So keyofnik started this wonderful set of drabbles about the Sailor Senshi visiting various cities aka the gargantuan amounts of friendship world tour. And so, of course, I feel the need to represent Toronto. (Maybe they are coming to vanquish the ultimate evil known as Rob and Doug Ford? Yes I think that would be awesome. Anyway.)
It would be a ridiculous 13 hour flight in, not counting the inevitable layover in BC where - because Air Canada serves crap meals - Usagi would be making it a priority to find Real Food before making their connecting flight. As we know, poor Mako would be drugged up to the gills just to be able to fly on said planes, and Ami would obviously sit with her in the lounge waiting for the other three to get back. Minako, meanwhile, has discovered the Duty Free and is contemplating both starting a shot glass collection and whether she would like maple whiskey. (The answer is yes, she would, but Rei confiscates it from her before she can open it to try.) Arriving back at the gate just in time to board, a frazzled Rei is stuck in the middle of the two blondes, forcibly hanging on to each of them to keep them from running off again.
As they spend the next two hours flying over most of Canada, Ami persuades Mako to look at the Rockies, and surprises everyone with a joke about “watching your dog run away for days” as they cross the Prairies. Which of course she then points out would be logically impossible, but there is a LOT of flat land down below.
Finally, they all land in Toronto… only to discover that Pearson Airport is actually at least half an hour outside of Toronto, and a considerable distance from where they booked their hotel. After having a run-in with a cabbie who did not speak any language they recognized, they decide to brave the TTC - Toronto’s public transit system. Of course, Minako has a giggle fit when she finds out that their slogan is “Ride the Rocket”, a phrase that bears repeating constantly, with the added bonus of draping over Rei’s shoulder and whispering it suggestively in her ear. Mako, still a little high, giggles at the whole scenario, ending with her snorting at just how bright red Rei turns.
Surprisingly, Usagi is the one to point out just how simple the TTC is - the map showing only two main subway lines and two tiny stumps. Compared to Toyko, it’s almost too easy. Three hours later, after a bus and a subway and then another bus and then a streetcar and a lot of confused walking around to get to the Gladstone Hotel, the general consensus among the girls is to never call things easy again. That, and there are a lot of rude people who like to sit in the outside seat on transit to make it inconvenient for anyone to sit beside them. Thankfully, Ami mapped out their journey in advance, so they didn’t get too lost.
Somewhat exhausted after travel, the girls check into their specially themed rooms, each lovingly picked out in advance by Minako. However, Mako is finally awake and focused again, and it doesn’t take much for Usagi to convince her that she is starving. So the girls decide to explore the neighbourhood and discover a poutine shop - serving up French fries topped with gravy and cheese. Aka heaven. Usagi is so excited by this new food that she orders two. Mako refuses to leave until she gets the recipes for all the different types of poutine directly from the hipster dude working the kitchen, for which Minako happily translates in between admiring how well kept his beard is.
In their post-poutine food-induced comas, the girls accidentally wander the opposite direction from their hotel, which they realize when they come across Trinity Bellwoods, a giant park. There are people on blankets, people walking dogs, people playing frisbee, people selling jewelry and art, even people making out in public. While somewhat bothered by the last, Rei is extremely insulted when she sees a woman offering fortune telling services for $5, who clearly doesn’t have a divinatory bone in her body. Minako, meanwhile has wandered off and already made friends with a group of guys who are drinking beer and passing around a decently-sized joint. She stays just long enough to score a beer and a quick drag, and to get details on the best places to party. Returning to the group triumphantly, she proclaims loudly “when in Canada!” in English. Ami just shakes her head, because Minako. Mako happily accepts the shared beer. Usagi tries a sip and makes a face, spitting it back out. Rei snatches the beer out of Usagi’s hand, and downs about half of it with a smirk on her face before passing the can back to Mako, pointedly NOT giving it back to Minako. The Rei Hino gauntlet has been thrown and now it is SO ON.
Before Minako can do something terribly clever and vengeful in return, Ami points out that they are not that far from the CN Tower according to her guidebook, and that they should be able to get there in time for sunset. They decide not to bother with the TTC this time and opt to walk instead. An hour later, they are on a very long elevator ride up, griping about the price of admission and why is everything in Toronto so goddamned expensive. Usagi, still slightly traumatized by another elevator ride from long ago, clings to Rei and whimpers until they safely reach the top. Minako is torn between PLOTTING REI’S DOOM for stealing her beer and trying to figure out how to get to do the Edgewalk for free (are you kidding Minako walking around the edge of the tallest tower on earth none of the rest of the Senshi want to do that and nobody wants to pay that much to do it) She settles for jumping on the glass floor, which she coaxes Usagi to do after pushing several children out of the way to demonstrate just how safe it is. Mako and Ami, meanwhile, are outside taking in the view of the city. Ami makes a mental map of where everything is in relation to where they are and where they came from (seriously the city seems to go on forever) and Mako secretly indulges in thoughts about how romantic the view over the water is, especially at sunset.
After going back down the tower, Minako tries to drag everyone to Ripley’s Aquarium but again nobody wants to pay that much just so Minako can make faces at fish again. And the Blue Jays game is out because baseball and Minako and Rei is just not a good mix and also holy fuck tickets are how much. Instead, they go for dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe at Yonge and Dundas Square, where they are bombarded with street performers and some weird festival that doesn’t seem to actually have a point but has some magician on stage doing lame tricks. Surprisingly, the city feels a lot like Tokyo though it looks very different.
(Consider this “part one”…. So much more to come)