Author's Notes
I've got a lot of quotes today, *hehe*. Unfortunately, none are from
anime.
"Don't try and understand love (or Sailormoon). You'll just end up
really confused, like me. (And probably writing a huge fanfic,
too.)"-ME
Almost-Anime Quote(s) of the day:"I want to die when you die! I'm no
unicorn, no magical creature, I'm human like you are . . . and I love
you."-Lady Amalthea to Prince L¡r, The Last Unicorn.
"There aren't any happy endings, because nothing ends."-Schmendrick
to Molly, The Last Unicorn.
Okay, now the DISCLAIMER:
Sailor Moon belongs to Takeuchi Naoko, Nakayoshi, Kodansha, Bandai,
Toei Co. Ltd., Buena Vista, D.I.C., The Program Exchange, etc.
Copyrighted 1992. I am getting no money out of this, please don't
sue. Moonlight Densetsu is copyright somebody 1992. However, this
is an original work by ME, and the original song, "ANGEL LIGHT"
(COPYRIGHT 1997) is MINE. Please ask permission first if you wish to
use it. Thank you.
P.S. Read the Afternotes, 'kay? (Shut up! They're not *that* long!)


ENDURING LOVE

For this part, (I had to make sure you read this so I didn't put it
in the Author's Notes, *hehe*) there is no end song. (There's no
beginning song either, just forget it.) Also, the majority of this
Part is in poem form-sort of, kind of, maybe. Anyway, I simply
wanted it to be in *images* not in prose, which is the reason for the
rotten poetry. Just pretend that a really *really* long version of
Angel Light is playing in the background and the verses of the poem
are all just still pictures, say manga style or really well drawn or
whatever. (For example, Fushigi Yuugi's ED or the ED of the last
episode (#200) of Sailor Moon. If you have no idea what I'm saying,
just forget it and read the Part.)
Arigato! And so we come to the end . . .


*Crystal Tokyo*

Rei, Minako, Ami, and Makoto sat perched up on top of the towering
pillars that stood around the huge gates of the crystal city as they
oft times did. Travelers passing beneath them on their way into or
out of the city often commented on how the Inner Senshi always seemed
to be searching for something, while the Outer Senshi pursued other
interests. Neo-Queen Serenity would smile distractedly and say that
they weren't searching, but waiting for someone. Or more accurately,
*someones*. Those who heard her would wonder what she meant, but
soon it was forgotten.
Except by those who waited. They never forgot.

We were four
Living to serve
Devoted to one
Who was the meaning of our lives.

You were four
Living to serve
Devoted to one
Who was the meaning of your lives

We were like
Drawn to like

Our princess
Drawn to your prince
Their love was bright with innocence
Enduring.

Us
You
Drawn to each other
Our love blossomed
The scent was heady
Our love endured
Or did it?

My Jadeite
Your blue eyes
They drew me into their depths
Purple-blue centers of inferno flames
You were fiery with youth
I was fiery with life
Both of us unquenchable fires
Hot-headed were we
Red-hot your lips on mine
Our passionate natures
Blazed with our determination
Our love set us afire
Our love burned like an immortal flame
Hot, bright, and pure.

My Nephrite
Always gentle
Kind and sure
You treated me as though I
*I*, the strongest
Would break
And I loved you for taking some of the weight
From my shoulders
Fierce were we both on the outside
Loving on the inside
I saw only you
I could love no other like you
Our love was lightning and thunder
Strong, bright, and pure.

My Zoisite
Your intelligence matched my own
Your wit and charm
They made me laugh in spite of myself
And together we lived
Alive
Apart from books, and facts, and intelligence
I was myself with you
Just that, nothing more
You expected nothing else
But did not regret loving me as I was
Our feelings evident
Our love was solid like crystalline ice
Shining, bright, and pure.

My Kunzite
You were the one that drew me
Fierce warrior with steady eye and rational mind
Yet when you looked at me
I knew that I was nothing you had planned
But that you would fight
Not just for your prince
But for me as well
Because I was a goal you set yourself
And someone important to protect
You made me love myself again
In loving you
Our love was love
Loving, bright, and pure.

My fire
My lightning
My ice
My love.

My Jadeite
My Nephrite
My Zoisite
My Kunzite.

We pledged to each other
Our undying love
Eternal
Enduring.

But one day
You came
With forces to destroy
And kill.

We looked at you with love
You looked at us with hate.
We ran to you
You pushed us away.

Our hearts
They broke
At the looks in your eyes

We knew
The truth.
You were not you.
You were dead.

Your bodies were there
Your souls were gone
Your hearts as well
Our love did not shine.

You came to kill
That which we loved
Above ourselves
Above even you.

Our princess
Your prince.
Betrayers
Traitors
Victims
Were you.

We cried for you
We cried for us
But we had a duty
Even above our love for you.

For our princess
For our people
For our souls
For our loves
Forgive me.

I called upon my fire
I called upon my lightning
I called upon my ice
I called upon my love.

As you fell
The light in my heart
-Our hearts
Died.

My fire was snuffed
My lightning was stopped
My ice was crushed
My love . . . my love was killed.

No!

Our love
Undying
Eternal
Enduring.

We continued to fight
For our princess
For your prince
But, in the end, we failed
We all failed.

We welcomed the blackness that came
Perhaps, we would be
Together.

* * * * * * * * *

A light
It shone
And we lived
Again.

We forgot
Our lives
Our loves.

Our loves?

No.
A part of us
Remembered.

New lives
Same duty
New loves
New loves?
Same loves.

When we met again
Your faces
Were unknown to us
But our hearts knew.

We knew
The truth.
You were not you.
You were dead.

Your bodies were there
Your souls were gone
Your hearts as well
Our love did not shine.

You came to kill
That which we loved
Above ourselves
Above even you.

Our princess
Your prince.
Betrayers
Traitors
Victims
Were you.

We cried for you
We cried for us
But we had a duty
Even above our love for you.

For our princess
For our people
For our souls
For our loves
Forgive me.

I called upon my fire
I called upon my lightning
I called upon my ice
I called upon my love.

As you fell
The light in my heart
Our hearts
Died.

And so too
Did we die a second time.
But this time . . .
Something changed.

Our princess
Brought us back
And we fought
And we won!

My fire
My lightning
My ice
My love.

My Jadeite
My Nephrite
My Zoisite
My Kunzite.

* * * * * * * * *

Light shines on a crystal city
Blazing beauty
Pure and bright.
But . . .
My heart is empty.
It aches
For you.

Every day, we wait.
We have kept our vigil
Throughout the years
The centuries.

We wait
For you
Our loves
To return.

We have had other loves
But when we knew the truth
We let them go
And they drifted away.

We know the truth.
No one can fill the void in our hearts
Our souls
But you.

We pledged our love
Undying
Eternal
Enduring.

Our love
Endures
Through space
Through time
Through life
Death
Rebirth.

It endures.

At the end of a day's long vigil,
We turn away
From the sun sinking beyond the crystal spires.

A tear,
It falls.

A flash of light from behind,
I do not turn.
But then . . .
A touch,
Barely more than that of a breeze on the trees.

But the touch . . .
It is familiar.
I am startled.
We are all startled.

We turn,
Confused.

Look up.

Someone stands,
The light of the setting sun is bright
I cannot see the face.
It is shadowed.
But suddenly
A hand reaches out . . .
To touch . . .
My face.
. . . And I know.

I fling myself into your arms.
We have waited so long
And finally . . .
You are here.

You are reborn!

My Jadeite
My Nephrite
My Zoisite
My Kunzite

My fire
My lightning
My ice
My love.

I smile
Though my tears flow more than ever
Two currents
Bathing my face in joy.

I know too
Why you are here.
Our love
It shines.

Four stones
Four souls
Four lives
Four loves.

A crystal shines on them all
Sweet, pure, clear is the light
That gives you your lives,
Our loves.

Somewhere . . .
She smiles at us
And I know
This miracle
Is wrought by her.

Her joy
Was ours.
Our joy
Is hers.

She
We loved
Above ourselves
Above even you.

But we
She loved
Above herself
Above him
As well.

Perhaps.

Her gift to us
Is for our happiness
To shine
So we can love for ourselves
So our hearts can be as full of love as hers.

Thank you
Serenity
Usagi
My princess
My friend.

Arigato.

I look at you
My fire
My lightning
My ice
My love
My Jadeite
My Nephrite
My Zoisite
My Kunzite
I am safe in your arms
And I will never . . .
Let you go.

And as the light fades behind the crystal city
The light in my heart
It shines.

Our love
Endures.


*A long time later*

It has been written that everything comes to an end. Nothing is
eternal. But just as death comes with life and an ending comes with
a beginning, there is a greater truth. There are no endings, no
beginnings. Existence is a circle, and *it* is eternal. And
sometimes, so too is love . . .

"I love you . . ." Serenity sighed softly, sweetly, her arms
wrapped around him.
King Endymion held her in his arms, her head cradled against his
chest, his tears dripping unheeded onto her face. Their
daughter - grown now - could just be heard murmuring "Mama, Papa."
Serenity lifted her head tiredly for a kiss and Endymion obliged,
their lips meeting and locking as though they would never part.
Never, Endymion thought desperately. Do you hear me, Usako?
You promised, that we would never part. Still, the words "never
say never" rung harshly in his ears.
"We shan't," she whispered, discerning his thoughts. "I will love
you throughout all eternity, Mamo-chan."
"And I you, Usako. And I you."
A smile touched her lips as she murmured, "Mamo-chan . . ." and as
her last breath faded, so too did his. I always told you that I
could not live without you, my Neo-Queen, my Usako, my love . . .

In the shining of the light that greeted him, she smiled and held
out a hand that he took in his. Together they walked into the light,
secure in their love, and were greeted by Queen Serenity and her
King. The Senshi too, and their lovers, gone before, had been
waiting for them. Smiles blossomed on everyone's faces and the only
thought that was heard was when Mars, with a wry little smile, even
in the gentle radiance of that perfect light, thought, You're late
. . .
Shining with the light of their love, the couple reached out and
took everyone's hands . . . Then they were bathed in silver light
and they stepped out . . .
. . . and were reborn.

And so their love endured, throughout the ages, throughout all
time, their love lived on.

~THE END
or
THE BEGINNING~

P.S. Setsuna smiled.

Afternote: Hey, it's done! Yay! Waah! Boy, the ending was
bittersweet and depressing. It sure depressed me, and I wrote it! I
was going to keep it sweet and light, but then the whole thing was
just so much fluff. It's gotten waaaaay longer than I intended. Ah
well, 'cest la vie. (No, not Sailor V!) Anyway, I also came up with
a kind of wacky ending, but I liked this one better. It fit the
mood. Oh, but I personally believe (it's my fondest dream-for them
anyway) that they lived forever and ever and ever, happily ever
after. Um, I'm juvenile and a hopeless romantic, SO WHAT?! (I'm
also *very* defensive, ne?) Okey dokey, well I hope you enjoyed the
ride and since this is *finally* over, at least for you, I assume,
since this is da da da dum "THE END". I now have time to do other
things. And so do you! Seriously, I really enjoyed writing this
fanfic and I hope that it was enjoyable for you too.
For reference's sake, the legend I'm working from is the old Chinese
one about the guy who shot down nine of the ten suns with a bow and
arrows (yup, there used to be ten of the things) and was stopped from
shooting down the last one by a peasant girl (smart girl, huh?) whom
he married. Then he went bonkers, turned into a tyrant and decided
to live forever. After acquiring the Elixir of Eternal Life (another
version said it was a pill), it was stolen from him by his wife, who
knew it was a bad idea and drank both his share and hers. She turned
into a fairy(explains the wings, doesn't it?), got really light -
from the overdose, y'know? - and floated up to the moon, where she
now lives all alone, with only a rabbit for a companion. I basically
made the rabbit a reference to her (odangos=rabbit ears) like Naoko
Takeuchi intended and had her take her Court with her and thus was
the Silver Millennium born. *Pant, pant*.
Anyway, that's the basis for the first part, if you were wondering.
Usagi and Mamoru's second "meeting" and "rescues" was inspired by
Fushigi Yuugi. Been watching *too* much of that! I already
mentioned that this epilogue was inspired by Monica Shin's "Duty,
Choices." If you haven't read it, go and READ already!
Well, I guess that's it. Maybe not. I suppose that I should tell
you that I've been toying with the *best* idea for a fanfic. It's
kind of an alternate, what if . . . I'll give you a hint. It
involves the popular "do Usagi and Mamoru really love each other, or
was that just the past?" question. Also *completely* alternate
timelines, old and new faces, a couple of villains-THAT'S ME,
MWAHAHAHA!-Pyrolusite get out of there, you weirdo!-and a reworking
of some Sailor Moon elements. Well, that's more than a hint, but you
get the drift. (Eager nods. Lots of smirking.) Sorry boys and
girls - and all you would-be flamers too - it might be a loooonnng
time in coming. The thing is, I have to finish *this* first, and
then mid-terms are coming up . . . Well, as to that fanfic, let's
just wait and see who likes this one.
If enough people want me to, I'll go back and write the backstory
to my backstory. (It's *all* about reincarnation.) Oh yeah, my
humorous piece, "Kisses", should be out sometime. Other things I'm
working on are a 'fic about Luna and Artemis, one about Sailor Venus,
a couple of side-stories to my new 'fic, and one about Mamoru's
starwatch (from the manga). Yes, I'm writing a story on the *watch*.
What is your point?! (I hearby claim that idea in the name of the
Moon Kingdom, thank you.) Um, if you actually *liked* my poetry, I
sent out a collection of poetry entitled Sailor Moon: Poetry. I'm
*so* original, ne? Anyways, you haven't heard the last of me!

THE END
or
THE BEGINNING
(AGAIN)

Ja ne,
Fushigi Kismet