Tom lay down in a bed. His face looked calm. It soon tensed up. “Mrgh! Grfh!” he said. “I’ll take you all on!” His eyes shot open as he sat up. “No one can arhggh!” He clutched his shoulders in pain.
“Easy, killer,” said Sakura in a bed next to him. Tom looked around.
“When did we get to a hospital?” he asked.
“You were still out cold when the Sailor Senshi teleported us to a safer area,” explained Sakura. “Sailor Mercury suggested to me that we get to a hospital for our injuries. Considering that she’s planning to be a doctor like her mother, I didn’t object. She told the other senshi that she was going to get us here on her own. She was the one who checked us in. I filled in the names. The one looking after us is Dr. Saeko Mizuno.”
“Dr. Mizuno,” said Tom, “got it.” That’s when Dr. Mizuno came into the room.
“Ah,” she said, “I see that Mr. Wilson is up.”
“That’s right, Doctor,” said Tom.
“Well then,” said Dr. Mizuno, “the bad news is, the bad guys did a huge number on you. The good news is, you two are recovering a lot faster from your injuries than a human would. It’s almost like you were trained in some alien fighting techniques.” She laughed a bit. Tom and Sakura smirked at each other.
“You’d be surprised at how right you are, Doctor,” said Tom. Sakura’s eyes popped open. Dr. Mizuno arched an eyebrow.
“How?” she asked.
“Great Tom,” said Sakura, “why don’t you just tell her everything?”
“Er,” said Tom, “whoops.”
“On second thought,” said Dr. Mizuno, “maybe you should stay here for a few more days. You may have received a concussion.”
“Thanks a heap!” said Sakura to Tom.
“Sorry,” said Tom.
“I’ll be checking on you periodically,” said Dr. Mizuno. “In the meantime, Setsuna Meioh will be your nurse.” Someone entered the room. She looked a lot like Sailor Pluto in a hospital nurse outfit. “Ah,” said Dr. Mizuno, “speak of the devil. Nurse Meioh, will you look after these two? I’ll be back in a moment.”
“Of course, Doctor,” said Setsuna. Dr. Mizuno exited the room. Setsuna looked around. “No one’s around. We can talk,” she said.
“Does anyone else know about your other identity?” asked Tom.
“No,” said Setsuna. “So, did you see Lord Demon?”
“Was he the guy with the vampire skin, red eyes, and the ears and tail that Sakura has?” asked Tom.
“Yes,” said Setsuna.
“Then, yeah,” said Tom, “we met him.”
“He was attacking innocent people,” said Sakura.
“Did you engage him?” asked Setsuna.
“Yep,” said Tom, “and his maids. But they swapped places with the Bio-drone generals. We thought we beat them, but they played us for fools. They were stretching me from the arms while Sakura was stretched out at the ankles and wrists.”
“It wasn’t a pleasant feeling,” said Sakura.
“Then some invisible assassin took down the lot of them,” said Tom. Setsuna put her hand on her chin in thought.
“I had hoped he would come later,” she said.
“Who?” asked Tom.
“The assassin,” said Setsuna. “Rescuing you was far from his mind.”
“Who’s the assassin?” asked Sakura.
“His name is known to you,” said Setsuna, “Frieza Kold. The whole Kold family was resurrected so Lord Demon could gain allies. Frieza didn’t like the idea of being the crown prince of planet Frost under Lord Demon, so he took his ship and crew, along with his girlfriend that was resurrected with him, and set course for this version of Earth as he read up on the crystal spheres. He wants to gain ultimate power to destroy Lord Demon.”
“But, you said Lord Demon’s immortal,” said Sakura.
“I didn’t say that Frieza believed the whole immortality business,” said Setsuna.
“I see,” said Tom. His eyebrows shot up. “Wait, girlfriend?”
“Yes,” said Setsuna, “he has a girlfriend. Sailor Moon and the Inner Senshi have met her before. Her name is Queen Beryl.”
“Her?” said Sakura. “Good heavens! When did they meet?”
“While they were dead,” said Setsuna.
“So, a match made in Hell?” asked Tom.
“Drawn to each other like a moth to a flame,” said Setsuna.
“Then, we’ve got to stop him!” said Tom. He prepared to jump out of the bed.
“Lay back down,” said Setsuna. “You two have not been released yet.”
“What?!?!” said Tom.
“Dr. Mizuno has ordered that you two stay here for a period of three days,” said Setsuna. “I’m not one to let patients out ahead of schedule.” Dr. Mizuno entered the room.
“Setsuna,” she said, “they’re staying here for an extra day on account of a concussion.”
“Four days?!?! Come on!!” said Tom.
“After that alien training nonsense,” said Dr. Mizuno, “I need to make sure you’re mentally stable. You’re staying here for four days.”
“But, Doctor…!” said Tom.
“Tom, just shut up,” said Sakura as she pinched the bridge of her nose. Dr. Mizuno and Setsuna were leaving.
“Setsuna,” said Tom, “maybe you could convince the doctor to…”
“No way,” said Setsuna, “Doctor’s orders. You stay put.” She shut the door.
“Well, just peachy,” said Tom.
“You’re the one who mentioned our training on Felidine,” said Sakura. Setsuna reentered the room. “Forgot something?” asked Sakura.
“Forgot to give you this,” said Setsuna. She handed a folded piece of paper to Tom and exited the room again. Tom unfolded the paper and read it. The characters seemed to change into English letters and rearranged themselves into instructions.
“When you are released,” read Tom, “go to Hikawa Shrine. The directions are below.” He then stroked his chin and passed it to Sakura. Sakura saw the same thing.
“You know,” said Sakura, “that really is odd.”
“What’s odd?” asked Yangtressa, startling the kids.
“Right,” said Tom, “reincarnations of alien royalty, hear our thoughts, I knew that.”
“Sorry for the spook,” said Yangtressa. “Now, what’s odd?”
“The writing on the paper and our communicating clearly with the citizens of Japan and understanding the invaders,” said Sakura. “The characters on the paper reformed themselves into English sentences and we can understand what people are saying clearly in English.”
“That would be the belts,” said Yindra. “They only have enough power to keep one last jump up unless they’re properly connected to a large vessel. They still have a backup power system to allow the wearer to understand and speak all languages, like the Time Lords’ TARDIS’.”
“Awesome!” said Tom.
“Now then,” said Yangtressa, “you two need some sleep.”
“Tom and I are wide awake,” said Sakura, “once awake, we can’t…” The kids soon fell asleep.