Always, Makoto

Dearest Rei-chan,

I am not quite sure where to begin, dear Rei-chan. So much has happened since I met you. We have all endured such laughter and sorrow, tears and jubilation; it seems that time was just a figment of our imaginations. I suppose that the best way to start is at the beginning...
I must admit that when I first met you, I was not sure what to expect. I had heard some awful, nasty rumors that people had been spreading. About you being mean, bossy, and even cold. They were rumors I knew all too well, for they had been spread about me as well. Being the victim of cruel gossip I knew better than judge you from what I had heard. I thank God that I took that chance. You are everything they say you are not. Assumptions are terrible things; they kept too many away from the real Hino Rei.
You are among the best fighters I have ever seen. Careful, yet not afraid to attack if need comes. You have truly been a blessing to the senshi team. Your ability to sense when danger draws near is incredible. But what else could one expect from a shrine maiden? Above all, your dedication is what truly captures me. I shudder to think back upon our final battle with Queen Beryl. But when I do, I see a fire-hearted soldier recognize danger and willingly take the blow. You knew, Rei-chan, that you were to be killed, but that didn't phase you. As long as it meant that our Princess was to be safe. That kind of loyalty is rarer than any. You have taught villains everywhere, through your strength and your courage, not to mess with fire.
At times you seem aloof, Rei-chan. As if there was something heavy on your mind. We all could sense it, but none of us would have guessed it's true nature. Who would have guessed the Fire's Rose to be in love? It touched me to have you share your thoughts of that with me; your casablanca memory. Love is a wonderful thing, Rei-chan. But like with so much else there is a dark side to it. It pains me to know that you have endured the dark side of love. It is a thing no young woman should go through. I know because I have been through it as well. But I promise you, Rei-chan, that there is someone out there. Someone wonderful who will be everything you ever hoped for. And you will be more than he ever dreamed of.
I am so happy to have befriended you, dear Rei-chan. When some people look at you they see only an odd girl. When I look at you I see a beautiful princess, a faithful senshi, a disciplined priestess, and a loving girl who is so often misunderstood. All I hope is that one day they will be able to look through my eyes, to see the flame-like beauty that you are.

Love,

Mako-chan

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