This is my first ever attempt at a real crossover fic. I'm writing it as a present for a friend of mine who requested such a thing. You do not have to read it if the idea of Sailor Moon and The Lord of the Rings combined together makes you ill. I however, believe that I've managed to make it work, without being stupid. The main body of the story takes place about 20 or so years after the War of the Ring, while the Prologue and Epilogue are set during the series, when I don't know, probably Stars.
I'm putting up two parts right now, the prologue and the first chapter, and hopefully more will follow as it gets sorted out in my head.
Disclaimer: I do not own Sailor Moon, or The Lord of the Rings. They are the property of Naoko Takeuchi and J.R.R. Tolkien, respectively.
Haruka couldn't pinpoint exactly when it started happening. All she knew was that one day she was living her life the way she normally did, that is to say she would get up and go for her morning run, hit the racetrack, fight a little evil, take Michiru out somewhere and then go to bed. Then one day she was suddenly being hit with flashes of a memory that she couldn't place. The thing was, it usually occurred in the heat of battle, when all her concentration was being needed elsewhere. That alone was vaguely disturbing. What was more disturbing was the nature of the flashbacks. In them, she was also fighting, but instead of a sword, she used a bow and arrow. She was positive that she could see the other girls around her, just as they should be. But they didn't look like the same girls she knew. There were subtle differences, enough to make them almost complete strangers. There was a gut feeling that told her that they were the same girls, just as she was herself, but the setting was completely unknown. Any good doctor would dismiss them as hallucinations and have her checked out immediately for toxic substances in her bloodstream.
At first she'd tried to dismiss them as a trick of that day's youma, false memories to throw her off. But when it happened several times with successive youmas, she knew there was something else going on. And now it was happening so frequently, that her performance wasn't up to snuff. It was time to bring it up with the other girls. Maybe one of them had an explanation. So, her plan of action was to try and talk it out with them at the meeting they were having at Rei's temple later that day.
"Pass the Cheetos, I'm starving!"
"Usagi! You're always starving!"
"It's not my fault I keep forgetting my lunch!"
"Hey, Ami, did you finish that English assignment yet?"
"Uh.....I did it last week."
"Oh, fantastic, I need a little help with it..."
"What else is new?"
"Shut up, Rei!"
"Did anybody see that cute new guy at the registration desk today, or was it just me?"
"It was just you Minako, how many times are you going ask us that?"
"Hey guys, this is supposed to be a meeting."
"Will you stop hogging the Cheetos!"
"But I'm hungry!"
"Seriously, this guy was so totally hot..."
"You've told us four times already Minako."
"Ami, is it absolutely necessary to write that assignment in English?"
"Of course it is, Usagi. It's an ENGLISH assignment."
"Yeah, Usagi, get a clue."
"Shut UP, Rei!"
"GUYS!! THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE A MEETING!" Haruka yelled at the conglomeration of squabbling teenagers. Ignoring the surprised expressions she was receiving from everyone, including Setsuna, she put her feet up on the table and nodded.
"Thank you. Now that I have your attention, there's something I want to talk about."
Now they were all business. Ami opened her computer up and got it working, Rei let Usagi out of the stranglehold she had on her, and Minako put away the notebook with every minute detail about the boys she sees on a daily basis, much to Makoto's relief. Hotaru and Chibi-Usa stopped playing cards, and Michiru leaned forward on her elbows. Setsuna got over her surprise and settled back against the wall like usual.
"What's bothering you, Haruka?" Ami asked.
"Well, I'm not sure exactly what it is, but I can tell you what's been happening to me. I can't even really remember when it started."
"What?" Rei asked.
"I've been getting strange visions whenever we've been fighting lately. About another battle, we're all there, but we're not the same. It feels like-"
"Like it happened a long time ago, and you're just remembering snippets of it now." Rei finished for her.
"Not quite a vision, and not a fantastic dream. A memory that's been buried." Makoto said, closing her eyes.
"Enough of a memory to tantalize. Of a different time, a different place." Ami continued.
"Where things were simpler, but at the same time, more complicated." Minako said, smiling whimsically.
"Different people of different races, living together in peace." Hotaru sighed.
"A peace we had to fight hard, against a terrible shadow to reach. Many people of those races died for that peace." Michiru frowned slightly.
"A world where Trolls are as common as the trees, and magic lived in its purest form." Setsuna also closed her eyes, a little regretfully.
"Phew. I thought I was cracking up." Usagi commented, relieved.
"Do you mean to tell me that we've all been experiencing the same flashbacks of memory, and no one has thought it strange enough to talk about it?" Haruka looked at them all like they'd grown onions out of their heads.
"Well, how do you think that would sound telling it to just one of us? 'Oh by the way, I've been having weird visions about elves and wizards and dwarves. Do you think that's odd?' One on one, no one else would admit it. We may be senshi, but we're not that courageous." Rei said, rolling her eyes. Haruka glowered at her. Michiru patted her arm.
"Well, it's all out in the open now, and it's clear that we're not cracking up. So what are we going to do about it?" She wondered, effectively clearing any hostile air.
"Well, we can't have these memories springing up on us in the thick of battle anymore. It's starting to get kind of sad. We used to be able to dust a youma in under a minute. Now it takes us ten minutes to get rid of one." Makoto stated, annoyed.
"Does anyone have any ideas about how to figure out what they are? Or how to make them stop?" Minako asked. Everyone looked at Ami.
"What? Why are you all looking at me? I don't have the answer to everything, you know." She cried, irritated.
"Well, is it something that could have been induced by an enemy spell?" Rei asked, testily.
"No. I would have seen any spells at the times they were cast and been able to react to them before the effects reached us. What do you think Aqua Rhapsody does? Freeze things?"
"Well...yes, but it also contains a counteragent to evil spells."
Everyone nodded, but decided to leave Ami alone.
"Well, I suppose we could ask the Great Fire what these memories are, but that's not a way to find out why they've come now, instead of when we were regaining all our other past memories." Rei mused. People started nodding in agreement, the fire had rarely failed them before. But Setsuna pushed away from the wall.
"No. That won't be necessary." She said. Everyone looked at her, confused.
"Why not?" Usagi finally asked.
"Because I can tell you why those memories haven't come back before now. I can also give them back to you in completion. If you want them."
"Well then. Don't keep us in the dark, Setsuna. Let's have it." Haruka said, folding her arms across her chest.
"It was a test."
"A test. What sort of test?" Ami asked.
"To see if you could all find your ways back to each other, without the memory of the Moon Kingdom to guide you. I was ordered to place you somewhere in history when the danger was not as perilous as it could be, go there myself and observe what happened. I chose a time before living memory could record it. Only one man knew the story of what happened there, and I still don't know how he managed to get it so spot on. Tell me, in your English classes, are they teaching you Lord of the Rings?" She asked suddenly. Ami answered, as surprised as the rest of them.
"Yes. Only the first book this year. The next ones are in subsequent years."
"Then most of you should know the back story."
There was complete silence for about ten minutes.
"Are you telling us that Middle Earth was REAL!" Usagi shouted. That was the only English book she could read and still enjoy it while she was reading it. Setsuna's gaze was cool and collected as she answered.
"Yes. That's exactly what I'm telling you. Nothing of it has survived the passage of time, except the Tower of Orthanc, which became the Glastonbury Tor, after Saruman's influence finally passed. And, of course, Tolkien's novels. But we haven't been able to figure out how he managed to write those with that degree of accuracy."
"Wait, wait, wait. I've read all three of those books, and all the appendices in great detail," Michiru frowned as she spoke, "There's nothing in them about a roving band of female warriors."
"That's because you were after the War of the Ring. About twenty years, if I remember correctly. The War of the Ring was the biggest even of that time. All things that came later were relatively small in comparison."
"So why weren't those memories restored to us along with the rest of our earlier memories?" Ami asked, perplexed.
"Because of what happened to you. You're only remembering the heat of battle under similar circumstances. You don't remember the eventual outcome yet."
"But you do." Haruka stated.
"I remember everything that has happened between the destruction of the Moon Kingdom and Crystal Tokyo. But, except for the memory of your first deaths, I can't think of any worse memories."
"Why don't I remember any of that?" Chibi-Usa asked.
"You weren't there my small lady. This was long before your soul came to be."
"How do we get the memory back?" Minako asked.
"I can restore them for you. The easiest way would be to enter a trance state, and relive the experience. Any other way would be too much of a shock. But I really think you should think about this before we do anything."
"Was it really that bad?" Hotaru asked. There was a haunted look in Setsuna's eyes.
"Yes. It was."
There was another period of silence while they all thought about this. If Setsuna was that deeply disturbed by the memory, then it really wasn't a good one. One by one, they all shrugged and looked at the floor. Finally Usagi spoke.
"I don't know about any one else, but I feel like there's a hole in my mind where this forgotten memory is supposed to be. I don't think that I'll really be complete until I know what supposed to be there."
There was a general nodding of assent around the room.
"Okay. So it's decided. We want it, despite how terrible it was." Haruka said. Setsuna closed her eyes and nodded.
"Alright. Perhaps it would be best to gather around Rei's fire after all. If we're going to do this, you might as well be comfortable, and that atmosphere will provide the means for a trance state."
As one, they all got up and made their way into the room that held the Sacred fire and gathered around it. Rei had them all sit cross legged, assuming the natural pose for meditation.
"I want everyone to clear their minds of all thoughts, and I want you all to relax." Setsuna instructed. They did as they were told, visible relaxing in the dim light.
Chibi-Usa, the only one not involved in this, sat against a wall, watching the group, unconsciously making sure nothing was amiss with their breathing, or any other vital function. But for a moment, her attention was riveted on Setsuna. She had closed her eyes, and drawn herself up to her full height, and with her arms outstretched, she seemed much taller. As she watched, Chibi-Usa could see small points of light gather at her finger tips developing into all the various colours of the senshi. One by one, the points of light flew from her fingers to dance in front of each girl, before disappearing into each forehead. Chibi-Usa waited breathlessly for what would happen next. She was not disappointed. One after the other, all of the girls drew a sharp intake of breath and their eyes snapped open, but they were not seeing the room anymore. They were now seeing distant shadows of the past, replaying themselves in their minds. Setsuna opened her eyes again. She looked sad.
"Will they be alright Puu?" Chibi-Usa asked in a whisper, not wanting to disturb what was happening in front of her. Her long time mentor looked at sorrowfully.
"Yes. Physically, they'll be fine. Emotionally is another story."
"What do we do now?"
"We wait for them to come out of it. That's all we can do."