Crystals of Love: Destined Couple
Title: Crystals of Love: Destined Couple
Show: Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon
Series: Crystals of Love: Tales of the Heart from Crystal Tokyo
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: Forsaken", "Chronicles of the Star Senshi 5: Black Moon Family", "Crystals of Love: Destined Couple", "Horoscope"
Time: 1000 years after "Kazeko"; during the Black Moon crisis
Disclaimer: I don't own the characters or the songs I'm using. All of the songs are from the anime or the Musicals. Note: I am only writing the songs as translations since putting the Japanese and the translations in would be a pain and possibly annoying. The translations are the important part, anyway, since we don't all speak Japanese fluently. Anyway, enjoy.
Chapter 1: Senshi no Omoi
She was dead. Or was she just so alive that she no longer recognized the sensations flooding her consciousness? She couldn't remember how she came to be floating . . . wait. Where was she floating? She decided that she couldn't be dead, because she could see stars. Tiny motes of colored light dancing before her eyes. With some effort, she followed the nerves from her brain to her . . . hand? . . . and tried to move it, tried to look at it. An eternity later, it slowly entered her field of vision—a slender, white appendage that did not seem to be able to move. Closing her eyes, she clenched her fists, opening her eyes to see that her hand had not moved. Somehow, she managed to turn her head and stare at her other hand—of course I have two hands!—and was shocked to find that it was clenched into a fist. Oh. I moved the wrong hand. Slowly, she opened that hand, relief flooding her when she realized that she was now in control of her hands. Both of them were obeying orders a little better. Watching with some level of interest, she moved the first hand to touch the other one, fingers sliding up her arm to the top of her glove, staring at the colored band along the top. She did not recognize the color. It was a long glove, reaching above her elbow. There was another band around her wrist, a tiny pale star in the center. Gold. The little star was gold. Then the color of the band was . . . she felt a headache pounding through her body as she struggled to remember. Aqua. Blue-green. Her color was aqua. Looking down at her legs, her white boots banded by the same greenish blue, she found that she was wearing a very shirt skirt. Two layers. Aqua and pale greenish blue. She had a bow above her breasts, marine blue, an aqua star in the center.
There was no up or down in her new world. She seemed to be floating in space, but she was not cold and she was not suffocating. Slowly, she managed to create a sort of gravity as she sat up, feeling returning in a great rush to her limbs. She rubbed her arms absently as she looked around, reaching out, her hand encountering an aqua force-field bubble protecting her. Ah. That's why she was not dead. She ran her fingers through her hair, finding it long enough to reach her waist, silky and wavy, the color of the sun-kissed ocean. Now she remembered. Her power was over the waves, she was a creature of the Sea, a Senshi in service to the princess of the Moon. The Queen of the Moon. Serenity was now a queen, of Earth and the Moon. And she had her king, her princess heir, her other Senshi. And the Star Senshi, some of them her daughters.
"Haruka," Michiru whispered, tears filling her newly-opened sapphire eyes. "Haruka, I lost you. My love, I cannot hear you any more."
"She is not gone, my Senshi."
"Who is that?" A tall man appeared before her, his blue robes waving in a false breeze, his hair wavy like the sea and colored in all blues imaginable, a trident in his hand. A god. "Poseidon."
"Correct, little Senshi. You have been dead for a very long time."
"Dead? I was dead? How am I still here?"
"Neptune took your life to save its own and slowly brought you back. She risked everything for you, young Senshi. She decided that your sacrifice should not go unrewarded. You came to her as the shadows attacked, fought them off, and gave yourself to her. Do you remember?"
Michiru slowly nodded as she stood on the ground her own power created. "I remember. Crystal Tokyo was still an infant, barely a hundred years free of its womb, when Neptune was attacked. Serenity could not help, none of the Senshi could help, so the Outers came here. We fought off the evil as we have always done, and Setsuna called her past self here to guard the Time Gate while she kept an eye on the outer edge of the Solar System. Hotaru had used the last of her power to seal the darkness away, and she had to return to the Star Senshi to sleep and regain her strength. She almost had to use her Final Power, but she did not. She survived. Neptune, however, was dying. I knew that if I left, she would explode, her death throes destroying her neighbors, the Senshi power, and eventually Earth and Sol. I knew that the only way to save my planet was to reunite her with the Sea Melody Crystal, her heart. She was saved. Did I die?"
"Truly, you did." Poseidon held out his hand, a familiar blue-green stone appearing in his palm. Smiling, he handed the singing Sea Melody Crystal back to its owner. "But your powers and your crystal were still trapped within her, and she was able to bring you back to life, though it took many hundreds of years."
"Many hundreds . . ." Michiru's eyes widened in terror. "Poseidon, how long has it been? How long have I been gone?"
Poseidon sighed and hung his head. "Over eight hundred years."
"Eight hundred years! How could I have been gone for so long!"
"Calm down, little Senshi. Planets work in longer time scales than you do. Eight hundred years is not even gestation for them. Neptune worked very hard to rebirth you so soon. Everyone you knew is still alive, the Star Senshi roam the galaxies building their great alliance, and Crystal Toyko grew into a thriving metropolis."
"There's something in your voice, Poseidon. I do not trust that tone. You are not lying to me, are you?"
"I would not lie to you, Senshi, but please calm yourself as you listen to my next words. The Sailor Pluto from the past faithfully guards the Time Gate as she has been doing for hundreds of years. Sailor Saturn has not been the same since you left, so she joined up with the Star Senshi and they are currently visiting the Andromeda Galaxy, far from here and completely out of touch. The Sailor Pluto from this time is with them and with her wife, unwilling to be separate for so long. Crystal Tokyo . . . is not doing well."
Michiru felt her blood turn to ice. "What do you mean?"
"The time Queen Serenity and her Inner Senshi have dreaded for so long is upon them. The Black Moon Family attacked while there were no Outer Senshi left to warn Earth. The Moon is empty of Star Senshi, and only Four Senshi were left to protect the Royal family. The Queen is in a coma, locked in crystal; the king was badly wounded and regenerates slowly while he watches over his city as a hologram; the four Senshi stand together, their power forming a shield around the Palace, the only building still standing in the city; and the princess is missing."
Poseidon hung his head. "We think she stole a Time Key and escaped to another century, far from the ravages of the Black Moon Family. Pluto says nothing. If she was dead, surely this timeline would be gone by now."
"What of the ginzuishou? It has always protected Earth."
"It is gone. No one knows where."
Michiru shook her head, teas forming unbidden in her eyes. "How can this be? How can it all be falling apart? Everything I love, everything I've fought for . . . I have to do something! Wait! You said there were no Outer Senshi left." Michiru froze at the thought, tears staining her cheeks as she fell to her knees. She couldn't feel anything. The pain in her heart was so great that her mind was shutting down, blocking it all out, for the sake of her sanity. "Haruka. Where is she?"
"She is gone, Michiru. She could not live without you."
Michiru collapsed into a heap on the ground of her bubble, unable to control her sobbing, unable to stop the agony burning her. Haruka was gone. It couldn't be! After so long . . . after all they had been through, how could Haruka be so cruelly torn away from her? "HARUKA!" Her scream filled the void as her agony flooded over the god. "HARUKA!"
She froze as a single thread of the Universe twitched in response to her call. Wiping the tears from her eyes, she stood up, looking down at her blue planet rotating beneath her. Listening, she turned toward the sun, feeling something pulling her in that direction. "Haruka?" Her voice was hopeful, pained, love for her wife twined with the call. "Haruka, please answer me."
"Michiru . . ."
"Haruka!" Clenching her fists, Michiru summoned her power and sped off toward Uranus, coming to a stop above the crooked planet. "Haruka, are you here?" The voice was gone, but Michiru was sure her wife was nearby. Glancing at the Sea Melody Crystal clutched in her palm, Sailor Neptune gathered all of her power, surprisingly enhanced during her long absence from the court, and poured it into the heart of that beloved, crooked planet.
She watched as the planet and its closest, largest moons began to glow gold, absorbing her aqua power and increasing their own energy. As suddenly as it began, the power drain stopped, leaving Michiru floating in space, patiently waiting. With an unearthly scream, the golden aura around Uranus and her moons reached for Sailor Neptune, enveloping her without a sound. An instant later, the Senshi was gone.
I know that this isn't "Forsaken" but I promise to post the last chapter tomorrow! I have received so many great reviews! Thank you all! Someone asked what happened to Haruka and Michiru, so here's their story, set during the Black Moon Family crisis. It will explain the parts in "Every Cloud" and "Crystal Shards" when they appeared and the entire last section of "Horoscope". Tell me what you think!