Disclaimer: i don't own neither Sailor Moon nor Saint Seiya.
I had written this story ages ago, but I never published it. Hope you like it!
Mina was taking an evening walk around Tokyo Bay. Looking at all the happy couples made her sad, so she lost track of time, and before she knew it, she was looking at the setting sun in the beach, when she saw that what looked like an unconcious man was floating near her. She quickly pulled the stranger out of the sea, to notice that he was a 24 year old looking man, with a well built body, and long blue hair. Mina checked for a pulse and took him to her apartment, where she called a doctor.
The last thing Kanon remembered was when the Underwater Temple of Poseidon fell apart. He almost succedded in his plan to transform Earth in a submarine world, had not been for Athena and her knights. Athena. It was for her fault that his twin brother Saga had locked him in Sunion Cape, in a continous torture, feeling the water take his life, only to discover that he was alive, forced until his death to stay in there...
When Kanon managed to open his eyes, he found himself looking at a young girl, who, judging by her astonishing beauty, could only be fair Aphrodite. The goddess smiled at him warmly, clad in a pale gold toga, with a blinding white background.
-You´re finally awake! I thought you were gonna stay like that for a couple of days more. You had me worried, though- the goddess said, and as Kanon blinked, the toga melted into normal clothes, and the background took shape of a bedroom, but the girl was just as beautiful, pure. So pure that Kanon felt the weight of his past action just by looking at her, so he looked away.- Did I do something wrong?- the goddess asked, and though Kanon didn´t dare to look into her eyes, he could sense concern in her voice- Are you hungry?- she asked.
Kanon remembered he hadn´t had somethhing to eat in some time, and his stomach claimed him food. He nodded and the goddess went out of the room and came back with a tray of food. She helped him sit in the bed and put down the tray on his lap. He looked at her, and managed a weak smile, before remembering that he almost wiped humanity, and her. He tore his gaze, pained, and focused on his food.
-Are you ok?- she asked. He nodded weakly.
Mina left the room, trying to give the stranger some privacy, as she thought of his wonderful sea blue eyes, that reflected so much pain, sadness and guilt, that it made her soul sore.
Kanon finished the plate quickly. He was so hungry that he ate all the food in the blink of an eye. He put the tray aside and laid down. He closed his eyes, trying to drift off to sleep, but images haunted him. His brother Saga, looking at him with dissapointment, and even hate. His teammates, almost all of them killed in the last battle. The people that took him in and saved him, when he finally managed to get free from his prison. Dead, because of him. Screams of agony rang through his mind, belonging to the people that had died during the seastorms he had tricked Poseidon to cause.
Suddendly he found himself engulfed in a golden light, that chased all the bad memories away. He felt a peace, that he thought never in his life he had experienced, and he dreamed peacefully of a golden haired goddess, always smiling and laughing, in a golden planet, surrounded by flowers and nature.
Mina sighed. When she entered the room to take the tray, she found the young man sleeping, and apparently he was having some nightmares, because he twisted and turned as he mumbled something. Worried, Mina placed a hand in the young man´s forehead, to check for fever, when he relaxed visibly. A shiver run down throug Mina´s spine, as the conact oh her skin with his sent bolts of electricity through her. Seeing as her touch had a calming effect on the handsome stranger, Mina stroked his blue hair, enjoying the feeling of his silky hair in her hands.
Kanon awoke of the first pleasant dream in ages, and found the goddess stroking his hair. She blushed furiously and quickly withdrew her hand from his hair, much to Kanon´s disapointment.
-You were having a nightmare, and when I touched your forehead for fever, you seemed to calm down, so I thought it was a good idea, to avoid the nightmares- she said a little incoherently, and fully blushing- By the way, I´m Mina Aino- she smiled.
-I´m Kanon- he said and smiled at her.- Where am I?
-You´re in Tokyo, Japan- Mina answered- It´s December 12th
-And how did I got here?- Kanon said, still taking in the events. The last time he had checked, he was in a submarine temple near Greece.
-Well I was walking near the bay and saw you floating in the water. I pulled you out and brought you to my apartment. That was four days ago.- Mina said.
-I´ve been four days sleeping?- Kanon asked surpised.
-Sort of.- Mina said and smiled- How are you feeling?
-I´m feeling better, thank you- Kanon said
-I´m glad to hear it. A friend of mine who´s studying to be a doctor will come later to check on you- she said- So you better rest if you wanna get better!- she said and winked.
-Thank you, you´re very kind- Kanon said, making Mina blush.
They stood for a while just enjoying eachother´s company. Kanon forgot about his problems whenever Mina was around, and the Love senshi didn´t had that horrible feeling of being alone around Kanon. Mina was telling Kanon some of her stories as a schoolgirl, when the doorbell rang. Mina excused herself and returned with a petite blue haired girl, who examined Kanon.
-How is he?- Mina asked when she and Amy left the room
-He´s fine. He is recovering faster than what I´ve expected. I think he´ll be fine in a couple of days, but he can get up tomorrow. However you have to be careful, so he won´t catch a cold or something like that.- Amy said and then grinned- Seems all those hours you spent looking at the sea finally paid off, ne?
-Amy of all people I didn´t expected you to say that!- Mina said blushing like a tomato- Though I have to admit he´s very cute- Mina said, recovering a little
-Mina, by the way we´ll have a senshi meeting later today at Rei´s, can you come?- Amy asked. Artemis had sensed some kind of power emanating from the boy, but he hadn´t told Mina yet, because she seemed very fond of him
-Sure- Mina said. Amy then said goodbye and left. Mina returned to the guest room where Kanon was.
-So, how am I?- Kanon asked, as Mina sat near his bed.
-Well you´re recovering pretty fast, so Amy thinks you can get up tomorrow and in a couple of days you´ll be fine. You must be careful not to catch a cold or anything like that, though.
-I happen to have an excellent health. I rarely get sick- Kanon said proudly
-I see, so you threw yourself to the sea to see how long it would take you to catch a cold, or drown?- Mina asked with a grin and Kanon laughed. A white cat appeared in the doorway and started meowing.
-So you have a cat?- Kanon asked, looking at the feline. The cat however, looked at him with caution, and by appearences, he didn´t trust Kanon a bit- Looks like he doesn´t like me
-Nonsense, it´s just that he´s used to eating all the food around here- she smiled and stood up- I guess I´ll feed Artemis and I´ll cook something for us. Rest meanwhile- she said and left the room.
Kanon looked at Mina´s retreating form. She was special, and around her, he felt like a different man, he felt a change in his soul. He thought of this as he drifted of to a peaceful slumber.
-Mina...-Artemis started but Mina cut him off
-Arts please don´t start- she interrupted him- You practically don´t trust anyone for God´s sake
-But you give away your trust too easily- Artemis replied, looking at the door of Kanon´s room
-You know me better than that Arts. I only trust the people that are trustworthy- Mina replied, getting upset
-And how exactly can you tell he´s trustworthy? I can tell he has a secret- Artemis replied
-I know too. But you know since I´m the Goddess of Love I have empathic powers- Mina snapped- You don´t even trust in my abilities as an empath, Artemis- Mina said, half upset and half sad. Before Artemis could reply, she said- I´m going to the shop to buy some groceries. Don´t mess anything up- Mina said coldly and left her apartment, leaving a dumbfounded Artemis behind.
Once in the cold street, Mina clenched her fists, angry at the lack of trust her guardian had in her. He was like a father, a confident, her best friend, but sometimes she felt that he didn´t feel the same way about her. Even the senshi didn´t rely too much in her empathical powers when it came to trusting somebody. They prefered facts, and that lack of trust hurted her more than they could imagine, but she was used to hiding it with a smile, behind her blue eyes.
Kanon woke up. What had seemed like a peaceful dream at first, ended a nightmare. He panted, and discovered he had cried in his sleep. He wiped away the tears and examined them. He tried to make memory and came to the conclusion that he had never shed a tear in his life, for no one. Not when he felt his teammates leave this world, and not even when he had felt his own brother pass away. He recalled feeling a twisted joy when that happened. He had considered it his vengeance for all those years trying his best, but always living at Saga´s shadow, and those horrible years spent in the dungeon. He realized now how blinded he was for his resentments, and truly wished his brother could hear him, for he had so much things he always wanted to tell him. He sighed, then tried to remember what this nightmare was about. All he could remember were feelings, of angst, despair, losing the most important person in the world. He got up from the bed ans slowly advanced towards the window. He gazed at the sky, and his attention was inmediatly drawed towards the Evening Star, and a warm sensation filled him. He never knew why, but looking at Venus always brought him that conforting feeling. Even in Sunion Cape, watching Venus always would bring him some hope.
He exited the room, looking for any sign of Mina, but didn´t find her, not even Artemis was around. Instead, he found a note on the kitchen:
Kanon: I had to go to the shop for some groceries, so I may take a while. Please feel free to take anything from the kitchen to eat. Cya!
Kanon smiled. He made a sandwich and ate it. He looked at some photos in the living, and saw a lot of photos of her and her friends, and luckily, no photos of her and a possible boyfriend
-Hey everyone!- Mina said cheerily as she entered to Rei´s temple with some grocery bags. She noticed that everyone was there, including Serena, despite Mina had arrived fifteen minutes earlier, and they seemed to have been discussing about something before her arrival. Mina raised an eyebrow and asked- Started without me?
-Mina! We´ve been waiting for you arrival- Lita said, changing the subject. No one answered Mina´s question
-A new enemy attack?- Mina asked.
-Not quite...-Artemis began
-Don´t tell me this is about Kanon- Mina said upset
-Mina, please listen to what I have to say- Artemis pleaded. Mina sighed and nodded.- I have felt a powerful aura emanating from him. I believe he´s very powerful, and he can be a threat to us- he began and Mina protested.- I spoke with Setsuna about it yesterday, and she told me that this boy was the responsible for all those storms and rains. He is guilty of trying to wipe mankind, Mina- Artemis finished seriously
-Artemis, I already told you my empath powers don´t get any bad vibes from him- Mina said through clenched teeth.
-But we have evidence that indicate he´s the responsible for that- Rei said
-Don´t you trust in my abilities?- Mina asked
-I´m sorry, but we need to destroy him. We can´t risk to have another universal flood, Mina- Michiru said. Mina stood up angrily.
-I won´t let you do that!- she snapped
-Are you opposing the team´s decision, Venus?- Haruka asked dangerously
-I am! And if you want to hurt Kanon, it will be over my dead body!- she said coldly- I never imagined your lack in trust in me would be so big- she added with watering eyes and left Rei´s Temple. She had never felt so alone in her life
-Mina...-Serena said softly at her friend´s retreating form. Artemis lowered his head and everyone kept quiet
Kanon was in his bed, worried because it was nine o´clock and since six he hadn´t had any news from Mina, when he heard the door being opened. He got up and went to greet her, but instead of the happy Mina he had seen earlier, he saw her sitting on the sofa, with her hands covering her face and crying softly. Kanon felt a knot in his heart and his soul broke at the sight.
-Mina, what´s wrong?- Kanon asked as he sat beside her. As a response Mina threw herself in his arms and sobbed. Kanon embraced her, and stroke her silky gold hair, to calm her down. After a few minutes, Mina composed herself a little more, but still had tears in her eyes.
-I am alone- she said, still in Kanon´s arms- My friends, they don´t trust me.
Kanon gently pulled Mina away, and lifted her head so she could look at him in the eyes- Mina you aren´t alone. I´m here with you, and I won´t let anyone hurt you- he said, as he gently kissed her tears away. Finally he kissed her on the lips, and both felt like there was no one else in the world but them. When they finally parted the kiss, Mina hugged Kanon and leaned her head in his chest. Kanon placed his head over Mina´s and they peacefully drifted to sleep together.