Moonlight Maiden

The Golden Ball

Serenity and the Senshi teleported to Earth's teleport room, which was near the ballroom. Before the girls left the teleport room, Serenity lent each of the girls her Disguise Pen after using it herself; they couldn't take the risk of someone recognizing them. The girls exited the teleport room and walked down the hallway they assumed led to the ballroom. When Serenity turned the corner, she bumped into someone.

"Oh, excuse me," Serenity said looking up at who she bumped into.

Before her stood five men; five handsome men at that. Serenity recognized the first one as being the Golden Prince, the one she had been desperately wanting to meet.

"Oh no, excuse me my lady, I wasn't watching where I was going. Please forgive me," the dark-haired man said.

"All is forgiven," Serenity shyly replied.

She didn't know why, but Serenity found herself blushing as she looked at the Golden Prince. He was even more handsome in person than in her mirror with silky black hair with a piece that fell over the most beautiful eyes she had ever seen: deep blue like the night sky. The Prince was also very tall with a good build on his body that any woman would die for.

Serenity realized she was staring and looked away before the Prince noticed. No matter how hard she tried, she couldn't calm the erratic beating of her heart.

"Are the five of you going to the ball?" Endymion asked, raising an eyebrow.

"Yes we are," said Serenity.

"Please allow us to escort you ladies to the ball as an apology. I am Golden Prince Endymion," he said, bowing. "These are my generals: Jadeite, Nephrite, Zoicite, and Kunzite," Endymion said. As he pointed at each one of the generals, they bowed. "May I ask you fine ladies what your names are?"

Serenity thought about that for a moment. She couldn't tell him her real name because if she did, she was sure he would call the guards. She exchanged looks with her Senshi, and she quickly came up with a response.

"I am Lady Serena from the kingdom just a short distance away from here," she said with a curtsy. She used the nickname all her close friends called her by.

"These are my friends," she said, pointing to the Senshi. Catching onto what she was doing, the Senshi curtsied and introduced themselves.

"I am Lady Ami from the Northern Province," Suisei said, using the name of one of her tutors back on Mercury.

Kinsei smiled and thought of one of her childhood friends back on Venus. "I am Countess Minako from the Southern Province," she said.

"I am Duchess Rei from the Eastern Province." Kasei said, using the name of the head priestess on Mars.

Mokusei decided to use the name she always wished she had. "And I am Lady Makoto from the Western Province."

"It is a pleasure to meet you all. May I escort you, Lady Serena?" Endymion said, holding out his arm to the golden-haired goddess that stood before him.

Serenity gave him a small smile and took his arm before saying, "Yes, you may." And off they went.

"Shall I accompany you, Duchess Rei?" Jadeite said in a flirtatious way as he held his arm out.

"Sure, why not?" Kasei said with a scowl. "But I'll warn you; I'm pyro kinetic. One false move and you can kiss your ass goodbye." A fire ball appeared in her hands, burning brightly. Then she grabbed his arm and walked away. Jadeite smiled; he liked feisty girls, and this one seemed very feisty.

"Shall I escort you to the ball, Lady Makoto?" Nephrite asked.

"Well if you're going to apologize you might as well, let's go," she said, taking his arm as they walked into the ballroom.

"May I have the honor of your company Lady Ami?" the gentlemanly Zoicite said, offering his arm.

Suisei blushed a little and said, "Please, the pleasure is mine." And they went on their way.

Before Kunzite could say anything to the blonde goddess before him, Kinsei already had her arm around him.

"Loosen up! This is a ball, not a war," she said as she joined the others in the ballroom. Oh, he was going to like her.

Serenity and the Senshi had a good time with their escorts. They danced, laughed, talked, and got to know each other.

Serenity discovered that besides being insanely handsome, Endymion was also nice, funny, smart, and shared her views on royal life. Plus, they both were intrigued by rose gardens.

Kasei discovered that Jadeite was a sort of a jokester. Even though he annoyed her with some of his jokes and flattery, and she threatened to burn him more times than she could count, she still felt drawn to the handsome blonde, blue-eyed man. She enjoyed her time with him and had no regrets.

Mokusei found that she and Nephrite had a mutual love for fighting and weapons, but also for cooking and stargazing. She was also glad that for once in her life, she had a dance partner that was taller than her. She had always felt awkward dancing because she was usually the taller person. She actually felt comfortable with this man.

Suisei and Zoicite were also having a great time. They danced a little bit, both being fine dancers, but they mostly talked. They talked about their love for math and science, and also how they would plan strategies for their groups. Because the two were normally introverted and quiet, they went out onto the balcony to play chess a game. Suisei emerged victorious, but Zoicite would keep challenging her time and time again.

Kinsei and Kunzite spent most of their time dancing and talking. Kinsei wouldn't stop trying to make Kunzite loosen up more with each dance. Kinsei found herself very attracted to this man, and she could see why. Because she was the Senshi of love and beauty, she had the gift of seeing the 'Silver Thread of Soul Mates'. And sure enough, a silver thread was already forming between herself and Kunzite. She could see the same thread forming on each of her friends, and was glad that she and her friends finally found love. They were all having a great time, when suddenly a beeping noise came from the Senshi's watches.

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