Title: In Sheep’s Clothing
Theme: If Only Hotaru's Mother Had Not Died in the Explosion
Chibiusa tried to dig her feet into the carpet of the Tomoes’ hallway as Kaori Night pulled her hand along. “Hotaru-chan…we were playing!” she protested.
“The girl needs to rest.” Kaori turned around and glared down at Chibiusa. “Actually,” Kaori hissed, leaning down, “It’d be better if you didn’t come back at all.”
Tears brimmed up in Chibiusa’s eyes. “But…Hotaru-chan’s…she’s my friend.”
“You tire her out,” Kaori replied. “She doesn’t need a friend like that.” Chibiusa began crying silently, this wasn’t happening.
“Kaori-san.” The housekeeper turned around and Chibiusa noticed another woman standing there. It seemed like she had appeared out of the darkness of the hallway, her long, black hair framing the frail, white body. “Who is this?” she asked.
Kaori turned her face away. “She was here visiting your daughter, Tomoe-san.”
“Oh?” The other woman smiled at Chibiusa. “I’m Hotaru’s mother. It’s very nice to meet you…?”
“Usagi,” she blurted out, and then realized what she said. “Well, my name’s Usagi, but everyone just calls me Chibiusa.”
“I see.” Hotaru’s mother smiled wider. “Thank you for being friends with Hotaru, Chibiusa-chan. You must have a very pure heart.”
Chibiusa fidgeted. “Um, yeah,” she muttered. She looked between the two women. “Um…I better get home.” She quickly bowed to Hotaru’s mother. “Thanksforlettingmecomeover!” she said, making a break for the door.
Keiko watched the girl run out the door. “Kaori-san,” she said, her voice becoming soft and low, “How is Hotaru-chan?”
“She’s tired from playing with the brat,” Kaori spat out.
“Now, now.” Keiko patted the other woman on the shoulder. “I wouldn’t judge the girl harshly.” She continued to walk down the hallway. “I’ll go check on my daughter.”
Hotaru’s room seemed to be darker than the rest of the house. Keiko closed the door to her room, while her daughter lay motionless on the floor. “I see the Mistress made a friend,” Keiko said, kneeling down and brushing her daughter’s face. “How very nice…Perhaps she’ll help you find your pure heart.”
Hotaru’s body twitched as Keiko sat beside her, forming a plan. “You did well, Hotaru-chan,” Keiko said, “Pharaoh 90 will like this girl.”
*cackle* I love twisting characters sometimes.