Disclaimer: I do not own SM or Ronin Warriors.
As she passed an old antique store, Hotaru saw something
that caught her eye in the display window.
"What a beautiful lamp," she commented.
"A very lovely lamp, isn't it? The clerk asked with a
Hotaru smiled as she pondered her wish, "A wish come
"This is a very special lamp," the clerk told her.
She paid for the lamp and walked home.
"What's in the box?" he asked.
"I just bought a new lamp!" she replied.
"This one's different," she said, "come with
"He's not here."
"Oh, I forgot," she said, "He's teaching a
new night class.
He flipped on the light switch and she flipped it off.
"I want it to be totally dark when I light the
lamp," she told him.
He shook his head and sat down on the couch.
"It's an old lamp," she began as she opened the
box. She went to the kitchen to get a box of matches.
Anubis gasped and leaned back, like he saw a spider crawl over the coffee table.
"What's wrong?" she asked.
"T-the l-lamp," he stammered, "Hotaru, whatever you do, do not light it!" The lamp looked threateningly familiar to him.
"Relax, Anubis," she said, striking a match,
"It's a special lamp.
"I wish that you won't light it!" he shouted.
"Anubis, what would happen?
"No, Hotaru!" he reached for her arm but she continued to do the task.
She took the glass case off and lit the lamp.
"Hotaru!" Anubis screamed, "No!"
The others came quickly as they could, "what happened to Hotaru?" Rini demanded.
"That," Anubis pointed to the lamp, "it's an old lamp that will send whoever lights it to a world of no light and their worst experience will happen again and all their fears will haunt them."
"So, just blow the flame out," Sekhmet said.
"Don't you think I tried that?" Anubis
Trista shook her head, "I'm sorry."
"I don't think so," Rini said, "The place I
went to was a real planet.
"What was her worst experience?" Anubis asked.
"I'm not surprised she didn't tell you," Trista
said, "since she doesn't remember it.
"She is the sovereign of silence," Amara said, "we knew once that she was awakened she would destroy everything so we tried to stop her."
"But it was not Hotaru's fault," Rini said,
"Mistress9 wanted the most pure heart.
"We have to find her," Anubis said.
"It won't work that way," Kale said, "I must go alone."
"Mistress9 is gone for good," Michelle explained, "I'd hate to have to fight her again."
A crazy high-pitched laughter filled the house.
"It's Mistress9!" Serena gasped, "now sailors!"
The sailors quickly called upon their new armors.
"Leave Hotaru alone!" Sailor Neo Moon shouted, "If it's my pure heart you want then take it!"
"Sailor Neo Moon, no!" Sailor Moon shouted.
"I know longer need your pure heart," Mistress9 hissed.
"Then it was Hotaru you were after along, wasn't it?" Anubis demanded.
"Precisely," she replied with a sneer.
Anubis tightened his hands around his weapon, "You let
"Never," she said, "you can't stop me, now
that Hotaru has become stronger.
"Let him go!" rang Hotaru's voice rang, "leave Anubis out of this!"
"Ghah!" Mistress9 dropped him and put her hand to
her head, "you stay out of this. You fool!
"Hotaru's still alive," Neptune stated.
Anubis raised to his feet, gasping for air,
"Anubis, you've got to get out of here!" she
"No, you made a wish that I'll always be there when you needed me!" he cried, "I'm not going to leave you!"
"You have to, Anubis!"
"Kale, you must go find out where she is," Pluto said, "we'll hold of Mistress9 for as long as we can."
"She disappeared when she blew out the match, right?" Kale asked Anubis.
"That's right," Anubis replied.
Kale picked up the match she used to light the lamp.
"Hurry, Kale!" Sage called out.
Kale didn't waste another moment. He blew out the match and
ended up in a dark cold place.
He Kale could hear soft sobbing coming up in front of him
underneath some debris.
"Hotaru?" he called out again.
"Leave now," came the sobbing voice.
He found Hotaru as Sailor Saturn, but not in her armor.
"That's not true, Sailor Saturn," Kale told
"Yes it is," she sniffed, "that is why
Mistress9 wanted me.
"I made a wish that Anubis would be there whenever I needed him," she explained, "I need him more now than ever and he is not around."
"Rubbish," Kale murmured, "can't you hear
him? He's fighting with Mistress9 right now.
"So, the wish did come true?" she asked.
"Yes, listen, Sailor Saturn," he told her. "Listen."
"What in the world?" Dr. Tomoe shouted demandingly as he entered.
"Dr. Tomoe?" Sailor Uranus, "how did you get here?"
"Scouts, do you remember when something like this happened to Hotaru's home?" Sailor Mercury asked, "We weren't able to get in."
"Yes," Sailor Mars replied, "but what does that have to do with anything?"
"Maybe," Sailor Mercury said, "maybe Mistress9 is weakening!"
"Welcome home, doctor," Mistress9 said with a grin.
"You," he mumbled, "you're the one who--"
"That's right," she said, "and I've come to finish what I've started!" Her hair pulled up and shot at Dr. Tomoe like a bullet.
"Dr. Tomoe!" Sailor Moon cried out.
Mistress9's hair went right through his heart and pulled out sickeningly. And he fell back as he went into convulsions.
"Daddy!" Hotaru cried out.
"How could you," Sailor Jupiter muttered, "That was Hotaru's father!"
Anubis knelt down at his side, "Dr.," he
"Indeed it is," she said, "you are
next!" another sharp lock of hair began to spring at him.
"NNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" Hotaru screamed, "Anubis!"
Just before the dangerous hairs nearly killed him, Saturn's
glaive punctured through her chest.
"I will not let you harm him!" Saturn
snarled and she appeared behind Mistress9, pulling the glaive from her
Mistress9 stumbled forward as she clutched her chest.
"Because, Mistress9, in case you've forgotten,"
Saturn told her, the blood of Mistress9 staining her glove, "I have people
I care about a lot. And Anubis happens to be one of them.
Blood fell from Mistress9's mouth and large wound in her chest, "you cannot defeat me."
"I already have.
Mistress9 died at Saturn's feet.
"Daddy," Saturn mumbled as she knelt down at him.
"Hotaru, I'm so sorry," Anubis murmured as he pulled her in his arms.
"Oh, A-aahhh-nuuu-biissss," she choked, "why would she kill my father if it was me she wanted?"
"I don't know," he said.
"Why didn't I do anything," she demanded herself.
"I didn't stop her.
"I almost had her anyway," Anubis breathed in her ear, "and you made a wish that I'll always be there when you needed me."
"But the wish didn't come true," she said, "I
ended up in a dark world.
"Of course it did, Hotaru," Anubis whispered,
"I'm here now, aren't I?
She held on tighter to Anubis, just to be sure that he was