Later that moon day, Mackenzie and Sophie are back in the art studio doing some glitter art – that is, throwing extra fine glitter on glue-covered paper in a splashing manner. The sparkling sparks that fill the area as a result doesn’t bother any of them due to their angelic immunity as mentioned back in Chapter 8.
Once the air has been literally cleared of the coming storm, the techno artists take their safety equipment off and take a look at the work-in-progress. “It looks almost like outer space, Mama,” Sophie finally says.
“True – it’s what we intended with this art, no?” Mackenzie replies with a nod. “What do you think of glitter art.
“Fun,” Angelic Miracle replies simply.
Just then, Sam shows up at the scene with Shadow by his side. “Looking cool so far. Mind if I ask what is it?”
“We’re doing a map of the entire solar system using only glitter,” Mackenzie replies simply. “And what have you been doing?”
“Shadow and I are working on a new video game console,” Sam replies as he and his Holo-bat friend look at each other with a wink. “It’s top secret at the moment, but we’ll tell you some details if you don’t tell,” he adds pleasantly.
“I promise, Sam,” Mackenzie assures before hugging her true love.
“Me too, Papa,” Sophie adds in before joining in the family hug.
Emerald Knight nods affirmatively as he then gets out what appears to be a card the size of a – well, credit card. It has a thin metallic connector on the top and has the name Moon Princess Minigame Party Land on it. “This is the first game we’ve made for it. All other games will also be shaped like this.”
“Interesting,” Mackenzie says curiously as she inspects the Hu-Card reminiscence. “It’s like the NES, right?”
“It’s different. Plus, we’re gonna use compact discs for bigger games in the future,” Shadow replies as he whips out a silver compact disc from his lab coat pocket.
“The age of laserdiscs is coming to an end,” Mackenzie whimpers sadly as her eyes start to well up in a melodramatic, animesque fashion.
The video game scientists look at each other nervously with accompanied sweatdrops – only to hear the Techno Angels chuckle mischievously.
“Just kidding,” Mackenzie jokes, much to Sam and Shadow’s groaning annoyance.
The Holo-bat clears his throat and then says, “We’ve taking our time with this project – like six years in here – but won’t release it until 1991.”
“Six Earth years from now – by then, the NES’ impact will lessen so people will have interest in our console,” Emerald Knight adds in logically. “By the way, would you like to have a development kit so you can make games for it? It’s all up to you, no pressure.”
Mackenzie nods in agreement and then adds, “I’ll keep you two in touch regarding my secret artworks, as well,” before shaking both techno guys’ hands to seal the deal.
“It’ll be SO secret that we’ll be working in it at a location similar to this mothership – but far from here to some isolated place on Earth so we can work in peace,” Sam points out as he then gives Mackenzie a watch-shaped communicator panel of her own. “Use this to come visit the place whenever you like – just make sure no one else is with you two.”
“This is interesting – something along the lines of espionage or the likes,” Mackenzie says pleasantly as she hugs her true love. “I’m happy that you’re getting into different styles of art. Video games ARE art too, you know.”
Sophie nods in agreement and then notices Trixie peeking over the door, being the curious cat-woman she is. “Uh, Miss Trixie is here, everyone,” she points out.
“Well, I should, since we’re going to get married soon. Husbands and wives should share secrets, right Shady?” the Pixicat insists as she hops right next to her Holo-bat fiancé and cuddles him as neon green hearts surround them both.
“Well, of course, just don’t tell anyone else, please?” Shadow asks nervously as he returns the cuddle.
“Anything for you, my love,” Trixie assures as she then covers her fiancé with smooches all over his face.
Sophie chuckles in amusement and then asks her mother. “You did that to Papa too, right?”
Mackenzie and Sam look at each other nervously with accompanied sweatdrops before the artistic angel smiles and finally says, “Oh, what the heck,” before following suit.
After the kissing ceases, both techno guys’ faces are covered with kisses much to their true loves’ chuckling amusement.
Later in Moon Princess gallery, the artistic angels put up their collaborative masterpiece on the wall next to the curator’s desk. Mackenzie writes the following on a title label on the finished picture . . .
Mackenzie Harris-Williams and Sophie Williams
1985, Glitter on Bristol Paper
“We did good, didn’t we, Mama?” Sophie asks as she admires the glitter art.
“Indeed,” Mackenzie agrees as she and Sophie sit down at the curator’s desk.
Just then, Serena, Lunamaria, and Talia show up at the gallery and walk over to the angelic mother and daughter. “Hi there, Mackenzie. So this is really your and Sam’s daughter?” Angelic Silver greets as she pats the angelic toddler’s head.
“Yes, you know her name already,” the Moon Queen chuckles amusedly, remembering the Rock ‘n’ Roses’ first meeting with Angelic Miracle. “How are things going for you three, by the way?”
“Oh, you know – business booming, new songs churning out every week, and dealing with that patron crowd regularly,” Lunamaria replies casually. “They can’t get enough of the Ultimate version – but you know that already.”
“Yep,” Serena agrees before bringing her head down sadly. “Still, with everyone being busy with their own projects, Rozu Horoguramu is pretty much on life support. No one has come up with any new material to bring it from the brink.”
“I’m sorry, Serena. You came all this way from Japan to help David with your rock band, only for this to happen,” Mackenzie replies while following suit.
“Hey, hey, HEY! Don’t say that! We’ve just got caught in all of this awesome stuff that we’re able to accumulate a steady income for each of us – which is important considering David and mine’s future together. When things calm down, we’ll bring R-H back from the dead,” Angelic Silver assures cheerfully while playfully messing up her gold counterpart’s hair.
The Moon Queen smiles and replies, “What about Arizona? Does she have someone too? Well, first of all, whatever happened to that guy she used to date?”
“You mean that Arthur guy? With the silver hair and dreamy blue eyes? Who spoke softly and was a gentleman?” Serena asks, with Mackenzie nodding affirmatively. “He moved away months ago. He didn’t say where and why, and it broke poor Ari’s heart. We cheered her up since – but she’s still bummed out about it sometimes. She didn’t want you to worry since she cares more about us.”
“That’s sad indeed. I totally feel for Arizona,” Talia says sadly, with Lunamaria nodding in agreement. “But she should start looking for someone else now. There are better men out there for her, so let’s point that out for her soon.”
Everyone else nods in agreement and then takes a look around in the gallery, with the Rock ‘n’ Rose crew noticing the new glitter work on display.
“Oh, is this new?” Serena asks as she and her crewmates check out Galaxy Radiance. “Wow, Sophie helped you out with this?”
“Yes, she did great on her part. With enough training and inspiration, she’ll be a great artist in the future,” Mackenzie replies as she hugs her daughter.
“Thank you, Mama,” Sophie replies gratefully as she returns the hug.
Later that moon day, Mackenzie and Sophie are back in the art studio scribbling glitter markers on a large sheet of paper on the floor. At this time, Sam shows up and sits down on the nearby bed, clearly looking exhausted from a day working on that epic super-secret console project of his and Shadow’s.
“Papa!” Sophie cries out as she and Mackenzie fly over to the Techno Knight to embrace him on the spot. “Any progress on that super-secret project?”
“Yes, we agreed on the name of the console . . . the PX-Engine,” Emerald Knight replies with a nod.
“PX . . . Pixie . . . How fitting,” Mackenzie smiles amusedly.
“Since it’ll take six whole years to get the full unit done, we’ll do two versions – the card version, which we’ll release two years from now – 1987 – and of course, the completed unit that also will play CD-based games in our proposed release date,” Sam explains to the point. “That’s all, for now.”
“That’s all right with me. I’m just glad we’ve got plenty of time for both work and family,” Mackenzie assures as she hugs both her husband and daughter.
“Hey, we were meant to be, Angel,” Sam assures just before giving his true love a big smooch.
The Moon Queen nods in agreement with a smile before returning the kiss.