Mina was late. Of course, those who knew her well would ask the much unneeded question of “when was Minako ever not late”, but she didn’t appreciate such sass except when she was the one being sassy. Today, she was racing to catch a train, desperately hoping that just this…
Mina cursed under her breath when she tried to stand and realized she’d actually broken her damned shoe. No wonder she’d gone down like a sack of bricks. She shifted, trying to fiddle with the thing, gauging whether a dab or two of super glue would fix the problem, and realized it wouldn’t. Well that was just great, wasn’t it? Feeling her bright mood begin to sour, she huffed and shifted until she had both legs out in front of her. The crowd was doing its best to ignore her at least, which for once was refreshing.
A voice startled her as she fussed in her little purse, looking for her phone. Startled, she looked up. Someone had stopped. Out of habit as much as anything else, she flashed him a smile and tried to look thankful. “Oh, I’m fine, thank you.” But she did extend a hand, and was thankful when he helped pull her to her feet. She was standing oddly, which annoyed her. She had a bag of things with her, an outfit for later in the evening; she was supposed to meet friends for drinks.
With casual grace, she produced her cellphone and tapped off a quick excuse to her agent, who would postpone the photoshoot. As late as she was, they’d probably reschedule entirely. That suited her. “Mind holding this?” she asked as she handed him the bag of her other things. She dug around inside while he held it, and produced a pair of flats. Not the cutest shoes she owned, but they’d do, now. She tucked the broken ones inside, and sighed slightly. They’d been so cute.
Now 5’3” and in flats, instead of much taller, she took back her bag and looked up at the knightly fellow who’d stopped, and gave him a perky smile. “Can I buy you a coffee, as a thanks? I’m suddenly free.”
Mina was late. Of course, those who knew her well would ask the much unneeded question of “when was Minako ever not late”, but she didn’t appreciate such sass except when she was the one being sassy. Today, she was racing to catch a train, desperately hoping that just this once the underground gods would favor her, and she’d not be forced to wait for the next one. She’d just turned a narrow loop and was jogging down the stairs in heels none the less when fortune made it quite clear that it did not favor her.
She slipped. One might ask how a sailor senshi who had spent most of her teenage years battling even in heels could slip, and she would reply with a wrinkled nose and something pithy and to the point, but she couldn’t give a more accurate answer than that. Perhaps it had to do with the height of the heel or the lack of miniskirt. Perhaps it was fate.
Too much in her life had been chocked up to fate, though, so she was disinclined to agree with that sentiment. It was strange how much of this could go through her mind in that moment when her stomach bottomed out and her foot went out from under her. Had she been better prepared, or sure that she wasn’t going to draw any unwanted attention, she probably could have turned the fall into something graceful and beautiful. Instead, she ended up sitting on the stair with one leg out at an odd angle and one beneath her. She frowned. Ow. She’d had worse, sure, but still… ow.
I can’t live in a fairytale of lies.
And I can’t hide from the feeling cause it’s right.
And I go faster and faster and faster and faster for love.
And I can’t live in a fairytale of lies.
I can feel that you’ve mesmerized my heart.
I feel so free.
I’m alive, I’m breaking out.
I won’t give in, cause I’m proud of all my scars.
And I can see I’ve been wasting too much time.
Faster by Within Temptation
But in another life
I would be your girl
We’d keep all our promises
Be us against the world
In another life
I would make you stay
So I don’t have to say
You were the one that got away
The one that got away
The One That Got Away by Katy Perry
When Mina was fourteen years old, she was told that she would always choose duty over love, and she believed it. Whether it was an actual curse or just an enemy striking her where she was most vulnerable, she’s taken it to heart. Because of that, she’s never had a serious relationship… and wonders if she’d even be capable of it.
This version of Minako is a compilation of the anime, the manga, and the live action.