A/N Okay everyone! A million apologies to you all. I admit, I've been a naughty Sere-chan by neglecting my writing lately. I plead pure laziness. Summer has begun. There's no more school. And I have a new pool in my backyard. I've been an absolute bum.
On a sad note, I didn't realize it until I started editing this that this is the last chapter. I could have sworn that there was one more. But nope, this is it. The last chapter of this story has arrived.
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What If : A Sailor Moon R Twist
The End of One, The Beginning of Another
"What happened?" Rini squealed as she twisted around, trying to get a good look at herself. "Why am I dressed up like a sailor scout? What's going on?"
"You've finally unlocked your powers Small Lady," Sailor Pluto told her. "It's been inside you all of this time, waiting for the right moment to show itself. It heard you when you wished for a way to help protect your family and friends."
Rini gulped. "So I'm really a sailor scout?"
"Indeed you are," Pluto said with a rare smile. "How could you not be when you have parents like yours?"
"Did you hear that, Serena?" the little pink scout shrieked as she ran to Sailor Moon and stopped to twirl in front of her, causing her short fuku skirt to flare around her. "I'm a sailor scout too, just like you."
"You sure are," Sailor Moon replied with a grin as she knelt down to get a good look at her future daughter. She took in the little crescent moons that dangled from the girl's earrings and the one that adorned her choker. "You're just like me, a little mini me, a…a mini moon! That's what you are, Sailor Mini Moon!"
"Cool!" the newly dubbed Sailor Mini Moon cried. "Does this mean I get to help you beat the bad guys now?"
A dark chuckle drew everyone's attention away from the little girl and reminded them of the fact that they weren't alone and still had an enemy to face. They turned to see that Wiseman had regained his footing and was now surveying them with eyes that glowed red in the depths of his hood.
"Do you think that the fact that the princess has become a sailor scout changes anything?" he growled. "It changes nothing. I still intend to take the Silver Crystal, and there's nothing any of you can do to stop me."
Sailor Moon and Darien, who at some point had transformed back into Tuxedo Mask, quickly shoved Mini Moon behind them in a protective gesture and glared at the cloaked and hooded figure with a mixture of hate and revulsion as they took defensive stances.
Wiseman cackled. "What makes you think that you could possibly pose a threat to me? I was able to defeat your future selves without any problems, and they were much more powerful than you pathetic children. You don't stand a chance."
The space between Wiseman and Sailor Moon, Tuxedo Mask, and Mini Moon was suddenly blocked by eight very angry guardians. The scouts and generals strategically placed themselves between the royals they were sworn to protect and the one that posed a threat to them.
"Children?" Sailor Mars sneered. "Let's see how much of a child you think I am when I light your ass on fire."
"Sounds good to me," Jadeite said from beside her. "I say we double the fire power on him and really charbroil the son of a bitch."
"Pipe down, Pyro," Sailor Venus cautioned. "Don't go rushing in and doing anything rash."
"The same goes for you, Hothead," Kunzite agreed. "Don't do anything stupid."
"Bullshit!" Sailor Jupiter snarled. "I'm with the two flamethrowers. Let's fry this bastard."
"I'm with you," Nephrite said as the air around him began to crackle with electricity.
Sailor Mercury was rapidly punching keys on her computer. "I don't know guys. According to my readings there's only a 47% chance of…"
"Would you forget the statistics for once?" Zoicite interrupted her. "This scum needs an ass kicking."
Fury overrode her common sense, and she flipped her computer shut and clicked her earring to make her visor retreat. "You're right. He's an ass. Let's blast him."
"You guys, stop!" Sailor Moon cried in desperation. "This isn't the Silver Millennium. No one expects you to be the ones to stand between us and any evil that threatens us. I won't see you sacrifice yourselves just for the sake of our lives. It's not right for you to live only for us anymore. You were reborn to live your own lives, not to give it up for the sake of who we used to be."
"Can it, Serena!" Mars retorted. "Do you honestly think that we would stand aside and let Wiseman do anything that would endanger you, your soul mate, or your daughter? Get real!"
Sailor Venus felt like crying as she heard the impassioned words flow forth from her princess. "Do you think that the only reason we would try to protect you is because of who you used to be? Geez, and people call me a blonde!"
"Yeah, I feel insulted!" Jupiter grumbled, but in a teasing tone. "You're one of my best friends, and nobody picks on my friends without getting stomped."
"That's right!" the usually soft-spoken Mercury agreed emphatically. "It's not who you were or who you will be that fuels our actions. It's who you are now that we care about. You took four socially outcast girls and turned us into a tight band of friends. That's saying something."
"They're right," Tuxedo Mask whispered into the ear of the petite blonde next to him. "We were all drifting around aimlessly and alone until you came into our lives. Until I met you, Andrew was the only person I ever spoke to on a regular basis. You saved us all."
"That doesn't even include what you did for us," Kunzite said as the other generals stood next to him nodding their heads. "Our true selves would still be trapped inside those crystals if you hadn't freed us."
Sailor Moon felt tears prickle her eyes. "Thanks guys. You're all special to me, but I won't let anyone sacrifice themselves. We do this as a team, together."
Behind the band of heroes, the members of the Dark Moon clan watched them anxiously.
"Do you really think they can pull this off, Diamond?" Emerald asked in a worried tone.
The fair-haired prince put a comforting arm around her shoulder. "I don't know, Emmie. I sure hope they can. It would go a long way to righting some of the wrongs that I have committed."
Sapphire shook his head sadly. "I just don't see it happening. Yes, they have the power of the Silver Crystal behind them, but the Dark Crystal has grown so much by absorbing energy. I don't think they can defeat Wiseman, not in these infantile forms."
"I wouldn't underestimate them if I were you," a voice said from the shadows, making the eight people from Nemesis jump in surprise. They spun to find the transparent form of King Endymion also watching the scene before them with interest. His holographic blue eyes were almost glowing.
"Don't forget that I have already lived through these events," he continued, nodding his head toward where Tuxedo Mask was standing with the others. "Of course, as Sailor Pluto loves to remind me, nothing is ever set in stone and things can change. I just have to have faith that everything will unfold as it was meant to."
Diamond followed the path of the other man's eyes, and wasn't surprised to see that the king's gaze was fixed intently on Sailor Moon. "You believe in her," he said. It was a statement rather than a question.
Endymion tore his eyes away from the past form of his wife to look at the man who at one time thought to be his rival. "Of course I do. I always have. If it weren't for her and her generous heart, I wouldn't be where I am today. She always says that I am her rock, but in reality she is mine. Being king and ruling the planet has never been the driving force in my life. It has always been her. Having her and our daughter by my side has always been the most important thing to me."
Diamond watched as Endymion's face softened as he looked fondly at the small, pink clad sailor scout and felt a new respect for the monarch well up inside him. "I understand. You love them."
The king nodded slowly. "More than anything else in the world. They are my life." He suddenly gasped and a look of wonder crossed his face. "Serena," he whispered and faded from sight.
The members of the Dark Moon clan looked around at each other in surprise at Endymion's sudden disappearance. But before any of them could make a comment on it, Wiseman's booming voice echoed loudly.
"I hope you're done saying your goodbyes," he said. "The time has come for me to put an end to your pathetic little lives. Once the Silver Crystal has been combined with my Dark Crystal, the Dark Gate will be opened. With that source of unlimited power behind it, this planet will be reduced to nothing more than a dust cloud. After that, the entire universe will be at my mercy."
"We'll just see about that!" Sailor Moon snapped as she stepped forward to join the other scouts. "There's no way that I'm going to let you destroy this world. Not as long as I have breath left in my body."
An evil chuckle left Wiseman. "Then we need to rectify that situation, don't we, Serenity? I promise this won't hurt, at least not too much." He began gathering dark energy in preparation of launching an attack.
"Okay scouts!" Sailor Moon cried. "We've got to hit him with everything we've got. Are you with me?"
"Yes!" the four girls exclaimed together as they joined their leader and best friend.
"Then let's do this," Sailor Moon told them. "Moon Crystal Power!" she began glowing pink.
"Venus Star Power!" a flash orange light.
"Mars Star Power!" fiery red joined them.
"Jupiter Star Power!" deep green flared to life.
"Mercury Star Power!" icy blue entered the scene.
All five sailor scouts held their hands in front of them, pointing toward Wiseman. "Sailor Planet Attack!" The combined, rainbow colored energy sped toward the evil being and slammed into him with the force of a large explosion. The walls of the palace shook, knocking pictures to the floor and sending pieces of furniture toppling end over end.
Everyone shielded their eyes from the blinding flash of light until it faded to the point where they could see again. Then they looked up, expecting to find nothing but a pile of dust where Wiseman had been. But they all gaped in shock at the sight of the black-cloaked entity that was still standing unscathed before them. A wall of crackling, dark energy swirled in front of him.
Jadeite was the first to reclaim his voice. "There's no freaking way he's still standing after that. That's completely whacked!"
"I told you that you were no threat to me," Wiseman cackled. "Some all powerful guardians of Earth you are. You didn't even touch me."
"Great! What do we do now?" Venus muttered under her breath.
Sailor Moon reached up and wrapped her fingers around her broach. She felt the power of the Silver Crystal humming under her fingertips. She knew the others would throw a fit if she attempted to use the crystal against Wiseman. And to be honest, she wasn't sure if even that would be enough. She was still weak from healing Diamond, Emerald, and Sapphire, and the energy she had used for the Sailor Planet Attack had drained her even further. To try to unleash the crystal's power now would probably accomplish nothing except getting herself killed.
Any way you looked at it, it looked like they were severely screwed.
Neo Queen Serenity stepped lightly down the hall, her long white gown fluttering behind her in her wake. She paused at the bottom of the staircase and tilted her head as she listened to the familiar voices that were filtering down to her. She could picture the scene in her mind with perfect clarity as she recalled the memories from years ago when she had been the sixteen-year-old Sailor Moon and had faced off against the demented Wiseman.
She longed to go up there and help. Over the years she had developed a control over the Silver Crystal that even her past mother, Queen Serenity, never had. Even now, she could feel the energy of the crystal calling to her, begging to be reclaimed by its mistress. If she were to go up there and recover her crystal now, Wiseman wouldn't last two seconds.
But no matter how much she wished to put a speedy and tidy end to this drama, she knew that she couldn't interfere. She had made a promise to Sailor Pluto to not do anything that might jeopardize the timeline. That had been the price she had to pay to keep the memories of the time she had spent here as a teenager.
This battle was important in order for Sailor Moon to develop her powers further. If she were to intervene, it could have a serious impact on who she was now. Every trial and tribulation that she had gone through in her life, every enemy that she had faced, had shaped her into the queen that she had become. Not that she cared about being a ruler, but if she hadn't developed her powers to the point that she had, she would have never been able awaken the Earth in this century and all would have been lost forever.
She sighed and forced herself to walk away from the stairs. It was irritating to have to sit on the sidelines and do nothing. But a deal was a deal, and one did not cross Sailor Pluto. Not if you valued your life.
A small smile began to tug at her lips as she walked into the security room that was her husband's domain and took in the sight of the four women on the floor that were beginning to stir. If she was going to have to sit around and play the waiting game, she might as well have some company.
She giggled. "Are you lazy bones finally going to get up?"
"You're one to talk, Meatball Head!" Sailor Mars grouched as she glared up at her queen with snapping violet eyes. "You're the one that's been zonked out for the last two months while the rest of us have been exhausting ourselves trying to protect your sorry butt!"
Serenity pouted. "Come on, Raye! Haven't you missed me just the tiniest little bit?"
The fiery woman's face softened as she looked at her best friend. "Of course I have, Serena. Now help me up."
A big grin appeared on Serenity's face as she reached out a hand and helped Mars to her feet. Together they got Venus, Jupiter, and Mercury up as well.
The five women just stood there for a moment, smiling at each other with tears in their eyes before grabbing each other into a large group hug. They stayed that way for a minute, until a loud boom came from above them and the floor shook.
Sailor Venus pulled back and turned her china blue eyes toward the ceiling. "So it's begun?"
Serenity nodded sadly. "Yes. Rini and our past selves are facing Wiseman as we speak"
Mercury's head shot up and her hand twitched toward her pocket like she was longing to pull out her computer. "Just Wiseman? The Doom Phantom hasn't appeared yet?"
"It's just a matter of time," Serenity grumbled as the ground beneath them trembled again.
"Too bad we can't go up there and kick some ass," Jupiter growled as she cracked her knuckles. "This sucks!"
"Well on a lighter note," Serenity said as she walked over to one of the consoles and began pressing buttons. A concealed door in the nearby wall slid open. "How about we go see if we can rouse our sleeping hotties?"
"ABSOLUTELY!" was the combined answer from the scouts as they scurried to hurry after their queen who was rapidly descending the stairs to the secret chamber below.
Serenity sped by the four men that were laid out on the slabs that were there. She was vaguely aware of her best friends hurrying to their husbands' sides, calling out to them in frantic voices as they attempted to wake them from their long sleep. But her attention was focused on the slumbering king who was lying on a raised platform.
Her steps slowed as she approached him. She drank in the sight of him. As usual, his shiny midnight hair hung stubbornly down into his eyes, and she reached out to smooth it back with gentle fingers.
A small smile appeared on her face even though tears were shining in her eyes. After all of these years, he still had the ability to make her heart speed up just by being near her. Even when he was asleep, she couldn't help but admire his strong, masculine beauty.
But now she longed to look into his deep sapphire eyes and hear his husky, mesmerizing voice. She leaned down and pressed her lips to his in the softest of kisses.
The result was almost instantaneous. Her lips had barely brushed his when his hands came up to cup her cheeks. Her eyes flew open and she found herself drowning in the intense blue of the eyes that were staring back at her.
Then her heart positively melted as he gave her that familiar lopsided grin that she absolutely adored. "Good morning to you too, my love."
"Darien!" she choked out on a sob as she threw herself against his chest and wrapped her arms tightly around him. She felt him heave a sigh and then the wondrous feeling of security as he embraced her just as tight.
Endymion took a moment to savor the sensation of having his wife back in his arms where she belonged, awake and oh so wonderfully alive. Then he bent down to breath a whisper into her ear. "Honey, I'm home."
She reared back and gave him an incredulous look before she smacked him on the arm. "Don't you dare tease me right now, Darien Shields," she raged through her tears. "I am so not in the mood for it. If you give me a hard time, I swear I'll make you sleep on the couch."
He sat up and pulled her into his lap. "I'm sorry, Serena. I wasn't trying to pick on you, sweetheart. Honest I wasn't. Damn! It feels good to be back in my body again. I've missed you so much."
Serenity snuggled her head against his shoulder and snaked her arms around his neck, sniffling a little as she whispered, "I've missed you too."
"Looks like things are almost back to normal, huh Dare?" Jake called out from where he was sitting in a similar position with a recently detransformed Sailor Mars on his lap.
"You can say that again," Raye grumbled as she shot a disgusted look at Mina and Kyle. "Could you two please save the hanky panky for when you are alone? I'm going blind over here."
"Good grief, are they kissing or trying to eat each other's faces off?" Lita asked from where she sat in the protective circle of Nick's arms.
"It does look a little bit like cannibalism, doesn't it?" Nick replied. He chuckled when the hand that Kyle had at his wife's back flipped a middle finger in his general direction.
"Uh guys," interrupted the ever-sensible Amy. "I hate to be the party crasher here, but may I remind all of you that there is a pretty nasty fight going on about two floors above us that involves all of our past selves plus Rini."
Serenity shivered in Endymion's arms. "No, I don't need you to remind me of that Ames. I'm perfectly aware of what's going on. And trust me, I would like nothing better than to go and blast Wiseman before things get any worse. But we all promised Trista that we wouldn't interfere, no matter what."
Another massive blast rocked the palace, and all of the room's occupants looked at each other with worried expressions. Even Mina and Kyle pulled away from each other as the gravity of the situation set in.
The five reunited couples fell silent as they listened to the sounds of the battle that was raging above them. This was an important event in their history. If something went wrong, it could change every aspect of the lives they knew.
Endymion watched his wife's expression become more and more worried as the minutes passed and the sounds increased. When he saw a streak of red near her mouth, he realized that she was biting her lower lip so hard that she had drawn blood. Then an idea occurred to him.
He stood swiftly with Serenity in his arms before lowering her to her feet. She gave him a questioning look as he reached forward and tapped her injured lip with a golden glowing fingertip, healing the spot that she had ravaged with her tiny white teeth.
"Come on," he said then, grabbing her hand as he began walking toward the stairs that would take them up.
Serenity pulled back against him. "Darien! What are you doing? You know we can't interfere. We promised Trista we wouldn't. We can't show ourselves until the time is right."
He looked over his shoulder at her with a playful grin. "We may have promised to not get involved in the fight, but we never said that we wouldn't spy on it, did we?"
She thought about it for a second, and then a conspiratorial smile appeared on her lips. "No we didn't." Then she was dragging him behind her. "What are we waiting for? Hurry up! I want to see my baby kick some ass."
"Aww, honey," Endymion drawled. "I didn't know you still felt that way about me. I wouldn't mind getting another peek at those long legs of yours under that short skirt. You always wear long dresses nowadays."
She turned her head and stuck her tongue out at him. "Don't you dare talk to me about fashion. I still don't see why you got that tux made in that particular shade of purple. Aren't you afraid that some people might think you're fruity?"
Endymion gasped. "Fruit…fruity? You don't mean that do you, Serena? Serena…I thought you said you wanted me to wear something that wasn't black for a change…"
"Yep, definitely back to normal," Jake chuckled as the king and queen's voices drifted away up the stairs.
Kyle rubbed his temples. "Sometimes I find it amazing that they actually pull off ruling the world. Going to spy on a fight that they've already fought, that is such teenage behavior."
"Omigosh!" Mina shrieked. "They're going to eavesdrop on our past selves. I wanna go too!"
She scrambled out of Kyle's arms and flew toward the door. Not surprisingly, Raye, Lita, and Amy were right behind her.
The four guys sat there dumbfounded for a moment before dashing after their wives. "Hey! Wait for us!" they all cried together.
"Sparkling Wide Pressure!" Sailor Jupiter yelled as she launched a crackling ball of compressed lightning at Wiseman.
"Mars Celestial Fire Surround!" Sailor Mars called out at the same time and combined her attack with Jupiter's as it hurled toward the hooded man.
Just like with all of the other attacks that they had sent his way, Wiseman deflected it with a flick of his wrist, and sent the fire and lightning slamming into a wall where it blew out one of the windows and shattered a gaping hole in the solid crystal wall.
Jadeite let out a low whistle. "I sure hope Serenity and Endymion have good insurance on this place. It's going to need a major overhaul by the time we get done kicking this bastard's ass."
"You mean if we can kick his ass," Nephrite retorted. "So far we haven't been able to touch the son of a bitch. He's avoided every single thing that we've thrown at him."
"Everybody has a weak spot," Kunzite broke in. "We just have to find his."
Next to him, Sailor Venus was panting. "I just hope Mercury and Zoicite can come up with something soon. If we keep this up we're all going to drop." She spun around quickly and shouted, "Venus Love Chain Encircle!" Her whip of golden hearts shot out to intercept a blast of dark energy that had been sent by Wiseman toward Sailor Moon, Tuxedo Mask, and Sailor Mini Moon.
The arguing couple with the little girl between them didn't even appear to notice that they had been just seconds away from being toast. They were too busy screaming and glaring at one another.
"I said no, Serena," Tuxedo Mask said in a deadly voice. "You're not going to use the Silver Crystal against him. You shouldn't even be here as it is. You've barely got the energy to stand, much less use the crystal. You got lucky when you fought Beryl and didn't die, but this time your luck may run out. I'll be damned if I stand by and watch you kill yourself."
"Shine Aqua Illusion!" Sailor Mercury called out from nearby as she shot out a jet of freezing water to protect them from yet another attack. "Uh guys, do you think the two of you could stop fighting and help us out a little?"
Sailor Moon heard her and was also aware of the fact that the others were busy around them, fighting valiantly against Wiseman. But she ignored the question from Mercury as she raked her furious blue eyes over her boyfriend.
"What other choice have I got, Darien?" she screamed at him. "I don't see any other way to beat him. He's too strong. If you have some other idea about how to get rid of him, I would be thrilled to hear it."
"Stop it!" a shrill voice told both of them suddenly, and they glanced down into the red face of their future daughter. "Both of you stop it, right now! You're both acting stupid! My mommy and daddy wouldn't be fighting with each other right now. They would be working together to find a way to beat this bad man so that everything can go back to normal."
Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask both froze at her words as they remembered the conversations that they'd had with King Endymion since they had arrived here. Endymion had stressed to both of them on more than one occasion the importance of them standing together as a united front and not letting anything come between them. Now here they were squabbling like a couple of kindergarteners on the playground fighting over a swing.
Sailor Moon looked up into the ocean blue eyes behind the mask in front of her and felt tears begin to prickle in her own. "She's right," she whispered. "She's absolutely right. Here we are in the middle of a battle, and we're arguing with each other. What are we doing?"
Tuxedo Mask looked just as contrite. "I'm sorry, Serena. I'm just scared that you will get hurt. But I know that you are the key to winning this fight. I have no right to try to stop you from using your power. You're the only one who can beat him."
She placed her hand on his cheek. "I can't do it alone. I'm going to need everyone behind me if we have a hope of taking him down. If we all work together, I think we can win without any casualties."
Sailor Pluto, who had been present but somewhat removed from the fighting, made her way over to a curtained off alcove. When she reached the heavy drape, she whispered, "Are you enjoying the show, your majesties?"
There was a muffled squeak, followed by Serenity's indignant whisper, "How did you know we were here?…V-babe, get your elbow out of my ear…So much for a covert operation."
Pluto chuckled to herself at the antics of her queen, king, and their court. Did they honestly think that they could slip anything past her? She could see the future after all.
"Enough!" Wiseman's voice boomed out. "This has gone on long enough. I want that crystal, and I want it now!" He directed a powerful blast of dark energy at Sailor Mini Moon.
Sailor Pluto heard a scuffle behind the curtain and could picture in her mind the scouts and generals behind it, physically restraining Serenity and Endymion from rushing out to protect their daughter. She kept her magenta gaze fixed on the past forms of her monarchs and held her breath. This was a defining moment that would shape them into the people that they would be for the rest of their lives.
Sailor Moon and Mini Moon both screamed as Sailor Moon snatched the little girl up into her arms in a protective embrace while Tuxedo Mask threw himself in front of them with a shout. Just before the attack was about to slam into them, there was a flash of swirling silver and gold light.
As the light died down, Pluto grinned at the sight in front of her. This was what she had been waiting for. Events were unfolding exactly as they were supposed to. It no longer mattered what Wiseman or that damned crystal of his tried to pull now, he was dead.
Gasps were heard from the scouts and generals, as they also took in the sight before them in open-mouthed shock.
"Serenity!" the scouts sighed while the generals whispered, "Endymion!"
Sure enough, in the place that Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask had stood only moments before now stood Princess Serenity and Prince Endymion. Between the two of them stood Rini in her full princess form. She wore a dress that was identical to Serenity's and had a glowing crescent moon on her forehead.
The young princess also cradled a crystal in front of her, one that everyone there realized must be the missing Silver Crystal that she had been carrying within her all of this time.
"This isn't possible," Wiseman snarled as he stared down the three royals in front of him with his glowing red eyes. "You will not beat me! I will not allow it! Dark Crystal, hear my plea! Bless me, your humble servant, with the power that I need to defeat these adversaries so that I may restore you to your former glory."
In response to his impassioned plea, the very earth began to tremble. On the outskirts of the city, the dark crystal fortress that had been the Dark Moon family's stronghold splintered into a million pieces as the Dark Crystal reacted to the one that had served it for so many years. Once the dark palace had been reduced to nothing but rubble, the large crystal rose up into the darkened sky as storm clouds rolled in, thunder roared, and lightning streaked across, reaching its eerie fingers toward the Crystal Palace.
"Yes!" Wiseman hissed as he felt the reaction of the crystal that had been his salvation in life. "I am yours to command, oh great crystal. Help me beat the ones that stand in our way so that you may live once again."
'Thank you, my loyal friend,' the crystal spoke to him. 'The hour of our triumph has finally arrived. Now, to ensure our success, I bestow upon you all of my power. We will regain my missing half, and then the universe will bow to us.'
Shouts of alarm were heard from the band of heroes inside the Crystal Palace as they saw the gigantic Dark Crystal rising into the sky.
"That's the Dark Crystal?" several of them gasped.
"Yes," Diamond confirmed from where he and his family had been watching the fight. They had tried to join in, but had quickly learned that Wiseman was more powerful than they could have ever imagined and had fallen back to let the real fighters have a shot at him.
"Aw, man!" Jadeite complained. "That isn't fair! We are so fu…OW!" he rubbed his ribs where Mars had just jammed her elbow into them.
"Don't even finish that sentence," the fiery scout growled. "I've met your mother and I know she taught you better manners than that."
"Darien, what do we do now?" Princess Serenity asked as she watched in horror as a large amount of negative energy came from the Dark Crystal to surround Wiseman.
Endymion turned to her with a cocky grin. "We beat him, of course. I don't care how big his crystal is, we outnumber him. There's no way he can beat us if we all join our powers together. This won't be like when you had to face Beryl alone. We're all here with you this time."
"That's right," Venus said as she laid a hand on her princess's shoulder. "Our power is yours when you need it." Behind her, the other scouts and generals nodded their agreement.
Serenity stiffened her spine and a determined look appeared on her face. "Okay then, let's do this. We'll show this creep that he should know better than to come down here and mess with our planet. He's moondust!"
A dark chuckle came from Wiseman as the cloud of energy around him disappeared, as did the Dark Crystal itself. "Brave words, Serenity, but it's useless. The power of the Silver Crystal doesn't stand a chance against the Dark Crystal."
"That's what you think, Wiseman!" she retorted. "You've tried to destroy both our present and our future, and for that you must pay. Prepare yourself for a major ass kicking!"
"You, beat me? HA!" he boomed. "Give it your best shot little girl. I have fully fused with power of the Dark Crystal. Wiseman is no more. You may call me Doom Phantom."
Mercury, as always, had her computer out and was quickly scanning the results that were flitting across the screen. "It's true. According to my readings it appears that he has been taken over by another entity. It's almost as if the Dark Crystal is sentient and is possessing him."
"Great," Serenity grumbled. "What is it with these whackos letting themselves get possessed by evil spirits? Beryl pulled the same crap at the end when she absorbed Metallia. Well, here goes nothing." She summoned the Silver Crystal into her waiting hands.
"Rini," Endymion said quickly as he dropped down to one knee so that he was eye level with the little girl. "I want you to take that crystal and go find a safe place to hide, okay."
Rini shook her head violently. "No! I want to help."
He sighed deeply. "The best way you can help us right now is keeping yourself safe. It will be too much of a distraction for us if we have to worry about you too."
"But…" she began.
"No buts," he interrupted her, using the sternest voice he'd ever had to use on her. "Don't make me say it again, Rini. Go!"
The little girl shot him a wide-eyed look before she scampered away, but she didn't go far. The moment he turned his attention back to the fight, she ducked behind a pillar so that she would be able to watch.
The Doom Phantom loomed up in front of the band of heroes. "Are you ready to die now?"
"Are you?" Serenity shot back, her voice dripping with malice. "This ends now, Doom Phantom. Moon Crystal Power!" A wide beam of silver energy erupted from the crystal in her palms.
"Your crystal's power can't possibly rival mine," the Doom Phantom growled. "Now have a taste of true power!" A ball of crackling black energy appeared in his hands and a stream of it shot forward to collide with the energy from the Silver Crystal with a deafening boom.
Serenity staggered back from the impact and would have fallen to the floor if Endymion hadn't been right behind her. He placed his arms around her and cupped her already trembling hands with his, hoping to lend her the strength she needed to see this through.
"I'm right here with you," he whispered into her ear. "We're all here for you. Now beat this guy so we can go home."
She wanted to turn and smile at him, but didn't dare take her attention away from the Doom Phantom even for a second. It was taking everything that she had in her to even remain standing. The amount of power coming from her enemy was intense, easily twice as strong as anything Beryl could have thrown at her. She didn't want to admit it, but she was rapidly losing hope that this would turn out to be a victory.
'I'm so tired,' she thought miserably as she felt herself sag even further into her prince's arms. 'What was I thinking? There's no way I can do this.'
Not far away, a pair of maroon eyes was watching her intently. 'Oh no, Serena's in trouble. What can I do? Think Rini, think. There has to be some way that I can help.'
She clenched her little fist in frustration, and then paused as she felt something small and hard in her hand. She opened her fist to stare at the innocent looking crystal in her palm.
'Mommy's Silver Crystal. Maybe it could help.'
"Please, Silver Crystal," she whispered softly. "I know you made me a sailor scout and all, but do you think you can help me to fight with the others? They need help, and two Silver Crystals have got to be better than one."
The Silver Crystal flared to life in her hand, and she felt a tiny thrill rush through her as its power flowed through her veins. A big smile appeared on her face as she rushed out from her hiding place and ran back to where the others were. Standing proudly next to the younger versions of her parents, she lifted the crystal above her head.
"You wouldn't dare use both Silver Crystals against me!" the Doom Phantom bellowed.
"Rini!" both Serenity and Endymion gasped as they looked quickly over to their future daughter.
"Rini, what are you doing?" Endymion demanded. "You can't use that crystal!"
"I have to, Darien!" the pink haired princess insisted. "You all risked your lives to protect me. I can help fight too. Let me help, please."
He looked down into the little face that reminded him so much of Serena's. The same fierce determination he had seen in Serena now burned in the eyes of the girl that would one day be his daughter.
He nodded gently. "You're right. We have to hit him with everything we can."
Rini grinned at him and then caught Serenity's eye for a moment. She could have sworn that the older girl had winked conspiratorially at her before turning her focus back to the task at hand.
Feeling bolstered, she cried, "Moon Crystal Power!" and sent a second beam of silver energy to join the first in trying to overcome the Doom Phantom's attack.
Although she felt exhausted, Serenity couldn't help but feel a new hope blossom in her as the power from the second Silver Crystal joined hers and she felt the dark energy being pushed back just a little. They just might be able to pull this off after all.
"Are you ready scouts?" she called out to her friends.
In a flash, the sailor scouts each began to glow with the color of their respective planet as they called upon their planet powers to aid their princess.
"Mercury Star Power!"
"Mars Star Power!"
"Jupiter Star Power!"
"Venus Star Power!"
In addition to the scout's powers, the generals also began glowing in a mixture of Earth's gold energy and the color of the planet they were most closely connected to as they joined their powers in as well to assist.
Endymion glowed bright gold as he fed his own energy into the crystal. Serenity and Rini both felt the swirling planet powers flow through them and used them to intensify their attack.
"You ready to do this kiddo?" Serenity asked her sidekick.
Rini nodded seriously. "I want him to go away forever and ever."
"MOON CRYSTAL POWER!" they both cried as they took every bit of energy that they could and sent it flying toward the Doom Phantom.
"You can't beat me," he insisted. "I am one of the most powerful beings in the universe…AHH!" he screamed as he was enveloped in the light energy from the Silver Crystals. Within seconds the horrible sound faded away and his body vanished in a puff of smoke.
Serenity sighed in relief as she finally gave into the darkness that had been pulling at her and collapsed into Endymion's arms.
The reincarnated prince was startled when he felt her body go completely limp and she began to fall. He scooped her up as quickly as he could and then laid her gently on the ground, cradling her upper body in his arms. Her transformation faded back to Sailor Moon and then back into Serena. He felt his armor melt away and then his jeans and t-shirt took the place of his tuxedo. But he took little notice of this.
"Serena!" he cried frantically. "Serena! Wake up, please!"
He was scared to death. Had she overdone it? Using the crystal took so much out of her. And that had been a massive amount of energy that she had just sent through it. Had the Silver Crystal finally resulted in her death the way it had Queen Serenity? The thought turned his blood cold.
"Rini!" he heard an anxious voice calling out, and he ripped his attention away from Serena long enough to see the unconscious little girl that Sailor Mars was holding on her lap. The tiny body was just as limp and lifeless looking as Serena's.
"They're both okay, just severely depleted," Mercury hastened to assure everyone. "They should be fine once they've had a chance to rest up a little."
Darien sighed in relief and buried his face in Serena's hair as he held her close. He didn't even want to imagine what his life would be like without her in it. He loosened his grip a moment later when he felt her stir in his arms.
She blinked open her hazy blue eyes to look at him blearily. "Did we get him?" she whispered softly.
He forced a smile to his face. "Yeah, we got him. You scared about twenty years off my life, but he's gone."
She closed her eyes again for a moment and then opened them once more. "Rini?' she asked, her voice barely able to be heard.
"She'll be fine," he reassured her. "She's tired out, just like you, but Amy said she'll be okay."
She began struggling weakly in his arms to sit up. "I need…to see her," she insisted breathlessly.
"Okay, okay, just take it easy," Darien told her as he adjusted his grip so that she was sitting up in his arms. He scooted them over a couple of feet until they were beside her.
Serena reached out an unsteady hand and laid it on one of the pink pigtails. "She sure is one spunky little scrapper," she sighed.
Darien chuckled a little at that. "I wonder where she gets that from, because she sure didn't get it from me."
The little girl in question let out a tiny whimper and began stirring in Mars's arms. A few moments later her eyes blinked open. "Hey everyone. I guess we beat the bad guy, huh?"
Serena felt the sting of tears in her eyes. "We sure did. You were great, Rini."
Rini began to grin sheepishly, but then her expression changed. Her eyes grew impossibly wide and filled with tears. "Mommy, Daddy."
At first Serena thought that Rini was staring at her and Darien. But then she realized that she was looking past them at something behind them. She turned to look over Darien's shoulder, and then she gasped in shock.
Neo Queen Serenity stood there in her long white gown, tears streaming down her face as she gazed upon her daughter. At her side, looking a little misty eyed himself, stood King Endymion.
"My baby!" the queen suddenly squealed and rushed over to them. She fell to her knees and gathered Rini up into her arms before hugging her tightly and peppering her face with tiny kisses.
Endymion sighed as he joined them. "Sere, you might want to let up a little and let her breathe. She's turning blue in the face."
Serenity stuck her tongue out at him. "Shut up, Darien! I can't help it if I missed my little girl so much." But she did loosen her hold on the girl.
"Daddy!" Rini shrieked with suddenly renewed energy as she threw herself into her father's arms and hugged him tightly around the neck before laying a smacking kiss on his cheek.
"Oh wow! This is just too weird," Serena whispered as she watched her future self that was barely two feet away from her.
Serenity heard her and turned to face her past self. Before Serena realized what was happening, Serenity had pulled both her and Darien into a giant hug.
"Thank you so much for keeping an eye on Rini," the queen said to both of them. "I know it may seem strange that I am thanking my own self, but I just had to let you know how much I appreciated it."
"Hm hm," Sailor Pluto cleared her throat as she stepped forward. "Your majesty."
Serenity released them with a sigh. "I know, Trista, limited contact. But I had to thank them for everything they've done." She turned to look at all of them from the past. "All of you have done a phenomenal job, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You really are the best friends in the world."
"There she goes again. Put a lid on it, Meatball Head!" a voice called out.
They all turned to see eight people that were watching the reunion of the little princess and her parents with varying degrees of amusement. Mina stood next to Kyle with her head on his shoulder. Lita had her arms wrapped around Nick's arm as she held it close. Amy and Zack were beside them with their fingers intertwined. And Raye stood in the circle of Jake's arms.
"Can it, Pyro!" Serenity shot back in Raye's direction.
Pluto pinched the bridge of her nose in frustration. "Does no one ever listen to me? Did the words stay out of sight not compute with any of you? I though I said it in fluent Japanese, not some other language. So what part did you not understand?"
The four future generals began backing toward the stairs under the weight of the glare Pluto sent them. They all pointed their fingers at their wives and cried, "They made us do it!" before turning and scurrying down the stairs.
The future scouts all gasped in outrage. "We did not! Get back here!" And then they were all gone in a blur to chase after the guys.
Serenity sighed and shook her head. "Honestly, sometimes this place feels more like a daycare than it does a palace."
Endymion nodded in agreement. "Sad but true."
The younger versions of the scouts and generals all stood in silent shock as they tried to comprehend the interaction that they had just witnessed between their future selves.
Then Jadeite smirked. "Damn! For such an old guy, I'm still F-I-N-E!" He struck a pose and then grinned at Mars. "You weren't too bad lookin' yourself, baby!"
Sailor Mars rolled her eyes at him. "You are such a pervert!"
Serenity giggled. "Ah! Some things never change." Then she sighed as Pluto let out a discreet cough. "As much as I would love to sit around and chat, I'm afraid my time warden over here won't allow it. Too much of a chance of messing up the events of the past that could influence the future."
She reached over and plucked her Silver Crystal from Rini's fingers. "I think I'll take that back now young lady. I have some work to do to get things back to normal and our visitors need to return to their own time. It's time for us to say our goodbyes."
Rini's lower lip trembled as she stared at Serena and Darien. "You mean they have to go now?"
"I'm afraid so, Small Lady," Pluto told her. "They belong back in their time while you belong here in yours."
"But…but…" the girl stammered before bursting into tears.
"Oh Rini!" Serena cried as she scrambled off of Darien's lap and took her future daughter from Endymion's arms to pull her into her own. "Sweetie, don't cry. It's not like we'll never see each other again."
She gestured to Serenity and Endymion. "See, you already have us here with you. So there's no sense in you getting so upset."
"But it won't be the same!" Rini threw back her head and wailed. "I'll still miss you."
"Aw, munchkin, we'll miss you too," Darien said as he ruffled her pink hair. "But like Pluto said, you belong here with your parents and we have to go back to our lives. Now be the strong little sailor scout that I know you can be."
She fought back her sniffles and raised her chin. "Okay, Darien. I'll be strong."
He grinned at her. "Thatta girl." Then he flicked his wrist to produce a perfect, tiny red rosebud and presented it to her.
Rini took the flower with a teary smile and then turned to the scouts and generals. "Thanks for everything, you guys. I'm going to miss you too."
Each of the generals came forward one by one to kneel in front of the young princess and place a kiss on the back of her hand. It was an old tradition that had been ingrained in them in the Silver Millennium that showed the utmost respect and affection to a female member of the royal family.
Then the scouts surrounded her, all of them with wet eyes and cheeks.
"Behave yourself and try not to get into too much trouble," Jupiter said gruffly.
"Study hard and learn as much as you can," Mercury counseled wisely.
Mars tried to sound brusque. "Don't let your Meatball Headed mom give you a hard time."
Venus grinned from ear to ear. "In a few years when you're a little older, go hook up with my future self. I'm sure she'll be happy to take you hot guy hunting."
"Mina!" everyone scolded.
Serena pulled her future daughter into her arms for one last hug. "I guess I'll see you in the future," she whispered to her.
"Sooner than you think," Serenity muttered under her breath, ignoring the glare that Pluto shot her way.
Endymion approached Darien and held out a hand to him. Darien gripped it, feeling very strange about shaking hands with himself.
"Take good care of her," Endymion said in a low voice.
"I will," Darien replied just as quietly.
Serenity and Serena just stood there staring at each other for a moment before suddenly hugging each other tightly.
Serenity finally let go of her past self and waved a dismissive hand to try to cover her tears. "Okay, go. Live life and have fun."
Sailor Pluto waved her staff and a portal appeared. She motioned for everyone to step through.
Darien laid a gentle hand on Serena's arm. "Come on, Sere. We have to go now."
She allowed him to lead her to the portal, but she kept her head turned, watching Serenity, Endymion, and Rini until they faded from sight.
Serenity sighed as the portal closed. "Live our life well, Serena. You're living it for both of us."
Endymion wrapped an arm around her shoulders and pulled her to his side. "We did it, sweetheart. At times I thought that this nightmare would never end, but in the end we pulled it off."
Serenity stooped and picked up a yawning Rini. "With a little help from a special little girl. Now I think it's time that somebody had a nap. You've had a long day."
Then the queen turned her attention to the Dark Moon family that were still present and had been watching silently. "Prince Diamond, I would appreciate it if you stayed around for a while. I have some other business to attend to first, but I would like to renew our meeting about Nemesis joining the Crystal Alliance."
Diamond was stunned. "Your majesty! Even after all that has transpired between us, you would still consider the possibility of allowing my planet to become allies with yours?"
Serenity smiled benevolently. "What happened between us is in the past. Remember, in my mind I forgave you for all of this a thousand years ago. Now if you will excuse me, I need to go tuck this little one in."
Diamond inclined his head to her. "Of course. We will be at your disposal when you are ready for us."
The royal family walked away from them then, and Endymion chuckled as he leaned down to whisper into his wife's ear, "You really are amazing."
Serenity looked up at him, eyes twinkling. "No, my love. We are amazing. Now why don't you help a girl out and take your daughter. I really think this kid's put on some weight while she's been gone."
Endymion reached eagerly for Rini, who was now dozing on her mother's shoulder, and felt a deep feeling of contentment wash over him. He finally had his family back with him, and all was well.
A tall, slender woman with short, sandy blonde hair basked in the afternoon sun as she sprawled out on the pristine white sand of the secluded beach. Not too far away from her, a slightly younger woman with chin length violet black hair sat in front of an easel.
"How much longer do you think we'll have to stay here, Amara?" the younger of the two asked the blonde.
Amara sighed and slid her sunglasses down to better see her questioner. "Beats me, Hotaru. I still don't see why we had to take off when we did. I would have loved to stick around and join the fight."
"You know exactly why we had too," a third woman admonished her as she came wading out of the surf, her dripping aqua colored hair hanging down to her shoulder blades. "Serena and the others from the past haven't met us yet. It would have given away too much about their futures if they had discovered us now. Besides, Trista set us up with this nice vacation."
Amara snorted. "Right Michelle, some vacation. We're hiding out in America in the year 1972. The people are rude, their cars are crap, and I have yet to find anything decent worth listening to on the radio."
"Poor baby," Michelle cooed as she sat down on a towel next to her frustrated lover. "Would you like me to play for you? I brought my violin."
"No," Amara growled. "I'm just ready to go home. This waiting is driving me insane. There's no telling what kind of trouble Moon Face has gotten herself into without us there. Nothing against the Inner Scouts, but I would have felt better if the had let us stay behind. Darien might be king, but he's just so pathetically…male."
"Now Amara," Hotaru chastised. "Not all men are bad. Just because there are a few rotten apples doesn't mean that they are all that way."
"Humph! Just wait. You'll find out someday," Amara cautioned her. "Don't think I haven't heard about your little escapades with Sammy Tsukino. He'll show his true maleness someday. By the way, does the queen know that you are dating her brother?"
The usually formidable scout of silence turned an alarming shade of red as she bent her head down and muttered a few incoherent words. She was saved from further embarrassment by the arrival of Sailor Pluto, accompanied by her usual puff of smoke.
She grinned as she surveyed her fellow outer scouts. "So, are we having a good time?"
"No," Amara snarled. "We are not having a good time. We have been stuck here for like two months and we're ready to go home. So you better be here to tell us that the coast is clear, or I swear I'm going to have a major meltdown."
Michelle put a hand gently over the fuming woman's mouth. "Don't pay any attention to her, Trista. I think she's PMSing."
Amara reared back with a look of disbelief on her face. "I most certainly am not suffering from PMS, thank you very much!"
"Anyhow!" Hotaru broke in, trying to stop the lover's spat before it got anymore heated. "How are things going in Crystal Tokyo? Is everything okay?"
Pluto grinned at them. "They're more than okay. The Doom Phantom and The Dark Crystal have been defeated and things have returned to the way they should be. The queen is anxious, however, to have her complete court reunited. So I have come to fetch you home."
"Finally!" Amara exclaimed. "What are we waiting for? Let's go!"
"Hmm hmm," Pluto cleared her throat. "Don't you think you should take a moment to change into something more presentable than your beachwear before you greet your queen?
Amara glanced down at her baggy shorts and t-shirt before flushing in embarrassment. "Oh, yeah. I guess you're right. Can it, you two!" she yelled the last part of this at Michelle and Hotaru, who were giggling at her moment of inadequacy.
Amara ignored them and pulled a henshin rod from her pocket before holding it up and crying, "Uranus Eternal Power!"
She was followed seconds later by the calls of "Neptune Eternal Power!" and "Saturn Eternal Power!"
When the flashes of yellow, aqua, and purple light, along with the swirling ribbons had faded, the three guardian scouts of the outer solar system were revealed.
"Okay! Can we go now?" Uranus asked in a pleading tone.
Pluto waved her staff and a portal opened. "Be my guests."
From the Diary of Serena Tsukino
Dear Diary –
I know I haven't written a lot down lately, and I feel a little guilty for that. But things have been so crazy lately that I just haven't found the time.
It's been five months since my friends and I returned from Crystal Tokyo, and I have to say, life has been good. I had a great summer hanging out with everybody; of course it ended way too soon for my liking.
I've now started my junior year of high school along with Raye, Mina, Lita, and Amy. Darien and Andrew are both seniors now, and I'm happy for them. But next year will be so boring without them there. The seven of us eat lunch together everyday, and it helps break the monotony of going to class.
Andrew's still dating Rita, and they're doing good. But, and I feel a little bad about saying this, she doesn't go to our school and I'm glad. I get such a blast out of watching Mina and Lita flirt with Andrew. It's all in good fun though, but Drew is so cute when he gets flustered.
The guys and the girls have finally settled down together, and I think that everything is going to work our all right between them. Thank heaven for that! There for a while I thought I was going to have to shoot them all.
Mina and Kyle are almost disgustingly sweet together. I never thought that I could get tired of seeing a couple kissing, but now I can officially say that I have. Every time I turn around it seems like they're sticking their tongues down each other's throats.
Amy and Zack are our quiet ones, but anyone can see the love between them. I think it's so adorable the way they hold each other's hands sometimes and the way they stare into one another's eyes when they think no one is looking.
Lita and Nick are pretty tight. Of course they're both pretty physical people and they do have a few spats from time to time. But it's never anything serious. They say that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, and Chef Lita definitely has the market on that.
Raye and Jake…oh boy, what can I say about them. Well, their lives are never boring. Jake is always such a jokester and he keeps all of us in stitches. But Raye, being the serious person that she is has a hard time seeing his humor. But I've seen signs that she's starting to loosen up some. I think he was just what she needed.
As for me and Darien…omigosh…it's perfect! I can honestly say that I have never been more closely connected to anyone in my life. He is truly the prince of my heart. I don't see how our relationship could possibly be any better.
Yes, I, Serena Tsukino, am in a completely committed relationship in every sense of the word. We're talking the whole nine yards. Goodbye virginity!
It happened back in the spring, right after we got back from Crystal Tokyo. I have to say that I was quite surprised that he took the initiative. I had thought that I was going to have to jump him or something after the way he had been acting. But he had the whole thing planned out.
He took me out to a wonderful dinner and then we went dancing for a while. Then we went back to his place where he had candles and rose petals everywhere. It was very romantic. He was lucky that I'd had a similar idea about the way our night was going to go and had enlisted Mina's help so that I would have an alibi.
I won't say that the first time was perfect, there was a lot of uncertainty on both sides, and I admit that it hurt quite a bit. But Darien was so sweet and gentle the entire time, and things have only gotten better since then.
Anyway, that's all that's recently happened in my life. Everything is peaceful. There have been no more enemies, and all is quiet. It seems that I finally got my wish to have a normal life. After seeing the future, I know it won't always be that way, but at least for now I can concentrate on just being me. No more Sailor Moon having to rush out in the middle of the night to face the bad guys. Life is good.
I better go now. Darien and I have a date tonight, and he should be here any minute.
End Diary Entry
Serena closed her journal and crawled up on her desk chair so that she could hide the book in the top of her closet where her little brother Sammy would never find it. The last thing she needed was that little maggot learning all of the secrets that she had recorded in there.
Just as she was hopping down she heard the doorbell ring, and she scrambled to slide on her shoes and grab her purse as her mother called up the stairs, "Serena! Darien's here!"
She checked herself one last time in the mirror. Satisfied with what she saw, she hurried down the stairs to greet her prince.
And, of course, she tripped. But just like always, he was there to catch her. She took his arm and called goodbye to her mom as she hurried Darien out the door to get him away from the death glares that her father was sending at him. Ilene had finally cowed him into accepting the fact that their daughter was a young woman, but he still didn't like it.
"What do you say we take a stroll through the park before we grab dinner?" Darien asked as they walked down the street.
Serena smiled up at him. "Sounds good to me. Maybe we can catch the sunset at the lake."
Serena looked around at all of the happy people that she saw as they strolled through the park arm in arm. Molly and Melvin were under a tree enjoying a picnic. She even saw Miss Haruna, with what must be her latest boyfriend, sitting on a bench as they talked quietly together. Good, maybe the woman would be in a good mood on Monday when Serena had her English class.
Then Serena saw another couple, one that she had recently met. She and Mina had mistaken the tall, sandy haired Amara for a guy when they first met her, but had found out later that she was in fact a woman. Right now she was walking down one of the paths with the graceful Michelle at her side.
"They look so good together,' Serena thought to herself. The two women had introduced themselves as being cousins, but Serena and her gang had other ideas about their relationship.
Lost in thought, Serena didn't even realize that they had reached the lake until she heard Darien say quietly, "Here we are."
She looked up and realized that they were standing on one of the docks. The same dock, as a matter of fact, that they had stood on months ago when they had kissed for the first time after the whole Beryl incident and when she had been suffering from her memory loss.
Serena grinned when she thought about that day. It was also the day that a little pink haired girl from the future had fallen from the sky to literally land right on top of them.
Darien saw her grin and asked, "What are you thinking about?"
She looked up at his wonderfully blue eyes and whispered, "Rini. This is where we were when we first met her. God, I thought she was a psycho."
Darien chuckled. "Yeah, she did kinda give that impression, didn't she? If only we'd known then what we know now."
"I wonder how she's doing," Serena said softly. "I think about her a lot."
"Yeah, me too," Darien agreed quietly. "But I'm sure she's fine. She's got our future selves to look out for her."
"Mmm hmm," Serena mumbled as she watched the sun beginning to sink behind the horizon. After a moment of silence she turned to find Darien looking at her with intense eyes.
"Darien," she breathed as her head began to slowly descend toward hers.
"Serena," he responded right before his lips took control of hers.
She lost herself in the sensation of his kiss, reveling in the feel of his body against hers and his silky hair between her fingers. She was about to break the kiss and suggest that they go to his place and stay in for the night when the unexpected happened.
For the second time in her life, Serena found herself jerked out of Darien's arms as something came crashing down on her head so hard that she saw stars. Feeling pretty sure her neck was broken, she sat up to find the last thing she ever expected.
"We've got to stop meeting like this," said the little pink haired girl that was now sitting on Darien's lap. "I thought for sure that I was going to have to come and find you two, but here you are."
"Rini!" Serena screeched in disbelief. "What in the world are you doing here? There's not more trouble in the future, is there?"
"No. Everything's great," Rini hurried to say. "It's just that now that I'm a sailor scout, Mommy said that I needed to be trained. She told me that she thought it was best if I came back here and trained with you guys for a while. She wrote you a letter."
Rini handed her an envelope, and Serena opened it to find a letter addressed to her in her own handwriting. She scanned over it quickly before turning to Darien with a bewildered look. "She's right. Neo Queen Serenity wants her to stay with us for a while and for us to help her learn her scout powers. This is unbelievable. I don't know what to think."
Poor Serena. If she only knew that a new threat was coming. Little did she know that in less than forty eight hours, Sailor Moon would be called to duty once more to face the biggest threat that had come their way yet. Forget Metallia. Forget the Doom Phantom. This would be much worse.
But that is a different story.
A/N So there you have it. My wacky retelling of the R season is complete. I know some of you are probably wondering whether or not I'm going to do any of the other seasons, and I have to admit that I've thought about it. I have a few ideas rattling around in my head about going back and doing the first season, and I've recently begun thinking about doing the S season. So if any of you are interested in it or have any suggestions about what you might like to see, let me know. I'm always open for your ideas. And I'll also be waiting on the edge of my seat to hear what you think about how this season ended, so make me smile and leave me reviews. Thanks for the ride! I love ya guys! Catch ya later!
Your Humble Author