Flowers and Gems
Endymion and Serenity left the others and went to what was known as the most beautiful rose garden in the Universe. When Serenity saw it, she was awestruck. Roses were her favorite flower.
"Wow…this place is beautiful, Prince Endymion," she said, her voice barely above a whisper.
Endymion walked up behind her and said, "Thank you. And please, just call me Endymion."
"Okay…Endymion," Serenity said, a blush appearing on her cheeks.
"This is my private rose garden. I alone tend to these roses, and I normally come here to relax. It's my own private space where I can escape royal life. I would be glad to share this place with you, Lady Serena," Endymion said, taking her hand and kissing it.
Serenity took a small step closer to him and said, "You may call me Serena; just Serena." She brought one hand up and gently glided it across his cheek.
"Thank you for sharing this garden with me," she said quietly. She removed her hand, stood on her tip toes, and kissed his cheek sweetly, leaving a tingling sensation on her lips and him on his cheek.
After she did that, Endymion said, "It's not possible that someone as beautiful as you exists on Earth. You are like an angel."
He lowered his head and brought his lips down to Serenity's, capturing her in a passionate first kiss.
Serenity gasped. No one had ever kissed her before, and she didn't expect it to be so gentle.
When they came up for air, Endymion said, "You are like my angel, Sere."
Serenity blushed and placed her head on Endymion's chest, while he placed his chin on her head. They stayed there in the garden, embracing and enjoying each other's presence.
Jadeite took Kasei to a hot spring near the Golden Palace. The hot springs were just a short walk from the palace. When they got there, Kasei couldn't help being impressed. The hot spring was beautiful, surrounded by flowers and plants.
"Wow this is gorgeous; I've never seen anything more beautiful," Kasei said, spinning in a circle as she took in the scenery.
"Have you ever looked in a mirror?" Jadeite replied with a smirk.
Kasei turned away so Jadeite would not see her blushing cheeks. Jadeite picked a nearby flower and put in front of her face, causing Kasei to gasp.
"A beautiful Salvia for a beautiful girl," he said softly.
Kasei took the flower and said, "How did you know that Salvia is my favorite flower?"
"I figured it out when I saw the Salvia petal on your glove."
She loved his gift, but she wasn't going to show it. That would be showing that she liked him as well, and she wasn't ready to let him know that yet. So she said the next thing with a little bit of an attitude.
"Well, thank you."
"Would you like to go for a swim?" he said, unbuttoning his shirt.
"How, in my clothes?" she said, raising a skeptic eyebrow.
Jadeite smiled, his blue eyes shining. "Behind that boulder over there…" he said pointing behind her, "…Is a shack with swimwear. I refuse to take "no" for an answer."
Kasei shrugged her shoulders. She liked to swim, and she had no good reason not to go.
"Sure, why not?"
Kasei went into the shack and came out 15 minutes later in a dark red 1-piece suit that tied up halter style. She looked for Jadeite, but didn't see him.
"Lord Jadeite?" she called.
What she didn't know was that Jadeite was standing not too far behind her, admiring Kasei in the bathing suit she was wearing. His eyes clouded with lust at how the bathing suit clung to her body like a second skin and showed off her curves perfectly. He got closer to her and put his hands over her eyes.
Kasei felt warm hands over her eyes, and she had to restrain herself from spinning and kick whoever was behind her in the gut.
"Guess who?" Jadeite said in a playful voice. Before poor Kasei could respond, Jadeite had already pushed her into the water.
Kasei screamed as she fell in, soon followed by Jadeite. A few seconds later, Kasei resurfaced.
"How dare you!?" Kasei spat, glaring at Jadeite.
"My apologies Duchess Rei, I could not resist," Jadeite said, trying to hold in his laughter.
Kasei, with a mischievous smile, went over and put both hands on Jadeite's head, using all of her strength to push him under the water.
When he came back up he said in a deep voice, "Oh I'll get you now my pretty Salvia."
An all-out war broke out between Jadeite and Kasei.
Nephrite and Mokusei separated from the others and went to a meadow located outside the palace walls. When they got there, Mokusei had an awed look on her face. The meadow had different types of flowers and plants as far as the eye could see. A slight breeze blew her chocolate brown ponytail to the side.
She was surprised when Nephrite came up behind her and slipped a flower into her hair. Mokusei gasped and smiled.
"It's beautiful," she said as she examined the purple wildflower out of the corner of her eye.
Nephrite smiled lovingly and said, "That's hardly true when you are standing here."
Mokusei was touched by this, but she wasn't going to give in that easily. She turned around and faced him, giving him her signature smile.
"Flattery will get you nowhere," she said with a wink.
He smiled back at her. "Yes, but the truth can get you a lot of things, including a certain young maiden's heart."
Mokusei blushed when he said this, but quickly recovered. She knew she couldn't keep her guard up much longer.
"So, do you come here often?" she said, changing the subject.
"Yes. I like being around nature and feeling the fresh breeze. It really relaxes me from being in the palace."
"Yes, you are absolutely right, there is nothing like feeling the fresh breeze on your skin. Scenery like this does prove to be relaxing," Mokusei agreed.
They stood there for a few minutes, enjoying the beautiful display of nature around them.
"Lady Makoto," Nephrite said after a few moments.
"Please, just call me Makoto," the brunette replied.
"Makoto…you mentioned last time we met that you enjoyed stargazing?" Nephrite said, trailing off.
Mokusei turned to look at him before saying, "Yes, I do."
Nephrite's eyes gleamed with excitement as he said, "Well there is a Planetarium nearby where we can see stars even in the day time. Although, I have a perfect view of two stars right before my eyes." Mokusei tried not to blush again, but agreed to go with him to the Planetarium.
After separating from the others, Zoicite took Suisei to a large lake a few miles behind the Golden Palace. Suisei was amazed by the beauty of the lake. There were so many plants and flowers; she especially admired the water lilies. As Suisei marveled at the gorgeous scenery, Zoicite spoke up.
"I take it by your stillness that you find this place beautiful, Lady Ami?" he said.
"Yes, I do. the lake looks beautiful, the water looks so clean and the water lilies look so healthy," Suisei said with a dreamy look on her face.
"You like water lilies?" Zoicite asked, raising one eyebrow.
"Oh, yes," Suisei said with a sigh. "They are my favorite flowers."
After she said this, Zoicite got close to the water and picked one of the pink water lilies that was close to the edge. He walked back to Suisei and handed her the lily.
"For you, Lady Ami." He said
Suisei looked at the flower and took it shyly. "Thank you," she said softly.
He smiled and said, "You're welcome."
"Lilies are very delicate and beautiful…they remind me of you Lady Ami," Zoicite said, turning on the charm.
Suisei turned scarlet and went on to study some of the flowers on the floor. But she couldn't hide her feelings from Zoicite. They were both equally intelligent, which meant they could read each other like books.
Zoicite chuckled and said, "Come on, I'll show some of the other plant life around here."
And off they went.
Kunzite took Kinsei to a cave full of beautiful crystals. He didn't know what was wrong with him, but she made him feel weird. She caused a certain feeling that no other had ever awoken in him. He wasn't sure if he liked that feeling, but he wanted to find out. Kinsei looked at Kunzite; she still could not believe how handsome he was. Complete with platinum silver hair, silvery grey eyes, and the body of a God; he was perfect.
Kinsei liked him…she liked him a lot. She was determined to win his heart.
When they got to the cave, Kinsei almost fainted; she had never seen anything more beautiful in her life.
"Wow, what is this place?" she asked, looking around.
"This is the Crystal Cave. It's where all of the Crystals in the Kingdom grow.
"Wow…" Kinsei said, off in her own little world. "This place is so beautiful; it's almost romantic."
Kunzite smirked slightly and said, "There is a legend about this place. It says that if a couple kissed here at sunset and confessed their love afterwards, then that couple would be together forever."
"How romantic and…cheesy," Kinsei said with a dreamy-eyed expression.
She went around in a circle, looking at all of the different-colored crystals in the cave.
As she was looking around, Kunzite noticed that Countess Minako looked like a little girl who had gotten her favorite toy on her birthday. He liked that about her; her free spirit and her carelessness. Yet her eyes still held a sense of duty and responsibility. Maybe even leadership.
He noticed her eyeing a crystal high up on a ledge. It was a beautiful orange color, sort of like the color of the sky at sunrise. He walked up to her, grabbed the crystal, and gave it to her.
"For you, a crystal the color of the sky at sunrise, or like a morning star…which is exactly what you remind me of, Minako," Kunzite said, using her name to emphasize what he was saying. "A beautiful morning star."
Kinsei rapidly turned scarlet. At this action, Kunzite could no longer contain himself. He had to find out what he was feeling. He tilted Kinsei's head up so that they were staring into each other's eyes, and he kissed her.
The kiss was soft and gentle, but they both enjoyed it. When they broke apart, Kunzite had finally figured out his feeling towards Countess Minako.
"I love you Minako."
Kinsei stared at him in shock for a minute. She knew they were meant to fall in love, but she didn't expect Kunzite to admit his feelings to her so quickly.
"I love you too Kunzite."
They embraced, Kinsei still holding the crystal he gave her.
After a while, the five couples got together again. Sadly, the men had to say their good-byes to the girls, for it was time to go back to the Moon before Queen Serenity found out. The clone magic vanished a long time ago, and they needed to get back to get ready for the upcoming ball. The girls told the guys to keep their stuff, so they would always have something to remember them by. The girls, holding the items the guys had given them, said good-bye to the guys and walked to the forest so they could Sailor Teleport to the Moon.