Serena/ Serenity/ Sailor Moon
Darien/ Endymion/ Prince of Earth/ Tuxedo Mask
Moonlight Down Chapter 1
The lights twinkled as she walked down the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Her new Chanel boots slowly clicked on the cobblestone path. The latté was brought to her pink lips as she eagerly took a sip. Serena stopped to look in to the Prada store window. Her refection stared at her as she approached the season's newest fashions. My, had she grown up. Her hair had begun to sliver like it did when she lived on the moon. Her eyes were still blue as the ocean but now silver specks had begun to show through. Her curvaceous body was barley hidden under the Chanel Pea coat that now adorned a woman's body instead of a girl's body. Serena sighed. The future queen finally looked and acted like one. All who met her appreciated her elegance and beauty. Her kindness was always given as if she could give no more. She had everything she had ever wanted. Except him.
Darien had left her when she was sixteen. Claiming to not love her and he moved away to America. It was very simple to her. He hated her for trying to bring back the past and he resented her in the future that's why he was so easily swayed. Her mind drifted back from the dreaded memory to the sound of the rushing water that separated the street. She missed her friends but it was important that they all separate and see the world before duty called them to rule the universe. Serena had given up on Crystal Tokyo. Earth was Darien's domain and she hoped that he was planning to rule when she left.
The Moon Kingdom would be rebuilt and each of her Scouts would rightly take their place as rulers of each of their own planets. She began to walk down the famous street again taking in a deep breath of the crisp night air. She loved Paris. She would visit here when she was Queen. Versailles had even inspired the remodel of the Moon Palace. When she got there, of course. Serena placed her latté on the ledge and looked in to the water below. The moons refection shown in the water. Home.
She felt she needed to get back to the hotel soon when she felt a body next to her. She looked up at the tall figure that had taken to her side. Her blue eyes collided with hazel. He was handsome with tanned skin and a nice jaw line. His hair was brown with tints of natural blond, almost looking bronze. He smiled at her and she could not help but to smile back.
"Excuse me, Mademoiselle. I didn't mean to startle you but I had to come over here and see that you were real."
"Excuse me" she babbled " I don't understand… real?" Her eyes could not leave his. They were so beautiful and she felt a blush coming to her face as he intently stared at her.
"You looked like an angel. I have never seen anyone so beautiful in my life. My name is Xander Williams and will you spend the rest of your life with me?"
Serena was speechless for only a moment when a smirk came to her own perfect pink lips. "If you keep looking at me like that I may have to. My name is Serenity Tsukino."
"Serenity.. the name fits an angel so well. Would you mind walking with me Ms. Serenity so that we may discuss our upcoming wedding engagement."
"Well Mr. Williams I would be delighted." Serena felt bold and alive. She had learned to read people a while ago. She felt nothing in sincere about him and actually very at ease being near him.
He held out his arm and she took it. They began to walk down the street and he could not stop looking at her. "Serenity, are you real?"
"I am indeed real and strangely at ease being with a complete stranger." She began.
"I was about to say the same thing." He smiled down at her and they continued to walk.
Serena and Xander spent every moment that they could together while she was in Europe. She had learned that he grew up in a very prominent family in New York City and attended Harvard. He was the head of the Paris division of a widely spreading company called Golden Era Inc. It was a medical supply company that was making medical break throughs with new technology. Serena was glad she was not alone anymore. Xander had broken her free of what she never had realized was a life of monotony.
Serena was traveling but every place she always went she always did the same things that any normal tourist would while in Europe. Xander had been all over Europe so he knew what the locals knew and did. His main goal was to show her all of the things that the real people of Europe did. They ate in small restaurants, horseback rode though the country of France, they visited the wine countries where Serena had found a new love and respect for wine, he took her to art galleries and so much more. On lookers started at them wherever they went. They were such a beautiful couple.
She found herself opening up to him more and more everyday. He was a friend at first and now he was so much more. He made her laugh which was something that she had become really good at faking over the last couple of years. He was always gentle and sweet. Like Endymion had been when they were on the Moon. She told him about all of her friends and family. He even talked to them on the phone when they called and shared in personal jokes. They highly approved of Xander. They had brought back the old Serena, The alive one. The more he was with her the more she stopped thinking about Darien. She tried not to think about what it would be like if it were him instead of Xander. She felt guilty when she did even though it was done unconsciously. Darien wouldn't have wanted to be with her anyway she always thought.
Weeks of being together turned in to months and on their three-month anniversary Xander surprised Serena with a trip to Greece.
"Xander, it is so beautiful. I love how the sky and sea are so blue and the buildings collide with the color of the white walls. I never want to leave." The blue like Earth and the White like the Moon she thought to herself.
"It reminds me of you, Serenity." His lips came down and kissed her gently on the forehead. "We will be here for a week."
"That sounds marvelous. I wish my friends were here too see this. I know Mina has been here before but the others would love it."
"I bet they would. Lets get to the hotel, love."
Serena was getting ready in her room. Xander was taking her out for dinner and she had decided to wear a white sundress with gold sandals. She didn't wear her hair in ordangos anymore for the shear fact that when she became queen it would be her only hairstyle. Her soft silver hair came down to her thighs and she pulled it half up. She took one last look in the mirror. Darien would have loved this place, though not with me. A knock at the door brought her a quick guilt trip. She knew it was Xander and again she was thinking about him. She swiftly went to the door.
His breath was gone, "You look beautiful."
"Thank you." He was so handsome and looked at her with such sincerity. His eyes sparkled when he looked at her causing a small blush to creep up in to her cheeks.
"I have a surprise for you." He smirked and pulled her close to his side.
"I love surprises. But you didn't have to do anything for me. Being with me is enough."
He led her out to the patio that over looked the sea. Lanterns hung in the sky over the cobblestone floor. White roses by the hundreds adored every table with small tea lights.
He got down on one knee. "Serenity, I know this seems sudden. I have only known you for three months and I feel as I have never before. I would go to the ends of the Universe to be with you. I know that this is right and that we should be together. Please do me the honor of being my wife."
Tears of happiness and sadness came down her face. "Yes" she said as a whisper. "I will marry you." And I will let him go..
At that very moment he picked her up and kissed her senseless. Laughter and cheers echoed in her ears.
She came out of the embrace with Xander to realize all of her friends were here.
"Mina! Raye! Ami! Lita!" they all came up and hugged her babbling congratulations. Mina was crying.
"What are you all doing here!" Serena wiped the tears from her eyes as she looked at them. She was about to burst with happiness. An unexpected wave of emptiness coursed though her body when she looked at Xander with her friends.
"Xander planned it. He called all of us while you were sleeping one night and here we are!" Ami told her the whole story.
Serena had tears of joy coming down her face. "I have missed you all so much!"
"Please, Sere, your going to see us forever and ever." Raye said with a huge smile on her face.
Serena looked in to the night sky then back at her friends talking enthusiastically with Xander. She was happy. She had found her king. She was loved once again, and it felt comforting. She quickly pushed his face out of her mind and focused on Xander.
Darien slammed him fist down on the table in frustration.
"Three months! Three fucking months they have not been able to find her!"
His best friend and lead General Michael stood looking on. He knew how he would feel if his tracker lost Mina.
"Darien, you need to calm down. We will find her. Its our fault for thinking she would be so predictable."
Darien gave what sounded like a growl from across his office.
"And we know she is alive. We have had sighting of her. Don't worry." Michael had to calm him down. If he didn't find her soon the whole company would suffer.
"That doesn't make me feel any better. I have been watching her since I left her. I need to know where she is for my own sanity… being away from her…"
Michael wanted to tell him it was all his fault to begin with for leaving her that is… But it was for the best. He would have done the same thing if he had realistic dreams of Mina's impending death.
"I know what you are thinking. I know it is my fault. I need to go find her. I need to be with her."
"Finally, some sense comes out of you. Well you will have to wait till the end of the month when we announce our new products. You have to be there so the stocks rise."
There was a knock at the office door. "Come in" Darien answered sitting down at his desk and sighing. His ran his tanned hand though his ebony hair.
It was his secretary Mrs. Hudson. She was a tall skinny woman in her forties. "Mr. Shields I just received wonderful news!"
"and that would be…" he waved his hand in frustration trying to hurry it out of her so she wouldn't dottle in the office any longer while he was upset.
"Oh, stop looking so miserable. Xander Williams is engaged. He will be having his engagement party here in New York on April 15th. May I put it on your calendar?"
Well this was a surprise to them both. "Of course. Xander is one of my best friends and workers. I am happy for him."
"Oh, I heard she is outrageously beautiful. His secretary in Paris keeps raving about her."
"I bet she is… is there anything else Ms. Hudson."
"Yeah, cheer up or you will get wrinkles." She closed the door behind her as she left the office.
"Well, Xander is finally tying the knot. Must be some girl. He was an even bigger play boy than you." Michael laughed.
"Yeah, I bet so. Wow. April 15th is just next weekend. Good to know that he has connections here to get that party started on such short notice."
"Now, back to finding Serena… where was she last spotted…"