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Makoto looked around at the fatigued students. "I guess..." She didn't want to think that the time for battle would be coming soon once more

Makoto noticed Ami fidgeting with the scarf. "It looks great on you, you don't have to be so nervous." She smiled; with the feeling in her stomach emerging again. She was slowly starting to wonder if the feelings she felt where what she thought.

Makoto pondered "No, I don't think there's anything." She said, resting her face on her hand. Makoto noticed a poster on the wall of the Parlor. "We could always go to the Tanabata festival." She blushed. Ami would look amazing in a Yukata. "If you want, of course, I know you probably have a lot of work to do for cram school."


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"Oh, most of my work for the summer session is finished," Ami admitted. She couldn't resist the opportunity to use free time to get a head-start on any scholastic work. They didn't call her the girl genius for nothing.

She peered past Makoto, noting the dates on the poster.

"The festival starts in two days. Do you want to go? I don't usually go to these things without everyone."

They both knew that out of the group, it was Usagi who adored festivals--with Minako and Rei in close competition behind her. In fact, it was usually their pigtailed blonde leader who suggested and arranged outings to enjoy the games and treats offered by such celebrations. But when Ami reached out to the others, Usagi couldn't stop talking about the vacation she was taking with her family during that same time period and Minako was finally giving a few attempts to idol auditions. Rei initially agreed, only to come down with a miserable cold the day before they were supposed to attend. In the end, it was only Makoto and Ami.

Ami rarely had the opportunity to wear her yukata, but of course she owned one. In true Ami fashion, the style and pattern were demure and mature. It would have been equally suited for a married woman or an old lady, unlike some of the current designs that milled around the pair. So many teenagers had frills and lace adorning their collars or obi. Ami would have been just as well-suited for a summer festival now or fifty years earlier--it was a timeliness look.

Her yukata was blue (of course) with a pattern of leaves drifting in pools of water. The colours were muted--nothing bright or too eye-catching. Her obi was blue as well, but this was a lighter shade with a pearl gray tone. The fabric was marked with a geometric pattern. She wore the shorter sleeves typical of the garments of older women. It was an unpopular choice for a young unmarried girl, but not inappropriate.

She glanced over at Makoto, noticing how elegant she looked in traditional Japanese attire.

"Well... what would you like to do?"
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Makoto was happy it was just the two of them. As much as she enjoyed the company of her friends , it was nice to be alone with Ami. She liked her... there was no other way to describe the butterflies in her stomach whenever she was around. But how could she tell Ami? She surely couldn't... at least not now.

Ami looked gorgeous in her yukata. Makoto's heart raced when she first glanced at her. Blushing, she looked down. "You look wonderful.." She blurted out without thinking, which only made her face match the color of the roses on her own green yukata.

"Let's go get some takoyaki, then go make a wish.. I have a specific one in mind." She smiled slightly. "Does that sound alright?"


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"Thank you. You look lovely yourself."

It was true. Although the brunette was very tall for a Japanese woman and had a build refined by years of martial arts, she suited her rose-patterned yukata. The wave in her brown hair let her typical ponytail fall in soft curls around her shoulders, highlighting the graceful way her long neck curved from the collar of her garment. Her rose earrings, although not anything unusual for Makoto, looked perfect with the fabric of her outfit. She was dressed in a very feminine manner, much like some of the other teenage girls, and it suited her wonderfully.

At Makoto's proposal for what they would do next Ami nodded, smiling up at the taller girl. She looked out at the distant temple, the stalls of games and carnival food, and the crowds of families and friends cheerfully chattering. Right now she felt so happy. She couldn't quite explain it, but she felt perfectly at ease and satisfied. Ami had never disliked attending these festivals with her larger group of friends, but these feelings were different than the ones she was accustomed to. She would have been content just walking through the aisles with Makoto, enjoying the sights.

They shared a dish of piping-hot takoyaki, fresh from the griddle. It was delicious in that kind of way that only festival food can be, a combination of the bustling energy of the event and the salty taste of the food. Still...

She glanced up at Makoto with a smile. "I think your takoyaki is better, Makoto-chan."

There were a number of other stalls selling a variety of food items either on skewers or grilled--or both. If they were hungry later they had plenty of options. She wouldn't object to yakitori or taiyaki, as those dishes always tasted best eaten out of doors on a warm day. Of course, Ami hoped to end the day with shaved ice. It was the perfect summer treat, after all.

As they walked up towards the temple to make their wishes, the trees were already filled with strips of colourful paper blowing in the breeze. When they stood near the table where they could record their own handwritten notes, Ami pondered for a moment before penciling an appropriate, if not somewhat generic, hope for peace and happiness. She peered over at Makoto, wondering what the other girl's wish could be. After all, she said it was something specific.
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Makoto blushed at Ami's comment. "N..nonsense." She laughed a bit.

Taking a big bite of her takoyaki, Makoto couldn't help but notice how good it was to have someone else's cooking. It was a luxury she seldom had. "Eh... you think mine is better." Makoto blushed. "Well, I do have a special ingredient I put in mine..."

The tree was gorgeous. It was filled with everyone's hopes and dreams and wishes. She couldn't help but smile at the thought. He wrote her wish down on a green piece of paper. "Please let me be happy with Ami-chan forever." This wish was something she never thought she'd wish for, but her heart wanted to scream it to the sky. She tied her wish on the tree and clasped her hands together. She wanted this to come true more than anything.

She couldn't help but wonder what Ami's wish was. She kept looking at the blue haired girl out of the corner of her eye. She placed a hand on her stomach, which was doing flips. She liked Ami... she liked her more than a friend. How could she tell her... Ami would probably leave if she did.

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As she tied her own strip of paper on the tree, she looked up and caught Makoto's eyes. For a moment she felt strange: flushed, somewhat nervous. Ami didn't understand it. Time seemed to have slowed to a crawl, and she no longer heard the rush of the festival around them--only the deep thud of her own heartbeat. She broke eye contact, embarrassed, and suddenly everything was normal again. The regular sounds filled her ears; a giggling child ran by, chased by another, their wooden sandals clicking against the cobblestone pavement.

She hoped Makoto wouldn't notice and think she was being weird.

At that moment a young man walked by, distributing flyers.

"Miss Tanabata contest! Ladies, enter the Miss Tanabata contest! Show off your beauty in the Miss Tanabata contest!"

He winked at the teenage pair, waving one of the registration forms near Ami's face. She felt forced to accept it, unable to risk being impolite.

"Surely one or both of you lovely girls would make an excellent try for the winner!" he continued, before whooshing away to try and catch the attention of other female festival attendees.

Ami stared down at the form, feeling the kind of anxiety she always felt at the thought of being the center of attention for something like this. Chess tourmanents didn't phase her, even before an audience of thousands and a broadcast audience of many more. Speaking up in class, answering difficult problems before the entire group of students, rebutting teachers--none of these things made her feel shy. If asked for directions by a stranger, even in English, she would gladly provide it. But when it came to anything like this, public attention just for her appearance, Ami balked. There was absolutely no way she was going to sign up for something like this.

The sun peeked through passing clouds, suddenly highlighting Makoto's brown hair with a halo of gold.

"Maybe you should register, Makoto-chan," she said, half-joking. She wasn't sure this would be the brunette's idea of a good time (although they both knew that Usagi, Minako, and Rei would have jumped at the chance), but her friend was looking gorgeous and elegant today--more so than any of the other young women they had seen at the festival, Ami thought. Maybe the taller girl ought to give it a chance.
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"M...me?" She stuttered. She thought about it for a while. Contemplating having Ami see her all prettied up. "O..ok I'll sign up."

Moments later she immediately remembered that everyone at the festival would see her that way. She forgot for that brief moment that Ami wouldn't be the only one there. It was too late now she already put her name on the list.

Before she could think the man drug her away to get ready. She hoped Ami would follow so she wouldn't have to go through the ordeal alone. She looked back at her friend slightly shocked.

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She certainly wasn't going to suddenly volunteer to be in the contest, but she saw the panicked look in Makoto's eyes and couldn't abandon her friend.

"Excuse me--I'd like to offer my assistance backstage."

His eyes lit up, apparently eager for additional volunteers, and motioned for Ami to follow.

It was a whirlwind of activity behind the pavilion. A horde of young women in yukata milled about in a series of white event tents. The details of the contest were announced loudly over small speakers installed only in the tents, so as not to disturb other festival-goers with the information. From the notices, Makoto and Ami learned that each contestant would be expected to answer a few short questions about her Tanabata wishes and walk down the runway for the audience to examine her outfit. The audience would vote for "Miss Tanabata" based on her answers and appearance.

The questions themselves were fairly generic, posted on a sheet of paper inside each tent to give the girls time to think about their answers:

• Do you prefer wishes for items or for luck?
• What did you wish for last year?
• What is your wish this year?
• Do you have a wish to share with everyone for Tanabata?

It was exactly the kind of thing an idol might be asked on a talk show. Even with potentially-invasive questions about wishes, it would be easy to give a vague answer and know that the interviewer didn't have time to request more details. There were at least 50 girls in the contest, and the festival could only spare a few hours for the event. It would have to go quickly. In fact, it was likely that they'd only ask two questions per contestant, instead of all four.

"How are you feeling, Makoto-chan?" she asked.

She couldn't imagine taking part in something like this herself. There were so many people and so much activity all around them. Dutiful as always, she kept herself busy assigning numbers to the contestants and performing other small administrative tasks--but she made sure to check in on her friend, as well. As soon as the contest officially started, she'd be sent out to the front to join the audience.
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Makoto looked at the sheet and her heart sank. This is it. She had to tell Ami now. She looked over at Ami. For years the two had gotten closer and closer.

"I..I'm doing alright." She said, shaking just as much as the ginkgo trees outside were in the breeze. She never remembered being this nervous for anything, but then again, cooking for her friends was the only thing she really did that was Co sidereal "showmanship."

She felt a bit sick, knowing what was going to happen. She hoped Ami wouldn't notice she was getting pale and her heart was racing. It wasn't about the people looking at her, but more about Ami learning her wish, and having her leave her life because she was uncomfortable.

She heard the bell for the show to start, and headed out to the stage. She looked different than usual, like she was a model. Even so, she still couldn't shake that feeling in the pit of her stomach. Hopefully that question would be skipped, and it would all be ok.


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The man from before was back, arranging the contestants into a line (although Ami had already done her part to get everyone organized). As he passed Ami and Makoto, he made one final remark about their pretty appearances before shuffling Ami out of the backstage area, leaving her to join the audience. It was rather crowded outside; a dense crowd of parents, children, and friends waiting and watching to see which young lady would be this year's Miss Tanabata. She carefully maneuvered around a very tall group, winding up near the back of the area, but with a mostly clear view of the stage.

As the contest began, she kept vigilant watch for Makoto. A number of beautiful girls with eloquent answers made their way across the stage, but her keen blue eyes were waiting only for one person. She wanted to be ready to cheer and support Makoto--after all, she had done something much braver than Ami could have aspired towards, being on this stage.
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Makoto blushed as she walked out in the line of beautifully dressed women. She felt so out of place. So... feminine. It was a nice change, honestly. She looked for Ami in the crowd. Among the people, Ami was the first person she saw. She'd know that beautiful face anywhere.

She stood and waited for the Emcee to ask her her questions, getting closer and closer to the front of the line, until soon it was her turn.

"I really hope this goes well..." She thought to herself. "I'm gonna impress her... I won't fail."

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Ami clapped and cheered when Makoto stepped onto the stage. It was unusual behaviour for her. She felt herself blush when nearby audience members turned to look, but they had been similarly supporting other young ladies involved in the contest. Ami knew she wasn't being rude or out of line, so she didn't feel bad about making a slight ruckus. When her eyes met Makoto's, she tried to signal her encouragement yet again.

Her friend truly looked stunning. There had been an array of beautiful girls in gorgeous yukata, but Ami felt confident that Makoto was the most suitable candidate for Miss Tanabata out of the entire festival. The emerald of her eyes and the greens in her attire were perfect, as were the rose accents. Her height played a role, as well, giving her a more stately and elegant impact than some of the previous and shorter girls.

Ami found herself thinking of the party so many nights ago where she and Makoto had danced together, after Makoto had been left stranded. Her friend had been the loveliest girl at the event, dressed in black velvet with the striking red rose on her long skirt. She had asked Makoto to dance, then, seeing the brunette waiting patiently against the walls of the ballroom. Somehow this memory made her flush, and she felt that weird flutter in her heart. This strange sensation was starting to make her concerned. Perhaps she ought to see a doctor...

The blue-haired girl cleared these distractions from her mind. She needed to focus on the contest, right now. Her other concerns could wait. She still felt the warmth of her blushed cheeks, but she kept her eyes on Makoto on stage. The man previously recruiting them was the same one asking questions now, and he was now starting to question the tall brunette. Ami leaned forward slightly and listened patiently, ready to cheer when appropriate.
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Makoto was basically shaking as she walked up to the microphone. She patiently awaited for the Emcee to ask her her question.

"Kino-san!" He said with an overdramatic tone. "What was your wish at this years Tanabata Festival!?"

Makoto gulped. "Why did it have to be THIS question." She thought to herself. She had hoped the scarlet hue on her face wasn't noticeable from the audience.

"I..." She looked down for a split second, wondering if she should bend the truth or not. "My wish for this years Tanabata Festival..."

Looking out at the crowd, she saw Ami sitting there. She looked like a goddess, probably even more beautiful than Kaguya-hime herself.

"I wish that I could be with the person I care about forever!" She gulped agian, hoping it wouldn't give anything away.

She sighed in relief as she walked off the stage.

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Makoto's reply made Ami pause. Who could that person be? She knew that her brunette friend had many crushes over the years on a variety of young men: the upperclassman so frequently mentioned in the early years of their acquaintance, Motoki at the arcade, the Three Lights when they were that popular idol group, among others. Yet it had been months since Makoto had hinted at feelings for anyone in particular. To have such a thing mentioned now set Ami's brilliant mind whirling, trying to deduce an answer. If there was any way that she'd be able to help Makoto, she wanted to do so.

She was so engrossed in this that she didn't pay any attention to the young women that followed. Soon the contestants had all made their way across the stage, and the emcee had returned. He provided voting instructions and made some amusing comments to the audience, then oversaw the dispersion and collection of forms. Ami blinked down at the paper she had been handed, looking over the long list of numbers and names. She checked off Makoto's and quickly passed it back. It was unlikely that her friend would win, but she certainly was going to try to make that possible.

It seemed like a whirlwind of activity, and then it was time to announce the winner.

"This year's Miss Tanabata is... Makoto Kino!"

Ami gasped. Makoto had won!
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Makoto was dazed that she had won. she really didn't know how to react. She blushed as she walked down to Ami after she had gotten her prizes and certificate.

"So... how did I do then...." She blushed, not knowing what else to say.

"So...what...what should we do now?" Makoto was still a bit flustered by everything that happened with her winning.

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"Congratulations, Miss Tanabata!" Ami greeted her friend, now the newly-crowned queen of this year's festive celebration. "You were wonderful; you certainly impressed the audience."

Ami thought it was very fitting that Makoto be this year's Miss Tanabata. She was certainly the prettiest-dressed girl at the festival. Makoto had that knack for attiring and accessorizing well. Ami found herself thinking of the scarf purchased a few days ago. Something about that memory made her blush, but she didn't quite understand why. The blue-haired girl shook her head slightly to clear the sense of confusion. She wanted to focus on Makoto's moment of recognition here at the festival.

Just as Makoto asked what their next plans could be, a resounding rumble issued forth from the large drum set up on a stand. Ami turned towards it, the sleeves of her blue yukata fluttering like the leaves depicted on it leaving ripples on the water's surface. The dance leaders assembled quietly, mostly old ladies in navy-patterned white yukata with bright yellow and red obi. The sun was setting and it was finally time for the rhythmic group dancing around the drum's tall platform.

Ami reached out her hand towards Makoto, smiling.

"Shall we join the dance?"
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Makoto blushed. She wasn't sure she could get used to the title "Miss Tanabata." But, all things considered, she did like the sound of it.

Dance... Makoto remembered all too well that this was not the first time Ami had asked her to dance. She remembered vividly, Ami in her green dress and yellow cardigan, and herself in her navy dress with the rose embellishment. That moment was one of Makoto's favorite memories. She smiled.

She took Ami's hand. The warmth she felt from her hand made her heart beat faster.

While they danced, Makoto couldn't take her eyes off Ami. Something was growing stronger in her heart.

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They walked home that night under the stars. Ami felt a warmth in her heart that brought a smile to her face. Blue eyes looked up at the twinkling lights in the dark velvet embrace of the sky, noticing how beautiful they were. Everything about their evening had been wonderful—the festival, the contest, and the dancing. She could still hear in her memory the thump of the drum and the whistle of the bamboo flute.

The rhythm of the festival dancing still echoed through her body. Ami could remember the steps, familiar to her since childhood. In some ways, it didn't seem to matter that she couldn't attend every year. They always came back to her after a few seconds into the song. The darkening dusk had been a flutter of yukata sleeves with the faint clack of zori sandals. She had stood next to Makoto the entire time, carefully circling around the tower with the massive group, moving with perfect synchronization. Ami didn't think there had been two other people in the crowd moving with such coordination.

At first she had thought that they would miss having Usagi's laughter, Minako's dramatic flair, and Rei's fiery enthusiasm. That's not to say that she hadn't missed her friends—of course she did. She loved them very dearly, and spending time with them was always important to Ami. But at the same time, she had a wonderful time in Makoto's company. Every day she found some other reason to admire her friend. Ami felt like they had become so much closer, as if the potential for this kind of friendship had existed all along, but only now that she was living with the brunette did she have the opportunity to discover it.

It made her wonder what the passing days would bring.
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Makoto sighed as she flipped through her math textbook. All the numbers and equations were giving her a headache. "This is hopeless!" She threw her hands in the air, putting them behind her head. Math had never been easy for Makoto, but at least she wasn't alone, she had Minako and Usagi in the same boat.

"Ami-chan, how do you do it!?" Makoto sighed. She envied the perfect academic skills of her friend. She undid her ponytail and let her long flowing brunette hair fall imperfectly. She didn't wear her hair down much, but the headache she was getting from all this studying was too much for her perfectly pulled ponytail.

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Ami looked up from her book, the thin-framed glasses sliding slightly down her nose.

"Hmm?" she murmured, blue eyes gradually adjusting to see Makoto surrounded by a proverbial sea of summer homework. The academic distress was palpable. Ami smiled kindly, marked her place, set the book down, and moved to sit down near Makoto.

She didn't even realize just how "at home" she felt right now, although it hadn't been ages since she had moved in.

The dark-haired girl glanced over the papers that were causing her friend to fret, noting the different concepts contained within.

"It just takes practice, Makoto-chan," she said, attempting to reassure the frustrated brunette. "May I help you? If you tell me where you're having trouble, I might be able to explain it."
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Makoto's heart began to pound at a faster pace than usual. She didn't want Ami to think she was an idiot for not understanding something so simple.

She pointed to a complex equation. "I have no idea where to start with this... there's too many numbers, and these letters... why do there have to be letters?!"

Even though Makoto was having problems with her homework, with Ami there it made it all worthwhile. She blushed a little as the genius girls eyes moved over the equation. This was how she loved Ami the most, being herself.

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Ami felt an unusual flush warm her cheeks when she turned her head and realized that Makoto was so intensely close. Her mind wondered once more if she was coming down with something. She didn't usually find herself with these reactions to normal situations. It was so distracting to her that she didn't notice the brunette was also blushing. The blue-haired girl cleared those thoughts from her mind, reminding herself to focus on the lesson at hand.

In response to Makoto's question, Ami pulled out their textbook and opened to the relevant chapter and section. Ami could never have thought less of her friends for asking for help. She knew that they were all extremely capable, and she felt honored to be able to share her talents with them when they requested it.

"Here, Makoto-chan," she began, smiling over at the other girl. "Let's start here. One of the first concepts to understand..."

Ami's soft, sweet voice had a steady cadence and clear tone. She may have been just a student, but she could have easily taught most of her classes. The many hours of practice gained from the countless study sessions at the Hikawa Shrine allowed her to hone her speech patterns and thought processes to break down and clarify even extremely complicated elements. Math and science, always Ami's most beloved subjects, benefited from her own passion towards them. There was something in her voice that provided evidence for how wonderful she felt these topics could be. That was happening now—anyone listening would have understood that this young woman felt strongly in a positive way about the lesson she taught. It only made her words more engaging.

She paused, never providing too much information in a given speech, and regularly checked in with Makoto to be sure that her friend was following along. If not, Ami could go back and rephrase the section, highlighting the areas that were still troublesome. This was a moment where the "genius" element of her personality shone brightly.

"Does that help?" she asked, her blue eyes clear and kind. "Maybe you should try some of these equations again, and I could confirm your solutions."
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Makoto could hear Ami's heartbeat as she leaned over her sprawled out mess of homework. How could she even concentrate now?

As her friend talked with such passion, such love for what she was trying to convey, Makoto could do nothing but stare, with rosy cheeks. Ami had always been passionate about her studies, but to see her now, she looked even more beautiful than usual.

"I... I think I get some of it now..." Makoto blushed. "Sorry, I'm a slow learner when it comes to math." She began to solve the equation on her paper, the pencil not stopping until she was done.
"H..hows this?" Makoto was nervous. She was sure she had went wrong somewhere in her equation. But, miracles could definitely happen with Ami tutoring her.

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Ami leaned over Makoto to check the other girl's work, once again feeling that strange quickened heartbeat. Maybe she really ought to see a doctor... The blue eyes scanned the calculations with precision, quickly reviewing the written answers. Her braid analyzed them with a lightning-quick rapidity. Within a few short minutes, she was able to discuss the brunette's progress.

"Most of these are correct," she told her friend, punctuated with yet another gentle smile.

"This problem here," she pointed out, tapping a delicate fingertip on the printout. "For the most part, you're calculations are sound. But this section, right here—you've reversed the order for these two operations. It should be easy to fix."

"And this one," the blue-haired tutor indicated another equation on the sheet. "I think you forgot this last computation. If you add that in, you should have the right answer."

"You're not a slow learner, Makoto-chan," she mildly chastised, her tone always kind. "You're an intelligent young woman. Everyone encounters concepts that require a different angle to understand."

She looked at the textbooks and worksheets piled on the table. Ami glanced up at Makoto, noticing how lovely she looked with her walnut-coloured hair curling softly around her shoulders and upper back. It was so unusual to see the taller girl without her signature ponytail, but it was a very pretty look on her. Ami had never been able to pull off longer hair, and she knew it would have never been as feminine and lovely on her as it currently looked on Makoto. Sitting this close, she could even smell the delicate rose scent of the brunette's shampoo. Ami blushed slightly and redirected her attention to the homework.

"How much of the summer homework do you have left, Makoto-chan?" she asked, changing the subject as far as her own strange thoughts about the other girl's pretty looks.
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Makoto sighed as Ami went over her answers. She was happy that she got most of them right, and also that she wasn't a slow learner. Makoto didn't pay too much attention to all of the math related speech Ami was giving, but instead took the time to watch her talk. She answered whenever a question was asked, but she was just taking in that Ami was there - in her house; living with her. The reality of it all was finally starting to sink in.

She returned to reality with Ami's question. She was blushing a tiny bit and hoped she didn't notice. "N..not much. I've already finished English and History, so math is all that's left."

Thinking for a moment, she wanted to tell Ami how she felt. But she couldn't how could she tell her friend that she had feelings? They were both girls. Sure that thing was normal in their friend group. Haruka and Michiru were a beautiful couple. Still, she couldn't shake the fear that her feelings wouldn't be returned. She brushed the thought away and closed her textbooks. "Thank you for helping Ami! You're a lifesaver!"

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Makoto's summer homework now well under control, the next few days were quiet and peaceful for the roommates. They settled into a rhythm as they continued to share the same living space. It was all so different for Ami—now, instead of a quiet, almost sterile, home with the vague presence of another person, she was in a place with the constant echo of voices and whirl of activity. The plants that filled the place seemed to add a burst of life that she wasn't accustomed to in the condominium previously shared with her mother.

This life... it felt so natural.

When the phone rang, Ami answered cheerfully.

"A-Ami-chan?" replied the shocked, yet extremely familiar voice. Her mother!

"Mama!" she gasped, having forgotten it had been so many days since the move. "How are you? How is Germany?"

"You sound so different, Ami-chan," the woman continued, sounding so distant. The call traveled across so many hundreds of kilometers, after all. In the place that Ami almost moved to, so far from her life now. So far from Makoto and all her other friends. She felt a strange tightness in her chest, thinking about this. Before she could recover from the momentary distraction, Dr. Mizuno's voice continued speaking.

"It's a good kind of different, I mean. You must be having fun."

The conversation was short, but covered all the relevant information. Neither Mizuno female was much for talking on the telephone. Mama's research was going well. She had moved into her apartment near campus. She liked working with her new colleagues. She hoped to make some real discoveries using the technology available to her here. She missed Japanese food. She missed her daughter.

Ami informed her mother that she was preparing for the winter semester. She tried to tell her all about Makoto, about living with a friend, but it all sounded... weird. In her head it didn't make sense, and it made even less sense formed into words. She couldn't convey what she felt. Maybe she didn't really understand what she felt.

When she hung up the phone, after those brief goodbyes, she felt a stab of loneliness. It would be so much easier to talk to Mama if she weren't so far away. It was so much harder to connect on the telephone, instead of in a face-to-face conversation. Maybe that would have made Ami feel different than she did now.

Getting out of the apartment might help clear her head. She ducked into the nearby kitchen, looking for Makoto, ready to suggest an outing to the arcade—if the brunette was willing. Ami really, really hoped that she was. Going alone definitely wouldn't help.
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It was chilly outside. Makoto bundled up with a pink scarf and green pea-coat. The walk to the arcade wasn't that long, but it was still enough to send a shiver down ones spine.

"Ami-chan..." Makoto looked at her friend, the people coming from the direction of the Arcade look tired. Almost like... they haven't slept in forever. Do you think it's because of Exams?"

The arcade was busier than usual. Normally around this time of year everyone was too busy studying, it seemed like a holiday today. Makoto felt uneasy as they walked through the doors. "I've never seen it this busy this time of year..." She thought to herself, pondering what could have caused this spontaneous influx of people. She didn't want to believe it would again be time for battle. She looked around for Motoki, who seemed to be nowhere.

"What game do you want to play, Ami-chan. I bet I can kick your butt in the Sailor V game, or Tekken!"

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Studying for upcoming exams? That did tend to bring a bleariness to students' eyes. But at the same time... Ami's blue eyes searched the faces of those that passed by the pair. Almost expressionless. Their skin... it looked almost grey. No, this seemed different somehow from exam fatigue. How long had everyone looked this way? She remembered seeing tired people at Crown not too long ago, but was it this bad? She couldn't quite recall.

And Makoto was right—it was extremely busy. It didn't really make sense. Usually people were scrambling to finish up that summer homework. The semester would begin very, very soon. And it was more than that... no one looked particularly excited. The arcade was a place that was supposed to ring with the laughter of gamers and the ping of scores. The machines continued to play their music and blare their sound effects, but those operating the consoles were too quiet. It seemed wrong.

She was distracted momentarily by her friend's challenge. Ami returned it with a sly grin, not exactly her most common expression.

"Kick my butt? I'll remind you that I've held the top score on the Sailor V game since we started playing it," she teased back.

Yes, that was the right one to pick. For nostalgic purposes. It reminded her of when she first came here with Usagi. When she first started to have friends. Soon they'd see their blonde and raven-haired comrades in class again. It was nice to spend so much time with Makoto, but she missed the others as well. Fighting monsters as Sailor V would be just the thing to lift her spirits a bit.

"It's very busy, but so still. This doesn't feel right," she commented to Makoto, looking around as they headed towards the console. Maybe... maybe this was something more...
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Makoto's eyes never stopped scanning the students in the arcade. It was eerie how...lifeless they all seemed.

She sat down at the Sailor V game, feeling a sudden rush of nausea, almost like her energy was being drained.

"A...Ami chan... don't touch the game..." She tried to regain her composure as the feeling grew stronger. "Could..this be a new enemy?"

"We need to find out where the source of all this negative energy is coming from." Putting her hand to her chest, she felt a Shockwave through her entire body. She hadn't felt this much electricity since the last time she faced Galaxia.

"Ami-chan.... henshin yo!"

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Ami nearly objected to Makoto's command to have the two transform, wondering what would make the brunette react so recklessly in an arcade filled with civilians, but the words died on her lips. The Sailor V video game reacted violently to the taller girl's presence. Ami could actually see the burst of energy that emanated from it, crackling with the darkness of evil. It was something she had seen so many times before, yet it seemed strange and horrifying to witness such a thing again after Galaxia had been defeated. This was supposed to be Tokyo at peace, free of Chaos!

The energy took shape suddenly, coalescing into what appeared to be a humanoid form. At that moment all of the gamers in the arcade stood up and swiftly turned to face the pair of girls, blank eyes boring holes through them. Whatever evil had been infecting this place had tightened its hold on the poor souls trapped here.

Ami had her hand on the Crystal Change Rod before she witnessed whatever the creature's final appearance would look like.

"Mercury Crystal Power, Make Up!" she called, feeling the familiar chilled water surround her.

In moments, Sailor Mercury stood in Ami's place, the long light blue tails of her back bow wafting gently in the breeze that followed her transformation. The blue eyes searched for Makoto, to see if the brunette had also transformed, mildly panicked for her friend's safety.
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