Present Day- 2014, Usagi and the other senshi are 15. Mamoru is 20. Diamond is 17. Sapphire 15. Rubeus and Esmeralda 18. Chibiusa is 6
Usagi thought she would be going on a picnic with Mamoru. It had been a perfect day, blue sky, beautiful clouds, and it was warm outside. Instead, she was shocked by what she was hearing. "What do you mean you don't love me anymore? We were meant for each other."
"Our past lives loved each other, but I'm not Endymion and you aren't Serenity. We don't have to fall in love because our pasts did. We are different. I'm too different."
She knew she couldn't change his mind, so she ran off, crying the whole way home. She ran upstairs, past her mother who said dinner was in ten minutes. "I'm not hungry," she choked out, locking herself in her room.
"She's always hungry," Chibiusa commented. "How weird?"
Luna looked up. "Usagi, what is it?"
"Mamoru dumped me. He said he doesn't love me anymore."
"But what about the future and Crystal Tokyo?"
"Yeah, go ahead and remind me how much I screwed up!"
"You didn't screw up Usagi. Maybe he's just nervous. It's a big responsibility having such a future. Give him time. Maybe he needs to grow up."
"He needs to grow up! I'm 15 and I didn't ask to be Sailor Moon or the Moon Princess. I didn't just run away," even though she did whine and cry a lot.
"No you didn't. I'm quite proud of you," Luna said. She rarely said such things.
"Yes, Usagi. I know this hasn't been easy for you, but you aren't a quitter, even when you really want to, which happens more often than I would like. …"
"You're getting stronger every day. You just have to keep going. You can't put your life on hold for a fool."
"Now why don't you start with your homework?"
"Really, homework?" she whined.
"It will distract your mind, and having better grades will only help you."
Usagi sighed. If she got better grades, maybe Mamoru would come back. Maybe she was too immature for him now. She got to work studying. It wasn't long before she got stuck and she called Ami.
"I'm not interrupting your dinner am I?"
"No, I already ate. Why?"
"Can you help me with math? I'm stuck on the second problem."
She did the first one? Ami agreed, once the shock wore off, and started to explain it. She used donuts as her example, which helped Usagi understand.
"Thanks. I'll try the rest myself." It wasn't easy, but Usagi got through the rest of her problems, using Ami's example when she got confused.
Luna smiled. Maybe there was a silver lining after all.
The next day, Usagi heard a pounding on the door. "Get up. You need to take me to school!"
She groaned. She got dressed and quickly put her books in her bag.
"Don't forget your homework," Luna reminded her.
"Crud!" She had almost forgotten it. She shoved it in her bag too and took her "cousin" to school.
"I'm on time, for once," Chibiusa sassed.
"No one cares when you get to school. It's not like you get detention." Usagi left before Chibiusa could respond. Since when does she think so fast?
She got to school, on time, to the surprise of her teacher. When she turned in her homework, her teacher was even more stunned. "It's complete AND the first two problems are correct!" The whole class stared at her.
Now I am a freak too!
After class, her teacher stopped her. "Usagi, I'm glad to see that you're putting in more effort. I knew you could do it." Usagi wasn't used to compliments, from her teacher of all people. It was actually kind of nice.
The girls met at Rei's after school. "You're on time!" Rei checked her forehead. "Are you sick? You're a youma disguised as Usagi!"
"Piss off!" Usagi growled as she came inside.
"Someone can't take a joke!"
Usagi started looking at Rei's new mangas.
"Don't touch those Usagi!"
"But nothing. You always get food on them."
"Not for you!"
Minako was the last to arrive. "I met the most dreamy guy yesterday. His name is Diamond."
"What kind of stupid name is that?" Usagi asked, stunning her friends.
"Usagi!" Makoto chided.
"She has a point," Artemis added. "It is a ridiculous name, like a stage name for a porn star or something."
"Artemis!" Minako scolded. "He's very sweet."
"How much does he cost?" Usagi added.
"Good one," Artemis laughed.
"Well, I'm glad to see someone in a better mood," Luna continued.
"What has gotten into you?" Makoto asked.
"Mamoru dumped me yesterday. He said he didn't love me anymore."
"What!" Rei yelled. "What about Crystal Tokyo?"
"Thanks for reminding me because I FORGOT!" Usagi scowled.
"I didn't mean it like that. Does he know what he's doing?"
"Maybe he just needs to grow up!" Minako offered.
"If Usagi's the grownup in their relationship, I'm scared," Makoto retorted.
"Can we please talk about something else?" Usagi begged. They went on to talk about the new youma that appeared last week. They quickly realized they didn't know much about them and decided they needed to do more research, which meant Ami needed to do more research. Artemis and Luna decided they would help.
Usagi did her homework after the meeting, and today, she actually ate dinner. She tried eating a normal amount and with better etiquette.
"Who are you and what did you do with my sister?" Shingo questioned.
"Now don't tease her. I've been trying to get her to eat properly for years," her mother chided.
"This isn't for that boy is it?" her father questioned, "Momo right?"
"Mamoru and no," Usagi lied. "I just need to grow up a bit."
Chibiusa was concerned. "You are sick aren't you?"
The rest of the week was more of the same. Usagi did her homework and tried not to eat so much. She was often hungry, but decided to fight it. Chibiusa missed Mamoru. He had just disappeared. When Usagi took her to school on Monday, she saw him.
"Mamo-chan!" the girl ran up to him, to Usagi's chagrin. "Why haven't I seen you all week?"
"I've been busy," he said. "But I'm not today. Maybe we could hang out at the arcade."
"Usagi will bring me after school," Chibiusa said.
"Usagi will not!" she retorted.
"Because I have homework to do, and you didn't even ask. I'm not your servant you know."
"Since when do you do homework?"
"Don't call me that. You don't get to call me that anymore," she hissed at him.
"But I want to see Mamo-chan!"
"Then maybe he'll pick you up and take you there, but I won't."
"Fine, I will." He said.
"Good, you can bring her home then too!" Usagi wasn't meeting him at the arcade.
Before he could respond, she left for class.
He knew he had done the right thing by breaking up with her, but he couldn't believe how she was acting. "That's not Usagi," he said to himself.
When Usagi got to school, Minako was babbling about Diamond again.
"He sounds like a playboy," Usagi told her, honestly.
"You just don't know him. We're meeting at McDonalds after school with the girls if you want to join."
"I'll bring my homework." To everyone's surprise, she actually did bring her homework to McDonalds and started doing it.
"You'll strain your eyes if you read too much," she heard a taunting voice say.
"If Ami's eyes still work, I have a long way to go." She didn't even look up.
"Ouch!" he said with a laugh. "Nice one, Odango!"
"My name is NOT Odango!" she said.
"Well of course not, unless you had that hairstyle coming out of the womb." He poked her hairpin. "Were you born with hairpins?"
She almost laughed. "No you jerk! Is your given name jerk?"
"Nope. I earned that name. People call me Diamond." She looked him up and down. This was the guy Minako was boasting about.
"How did you get such a silly name?"
"Ouch Odango you wound me. My eyes sparkle like diamonds, so they started calling me Diamond."
She laughed. "Are you really that full of yourself?"
"Actually I am, and you can be too!" he had a smirk on his face.
"Get out of here you bonehead!"
"Well in that case, bye Minako." He started to leave.
"Come back," she called. "Usagi's just fussy."
"Well in that case, maybe a McFlurry will get me on her good side." He came back with an Oreo one.
"How did you know it was my favorite?"
"Well Oreos are round like your hair, so it was a good guess!" He grinned.
"You must know other words!"
"Playboy, tool, cretin."
"Nah. I think I'll stick with jerk or Diamond jerk or the Prince."
"They call me that too sometimes, since I'm so smooth with the ladies."
"Are these ladies blind and deaf?"
"You should not insult the developmentally disabled. They have better taste than to date me."
"You can say that again!"
Her friends could not believe her banter with Diamond. Sure, Usagi and Mamoru hurled insults at each other, but Usagi always got mad when they did. Here, she seemed playful, jovial even.
"To think, I get you a McFlurry and I just get verbal abuse. Why do I bother?"
"Since I'm just that adorable," she teased.
"You sure are, Odango." He had noticed her immediately when he walked into Crown and as soon as she turned from her book and he saw her eyes, he knew he had to have her.
Minako frowned. He was so into her. Why did Usagi get all the luck? She wasn't even trying.
Eventually, they had to go home. Usagi barely got any work done. "You distracted me," she pouted.
"I could tutor you," he offered.
"I don't want to fail," any more than I already am.
"I'm a smart guy. I'll prove it to you."
"Good luck with that."
Usagi walked home. By the time she got there, dinner was about to start.
"There you are!" her mother said. "Dinner's ready."
Usagi wasn't all that hungry since she had a burger and a McFlurry but she ate some anyway to not be rude. Afterward, she went upstairs.
"Mamoru's invited me over to his apartment this weekend," Chibiusa bragged.
"Good luck with that!" Usagi was surprisingly not as jealous as she thought she would be.
"What's that supposed to mean?"
Luna noticed the change in her. "Did you have a good day?"
"I did, despite Minako's silly boytoy."
"You met Diamond?" Luna had only known of one other man named Diamond, but he died in the Silver Millenium.
"I did and he's such a playboy. He's a shameless flirt with pretty eyes."
"So he's Minako but a man."
"Haha, I guess he is!"
Usagi finished her homework after dinner.
The next day, Usagi took Chibiusa to school. Luckily, she didn't see Mamoru. When she got there, the other girls were already talking.
"I can' t believe Usagi was flirting with Diamond like that, right in front of you."
"She didn't mean it. He started it," Makoto defended.
"And she's not over Mamoru. It's probably just a fluke," Ami added.
Minako knew better, but she stayed silent.
"What's going on?" Usagi asked.
"Nothing!" they all said, suspiciously. Usagi ignored them and went to class. She found out they had a test on Monday. Crap! I'll have to study all weekend. At least, Chibiusa's out of the house.
After school, Usagi asked Ami if she could help her study for their math test over the weekend.
"Sure. Where did you want to meet?"
"We can use my room if you want. Chibiusa has plans anyway!"
Later that evening, Usagi was just finishing her homework when she heard a shriek. She quickly transformed and ran outside. It was a youma, terrorizing a couple walking home from dinner.
"In the name of the moon, I will punish you!" she threw her tiara, quickly cutting off its arm. It regenerated. Before she could get off another attack, it started chasing her.
She found herself in a corner and she shrieked. "Prepare to die," the youma said with a laugh, but before it could attack, a silver ray of light appeared, blinding both of them. A man appeared and shot energy waves from his hand, blowing up the youma by overloading it. "Be careful Sailor Moon!" The man left before she could get a good look at him.
Tuxedo Mask appeared, but the battle was over.
"What were you doing out by yourself?" he admonished.
She rolled her eyes. "Clearly, I was looking for a John!" she went home.
Tuxedo Mask frowned. What was that ray of light he just saw and what was with her attitude?
Usagi was both happy that she had been saved and frustrated with Mamoru. He doesn't get to tell her what to do or admonish her when she messes up anymore. He dumped her. Why can't he just keep his unwanted comments to himself?
She got back.
"What happened?" Luna asked her.
"A youma was attacking. I hit it with my tiara, but it just regenerated. A silver man came and killed it."
"A silver man?"
She explained how he burst from a silver ray of light and then destroyed with some kind of energy waves
"Energy emitted from his hands."
"I think so."
"How weird! Where was Tuxedo Mask?"
"Late. He missed the battle."
"Even weirder. We should research this silver man!"
Usagi said she'd bring it up at the meeting tomorrow.
There was no meeting tomorrow. Makoto had a date. Rei was busy with the jinja. Ami figured without two of the five, she may as well study, and Minako said she was hanging out with Diamond.
"A date?" Usagi asked.
"No!" Minako said loudly. "Sorry. He said we should 'hang out' in between his classes."
"He takes classes?'
"No, he teaches Japanese to foreigners."
"He's a teacher?" Usagi couldn't see him being serious.
"A popular one too!"
Maybe he wouldn't have made such a terrible tutor. Of course he would. He's a total playboy!
Usagi decided to watch a movie as it was a Friday night and she didn't want to study all night. Chibiusa wanted to watch some movie with a unicorn. Usagi sighed and put it on. Having a little kid in the house sucked! Well, at least there's popcorn.
The next day, Usagi brought Chibiusa to Mamoru's, happy to get rid of her.
Ami came over shortly afterwards and they began to study. Usagi had to catch up on a lot, since she had only done homework for the last week and a half and this test was over the past month.
"I'm tired," Usagi said.
"It's only been two hours," Ami told her.
"That's a long time."
"How about a break in an hour?"
An hour later exactly, Usagi asked, "can we get ice cream?"
They went to crown and Usagi got an ice cream sundae. Ami was just about to say something about the science of ice cream when they heard, "you just love round foods. Don't you Odango?" It was Diamond with a smirk on his face.
"And you just love being a bonehead!"
"Well actually I do. Not every girl can handle me you know. I like to weed out the ones who can't early on."
"So you're a fool on purpose."
"Yes and no. I'm a bit foolish naturally, but sometimes I feel the need to outdo myself, and I get even more foolish."
"And how has that been working out for you?"
"Well, girls either love it or hate it. I either get a phone number or a shoe thrown at my head."
"And to think, all I had to do was throw a shoe at you at McDonalds."
"Even if you had, I'd probably try again!"
Motoki came over. "Who's your friend?"
"Motoki, this is Prince Diamond, otherwise known as baka. Diamond, this is Motoki."
"I've been promoted to a prince. Will you be my princess?"
"Will you get a clue?"
"Maybe, probably not."
Motoki laughed. "Well I won't interrupt further. I was just saying hello!"
"I take it he's not your boyfriend," Diamond said.
"How would you know?"
"He didn't try and punch me."
"Well, you're correct."
"Deductive reasoning for the win."
Usagi rolled her eyes.
Eventually, Ami dragged her home to study. After a few more hours, Usagi was beat. "That was so hard."
"We got a lot done. I'm sure we can finish tomorrow."
"You want to study MORE!"
"Of course Usagi. We need to review what we did today."
"UGH! Why does studying have to be so hard?"
"Well it will be easier next time if you keep doing your homework."
"Oh LORD!" She needed another break. "I'm ordering a pizza. You want any!"
"I think I'm good. I'm still full from the ice cream. See you tomorrow Usagi-chan."
Usagi survived the weekend with no more youma, well other than her textbook. She actually finished her test on Monday, even though she had gotten tripped up on two of the five problems.
I hope I passed this time.
She picked up Chibiusa after school. "Can we go to Mamoru's?"
"I'm busy today, Chibiusa."
"Doing what? Playing video games."
"No, I have a meeting, so unless he can come get you, the answer is no!"
"And you're spoiled rotten."
Usagi reluctantly brought Chibiusa to Rei's. Her grandfather had toys for her to play with.
Usagi explained to the other senshi about both the youma who could regenerate after her tiara attack and the mysterious silver man who had saved her.
"He was silver?" Rei asked incredulously.
"He came from a silver ray. I couldn't see him very well. He just killed the youma and told me to be careful before he left."
"Where was Tuxedo Mask?" Makoto asked.
"Late. It was all over before he arrived."
"Was he distracted?" Ami questioned.
"Maybe the silver man is just quicker or lives closer," Artemis suggested.
"Can you describe what you did see?" Ami asked. Usagi described what she had told Luna.
The next day, Usagi got her math test back. 70% "Good Improvement," her teacher wrote on it. She typically got 30%
"It's still a C," Usagi growled. She got to Crown where her friends were waiting.
"I still can't believe you passed your math test!" Rei exclaimed.
"Could you be any louder?" Usagi questioned.
"I'm sorry. It's just you never really tried before, which is why I get fed up with you. I know you're not dumb. You just don't apply yourself well."
Usagi couldn't really argue with that. She had just been so busy before. She didn't feel like she had time to study. Well she had time, but she needed to unwind. Without Mamoru, she had plenty of time to study. She had also lost her appetite for video games.
Motoko sent a free milkshake to Usagi. "I hear a congratulations is in order."
"You shouldn't have."
"Don't be silly. You'll get one for every passing test."
"Now, I'm going to get fat," she teased.
Mamoru came in and started chatting with Motoki. Usagi didn't say anything to him at all. She just slipped out when it was time to leave. She thought about telling him about her test, but she knew what he would say, "A passing grade. Maybe you'll get a good grade next time." He was always so critical.
She and Minako walked home together. They both heard a shrill and then transformed in an alley.
"Venus Love Me Chain," Sailor Venus attacked the youma, which then split into two youma both advancing quickly.
Sailor Moon launched her tiara, but that only slowed them down a little bit as they evaded it. Again, the flash of silver appeared. The mystery man appeared and killed the youma.
"Well, at least you weren't alone this time," he said as he left.
Tuxedo Kamen made no appearance at all.
The girls changed back and went home, Usagi wondering who this man was and Minako wondering why didn't their attacks work at all.
Usagi updated Luna on the latest sighting of the silver man.
"It's odd that we never saw him before these new youma appeared," Luna said.
"What do you think it means?"
"I'm not sure. Maybe they followed him here. Maybe he chased them here. They must be connected somehow because he can kill them and for some reason, you and Venus can't."
Usagi shrugged. "I have no idea why."
Usagi didn't get any answers for the rest of the week. She didn't see any youma nor did she see the silver man.