The Mercurian Princess was not happy at all with the Moon Princess’s progress or actions. The fair haired royal was not learning anything she was being taught nor was she acting like a proper young royal. Her insistence on repeatedly returning to Earth was troublesome for everyone who was charged with protecting and guiding her. The people of Mercury were super intelligent and cool headed; all the other planets were filled with intelligent inhabitants, but the Earth not so much. Mercury had no love for the Planet, at all; the people were sub-standard in smarts, and those who did show higher mental powers where often mocked, and killed. The blue haired princess had a feeling that the Moon Princess’s intellect was dropping due to side effects from prolonged visits to the Earth. Her Mother Queen Nesoi had been preforming tests on the Earth for centuries to see if that hypothesis held any truth.
A fluttering of wings marked the arrival of the Princess of Mercury to the green and blue planet; she looked down at her beautiful talaria whose wings could take her everywhere in the cosmos. The Planetary Princesses each had their own mode of transportation or they could soldier up and teleport in glorious show of lights and energy, or they could use a combo of both. Teleportation was awful flashy and it had been her suggestion not to use it to descend to Earth to catch the Moon Princess this time they would need surprise and cunning. As they had entered the upper atmosphere they had split up to cover more ground. Looking around blindly in this strange part of the world was not her plan at all; like all people of her planet she could find anyone and anything by water dowsing. Soon she found a rushing river and with a graceful leap she landed on a large stone in the center of the river. She placed her feet in the water and closed her eyes; she tried to concentrate on the Moon Princess but the water on this planet was never pure. She felt sick from all the waste the humans had callously dumped into the water; the way the humans disrespected their home world was disgusting. She tried to calm herself down so she could use her ability properly, but between the ill feeling of the water, and her frustration over the actions of the younger Moon Royal she could not focus. She then held out her hands and a small stream of water rose from the river, it curved around her hands. As the water was purified it started to glow, and harden into ice. The glacial ice took the form of a delicate lyre whose rime strings sparkled; Princess Mercury’s slender fingers caressed the strings, and soon a harmonious song like no other filled the air. The traditional Mercurian melody soothed her mind; she thought of her loved ones back on Mercury. She missed debating with, swimming with, and playing with Merope, Dryope, and Peitho and everyone in Mariner Castle. The more she thought of home the more focused she became; she began to dowse again as she played, and her energy flowed into the river purifying the water as she searched the planet for the errant Moon Child. The waters danced and glowed all around her; illuminated bubbles rose up and filled the air with cool vapors of primordial ice.
Soon she located the blond Princess and she stopped dowsing; she rose and prepared to take flight again when something hard struck her on the side of her body. On the shore people had gathered some held fiery torches, and others held sharp weapons. Mercury could see into their hearts; they were scared of her, and they thought she was evil even though she had done nothing to them. Their dialects were rough and elementary but Princess Mercury could understand many languages from all over the Sol System. They called her a witch, accused her of poisoning the river with her evil magic, and even said she was enchanting their men folk so she could ravage them and then eat them. Their plan was to catch her; torture her, and then kill her so that her evil would be gone. These simple people were not worth her time or effort; once again she prepared to leave when flaming arrows flew towards her from several directions.
“MERCURY POWER!” In a blast of blue and white energy she transformed to her warrior guise.
She then spun around on the rock and lifted her arms up over her head.
“SHINE SNOW ILLUSION!!!” she called out and sent a storm of snow, ice, and chilled water all around her.
The power extinguished the flames and froze the arrows solid; some of the mob fled but others remained and readied another assault. Just then a flurry of pink flower petals rose up and whirled around the remaining pack of attackers. This new element of unknown origins was enough to send them running to the hills. Sailor Mercury sighed and leapt to shore; she picked up one of the flower petals, and let it fall intro her palm. In a watery flash her senshi form was gone and she was left to ponder the pink petal in her palm. She was shocked to find out it was not a flower petal but a very thin piece of pink gem stone.
A male voice spoke to her. “Pretty pieces of jewels, aren’t they?”
Princess Mercury looked up to see a young man with long hair standing before her; fog rose off her palms as she prepared for another attack.
The man then bowed. “Forgive my rudeness; I am Zoisite commander of the European regions, and loyal protector of Prince Endymion of the Golden Kingdom.”
“You are looking for the Prince?” She asked.
Zoisite nodded. “He missed today’s lesson, along with other things, so we figured he had run off to be with the Lady of the Moon.”
Mercury nodded since their stories were nearly the same.
“I know where they are; it is not far from here.” She said confidently.
Zoisite nodded and let himself be led by this extraordinary person; he had been entranced by her music. He had never met anyone like her; she was not mousy like most of the ladies here and in court. She carried herself with courage and confidence; there was something else about her too, a sparkle in her glacier blue eyes that contained the knowledge of the ages.
Zoisite cleared his throat. “What pray tell do I call you dear lady?”
“I am the Princess of the Planet Mercury.” She said without looking back at him.
He chuckled at her. “Your title speaks volumes my lady, but is there a shorter moniker that I may call you by, like perhaps your true name?” He inquired.
“On my Planet, and in my Queendom, one has to prove themselves worthy to gain that type of knowledge.” She replied simply.
Zoisite stopped and placed his slender fingers on his cheek. “Then perhaps a test of intellect is required, or perhaps a test of luck? “
“Luck? That does not seem very logical.” The Princess said as she stopped and turned to look at him.
A cunning smile formed on Zoi’s lips. “Logical or not, say if I guess your name, you will owe me a kiss.”
What a rogue this effeminate man was, but what did she have to lose, there was no way he would know her real name.
“Very well then, I agree to your terms, and if you guess wrong I will freeze your tongue off.” She said with her own sly grin.
He laughed heartily. “Well then I best not be wrong.”
The General paced back and forth a bit, looking at her, then at the sky, then at the river, and finally back at her.
He then spoke. “You are Princess Sarama of Mariner Castle Daughter of King Hydros and Queen Nesoi.”
She was shocked, there was no way he could have known or learned that anywhere on Earth. Zoisite the Heavenly King of the European region seeing the bluenette’s shock took the advantage and placed a kiss upon her lovely lips, thankfully the powerful Princess did not attack him.
At that point a cool shiver ran through both of them as their lips touched, it was energizing and invigorating.
Before he backed away from her, he couldn’t resist telling her his secret. “Your Princess Serenity is not the greatest of confidants, she tells such wonderful stories about herself and all her friends.”
He had tricked her, but she was not mad, in fact she was happy that the Moon Princess had been listening when she had told her about the history of Mercury and Mariner Castle. Of course she would have to scold her for spilling secrets; perhaps the Princess of the Moon would be assigned triple amounts of homework along with her other duties.
Princess Sarama walked along with Zoisite, and as they came upon the rolling green hill where Serenity and Endymion were, she felt that perhaps there was some redeeming qualities of Earth, not many, but sometimes one is all you need.