There was a legend known to all Lunarians of a silver crystal with untold powers. Whoever was able to find this crystal and wield its power would become the ruler of the Moon and be able to defeat Chaos and bring order to the galaxy. Things are never simple with legends and the silver crystal was no exception.
Only a woman could wield the power of the legendary silver crystal meaning the ruler of the Moon would be a woman, which did not sit well with the elders of the clan. Once the crystal was in the possession of its rightful owner the woman could only bear one child and that child would be a daughter. Finally, using the crystal to its fullest power would mean certain death for the wielder.
Anyone could hold the silver crystal but it would only react with the rightful owner. This meant one could possess the legendary crystal all their life and never know it.
Selene and her friends were in the village listening to the elders speaking again of their oppression under Chaos. Selene had golden hair with streaks of silver and pink that fell about to the middle of her back. She wore her hair in two pigtails with her hair folded into stars at the top so that made the length of her hair look shorter than it was. Selene's skin was pale and her eyes were as blue as the planet Mercury.
"Hey Apollon," said Selene.
"What?" asked the tan boy with yellow and orange hair who was about five years older than she.
"Did you see that?" replied Selene.
"See what?" Apollon said confused.
"Did you see the stone on the Grand Elder's staff?" answered Selene.
"It has always been there," Apollon remarked.
"I know but for a moment it seemed to flash all the colors of the planets," Selene replied.
"You have been listening to too many stories about that crystal of legend," said Apollon with a laugh.
"The crystal is real and one day someone will find it and rid us of Chaos," said Selene. "I just know that someone will find the crystal. I do not want my parent's death to have been in vain trying to protect this planet. My heart will never give into the darkness that breeds from it."
"Calm down Selene," said the pink hair girl beside her.
"Sorry. I know it was not an accident like people say and that my parents were killed because of something they knew about the crystal," said Selene.
Suddenly Chaos appeared above the crowd. "No matter how you struggle you pathetic weaklings will never be able to over come the darkness." Laughter rang out as people ran screaming frantically to get away as bolts of dark energy rained down upon the people. "Run all you like. You can't hide from a god!" While houses and buildings were on fire, the entity faded amidst the destruction. "In the beginning there was Chaos and darkness and there will be Chaos and darkness in the end."
Selene noticed that in the commotion, the Grand Elder had lost his staff and that it was lying over by a burning cart. Picking up the staff carefully she walked over to the group of elders. "Grand Elder," Selene said quietly. "I found your staff over by a burning cart but the crystal is gone and I did not see it near where the staff lay."
"Thank you my child," replied the Grand Elder smiling before being over come with a coughing fit.
"Leave us," ordered the black haired elder.
"Please let me help. My grandmother suffered from the same disease. I can help try and ease his pain," begged Selene.
"Fine," said brown haired elder. "Only since your mother and grandmother were some of the best healers in the village and on the Moon."
Inside the Grand Elder's house, Selene waited until they had laid the Grand Elder in his bed and they summoned her. Selene put her hand on his chest to feel his heart beat. Then slowly she began moving her hands over his body starting at the top of his head and ending at his feet but never physically touching the Grand Elder.
Opening his eyes the Grand Elder looked at her. "My Child, Thank you for trying to help an old man but my time is soon. Please listen to my words." Selene stopped her motions when she heard the Grand Elder speak. She nodded starting at the floor. "Child do not advert your eyes for I am not a god but a simple man. There is something special about you. One day long in the future when you great-grandchildren's bones are dust you will be the one whom our people shall see as a goddess. A Lunarian's aura is silver by birth but yours glows brighter than any I have ever seen." Closing his eyes for a moment and taking a deep breath the Grand Elder reached under his robe and took out an ornate star shaped locket. The people had always thought that the locket was very feminine but was one of the symbols of the Grand Elder for as long as anyone could remember so no one questioned the status of the locket. "I am not like the fools that surround me. I know that one day the elder council will fall to give rise to a woman, a woman that can wield the power of the legendary Silver Crystal. That woman shall be named Queen of the Moon Kingdom." Pulling on the chain, he handed the locket to Selene. "May this help you find the Silver Crystal so that Chaos will be rid from our land," he said beginning to cough again. Selene turned to leave to fetch him so water. "Wait my child," he said grabbing her arm. "This also means that by my giving you this locket that when I die you are now the leader of our people"
"Grand Elder I am a mere child who has only lived for fourteen rotations. I know nothing of governing nor will our people listen to a child let alone a girl."
The Grand Elder's gentle face turned to a scowl. "I am still live and I am still the Grand Elder. And while I live my word is law!"
"Yes Grand Elder," replied Selene bowing and taking the locket from him.
"Thank you my child," said the Grand Elder as he closed his eyes for the final time as his hand fell limp from hers. With tears in her eyes, she placed the locket around her neck and turned to walk out the room. Standing in the door was the Grand Elder's advisor who nodded at her as he moved to let her pass. When she entered the main room of the house, the other elders gather around her.
"Why have you stolen the Grand Elder's locket?" asked one elder with hair as black as the sky.
"I did not steal this. The Grand Elder gave it to me," replied Selene clutching the locket.
"He would not do that!" yelled the man with hair of green falling past his shoulders.
Then a man with black hair lunged Selene trying to grab the locket. "Stop!" yelled the man with white hair who had been standing in the Grand Elder's doorway.
"Second Elder Artemis," the four men said kneeling.
"He did give me this," said Selene. "The Grand Elder's last wish was for me to have this."
"Last wish," whispered the elder with short brown hair.
"What," yelled man with hair as red as the planet Mars along with the other three elders.
"I saw the Grand Elder and he gave her this locket. I also heard his final words. He believed this child to be the one who will have the power to defeat Chaos," answered Artemis putting his arm around Selene's shoulder.
"The only one rumored to do that is the one who possesses the Silver Crystal and I will never be ruled by a woman," declared the man with black hair.
"We have always taken the Grand Elder's word as law and his last words shall be treated no different," said the man with brown hair.
Suddenly the black haired man produced a dagger and ran at Selene. Artemis pushed Selene to the ground while the brown haired man got the dagger away from the other man. "Some may think of you as a wise man," Artemis spoke to the man on the ground, "It is a fool not a wise man who cannot see that all things must change."
"We do not need to fight among ourselves when we are already oppressed by Chaos," the brown hair man declared pinning the black haired man's right arm behind him.
Looking at the three other men, excluding Artemis, the black hair man said, "You agreed with me that you did not want to be ruled by a woman."
"Yes," answered the man with green hair, "but Second Elder Artemis is right. We are fools if we can not see that change is necessary."
"If you insist to go against the Grand Elder's word then there is not place for you here." Artemis nodded to the green haired man who opened a portal as the brown haired man threw the black haired man.
The four men looked at Selene who was still lying on the floor. "There is no way I can do this. I cannot lead our people. It was the Grand Elder's last request so I will try. I want all of your help." Turning to Artemis she said, "The Grand Elder believed that I can possess the Silver Crystal. Do you know of anything that might help me find the crystal?" Artemis turned and left for the Grand Elder's personal library.
"Child," Selene heard the brown hair man say as he led her to the couch. "We will be honest with you. It will be hard the kingdom to get use to a female ruler but we will do anything to help you. Our main goal is to defeat Chaos." Selene looked at the red hair man and the green hair man as they nodded to what the brown haired man was saying.
"Please call me Selene."
Artemis came back shortly. "The only thing any of his books say is that the crystal will react only to the right person and that anyone could posses the crystal and not knows it."
"Well that help," Selene mumbled.
"Go home and we will figure out how to tell the kingdom of the Grand Elder's final decision," Artemis told Selene as he pushed her towards the door.
Entering the house, she had called home ever since her parent's death Apollon came running up to her. "Where have you been? Mom is going crazy thing Chaos had killed you and that she was not able to protect her best friend's daughter."
"I have been with the Grand Elder since I was practicing healing from Grandma and Mom before they died. He had one of his fits and I thought I could help."
"What is wrong," asked Apollon. "It is not like you to space out like that."
"Nothing, I just have a lot of my mind," she said. Then looking at him with a smile she said, "Can we talk?"
"Always," he answered smiling back at her. "I wanted to talk to you too." Sitting outside Selene nodded for him to speak. "You go first," he encouraged her hoping she would say what was bothering her.
"I am not sure how much I can say right now. You are my best friend and we tell each other everything. I want to tell you so much and I will be able to eventually. Right now though I want to know how you feel about me." The last sentence Selene almost whispered.
"It will always amaze me how much alike we are. That is kind of what I wanted to talk to you about," Apollon said with a laugh. "You are a strong willed woman who is never afraid to speak her mid. We had grown up together. You have always been my best friend and at times like a sister to me." At this statement he noticed that Selene seem to sadden. "I would always protect you although you can take care of yourself," he said pausing. "What I am trying to say is that you are my best friend and I want you to always be my best friend."
"Always you know that," Selene said with a smile.
"Well when you hit the marrying age in two year I am scared I am going to loose you." Apollon looked at Selene trying to read her as he always could but this time he could not. "Selene will you consider me? There is no one who knows you better than yourself or who would care for you as much."
"I can't believe you are saying what I think you are," as she stood up.
"I have fallen in love with you," Apollon answered standing up beside Selene.
"I think I fell in love with you at some point too," Selene said closing her eyes and lifting herself up on her tiptoes to kiss Apollon.
The next day Selene and Apollon were having their first official date at the Sea of Serenity although the normally hung out there but that was before they realized their feelings for each other.
"I think the sea is even more beautiful," Selene exclaimed resting back into Apollo's arms.
"You are more beautiful," whispered Apollon as he bent over to kiss her. "I forgot in all the excitement yesterday I found you a new stone. I know you love collecting all the many different Moon rocks and gems," as he reached into his pocket.
"That is the stone that belongs on the Grand Elder's staff. I had wondered where it had gone because it was not on the staff when I returned it to him." Taking the stone from Apollon, she looked at him. "Where did you find this? We have to take it back before they think we stole it." Upon touching the stone Selene began to glow with a bright silver white aura, the stone changed to all colors of the planets before disappearing, and Selene collapsed due to her body not being able to handle the power of the stone.
Apollon picked up Selene and ran to the Grand Elder's house. "Grand Elder," yelled Apollon frantically.
"What is all the noise," Artemis asked coming to the door. "Selene," he exclaimed seeing her unconscious in the boy's arms. "What happened?"
"I gave her this stone I found which she said belonged to the Grand Elder and we should return it. When Selene touched the stone there was a silver white light and the stone disappeared," claimed Apollon.
"The Grand Elder was right," whispered Artemis. Then looking at the boy he said, "Let's lay her on the couch. Selene has a great power within her. We were so blind. The Grand Elder's crystal turned out to be the legendary Silver Crystal that has been waiting for Selene. She is the one who can defeat Chaos."
"She does not look like she is breathing," announced Apollon. Taking Selene's pulse and checking aura Artemis proclaimed, "She is fine. It will take two days for the changes to be complete. Let her rest here. Thank you for bring her to us but how did you knows to do so?"
Apollon shrugged. "This is just the first place I thought of."
Selene woke up with Apollon sitting on the floor beside the couch holding her hand. Felling her stir Apollon called for Artemis. "How do you feel?"
"Like everything is spinning," she said sitting up. "Why is it so bright?"
"That would be because your vision is better. The Moon is a source of light for other planets during the times the sun is no longer in the sky," Artemis informed Selene and Apollon. "Selene you will hear the words form in your mind for the command to change into the fighter that will defeat Chaos."
Selene looked at both Artemis and Apollon and nodded. Holding her hand above her head and closing her eyes she yelled, "Silver Crystal Power!" A silver light engulfed Selene as ribbons of silver wrapped around her body. Raising her arms above her head the ribbons on her torso shattered into silver moons forming a white suit over her torso. Selene crossed her arms in front of her and the silver ribbons shattered into tiny silver moons forming white elbow length gloves with three blue bands on each glove at the elbow. Then she waved her hands across her calves and the silver ribbons shattered into silver moons forming pale silver knee high boots with a silver crescent moon on each boot. Bringing her hands across her face moon and star silver earrings appeared in her ears and blue star jewels in her hair. A skirt of blue formed around her waist, as did a red bow and red choker in a burst of silver crescent moons. Throwing her arms back a blue sailor collar appeared over her shoulders and a silver crescent moon appeared above her brow before turning into a silver tiara with a white jewel in the center.
"Selene," asked Apollon amazed.
"Yes," she replied happily.
"You look amazing," he breathed.
Sailor Moon, Apollon, Artemis, and the three elders ran outside upon hearing the people scream to see Chaos throwing dark bolts at the people who ran in fear for their lives.
"Stop!" yelled Sailor Moon.
"Who are you?" asked Chaos. "Who dares challenge me?"
"I will not allow you to terrorize the Lunarians people. I am Sailor Moon and in the name of the Moon I shall punish you!" Sailor Moon closed her eyes and called forth the Silver Crystal.
"What is that light?" Chaos screamed shielding her eyes from the blinding glare.
"Moon Escalation Sealing!" yelled Sailor Moon throwing her hands forward at Chaos as a silver beam of energy shot toward Chaos whom lashed its own power at Sailor Moon. When the two powers collided, there was an explosion, which shook the surround buildings. The battle raged on and just when Chaos seems to have the upper hand, Sailor Moon summoned the full power of the crystal based on instinct alone.
"No," screamed Chaos over taken by the silver light unable to shield itself from the power which the crystal emitted. When the light faded, there was no sign of Chaos.
The people who had been hiding slowly came from their hiding places and cheered. "We are saved," someone yelled joyously.
Exhausted from the use of energy the crystal pulled from her body Selene fell to the ground as her transformation undid itself. Apollon was the first to reach her. "She is not breathing," cried Apollon.
"Selene is breathing but barely. She used the full power of the crystal," Artemis said solemnly. "If someone gave up their life for her she might live."
"I will do it," Apollon said through misty eyes.
"No," whispered Selene, "This is what I was meant to do."
The three elders came to them, "We will give our life force. We know the future of our kingdom is with her and in the service of our kingdom our lives mean nothing." The three men began to glow red, maroon, and green respectively transferring their power to Selene. Everyone there heard the three elders' last parting words, "By this act may our kingdom live strong."
When the three elders disappeared Selene's eyes fluttered open. "I was so worried I thought I had lost you." Apollon hugged Selene and then kissed her.
Watching the Lunarian people rejoice Chaos grimaced hurt by the power that the crystal had emitted. "Luckily I was able to get away before completely being sealed," it thought. "A large portion of my energy was taken from me and it will take me a long while to replenish myself. I return one day." Chaos turned and flew past the sun and from the solar system, which contained the white moon and its search to replenish its energy.
As the people began to gather around Selene, Apollon and Artemis looked at each other. Artemis nodded and Apollon helped Selene to her feet. Artemis took her hand and led her to the temple where only the three were allowed to enter where Selene and Apollon were taken to separate rooms.
The sight of Selene astounded him. "Selene you look amazing." Selene wore her hair as she always had in two pigtails with her hair folded into two stars. There were pearls woven into the star shaped part of her hair. Her strapless dress was white with diamonds woven into the fabric and the dress gathered slightly at the center of her chest. There was a woman beside Selene who was clasping a silver moon and star bracelet around Selene's right wrist and then laced up the silver fingerless glove to Selene' elbow that was on her left hand. The glove was not completely fingerless as the fabric ran up Selene's middle finger to about the first knuckle. When the woman was done, Selene nodded her head slightly to the woman. "Thank you Luna."
"You are welcome Serenity," she replied. Then Luna noticed Artemis and Apollon and smiled. "Looks like the men are ready." Luna had dark black hair in a double set of buns that stopped just above her shoulders. Her skin was slightly darker than the Lunarians, which indicated she was not born of the Moon and her eyes were a golden yellow. She wore a yellow dress that stopped at her knees and a delicate gold bracelet with a single crescent moon on her right ankle.
Artemis wore his silver hair down so it touched his shoulder blades and green eyes flickered when he saw Luna. Artemis had a white short sleeve shirt stopped above his navel and he also worn a white long sleeve duster jacket. His white gloves have a gold crescent moon on the back of them and they buckle at the wrist. He also wore white pants and white zip up boots with a gold crescent moon charm on the zipper.
Apollon wore a black shirt and black pants with a red ribbon around his neck, which held an ornate jeweled star at the end. "Why did this woman call you Serenity?"
"That shall be her name from now on," answered Luna.
"Please do not think me rude of asking but who is this woman Selene?" Apollon asked.
Luna smiled, "I am the temple priestess who has been waiting for the one who could wield the power of the Silver Crystal. Now I along with Artemis shall be her advisors and you Apollon shall be her king."
"She is only fourteen," said Apollon.
Placing a hand on his shoulder Artemis smiled. "Relax Apollon. Selene has gone through a transformation. You shall be married in two years on the day that Selene was born. Selene by the power of the Silver Crystal is now the age of sixteen rotations. This is the only time the Silver Crystal will act in this manner."
"How can you rob her of two years of her life?" Apollon yelled.
"Apollon please," she said as he noticed maturity in her voice more than before. "I wanted this. Now we are not so far in age. I am just worried of how our people will react to me being named their queen."
"More than you think will accept you," said Artemis as he and Luna opened the door to the temple. Artemis stepped through the down and motioned to Selene and Apollon who came out arm in arm from the temple. Luna produced two crown from somewhere, Selene did not know how, and she handed one to Artemis. "The girl standing before you claimed the legendary Silver Crystal and defeated Chaos. It was the dying wish of the Grand Elder that she would one day be the queen of the Moon."
After Artemis, finished speaking the crowd remained quiet so he nodded toward Selene who closed her eyes and summoned the Silver Crystal, which had bonded with her. When the crowd saw the crystal of legend, they all dropped to one knee before Selene. With that, Artemis placed the delicate silver crown on Selene's head as the crystal was absorbed back into her body. At the same time Luna, place a gold crown on Apollon's head. Turning to the crowd Artemis raised his hands above his head standing behind Selene and Apollon as a yellow odango haired fairy with blue eyes in a yellow dress threw moon dust on the couple. The crowd erupted in cheers and so began the time of the Moon Kingdom and the long line of Queen Serenity.
May 2009: Much thanks goes to DyanaRoseJill and PoetessLaureate for helping with grammar and punctuation.
Aug 9, 2009: More grammar edits.
The First Senshi by DavisJes
The First Senshi © DavisJes 2008
Sailor Moon © Naoko Takeuchi