Jewel's Light

Disclaimer: I don't own Sailor Moon or the characters but the story belongs to me, steal and you'll be asking to my swarm of angry muses.

Note: This is my first non-crossover ficcy written for my Imouto, Usa-chan. I wrote is specifically for her new site and plan to write many more (there are a few Bishies in SM ~.^). It's an AU story so don't expect me to follow the SM timeline to the T *shrugs* It's not like re-doing the WHOLE thing, but there will be changes here and there. Anyway, I don't really know where it's going right now. If I plan out TOO much stuff, I get bored with it. Side, if I just write it as I go, there are a lot of plot twists to keep YOU interested ~.^ Well, my email is pokahydee@hotmail.com but I'm going to be getting a new email soon (pokahydee@mysticallegends.net) (since hotmail annoys me so much). Anyway, I hope you enjoy this as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Thoughts are italicized
Dream Sequences are italicized (thoughts in dreams aren't)
**** Change of scene, time, etc...

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Chapter 2 - Distrust

When Usagi's eyes opened, all she saw was black. Her whole body felt tired and she had a headache. She vaguely remembered what had happened the previous day but her memories were fuzzy. She remembered the man with white hair and her mother lying in a hospital bed. Beyond that, though, Usagi couldn't remember. Something strange had happened to her and now here she lay, helpless to do anything. She could hardly move, let along try to escape. She didn't know where she'd go if she tried. She groaned quietly and forced herself into a sitting position; despite the immense pain it caused her. She wrapped her arms around her stomach and forced her breathing to slow. Tears were in her eyes, but she managed to subdue the pain slightly.

For the first time, Usagi was aware of her surroundings. She was lying on a bed with white blankets and sheets. To the right there was a big open room with large, black double doors and a black crystal pillar on either side. Purple energy licked its way up and down the pillars and occasionally stretched across and blocked the doorway. Straight in front of her faded out into a dark hazy area and she was unable to see that side of the room, if it was a room at all. To her left there was a big open balcony that overlooked earth. The planet was now dark and looked strangely deserted. Of course from way up there it would look deserted, but Usagi had a bad feeling in the pit of her stomach. The calmness was unnatural... there was something wrong... Usagi leaned forward and wept. She cried until her stomach started to hurt unbearably, which caused her to cry out in pain instead.

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"Where is odango atama?" Rei asked with a deep scowl on her face. The rest of the Senshi were assembled at the temple to discuss what they were going to do about the attacks of the Black Moon, but Usagi still wasn't there.

"Rei, calm down," Ami said from her place on the floor. "She wasn't in school today. Give her a break, her mother was in a really bad accident yesterday."

"Nani? She was?" Rei asked in surprise.

"Hai, she was hit by a car..." Makoto said quietly while she took a sip from her tea. "When I called, Shingo said Tsukino-san was in a coma."

"When did this happen?" Rei asked in concern. If she had known something like this had happened, she wouldn't have blown up like she had a few minutes prior.

"Yesterday. No one's heard from Usagi since she went to the hospital, though." Ami replied quietly.

"How did all of you know this but not me?" Rei asked as she quirked and eyebrow.

"I told them while you were talking with your grandfather," Luna said as she walked into the room and sat down beside Ami on the floor. "And I'm afraid I have some worse news. Usagi is missing."

"Nani?!" All four girls cried in unison as the black cat hung her head.

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Usagi crawled across the bed and managed to stand up. She staggered toward the doorway and reached for the doorknob. Before she grasped the knob, though, purple energy licked through her body and threw her backward onto the ground. She didn't even have time to cry out in pain as she flew backward. She hit something hard and slumped to the ground. She glanced up to see what she hit and the face of a man with dark blue hair melted away as her eyes drooped shut again.

Sapphir glared down at the blond pig-tailed girl that lay at his feet. What his brother saw in this woman he could not tell. She looked like a child, no more than fourteen and she was a human. What would possess his brother to go to so much trouble to kidnap someone so unimportant? She did have a stunning likeness to NeoQueen Serenity, but there was no way that child was her. Sapphir knew his brother had eyes for the Queen, but why had this girl diverted them? It didn't make any sense to him.

Reluctantly, he bent down and picked up the girl and pulled back the blankets on the bed. He could feel her shivering and glanced down at her. She looked almost as if she were dead. Her skin matched the color of the white sheets and her skin was ice cold to the touch. He laid her down on the bed and pulled the blanket up to her chin. He looked at her for a moment more and disappeared into the hazy area past the end of the bed.

"What were you doing there, Sapphir?" A monotone voice asked as Sapphir walked through the haze.

"I sensed something, brother," Sapphir said calmly. "Her energy is fading. She's going to die."

"She will not die, the black energy will convert her to our cause." Dimando said calmly as he approached his brother.

"I don't think so. If that were so, she would have changed by now. She is strong and refuses to submit to us. She is near death now, though I don't see why you brought her here in the first place," Sapphir said as he looked away from his brother. "Just so you can play out your fantasy of being with the Queen, I suppose."

Dimando narrowed his eyes on his brother in anger and slapped him harshly across the face. "You have no authority to speak to me in that tone. I am Prince Dimando-sama, so be sure you address me in that manner." Sapphir glared as his older brother and bowed at the waist.

"Hai, Dimando-sama." Sapphir said with a scowl as he bowed and walked past his brother toward his quarters.

Dimando continued through the mist until he reached the bed Sailor Moon was lying on. He glanced down and his eyes widened slightly. Sapphir was right; she looked like she was dead already. He reached down and pushed a few locks of hair out of her face and pulled his hand back quickly. She was freezing cold. Why hadn't he felt her energy fade so much? He frowned slightly and picked the girl up. He slipped one arm behind her back and shoulders and the other under her knees. He had to get her away from the negative energy or she would die. He stepped out onto the balcony and disappeared.

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When Usagi awoke the next time, she heard birds chirping and the buzzing of small insects. A fresh scent invaded her nose that was a mixture of flowers and cut grass. She could feel warmth on her skin from the sun. She took a deep breath and breathed in the scent of spring that surrounded her and tried to sit up. Her whole body ached and when she tried to sit up, she was forced to lie back down. She groaned slightly and rolled onto her side. This is all just some great dream... if only Mamo-chan were in it, it would be perfect... She thought idly as she began to drift off to sleep again.

"Nani?!?" She cried as her eyes flew back open. This couldn't be a dream! You don't feel pain in dreams! Usagi forced herself to sit up and bit back the urge to cry out in pain. She looked from side to side and saw that she was lying under a tree next to a small lake. Around the edges of the lake were flowers that came all the way up to the tree she was under. She raised an eyebrow and looked to the other side. She saw a small cottage nestled under the canopy of trees that ended the small clearing. There was smoke drifting lazily out of the chimney and a soft warm glow emanating from the windows.

Usagi forced herself painfully to her feet and began to slowly stagger toward the small house. As far as she could tell, there weren't any other cabins or houses visible in the distance. It seemed that she was out in the middle of nowhere. Where had Dimando gone, though? And what about that guy with the navy blue hair? It took Usagi nearly twenty minutes to reach the small cabin when it would normally only take her about ten. She reached the door and knocked on it lightly. She gasped slightly when she saw who answered it.

"Good morning, Usagi-san." Daitetsu, no Dimando said as he answered the door. He was dressed in normal clothes, all of which were white. What is his obsession with white anyway? Usagi thought to herself when she saw him standing there. Isn't white supposed to represent purity or something?

"What do you want with me?" Usagi asked pitifully as she took a step back. Her knees buckled from sheer weariness and she tumbled backward onto the ground. Dimando seemed a little surprised by her question and was almost sorry he'd kidnapped her... almost. She looked absolutely pitiful as she sat on the ground with tears threatening to spill from her eyes.

"Earth really is a lovely planet," Dimando started as he stepped out of the door and looked up into the trees. "If only my brother was given the chance to grow up in a place like this." Usagi was startled for a moment, but managed to hide it. Is he really as evil as he made himself out to be? Usagi silently wondered as she watched his movement. He moved out from under the trees and picked a violet from the ground and held it up to the light. "There were never flowers or anything on Nemesis. It was a rarity to find even a single blossom." Usagi remained silent, unable to think of anything to say. He smiled slightly and turned back toward her. He walked toward her and placed the violet in her hands before he walked back into the cottage.

Usagi watched him go in wonder. He actually seemed almost nice. Almost was the key word, though. He was the enemy, there was no way she would be able to trust him. She followed him into the house and closed the door behind her. She scanned the room that she had walked into before she took off her shoes. She was in an entranceway with a short hallway that opened up into a great room with a fireplace directly ahead. There were two doors in the hallway, one on either side. As she walked past, she saw one opened into a bedroom and the other opened into a kitchen. She walked toward the fireplace and sat in front of it with her arms wrapped around her knees. She was desperately trying to think of a way to get out of her predicament. She heard footsteps behind her and didn't even turn to look, she knew it was him.

"What do you want with me..." She asked quietly as she looked into the red and orange flames. "Why did you bring me here?"

Dimando was silent as he looked at the back of the blond. He walked up to her and wrapped a blanket around her shoulders. She looked up at him in surprise. He smiled at her questioning look and motioned to the table that was set full of all sorts of food. Usagi's mouth began to water at the sight of the food and a loud gurgling sound echoed through the small room. A sweatdrop appeared on Usagi's forehead as she slumped forward. Her stomach was telling her to go eat to her heart's content, but her brain was telling her that she couldn't trust him not to put something in the food.

"It's for you." He said as he helped her to her feet. Usagi pulled away and glared at him.

"I don't need your help!" She snapped as she yanked her arm free, and dropped the blanket. Her glare deepened as he only smirked in response and bowed low to her. "I'm not hungry!" She said as she turned away and crossed her arms stubbornly over her chest. She wouldn't let her trust be bought with food... But it all looks so good. Usagi thought on the inside and silently wished she hadn't done that.

"Fine, I guess this will all go to waste then." He said as he walked over to the table and picked up a few platters of food and began to head toward the kitchen. Usagi's eyes widened at the thought of all that scrumptious food going to the garbage.

"Matte!" Usagi cried as she ran over toward him and grabbed the two platters from him. "If it's just going to go to waste, I might as well eat it." She said as she sat down and began to dig in. Dimando sat across the table from her and watched her eat, his eyes were trained on her every move. After a few minutes, Usagi stopped eating and looked at him, a slight blush on her cheeks. "Why are you staring at me?" She demanded with an indignant look on her face. He only smiled slightly, stood up and walked away from the table toward a large sliding glass door that opened into a small courtyard of some sort under the cover of the trees.

"I'll be out here when you're done." He said quietly as he walked out and closed the door behind him. Usagi raised an eyebrow and continued to dig into the food. She didn't care if he'd poisoned it because it tasted so good. Besides, why would he go to such lengths to kidnap her if he were going to kill her?

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"Do you have any clue where she is?" Rei demanded the small black cat. Luna hung her head in shame before continuing.

"At the hospital I picked up some really strong negative energy..."

"The Black Moon?" Makoto asked with her mouth hanging open. Luna nodded her head slightly, her eyebrows narrowed in concern.

"We don't know the reason they've taken her. We have no leads whatsoever. But we also know they have the brooch so they must know she's Sailor Moon." Luna said calmly as she looked up at the four Senshi.

"What should we do?" Minako asked.

"We'll have to wait until we have more information on her whereabouts," Artemis said calmly as he jumped down from the windowsill he'd been sitting in. "Ami, can you try and track her exact position with your computer?" Ami nodded slightly.

"I'm not sure. I don't know if my computer is powerful enough to break through their technology," Ami said with a doubtful look on her face. "I'll try my best, though."

"That's all that we can hope for, Ami-chan." Luna said as she hung her head.

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It had already been a half an hour since Usagi had finished eating so she assumed that if it were poisoned, she would have noticed something by that point. After she had finished eating, she'd gone out the front door and run through the forest. She decided that she was going to escape since he had lax guard on her. He was the only person she'd seen since he'd taken her so she assumed that no one would stop her from running away. She only hoped that Dimando didn't know she was gone yet.

Mamo-chan... I'm coming home... She thought as she ran through the darkening forest. The sun was setting in the distance, only a quarter of it was above the horizon. She stopped running when she heard a sound behind her. She turned around and looked into the forest. Why did it get so dark all of a sudden? She wondered silently as she saw the forest behind her was pitch black.

"Where are you going?" A familiar voice asked quietly. Usagi gasped audibly and turned in the direction of the voice. She saw a man with blue hair and a black crescent moon on his forehead... Is he the man from earlier? She wondered as she narrowed her eyes on him.

"What do you want with me?!?" Usagi growled out. "Let me go!"

"Heh, the only one that wants you is Dimando-kun." Sapphir said bitterly. "He'll risk our whole mission just to fulfill his dream of having NeoQueen Serenity-sama to himself... Too bad you're not her."

"Eh? NeoQueen Serenity-sama?" Usagi questioned. She hadn't a clue who NeoQueen Serenity was. This was the first time she'd heard the name. Sapphir just growled in response with his arms crossed over his chest.

"You really are clueless. Are you sure you're Sailor Moon?" He asked as he opened his eyes and looked at the small blond woman.

"Who ever said I was Sailor Moon." Usagi said as she crossed her arms over her chest with an indignant snort. "You people all assume that I'm her just because I wear my hair like her."

"Heh, you sure you're not her?" Sapphir asked as he held up a palm facing her. Usagi's eyes widened in fear as black energy crackled over his fingers and up his arm. Usagi took a few steps backward and tripped over a root that had magically appeared behind her [A.N. it didn't REALLY magically appear ~.^]. She wrapped her arms around her head as she awaited the impact of his attack. She peeked one eye open when nothing happened and saw that Dimando stood in front of her holding the other man's wrist.

"What the hell are you doing, Sapphir?" Dimando demanded angrily of his younger brother. He held Sapphir's wrist tightly and looked none too pleased.

"What do you think? I was testing her. If she really is Sailor Moon, she'd be able to block it." Sapphir explained as he yanked his wrist away from Dimando.

"Without this, how is she supposed to become Sailor Moon?" Dimando demanded as he held up the small brooch that he'd taken from Usagi. Usagi gasped slightly when she the brooch and her eyes began to fill with tears. Baka... She thought to herself. How am I supposed to get that from him? She wondered as she reached her hand out slightly. She pulled her hand back before either of the men even noticed.

"Just leave me alone!" Usagi shouted, effectively breaking into their conversation. "I don't know what you jerks want so just leave me alone!" She turned and tried to run but felt something clamp down on her wrist. She swung her fist as hard as she could and felt it connect with Dimando's cheek. "Go away!" With that, she took off into the woods, not knowing where she was or where she was going.

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Mamoru sat up straight in bed as another nightmare raked through his sleep. He'd been having nightmares for the past few weeks that involved Usagi. She walked away from him and as she did so, the ground she walked on crumbled away and everything was thrown into desolation. She had been very precious to him at one time, but the nightmares made it hard for him to see her. He didn't want anything bad to happen as the dream predicted.

He stood up and walked into the kitchen to get a glass of water. He took a cup from the cupboard and filled it from the tap and sat at the table, but didn't drink any. His thoughts were on her... the woman that seemed to fill his mind these days. He just wasn't sure what he should do, he cared about Usagi but his dreams told him to stay away from her... and his eyes had wandered to another... a young girl with a red braid and big eyes [1]. He sighed and decided that he needed to get some sleep so he could finish some assignments for his class in the morning.

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ChibiUsa's eyes opened and she looked around the room. She had to admit it was lonely without Usagi. No one knew where she'd gone; she had just disappeared the previous day without a trace. ChibiUsa thought that was weird because Sailor Moon had disappeared as well. It's just a coincidence... ChibiUsa thought to herself. Usagi's too much of a ditz and a crybaby to be Sailor Moon!

She curled up into a ball on Usagi's bed and pulled Luna closer to her. With Ikuko-mama in the hospital and Usagi missing, ChibiUsa felt lonelier than ever. Mamoru had not even been around in ages so she felt alone. Kenji-papa had asked his sister-in-law to come over and keep and eye on ChibiUsa and Shingo until Ikuko was released from the hospital. It was tough because she was still in a coma and they had no idea when she would wake up from it.

"Mama... papa..." ChibiUsa whispered as the tears began to flow down her cheeks. Luna looked down at the child sympathetically. She was a long way from home without her parents and the family that had taken her in was falling apart. It had to be tough on the squirt to lose two families in such a short period of time.

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Usagi felt like she'd been running for hours when she collapsed to her hands and knees and drew breath after breath of air into her starved lungs. She now had no clue where she was; she was hopelessly lost in a forest that she didn't know. She shivered involuntarily as a chill breeze blew through the trees.

"Mamo-chan..." She whimpered as she wrapped her arms tighter around her body. She scooted up against and tree and continued to shiver when a drop of water fell onto the end of her nose. She held out her hand and noticed another perfectly round droplet landed on her upturned palm. "Not now!" She whined as she struggled against fatigue to stand and continue through the mess of tangled brush and trees. Within minutes of the beginning of the light drizzle of rain, it turned into a full-blown thunderstorm with thunder, lightening, intense rain, and hail. She held her hands above her head to protect it from the hailstones that pounded down on her from above.

She struggled to push through the brush ahead of her because she saw that there were few trees ahead. She was sure there would be houses in that clearing and pushed through, trying to shield her eyes from the pouring rain. The water dripped down her face and blurred her vision and the thunder made her jump with each loud clap. She had always hated thunderstorms the most, more than anything except perhaps spiders.

"There's a house!" She cried as she managed to push the last of the brush to the side. She barreled down the hill toward the unfamiliar house as fast as her tired legs could carry her. She was only 50 feet from the house when a tall figure stepped out in front of her and she crashed right into it. She fell backward and landed hard but didn't move. She started to cry as she looked up at the blurred figure.

"Iie... please just let me be... I want to go home..." She cried out in agony as pain ripped through her body from the cold and the strain of pushing herself so hard. The last thing she saw before she blacked out was a pair of hands reaching toward her.

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May 19, 2003

[1] This is just a reference to Ranma 1/2 to Ranma's girl form. I'm obsessed with it right now so I had to throw it into something ~.^

I know it's been a long time since I've written anything. Between work and school, I just haven't had the time. I know I left ya on a cliffie *shrugs* I dun really like the cliffie cuz that's how I ended the last chapter . with Usagi blacking out ^^; I guess I overuse that one ne? Anyway, my email is pokahydee@mysticallegends.net if ya wanna email me^^ I'd LOVE to hear from you people *hint hint* Well, that's all folks, come again^^ *flies into the sky and disappears in a puff of pink smoke and silver sparkles*