Chronicles of the Star Senshi 1: The Gathering
Title: Chronicles of the Star Senshi: The Gathering
Show: Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon
Series: Chronicles of the Star Senshi
Couples: Usagi/Mamoru, Haruka/Michiru, Minako/Rei, Makoto/Ami, Setsuna/Ailan
Timeline: "A Child of Darkness and Light", "The Last Sacrifice: The End of the Silver Millennium", "CAS 1: The Trouble with Love is the Lovers", "CAS 2: To Defy Destiny", "Every Cloud", "Crystal Shards", "CAS 3: Unwilling Accomplice", "Our Past 1: The Reason We Fight", "CAS 4: Princess of Light", "Our Past 2: The Reason We Still Fight", "Our Past 3: The Reason We Fought", "CAS 5: One Last Shining Star", "In the Darkest Forest", "Destiny or Duty", "Desperately Searching", "Kazeko", "Chronicles of the Star Senshi 1: The Gathering", "Chronicles of the Star Senshi 2: Castle in the Sky", "Chronicles of the Star Senshi 3: Queen of the Moon", "Chronicles of the Star Senshi 4: Separation Anxiety", "Crystals of Love: Betrayal", "Crystals of Love: Forsaken", "Chronicles of the Star Senshi 5: Black Moon Family", "Crystals of Love: Destined Couple", "Horoscope", "Crystals of Love: Haiku"
Time: Immediately after "Kazeko", seven years after the end of Stars
Disclaimer: I don't own anything related to Sailor Moon; Takeuchi Naoko does
Disclaimer 2: I own every Star Senshi except Ailan and all of the Cupids.
Chapter 6: Nightmare
Serenity stood on a bleak planetoid, harsh wind whipping her silver hair, feathers fluffed by the biting breeze. She pulled her silver-tinted wings closer, trying to keep warm, staring as a golden explosion of light brought her golden-winged brother to the lonely rock. Tranquility stared at his twin, frowning slightly. "Why are we here?" Her voice sounded harsh, an echo, a silent whisper.
"Chaos is truly freed, Ren. It prowls the cosmos, eager for a chance to strike, searching for the one world reaching for Order, true peace, so it can destroy the bringers of peace, so it can restore the balance to the universe. It wants truest balance. As it comes closer, as it grows steadily stronger, Balance gains power and returns to her previous position. When she is strong enough, she can take Chaos and direct it here, destroy the senshi who defeated her. They will all die."
"No! They cannot! They defeated her once and they can do so again. She will not win."
"I have seen it, Ren. The Fates have foretold this future. The senshi will all die, even the new Star Senshi who gather here, but I think I can save them. I need your help, though."
"I don't want them to die." Serenity stepped closer to her brother, wings spreading in supplication. She could feel Ailan in the back of her mind, sleeping peacefully, unaware of the conversation between the godlings. "Please, Tran, help me save them. Help me save Se. After all this time . . . please don't let her die."
"I won't, sister." Tranquility stepped forward and wrapped his arms around his sister, wings flapping once before coming to rest. "I can save them by masking this planet and putting the Senshi into a deep sleep for a hundred years, one cycle of Order and Chaos, and the Earth can be sacrificed because Tsukino Usagi can bring it back in a hundred years. But I do not have the power alone to change the mortal realm. We godlings do not have such power and the gods will not interfere. I need the power of a life linked to Olympus and the mortal realm. I need Ailan's life."
"Ailan!" Serenity pulled away, shocked. "You want to kill her? But she is linked to me, merged with my soul. I will die with her, brother."
"I can save you, Ren, because you are a godling. Think about it! All of the trouble started with her! Hades did not want to release the souls of the last queens of the Silver Millennium, especially not the one who sacrificed herself for the sake of her daughter, and the Silver Moonlight Crystal was meant to stay in the underworld for all time. She disrupted all of that. It was her rebirth as Sailor Moonlight that brought Balance out and brought Chaos to their planet. If she dies, all of this is over. Balance will let Chaos have its turn on Earth, then she'll stop caring about that tiny planet by the time Usagi and her court are reborn to begin life anew as rulers of Crystal Tokyo. If we just sacrifice one senshi who should never have been born, we can save them all. If they die, the Earth will fall with them. They must be saved, and this is the only way."
Serenity nodded, hanging her head. "I see what you mean, Tran. Se won't be able to stay with them once her soulmate is dead. She'll return to Olympus and visit Ailan's soul but Earth will be saved. I don't want to make her sad again, but I can't sacrifice the Earth for two people's happiness. I will help you, Tran. I will help you."
"Thank you. I'm glad I have your support."
Ailan gasped, jerked from an uneasy dream, clutching her blanket to her chest. Setsuna sat up, staring at her wife, brushing damp silver hair out of the woman's eyes. "Ailan? Koishii? Are you okay?"
"I'm not sure. It was just a really bad dream. It upset the girls a little, though." The silver-haired woman let Setsuna pull her back into their bed, eyes staring into the darkness. She slowly let darkness claim her, the scream of tortured winds tearing at her souls, her children whimpering until the sound and the nightmare faded.
"This world is very pretty, Asakaze," the red-haired Senshi muttered as she slipped into the nightshirt Haruka had lent her. "What do you think?"
"I am amazed that it survived Galaxia's ravages intact," Asakaze admitted. "We have been on the run for so long and seen so many decimated planets . . . I am not used to a green and vibrant world." The blonde pulled her shirt off and glanced at the bed, wondering at the fire-colored blankets. The Outers had told their guests that they had added two wings to the mansion after Kazeko was born, expecting more Star Senshi to come and live on Earth. Since they wouldn't exactly have money when they came and couldn't rent their own apartments, it would be easier to have somewhere for them to stay when they arrived. The Inner Senshi had a field day decorating the guest bedrooms, and it was obvious that Rikuriko and Asakaze had been given the room that Rei and Minako designed. Their girls had been temporarily given a room colored in shades of blues and white, obviously designed by Ami, futons and cots filling the floor to give them all somewhere to sleep. "Kuri, do you think we could stay here a while? I'm so tired of moving around."
"I know. The girls are, too. I've just been traveling the Galaxy, jumping from star to star, for so long that I cannot imagine a permanent place to live. For millennia, home has been wherever you choose to travel with me. But staying in one place is awfully dangerous."
"Do you sense something?"
"No, Asa, but I have this strange, unshakable feeling that that order has ruled for far too long. Now that Galaxia is free of Chaos's evil influence, that same power seeks to establish a hold on the galaxy once more. And Balance will give Chaos its turn."
"Chaos is not evil, my love. Neither is Order good. Both just are."
"I know," Rikuriko whispered, "but it is so hard to learn to relax."
"I can help you," Asakaze purred, slipping up behind her mate and wrapping her arms around Rikuriko's waist, pulling her shirt over her head. The redhead turned to face her wife, ice blue eyes sad. Asakaze paused, pale green eyes searching for the cause of her lover's uneasiness. "What's wrong?"
"I can't do this," Rikuriko whispered, hands resting on Asakaze's shoulders. "Please just let me sleep."
Asakaze wrapped her arms more tightly around her partner, eyes fierce. "You have been quiet and withdrawn since we were called as Star Senshi—even before then—and you won't tell me why. For the first time in our life together, we have allies strong enough to fight beside us, and you still won't relax. I know you love me as desperately as I love you—I can sense it—but you refuse to confide in me. What is wrong?"
"I think I'm going to lose you," Rikuriko whispered, tears filling her eyes. "My premonitions tell me that none of the Star Senshi will survive the coming storm. If I get close to you again, or if we have more children, I could lose you all. I can't be alone again."
Asakaze lowered her head to Rikuriko's breast, feeling the older woman's depression wash over her. "Would it make you feel any better if I told you that I won't go without you? That I won't leave you alone, Kuri-chan?"
Rikuriko laughed lightly, a little nervously. "Yes, it would."
"I would never leave without you, Kuri-chan. Please let that comfort you."
Rikuriko relaxed in her lover's arms, and she felt a fire fill her veins, a fire she hadn't known in almost eight years. She kissed her mate, and that fire roared to life, shocking Asakaze. That passion had been missing for quite some time.
"Are you ready for another child, my love?"
"And whose turn is it this time?"
"Yours, Kuri." Asakaze grinned evilly. "I want another pair of twins, and I had Haruko and Hasuko."
"But I had Yuriko!"
The blonde grinned. "I know, but you promised when I had the twins that you would take the next two."
"Then why don't we both get pregnant? Then it'll be my turn again next time."
"Very well. I guess you aren't built for twins, anyway. Mine first, or yours?"
"Mine of course; I'm next," Rikuriko whispered, nuzzling her wife. Asakaze purred as she stepped back and pulled her shirt off, revealing her soft breasts to her partner's bright eyes. Her breasts weren't as large as her mate's, but Kuri never minded. Rikuriko reached out and ran her fingers down Asakaze's sides, smiling as her wife reached out and cupped one of her breasts, rubbing her finger across her erect nipple. Kuri moaned, eyes glowing in the dark room, and scooped her wife into her arms, stretching her out on the bed. "I can't believe we're about to make love in somebody else's house."
"They did tell us to make ourselves at home," Asakaze reminded her lover, eyes bright. "Besides, the parents of Sailor Sol have been at it for half an hour."
"Then let's give them something to think about."
"So, did you have a nice night?"
Rikuriko's face turned as red as her hair at Haruka's casual question, and Asakaze chuckled. "What do you mean?"
"Ah, Rikuriko-san! You cannot fool me so easily. We all sensed the power buildup, anyway. So, which one of you is pregnant?" Haruka leaned back and sipped her coffee, laughing silently at the trapped expression on Rikuriko's face. She decided that she was going to like this new Star Senshi.
"Actually," Asakaze replied as she spooned some rice onto her plate, "both of us."
Haruka sputtered as Michiru began to laugh, pausing in her attempt to fix breakfast for the seven Orionis. "Both! What, you both wanted twins but neither felt like carrying them?"
"Something like that, Michiru-san. Since I birthed Hasuko and Haruko, Kuri promised to take the next two girls. She had Yuriko, so we split this pregnancy."
"You can decide?" Setsuna looked up from ferrying plates to the small table where the girls waited patiently. "It was all decided with the power with us."
"It just takes a little concentration. It's worked every time."
Michiru looked up at Haruka slyly. "So, when are you going to experience the wonders of pregnancy, Haruka?"
Haruka's eyes widened, and she scooted away from her wife and raised her hands defensively. "No, that's okay. You can have the kids."
The other women who shared the house with the racer laughed; even the newest arrivals had guessed what Haruka's response to the question would be. Little Kazeko, securely resting in her own chair, raised her hands to her father, and Haruka's gaze softened. She reached over to take her daughter's hand, and pure love filled her eyes. "Maybe someday."
"Well, if you won't, then maybe I will," Michiru purred.
"Michiru, it's only been eight months. Give your body some time to recover."
Michiru sighed and returned to pouring drinks for the children. "Maybe you're right. I'll wait, Haruka." The blonde racer had a feeling that the matter was not closed.
To be continued