Modern Sailor Scout
Book 1 - Black Moon
My Time to Shine!
Within a small room, I squinted my eyes at the shining light that came through the window next to the bed. Having a peaceful sleep that changed drastically at the drop of a hat, for I suddenly bolted upright in bed. My eyes were wide and my breath quick, as if I had just finished a marathon. I took a single scan of the room and breathed a sigh, 'It was all a dream.' I rested my hand to my head, remembering the dream in full.
"What kind of dream was that? It felt...so real," I muttered as my eyes shifted to the blue clock that laid upon the bedside table next to me. Upon it's screen were the numbers, 7:30. It was morning and I felt a little disorianated. However, when I could think clearly, I noticed the time. "How did I sleep this late?!" I gasped in surprise, jumping out of bed. I rushed to my bathroom, deciding to take a shower after I got back back from school.
I brushed out my waist length dark brown hair and brushed my teeth in a hurriedly manner. After I had finished in the bathroom, I rushed to my closet, pulling on my uniform and then grabbed my bag from the desk chair. I stepped out of the room and ran down the stairs. Next to the front door was a woman with short brown hair, the same color as mine, she held a cloth bundle to which I grabbed as I pulled on my shoes. "Thanks, Oka-san" she smiled and rushed out the door, closing it behind.
As I rushed to the gate in front of out home, I heard a voice shout behind me, "Be sure to not fail the exam today!" I looked up to see a boy with black hair standing at a window upstairs. He had a large smirk on his face as if he were going to get a rise out of me.
"Sadly Cam, I am going to ace this test, unlike you" I laughed as I closed the gate. I smiled as I waved to my brother and rushed down the street. While on the street, I looked at my wristwatch and tried to run even faster. I wasn't late anymore but I didn't want to slow down and end up late. As I hurried down the sidewalk, I dashed past a girl who gave me an odd feeling of familiarty. I glanced back and all I could see was long golden hair that curled around her as it feel down her shoulders.
Blinking, I let the feeling go, however, it continued to bug me. I had also noticed with my short glance that she wore the same uniform as me, so she obviously went to the same school. I shook my head, trying to focus upon the task at hand and that was making it to school on time.
I rushed through the gates of the academy with time to spare and I finally slowed my pace. I took deep breaths of air as I walked across campus towards the doors leading into the building. I walked into my classroom, that being room 2-B, to which I see my usual classmates. None look up as I walk into the room, moving to a desk in the back by the window. I got along with everyone in class, but none of them were considered friends.
The day went by quickly, I took my exam and with the answers I chose, I felt I passed it. After my third class, it was time for lunch and I was glad to finally be able to dig into the lunch my mother had prepared for me. I took my leave of the classroom and headed outdoors, looking for a quiet place to eat. Upon looking for such a place, I saw a girl who appeared to hang away from everyone. I was sure that I had never seen her in the school before but I had this sneaking feeling that I had met her someplace.
She stood tall, her back against a tree. Her skin was a tan brown and from what I could see, her hair was short and pitch black. At moments when the wind decided to blow, I thought I saw flashes of purple in her hair. However, I shook the thought from my mind and continued on my way. I had to finish my lunch before the break period ended. With that thought in mind, I went about finding a place to eat.
At the final bell, I stretch in my seat, trying to get feeling back into my body. Once all packed up, I stood and headed for the door. I left the school grounds in a more relaxed manner than I was this morning. I had no where I needed to rush to so I wasn't about to hurry for no reason. I walked down the sidewalk and looked at the passing stores, stopping at a sweets shop. I did have a sudden craving for something sweet.
With that thought in mind, I walked into the shop, seeing the glass cases with rows of sweets set out. Cakes, pastries, candies and even donuts. I couldn't help but smile at the sight of them and looked them over.
"Can I help you?" a voice asked from behind the counter. I looked up to see a woman with shoulder-length light brown hair, she had it pulled into a ponytail tied to one side.
I smiled at her, "Ah, yes, I was thinking of getting some sweets for me and my brother" I replied.
The woman seemed to puzzle over what I had told her and then nodded to herself. "I think I have just the thing" she muttered, rushing through a door into the back. I stood waiting for her and she returned shortly with a tray in her hands. When she stepped to the counter once more, she showed me what was on the tray and I saw little brown balls with white powder dashed over them.
I tilted my head at them and looked to her once more, "What are they?"
She smiled boldly and set them down, "It's a caramel drop" she stated. She pointed to one, "It's creamy caramel dipped in soild chocolate with a dash of powder suger atop it. Something simple but has a kick of sweet to it."
I looked to them once more and nodded, "They sound lovely" I smiled, "How much for ten?"
The woman laughed and nodded, "Just 100 yen, I can see that you will be coming in here more often."
I smiled at her and pulled a 100 yen coin from my pocket. The woman rang it up and set about getting me a bag of ten caramel drops. A second female voice called from the backroom, "Hey Mom, what did you do with that tray of sweets I had here?"
"They are out here, sweety" the woman replied in a loud voice as she set the bag on the counter. "You enjoy your sweets" she smiled to me and waved to me as I left. I opened the store door and glanced inside, seeing a girl peek out of the back room. She had hair like her mother but longer, however, I had a sneaky suspicion I had seen here somewhere before. With that in mind, I left the store a little puzzled.
As I walked home, I passed by the stairs of the local shrine near my home. I stopped before them and looked up, I debated on going up and praying. Sighing, I took the stairs two at a time and upon reaching the top, I looked to the small shrine. I slowly walked towards it and upon standing before the bell, I rang it. Clapping my hands after the bells rang, I wished my father a nice day and turned to leave.
Before me stood a girl in a miko kimono, her hair being the strangest shade of blonde, for you could tell she was Japanese. Her hair reach well past her waist and was in a clean cut style, her bright green eyes watching me. I had the strange feeling that she knew me and seemed to be debating on talking to me or not. However, I did not give her the chance, as I rushed past her and headed back down the stairs.
After that, I rushed home, a little confused by what had happened. As I begin to think back on it, I realize that I have had the same feeling since this morning. I had felt like I had seen girls that I had seen before, even though I was sure I had never met them before in my life.
As I began to near the corner to my home, I looked up to see a black and white cat sitting upon the wall at the corner. I paused in my walking to stare at the cat, who seemed to be watching me intensely with her yellow-green eyes. My eyes trailed away from the cat's eyes to see what looked like a crescent moon mark upon her forehead. I felt a strange shiver run down my spine and I looked away, continuing on my way.
I turned the corner and walked up to the gate, heading through it and to my house, opening the door. As I stepped in, I took my shoes at the door and walked into the living room, "Cam, I got sweets." The four girls who seemed to be familiar as well as that cat with the crescent moon occupied my mind, I couldn't seem to shake it from my head. As my brother headed down the stairs, I handed him the bag, suddenly not interested in eating them anymore.
I walked past him and up the stairs, heading to my room. After I had closed my door behind me, I laid down upon the bed, I felt as if I should be remembering something. After some thought, I once more went back to the cat, which caused my eyes to widen and to sit up on the bed. "A crescent moon? There's no way..." I muttered, my mind heading towards a TV show I used to watch when I was younger.
I rested my head into one of my hands, trying to get my head around the idea. "There's just no way..." I mumbled to myself, "She isn't real. THEY aren't real. It had all just been a silly show, a cartoon..." I couldn't seem to wrap my head around it and I felt even more lost. I could see the sun was fading from my bedroom window and I sighed. I knew that I would have to do the homework I had before going down to eat dinner.
I went about pulling my textbooks from my bag and set them on the table in the middle of the room. I sat down at the table and puzzled over what I should start on first. However, I didn't even get to start as I heard a loud 'meow' behind me. Turning my head, I found that same black and white cat sitting on my bed.
I just sat there staring at her, wondering what was going to happen next. If this was anything like the TV show, the cat would suddenly begin to speak in front of me. However, that never happened, we just sat there, staring at each other. I eventually got tired of the staring contest and turned around, going back to my studies. I suddenly hear purring and something rubbing my arm.
I look under my arm to see that cat rubbing on me, purring like no tomorrow. "Are you just looking for attention?" I asked more out of habit than anything, feeling her rub me. I sighed and picked the cat up in my arms. "You sure are weird" I laughed, "Rubbing up against a complete stranger." I petted her head a bit and she raised her face to mine. I closed my eyes out of reflex and felt something cold upon my forehead.
After that, the cat jumped from my arms and onto my bed. I blinked as I reached up to feel my forehead, nothing was there. I looked to the cat again with a puzzling expression and saw something in her mouth. It was a chain...with my heart shaped pendent upon it. "Hey!" I shouted as I jumped to my feet. The cat jumped up onto the window sill, obviously being where it had gained entry. The cat looked at me once more with her yellow-green eyes and then jumped out the window, my locket in tow.
"Wait!" I shouted as I dashed out my door. I quickly made it down the stairs and to the door, stepping out. I took a quick scan of the area and saw the black and white cat rushing off down the street. I followed after her as fast as I could but I found myself unable to catch her. The cat had me running for quite some time before she started to slow down. I slowly caught my breath as I finally closed the distance between us. After seeing that the cat had stopped, I cautiously approached her to see she wasn't going to run off again.
As soon as I made it so that I was only a few feet from her, she dropped the pendent, stepping back a bit. Realizing that the chash was over, I walked over to my necklace and picked it up, smiling lightly as I brushed whatever dust it had gained. It was then that I heard a bell toll and I looked up, wondering where it had come from. I could not figure out where the sound was coming from but it caused a reaction in my pendent, causing it to shine unexpectedly.
"What is-?" I started but was cut off by a second voice.
"You are a Guardian, as you hold that role, you must protect this planet and it's people," the voice said, it was female in tone with a deep purr to it. I looked over to where the cat had been to find a woman in what appeared to be elegent clothing. I gasped at the sudden appearance of this woman, she had long black hair with white roots, her yellow-green eyes shimmering in the street light. "You are the Soldier of the Moon, protected and guided by the light which watches the night," she told me, walking towards me.
My mind told me to run and never look back but I was somehow rooted in place, unable to even look away from this mysterious woman. It was then that I saw the golden crescent moon upon her tanned forehead. Shocked by the realization that this woman could possibly be the cat whom I had been chasing, I felt myself take a step back. However, my reaction was took late and she took hold of my shoulders. She smiled tenderly at me and leaned down, kissing my forehead.
Once more shocked, I was able to back away from her and I reached up to my forehead, to which I felt a shape forming. I looked back up at her and she looked at me with determination, "There is evil afoot and you are the only one who can stop it." She pointed to the necklace I had in my hand and I looked down at it. "That will assist in your fight. Raise it above your head and shout 'Moon Prism Power', you will then become the Soldier of the Moon." I stared at her like she had lost her mind.
Once more I looked down at the locket in my head and found myself thinking it was something more special than just a pendent I had found laying in the sandbox. I looked to he woman once more and sighed, nodding slowly. I had no idea what was going on but if this was real, then I had no right to refuse my role. With a slow breath, I gently raised the pendent above my head, "Moon Prism Power!</b>" A gem in the center of the pendent began to glow and I found myself gasping as I felt it's light seeming to evolp my whole body.
In an instant, the whole world blacked out, leaving me in a space that I could not see or hear in. However, I could still feel and I felt naked. As if pushed by an unknown force, I had spread out my arms and legs, a light shining from the center of my chest. Blinding pink ribbons flowed out of the light, which wrapped around my torso and lower body. With a single blinding flash, a white leotard formed in place of the ribbons over my body.
I raised my arms without my brain structing them, more pink ribbons wrapping around them from the eblow down. At the same time, I felt something wrap around my legs, most likely more ribbons, to which wrapped from the knee down. After a second blinding flash, white gloves formed with red bands around my elbows and knee high red boots with a single white strip trimming the top. My body spun lightly which caused sparkles to form around my neck, along the top of the leotard and around my waist. After a simple small flash, a blue skirt and collar formed in place of the sparkles with a blue chocker like necklace around my neck. There were also some red bows, one of which was on my chest and the other on the back of my waist.
Suddenly some unknown wind blew out my long brown hair and I felt it pulled into two pigtails at the nape of my neck. I could see the pink ribbons fly behind me and was blinded once more by a third flash. I spun once more as light gathered upon my forehead, my ears, on the chocker and upon the bow on my chest. I had closed my eyes to the blinding light and felt earrings form in my hears and something tracing around my head.
When next I opened my eyes, I found myself back in the world that was home. I blinked as I looked to see the woman had disappeared. I looked to my hands to see white gloves upon them and I looked around, finding a dark store window. I walked over and saw someone who could not be me. I touched the glass and the person before me did the same. "Is that...me?" I gasped. It was then that I noticed my hazel eyes had been replaced with purple ones, "What?"
"You have now gained the form of a Guardian," a voice spoke, which came from the ground level. I looked down to see the black and white cat was back, "You must protect these people from the evil that is already here."
"But...how?" I asked her, already coming to the assumption that this cat had been that woman from before.
"You are the Soldier of the Moon, you will remember all your training when the event calls for it" she then looked at me closely and sighed a little, "It would appear you have not fully awakened. Your form is very weak compared to how you once were."
I raised my brow at her statement but decided to not ask about it, for it was something for another time. "You say a great evil, but where is it? Who am I fighting?" I questioned, I felt like I was missing a lot of pieces to this complicated puzzle.
"Come, I will guide you," she responded and darted towards the park across the street.
I took a breath, trying to focus my mind and followed after her, "This have better not be a dream," I muttered. As I followed close behind the cat, whose name I still have not been told, "Umm, what should I call you?" I called out to her.
I heard a slight chuckle from ahead of me, "You may address me as 'Luna', I have no other name."
I nodded slowly and smiled, "Luna, I like it" I whispered gently to myself. But this moment of peace was shattered at a scream echoing through the forest, as if it was bouncing off the nearby trees. I looked in the direction of the scream and looked to Luna. She stared at me with a hidden meaning in her eyes and I nodded. I rushed off towards the scream, a second one being my guide. 'Please be alright.'