Chapter 1: Hansamu
Courting Disasters: A Sailor Moon/Crystal Tokyo Fan fiction
Suggested Prior Reading:
"A New Journey "
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This is a short anthology recounting the attempts of suitors to court the princess Kiyoko before she met the love of her life. Each chapter highlights one individual's efforts. This is part of the "Daughters of the Silver Millennium" Collection.
Chapter 1: Hansamu
Kiyoko had finally reached an age where her parents felt it would be appropriate for her to begin seeing suitors who wanted to court her. Personally, she saw the notion as ridiculous, but she would honor her parents' wishes. The worst part was that her mother had arranged for a great ball to celebrate Kiyoko's coming of age, which she was certain would lead to disaster. It wasn't her psychic abilities that made her think this, simply a gut feeling.
And so there she stood, staring at the dress laid across her bed. Kiyoko couldn't believe her mother had let Minako choose her dress for this occasion. It was cream colored to the mid-calf, with a V-neck in the front which bore a bow with a red rose in the middle, tying around the neck and dipping deep down her back. A matching set of heels sat on the floor next to it.
With resignation she put them on, fixing her hair in its typical fashion and adorning the sun choker that she always wore. She sat there, looking at herself, and just shook her head. Just then she heard a knock at her door. She turned in her chair and called, "Come in father."
Kiyoko loved her father and knew that he sympathized with her disinterest in all of this. In his last life his parents had tried to force him into an arranged marriage. And though he may not be arranging her marriage, this felt almost as miserable.
Once he'd closed the door behind him, her father smiled at her, "I know you hate this, but you look beautiful my sweet Kiyo-chan." He came to stand behind her and placed his hands on her shoulders, "When did you grown into such a beautiful and refined young lady?"
This made Kiyoko smile. She'd always been a daddy's girl. Kiyoko placed her right hand over his, "I am just my father's daughter." Sighing, she stood up and turned around, "I suppose it's time to go."
Endymion nodded, "Yes my dear, it is. Hansamu is waiting for you outside the banquet hall." He saw Kiyoko roll her eyes and Endymion chuckled, "Give him a chance. He comes from a very good family and seems genuinely interested."
Kiyoko nodded. Her father was correct on both accounts. Hansamu came from one of the most prominent families in Crystal Tokyo, and he did seem genuinely interested in Kiyoko. Kiyoko just wished HE WERE INTERESTING….. She took her father's hand and he walked her to meet Hansamu and her mother who were waiting outside the entrance to the hall with her sister, Serenity, and her husband Helios. It was one of those royal formalities that Kiyoko found tedious. Her mother and father would enter the hall first, then Serenity and Helios, and then Kiyoko… and Hansamu…. She wished she could simply be studying in the castle library, working in the temple, or doing just about anything else at that moment.
When the two of them reached the others Hansamu bowed with respect and then offered Kiyoko his arm. She suppressed the urge to roll her eyes again and took it gently, forcing a smile on her face. Her father went to stand with her mother and the smile they exchanged was so genuine and so full love. That was what Kiyoko wanted for herself and she knew she wouldn't find it with Hansamu.
She glanced over at him, feeling a little bad for him. He was very handsome, she couldn't deny that. He was tall with auburn hair that came to his shoulders, a lean muscular build, and very striking green eyes. Kiyoko had seen many women swoon at the sight of him. But after spending five minutes speaking to him she always wanted to run screaming or take a nap. It was such a pity that the one woman he was interested in had no interest in him. But she would get through this ball at least. Her mother had arranged for him to escort her without telling her first. Kiyoko loved her mother and she was wise in many things…. But Kiyoko wished she'd stay out of her love life!
Endymion knocked softly on the door in front of them and music that would signal their entrance began to play. The doors were opened and Kiyoko heard her parents' arrival announced. The two of them glided in with such elegance and synchronicity it was amazing. Kiyoko felt like her parents were one of two perfect couples in existence. A moment later her sister and Helios were announced and they entered quite gracefully themselves. And finally she heard, "And now we present the young Princess Kiyoko and her escort for the evening Lord Hansamu of the Rida family." Kiyoko supposed it was time. And so they walked arm and arm into the hall. Everyone was staring at them, which made the whole thing worse. She heard a few comments about what a wonderful pair they made. It took everything she had to continue smiling.
Luckily the music shifted and began drawing people to the dance floor. Then Kiyoko second guessed that as luck when Hansamu asked if she'd like to dance. She tried not to pale. She replied, "Perhaps a little later. Shall we go and have some champagne?" she wasn't normally one for alcohol, but tonight she'd make an exception. Hansamu agreed, as he did with everything she said, and so they went to the champagne fountain at the side of the room.
As they stood there, Kiyoko sipped her champagne as slowly as possible using it as an excuse not to talk. As if things couldn't get any worse, Kiyoko saw Minako approaching. She made her way to them fairly quickly. Hansamu bowed at her arrival and smiled, "Good evening Lady Venus." Kiyoko was just dumbfounded.
Minako smiled and replied, "Good evening Lord Rida. Are you and our young princess enjoying yourselves?" She spared a glance for Kiyoko, and narrowed her eyes clearly picking up on the fact that Kiyoko was doing anything but enjoying herself.
Kiyoko smiled at Minako, "We're enjoying this champagne Minako." She turned her gaze on Hansamu, "Hansamu, I am certain Lady Venus would love a dance. It'd mean a lot to me if you'd share the privilege of a dance with my Aunt.
He looked flustered, like he feared he'd committed some social misstep. He extended his hand and asked, "Would you do me the honor of allowing me this dance Lady Venus?" Minako shot Kiyoko a knowing look and then took his hand, letting him lead her out to the floor.
Kiyoko felt a hand on her shoulder, it was her father's. King Endymion spoke to her telepathically, "You aren't giving him much of a chance Kiyo-chan." She could do nothing but shrug, knowing she couldn't lie to her father. A moment later her father stepped in front of Kiyoko and extended his hand as Hansamu had to Minako, "Would you do me the honor my dear daughter?" Kiyoko happily took her father's hand and let him lead her to the dance floor.
So happy was Kiyoko to dance with her father, especially when Hansamu was the alternative. As she held his hand she thought to him, "I'm sorry father. I'm certain he's a catch…. Just not someone I want to catch…. "
He shook his head, "But who will you want catch my dear? I know you're young, but you're so stubborn." Endymion twirled Kiyoko in time with the music and then brought her back to him.
Kiyoko smiled and giggled, keeping pace with her father easily. Her avoidance of dancing with Hansamu had nothing to do with an inability. She responded, "I'm simply like my father." The two of them finished that dance and her father led her back to Hansamu, who was waiting near the doors to one of the balconies.
Hansamu bowed to the two of them. Endymion placed Kiyoko's hand in Hansamu's and looked at her, "Why don't you show Hansamu the amazing view from our balconies here?" Kiyoko conceded of course and turned to the doors, opening them with her magic, making Hansamu gasp on purpose.
Once they were out on the balcony Kiyoko let go of his hand and walked to the railing, looking up at the moon, "The view of the moon from here is quite amazing." She didn't even bother looking back as she felt Hansamu approach her. That had been a mistake, carelessness.
Hansamu grabbed Kiyoko and spun her around, putting his arms tightly around her, "Now I have you my dear Kiyoko. How I have longed to hold you in my arms. You are the most beautiful flower in Crystal Tokyo." Now it was his turn to make a mistake. He leaned forward and attempted to kiss Kiyoko. Finding him brash and detestable Kiyoko grabbed him and flipped him so that he landed flat on his back. Not many knew how extensive the princess' combat training had been. She looked down at him, "How dare you think yourself worthy of my lips! You may be a handsome man, but you are by far the most boring man in all of Crystal Tokyo! This little courtship is over."
Scrambling to get to his feet Hansamu's face was red with embarrassment and his voice raised, "How dare I? It is you who are not worthy of my kiss you freak of nature!"
Just then one half of the other perfect couple that existed in Kiyoko's mind appeared semmingly out of nowhere. Haruka stood right behind Hansamu, "Lord Rida, I believe our princess has made herself clear. If you do not leave this castle now and never return I will be forced to break every bone in your body." Hansamu wasted no time scurring from the balcony like a cockroach. Haruka turned to Kiyoko, "Let's get you back inside my young princess. You still owe me a dance. It'll be fun to dance outside the training room."