Description: A disturbance in time and space causes Usagi to be sent to Smallville. After running into Clark, the two join forces try to find out how to return her to her rightful home. But there is a more sinister reason behind the simple space-jump. Usagi is in over her head, and this is like nothing Clark's ever seen. The two must figure out just how their destinies link to stop the menace that threatens to destroy not only Clark's reality, but Usagi's as well.
Author's Note: After reading this story I realized just how poorly it was written (when I was in high school, so 10 years ago, ouch!). And given that I absolutely love this story I think it deserves to be updated to my current writing standard. The plot will be changed slightly, but the idea will be the same.
I will write the updated date on each chapter that has been rewritten. If you happen to come to a chapter that doesn't have it, it's the old story and I'd recommend you wait for the new update (honestly the old one is really not my best work).
Updated: May 28th, 2013
Chapter 1: Welcome to Smallville
A slight chill passed along Usagi's shoulders as she sat on one of the many park benches with Mamoru. She shivered reflexively and rubbed her arms, watching as the newly liberated petals from the cherry blossom trees flew in the wind. The park was incredibly beautiful this time of year and but the weather had been colder than Usagi would have liked. She glanced over at Mamoru. He was engrossed in medical book.
"Mamo-chan, can't we go somewhere warmer?" Usagi asked.
"Sorry, Usako." Mamoru sighed. "I should have realized that you're cold. I just concentrate better in the park."
Usagi twisted her pigtail around her finger and looked at Mamoru reassuringly. "Don't worry." She said, leaning in. "I understand. Soon this will all be over and you'll be a doctor."
Mamoru smiled and softly grasped Usagi's hand. Usagi reciprocated the gesture, but her body suddenly tensed as an ominous feeling came over her.
"Mamo‑chan, I felt..."
"What did you feel?"
"I...I really don't know." She said fearfully.
Before Mamoru could respond, a gaping black hole ripped into the air in front of them.
Usagi reflexively raised her locket and Mamoru reached for a rose. Before any words could leave her mouth, however, a sailor soldier dressed in black walked calmly onto the grass.
"Sailor Pluto?" Usagi asked. "What's wrong? What happened?"
She placed the brooch in its original position and ran to her friend.
"Setsuna-san, are you okay? Has Chaos come back?" Usagi asked hurriedly.
"Quick, come inside. We'd best talk in here."
Usagi and Mamoru followed Setsuna into the black void and the entrance to the park closed behind them. A portal reminiscent of a black hole sat loudly in the corner. Lightning crackled through it. Usagi glanced at it, curious.
"It opened this morning, and no matter what I do, it refuses to close." Sailor Pluto said. "Since it appeared the balance of space-time has shifted."
Usagi's hand reflexively rested on her lips as she considered this. Mamoru squeezed her shoulder for support.
"We should call the others. Maybe if we combine our power…" Usagi began.
Pluto shook her head. "It feeds off energy. When I tried to close it, the garnet orb began to lose power. I had to stop." She said with a pause and a sigh. "There's more."
"More?" Usagi asked. "I don't like this, Mamo-chan."
Mamoru shook his head. "This is dangerous enough, Setsuna. What more could there be?"
The normally stoic warrior's eyes suddenly showed fear.
"The future is changing. Small Lady has disappeared."
There was a cry as Usagi reacted. Mamoru's eyes widened. He held Usagi close.
"Setsuna," He questioned. "Can you still travel to the future?"
"No." she said before glancing away. "I'm regrettably powerless in this situation."
Usagi shifted, glancing toward the black hole. She moved slightly closer as Mamoru and Setsuna talked, her gaze never leaving it. There was something captivating about it: dangerous but inviting. Her eyes glazed over as she neared, reaching out a hand.
"No!" Mamoru suddenly exclaimed. "Usako!"
She quickly awoke from her trance, but it was too late. Usagi's touch caused a chain reaction, and the hole expanded outward violently. A loud scream was heard as Usagi disappeared.
"Princess!" Setsuna yelled.
The gaping hole suddenly made a ripping sound as it began to seal itself. Setsuna whispered some words and the garnet orb lit up, wrestling to keep the portal open. She glanced forlornly at black hole that had swallowed her friend. She had failed. With shame, she faced Mamoru.
His eyes were hard, fearful but determined. "Where is she?"
"I…" Setsuna said.
"Setsuna. Where. Is. She?" Mamoru repeated.
"I don't know."
Mamoru leaned against the wall, his hand covering his face. "Usako." He said softly. "No." His fist slammed against the wall. "No."
Setsuna looked on helplessly.
"I'm going in."
"What?" Her face morphed into shock. "You can't!"
"I have to try."
She stopped him. "You don't know what's in there. She could be lost in time and space. She could have ceased to exist!" She said. Her tone softened. "Usagi could be…"
"She's not." Mamoru said. "I know she's not, and as long as there's a chance, I have to try."
Setsuna looked at him worriedly, knowing that once his mind was made up, there was no convincing the prince. "I'd feel better about this if you at least let me call the senshi first."
Mamoru shook his head. "It might be too late by the time they get here. I'm going now."
He began to walk toward the portal.
"Wait." Setsuna said.
"Take this." In her hand was a small key with a heart shaped top. "I don't know if it will work, but at least it will give you a chance to find your way back."
The prince nodded. "Thank you." He said.
"Find her, Mamoru-san." She said.
Without any hesitation he stepped inside the black hole and disappeared.
Usagi fell from above, hitting the ground hand. Her pigtails landed on the dirt, stirring it up into a cloud that assaulted her lungs. Coughing, Usagi looked around and took in her surroundings. With the flat lands, the cows grazing, and houses miles apart, there was no doubt in her mind it was farm land.
"Which means it's going to be a long walk to town." she sighed.
She made her way down the gravel road, and after walking for what seemed like an hour, a yellow house finally came into view. Usagi hoped it wasn't a mirage. A few more minutes of walking and a tall sign swung above her. She couldn't read it with the dust in her eyes.
Heading down the driveway, she passed a large barn with a telescope hanging out the loft window. It struck her as odd, but she brushed it off, continuing down the driveway, and passing an old beat up red truck that had clearly seen better days. A man was working on a tractor in the fields. She called out to him but he was too far away to hear her. She wondered whether to go and talk to the man but the house was closer so she headed in that direction.
"Knock knock, anyone home?" she asked, rapping on the door loudly with her knuckles. After a few minutes with no answer she began to peep inside.
"I think that's a kitchen..."
"Can I help you?" a voice said from behind her.
Usagi nearly jumped out of her skin. "Didn't your mother ever teach you not to sneak up on...others...?" Usagi said, as she turned to face the handsome guy.
He smirked. "Last I checked, I wasn't the one peeping into someone else's house."
Usagi caught herself staring at him and sunk back, embarrassed. "I...um..."
The guy laughed. "I'm Clark, and you are?"
She paused, and realized there was something she had overlooked. She was speaking English, and well. She glanced down at her brooch, wondering how much the Silver Crystal had to do with that.
"Sue." Clark said oddly. "You don't sound so sure."
Clark was analyzing her now, and she knew she'd have to tell him something.
"Not Sue." She corrected. "My name's Bunny."
"Bunny?" he asked incredulously.
"Yeah. It's what my name means in English. I'm from Tokyo."
But Clark looked even more baffled. "You're from Japan? You're awfully far from home."
"I am? Where is this anyway? I'm lost."
Clark stifled a laugh. "You don't know? You're in Smallville, Kansas."
"Kansas?" she asked. Her brow furrowed as she began to think. "Wait..I know I learned this. Isn't Kansas a state? In the United States of America?"
"Yes." Clark said, grinning, "But I'm curious to know how, exactly, someone gets lost overseas."
"I'm so far away…" She said with shock, leaning shakily against the house.
Clark's grin disappeared as he became more concerned. "Bunny?" He asked. "Are you okay?"
"No. I'm lost, and I'm worried, and I…" she began, but the lump in her throat stopped her.
"Hey." He said softly. "It's okay. I'll help if I can. How did you get here?"
Usagi froze a moment, considering whether it would be wise to share that with a stranger. She decided to make a joke of it. "You wouldn't believe me if I told you."
Usagi nearly said no out of reflex, but something about this guy's demeanor made her feel safe, comfortable. "Is there somewhere inside that we could talk?" She asked instead.
Clark nodded. "Yeah, let's just go to the loft."
The two walked silently down the driveway and into the barn, Clark tossing curious glances toward the odd blonde. Usagi was equally curious, but not only about the guy. She could hardly believe she'd been tossed in another country.
"Well, here we are." Clark announced as they reached the top of the stairs.
"Oh." Usagi said. "It's…nice."
Clark grinned. "So what is it that you couldn't tell me in the driveway?"
Usagi sighed. "Yeah...um...well. This is going to sound really, really unbelievable so just hear me out ok?"
She took a deep breath.
"I was relaxing in the park and a...portal appeared. I knew it was dangerous but it just…well…it drew me to it, like a pull I couldn't explain. I fell in, and I landed on the dirt road about three or four miles that way."
Clark looked down at Usagi with shock, and a little disbelief. Despite the fact that he happened to be proof of life on other planets, he was a hardened skeptic. The troubling part was that the girl in front of him truly believed what she was saying, meaning she was either a really good liar or genuinely telling the truth. In either case, he was knee deep in something he wasn't sure he should be involved in. Clark considered what to do, how to react.
Usagi noticed he was staring and pointed it out.
"You don't believe me."
Clark looked down at her, jostled from his thoughts. "No, I do. I mean, you sound like you're telling the truth."
"I understand. It's just too fantastic of a story for anyone to believe." Usagi said, a little dejectedly.
"No, Bunny. Wait." he said. "I do believe you. I really do. But why tell me?"
Usagi looked up at him, her eyes glistening. "There's just something about you." She said softly.
Her eyes stared at his and for the first time in years, Clark felt as though someone could see past his facade. He swallowed nervously, but pulled himself together. Usagi turned to leave and began walking down the steps.
"Wait." Clark said.
She paused, turning around in question.
"Where are you going?"
Usagi glanced down at her feet and leaned against the rail sadly, heaving a sigh. "I don't know. I'm lost. I need to get home somehow."
She took out a pink electronic device, fiddling with a few buttons. The screen turned on but showed nothing but white noise. Her eyes widened and she clutched it tightly. Tears began to roll down her cheeks and she gently bit her lip to stop from sobbing.
"Bunny." Clark said softly. "What is it?"
"I can't get them - my friends. This communicator always works no matter where we are. Something's really wrong!"
She continued to chew on her lip.
"Maybe it's just out of range. Come on, let's try the phone." Clark said, motioning for her to follow to his house.
Usagi looked up and nodded, heading down the driveway after Clark and up the stairs into the kitchen area. Clark handed her the receiver from the phone.
"You have to dial 011 plus the country code before the number." He explained.
She nodded, punching in Mamoru's telephone number. The phone rang twice before the operator announced in Japanese "You have reached a number that is disconnected."
Usagi tensed and hung up before dialing Rei's number. She got the same message.
Ami, Mako and Minako's numbers yielded the same results. On a last dodge attempt she tried Haruka and Michiru's apartment. All were not valid numbers.
Usagi gasped in horror and fell to her knees, tears in her eyes. "Something horrible has happened." She said.
Clark couldn't help but feel for the distraught girl.
"Maybe there's a mistake." He said.
She stood up and dried her tears, trying to gain some semblance of composure. "No mistake." She said worriedly, a small quiver still in her voice. "I need to get home. Can you take me to an airport?"
"Are you sure that's a good idea?" Clark asked.
"Of course I'm sure!" She said. "My friends could be dead!"
Clark froze a moment, wondering what he'd gotten himself into. The mysterious girl who had appeared could either be a mental case or in a lot of danger. Something – some impending feeling – made him think it was the second option.
"Think about this, Bunny." He said. "You might be walking into danger by going back. What if you can't find them? What if they've disappeared?"
"It doesn't matter." She said. "I have to try."
Clark put his hands on her shoulders, making her look him in the eye.
"It does matter. There are better ways to do this. Stay here. I'll get Chloe on this. She's the best hacker I know, and she's my friend, so she'll help."
Usagi began to calm a little, taking a slow, deep breaths before reluctantly nodding. She sniffed.
"Why are you being so nice to me? You don't even know me."
Clark sighed. "All part of being a Kent." He said. Clark poured a glass of water and placed it in front of Usagi, motioning with his head.
Usagi nodded and gulped it down in a few seconds. "Thanks." She said.
"You looked like you could use it." He said softly, before sitting on a stool. "So, I don't think your story is really going to fly with my parents. They're naturally suspicious. You'll need to help me figure out something to tell them about why you need to stay here."
Usagi looked dejectedly at the counter before sighing. "Mamo-chan, he was an exchange student in America. I guess…I could use that excuse?"
Clark raised an eyebrow. "Mamo-chan?"
Usagi blushed to hear someone repeat her pet name for Mamoru. "G-gomen-I mean sorry. Mamoru is my fiancé back home. He studied in America."
"Well, my parents will wonder what happened to your host family." Clark said, thinking.
"Tell them the host family changed their mind." Usagi said, her voice still soft.
Clark raised an eyebrow.
"There was a girl, in my school. It happened to her." Usagi said.
"That could work." He said.
The chimes suddenly clanged as the front door opened and Martha Kent walked in with paper bags, laying them on the counter top.
"Clark, can you get the rest of the…"
She paused and blinked as she caught sight of the girl with strange pigtails.
"Hello." She said, looking oddly at Clark.
"Right, uh, mom, this is…Bunny."
"Bunny." she repeated dryly.
"It's actually Usagi." The girl explained. "Bunny in English."
"Whoa." Martha said. "I think we need to start from the beginning."
Clark sighed. "Mom, this is Bunny. She's from Japan."
Martha held out her hand to shake Usagi's. "Hi Bunny." She said. "I don't believe we've met."
"No." Usagi said nervously.
Martha motioned to the doorway and Clark took the hint, heading to get the groceries.
"I'll be back in a second." He said in reassurance.
"So Bunny, what brings you all the way from Japan?"
Usagi tried not to appear intimidated. "I just moved here." She said.
"Um, no." She said shyly. "It was supposed to be an…exchange program. The host family changed their minds. I've been staying with one of the families, um, nearby for short-term."
"How horrible!" Martha said. "They couldn't have told you before you came all this way?"
Usagi shrugged sadly. "I guess something came up last minute."
Martha turned to analyze the girl. She really did look distraught and tired. Her clothes were dirty and her black shoes scuffed. Martha wondered which farm she'd walked from. There were a few around, but she hadn't heard of any of them taking in an exchange student, even temporarily.
You're starting to think like Jonathon. She scolded herself.
"How long is your placement for?" she asked.
Martha sighed. She wanted nothing more than to offer this girl a place to stay but knew Jonathon wouldn't like it. Clark suddenly opened the door with two more bags and laid them on the table. He glanced back and forth between the two.
"What's going on?"
Martha bit her lip. "Bunny was telling me that she's got nowhere to stay."
"I know." Clark said. "I told her she could stay here."
There was a warning in Martha's eyes.
Clark met her gaze with determination.
Martha sighed. "Go and run it by your father." She said. "It's alright with me."
Clark grinned, heading out into the fields.
"Absolutely not!" Jonathon exclaimed. "Clark, you know why she can't stay here."
"Dad!" Clark exclaimed.
"No, I'm not budging on this, son. It's for your own good."
"I can control my abilities." He argued. "I can hide them."
"All the time?" Jonathon countered, wiping his greasy hands angrily with a cloth. "You don't know what you're saying, Clark. Let one of the other families take her in."
Clark frowned, wondering why he was arguing so vehemently for this cause, but chalked it up to the want to win this argument against his father.
"You don't know that." He said. 'There's no guarantee anyone will take her."
"That's not our problem."
"So I don't get a say in this." He said darkly.
"Clark…" Jonathon said with a sigh. "Why do you feel so strongly about this?"
"Because she deserves a chance, like the one you gave me."
Jonathon felt like someone had punched him in the gut. He couldn't deny what Clark was saying. He wiped the sweat from his forehead with a clean cloth.
"Alright. Six months. And it won't be easy, Clark."
Clark shook his head. "I'll be fine."
Jonathon nodded, and they both headed for the house in silent understanding.
So, that's the first new chapter, guys. I would be very interested to know what you think, especially if you've read the first copy.