I noticed some of you were scared that the last chapter was the last one. Nope. This is the last chapter, I believe, and no, I don't think there's going to be an epilogue, as, the chapter covers all the epilogue-styled aspects. Ne? So enjoy. Hope you all aren't so disappointed in me because I branched out a bit away from Mamo/Usa.

I've never, ever done this before… ever!!!

You've Always Deserved My Love

Chapter Sixteen

6 months after the time change

Soft pellets of water fell against the hospital window. Makato gazed out, looking at the parking lot, searching for any sign of her boyfriend. "This is crazy. He called half an hour ago and said he would be here."

From the bed, Usagi sat against propped up pillows, with Ami running a brush through her blonde hair. Rei sat in a chair snoring lightly, while Minako was off roaming the halls looking for any kind of snack machine to find something 'edible' to eat. The girl had complained of there being nothing that wouldn't kill her in the cafeteria.

Makato turned away from the window and sighed. "I swear this last month he's been extremely spacey."

Ami grinned at her. "He's worried about being a Daddy perhaps."

Usagi stifled a laugh. She stared at her huge stomach as another sharp contraction hit her and she grimaced. "Well…" She said through gritted teeth. "Looks like Chibiusa just doesn't want to wait for him."

Makato walked up to the bed and grabbed a towel, wiping the sweat off Usagi's brow. "It hurts like hell, doesn't it?"

"Yeah, don't get pregnant." She laughed through another contraction.

The door opened and the three girls looked up, expecting to see Mamoru. When Setsuna walked in with Haruka and Michiru in tow, they all looked slightly disappointed.

Setsuna walked up to the bed, holding a bouquet of flowers. "How are you doing, Usagi-chan?"

Usagi tried to smile. "Hurting like hell."

Haruka laughed. "Perhaps because there's a 9 pound baby in your stomach?"

The expecting mother grimaced again. "I swear, why does she have to be such a fat baby?"

Makato patted the girl's shoulder. "It will all be over soon."

"Or not. You could be in labor for hours and hours… and hours and… hours…" Haruka grinned, teasing the girl. Michiru hit her in the head.

"Would you stop scaring the poor girl?!"

Haruka rubbed her head and grinned.

Usagi smiled slightly. Feeling tired suddenly, she laid her head back and closed her eyes.

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6 months before

Ikuko looked at her daughter, blinking repeatedly. "You want to stay with me? Live with me? Stay here?"

Usagi nodded. "I hate to hurt Seiya, but I just can't live with him any longer. I don't love him."

"But what about the baby?!"

"It's not his baby, Momma."

Ikuko jumped up. "Who the hell's is it?"

Usagi jumped up and went over to her mother, gently pushing her back down on the couch. "Calm down, Momma. Listen… if I told you what really happened, it would be extremely difficult. It's Mamoru's baby; that's all I'm going to say. But after we broke up and I left with Seiya, he still didn't know it was his."

Ikuko blinked. "Are you getting back together with him?"

"No."

"But that child needs a father!"

"And she'll have a father. Mamoru and I have worked out an agreement. And we're still friends. She'll have a father in her life."

"Sweetie, how do you know it's a girl already? You're only three months along."

"I just know." Usagi smiled knowingly. She kissed her mother's forehead. "I want to come home and stay with you. I'll need your help to raise this baby."

Ikuko smiled back and hugged her daughter. "Oh, honey, that would be wonderful!"

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Usagi looked at her husband. He stood with his back to her, staring out the window at the runway where an airplane was taking off. She walked to the window and looked out with him.

It was quiet between them. She had just told him she wasn't going to come back with him. He had said nothing.

Her eyes couldn't help but dart over and look at him. He stood with his arms crossed, staring straight ahead.

Her eyes moved again and stared ahead as well. It was quiet except for the hum of the airport activity around them.

"Your mother will be a great help with the baby."

His voice startled her. She was quietly blinking for a moment, not able to really bring herself to speak. He continued.

"And I'm sure Mamoru will be a great father."

She had told him about the time change. She had spilled everything to him the night before in the Tokyo Park. It was raining and she had been crying. She had told him everything; that she didn't love him (though he knew this already), that Pluto changed time, that the child was now Chibiusa, that she still and always would love Mamoru, that she was going to reconcile with the senshi.

"I would have been a good father to the child, Usagi."

Her head snapped to the side and looked at him. "You would have been." She choked out.

"I love you."

"I know."

He sighed and reached down for his single suitcase. "I guess it's time for me to leave. There's nothing else here for me."

She found herself reaching out and putting a hand on his arm. "Thank you, Seiya. For everything."

His eyes seared into hers as he held her gaze. "No matter how bad it got, Usagi, no matter how desolate you became, I still loved you. I had hoped so much you would return it some day."

She shook her head and looked down, her hand still lingering on his arm. "I will always care for you, Seiya. I will always be thankful to you for caring for me when I needed it. But I don't love you. Not in the way you want."

She reached up and kissed his cheek tenderly. "Please keep in touch."

He nodded. Closing his eyes briefly and reopening them, he suddenly dropped the suitcase and reached out, pulling her to him. They stood like that for several moments, him clinging to her while she stood in shock, before she finally rested her arms around him and let him simply hold her.

Pulling apart, he looked at her one last time before grabbing his suitcase and walking away.

She watched him leave, her hand on her stomach. Turning away once he disappeared out of sight, she walked out of the airport, and out of her marriage.

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Usagi rang the doorbell. This was a risky thing to do, but she knew she had to do it. And that she wanted to do it.

Laughing voices could be heard inside, but the laughter died down and she heard shuffling steps coming to the door. Makato's smiling face appeared from the other side of the door. When she saw Usagi, her smile faded slightly and became confusion.

Usagi, hand clutching her purse, looked at the girl and allowed herself to smile. "Hi, Makato."

"Hi, Usagi."

They stood for a moment before Makato ushered her in. "Come in; I'm sorry; where are my manners, keeping a pregnant lady outside in the cold?"

Usagi laughed and shook her head. "Don't worry about it." She walked in and down the hall. When she reached Makato's living room, she saw Rei, Minako, and Ami sitting on Makato's couch, looking down at a basket. Artemis sat on Minako's lap.

They all looked up when they saw Usagi.

"Hi, Usagi!" Minako chirped, while Rei and Ami gave less excited greetings. Artemis said nothing, but stared down at the basket.

Usagi smiled and nodded to them. "Hi… I hope I'm not interrupting anything?" She turned her head to look back at Makato, who shook her head.

"No, no. You're not interrupting much of anything." Makato took Usagi's arm and led her closer to the basket. "As you can see, we're just having a little celebration for little Diana here."

Usagi gasped, seeing a weak Luna nuzzling her head against a small, slightly purple tinted kitten.

Usagi felt tears in her eyes as she dropped to her knees in front of the basket. She reached out and stroked Luna's ears. "Hey, Luna… it's me."

Luna looked up and smiled slightly. "Usagi-chan." She licked her baby's ear and then looked back up at Usagi. "It's good to have you home."

Usagi nodded, crying openly. "Congratulations, Luna. She's beautiful."

Minako bounced Artemis on her knees. "Isn't he the cutest little daddy in the world?" She squeezed the cat to her face.

"MINA!!!' Artemis yelled, turning very red.

She giggled.

Usagi looked up at them and smiled. "I came to beg for forgiveness."

"We already forgave you, Usagi." Ami said, frowning.

Usagi shook her head. "Yes, I know, but I… I just want your friendships again. I know it's way too much to ask, especially so soon, but I was hoping that in time you could all think of me as a friend again." She choked up and wiped at her eyes.

Makato dropped her hand on Usagi's shoulder. Looking up at the brunette, Usagi ceased crying when she saw the bright smile on the girl's face.

"Usagi-chan, you can't take of this baby by yourself. And we're your friends. We're going to be there for you. Always."

Usagi jumped up into the girl's arms. Minako dropped Artemis and rushed into the hug as well, and the other two followed suit.

Luna and Artemis sat in the basket with their baby daughter, looking at the five crying girls happily.

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Chibiusa looked at the blonde sitting in front of her silently. "You've made amends with the girls, I hear."

Usagi nodded, swirling the milkshake in front of her. "Well, yes… but I still believe it will be a long time before they trust me again." She looked up at her future daughter. "You've grown up so beautifully."

Chibiusa shrugged.

Usagi smiled and looked down at the table. "You hate me, don't you, Chibiusa?"

The pink-haired girl sighed. "I don't hate you. I'm still angry about how badly you hurt everyone, but I don't hate you. I guess it's going to take more time for me to come to grips with everything. It's hard to believe that this time strain is unique now because of you."

"You'll still exist."

Chibiusa smiled and nodded. "Yes, I will. Thank you for that."

"Chibiusa, I love you and I want you in my life always." Usagi patted her stomach. "And now I do."

Chibiusa laughed. "Yeah, I guess so."

Usagi tilted her head. "Will you ever forgive me?"

Chibiusa looked up and caught her gaze. She sat for several moments before nodding. "Yes."

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6 months later

The door opened again. Usagi opened her eyes to see who it was and was startled when this time it was actually Mamoru running in.

"What did I miss? Is she here yet? What's going on? I didn't miss anything, did I?"

"I wish to God you had. Then it would mean it was over." Usagi muttered, her head falling back against the pillow again.

Makato laughed and left Usagi to go to Mamoru. "You didn't miss anything." She reached up and kissed him, and he smiled down at her.

"Good. Good."

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24 hours later

"Isn't she the prettiest baby in the entire world?" Usagi cooed, holding her daughter gently against her.

Mamoru stood beside her, stroking the baby's face. "She is."

Rei stretched, trying desperately to get the kinks out of her aching bones. "Please, you were screaming about how you wanted all babies in the world to DIE not five hours ago."

Ami swatted Rei with her hand. "All women scream horrible things in labor. Give her a break."

Makato stood with her arm around Mamoru's waist. "I guess you guys don't get the choice of really deciding her name. Chibiusa it is, huh?"

Usagi looked at Makato and smiled. "Yeah, Chibiusa it is." She frowned and looked at Mamoru. "What's Chibiusa's middle name?"

Mamoru frowned. He looked at Makato and found himself shrugging. "Can you remember it?"

Makato shook her head. He looked around the room and no one seemed to know the answer.

"Well. It would help if she were here, wouldn't it?" Haruka laughed.

Setsuna shook her head. "No, she's where she needs to be, back in her own time."

Usagi looked down at the baby in her arms. A little pink spiral of hair was already sprouting, and she smiled. "Usagi Destiny Chiba."

Mamoru blinked and looked at the mother of his child. "Destiny."

She nodded and smiled. "Yes. Because no matter what was to happen, she was always my destiny."

Mamoru found himself smiling, as well.

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Mamoru and Makato walked hand in hand toward his apartment. After leaving Usagi and the baby to rest, everyone decided it was time for them to rest, too. So everyone went home except Minako, who volunteered to spend the night with the new mother.

The couple reached his apartment building and stood silently for quite some time, simply looking at the night sky.

"It's late."

Makato nodded and pulled herself close to him. "Yeah, it is."

"I guess I should take you home, then."

She found herself smiling against his jacket and shook her head. "I don't want to go home, Mamoru."

He looked down at her. "Are you sure about that?"

She smiled up at him, kissing him gently. "Yup."

He smiled back and they started to walk toward the building. As they made their way inside, Makato couldn't help but stop him. She tugged on his hand and he turned around, looking at her.

"What is it?"

She smiled. "You know… you've always deserved my love, too."

He looked at her for a long moment before pulling her into his arms and walking inside the building with her.

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The End

Well, the end! Ta-da! I'm finished!

Wow. I never thought I would ever write a fic where Usagi and Mamoru didn't end up together, but would you look at that, I did it. Lol

Hope you all aren't too mad about Usagi and Mamoru being separated, lol. Please review! And don't kill me! lol