Well...I know that I'm going to have to apologize for begrudging you this chapter for so long...
but if it's not satisfactory, there is always the option that you may beat me upside the head
for it. What's a few brain cells more or less? I never use 'em anyway. Now this is the part
where I'm supposed to tell you that Sailor Moon doesn't belong to me in any way, shape,
or form, no matter how many times I try and run through Pluto's time portal and steal
Naoko's ideas before she gets them. Oh well...maybe I'll try again for it tomorrow. Wish me
luck! And also that I don't end up falling on Usagi's head like Chibi-usa!

Eva C, beatifulmoonbunny/anonymous reviewer whose escapes me, PhsycobabbleDream, Eternal Eyes, misako princess, Crystalinchen, and Jessicam242: Thank you so much for the reviews, and here's the second chapter that I've promised...But I'm not signing blood for the next one coming out in a few days, but it will have more explanations in it then this one does. Thanks a ton! ;)

SerenityMoonGodness: This takes place in season one, where the Black Moon starts screwing with the time stream even more then they have before. When will they ever learn? Thanks for the review ;)

: Well thank you! I tried my best to make it sound realistic...but it was a bit difficult with Mamoru's shady personality. And actually, I took the descriptions of the four Ayakashi sisters straight from the pictures of the materials scanlations...I'm a cheater. But the whole residence thing was for...dramatic effect or something like that, but you're probably right though because my brain works in strange ways. But I'd like to point out that in the Japanese anime, their names were indeed Prince Demand, Saphir, and Esmeraude, and they were changed in the dub. Thanks for the review! ;)

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Plunging Swords

Chapter 2

By sakanascales876

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Minako awoke groggily on the cold, stone floor. She felt heavy, as though she had been heavily drugged. Her arms and legs were on fire, and she groaned as she tried to lift her arms to ease any sort of pain. Her neck was extremely sore, and she unconsciously rubbed the area where the necklace had choked her. Sitting up, she noticed that both her hands and feet were bound, enabling only limited amounts of movement.

It was dark. Immensely dark. So this is what hell would look like once you put out the massive fires? She lifted her hand in front of her face, not at all too surprised when she couldn't at least see a faint outline of it. But she didn't need any light to tell that she was in a whole lot of trouble.

Raising her finger, she whispered, "Crescent, beam!" The light summoned to her pointer finger, but Minako did not release it. Immediately, the entire area illuminated, but Minako's eyes did not have to adjust to the sudden burst of light. The beam was a part of her and it was...natural.

She realised that she was in some sort of cave, damp water dripping slowly into puddles of darkness. Both of her hands were bound in some sort of glowing rope, and the more she struggled against it, the tighter it became. She felt like an over-grown stress ball, and the person squeezing her was a homicidal, middle aged man with extreme anger management problems to an extent where he would gun down an entire movie theater for not having the movie he wanted to see.

Sighing, Minako looked around, looking for any means of escape, but her eyes trailed to three comatose bodies on the floor, and her eyes widened in realization.

"Minna!" she cried, edging her way over to Ami. She gently shook the girl, but the bluenette didn't stir at all.

"Come on, Ami! Wake up so you can tell me what the heck is going on!" she pleaded.

"We've been captured."

Minako rolled her eyes. "Well gee, I figured...that...much..."

Her eyes widened as she noted that Ami was still unconscious.

"Ami..." she whispered, though it echoed about the cave. "Can you talk with your mind?"

She heard many exasperated sighs throughout the cave. "Minako-chan, the term is telepathic, and no, I cannot 'talk with my mind.'"

It was Ami's voice again, but same as before, the girl before her hadn't even moved.

"Over here, nimrod."

That sounded like Rei, and she whipped her head around, trying to find the direction of the voice.

"Rei-chan, is that you?" she called, looking blindly around the dark expanse of cave.

"Nah, it's Toucan Sam here with a bowl of delicious Fruit Loops part of your well-balanced breakfast."

Minako looked to the sleeping form of Rei's body. The martian was slightly drooling, which she would note to use against her later, but she was still fast asleep.

"Where are you guys!" she called exasperatedly as something grasped her chin painfully.

Minako came face to face with a woman who had sandy blond hair and emerald eyes, sparkling with mischief like the evening sun on the water. She was dressed in the ensemble of a Sailor Senshi, though Minako had never seen or heard about her before. Her hands and feet weren't bound, which did not relieved her immensely. This girl could easily crush her!

"We're over here," she spoke mockingly, pointing over to a dark section of the cave. Usually, curiosity would have made Minako look over there immediately, but no such impulse came as she stared dumbly at her possible death bringer.

Minako stared up at her with terrified eyes. "H-hi."

Another 'Senshi' appeared beside her, her sea green eyes and hair shining in the dim light. Though a frown was directed at the woman grasping her chin, she knew that this 'Senshi' would probably slit her throat just if she felt bored. But a calmness swept through her eyes, and Minako felt a bit relieved as the waves of comfort rolled off this new woman.

"Haruka, you're scaring her!" she scolded. The grip on Minako's chin loosened somewhat, but the blonde Senshi would not let go.

"Yeah Haruka, you're scaring me!" a familiar voice cried from deep within the cave.

"My Lord, how is it my fault that this blonde haired bimbo was even dumber in the past?" Haruka cried.

"Hey!" Minako yelled. "You have no right to insult me! I don't even know you. What the heck is going on?"

Suddenly, Minako was nearly lifted off the ground as Haruka dragged her over to another end of the cave. Minako flailed her arms and legs, praying that the girl would set her down gently instead of dropping her. Despite her many struggles and curses, the grip on her would not relent. When they both stopped moving as they reached the other side of the cave, she saw eight faces staring straight at her.

"H-hello, there," she breathed, giggling nervously. The eight beings were looming in the shadows, shrouded with an aura of mystery. Although she could barely make out that they were even there, she could practically feel their eyes boring into her. Raising her finger, she whispered the incantation again, and they were immediately surrounded by a bit of dim light once more.

She was face to face with eight Senshi, four of them familiar, four of them not. They stared down at her, analyzing her like a bubbling test tube.

"Who are you?" Minako asked.

Four of the Senshi stepped out of the shadows, and Minako gasped.

Sailor Mars, Sailor Jupiter, Sailor Mercury, and...Sailor Venus...stood before her, except they looked much older than her. Sad and tired expressions were slapped onto their faces, and Minako inwardly grimaced at the thought that her friends could even look like that. Their hands and feet weren't bound either, and they stood silently.

Sailor Mercury stepped forward. "Now Minako-chan, this is going to be a huge shock to you...but you need to just be quiet and listen."

Minako nodded dumbly as Sailor Jupiter cut her bindings.

Sailor Mercury kneeled before her, and the other four figures stepped out of the shadows.

"Before I start," Mercury began. "I need to introduce you to the Outer Senshi. They guard the outer rim of the solar system and protect our galaxy from unknown threats before they even arrive. Sailor Uranus, Neptune, Saturn, and Pluto. But you may call them Haruka, Michiru, Hotaru, and Setsuna. Do you understand so far?"

Minako looked at the unfamiliar Senshi, taking in their striking appearances and intimidating forms. Heck, even the little black haired girl freaked her out.

"So there are more of us?" she asked.

Mars snorted, flipping her hair over her shoulder. "Have you ever stopped to count how many planets there are, Minako-chan?"

Jupiter rolled her eyes. "Well, we didn't know about them either, Mars, so cut her some slack."

Mars glared at her. "We don't have time to cut people slack! Our empire has been overthrown and we're the only ones that can stop them!"

"That isn't true," a mysterious voice stated as Sailor Pluto stepped forward. "We can only hope that Serenity and Endymion-sama are fighting."

All of them looked down. "Setsuna-chan," an older Venus whispered. "Forget it; they're dead. We'd be out of here by now if they were still alive."

Setsuna shook her head. "I won't believe it. They're out there, and we need to have faith in them."

"But Demand even went back in time and killed Usagi and Mamoru! They don't even exist anymore!"

Minako looked up. "What?" she whispered brokenly, tears forming in her eyes.

Mercury looked at her with sympathy. "Minako..."

"What. Is going. On?" she ground out, looking away as tears cascaded down her porcelain cheeks. "Why would they kill Usagi-chan? I don't even know any of you! And how the hell does any of this have to do with Chiba Mamoru?" she cried, tears streaking down her cheeks.

Everyone turned away from her, a few clearing their throats, some dabbing their eyes, the rest shedding their tears.

After a long moment, Mercury finally cleared her throat. "We're you...from the future..." she said quietly.

"I figured that much." The voice sounded alien even to her. Minako clenched her fists, her knuckles turning white. "Why was I taken? Why was Usagi-chan killed?"

"The people who kidnapped you are the enemy." Mercury pulled out her computer.

"Beryl kidnapped us?" Minako tilted her head in confusion, though tears were still sliding down her cheeks.

Mercury shook her head. "No. This has absolutely nothing to do with Queen Beryl. This is an entirely different enemy...a more powerful enemy. They are the ones that kidnapped you, and killed Serenity and Endymion."

"What do they want from us?" Minako asked.

Uranus scoffed. "They're cowards! They saw us as a threat, so they rounded us up like cattle and imprisoned us here!"

Minako looked around. "Where exactly is...here?"

"We're on Nemesis," Ami supplied. "This is where the enemy base resides."

"Wait, wait, wait!" Minako shook her hands frantically in front of her face. "Can you please just start this from the beginning? All these bits and pieces aren't making any sense to me."

She heard Mars mutter something along the lines of, "Dumb blond," but she chose to ignore it.

Mercury took a deep breath, and all the other Senshi sat on the damp cave floor, surrounding their attention to the blue haired soldier.

"The future..." she began, "Is a very peaceful place. There are rarely any threats, and we are ruled under Neo-Queen Serenity and King Endymion."

At Minako's questioning glance, Mercury sighed. "Usagi and Mamoru."

She looked disbelieving. "How much did you have to pay those guys? I mean, the way that their always at each other's throats, I'm a bit surprised that they haven't killed each other yet." She tilted her head to the side. "Just how many years into the future are you guys?"

Mercury typed a few keys into her computer. "About...fourteen-hundred years ahead from the present time we are in now."

Minako shrugged. "Figures it would take them over a millenia to realize that they could be doing something more important than fighting all the time."

All of them giggled, even Mars. "Very true," Mercury said, and all the laughter died a silent death. "But Usagi-chan and Mamoru-kun are King and Queen of the Earth."

Minako's eyes bugged out. "Queen and King? How is that even possible? Usagi gets worse grades than I do! Do you have any idea how terrible that is?"

"Believe us; we do," Uranus joked.

Minako glared at her.

"Anyways---" Mercury attempted.

"But wait!" Minako cried. "How are they the King and Queen? Usagi's just Sailor Moon, and Mamoru's just, well...Mamoru."

Pluto looked at her with a blank expression. "Usagi and Mamoru are the missing princess and prince that you have been looking for. Also, Tuxedo Kamen is Mamoru. I'm sorry to inform you of that...but your search is going to have to end."

Minako clutched a hand to her head, eyes widening in shock. "I can't believe it..." she whispered.

"Neither can I." Mars earned an elbow in the ribs from Neptune for that comment.

"I mean..." she started. "It all makes sense though...Usagi is Sailor Moon, and we are looking for the MoonPrincess...but I never though...and Mamoru..."

Mars turned to Sailor Venus. "That has got to be the smartest thing that you have ever said."

Venus pulled out her sword. "Watch it pyro! I'll---"

"Stop it! We don't have time for this, you two!" Mercury cried. Their bickering ceased, and all attention was turned to Mercury once more.

"As I was saying, under the rule of Serenity and Endymion, we run Crystal Tokyo, a place of is barely any crime, and Japan is a utopia in comparison to the rest of the world. One day, during a meeting, this enemy, the Black Moon, showed up and---"

"Who's the 'Black Moon'?" Minako interrupted.

"They're the enemy I was talking about earlier. They've been after us forever, trying to get revenge for banishing them to Nemesis."

"Why'd you banish them? And what's a Nemesis?"

"They are evil beings who refused to be cleansed with the Maboroshi no Ginzuishou, so they were exiled from the Earth to the planet of Nemesis. To this day it has always been their goal to go back in history and change time so that they are under control of our future, and I have a feeling that they are attempting it right now."

"Not to mention that their Prince is a little too...friendly with our princess..." Uranus growled.

"Anyway," Mercury cut in. "The Black Moon attacked, nearly destroying our Crystal Palace. Many were killed, and they captured us. We don't know what happened to Serenity and Endymion, but since they aren't fighting now...we have assumed the worst."

"Don't say that, Ami-chan," Pluto said. "They are alive and they are fighting."

"How do you know that Setsuna?" Venus asked.

Pluto's eyes narrowed. "What do you think, Venus? It's not like I know every event that is to occur in the time space continuum or anything."

Jupiter looked impressed. "Wow, Setsuna-chan. Didn't know you had a little bit of sarcasm in you."

Pluto pinched the bridge of her nose, looking down and shaking her head. "Listen...they're alive; I know it. We have got to trust them!"

Little Saturn beside her nodded in agreement. "She speaks the truth...the princess and prince are still alive, and they will fight."

Minako smiled at them all. "Yeah...and Usagi-chan and Mamoru-kun will do something!"

None of the others would look at them, their skepticism evident on their faces. A silence sounded throughout the cave, the only sound being the dripping water behind them.

"Minako-chan," Mercury whispered. "That's why we think that Serenity and Endymion are dead. Prince Demand went back in time to kill their past selves so that they would not exist in the future."

Minako clenched her fists. Silent tears trailed down her face, splashing on the ground as her shoulders shook. She attempted to speak many times, but when she tried, she recieved no cooperation and the words died a silent death on her tongue. It took minutes for the blonde haired goddess to find her voice again.

"Then how are you all still here?" she whispered, staring hardly at Mercury.

Mercury shook her head. "That's the thing...I just don't know."

A silence wafted throughout the cave again, and Minako shuddered at the chill she felt down her spine.

"They're alive...trust me," Pluto said, suddenly finding a crack in the stone walls interesting.

Uranus rolled her eyes. "Yeah, Setsuna. As you hold on to that little false bit of information you've got there, the Earth of the future and soon the past are being enslaved while we sit here doing absolutely nothing about it."

"This is something that's supposed to happen." Pluto stared across the room towards the unconscious Senshi.

Jupiter raised an eyebrow. "This never happened in ourpast, though, Setsuna-chan."

She didn't respond, but Minako recognized the look of loyalty in her eye. It was the same look that she gave Usagi each battle, showing her that she would follow the girl even if she decided to walk into death.

"Believe in Serenity and Endymion," Pluto whispered. "They're alive, well, and fighting." She gave a tiny smile to the others before adding,

"And you know that whenever they fight...they never lose."

Mars scoffed. "Except when Serenity fights with Endymion. He always loses."

The all looked at one another. "True enough."

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"Esmeraude, report."

The emerald haired woman stepped forward, nervously brushing a stray tendril of hair behind her ear. Stumbling for words, she looked anxiously up at her prince.

"It was a success. Serenity and Endymion are now dead...past, present, and future." She glanced into his eyes, searching for any kind of praise, but nothing but a bored stare resided on his face.

"Very good. We shall take the past tomorrow." He took a long sip of his wine, crossing one leg over the other. "Give Rubeus my regards...and make sure that you congratulate him on a job well done."

"You are a fool, brother."

Prince Demand swiveled angrily in his chair towards his younger brother, glaring down at the man.

"Are you questioning my authority again?"

He glared up at Prince Demand defiantly. "In the interest of the people of Nemesis, yes I am."

"I am doing what is best for my people!"

"No," Saphir yelled. "You are doing what Wiseman thinks is best for your people! Can't you see that he's just using you?"

"I've heard your opinions, Saphir, but I am sticking with my plan---"

"You mean Wiseman's plan! You're supposed to be the King! Make your own damn decisions for once!"

Demand raised one hand in the air. "Enough."

Saphir wasn't finished though. "You still listen to his advice, even though he told you to kill the woman you love!"

Prince Demand shrugged. "I just wanted to get rid of Endymion."

"There could have been other methods of doing it then, brother! You could have gotten everything you wanted had you stopped long enough to think about it"

"Do not question my plans. The future is ours to take now---"

"No it isn't! We can't do a damn thing about the future unless we have the Maboroshi no Ginzuishou! Who told you that everything---"

Demand raised an eyebrow. "Wiseman."

Saphir pinched his nose. "I don't like him, brother, he's up to something. Surely you could have thought of another way to destroy Endymion without killing them both!"

Saphir saw that his eyes clenched shut, a pained expression on his face.

"You regret it, don't you?" he whispered.

Demand said nothing, but a lone tear travelled down his cheek. "Enough, Saphir. I'm doing what is best for all of us."

"And in the process you've lost your sanity and someone you held dear. Has any of it been worth while yet?"

Prince Demand clenched his fist. "We've already taken the future---"

"Which means absolutely nothing without the Ginzushou. Crystal Tokyo revolves around that tiny crystal, but with no Serenity, there's no power to wield it. And we don't even know where it is now."

"Do not question me, and do not question Wiseman. We know what we're doing..."

"Believe what you will, brother. You do as you see fit and I will do as I see fit."

Demand took another sip of his wine. "Interfere, Saphir, and I will not hesitate to kill you."

Saphir bowed mockingly. "As you wish..."

Saphir walked away, down the many halls of the palace. He knew he had to step up and do something before it was too late. Demand was going to destroy them all under the control of Wiseman, and he wouldn't allow all the innocent people of Nemesis to fall. Frustrated, he pushed open a door, revealing Esmeraude staring at the Black Crystal.

"Esmeraude, I need to talk to you."

She gave out one of her sickening laughs. "I'm listening."

Saphir didn't know where to start. "Surely you've noticed some...flaws in this plan of my brother's and Wiseman's?"

"No, I haven't," she said, raising an eyebrow suspiciously.

"Esmeraude," he said. "If this continues, all of Nemesis will fall...my brother's stupidity doesn't allow him to see all of the possible precautions needed to be taken for his acts. He was a fool to kill Serenity, for without her, there is no Ginzushou."

Esmeraude's grip tightened around the feathery fan in her grasp. "Is that so? I thought that killing Serenity would be a good thing..."

Saphir shook his head. "My brother didn't get his facts straight, for destroying Serenity could have been the most stupid thing he has ever done. The Ginzushou controls everythingin the future, and Serenity controlled the Ginzushou. Now that she and Endymion are gone, time is going to start falling apart, and since we captured Pluto, not even she will be able to fix it."

"Serenity being gone is a good thing. We don't need our worlds to revolve around her."

"You're jealousy blinds you. Without her, time is falling apart. We can only pray that there may be some sort of solution to this mess."

"When will time collapse?"

"I don't know. It should have started to rip apart by now...but I don't know why the time stream seems unaffected."

"So what did you want me to do about it?"

Saphir didn't speak. He walked forward, stepping beside her and glaring at the Black Crystal. It was so large...yet so weak. The Ginzushou was so small...and so powerful. If only he could obtain it...if only her could somehow use it to save Nemesis from destruction.

"We need to overthrow my brother," Saphir whispered.

Esmeraude gasped. "I will do no such thing, Saphir! We would be betraying---"

"Believe me when I say that my loyalties are to Nemesis, not him. I will do what is best for our planet...even if I have to kill my own brother. Esmeraude...I need your help with this."

She bit her lip, looking nervously about the room for any signs of their prince. "Saphir...I won't do it! I can't!" she cried.

"Think about it," was all he said before he walked away.

Neither of them noticed the floating, cloaked figure hover out of the room.

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Usagi clutched her head painfully as she awoke, her entire body feeling heavy and disoriented. She opened her eyes, only to tightly shut them again at the bright light surrounding her. Slowly, they began to adjust, and Usagi found herself in an all too familiar room.

"Usagi-chan, are you alright?"

She had no idea whose voice that was, but a sudden pull of nausea overwhelmed her. Instinctively, she wrapped her arms protectively around her stomach, wincing every time that it decided to do a summer-sault.

"You really shouldn't have done that so quickly."

It was the same voice as before, but Usagi couldn't seem decipher where she had heard it before.

Another person heaved a frustrated sigh. "What was I supposed to do? Throw her over my shoulder and run away? I bet Rubeus would have loved that."

"What is with you and your constant need for heroics? Because of that little stunt you pulled, now she's going to be dizzy for a few hours and we'll get nothing accomplished."

Usagi almost giggled. They sounded like an old, married couple. She immediately covered her hand over her mouth when someone began to shake her.

"Odango? Odango Atama? Can you hear me?" That was definitely Mamoru, she would recognize him anywhere, even in a street convention of men wearing green jackets. Hideous green jackets.

"Please stop shaking me!" Usagi moaned. "I'm gonna puke!"

She could hear him shuffle away from her quickly. "Coward," she mumbled.

"Hey!" she heard two indignant voices cry. "I am not a coward!"

She sat up, rubbing her aching head. "Would you two shut up? I've got a serious headache here!"

Looking around the room, she noted that they were in the Control Center.

"Mamoru-baka!" she cried, grabbing the lapels of his hideous, purple shirt. "How the hell did you get into our Control Center?"

He smiled sheepishly, running a hand through his hair and calmly unclenching her hands from his shirt.

"Usagi-chan, your Mamoru-baka's over there," he said, pointing across the room. Sure enough, Mamoru sat there, green jacket and all. But she turned back to face the other man. Suddenly, she remembered his face...he was the nut job that had nearly gotten them killed!

She shimmied away from him, nearly kicking him in the face in the process. "Get away from you psycho!"

The woman behind him shook her head. "The price of your damn heroics...when will you ever learn?"

Usagi ignored her glancing over to Mamoru. "Aren't you even the least freaked out over this?"

He shrugged. "I've already had everything explained to me. It would help if you stopped trying to kill them long enough for them to answer your questions, though, Odango."

She felt the woman place a warm hand on her shoulder. Usagi really looked at her for the first time, noticing silver-blue eyes, shimmering with mischief. A golden, crescent moon adorned her forehead, shining brightly in comparison to her silver hair. A warm smile upon her lips embraced Usagi with welcoming arms, and although she was terrified, she felt that everything was going to be alright as long as this woman was with her. She looked familiar in a way, and Usagi couldn't help but feel at ease, as thought she were in her mother's presence.

She brushed stray bangs away from Usagi's face, her silvery eyes staring into her own. "Usagi-chan...we need your help."

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Not a cliff hanger...but eh? Let me know what you thought! I really like reviews...their like fuel
for my soul (a tad too deep, huh?). Flames are acceptable also, because criticism is constructive,
and builds strong bones, just like milk. I'm just going to tell you thought that the next chapter is
full of explanations...from a different perspective then the Senshi's. But until then............. I'm off to
go wreak havok in the time stream and get wacked on the head by Pluto's time staff. Who knows?
Maybe next time I might just come back and you'll all worship me as the owner of Sailor Moon!
Don't count on it...although I desperately wish that it were true..........