Eventually at the Cooling Time set itself – which turns out to be the North Pole duplicate set from earlier – the Rainbow Rockers are sitting at the guest sofas just minding their own business.
“Talk shows ain’t my thing,” Matthew groans as he twirls a drumstick on his nose.
“To tell you the truth, I agree with you,” Kailin replies nervously as she performs a casual song on an electronic keyboard.
“I just hope the production team doesn’t overwork themselves again. This is NOT a good first impression for a budding television outlet for music lovers,” Ursula adds in while combing her hair. “And I don’t want to hear anything about those annoying rumors about me and Matthew bring together and the likes.”
“Arrgh, everyone around here knows that Matty and I are meant to be,” Kailin insists as she brings her vampiric husband close in her loving arms.
At that moment, Blossom suddenly drops down on the couch in between her bandmates.
“Yipes! Be careful with your entrances, Blossom,” a startled Ursula insists before hugging her sworn sista.
“Just don’t shed all over us ‘til after the interview, okay?” Matthew points out teasingly, referring to his former captor’s Rapunzel hair.
An annoyed Blossom rolls her eyes as she puts her ponytail back behind the couch.
Just then, Lunamaria makes the scene and walks over to her desk – only to face-first on the floor halfway like an anvil. She quickly gets up and scratches her head nervously with sweat showers flying from her head. “I’m okay, I’m okay!” she insists while sitting down. “I’m just excited to finally meet one of my favorite rock bands in person, that’s all.”
“The feeling is mutual,” Matthew replies while rolling his eyes. “No pressure, ma’am.”
Nearby from out of nowhere, Diddy and Orpheus appear before the set and set up the camera equipment within seconds. Afterwards, the now-ready duo gives double thumbs-up to their moon-haired leader, who nods affirmatively as she then gets out a sheet of paper – from a TWENTY-foot tall tower of ‘em, much to the guest quartet’s sweat-dropping dismay. This will take a while, for sure.
“Good evening, music lovers! Welcome to Cooling Time, the literal cooling-down segment of Harmonia Music Television! For our first-ever broadcast – in progress, of course – we have Ursula, Princess Blossom of Rilavida, Kailin, and Matthew of the first iteration of the Rainbow Rockers! The original lineup itself before all of the constant cast member change-ups! Without further ado, give them a big hand, everyone!” Lunamaria announces cheerfully.
As if on cue, a roaring applause is heard much to everyone’s confusion. They look ahead to see both Diddy and Orpheus holding a boom-box that’s playing a cassette tape of non-stop cheering. An annoyed Lunamaria motions her teammates silently to turn it off, which they do while chuckling nervously.
“Thank you. Now then, here’s my first question for y’all,” the musical magician says pleasantly as she then looks at her first paper. “How did the four of you meet?”
“Who are you talking to regarding that question? Basically, it’s Blossom who brought us together. As the start of the Fall 1985 semester, I met her when I got caught in that outrageously prehensile hair of hers. She untangled me out and then helped with that infamous dough flood over at Home Economics,” Ursula explains briefly, with Matthew and Kailin nodding in agreement.
“Okay . . .” Lunamaria says amusedly as she gets out another paper from the pile. “Blossom-sama and Kailin-sama, how did you manage to stop the ‘Veggie Vampire Vermin’ from his infamous decade-long vegetable raiding of the cafeteria?”
An annoyed Matthew does a gun hand motion to his head, uttering ‘BANG’ on the spot. With that, he then pulls down a curtain from above labeled the following . . .
THREE HOURS LATER IN THE INTERVIEW . . .
Hey, I’m just doing what he’s telling me to do now – so I’ll comply just this once.
Exactly at the time the hapless vampire requested, Lunamaria takes out the very last paper of her pile to get her final question out to the open. “All right, we’re at the end of this extended episode. Just one last question for you Rainbow Rocker golden oldies – what do you think of your experiences in your very first year together here in Harmonia?” she asks pleasantly.
“Well, besides the aforementioned rough beginnings and all, I actually enjoyed it to the point of it being the best year of my life,” Matthew replies in an awkward admittance before cracking a smile.
“Me too,” Kailin agrees happily as she embraces her immortal hubbie and shares a passionate French kiss on the spot.
As this point, several “Oooooooooo”s and “Daaawwwww”s are heard from out of nowhere. Everyone looks back to the camera team – who has just turn their boom-box back on, this time with a tape of the aforementioned audience reactions.
Upon seeing the on-camera musicians sending angry glares to them, the nocturnal camera duo turns their boom-box off without hesitation. “Just though it would be groovy for a romantic scene like that,” Diddy points out amusedly.
“I thought so,” Kailin agrees cheerfully while still holding a now-conscious Matthew in her arms. Love-struck, he is.
“Well, uh . . . I guess that’s it for our debut episode of Cooling Time! From all of us here at HTV and Harmonia Musical Institute, I’m Lunamaria Harper and I thank you for being with us,” Lunamaria announces triumphantly before waving good-bye.
As expected, more ravenous audience applause is heard from the obvious source to bring this episode to a fitting end. “I’ll let that go this time,” the magical director says while shrugging her shoulders.
“That’s a wrap, dudes and dudettes. Groovy performance and show overall,” Diddy announces with a thumbs-up as Orpheus turn off the camera equipment.
“About time, my butt is getting sore from sitting through this three-hour yak-fest,” a relieved Matthew says as he gets up from the couch – only to cringe discreetly and collapse to the floor in just two still movement frames.
“Not to mention a stiff back?” Kailin chuckles amusedly as she telekinetically lifts her vampire husband up.
“Oh, oh, OH! How about putting on a live show before leaving? Our programmers can insert it into our new footage,” Lunamaria insists excitedly while hopping up and down like a Mexican jumping bean.
What do you say, guys? For old times’ sake? Blossom glitter-asks her former bandmates, who all nod in agreement.
“Just give me a minute to heal Mr. SoreButt here first, ok?” Kailin insists pleasantly as she surrounds Matthew with several glowing yellow, purple, and white hearts – obviously an instant healing spell.
Upon arriving at the concert stage a few minutes later, the original Rainbow Rockers survey their new rock ‘n’ roll ground – an Art Deco-styled concert stage in neon green, neon violet, and turquoise.
“Hmm . . . quaint for a talk show,” an already-healed Matthew compliments casually with his bandmates nodding in agreement.
With that, the veteran rockers get into their original rock ‘n’ roll positions – Ursula in front as the vocalist, Matthew and Kailin at her sides as the lead guitarist and bassist respectively, and Blossom on a tall pillar behind them as the drummer.
Wha . . . am I becoming rusty with my magic already? Blossom glitter-replies nervously while bringing her head down with a big sweatdrop.
No, the author simply sent you here by accident before realizing that. He sent me here to inform you of that, Danica glitter-explains, plain and simple.
“That explains a lot what with looking over so many notes,” an annoyed Matthew replies while rolling his eyes.
With that, Blossom does the magical teleportation tango again to get everyone to the right place this time. In just two seconds, she succeeds in doing so. The new stage everyone’s on now resembles the North Pole in a scale-model version with realistic icicle borders and a roaring blizzard in the background. To add to the Arctic ambience, a giant polar bear is looming over the stage with its paws hovering over as if it’s pouncing on an unsuspecting target.
“Oh my, this is quite a frighteningly accurate depiction of Antarctica indeed!” a nervous Kailin exclaims as she quickly glomps Matthew, holding onto him for dear life.
“It’s all right, Princess. So, are all of ya ready to rock?” the vegetarian vampire himself assures as he brings his main crush into his arms.
The other bandmates nod casually in unison and then look over to the audience bleachers to see Diddy, Orpheus, and Lunamaria sitting down with sound-recording equipment and cameras activated and ready.
“Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the first – and only – performance of our special guest band – the original incarnation of the Rainbow Rockers!!!” the musical magician announces off-screen via microphone.
And with that, the golden oldies band rocks and rolls on with a speed-metal song along the line of classic Megadeth and Metallica, with the extreme sonic vibrations produced by their musical awesomeness causing the icicles on the ceiling to fall and pierce the ground before them. Plus, the polar bear statue suddenly comes to life and . . . headbangs all the way with dual ‘love’ handsigns.
“Yep . . . music is the universal language still,” Diddy says proudly as he joins in the headbanging.
“This animatronic bear only activates under the presence of true rock ‘n’ roll – so yeah,” Orpheus agrees as he joins in as well. “Call it a hidden rock ‘n’ roll gauge, if you will.”
“Groovy, man,” the hippie bee replies as he and his fellow camera crew continue filming the performance.
Ten minutes later, the original Rainbow Rockers walk out of the HTV station in triumph with some of the production team accompanying them through the doors.
“Thank you for your cooperation today, guys. Since we have enough material for two more broadcasts, we can have the rest of the night off,” Lunamaria yawns in relief.
“Don’t forget to say ‘THAT’S A WRAP!’, boss!” Valtor points out amusingly.
“I would, but considering what we’ve been through today, I’m too tired to even say that,” the musical magician grumbles as she then clutches her head. “Ugh, migraine already . . .”
In response to this, Blossom flies over to the over-worked Lunamaria and places her antennae on her forehead. It glows bright white instantly as the exhausted music director lets out a big breath of relief as she slowly falls to her knees.
“Oh, thanks a million, Dean. That really hits the spot,” Lunamaria mutters in a sincere tone. “I have a feeling we’ll be doing this a lot, though.
“I can help you out with your migraines, Lunamaria-sama,” Yukiko assures as she walks over to her boss. “Leave her to me, Dean, all right?”
Very well, Nao-look alike. I leave the healing duties to you, Blossom glitter-replies with a nod.
“Uh, look alike?” the sky blue miko asks as she looks down at her dress much to her sweat-dropping embarrassment. “Oh. Nao and I tend to wear similar dresses, don’t we – then again, we have been in miko training together since graduating from high school.”
Just then, Saffron appears before the Rainbow Rockers from out of the blue – no, it’s not a teleportation trick. She’s just THAT fast. “Do NOT inform anyone of Yukiko’s presence in this television station – ESPECIALLY Takakazu Hayashi. Do you hear me?” she insists in a cold, threatening tone.
“Because of the demon attacks, right? Of course,” Ursula assures with an understanding nod.
“It doesn’t matter for the time being . . .” Yukiko whispers sadly before running off from the scene, sobbing silently in the process.
“Poor gal . . . please take care of her in the meantime,” Kailin insists in a soft, sympathetic tone.
“That we shall. Good luck warding off the demons on your behalf,” Valtor assures with a nod.
“Don’t worry, we’ll sack some common sense into those invaders before you can say ‘The Power of Friendship’,” Matthew assures with a confident wink before leaving the scene with his bandmates.
Lunamaria, Saffron, and Valtor wave good-bye to the veteran rockers and then look at each other with concerned faces. “So both Takakazu Hayashi and Nao Renge are here, as well? This will be one nasty love triangle,” the musical magician says while shivering of the many possible outcomes to this situation.
“Since Hawk is now with this ‘Phoenix’ sentai, perhaps it is for the better to avoid escalating the Hayashi/Shiratori feud,” the golden kunoichi replies while shrugging her shoulders.
“Still, I feel a great deal of sympathy for Swan. She’s one month pregnant with Hawk’s son,” the darkling points out in a soft, sad tone while bringing his head down – much to Lunamaria’s gasping surprise. “On the other hand, Nao has an unrequited love dream going on with Hawk as well. She loves him dearly and wants to be with him forever. I’m conflicted on whom I should be siding with, really.”
“I’m with Yukiko all the way. Considering her pregnancy out of wedlock and all, she really needs a happy ending – and she will, whatever Nao and Takakazu like it or not,” Saffron replies in a calm but furious tone as she stabs one of her sai into the ground to make a point.
Lunamaria shudders in fear by this, but swallows it up to retain a confident leader mood. “We will, have no fear. We just need to be patient, that’s all,” she finally says as the three walks back into the HTV station to have their well-deserved break.