Sailor Chibi Kamen's Theatre presents:

Destiny Takes A Hand


Bizarre Love Triangle

rated PG 13


A week and a day after Rei's accident, the girls were
once more gathered in Rei's bedroom....

"Minakochan, why're you staring at me?" Rei asked uneasily.

"Your hair. It really bothers me that you haven't tried
to do anything with it," Mina replied. She snapped her fingers.
"I know! Minna, let's give Reichan a makeover!"

"Sugoi!" Usagi squealed.

Makoto dug around in Rei's dressing table. "Here's a comb."
She handed it to Mina.

Ami ignored their antics, burying her nose in her anatomy

Once again, the miko resigned herself to her fate. It's
good for everything to be back to normal. Or, at least, what
passes for it around here. She laughed softly to herself.

"What's so funny?" Mina demanded.

"Nothing. Everything," Rei said in her usual cryptic
manner. She yelped as the comb snagged on heat-fused hair.
"Take it easy, will you?"

"Gomen! Rei, can I cut your hair?"

"I don't know...I've never had it cut," she hesitated.

"Pleeeeeease? You've got centuries to grow it back,
and it really looks like shit. It'll look great, I promise."

"You'd better say yes," Ami spoke without taking her
eyes off her book. "She won't give up."

"Wakataimasu." Rei sighed. "I have scissors in my table."

Usagi jumped up and got them for Mina. "Here you go!"

"Arigato, Usachan." Minako got to work, taking care
not to cut too much off. "It'll be short, I'm afraid, but
you can carry it off. It'll hide your face, too."

"What's wrong with my face?" Rei inquired in mock anger.

"Nothing. You're as ugly as you always were," Minako
shot back playfully.

Before the teasing could go any further there was a
knock at the door. "Reisan? You've got mail," Yuuichiro
called out.

Mako went to the door and opened it. "Rei's a little
busy right now. I'll take that." She snatched the letters
from his hand and closed the door in his face. Wow, he's cute
when you can see his face. Reminds me of my sempai. "Hey,
these are addressed in English! I can barely read this chicken
scratch, but I think they're from Masazumisan."

"Nani? Open them already!" Rei looked to the brunette
expectantly, causing Mina to scream in frustration.

"Stop moving or I'll just shave your head," the blonde
threatened, firmly repositioning the other girl's head.

Mako finally opened the envelope marked 'Open First.'
"Kami, what atrocious handwriting. My English just isn't
good enough. Ami, give it a shot?"

Ami glanced up. "I don't think we should be reading
Rei's private mail."

"Onegai, Amichan?" Rei begged. "I can't read it myself.
My vision's still too blurry."


"Ara, for Kami's sake!" Annoyed, Mina grabbed the proffered
note and read aloud :

'Dearest Raye,

'My flight has been delayed yet another hour,
giving me time to write.

'Even though it's only been a few hours, I
already miss you terribly. Our time together was far
too short (not to mention confusing).

'With my parents' permission I've arranged a
little surprise for you and your friends, including
Endymion (or whatever name he goes by in this life.)
It's in the envelope marked 'Open Second.'

'I miss you, tenshihana. I miss the taste of
your lips. I miss the incense that clings to your
soft skin. I miss the touch of your electric hands.
Most of all, I miss the little gold and onyx rings
through your navel know.'"

Mina stopped to look at Rei, whose cheeks matched the
lower half of her robes. "What did you get pierced? On second
thought, I don't want to know. To continue,

'Please, Rei, call me the minute you get your
surprise. I can't wait to hear your lovely voice.

Mas' "

"Awwwwww! Kawaii!" minna teased Rei, who now blushed
a becoming shade of pink.

"Makochan, go ahead and open the other one," Rei

She did, and nearly dropped the contents. "Ho-ly shit."

"Nan desu ka?"

"Look." The statuesque brunette held out six airline
tickets. "We're going to New York."

"NANI?!" minna gasped.

"Those must have cost a fortune! Is he insane?" Mina

"He must be if he's in love with Rei," Usagi snickered.
She was ignored.

"When are the tickets for?" Rei asked.

"Summer break."

"That's good. I wouldn't want to miss any school,"
Ami said quietly. Minna groaned.

"'Neechan, can I use your phone?" Usagi queried. "I want
to call Mamochan and tell him." Without waiting for an answer,
she picked up the phone and hit the speed dial. "Mamochan! I'm
at Rei's. You won't believe what happened. Iie, she's fine.
Would you let me speak? Arigato. How do you feel about taking
a trip this summer? Oh...New York. Demo--demo--Mamochan,
yamete! Your ticket is already paid for...Rei's fiancé...
ano, wakarimasu. Ja." She turned to her friends. "Mamochan won't
go. He says it isn't right, it's too expensive a gift." She
sniffled, her lower lip trembling. "I don't think that's the
whole truth. Rei, didn't you apologize?"

"He won't take my calls. I've left about a dozen messages,
with no response," she replied.

"Hold still, baka!" Mina growled. "I'm almost done.
Let me just comb it out...missed that (snip!)...there. Go look
in your mirror."

Rei went to her vanity and sat, carefully judging the
distance to the bench. She nearly missed but caught herself
before she hit the floor. She took a deep breath before looking
into the mirror...

A stranger stared back at her.

In silence Rei fingered her hair. Parted on the right,
it hung just to her chin and was trimmed to frame her face.

"Do you like it?" Mina inquired.

"I...don't know...."

"I left what I could. I tried to just cut the damaged
bits off, but it was pretty badly fried."

"Hey, it looks great," Mako spoke up. "You just need
to get used to it, ne?"

"It's nice to have someone else in the group with short
hair," Ami added, barely glancing up.

Usagi came up to Rei from behind and hugged her. "I
know what you need."


"A new wardrobe to go with your new look!" She beamed,
proud of the thought.

"That might be a problem. Otosan cancelled my credit
card and cut back my allowance. I guess he got our piercing
bill, imoutochan."

"So? You'll just get your birthday gifts early, that's
all. Besides, we have to pay Mamochan a visit, ne?" Usagi
grinned, knowing she had trapped her friend.

Rei sighed in resignation. "All right, all right. I
don't think he'll let me in, though."

"Let me worry about that. I've got my ways. I am *not*
taking a trip without him.

"So, who's up for shopping?"

"Me!" Minako jumped up, hand raised.

"Me, too!" Mako threw her hand up in the air.

Minna glared at Ami, who remained glued to her tome.
"Nani? Ara...I guess I'm in, too." She closed her book.

"Sugoi!" Usagi exclaimed. "Minna, ikimasho!"


'Knock knock!'

Mamoru groaned as he rose from the couch, his joints
creaking. Man, I've got to stop having these 4 hour Ranma-thons.
"Who is it?"

"Atashi!" came the bubbly voice from the other side of
the door.

Mamoru unchained and opened the door. "Usako. I didn't
expect to see you today, but it's a wonderful surprise."

"Well, I have another surprise for you." Usagi grabbed
Rei's arm and dragged her into view. "I believe you two are
long overdue for a talk."

"Konnichiwa, Reisan," Mamoru said uneasily.

"Konnichiwa, Mamorusan," Rei greeted him with equal

"Gomen, ladies, I was about to take a nap--" he began,
only to be cut off by his lady love.

"Bull. I can hear Akane from here. Look, we're going
to spend the next thousand-plus years together. I suggest you
make some sort of peace. If not for yourselves, for me? It
hurts that the two people I care most for won't even talk to
each other.

"Reichan, I'll wait for you by the stairs. You know how
I feel about elevators." Usagi turned and walked away, her
pigtails bouncing with her steps.

There was a long silence....

"What do you want?" Mamoru asked harshly.

Rei answered in a voice little more than a whisper, "I
came to apologize."

Mamoru stared at the woman before him, amazed at her
audacity. She was as lovely as in his newly-recovered memories.
The black patch over her left eye immediately drew his

Rei felt uncomfortable under his intense gaze. She
turned her head so that her jet locks fell over her missing
eye. Her remaining eye looked up at him, full of remorse.
"May I come in?"

Silent, Mamoru stepped aside to allow her to enter.
Once inside, she slipped off her red heels, not bothering
with slippers as she didn't intend to stay long. Her stockings
made a soft 'swish' as she walked into the living room. He
closed the door and walked towards her, suddenly noticing the
long, slender package she held. "Nani kore?"

She held out the slender package. As he unwrapped it he
whistled appreciatively, for it was the finest katana he'd
ever beheld. As he resheathed it he nicked his finger slightly
on the razor-sharp blade.

"Reisan, I can't accept this."

"It isn't a gift. Be still, Mamorusan, and listen." She
transformed in a brief flash of red-orange flame. "When I took
on the mantle of Sailormars, I took on the duty of protecting
the princess. In the days of the Silver Millennium this protection
extended to her chosen : you. What I did to you was tantamount
to telepathic rape. It was a crime punishable by death." She
knelt before him and bowed her head. "My life is yours if you
wish it."

Realization dawned on Mamoru. "Rei...I don't want you
dead. I'm not going to behead you."

She sighed. "I had a feeling. Very well." She calmly
looked him in the face. "Chiba Mamoru, also Endymion, Prince
of Earth and Serenity's chosen. I, Hino Rei, also Sailormars,
senshi of fire and passion, do pledge my fealty to thee and thy
house. I will defend thee and thine from all harm, even though
it means my own death." She wasn't sure where the words came
from, but they sounded...*right.* "This I swear, by the planet
Mars. This I swear, by all that I hold sacred. This I swear...
in friendship...?"

An ancient part of Mamoru responded to her words by
again drawing the magnificent blade. His clothing morphed into
the lavender armor and cape he would wear in the future. He
tapped the sword on the senshi's right shoulder, then her
left. "I accept your oath. Rise, Sailormars, and face the one
you have sworn your allegiance to."

She rose, her violet eye never leaving his sapphire
ones. "Mamorusan, can you ever forgive me?"

"If you can do the same for me."

"Forgive you? For what? Finding true love? Making my
best friend happy?"

"For treating you like dirt. I ignored you. I avoided
your calls. I led you on, never considering your feelings."
He gently caressed her pale face. "Then I forgot everyone
for a while. When my memory returned it was incomplete and
I was preoccupied with Usako and Chibi Usa. It never occurred
to me that I had left things unfinished with you. I was
horrible to you."

As Rei listened, tears left a glistening trail down her
right cheek.

"Why are you crying?" he asked softly.

"I've waited so long to hear you say that," she choked
out, her thin frame wracked with sobs.

"Ara, Reichan...." He hugged her tightly to him. "Gomen
nasai, Rei. I never meant to hurt you. I forgot how young you
were and I let things go too far." He stroked her dark head
tenderly. "I remember everything now. I was *so* wrong. Can
you ever forgive me?"

"Hai," she whispered against his chest. After a moment's
pause, she asked, "Everything?"

"Everything. Right down to the little birthmark inside
your right thigh." He leaned back slightly and she looked up
at him. "Can we be friends again, Reichan?"

"I'd like that, Mamorukun." She smiled up at him. "Will
you come to New York with us? It would really mean a lot to

Mamoru looked a little disturbed. "I meant what I told
her on the phone. I really don't feel right accepting such
an expensive gift."

"Mamoru no baka. The way Maschan explained it, his
family has an insane amount of wealth that goes back centuries.
Chances are, it's the lost treasure of Earth's kingdom during
the Silver Millennium. That means it's yours as well, so stop
feeling guilty already.

"Besides, the tickets are non-refundable. If you don't
go, Usachan won't either. That's a lot of good money gone
to waste, ne? Onegai, say you'll go?"

He smiled down at the younger girl. "You mean you want
me to?" he asked teasingly.

"Of course I...oh, you!" Rei playfully swatted Mamoru's

"Hmm...I think I like the eyepatch. It suits you."

"Well, don't get used to it. Hey, you wanna see something
gross?" she asked in a low voice, lifting the black patch.

Mamoru turned slightly green. "Shouldn't that be taken

Flipping the patch down again, Rei grinned at his
obvious distress and shook her head. "The damaged eyeball
*was* removed. This is new; it's regenerating. Ami thinks
I should have full vision back by the end of the year, but
she can't explain it." She giggled, enjoying her blue-haired
friend's quandary.

"That's great...." he began, but his mind was elsewhere.

"Nan desu ka, Mamorukun?"

"I was just thinking...iie. Never mind."

"Nani?!" Rei insisted, annoyed.

"Ano, Usako told me about your...condition. I was"

"I know what happened, but I don't remember doing it.
Is that what you wanted to know?"

"Part of it. Was I....?"

"Iie. The damage was done long before I ever met you."

They stared into each other's eyes for a moment.
Rei's communicator beeped impatiently, interrupting the
silence. "Ano, I guess I'd better go, ne? 'Her Majesty'
beckons," she joked, slipping on her shoes. "Ja mata,

"Ja, Reichan." He held the door open for her.

On an impulse, Rei stood on her toes and gave him
a quick peck on the lips. "For being you," she said softly,
her midnight eye sparkling. Then she ran down the hallway
to Usagi. The sweet spice of incense lingered in her wake.

Mamoru watched her go, her obsidian tresses flapping.
He put a finger to his lips; it came away with her trademark
red lipstick. New York. The 'Big Apple.' What would they
make of it? he thought. Then he smiled. What would New
Yorkers make of them? Five beautiful, magical Japanese

The door to Mamoru's apartment closed.


every time i think of you
i feel a shot right thru like a bolt of blue
it's no problem of mine
but it's a problem i find
living a life that i can't leave behind
there's no sense in telling me
the wisdom of a fool won't set you free
but that's the way that it goes
and it's what nobody knows
well every day my confusion grows

i feel fine and i feel good
i feel like i never should
whenever i get this way
i just don't know what to say
why can't we be ourselves like we were yesterday
i'm not sure what this could mean
i don't think you're what you seem
i do admit to myself
that if i had someone else
then i'd never see just what we're meant to be

every time i see you falling
i get down on my knees and pray
i'm waiting for that final moment
you'll say the words that i can't say

New Order

Vocabulary for the gaijin :
ikimasho = let's go
nani kore = what's this?
everything else is in a previous chapter! Hope you've been
writing them down!

Well, it's finally over. I actually finished writing this
sometime in mid-September. I didn't start to post it until
chapters 1 thru 3b were written.

I have a few dedications:
Bunny- thanks for listening to me babble endlessly and
for 'inspiring' ch 3b. Te quiero mucho, mi amor, mi corazon...
mi conejo. ^_^
Jen F.- thanks for reading, even though you're not a
Sailormoon fan. You were my inspiration for much of Rei's persona,
especially in ch 3. Aishiteru.
Joe P.- I am finally, completely over you, although
I can never forget you. I wish you had been my first. In a way,
you were. "The first boy I ever cared about," and the first
man I loved.
Masazumi K.- Here's your happy ending.
Lady Mars- thank you for your support from ch 1. It's
nice to know someone appreciated the work that went into those
early chapters when I still had no idea what direction it would
Of course, thanks to the many writers who inspired
me : Chris, Tim, Jackie, Jon, Lianne, and now Fushigi.
Wow. What else is there to say? You have set standards that
I can only aspire to attain.
Thanks to those who have put up shrines in honor of
Rei. You've taught me much, especially Fire Senshi's Realm.
Last but never least, arigato, Takeuchisama. If
you had never created these characters, I could never have
had insane dreams about them.

There will be a sequel. As of now, the prologue is finished.
However, I choose to post the prequel, "Lullaby," first.
It is my version of events that took place in the Silver
Millenium, centering around Princess Ra'a. Prologue through
chapter 4 are available at

A red curtain covered with lavender roses comes down,
closing the Theatre. Ja mata, minna. O daijini.