Due to a surprising turn of events, Serena and Darien find themselves
responsible for four young children with no one else to care for them.
Can the two enemies put aside their differences long enough to become
Sailor Moon belongs to Naoko Takeuchi, not yours truly.
I Need You
by Phantasy Star
Serena tried to smile through her tears.
"Now, Serena, are you sure you'll be fine?"
Serena pretended to be exasperated, "Mom, it's not like you'll return
your plane ticket and forget the whole thing."
Her mom laughed sadly, "I know I'm being silly. But don't worry, I trust
you, I really do. Now, be sure to visit Sammy at his friend often. Oh,
my big girl is all grown up, living by herself..."
"We'll see you in six months," her dad said with a smile, "Take care of
"Don't get into trouble now."
The final call for departure interrupted their farewell. After one last
hug, Serena watched as her parents disappeared through the gates, boarding
the flight to America.
Serena sighed, waving even after they had disappeared, already feeling lonely.
How was she going to survive an entire half year without her parents?
Then she shook her head. 'No, I'm a big girl now,' she thought, 'I'll
Darien sped down the street in his motorcycle, hoping to make it to class on
time. He knew he couldn't afford to miss another lecture. It would lead to
a failing grade for sure.
He frowned when he noticed a little old lady on the side of the road, her
tiny yellow car flashing emergency headlights.
He slowed down and stopped in front of her.
"Hi there," he said, "Having some car trouble?"
"Oh yes, dear," she said with a frown, "But I doubt there's much anybody
A little voice called out from the back of the car.
"Grandma, what are we going to do?"
Darien looked inside and smiled when he saw a cute little blonde girl, her
eyes filled with fear. Beside her sat another girl, with light blue hair and
big round eyes. Darien decided that they must have been about six years old.
"Let me see here," he said as he knelt down and took a look at the tires,
"Nope, no problem with those."
"Good heavens, what AM I going to do?" the old lady muttered.
"Hang on," Darien said patiently as he walked to the front of the car and
opened its hood. "Huh, I see what's going on here."
He went back to his motorcycle and retrieved a mechanic's kit from the base
unit. After a minute of work, he stood up, closed the hood, and looked at the
worried old woman. "There, try it now."
Doubtful, she got into the car and turned the key. Her eyes lit up in
surprise when she heard the engine roaring to life.
"Why, that's remarkable, young man!" she said as she rolled down the car to
her Buick, "I must repay you somehow. Why don't you come to my house for
"Oh no, that's okay, ma'am," Darien said, "That would be-"
"No, I insist!" the old lady said and took out a piece of paper, writing down
Darien stared at the her through the window of the car, ready to back away.
"No, please," Darien said, "I probably won't even have time to-"
"Seven o'clock!" she announced, shoving the paper into his hands, "Don't be
rude, young man!"
Before Darien could say another word, she sped off, leaving him coughing in
the gas emission.
"Whoa, what was that all about?" he muttered to himself.
Serena turned off the television. It just wasn't the same without her
parents and Sammy around. She was missing them already! With a sigh, she
stood up and put on her pink jacket, deciding to take a long walk in the
park. Maybe she'd call up Molly later.
A moment later, she was walking quietly underneath the trees, enjoying the
view of the lake beside her.
"Hey there, Meatball Head."
Serena turned around and saw a smirking Darien looking at her.
"What are you doing here?" she asked curiously, "I thought you had classes
"How'd you know that?" Darien asked.
"I heard you and Andrew talking about it."
"Oh," Darien said, then sighed, "Well, yeah, I did have class today, but I
just missed it. I'm dead for the exam."
"Can't you just borrow a friend's notes?" Serena wondered aloud, "Oh wait, I
forgot, you don't HAVE any friends."
Darien tried to look hurt, "How could you say something like that? I wanted
to come by to make some friendly conversation, but I guess that just isn't
possible. I was going to tell you how great you look today too."
Serena blinked in surprise, then blushed furiously, "Wh... really...?"
"Yeah," Darien said, his eyes staring into hers, "I honestly didn't know you
worked for the Easter Bunny."
Serena looked down at her pink jacket filled with bunnies, then her face
turned red with anger. "Stop making fun of me!"
"Okay, okay, I'm sorry!" Darien said, "I'll make it up to you. Tomorrow, I'll
wear the ugliest, most repulsive jacket you've ever seen, so you won't look so
"Jerk!" Serena said, then stormed away, leaving Darien laughing.
Then he stared at her as she walked away, almost wanting to follow her.
Somehow, everything seemed easier when he was talking to Serena.
He grinned and walked away, his problems suddenly seeming lighter.
"Gosh, what is wrong with that guy?" Serena muttered to herself as she walked
down the path, then stopped when she saw an old lady running around frantically.
"Where are you?" she called, "Kids, where did you go?"
"What's wrong?" Serena said as she approached her, concerned.
"Oh, I've lost my grandkids somewhere. Please help me look for them."
"Of course," Serena said, "What are their names?"
"Li Li and Ray Ray."
Serena walked off into a distance and shouted, "Li Li! Ray Ray! Your
grandma is looking for you!"
"We're over here," a small voice said, making Serena jump.
Serena turned and saw two young girls sitting inside a hollow tree, one of
them a few years older than the other.
"What are you guys doing in there?" Serena said, smiling, "Come on out!"
"I'm trying to get her to go back," the taller one with black hair explained,
"But she just won't go."
"I'm hiding!" the shorter one with brown hair said with a giggle.
"Your grandmother is worried sick about you!" Serena exclaimed, "Oh, all
She reached into her pocket and took out a cookie, offering it to her.
The little girl gasped and, as Serena watched with a growl in her own stomach,
quickly devoured her beautiful lunch.
"Now come on," she said as she took the little girl's hand, walking back to
the old lady with the older sister following behind them.
"There you are!" the old woman cried when she saw them, "I was so worried!"
She hugged the two children.
"I don't know how to thank you!" she said to Serena, "I know, please come to
my house for dinner at seven tonight."
"No that's okay," Serena said, laughing.
"You can't say no!" the old lady answered, "I live in that house right over
Serena turned and saw a huge mansion across the street from the park.
"I... I don't know," Serena said.
"Please come," the old woman said, "I'll be waiting!"
With a wink, she grabbed the two young girls' hands and walked to their house.
Serena smiled. Maybe she'll go. The old woman certainly seemed nice enough.
Darien waited outside the large door patiently. Boy the house was huge. He
really didn't want to have dinner with some old woman he didn't know, but he
felt it would disappoint her if he didn't show up. Just then, a all-too-
familiar voice called from behind him...
"Wha-?" He said as he turned around and saw Serena walking up the doorsteps.
"What are you DOING here?" Serena said, pointing an accusing finger at him.
"What are YOU doing here?" Darien shot back.
Just then, the door opened.
"Ah, my guests have arrived!"
Serena and Darien looked at the old lady, then back to each other.
It was going to be a long night.