A/N: Once again yes I know an extraordinary long wait and I know you all are probably furious at me, but look I'm trying to catch up and I'm finally inspired in this one. I will be updating all of them soon with the possible exception of Juilliard I know where I want to go with it but I don't know if I need to overhaul it first. We'll see Moon Princess Returns Home will be updated next!
Endymion, the senshi and the generals remained in that clearing though they knew the voice was long gone.
Endymion ever the Prince and soldier unsheathed his sword and thrust it into the soft ground below him. He knelt and bowed his head down his hands still clutching the sword's handle.
"You mourn her death, when I promised her return, you do not believe me young Prince?" The voice echoed again through the clearing and it was filled with bright light, yet once again none could see the witch.
"You said she would return in time and any time without her is as death to me." Endymion said sternly getting tired of the witch's cryptic tone. Behind him Haruka and Lita were also becoming tired of the witch and were trying to devise a plan to expose her and get some real answers.
"Jupiter, Uranus you will get no better answers whether you do or do not see me. I can tell you only this for the destiny of the lunarians is hard to see. But you have seen how part of her lives yet, she will never truly leave you, but whether or not she will fully return or when she will I cannot say. I only know that her spirit is much to strong to see those she loves suffer. She will find a way back to all of you, it will be long, hard and cause her great pain." Endymion's face paled at this perhaps he should let his lover remain dead rather than suffer once again for him.
"Prince, you will be able to feel her as she comes closer, you will feel her through her link, sometimes the pain will become unbearable only know that the pain she is feeling is much worse, you must push your strength and love through your bond at those times. Help her through the pain and struggle." Once again the witch finished speaking and the light of the clearing began to go dim.
"But what if I do not want her to suffer so." Endymion called out to the clearing.
"You would suffer through anything to be with her, and she would suffer through anything to be with you. It is not so much destiny that will force her to endure what she will, but the strength of the love you share. If it weren't for that I would not even be able to tell you this."
The voice disappeared and Endymion unsheathed his sword and plunged it into the ground before him. He knelt before it and his hands continued to grasp the handle. "Serenity, Serena, My Love, you do not have to suffer for me. I cannot bear to let you suffer for me. You do not have to go through with it if you do not want to. Please Serenity you have been through enough pain, you don't have to suffer anymore, you can stay where you are. I know you are at least a little happy, I could hear it in your voice. Please Listen to me my love." Endymion relinquished his garb of a soldier and knelt there as Darien, his horrid green jacket dragging in the dirt as silent sobs racked his body.
Serenity turned from the miserable scene and looked at her parents. "What did she mean mother? How can I go back to them?"
Selenity looked sadly toward her husband before answering her daughter's plea. "There is a part of you that remains alive, you are not completely dead and that is why you are here. Because you live on so strongly in the heart of Endymion and the Senshi you have a choice to make just as your father and I had a choice to make as we lived on so strongly in your heart. You can either face the pain of returning to the realm of the living, or you can stay here and watch over those you love just as your father and I have, or you can die. It is your choice to make my daughter but the path back to life is not easy, and while I have no doubt you can do it, you will suffer greatly." Serenity looked back toward the image of Darien, kneeling before his sword and begging her to not suffer for him.
"I cannot live or die without him. My heart will always pull me toward him, in death or life. The witch was right, my destiny is clear because of the love that fills my heart, my destiny will always lie in whatever path he is on. I must try to return to him mother, for I cannot never be happy without him, I am not whole without him, in life or death I cannot and will not exist without him." Her mother and father nodded sadly, they had expected their daughter to make that choice, but even her mother did not wish her to go through the suffering she would have to endure in order to live again.
Strong, strong as a mountain, one you can count on
That's how my love is for you
Sure as forever we'll be together
Until the sky's no longer blue
I know it won't always be easy
When we need to be strong, baby believe me
I'll do whatever it takes
To hold on to our love
Swim every ocean
If that's not enough
Walk to the ends of the earth
Through the pouring rain
To hold on to you love
I'll do whatever it takes
Brave, I'm not that brave, but there's not a day
I wouldn't take on the world for you
There's nothing I wouldn't go through just for you
My heart is eternally yours
Just to be in your arms is what I'm living for
Darien felt the tears come harder as Serenity's voice echoed in his mind. He knew he couldn't stop her and he knew he'd do the same to be with her, he just wished it could be him to suffer instead of her.
"What do we do Endymion?" Jadeite said coming up behind his prince.
"We wait and lend her our strength when she needs it. She's going to try coming back to us." The Senshi felt both hope and sadness as they wondered just what their princess would have to go through in order to return to them.
"Now my daughter before you begin your journey you must always remember why is it that you want to live again. Is it for yourself that you wish to live or for those who love you? If the answer you harbor in your heart is true you will succeed if not, then you will fail and you will remain dead forever." Serenity nodded and turned away from her mother ready to voice the choice she had made.
"Goddess Selene with your beauty and wisdom show me the path to live again. Give me the strength to return to those who need me, to those whose hearts keep part of me alive still." A black portal appeared before her. What lay on the other side Serenity had no idea but she had no doubts about whether or not she would enter it.
"Move forth my daughter" a voice boomed from overhead. "You desire to live will be tested, you will face physical and emotional pain and if your heart is true you will live again, if not you will suffer the consequences." Behind her Serenity's parents paled, as she prepared to make the sacrifice they had been too afraid to. They wondered if their love had not been strong enough for her that they had decided to watch over her from above rather than return to her.
"Goodbye Mother, Goodbye Father. I promise you I will make it through, my love for Endymion and the Senshi will not permit me to fail. I love you always." Serenity gave one last looked back at her parents and disappeared into the portal.