Promises, Flowers & Farewells

Chapter 1

Hello Again, Rainbow

Disclaimer: The usual. I don't own Sailor Moon except the girl I made up and her cat and her old lady friend…what are their names again? Oh yes, Lydia/Sailor Rainbow, Lucky and Madam Indigo

Note: This is the sequel to "Over the Rainbow" so read that first. This takes place during "Sailor Moon R--Promise of the Rose" movie so if you haven't seen it, go and rent it before reading this fic or at least look up transcripts about it on the net.

Two young, lonely boys stood on the rooftop of an orphanage. One was Darien and the other was Fiore. Fiore had crimson eyes and reddish-brown hair. Darien was wearing pajamas and the boy was in street clothes.

"Here, Fiore," Darien said, holding gout a rose. "This rose if for you."

Touched by the thought and gift, Fiore smiled and accepted the rose. "Wow. No one has ever given me a gift before. I'll never forget this, Darien and someday, I'll be back with flowers for you."

Fiore disappeared and Darien looked around, wondering where he went. His eyes filled with tears, "Why did you have to go away?"

"Don't be sad," came Fiore's voice, "Someday I'll come back with flowers for you. I promise."

"Forget-Me-Not," Serena said suddenly.

"Huh?" Darien mumbled, snapping out of his daydream--or memory. "What?" He and Serena were in a greenhouse looking at flowers and in front of them was a pot of Forget-Me-Not

"I said this flower's called Forget-Me-Not," Serena replied.

"Oh, yeah." Darien said, "Forget-Me-Nots, they're nice."

"Know what they stand for?" Serena asked.

"No."

"They stand for true love in the language of flowers," Serena explained.

Darien laughed, "the language of…" He turned to Serena and she was puckering up for a kiss. Darien became cautious and spun around. "No one back there…okay…"

He began to deliver the kiss, without knowledge that a few pairs of eyes were watching.

"Oh, yuck," Rini said, "Serena's getting kissed. How gross."

"Look at Miss Fishlips all puckered up like some…" Raye began.

All the girls were snooping on Serena's kiss, except for Amy. She had her back turned with her hand over her eyes as well. "This isn't right, guys. We're spying. Stop. Come on. Let's go."

The girls suddenly gasped. Hearing this, Amy turned and peaked too.

"Hey, lassies," a familiar voice said, "What are yeh lookin' at?"

"Oh, Darien's about to kiss Serena," Lita said casually, "but they don't know we're---LYDIA!" Lita and the others turned around so quickly they almost knocked the shelves down. They did their best trying not to scream and they came out in muffled, guttural mutters, not knowing what to say.

"Surprised to see me, aren't yeh?" Lydia asked with a smile.

"Yeah--" Raye mumbled.

"What are you doing here, Lydia?" Mina demanded.

"Well, it's nice to see yeh again, Mina," Lydia grunted.

"Hey, who are you?" Rini asked.

"I'm Lydia from Ireland." Lydia replied, bending forward with her hands on her knees. "You sure look like Serena, li'l lassie."

"That's because she's my mom."

Lydia swallowed, "oh, yer mom. Who's your dad?"

"Darien, of course."

"Uh-huh, I see," Lydia placed her palms on the pink-haired girl's ears, "Where's Darien? I'm going to damage him for this! I go back home and I come back to--"

"Rini's their kid from the future!" Raye said.

"Future?"

"Yeah," Lita said. "Didn't Serena tell you about Rini?"

"Oh, yeah, that's right!" Lydia chuckled. "My future goddaughter."

Rini looked around curiously and finally Lydia took her hands off her ears. Rini smiled, "I remember Serena telling me about you. You're her best friend with all the good luck charms and a right hook, huh? I wish my mom could be more like you!"

Lydia grinned and ruffled her pink hair, "ahhh, she likes me!"

"Aw, shucks--" Impressed and surprised by Lydia's friendliness, Rini stepped back accidentally into the shelf, making it rattle. "Oops."

"Huh?" Darien mumbled. He sensed something funny going on and he scampered away quiet, leaving Serena puckering for a kiss. Rini and the others found it a little funny and came up with another prank to pull while Lydia sneaked away and followed Darien.

"Let's try this," Rini said, taking a leaf with a caterpillar on it. She held it inches away from Serena's face. Serena stood, still puckering and when she felt no lips on hers, she opened her eyes finally to find what she really was about to kiss!

"What? Aah!" Serena became grossed out, fell back and back paddled at the end of the aisle and panted heavily while Rini and the others laughed their heads off. "That wasn't funny!" She realized that Darien was not around, "Huh? Darien, where'd you go?"

"That's funny, your Irish friend left too," Rini said. "She missed it!"

"What?" Serena asked, standing up, "Lydia's here?"

"Yeah, where'd she go?" Amy asked, "She was right here a second ago."

Darien was outside the greenhouse taking in the beauty of the sweet-smelling flowers and soothing fountain. 'It's so nice here. The flowers smell so nice. The fountain's so soothing. I never noticed how the flowers make me feel so calm.' He thought as he took in a deep sigh.

"Hello, Darien," said a voice with a familiar Irish accent behind him, "Long time, eh, lad?"

"Lydia?" he turned around and he found Lydia walking up wearing a big smile, her hair still in braided pigtails with a yellow kerchief on her head. She wore a cream-colored sleeveless sundress that came down to her knees, decked out with violet wildflowers. She wore white sandals with sunflower buttons.

Darien wolf-whistled, "Wow, Lydia. You sure look pretty. I don't remember the last time you wore a dress. Last time I checked you were a tomboy."

Lydia laughed, grabbed Darien's arm and kissed his cheek. "Hey, yeh shouldn't say that. We don't want to make Serena jealous, now do we? Besides, I still have more pants than dresses. I'm here on spring break." She shrugged, "and I wanted to dress up to surprise you."

"Well, it worked," he said with a big smile, happy to see his best friend from his far past. He dropped his hand on her shoulder. "It's good to see you again, Lydia. Serena will sure be happy to see you."

"Same here. We have a lot to catch up on." Lydia agreed. She grinned mischievously, "starting with your little girl from the future, Rini."

Darien blushed, "oh, well, you see---"

His nervousness made him blush. The air suddenly became more fragrant than it was before. "Hey, do you smell that?" Lydia asked.

"Smells like flowers."

"Yes…but…" a rose petal fell down her nose. Her eyes went cross-eyed. She sneezed and it fell of her nose.

"Bless you," Darien said.

"Thanks," she sniffled, rubbing her nose. They both looked up at the sky and more rose petals gently floated down.

"Hmm, weird. Flower petals."

"Whoa-ho!" Serena called out, "Neat-oh!"

"Serena!" Lydia cried, "hey!"

"Lydia!" Serena ran up to her best friend and embraced her. "It's so good to see you. I've missed you so much!" Serena started to cry tears of joy. "What's up? Why are you here? How did you know I was at the greenhouse?"

"I'm here on spring break," she replied. "I came by your house to surprise you and your mother told me you were here. It's just Lucky and me. Lucky is at your house with Luna. Is it all right if I stay with you for the rest of my break?"

"Of course it is!" Serena cried. "We have a lot to talk about, don't we, Darien?"

"Hmm," Darien mumbled.

"Darien, are yeh all right?" Lydia asked in concern.

Darien had his eyes fixed on something. A young man wearing a black sweatshirt and khakis walked through the falling flower petals. He had brown hair and red eyes. Lydia, ever social, found him rather handsome. She walked away from Serena and Darien and went to introduce herself.

"Why, hello there," she began, holding out her hand, "my name's…"

The stranger walked by her as if she wasn't even there.

"Lydia?" she mumbled, turning around. "Hmph, how rude." She folded her arms and joined her friends.

"Hey," the stranger said.

"Huh?" Serena said, her arm on Darien's.

"Been a long time, Darien, too long," the stranger said.

"Are you friends?" Serena asked him.

"Huh?" he said, "No."

Lydia stood next to Serena. "Are you sure?" Lydia asked. "He seems to know who you are."

"I never forgot," the strange young man said.

"Huh?" Darien muttered.

"It took me a long time but I kept my promise," he went on, "and I finally found a flower worthy of our friendship?"

"Friendship?"

"Darien, is there something yeh would like to tell us?" Lydia demanded. Serena nodded in agreement.

"That's right," The mysterious young man went on. "And I vowed I'd return with flowers for you, too."

"Flowers?" Darien mumbled.

He reached for Darien's hand. Both Lydia and Serena became concerned. To try to make the situation easier for Serena, Lydia took her finger and moved it in a few circles to her ear.

"Whoo-oooh," she said and that was more than enough to get some giggles out of Serena. The young man took a look at this, frowned but continued to talk.

"It's still the most beautiful gift anyone has ever given me, Darien."

"I'm sorry," Darien said, trying to sound polite, "but I have no idea what you're talking about."

"You must know," the stranger said, "I promised you."

Serena had seen more than she could possible stand. "All right. You're done. I need my pumpkin to myself now. Ta-ta, strange-oid."

"Aye, have a nice day," Lydia added.

"Nice try," the young man muttered. He raised a hand and his face became not-too-friendly. He pushed Serena back and she would've fallen to the ground if Lydia had not caught her.

"Serena!" Darien shouted.

"Hey, that wasn't very nice!" Lydia snapped, propping Serena back to her feet and advancing to the young man, "how would yeh like it if I pushed you down?! Hmmm?!"

He looked her over, laughed and said, "I'd like to see you try." This made Lydia even angrier and she almost went to do something about it when Darien reached out and grabbed her arm.

"Darien…" she grunted, "I have to teach this bad laddie a lesson! Just give me five seconds!"

The young man grinned and walked away.

"Coward!" Raye shouted. "Come back here!"

"It's not right to push people," Lita added, "you should be ashamed!'

"No one's going to prevent me from keeping my promise," the stranger said angrily, "no one!" Flower petals and a strong gust of wind overwhelmed everyone, making them cover their faces.

"Flower petals again?" Darien wondered out loud.

"There's so many!" Amy cried.

"Where'd he go?" Lydia demanded, "I want to teach him a lesson!"

He disappeared in the sky but the wind and petals still remained.

"He's going away," Serena said.

"But to where?" Darien asked.

The sky cleared. There was no sign of the stranger and everything was normal again.

"He vanished!" Mina gasped.

"Why did he come?" Lita asked.

"That's Fiore," Darien said suddenly. "Has to be?"

"Who?" Lydia inquired, "Did yeh have a friend from Italy or something?"

"What's going on?" Serena asked innocently.

That night at Cherry Hill Temple the girls had a night of pizza and girl talk. Raye tucked in a sleeping Rini in and turned her attention on the news. The News Reporter was giving an odd report about a planet coming to Earth.

"And finally, we have news from the observatory that, this afternoon, a minor planet has been observed approaching the Earth's orbit at an unusually high speed. Around 11:20 tomorrow evening, it should be around twenty-five million kilometers from Earth: still a safe distance in astronomical terms. Anyone with a telescope should be able to spot it…"

Amy turned off the television.

"Thanks, Amy," Lydia said, slurping her drink, "I was getting tired of hearing that."

"The observatory's equipment has located it too," Artemis said.

"The planet?" Lucky asked.

"You guys look really worried." Lita asked. "If that planet keeps its distance, aren't we safe?"

"Aye, we might just get lucky," Lydia agreed.

"We're not sure it will," Luna said.

"Then we won't get lucky," Lucky muttered, "it's a good thing Lydia and I decided to show up, eh?"

"Yeah, we've missed ya," Lita said, "especially Serena over there. Hey, tell us more about your ghost searches at Ireland…."

"Well, Lita, yeh see--" Lydia began.

"Did you pick up on something, Artemis?" Mina asked.

"Computer findings point to yes," he replied.

"Lydia, you can all socialize later," Lucky muttered, "this is important."

"Oh, all right," Lydia groaned. She and Lita huddled near the computer with Raye, Mina and Amy as Artemis maneuvered the mouse.

"We've determined that the planet's six hundred meters long…a pretty good size, actually." Artemis said.

"Bigger than I thought," Amy said in concern, "If it plummets to Earth, it could be huge trouble."

"Right, but slim chance there. The planet looks big, but its mass is pretty small." Artemis explained. "It's as if it's hollow. It'd most likely burn out before it reached Earth."

"Blimey," Lydia mumbled.

"So what's got you worked up?" Raye demanded.

"The planet's got a major high plant reading," Luna said.

"Well, maybe they're plants we could use," said Lydia optimistically, "just as long as they're not yucky Brussels sprouts!"

For once, Mina could agree with Lydia. "Yeah right." She said, nodding. "As if some unfriendly ferns want to takeover our planet. Luna, you're being paranoid."

"Exactly," Lydia said.

"And if they were going to invade, wouldn't they be a little more discrete?" Lita asked.

"Or else…maybe they just wanna make some new friends." Mina suggested.

"Come on, Mina," Lydia groaned, rolling her eyes, "Plants? I've been around plants all my life and never have I seen them try to make friends."

"Maybe they're not ordinary plants if they're from outer space," said Mina.

"Ooh, I wonder what it is," Serena groaned.

Everyone was startled. "Huh?"

Serena was under the table, frustrated and rolling around. "Ooh! There seems to be some kind of connection between those two." She sat up. "Ooh, Darien's not allowed to have secrets."

"Why?" Raye asked, "Because you can't keep one to save your life?"

"I've always trusted her with mine," Lydia said.

"But you never told me any," Serena said.

"Exactly!"

They huddled around the table where there was a partially eaten pizza. Lita started on another slice. "Well, I think that guy was just some sort of wacko."

"I'll say," Lydia agreed, picking the pepperonis off of hers. "Rude laddie if you ask me…but cute."

"What?" all the other girls asked in unison. Lita nearly choked on her pizza. Lydia sweat dropped.

"Oh come on," Lydia said, "you have to agree with me that he was cute! Lita, you agree with me, don't you? Didn't he remind you of your old boyfriend?"

"Well," Lita said, taking a drink to make the piece of pizza go down her throat, "Okay, I have to admit, he did look like a total hunkster!" She grinned.

"See, I rest my case! The laddie just needs to learn some manners, that's all."

"Well, maybe Serena's right," Mina said, "there seemed to be a connection between the two."

"Serena, did Darien mention this guy?" Lita asked.

"No," Serena replied, "he doesn't say much about his past. He says it was just too lonely."

"Darien was lonely in his past life too," Lydia added. "Poor laddie…"

"That's strange," Amy said, "seeing how everyone's in love with him."

"Everyone including you?" Raye demanded.

"Of course not." Amy retorted, blushing. "I just said he's popular."

"Yeah, right," Raye said, "I've seen the way you look at him."

The girls began to squabble and Lydia tried to save Amy by coming up with what she's been up to in Ireland, "Say, lassies, have I told you about the rainbow coins I've been searching for?"

"Rainbow coins?" Amy asked.

"Aye."

"Are they anything like the rainbow crystals?" Lita asked.

"Mm-hmm," she nodded, "I don't have to take them from humans and they change into monsters like the shadow warriors. However, there are guardians that protect them and I have to fight them to prove I am worthy to claim them. When I get the coin, I get new powers and I become stronger—stronger than the rainbow crystals made me."

"Wow, how were they created?" Mina asked. Lydia seemed impressed that she was actually interested.

"A long, long time ago, there was rain for three days." Lydia said. "The sun did not shine. All did was rain and rain."

"That'd be a bummer," Lita grunted.

"Aye, but after three long days, the sun came out," Lydia went on, "and a giant rainbow appeared. On one end of the rainbow, there was a huge pot of gold coins. Just as you hear of the legendary pots of gold at the other sides of the rainbow."

"And I thought that was just a myth," Amy said.

"No myth, Amy," Lydia insisted. "The rainbow was so bright, that it changed seven of those gold coins into the colors of the rainbow and they became magical coins. Right after that, a strong wind blew the seven coins out of the pot and they were scattered in different places. For years, people have searched for the seven rainbow coins, but never found them. I kind of thought it was just a story myself until I went to invistiage this haunted house called the House of Blood."

"House of Blood?" Raye looked disgusted, "well, even the name of it makes me want to stay as far away from it as possible!"

"I know," Lydia nodded. "It got its name because the house was just so red, inside and out. People tried to get in to check it out but they heard a voice telling them to leave. When I went, my brooch was changing red like it does when I'm searching for the crystals. I found the red coin in an empty suit of armor. That armour became the guardian of it and would frighten anyone crazy enough to come. Only the Rainbow Princess had the power to draw it and I was able to do it ith my prism crystal."

"That's so cool," Lita breathed.

"Did you find any others?" Mina inquired.

"Yeah just the orange," Lydia answered. "I found it in a wildfire that was burning down one of the villages."

"Do you have them on you?" Lita asked excitedly. "Can we see?"

"Yeah, sure," she took out her brooch and opened up and removed the two coins from the inside of the lid.

"Wow, they're very pretty!" Amy said, picking up the red as Lita picked up the orange.

Lita bit the edge of the coin, "Yeah, real gold too! Wow!"

"Serena, you have got to check this out!" Raye exclaimed.

But Serena wasn't listening. Her mind was on something else. Serena leaned back and remembered something from a time she and Darien were talking.

"I'm so sorry about your parents." Serena said as she sat on Darien's bed, looking at a picture with him and his parents when he was a child. "So…you've been alone ever since?"

"Yes," he replied sadly.

"You were so young, too." Serena sympathized. "Were you always…lonely?"

"Very much."

"Didn't you have friends?"

"I do now, and that's what counts. The past is over." Darien said, trying to be optimistic. "Since I met you, I haven't had a single lonely day. You're my family now, Serena."

"Oh, Darien…" Serena sighed. She rested her head on his lap. 'You're right about that, Darien. We are family now, and that means, I'll do all I can to protect you…forever.'

Serena was silent as the girls now talked about their love lives. "So that was your first love?" Mina said. "My first crush was that boy from the grocery store."

"Who was your first crush, Lydia?" Lita asked.

"I don't have one," Lydia replied, biting her lip. She didn't fill 'in' as all the girls were talking about their love lives and first crushes. But Amy wasn't speaking about that either. At least Lydia wasn't alone about the love thing.

"Oh come, on, there had to be a special guy!" Raye urged, elbowing her in the ribs. "Darien counts…weren't you two best friends in the past?"

"Yes…but he was like an older brother sometimes," Lydia admitted.

"And all those guys that gave you kisses and hugs when you were wearing your 'kiss me I'm Irish shirt'," Mina added, "right after you said it never works!"

"Just laddies that thought I was a nice person," Lydia shrugged. "I didn't have any relationships with them or anything."

"What about Andrew?" Lita suggested. "You were awfully nice to him."

"Nope," Lydia said, "I was just trying to cheer him up with Rita left. I don't fall for every boy I see, you know. I'm not like that. Sure, there were nice lads back home, but there just wasn't any chemistry. But I'm sure I'll meet a laddie that is really special to me. He's out there…somewhere…waiting for me."

"That's so romantic, Lydia," Raye said. "What kinda guy would you want to fall for?"

Lydia paused in concentration, "well, I haven't given it much thought." She leaned back and put her hands behind her head. "I suppose someone like Darien, but different, y'know? I'd like a laddie that has been down on his luck, someone who has been alone most of his life. Never had a chance to feel loved, so I can love him. See, Darien was a prince and I'm sure he had people that admired him because of that. He sure had a lot of princesses chasing him around!" Lydia laughed, "but, I don't know, I think I want someone less fortunate than that. It's hard to explain, really."

"So cool, Lydia," Lita said, "and I hope whoever that guy is, that he has a brother!"

"Wow, I hope you find him soon!" Mina cried. "Sounds like the perfect guy for you."

"Maybe he is," Lydia said hopefully. "I'll find out when I find him."

This made all the girls, even Amy sigh longingly as if they heard the sweetest thing. The three cats pretended that the girls were going nuts. "Just once…I wish they'd act more serious," Luna murmured.

Serena sat up and looked out of the window. 'Darien…'

What the sailor scouts didn't know, a strange seed floated down from the sky. It was glowing and unknown forces carried it to a grassy spot next to a tree. It was magically planted and a flower grew. Who planted it? Where did it come from? Could it be from the planet heading to Earth?

Next Chapter--Wicked Weeds