Title: BoRSS1 - Chapter 6
Beta: Still Lan, still being awesome.
Rating: Still PG-13 because...reasons. Yeah.
Genre: Magical girl crossover power!
Notes/Warnings: I still own nobody here. Italics yay.
Summary: The chase is on! A new villain appears, and various things are discovered...how big is this city, anyway?
Shortly after the others had left, Lydia had checked her locket. Something had activated it, signaling to her. That boy had one of the crystals she was tasked with finding, that was for sure. She had to go find him and get that crystal before anyone else could, but she also couldn't give herself away to the other girls. When the coast was clear, she left the arcade and walked off in what she thought was the right direction.
Almost instantly, Tori was following her, suspicious. If this new girl was indeed the rival, she needed to be monitored closely.
I know, he's not someone I know. He's a stranger, I shouldn't be following him like this, but I just want to talk to him. Why do I feel like this?
Lita's thoughts were racing as she kept her speed, sprinting along the sidewalk in the direction she had seen Joe going. For whatever reason, she just felt the need to track him down, to talk to him, to get to know him. Is it...could it be a crush?
She could hear screaming in the distance, distinctive sounds of pain and fear, and she was running right towards it. Turning one last corner, Lita could clearly see Joe, writhing in pain on the ground while a strange figure with a long ponytail stood over him.
"Hey!" Lita yelled. "What's going on here?"
The figure--female, Lita thought, by the voice--lowered the dark-colored stone she was holding. "We're in the middle of something here," she said. "This is private."
"If there's screaming involved, it's not that private," Lita replied. "Plus, you were hurting him! No way am I abandoning someone who needs help."
"And I was so close, too," the woman muttered to herself, before addressing Lita again. "I'm not finished yet."
"You are now," Lita stated. "Now shove off and leave this guy alone."
At this point, Serena managed to catch up, puffing and panting. She hated running! How could she keep up with a long-legged runner like Lita? "Hey, Lita!" she called. "Wait for--" she paused, taking a quick look at the scene. "Uh-oh."
"This isn't over," the strange woman said. "I'll be back for what I came for."
The girls watched her leave, then turned to Joe. He was carefully sitting up, looking vaguely confused. After a moment, Lita walked over and offered him a hand up. "Are you okay?"
Joe swatted her hand away, slowly standing. "Just...don't touch me, any of you," he said. "I just want to get away from all of you crazy girls today. Just leave me alone."
With that, he took off down the street, not looking back once. Lita watched him go, puzzled. All of us crazy girls?
"Hey, he left his bag," Serena piped up, poking inside the discarded paper bag of stuffed toys. "Do you want any of these?"
Faithful Luna, who had been following the entire time, sighed. "We have more important things to focus on, Serena," she said softly. "Keep an eye on them both, and please try to take this seriously. After all, we don't want to give ourselves away."
"Oh, fine," Serena whispered. She carried the bag of toys over to Lita. "So, now what do we do?"
"The least he could've done is thanked me," Lita said. "If that weird lady shows up again, I'll be ready. I'm going to follow him some more."
"Wait for me this time!" Serena protested. "My legs aren't as long as yours!"
From her hiding place, Lydia kept a hand over her locket and watched the girls closely. No doubt about it now, he's got one, she thought. Looks like I'm not the only one wanting it. Who does she think she is, trying to steal the crystal in broad daylight?
She traced the edge of the white locket, then the outline of the crystal shamrock on the front. That boy's certainly lucky he has rescuers. Do they know about his crystal? Could they be wanting it too?
She looked down, the faint red signal light still glowing under her hand. The first of the crystals is in sight, and I can't let whoever she is have it. I'll act when the coast is clear.
Lydia waited a minute or two, then began tracking the others again. Of course, she never realized that someone was following her as well...
It's like she isn't even sensing me, Tori thought, still trailing Lydia's movements. Is she worried at all? She barely looks before she's on the move again.
The whole situation just seemed odd. Two girls showing up as new students on the same day, both in uniforms that didn't match the school, both quickly becoming friends with Usagi. Serena, Tori reminded herself. This world and its name changes. Serena here, Usagi back in the other timeline. I'm never going to get used to this.
She continued following Lydia, tracking her to another hiding spot overlooking a street. There was Serena, standing outside and staring into a store window. Where had Lita gone? Was she inside? If so, why was Serena waiting outside?
Tori shifted her weight a bit, and nearly jumped when something furry brushed against her hand. She covered her mouth to silence any noises of surprise, and quickly looked down. There, staring back at her, were the familiar brown eyes of her companion cat.
"Oh, it's you," Tori sighed, leaning back. "You finally caught up."
"So I did," Keine replied, curling her tail around herself and watching the scene. "What's going on? Did the rival show up?"
"I'm not quite sure, actually," Tori replied, pointing in Lydia's direction. "That new girl from class is following them for some reason. One person has already been attacked by an enemy I don't recognize, and the others decided to follow him after said enemy took off. I don't even know what to do right now, so I'm waiting to see what happens next."
"Hm." Keine stared at the ginger-haired girl, still a short distance away. "Does she seem suspicious in any way?"
"Besides the fact she doesn't understand how school uniforms work?" Tori asked. "See her outfit? She tried to wear that today in school and she ended up having it taken away from her. She has her real one now, but she complained about the school not allowing her to wear her 'lucky colors' or something."
Keine twitched her tail a bit. "She'd never get away with it in my class, that's for sure. The rules are rules for a reason."
"Too bad you can't give her your special punishment, huh?" Tori asked, giving her partner a small smile. "Maybe you can just leave claw marks in her instead."
From the street, there were sounds of screaming and glass breaking. People began running from the building in terror. Among them, of course, was the boy from earlier.
"There's the victim," Tori pointed. "Where are the girls? I don't see them."
"He's being followed," Keine said. "Whoever that is, they're determined."
Lydia sprang from her hiding place, running in the direction of the fleeing targets, and the pair decided to continue tracking her. If this was indeed the rival, they would have to stop her and give Sailor Moon a chance to catch up.
Where had Serena gone?
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