I'll meet you back here in two hours time."

Z: Mighty long time to take a walk don't you think?
K: Yeah, enough to go-
Z: Don't say it.

* * *

There were four different gardens on the palace grounds, each representing a different season.

Z: The deer season, the rabbit season, the duck season and the moose season.

The spring gardens held the fresh flowers of the new year.

K: In pretty much the same way a refrigerator holds rancid left overs.

The summer garden displayed its warm delicate

Z: Pastries.
K: Strippers.
Z: Would you mind?!

blooms. The autumn garden was filled with reds and browns while the winter garden had its ever greens and ice. All of them flourished throughout the year, never changing, on separate corners of the palace.

Z: The Moon Kingdom has gone hi-tech!
K: Yup! Temperature control is every thing! Nice green houses don't you think?

Marianna, always the one on extremes loved both the spring and winter gardens. the two were so dissimilar. One fire, the other ice.

Z: And this is the lame excuse the writer gives for the origin of my attacks?!

Maybe a the spring gardens was a good choice for today.

K: Then again, maybe not since the contractors were rooting the place up with large yellow bulldozers.

Just how she had left it a few days before. Sometimes it saddened her that nothing ever changed. Their immortality gave all the blossoms an unreal quality, not quite like the real thing. The scent on the other hand was real enough. She inhaled the sweetness,

Z: Of poppies. *Poppies*.

lost over her ponderings of the silver haired masked gentleman. Why had he given her such a strange stare?

K: Because he thought you looked like his old senpai?
Z: Because he had something in his eye?

She fingered a suisen absently,

Z: So we are on Japanese names now, eh?

her eyes straying over to the couple ahead of her. Well, well, she wasn't the only one taking a walk after all.

K: Hey! It's a public place! You don't own it you know!

She recognised the two easily. Domenico and Rei of Mars.

Z: The author has finally insulted all of us by giving us stupid names.

She grinned to herself about how obvious it was that they were in love. Their little blushes and their giggles...

K: and who could forget the fact that they were always trying to touch each other -
Z: Shut up.

who couldn't tell? She suddenly felt a little shame on having spied on them.

Z and K: Ooh! Naughty girl!

She turned her head away immediately.

K: and banged into a 2 by 4 that just happened to be there.

*My, isn't the garden crowded today?* she thought, spotting Princess Minako a few feet away.

Z: It's all part of the author's lame idea for a fanfic girl.

She gave a small smile and continued to admire the roses. Marianna stood up abruptly. She had to leave this place. It didn't cheer her up at all. It was all too sweet and too innocent to suit her somber mood.

K(as Marianna): Yeah! How about some Aerosmith?
Z(ditto): Or some Iron Maiden?

She left quickly, not acknowledging the curious gaze of Minako.

Z: Notice how every one likes to look at her?

* * *

Her hand closed around the cool brass door knob. The moisture from behind the door had made it swell, making it difficult to open. Using both her hands and all the strength she could muster, she gave the door a vicious yank and it finally came unwillingly.

Z an K: The door *came*?!

The cold stung her face,

Z (as Marianna): Ow, that hurt!

but it refreshed her.

K: Like an immunization injection.

Snow lay thick on the ground while little winter time creatures peered at her from behind tough foliage. Alone at last.

Z: Now she could read allher Sailor V mangas without being disturbed!

Very few people visited this garden because they complained that there was never very much to see other than snow and still more snow.

K (singing): It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

She found she couldn't disagree more. There were plenty of things to look at, mostly animals that the haughty subjects thought not worth their time.

Z (as haughty subject): Eeew! Would you just look at that gross thing?
K (ditto): It's uh, um, a... squirrel! That's it a squirrel!
Z (as Ami): Look! It's the squirrels!

The sound of the door banging shut behind her startled her.

Z: It would be weird if she remained unfazed by it.

The wind? There wasn't enough of a breeze to even lift her hair.

K: Yeah, must be really little since it doesn't take much of a breeze to blow an anime character's hair like the movie Twister.

With growing unease, she realized that she had been watched all the while.

Z: Shh! A stalker!
K: Snapping pictures of her in the shower.
Z: Strike one Kunzite...

Quickly, she tried the door again. Just as she expected. Bolted from the outside.

Z: Did you really expect it to be bolted from the *inside*?

A rustle and crunch of boots on the snow made her stiffen.

K: Like wet clay.

"What happened?"

Z (as Marianna): What the hell does it look like?! We've been locke in and left to freeze like popsicles in this ****ing place!
K: No swearing now, Zoi.

That voice. She had heard it before. "Sir," she replied grimly," it seems that some one has locked us in."

Z: You finally noticed!

She looked up at the deep grey eyes that had stared at her a few nights before.

K (as Marianna): Are those contacts?

Celano turned away almost shyly. Then cleared his throat, "What do you mean we've been locked in?"

Z (as Marianna in a school teacher voice): The door has been shut in a way that we cannot get out. Ergo, we have been locked in.

he asked as calmly as possible. Talk about a chance meeting! He had just been thinking about the girl. Surely this was more than a coincidence?

K: Yeah, it's a cliche used by authors who cannot think of a good plot.

A worried frown creased Marianna's features. "Sir, I fear we may be trapped in here for a long time. Only a handful of people ever come here."

Z (as Celano): Then what are standing there like an idiot for?! Help! Somebody, anybody, help!

"Don't worry. Minako will send someone out to look for me if I'm gone too long."

K:<snicker> You hope that is.

* * *

Endymion stifled a giggle. Those two love birds he thought gleefully. Jadeite won't hear the end of this one!

Z: I thought he was called Domenico? Hm, appears we have a seriously confused author here.

He spotted Oliveiro around the corner and rushed to catch up with him.

K (as Endymion): Hi honey! How you been since last night?
Z: Strike two, Kunzite.

"You know... I played this really fantastic trick just now..."

Z (as Endymion): I put a frog in Queen serenity's night gown.

"Oh?" said Oliveiro warily. He knew the prince's mischievous nature far too well. "Who were the victims this time?"

Z and K: Us, that's who.
Z: I'm gonna get that little...

"Domenico and Rei, who else?"

"Ah. And what did you do to the poor couple?"

"Don't sound so grave! I only locked them in the snow garden.

K: What do you mean *only*?! That little..

Besides, the snow garden is never allowed to be locked. Someone is bound to notice it some time."

"Endymion, I believe your humor is getting sicker day by day,"

Z: Hm, tell us something new Olive Oyle.

Oliveiro rebuked sternly. Endymion pouted.

"No need to spoil the fun for me!"

K (as Endymion): Yeah, keep on touching me -
Z: Okay Kunzite! That's it!! <takes out mallet and gives him a couple of bashes to the head.>
K: Ooh... stars! Pretty stars...!

"Whatever you wish. Just let them out in time or they might freeze to death. You know how the night time temperature of the place is don't you?"

Z (as Endymion, innocently): Oh, *is* it below 0? My, I didn't know...

"Yeah, yeah, whatever," his mind was already contemplating what other 'fun' jokes he could pull.

K (recovered, as Endy): Yeah, like...
Z: <Looks at him threateningly, waving mallet back and forth>
K: Never mind.

"Just don't you tell anyone okay?" he yelled at Oliveiro's retreating back. Oliveiro mumbled something to himself about the prince's immature behaviour.

K: Little brat
Z: Little scum.

* * *

*Where is that creature that calls himself a gentleman?!* Minako fumed. *He just can't leave me waiting here for an hour!

K: Well, he did: so there!

He is probably out and about chasing that Mercury girl Ami!

Z: Huh? Suddenly he's interested in Sailor Mercury?
K: It's always the quiet ones you know...

Hmph! I'll teach him! He can go chase all the girls in half the galaxy before I go running back to him if ever!*

Minako sat down in rage.

Z: So hard that her butt smarted.
K: On a whoopie cushion.

* * *

Marianna looked at the man that sat across to her. He was rather still.

Z: Good grief! Is he dead?!

"I think we'll be warmer if we moved about." she said. He didn't reply her. The last time he did say something was when he assured her for the fifth time that Minako would send someone out after him. It didn't seem as if that wasn't going to happen after all.

K: Keep waiting pal.


"What?!" he snapped back irritably.

"Never mind, " she muttered. She began to think of how cold it had actually become. *It's nearly dusk* she realized. A little fear tweaked at her. What if no one found them in time? Were they going to freeze to death?

Z: Like duh!

Celano must have noticed her expression. "I'm sorry," his features softened. "Are you cold?" he swept off his cape and offered the white material to her. She took it gratefully.

K (as Celano): So much for being the gentleman. Now *I'm* cold.

"What about you?"

"I'll manage fine."

After a while though, the biting cold began to touch him.

K: There! Touch him there!
Z: <gives him another bash with the mallet>

Marianna suppressed a laugh, "Are you that sure? Tell you what, we'll share." She crossed over to him and sat down. He was a little startled by her actions, but did not protest.

*Fool* she hissed at herself. *Who do you think you are? Cuddling up to the prince of Venus like this?*

Z: A bitch?
K: A slut?

Her thoughts returned to the situation at hand.

"What are we going to do sir?"

"I don't know."

Z: Man, that's productive.

The End of Chapter 2

Z: Aha! End of chapter two!
K: I still don't see where this is going you know.

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