Prince Endymion—Mamoru Chiba
The Classy Club
7869 Crescent Drive
Come at 8 p.m.
They should arrive soon. Best of luck.
Mamoru gripped the door of the bar and made a face as he touched the filth that inhabited the doorknob. He glanced at the note in his hand and for the millionth time that day, he silently thanked Setsuna for doing this. He wasn't sure he would ever find a way to repay her, but he would try. There was a particular reason he had come to this bar tonight. He didn't bother to bring Usagi, she wouldn't understand this. It was something he was meant to do on his own. Another reason he didn't dare mention it to Usagi is the problem with her not being able to keep secrets from the senshi. Knowing the senshi, they would not be pleased with this knowledge. Shaking all his nerves aside, he opened the door.
Once inside the building, he walked up to the bartender and ordered a beer. He looked around and couldn't help but smile when he saw a short and slender man sitting at the bar, dressed rather stylishly compared to Mamoru. His green eyes looked bored with this place, but Mamoru saw passed the facade, noticing how he was twiddling idly with his blonde hair that rested in its usual low ponytail. Mamoru nodded to himself as he walked over to him and slid into the empty bar seat beside him.
"Um excuse me, that is actually saved for—" The man's voice caught in his throat when he looked at Mamoru. The man blinked blankly at him for a moment before whispering, "En—En—Endymion?"
"Shh." Mamoru grinned. "My name is Mamoru now. Okay? Mamoru Chiba." He smirked and stuck out his hand. "It's a pleasure."
"Oh...okay." The man smiled brightly. "Well if we are going to use our new names, I'm Zeke, Zeke Gregory. But I'm sure, you being the one who contacted me, must already know that." Zeke grinned before lowering his voice to a whisper. "I think we should move to a booth, the bartender is eavesdropping." They glanced over at the bartender who pretended to be washing a cup clean and Mamoru nodded at Zeke's statement. Once they settled into the booth Mamoru grinned.
"Actually I didn't know your name. I had Pluto find the four of you." Mamoru smiled shyly.
"Oh the Guardian of Space and Time. Send my best regards to her." Zeke grinned at Mamoru. "So, obviously you know Pluto, I presume that means you and the princess have reunited once more?" Mamoru nodded and Zeke clasped his shoulder. "Good for you dear prince! I worried that something might keep you apart from her." He smiled before playing with his hair once more. He dropped his voice slightly and Mamoru knew what he was asking next. The very thought of not knowing how your soul mate was doing, it must be...horrifying. Mamoru swallowed hard as he waited for Zeke to speak. "So um, just out of curiosity, because in all honesty I'm totally over her but, how—" Zeke was interrupted by the door opening and the gruff and loud voice of a familiar man.
"Hey can I get a beer?" His voice boomed loudly as he ordered before reaching the bar. Despite his barbaric and gruff stature, the man was dressed in a sleek navy suit with his tie loose.
"You look like something is bothering you, hard day?" The bartender asked.
"Yeah," He scoffed before continuing. "I got a helluva blast from the past this morning. I'm supposed to meet a few of my old buddies here. I have to say though, it's going to be awkward." He chortled with the bartender as he waited for his drink.
"Oh, that's the worst. Someone always turns out more successful than the rest." The bartender chuckled. The man nodded awkwardly. "Good luck." The bartender smirked as he handed the man his beer.
"Heh, thanks." He turned and looked around before spotting Mamoru and Zeke in the booth, watching him. "Well, uh this is awkward." He said as he headed over. "How have you been boys?" He asked as he shoved Zeke over and slid in. "It's Nate." He sighed.
"I've been good. It's Zeke." Zeke sighed. "Nice suit." He added snidely. Mamoru shook his head as he took a swig of his beer.
"I'm a lawyer!" Nate said defensively and Mamoru spurted out the beer he had been drinking before breaking out in laughter. Zeke joined in soon after and held his stomach from laughing so hard. "What is so damn funny about that? What, I can't be a lawyer?" Nate asked as he slammed his hand on the table. Mamoru shook his head while Zeke suppressed his laughter.
"Well it's just that, well, you used to be so, so," Mamoru paused as he tried to find the right words.
"Barbaric?" Zeke laughed. "No more like a caveman. You acted like a complete caveman back then and now...now," Zeke tried to contain his laughter but failed.
"Now you're wearing a suit..." Mamoru smirked. "and you're a lawyer. You have to admit, it's a little strange."
"Well whatever. I didn't get you name princey." Nate grunted as he looked at Mamoru.
"Oh it's—" The noise of the door interrupted their conversation once more. A shaggy blonde haired man walked in, a permanent smirk playing on his lips, and bright blue eyes that seemed as if they were mocking someone just by his glance. He wore a red v-neck and jeans, much more casually dressed than the other three man and looked completely at ease as he walked up to the bartender.
"Hey Bryan." The man nodded to the bartender.
"Jason? Hey man, I thought you didn't work today?" Bryan the bartender asked as he looked over at Jason.
"Ah, I don't man, I'm meeting some old friends tonight, and they chose this of all places. So even on my night off, I'm here." Jason grinned. "Can I get a beer though?" Bryan nodded and handed Jason a beer.
"Oh by the way, I'm not sure if they're you're friends, but there are three guys over there." Bryan shrugged and pointed them out. Jason turned and looked at them, smiled broadly as he grabbed his beer and walked over to them, running his hand through his tangled mop of hair.
"Hey guys, long time no see." He grinned lopsidedly at the three of them. "Uh, Jason." He smiled as he gestured awkwardly to himself.
"You work here?" Zeke asked disdainfully.
"Yeah. I'm working here to pay for college." He shrugged as he ignored the insulting tone in Zeke's voice.
"Oh, what are you going to do afterwards?" Mamoru asked.
"Oh, I'm majoring in Architecture and minoring in Japanese." Jason nodded as he took a sip of his beer and watched them. "So, uh...what are your names?"
"Nate." Nate nodded.
"Zeke." Zeke scoffed as he looked away.
"Mamoru." Mamoru shrugged. Nate blinked at Mamoru while Jason simply nodded.
"Ma'am-oh-rue?" Nate pronounced it horribly.
"No, Mamoru." Mamoru scoffed but laughed. "And you're a lawyer."
"Mom-o-boob?" Nate asked.
"Mamoru! Oh forget it, call me Chiba." He shook his head.
"You're a lawyer? Oh hell, that explains the monkey suit." Jason laughed as he fingered Nate's suit.
"Guys I'm serious, it's not funny. I'm a lawyer, not a clown." Nate groaned as he banged his head against the table.
"Well if we're being serious, you do look like a clown in that suit." All four heads turned to stare at the man before them. He was tall with a deep tan, gray eyes, and silver hair to his shoulder. Jason, Zeke, and Mamoru laughed at the remark while Nate growled angrily."Hello men," He laughed to himself and muttered, "barely," before raising his voice once again, "it's Kenton." After the fourth and final round of introductions, the five men grew silent as they each held their beers, awkwardly sipping them every once in a while.
"Listen, this isn't meant to be awkward." Mamoru stated after the silence got to him. "When I found out you all were back, I just." He paused and looked away, calming himself before continuing. "I just had to meet the four of you again. I wanted to just talk to you. I'm only asking for this one arrangement, after that, you can go on with your lives as if this never happened, I won't mind." He nodded and turned back to them. "The truth is, seeing Usagi, um Serenity, with her senshi, and seeing them so happy...well it just made me um, in a way," Mamoru sighed, being horrible with words as always, muttered the last bit. "it kinda made miss you guys." He looked down at his beer and swallowed. Never in his life had he felt as awkward and uncomfortable and embarrassed as he did now. He was waiting for all of them to just walk out, but he waited silently and patiently. For a moment, he heard nothing, until he heard a faint sniffle and looked up, only to see Zeke pulling out a handkerchief to wipe his teary eyes as Jason stared at Zeke in confusion while he eyed the dainty man he was near. Kenton remained in a calm composure, though he looked rather touched while Nate just wore a huge grin on his face.
"Oh prince!" Zeke whispered as he reached across the table and grabbed Mamoru's hands. Mamoru felt touched and uncomfortable by this gesture but smiled nonetheless.
"You really have grown up this time around. Even if you still are with the Princess from the Moon." Kenton grinned as he clasped Mamoru's shoulder. Jason and Nate, both at a loss for words glanced at each other before breaking into identical lopsided grins and turning back to Mamoru. Mamoru laughed and nodded at them flashing an identical smile—so he hoped—before he took another swig of his beer. The night passed on quickly, Mamoru's speech resulting in the ultimate icebreaker and the five men slowly returning to their past selves as they joked, drank, and talked about who would win in what kind of fight where certain things were provided. At around two a.m. Mamoru realized that Usagi must be worried sick and he was at least thirty minutes from home.
"It is getting rather late, I think it's be best if I headed home, Usagi must be worried." Mamoru said as he politely inclined his head as if to ask Kenton to move. Kenton nodded and stood up before he grabbed Mamoru's shoulder.
"It has been fun prince. As your head General I would like to ask permission for the four of us to reenter your life and resume our duties of protecting you." Kenton, having still kept his calm expression from the old days, smiled slightly as he looked at his prince with a somewhat hopeful gleam in his eyes.
"I-I-I," Mamoru stuttered, he wasn't expecting his shitennou to be so eager to step back into his life. The looks on his general's faces told him how wrong he had thought. He smiled and looked back at Kenton. "I would really enjoy that." Jason and Nate whooped in approval as they elbowed each other and lifted their unpreoccupied hands into the air. Zeke clapped his hands and flipped his bangs out of the way while Kenton's lips twisted into a tiny smile as he patted Mamoru on the back.
It was a quiet drive home for Mamoru, he was completely content with the way things had been handled at the bar only thirty minutes ago. He now held in his phone four new numbers, each very important and special to him. He felt like a missing chunk of his life had been gained and when he opened the door to his apartment, he found a sleeping Usagi on their bed and smiled. He knew he should probably tell Usagi about the men that would be joining his life and he would especially have to tell the senshi. The only thing that really mattered was when. When would be an excellent time to tell the four senshi who had had their hearts ripped out by 'traders', that the very men they had sworn off were back once again? Mamoru shuddered as he quietly slipped into bed next to his love. It would take some time, but surely the senshi would understand. They would have to.
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