After 4 years, here's the next chapter! I'm sorry it took me so long, it's just that life and time made me lose my muse, but it's slowly but surely coming back. I intend to finish this story, but I don't know how long it'll take me. Updates won't come as frequently, but you won't have to wait another 4 years for the next chapter either XD
I want to thank you all for your reviews and the interest you've all displayed in this story, and again, i'm sorry it it took me so long to update.
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-I´m freezing!- Mina said as she and Hyoga walked through the Siberian landscape. They had been walking for fifteen minutes and there was no sign of any portal.
-Things could get worse- Hyoga told her and lent her his jacket. As if on cue, it started to snow and wind began to blow
He was used to the low temperatures so he didn´t mind walking around in a t-shirt. Mina on the other hand, was freezing even though she wore like three layers of clothes.
-No way this is happening!- she complained. The snow decreased the visibility, not that there was much to see, because the nearest village was at least three miles away
-I guess we´ll have to wait until it stops- Hyoga commented
-Standing in the snow?- Mina asked a little puzzled. There was no refuge around
-Of course not.- Hyoga said with a smile. He burned his cosmo and formed an igloo with his powers.
Mina looked towards the snow dessert and she saw a young woman. She looked about 25 years old, had long flowing pale blond hair, with a yellow rose adorning it, pale skin and she wore a long white dress. The woman smiled and extended her arm towards Mina, as a signal to come closer
-I think I know where the portal is!- Mina announced as she dragged Hyoga towards the woman
-Where are you taking us?
-Don´t you see her?- Mina asked
-Her? I don´t see anyone around- Hyoga answered puzzled. Was Mina seeing a mirage?
-You´ve got to be kidding me! Look ahead of you.- she said. As Mina got closer, the woman´s face was made visible. She had beautiful blue eyes that sparkled with kindness, but also spoke of sadness. -Those eyes- she thought- they look familiar.- When Mina was almost getting to where the woman was her eyes widened in surprise. She had remembered where she had seen those eyes before.- They´re identical to Hyoga´s!- Not only that, but her blond hair was exactly like his too.
Hyoga was convinced his girlfriend was delirius because the cold, when suddendly he saw her. She was all too familiar to him.- Mama!- he said. The woman smiled warmly
-I hope you´ll be happy, my child.- Hyoga heard his mother´s voice before she faded away, whith a warm smile.
-Where did she go?- Mina asked Hyoga
-My mother died when the ship we took to go to Japan in sunk. I was three years old then.- he answered with sadness in his voice
-I´m sorry- Mina said
-It´s ok- Hyoga told her, though his eyes still reflected sadness. He looked his surroundings, then he realized that his mother had taken them to the Eternal Ice Wall, the place where he had goten his cloth.
-Look!- Mina said as she motioned towards an engraved Venus Symbol, surrounded by Swan feathers, that looked ancient as the Wall itself.
-I don´t remember that symbol.- Hyoga said to himself as Mina kneeled in front of it and put her palm on it´s center. Golden light and Swan feathers started to escape from the symbol, as the Venus emblem on Mina´s forehead was made visible. When the light and the feathers dissapeared, the Siberian landscape was lonely again.
. . . . . .
-Where are we?- Mina asked as she looked at her surroundings from the ground.
-My guess would be we aren´t in Earth anymore.- Hyoga said extending his hand to Mina. She gave him a questioning glance, and as an answer, the Swan Knight gazed at the sky. Mina followed his gaze and saw an all too familiar blue orb.
-So now we have to find Eosphoros Castle, where the Love Crystal is located.- Mina said looking around. Venus was a very warm planet. The golds, yellows, oranges and reds stood out the most among the tropical looking flowers.
They started to explore their surroundings and tried to make their way through the Venusian landscape, until they heard a rustling of leaves, that started to come closer and closer. Suddendly a little girl of no more than eight came running out of the forest and crashed in Mina´s legs, causing her to lose balance and fall, thus dragging Hyoga down too, because he was standing nearby.
-What´s going on here?- Mina asked clueless looking at the child with a bit of annoyance
-I hope they lost track of me- the girl said inaudibly, but Hyoga heard her. – I´m sorry I was running and I couldn´t see where I was going. I´m Natassia.- the girl introduced herself.
-That´s a pretty name, little one.- Hyoga said smiling at the child. She looked almost familiar with her long blonde hair and her ice colored eyes, but he didn´t have much time to dwell on that thought since two strong presences were felt approaching.
Hyoga barely had time to get into a fighting stance, and Natassia eeped and hid behind Mina. Two light spots swiftly made an appearance among the trees and transformed into human looking creatures, which swiftly tied them with a silk looking golden rope.
Hyoga smirked and burnt his cosmo to get free, but unfortunately the rope tightened around him every time he attempted to burn it or rip it. At one point he managed to free one hand which he used to attack one of their captors with an ice blast. Unfortunately the creature dodged the attack and the rope tightened so much Hyoga couldn´t move his feet and fell to the ground like cattle.
- We thought maybe we were taking many precautions and maybe we´d free you, but after this you´ll go straight to our chief.- The female one said, then turned to her male friend.- Oren, are you ok?- She had long light blonde hair, and equally pale yellow eyes. Her skin seemed to emit a soft golden light, her ears were pointed and in the back she had a pair of fluterring and glitering fairy wore a pale golden short dress that went above her knees, which from the hip down resembled flower petals. She was barefoot.
-I´m fine Nissa, don´t worry about it.- Oren said. He also had long pale blonde hair and eyes, his skin also had a subtle glow and he had pointed ears. He wore hunter clothes and his wings were much more plain than Nissa´s. – We have to take them to the village right away.- he said as he tied a piece of fabric to cover their eyes.
They both started walking and the ropes made Mina, Hyoga and Natassia follow them, even though they didn´t see where they were going and they didn´t choose the direction. After a few minutes of walking they reached the village. The fabrics were removed from their eyes and they could admire a village with mediterranean looking constructions that blended in with the warm tones of the Venusian landscape.
-I would've thought I'd be treated with a little more respect in my home planet- Mina huffed indignantly, trying to break free of the ropes that just kept getting tighter around her.
-What are you talking about?- Nissa asked, glancing at the prisoner with curiosity. It wasn't everyday that a perfect stranger landed in Venus claiming to be a local.
-I'm Aphrodite! The Goddess of Love and beauty! Now could someone please untie us?
Nissa and Oren's eyes widened in surprise and in shock, but acknowledged the identiy of the prisoner. With regret evident in their features, they practically dropped to the ground asking for forgiveness.
-Um, it's okay- Mina said, feeling uncomfortable- Could you just untie us, please?
As if on cue, the two venusians got on their feet and released the ropes by muttering words in an ancient language. –Your Highness, we're very sorry we mistook you for an intruder. Is there anything we can do for you? – Oren asked while Nissa looked at Mina expectantly.
-We need to retrieve the love cristal from the Castle.- Mina explained, glad to be able to move freely again. With a quick glance at Hyoga, it was made evident they boy was glad to be untied as well.- I was hoping you could take us there.
-Of course, Your Highness- Nissa said as she and Oren led the group to the Eosphoros Castle. The castle was a magnificent view, made entirely of a golden material that seemed to glow under the sunlight.
-Thank you, Oren and Nissa – Mina said warmly. – I think we can manage from now on- The Venusians nodded and bowed, morphing into specs of golden light and floating away.
-That's certainly something I've never seen before- the Cygnus saint commented, looking in awe at the retreating dots. Everything here seemed to be taken out of a fairy tale.
-Da- agreed Natassia, thinking it'd be better if she just pretended she'd never been here before.
The use of Russian language immediately drew Hyoga's attention, and he looked down at the child with a frown. – Where are you from? – There was just something about this girl that told him she wasn't ordinary.
-Uhm, I'm from here!- Natassia said, not really thinking she'd made a mistake and was now contradicting herself.- It's just Nissa and Oren probably didn't recognize me- she said with a nervous laugh.
-Somehow I don't believe that- Hyoga said sternly and intensified in frown.
Terrified she had been caught and was endangering her mission, Natassia decided to take flight and run away towards the Castle. Kicking Hyoga on the shins, the child took off towards the golden building, running as hard as she could.
-Hyoga are you ok?- Mina asked the Cygnus Knight, gazing briefly at the retreating figure of the girl. Nodding, Hyoga motioned for them to follow Natassia and they both started running as well. They doubted the girl was their enemy, but seeing her contradict herself so many times just sparked their curiosity enough to detour them from their original mission. Hyoga and Mina sped up when they heard screaming that apparently belonged to Natassia.
It wasn't long before that that they encountered Natassia, being held up in the air by her ankle, and shaking her violently was none other than Kunzite. –Sailor Venus- the General acknowledged with a smirk – I was wondering when you'd make an entrance. I have to say, I wasn't expecting you bring twats like this girl- He said, shaking Natassia again and making the girl scream again.
-Stop that! – Hyoga roared angrily. He couldn't stand cruelty towards children – Diamond Dust!- he yelled. The surprise of the attack forced Kunzite to drop Natassia to the ground to evade the gust of icy wind.
-Idiot! I'll make you pay!- Kunzite scowled as he got into a fighting stance- Deathly Blizzard!- The General's attack was a powerful one, and Mina and Hyoga barely dodged it. Taking advantage of the fact that they were both busy ddodging his attack, Kunzite turned around- The Love Crystal will be mine! – he claimed, and then he disappeared around a corner.
-Like hell it will!- Mina claimed angrily –Eternal Venus Power, Make up!- in a dash of light starts and ribbons, Eternal Sailor Venus was standing in the place of Mina Aino. Hyoga summoned his Cloth and looked at Mina expectantly, waiting for her to lead the way.
-You don't know where the Crystal is, do you?- Hyoga asked with a sweatdrop. The sheepish smile in the Senshi's features was evident – I don't really remember everything quite well and..- the girl didn't get a chance to finish her explanation because an earthquake interrupted her.
-He's near the Crystal!- Natassia exclaimed frantically, and decided to get ahead and stop Kunzite while her parents were talking.
-Wait up!- Hyoga said and started following the little girl, along with Mina. The halls looked familiar to the Love Senshi, and as she ran through them following the little girl, her memories started coming to her.
Natassia hid behind a column as she watched her parents run by. It was obvious her mother had remembered the way and was now heading there. Now she'd better transform and help her parents. After all, she didn't want to think what would happen if Kunzite got his hands on the Love Crystal.
-Venus Star Crossed Love!- Eternal Sailor Venus launched her attack at Kunzite as soon as he was on sight, stopping him from getting closer to the Crystal hovering over a golden pedestal.
-I'll deal with you later- Kunzite said, rage evident in his voice, as he sent a gush of icy wind towards Mina, attaching her into a wall with ice. Satisfied with getting rid of one of the nuisances, Kunzite resumed walking over to the Crystal.
-Cygnus Crescent Feathers!- a childish voice yelled, and a gush of bright golden swan feathers blinded Kunzite temporarily and even cut him in some places. The owner of a voice was a girl that didn't look older of nine years old. Light blond hair cascaded freely down the girl's back and light blue eyes stared angrily at Kunzite. She wore an amber coloured pleated skirt and amber coloured armor parts covered her in some places. –I'm Sailor Chibi Venus and I'll make sure you don't get your hands on that Crystal!
In the meantime, Eternal Sailor Venus had managed to free herself of Kunzite's Ice Trap and was more than enraged with him. Kunzite had launched another attack towards Chibi Venus, but Mina and Hyoga got in the way to protect the child. Hyoga's Cosmo burned brightly, and as the Cygnus Emblem started shining on his forehead, his Cloth took it's Divine Form. A golden intrincate designed now adorned the iridiscent armor, and swan like Wings sprouted from the back of it. The Venus Symbol started glowing on Mina's forehead, melting away her senshi outfit into a greek style golden dress, her golden wings spread. Their Cosmos joined together, launching a ball of golden energy with ice feathers that destroyed Kunzite.
The quake stopped, and the Crystal floated to it's rightful owner as Mina opened her palms. The Love Crystal was golden, and it was heart shaped. As Mina powered down, the Crystal transformed into a pair of dangling heart earrings. Hyoga's Cloth returned to it's Box, as he observed Chibi Venus caredully.- Who are you?- he asked.
Chibi Venus powered down to Natassia in front of Hyoga and Mina's shocked expression. –I'm your daughter- The child finally said. Hyoga paled slightly, and Natassia was quick to add –from the future, of course- she said with a giggle, noticing how colour came back to the Cygnus Knight's expression. –We should get back to Earth- The girl said, taking out a key pendant and holding it out, creating a portal. –Follow me into it and it'll take us back to Sanctuary!- Natassia said and walked into the portal.
Mina looked at Hyoga curiously. –Why did you like Natassia's name so much?- She asked with curiosity.
Hyoga's hand reached for Mina's, and held it tightly, intertwining their fingers together as he lead her towards the Portal. –My mama's name was Natassia.- He said gently, and smiled slightly. Mina nodded in understanding and returned his smail with one of her own as they walked into the Portal.
I want to apologize in advance if the names on this chapter aren't the same i've used in previous chapters, it happens when you take up a story after such a long time XD. Also, I'd like to point out that indeed, Saga is the older of the Gemini twins, as a reviewer pointed out.
I hope you liked this chapter! Reviews are appreciated! 3