Disclaimers: I do not own Sailor Moon or Ronin Warriors. Master Bolo and Akira are my characters.
Note: I have written many stories and scenarios with the other sm/rw couples, but not with Ancient One and Queen Serenity. Wouldn't you guys want to know how they meet, since The Ancient is of course Serena's father?
Living at the monastery of the Ancient Clan was a young man of eighteen named Alden. (Alden means "Old Friend" so I'm guessing that's the Ancient's real name. I mean, all his monk friends wouldn't have called him "Ancient One" back then, would they?) He studied every rune and book and scripture he found because he feared that something would happen soon to the world.
As Alden looked through a book, he came across how a man who craves power and lacks virtue can become a demon if he gave up his soul to the netherworld. He hoped he would never have to experience that. If a man becomes a demon, he would be stronger than any mortal weapon.
"We must not let anything like this happen," Alden said as he stroked the white tiger lying beside him on the monastery steps.
"Alden, my old friend," said one of his monastery friends, "Master Bolo asked me to come get you."
"What is it, Akira?" Alden questioned.
Akira bowed, his shoulder length brown hair falling into his face. "He has something important to tell us. A prophecy, I believe."
"Nothing bad is going to happen, is there?" Alden asked.
Akira sighed sadly. "Master Bolo wouldn't tell me. Come."
Alden followed Akira back into the temple where eight other monks were kneeling, waiting as Master Bolo was scribbling something down. Master Bolo wore a red and white robe and a long brimmed star hat, covering his green eyes. Alden had an aching feeling that something was wrong.
"Life has been good to us," Master Bolo began. "The sun gives us warm days and the rain gives the land moisture so the crops can grow. The leaves change beautiful colors and in wintertime everything sleeps and is covered in blankets of snow. Fire keeps us warm, water keeps us alive, and we have the ground to walk on. We keep our spirits bright and we have the air to breathe."
"Master Bolo, we are very thankful from what the world gives us," a monk said half agreeably, "Five elements, four seasons--we have been very blessed."
"Yes, we have and we should be thankful," Master Bolo nodded. "But some forget their blessings and crave for more than what they see and already have."
"Power," Alden said suddenly and the other monks gasped in surprise.
"How did you know?" Akira asked.
"I was just reading about it," he explained in a whisper. "That greed can change a man into a demon."
"Alden is right," Master Bolo said. "And I feel that the time is coming near. We must keep our eyes open for the demons out there. We can't let them disturb the peace. There is a poem that I will like to share with you, my disciples."
The monks moved close to listen.
"Torch of spirit sought through five. Drinking strength from immortal fire. Darkest prison sheds the light. Churning beneath a swirl of salt. Burning within a throne of rock. Floating amongst the eyes of ages unmoored by the stream of they sky."
"The elements," Alden whispered.
"If the time of demons come," Master Bolo said, getting up and pulling a long rectangular box off the shelf. He placed it down in the center of the group and removed the lid. Inside was a golden sword with a handle none of them ever seen before. "We shall use this. This is the sword of the ancient clan. Our clan."
Everyone started whispering to each other excitedly.
"Alden, old friend, just loon at that sword!" Akira said. "No demon will even dare challenge our clan!"
Alden kept staring at the brilliant sword, 'Will a sword be our only defense from evil?' he thought.
Master Bolo gave them more lessons and the monks finished their day of studying. After their supper and the sun went down, they retired to bed. All the monks may have had a good sleep, but not Alden. He lay wide-awake with the monastery's white tiger at his beside. The moon was full, sending in glowing moonbeams through his window and on his body.
'Something is bound to happen soon,' he thought, 'but what, and when?'
The tiger growled as if he sensed his uneasy thoughts. Alden laughed and scratched him by the ears. "I'm being sentimental, aren't I?" he asked. He looked to the moon. "I've never seen the moon so full and bright like this before." He said as it seemed to take his breath away. "It's so beautiful." He saw something in the beam. It was a silver bubble and in the bubble, he saw something else. "What is that?" he asked. He pushed the covers and sat up. "It's a person!" He cried out, waking up Akira whom he shared the room with.
"Alden, why are you yelling?" he asked wearily.
"There is someone out there," Alden replied, stepping over him. Akira got up and followed him.
"Someone? Who? Are we under attack?"
"I don't believe so," he said as he walked down the hall. Some other monks walked out of their rooms sleepily and asked what was going on.
Alden hurried down the steps and went around the corner where he saw the moon from his bedroom. Right under the beams of the moon, was a young woman around young monk's age. She lay on her stomach with her forehead lying on her right forearm and her left sprawled out to the side. She was in a white silk dress and her hair was silvery-white with buns on the top of her head tied back in long pigtails. A silver aura was around her.
"It's a girl!" Akira exclaimed. "Where could she have come from?"
'She's an angel,' Alden swallowed. Never in Alden's life, has he ever seen someone so beautiful. He looked at the moon, trying to catch his voice, "I-I saw her come down from the moon."
Other monks piled out to see what was going on. They gasped in amazement.
"Look, a woman!"
"How do you think she got here?"
"I hope she isn't hurt."
Alden made himself move toward her and Akira grabbed his arm, "what are you doing, old friend?"
"Akira, I don't believe she is dangerous," Alden said and walked over to her. He bent down and pushed her left tress of hair that was covering her face away. He looked in admiration at her for a moment, his eyes lingering on the upturned gold crescent moon emblazoned on her forehead. "She's so beautiful," he whispered and lifted her up off the ground. He walked through the crowd of his friends and they looked on in surprise.
Master Bolo stood on the porch with his hands behind his back.
"I found her on the grass, Master Bolo," Alden explained before he questioned him about the girl. "She feels cold. I'm bringing her inside."
"There is something about her," Master Bolo said, "I sense an energy from her."
"It can't be dark energy," Alden said, "look at her. She can't be evil and dark. She's so beautiful and pure. She came from the moon! I saw her."
Master Bolo nodded, "yes, pure energy. Good energy. There must be a reason why she came here. Bring her inside so she may rest."
"She can rest in our room, Alden," Akira said, "I'll stay with someone else."
"Thank you, Akira," Alden said as he laid her on his bed. Akira looked down at her.
"I've never seen someone so beautiful before, have you, Alden?" Akira asked as he pulled up his pillow and blanket.
"I don't believe I have," Alden said, covering her with a blanket.
Akira looked over his shoulder as he left Alden alone with the girl, "love at first sight," he whispered with a smile and left to room with someone else.
Alden caressed her cheek as if trying to get her to wake up. She moaned but didn't stir. He settled down in a corner and watched her sleep. He fell asleep when he couldn't keep his eyes open any longer.
The girl moaned and woke up. She looked around the room, her eyes wide in surprise. She saw Alden asleep in the corner.
"Where am I?" she wondered out loud. She rose to her feet then stumbled. Alden heard the noise and woke suddenly. "Who are you?"
"Don't be frightened," he said, getting up and taking her hands. "You're safe here. I found you outside."
He nodded. "Are you all right?"
"I believe so."
"What is your name?" he asked.
"Serenity," she replied.
"I am Alden," he told her. "Serenity, why have you come to Earth?"
"I don't understand."
"You've come from the moon," he said. "I saw you and you have a moon on your forehead. Don't you remember?"
She blinked, "No. I just remember my name. I can't remember my past. I don't know where my home is."
"You are welcome to stay here with us," Alden said. "Here, you are safe. This is the monastery of the ancient clan."
"You'll let me join your clan?"
"Ah, the young lady is awake," Master Bolo said. "Please, young lady, join us for breakfast."
"Thank you," Serenity said, nodding. She followed Alden and Master Bolo out the bedroom to the dining hall. As one monk was about to eat, Master Bolo told him to wait until the guest had the first bite.
"Oh, that's not necessary," Serenity said.
"It's just our custom," Master Bolo told her and a monk set down a plate of fruit with some bread and milk.
Serenity picked up the bread and nibbled on it. "Thank you."
The other monks began to eat but Alden just sat and watched her eat. He had no desire to eat, no desire to sleep. He just wanted to watch her.
"Good morning, old friend," Akira said, patting his shoulder and sitting down to eat.
"Hmm?" Alden mumbled, "did you say something?" he turned around to Akira.
Akira grinned, "Taken a liking to her, haven't you?"
Alden blushed, "Well…"
"What's her name?" Akira asked as he pulled apart a piece of bread.
"Serenity," he breathed.
Akira sighed and shook his head.
"Perhaps one of you would like to show our new guest around the monastery?" Master Bolo proposed.
Akira nudged Alden, "hurry, before someone else does!"
"Eh? Oh," Alden looked surprised and stood up, "I would, master!"
"Why am I not surprised?" muttered one monk to another."
"Would you like that, Serenity?" Alden asked.
She smiled brightly, making Alden melt. "That sounds wonderful, Alden." She stood and took his hand instantly.
"Come with me," he said and led her away from the others. He showed her the shrines where they pray and study.
"How long have you lived here?" she asked.
"Since I was a young boy," he replied, "when my parents died."
"I'm sorry, Alden," she said.
Serenity looked at a room he hadn't showed her yet. "What's over there?"
"The armory," he answered.
"I didn't know monks fought or wore armor," she gasped.
"Everyone needs to fight for what is right," he said simply, leading her to the armory. "Right now our land is living and peace so they haven't been used for a while. But soon, they will need to be used again."
"I don't understand," she said as she touched a suit of armor. "How can you be sure?"
"Master Bolo told us there will be a great evil coming," he explained, "a man will become a demon emperor and try to destroy Earth. We don't know when it is going to happen but it will happen eventually."
"That's awful," she sighed. "How can a man become a demon?"
"When he becomes greedy and wants more power," he said. "He'll no longer be a man but a demon."
"Jealousy and greed," she said agreeably, "can have such an effect on a person." She looked down and away, frowning as if there were something on her mind.
"Is there anything else you would like to see?" he asked quickly to take the sad expression off her face, "the gardens perhaps?"
Serenity looked up and smiled again, the frown disappearing. "I want to see everything," she said eagerly. She reached forward and placed her left hand over his right wrist. "I want to see all the beauty here."
Alden smiled back and placed his hand over hers, pulling it up and around his arm to his inner elbow and slightly folding his arm. "This way then."
He escorted her outside and she took in a big gasp. "It's so beautiful out here!" she exclaimed, looking over the gardens and trees. "I've never seen such beauty."
"Can't you remember your life on the moon?" he asked, "even now?"
"No, I have no memories of my past yet," she sighed, taking her hand off his arm and turning in front of him. "I'll just stay here with you. Forever."
"Forever?" he questioned, "what if you remember your life and miss your home?"
"Then I'll take you with me," she said. "I can't remember my life there but I'm sure it was nothing like living on earth. I was probably lonely. That must be why I came here. I know I just met you, Alden, but there's something about you. You're the first friend I ever had. My only friend."
Alden smiled and took her hand. He lifted it to his lips and kissed it. "You have friends here. Not just me, but all of us. We'll take care of you."
"Master Bolo," Akira said as they eavesdropped on Alden and Serenity. "There is something special about that girl. She has only been here for half a day and already it seems that Alden has fallen in love with her."
"It doesn't take long for love to bloom," Master Bolo told him. "And she is special. I have heard legends about a kingdom on the moon. It must be true. She's the moon princess and she has come to Earth."
"Why would she leave her home?" Akira asked.
"To find a friend," he replied, "a friend to keep her from being lonely."
Akira smiled as he watched Alden pick some flowers for Serenity, "she couldn't have found a better friend than in Alden. I think he's been waiting for her too." He chuckled, "This must be destiny!"
"It is, Akira," Master Bolo said. "Destiny."
Serenity stayed at the monetary for a month and it didn't take long for her to make friends with the monks. Secretly, she was in love with Alden. He was in love with her too but didn't tell her yet. Akira told Alden what Bolo told him about Serenity being a princess of the moon in the study during the evening.
"But she doesn't remember it," Alden said.
"Doesn't she look like a princess?" Akira questioned.
"Yes," he replied without hesitation. "An angel and a princess."
"She might have to go back to her home," Akira said. "That's where she lived. She might have family over there."
"What are you saying, Akira?" Alden demanded, "that I should let her leave?"
"No. I want her to stay too," Akira replied. "But what if she's not able to stay here very long? She's not like us."
"Are you saying that her life here would be shortened if she stayed here on Earth too long?" Alden asked.
Akira nodded, "yes, Alden. Angels belong in heaven and princesses belong in kingdoms."
Alden sighed sadly. "I believe you're right."
"I'm sorry, Alden."
"I'm going to look for her," he said, turning from the room.
Serenity was bathing in a creek in the moonlight. It was a full moon. She looked up at the sky after dunking herself. Then she froze and she locked her eyes on the moon. Her crescent moon birthmark was flaring brightly. She put her hand to it and sat in the water. The moon gave her memory back.
"I remember," she whispered. "The moon kingdom. Mother and father. Everything."
"Serenity, are you here?" Alden called.
Serenity gasped, "Alden?"
"Serenity?" He called again. His voice sounded closer to the creek. Serenity looked over her shoulder saw him come to view.
When he saw her in the creek, he froze. Her hair was down and around her body, covering her breasts as she looked at him. The moon was glistening over it. The water came up to her hips. They stared at each other for a long moment then Alden realized what he was doing.
"Oh, I'm so sorry!" he said and covered his eyes.
"Don't be, Alden," she said, keeping herself covered by her hair. "Come a little closer. I'd like to tell you something. It's very important."
He slowly walked to the bank and sat down. "What is it?"
"I remember," she said, conversing to him over her shoulder.
"About the moon kingdom," she said. "I remember everything. I can't stay here long."
"How much longer?" he asked.
"Until the next full moon."
He sighed and looked at the full moon and then at her hair, which was down. "I've never seen your hair down before. It's beautiful that way. I like how the moon shines on it."
She blushed and bit her lip. "Oh, Alden…" she began to sob.
"Serenity, don't cry," he took off his kimono and started to walk in the water. The water was just up to his shins when she turned around, ran out of the water and into his kimono. He wrapped it around her, trying not to stare and places he shouldn't and helped her out of the water.
"I don't want to go back," she said, "I know I have to but I'd rather stay here with you! The Earth is so beautiful and--oh Alden!" she pressed herself against him, her face in his shoulder and her hands on his chest. "I wish there was some way--some way for me to stay."
He started to stroke her hair and rub her back as he rocked her side to side. "Shh, I want you to stay too. The moon kingdom is your home. That is your sanctuary."
"I wish I never had left home!" she cried. "Then I wouldn't have to leave Earth!"
"No, I'm glad you came," he said. "You shouldn't wish things like that. You told me you came to Earth to meet friends and see what Earth is like."
"Yes, I did," she sniffed, "I did leave the moon kingdom to see what Earth was like. I ran away from home. I just wanted to have a look and meet some friends, but now that I'm here, I don't think I can ever go back! Earth is so beautiful. You have seasons here. There are things here on Earth that doesn't exist in the moon kingdom! I want to stay here with you! I'd much rather stay here until I die than go back!"
"No!" Alden muttered, shaking her gently. "I won't allow you to let yourself die on my account!"
"But," she protested, "I don't want to go home. I want to stay here!"
"I know you do," he said, "and I wish you could stay but I can't let you kill yourself!"
"I love, you, Alden," she admitted. "It would be just too hard to leave you."
"I love you too, Serenity," he agreed, "but no love is worth taking your own life over, not even ours. You must go back. Think of the consequences of what would happen if you wait until your death. I won't be the only one that would be heartbroken. Think of the others. We'd all be sad to let you go but it won't be as bad if we let you die here. I won't allow it and nor will the others! I'd rather let you go back home to live than to stay here and die! You mean too much to me!"
Serenity stared back at him, unable to speak. She knew Alden was right. Stay and let herself die, what was she thinking? If she really did love Alden, she would have to leave him. She couldn't let him live with that burden. She started to sob.
It tore Alden's heart apart to hear her cry. Alden pulled her into his arms as he tried to think of something to say that might comfort her. But what? Suddenly, an idea came to him. A solution--the only solution.
He pushed her away from him to look her in the eyes. "I have an idea. You may not stay here longer but there is one thing we can do. We'll have to make the most of what time we have left together."
"I-I I don't understand." She whispered. "What do you mean, Alden?"
He paused. How he was able to get the words out he didn't know. But he had to. He knew it was the best gift he could ever give to her and even himself. He took a deep breath and knelt down while holding her hand. Serenity looked down at him in surprise.
Next Chapter: Love Stays Near