I’ve got five Gargantuan Amounts of Friendship World Tour posts to reblog here. They are long and amazing. PREPARE
The Senshi Vs. Houston, FIGHTO.
An eighteen and a half-hour flight is not the ideal way to start anything, especially not a visit to a city they’ve never visited. They’ve shanghaied Haruka for one simple reason: they need a driver as Houston believes that public transport is for losers and cocaine addicts and why would one of the biggest cities in the US need public transport? So Michiru has tagged along because she knows this is going to make her laugh until she dies of laughing.
They arrive at the airport and discover they can’t get their shampoo through customs and lose it all, sending Rei, Usagi, and Minako into panic, though Rei pretends to be calm. Usagi wails about how her hair will become filthy and Mamo-chan will be angry and Chibi will never be born and… well, that might not be so bad… Then Mamoru arrives to meet them and Teenage Chibi-Usa shows up wearing this:
She claims they destroyed humanity during the original version of this visit and she’s come to ensure they don’t do it AGAIN. She then gives them shampoo. Ami asks how lacking shampoo could destroy the world and Chibi tells her it’s best she never know. She’s clearly trying to imitate Pluto but no one can imitate Pluto in that outfit.
However, Chibi’s outfit convinces Minako everyone MUST dress like extras in a country music video at least once; this is delayed by stepping outside into what is allegedly ‘spring’ and actually feels like a sauna. Ami wanted to avoid hurricane season, forgetting that it’s the only part of the year which includes actual cold and less humidity (yes, Hurricane Season is actually less humid feeling than the rest of the year, though it rains more!)
They go collapse in their hotel, hideously jetlagged, until they recover the next day to find Teen Cowgirl Hotaru has also joined them, allegedly from the future, though given Hotaru sometimes regresses to infancy to get out of chores, no one is sure they can trust this. And Pluto, also dressed as a cowgirl, is there to ‘chaperone them’. Minako now swears they will go to Mickey Gilley’s if it KILLS THEM. Pluto tells her that it’s been closed for decades since a fire. Minako just *looks* at the mistress of Time, who instead whisks them away to Herman Park.
Herman Park has many delights. Ami most enjoys the Museum of Science nearby, though they all enjoy the IMAX show and the planetarium. Rei relaxes and finally recovers from the trip in the beautiful Japanese gardens. Mamoru and Makoto enjoy the Centennial Gardens the most, especially the rose garden. Usagi enjoys riding the train and ignores Rei asking why there is a train system *only in the park and not he rest of the city*. Mamoru points out the city does have a light rail line even if it’s only one line from the University of Houston through downtown to Reliant Park, so you still need a car to reach the rail line, but HEY, TRAINS.
Minako, however, most enjoys when the statues in the International Sculpture Garden come to life and attack everyone because she finally gets to quote UHF while fighting Ghandi to the death.
They end their day at the park by going to the nearby Miller Outdoor Theater and having a picnic dinner to a performance of Shakespeare in the Park, which is Haruka and Michiru’s favorite moment of the park visit.
(Hotaru and Chibi ran amok with water pistols in the park until they got busted by the park police, which was their favorite part of the visit)
That night, they go shopping for outfits for country dancing and coerce Pluto into taking them back in time to go dance at Mickey Gilley’s. Naturally, one of the mechanical bulls is possessed by a demon, Rei sets it on fire and the place burns down. They flee back to the present and Pluto ticks off ‘get even with Mickey Gilley for standing me up’ on her list of grudges.
It’s a VERY LONG LIST.
The next day, they start by going to the Houston Zoo; Chibi and Hotaru revert to childhood so they can get the full experience of something neither got to do as a child. Minako spends the whole trip trying and failing to revert to childhood. Rei points out Minako doesn’t need to revert; she never *left* childhood. Usagi is offended they’re sticking tongues out at each other instead of her! Despite this, the trip goes pretty well, until demons possess the monkeys, who escape and begin attacking everything in sight because chimpanzees are basically demonic without ACTUAL demons in them. When all the chimps are down for the count, Pluto ticks off ‘avenge destruction of 20,000 dollar dress on Bonzo’s relatives’ on her grudge list.
They then hit a vietnamese restaraunt for lunch; there’s so many to choose from, they nearly have to hit it for dinner, instead.
The Museum of Fine Arts consumes the rest of the afternoon; Pluto, Haruka, and Michiru enjoy it the most but Rei greatly enjoys the arts of Africa exhibit and finally relaxes again. Then becomes tense, expecting a monster attack which never comes.
They hit the Galleria that evening and window shop; Haruka and Michiru and Pluto, who can afford it, buy some nice things and Chibi-Usa tries to buy something with a handful of gems from the future and has to be stopped from getting them arrested as gem smugglers. However, Pluto secures everyone a nice dress for formal dancing to end the evening.
Usagi is lost in dreamland, dancing with Mamoru and the rest… find themselves mostly surrounded by senior citizens. But the dancing is fun and relaxing.
The next day, they hit the Lake Houston Wilderness Park, on the north side of town, and go boating, swimming, horseback riding, biking and hiking, enjoying some exercise and the warm sun. They are all a little embarrassed that Chibi can outride them all and Minako tries to treat her horse as a mechanical bull and falls off it. Makoto basks in nature’s glories and finally is over the flight completely. It’s all very nice until a demon rattlesnake shows up and has to be fought, anyway.
They have barbeque that night and are stunned to find it involves near-infinite amounts of meat which is way cheaper than home. Usagi eats until near explosion, then burps up barbeque-flavored burps all night to Rei’s frustration.
The next day they drive south of the city to NASA, where Ami is eager to see everything and Chibi spends the WHOLE TIME talking about how Crystal Tokyo’s space program is SO much less primitive than this. Pluto hides in a closet at one point and will never explain who she was hiding from. This eats up half the day, but then they go down to Galveston to the beach and play in the sun, enjoying themselves. Minako soon has a gaggle of men attending her and Makoto is somewhat overwhelmed to find herself in the same boat, but has a harder time with it, as she can’t speak English well. Rei is aggravated to NOT have her own gaggle and blames Usagi, who is just running around having fun. Until teen Chibi gets her own gaggle and then Usagi can’t let that happen, she’s too young and riot ensues. The evening ends with demon jellyfish, a walk on the beach under the stars and a seafood restaurant.
And they could do a LOT more but I am out of time!