CHAPTER 2 - Vividly, Secretly."Present Day"
Today was the big day.
Iris held up her violet dress in front of her, looking at herself in the mirror. “I should be happy...” she thought, but she wasn't. Maybe she was just nervous? She couldn't help feeling blue, but she wasn't sure why.
Ever since she came to Hesperides V, she ended up singing, acting, making friends and playing her flute, Souravli. These were things she'd never picture herself doing, although she always loved music, even back home. Looking in the mirror, she suddenly had a moment of self doubt. Was she really qualified to be in this play? She did know the role well enough and had dedicated herself to the physically demanding choreography the director wanted but still, she wasn't sure.
Acting, dancing, singing, these were things she always did just for fun, and she wasn't sure if she could make her dream of stardom a reality. She wondered, “Why now?” Why were these questions plaguing her now, right before her time to shine? She never put too much thought into her acting before. She did it because she felt the need to, because she wanted to entertain others and make them smile. When she practiced her songs, she thought about how much her mother and father would enjoy them. She had come a long way with her friends, but then she remembered, they weren't here anymore. “Maybe I would have been better off being where they are...” she thought “...instead of being alone in this city. I don't belong here.”
“No.” A little voice said inside her. “I'm still alive for a reason. To remember them. To find that women. To end this war.”
“To think I am a solider in the war and here I am worried about something so silly as a play.” She laughed at herself while choking back tears.
She hadn't felt this cold since right before the day she decided to enlist. She had the same thoughts then too. Do I really have any business doing this? It was hard for her to even admit she was a senshi. On her home star, there was only one time she was open with her powers. After that, she vowed to never use them again. Then, she immigrated to Hesperides, to start again, to build a new life. She thought coming her would allow her to escape and live her life as she did before this war ever started, but even on Hesperides the of death and suffering came. She could not ignore what was happening. Every day was a reminder of the hell she had already faced. That is why she turned to music. Music was the one thing they could never take away from her. Music was her angel, saving her from her pain.
But sometimes, even music wasn't enough. The spirit of her mother, father, and everyone she had ever known were still restless. “What could she do?”
“Nothing.” She thought.
Well that is how she felt, until that day she met her.
CHAPTER 3 - An Everlasting Battle
2 Months Ago.
Sailor Tyche, legendary battalion commander of the Hesperides V forces. Iris had heard of her long before she had ever come to the artistic quarter of the city. The people spoke highly of her, saying she was fair, loyal, determined and hardworking. She was tan and tall. Her raven hair wrapped up in a ponytail. In her arms, there was a child. She smiled as the other children circled around her, looking up to their 'big sister'. It was easy to see that they idolized her even more than the native senshi of this world, Sailor Hesperides. Soon the adults gathered around, for they realized Tyche was not here for idle playtime.
"Sisters! Brothers!” Tyche started to speak and suddenly the crowd fell quiet. “I know that you are frightened, but we can not ignore what has happened to our sisters, Minos, Abadarius, Phytryon, Niobe, Semele and countless others. For too long we have carried on peacefully, such is our way, but we cannot be blind anymore. They are coming and we must prepare. We must defend this planet and hold strong. Hesperides has always been a peaceful sanctuary for those who are lost... " Tyche surveyed the room with her eyes, seemingly knowing who among the crowd had come here seeking refuge.
Iris, lost somewhere in the herd of people, felt very drawn to Tyche. She looked at Tyche's dark geniune eyes and noticed something all to familiar and frightening. Loss. She too had suffered, but unlike Iris, Tyche was determined to fight. She was ready to sacrifice everything to protect these people as if they were her children. Iris tried hard to hold back tears. For the past six months she had tried her best to forget what had happened to Mama and Papa, but she was wrong. It was disrespectful to their memory. They taught her everything and they were the ones who gave her music, her last important treasure. Even if it was painful, she did not want to try to forget what had happened anymore.
“Right now, the enemy is slaughtering everyone on Hesperides Star 5432. They are hurting daughters, sons, fathers and mothers.” Tyche continued.
“No!” the little voice inside of Iris screamed “I will not let it happen again. Never. No matter what!!”
There are some times where a person will feel the call of destiny. That is when you meet someone and you feel pulled towards them, as if you had known them for years and something about them seems to summon you. You are needed. You belong together. With only a glimpse or a simple conversation it can happen when you least expect.
Iris didn't realize, but that day her fate was tied.
CHAPTER 4 - I'll Show You Miracles and Dreams"Present Day"
Iris slipped off her nightgown. She had about ten minutes to get ready and leave. Tonight, she would be in the most complex and intense production of her life and she would do it in front of thousands. Fondly, she looked at her orchid dress. It was just another uniform, just like her Sailor fuku. When she wore it, she would vividly, secretly, become another person.
"Be proud to be a sailor senshi!" Iris remembered Tyche's words.
"We were meant to be the world's last great protectors."
"Everything we do is important.”
“We must try to burn ourselves perfectly, just like the stars we've come from.”
All of Tyche's lessons rang through her mind.
"Burn myself perfectly..." Iris thought.
“Yes.” The little voice inside her agreed.
Tonight she would pour her heart out in her songs and with her final dance. This time she would not be afraid to shine in front of everyone. It was her moment and even if Mama and Papa would never see her, she would dedicate her performance to them, even if it's a small thing. “Tonight is for myself, Mama, Papa, Everyone back home and...”
“Tyche.” the voice inside her said again."........."
There was no denying how she felt. Her feelings in the past two months had not changed. She wanted to follow her until the very end. Iris didn't care where it led to. She would follow Tyche... to the victory or the abyss.
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