Chapter 4: Return to Battle! Moon and Star Transformation!
"I'll warn the others," Kousei said and pulled a small head mic from out of her pocket. As she placed it onto her ear, she caught sight of movement out of the corner of her eye.
Kousei peered into the darkness and gasped as the form slithered into view. A black creature with red eyes stood up on its hind legs. It had a long tale and a big round head with three ridges.
The creature opened its mouth. Kousei watched as it moved its pink tongue out of the way. Its four fangs had a small bolt of black lightening form in the center of its mouth. Once the four small strikes of black lightening collided they formed a small ball of black energy that got bigger and bigger with every passing second. Once the ball got as big as a grapefruit the creature flicked its tongue and sent the black ball shooting out of its mouth.
Kousei quickly dove out of the way and hissed in pain she slammed into her side. With a grunt, she quickly got to her feet and threw a rock at the creature. It phased through it and skipped across the ground.
"What is that?" Kousei asked.
"It's called a NightCrawler," Saffir explained. "You can't fight them."
"They feed on fear and the shadows," he added. "Your attacks won't land them unless you have a source of happiness and light."
"I need some light, huh?" Kousei reached her hand up towards the sky and opened her palm. One of the stars up in the sky started to glow brightly. It that fluttered down and landed in Kousei's open palm. With a flick of the wrist the start split into smaller stars. She stuck them in between each finger and gripped them tightly. "Bring it on."
Kousei set off right away to fight the NightCrawler. Using some of her dance skills, she did a cartwheel and a back hand spring onto a bus bench. The NightCrawler followed her to the bench. Kousei did a high kick, sending the NightCrawler up and head first down a metal slide.
Kousei then tightened her hand into a fist so that the small stars poked out from between her knuckles. As the NightCrawler got up and shook its head rapidly, she quickly lashed out and punched it in the center of its forehead.
The NightCrawler's head exploded into dust and the rest of its body disappeared.
"I need to go and get everyone else," Kousei panted. "They need to know about this new enemy."
"I must go now," Saffir muttered. "Will you keep your promise?"
Kousei looked up as the sky started to become overcast. She bit her lip and wrung her hands together. "Yes," she said after a second. "Anything for a friend."
"I knew I could count on you." He smiled. A few seconds the sounds of footsteps was getting closer. He gave her a brief smile before disappearing deeper into the alley.
"Kousei, are you alright?" Galaxia called out.
"We hear our communicators go off, but you didn't say anything," Taiki added.
"I'll explain when we meet back up with everyone," Kousei muttered. "We have to get back to the temple, now!"
"Everyone, this is Takuya," Princess Kakyuu introduced. She slipped her arm through his and snuggled into his side. "Takuya, this is,"
"Oh I know who everyone is." He smiled brightly. "You did a great job at describing them all."
"It's nice to meet you," Usagi said cheerfully. She got up from her spot and quickly reached out to shake his hand. "Any friend of Kakyuu's is a friend of mine.
"Where's Stephie-chan?" Takuya looked around the room. "I mean, Kousei. I was hoping to meet her."
"You just missed her," Hotaru called out. She was painting Chibiusa's nails a bright pink.
"She knows about us," Princess Kakyuu explained.
Takuya nodded rapidly. "And she's upset that we didn't tell her earlier?"
"Something like that is hard on a kid." He shrugged. "I didn't really like it when one of my parents started to date someone else." He paused and cocked his head to the side. "Of course, they were still married to each other. Don't worry, she'll come around," he insisted.
BEEP BEEP, BEEP BEEP
"What was that?" he asked.
"Oh," Kakyuu reached up and pressed a button on her head mic which she hid behind her hair. "There's something we have to take care of, apparently," she muttered as the rest of the Sailor Senshi got to their feet. "We just need to step out for a few seconds."
"Oh, go right ahead." Takuya placed his hands on Kakyuu's shoulders before kissing her on the side of the head. "I'll just help myself to some food."
"Princess," Setsuna hissed as everyone filed out of the room and into the hallway. "Does he not know about us?"
"Of course he knows," she waved the thought away. A look of sadness flashed across her face. "I just don't want him to get hurt. He just came back and all."
"Guys get out here," Seiya demanded as she ran into the hallway. Her hair was a mess and part of it was pulled out of her usual ponytail. "We have a problem."
"What the-" Haruka cursed.
"They look like salamanders," Michiru commented.
"What are those?" JunJun asked; she had a disgusted look on her face.
"They're called NightCrawlers,"
"Where did they come from?
"I don't know." She shook her head. She plucked one of the small stars from in between her knuckles and tossed it into the army of NightCrawlers. They quickly scampered away from the bright light and continued up the stairs, hissing all the while. "I was just talking-" Kousei bit her lip. "….walking around and one popped up. We can't attack them unless we have some light and I'm running out of stars."
"We have to transform," Ami shouted.
"We can't remember?" Makoto broke a spare branch off of one of the trees and swung it at the NightCrawler's as the edged closer. "They won't work."
"They should," ChibiChibi picked up a rock and threw it at one of the NightCrawler's. It hissed and quickly moved away. She screamed when she noticed more of them sprinting up the temple stairs. "A new enemy has arrived."
"Who wants to go first?" Haruka questioned.
Usagi moved towards the front of the group and turned to face the rest of the senshi. "I will," she confirmed. She had a look of determination on her face. "All of this is my fault."
"How so?" Rei questioned.
"Everyone is always after me," she explained. "Everyone wants to blot out the moon or change the time-space continuum all because of the crystal that I have in my possession."
"It's not just about you, Usagi," Makoto said gently. "When are you going to understand that?"
"You may put all of us before yourself, but we put you before ourselves," Minako added. "We're your guardians in the future for a reason. You're important to us so we want to protect you."
"It's never been about just you," Ami concluded. "We would all be lonely without you and you'd be lonely without us."
"That's right, as long as the sailor senshi are around, I don't think anyone will ever stop trying to take us down," Chibiusa said.
"They will once Neo Queen Serenity comes into power and brings peace to everyone in the galaxy," Setsuna explained. "But you all already knew that. I can't go any further into details than that."
"Everyone?" Kousei snickered. "Are you sure about that?"
Setsuna blinked twice. "Yes, I'm sure." She scoffed in response.
"Why are you so snippy?" Princess Kakyuu questioned.
"Okay." Usagi nodded once. "I'll do it."
"I'll join you." Chibiusa moved to go stand next to her future mother. Haruka and Michiru quickly moved their arms out to block her path.
"No, if something is wrong with our henshin items we can't have something happen to the next person in line," Setsuna explained.
"I'll do it," Kousei went and stood next to her. She smiled softly before shifting her gaze to the ground. "We're partners right?" she muttered.
Usagi quickly reached out and squeezed her hand. She then nodded firmly. Chibiusa scoffed. "You can't have the moon without the stars."
"And you can't have the stars without the moon. That's why it's called a galaxy," Kousei responded.
The sky quickly darkened as silver and rainbow light began to glow around Usagi's and Kousei's hands. The clouds in the sky opened up and the moon and millions of started began to glow brightly.
"Whoa," Kousei gasped. "What's happening? I feel energized."
Usagi's and Kousei's henshin items slipped out of their pockets and hovered in front of them. In a flash of white light the two compacts changed shape. Usagi's gold heart shaped compact turned into a gold-star with gemstones at the junction of every side. At the bottom of the star was a small heart with wings.
Kousei's henshin item changed from a star locket to a star bracelet. The star was decorated with gemstones in the shape of a heart. The star had wings coming out of the sides a small rainbow diamond in the middle.
"You have new henshin items," Luna exclaimed.
"Maybe they can unlock ours," Hotaru suggested. "Hurry, and test them out."
"Ready?" Usagi questioned.
Kousei ran her thumb over the new henshin item and smiled. "Let's do it."
MOON ETERNAL STAR POWER
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