Sailor Pilots 12
I do not own Gundam Wing or Sailor Moon.
"She's gone?" Mariemaia asked in disbelief. "How?"
"It's a long story, Mariemaia," Serena said sadly. "To make it short, it was just an accident. It shouldn't have happened but there are some things we just can't change."
Mariemaia looked at the heart shaped brioche in her hand. "This must've been very special to her."
"Thank you for letting us be friends," Mariemaia said. "I just can't believe she's gone. She was my best friend; my only friend."
"You were important to her too," Serena stated.
"I'll never forget her," Mariemaia promised.
"Rini won't either."
"If you don't mind," Mariemaia said, "I'd like to be alone now."
"Sure," Serena nodded, "I have to see someone anyway. Goodbye, Mariemaia." She left Mariemaia to her thoughts.
Mariemaia placed the brioche down on a table and wheeled away to the window. She was alive but still weak. The doctor told her it would be some time until she could walk again.
"Why, Rini?" Mariemaia muttered. "We were friends."
"We still are, Mariemaia," said Rini's voice.
"Huh?" as she turned back around, a pink light emitted from the brioche. It was so intense, Mariemaia had to shield her eyes, "what?"
A pink cloud formed in the light and brought together an image of a person's face and shoulders. It was Small Lady.
"R-Rini?" she mumbled, "but Serena told me you were dead!"
"I didn't really die," Small Lady said, "I only went back home; my home in Crystal Tokyo of the Silver Millennium. In the future I am called Small Lady."
"Silver Millennium?" she echoed.
"I'm not from this time, Mariemaia," she said. "I live in the future, a separate future. My parents are Darien and Serena."
"Darien and Serena? You mean Serena's your mom?"
"Yes, I'm sorry that I didn't get a chance to tell you," Small Lady frowned. "But don't worry, I'll still be with you. You can contact me with the brioche."
"Can I come to the future to see you?" Mariemaia asked. "And can you come back so we can play?"
Small Lady shook her head, "I can never come back. This is the only place I am able to exist. It's kind of like a dream world. My father died and I died. My mother died too but it was different for her. She changed into somebody else and fell in love with someone who is not my father. I'm dead every where else but I'm alive in the Silver Millennium."
"It's not fair," Mariemaia mumbled, "I'm going to be so alone."
"A part of me will still be with you," she promised, "good friends are supposed to be there for each other." The light began to fade. "I'll always be watching you, dear friend."
"No, Rini, don't go!" Mariemaia shouted. Without knowing how, she stood up and took a few steps to the light. "You're my only friend!"
"Don't ever forget me," and Small Lady's image vanished, followed by the pink light.
"Never," Mariemaia mumbled. She realized she was on her feet. "I'm walking! I can use my legs now. It's a miracle!" She picked up the pink brioche and clipped it onto her dress. "This thing is quite a good luck charm." She saw a pink gem inside the brioche and touched it. "You're the best, Rini."
Lady Une answered the door to see Mina with Artemis on her shoulder and Quatre standing beside her.
"Hello, Lady Une," Mina said.
"I want to thank you for taking care of Artemis," she gestured to her cat.
"Master Kitty!" Lady Une cried.
"Master Kitty?" Mina mumbled.
Artemis meowed to Lady Une.
"He says thanks too," Mina said.
"Yes, thank you!" Artemis said aloud.
Quatre gasped, "Mina, your cat just talked!"
"Oh my!" exclaimed Lady Une.
"Artemis," scolded Mina.
"I'm sorry," Artemis apologized.
"We'd better get going," Mina said. "Thank you again for watching him. And the kitty general costume looked so cute on him! Goodbye now!" she grabbed Quatre's hand and started to walk away.
"She dressed Artemis up as Treize Khushrenada?" Quatre asked.
"Who?" she questioned.
"He was the general of Oz," he explained.
"What makes you say that?"
"Because she called your cat Master Kitty and she made a general cat costume," Quatre said and laughed.
"I thought it looked good on me," Artemis said.
"Actually, maybe a purple vest would look better," Quatre said. "But that's just me."
"Lt. Noin?" Serena asked.
"Yes, that would be me," Lucrezia Noin said.
"My name is Serena."
"Nice to meet you."
"I'd like to thank you for taking care of my cat," she lowered her head to Luna, "Luna."
Lucrezia looked at the familiar black cat, "Superstitious!"
"Superstitious?" Serena mumbled.
"She called me Superstitious," Luna said in her ever so proper voice.
"Luna!" Serena cried.
"You can talk!" Lucrezia gasped.
"Oh, dear," Luna mumbled. "I am not supposed to talk."
"So stop talking!" Serena hissed.
"Wow," Lucrezia mumbled, "I took care of a talking cat and didn't even know it! I wonder it the other cats could talk too!"
"I'd better get back to Relena," Serena said.
"You know Relena?"
"They're cousins," Luna explained.
"Really?" Lucrezia asked.
Serena picked up her cat, "Thank you again!" she ran from Lucrezia's home. "Luna, can you ever keep your mouth shut?"
"That poor girl," Sally sighed as she opened a can of cat food. "She died so young."
Diana could smell the yummy smell down the hall and started to follow it.
"Least I could do is take care of her cat for her," Sally said and dunked it onto a saucer. She heard the cat meow and walked around her ankles. "Smell the food, don't you? Here you go, Diana." She placed the cat food down on the floor.
"Thank you, nice lady." Diana meowed.
"You're welcome, Diana," Sally said quickly and started to walk out of the kitchen. She stopped and looked at the gray kitten that was now eating the cat food. "Did she just talk?" she asked herself. "Nah, cats can't talk. I'm just tired." She collapsed onto the couch.
"Mmm, yummy," Diana said from the room.
"Very tired," Sally mumbled.
Serena walked passed Heero's room. She could hear him breathing inside and she slowly opened the door a crack. Heero was fast asleep and was probably sleeping for hours and it was midday.
"He really is tired," Serena whispered to herself, "and I thought I slept a lot!" she closed the door but not all the way so it wouldn't make a click and disturb him. It was Relena she wished to speak with anyway.
Serena opened her door and peeked inside, "Hi, Relena. Up for company?"
"Must you ask?" Relena asked with a grin. "You're my cousin and new bodyguard. Come on in."
Serena smiled and closed the door. "I want to thank you for letting me stay."
"I hope youre not mad at me at what I did," Serena frowned. "I became a widow before I even come married to Darien."
"It was an accident, Serena."
"But I shouldn't even have had my gun with me when I when I went to see Darien," Serena said. "I should've left it here. You're trying to build a peaceful nation and your own cousin kills her future husband and daughter!"
"Shh," Relena took her by the shoulders, "I'm not mad at you, Serena. You were hurt and confused. You felt torn apart by two worlds. I understand."
"Oh Relena," Serena sniffed, "you're so admirable and great. I can't even put it into words. I bet you never pointed a gun to anyone!"
"I wouldn't be so sure about that," Relena said.
"I pointed a gun to someone before. A few people actually."
"No way!" Serena shouted. "I don't believe it!"
"But I was confused and hurt too," Relena admitted. "After my father was assassinated, I took a gun from someone and pointed at him. They were actually going to try to help him but I was still hurt because they didn't take him to the hospital."
"Did you use it on them?"
"No," she said, "but I did shoot at someone."
"Lady Une," she replied, "I only shot at the rose on her uniform because roses don't belong on military uniforms."
"I didn't know that," Serena mumbled.
"But I was confused."
"No, I mean," Serena said, "that roses aren't supposed to be on military uniforms!" She laughed, "I guess you do learn something new everyday." She sat down on her bed and looked at a cute brown bear between her pillows. "Oh, how cute." She picked the bear up.
Relena bit her lower lip, as she looked at the bear that Heero left for her now in her cousin's hands.
"Did your father give it to you?" Serena asked.
"No," Relena replied.
Heero gave it to you?" she questioned, looking at the bear. "Heero?"
"Hard to believe, isn't it?" Relena asked.
"Just a tad!" Serena cried. "He gave you a teddy bear? What did he say to you? Was it your birthday?"
"It was my birthday," Relena said, "but he didn't give it to me in person. I'm surprised he even remembered after ripping up the invitation I gave him."
"He ripped up your birthday party invitation?!" she shouted, "what a jerk!"
"But this was when I first met him," Relena said. "I'm certain he wouldn't have given me this to my 15th birthday party."
"At least he got you something for your sweet sixteen birthday," Serena commented.
"He left it on the shuttle with a note."
"What did the note say?"
"I'm not sure," Relena answered. "I ripped it in half."
"You did what?" Serena demanded, standing to her feet. She chucked the teddy bear back to her cousin, "oh sure, keep the teddy bear, tear the note!"
"It's kind of hard to tear a teddy bear in half," Relena said and placed it beside her.
"But the note probably had something really juicy in there!" she cried, "That's more important than the teddy bear! Why'd you rip the note up for? Are you nuts?"
"Because he had ripped my invitation," Relena said, "and I wanted the note handed to me in person."
"Give the guy a little credit, Relena," Serena sighed, "he at least tried!"
"You're in love with him, aren't you?"
"What? Aren't you?"
Serena sighed, "I'm sorry. I messed up everything."
"What do you mean?" she asked.
"I fell in Heero and I wasn't supposed to."
"Why, because he's not Darien?"
"It's not that," Serena said, "because you love him. I came in between you two. Maybe if I go back home soon enough maybe you can--"
"No, Serena," Relena grabbed her arm. "I'm not mad that you're in love with Heero. It's so easy to fall in love with a dangerous man. In fact, I'd be quite surprised if weren't."
"Relena, he gave you a teddy bear," Serena reminded, "and a note. Who knows what was in it because you ripped it apart!"
Relena smiled, "I told him I wanted him to give it to me in person but he never did. I guess whatever he wrote in there was too hard to write twice. At least to me."
"I have a feeling he wrote a lot more than just 'happy birthday.'"
"We'll never know," Relena said. "But I know he loves you know."
"I can tell when I look in your eyes," Relena said, "and his."
"He never gave me anything," Serena said. "Except a kiss."
"He kissed you?" Relena demanded. "When was this?"
"Right after Darien died and I were about to kill myself. He kissed me." Serena looked down, "you're angry with me, aren't you?"
"Come on, you're jealous. You want to smack me right now for letting Heero kiss me. Go on, I probably deserve it!"
Relena laughed, "No you don't."
"Hey, I'm sure you were dying for him to kiss you!" Serena said. "He gave you a teddy bear but he gave a kiss to me. That's got to make you upset!"
"Actually, it doesn't," Relena said. "I still have nice memories with Heero."
"You do?" she asked, "but hasn't he tried to kill you?"
Serena giggled, "What's nice about that?"
"He danced with me once," she admitted, "and saved me a few times. Just because he loves you doesn't mean I don't have those memories anymore. I think it's great that you two love each other."
"Are you sure?" she asked.
Relena nodded. "Yes. I tried changing him but I couldn't. At least not the way I wanted him to be. Heero is a soldier; the perfect soldier and that is who he always will be. You're also a soldier, Serena. And soldiers need to stay together. I think it's a perfect fit."
"I guess so."
"And besides, you can scream his name longer and louder than I can," Relena grinned.
"I used to scream a lot," Serena admitted.
"Where is Heero anyway?" Relena asked.
"Oh, he's resting." She answered, "He's been sleeping for a while. I don't think the guy's been able to sleep for a long time."
"He hasn't," Relena said, "It's like I already told you. He'll only concentrate on whatever mission he's on. Nothing else matters to him. I guess now that he has no mission there's nothing else for him to do but rest. He's relieved."
"Oh, he does have a mission."
"He's working on it right now!" Serena laughed, "We probably shouldn't disturb him."
Relena smiled, "yes. I suppose getting some rest is his mission now."
"Well, thank you for the talk," Serena said.
"Wait a minute, Serena," Relena said.
Relena picked up the teddy bear and held it out, "here."
"Relena, I can't take this," Serena said. "Heero gave you that. It's yours. It was the only thing he ever gave to you."
"I want you to have it," Relena said.
"I'll probably get my own teddy bear soon," Serena said.
She pushed into her hands, "If I hold onto it any longer I'll never be able to let go of Heero. Please take it. He loves you now. Not me."
Serena slowly pulled the teddy bear from her cousin's hands, "I'll take good care of it."
"I know you will."
Serena opened the door and walked out into the hall. She stopped at Heero's room. Again, she opened it and peaked in. The dark haired boy was still sleeping.
"Heero," she said.
"Who's there?" he demanded wearily.
'Sleeps light, doesn't he?' she thought. She opened the door wider and walked in, closing it behind her. "Just me, Heero."
He breathed in and sat up. "Was I asleep long?"
"Just a tad," she said.
He rubbed his forehead. "It's been so long since I was able to sleep."
"I know," she sat on the edge of his bed. "But you can sleep now, Heero."
"What about what that Sailor Pluto said?" he asked. "About your enemies?"
I don't think that would happen any time soon," Serena said. "Let's just enjoy the peace now that we've got it."
He recognized the teddy bear in her hands, "where did you get that?"
"Relena told me to keep it," she replied.
"Yes," she said, "I didn't want to but she couldn't bear to keep it anymore."
"Heero?" she took his hand.
"I'm going to ask you something and I want you to be totally honest with me."
"Did you ever love my cousin?" she asked.
"It's all right with me if you did."
He sighed, "I don't know."
"Then why did you give her this teddy bear?"
"I liked her," he said. "I cared for her. And I felt sorry if I ever hurt her. If I did love Relena, I wasn't supposed to."
"What do you mean, Heero?"
"I was raised to be a soldier," he explained. "I wasn't supposed to feel any emotions. Being kind was not of my nature and the word was not in my vocabulary."
"But that changed when you met Relena, right?" she asked.
"Yeah," he said. "The only way to live a good life is to follow your emotions. So that's what I did, even though I wasn't supposed to feel any."
Serena looked down at the teddy bear then at him, "do you love me?"
He smiled, "I'm not supposed to, but I do."
"And I'm not supposed to love you," she said, smiling back, "but I love you."
Heero cupped her face, "You're so beautiful."
She sighed, "You're pretty handsome yourself. Especially when you smile."
"You make me want to smile," he said.
"Relena was right," Serena said.
"Right about what?" he inquired.
"We are perfect for each other," Serena said. She laughed softly. "You're the perfect soldier. I'm the perfect sailor. This new destiny---it's perfect." She closed her eyes and sniffed, "now I know why I was reborn. It wasn't to meet Darien again. It wouldn't have been perfect. I was to meet you, Heero."
"Amazing how destiny works out, isn't it?" he asked.
"And all I did was follow my emotions," she said. "It's so easy."
"So was following in love with you," he breathed as he pulled her face closer to his and planted the sweetest, longest, greatest kiss in the world. Because she followed her emotions, Serena now found her new destiny and it was perfect. Just perfect. And there was nothing, nothing that could ruin it.
The End! Whew. This was a long story. I never made a 12-chapter story before. Now follow YOUR emotions and review!
And yes, I plan to make a sequel. I have no idea when it will come out but here's the title: Gundanium Millennium