PROLOGUE

-------------

Natasha Rivers

When I was a little girl, my mother told me I'd do great things.

Fuck, don't all parents say that? My dad called me his little princess, my brother was over-protective, I got a good education, had popularity, lost my virginity on prom night with my first boyfriend and hell; I even got my dream job.

My picture-perfect little life was never enough.

No, I always had to be the centre of attention. Even when I was the one following around celebrities with some hired photographer and my notepad to dig out their dirty little, or not so little, secrets and expose them to rest of the world who were hungry for the knowledge that these celebrities weren't as perfect and fabulous as they made themselves look.

Then I got hooked.

I wanted all the attention they got and took advantage of my job to get it.

I became famous for writing about famous people, and my column was so loved by the thirsty gossip-mongrels that I was approached by various agents wanting to expand my name.

I got my own talk show first, and then came the magazine and soon I was throwing money on my bed sheets and rolling around with giggles and champagne.

I had it all, everything anyone ever dreamed of.

My parents approached the situation like any proud parents would after seeing their little girl happy: they boasted and bragged and squealed in delight at the house I bought them.

My brother got a music contract because of me and enjoys his own fame and fortune through his passion for music, dropping his job as an accountant.

Life at this point was good, fantastic, amazing and everything I desired.

I realised soon though that enough is never enough – not for me.

I started desiring things, things I couldn't have.

This is my story of one person in particular, one thing.

The person I fell in love with, the one I can never have completely and will always want: Rei Hino.

********

-------------

********

"Don't you see?" Usagi had said so innocently. "It's perfect. Mako-chan with Ami-chan, Rei-chan with Mina-chan, Haruka-chan with Michiru-chan, and then Mamo-chan with me!"

She had smiled the most beautiful smile, explaining it to them like they were the dumb ones for once.

"It's meant to be!"

Destiny.

Fate, entwined paths... kindred souls.

Their lives were no mere fucking coincidences – that was for sure.

Each one of them had met because of such destiny, loved because of such destiny and suffered because of such destiny.

They had died and literally come back to life because of the power of their beloved princess. She had so much power that whatever she wished could possibly come true.

Except she never wished for herself, she always wished for others.

There was nothing stronger than the bond they shared as a whole, as the Senshi. They were connected in a way no normal human could ever imagine.

And it was destiny.

Though Usagi and Mamoru would not hesitate to choose each other over their 'destined protectors and best friends,' the other senshi were so devoted to their princess that they would not hesitate to choose their princess over themselves.

Ask them to choose between their princess and one of their own and without missing a heartbeat they would choose the princess.

Such was the effect of their destiny.

Nothing could compare to the absolute love they held for their duty.

They were, in essence, obsessed fighters who would not stop until it was completely impossible to continue. They had to protect the only pure thing in this world – their princess.

If Usagi wanted, Usagi got.

If Serenity wanted, Serenity got.

"Don't you see?" Usagi had said so innocently. "It's perfect. Mako-chan with Ami-chan, Rei-chan with Mina-chan, Haruka-chan with Michiru-chan, and then Mamo-chan with me!"

She had smiled the most beautiful smile, explaining it to them like they were the dumb ones for once.

"It's meant to be!"

If she said it was meant to be, then it was.