OH THANK YOU
So after half an hour of Rei just saying “uh-huh”, Usagi begins to catch on.
“And I’m just worried that maybe something’s happened to him!”
“….I thought I might go check on him.”
“I’ll ride there on my giant talking frog.”
“REI-CHAN ARE YOU EVEN LISTENING??”
Usagi hangs up in anger, calls Mako, who’s in the middle of cooking and a little distracted but is fully supportive. “I’m sure he’s fine but I’ll come get you and we can go over there after dinner?”
“Yeah! Then I’ll kick his ass for worrying you.”
“Uh, well, no, you don’t have to do that.”
“No, I mean it! He knows everything you’ve been through! How dare he be so inconsiderate? DAMMIT, I’m getting angrier and angrier just thinking about this! You know what, fuck dinner, you wanna go there now? Let’s just go.”
“NO NO THAT’S OKAY I’M SURE IT’S FINE, LOVE YOU MAKO-CHAN, BYE NOW.”
Over to Ami.
“Maybe Mamoru-san’s doing research on our new enemy.”
“I guess …”
“You know, like we should be.”
“Yeah, but …”
“Because this new enemy is actually pretty serious and the sooner we discover their goal the sooner we—”
“Okay yeah, thanks Ami-chan.”
One more port of call.
Minako can’t stop laughing.
“Mamoru probably locked himself on the balcony or something.”
“No no, he’s probably at some big social event. An olive blazer swap or something.”
“Maybe he’s in a clandestine meeting of rose growers.”
“What? He’s FINE. You’d feel if he wasn’t fine, right?”
“So he’s FINE. Oh, unless there’s a cheesy speech-giving convention in town, then you might not see him for a while.”
Usagi hangs up on Minako’s cackling. She’s called everybody, but dammit, she still doesn’t feel better!
The phone rings at HIkawa Shrine. Grandpa picks it up. “Oh, Usagi-chan! Sure, I think she’s in her room, just a second.”
Grandpa opens the door. Rei’s still on her back on her bed, reading a manga. The phone receiver is next to her on the pillow.
“Uh-huh,” she says absently to no one.
Then, realizing Usagi’s on the phone, she clicks her receiver back on.
“Where did you go?”
“I hung up with you like an hour ago, didn’t you even notice??”
“…don’t be stupid, of course I did.”
“ANYWAY, as I was saying, the last I heard from Mamo-chan was at LUNCHTIME! Oh my lunch was great today! Mama packed my favourite rice balls and—”
Rei sets the phone down, and goes back to her manga. “Uh-huh.”
This is glorious.