Okay, ready for this major twist? Okay, it's not that major, but still…I don't own Sailor Moon and all the brand name stuff I'm going to include in this chapter.

"Guys!" a scream split the air as a blond head flew up, hair flying everywhere.

"What happened?" lips of crimson split open as a pair of tired blue eyes were rubbed. Then, as if a light switch was hit, the eyes opened wide.

"The battle!" Serena jumped out of bed. "But how did I get here?" She looked around her room in confusion. "What happened to everyone?"

Luna jumped up onto her bed and stared at her with her big eyes. Serena rubbed her absentmindedly. "I could have sworn I was at the battlefield…" She pulled the covers off her bed and walked over to her window, staring out. "Maybe it was all a dream…" she sighed, blinking at the bright sun.

"Serena!" a familiar voice shouted as Mina ran into the room and tackled Serena to the ground.

"Oof!" Serena huffed as she hit the ground. "Mina, what are you doing here? I thought you were on a plane to Dijon."

"I was." the blond laughed, getting off of her and helping her up. "But there was a change and they said I could spend a couple weeks here!"

Serena smiled as she stood up. "That's great! We can hang out."

"Definitely. Now get dressed so we can go out." Mina ran out of the room and closed the door.

Serena shook her head, laughing. "Got it Mina." She turned to her closet, thoughts of what happened sitting in the back of her mind for now.

Coming out, Serena finished putting her hair into her 'meatballs'. She wore a gold hooded tee with navy low-rider sweatpants. She wore pink lip gloss and a little mascara.

She walked downstairs to see not only Mina standing in her living room, but also Amy, Raye and Lita!

"Guys!" Serena gasped, running to hug them.

"Hi Serena." they greeted, hugging her back.

Backing up, Serena grinned. "You girls look great."

Amy wore a light blue baseball tee with navy low rider sweatpants. Rei had on a rust colored baseball tee with heather gray low rider sweatpants. Her hair was in a braid, hanging down her back. Lita wore a yellow polo with blue jeans. She had her hair in two low pigtails.

"You don't look half bad yourself, Blondie." Mina giggled. She wore a red polo with khaki flares. Her hair was done in a French braid.

"What are you guys doing here?" Serena asks as she sits down on the couch, Mina next to her and Amy on the other side. Raye and Lita take the two chairs.

"Well, we decided that we are going to all hang out today." Raye announced.

"That's great! But how do you all know each other?" Serena cocked her head to the left.

"Well, me and Amy used to go to day care together…" Raye started.

"I already knew Lita from school, obviously…" Amy continued.

"Lita used to date one of my friends…" Mina went on.

"And I used to work at Raye's temple." Lita finished.

Serena gaped. "Whoa. That's a coincidence." She giggled as her mother walked out, carrying a tray of apples and water.

"Sorry. This is all we have at the moment. I hope you don't mind." Ikuko smiled, placing the tray down.

"It's fine, Mrs. Tsukino." Lita smiled as she took an apple and a glass of water.

"Thank you, momma." Serena grabbed her own food.

The other girls thanked her also and smiled as she walked back into the kitchen, leaving them to talk.

Once they finished eating, Serena looked at her friends. "So, what are we doing today?"

"It's a surprise." Amy smiled as she stood up. The others followed.

Serena smiled. "I love surprises." She stood up as well. "Hang on. I'll grab my jacket." She ran upstairs and grabbed a black sweater and her light blue messenger bag. Turning to Luna, she smiled. "I'll see you later." She kissed her forehead and ran back down.

The girls were waiting with their sweaters on; Amy with a charcoal gray turtleneck sweater, Raye with a pink sweater, Lita with a charcoal gray hoodie and Mina with a navy hoodie.

"Ready?" Serena asked, slipping on her dark blue platform slides.

The girls nodded, putting on their own shoes; Amy with silver sneakers, Raye with black flip flops, Lita with black clogs and Mina with natural color slides.

Walking into the kitchen, Serena hugged her mother, father and Sammy goodbye. "Bye guys. You can call Mina if you need me. See you later." She waved and the five girls were off walking.

As they walked down the street, Serena continued to try to weasel what they were doing out of them, but they were all closed mouth.

Finally giving up, Serena looked up to the sky and smiled, basking in the sun on her face. The others watched, smiling as well.

They walked until they reached the mall. Serena smiled, but then looked in her bag. "Oh no! I forgot my wallet at home." Sighing, she shrugged. "Oh well. Window shopping is just as fun."

She began to walk in when Mina stopped her. Turning, Serena watched as Mina took out a pink credit card and handed it to her. "What's this?"

"It's yours." She took out a blue one, a red one and green one. Handing them out, she took out an orange one and grinned. "Now lets shop!"

"Wait, I can't take your money." Serena began to give it back, but Mina wouldn't take it.

"Remember who I am? I have enough money. I want to spend it on you guys. Now lets go shop." She walked in.

Exchanging glances, the girls shrugged and followed her in. Once inside, the girls looked around.

"Where to first?"

"American Eagle!" Raye shouted.

"Bath & Body Works!" Lita exclaimed.

"Borders Books." Amy added.

"Paris Handbags!" Mina yelled.

Serena sweat dropped. "How about we shop at the stores we want, then we can meet in the food court in two hours?"

The girls nodded and went off to their own stores. Giggling to herself, Serena turned and walked to the first store she always went to at the mall; Old Navy.

She looked around, smiling, stopping at the jeans. After looking around a little, she grabbed a pair of light stonewashed chinois-sash jeans.

She made her way over to the tee, tanks and polos. She squealed, finding an adorable fall teal green long-sleeve tee.

"Buy 2 or more, $5.00 each." Serena read off of the sign over it. Smiling, she grabbed another one, this one gecko green.

Deciding against the shoes and accessories, she made her way to the front of the store. After paying for it, she walked out, feeling happier.

"Where to now?" she mused, looking around. "I could go see Amy in Borders…" She scrunched up her nose at the thought of being in a bookstore. "Or I could go meet Lita." She smiled at the thought of Bath & Body. "That's what I'll do."

As she walked over, she bumped into someone carrying a lot of bags. Gasping, she began to help pick up the stuff. "I am so sorry! I'm such a klutz." Serena apologized.

"It's fine." the person said as the two of them stood up and Serena got a good look at the person she had ran into. He had dark blond hair pulled back into a ponytail and brown eyes. He wore a white t-shirt and jeans. He seemed to be carrying about 5 or 6 bags from really expensive stores.

"Hello. I'm Serena." She introduced herself.

"Zoi." he said, extending his hand to shake hers.

Serena smiled. "Nice to meet you. Do you live around here?"

"About a 20 minute drive."

"Cool." She motioned to his bags. "Girlfriend?"


Serena laughed as Zoi joined in.

"Serena." she heard her name and turned around to see Amara, Trista, Hotaru and Michelle standing behind her, eyeing Zoi.

"Hey guys. What's up?" she greeted her friends.

"We're fine, Serena. How are you?" Trista asked as Michelle attempted to calm Amara down.

"Fine. I'm here with some friends. Do you guys want to meet them?"

"We'd love to, but we have someplace to go." Michelle spoke up, succeeding in calming Amara down.

Serena seemed down. "Oh…Well, then I'll talk to you later."

"Sure." Hotaru smiled up at her.

Serena realized Amara hadn't said anything yet. Turning to her, she was confused on why Amara and Zoi were having a staring contest. "What are you guys doing?"

Zoi broke out of it first and smiled at Serena. "Nothing. Just a little fun. Well, I better go too. Nice meeting you and hope to see you again."

Serena smiled. "Nice meeting you too and I hope I see you again soon." She waved as he walked off. Turning to her other friends, she smiled again. "Don't you guys have to be somewhere?"

Amara nodded. "See you later, Serena."

"Take care." Trista said.

The four of them walked off, leaving Serena alone again. Sighing, Serena turned and began to walk towards Bath & Body Works again.

Reaching it, she was shocked at how busy it was. "Must be a sale." She walked in, dodging people and trying to find Lita.

She finally found her at the bath and shower section. She was holding a bottle of Very Merry Christmas shower gel.

"Hey Lita."

The girl turned and smiled at the approaching blond. "Hey Serena." She looked to the bags. "Looks like you found something."

She nodded. "Two somethings actually." She laughed. "Are you getting that?"

"Probably." She picked up a Fresh Vanilla creamy body wash bottle. "But I want this too."

"Why don't you get them both?"

"I'm not sure…"

"It won't hurt and you'll be much happier."

Lita smiled at the reasoning. "I guess so." The two of them walked over to purchase the items.

Once out of the store, Lita turned to Serena. "Where to now?"

"How about Media Play? I want Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."

"And I want that new Mary J. Blige CD, Breakthrough."

"Then lets go." Serena grabbed Lita's hand and the two walked off, not even noticing the pair of eyes on them.

Walking in, Serena let go of her hand and they went their separate ways. Serena quickly found Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but saw another movie she really wanted.

"Oh Batman Begins!" Serena picked up both of them and began to weigh them in her hand. "Hm…I'll just get them both!" She giggled. "It's not like I'll be able to splurge like this again."

She walked up and laughed at how Lita not only had the Mary J. Blige CD in her hand, but The Notorious B.I.G.'s Duets. "Couldn't decide either?"

Lita nodded, laughing. They bought the stuff and walked out. "Where should we go now?" Serena wondered out loud.

Lita looked at her watch. "We have another hour. Wanna go meet Amy in Borders?"

Serena sighed. "Sure. Lets go."

The two walked off, not even realizing someone was following them.

Walking into Borders, they spotted Amy quickly. She was sitting in a big comfy chair with 6 to 10 books on the table next to her.

"Hey Amy. Having fun?"

She looked up and smiled at her two friends. "Hey, Serena. Hey, Lita. Finished shopping?"

"We thought we spent enough money." Serena laughed.

Amy laughed with her. "By the bags in your hands, I guess so."

Lita smiled, sitting down. "What are you reading?"

Amy showed them the title. "Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore." Serena laughed at the last part. "Nice title."

"Known throughout the ages as the "most beautiful woman in the world," and "the face that launched a thousand ships," Helen's epically important story comes to life in this book that looks at both the facts and myths." Lita read off of the back. "Nice." she smiled.

"It's really good. Why don't you guys grab a book and read with me?" She couldn't help but laugh at their faces. "Come on. You'll find a book you like. Just go look."

"Do we have to?" Serena whined, but let herself be pulled by Lita.

"Come on. We'll check out the fiction."

The two girls began to browse the fiction section.

Lita stopped at a book with the title 'Coldest Winter Ever'. Taking it off the shelf, she read the back:

Souljah has put her hip-hop pen to the prose page for a streetwise coming-of-age novel about a teenage daughter of an infamous drug dealer and the results of a life predicated on the glorification of crime.

"Sounds cool." She walked back to where Amy was and began to read.

Meanwhile, Serena was becoming discouraged. "I'm not going to find a book I like."

"What about this one?" a familiar voice asked.

Serena turned and almost fell backwards. "Darien, don't do that!" she exclaimed, hitting him.

"Sorry, meatball head. Couldn't help myself."

Serena pretended to pout, but took the book. "'Confessions of a Shopaholic'?" she looked up, eyebrow raised.

"Hey, thought you might like it." He motioned to her two bags she carried.

Serena laughed. "I guess I could try it." She turned it around and read the back:

Londoner Becky Bloomwood has a fabulous apartment in one of the city's trendiest neighborhoods and a wardrobe to die for. Regrettably, she can't afford either. You'll laugh out loud as Becky turns bad credit into romantic opportunity when her creative (and sometimes desperate) debt solutions attract the attention of a sexy PR rep.

"Actually, this sounds good, idiot." she kidded. "Thanks."

"No prob." He turned to go when Serena grabbed his arm. "Yeah?" he asked, smiling at her.

"Um, what are you doing here?"

He showed her the 5 books he carried in his hands. "School. You?"

"Shopping day."

"Oh. Have fun then." He turned to go again when Serena stopped him again. "Yes?"

"Um…do you want grab something to eat with me?" she cursed herself for sounding like a pathetic school girl.


Serena's eyes popped open. "What?" she looked up at the blue eyes that held so much emotion; mystery, amusement, maybe even…


The two turned to see Amy and Lita walk up, Amy carrying the book she was reading, plus 2 others and Lita holding the one she had picked out.

They smiled at Darien. "Hey. What's up?"

"Nothing." Serena jumped in, clutching the book. "Lets go."

"Are you going to buy that?" Amy asked as they walked away from the smirking man.

"Buy what?"

"The book in your hand." Lita smiled, laughing at Serena's blush.

"Um, it looks interesting. Sure." They walked up to the counter, Serena not making eye contact with any of the two girls.

They bought the books and walked out. "Well, it's about time. Lets head over to the food court." Amy said, looking at her watch.

Serena nodded and they walked over to the food court. Reaching it, they grabbed a table and Amy went to get some food.

Lita watched as Serena looked around and smirked. "Who are you looking for?"

"What?" Serena flipped her head back to her, eyes wide. "No one."

"Sure…" Lita laughed as Serena blushed. "Let me guess? Darien?"

"No…" Serena blushed even redder and began to fiddle with her thumbs.

"Do you like him?"

"What? No!" Serena shouted, cheeks red as tomatoes.

"Don't get defensive. It was just a question."

They sat in silence until Serena muttered. "Yeah…"

"What was that?"

"I like him, more than a friend." Serena sighed. "But I don't think he likes me like that."

"What makes you think that?" Lita became serious, leaning in.

"Because I'm a klutz, I'm fourteen, I'm not too smart, I'm…" But Lita interrupted her before she could go on.

"So what? That doesn't matter. A guy should like you for you, klutz and all."

Serena looked up, smiling. "Thanks Lita."

"So are you going to tell him?"

"No way! I'm just supposed to go up to him and say 'Hey Darien, how are you? By the way, I like you a lot more than a friend?'" Serena mocked.

"That works." a masculine voice said behind her.

From Lita's face, Serena already knew who it was. 'Oh please don't let it be. Please don't tell me I just told him how I felt. Please, please, please.' she prayed as she slowly turned around. The moment she opened her eyes, she felt her heart drop. 'Oh no, it is him. I want to die.'

She attempted a weak smile as Darien smiled down at her. "Um…what would?" she tried.

"The direct approach."

Lita looked between the two of them and smiled. "Um, I gonna go help Amy bring the food back." She stood up and began to walk. The two didn't even notice.

Darien sat down next to her and took her hand. Serena blushed even worse as she felt his stare on her head.

Clearing her throat, Serena started. "Well, I'm going to assume you heard my…confession?"

"Most of it, yes."

They sat in silence once more until Serena broke it again. "Um, so…what do you think?"

She waited partly scared half to death and partly anxious. When she was met with silence, she could hardly keep the tears down.

Extracting her hand, she began to gather her stuff. "Well, I guess I better go. Less awkward for both of us…"

But when she stood up, Darien grabbed her wrist and pulled her back down. Lifting her chin up, eyes locking, Darien took a deep breath and threw caution into the wind. "Serena, I have something I need to tell you…"

"AAAAA! MONSTER!" a woman screamed, running away.

The two looked up and gasped as an energy beam flew at them. Darien pushed Serena out of the way, covering her body with his.

Serena opened her eyes to see a pair of blue eyes holding anger. "Darien, what's going on?"

"We gotta get out of here. Come on!" He grabbed her hand and most of their stuff. Serena grabbed the rest and they began to run.

Serena tried to see behind her, trying to see the monster and the people screaming, but Darien was running too fast, so she had to keep her eyes in front so she wouldn't trip.

They reached the end and they stopped, breathing hard. Serena looked up. "Darien…please tell me….what's happening…" she gasped out, breathing hard, hair sticking to her face.

He said nothing, but looked around. Eyes widening, he grabbed her hand again and took off running.

"Darien!" Serena shouted, tripping. She fell to her knees and let out a yelp of pain. "Ow!" she exclaimed, holding her knee. "I think I just scraped it."

The next thing she knew, she was being carried bridal style. "Whoa!" she exclaimed, but threw her arms around his neck, holding on. She couldn't help but nuzzle his neck. She blushed, realizing what she was doing and stopped abruptly.

They stopped and Serena felt herself being put down. She felt disappointment, but shook it off as Darien opened his car for her. "What?"

"Get it!" he slightly pushed her in.

Serena jumped in and he shut the door. He jumped into the other side and they took off.

Serena looked back at the mall and say another explosion, but this one held ice. "The Sailors!" she realized, watching the four girls jump out.

They took a corner pretty fast, Serena holding on. "Whoa! Darien, slow down!" she exclaimed.

Looking back, she gasped. Exactly where they had been a moment ago, a huge monster landed in the pavement. She couldn't help let out a scream, but instantly stopped as Darien drove faster.

They hit the freeway and began to swerve. Cars honked on their horns, but then screamed as the monster came running through.

Serena began to pray that they would be all right as she watched the speed dial hitting 100...'Please don't let us die…either by the car or by the monster…'

She heard Darien curse and looked up. "What? What happened?"

"We're almost out of gas."

Serena felt her heart stop and stared at the gas level. It was really close to empty. She got a good idea. "Can we make it about 6 miles more."

"Barely. Why?"

"Just do it. Get off the freeway and turn right."

Darien stared at her, but did as he was told. He was going right down the street, looking around. "Serena, what are we…?"

"Here we are!" Serena pointed to a old house.

"This?" Darien raised an eyebrow, but slowed the car down.

"Yeah. Lets go!" she shouted, jumping out and grabbing the bags. She ran up to the to door and knocked on it.

Darien walked up behind her, the other bags in hand. "Serena, what is so special about here?"

"You'll see." She knocked again, but this time a old woman opened the door.

"Serena?" she gasped.

"Hi, Nana. Can we come in?" Serena asked.

"We?" Nana looked up to see Darien standing behind her. "Who are you?"

"This is my friend Darien. Please let us in. It's important." Serena begged, tears forming.

Nana nodded and let the two in. Shutting the door, Nana took one look at Serena and enveloped her into a hug. "What's wrong, dear?"

"Nothing Nana. I'm fine." she murmured, pushing herself off. "Nana, I need you to do what you do."

Nana's eyes widened but she nodded. "You two, get in there now."

Serena nodded and grabbed Darien's hand. She dragged him into a room and they sat down in the darkness, Serena holding her knees to her chest.

Darien looked down at her and enveloped her into a hug. "It'll be fine, Rena. I won't let anything happen to you."

Serena nodded and leaned into him. "Darien, do you like me?" she asked.

Darien looked down at her, eyes holding confusion. "Sure…" But she interrupted him.

"No I mean, do you like me?" she asked again, eyes holding loneliness, fear and a little pain.

Darien knew he was throwing everything they had worked for into the wind, but he couldn't say no to her anymore.

His lips descended on her in a feather-light kiss full of sweetness that soon increased in intensity. Serena felt as though she were floating and only her grip on his forearms kept her anchored to earth.

Darien pulled his head back just a bit to look her straight in the eye. "Does that answer your question?"

"Sure does," she managed to breath, flustered at her own forwardness. Her gaze locked with his she couldn't bear to turn away. This time, she initiated the kiss and she wrapped her arms around his neck as he wrapped his arms around her waist protectively, pulling her towards him.

YAAAAA! They kissed! But what will happen with Nana and the monster? Plus, what about that 'dream' of Serena's? I hope this long chapter makes up for the long hiatus I've had. Finals are finally over! Yes! Please RR