The Return

A Ranma Sailor Moon fic thingy.

By Sunshine Temple

 

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Book 4:  Capital Offense

Chapter 9: Room for Recovery

Formerly: Reserve and Release Part 4i

 


            Across the canal from the National Defence Headquarters was Ottawa city hall. It was being used as a staging area, command post, and triage station. Several of the conference rooms in the upper floors had been commandeered by JTF2 and was being used as a collection point for the Black Devils and allied forces.


            The door opened and a pair of armored JTF2 troopers allowed a squad of WIC agents to enter. The Company mercenaries were in turn escorting three young women.


            A silver-haired woman wearing blue windbreaker over a darker blue suit, with a long matching pinstripe skirt strode into the conference room.


            A black haired woman in a maroon suit with a matching windbreaker was at her heel. She carried a pair of white helmets emblazed with "NORR Systems" on the front. A blonde in the same dark suit, helmet, and jacket combo followed.


            The room was full of soldiers sprawled out on the floor, resting at chairs, and eating. A whole side table had been filled with steaming metal trays of food including a tureen of savory stew and a pile of bloody steaks.


            The trio took in the room as the door closed behind them. Their Company escorts nodded to the JTF2 troops as they crossed the room to another pair of doors on the opposite side.


            These doors were being guarded by another squad of Company Agents, their bulky HOG rifles slung low. These doors were opened and the trio were ushered inside.


             The silver-haired woman pulled a pink ruby tipped pen out of her jacket and tapped the gem. Her suit and sensible shoes flashed over into a dark blue armored gown.


            She handed the pen over to the blonde who grinned and shifted into a golden seifuku. The blonde then tossed it to the black-haired woman who rolled her eyes and shifted into a polished red-bronze armored seifuku.


            The taller woman stopped before one of the tables, her armored boots ringing against the tile. The two Senshi behind her stopped, making a similar ring with their metal heels.


            Sitting before the trio were a sextet of succubae. The one in the center had dark red and blonde hair that was being brushed out by an orange-haired succubus. On the table were a few bows, hair gems and pins. Gingerly working around burnt and scarred horns, the orange haired demon removed another bow and placed it on the table.


            The hair still bore some braids, ragged ends, and out and out burnt sections. Only half of her hair flowing back into a wild mane that contrasted with the smooth fall of the raven-haired Senshi, and the tight French braid of the silver-haired queen.

            However, the demon's hair did have some similarities to the twin tails of the blonde Senshi.


            The demoness had a large bowl of stew before her and a plate bearing a pair of thick rare steaks. Bowls of salad and stew were in front of the other succubae. A white polished armored bodice hung loose on an emaciated frame. Silvery wings were folded against her back.


             Matching gauntlets draped on her arms. As she walked up the silver-haired Senshi could see a torn and charred long blue skirt, a set of crimson shin guards, and a pair of polished silver hooves. Snaking under the table was a long red tail.


            Contrasting with the frippery of the battered armor, the other succubae wore Senshi uniforms made from grey-green bodysuits and vests and skirts with armored insets.


            The demon paused between eating the stew to tear into the dripping rare meat. Her cheeks were hollow and the rest of her frame was thin, wasted. One side of her face had slowly healing cuts and scrapes and bare patches around the scalp near an almost cut-off horn.


            The queen could see the demon's collar bones pushing against the pale, ashen, skin above her chest armor. Over her shoulders lay a pair of mostly shattered pauldrons. A green and gold quartered circle flared on the demon's brow, which was a greasy silver-grey color.


            Flanking the brood mother were her daughters. The one with glossy black hair had a concerned expression while the one with teased orange hair had an expression of self-satisfaction as she brushed out her mother's hair. They all fussed and fed and cleaned their mother.


            The silver-haired woman sniffed the air. Even here the room was permeated with the smell of burnt gunpowder, blood, sweet, and a newly familiar scent vaguely like crushed mint. It seemed especially strong coming from the armor that Ranma had stripped out of. The armor itself was familiar to the Queen.


            Ranma looked up from her meal. As she sniffed the air, thin lips curled into a smile. "Dressing up? Or something more?"


            Smiling, the orange haired demoness stepped back and whispered to her platinum-headed mate. The two then pulled their elder sister to the side and quietly chatted with her.


            Queen Serenity, Usagi Tsukino, looked down at herself. "I didn't like something I saw in the mirror."


            Ranma laughed. "That's not what I meant."


            Minako, who looked more like Usagi than "Serenity" did, waved one of the helmets in front of her queen.


            Serenity blushed. "Ah yes, our disguises."


            "NORR Systems?" Ranma asked her voice a bit hoarse.


            Misako then went over and quietly talked to Akane while Ukyou chatted with Nabiki.


            "Some structural engineering firm," Serenity shrugged. "Our cover is we're here to inspect the damage."


            Returning, Nariko looked up from polishing her mother's gauntlet and getting it to fit a bit better on the brood mother's arm. "It's better than us just putting a blanket over mom and putting her in an ambulance."


            Frowning, the redhead speared a chunk of beef and thoughtfully chewed.


            Serenity stared. With the demon's hollow cheeks her jaw seemed even more pronounced.


             The demon swallowed. "No tall brunette friend? No Kiri either."


            "Inspecting the damage," Serenity said. Luna had gone with Pluto; she assured Serenity that she knew all about such rifts. Serenity was not so convinced. However, Pluto seemed to disagree.


             She noticed that the demoness had another pair of black horns sticking out of her hair. In addition to the damaged and mangled rear pair.


            All the daughters had returned and renewed their ministrations. Nabiki concentrated on gently polishing a battered horn while Misako resumed brushing and piling back up, the brood mother's crimson locks.


            Nearly purring at the attention, Ranma's smile grew. Her teal-rimmed, purple eyes with their narrow slits went glassy for a moment. "Ah, and how is the damage?" Glancing over the Senshi, she took a long pull from a glass of milk. "Especially since a little bird told me that you girls stopped one of those... things."


            Serenity stared, noticing the demon's long fingers. She shook her head. Ranma was in her Sailor Earth form, this was as expected as those hooves. She cleared her throat. "Mina-chan got burned some by acid, and Mako-chan got torn up some."


            "Probably why Setsuna's keeping an eye on her," Mars noted.


            "Good job," Ranma smiled.


            Serenity blinked. "Uh... thanks."


            "I know how tough those 'Servitors' are." the demoness worked her jaw. "What about how those things broke into our world?"


            "We don't know yet."


            Ranma nodded. "Yeah, Eve and her girls haven't reported back either."


            "Ah, that's how you knew about us."


            The demoness bowed her head.


            "And you've also got your people inspecting the rift?" Serenity asked.


            "That's why Mother's not here; she and Dirac are inspecting the damage too." The demoness paused slightly. "Thanks for the heads up."


            "Nuit's warning was spot on." Serenity looked down. "Wish I could have done more."


            "But..." Ranma stared. She then turned to the other Guardian Senshi. "Do one of you girls want to handle this?"


            "You blew up a shoggoth. The Canadians had to use a tank to kill theirs," Minako reminded.


            Whistling, Misako gently tapped her mother's scalp with a hairbrush before going back to wrapping up some hair buns.


            "More?" Mars bapped Serenity on the back of the head. "Minako and I nearly passed out pinning that thing down for you,"


            Chagrined, the brood queen and moon queen both nodded.


            Serenity met Ranma's gaze. The door opened and the redhead glanced over to see a group of WIC troops lug in a couple ammo boxes, some large plastic crates, and a drum of water.


            Meanwhile, Serenity's eyes then went to the armor, which seemed to fit a bit better. She saw a little ruby bow atop the left breast of the polished white bodice.


            The queen nodded. And wondered why Ranma was in her Sailor Earth uniform. It was different, more armored, but the fundamentals (white top, long blue skirting, red shin guards) were the same.


            "Still from what I've heard you did plenty," Serenity assured, noting that the demon's face wounds were closing in, though her skin was still a bit silver-grey.


            "I should have fought smarter... I... " The demon downed some milk.


            "Should not have wired your jammers directly into your horns, Mommy" Nariko sternly said before leaning in to kiss the now healed horn.


            Nodding, Serenity thought of Makoto's attack and the friendly fire it had caused. They had made mistakes, and fortunately it seemed the damage could have been a lot worse.


            Delightfully warm, Ranma smiled and basked in her daughter's love.


            As the eldest daughter moved away and started helping her mate keep her mother's plates filled, Misako began to wrap ruby tresses over the last horn.


            Watching the broodlings fuss and work, Serenity took a chair and slowly sat down. Minako and Rei followed, taking seats on either side.


            Ranma eyed the queen. "The Canadians took it kinda personal."


            "It would have been nice if your secret friend called you earlier," Misako told Serenity as she put down the brush.

 

            She then snatched the pitcher of milk before Nabiki could get it and refilled Ranma's glass. She gave her mother a quick smile and a somewhat lingering hug.


            Watching the redhead wolf down food, Serenity exhaled. "How... how was it? I mean, we fought a breakout to the east, then- well we saw the bridge, the tanks."


            "The Canadians fought well," Nariko approvingly said as she polished the thin white gauntlets that clung to Ranma's forearms.


            "It is their military headquarters," Nabiki reminded as she cleaned her mother's face.


            "Plus those Squid bastards squish real nice." Misako picked up a cherry tomato and crushed it between her teeth.


            Remembering the smell, Mars found herself nodding.


            "Though it was Nari's idea to have the tank fire into the basement," Misako bashfully added.


            Pausing her work. Nariko gave a tiny, but prideful smile.


            Taking another tomato, Misako continued as she resumed her hairstyling. "Stupid goo monster. Blew up good."


            "Ours got cut up and boiled down into a slimly ash," Minako thoughtful said.


            Misako gave a toothy grin.


            Ukyou gave her made patronizing smile and leaned in to wipe some of the spilled juice off Misako's chin with a napkin. The platinum blonde then picked up the mangled antennae to Ranma's jammer rig and sighed before going to one of the crates the agents had brought in.


            "I'll have to contact Major Sifton and see about commending the tanker crew, plus Borgne and his boys. I should have known the Major would have held something up his sleeve." Metallic purple lips curled into a dreamy smile as Nabiki hovered over her face.


            "Who?" Serenity asked.


            "Lieutenant Borgne, he's the officer that took charge before JTF2 showed up."


            "Held the line then?" Serenity's mind flashed back to the atrium and the Squids that tried to roll over her and her friends.


            "Indeed." Ranma beamed.


            Serenity returned the smile. "The Canadians did good."

            "The ones that survived the initial invasion." Ranma looked at her glass.


            "They came at you skulking and slithering," Mars whispered.


            Ranma nodded. "The building was half empty anyway. What with Shest and that cultist attacking."


            "Good thing ours was too," Minako noted.


            "I didn't start that many fires!" Lady Mars protested.


            "I can't believe the cyborgs would do that... would do all this," Serenity swore.


            Both Misako and Mars scoffed. "Really?" the black-haired Senshi asked. "Because Russian cyborgs are known for their restraint?"


            "They don't...." Serenity leaned forward in her chair. "They've got a mission, they're not sloppy. They don't do this much collateral damage..."


            "Usa... they burned down several blocks of downtown Toronto and shot down a helicopter, as a diversion," Mars gently reminded.


            "This is an alien invasion!"


            "And at a big Military HQ. They broke in, did something nasty... and took something right?" Mars looked to the demons.


            Nariko glanced to her mother and then Ukyou. Both succubae nodded. Akane and Nabiki were still feeding the brood mother, while Misako happily teased the redhead's hair into shape.


            Looking up from the Kevlar sheathed antennae rig she had spread out on the table, Ukyou cleared her throat. "JTF2 inspected the building's jammer. They found an overloaded rig with several missing components. Our guess is they took the signal generator so they could build their own Jammer. It could have been a target of opportunity since they had to disable the Jammer in order to escape and allow the invaders to come."


            "What other reason is there to attack?" Minako asked. "It's not like the Canadians were watching the Princess... um watching me," The blonde recovered as she slid back into her familiar cover of pretending to be the Moon Princess.


            Nabiki held her tongue at the slip up. She honestly wondered if this pretense was more harm than good.


            "Many records were also taken from the facility. Though it's hard to tell how much of that was due to the otherworldly invaders."


            "The Squids made a real mess of the place," Ranma explained as she tore into the fresh steak. "Ripped computers apart, cut the spines out of books, gutted filing cabinets, and took people apart and stole their brains. Creepy things."


            "It could also have been a diversion."


            Ranma nodded. "Maybe."


            Mars whistled. "Hell of a diversion."


            "But they did it with just one cyborg and a cultist."

            Serenity nodded her head in defeat. "But why didn't they use this opportunity to attack me?"


            "Maybe they thought the Shoggoth would kill you," Minako suggested.


            "You really think the cyborgs knew we were going to be deployed that way?" Mars asked.


            The blonde golem shrugged. "The demonic Senshi were deployed, with Captain Jarvis running command that left her daughters and us being held in reserve."


            "And you girls would only be deployed if it was real important. Maybe...," Ukyou shrugged. She went from the unspoiled jammer antennas to examining her mother's wings. "But that would suggest, some sort of coordination between the Squids and the cyborgs."


            Serenity noticed that Ranma's wings had bits of armor along their upper edges and looked almost mechanical.  Or perhaps more medical,  like a cast of struts and plates to keep broken bones fixed in position.


             "Maybe, maybe it would have made you an easier target," Ukyou explained, nodding to herself before she started removing armored sections.


            "You cousins were watching our backs," Serenity added. "Still if the cyborgs had attacked in force."


            "Fighting's a risk." Nariko patted her hand. The red-eyed demon blinked and wriggled her fingers at the buzzing tingle. She briefly looked to Misako who gave a triumphant smile. "Still, please sit down all of you. You need to unwind too."


            "Yes, maybe you can help," the orange-haired demoness purred.


            Serenity sighed; Ranma's daughter sounded sincere. "Thanks." She sat down and met Ranma's quizzical gaze. "Well, at least you got to shut down their gateway... whatever it was."


            Mars took a seat, sighed, and found Nariko serving her a glass of water.  She took a long sip and sighed happily.


            Pausing in her chewing, Ranma gave an awkward smile. The demon swallowed. "Nope... that was Bonhomme and Beta Team."


            The Moon Queen's arms fell onto the table with a clunk

            "I was in the basement drawing their fire while Beta blasted through the ceiling and dropped charges on 'em."


            Tapping the table, the silver-haired woman frowned. "Huh, they had the Company's trump card, the scary uber-demon, the dreaded brood queen, and you were... backup? A... diversion?" She blinked in confusion.


            "I wasn't alone," Ranma narrowed her eyes.


            Seeing the demon's pupils contract to the point where her eyes were nearly solid purple. Serenity pulled back. "Sorry, sorry... what happened?"


            "I was with a squad. We were loaded for bear. The enemy... well we kept their attention."


            Serenity's shock slowly sublimated into a smile. "They are tenacious," she noted, having a sip from her own glass.


            Ranma smirked. "Incendiary missiles will get your attention."

 
            "You and your team freed up Bonhomme?"


            Ranma nodded.


            "I guess that's one way to use a demon that you've got a blank check."


            "Well, I wouldn't do anything. Depends on how nice Sifton asked, I expect at the very least a smack on the ass, and some hoof polishing later" Ranma blissfully added as Misako went from brushing Ranma's hair to smoothing it. Some color returned to her cheeks, but there was still a silver sheen to her face.


            Coughing on her water, Mars blinked while Minako's cheeks pinked.


            Giving a knowing smile, Serenity leaned forward. "Sure, sure, but they could put you to any use. They could have sent you straight into the gateway itself."


            The demoness looked down at her armor; there was less damage than she had expected, and at least the fit was better. "Might not have been the best idea. When it comes to tossing magical girls at inter-dimensional horrors I'm not the most... experienced."


            "That's something we've fought a lot," Minako admitted before getting up to make Serenity a plate.


            "With today being another tally mark." Mars added, though her attention was transfixed on the four "bun horns" Misako had crafted atop the brood mother's head.


            Serenity also lowered her gaze. When she looked up the brood stared back, eagerly.


            "That actually is something you've got experience with," Ranma offered. The demon's smile returned. "We were fortunate today."


            "Did... did they really need us?" Serenity asked, picking at the sandwich before her. With the Canadians being the ones to shut down the rift, and with them taking out a shoggoth using entirely non-magical means...


            "We made a difference. Your girls stepping in when you did reduced casualties. Can you imagine what those things would have done if they'd have gotten loose in the city?" Ranma's eyes went to the door in front of her. The one that lead to the larger room where the soldiers were having their R&R.

 

            Serenity shivered. "They needed a tank to kill the other shoggoths."


            "Then add in the infantry support of the Squids themselves and it would ahve been some very messy urban combat."

 

            "Not to mention if they somehow managed to open a new gateway," Lady Mars growled.

 

            Ranma nodded. "But if we weren't here... Yes, there were other... Options in place."


            "Oh, what?"


            The brood mother coughed. "I don't know."


            Taking a chicken-sandwich from Serenity's plate, Mars snorted. "Secrets being kept from WIC's pet uber-demon?"


            The demoness rolled her shoulders. "Our hosts are keeping some of their cards tight."


            Blinking, Mars paused. "The Canadians? They're keeping secrets. Isn't that... impolite?"


            "Ours isn't the only culture to value politeness while also valuing discretion," Minako reminded.


            "They did arrange a counter diversion. Attack on the front, then blow them up from behind," Akane said as she buffed up a bit of her mother's bodice.


            Mars tapped the table. "It was those nice Canadians that decided having the uberdemon bait all those crawly squids, while they snuck around up and stabbed 'em in the butt?"


            Misako and Akane laughed.


            "It was a good trick," Serenity noted.


            "It's only fair, as they had a gaggle of authentic magical girls and merely used you to keep the quarantine secure," Nabiki said with a sly little grin as she ferried a fresh platter of steak.


            "I told you humans are dangerous," Ranma said, with a hint of a smile, and some pride leaking through.

            "Ah so, the demonic magical girl isn't feeling used by the scary military types?"


            "Used? I came back. Plenty of men went down, didn't come back." Ranma looked contemplative for a moment. "I can't say I was used. Can you?" The demon asked before devouring fresh steak.


            Serenity blinked. For a moment she could have sworn the demon's mouth had... split. That is it had opened further than her purple lips would allow.


            "What happened - what happened to you?" Serenity clarified polishing off her sandwich.


            Ranma raised an eyebrow.


            "You're famished. I thought fights were supposed to be... filling." Taking more water, the queen looked down at her empty plate.


            The succubus exhaled. "Not if you can't eat them. I fought and bled. And bit by bit I starved." She patted her armor. "But I found a workaround."


            Misako brushed one of the buns. "Using your Senshi form isn't exactly a workaround, mother."


            "And you still starved," Ukyou remained.


            "It's still keeping my guts from falling out," the brood mother said gesturing to the glowing forehead sigil.


            "That's why you're..." Serenity trailed off.


            Ranma nodded


            Serenity stared at the shiny armor. The material was unusual. The matte blue fabric seemed to shift between flowing pleats and stiff sections. The gleaming white bodice and gauntlets had a similar almost organic flexibility. There was also something that looked almost like silvery piping on the backside of much of the armor.


            "Normally, you eat your enemies." Serenity paused, realizing how strange it was to have an ally who did that in the first place.


            "Oh, I ate plenty of squids. I just couldn't keep them down." Ranma looked a bit embarrassed.


            "I can see that... I mean they didn't look very appetizing," Serenity fitted with her water.


            After eying her queen, Mars shook her head. "You had to spit instead of swallowing for once?" she asked the demon.


            Pausing in their work, Nabiki and Nariko's eyes narrowed while Ranma blinked. "What?" the redhead asked.


            Mars blushed. "Uh... sorry that was crude of me."


            "We're surrounded by soldiers, it happens," Ranma shrugged. This time getting a bap from Akane. The blue-haired succubus then resumed stripping off the broken pauldrons from her mother's armor.


            Disbelief colored Ukyou's face as she shook her head. "Really mother?"


            Forcing a neutral expression on her face, Akane stood up. "I think I'll get Mother some more meat."


            "I don't get it." Ranma tapped her sharp chin with a long claw. Her tail raised up off the floor. The long appendage swished back and forth.


            Serenity watched the rainbow iridescent tendrils sway to-and-fro. She nodded to herself, the ribbon wrap to the long tail was familiar, down to the heart accents. It the spiraled tail the demon had in her Sailor Earth form.


            Ranma continued to talk to herself. "I mean yeah I tried to swallow but it was too alien. Made me sick." She shrugged and dug into the fresh plate of steak Akane had returned with.


            "Really?" Mars stared at the confused demoness. "Spit or swallow... you know the old joke about fellatio?"


            "Oh, I get it!" Ranma's face lit up. Her skin was no longer grey and ashen, but there was still a silvery pallor about her.


            "You talking about ejaculate!" Misako cheered, her own tail swishing about.


            Ranma's purple eyes locked onto Rei but she addressed Serenity. "My Queen, were you aware your priestess had such a dirty mind?"


            Serenity coughed.


            Misako leaned forward and looked up at the standing Senshi of Mars.


            "Uh yes?" the raven-haired Senshi asked.


            "Spit or swallow right?"


            Mars blushed. "Look it was a bad joke; you don't have to keep harping on it."


            "No, no," Misako tried to give a disarming smile; it had too many teeth. "I'm just amazed that spitting was an option."


            "Not counting splashing on your face," Ukyou muttered as pulled another section of armor and silver sheeting from the brood mother's wings. Her eyes went to the remnants of her mother's jammer rig. Inspiration hit, the wings did provide enough space for antennae... and there could be some armoring. However, the platinum blonde sighted and went back to her work.


            Misako raised her tail and idly flipped it in Mars' direction. "Tell me more. Mother Alexia just gave us the two options."


            "What? You just said you didn't know that phrase." Rei shook her head. "And I can get Miss virgin sex-demon-mommy being clueless but weren't you turned into a full blown succubus?"


            Misako smirked at the pun. "It's still new to me, we didn't have spit or swallow." She leaned forward and looked up to Mars. "The choice she gave us was swallow or bite... and then swallow."


            Mars winced. "Drain 'em then eat 'em? Saves money on food." Staring at the near-luminous green eyes she quickly turned away.


            "Can't you get as much energy from simply draining someone as you kill them?" Minako asked.


            "Yes," Ranma absently replied as she cut up the fresh steak. "Real good stuff, Akane, where did you find this?"


            "There was a butcher just outside the quarantine zone."


            "I think you can get more energy if you have sex first." Misako shrugged. "Clearly, we'll need to run some tests," she leered.


            "No murdering with sexual experimentation." Ranma said without looking up from her meal.


            "Even if I wear a lab coat?" Misako asked in a pouting whine.


            Ranma looked up.


            Lip quivering, Misako's pout grew.


            "Yes, yes, you're cute," Ranma patted Misako on the head then drew her into a hug and then whispered into her ear. "But no, you can't do that. I can't let you get away with everything."


           "You do know what she's done to your hair right?" Mars dryly asked.  Licking her lips, she reached out to her water.


            "The Pretty Lunar Demon Senshi odangos?"


            "Four of 'em!" Minako cheered.


            Ranma's protest was cut short by Misako polishing her glossy, silky hair while kissing the tip of one of her buns. And by Nabiki and Akane giving her a hug with wings and tails.


            Mars tilted her head at the spectacle. It was disquieting how one could get used to this. She coughed. ."At least it's not feeding by ripping out heart crystals."


            "Crystallized hearts? Those can't taste good," Ranma rubbed her stomach and the broodlings switched of as Nariko and Ukyou leaned in to hug her.


            "Maybe they're like rock candy," Misako mused.


            "I dunno, a lot of those energy draining schemes weren't exactly the most efficient." Serenity rubbed her chin. "I remember one time Ami worked out a spreadsheet showing how the Dark Kingdom could have just paid people and drained 'em."


            "See, that's where we have the advantage. A succubus can get the energy and get paid for it," Misako pointed out. She looked to Ukyou and then nodded.


            Mars gave a slow blink, but then shrugged. It made sense. "Right, your... aunt? Cecilia right? She did that."


            Ranma looked up and smiled at Mars' tone. "Yes, apparently she was one of the best."


            "She may have more experience," Mars thoughtfully said as she remembered talking to Cecilia's daughters in the armory. She recalled, blue-green eyes with emerald flecks and dainty hands snuffing out the flames that danced along her arms.


            Preoccupied, Mars shook her head.


            "Rei, something on your mind?" Minako asked with a playful, almost knowing, lilt.


            "Still it's just odd. I mean the Company's gotta have information on what means of energy draining work the best."


            Ukyou inclined her head. "Well, yes."


            Misako crossed her arms and with her tail raised, the curled the spade-shaped end forward like a cobra-head. "Sounds like you're pretty curious Priestess Pyro. Would you like to help too?"


            Even as her neck and ears began to redden, Mars found herself grinning. "Oh?"


            "How about it? How curious are you?" Misako's lips pursed, her tail swishing behind her.


            Bits of flame sparked around Mars' temples as her hair started to blow as it being lifted by heated air.


            "What?" Mars asked.


            "She's a succubus asking if you're curious about energy draining. What do you think she wants?" Minako dryly asked.


            Mars' frank stare grew and more sparks and flames crossed her hair. She blinked and shook her head. Unlike with Cecilia's brood, there was no... pressure on her. This was all in her head. She rubbed her hands against each other. Mars looked away.


            "Clever, clever," Misako, and her tail, leaned forward. "You sure you don't want to play? We've got some real fun planned." She shot the queen a look and winked.


            Serenity's attention was between the famished redhead and her gleeful daughter. The silver-haired woman's arms tingled; she felt... she wanted to help.


            Eyeing the tail, Rei leaned back.


            "Now let's calm down." Serenity put out her arm. At the last moment, she caught herself and froze her hand bare centimeters from Misako's tail.


            A silver spark flashed, arcing from Serenity's gloved hand to the tail's orange fins. Green eyes dilated and Misako gave a lazy smile as her tail slowly lowered until it lay limp on the table.


            The other demons blinked and sniffed the air while Serenity and Mars both stared at the queen's hand. Minako's face was strangely neutral.


            "I told you it could work," Misako dreamily said.


            "Usag- err Serena... what did you do?" Mars asked.


            "I just wanted to help," Serenity said flexing her fingers. The more she stared the more she could almost see a wavering mirage of tiny silver threads around her hand.


            "It's like one of your hugs, Mom," Misako happily said as she leaned onto Ranma and snuggled up. "Oh... exactly." Nursing, the orange haired demoness purred. "But much sharper. Almost electrical. And I think we can use it. Wouldn't that be nice?"


            "Really?" Sniffing the air, Ranma leaned over the table. "I think I know what you mean." The redhead seemed to savor the scent as she slowly breathed out. Her eyes went to the gold and bronze Senshi armor Mars and Minako wore.


            "She drained me?" Serenity asked, noticing that the brood mother's eyes locked onto her hands.


            "We're all Senshi here." Ranma said pointing to her uniform. She looked at Serenity with hungry eyes, but then sighed in disappointment.


            Minako quietly refilled her queen's glass and went off to refill her plate.


            Taking the drink, Serenity nodded at the still marred white and blue Sailor Earth uniform. It was heavier, more embellished, but it was still a Senshi uniform, so were the broodlings' uniforms too, technically.


            Mars followed her queen's gaze. "Well, her Sailor Earth getup does look like a proper magical girl uniform. If you ignore what it's made out of," she hastily added catching Misako's smirk.


            "It's no heavy bronze armor," the green-eyed demon agreed.


            Mars crossed her gauntleted arms. "True. The shoes are bad enough, but at least Serenity didn't stick us with bare midriffs, or exposed cleavage. And you have to admit the armor's still effective."


            "Even held up to Shoggoth acid," Minako noted.


            "The design was Minako's idea," Serenity assured Mars.


            The blonde stuck out her tongue.


            Her claws busy demolishing another steak, Ranma nodded and swallowed. "I know what you mean about bare midriffs. Just be glad you didn't have to deal with a leather miniskirt. It's a fun look, but not exactly combat grade. And don't get me started about the high heels."


            Rei gave a sympathetic nod.


            "It is nowhere near as sensible as shiny hooves, a nice long dress, and a silver bodysuit under a ceramic bodice," Ukyou assured as she patted the demon's smooth white gauntlets.


            "It's... not totally impractical...," Ranma guiltily admitted and forked a piece of steak and absently waved it at Serenity. "But I prefer my Kevlar getup. Sure I had plenty of magical energy but I just kept getting hungrier and hungrier."


            "But we're fixing that," Akane beamed.


            Serenity looked between the overwrought Senshi armor, the too glossy horns, and the still-gaunt cheeks. "You couldn't eat these Squids; you kept fighting, you almost starved."


            The demoness swallowed a dripping nearly raw chunk of steak. "It's not a weakness I thought I had."


            Mars tilted her head. "Not being able to eat your enemies... is a weakness?"


            Ranma returned to her stew. "Yeah, funny the things you don't notice until you can't do them anymore."


            "Like draining me?" Serenity looked around the table. "Is that what you want me to do to help?"


            "Not... quite," Ukyou admitted while Misako eagerly nodded.


            Ranma eyed her daughter. "I'm not short on Senshi energy." She licked some blood off her plate.


            Serenity stared at the lowered odangoed horns.


            "No, but you're depending on it until you're fully healed," Ukyou reminded.


            "I'll be okay." Ranma turned back to the queen. "Course that doesn't mean you still don't have something to offer," she absently added her tongue wiping a splash of blood off her lips. "But I don't think you'd want me to take what I need from you."


            Mars blanched.


            Minako's lips curled into a naughty smile.


            "Uh.... which way am I supposed to take that?" Serenity gasped, blushing... until she realized exactly what the brood mother had said.


            The redhead looked up from the beef bone she had snapped with her hands. "Oh..." she sucked out some marrow in thought. "Huh."


            "Say you want to ravish her, Mother. It's the less creepy option" Nabiki assured.


            Misako rolled her eyes. "Oh, just be honest."


            The redhead pinched the bridge of her nose.


            "You want to eat me?" Serenity asked agog; she then winced. "Uh... I didn't mean it like that."


            "Actually, you kind of did," Minako corrected.


            Her head still lowered, Ranma looked up and past the hand still holding the bridge of her nose. "Yes, you are very attractive and I'm certain that you would taste delicious."


            "Uh...." Serenity pulled at her jacket. "That's... huh. Very demon," she nervously said, remembering her own bloody daydreams about Ranma feasting. The tingling in her hands increased.


            Her stomach growling, Ranma smiled, pleased with herself.


            Serenity looked at the broodlings. "What do you girls want then?"


            Misako took the tall queen's hand. "What you did to upgrade your Senshi's uniforms."


            The brood mother raised a strawberry blonde eyebrow. "Misa..."


            "But not as strong!" Akane corrected slipping to Ranma's left.


            "Yes, we'll channel and focus the power," Nabiki promised as she took to the right.


            "You pulled in these powers, alone. Look what happened," Ukyou said slipping up next to Akane. "This time," she hugged her mother. "We want to be there with you."


            "You'd also look fabulous," Misako smiled relishing the electric buzz from the queen's hand. "That is if you want to help."


            Both Ranma and Serenity had twinned apprehensive looks. Ranma looked back to Nariko who had hugged her from behind. "Nari-chan?"


            Nariko leaned in. "You almost lost today Mommy. Why not take in some more power? It'll also help mend fences with the Silvers," she whispered. "Besides, it'll give you an excuse get close to her," she added with a kiss to the cheek.


            "There's no reason she shouldn't have the same joy we got," Mars glanced over at Minako. "But for full authenticity shouldn't you be wearing your... special armor?"


             The blonde pretending to be Sailor Moon blushed.


            "Oh, there's no need for that," Misako breezily said as she helped the queen to her feet.


            "Yes, having Usagi... well Serenity in this form will keep her... more focused," Ukyou explained while the broodlings also got their mother up on her hooves.


            Soon the brood queen and the silver queen found themselves facing each other, surrounded by their Senshi.


            Looking up at Serenity, Ranma licked her lips. "Well... it could be fun."


            "If I can help..." Serenity tried to keep her eyes on the smaller woman.


            "Oh just make out you two!" Mars cried.


            "That's it then!" Misako cheered as she took Serenity's hands and put them over Ranma's. Serenity gasped at the cool nature of the demon's long fingers. Her balance shifted as a pulling, draining force went from her arms to the brood mother's.


            The broodlings crowded in as a silver flash enveloped the redhead. It darkened and throbbed turning to a purple aura before shifting to emerald green then gold then red and back to purple. Each time the light throbbed the demoness' body twisted as more power soaked into her and her armor and tresses shifted and fused.


            Fading towards the floor the light revealed smooth silvery almost velvety features. Her nose was thin with a tiny turn up. Delicate cheeks had a bit of a hollow. Her metallic purple lips had grown a bit broader and gained gilt trim. The gold seam-like lines then ran from the corners of her lips to the bottom of pointed silver ears with obsidian edging.


            Curled white gold lashes fluttered around solid purple glossy eyes with hints of teal at the edges. Inset in her silver skin were a pair of thin white-gold brows. Above those was a gold and emerald earth symbol set in a similarly inlaid gold tiara.


            Swelling straight from the upper edge of the tiara was the slicked, polished ruby mass of her hair. Growing over her scalp, the soft solid mass fed into the four buns on the top and sides of her head.


            All four of her horns were coated and covered by layers to reform the two pairs of puffy hair buns with the back pair rising ten inches above her already voluminous hair, while the front pair only stuck up four inches.


            Pushing against fine emerald netting, the buns shifted from ruby to golden tips. Long pendulous, silver spike-tipped, crimson ponytails sprouted from the back pair, and gold spirals fell from the tips of the front pair of buns.


            Silver bands holding a deeply purple gem cut into a four pointed star encircled her neck. Below that was the pearlescent gleam of the high-necked white armor, now more sculpted vest than bodice.


            Narrow shoulders were encircled by stiff blue "puffs" of flexible armor. Soft silver arms came out of gold bands that encircled the lower hem and were met at another gold band at the elbow.


            Forearms were covered in sleek slick white armor that seemed too thin to be gauntlets but too thick to be fingerless gloves. Silver fingers looked even longer with the extra "joint" on her long gleaming blade-like claws.


            Large wings loomed proudly out of her back. With folded booms and metal accents, and between silvery membranes the structures were all the more impressive given the demon's diminutive frame. Their upper edges also hummed from the jammer antennas woven into the armored struts.


            The curvy torso of a body scarcely over four and three quarters feet tall was contained within the gleaming white bodice that gave her a tiny waspish waist. It flowed and hugged her curves. A red bow with a heart-shaped center was pinned over her left breast.


            Spilling out over wide hips was a long pleated dark blue skirt. Moving over silver thighs set a bit apart from each other, the dark pleated material moved with its own variable stiffness and slowly bobbed between a knee length and a shin length hem.


           The bend-kneed stance the demoness took also helped reduce her height and make her seem all the more diminutive. Great silver hooves came out of crescent-moon adorned dark red armored greaves. Hovering behind her like a fluffy crimson kite was the rainbow filament edged great bows of her fused-ribbon wrapped tail.


            The demoness blinked her big shinny purple eyes flared as she daintily spun around on a single hoof. Purple lips curled into a smile and she fluttered her white-gold lashed.


            The spin turned into a full pirouette and she popped up into the air to land in a flourish with her long hands up and to the sides and her hooves hitting the ground with a ringing chime.


            "The Pretty Lunar Silver Succubus Senshi: Super Sailor Earth, is ready for Love And Justice!" She gleefully purred as the last bits of light faded, She crossed her arms over her chest and shook her head, causing ruby twintails and golden curls to flail to either side.


            "In the name of the Moon and Earth: I'll punish you with my ribbon-tail!" the thin little demon gleefully said as her coiled tail rolled back and forth as she twisted and shook her hips.


            Triumphantly showing her gleaming white fangs, she raised her right arm while moving her left arm from her hip to across her chest while extending out the V for victory sign and then finally lowered her right arm to point straight at Serenity.


            The statuesque silver-haired queen let her gaze fall on the diminutive demon. Meeting the succubus' eyes her heartbeat sped and she tried had to resist licking her lips. She stepped forward on a rolling, fluid bent-knee gait.


            Misako and Nabiki had wheeled around the room and appeared behind the queen and nudged her back to her seat. Eying the demons, Mars gave a curt but respectful nod.


            Sauntering forward, the silver succubus rolled the puffed, flared sides of her armored skirt. Unlike the queen, the demon let her tongue slip out. The silver forked appendage curled over glossy metallic lips.


            A hand reached out and long silver-bladed talons caressed the navy blue skirting and grey armor of Serenity's uniform. The queen sat; the demon stood. And the demon's eyes were only a bit higher than the queen's.


            Her smile growing, the succubus crossed her legs and with a light clop of a silver hoof, gave a little leap and hoped into Serenity's lap.


            Gasping, the queen found her arms wrapping around the thin, glossy torso. The demon's long be-ribboned tail curled around her legs while a wing flopped over Serenity's right shoulder. Sizing up the tall queen, the demon lifted her gaze.


            Serenity stared down captivated by glossy solid purple eyes. They drew her in; they, more than the demon's still hollow cheeks, showed the demon's pressing hunger. The aching need that of the succubus.


            Now, Serenity licked her lips. The motion a pale imitation of the demon's far more physical and sensual actions. She cleared her throat. "Mina... can you get me some steak?"


            Smirking, the blonde bowed her head and complied.


            "Well, now you've got her," Mars remarked.  She eyed the rest of the room and was a bit surprised that not every soldier and company agent was staring.  Some of the more experienced, or perhaps just more exhausted ones, seemed to ignore the display.


            "I do..." Serenity murmured. She let her gaze drift from the succubus' eyes to the glittery, slick, almost puffy structures of her hair. A hand drifted from the demon's bodice.


            It neared the demon's ruby tresses. A brief caress confirmed the slick, strangely pliant nature of the hair atop the succubus' head. However, now the horns beaconed. Fingers curled around the pointed cotton-candy looking bun. The emerald netting pushed against Serenity's palm and she gave a gentle squeeze.


            Giving a low-pitched purr the demoness snuggled up against her queen.


            Misako and Nariko approached the pair. Each carried a plate of dripping steaks. Green eyes flashed with amusement while crimson eyes were more guarded.


            Nostrils flaring, the little demoness looked up and her tongue flicked out.


            Giving the queen a warm smile, Nariko lifted off a chunk of bleeding meat and held it out over the silver succubus.


            As Ranma lifted her head, Serenity felt the bun shift under her gentle grip. The soft material pulsed as the demon chewed. Serenity's attention drifted from the puffed, spun, and fused hair, down the shiny tiara and over the soft brows.


            Serenity then stared at the demon's lashes. Curled delicate gold wire, they were the closest thing to "hair" the demon had left. Unlike the hair atop her head, and the inlaid eyebrows, her lashes were still individual strands.
           


            Glossing over the demon's wide-eyes, Serenity looked to the gold inlay running from the corners of the demon's puffy purple lips. As the demon chewed, Serenity saw the inlay rise and fall and... shift.


            Rapt, Serenity's hand lifted from the bun.


            Pausing her chewing, a little frown fluttered over the demoness' features. Feeling the cool, gentle press of her queen's fingers on her cheek, the demoness resumed her meal.


            "Soft," Serenity muttered, feeling the almost velvety texture of the demon's silver skin.


            Smiling, Ranma snuggled a bit closer to the taller woman's armor and swallowed. Misako stepped forward, an this time the redhead leaned hear head back and let her daughter deposited a long almost raw rib neatly between her jaws.


            As the demon's teeth crunched, Serenity watched the gilt seams. She then ran her finger over the one that went from the right corner of the demon's lips to just before her ear.


            The transition from the velvety soft silver skin to the slick gold metal was noticeable. As was the little seam within the inlay itself. Stroking her cheek, Serenity let her eyes go down the line of the demon's chin.


            A tiny gasp slipped from her lips. The demon was wearing her chocker; the choker Serenity had given her. More than that the purple crystal had been integrated into, the demon's armor form.


            With an embarrassed blush, Serenity realized her other hand had been cupping the slick porcelain iridescence of the demon's bodice armor.


            Serenity lowered her head until her lips brushed against the demon's long-tipped ear. "You're holding back,"


            Ranma laid her head on Serenity's chest. "Always," she purred as her tail tightened around Serenity's legs. “And you’re one to talk.”


            "Not that," Serenity cradled the demon's neck.


            The demon gave a broad smile and a slow wink.


            "Nariko... could you give me another steak? A big one," Serenity sweetly added.


            After catching her mother's eye, the elder daughter nodded and picked a giant slab of meat from Misako's platter. Holding it up it dripped with such frequency that a constant stream of blood rained down in splatters.


            Lifting her hand from the seam, from the hinge, Serenity gracefully took the cut of charred muscle. The scent of blood and cooked meat filled her nose and her mouth watered slightly. Blood dribbled over her and her... companion.


            "Open." Serenity commanded, as she ran a finger over the four-pointed star. "All the way."


            Purring, the demoness opened her mouth. Her lips parted, then separated completely. The gold seams running from their corners split down the middle and the demon's mouth popped open in a gaping maw.


            Jaws separated, and silver tongue forked out. Serenity stared; her hand almost slipped off the demon's neck. There were twin rows of gleaming silvery teeth, there were twin jaws, or at least another joint that hinged out the massive opening.


            Stunned by the scene before her, Serenity hardly noticed the spots and pools of blood were being absorbed by the demon's armor. She completely missed the same process happening with her own armored gown.


            The silver queen let her grip slacken. The giant hunk of dripping meat slipped from her hands and plopped right into the demon's waiting mouth. Teeth clenched and pulled. Shredding meat and pulling it in.


           Serenity's other hand was pushed out as the demon's neck swelled as the muscle was steadily pulled down her throat. With a lunging gulp, the succubus swallowed the last of the meat. She sighed happily and, mouth still agape, nuzzled up and licked her queen.


            For a second Usagi froze as both tines of the warm silver tongue rolled over her chin and neck. She closed her eyes and forced herself to bask in the sensations: warm and velvety soft. Serenity's lips curled into a smile.


            Bending over she kissed the demon's snaking tongue. Purring, the succubus started to close her mouth.


            Serenity's cool eyes sparked and she simply held her hand out. Misako, eager to please, dropped another hunk of meat, this one a mix of bones and gently seared flesh.


            The queen strained with the kilograms of meat held in her outstretched arm, but easily deposited them into the demons' waiting mouth.

 

End Chapter

 

Revision Notes:  One chapter to go.  And this whole revision project will be done.