A/N: This is the final chapter in this three shot series. If you've been following the main series, fear not, more chapters will be posted in that soon, if you haven't checked it out and liked this, go ahead and give it a try. I don't think you'll be disappointed. This is the chapter that earned it an M rating, it's a little crass at some parts, however, I wanted to prove a point. I'm sure we've (anyone in the GLBTQ community essentially) all gone through what Haruka rants about and Rei's very NOT miko like behavior was added good measure. If religion in general upsets you, or if the ideals behind orthodox religion and the GLBTQ community may upset you, please read this segment at your own risk. I know it can be a very delicate subject matter, and I really have no intention of offending anyone, however, if you do feel offended by what you see, let me know in a PM and I will be happy tone it down. Please leave a review.

For those who have read the series, since this does have a sort of flashback feel too it, you'll need to keep in mind some characters, such as Makoto and Rei, are far more crass than they are than when their older and more mature. there are more POV jumps in this chapter as more characters add their views. It's ok to be confused since the only real aim is to go with the flow...

The lyrics should be taken as the rumors that went flying about...the flash back scenes are during the time when the actual scandal took place, the POV's are an unnamed amount of years later, but you can assume by time line that it is before the graduation of the teens, or sometimes after (Roughly in the first arc of the actual RW series.)

I do not own Sailor Moon.

Song: Suds In The Bucket
By: Sara Evans


Chapter 3: That's the Story.

Well, needless to say, Michiru eventually told her family. Her parents weren't happy, but they loved her anyway. They did insist she move back home though, and upon inspection of Haruka they denied the request. If Michiru wanted to date a woman, they didn't like it, but, would tolerate it. Haruka on the other hand…

~~~Haruka POV~~~

Hate is a rather large understatement when it comes to the thoughts Michiru's parents have about me. You should have heard all of their ranting. It was so out of line. It was questions mixed with accusations. Half of it was irrational and stupid. I don't even know where to start. Anything they could throw at me they used as possible arsenal to keep me away with a stick. Thank god for my aunt to keep me calm, that's all I have to say about their complete crap.

It was one rant after another. I corrupted their daughter, how could I commit such a sin, and we can't forget the little matter that I was going to go to hell. Oh man you have no idea how absurd it got. I might as well have walked into an orthodox church naked with a tattoo defiling all Ten Commandments on my body and shouted that I was gay in the middle of a prayer. Even if I had done all of that, and probably more, I still wouldn't have sinned as badly as I apparently had in their eyes. I turned Michiru gay after all.

I kid you not, it was literally that bad.

I mean of all the stupid things to do. How in the world you magically turn a person into a homosexual is beyond my comprehension. Alright, I'll admit, I'm no doctor, but turning a person gay? Of all the stupid things I've come across this one is pretty high on the list of idiocy. Even I know enough of basic human logic to tell you that it was an outlandish rebuke as to why I couldn't be around Michiru, but whatever…some people are just stiffs.

Well Michiru went home alright, but it was to talk sense into them, not to leave me behind. She went because she loved them, although we all had to admit that they were going overboard, they were her parents. It was all I could do to see her go, my going with her wasn't going to help matters at all, so as a smart person, I stayed with my aunt waiting for Michiru to tell me what was going on.

~~~Michiru POV~~~~

And call I did. Let me tell you one thing about my parents. They are what one would call…odd…I love them dearly mind you, however they tend to blow matters out of proportion at irrational times. Now, you figure, they've seen me around Haruka all of my high school life, read the tabloids when it got really bad, and on top of everything Haruka was disowned…now you would tend to think, that as a parent you would choose one of those other times to over react.

Not when I've come out of the closet, presented to you the same woman from the papers, and told you that I had been in a stable relationship for quite awhile. Besides the fact that I came out after my birthday, making me eighteen years of age, thus old enough to make my own choices…this is what most logical people would normally think.

Again I repeat, I love my parents dearly, however logic does seem to evade them at the worst possible times. This was obviously one of them.

Mind you, I played along with them at first. I tried to be civil; I agreed to stay home with them and speak with them. I was hoping sooner or later they would see things my way. They got the part about me liking women fairly easily and without adding too many guilt trips onto me. The topic of Haruka was an entirely different story, and quickly I realized that it wouldn't work out as long as my parents thought they had control over me and my life. Needless to say, I wasn't going to wait around for them to be ok with my lifestyle and choice about Haruka.

It was mine after all. I knew it made me happy. That was all that mattered right?

~~~~Haruka POV~~~

So we made a plan. Her parents were rather wealthy; however they also spent their money wisely by not having a fully staffed household. Unlike my upbringing that had been filled butlers, maids, and nannies galore, Michiru had an idea of what a somewhat normal family was like. As a result, Michiru knew household chores like the back of her hand. She could cook better than I could, clean very quickly, and things I would cringe at didn't faze her in the slightest. Her mother had taught her early on that if you could do something without hired help, it was better to do so.

Anyway, we knew our actions were going to cause a riot as far as the press would be concerned, however we couldn't just keep quiet our entire lives either. Michiru's parents would either come around, or abandon her. We knew the stakes, we had gone through it once before when my father decided he didn't want to consider me his child anymore. It wouldn't be easy, but we never really expected it to be either.

~~~Minako POV~~~

Oh man, they were nuts. My mom and I were so shocked to find out they were going to plan this. The press would be all over the place. I just knew it. You want to talk about one of the biggest news scandals in history right here in our own backyard, this would be it. Haruka was pretty famous by this time, she was in the big time races after all. Michiru was an at home hero with all of her charities she played in, and people knew who they were. It would be pretty hard not to know either one or the other of them…

This was going to hit…majorly. Apart of me was proud that they were going to fight for what they believed in...another part of me, well lets just say i couldn't help but want to fling myself into the fray. i had to be moral support after all.

~~~Mrs. Aino POV~~~

Well love is reckless, and I have to admit, this was no exception. If there had ever been a popularity battle for the front page news in the local papers Haruka and Michiru won by a landslide…it lasted for months! Now I love my niece, don't get me wrong, but I was ready to pull out my hair at all of the hype. You couldn't turn around without seeing their faces on some television or newspaper. The radio stations were no better during their broadcasts and anywhere you went people were talking...

Back then, I think you could say that it was just a little stressful.

~~~End POV/ Start Flashback~~~

She was in the backyard - they say it was a little past nine
When her prince pulled up - a white pickup truck
Her folks shoulda seen it comin' - it was only just a matter of time
Plenty old enough - and you can't stop love
She stuck a note on the screen door - "sorry but I got to go"
That was all she wrote - her mama's heart was broke
That was all she wrote - so the story goes

"Stupid papers." Haruka growled as she crumpled up yet another annoying Sunday delivery. "Of all the crap in the world to write about they have to write about us." She pulled out her walk-man to blast music into her ears; she was so tired of everything.

"We knew this would happen." Michiru was playing a game of chess to pass the time.
"That may be so, but I agree with Haruka, it's getting to be a bit much." Ami answered simply. "They need to let it pass."
"Fat frickin' chance." Makoto scoffed agreeing with the walk-man idea. "Michiru's parents even declared her a missing person. Stupid assholes…"
"Makoto!" Ami wasn't a fan of Makoto's rude demeanor. "Watch your mouth. It's not right to be saying things like that."
"It's alright." Michiru wasn't defending the situation; however she knew Haruka felt the same way. "Let them rant, my parents did over step themselves this time."

"I warned you it was a bad idea." Setsuna sat next to Minako watching the television that had been muted because of the news blip. "This will pass if you give it time, however, I wouldn't advise you pull any other stupid stunts in the future, no matter how much to claim to love someone." Setsuna had been a long time friend of Michiru's and had gotten fairly close to Haruka as a result. "All this stress isn't good for anybody."

"Yeah, well I can't leave the damn house because of this crap." Haruka ranted popping a handful of oyster crackers into her mouth, chopping down loudly, and chewing with her mouth full. "I'm getting cabin fever here. Can't people let this go, its bordering three weeks already."

"The papers will do what they wish. Enjoy the time off for a while." Setsuna answered calmly.
"I think that's half the issue." Makoto answered, giving away the obvious. "Don't you get it, staying cooped up in here is a pain in the balls."
"Stop using such trashy language!" Saeko yelled from the kitchen.
"You're not my mother! I don't need to listen to you!" Makoto shot back indignantly.
"Zoisite, do something with your sister before I lay the smack down!" Saeko called, aggravated that he had yet to try and correct Makoto himself.

Reaching around from his spot on the floor, he nailed Makoto in the back of the head. "Watch your mouth or next time you'll answer too her. Got it?" All Makoto did was shrug and pull out a cigarette that he quickly apprehended. "Don't do that either…I swear, when did you turn into the kid from hell?"

"When you picked me up from the orphanage I was already corrupted so no worries bro." Makoto smirked looking like the troublesome teen she was.
"Alright, remind me again how you got to like a punk kid like her?" Michiru asked Ami highly confused. Makoto wasn't exactly a prize catch.
"How did you end up with my cousin?" Minako pitched in amused.
"Touché" Michiru answered quietly. "I retract my last comment."

Now her daddy's in the kitchen - starin' out the window
Scratchin' and a rackin' his brains
How could 18 years just up and walk away
Our little pony-tailed girl growed up to be a woman
Now she's gone in the blink of an eye
She left the suds in the bucket
And the clothes hangin' out on the line

"Real smooth guys, real smooth." Setsuna answered with a smile as she flipped channels. "You're are on every news station and even are on a few prime time talk shows too. How in the world am I supposed to find out the weather or any important information if you guys keep hogging all the air time?" Then she and Minako burst out laughing as a rather indignant picture found the screen. "Did she really flip off the camera guy or is that photo altered?"

"No, they didn't change the photo. She did indeed do that." Michiru answered dryly.

~~~~End flashback/ Start Haruka POV~~~

Anyway, as you could have guessed, it got really crazy after that. Michiru and I were stuck inside for about three solid months. We rarely went out because of the entire ruckus that her parents had started. First, they stated her to be a missing person, and then when they found out that we reported that claim as a lie, they stated that I had kidnapped her. Heaven forbid that she actually was trying to live out the life she wanted.

Her dad was who you could call a rather annoying individual, and her mom was a persistent woman. In any case, they didn't make our lives easy with all of their stupid claims. Now I don't declare to be the nicest person on earth, in fact, I'll admit I'm pretty far from it when someone manages to anger me. That was why I had been told never to leave the house without a calm, rational, person with me. Apparently, attacking the news reporters and camera people could have been seen as a bad thing.

I wouldn't have cared. I'd had don't it anyway, if only Michiru had let me.

~~~~Michiru POV~~~

By that time, my parents had gone way overboard. I could see them having a momentary panic attack, I did walk away unannounced, but they should have just let matters lie once they knew I was alright. I did leave a note and a phone call; it wasn't as if I fell off the face of the earth. Although, thinking back, it would have seemed to have been a smarter option at the time. At least then they wouldn't have attacked my cell phone with calls every five seconds or other idiotic gestures of desperation.

People didn't stop talking, and it wasn't limited to only the press. Sadly, our friends had gotten involved too, willingly, thank god, but it didn't help that they still had to put up with the press being total frustration all of their own.

~~~End POV/Start Flash back~~~

Now don't you wonder what the preacher's gonna preach about Sunday morn
Nothin' quite like this has happened here before
Well he must have been a looker - smooth talkin' son of a gun
For such a grounded girl - to just up and run
Course you can't fence time - and you can't stop love

"Please sir. You must have a statement to give." The reporter was being rather clingy.
"I have nothing to say in regards to this manner." Grandfather Hino shook his head.
"Is it true you know of them well? As a man of the cloth, how do you feel about their mannerisms?" She tried again, shoving her microphone in his face.
"Again, it is not my business what I think, and I will not disclose such possibly compromising information." He answered again.
"Is it true that your granddaughter knows them personally?" her prying was getting annoying.

"I'm his granddaughter, now what in the hell do you want?" Rei shouted as she held her broom in her hand. She had remained quiet long enough.
"I simply request an interview with you." She answered with a smirk on her face, her eyes behind her glasses twinkling in delight.
"Who are you exactly?" Rei raised an eyebrow. She knew she knew this woman from somewhere.
"Nana." The woman answered informally presenting her card. "You can simply call me Nana." She would do anything to get the scoop.

"Oh, you're that idiot photographer for the gossip page in the weekly newspaper." Rei nodded unhappily. "Sorry not interested in an interview, however, I would be highly interested in kicking your repentant butt to the curb if you even think of defiling the good name of my friends." Her voice was low as she heatedly whispered the next sentence. "My best friend is her cousin, so let me just say, if you're name comes up in conversation, I won't hesitate to put the blame on you. Got that?" When the woman nodded quietly Rei smiled with an evil twist. "Good then go have a blessed day somewhere else."

The woman did indeed scurry away rather quickly and Grandfather Hino merely sighed. "Rei, you really shouldn't be so quick to anger." Seeing the look on her face he just rolled his eyes trying to retain any overly absurd comments. "Or smile like that…people will think you're a miko possessed."

"I will be happy to be to act as one, just as long as they leave Minako and her family alone." Rei answered returning to her tasks. Her grandfather raised an interested eyebrow, but didn't say a word.

Now all the biddy's in the beauty shop gossip goin' non-stop
Sippin' on pink lemonade
How could 18 years just up and walk away
Our little pony-tailed girl growed up to be a woman
Now she's gone in the blink of an eye
She left the suds in the bucket
And the clothes hangin' out on the line

"Honestly, I can't see why she's allowing this to continue." Saeko ranted onward. "This has gone on far enough."
"So says the woman who's past isn't so light either." Akane smirked at the look that received. "I'm only pointing out that you don't have room to talk."
"No, but I do, and I have to say I agree." Ikuko sighed out. "I'm worried about the girls. Usagi had been acting irrational over everything."
"So has Rei." Akane nodded. "Her grandfather is so angry; you should have heard him howling over the phone yesterday. He was livid."
"Well my sister was partly to blame for that you know." Zoisite sighed, he couldn't believe the stunts those kids pulled. "I feel badly Ami got involved."
"It was bound to happen. Your sister has been getting into more and more trouble and taking Ami along with her." Saeko sighed; she wasn't fond of it either.
"Oh please, Ami hardly did anything." Ikuko rolled her eyes. "Usagi was the one who crashed into the light pole." What was it with those girls and trouble?

"The fact of the matter is that they're plenty old enough to know better." Saeko responded glancing at her new haircut for a moment. "All of them, Ami included. These stunts are turning into a dangerous proposition. If their trying to scare away the news crews they're doing a good job of it, but in the meantime they're attracting the attention of local authorities."

"That isn't anything new." Zoisite deadpanned. "Makoto gets in trouble with her probation officer almost every week."
"Too true." Ikuko agreed. "I constantly need to keep Usagi in line. She'll be suspended for three days if she's late for class one more day this month."
"Ami never had any of those problems before." Saeko wasn't sure what to do with it all.
"Well it's about time she started." Akane laughed, Saeko just rolled her eyes.
"Welcome to motherhood." Ikuko smirked. "May your Ami cause you as much trouble as Usagi does me!"
"And Makoto does me…" Zoisite added in waiting for his turn for a new hair style.

~~~End Flashback/ Start Rei POV~~~
You never believe the antics a few of us got into because of this entire thing. I mean, yeah, I'm used to Minako's crazy ideas. However, when you add an entire army of angry high school teenagers and an equal army of adults, not all of them logical, you can likely guess for yourself the amount of fights we got into while chasing away reporters, however I really liked Minako, even back then, and I would be damned if I let some stupid reporter one up me.

I'll admit, I got carried away a few times. Once we actually got Makoto to cover herself in fake charms and run screaming out of Minako's front door yelling like a depraved spirit back from the grave. It shouldn't have been funny, I of all people shouldn't have ever come up with the idea however, sometimes you can't help but laugh at the outcome. Grandpa wasn't the least bit amused after he found out, and I've gotta say, that was the first time I actually saw him ready to spit nails at all of us.

Seeing six reporters have near panic attacks was well worth the earful and grounding I got hands down.

~~~Makoto POV~~~

I never really had what one would call a large family, and most of the one I had was lost when I was a little kid. That was why I had been willing to protect Haruka and Michiru. They were like me in their own way. Granted the way they lost their families were because of their choices, I couldn't help but feel for them. Haruka and I really got closer the more time she spent with Minako, and in the end of it all, I can't help but say she's like family too me too now.

Michiru and I butt heads on occasion. I can't say I'm attached at the hip with her. We're like acquaintances more than anything, but Ami seems to like her...so whatever. It's not really a big deal for me. I just acted like I always seemed too. It may have caused problems, but it's not like we didn't get over it. Back in those says, and even now, I'm the go with the flow kind of girl. Yeah, we caused problems, can't deny that for a second, but for what it was worth, it made us stronger as a group.

For the first time in my life I finally understood what it meant to have a very large family. I hadn't ever had that before. I wasn't willing to give it up either, and even if I could have handled myself better, done smarter things, I don't regret defending Haruka and Michiru.

~~~Michiru's POV~~~

Our friends and family attracted quite a lot of trouble. It was all that most of them could do to make sure they didn't drive their own families' nuts. The rumor finally dwindled out for the most part, after a long wait. I was finally glad when it was all over and done with. I lost contact with my parents in the end of it all. It wasn't exactly in a bad way. We just stopped talking. Nowadays, years later, it's hard to pick up the phone and call them.

When it first happened I was too angry to speak with them. After things cooled down, I considered it, but feared the drama would start back up again. Things continued like that, and now, I just don't see the need to call. If they want me, they know how to find me. If they care about who I'm with, the family I want to have, or any of that, they could call me just as easily as I could them. I digress; it's all water under the bridge in my eyes.

~~~~Haruka POV~~~~

Now, life is life. My family, well it's not all blood related. In fact, most of my family in reality is just a bunch of really, really, good friends. I don't care though, I'd do anything for them, and they would do anything for me. That's how it should be. I know it's kind of odd, but hey, what can you do. Sometimes life isn't perfect, I know mine wasn't, especially not as a kid...now though?

I'd say life is pretty good…not perfect...but I'm happy.

~~~End POV~~~

While it may have been true that most of the rumor fizzled out, the fact still remains that Haruka and Michiru are household names. They caused one heck of an upstart, and while most casual people forgot about the dynamic duo and their cluster of friends, there are a few fans that can still look back and whisper about what the two stars went and did.

She's got her pretty little bare feet hangin' out the window
And they're headin' up to Vegas tonight
How could 18 years just up and walk away
Our little pony-tailed girl growed up to be a woman
Now she's gone in the blink of an eye
She left the suds in the bucket
And the clothes hangin' out on the line

Every now and then you'll hear a crack about a playboy teenager who swept an innocent young school girl off her feet. Off color comments will sound from the streets as occasionally somebody remembers Michiru's upbringing, calling her a floozy or some other rude name. A fan will cheer, praising them for beating the odds, a child will look at them funny, thinking Haruka is still a man…and life, well it continues on.

The scandal, while not totally forgotten, is a thing of the past. An event filled with memories...it changed their lives forever, but all in all…that was a good thing.


And that ends the three shot that explains their scandal. Oh by the way, for those of you who didn't get the inside joke, Nana is the reporter from the first season who got turned into the ninja youma during the episode where the Sailor Senshi fake a big argument to try to Usagi get captured to go and rescue Mamoru.