Over the last few days Usagi had recovered some of the memories that were buried deep within her own mind, but none of the memories of Mamoru nor Tuxedo Mask resurfaced. Ami came up with a conclusion.
“I know why the memories of Mamoru or Tuxedo Kamen aren’t surfacing.”
Ami suddenly announced.
“Usagi will have to see Mamoru and Tuxedo Kamen in order for those memories to return. Mamoru, I suggest you take Usagi and do something with her. Right now, she does not know you. If you were to do something with her that she used to do with you, that might re-jog some of her memories. If you still truly love Usagi, do it for her, because right now her love for you is still sealed within herself. Maybe there may be some memories that might resurface. Beware Mamoru, that some bad memories may resurface and Usagi might react to you in a negative manner. Do you understand?”
“I understand. I’ll take my chances.”
Mamoru told her.
“Good. To Usagi-Chan, she does not know you at all. If you do something to re-jog her memory. Most likely it won’t be good. Just try to be considerate and compassionate to her. If she sees those qualities in you, there might be a chance she’ll remember something good. Be careful not call her by her hairstyle, if she regains some of her memories, there might be a slight chance she’ll remember what her hairstyle is. She might yell at you.”
Ami instructed Mamoru. Mamoru turned towards Usagi. She sat in a chair staring at nothing. Mamoru came over to her. He extended his hand to her.
“May I have your hand please?”
He asked her in a kind voice. And in response she extended her hand like she had done it before. She stood up and looked at him. She couldn’t see him well. All she saw was an outline of a man.
“Remember Mamoru, she can’t see well, please hold on to her and be gentle to her. And don’t let her fall.”
Ami reminded him.
“Usagi, please come with me. I’ll take you somewhere special.”
Mamoru told her.
“Where are you planning on taking me?”
She asked. She was more curious than being afraid.
“You’ll find out.”
“Please make sure you keep her safe.”
Ami told him.
Mamoru agreed. Mamoru walked Usagi to a part of town. She asked him a question.
“What is your name?”
He answers her.
“It means ‘Earth Protector?”
Usagi asked again.
He answered once again.
“I see. Do you protect someone important to you?”
“Yes, that’s right. A pretty girl. But I can’t enjoy that girl anymore.”
Mamoru replied in a sad tone.
“What happened to this pretty girl that you speak of?”
Usagi asked. Suddenly inquisitive. Like she wanted to know. Mamoru thought carefully before answering. Then he spoke.
“She’s no longer here. She’s not feeling well. She lost her memory.”
He told her as they continued walking.
“Is she important to you? Like a loved one?”
Usagi asked again. Usagi took great interest in ‘this girl’ not realizing that Mamoru was referring to her.
“Yes. She is extremely important to me. She’s the one I truly love, but I don’t feel anything from her anymore.”
He replied again. Somehow Usagi was affected by his words. Tears started to flow from her eyes silently. He noticed she was crying.
“Why are you crying Usagi?”
“It’s so sad.”
Usagi replied. While tears continued to flow silently.
“Tears don’t go well with you Usagi.”
Mamoru spoke as he dried her tears. Her vision slightly had improved and saw a glimpse of the young man who dried her tears. Usagi remembered a phrase that came to her mind, ‘tears don’t suit you Odango Atama.’ That term. She heard it before. Usagi didn’t really know why, but she had figured out that Mamoru in someway was referring to her.
“Odango Atama, I am that girl you are talking about?”
Usagi asked as she stared at him. Mamoru was surprised that Usagi would piece together the pieces about the girl he described. She looked at him awaiting an answer.
“Please try not worry about that girl. Okay? She’s still alive and she is safe. She’s just going through a hard time.”
Mamoru finally answered. Usagi slightly smiled.
“She’s safe and she’s still alive? She’s going through a hard time?”
Usagi asked again.
“Yes, but I believe she will pull out of her slump. She’ll be okay again. I promise. Shall we continue?”
He asked her by offering his hand again. And she accepted it. They continued down the street and Mamoru forgot to watch Usagi’s steps carefully and Usagi tripped and fell to the ground. And wailed like she used to do. When she fell and cried. Her memories returned. She remembered all the times that she would slip and trip on the way to school. Her wailing didn’t last long. Her tears returned to normal. Silent tears returned as she lay on the ground. Her knees throbbed in pain from the fall. Then Mamoru came and offered her his hand and spoke.
“Please, Usagi may I help you up?”
Mamoru asked. Her vision had returned a little more. She could see his face. her vision wasn’t fully cleared up. But, she saw his face. He face looked so kind. His face told her that she had to trust him. She gave him her hand once more and he lifted her off from the ground.
“Let me look at your knees for a moment.”
Mamoru told her, While he still held on to her. He looked at both knees and they were slightly scratched. Mamoru smiled.
“It’s not serious Usagi, your knees are fine. They’re just a few scratches. The pain should subside soon. You’ll be fine.”
Mamoru told her. Usagi looked at him. And she spoke.
“I am that girl that’s in a slump?”
Usagi asked. She wanted to know the truth. She searched in his eyes for the truth. He thought carefully. He didn’t want to hurt Usagi’s feelings. He felt that Usagi may still be too sensitive if he said the wrong words. He finally spoke.
“Don’t worry. That girl is safe, please trust me. Okay?”
He asked. She nodded. Mamoru thought some of her memories came back to the point where Usagi knew that Mamoru spoke of the girl he mentioned, that he was referring to her. He was surprised that her memory returned. But he felt that she remembered nothing of him. He finally got her to where he wanted to take her.
Mamoru told her.
“This is a 4-H exhibit. This place has all sorts of animals. I am sure you’ll love the animals here.”
Mamoru told her, He showed her the cows, the sheep, and the pigs. There were small and large pigs. Her vision returned to where she could see the animals and enjoy them. He saw her smile. It wasn’t much of a smile, but he thought it may have been the memories that were returning to her.
But eventually, the sad heartbroken memories would return and then Usagi would know about him and maybe remember him. Right now, she couldn’t remember him. So, he knew that he was safe from any outbursts of sudden sorrow if she were to remember what happened. Right now, he wanted to show her that he still cared for her. Usagi was watching the animals more than paying any attention to Mamoru. Mamoru thought this was good, because Usagi wouldn’t remember anything bad. He took her to where the rabbits were. She saw fluffy rabbits and smooth rabbits. She loved them. They were cute. Then it came to her. She spoke.
“My name is Usagi? That means rabbit. Why would someone name me after a furry animal?”
She asked inquisitively.
“I don’t know. But, you’re friends like your name. Don’t you think that your friends Ami, Rei, Makoto, and Minako love you for who you are. Because you’re Usagi. You light up their lives.”
“Me light up their lives?”
She asked as she stared at him expectantly.
“You’re their hope. If your happy, then they are happy. You give them strength. Just be happy, okay?”
He told her. She nodded her head. And they continued on. Later, he returned her to the Hikawa Shrine. He talked to Ami and Luna privately.
“Her memory returned even more and her vision is nearly back to normal. And somehow, Usagi knows that her memory has been tampered with. She also seems to know that something is wrong with her.”
“The Silver crystal’s power must be wearing off now.”
Luna added her thoughts.
“Then it won’t be too long that Usagi will remember that I broke up with her. We must be careful to speak more privately now. Usagi is starting to remember things that are dear to her. We want it to go smoothly as possible. One day, the ice will break and Usagi will remember most of everything. Let’s hope you guys that you can come up with a counter technique that will heal Usagi and return her to her normal self.”
Mamoru added his thoughts.
“I agree. We must tread lightly.”
Ami added her thoughts.
“She also seemed to be a bit emotional too.”
Mamoru told them.
“Maybe she realized that something happened to her.”
Luna thought. She missed the old Usagi.
“Usagi didn’t seem to be the dull and boring Usagi. She seems to be very inquisitive and wanted to learn about everything. She even smiled a bit at the 4-H exhibit.”
Mamoru reported. Ami and Luna smiled.
“Mamoru, she’s healing slowly. Soon, Usagi will return and remember you. But, the sad memories is what she might remember first.”
Luna commented about what she felt about Usagi. Usagi was healing slowly, but she was far from returning to normal. Soon, those sad memories would return. Everyone was hoping it would take longer. Will those memories return quickly or take longer? Find out next time!
TO BE CONTINUED…