I did a nice little Sailor Moon fight scene for the awesome @missbutlerart!
This was for a secret santa drawing thing but halfway through drawing this I realized it has nothing to do with Christmas haha (it’s more of a Halloween pic). So I also included a slightly more Christamsy version .
The secret of the Tuxedo Mask doll (and more headcanons)
The question is, of course, where did the puppet come from? I don’t think Mamoru bought it for himself. If you look at the rest of the apartment, it’s all very fancy but sterile. Mamoru doesn’t strike me as someone who spent money on “useless” things (before Usagi and Chibi-Usa came into his life and boy, did they turn his world - or wallet - upside-down) and he never had anything of sentimental value before, either. I would argue that it’s a gift from Usagi, as a little joke between them - I can see her finding it hilarious. She has a Tuxedo Mask doll of her own, too, but giving Mamoru one is very sneaky of her, or so she thinks. The same goes for buying the girls buttons or keychains with their corresponding Senshi on it.
And I can see her giving him a lot of little trinkets over the years which he treasures. Would he come up with the idea to make silly photos in a photo-booth? No, that’s all Usagi. But if you think he won’t decorate his apartment with every little snapshot of them (and later Chibi-Usa), you think wrong. The pictures Chibi-Usa draws for him? All hanging on the wall. His two girls have their own cups in his cupboard and decided he needed a more colourful one, too (it’s his favourite now and he swears that his coffee tastes way better in this cup than in any other). He also has a new alarm-clock that takes a ridiculous amount of time to shut off while it blares annoying popsongs - he pulls the plug out instead. Pressed flowers. Tickets for the zoo or cinema. A ribbon Usagi once forgot at his apartment. He keeps and treasures everything which reminds him that he isn’t alone anymore.
Just like Mamoru never got gifts or had anything of sentimental value before, he never had someone he could buy gifts for. Mamoru, at first, needs those very specific hints that Usagi drops with the subtlety of a falling cartoon piano, so he’s on the safe side, at least. It takes him a long time until he buys these special little “just-because” gifts. The kind of gifts which aren’t expensive or especially fancy but that make Usagi unbelievably happy because it shows that he thought of her. Like a new notebook with little rabbits on the cover because hers is already full with doodles and she needs a new one. Or a body-lotion with the scent she recently discovered she liked. A new pack of bobbypins because she can’t find all of them when she stays over and tries to make her odangos the next morning. Her favourite cookies even though he just wanted to buy some necessities for himself. The manga that was sold out in every bookshop she knows (they aren’t many).
As with everything, Mamoru at first doubts that these cheap gifts could hold any value for her. It can’t be enough for her and so he’s really awkward about it. But then, Usagi gives him her most radiant smiles and thanks him with lots of kisses. She uses the lotion immediately and holds her wrist under his nose so he can smell it, too. She shares her cookies with him and sticks some bobbypins into his black strands, so they don’t hang into his eyes and he can read better. She rips some pages of the notebook out and writes little notes for him, which she hides in his books and briefcase, so he’ll find them the next day in class. The manga is the best one she ever read.
And when Usagi moves in, the Tuxedo Mask doll will have company from the Sailor Moon doll - because if Mamoru and Usagi can finally be together, Usagi argues, so should they. And Mamoru smiles and nods.