“Hey Mina, Serena,” Lita called out as she and Trunks walked into
the mall. “Have you seen Rei or Ami yet?”
Just then the two missing girls appeared. “Hey guys!” Rei called
out, followed by Ami. “Sorry we’re late; I had trouble dragging Ami away
from her Astrophysics book.”
All the girls shook their heads.
“Hey Serena, isn’t Darien coming?” asked Lita.
“I don’t know. He hates shopping with me for some reason.”
Rei snickered. “I wonder why.”
“Hey Rei, be nice,” pouted Serena.
Trunks poked Lita. “Who’s Darien?”
“Darien is Serena’s boyfriend. In fact, that’s him over there.”
She pointed to the tall black haired young man headed in their direction.
“Hi Serena,” he called out.
“Muffin!” squealed Serena, running toward him.
Just then, Mina noticed a sign in the window of a shoe store announcing a
big sale. “There’s a big sale at our favorite shoe store!” she said
All the girls, including Serena, instantly headed in the direction of the
store. Well, Ami more or less followed along behind calmly.
“Happy to see you too Serena,” Darien chuckled. Then he noticed the
other guy standing there. “You must be Trunks. Serena told me you were staying
at Lita’s for a while.”
Trunks nodded, wondering what else Serena had told him. “You’re
Darien, Serena’s boyfriend right?”
“How’d you know?” Darien asked, puzzled.
“Lita told me. I don’t mean to be rude, but is Serena always like
“Pretty much, but you get used to it after a while.”
Trunks shook his head. “Say, you wouldn’t happen to know where I
could get a school uniform would you?”
“Sure,” said Darien. “Follow me. It won’t take long, and we can
come right back here. We won’t even be missed.” He chuckled and the two
headed off to do some shopping of their own.
Meanwhile at the shoe store, a small army of girls, Serena and company,
were attacking the aisles. All that is except Ami, who managed to sneak her book
in with her. Rei caught her reading the book; “Ami, this is supposed to be a
looked a bit sheepish and quickly returned the book back where it came from.
looked around for a while before picking up a pair of green pumps with
three-inch heels she had had her eye on for a while. Now that they were on sale,
she didn’t feel so guilty about buying them. She quickly made her purchase and
headed back to check on her friends.
Serena came over to her. “I’m going to go back and drag Darien in
here. I need his help to carry all the boxes and bags I’m gonna have.”
Mina overheard Serena’s comment and giggled. “Why don’t you take
Lita back with you? I’m sure Trunks could use some company.”
“Great idea Mina!” Serena said ecstatically. “He can help you pick
out a dress to go with your shoes.”
Lita tried to protest, but was dragged off by the determined blonde.
As Darien had predicted they weren’t missed. They had finished there
shopping long before the two girls came back.
“Darien, I need your help carrying all my stuff,” Serena said,
pulling on his arm as she dragged him off in the direction of the shoe store.
“How much do you plan on buying?” Darien asked as they disappeared
into the crowd of shoppers.
“I guess that leaves us,” Trunks said matter of factly.
Lita looked a little embarrassed. “Sorry about that.”
“I’ll just follow you.”
“It won’t be to exciting for you.”
That turned out to be true.
looked beyond bored as he stood around watching Lita pick up dresses that she
wanted to try on. Just when he thought he was going to die of boredom, she
announced that she was heading to the dressing room to try on the mountain of
dresses. This is going to take forever he inwardly groaned. He followed her over
to the dressing room area and noticed a chair. Finally, it’s about time he
thought. As she disappeared inside, he plopped down and almost immediately fell
quickly changed into the first dress. I guess I’ll have to get Trunks’
opinion on how this looks since the others aren’t around. She flushed a bit at
the thought, but quickly composed herself, stepped out, and looked for Trunks.
He was sitting in a chair with his head over to one side and eyes closed. I
guess I was right. It wasn’t very exciting at all she thought as she sighed
and headed back into the dressing room.
worked her way through the huge stack of dresses until she came to the last one.
She put it on and looked at her reflection in the mirror. I don’t know she
thought. The dress was long, too long without the heeled shoes she’d just
bought. “I guess I’d better go see if Trunks is awake yet,” she sighed.
Lita pulled up the dress so the hem just brushed the floor and walked out
into the waiting area. She looked over in the direction of the chair Trunks had
plopped into earlier and saw that he was still there. She walked over and peeked
at him, only to find that he was still asleep. She turned to go back to the
dressing room, remembering too late that she had let go of the dress. Her feet
got tangled up in the folds of fabric pooled on the floor and before she could
blink she had fallen backwards into Trunks’ lap.
Trunks was jolted awake and looked down to see a very pink faced Lita
lying in his lap. He blinked in surprise and flushed slightly. To hide his
embarrassment, he quickly stood up with her in his arms and let her slide down
to the floor, his right arm loosely around her.
Trunks looked down at her.
Her green eyes were shyly peeking up into his through her lashes. There can’t
possibly be anyone else who could be as pretty as she is right now he thought.
He had the sudden urge to kiss her but restrained himself.
Lita peered up into Trunks’ blue eyes, not even noticing that he still
had his arm around her. He’s so cute she thought. He’s way better looking
than my ex-boyfriend was. What is it that makes him so different? She could feel
herself blushing as he looked into her face.
Just then, Lita and Trunks heard Mina’s voice. He quickly dropped his
arm and the two blushed, embarrassed to possibly have been caught staring at
“Hey guys!” yelled Mina as she ran over. “Lita, that dress is
perfect. That is definitely your shade of green don’t you think Rei?”
“Absolutely. A little long, but with the right shoes it shouldn’t
make any difference. I love the flowers on the sides.”
“It’s just so Lita,” squealed Serena. “That dress was made for
Embarrassed by the big fuss her friends were making over the dress, Lita
quickly excused herself to go change back into her normal clothes.
the girls were still discussing the green dress. Well, all of them except Ami
who had managed to slip her book out of hiding yet again. Trunks stood there
looking uncomfortable. He didn’t really know that much about dresses, and he
was still overwhelmed by what had just taken place just a few minutes earlier.
Darien was trying to figure out how Serena, Rei, and Mina could have that much
to say to each other about one dress.
exited the dressing room with the green dress in hand and paid for it at the
register. The salesclerk put it in a protective bag. Lita took her purchase and
rejoined the group.
that it appears that we’re all done shopping, for today anyway, I propose we
go to the arcade,” said Darien.
Lita suddenly snapped her fingers. “I almost forgot, I have to get a
duplicate key made. Sorry Darien, but it shouldn’t take long.”
“That’s ok Lita. We can go to afterwards.”
She nodded and walked across to a small shop to get the key made. The
shop was next to an electronic store, which Trunks decided to check out.
“I’ll be back in a few minutes ok Serena? I have to get a drink of
water,” Darien said as he walked off toward in the direction of the water
Serena nodded absently, trying to pay attention to Rei. “What’s so
special about Trunks going in the electronics store?”
Rei rolled her eyes. “Don’t you get it? This is a great opportunity
to find out what he knows about electronics and stuff. Maybe it will give us a
clue to who he is. Coming or not?” She walked over to the store.
other girls followed and stationed themselves outside the store’s entrance.
Ami said from behind her text, “I don’t think you should do this. If Lita
won’t,” Rei said flatly. She casually entered the store and looked around
until she spotted Trunks, then slipped over near him, pretending to look over
the shelves. “I didn’t know you liked electronics.”
looked up surprised. “Oh, hi Rei. I don’t particularly like electronics.
That’s my mom’s interest. Are you looking for something?”
in particular, just browsing.” She pretended to study the shelves. After a few
seconds, she selected a package, “Hey Trunks, do you know what this is? The
description on the box doesn’t make any sense to me.”
looked at the package that Rei was holding. “If you don’t know what it is,
then you probably don’t need it do you?”
I guess you’re right,” Rei said. Nuts, she thought. That didn’t get me
of sudden, Mina popped her head around the corner. “There you are Rei.
Lita’s done and is waiting for us.”
right there,” she answered. “Come on Trunks.”
nodded and followed her out of the store. Upon seeing the two exit the store,
Lita gave Rei a suspicious look, which she totally ignored.
this time, Darien had returned and was in a hurry to go, so everyone left the
mall and headed over to the Crown Arcade.
Serena pushed the door open
and walked in. Everyone else followed suit.
guys,” a tall blonde called out as they entered. “Bring a new friend
Andrew, this is Trunks. He’s new around here. We thought we’d show him
around. Serena answered.
Trunks. I work here at the arcade. Mina, please be careful?”
turned around to see Mina furiously pounding keys and whining because the game
was over. “Sorry,” she said, a bit embarrassed.
walked over and looked at the game she had been playing. “What game is
is the Sailor Scout game. The object is to defeat your opponent in a fight,”
Mina said as if she was an expert. “Why don’t you try? I bet you’d like
I don’t know much about video games, but I’ll try I guess. Even though I
have no idea who these Sailor Scouts are.”
play with you Trunks,” Darien offered. “I haven’t played in a while
nodded in agreement and sat down where Mina had been sitting moments before.
Darien sat down next to him, and deposited enough money for both of
them. The game started up, playing the typical video game music.
As the screen came up to select the scout you wished to fight as,
Trunks all but frowned at the screen. “These are the Sailor Scouts?” On the
screen were five girls in short skirted sailor suits of different colors.
“I’m supposed to fight as one of those?”
Darien chuckled. “It’s not that bad. You get used to it.” He
quickly selected Sailor Moon as his fighter.
Trunks scanned the profiles of the five girls quickly and settled on
Sailor Jupiter because her profile listed her as being one of the strongest.
Besides, she reminded him a bit of Lita.
The match started. Darien had the early lead, but Trunks quickly
figured out the purpose of the buttons and joystick and beat Darien in no time.
Darien was amazed. “Boy, I guess either I was really rusty, or
you’re a really fast learner. Are you sure you haven’t played before?”
Trunks shook his head and then turned to Mina. “You were right,
this is fun.”
She grinned. “You’re really good,” Mina said. “You should
play Lita. She’s the best at this game.”
Just then, the sounds of Rei and Serena going at it could be heard
across the arcade. Serena was whining about being beaten yet again and Rei was,
of course, calling her names for her behavior. Which, of course, only made
Serena argue more.
Ami looked up from her book and sighed. “I simply can not
concentrate in this environment.” She got up and headed over for the arguing
girls. “Come on Mina, let’s see what we can do.”
Mina nodded and followed Ami.
“It looks like it’s you and me again Lita. You want to play?”
She grinned. “Sure. I’d love to.” She sat down in the seat
Darien had abandoned to go calm Serena down. Fishing through her pockets, she
came up with some change and plopped it in the machine.
Trunks chose to fight as Jupiter again, seeing as he had just won
with her. Lita chose to fight as Sailor Jupiter as well. She noticed the look on
his face at her selection. “I always fight best as Jupiter,” she said.
The game started again. It didn’t take long for Trunks to find out
just how good Lita was. He wasn’t having nearly the success he had with
Darien. Mina wasn’t kidding when she said Lita was good he thought.
Lita, on the other hand, saw she had a real fight on her hands.
He’s really good, she thought. He’s a natural. I’m not going to win this
It didn’t take very long before the two became focused solely on
the game. Both were intent on nothing short of total victory. A veritable war it
was because the two were so evenly matched.
Just as they were getting ready to start another round, Rei noticed
Luna’s head peeking through one of the windows. She looked around, and slipped
outside when nobody was looking. “Hey Luna. What are you doing here?”
“We need the scouts! There’s an attack,” she said in between
“Right!” Rei slipped back inside and whispered to Darien what
Luna had told her.
“Sorry guys, but remember we have to make a quick stop?” Darien
“Wake up meatball head,” Rei said.
Darien sighed. “Yes Serena, you do. I have a couple things I need
to do too. I’ll meet you guys later ok?”
“Bye Muffin,” Serena said as Darien walked out of the arcade.
“Sorry Trunks, but it looks like we’ll have to finish the game
some other time.”
He nodded, wondering where they were going in such a hurry.
Lita followed the other girls out the door.
“Luna said there’s an attack in progress. But I’m not sensing
anything. “Let’s transform and go check it out,” Lita said.
“Right,” Mina nodded.
The group ducked into a near by alley and quickly transformed.
Sailor Mercury pulled out her computer and began scanning. “The
mall is the target area. Come on scouts, let’s go.”
The five girls jumped out from the alley and headed toward the mall.
Meanwhile, Trunks decided to check things out himself. He wanted to
see what the big rush was, so he slipped out of the arcade and tried following
the girls. It didn’t take him long to get lost. He had no idea where they’d
gone, so following them wasn’t easy. However, Trunks was soon sidetracked as
he spotted what appeared to be an explosion coming from the direction of the
mall they had been to earlier. Better go check it out. Could mean trouble, he
thought to himself. He ran toward the mall, and upon arrival was greeted by a
couple he hadn’t seen in a long time. Oh my god, he said to himself. How’d
they get here?
Trunks knew he was going to have to get involved in this fight.
Otherwise, they’ll destroy everything, he told himself. He realized, though,
that he would need a disguise for that just in case he happened to run into the
girls. He left the mall area and walked down the street a bit when he spotted a
costume shop. Perfect, he thought.
He quickly slipped in and looked around, trying to find something
that wasn’t too ridiculous. He finally made his selection, paid for it, and
changed in the store. When he stepped back outside, he looked ready for the
Army. His black shirt was now green, the jacket was gone, the pants were
camouflage, and he was even wearing the boots and the bandana. Ok, I feel kind
of stupid, he said to himself. With a sigh, he quickly darted off to the source
of the disturbance.
While he was tending to his business, the scouts had arrived at the
mall to find it being blasted by what appeared to be a brother and sister.
“What the….?” Lita asked. “I’ve never seen them before.”
Ami nodded in agreement, still scanning with her computer. “I
can’t get any kind of stable reading on them. This isn’t our average
“You’re an observant
one aren’t you?” said the blonde female as she hovered overhead.
“Who are you and what do you want?” Sailor Mars yelled.
The blonde pushed some hair behind her ear, smirking. “I’m known
as Android 18, or 18 for short. The other is 17,” she said motioning to her
black haired, male counterpart. “And why we’re here is none of your
business,” 18 said, looking at the scout disdainfully.
“You don’t have any right to do this to innocent people,” said
the young girl with the funny hair.
17 snickered. “And just who do you think you are?”
“I’m Super Sailor Moon. I fight for love and justice and in the
name of the moon I will right wrongs and triumph over evil, and that means you,
18 laughed. “You’re just a little girl in your stupid outfit. You
think you can stop us? You’re power level isn’t as high as a flea’s.
You’ll never beat us.” She fired a blast at the scouts, sending them
Sailor Moon squealed. “Where’s Luna or Tuxedo Mask?”
“Shut up Sailor Moon. We’ve got a real problem here.” Mars
stepped forward, throwing her black hair behind her shoulder. “I’ll show you
who’s weak. Mars…..Flame……Sniper!” She released her attack at 18 who
knocked it away effortlessly with her hand.
“Is that the best you can do?” she sneered.
“I’m afraid we’ll have to remove these pests,” 17 said. He
fired a blast of his own at Mars, sending her into a tree and knocking her out.
“Nobody does that to my friends and lives to tell about,” Jupiter
17 and 18 laughed, each sending another blast into the mall.
“Be careful Jupiter,” Mercury said. “I still can’t get
anything on these two.”
“Don’t worry about me.” Jupiter glared at 18. “Say your
prayers 18. Super Sailor Jupiter’s gonna kick you into another dimension!
Jupiter….Oak….Evolution!” Her attack flew at the androids, doing minimal
Again, the brother and sister laughed. “I’ll show you another
dimension sailor scout,” 18 said. She shot a blast at Jupiter, who dodged the
worst of the attack. Unfortunately for Jupiter, the tail end caught her and she
fell awkwardly back on her ankle.
“Pathetic,” 17 hissed. “You girls couldn’t pull the wings off
a dead fly. Prepare to meet your end Sleazy Scouts.” A bright blue-white
sphere of light began to form in his hand. Just as he was about to hurl the
energy blast, he sensed another presence and looked up.
Trunks had been hiding behind some bushes, keeping his ki level down
so he would hopefully escape detection. He slipped his hand in his pocket and
pull out the capsule that held his sword. Since he was “alone”, it was the
perfect opportunity. Besides, he knew he needed to help whoever was fighting the
brother and sister team, so he came out and flew over to where 17 was getting
ready to blast the girls again.
“I wouldn’t try that if I were you,” said the floating figure.
The figure came down to reveal a young man with blond hair that was spiked up
and a pair of green eyes. A sword was strapped on his back.
Everyone, scouts and androids alike, was staring at the newcomer.
Sailor Venus poked the blue haired scout. “Where’d he come from?
I’ve never seen him before.”
Mercury shrugged. “I have absolutely no idea.”
“Whoever he is, he has a very commanding presence. It’s very easy
to sense him,” Mars said.
18 looked at him, one eyebrow raised. “You are by far stronger then
these insolent girls, but you have no more chance against us then they do.”
“You’d like to think so.” The young man looked her straight in
the eye. “This is one fight that won’t end on your terms.”
17 laughed. “Wishful thinking weakling.” He sent a blast at the
newcomer, which was easily dodged. “What…..” His eyes narrowed and he
glared at the young man. Angered, he kept sending blast after blast with the
The scouts watched from the ground in amazement as the attacks were
dodged and blocked one after another. “He’s incredible!” Jupiter said.
At that precise moment, 18 and 17 combined for an attack that found
its mark. The newcomer, temporarily allied with the scouts, looked to see that
he’d been hit. It wasn’t serious, but damage had been done.
“Absolutely. That last blast should have finished him off. I wonder
who or what he is,” said Luna, who had arrived, along with Artemis unseen
during the fight.
“He certainly doesn’t fight like anybody I’ve ever seen,”
Artemis said. “We should watch and study him. Maybe we can get some
information that way.”
Just then, the stranger went through a series of strange arm
movements and stretched his arms out, forming a triangle with his two thumbs and
index fingers. “Burning Attack!”
A huge blast flew toward the android siblings. Both dodged the
attack, but decided that it would be best to leave before this newcomer could do
“We’ll see you later boy. You and those weak sailors. Don’t
think you’ve seen the last of us,” 18 said as they flew off.
“Well, it looks like I’m not needed anymore, so I’ll be leaving
now,” said the young man.
“Hey, wait just a second,” Mars said. “I’d like to ask you a
few things. Who are you and what are you doing here?”
He looked down at the red suited sailor. Great, he thought.
Questions, just what I don’t need. “I could ask you the same thing,” he
said, as he got ready to leave.
“Please excuse Mars, she’s a bit of a hot head,” Mercury said.
“We are the Sailor Scouts, defenders of justice. We appreciate your help.”
He nodded. “I guess we’re on the same side then.” He turned to
go, calling behind him as he left. “You can call me Blade.” Then he was
“He sure knows how to make an entrance,” Venus said.
Mars nodded. “I wonder if what he says is true though. I can’t
help feeling there’s something strange about him.”
“Oh lighten up,” Sailor Moon said. “He saved us didn’t he? That must mean he’s on our side like he said.”
Mercury shook her head, sensing the beginning of yet another
argument. “You have every right to question him Mars, however I think he was
telling the truth. But even if he isn’t, he did help us today.”
“And boy, can he fight,” Jupiter commented. Then she suddenly
remembered something. “Hey you guys, we left Trunks at the arcade. We better
go back and get him.”
“Right,” Sailor Moon said. “Let’s go.” She helped Lita up.
All the girls de-transformed and headed back to the arcade slowly, to accommodate Lita’s ankle, only to find Trunks missing. “I wonder where he is,” Mina said.
“I don’t know, but we’ll find him faster if we split up.
Let’s meet back up in 20 minutes or so here at the arcade,” Ami said.
“Lita, you stay here in case he comes back.”
The girls agreed, and each went a different way. Lita stayed behind,
waiting at the main counter. At the appointed time they all met back at Crown.
“Find anything?” Ami asked.
the girls shook their heads.
“I wonder where in the world he could be.” Suddenly Lita
remembered there was a pay phone a little ways down the street. “I think
I’ll call my house and see if he’s there.” She hurried as fast as she
could down the sidewalk to the phone. A few minutes later she came back up to
take it by your face there wasn’t any answer,” Ami said.
shook her head. “That doesn’t mean he isn’t there though. I’m going home
to see. Catch you guys at school tomorrow,” she said as she carefully walked
off in the direction of her house.
finally reached her destination. As she started up to the door, she heard a
noise. It startled her, causing her to jump.
Lita. I didn’t mean to scare you.”
She turned her head quickly and saw him standing to her right. “What happened
to you?” she asked.
scratched his head. “Well, um…” He was uncertain what to tell her. He
couldn’t tell her the truth, but he didn’t want to lie to her.
Unfortunately, he looked about as bad as the night the girls had first found
must have gotten hit while trying to get away,” she said as she unlocked the
door. “Come inside and I’ll get you cleaned up.”
He followed her inside, relieved that she had come up with an answer to her
down and I’ll be back in a minute.” Lita closed the door, pocketed her keys,
and went upstairs. She came back downstairs with everything she needed and set
it down on the coffee table.
his seat on the couch, Trunks watched Lita carefully. Something just didn’t
seem right. I must be imaging things he thought to himself. But she was walking
kind of funny.
proceeded to start cleaning up his cuts. To reach the one that had reopened over
his eye, she was forced to shift her weight, which caused her to wince slightly.
time, Trunks knew something was definitely wrong. “Are you ok?” he asked
“I’m fine,” Lita answered.
He looked at her skeptically. He had seen that she was favoring her right
ankle. “What happened to your ankle?”
She looked up at him in surprise. “What makes you think anything’s
wrong with it?”
“Well, you are trying to stay off that foot,” he pointed out. “What
“I was running and I tripped. That’s all.”
He looked at her. She was trying to finish bandaging him up. She’s
unreal he thought. Here she is trying to take care of me when she has an injury
Lita reached up to clean the cut that had reopened over his eye, but
Trunks pushed her hand away. “Let me look at your ankle.”
“There isn’t anything wrong. I’ll be fine,” Lita said curtly.
“I don’t believe you.” He looked at her face, and though she was
doing her best to mask her pain, he could still see it in her eyes. “Stop
trying to take care of me. Sit down on this couch right now so I can look at
your ankle,” he ordered.
Lita was ready to protest, but the expression on Trunks’ face didn’t
invite an argument, so she gave in and sat on the couch. “I don’t know what
the big deal is. It doesn’t hurt that bad.”
“Let me be the judge of that. Now, let me see your foot.”
Lita hesitated, then moved so she was sitting sideways and her right foot
was up on the couch.
Trunks carefully took her shoe off and laid it on the floor. He took her
foot in his hand and examined it. Her ankle was red and swollen. “Does this
hurt?” he asked her as he gently touched it.
“No,” Lita said fiercely, still trying to deny that she was hurt.
“Liar,” Trunks said.
“OK,” she grudgingly admitted. “You’re right.”
“I thought so. Where do you keep your bandages?”
“I’m going to fix this ankle of yours, that’s why.”
“I can do it myself.”
“Lita,” Trunks said sternly. “No arguing. Now tell me.”
She sighed and said, “Under the sink in the bathroom upstairs.”
“Thank you,” Trunks said. “Stay right where you are. I’ll be back in a minute.” He went upstairs to the bathroom and rummaged around under the sink for a few minutes before he found the bandages. He grabbed them and headed back downstairs.
Lita was still looking a bit sullen as she sat on the couch.
Trunks set the roll of bandages down on the coffee table and sat down on
the couch. “Give me your foot,” he commanded.
Lita edged slowly forward on the couch and gave him her foot. He set it
down on his knee while he reached over and got the bandages. “This might
hurt,” he said. “I’ll be as careful as I can, but it will probably still
Lita nodded. “I understand.”
Trunks carefully picked up her foot and proceeded to wrap it in the
bandage. He was very careful to avoid touching her ankle, but he could tell that
it was still hurting. He worked quickly so she would be in as little pain as
Lita couldn’t help but notice how gentle Trunks was being with her
In a matter of minutes, Trunks had her ankle wrapped and the bandage
fastened. “All done,” he announced. “Now you’re going to bed young
“Yes doctor Trunks,” she replied meekly as she started to stand up.
Trunks stopped her. “I’m not going to let you walk upstairs like
that,” he said. “We don’t want to damage that ankle anymore than it
“So how am I supposed to get upstairs?”
“This way,” Trunks answered as he lifted her off the couch.
Lita started to protest, but Trunks wasn’t listening. “No ifs, ands,
or buts. I’m taking you upstairs and that’s that.”
Trunks carried Lita up to her bedroom, being very careful to protect her
ankle, and sat her down on a chair. “Now stay there. I’m going to get some
ice and you better be here when I get back,” he said as he headed downstairs,
closing the door behind him.
Lita took the opportunity to quickly change into her pajamas, which
consisted of an oversized T-shirt and a pair of cut off sweatpants.
Moments later, Trunks came in with a bag of ice. “Hold this,” he
said, thrusting the bag into her hands. Then he went over to her bed and pulled
down the covers all the way to the end. He took one of her pillows and put it at
the foot of the bed. He went back over to where Lita was sitting and he picked
her up again and carried her to her bed. He laid her down and propped her foot
on the pillow at the end of her bed. “Hand me the ice please,” he said.
Lita handed him the bag of ice, which he carefully situated on the pillow
next to her ankle.
“Are you comfortable?” Trunks asked.
“Yes, thank you,” answered Lita.
“Good.” Trunks pulled the blankets up over her, tucking her in. He
stood up and looked down to say goodnight, only to again experience the urge to
kiss her. This time he couldn’t help himself. Trunks lightly brushed some of
her bangs to the side. Then, he leaned down and gently kissed her forehead.
Embarrassed, he quickly straightened up. “Goodnight,” he said as he
turned off the lamp next to the bed.
“Goodnight,” replied Lita.
Trunks left her room, shutting the door. “What’s happening to me?” he whispered. “I’ve never felt this way before.”