It was a few minutes before dawn.
"Hello?" she whispered, "Anubis? Chloe?" She turned around, dropping the apples.
A pair of ruby red eyes were watching her every move. The
thing they belonged to moved closer to Hotaru and she turned just in time to
see the creature.
'I can't let it,' she thought, 'I must transform into
Armored Sailor Saturn.'
The creature leered closer, it's drool dropped on her
Feeling weak and a little angry, Hotaru dropped to her hands
"Has anyone seen Hotaru?" Anubis asked.
"Anubis! Get over here!"
"Is she outside?" Chloe asked, "I think I hear her."
A frightening thought went through Anubis' mind and he broke outside, "Hotaru!" He ran over to Hotaru, "Hotaru, what's the matter?" he knelt down beside her.
"It almost ate me
alive," she replied, sounding sick.
"What did?" he stood
up and looked around.
"It can still be
here," she said.
"Mother!" Chloe shouted.
"Chloe, get back inside!" Anubis commanded, "Now!"
"I said get back inside!"
"It's watching us," Hotaru said, "I can still
Anubis wrapped her arm around his neck and lifted her in his
"Hotaru, are you alright?" Amara asked.
"It was going to eat
me," she said, wiping its drool off her neck.
"What was it?" Anubis asked.
"I don't know," she said, "but it was the
ugliest thing I've ever seen! I was so scared I couldn't even transform!"
the smell of its drool mad her woozy.
"I'll take you to the bedroom," Anubis said and
went there to lay her down.
"Anubis," she said, "I don't know exactly what happened." Hotaru turned on her side, "but can you just stay here with me while I'm asleep?"
"You don't even have to
ask," Anubis whispered in her ear as he pulled himself closer to her, an
arm wrapped around her.
"You're so loyal, Anubis," she sighed, bringing her hand up over his, "that's what I love about you."
"I am because you need
me," he said, running his fingers through her purplish-black hair,
"and that's why I love you."
Chloe peeked in and watched them
in their sweet moment.
whispered, "I don't know what Mother would do without you.
The next generation of ronins was outside sparring and learning new techniques there fathers had just shown them the day before.
"Let's practice that thing that our fathers did, Rochelle," Joy suggested.
"Thing, what thing?" Rochelle asked, her eyebrow rose in confusion.
Joy sighed irritably,
"Rochelle, darling, you know, that thing our fathers did.
"I think she got some of her dinner in her brain again!" Robyn giggled to Phyllis.
"Robyn!" Phyllis mumbled, "be quiet, I'm meditating here!" She cleared her throat and continued to meditate.
"Just don't throw me too high in the air, okay?" Joy asked.
"Don't worry about a thing," Rochelle bragged, "Let's make our daddies proud!" She leaned on her back foot and held her hands out.
Rowena paused from her stretching to take a look, "hey, I'm next!"
Joy took a few breaths and ran
to her as Rochelle waited for her to get closer. Joy jumped and Rochelle took a
hold of her feet and lifted her up in the air.
"Joy!" Rochelle shouted.
Joy began to scream.
"I wonder how the girls are doing," Ami said.
"Oh, I'm sure they're fine,
Ami," Lita told her.
"Lita, I think you had plenty of practice!" Raye laughed.
"Hey, what's that noise?" Kento asked.
"Sounds like Joy," Sai
turned his head to the noise just as his daughter flew through the window and
landed on the ground, "Joy!
Ami jumped up and ran to her,
"Are you hurt?"
"I think we've had enough practice for one day," Joy mumbled, rubbing her head.
"But it's only early
afternoon," Lita said, "you're already tired?"
"I think they were practicing that little thing we used to do," Kento said to Sai.
Sai smiled, "well, that's nice, but I think we should show them the correct way to do it."
"It was okay," Joy said, "Rochelle just threw me a bit too high…and far….but she promised me she wouldn't!"
"That's why you practice," Kento said with a chuckle, "there's been times where I threw Sai through windows too!" He patted Sai's shoulder.
"No you didn't," Sai argued.
"Well, I could have!"
Rochelle looked at Rowena, "Okay, Rowena, your turn!"
"No thanks!" Rowena cried and continued to stretch.
"Nuh-uh!" Robyn turned around and began doing pull-ups on a tree branch.
"I am a green leaf floating
in the wind," Phyllis chanted as she remained in her leg-crossed Indian
Rochelle sighed, "ah
A while later the girls came inside for a little break.
"You were all paranoid that I would throw you guys in the window!" Rochelle muttered, snacking on an apple.
"Because, Rochelle, that's what you did to Joy!" Robyn hissed.
"That was an accident!"
"When did this happen?" Phyllis asked.
"When we were
practicing," Rowena answered.
"I'm sorry," Phyllis apologized.
"Hey, that's okay," Rowena said, "Meditation is good for fighting."
"No, I'm sorry that I missed it!" She and Robyn started laughing.
"Hey!" Joy shouted, "It's not funny!" she rubbed her head, "my head still hurts!"
"I didn't mean to throw you
too far," Rochelle said, "you're too light.
"He can't because he's always cooking for your father!" Joy snapped.
"What?" Rochelle groaned, "What is that supposed to mean?"
"Whoa, cut it out!"
Phyllis stepped between them before they began fighting.
"She does have a
point," Rowena said.
"Good," Rochelle said,
"No way!" Rowena
shouted, close to laughter.
"Oh, come on!"
"Well," Rowena sighed, "maybe if I needed you to."
"But, I don't see that happening anytime soon!"
Rini walked past the room with her
two favorite men on her arm--her brother and her new husband
"I wish I had one," Joy said.
"A husband or a brother?" Rochelle asked.
"A brother, of
course!" Joy hissed.
"Yeah, me too,"
Phyllis sat back with her hands behind her head.
"Phyllis, I think what you really want is a new boyfriend!" Robyn teased.
Phyllis groaned, "Robyn."
"It would be nice to have a brother though," Rowena said, "did I tell you what happened when Vincent came to see Rini?"
"Well, yeah," Phyllis said, "but tell us again!"
"Vincent came from the
future to see Rini.
"That's bad?" Rochelle asked.
"He could at least said hi
to me," Rowena grumbled, "well, anyway, he was acting like a brother
and he told her why he came from the future.
"That's not nice," Phyllis said.
"Hey, Vincent wasn't paying
any attention to me!" Rowena said.
"Get to the part where you and Vincent hook up!" Robyn pried.
"Hey!" Rowena growled, "That's none of your business!"
"It's kind of obvious
though," Joy said, "you two became close because you both are fond of
"Yeah," Rowena said, "And if anything happens to her, it wouldn't just tear me apart from her, it would tear me away from Vincent too."
"It's cool that Yuli and
Vincent turned out to be best friends," Rochelle said, "If anything
happened to her father, her brother would be there, in ways that Yuli
"Darien told Vincent to keep an eye on Rini," Rowena said, "He does that even now."
"Wouldn't it be cool if we
had brothers?" Phyllis asked.
"Yeah," Robyn said,
"but I don't want a brother now.
"I know what you
mean," Rochelle agreed, "I'd like someone I can fight with!
"But until something
incredible happens and we all have brothers," Rowena said, "We'll
have to count on each other.
"And this time Phyllis," Robyn said, "don't spend the whole session meditating!"
"Oh be quiet!"
They went outside and practiced all
the techniques their fathers showed them and even some that they made up.
"Your majesties," Rowena said, "Rini, what's wrong?"
"We've received a message from Pluto," Neo Queen Serenity replied.
"Something attacked Hotaru," Queen Purity mumbled.
"You want us to go over there?" Rochelle asked.
"No, they can handle it,
whatever it was," Neo Queen Serenity said, "but I want you girls to
"Isn't Hotaru the sovereign of silence?" Rowena asked.
"Then this creature must have sensed it," Rowena said, "and because of that, it did not want Hotaru for its lunch."
"What are you saying?" Queen Purity asked.
"I'm saying that it's
looking for something else," Rowena said, "that it would want someone
other than Hotaru.
"Me?!" she shouted.
"Rowena has a point,"
Joy said, "there used to be a dark side to Hotaru and maybe there's still
something left of it in her.
"But Hotaru isn't…"
"No, of course not," Neo Queen Serenity said, "we all know that."
"Your highness, Rowena's
right," Joy continued, "it will leave certain people alone but it
will come after those with very pure hearts.
"What would it want with Rowena?" Robyn demanded.
"If it is a soul
stealer," Rowena said, "it would want my soul.
"Hotaru said it looked like an alien," Neo Queen Serenity said.
"You've fought aliens before," Rowena said.
"Yes, but the aliens we fought looked like humans," Neo Queen Serenity said with a smile, "this alien was very scary looking."
"Maybe we should look for these giant bugs and squash them!" Rochelle shouted.
"Yeah!" Phyllis added.
"Where would we look?" Robyn demanded.
"I hate bugs," Joy mumbled.
"As the next genation of
sailors and ronins," Rowena began, "it's our duty to protect Rini.
And we cannot do that here.
"I'm going with you," Queen Purity stated.
"No, Rini," Neo Queen
Serenity said, "you must stay here.
"It's my fight too," she grumbled.
"Of course it is, Rini," Rowena said, "but you'll have to do your part here."
"We used to be fighting
side by side," Queen Purity sighed.
"Well, you got married," Rowena replied, "and we became the next generation of soldiers."
"I guess I forgot
that," she said, "well, I'd better get back inside.
"I bet she misses being a
sailor scout," Phyllis said.
Neo Queen Serenity nodded.
"Hey, she's a queen now," Rochelle said, "I think that's better than being a sailor scout."
"Rowena," Neo Queen
Serenity said, "I want you to take great care when you begin your quest
"Don't get all blubbery on
me now," Rowena said, "I'll be fine, Mom.
"I know. That's what I'm
Rowena nodded, "Okay."
In the middle of the night,
someone dressed in black infiltrated the castle.
The ninja placed a fake orb onto
the pedestal and began to leave.
Instead of running away, the thief stayed perfectly still until Whiteblaze came close and as he at arms length, the ninja took out a dagger and stabbed the animal through his left eye, blinding him.
Whiteblaze let out a roar of
pain but tried to fight back.
"Oh no!" she muttered and jumped on the ninja's face, scratching it like there was no tomorrow.
The ninja pulled Luna off and
tossed her into a wall.
Because he knew exactly what Whiteblaze sounded like, Yuli was the first to wake up. "Whiteblaze!"
"Yuli?" Rini mumbled.
"It's Whiteblaze, he's
hurt!" Yuli said, "Ryo is going to be so angry!" He got up and
ran to the sound, yelling for everyone to get up.
Whiteblaze recognized yuli's voice and let out a soft whimper as he slowly followed him.
Yuli took Whiteblaze by the scruff of his neck, "who would do this to a tiger?"
"Yuli, what happened to my tiger!?" Ryo demanded furiously.
"You're not going to like it, Ryo," Yuli said, close to sobbing, "someone blinded him!"
"What?" Raye gasped.
Ryo pushed Yuli aside,
"Whiteblaze," he said, stroking his companion's head.
"Luna!" Neo Queen Serenity shouted, picking up her cat, "are you alright?"
Luna let out a sore purr but did
"I think I'd better let her sleep with us for now on," Neo Queen Serenity said to Rowen.
"Artemis, you're not hurt are you?" Mina cried, picking up her white cat in a tight hug.
"No, not yet," he groaned.
Kento took Artemis from Mina's arms and calmly stroke his back, "did you see what happened?"
"No, I was sleeping," Artemis said.
"So was I," Diana meowed as Rini picked her up.
"I'm so sorry, sweetheart," Raye whispered, her hand on Ryo's shoulder, "But it's not mortal."
"Someone blinded my tiger,
Raye," Ryo muttered.
Robyn cupped her mouth, "Oh no."
"Don't look at it," Raye turned her around.
"That is so cowardly,"
Rochelle grumbled, "blinding a tiger and injuring a black cat.
"I don't know," Joy replied.
"Ami, is there anything you can do for him?" Sai asked.
"Let me see," Ami
said, "Let's just hope his eyes are not missing."
"Whoever did this will
pay," Ryo declared.
"I'll try," Raye promised.
"I don't want you to try, Raye!" Ryo shouted, "I want you to do it!"
"Okay, okay," she said, backing away to the fire room.
"You too, Robyn!" Ryo ordered.
"I don't think whoever did
this came all this way just to blind Whiteblaze," Rowena said.
"You sure?" Rowen asked.
"I'm surprised you didn't
think of it!" Rowena laughed, "of course I'm sure!
"What would they want?" Phyllis asked.
"Well, it could be
anything," Rowena said, "our transformation pens, our orbs, jewels,
"What?" Vincent demanded.
"The Prism Crystal
Orb!" she shouted and ran to the room where it was.
"What's the matter?" Rowen asked.
Rowena bit her lip and threw the fake orb into the ground, "It's a fake!" it bounced a couple of times.
"Hey it's a ball!"
Rochelle shouted running to get it.
"Rochelle," Joy sighed, taking it away.
"Oh, you're no fun."
"They switched it," Rowena muttered, "We're in trouble now."
"Looks like we have two enemies on our hands," Lita said with crossed arms, "blood-sucking aliens and crystal thieves."
"Lita," Sage mumbled.
She blushed, "sorry.
"Lita stop it!"
"They probably eat dear too."
"It's not funny!"
"I'm only trying to help
the situation with some humor," Lita said, "we've fought things worse
"Lita's right," Kento
said, "this should be a piece of cake.
"Daddy," Rochelle mumbled.
"I mean, the next generation can," Kento groaned.
"We'd better go back to sleep," Joy said, "if we want to be rested for the journey tomorrow."
"How are supposed to find this thief though?" Rochelle asked.
"We look," Rowena answered bluntly.
They all retired to bed, except
Robyn who was still trying to read the flames.
"You know, Robyn,"
Raye said, "You don't have to force yourself into getting a vison.
"I want to find out who did this as much as Daddy does," Robyn said.
"He'll let you sleep, you
know," Raye said.
"I will soon," Robyn said, "I'm not getting anything."
Raye smiled and went to
"I've always wanted a big kitty to sleep with me," Raye joked.
"I've had this tiger ever since I was a boy, Raye," Ryo said, stroking Whiteblaze.
"Hey, he might be blind but he's not dead," Raye said comfortingly
"Did you get anything?" Ryo asked.
"I'm sorry too," Ryo said, "I guess those visions only come when they want to, huh?"
"I hope so," Ryo said.
Raye smiled and got underneath
Ryo laughed, "I'm
Robyn was determined to find the answer to her father's question but the fire wasn't giving her any answers.
"Stupid great fire,"
she whispered with a yawn.
She lied down on her side next
to the fire, too tired to go to her room.
When the next day came, Ryo was surprised, but pleased to find Robyn asleep in the fire room. He nudged her gently, "Robyn, wake up."
She yawned, "Morning,
"Did you stay here all this time?" he asked.
"Yes, the fire didn't tell
"Do you know who hurt Whiteblaze?"
She nodded, "it was someone
in black, a man.
"A ninja, huh," Ryo
Everyone began to eat breakfast and a few words were exchanged before the girls left.
"We'll need to find someone in black," Robyn said, "and then we'll find the crystal."
"Someone in black," Joy whispered, "sounds like an origional jewel thief."
"It doesn't matter, as long as we find them!"
Everyone was talking or
listening except for Rini.
"Rini, we've already told you that you must stay here," Neo Queen Serenity said.
"I'm still a sailor scout!"
"Of course, you'll always be a sailor scout," Yuli said comfortingly, "and now you're a queen."
"What if you'll need
me?" Rini demanded to Rowena.
"You've asked me to take
place as the leader, Rini," Rowena answered frankly, "and I've
accepted because you wouldn't have asked me if you didn't believe in me.
She gasped, "How dare you
even ask such a thing!
"Rini, I--," Rowena
mumbled with a swallow, "I'm sorry.
"I can't believe I'm
hearing this!" Rini ran off crying.
Vincent looked back and watched
Rini as she left.
"Don't blame yourself,
Rowena," Yuli said, "Rini just misses being a sailor scout.
"Wow, that was a real sister's fight if I ever saw one," Robyn muttered.
"Let's get ready to go," Rowena said, keeping her face firm with no emotion.
The others decided not to argue, though Neo Queen Serenity almost did.
Yuli heard soft sobbing come his and Rini's bedroom. He knocked, only to hear a mumbled, "go away."
"It's me, Rini," Yuli
said, opening the door and walking across the gold carpet.
"She thinks I don't believe
in her," Rini whispered, "my own sister!
"Of course she does."
"All of that hard work to
become a sailor scout--wasted!" she wailed, "all that training!
"You don't mean that," Yuli said.
"Oh, Yuli, what's the point," she wiped her eyes, "I wasn't a very good sailor scout any way."
"Hey, you were very good!"
"I wasn't until Rowena came along," Rini mumbled, "We were the full moon sisters."
"And you are still the full
moon sisters," Yuli said, laying his hand on her side, "Come on Rini,
Rowena will always be your sister, Vincent will always be your brother and
they'll always love you. I will always love you too.
"I never have thought of it that way," Rini sniffed, turning around to look at her husband's eyes, "Yuli, you really amaze me, you know that?"
He blushed, "well, it's true.
Rini wrapped her arms around his neck and kissed him, "thank you, darling."
"I can't believe you," Vincent grumbled to Rowena, "Rini needs all the support she can get!"
"I told her I was sorry," Rowena grumbled back, "I didn't mean to hurt her."
"You know she believes in
you, Rowena," Vincent said, "she is just afraid that something will
happen to you.
"I'll be more careful this time," Rowena sighed, "how was I supposed to know she could feel our pain?"
"You wouldn't have cared if you died back there, did you?" Vincent demanded.
She turned around.
"Answer me, Rowena!" he whisked her around, "Is it true?"
"Yes," she said.
"Because, I thought
I was not good enough to do it," Rowena admitted, "It was all moving
too fast for me.
"Rowena, I--," Vincent mumbled, astonished.
"Don't stop me," Rowena threatened, "because, you know what I can do."
"That's right, I do," Vincent said.
"Well, girls," Rochelle said excitedly, "let's go!"
"Are you coming with us, Vincent?" Robyn asked.
"Of course." Vincent replied.
"No!" Rowena cried, "You need to stay hear and guard the castle!"
"Rowena, my father went everywhere the scouts went and my mother went everywhere the ronins went," Vincent said, "and I'm going to come with you."
"They went everywhere they went?" Rochelle asked.
"Darien was their main ally
and he showed up at the right time," he said, "even if you force me
to stay, I'll always show up anywhere you go.
"Fine," Rowena sighed, "you can carry all our supplies for us!" she pushed a big bag into his hands, "Thanks, Vincent!"
"Y-you're welcome," he mumbled.
They began hiking, unsure of what they would find or where they would end up, but as the next generation, it was their duty to fight the forces of evil.