This is my new story, Thorny Roses. Below is a complete summary:
Usagi is heartbroken when Mamoru breaks up with her. To cope with her pain, she leaves Tokyo for 6 months. What will happen when she returns completely changed? How will she and the Sailor Scouts defeat the new enemy? Will Mamoru and Usagi's love survive? And why are the Generals with Usagi?
I hope you all enjoy!
Usagi stood in Mamoru's apartment, facing the door. Mamoru stood a few feet away from her, not daring to look at her petite form. Usagi felt uncomfortable with the thick, tense silence.
"What do you want?" Mamoru spoke, his voice harsh. Usagi winced at his tone. She didn't turn around while she replied. She didn't want to see in his eyes what she heard in his voice.
"I'm sorry about this afternoon," she whispered. She turned around to face him, smiling despite her unhappiness. "I'm dense so I didn't realize you were in a bad mood."
"It's not like that," Mamoru muttered. It hurt him so much to do this.
"W-what?" Usagi questioned but she already knew the answer.
"I just don't love you anymore."
The words broke into Usagi's heart, clawing away at all the emotions she'd ever felt for her Mamo-chan. But still, she persisted.
"Mamo-chan, I'll make sure to study hard, too. So…"
"Don't make me say it over and over again!" He yelled. His eyes were closed, for he did not want to see her upset. But he knew he had to do this. "I just want to end our relationship!"
Usagi's expression softened.
"Mamo-chan, there's no way I can believe that. Because, you were Prince Endymion and I was Princess Serenity. We were lovers before we were even born in this world—"
"That's why I want to end it!" He cut her off. "Why do I have to be your boyfriend just because I was in a previous life? I'm—" Mamoru looked up at her, but his eyes widened in shock.
Usagi's eyes were wide with tears. She was looking down at the ground. After following her gaze, Mamoru realized she was looking at Chibiusa's shoes.
"Chibiusa's here, isn't she?" She asked, her eyes quivering from the tears. "Maybe you like Chibiusa better than me…"
"Don't be ridiculous!" Mamoru looked away from her. He couldn't take it anymore. He wanted to take her in his arms and convince her that everything was a lie. He wanted to make her smile again.
"You're right…I'm sorry, Mamo-chan, for making you hang out with me until now." Mamoru looked up as he heard her sob. Usagi clicked the door closed behind her. Mamoru stared at the door, tears glistening in his own eyes.
I'm sorry, Usako.
From around the corner, Chibiusa watched. Her eyes were wide with surprise. She felt so…utterly sad. She felt sorry for the idiot Usagi.
Outside, Usagi walked dismally towards nowhere, not paying attention to her surroundings. She only looked up when she noticed an empty telephone booth to her left. She opened the door, closing it behind her. Only then did she sink to the floor and begin sobbing.
She fell against the wall of the booth, clutching at her sides. She tried in vain to cover the place where her heart used to be.
"Mama, I'm sorry," Usagi sobbed. "I can't bring Mamo-chan home…"
Two weeks passed. The enemy rarely attacked, allowing Usagi to avoid the girls and Mamoru. In just two weeks, she lost too much weight and gained dark purple circles under hers eyes. Usagi's parents were beginning to worry.
Unfortunately, just avoiding her problems wasn't enough for Usagi. She felt that she needed to go away for a while. She just wasn't sure how to bring up the topic with her parents.
Usagi heard her mother walk in through the door. She jumped up to help her mother with the groceries. "Here, mama, let me help you," Usagi said. She found that she could barely carry more than two bags. Her mother frowned, concern wrinkling her forehead.
Usagi placed the groceries on the table, where her mother sat down and her father was reading the newspaper. Usagi leaned against the counter, staring at the ground.
"Mama, Daddy, I have something to ask you—no, tell you guys," Usagi began. Her mother looked up at her daughter and her father glanced up from his paper. "I want to leave Tokyo for a while."
"WHAT?" They both screamed. Usagi winced.
"Only for a little while…" She countered. "Maybe four or five months…"
"No, absolutely not!" Her father yelled. "Besides, where would you go? How would you earn money? How will you survive?" His voice was escalating with each question.
Usagi glared. "Rei's grandfather knows a place near Mount Fuji. It's a three day trip from here. He also knows where I can get a job," Usagi replied calmly. Her eyes softened. She knew this would be hard on her parents, especially her father. "I'm going to be seventeen in a few months. I'm of legal age to do whatever I want. But you both know that I need this," Usagi's voice faltered. Her pain was beginning to fester in her heart and tears were springing into her eyes.
Usagi's mother knew how much pain her daughter was in. Though she did not know the cause, she did want her daughter to get better. If this was how her Usagi-chan will get better, then this is what will be done.
"I will allow you to go," Mrs. Tsukino murmured. It would hurt to see her baby leave, but it would hurt even more to watch her daughter suffer.
Mr. Tsukino's eyes bulged as he stared in shock at his wife. Mrs. Tsukino glared, looking much like her daughter. "Honey, you know she needs to do this. It's the only way she will get better." Usagi's father sighed and looked down. "When do you plan on leaving?"
"WHAT?" Rei, Makoto, and Minako screamed. Ami nodded solemnly. She had never been more serious before.
"It's true, Usagi left this morning to a house in the mountains west of Tokyo. Apparently, Rei's grandfather is lending it to her," Ami said. She had gone in the morning to walk to the arcade with Usagi but Mrs. Tsukino had tearfully explained the whereabouts of her daughter.
"I'm going to kill him," Rei growled.
"Forget that!" Makoto yelled, her bronze-brown ponytail angrily swishing back and forth. "Let's kill the reason she left in the first place!"
"Guys, we need to think about this carefully," Minako said, though tears were beginning to spill from her china blue eyes. "We can't just go marching into the arcade and attacking Chiba-san."
"Why not?" Rei countered, her violet eyes glinting.
"Yeah, Usagi's gone because of him!" Makoto cried.
"But we need to be rational!" Minako glared at the two of them. "Usagi wouldn't want that."
"I hate to say this, but perhaps Usagi's leaving is for the best. We all know what state she's been in ever since…you know," Ami whispered. "We have a bigger problem, however: there's a new enemy and we don't know what it wants."
Rei's eyes widened. "I completely forgot…Do you think we can still take on the enemy without Usagi's help?"
All four girls stared at each other. No one knew the answer.
Usagi stared at Mount Fuji. It was much more beautiful in person. Usagi turned around, facing her new home. It was much like the temple. A tour inside showed that it was a square shaped, one-story house, with a courtyard and hot spring in the middle. The house stood on a cliff surrounded by trees.
Usagi faced the powerful volcano again, determination igniting her soul. She would become a smarter, stronger, and better all around. Then, maybe Mamo-chan will come back to her.
How did you like it? This chapter may seem a little strange but please read and review! With reviews, I can make it a lot better. Hope to see many of my normal readers!