Yes, another fanfiction. As before, the disclaimers go as follows:Hidden Truths
Sailor Moon shook her head to clear it. The hard impact of her body slamming into the pavement had been extremely painful. She glanced up to see what was going on, for she had blacked out for a few minutes, and all she saw were four pairs of legs in front of her. She almost sighed; they were protecting her again. Like Mamo-chan used to do, she thought and immediately blinked back tears. She had to be strong; she couldn't break down.
"Hey, she's awake!" cried a voice.
The others turned to look at her as Jupiter's voice hit their ears. Mars didn't look so good, having several huge gashes on her arms and legs from Kunzite's boomerangs. Mercury gasped heavily as if she had been dodging constantly for a full hour, which she had been doing when Sailor Moon had been knocked unconscious.
Jupiter seemed to have taken the brunt of everything since she was burned, cut, and bleeding everywhere, not to mention her fuku was in tatters. Venus had her love-me chain out, doing her hardest to deflect attacks aimed at them. She looked the least for wear.
They helped her struggle to her feet and she put her gloved hand behind her head to stop the enormous headache she had. When she pulled her hand back, it was covered in blood. She glared up at Jadeite, who had hit her from behind and knocked her out cold.
It had been nearly a year since she had become a Sailor Soldier. A year of constantly waging war against the Dark Kingdom. The youmas had been appearing less and less and in their place, the Shitennou appeared more and more. But this was the first time all four of them were in front of them at the same time.
Again, she called, "Where is Tuxedo Kamen?"
Zoisite laughed harshly at her. "He is comatose in the Dark Kingdom. You know how to get him back though."
Yes, she knew. All she had to do was give them the Ginzuishou and it would all be over. Lately she had been thinking of doing it more and more, but she wouldn't say anything because either Luna or Mars would beat her around the block for a week for even thinking it. And she knew that was not what he would have wanted.
"We have to finish this," gasped Mercury. "We won't last much longer if we don't."
"Okay, give Sailor Moon some cover and she'll start using her wand," commanded Venus. "They'll run at the sight of it, but I don't know why. If they are purely evil, like they constantly maintain, it wouldn't hurt them, right?"
"No time for pondering, Venus," Mars said grimly.
"Ready, Sailor Moon?"
Venus turned back to the four Shitennou who were watching them with smug looks on their faces. "You won't ever get the Ginzuishou! Now girls!"
"Rolling Heart Vibration!"
The attacks went full force toward the Kings and Kunzite held up his shield to deflect it.
Sailor Moon closed her eyes and pulled out her Moon Wand. The unwavering power flowed through her and comforted her sore nerves and the unending ache in her heart, if only for a moment. Holding it up in the air, she twirled, yelling, "Moon Healing Escalation!"
White light burst forth from the gem set in the middle of the golden crescent moon. The Shitennou immediately disappeared as Kunzite's shield broke. However, the light had hit them ever so slightly as they left.
Cheers broke out and arms hugged the tired Sailor Moon. She was barely awake this night, barely able to make out what her friends were saying.
"We did it!"
"Can you believe it? They were hit with the attack!"
"I wonder what kind of effects it will have on them the next time we meet."
They turned to look at their red companion. She held Sailor Moon in her arms, who was obviously asleep.
"We need to get her home. She's exhausted."
They nodded and jumped to their friend's home, Jupiter carrying their nearly comatose leader.
Kunzite cursed as the four of them appeared in the Dark Kingdom.
"What are you complaining about?" retorted Jadeite to his superior. "You barely got hit, what with that shield you have and all."
The white haired man glared at his friend and looked back down on his shirt. There were gashes in it from a number of the Senshi's attacks, but what bothered him the most was the smoke that came off of his uniform from Sailor Moon's attack.
"She's a damn nuisance," continued Jadeite as he sat gingerly down in the chair. He had a number of burns on his body from the fire one.
"Have you ever noticed how we seem to pair off when we fight them?" asked Nephrite quietly.
Silence met his question.
"Well, Kunzite always fights Venus, Zoisite always fights Mercury, Jadeite always fights Mars, and I always fight Jupiter. Does this pattern signify anything to you?"
"So are you suggesting we switch who we fight with?" asked Zoisite.
At any normal time, Nephrite would have promptly replied yes. But what came out of it was not his normal answer. "No."
They stared at him, as he looked surprised at himself. It was the perfect battle strategy and it would allow them to defeat the Senshi, almost too easily. So why had he said no?
Kunzite looked at the other Shitennou. They were as stunned as he was. "Did the stars say something to you about it?"
Again, his answer was not of the norm. It was as if something in Nephrite had taken him over. "Yes," the strange thing inside him said, his mouth uttering the lie. "I have to make sure about a few things, but I think it would be very dangerous for us to do so."
They shrugged, accepting what he had said as if it was truth. Nephrite couldn't believe himself. What was wrong with him?
"Did everyone get hit with that attack of the princess'?" asked Kunzite.
Jadeite nodded. "Even though you shielded all of us, it still broke. Since you were directly behind it and it was yours, you didn't get hit as much as Zoisite and Nephrite. They were the farthest from the center of the shield. Do you feel all right, Zoisite, Nephrite? Any damage?"
They shook their heads, Nephrite back in control of himself. But he still wondered. He didn't want to mention what had happened to him a few minutes ago to his friends, though, because Beryl had ears everywhere. If she had even a hint of something strange happening to her Kings, then there would be hell to pay.
"Let's just get some sleep," suggested Zoisite.
They nodded as they left the room, each passing by a small coffin like thing that held the prince. For some strange reason, today they felt the smallest of twinges as they looked at him. Each hesitated before moving on to their quarters.
When Usagi woke the next morning, it was with none of her usual cheer. Glancing at the clock, it was almost an hour before school started. She turned over away from it, but no matter how much she tried, she just couldn't sleep anymore. Sighing, she got up and went to the closet, pulling out her uniform. When she sat down at the table that morning, she ignored the shocked looks from her family.
Dark circles ringed her eyes and she was getting thinner. "Are you all right, dear?" asked her mother.
Usagi shrugged and left the house, walking slowly toward school. She just couldn't bring herself to find any energy inside of her. Her heart was not in anything this morning and it was because of the battle last night. Even though her attack had hit the Shitennou, what difference did it make?
"Usagi-chan?" called a voice behind her.
She whirled around, happy. When she saw who it was, she swallowed her disappointment. Naru was a good friend, but she really wanted to see Ami or another Senshi. They just made her feel better in a way that Naru never could, no matter how hard she might try.
"Good morning, Naru-chan," she said soberly.
Naru gave her a strange look as they continued walking. "You're up early, Usagi-chan. Is something wrong?"
She shook her head as they took their seats. For the rest of the day, Usagi ignored the looks from her teacher and the other students. However, when Haruna asked her a question on the homework, she had to admit defeat.
"I don't have the homework, Sensei."
"I don't believe it, Tsukino-san!" she cried, angry. "You can come to school before the bell rings, but you still can't do the homework!"
Unbidden, tears floated in her eyes. How could she reasonably be expected to do the homework when she had been fighting the Dark Kingdom and didn't get home until 5:00 in the morning nearly every night? Tears fell from her eyes, but it was not her usual crying. It was a soft rainfall, stemming from her depression.
Haruna didn't know what to do. This was not the Usagi she knew. She did not whine loudly, she made it to class on time… "Is there something wrong at home, Tsukino-san?" she asked, kneeling next to the desk.
Usagi shook her head. It wasn't a complete lie. There was a problem at home, but not her family's home. The Moon Kingdom home she had had. The Dark Kingdom destroyed her home beyond recognition and now they were having worse problems with them.
She wiped the tears away from her face as an explosion rocked the building. Haruna fell, losing her balance. The students and her ran to the window, Usagi included, to see what had happened.
A gasp was wrenched from her throat as the familiar blonde came into view. Jadeite battled fiercely with Mars, ignoring the onlookers. How could she…Jadeite must have attacked her school and she was able to transform. If only…
"Ms. Haruna, may I go to the bathroom?"
Her teacher was too busy watching the fight to acknowledge. Usagi slipped out of the classroom, meeting Ami and Makoto as they ran down the hall. "You guys' excuse?" she panted as they ran.
"Bathroom," both said at the same time.
They all ducked into the bathroom, and making sure no one was in the stalls, they called out their henshin phrases.
"Moon Prism Power, Make-up!"
"Jupiter Power, Make-up!"
"Mercury Power, Make-up!"
The Soldiers immediately slipped out of the building toward their friend.
Mars dodged the blast of dark energy and landed badly on her ankle. She had barely had time to call Minako on the communicator before she had been forced to fight. She only wondered where the other Shitennou were.
"I won't allow you to harm my friend! Stop now!"
They both turned to look at the newcomer.
"For Love and Justice, I am the Pretty Soldier in a sailor suit, Sailor Moon! In the name of the Moon, I'll punish you!"
"For Love and Wisdom, I am Sailor Mercury!"
"For Love and Strength, I am Sailor Jupiter!"
Jadeite rolled his eyes and a cruel smile flitted on his lips as Sailor Moon's communicator began beeping with a deep urgency. As Mars continued to fight with Jupiter at her side, Moon clicked on the visual.
Venus's face appeared and her tinny voice was harried. "I need help! I'm fighting Kunzite over at my school and I can't hold out much longer."
Mercury gasped as her computer beeped. "It's not just those two. Nephrite and Zoisite are also about, each in a different location! Obviously their strategy is to separate us so we can't have help."
"Mercury, go with Sailor Moon to Zoisite; Jupiter, go fight Nephrite," Mars said forcefully.
"But we can't leave you here by yourself," Moon protested.
"Go! Inform Venus about what's going on!"
With no choice, the three Soldiers turned and did as the fire Senshi bade.
End Chapter 1