Okay, first off…..I want to say how sorry I am this took so long to update. Not only was I battling a major case of writer's block, I was in drama central over here, with two of my friends getting divorces and another one losing her baby. I want to thank all of you who have waited so patiently for me to get this chapter out and I sincerely hope I can update much faster now that the Faire season is over.

Look! Translations in the beginning……just for a couple of words that I've decided to use…….. hehehehehe.

Gingakei senshi- Soldier of the Galactic System (Starlights)

Taiyoukei senshi- Soldier of the Solar System (Earth Senshi)

Yamette- Stop it (female speaking)

Kirei- Pretty

Kuso- Shit

Wakarimasu- I understand

Incase it has been forgotten…….Sailor Moon is not mine (much to Luna's great sadness) It still belongs to Takeuchi Naoko-sama. I am only borrowing the characters for my own sick and twisted ends…….except for the four newer Starlight senshi…..they're alllllllll mine.

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Chapter Seventeen-

In the secret room just off the throne room of the Kinmokuan royal palace, a rather impatient Sailor Star Singer was pacing back and forth. She ran a hand through her dirty, unkempt teal hair as she untied the ribbon holding it back. She suddenly stopped and whirled around towards the other occupants of the small room, sending her loose hair flying.

"Where is she?" She asked for the umpteenth time.

"How the hells would I know? Do I look psychic?" Retorted the golden haired woman sitting on the floor, leaning against the far wall.

"I wasn't asking you, Reader." Singer snapped, her coffee colored eyes flashing. "I was just thinking out loud!"

"Well, next time keep your internal monologue internal," Reader said with sarcasm.

"Oh, shut up you-"

"Yamette!" Princess Kakyuu spoke up before the verbal fight between her Starlights could escalate any further. Both Reader and Singer looked at the floor in embarrassment. Kakyuu rose from her place on the floor and looked at her two remaining Starlights.

"Now is not the time for petty arguments. I know you both tired and worried. It has been well over two hours and there has been no word from Gatherer. I believe it is safe to assume that she did not make it." A tear slid down the Kinmokuan leader's pale cheek as she silently mourned the loss of one of her Starlights for they were her family.

"We know what we must do," she continued, wiping the remains of her tears off her face. "The question is, who will be the next to try?" Ruby eyes searched the sullen faces of the Starlights for any reaction to her words.

Singer sighed and looked up at her Princess. A look of determination crept into her coffee colored eyes as she retied her teal hair.

"I'll go."

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Just south of the palace of Princess Kakyuu, a bright, white light appeared in a grassy field. As the light faded, one could make out the leather clad gingakei senshi of Kinmoku. Standing with them, were nine other women, dressed rather conservatively compared to their Kinmokuan companions. The taiyoukei senshi started to look around at their surroundings as they released the hands of their traveling companions.

Sailor Moon, on the other hand, kept a hold of Fighter's gloved hand as her sapphire eyes took in the landscape that her beloved had called home for twenty one years.

"Kirei………" Saturn said, turning in a full circle.

"It doesn't look all that different from Earth," Neptune said, her aqua colored eyes admiring the sparkle of a lake in the distance.

"It really isn't that much different, Neptune," Maker said, looking at the teal haired Senshi of the Seas, a hint of pride in the tall woman's voice for her home world. "The differences are minor. For example, our clouds are purple due to the minerals in the water."

"Really?" Mercury asked, instantly curious.

"Yes, my love," Maker said, turning her violet eyes towards her blue haired love. "I'll tell you more when this is over with."

Mercury checked her curiosity and turned her mind and focus on the reason they traveled across the galaxy.

"So, what do we do now?" Uranus asked, one hand on her hip, looking at the tallest of Starlights.

"We have to find Sailor Star Killer before she finds Kakyuu-hime," Healer answered, running a hand through her silver hair. Her peridot green eyes went back and forth between Maker and Fighter before finally settling on the building that could be seen in the distance. "And I suggest we start with the palace."

The group of twelve nodded in agreement and started in the direction of the palace. They walked in silence towards their destination, Maker and Mercury leading the way.

"Ano……..Maker?" Jupiter spoke, breaking the tense silence.

"Hai, Jupiter?" She answered, glancing back at the brunette senshi.

"I know this is something completely off base, but can I ask you something that I've been wondering?"

"Sure, go ahead."

"Um……why are you called by your last name and your sister by her first?" The thunder senshi asked, turning a light shade of pink. Both Fighter and Healer giggled at the taiyoukei senshi's question.

"Yeah, why is that, Maker?" Sailor Moon asked, turning her bright, sapphire eyes towards the auburn haired Starlight.

Maker chuckled and shook her head slightly. 'Of all the things to talk about,' she thought to herself. She looked towards her destination and continued walking as she began to speak.

"Well, growing up, I was called my first name by my family and friends. It wasn't until I started school and I met these two Bakas," Maker indicated the two Starlights behind her. "Kou is a common name here on Kinmoku, likened unto Keiko or Makoto in Japan. So to make it easier on our sensei, and us, we decided to be called by our last names."

"Yeah, it was easier than saying 'the smart Kou' or 'Shrimp Kou'……OWWWWW!" Fighter cried out as she felt a sharp tug on her long, raven ponytail that snapped her head back. "Why you……" she growled, turning on the silver haired Starlight, ready to pulverize the shortest of the trio.

"Stop it you two!" Sailor Moon said, pulling on Fighter's arm as Venus pulled on Healer's.

"She started it!" Healer cried, pulling against Venus' restraining hand.

"So? Be the better person and don't finish it," Venus whispered in the Starlight's ear.

"But, I don't wanna be the better person!" The green eyes Starlight whined, turning towards her lover.

"Well, tough luck," the senshi of Love and Beauty said, stepping fully in front of the enraged Starlight.

"Behave yourself," Sailor Moon playfully scolded the raven haired woman in her grasp.

The rest of the senshi watched as the two solar senshi restrained the bickering Starlight senshi. Maker hung her head and sighed at the pitiful display before her violet eyes. Without a word, she turned and resumed her walk to the palace. The others followed, leaving the bickering Kinmokuans and their Earthen counterparts behind in the field.

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Inside the Palace-

A pair of coffee colored eyes peered into the throne room, softly lit by the early morning sun. They searched in hopes of finding any sign of her fellow Starlight.

Singer opened the door fully and silently entered the room. She closed the door softly behind her without looking back into the room that contained her Princess. After the door was securely closed, she walked further into the room and stopped. Her coffee colored eyes closed as she shifted her focus to the sounds around her and in the adjacent hallways. She heard the faint sound of a door closing and footsteps in the distance, heading away from the red and gold throne room.

Singer breathed a small sigh of relief as she slowly opened her eyes. They widened as they took in the sight of dark burgundy eyes about two inches from her face.

"Heh, heh………gotcha!" Sailor Star Killer said, smirking.

"Kuso!" Singer whispered, taking a step back to try to put distance between her and the one who would kill them all.

"Surprised?" The purple haired Starlight purred as she took a step forward, matching her opponent's step.

Singer took control of her senses and narrowed her eyes with determination. She had to draw Sailor Star Killer away from the room they were currently in.

"Where is Gatherer?" She asked in a low voice.

"Gatherer?" Burgundy eyes glinted with malice. "Oh, you mean that orange haired twit that did exactly what I wanted? You won't be seeing her again. At least not in this life."

"Bitch!" The teal haired Starlight cried, taking another step back. Star Killer also took a step back, readying her staff. She pointed it at her opponent.

"Where is Kakyuu."

"There's no way in all the Hells I would tell you!" Singer cried, summoning her Star Yell into her gloved hand.

"Are you sure?" Star Killer asked tauntingly, a red glow starting to surround the garnet star at the end of her staff.

Singer glanced at the garnet star pointed at her, and then glanced at the throne room door, quickly calculating the distance and her chance of actually making it before the other Starlight could react. She turned her coffee colored eyes back to the purple haired Starlight, a plan forming in her mind.

"On second thought…….." Singer said, secretly praying that her plan would work, "maybe I will tell you."

"That's what I thought," Star Killer said, lowering her staff to a resting position by her side.

"She's-" Singer started, but was cut off by the wave of a gloved hand.

"Iie! You're going to take me to her. I want you to see the look on her face when she sees that you have betrayed her."

'Shimatta!' Singer thought, her mind racing to figure out where to take the senshi in front of her.

"Follow me," the teal haired Starlight said, leading the way out of the throne room.

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Fighter, Healer, Venus and Sailor Moon caught up to the group of eight senshi just as they reached the palace gates.

"Finally decided to join us, eh?" Mars asked when she spotted the foursome.

Fighter and Healer turned a light shade of pink as all eyes focused on them. Both Sailor Moon and Venus just shrugged their shoulders and sighed, a look of exasperation on their faces.

Maker chuckled and turned back to the main gate of Kakyuu-hime's palace. Her expression turned serious when her violet eyes took in the sight before her. On either side of the gate were what was left of the bodies of the regular palace guards that would normally be standing watch. The large, ornate wooden gate doors were badly charred, but one could still see the glint of the gold and ruby inlay.

Maker laid a gloved hand upon the ruined gate, wondering if they might just be too late.

Mercury put her small, white clad hand on the tall Starlight. Violet eyes turned to gaze upon the petite, blue haired senshi as she gave the tall woman a small smile.

"Daijōbu, Maker. I'm sure we've made it in time."

"Well, let's get going. We're not going to help your princess any by just staring at a ruined gate," Uranus said, shifting her weight from one foot to the other. A look of impatience adorned her features.

"Hai," agreed Pluto, her garnet eyes looking at each Starlight, who nodded in agreement. With a grim look on each face, the three gingakei senshi of Kinmoku, and the nine taiyoukei senshi of Earth, passed the ruined gates of the Kinmokuan royal palace and into the courtyard beyond.

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In the deathly silent halls of the Kinmokuan palace, two leather clad women walked in silence, one behind the other.

"How much further?" The purple haired woman asked, prodding the other woman with her staff.

"Not much," the teal haired woman said, her mind racing a mile a minute. 'Great job Singer. What in the hells are you going to do now?'

Singer's coffee colored eyes shifted to the left, looking out of one of the many high glasses windows of the Kinmokuan palace without drawing any attention from her captor. She failed miserably when she let out a soft gasp of surprise as she saw a large group walking towards the palace. She recognized three out of the twelve women.

"What's wrong." Sailor Star Killer demanded of her captive, giving her another prod with her staff.

"N-nothing. I…….I twisted my ankle slightly, that's all."

Star Killer's burgundy eyes narrowed at the response from the teal haired Starlight. She knew she was lying, she never saw her step falter.

"Liar."

Singer paled at the single word.

"You're hiding something."

"Iie! Why would I-"

"Silence!" The quiet demand cut through Singer's protests like a knife. Burgundy eyes searched the surrounding area, finding nothing amiss until they settled on the window and what lay beyond.

"Well, well, well, what have we here?" Star Killer chuckled to her self. "She finally came home. And she brought friends! This should be interesting."

Singer slowly moved away from the deranged Starlight as her attention was focused on the group outside the palace. Star Killer glanced at her captive just as she took another step.

"Where in all the Hells do you thing you're going?"

Singer didn't answer, but broke into a run as soon as she realized she was caught.

"GET BACK HERE!" Star Killer screamed.

Singer risked a glace back at the angry Starlight, just in time to see her ready her staff. She ran ever faster, her coffee colored eyes searching out a means of escape.

"STAR SILENT REVELATION!"

Star Killer smirked as the orb of energy headed straight for the running Starlight. The smirk was quickly replaced with a look of pure anger as Singer turned a corner seconds before the attack was to reach her.

"Kuso!" Star Killer said under her breath and took off after the escaping Starlight.

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The group was silent as they approached the main doors of the derelict looking palace. Uranus had her sword in hand as she glances about the palace grounds. Something did not feel right to the tall, Wind senshi. Her green-grey eyes alighted a nearby window and was surprised to see a woman with purple hair looking back at them. She was about to mention this to Maker, when the woman abruptly turned from the window. Moments later, the silence was shattered by a scream.

"GET BACK HERE!"

They each glanced at each other, seeing if they had head what the other had. Another cry filled the air.

"STAR SILENT REVELATION!"

"Izanami……" Maker said under her breath and took off running into the palace, leaving the rest of the senshi on the walkway. One by one, the eleven shocked women came to their senses and raced after the tallest Starlight…….

And immediately came to a screeching halt to avoid running into said Starlight, who had stopped not to far past the main doors.

"Shimatta!" Uranus cursed under her breath as she ran into Pluto. "Gomen ne."

"Daijōbu, Maker?" Jupiter asked the auburn haired senshi. Maker waved her gloved hand to signal silence as her violet eyes scanned the hallway. Faintly, one could hear the fast paced footfalls of someone running in the direction of the main hallway.

"Whoever it is, it sounds like they're coming this way," Mars said quietly.

"Hai, I think you're right," Healer said, walking up next to Maker. "So……what's the plan?"

"Plan?" Maker asked, slightly surprised. She blinked her violet eyes rapidly as she realized, she didn't actually have a plan. "Um…….."

"How about we hide in a couple of these rooms here and catch whoever by surprise," Sailor Moon said. All the taiyoukei senshi turned and stared at their blonde haired leader in disbelief. "Whaaaaaaaaat????"

Mars opened her mouth to respond, but was cut off before she could by Fighter. "That sounds good. We don't have much time."

"Right. Maker, Saturn, Venus, Moon, Mars, Mercury, in that room," Healer said, pointing a leather clad finger across the hall. "Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, Fighter, Jupiter and myself will be in this one. Leave the door open and hurry!" Twelve senshi scattered as the word of the silver haired Starlight.

The running footsteps came closer and now the senshi could distinctly hear two different sets of footfalls. As everyone got settled in their places, Maker pulled Saturn aside and talked to her.

"I want you near the door. You are the only one that can save us incase of an attack," Maker said, looking down at the youngest of the senshi.

"Hai, wakarimasu," Saturn said, giving the tall Starlight a brisk nod and tightening her grip on her Silence Glave.

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Singer ran as fast as she could. He dirty teal hair had come loose from its binding and now streamed behind her. She swerved back and forth as she ran down the hallway, as to not give her pursuer a clear target. She took turns blindly, trying to put even more distance between her and the purple haired Starlight that wanted to kill her and her Princess.

She recognized the hallway of the main entryway of the palace. Her hopes raised slightly. Once outside, she could more easily lose the enraged senshi. Singer turned down the main hallway. Her lungs burned for need of air and her legs felt weak from running at full speed for so long. She risked a glance back. The purple haired Starlight wasn't as far behind as she had thought.

Just as she turned her coffee colored eyes forward again, her foot caught a raised edge of marble. Singer went sprawling to the ground, crying out as a loud snap was heard echoing though the hall.

'Shimatta!' Her mind screamed as she glanced back at her now broken leg. She gritted her teeth as she managed to turn herself over. Her coffee colored eyes, now dark with pain, watched though tears as the angry Star senshi slowed to a stop a mere ten paces away from her fallen form.

A smirk appeared on Star Killer's face as she leveled her staff at Singer. Neither one noticed a dark haired head peeking around the corner. Singer closed her eyes as Star Killer took a breath.

"STAR SILENT REVELATION!"

"SILENT WALL!"

Singer's eyes flew open at the sound of an unfamiliar voice just as Star Killer's attack hit an invisible barrier and dissipated.

"Huh?" She asked, looking up to see a black haired young woman in a purple and white sailor suit holding a staff in front of her with white gloved hands.

"Who the hells are you?" Asked a now insanely pissed off Sailor Star Killer.

"That would be Sailor Saturn, Taiyoukei Senshi of Death and Rebirth," a voice said from behind Singer. She whipped her head around just in time to see a tall, auburn haired Starlight Senshi step out from around the corner.

"Maker!"

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I know……I know……a cliffy….how dare I. Sowwy (ducks thrown fruit) I'll do better next time! I promise! Until then!

Ja ne!

Luna