She's My What?!
Chapter Two: MAMA?!
"OH MOTOKI-ONII-SAN," came Usagi's sing-song voice.
Motoki looked at the entrance, surprised. 'She seems…happy?' he thought, bewildered, remembering how the same girl that was smiling brightly right now had come to the Arcade just yesterday with tear-filled eyes and silently cried at the same barstool she was sitting at now. Could she really have gotten over it that fast?
Apparently, he wasn't the only one who was surprised, or shocked was a better way to describe the ebony-haired man that he had been talking to. Said man looked up; he had had his head buried in his arms, coffee cold and forgotten. His throat tightened as he heard a familiar happy chirp. His emotions were warring within; joy surged when he heard her delightful tone and pain spread throughout his being, thinking how easily she dismissed recent events.
As Usagi spotted the familiar ebony hair, she thought determinedly, 'He isn't going to ruin my day.' Smiling, she turned to Motoki. "Konnichiwa Motoki-onii-san, may I have two Super Strawberry Sundaes?"
Motoki raised an eyebrow. "Isn't that a little too much Usagi-chan, even for you?"
Usagi pouted. "It's not all for me!" She gestured to the pink haired child, holding a ball shaped like the head of a cat with a crescent moon. "This is Usagi, Chibi-Usa for sanity's sake," she joked.
Chibi-Usa peeked out from behind her and smiled shyly.
"Chibi-Usa, the sandy haired guy is Furuhata Motoki; he's like an onii-san to me. And…" she hesitated as to whether she should ignore him or not. The pain was still very fresh; it had only been a day! However, for the sake of courtesy, she finished, "The black haired one is Chiba Mamoru-san." She said the colors of their hair, thinking it more polite than pointing.
"Konnichiwa…" Chibi-Usa said meekly at Motoki, and then blatantly glared at Mamoru. 'I have a feeling he did something bad to Usagi…'
Mamoru's startled midnight blue eyes widened, seeing Chibi-Usa's dark pink eyes turn into a darker crimson as she glared at him fiercely. He didn't know why, but it filled him with pain. For some reason, he imagined this was what it would feel like to be glared at by Usagi, if the blonde would even have the heart to do so.
Usagi also noticed and chided her gently. "Maa, maa Chibi-Usa, it isn't nice to glare at people you just met." She was just as startled as Mamoru. What had possessed the sweet little girl to glare at someone she had just met?
Chibi-Usa's gaze turned to Usagi. "I'm sorry…" she mumbled, her eyes welling up with tears.
Usagi, seeing the tears, said, "Oh there, there, don't cry." Spotting Motoki coming with two Sundaes, she said, "Look, here comes onii-san with the sundaes."
The girl brightened up and , Motoki, who took note of this, thought of the many times Usagi was down. Once food was presented to her, however, she would cheer up immediately. 'Chibi-Usa is much the same way.'
Said girl sat a seat away from Mamoru and Usagi sat on the other side, next to Chibi-Usa, both of them scooping their treats happily. "Arigato Motoki-onii-san!"
"Arigato gozaimasu Motoki-san," Chibi-Usa also said, following her elder's example.
Motoki chuckled. "Doushimemashite. And you can call be onii-san, like Usagi-chan does." He paused, wondering if he'd live after he said, "I never thought I'd have another costumer like Usagi." He was, of course, referring to Chibi-Usa's similar eating style to Usagi's.
"OI! What's that supposed to mean?" Usagi eyed him.
He laughed nervously; he should've known it wouldn't have escaped her. "Nothing…" Thinking of a way to get out of the current situation, he asked, "So where did Chibi-Usa come from?"
Usagi starts fidgeting. "Umm… come from?"
"Yeah, I mean, I've never seen her before."
Usagi sighs. "Oh well, you see…" 'How am I going to get out of this one? I've never been good at lying…' Suddenly, it came to her. "She's the daughter of a family friend!" As soon as she says this, a plan hatched.
Mamoru, who was still there, gave her a disbelieving look, not that she saw it.
"Really? And you're just babysitting?" Motoki questioned, a bit sarcastically.
"Sort of…" Noting that Chibi-Usa has finished her sundae, she thought, 'Perfect! This'll go great!' It never once occurred to her that the treat had been finished off a bit too quickly. In fact, it was devoured just as quickly as Usagi herself would consume a sundae on a regular day. No, the blonde didn't think much of this at the time and, instead, offered, "Chibi-Usa-chan, why don't you go play a game? I'll be right here when you're done, ne?" Usagi opened her coin purse and gave her some change, winking.
"Okay Mama!" Chibi-Usa exclaimed, skipping to one of the kiddy games.
"Mama huh?" the blond asked, curiously.
'Mama?' was all that is going through Mamoru's mind.
Usagi rolled her eyes. "Damere."
"Well, it does explain why you started stuttering when I asked you about her…" he teased, knowing there was no possible way for her to be the little girl's mother. Then again, he had thought there was no way she could be Sailor Moon. 'Anything is possible with this girl.'
Sighing, Usagi said, "That's because I didn't want to say anything in front of her. She'd be sad."
"Her parents, who are friends with my parents, were in an accident. My family and I are taking care of her until her parents get better." 'Usagi, you are brilliant,' she silently congratulated herself.
Casting the pink haired girl a sympathetic look, all Motoki responded was, "Oh."
"Doesn't explain why she called you 'mama' though," Mamoru suddenly said out-of-the-blue. 'Gah, what did I just do? Baka, baka, baka,' he berated himself.
Usagi's eyes flashed coldly. "Not that it's any of your business Chiba, but she just likes to call me that. I've known her since she was a baby and she's always said that I remind her of her mother." 'It isn't a lie.' On their way to the Arcade, Chibi-Usa had commented on how she looked like her mother except younger, of course. "Now if you'll excuse me." Usagi headed to where Chibi-Usa was without another word.
Mamoru opened his mouth, shocked. Was this really Usagi? His Usako?
'It's your own fault Chiba,' said a nagging voice in the back of his mind.
Leaving some money to pay his coffee, Mamoru said a quick, "Ja," to his sandy-haired friend, and left, but not before feeling a pair of eyes glancing at him.
Glimpsing back, Usagi saw Mamoru get up and leave.
Turning, Mamoru's eyes caught Usagi's own, her dark blue eyes, shades lighter than his, showed regret, pain, love, confusion, and so many more emotions. He turns, when he saw her eyes misting over.
As Mamoru turned, her eyes caught his midnight blue eyes, shades darker than hers, which showed confusion, regret, pain, sorrow, and…love? Her eyes misted. She turned her attention back to Chibi-Usa.
Half an Hour Later
As they step to the front of her house, Usagi suddenly stopped.
Noticing her stop, Chibi-Usa did the same. Hesitantly she asked, "What's wrong?"
"What're we going to do about my parents? They'll definitely know they don't have friends with a daughter named Chibi-Usa."
Smiling, the younger girl said, "Daijoubu desu, my Luna-Ball can take care of that!" She motioned to her cat-headed ball.
"Can it really help?"
Chibi-Usa nodded. "Hai, I just have to change their memories a bit so I'll be included."
Usagi smiled and commented, "You're a bright kid Little One; okay then, let's go in." Opening the door, she shouted, "MAMA, PAPA! I'm home!" Hearing no answer, she went upstairs. "Mama, Papa, are you here? Shingo?"
Hearing the girl shout out her name, she dashed back downstairs and to the kitchen. "Daijoubu desu ka Chibi-Usa?"
Chibi-Usa giggled. "Hai! Hora, I found this note."
When Chibi-Usa handed her the note, she read:
Papa has some business in Kobe. He decided to bring Shingo and I along. We would've brought you as well, but then we'd miss the train. Either way, you'd miss school and you need to do better. I'm expecting you to be responsible while I'm gone young lady. We'll see you in a week.
"Well, looks like we won't have to worry about my family for a while."
If only she knew it wouldn't just be for a while…
Okay, this chapter has a few more things included, because I felt like I left out a lot of things. Also, if you would like to know how Motoki found out about Usagi being Sailor Moon, that's explained in "He Did What?!"
Lots of Love,