Disclaimer: I do not own Sailor Moon.

(Note, mentions of RH/MA MiK/HaT)

A Walk in the Rain
By Silver Sailor Ganymede

I had decided to take a walk that day; I didn't know quite why, but the park was deserted, and the rain seemed to fit my mood exactly.

It was the first time I had been outside in over three months, months spent in mourning for her, my love. Grandfather said that three months of mourning was long enough, but it could take me three months… three years… three times forever.

I carried on walking, drowning in my own thoughts, when I heard a voice call out to me, "Rei!"

I turned around, and saw a familiar face. Kaioh Michiru, an old friend of mine, was sitting on one of the benches underneath a weeping willow.
She tapped the seat and I sat next to her. Her normally wavy aqua hair was now wet and straight; her bangs were plastered to her forehead.
She looked up at me, and said, "It's good to see you again, Rei-chan".

I nodded silently and stared out into the rain; it had been raining when we found her, or rather, when I found her body… She had been in her room, a knife in her hand, blood leaking from her wrists. We had tried to get her to a hospital, but we hadn't arrived in time; she had died in my arms.

I felt tears falling from my eyes as I remembered. Minako… my angel… dead.

"Rei" Michiru whispered, placing a comforting hand on my shoulder. I pushed her away, saying, "Michiru-chan, I don't want your pity".

"Look, Rei-chan, don't you dare think that I don't know what it's like to loose someone" Michiru snapped, her voice harsher now. "Haruka was killed in a plane crash a month after Minako died".

I paled, shocked; I hadn't known. Michiru knew what I was thinking, "Don't worry; it wasn't your place to have known. The inner and outer senshi haven't spoken for a while".

"But why aren't you crying?" I asked, shocked.

Michiru shook her head, "Haruka would have wanted me to be happy, to continue life after her death, and she would have acted the same had it been the other way around.

"Minako loved you, Rei. She would have wanted you to continue living".

I stared at her, my emotions like a storm inside me; and then the dam broke; I began to cry on Michiru's shoulder.

"Why did they have to leave, Michiru? Why? We were all supposed to see Crystal Tokyo together! Why did they have to die?"

"Pluto gazed into the wrong future" Michiru replied. "She must have. But Haruka and Minako aren't dead".

"What?"

"No one is ever truly dead, Rei, as long as those who knew them remember them", she smiled. "They'll always be with us, Rei, always".

I sighed; Michiru's words were somehow comforting, and they were true.

"Thank you, Michiru-chan" I replied softly, standing up. She nodded, and I continued my walk in the rain, now somewhat happier because I realised that Minako-chan would forever live… she would live on inside of me.