In the 13th book (The Final Eclipse), Serena is used as bait to lure Stanton, than has to make the choice on whether to stay with him and reign or Nefundus. The book is written in Vanessa's POV, so I wrote a chapter in Serena's.
Disclaimer- I do not own Daughters of the Moon.
Fly to the Angels
Serena lay on the bed, staring at the blank wall. She hated Nefundus. Everywhere she looked, evil was stalking her. Now that Vanessa was gone, there was no meaning to stay alive. She was truly the only Daughter left, and had never felt more alone in her life. The Monk didn't even visit her anymore.
Suddenly, a sound came from the other side of the door. Serena shot up in the bed, a pillow clutched in front of her. A Regulator had already dropped off the tea, and the Monk came through a secret passage. Could it finally be Stanton? Was he lying when he said that he never loved her? Was it all a trick? The doorknob shook, and she heard the deadbolt unlock.
"Who's there?" she asked in a shaky, hopeful voice. The door swung open, and behind it stood Adamantis. Serena almost yelled with furry. She glared at Adamantis with hate.
"What do you want?" she asked, the venom in her voice dripping. He smiled, and sat down on the bed.
"Just to talk," Adamantis said, smirking.
"Oh, I'm sure," Serena scoffed.
"Your boyfriend almost got caught," Adamantis said. Serena's eye went wide.
"Oh, yeah, I have you and Stanton all figured out." Adamantis looked smug. "His love for you is strong." Serena was confused. Stanton still loved her? He was lying at the castle. She smiled to herself.
"What do you mean almost?" Serena asked, her smile faltering.
"Oh, they trapped him. I knew he was the Monk all along, but the Atrox is ignorant enough to not know." Adamantis laughed. "The only thing is, he got away, weakened. Now, he must be in your world, going to get Vanessa for help." Serena's breath caught in her throat. Vanessa was alive?
"So, why are you telling all this to me?"
"I could use your help, Serena." Adamantis looked joyful.
"With what?" Serena was nervous. She didn't want to hurt Stanton, or Vanessa.
"No," Serena said, shoving her face in the pillow.
"Stanton's love is so passionate, he would do anything to keep you safe," Adamantis said evilly. Serena gasped.
"I would never."
"You don't have a choice." Serena's eyes got wide. Adamantis' pupils dilated, and Serena clutched her head in pain. It felt as if he was tying knots inside her head, creating a boundary that no one could pass through. Then, everything went black.
Serena could no longer feel her body, control any muscle, see anything except blackness.
Much better. Adamantis whispered through her head.
Serena faintly felt someone picking her up, then turning into a shadow. She felt grief, for Stanton… Vanessa… the Daughters… Maggie… her dad… Collin. She was stuck here forever. Suddenly, she was set down in what felt like a chair. Serena tried to scream, but no matter hard she tried, she couldn't do anything. She fell into unconsciousness.
When Serena awoke, she was in the same position. It felt as if someone was nudging her head, trying to get through the boundaries.
Serena? Her name echoed around her head. Her heart soared.
Stanton? She thought. In her mind's eye, Stanton stood, his blue eyes gazing at her lovingly.
I'm so sorry. Stanton's voice was pained.
I know why you did it.
I need you to do me a favor.
You need to seal the boundaries. I'll explain when I get you out of this mess. Adamantis will pay. Will you? This is important.
I love you.
I love you, too. Don't leave me.
I'll be back, I promise. Then, in a flash, Stanton was gone. He weaved through the barricades, trying his hardest not to hurt her. Serena felt alone again, but knew what must be done. She had to seal the boundaries. She imagined the boundaries and portals into Nafundus. A spark ignited in her inner eye, and Serena could feel the boundaries closing, one by one.
Regulators tried to get through, but some boundaries closed before they could even make it ten feet to the boundaries. Serena would have laughed at their faces, if she could.
Sitting there a few more minutes, Serena stated to worry. What if Stanton was hurt? Suddenly, something sharp slid across Serena's throat. The pain was faint, but stung. She couldn't die here. Not in Nefundus. Stanton wouldn't allow it. The minutes ticked on. Serena wasn't sure how long she had been sitting there; minutes, hours? Where was Stanton?
Suddenly, pain hit her head, and she felt someone untangling the hypnotic state Adamantis had put her under. One by one, strings were pulled. Serena blinked, and saw light, color. She could feel the air around her, and was aware of someone's hands on her waist. She looked up to see Stanton's worried face. She smiled. Stanton kissed her forehead, letting his lips linger before pulling away.
"Did you close the boundaries?" he asked. Serena nodded, brushing her hand lightly over Stanton's cheek. "They're closed." She parted her lips. Stanton leaned down and kissed her lightly. Jolts of electricity flowed through her veins. He pulled away, lifting her up out of the chair, and wrapped his arms around her waist. He kissed her cheek, whispering, "I love you." Serena smiled. Stanton reluctantly turned back to Vanessa. He kept his arms firmly around Serena's waist. She leaned into him, breathing his soapy smell.
"As soon as you and I entered the house, I used my mental powers to find Serena and go into her mind," he said. Vanessa nodded.
"He dodged around all the barriers that Adamantis put up," Serena said. She gazed lovingly into Stanton's eyes. His piercing eyes gazed back at her. Serena explained how Stanton had gone into her mind, her eyes never leaving his.
"You were glowing," Vanessa said.
"That was probably the emanations from my power as I sealed the boundaries," Serena said. "I couldn't have done it without Stanton." Serena leaned into him, and put her hands on his chest. "I've missed you," she said, lifting her head up for another kiss.
I'm so sorry. You're the best thing that's ever happened to me, and I almost lost you. Stanton's eyes were pained.
I know why you did it. I love you. Stanton smiled, pulling her closer, and tucking her head under his chin. Vanessa interrupted the moment.
"But if the portals are closing permanently, then how are we going to get back to Los Angeles?"
Stanton pulled away from Serena, leaving her with a sense of feeling alone. He grabbed her hand, reaching out and clasping Vanessa's wrist. "I'll take you home," he said. Stanton closed his eyes, triggering his passing power. Nothing happened. Serena started to get worried. She looked at Stanton's face.
"Why isn't the passing working?" Vanessa asked. "Do something, I have to go home." Serena was confused. She looked at Stanton, who was just as confused as she was. He frowned, and ran a hand through his luscious hair.
"Let me try again." Still nothing happened. Panic seized Serena. Suddenly, it hit her.
"My power doesn't work," Stanton mumbled.
"Of course not," Serena said. "I sealed the boundaries." She was about to cry. She couldn't stay here any longer.
"I can't live here!" Vanessa screamed.
"Your power worked faster than I thought possible," Stanton said. He gazed into her eyes, ignoring Vanessa. She smiled, and lifted her head for a kiss.
"Your power is awesome," he said, leaning down. An inch from her lips, Vanessa interrupted. Serena sighed, and leaned up against Stanton. Vanessa started to babble about wanting to get home.
"Okay, we can try the portals," Serena said calmly. She grabbed Vanessa's hand, and ran into the hall. Stanton followed quickly, grabbing them, and immediately turning into shadow. A veil descended over her, and Serena felt Stanton place his hand around her waist, and nuzzled her neck. Serena smiled. She felt something drip onto her face. Looking down, she saw the artificial sky melting. The falling stars gave the scene a sunset feel.
Stanton stopped in front of a portal, and they materialized. He audomatically put his arms around Serena's waist. She leaned back into him.
"It's not a storm," Stanton said, looking at Vanessa. "Without the Atrox, the artificial sky is falling. Even the fake stars have melted, and what's left of them is falling to the ground." Serena closed her eyes, than remembered why she was standing there. She stepped out of Stanton's arms, and tugged Vanessa's wrist.
"We have to check the portal!" They ran down the street, Stanton following quickly behind. Vanessa ran up to the wall, and Serena stopped behind her. Vanessa stuck her hand on the wall, and it went through. Serena sighed, relief washing over her body.
"It's open!" Vanessa yelled. She turned back around, and ran to Stanton, and hugged him. Serena laughed with joy, than panic seized her. What about Stanton? She would never see him again. She would be stuck in her world. Would Stanton go with her? No, he couldn't. He was Prince of the Night. As Serena debated with herself, Stanton walked up to her.
"Stay with me?" he asked, reading her every thought.
"I can't," she answered, too quickly for her own liking. He gently cupped her face, forcing her to look into his piercing blue eyes. A shudder of pleasure rushed through her. His fingers trembled, as he opened his mind for Serena to see.
Serena went through ever memory of the two together, and closed her eyes. She sighed, making her final choice.
"Everything I did, even turning back to the Atrox, was so I could be with you for eternity. I love you. Without you, my existence has no meaning." Serena opened her mouth to speak, but Vanessa interrupted her.
"Make up your mind! You've got to hurry!" She stepped into the portal, waiting for Serena.
"I've been imprisoned way too long," Serena said. She was still debating. If she left, she would never see her dad or Collin again. She would never see Vanessa, or her school. Hang out in Hollywood, Melrose Avenue. Eat normal food. Though, if she stayed, she would have Stanton.
"Don't tell me no," Stanton begged. She sighed, almost in tears.
"I need to see my world. Feel the moonlight, and play my cello," Serena said.
"The moon will shine here at midnight, and I can give you a thousand cellos." Stanton was anxious. He was willing to do anything. Serena felt as if her heart was going to shatter. Nothing was better than him. Nothing would ever make her this happy.
"Come with me," she said. "You can adjust to my world. You've lived there." She knew he wouldn't, but it was worth a try.
"My place is in Nefandus." Her heart broke, and a tear slid down her cheek. "Please, Serena, tell me you'll stay with me." He was resorting to begging. Serena had made her final decision. She slipped out of Stanton's grip, immediately missing his warm arms. She splashed through the falling stars.
"Stay and reign with me," Stanton said desperately. Serena didn't look back. It would hurt too much. She had to do this. She took Vanessa's hand, and stepped through the portal. Behind her, Stanton fell to his knees. He threw his head back, and screamed. His sorrow almost turned Serena around.
Serena… her name ran through her head, spoken by his voice. She shuddered, and held out her hand to stop the portal from closing. Serena felt heartbroken. Tears mixed with the stars, as they rushed down her face.
"They need me here, Vanessa," she said. "I hope you'll understand why I can't go back with you. I want to stay and help Stanton make Nefundus a world of light. As the key, I hate that ability. I think Selene gave me three choices for a reason. I can become a goddess of the dark, like Hekate."
"It's the right decision," Vanessa said. Serena hugged Vanessa.
"Try not to be sad. I love Stanton, and he truly makes me happy. I can't lose him, no matter what I sacrifice." Stanton's screams echoed around in her head. "We have to count on change, and if we fight that, then we're fighting life." Vanessa nodded.
"Saying goodbye is a big part of it," she said. She kissed Serena's cheek, and then proceeded to step out of the portal.
"Thank you," Serena muttered. She turned on her heel, and ran. Red stars splashed around her, as she ran toward Stanton. He stood up, looking hopeful, but confused.
"Stanton," she shouted, "I could never leave you! I love you too much! Of course I'm staying with you."
Stanton picked her up bridal styled, and stun around, kissed Serena's forehead, her temples, her nose, her cheeks. They were still spinning when they dissolved into the air. They appeared in the middle of a huge room. Stanton set her down.
"Why did you choose me?" he asked, gently placing his hands on either side of Serena's face.
"I couldn't stand to be away from you. No matter what I have to sacrifice. You are my life." Stanton looked down into her eyes, than kissed her. Electricity shot through Serena. She grabbed his neck, pulling him closer. He wrapped his arms around her waist, holding onto her as if she was his life support. His tongue grazed her bottom lip, and she smiled. Nothing would ever change the way she felt right now. He was her life, and she was his. Princess of the Night. It felt awesome.