Title: I Stay In Love
Author: aquaxeyes
Rating: T for language
Full Description: Sequel to "Tears Under My Pillow". Five years have passed, and Usagi and Mamoru are getting on with their lives. What happens when they meet again?

Author's Notes: First off, I'm going to thank those who reviewed the last chapter of Tears Under My Pillow; Lightning Rose, Konixu, PrincesaKarlita411, v1cky84, Mistoflees, inspire16, Kana07, Macala Armstrong, lilcatfish96, Anonymous, 'Aery, Krissipooh, midnight blue08, ironchefslady, rosebudjamie, Spriteofice, TrueWinolo, Eva C, lolly25081989, SkylerKnight, fleaz, ReadBetweenMyLines, Serenity Komoshiro, skye668, silvermoon8573, RoyalLovers1418, Sailor-Nekawaii, Heraldo, serenity11287, ally0212, kittyqueen2, sarahr85, kyil, Jingy5, neo dreamer, MoonPrincess568, Sweet Rainfall, diamondstar1808, anon, tonieboo0013, : (, AngelOfArtemis, Edward4ever1992, jean, DisconnectSelfDestruct, hit60, BelleWeasley, lightgazer888, melis, Drianax, Diamond Tear Drops, anon, Lucyy, sailormoon-is-eternal, SmTwilight, Domyouji Love, Miss Dace, homicidalglare, kbpluto, SailorVengeance19, Supalady05, tzusuko, Glazya Yuy, Aashka, lunadea21, Poeta, Temari's Angel, PhantasyDreamer, ellyko, TrueDestiny, rainbabie, Cherrysinger, gurlegurl, PD, svgurl410, kireisnowtenshi, Fire Dolphin, Lily, Lady Razeli, PriestessHelene, SailorMoonForever, e.m.c, impersonal, Lady Golden Flower, Ladolcemorte, .xCuriousx., Cathy Daine, brnn, Mercedes Jay, a.k.a ettie, Inuki, blackacess, Incomplete Melody, fanny, venusgoddess, moonkisser, Usagi, ladonna, nightimedew, SammieAtHome, usa, and crazy. twilight. love -- your reviews were fun to read and respond to!

In addition I want to thank all the readers and reviewers who made that fic such a hit, as well as those who added it in their C2 communities.

Special thanks to my new beta reader Rithien, who I have driven crazy with my multiple e-mails and plot theories.

I know this first bit is small (..understatement), but I just wanted to post it to let everyone know that yes, I have read your reviews and messages, and yes, I have been working on a sequel. I wanted to wait a little longer to start posting, but I figured I should at least give you something to read while I work. Plus, I kind of want to know if I should continue working this at all.

Disclaimer: I own nothing but the story.

"Love is a symbol of eternity. It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end." –Unknown


The phone rang. He didn't want to answer, but it could've been a patient. "Hello?"


His jaw clenched as he recognized the voice on the other line. "Reika," he said through his teeth.

"I know it's been a while--"

"Five years," he interrupted. "What do you want?"

There was a pause on the other line. "This is going to sound pretty strange but.. Emi, my daughter.. She's turning five in three weeks."

Mamoru stilled. Emi. Her daughter. Hers and Motoki's. "Congratulations. And?"

"I'm calling because I wanted to know if you would like to come to her birthday party. I'm sending the invitations out right now and--"

"Is this a joke?" he asked incredulously.

A longer pause. "I hope you don't think that after all this time, after all that I've been through, I'm calling just to play a prank on you."

"Okay, okay," he said, her guilt trip wearing him down without much effort. "Sorry. You don't exactly bring back fond memories."

"Likewise," she said without hesitating, "but I think it's high time for us to get past that. Look, I'm really trying to make an effort here. I've already discussed things with Motoki.. Right now, I just need to know if you want me to send you an invitation."

He raised his brow in disbelief. "Motoki's okay with this?"

"Yes or no, Mamoru?" Reika asked impatiently.

End Prologue.

( Intriguing? )