The year 1997 according to the Gregorian calendar, somewhere in outer space... ...A seemingly uninteresting lump of rock moves along at a steady pace, with no apparent aim or goal. But the barren, inhospitable surface hides a highly developed society, not unlike humanity, bearing a billion year old grudge, and a thirst for vengeance. The sound of boots' heels clacking against the marble floor as an otherwise calm and collected figure hurriedly made its' way to the throne room, bewildered by the sudden, and certainly very unexpected discovery. "Your Highness, your Highness!" The words were sputtered as the person flung open the doors, made of a material alien to, and therefore indescribable to an earthling, leading to the ancient throne room. The one sitting on the throne was less than pleased by the unannounced intrusion of said person, and tilted her head while examining the nuisance. "What's the meaning of this? You better have a good reason for disturbing me while I'm practicing my magic." The person quickly threw themselves into salutary position, not wanting to seem any more impudent. "Your Highness, you see, we've... We've..." "You've what? Come on, spit it out already before I tire of you." "We've found it, we've finally found it! We picked up some familiar signals, and we never thought it could be true, but after running some scans, it's confirmed that they're a prefect match to the ones of Sentinel X!" The queen sat dumbfounded. She could not believe it to be true. "But, the only way for Sentinel X to still be radiating signals is if... That means..." Tears started amassing in the eyes of the news-bearer, who could not contain her excitement one ounce. "It means the hard labor of our ancestors has not been in vain! It means we've at last located the coordinates of the Gold Millennium Crystal remnant!" The queen chuckled quietly under her breath, but it soon developed into full-blown, hysterical laughter. "Excellent! Superb! Absolutely fabulous! I trust you haven't told anyone else?" "No, your Highness, only the higher-ups of the research department are aware." "Wonderful. Run down to the control room and tell them to change our course and destination. Then spread the word. We have a lot of preparation to do, but tonight, we feast. A grand feast it shall be, to celebrate this monumental day." With a look of complete admiration and devotion one her face, the newsbearer and likewise head of the research department, gave a final salute before leaving the throne room. "Yes, your Highness!" Once the doors had shut completely once more, the queen took a deep breath, grabbing the staff that was resting next to her. She stared into the deeply purple coloured, lotus-flower shaped jewel at the end of it. "So it has become my duty to fulfill the promise of ancient Pandora... Very well, as it is the task I have been prepared from my birth to carry through, I will stop at nothing to ensure that the Gold Millennium Crystal finally ends up where it belongs." Fast forward 17 years... "... And that concludes our interview with Kujaku Toshiko, governor of Tokyo, and one of the top candidates for the post of prime minister in the upcoming elections. Now, onto the weather..." Hoshino Kiyomi stirred her morning cup of tea, waiting for it to cool down, while watching the news. "Such an intelligent and outspoken woman... Beautiful, elegant, and graceful, too. I wish Hikari could be even just a bit more like her." She thought to herself and sighed. Just then, footsteps could be heard tumbling down the stairs. "Ahh, I'm gonna be late! Bye mom, see ya after school!" And with that, Hikari was already out the door. Kiyomi sighed again. "That girl really needs to learn some responsibility. She didn't eat any breakfast, and she forgot her lunch. I hope she brought some money with her, or she's going to starve for the rest of the day." The house-cat, Taiyou, jumped up on Kiyomi's lap, meowing in an agreeing tone, before settling down and starting to purr. At school, during lunch, Hikari's stomach growled. "This is bad, really bad... I forgot my lunch, and my wallet, so I don't have money to buy anything from the cafeteria..." She leaned forward towards the boy sitting in front of her, who was way more sensible than her, and looked at him with puppy-dog eyes. "Hey, Emiya-kun, you don't suppose you could share your lunch with me? Or lend me some money? I seem to be in quite the pickle here..."