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 Post subject: Sailor Moon X - the Next Generation [Fanfiction]
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Sailor Moon X - the Next Generation

Epilogue

25 years had past since Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon had regained her memories from 1000 years before and began her quest to defend the Earth from the forces of evil. During that time Sailor Moon defeated the forces of the Dark Kingdom, including their leader Queen Beryl, the Makaiju Aliens and Tree, the entire Black Moon Clan whose efforts to destroy the future spilled into their past and thereby compelling the Sailor Scouts to intervene, the Death Busters, the Dead Moon Circus, Queen Nehellenia and, in quite possibly her most dangerous and daring feat of her strength and power, Sailor Galaxia by blocking her quest for ultimate power.

They were indeed the most trying five years of Sailor Moon's life and career, however upon destroying all these the Sailor Scouts achieved a total defense for the Earth and spread peace throughout the world with their acts of bravery and defiance to the evils of other worlds. Yet, as time passed and the demand of their powers diminished to non-existent the Sailor Scouts decided to disband and live out their lives as normal and pursue their desires. This was 15 years ago.

Today the world is a much different place; the peace the Sailor Scouts ensured was broken and the world quickly descended into protectionism, the heroism of the Scouts is long forgotten by the next generation and the audacity of their acts no longer looked up to. The world was left at a better place then that which it evolved into today, and to make matters worse the forces of evil were well aware of this turn of events. In secret and at the moment in hiding a new evil had been biding its time, waiting for the right moment to strike.

This is setting for the new Sailor Scouts to protect the Earth once again.


Chapter 1 - Consequences

It was a cold winter's day in Hinode. Found within the town at the west of Tokyo a modest yet large house sat along the main street. It was a large house compared to the rest of the neighborhood, a creamy white exterior lined with flower beds, a second story room above the main entrance with a chimney beside it, and a gravel driveway leading into a garage. The front yard was ornate; a beautifully arranged garden dotted with Sakura and enclosing a zen garden, complete with a fountain and a bench for quiet contemplation. Just before the doorstep and along the threshold of the garden the porch offered a view of the scene, a simple wooden deck looking out over the garden and the Sakura. Sometimes in a rare day in summer, the sun would rise through the trees and shine its golden light into the house, illuminating the garden in a rich haze.

Today however the day was bitterly cold, the sun hid behind an overcast sky and at the top of the mountains snow had began to grow. A man exited the house, layered in a navy blue jumper and scarf, white woolen mittens and a black beanie. Clearly he was dressed for the weather. "Oh." the man uttered, "It's awfully cold." Briskly the man left, closing the door behind him, and rushed over to the letterbox. Running up the gravel he opened the box and promptly removed the letters before returning back. The letterbox read '18. Tsukino-Chiba.'

Inside the house was very much a modern structure; a large, open lounge space with a fireplace, a small yet open kitchen leading into the dining room, a hallway leading to the guest room and a study, and a staircase leading up to the bedroom. The man quickly entered the house to announce the mail. "Luna?" The man heard noise in the kitchen, frying and chopping. He walked across the lounge and into the kitchen to find Luna in her human form; Luna wore a full suit - white button shirt, frilled at the collar and the sleeves, business pants and jacket with a yellow orchid pinned to her left breast. Luna was preparing breakfast, a full English breakfast - bacon and eggs, tomatoes cooked and sliced, a couple of slices of toast, and a steaming hot green tea. "How's our patient?" The man asked.
"She's recovering." Luna replied as she cut the tomato. "She's not up and about but her energy is coming back." Luna then placed the tomatoes into the frying pan and eggs onto the plate. "I'd say her cold has one day left."
"That's great." he said. "You have a letter from Chibiusa." He places the letter on the marble counter and heads for the staircase to pay her a visit. Luna sighed as she continued to prepare the food.

Upstairs in the bedroom, under the thick covers and in flannelette pajamas, an ailing woman sleeps. Her blonde hair long and flowing over the pillow, she slept comfortably, wrapped in her warmth. The man entered the room quietly, making sure he didn't wake her up. She was clearly having a pleasant dream, she was visibly smiling. Slowly he made his way to her side, stroking his hand over her neck. She let out a slight moan reacting to the touch, shifting her head to feel his warm hand. Then he knelt down to kiss her, the couple enjoying a moment of bliss in winter. The pair embraced each other as they continued to kiss. They let go of each other's lips and the man finally spoke. "Morning, Princess."
She giggled as she opened her eyes. "Morning Mamoru." She yawned and began to stretch her arms and legs. "What's the mail?"
"Not much." Mamoru walked around to the other side of the bed. "A couple of bills. Luna has a letter from Chibiusa."
The woman sat up. "Oh. I haven't heard from her in a long time."
"I know. I wonder how her art is going." The couple gaze into each other; Mamoru bathed in the light of the window behind him, the woman lit by the warm light of the room. "Even when you're sick you're still the most beautiful woman in the world Usagi."
Usagi giggled again. "Yeah right." The two chuckle some more for a while.
"How are you feeling?" Mamoru asked "Can you get up?"
Usagi took a moment to assess herself. "I think so." After a second she gets up and out of the bed. "I shouldn't do anything but I can come downstairs."
"I wouldn't worry about that now. Come back to bed, Luna's cooking up a big breakfast for you."
"Oh yum!" Usagi went right back to bed and again wrapped herself in the covers.
Mamoru laughed "Are you going to fake a cough?"
Immediately Usagi responded, feigning a couple of coughs. "Thanks for the idea."
Mamoru laughed some more and got up from the bed, walking out of the room and patting her hip as he passed by. The sound of Mamoru walking down the stairs was followed by another walking up.
"Breakfast is ready." Luna entered the bedroom with a loaded tray full of food and drink.
Continuing to feign a worse illness, Usagi coughed some more as she sat up for the meal. "Thanks Luna." She smelled the alluring fragrance. "Ooohhh, bacon and eggs."
"Indeed." Luna itemizes her creation. "Eggs and bacon with sliced tomatoes, cut toast and Green Tea with a spoonful of honey."
"Yum!" Usagi exclaimed as she tucked into her breakfast. "Luna, did you know you're such a good cook?"
"Considering I only learned how to cook ten years ago yes I think I've done quite well." Luna chuckled for a moment as Usagi ate.
"Can I ask you something Luna?" Usagi asked. Luna nodded in reply. "I know I've asked this before but are you sure you're not put out being my servant?"
Luna laughed a single "Ha! Not at all. I really don't mind. I will always be by you're side Usagi, and it gives me something to do as a human."
Usagi cut up one of her fried eggs. "Really? You wouldn't prefer a job like a scientist or a designer?" She paused to eat some more egg. "Or a chef?"
"I do consider a change from time to time, but then I remember all that you've done for me and for everyone, and I feel a great sense of warmth simply by knowing you." Luna pauses to walk up to Usagi's side and smile. "Never mind helping you."
Usagi stopped eating, feeling a bit flustered. "I didn't know you felt that way Luna."
Luna sat down beside Usagi. "Of course I do. You found a way for me to transform into my human form, you've extended and enriched my life considerably. I can't thank you enough for that." Luna paused to rest her hand on Usagi leg. "You've given me a life Usagi. I can never repay that kind of gift, but I can always provide you with help and advise like I used to do before, and like what I'd like to provide to you in the future."
Usagi smiled back at Luna, understanding the gravity of her friendship. "You're welcome Luna."
Luna patted her leg and got back up. "Now. You better eat and get your strength up if you want to beat your cold." As she ate Usagi stuck up her thumb, approving of Luna. Luna then began to leave. "I'll see you in an hour to check up."
"See you Luna." Usagi spoke with a mouthful of food as Luna left the room and went downstairs. With her food eaten she began to drink her tea, thinking about Luna and her past. For the time she knew her Luna was a sprightly young cat with an attitude and an acumen for hostile situations, as time went on Luna became a loyal house pet and a good friend to Usagi and the scouts. Then as Luna began to age Usagi used her powers to transform and fix Luna into her human form and while she retained her attitude it seems Luna hid within her a great sense of appreciation, and that motivated her to become a better friend to Usagi. "Wow!" Usagi uttered "Fifteen years of gratitude." She continued to drink her tea, feeling a greater warmth inside her, the knowledge that she has a true friend in Luna.

Usagi wouldn't know about it now but her locket, still attached to her senshi uniform in the wardrobe, had begun to flash, and it required her attention.
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Later that day the house was still very much active; Luna was done in the kitchen and was now tiding Usagi's room, straightening up the bed and picking up her clothes. Usagi herself was busy behind the locked door of the ensuite, taking a shower to warm up and refresh herself to start her day. Mamoru was out, taking the time to do the shopping for the house while Usagi was still recovering from the her cold. Luna sighed at a pile of shirts. "Oh dear. You'd think by now Usagi as a 39 year old would be more responsible with her clothes." As the shirts lived in a dresser Luna completely overlooked the wardrobe, the locket still blinking a white light and still, even now, casting a pulsing white light inside the cupboard. "There." Luna sighed again. "Done." She also noticed that the sound of water raining down in the shower had stopped. "I better go. Don't want to catch her naked." Luna rushed out of the room and closed the door behind her.

For a brief moment the room was empty; the bed, covered in white sheets and a thick white cover, was tidy. Beside it two bedside chests flanked the bed, each with a lamp and Usagi's side piled with old magazines for light reading. The work desk was placed beside the large window overlooking the neighborhood, complete with books and a laptop. The wardrobe and dresser were beside each other and opposite the bed, the dresser featured a large mirror with a decorative edge full of stained glass that was crafted by Michiru when she was still in Japan. After a rattling from the ensuite door Usagi opened it and in a cloud of steam she entered the bedroom in just white lase underwear and a pink towel wrapped around the top of her head. She made straight for the dresser and pulled out a fresh set of pink flannelette pajamas. After a moment of fitting and adjusting herself, giving her hair a final rub, taking the towel back to the ensuite and tying her hair in front of the dresser into her signature dumplings she decided to get her robe for extra warmth and went to the wardrobe.

She opened the wardrobe and initially payed no attention at all to the light, she reached for the robe and was about to close it again before simply looking at her old senshi uniform and noticing the light source. The light was neither bright nor directly facing her but Usagi saw the light and paused to examine it further. "What the?" she uttered, now reaching for the uniform. Taking it out the sight of the clothes instantly brought back memories of the past, her teenage years in the metropolis, discovering Luna the cat, becoming Sailor Moon and the constant, constant fighting. And of course meeting Mamoru for the first time, nurturing their love for each other. For a second Usagi smiled, reminiscing about the past and forgetting why she putted out the uniform in the first place, but then she looked at the locket and the blinking light snapped her out of her daze. "What the?" Usagi repeated herself. She turned to her bed and layed the uniform down onto the bed as she put on her red robe thinking to herself. What could this be? What does it mean? Maybe Luna knows what this is. After she finished tying her robe she removed the locket from the uniform and decided to find Luna and bring it up.

Downstairs Luna was sitting on the couch, patiently waiting for Usagi to dress up and exit the bedroom, reading a book on Greek mythology. Ever since Usagi transformed Luna into a human Luna became very interested in reading, mostly history and fantasy. She is most interested in how the Earthlings viewed the Moon and the Moon Kingdom; as it turns out there isn't anything on the latter subject before the turn of the century. "Luna." Usagi climbed down the stairs to find Luna.
"Yes?" Luna replied while still reading.
"I have a question to ask about my locket." Usagi walked over to the lounge, finding Luna wrapping in her book.
"Which locket?" Luna asked and then turned to Usagi, seeing the Crystal Star and the crescent moon flashing a pure white light.
Luna immediately knew what that was, but strangely she decided to hide that fact. "Hm, I'm not sure." Luna marked her place in the book and got up to examine it further. Usagi handed Luna the locket and Luna feigned observation. "I've never seen the locket do that." Luna then opened the locket to pretend to look the Silver Crystal. "It's not the crystal."
"Luna." Usagi tried to snap Luna out of her rouse. After a moment of non-compliance she repeated herself. "Luna!" Luna, clearly panicked and visibly sweaty from stress, looked at Usagi, unamused at the display. Luna's expression turned to disappointment as Usagi continued. "You're a terrible liar Luna. How about you tell me what's happening?"
Desperate Luna continued the deception. "I don't know what you're talking about Usagi."
"Please don't Luna." Usagi raised her hand in front of Luna. "Earlier today you told me about how much I mean to you. Please tell me you haven't forgotten about that."
After a second of silence Luna took a deep sigh and surrendered. "Alright. I'll tell you Usagi." Luna paused to walk to the couch and gestured to Usagi. "Please, take a seat." Usagi obliged and went around Luna to sit beside her on the faux leather couch.

Another moment of silence descended over them, Usagi and Luna looked straight at each other for a couple of seconds without talking. Then Luna began to explain herself. "It's an indicator. It receives information onto it about any new evil activity anywhere in the universe and directly informs you as Sailor Moon about it."
Looking directly into her eyes Usagi didn't find a lie in Luna's explanation. "Okay. So how do I access it?"
"You don't." Luna took a second to phrase the new sentence carefully. "What that actually is is an indicator for Sailor Moon - you - to reactivate the Sailor Scouts."
As she heard this Usagi's jaw slowly dropped. "Reactivate?!" Luna slowly nodded, visibly concerned at the information. "Luna, you realize we can't do that, right?"
Luna nodded quicker. "Oh, I'm well aware of that."
"It's been two decades since our last attack. That and most of the scouts aren't even here anymore! They've all moved on with their lives."
Luna nodded furiously. "Yes yes, I know. It's just you, Rei, Makoto, Setsuna and Chibiusa."
Usagi paused and leaned back into the couch. "Don't bring Chibiusa into this."
Luna tilted her head slightly. "We may have to." Usagi looked off to the side and sighed, visibly upset at the statement. "Chibiusa is 31 now, she's in a much better position than you right now to fight the new threat."
"She shouldn't have to fight."
A slight frown appeared on Luna's face. "That's not up to you to decide for her."
"I'm her mother!" Usagi snapped back at Luna whose is now somewhat distraught. "My decision is based on protecting her."
"Usagi." Luna paused to reach over to Usagi. "She's a grown woman now. She can take care of herself." Hearing that Usagi looked away from Luna again. "Chibiusa has proven to be a strong and powerful fighter both in and out of her uniform. Do you genuinely expect me, or any one of us for that matter, to believe that she cannot protect herself?"
After a pause a single tear ran down Usagi's cheek, she turned back to Luna again and explained herself as she began to sniffle. "No matter how old she is, she will always be my child Luna. No self-respecting mother stops worrying about their child."

Luna simply nodded for a moment, she feels that she understands how Usagi feels. Luna stood and walked right up to Usagi. "I can understand that you want to protect Chibiusa from harm. In this case however I think that not only is Chibiusa capable of assuming the role of a full Sailor Scout, I do in fact believe she can be the new Sailor Moon."
Usagi looked up, a bit confused at the last statement. "What do you mean 'new'?"
Luna reached out to Usagi, pulling her up from the couch. "It's something I never really thought I would need to tell you, seeing as Chibiusa is already a Sailor Scout of sorts, but the power of the scouts is hereditary."
"Hereditary?" Usagi asked, still confused.
"Yes. It means the power passes down from generation to generation. Your children have the power of the scouts, Ami's children, Rei's children, Makoto's, every member of the senshi can pass the power of the scouts down into their kin."
"Wow!" Usagi exclaimed, but was still confused. "Wait, hang on. How does it pass down?"
Luna's eyes widen. Did she really just ask that question; she thought. "I'm sorry?"
"How can the power of the scouts be passed down? Isn't that in our blood?"
"Oh. Not exactly." Luna sighed in relief. "It's in our DNA, which means that when you..." Luna took a moment to carefully phrase the rest of the sentence. "uh...become romantic...with a pers-"
"I know what you mean Luna, keep going." Usagi nods along with Luna.
Luna chuckles embarrassingly. "Yes; your child will have the power of the scouts in them as part of their DNA."
"Is it affected by gender?"
"Yes, it can only be found in women and girls." The two paused for a while; Usagi began to think about how the scouts could be reformed, Luna already doing so herself.

"Okay." Usagi began "We cannot form the original Sailor Scouts; me and more or less everyone else is now too old to fight. I know I'm in no condition to do it again. But what we can do is call everyone and spread the word, see if they can help."
Luna nodded along with Usagi. "My thoughts exactly. We can contact everyone in Japan right now."
"Yes we can." Usagi interjected. "But I don't have everyone's contact details. I can only talk to Ami in Germany and Michiru in Australia."
"I've thought of that." Luna replied. "Ami and Michiru are enough; Ami can relay the message to Minako and Hotaru in Europe and Michiru can contact Haruka in America."
Usagi paused for a moment. "Is that everyone?" Luna nodded, smiling.
Usagi then thought of another person. "What about Yuuichirou? He'd need to know."
Luna hadn't considered him. "Oh. Yes, you're right. We should tell Michiru to relay the message to him as well." The two women were were finally in agreement and before long they both heard a car pull into the garage. It was Mamoru returning from the shops. "I'll help Mamoru with the shopping, how do you feel about sending messages to the senshi?"
"Sure!" Usagi exclaimed. "I'll go back to bed to and use the computer. Can you tell him about this?"
"Of course." Luna walked over to open the door and carry Mamoru's bags, Usagi went back upstairs to start emailing and messaging all her friends.

However, on the other side of the universe the evil watched with its invisible eye, scouting the solar system and it's inhabitants, determining the best way to conquer this new corner of space.
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This chapter is Backstory heavy with a bit of the Quest story line; for the most part it defines the starting point of the new fight, it doesn't yet reveal anything on the new villains but it does shed a great deal of light on exactly what's happened over the last 20-ish years. As mentioned before Luna has been transformed into a human and the act of doing so instilled a great sense of appreciation towards Usagi; it is now revealed that around half of the scouts have moved overseas and that a normally common piece of information about the power of the senshi has been brought to light, that the power is hereditary. This new information has incredible implications, the greatest of which is that the Sailor Scouts and the powers of the Moon Kingdom are not generational and can persist through time. Also in this chapter are a number of easter eggs for the observant reader.
I'm happy to answer questions and provide information about the backstory of all the scouts if anyone asks for it. :) It won't harm the story a great deal as only the Backstory sections specifically for each character would be revealed, there's a great deal more backstory to be uncovered that is separate to all that. :D

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now that's a really great story so far =^_^= I can't wait for more

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Thanks. I'm actually taking a minor break. Only because I found and picked up Crystal Series 1 and 2 today.
Today's a great day for Sailor Moon! Celebratory music time!

Téo & Téa and Machine Says Yes are two songs I associate with the original anime series 1 and 2 in general respectively.

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It's pretty good I'm curious about the next chapters too :keke:

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The opening post has been updated to include part 2 of the first chapter. Read from the second --- midway down the post to see Part 2, otherwise enjoy the full chapter from the start.
Also, as mentioned at the bottom of the post I'm happy to answer questions and provide information about the backstory of the former scouts. :)

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Chapter 2 - the Grand Plan

Deep, deep into the furthest reaches of space, the vast expanse of pitch black nothingness, a strange galaxy can be found - a strange spiral galaxy bathed in purple light, coloured with blue and maroon nebulae. It is here, in this corner of the universe, where the Negaverse reside. For thousands of years the Negaverse had expanded beyond their galactic boundaries, conquering new sections of space and ruling over billions of men, women and aliens from every galaxy they encounter. Today the Purple Serpent would visit the Solar System once again - at nearly the same time the Dark Kingdom began its attack on the Earth in 1992 the Negaverse had sent out a spy drone to analyze the system. The events that took place - the attacks in Tokyo, the rise of Sailor Moon and the destruction of the Dark Kingdom - provided invaluable information about the Earth and the Sailor Scouts. Using this knowledge the drone fled the system at hyper-light speed, orders of thousands of times faster than the speed of light. Today, 25 years hence, a far more advanced drone returned to the system, hidden deep within the Kuiper Belt and transmitting information across the known universe.

Within a tall crystalline structure on an alien world, as the sun was setting and causing the sky to turn a vivid violet, a lone man stood in front of a large screen. It was a polished crystal surface displaying telemetry from the spy drone. The entire space is lined with polished crystalline features; shining, transparent surfaces, straight and solid. The only light in the room was from the screen as the man continued to scan the data, the only sounds were the beeping and tones from the data.

Then footsteps approached. "General. The Council has summoned you." A young man stood behind the General; navy hair and wearing the full military uniform for a Captain. The General just stood there, constantly reviewing the data, and simply responded with a grunt. The young man called out again. "General?"
"Are you aware of the first sighting of System 2416 Captain?" The General asked.
"Somewhat." The Captain walked up beside the General. "I understand a war was playing out. The inhabitants of 2416-3 fought to defend the their home-world from the forces of 3515-5. That ultimately led the to capitulation of the 3515 empire."
The General turned to the Captain. "They have names Zoad. Earth, Darklings, the Dark Kingdom." He turned back to the screen. "It'll serve you well to know these. Learning about their culture, their beliefs, their way of life. This is the vital information we need to undermine a race."
Captain Zoad replied "I'll stick to numbers and co-ordinates. No sense in validating inferiors."
The General slightly shook his head. "There's more to this world than all that." He reached over to a picture of the Earth. "This area for instance," pointing at Japan "The entire war was fought in this region. Nowhere else in the entire planet do the Darklings wage a battle. Not here," pointing at Europe "Where the majority of the land is divided by ancient nations with checkered pasts and buried resentments, or here," pointing at America "A nation so devout to the ideals of 'freedom' that it openly contradicts itself and engages in violent and deadly protest." The General recoils. "It's amazing that such a country even exists! It's a melting pot of ideas that occasionally erupts into violence. No, they wage their war there," pointing at Japan again "A stable nation with technological advancement. An ill-considered choice on their part." The General turns to the Captain. "This campaign is actually an extremely rare case, as far as I know it's never happened before. An inferior race defeating a superior race."

Zoad nodded along. "I understand. A knowledge of a planet's history can change the nature of its destiny."
"Almost. Knowledge of a planet's past can change the nature of its present in such a way that its future becomes predetermined. It is through a mastery of history that we can then use it to bend an entire people to our will."
"So then," Zoad began to ask "What does the great Second Rank General Tsajei have in mind for Earth?"
"Quite simply a series of attacks, here, here, here and here." Tsajei began to point at various regions of the Earth. "These superbeings were successful in combat in single locations. A true test of their metal will be if a vast quantity of attacks take place at the same time. Can they fight in multiple locations at once?"
Zoad continued to nod. "I see. Very interesting. However why target the superbeings?"
"Because Zoad, of all the superbeings I have ever encountered it is they, on that planet, who are the most dangerous in the universe. They are exceedingly powerful fighters, they can easily destroy us if they had a mind to, and they're power is amplified when grouped together. If we want to take over 2416-3 we must find a way to nullify these superbeings." Tsajei turned back to Zoad. "From there capitulation is simply a matter of total chaos of the planet."
"Genius!" Zoad exclaimed. The two agreed with each other for another second before Zoad reminded Tsajei. "The Council will be most pleased with this plan."
"We'll see about that." General Tsajei and Captain Zoad both left the room, leaving the screen on to continue processing the data.

As the two men left the structure Tsajei though to himself, How can you defeat a being of such great power? Perhaps I don't need to.
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There's no link to the original of this chapter because this has been modified and extended, the original text was shorter and less convoluted. This chapter is a Negaverse/Backstory section where we at least partially discover the villains, an imperial alien superpower known as the Negaverse. In short they are a technologically advanced race of aliens who use espionage to gain vital information about other alien worlds and then undermines them to seize control. Specifically the Purple Serpent is the military organization, an elite group of soldiers and mercenaries whose sole purpose is to infiltrate. Other organizations will surface in time. We met two high ranking officers; their full names and titles are Third Rank Captain Zoad u'Adwan and Second Rank General Tsajei u'Daroha. As the highest ranking officer Tsajei is tasked to develop a plan to successfully infiltrate and control planet 2416-3 - Earth. However, in spite of their technology it seems that the powers of the Scouts is more than enough to falter any plan he can come up with. So what does he plan to remedy this problem?

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Chapter 3 - Reunion

20 years ago

Outside Hikawa Shrine Usagi, Makoto and Minako were all walking up the steps to enter the shrine, the large stone staircase rising from the ground. The three girls were chatting about their futures in K.O. University; Usagi discussed her studying her arts degree and where it would take her, and the other two talking about finding love in between lectures. They reached to top of the steps and continued forward. "But Usagi I can't concentrate at university, there's so many cute guys I keep losing my focus." Makoto complained.
"Well I seem to be doing okay." Usagi replied "My professor said I had improved a lot from my first year."
"Well firstly," Minako interjected "Your class doesn't have all the studs, like Benjiro or Jyo."
"Or Ozuru." Makoto pointed out.
"Oh! I love Ozuru, he's so strong and handsome." Minako swoons "And I really like Lee, the Australian guy."
They both look back at Minako. "Really?"
Minako blushed "Well yeah, he's hunky." She then giggled as Makoto continued the point "And secondly it's an Arts degree. It's really easy!"
"Oh ptt!" Usagi blew a raspberry at them both and they broke out in laughter. The girls could hear everyone at the other end of the courtyard; most of the girls were chatting amongst each other with one notable exception - Michiru was practicing her violin, performing a slow, lilting solo performance. Haruka and Chibiusa were the only ones focused on the music; Chibiusa just stared at Michiru, lying done on the deck, while Haruka sat up, resting on a post and with eyes closed, imagining a romantic scene through the music.
Then as soon she saw Usagi and the others Chibiusa called out to them. "Usagi-chan!" She stood up and waved for their attention, and as she did so she drew the attention of the rest of the girls who then waved and called out to them as well. The girls all gathered and greeted them, chatting about university, careers and their futures. There were all doing that nowadays, most of the girls were in university and studying various degrees. Only Chibiusa and Setsuna were not in university; Chibiusa was still much too young for university - she was still in junior school. Setsuna in the other hand completed her Physics course and was now searching for a career in science, she preferred anything in the field of astronomy.

Ami was a bit distracted, she was talking with the others but she suddenly stopped; a thought just occurred to her. "Excuse me." She says before walking quickly to her backpack. The rest of the girls keep on chatting while Ami rifles through her bag to find her calculator. She types in some numbers and functions, and after pressing equals her eyes widen and she immediately rejoins the group. "Hey guys." She said, trying to draw everyone's attention. Slowly everyone finished and turned to Ami, she held up her calculator which simply read '917'.
"What's that Ami?" Usagi asked.
"Duh, it's 917!" Rei heckled.
"I know that Rei!" Usagi shouted back at her "But what does 917 mean?"
"Rei, please." Ami replied "917 is the number of days since we defeated Sailor Galaxia. It's now been two and a half years since we were Sailor Scouts."
A silence descended over the group, two and a half years had past and noone noticed. They all looked at each other for a few moments, they were all trying to see whether or not someone knew about it, but all they saw were the blank eyes of the girls who were so wrapped up in their personal lives they actually forgot who they were. "Has it really been that long?" Makoto asked.
"I'm afraid so. Usagi saved all of us on September 7, 1995."
"How do you remember that?" Haruka enquired.
"I wrote it down in my journal." Ami paused for a moment to look at Usagi personally. "It was the day Usagi saved me, all of us, the world from Galaxia. It's not something I want to forget."
Usagi smiled back at her, but Rei broke the moment. "So what does that mean then? Do we remain as Sailor Scouts or are we no longer needed?"
Ami sighed "That's a very good question. I think we should talk to Luna and get her input."
"Wait!" Chibiusa interrupted "Stop! We're not breaking up the Scouts."
"Chibi!" Usagi called out "We're not breaking up anything. But Ami is right, we should talk to Luna." Usagi sighs "Maybe she can help us with what to do next."
"NO!" Chibiusa protested more "We can't." She started to punch Usagi and throw a tantrum.
"Hey!" Usagi quickly grabbed hold of Chibiusa's wrists and as she did Chibiusa began to cry. "Stop that." It was clear that Chibiusa was disturbed by this chain of events, she believed the dissolution was going to happen and that she would never grow up to be a proper Sailor Scout like Usagi. But Usagi was not prepared to throw away her responsibilities so quickly. "Stay here guys, I'm going to get Luna." Usagi lets go of Chibiusa, but before she sets off she kneels down to Chibiusa and talks to her. "Chibi." Chibiusa was still sobbing. "Chibi, look at me." She did so and her eyes, made watery by her tears, glistened in the sunlight. "Chibi, I promise I won't break up the scouts. Okay?"
"Yes you will." Chibiusa sniffled "You have noone left to fight. You don't need to protect the world anymore."
Usagi tried to smile to cheer her up, but when she heard that she just couldn't do it. "Chibi. I can't promise that we will be around forever, but I can promise you that we will all be here for you." Chibiusa began to feel better but she was still crying. "We may not be Sailor Scouts, but you will always be our friend," Usagi finally found the courage to smile "And my daughter." Before starting to cry herself. The two hugged each other, Chibiusa more tightly than Usagi. After a moment's embrace they let go, Usagi reached out to Chibiusa and they held hands. Usagi stood up and asked the girls "Guys, keep Chibi happy while I get Luna." Usagi then ran to the stairs and down them until she was out of sight. Chibiusa was still very upset and teary-eyed but Michiru and Setsuna both went up to her and held her hands.

It would be the longest five minutes of Chibiusa's life.
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the Present Day

A day passed at the house and the residence were more energetic. Having gotten over her cold Usagi was up and about, sort of; she sat at the lounge typing on her laptop - when she wasn't writing her memoirs of her experience as Sailor Moon she usually keeps in regular contact with some of the scouts and her other friends. Today she was sending an email to Naoko Takeuchi about a leave of absence, she and Naoko have been collaborating for the past few years into making her stories and fights into an anime. Usagi continued to type her email;
Code:
Hi Naoko! :)
I love the latest episode, you got everything right.
I'm letting you know that I'll be away from the computer for a while but not for long. I have to go and catch up with some old friends and I'll be out of Japan. I'll give you another email in about a week or so and we will pick up where we left off. When I come back I'll visit you.
See you soon,
Usagi-chan :)

Meanwhile Luna was finishing off her lunch by the kitchen counter, a steaming hot chicken broth to warm up in winter. She was also monitoring the kettle, it was preparing to boil for a large pot of tea as visitors were expected to arrive soon.
"Sent!" Usagi exclaimed. She closed her laptop and got up. "I'll just quickly put this back." Usagi then quickly walked to the stairs to head for the bedroom.
"Don't be long!" Luna yelled out "Setsuna said they'll be-" The doorbell interrupted her warning, Luna sighed and continued softly. "Be here now." Luna finished her lunch and quickly disposed of her bowl in the sink before tending to the door.

Outside the door four women stood on the porch, all were chatting amongst themselves. Standing by the door was Chibiusa, all grown up. Like her mother she still wears her bright pink hair in two elongated buns, in fact she bears a striking resemblance to Black Lady except that she wears golden crescent earrings like her mother and white hair clips. Having just come from the shrine Rei was still in her miko robes, she no longer has the same time to socialize than when she did as a teenager, with Grandpa gone she now has to tend to the grounds herself with whatever help that comes by. Makoto was sharing some of her latest creations with everyone, her time in K.O. University was productive but her true passion was always in cooking. After she completed her course in university Makoto pursued a career as a chef in Tokyo and after many years of practice and hard work she became the head chef at a one Michelin star restaurant in downtown Tokyo. Setsuna was discussing with the others about the latest discoveries from her work. Setsuna's passion in science payed off dividends; Setsuna completed her Physics degree with a thesis on the Higgs Field and the fate of the universe. She was soon chased up by scientists and astrophysicists from JAXA - the Japanese Space Agency - who read her thesis and offered her a position, she promptly accepted the offer and still works in JAXA today. Recently she traveled to Switzerland to conduct experiments with the CERN super-collider and gather information on the Higgs Boson.
However today Setsuna was more interested in the Solar System in general. "You know NASA says that Pluto's strange orbit might have to do with it being so close to Charon, the two dwarf planets orbit each other and create what's called a barycenter."
"What?" Makoto asked "So that's why it's orbit doesn't line up?"
"Maybe. It's so far away in the Kuiper Belt we just can't see it from here. We were really, really, really lucky that the New Horizons probe past by it so we can see it up close."
"Wow." The girls reacted, kinda understanding her but mostly not.
Then they heard the doorknob rattle before opening up to reveal Luna. Seeing Chibiusa at the door Luna immediately leapt out. "Chibiusa!" The two hug each other for a while. "How are you? I haven't seen you in a long time."
"I know, I know." Luna let go of her to let her speak "I've been painting like crazy to finish my new piece. Miss Yumeno is such a talented artist, I love learning from her."
"Well Usagi remembers her, she always said that her art was beautiful."
"HEY!" Luna and Chibiusa were spooked into stopping and turning to find the other three women, Rei was visibly upset. "We're here too you know!"
Luna chuckles nervously. "Sorry Rei, and everyone. Please come in, the tea is nearly ready." Luna moved out of the way to let all the women in, as they did she closed the door behind her.

The women all walked in and took their places on the couch, while Luna was preparing to serve. "Usagi will be down in any minute now, I'll go and get the tea." As soon as Luna walked off into the kitchen Usagi came back down to see her friends again.
Usagi walked over the couch and began to greet everyone. "Hi guys, how are you?"
Everyone stood up to hug her. Chibiusa was the first to reply. "I've been great. I was talking to Luna about my art."
"Oh yay! I've love to see it."
Chibiusa decided to declare everyone's news. "Rei's been keeping busy at the shrine, Mako has brought one of her newest dishes, and Setsuna has just come back from her trip to Zurich."
"Wow!" Usagi exclaimed "You all have so much to tell."
"Yeah." Rei added "It's been a busy month."
Everyone sat back down as Usagi started today's gossip. "How is the shrine?"
Rei let out a brief sigh "Well the help is getting us by. I have a new guy sweeping down the grounds, but with me, him and two others it's still a big job to keep it tidy and to keep it going."
"I'll put in another donation later in the week."
"Thanks Usagi, but I'll be fine."
Usagi's smile lowered. "Are you sure? I really don't mind, and I'll always support you."
"Yeah, thanks Usagi." Rei sighed and before Usagi could continue "You know I kinda wish for the good old days. You know, when smartphones didn't ruin a lot of socialization. I actually think the iPhones and all that helped to reduce the number of visitors we used to get."
"Yeah." Makoto interjected "The whole social media deal. It was a good idea but it went wrong somewhere."
"Well social media nowadays tends to be fake." Usagi added "You know I think I have something like 900-something million followers on Facebook. I hardly know any of them, they're just random fans from all over." A brief pause feel onto the group. "So you brought some food Mako?"
"Yep." Makoto pulled out a container full of sushi. "Lots of sushi to try out."
"Yum!" Usagi drooled over the different Inarizushi, Oshizushi, Makizushi, Makoto even tried her hand at making Uramaki for the first time.
"Pick out which one you want." Makoto offered, and everyone dove into them.
Just then Luna appeared with a tray of tea. "Tea is ready." She put down the tray onto the table and poured the tea into all the mugs, passing each one out to the women one by one. As soon as everyone got their tea she poured some for herself and joined the group. "So, what been happening?"
"We're just trying out some of Mako's new sushi." Usagi picked up the plastic container. "Have some Luna!"
"They look good." Luna found a square of Oshizushi and ate it whole. "Oh wow. That's so good."
"Nishin." Makoto pointed out "I found a great place that sells beautiful herring." With full mouths all everyone could do was nod and mumble in approval. "Aw, thanks guys."
After a moment Usagi swallowed the last of her sushi. "Setsuna, how was Switzerland?"
After another moment Setsuna did the same thing. "It was wonderful. I haven't been to Europe since my trip to visit Hotaru." Setsuna paused to lay back onto the couch. "You should all see it; the snow-capped mountains, the friendly people, Lake Geneva, the Matterhorn. The country is so beautiful. It actually reminds me of Japan a little."
"It wasn't all that though was it?" Rei intervened "You did some experiments there."
"Oh yeah, but I really don't want to bore you with mindless science talk."
"It's okay Setsuna." Usagi encouraged her "Tell us."
"Well we've been conducting tests at the CERN Large Hadron Collider on Higgs bosons. We've been trying to work out some of the undefined properties of the boson and then use that information to hopefully prove the existence of the Higgs field."
"Oh wow. How did it go?" Usagi gasped.
Setsuna sighed "Inconclusive. We didn't find anything new that wasn't already discovered."
"Aw." Usagi groaned, she didn't really understand what was going on but she still felt bad for Setsuna. Usagi drank the last of her tea and than got up. "Luna, can you fill everyone in? I need to get my locket."
"Sure." Luna replied and Usagi then walked off to go upstairs.

"What's going on?" Rei asked.
"Well, there's a reason we have asked you to come over. It seems that we need to have a meeting."
"A meeting?" Makoto added.
"Yes. I'm afraid it's very important." Luna paused to lean into the group. "Sailor business."
"WHAT?!" Rei shouted. Audible gasps came from everyone as Usagi was coming down the staircase.
"You can't be serious." Makoto protested.
"I'm afraid she is." Usagi walked up to the group, showing them the Crystal Star and it's still blinking light. Everyone focused on the locket, the pink outer casing, the golden trim and the four colour circles of the inner senshi, but most of all the golden crescent that every couple of seconds flashed a white light through its shape. "The Sailor Scouts need to reform."
The women looked at each other, plainly bemused at this turn of events. "But Usagi." Setsuna interjected "I'm 42! I can't go back to being Sailor Pluto anymore."
"Yeah. None of us can." Rei added.
"We know that." Luna said "That's not why you're here."
"Noone is asking you to become Sailor Scouts again." Usagi added "In fact I'm asking you to find your daughters and see if they are Sailor Scouts."
Everyone gasped again. "Our daughters?" Makoto inquired.
"I can't believe this is happening." Rei kept shaking her head, her hand over her head.
"Our daughters? Is that possible?" Setsuna added.
"Yes it is." Luna answered.
"Of course it is." Chibiusa interrupted. Everyone turned to her and it suddenly dawned on everyone that it was always possible.
"Of course!" Setsuna exclaimed. "Sailor Chibi Moon."
"Actually." Usagi went over to Chibiusa, standing next to her own daughter from the future. "In turns out you're going to be Sailor Moon yourself."
"What?!" Rei and Makoto shouted together.
"Sailor Moon?" Setsuna asked.
"WHAT?!" Chibiusa was stunned rigid. Ever since she joined the scouts Chibiusa dreamed of growing up to be one of the Sailor Scouts, she often argued with Usagi but she always looked up to the others like Ami and Michiru. By the time she was grown up the scouts had disbanded, but by then her dream had changed to become an artist. She followed her mother and the scouts to K.O. University and pursued a career in the visual arts where she met her teacher and long time friend Yumemi Yumeno. Yumemi knew Usagi back when she modeled for Yumemi and subsequently saved her from the Dark Kingdom as Sailor Moon, since then Usagi kept in regular contact with Yumemi and even has two of her original works in her home. Despite herself Chibiusa always wanted to be a proper Sailor Scout deep inside, now her fondest wish for nearly 25 years has suddenly appeared to have come true - and to be Sailor Moon to boot. "Luna." Chibiusa turned to Luna "Is this true?"
Luna nodded "Yes Chibi."
"Oh my." Chibiusa uttered. Usagi handed her the Crystal Star and Chibiusa hesitantly reached out for it. Chibiusa looked around to find all the women watching her and Usagi. It was almost a rite of passage, mother passing the flame to her daughter. Chibiusa pinned the locket onto her plain red t-shirt and the locket was still blinking.
"Does it work?" Makoto asked.
Everyone turned to Luna, expecting a simple answer. "Um, I'm not sure. I don't see a reason why not." Luna turned to Chibiusa again. "Say Moon Crystal Power, Make Up."
Chibiusa looked for an open space away from everyone, she walked just behind the couch into the entrance hall and, with everyone watching and waiting, Chibiusa shouted "MOON CRYSTAL POWER, MAKE UP!"

The Crystal Star started to pulse faster and faster until it erupted into a burst of pink light. In a flurry ribbons of pink light burst forth from the Crystal Star, enveloping Chibiusa's torso. The sensation was electric. Chibiusa felt the light passing over her body and transforming into the her uniform. The Crystal Star sent forth more ribbons, they wrapped around her hands and forearms to form her gloves, then even more ribbons of light wrapped around her feet and legs to form her boots. In all the noise and light Chibiusa distinctly felt a sense of warmth, the light was radiating heat all over her body. Her skirt formed around her hips, and the final transformation took place - Chibiusa's forehead shone a bright white heart shape which in fact changed into a crescent moon shape before transforming into her tiara. At the end of the transformation Chibiusa struck her old pose - mimicking her mother, her right hand over her head and her left on her hip. Her new uniform was mostly identical to that of her old one; large pink boots up to her knees with a golden crescent at the top of each one, a hot pink skirt with a red back-bow, a pure white leotard and gloves each with a pink collar and trim, a bright red bow in front of her chest secured by the Crystal Star, a red choker with a golden crescent, a golden tiara with a red ruby in the center, and lastly like her mother and herself previously a bright red circular accent piece was present at the front of each elongated bun.
Everyone was astounded but none more so than Usagi, she was crying tears of joy at the sight of her daughter as Sailor Moon. "Wow." Usagi said "You look incredible Chibi."
Chibiusa looked around as she tried to work out her appearance. "Wow. I really do look like a real Sailor Scout."

One by one all the women went up to hug her, Usagi first then Luna and then the rest of them, each of them congratulating Chibiusa. That is everyone except Rei, she was still very excited for Chibiusa but knowing now that Usagi wanted her to see her daughter brought a lump to her throat. Her past was too painful to bare, she wanted to see her kid daughter but she wanted to stay the hell away from Yuuichirou and not even the idea of her being a Sailor Scout would be enough to make her go.
Maybe.
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This story is a healthy mix of Backstory and Quest, it's actually very Chibiusa-centric - the look into the past mostly reveals the event that began the movement to disband the scouts, but it also serves as a bit of a spotlight on Chibiusa's past affecting her present as she becomes the new Sailor Moon. This chapter also finally starts to reveal some information about some of the rest of the former scouts, in fact while I won't reveal anything else the next chapter will be Rei-centric. Also a few not-hidden easter eggs, a quick nod to Naoko and the production of Crystal.

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Chapter 4 - the Complexities of Love

Later that night Usagi was pacing around in the bedroom, Mamoru was in bed reading a book while she was on the phone trying to convince Rei to join her on her trip. "Come on Rei. We need you to come with us." In between the pauses in conversation Mamoru occasionally looked up at Usagi, trying to work out why she's going through all the bother. "Because she's your daughter Rei. We need to find her and see if she is a Sailor Scout." Usagi's right-, Mamoru thought to himself, but Rei won't go. She hasn't gotten over her pain yet. "I know. I know." Usagi sighed as she scratched her forehead, thinking of a new plan of attack. "Look Rei you don't have to see him, we're just looking for Natsu now, that's all. Don't you want to see her?" Of course she does Usagi, but she just can't bare to be so close to Yuuichirou, not after what he did to her. "Okay fine, how about this; you don't have to come with us to Sydney, but we are going to go to Melbourne afterwards to find Michiru. How about instead of coming to Sydney, we will find Natsu and bring her with us to Melbourne, then you can see her with us there and not in Sydney. You don't have to be there." Wow, if she agrees to that that would be miraculous. "Of course we will Rei." Usagi began to smile. Huh, I wonder what that's about. All of a sudden Usagi jumped in excitement "Oh wow really? Thank you Rei. I promise you won't regret this." Mamoru stopped reading, looking up at Usagi in almost disbelief. Really?! You pulled it off? "Goodnight Rei, we'll see you soon." Usagi sighed as she dialed off on her smartphone. She turned to Mamoru, still staring at her. "What?"
"Did you actually get Rei to come to Australia with us?"
Usagi sighed again "Sort of. She'll go to Melbourne directly but won't set foot in Sydney."

Usagi walked over to her side of the bed, putting her phone on her bedside chest of draws and climbing into bed. Mamoru continued to stare at her, still unable to fully comprehend. "But how? Rei has always hated going to Australia for years, ever since her troubles with Yuuichirou she wouldn't even consider going there."
"I guess it was more of a Yuuichirou thing rather than an Australia thing."
"That's my point." Mamoru shrugged "Even the thought of Natsu wasn't ever enough to return."
Usagi shrugged back at him "What can I say? Maybe she is finally getting over her anger."
"It's not just anger she needs to get over Usagi." Mamoru shook his head "It's her hatred. She hates Yuuichirou and anything to do with Yuuichirou. That includes Australia, that includes Natsu-" Mamoru sighed deeply "That includes herself."
Usagi just stared back at Mamoru. "Herself?"
"Yes. Haven't you noticed her self-loathing? She hates herself for ever having met him all those years ago."
"Hang on." Uasgi interrupted "You're not a psychologist. How do you know all this?"
"It's not that hard Usagi. You know I visit her shrine every month right?" Usagi nodded "Well of course I catch up with her and the shrine. She puts on a brave face but I can tell that she's struggling every day." Usagi pauses for a moment, she remembers her conversation with Rei earlier;

"Yeah. It's been a busy month." -
"Well the help is getting us by. I have a new guy sweeping down the grounds, but with me, him and two others it's still a big job to keep it tidy and to keep it going." -
"Thanks Usagi, but I'll be fine." -
"Yeah, thanks Usagi. You know I kinda wish for the good old days. You know, when smartphones didn't ruin a lot of socialization. I actually think the iPhones and all that helped to reduce the number of visitors we used to get." -


Usagi remembers talking to Rei but now she remembers the look in her eyes - they seem darker, like the passion inside her had gone. "Huh. I don't know why I never noticed."
"I'm surprised too. Usually you're the one who notices things like that before I do." Mamoru went back to his reading but Usagi continued to stare for another second. Usagi is usually so in tune with everyone's mood and personality, but it seems she has neglected her relationship with Rei - and that is very unusual given that she visits her occasionally at the shrine. As a famous author working at home Usagi spends most of her time either typing on her laptop or visiting her friends in Tokyo. Every year she and Mamoru travel, Usagi has been to many places in Europe and Asia and has been to the US and Australia - often as a speaker for events, she has featured in two TEDtalks.

"I guess I haven't seen that much of Rei recently." Usagi lamented. "I'll visit her when we go to Downtown."
Mamoru nodded "I'll come with you."
"Great." Usagi began to unclip her buns and let her hair down. "Maybe I can talk to her about Yuuichirou and try to get them to reconcile."
"Wait what?!" Mamoru snapped back at Usagi "You want them to reconcile?"
"Well yeah. They were such good friends and I tho-"
"Until he cheated on her," Mamoru interjected "With a fan no less, and then when she caught him and called him out on it he struck her." Usagi couldn't keep going, she simply had nothing left to say. "You know, I get now why she's been upset this long. Yuuichirou let Rei chase him and his dream in Sydney, marry him and father her child for a few years, and help him to become a successful musician, only to let the fame go to his head and sleep with someone else, and then divorce after hitting Rei and throwing her out of the house they lived in." Mamoru shook his head "If I were Rei I'd be furious too."
Usagi sighed "Yeah, you're right." She looked down, feeling stupid and ashamed for even thinking about the idea. "But I think I can help." Mamoru looked back at her not really knowing what to expect next. "Yeah, I get that he betrayed her and I'd be pretty upset too if y-"
"Just upset?" Mamoru interrupted, breaking Usagi's train of thought a second time. "You would only be upset if I did that? You wouldn't get mad if I slept with," He took a second to think of a person. "Rei? She used to have a crush on me years ago, you wouldn't be furious if I did that to you?"
Usagi kept staring at him the whole time. "Yes I would."
"There you go." Mamoru gestured his hand to emphasize his point before again returning to his book.
"But I wouldn't be like that for long." Usagi continued, Mamoru payed attention as he read on. "Yes, I would hate you a lot, and I would hate Rei even more if I'm honest. But I think that over time I would forgive both of you. I mean it will hurt for months, maybe years, but I believe in true love and if I see that in you and Rei then I would eventually get over my anger and hatred. I'd start remembering all the good times we used to have, you and Rei both, and I'd be friends with you two again in time."
As she spoke Mamoru stopped reading, Usagi's words affected him more deeply than he thought. Wow! Such capacity for love. She could actually forgive the person who would cheat on her, and the other woman. Is that even possible? Usagi didn't see it but a single tear fell down Mamoru's cheek, his heart was so full of warmth that he wept. He marked off his book, set it down on his bedside chest and reached out to Usagi, pulling her next to him, their eyes looking onto each other. "You know Usako, there are many reasons why I love you so much; you're thoughtful, kind, confident," Mamoro chuckled a little "Very attractive." Usagi giggled with him. "But the thing I love about you most of all is your heart. You have this incredible ability to see the good in everything, even in the very worst of life." After a brief pause Mamoru kissed Usagi passionately, they held each other as they expressed their love.
Inflamed by his passion Usagi pulled back, wanting to speak. "Wait." Her heart pounding with adrenaline she was visibly trembling. "You haven't called me Usako in a while."
Mamoru laughed "That's what you wanted to say?"
"No I mea-" Before she could finish her thought Mamoru lent in to kiss her again with even more passion. In the heat of the moment Usagi, overpowering Mamoru, rolled on top of him. She once again let go of his lips and the two panted for a second, the couple were about to make love.
"Are you sure?" Mamoru asked. Still panting Usagi nodded and began to unbutton his flannelette top. He then began to unbutton her pajama top and the two continued to kiss, shifting in their bed.

As the two were preparing for a night of passionate love a slither of moonlight crept though the gap in the certain. The light shone over a piece of paper with eight names written;
TOKYO
CHŌFU
SYDNEY
MELBOURNE
LOS ANGELES
PARIS LYONS
BERLIN
LONDON
These were the locations where Usagi had to go, to find the new Sailor Scouts.
Or at least that's all she thought she needed to go.
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Bet you weren't expecting that ending.
This chapter is essentially Backstory heavy; it explains in greater detail just what is inhibiting Rei at the moment. Rei's backstory will be explained further in her own Timelines chapter later into the story, however at this point the vast majority of major events have now been revealed, but what is not fully revealed is that due to all these events it triggered a spiral of depression that at the moment Rei hasn't fully recovered from. At the moment I don't know where to take this, but by the end I want Rei to at least feel better than she is now. There's also a minor clue for one of the scout's lives, the person in France moved recently.

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Chapter 5 - the Council

Within a metropolis full of crystalline buildings a massive structure towers over all of them. Three massive crystals protrude from the ground, the middle crystal the tallest of the three and the others flank the middle at angles to its center. As the sun passed behind the transparent structures the light of the sun could only be seen through the edges of the crystal giving off an eerie purple outline to the light blue structure. This was the capital building, the center of the bureaucracy and the imperial empire that is the Negaverse. As far as the citizens and the scores of millions of slaves were concerned it was the center of the universe itself. The location of the capital building was deliberate, the affect the sun gave it has its roots in the establishment of the empire thousands of years ago as an omen of the continual and unlimited prosperity of the empire - every day the sun would set behind the capital building and give the building its unusual glow. In this current cycle General Tsajei would be addressing the Council a second time this interval.

Inside the Council Chambers the room was similar in appearance to the General's office; very straight, very slick and polished, however while the walls of the room were crystalline the bench the five council members sat behind was not, it was a mineral that could be misconstrued as a black granite. The five council members arrived, lining up as each one took to their seats. They were all in dark robes, black cloth with no detail at all. The head at the center of the bench then announced "Alright, before we began today's proceedings we must check the attendance of the Council. Councilman Geoa?"
The man at the far left of the bench called out "Present."
"Councilman Rhapan?"
The man seated next to Geoa was next "Here."
"Councillady Ua'qio?"
The only woman, seated beside the head replied "Here."
"Councilman Takaos?"
The final council member at the far right of the bench exclaimed "Here! Councilelder Ufano?"
The head of the council responded "Present. All members of the Council are present." All the council members relaxed a moment before the Councilelder declared "Bring in Second Rank General Tsajei u'Daroha to the chamber."
In the shadows General Tsajei entered into the dimly lit chamber, holding a piece of crystal. "Praise the Council." he said, greeting them with the traditional salute - his right arm extended with his hand open and upturned.
"Praise." Ufano simply said, and Tsajei lowered his arm. "General, during the previous cycle you provided the Council an outline to your plan to conquer the planet designated 2416-3 and requesting more time to complete it. Has this extra time allowed you to do so?"
"To the best of my ability, yes."
Ufano raised his eyebrow "To the best of your ability?"
"I have greatly improved the finer details of my invasion strategy and used the invaluable information of our spy drone currently residing in the system now updating our information of the planet and its geopolitics. I am convinced that with the exception of one problem that still exists the success of our invasion is all but ensured."
Ua'qio tilted her head upward slightly "The lofty superbeings known as the Sailor Scouts?"
Tsajei smirked "Certainly not. That issue appears to have resolved itself. I refer to the toxic atmosphere of the planet." Tsajei tapped on his crystal and immediately a screen was lit up with an image of the planet Earth. "In the 25 revolutions since we first encountered the planet the atmosphere has changed slightly. The abundance of Carbon Dioxide in the air has indeed improved our lot and we have since then developed the technological and medical advancements to combat the Argon and Neon in the air, however we are no closer to actually setting foot onto the world as we still cannot combat the effects of Nitrogen Inhalation. Now there is a remedy to thi-"
"No masks!" Councilman Takaos boomed.
"Councilman I realize that it is uncommon to use-"
"This has nothing to do tradition or doctrine General." Takaos continued "They are face masks. These are fragile things that can be ripped off your face and can lead to your death in an instant."
"Councilman is right." Councilelder Ufano added "We must find a remedy that cannot be sabotaged so easily."
Tsajei sighed "We are simply not there yet."
"Then we are not there yet." Ua'qio replied. "We can afford you additional time if you choose to ask for it."
"You are prepared to wait another 25 revolutions on the chance that we might be able to breath the atmosphere?"
"The Council will wait as long as it needs to to ensure a successful conquest." Ufano answered.
Tsajei sighed a second time "Very well."

Ufano sighed himself "Let us proceed. Review your plan with us and all the amendments to your strategy."
"Of course." Tsajei tapped his crystal again and the image of the planet blew up into a very large map. "My plan remains largely unchanged given that the political states of the planet have not unified in the time we have been absent. Therefore the same strategy of conquering un-unified planets applies here; attack and destroy the military, scientific and industrial powers and then attack all neighboring states on all fronts until the resistance is destroyed." As he spoke images begun to emerge from the map; places such as Germany, America, and Japan appeared. This attack was going to be both global and total.
"Interesting." Geoa uttered "Has your path been altered?"
"Slightly, yes." Tsajei then began to move around in the space. "The current political state of this land-" he pointed to Australia "Is notably unstable, the populace is dissatisfied with the state of the politics and as a result the governing bodies have become more extreme and unstable. An attack against the political institutions will throw the governing bodies into turmoil and we will secure a scientific stronghold." Tsajei saw many of the council members nodding in agreement. "This land here-" he reached for Japan "Is another scientific land we must conquer, however the government is very stable and is technologically advanced compared to the rest of the world. Seeing as many other locations are viable targets themselves I propose we attack this land last to ensure that it does not receive any help from allies."
"Agreed." Councilman Takaos nodded.
Tsajei walked over to just under Europe and pointed to it "This is a cluster of perfect states to attack here. Due to the history of most, if not all, of these states we can finely tune our attack to whichever we decide to attack."
"Elaborate." Rhapan demanded.
"Well I can't be very specific right now, but many of the northern, central and western states are either industrious or scientific institutions and thus, while the aim is to take over all of them immediately, we can choose whichever starting points we believe is best and use political hostilities as a trigger to spark violent behavior. The political landscape of this section of land in particular holds in its history a vast quantity of resentment and buried hatred, all of which can stir the violent nature of these Earthlings and compel them to destroy each other. Our meddling well cause a trickle effect where just one action can cause a major military conflict in this land, which in turn weakens the strength and the will of the entire land, ready for us to take."
"Genius." Rhapan replied.
"Thank you Councilman." Tsajei then walked to the other end of the map "But the jewel in the crown is this land." He pointed at the United States "This is the simplest of all the campaigns. This is a state that in effect is in a constant state of flux, they hold the ideals of freedom so highly that they often conflict with each other, and with the nature of the Earthlings to be violent the state is constantly on the brink of self-destruction."
"How do you intend to take over such a volatile land?" Councillady Ua'qio asked.
"The beauty of this plan is its elegance." Tsajei paused for a moment. "I intend to do absolutely nothing."
"Nothing?" Ufano inquired.
"Nothing." Tsajei smirked "This land is currently led by an ego-maniacal leader with no interest in committing to any long term strategy for the betterment of his people. The populace has become discontent with his rambling utterances and self-interested motivations and are protesting to eject him. Add to this the freedoms of the land allow for the procurement of military weapons of which thousands of recorded instances of death by man have appeared." Tsajei paused for another moment "I understand that a person there is killed in this manner every eleven twelfths of a cycle."
"Good grief!" Takaos exclaimed. "How is this state capable of functioning? At all?"
"That is a question I do not have an answer for. Suffice it to say the basic good nature and intelligence of the Earthlings, of which there is much in this inferior race, somehow manages to counteract this." Tsajei sighed "In any event the plan is to simply let the state become unstable, then simply exacerbate it to its extremity."
"Simple." Councilelder Ufano slightly shook his head, he simply could not conceive of a plan more basic and yet more elegant.

"There is one final matter General." Ua'qio said. "You mentioned that the superbeing problem has been resolved. How so?"
"Councillady the matter is resolved for one reason." Tsajei paused to take a moment and tap his crystal a third time, the image of the earth transformed into the images of Sailor Moon and all of the Inner Senshi. "The superbeings no longer protect the planet."
The council members murmured for a while. "Can you be certain of this?" Councilman Rhapan asked.
"Yes. Our drone has recounted the information of the past 25 revolutions and it has been known that the superbeings have dissolved some 15 revolutions ago. They still exist and while the possibility does exist that they still pose a grave threat to the invasion they have since dispersed and are no longer physically capable of defending against us."
"But you concede the possibility of failure does exist." Ufano pointed out.
Tsajei took a deep breath and sighed "Yes, that possibility does exist. However the assumption of chaos falls within the probability of victory. Additionally, while we cannot match their overwhelming power even now we can at least give ourselves a fighting chance to defend ourselves from the attack."
"Chance?" Takaos was getting angry. "Chance?! You want us to approve a battle plan based on chance?!"
"Calm down Councilman." Ufano interjected "Give the General his dues." Councilman Takaos struck the Councilelder a sinister look before folding his arms and turning back to Tsajei. "I'm afraid Councilman Takaos is right to raise this point. You cannot expect us to allow a plan with a variable as dangerous as this."
"I expect you to consider such things rationally Councilelder." Tsajei tried to curry favor in the Council. "I can never guarantee that the superbeings will not be a threat, which is why that plan requires these five to be destroyed at all cost, however doing so is now at least achievable. We can defend against their attacks now, and in doing so can inflict a counterattack. The key is implementing the exact attack at the exact time."
"Is the Purple Serpent that skilled?" Ufano asked.
"Indeed we are." A moment of silence descended over the chamber. The council members deliberated amongst each other. General Tsajei felt the tension in the air, his breathing became slightly heavier.
The council members finally reached a decision. "The Council has decided to approve your plan under a condition." Councilelder Ufano declared. "We have our most intelligent scientists and doctors working on counteracting the effects of Nitrogen Inhalation, they report that they are very close to achieving this goal. We will not launch your plan until we have an effective and foolproof measure of providing an immunity to your men."
"I see." Tsajei raised his head, all of a sudden their cautious demeanor makes sense.
"We will reconvene with you, Second Rank General Tsajei u'Daroha, at the earliest possible moment when Nitrogen Inhalation has been counteracted." Councilelder Ufano gestured to the General for him to leave. The General gave one final salute before about-turning and exited the chamber.

Meanwhile, in another crystal building not far from the capital building, a male alien was in an almost empty room. Nothing was there except him and what appeared to be a mirror. Then a voice was heard over a speaker somewhere in the room, it was an alien dialect, almost indescribable in its sound. After just a second gas was heard hissing through vents in the room, the alien looked around to find where they were, he couldn't find anything. No crack, no vent, no visible fissure in what was an airtight, featureless space. The alien was starting to panic, after all Nitrogen gas is lethal to him too. The alien started to hyperventilate, trying desperately to take all of the available, breathable air left. After a few seconds the alien began lose to his balance and sputter, the sound of what could be considered as coughing. What was unmistakable was the next sound, rasping. The alien could not breath, his body unable to metabolize the gas. A minute passed and the alien was on the brink of death, slumped over and crawling on the ground he reached at the mirror, wheezing, desperately calling out for air. He took his last breath and fell, his body still reaching for the mirror.

The test subject did not survive.
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Originally I wanted to wait until the first big Timelines chapter was posted on deviantArt, but since I'm getting close to that and it has been a few days now I've decided to put up Chapter 5 now. Returning to the Negaverse the battle plan is now revealed and also a couple of hiccups along the way. As aliens their military might may be powerful but if the atmosphere is foreign enough no amount of power can overcome toxic gases, also they are acutely aware that in fact the Sailor Scouts by themselves are more powerful then them, so to defeat a powerful enemy you have to think differently. It'll be interesting to see how these tactics will play out later into the story.
The next chapter is the big one; Chapter 6 - Timelines: Makoto, the chapter will recount the past 25 years of Makoto Kino - Sailor Jupiter.

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Chapter 6 - Timelines: Makoto

18 years ago

Makoto was leaving K.O. University for the last time. She just finished her three year degree in Economics, a subject she chose for two reasons; because a) there was no classes for professional cooking and b) aspiring to own a restaurant in Tokyo she felt at the time it was a good idea to learn the subject. She stuck it out the full three years but she felt it was a waste of time. "Phew!" Makoto sighed, stepping out of the gates with her backpack hanging off her left shoulder. "I'm glad that's over." She immediately knelt down and dropped her backback to open it, digging around she eventually pulled out her CD player, loaded with her favorite music. She switched it on and quickly pressed the Skip button, she loves to walk home listening to Gorillaz, but finishing university for good - today was a great day. "Aha!" Makoto selected track 17 and quickly put the headphones on. The track was 19-2000 (Soulchid Remix). The beat was fast but not quick, the rhythm uptempo but not jaunty, perfect music for a brisk walk on a sunny Tokyo day. As the music began to start Makoto zipped up her bag and began to walk home. Occasionally when the lyric appeared Makoto would sing along with it in the best English she could. "Ge dakuu, ge dakuu shoshain. Ge dakuu, ge dakuu shoshain."

However this time on the way home Makoto past a person handing out flyers. She nearly past right by him but the man stuck out a sheet in her face and she nearly walking into it. "Would you like to join today miss?" he said.
"Hey, watch it!" Makoto snapped back at him. Frightened the man ran off, leaving a single piece of paper as he did. After regaining her composure Makoto saw the paper and picked it up to find out what the deal was. Reading it her eyes widened, it's as if lightning struck her body. She immediately began to run in the opposite direction trying to find this place. After about a few minutes of searching around blocks and up streets she found it; Juuban Culinary School. "YES!" Makoto shouted, she found a professional place to learn how to be a chef. University took up most of her time that she never really checked beforehand. She entered the building with the full intention to become a chef.

11 months later

After nearly a year of basic training and hard work the time had come for Makoto to graduate. The test was simple enough, create a dish - any dish - perfectly, and without fault. It was no mean feat; never mind the sheer array of cuisines and dishes, cooking anything perfectly is very hard to do. Makoto decided to make a simple makimono dish, various sushis rolls. She just finished the last roll and carefully placed it on the plate, it was a collection of seven different makizushis - different meats in all of them, some wrapped in seaweed, others in perilla leaves, and one in an omelet. The dish was handed to the teacher, he examined the plate, observing the sushi and its appearance. Makoto just stood there sweating through her collar, it was not polite to leave or disrespect the head chef. After a moment the chef then began his meal, eating one roll, chewing and tasting it entirely, then eating another, chewing and tasting, chewing and tasting, chewing and tasting. He was taking such a long time she thought, does he have to be this thorough? A minute passes and the chef finally eats the last roll, chewing and tasting one last time. There was a brief pause, Makoto didn't really know what to do as the chef waited for some time to pass. "Kino." He finally spoke. Like a startled animal she was spooked by his sudden outburst. The head chef stood up from his desk and bowed to her. "You have graduated, Chef Kino."
"Yes!" Overcome with excitement Makoto jumped, she needed to release some of her energy. "Thank you Head Chef." She approached him and bowed to show her gratitude, the head chef then shook her hand and handed her a certificate. She was now a qualified chef and was ready to begin her career.
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15 years ago

Working in a sushi bar was very hard for Makoto at the start. Straight out of culinary school Makoto went for every sushi bar she could find all across Tokyo to find a job, it wasn't long before a little no-name restaurant hired her and now, after a little less than a year she built a bit of a reputation as a very talented chef, albeit a little bit eccentric. She wasn't wild in her creativity or her technique, it's just that for some reason, every time she prepared the ingredients or cut the rolls she would do a dance. She would sway her hips to a beat, season food to a rhythm and cut and slice at the downbeat of whichever song that happens to be in her head at the time.
"Itsu dea!"
Very very occasionally uttering a lyric or two, apparently the music helped her to focus on the task at hand. All the other chefs, including the head chef, were amazed by this strange behavior. Despite the small kitchen Makoto seemed to have enough space for the freedom to move about. The head chef came up to have as she was preparing a new roll. "Kino."
Her trance broken Makoto snapped back into a more professional attitude. "Yes Chef."
"You've received compliments from your last futomaki."
"Oh wow. Thank you Chef."
"Keep up the good work." The head chef walked back but turned around again. "And please mind your step."
"Yes Chef. Thank you Chef." Makoto went straight back to her dance.

Behind the bench Usagi, Mamoru and most of the other girls were seated in two tables, sharing each others sushi. "I hope Mako got my compliments." Usagi said. "She makes some great sushi."
"She really does." Mamoru replied.
"Can you believe it?" Haruka projected from the other table. "Mako is a whiz in the kitchen. Now it's been proven by professionals."
Michiru poked Haruka in her side. "Don't be mean." Haruka laughed.
"How are you feeling Luna?" Minako asked. Luna had only just been a human for a week, apart from the experience of being a human she experienced sushi for the very first time.
"Sushi." Luna uttered, observing the roll with her chopsticks. "It's such a unique food."
Usagi chuckled for a moment. "You know you have to eat it right?"
"Well of course Usagi!" Luna snapped back at her. She quickly popped the roll in her mouth and ate it, just as quickly she tasted the unique flavors and shuddered at the experience. "Oh wow. I can really taste the vinegar and the fish."
"You can taste the vinegar?" Minako asked.
"Yeah. It's so sharp."
"I guess she's just not used to the taste of vinegar yet." Setsuna shouted from the other table.
"Yeah maybe." Usagi responded.

"It's Dare, oh"............

6 months later

The head chef had left the sushi bar and thus the restaurant was closed while it looked to promote one of the remaining chefs to head chef. Everyone had the chance to create a dish by themselves for the owners as an example of their talent. Everyone was nervous, wanting the chance to become head chef, but Makoto was more so than the others - she has only been a chef for three years, now she has the chance to actually lead a kitchen. Eventually it was Makoto's turn in the kitchen and most of the chefs were especially scared now, just about all of them thought she would take the title. Once she entered the kitchen the first thing she did was reach into her pocket, she pulled out an iPod with portable speakers connected to it. It was pretty obvious what she was going to do next, it was just as obvious that playing music in the kitchen had developed into a habit of hers. As the music wound up and prepared to start so too did Makoto feel the energy in the kitchen crescendo up to the point. "Itsu dea." she sang, and in the very instant the song began she started her dish.
Watching from behind the bench the owner saw her in action, showing nothing on his face but felt mesmerized in the way she moved as she cooked. He was just far enough away to not be heard by Makoto or the others, so he felt the desire to vocalize his thoughts. "Impressive." He continued to watch as she prepared the ingredients. "Her movement is almost fluid." She was making Usuyaki-tamago for the wrapping of her sushi. "No, she is fluid." It would be a Karei Fukusazushi, a rather complex sushi with flatfish. Makoto was indeed displaying her talent; cooking the omelette, slicing the fish, preparing the condiments, all to the beat of Dare.

Finally, after preparing the ingredients, rolling the sushi and cutting the roll Makoto plated up. Six pieces of Karei Fukusazushi wrapped in Usuyaki-tamago on a simple black plate was served to the owner on his table. He began to eat Makoto's offering. She couldn't read his face, she had no idea if it was good or bad. The tension was thick and she was sweating from the stress. After the final roll was eaten the owner took a moment to assess his meal. This is it, she thought as she gulped. The owner stood up and smiled. "I don't know how you did it but you made one of th-" He made a mistake. "No. The best Fukusazushi I've ever had. And with a home-made omelette skin, I'm very impressed." He presented his hand. "Congratulations Head Chef Kino."
Makoto's eyes widened and her jaw dropped. "Seriously?" The owner simply nodded and with great force Makoto shook hands with the owner. The rest of the chefs applauded Makoto and her effort. She can't believe it, from an amateur cook Makoto Kino became the head chef of Chottoshita Sushi - Little Bit of Sushi.
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At the same time Makoto began a relationship with Ittou Asanuma, a mutual friend of Mamoru. They first met just before she was hired at Chottoshita Sushi and quickly became good friends, however it was at this time that their friendship developed into a love for each other. During her off hours Makoto would spend time with him in Azabu Garden, a modest square of green deep in Tokyo. Surrounded by evergreens and Sakura the garden features ornate flowerbeds lining walkways in and out of the grounds, a pond for ducks and other aquatic birds to glide over the water, and benches for people to relax and take in the serenity of the garden. Today the two were again visiting the garden, the second time this week. The sun was setting over the backdrop, the golden light shinning over the pond and blazing through the gaps of the trees. "It's so beautiful." Awestruck, Makoto was taken aback at the sight.
"It's amazing." Ittou replied. "Even the sky has turned golden." He took a moment to ponder. "I wonder why it does."
"Mm?" Makoto looked at him.
"Why does the sky change its colour?"
Makoto let out a single "Ha. I know a friend who could answer that, but she's in Germany now." She turned back to the sun.
"I think it's jealousy."
Makoto looked back at Ittou again. "Huh?"
"I think the sky is jealous of the sun." He turned to Makoto to see the light reflect from her eyes and her earrings, the sight was almost divine. "You see, there's a legend that says the sky god and the sun god lived in the heavens to shine over the mortals. The sky god provides the world with colour and the sun god provides the world with light."
"Okay." It was all Makoto could think to say.
"The sky was always blue, no matter what the time was, and the sun was always in the sky, no matter where he went the sun never set. One day the sky god become jealous of the sun god and his light, so he decided to kill him."
Makoto gasped "That's awful!"
"It is." Ittou nodded "But that's not what happened, you see the gods are immortal and they can't be killed. He sent the sun all the way to the west where he tried to steal his light. The sky god succeeded and for a few minutes in the day the sky was golden, but the sun god discovered his light was taken and confronted the sky god to get it back."
"Did he?" Makoto asked.
"No. The gods attacked each other and the sky god stabbed the sun, turning the sky blood red, and the sun god fell onto the Earth." Makoto gasped again, covering her mouth, her eyes even began to well. "Don't worry, the story isn't over yet. You see even though the sun had fallen to Earth his spirit rose in the east - the Moon Goddess - searching for his body. The Ki-"
"Wait." Makoto interrupted. "The sun is a god, but his spirit is a goddess?"
Ittou laughed "Yeah, I don't really know why." The sky had changed its colour to a bright red. "Anyway, the King of the Gods banished the sky god from heaven for his crime, until the sun god would rise again. This made the sky pitch black, but all the gods and goddesses placed markers all across heaven - the stars - to show the spirit where to find him. She searched all across heaven until she saw him lying on the ground on Earth, she descended to his body and wept, despairing over her loss. She kissed him and her breath revived the sun god. The sun was reborn in the east and in so doing the sky god returned to heaven; and that's reason the sun and the sky change during the day and night." The couple looked deeply into each other; Ittou glowing the sun's light, his blonde hair waving about in the wind, his blue eyes glistening the golden light, Makoto shrouded in shadow, only her outlines shone light, her ponytail dancing in the wind. She lent in to kiss him and as the sun continued to set the couple's love had blossomed.

For months the couple were inseparable, they went everywhere together; the cinema, the mall, the garden, the arcade even, and to many restaurants for romantic dinners. Their love for each other grew fonder with each passing day, and at night they expressed their passion to each other through the intimacy of making love. They would often sleep with each other whenever the mood passed and sleep next to each other until the new sun had risen. It therefore didn't take long before eventually Ittou decided to take Makoto to the fanciest French restaurant they ever been to. This was different, it wasn't a typical eatery they usually go to. The building was exquisitely decorated; polished round tables covered in satin white cloth, crystal goblets and the finest china and silverware, chandeliers lighting the magnificent ceiling and ornate paintings all around the space. This is what a real, proper restaurant was; an experience of sight and sound as well as taste. And the experience was tortuously expensive, tens - maybe hundreds of thousands of yen, but it was all worth it for Ittou. Ittou finished his meal and drank the last of his champagne, waiting for Makoto to finish her meal, he rehearsed this about a million times in his head, just waiting for the right time. Makoto finished drinking the last of her soup. "Wow. I've never had such divine food before."
"Yes. It's Haute cuisine, it's a very meticulous type of French cuisine."
"I thought so. I learned a little bit about it in culinary school."
This is it, he thought. Ittou got up from his seat and walked over to Makoto, holding her hand. "Mako. When we first met you were such a good friend to me. I never really thought I would fall in love with you back then, but a part of me deep inside did, and as we kept hanging out I realized I became more and more attracted to you. Then the day we went to the gardens and kissed for the first time, I knew we were meant to be together." Staring into her eyes Ittou saw Makoto's shock and happiness, her eyes welled with tears and reflected the light of the chandeliers and the candles. "So Mako." Ittou knelt down on bent knee "Would you do me the great honor of becoming my wife and spending your life with me?"
Makoto was speechless; she knew she was being taken out on a special date, she even assumed he might propose to her, but even with all this in her mind she was still unable to process just what was happening, and in an instant a flood of emotions hit her with great force. "Oh my god." Makoto was on the threshold completely losing her composure. "Yes! Absolutely!" She immediately got up from her seat and knelt down to his level, kissing him passionately. Neighboring tables applauded at the couple's nuptials and it was the perfect end to a perfect night, head chef of a restaurant and a proposal on the same night. Noone could have planned that better.

4 months later

The wedding was beautiful. It was held at the Juuban Church on a sunny Friday. Surrounded by her friends and his family the couple wed in the modest church. In a strange irony Usagi was the Maid of Honor and Mamoru was the Best Man, a married couple honoring a newly married couple. It was a simple ceremony, a small gathering of friends of family. The reception was just as beautiful, catered by Chottoshita Sushi the reception was at Azabu Garden, again the sun had set over the couple and again they kissed as the golden light shone over the gardens. As day turned to night the reception finished and everyone said their goodbyes, and Makoto and Ittou entered a limousine taking them to Ittou's home.
That was one month ago.
Today Makoto was locked in the bathroom at her apartment, she'd fallen ill and had to take the week off to recover, or at least so she thought. Ittou was in her kitchen, preparing a simple breakfast. He was concerned Makoto had developed a serious illness, Makoto knew better. The sound of her retching twisted his stomach into knots, he nearly convulsed himself. Then the sound of the toilet flushing indicated the end, Ittou sighed in relief. Slowly Makoto came out of the bathroom and as soon as he saw her Ittou got up to help her into her seat at the table. "Felling any better?"
"Yeah, I'll be okay for now." With his wife seated Ittou continued to prepare breakfast. Makoto smelled the food. "French Toast?"
"Yeah, I thought you'd like something different today."
"I'm not sure that's such a good idea."
Ittou looked back at her. "Why's that?"
"I just now took a test before I vomited." Makoto spoke with a frail tone but a smile began to creep around her face. "I'm pregnant."
Ittou stopped checking on the bread soaking in the milk. "You're pregnant?"
Makoto nodded "I'd like to check with a doctor, but my pregnancy test says I am."
He stopped what he was doing and ran back to Makoto. "You're kidding!"
Ittou came to embrace her tightly. "I'm not. Actually maybe you shouldn't hold on so tightly."
"Sorry Mako." The couple swayed to each others rhythm. "I'm just so excited. I never though we'd have a kid so soon."
"Yeah I know. You want to know something else?"
"What?"
"The bread's in fire." Makoto points to the French Toast on the stove, the bread was now smoking in the frying pan and excess milk was bubbling furiously around it.
"Oh no!" Ittou ran back to the stove and Makoto couldn't help but laugh as her husband was fanning the smoke and desperately tried to save breakfast.
"This is why I'm the cook here!" Makoto beamed, her radiant glow was now more noticeable. She stood up "I'm going to call the doctor, you can clean up and let me make breakfast this time."
"Yeah yeah." Ittou didn't appreciate the taunt, but it didn't matter anymore. Now with a baby on the way he knew he had to start taking a lot of care for Makoto, especially the first few months.

Nari Asanuma was born in Azabu Public Hospital on Thursday, 13th of February, 2003
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9 years ago

Waiting outside Gate 26 in Narita Airport Makoto was with Usagi, seated at the guest lounge. Usagi rested a sheet of paper on her lap which simply read 'Rei' in permanent marker while Makoto was reading a book. It was Usagi's autobiography; 'In the Name of the Moon: Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon'. "Is the plane still sitting on the runway?" Makoto asked.
"No, it's just about here." Usagi turned to Makoto "How's the book Mako?"
"It's really good. Did you really write this yourself?"
"Well I got some help from my publicist, he found someone who gave me some great advise on writing, but everything there is all me."
Makoto nodded, approving of her friend's work. "I'm impressed. I also like how you use our senshi names and don't reveal anyone else."
"Yeah, I know some of us are pretty sensitive about privacy so I thought it would be better."
Makoto continued to nod. "Great idea." She turned to Usagi "But one thing I don't understand is why you decided to reveal yourself and Mamoru in the first place."
Usagi sighed "Well I started to see the world kinda go backwards, to be honest not long after Nari was born." Makoto nodded "It was getting so desperate that I felt like I needed to remind the world that there is at least one person out there whose at least trying to make the world a bit less-" Usagi took a moment to find the right word. "Maddening." She turned to Makoto. "So I decided to ring a few news stations and told them I'd make a very important announcement that they needed to broadcast. At first they were a bit skeptical, but I promised them I'd give them real news. When they arrived I brought Mamo and Chibi with me and-" Usagi took a deep breath and sighed, looking back out to the gate. "Told them I was Sailor Moon." Makoto continued to stare at Usagi, understanding what it meant to be Sailor Moon for just one moment. "Call me impulsive but I think the world benefited from knowing that Sailor Moon was just a teenage girl back then, and she kicked butt."
Makoto chuckled "She definitely did!"
Usagi laughed with her "I guess I should have thought the celebrity would get a little out of control, but honestly I don't mind it. I mean I'm a beacon of hope now, girls and women look up to me as a kind of ray of hope in an otherwise-" She starts to shake her head "Truly bleak world."
Makoto slightly nodded again "Yeah." She then turned to the gate to see people walking out. "Oh hey. Can you see Rei?"
"Oh!" Usagi quickly took the paper and waved it about. "Not yet." After a few moments of people streaming from the entrance Rei slowly emerged into the baggage carousels, visibly distressed and already crying. "Rei!" The two quickly got up and rushed over to her, drawing the attention of passersby. Rei saw them running to her and just dropped her bags, now almost unable to stand up. They both reached her just in time before she might have fallen onto the ground or into someone. "Are you okay? What happened?"
"What's wrong Rei?"
Supported by Usagi and Makoto Rei was barely able to remain upright. "I just need to go home." Rei sobbed.
"Can you walk?" Makoto asked.
"Yeah, I just need some help." Usagi and Makoto both picked up Rei's bags and held onto her sides as the group quickly exited the airport.

Driving back from the airport the three women were all headed to Hikawa Shrine. Makoto drove everyone in her silver NISSAN Pulsar, while Usagi kept Rei company in the back of the car. "He cheated on you?!" Usagi asked.
Rei continued to cry, but at least now she was more composed and ready to unload. "Yes. Yuuichirou slept with some other woman and now we've split up." Rei cried into her hands, her voice muffled. "That mongrel cheated on me and then-" Rei's voice broke "He struck me. He slapped me across my face."
"He what?!" Usagi's jaw dropped, she knew Yuuichirou to be a generally decent guy, if a little self-centered, but she never once believed he was capable of this - actual violence.
"Okay, now I'm angry." Makoto replied, pressing her foot hard on the accelerator.
Usagi felt the sudden acceleration and turned to Makoto. "Hey Mako, slow down." She turned back to Rei, still crying into her hands. "Can I see?"
"Why?!" Rei yelled.
"Please Rei. I need to see it." After Rei finished sobbing she let go of her head and as the passing streetlights whizzed by revealed a large red bruise over most of her left cheek. The bruise was so large it amazed Usagi she missed it in the airport. "Oh my god! Should we go to the hospital?"
"What?!" Makoto asked.
"No, no. The swelling has gone down, just take me home." Rei cried.
"He's dead! I'm gonna kill him!" Makoto could only see flashes of anger welling in her very soul as she pulled over into a side street just before the shrine. Quickly Makoto got out of the car and went around to help Rei out of the car. "Okay Usagi, push Rei towards me and I'll pull her out." She opened the door and reached in to grab Rei, Usagi lifted her and passed her over to Makoto. "I got you Rei, I got you." Makoto pulled Rei out of the car. Rei wasn't so injured to the point of disability, but she had no energy, no strength, no will, her spirit was completely broken, her passion vanished, her very soul was empty. "Okay Usagi, grab a hold of her." The two women continued to carry Rei up to the shrine and slowly up the steps, each step more laborious than the last, until they reached the nearest structure. "Just sit down here Rei. Usagi can you find Grandpa?"
"Sure." Usagi ran out to find Grandpa Hino and alert him of the current events.
Under the light of the lanterns Makoto kept Rei company. "Do you need anything right now?"
Having cried for more than six hours Rei was exhausted. "I just need to sleep right now."
"Are you sure? It's only 7 o-clock."
"Yeah, I've been crying for so long I've used up all my energy." Rei slumped over into Makoto's lap, barely conscience now.
"Hey, wake up Rei." Makoto lifted her head and gently slapped her cheeks to rouse Rei. "Come on Rei."
"I'm okay Mako." Rei replied weakly.
"No you're not." Makoto snapped back.
Usagi and Grandpa Hino quickly made it back to the women, Grandpa carrying a tray of food for Rei. "Rei, you need to eat. Get your strength back up." Grandpa advised. He brought over biscuits and finger foods for Rei to eat one by one. "Usagi, Makoto I think you two can go, I'll nurse my Rei back to health from here."
"I'm not leaving!" Usagi declared.
Makoto however needed to go. "Are you going to be fine Rei?" She helped push Rei back up and sit upright.
"Yeah, thank you Mako."
Makoto got up "I'm sorry Rei but I do need to go, but I promise I'll be right back here as soon as I can." Makoto turned and quickly ran down the stairs and out of the shrine. She ran down to her car and entered it, but for a few moments she just sat there. All she could feel was a blinding rage against Yuuichirou, all she could hear was her own heavy, labored breathing. In an instant she threw a punch straight at the steering wheel. "WHY REI?" she screamed. She too began to break down and cry, slumped over the wheel. This came at the worst possible time; three weeks ago Makoto bought a cafe in downtown Tokyo and decided to convert it into a restaurant, her own restaurant - her greatest dream was about to become a reality. But now with just a week left before opening she was in no mood to cook, never mind design a menu or hire staff. "Why am I thinking about this now?" She uttered "One of my best friend's just been beaten." She couldn't help it, whenever she gets inspiration to create a recipe it immediately takes over her thoughts. Makoto remembered the finger foods Grandpa Hino delivered to Rei and the fire in the lanterns. She had a stroke of inspiration in all the devastation. Makoto started her car and switched on the radio, of all the songs of all music to play Clint Eastwood starts up. "Huh, appropriate." As Makoto began to drive back home she sang along to the chorus.


"I ain't happy, I'm feelin' glad. I got sunshine, in a bag. I'm useless, but not for long. The future, is comin' on."
"I eint happei, I'm feelin glad. I got sunshain, ina bag. Aim yusless, but not forlong. The fyutur, is kaming on." Makoto's English was improving.

Returning home Makoto immediately went straight to the kitchen and took a look at all the stock she had; plenty of fish, lots of rice, just enough seaweed and a full spice rack. Perfect! she thought, but before she started she had to feed Nari, it was 7:30 and she was very hungry. Makoto whipped up a quick spaghetti bolognese for her daughter. "Nari, Mummy is going to be in the kitchen for a long time. Do you want to play on the computer?" Nari giggled and nodded. "Okay, finish your dinner and I'll help you play." Makoto cuddled Nari and left her to start her work. In the kitchen she began by testing out all the combinations of fish and spice; cutting thin slices of the meats a seasoning each with random spices, some were bad, most were okay or at least palatable, but a few of these combinations were great and she wrote them down on a paper beside her.
Then she started to think about how she wanted to build her dish, flicking her pen around her hand, before Nari entered the room. "Mummy, I've finished."
Makoto stared off into the night sky for a second. "Okay." She turned to her daughter. "I'll help you set it up." The two left the kitchen for just a moment. What was written on the paper were a circle with eight smaller circles inside it, and the words;
Burning Mandala
Spicy Makizushi, Eight Ways
This was her dish; it wasn't just Modern Japanese cuisine, it was Makoto pouring her soul into dedicating Rei and her anguish.

the Next Day

Makoto was at the work site, the kitchen and the gas was being installed and most of the tables and seats for the patrons were placed and set. Makoto was with two of her new staff; the restaurateur who helped to secure the financial investment, and the maître d' for the eatery. Makoto brought along Tupperware full of her spicy sushi and a plate from home to present her new dish. The three were all seated at a table far away from the kitchen. "Do you have a name for this place yet?" the restaurateur asked.
"I've thought about it since the last couple of days, I think Dansushefu is a good name."
"Really?" the maître d' inquired "Dance Chef?"
"No, the Dancing Chef. I used to be called that when I was working in Chottoshita Sushi, and to be honest I still kinda do that now. Even making my dish last night I danced, so it makes sense to me."
"Interesting." the restaurateur nodded slightly "I like it, but I think Danshingu Shefu would make more sense don't you think?"
Makoto thought about it for a moment and nodded "You know what? That is better."
"Excellent!" the restaurateur clapped his hands and began to write down the name.
The maître d' asked "You said you made a dish yesterday, do you have it here?"
"Yes." Makoto pulled out her plate and the Tupperware container. "Since I'm making this place a Modern Japanese restaurant I made sushi with a twist." Laying the plate on the table she opened the container and placed each of the sushi rolls in a very specific order around the plate. "This is Moeru Mandara." Placing the last roll she removed the Tupperware. "Burning Mandala; Spicy Makizushi made eight ways. Each of the sushi rolls are made traditionally with traditional fishes and ingredients, however each of the pieces of fish or the sushi roll itself has been seasoned with a spice. Eight different fishes for eight different spices."
"Intriguing." they both said. Then the restaurateur asked "But where are the chopsticks?"
"There isn't any. It's finger food!"
"Oh my!" the maître d' exclaimed.
They all picked out a roll and began to eat when Makoto continued her description. "The starch in the rice dampens the burning sensation, but even so each piece is both a unique taste and varies in spiciness because of the presence of the spice."
They both hiss, breathing in air to cool down their tongues, the restaurateur drinks his glass of water. "Chef Asanuma, this is truly inspired. How did you come up with the idea to add spice to sushi?" the maître d' asked.
"Well I know a maiden who lives in a shrine in Tokyo, last night I went to her shrine and I just had a sudden wave of inspiration." Makoto decided to conceal the true nature of the dish, not with a lie but rather the omission of certain information.
"Interesting." the restaurateur got up from his seat. "This here is a signature dish Asanuma. We'll add this to the menu immediately." He then offered his hand to Makoto "We're just about ready to open your restaurant."
"Thank you." She shook his hand, and with this dish Makoto would begin a trend in her own life to continue to create new and unique flavors to traditional Japanese dishes. The Burning Mandala would become the dish she would be famous for.
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5 years ago

It was a bright sunny day in Tokyo. Makoto took time off today, managing and cooking in her own restaurant was taking its toll on her body so she decided to take the week off and spend time with her daughter Nari. She was 9 years old and wanted to explore the city, how could she say no to that face? She decided to bring Usagi and Chibiusa along with them and spend the day visiting places around the city. Right now they were heading to Tokyo's Sea Life Park, ever since Nari began to start eating some of her mother's creations she began to take an interest in marine life and the sea in general. Makoto drove everyone down to aquarium "Are you excited about your first aquarium Nari?"
"Oh yes, I want to see all the fishes and the turtles."
"You can't pet anything there Nari. We'll just be walking around and looking at them."
"Aawww." Nari pouted "That's okay."
Usagi laughed "Don't worry Nari, it'll be fun. There's lots of different sea creatures. Do you know about the seahorse?"
"Sea...horse?" Nari was confused.
"Yeah, it's a horsey that can swim underwater and eats fish." Usagi giggled.
"Oh wow!" Nari absolutely wanted to see that.
Makoto pokes Usagi's side. "Don't confuse her."
Chibiusa joined in the deception "Yeah, and you can ride on them and swim underwater with them."
"Hey, stop it!" Makoto snapped at Chibiusa. "Don't be mean guys." Usagi and Chibiusa both laughed at each other and Nari who now fully anticipated the idea of riding a horse in the water.
"Sorry Mako." Usagi said "But that was fun."
"I wanna ride the sea-horse!" Nari beamed, bobbing in her seat.
"Oh now you've done it." Makoto became increasingly upset.
Chibiusa laughed some more "Aw, I'm sorry Nari but we were just joking around."
"Aaawwwww!" Nari pouted some more as the car finally pulled into the carpark.
"Wow, this place is full today." Makoto said, trying to find a space to park. "Must be a lot of families here." Eventually she found a space and drove into it. "Okay guys, we're here." They all got out of the car and began to walk towards the entrance.
As they did another family came up to them. "Excuse me." the mother said to Usagi "But aren't you the Sailor Moon girl?"
Usagi sighed "Yes, that's me."
"Oh wow, thank you so much for saving us." the mother shook her hand.
Usagi chuckled "You're welcome."
"Enjoy your day!" the family walked past them and everyone else began to move again, but Makoto paused for just a moment.
"I can't take you anywhere anymore you know!"
"Sorry Mako." Usagi apologized again "That's what happens when you're a celebrity."
"Yeah yeah." Makoto caught up to the group as they all entered the aquarium.

Inside the rooms were all dark, back-lit by the light of the sun cast into the water. The aquarium was like going to another world; schools of fish swim across the length of the displays, large exotic fish moved slowly and seemed to look around all the time, constantly aware of their surroundings. Occasionally a stingray appeared, frightening Nari, she hugged her mother as they walked past the displays. Another display featured sharks. Nari saw many types of sharks, a Hammerhead, a Great White, lots of baby sharks, she was scared of all of them. Nari squeezed her mothers hips tightly. "Nari, are you afraid?" Nari nodded, too afraid to speak. Makoto smiled and hugged her daughter. "Don't worry, the glass protects us from them and they don't want to hurt you." At that moment a large Great White Shark swam right beside them and Nari yelped in fear. Makoto looked up to see the shark and chuckled. "Aw, just stay close to me okay?" Nari nodded more furiously, anything to make the scary shark go away. They kept walking now into a new display full of exotic fishes and creatures; strange rare fish, turtles, seahorses - not the ones Nari wanted to see, starfish, octopi and jellyfish. At the same time Nari felt awed, cheerful, frightened and curious at all the sea life. But it was Makoto who had the most profound affect, she too saw all the marine life with a degree of awe and curiosity, but as a jellyfish swam into her view all of a sudden a thought entered her mind. She looked right at the jellyfish and studied its features; its curved bauble head, the tentacles and stinger arms, its opacity, Makoto noted everything about its appearance. "Come Nari, we've reached the end."
"Aw, really?" Nari asked.
"Sorry, but yes." Nari put her hand into the glass, she wanted to feel the touch of a starfish at the bottom of the display. Makoto let out a slight "Mm. Come on now." They all walked out and talked about their experiences. "I loved the exotic creatures. All those weird things like jellyfish and starfish."
"I liked the sharks." Chibiusa admitted "I don't really know why but something about them, maybe there size."
"How about you Nari, what did you like?"
"I liked all the weird fishes." She meant the jellyfish and starfish. "The star ones were so cool."
"Guys." Makoto decided to change today's plans a bit. "I actually want to go home, you guys can come and play with Nari if you like."
"Home?" Usagi asked "Why?"
Makoto sighed "I kinda want to create a new dish."
"Oh wow, really?" Usagi had Makoto's Burning Mandala before and was eager to see the great Chef Makoto Asanuma at work.
"Yeah sure, I'll actually enjoy the company. Usually I'm by myself or it's me and Nari and I'd have to find something to babysit her. You don't mind do you?"
"Of course not." Chibiusa said "We love playing with Nari."
"Okay then." The group returned to her car and prepared to go.

Makoto's home was a modest house. She moved out of her apartment years ago and with Ittou they bought their own house in Setagaya, a small two story home with a large lounge area, a dinning hall and kitchen, and stairs leading into everyone's rooms. Really the house was a simple dwelling, except for one room - Makoto insisted that the kitchen be fitted with a stereo system so that when she felt the need to create a new dish she could play her music and dance to its rhythm as she had always done. Tonight Makoto was in full swing, she was flash cooking thin strips of fish as well as adding stock to the gelatin to give it flavor. Superfast Jellyfish was blasting through the speakers in her kitchen as everyone else was playing video games in the lounge. "Come on, come on, come on." Usagi was trying so hard to beat Nari in the game, but Nari was too good.
TIME! the game said. "I think I won Aunty Usagi." Nari taunted.
"Well I know I beat Chibi." Usagi replied.
"Honestly I don't think so." Chibiusa said
THE WINNER IS, the game announced, SAMAS! "Yay!" Nari jumped up. "Mummy, I won!"
"Again?" Makoto yelled over all the noise "Well done Nari."
Nari feel back down into her seat. "Uncle Mamoru makes fun games doesn't he?"
"Yes he does." Usagi replied. Mamoru works as a programmer and game designed for HAL Laboratories, amongst others Mamoru helped to build at this point Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and many Sailor Moon games for Nintendo.
"Aunty Usagi, why don't you play as Sailor Moon?"
"Oh, I don't like fighting as myself." Usagi said while selecting a new fighter. "I just don't like fighting." PIT!
"Well if you won't I will" Chibiusa declared. SAILOR MOON!
"Actually since you mention me, I got an email from this animator a week ago. She wants me to work with her to make my story into an anime."
"No way!" Chibiusa and Nari both exclaimed.
"Oh yeah, didn't I tell you?" They both shook their heads. "Well I decided to do it. Why not make the kids of today wonder about us?"
"Oh wow." The two spoke in unison.
"It's no big deal." Usagi shrugged.
"It's a huge deal." Chibiusa pointed out. "You're going to take our story and turn it into a cartoon. I think it's a great idea." Nari selected a stage and the game was about to start. "You know anime is huge in America right?"
"No it isn't!" Usagi exclaimed, not at all aware of how wrong she was.
"Hey guys, how's everything out there?" Makoto yelled out from the kitchen.
"We're good. Just started a new game." Usagi called out back.
"Okay make it the last one my new dish is ready."
"Okay." Usagi replied "You heard your mother, this is the last one."
"Okay." Nari said pressing buttons as she kept on dominating the game.

After the gaming session all four of them sat at the dinning table, waiting to see and taste Makoto's newest dish. "It's smells great Mako." Usagi said "Is it seafood?"
"Yep." Makoto replied as she took two plates to the table. "Get a load of this!" She put a plate in front of Usagi and she nearly jumped out of her chair screaming. "AAAAHHH! What's that?" It looked almost exactly like the jellyfish they all saw in the aquarium.
"It's a jellyfish." Makoto smiled at them, placing the second plate for Chibiusa. They were all a bit creeped out by it's appearance. "It's not a real jellyfish! It's just looks like one."
"Oh." They all said as Makoto went to get the other two plates.
"I used gelatin to make the shapes and bend them so they all look like the parts of a jellyfish, and the innards are actually thin slices of cooked fish." Makoto came out with the other plates and laying Nari's on the table. Nari simply had a look of horror, no matter how much her mother will tell her otherwise it looked like she just butchered one of her favorite animals. "Don't worry Nari, it's not real."
"It isn't?"
"No, it's fine." Makoto started to eat her dish and then, incentivized by Makoto, everyone cut the jellyfish and began to eat it.
Immediately they began to taste just how good it was. "Wow Mako. This tastes great." Usagi said.
"Thanks, I used the stock from the salmon to flavor the gelatin."
"This is fantastic!" Chibiusa exclaimed. "What are going to call it?"
"Honestly?" Makoto asked, she paused to lean into the table a little. "Sūpāfasutokurage."
"Huh?" they all asked.
"Superfast Jellyfish."
"Oh." Usagi uttered "Wouldn't calling it Chō Hayai Kurage make more sense?"
"Yeah, but I want to keep the English sounding name."
"Huh. Okay." Usagi shrugged and just kept on eating the dish. They all continued to eat Makoto's newest creation and reveled in the unique creativity in the design and the taste. Along with Burning Mandala, Superfast Jellyfish would eventually solidify Makoto as a rising and preeminent Tokyo chef in the Modern Japanese cuisine.
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the Present Day

A car entered the driveway of Makoto's house, an old NISSAN Pulsar - the very same car Makoto had now for more than ten years. She parked her car and got out to enter her home. She chauffeured the other women back to their homes and now was just glad to return home and rest. Her keys jingled and she opened the front door. Immediately she heard the sound of the stereo in the lounge room on, she knew what that meant. "Oh, Empire Ants. I love this track."
"Yeah, I've got it on repeat." Nari was sitting on the couch reading her mother's book, Usagi's autobiography.
"I'm going to take a nap, I'll be in my room." Makoto began to walk up the stairs. "See you soon."
"Good night." Nari said. Upstairs, Makoto entered her bedroom and walked up to her dresser. She undid her hair tie and let down her hair, unwinding from today's revelations. Then her gaze turned to an object she hadn't really looked at in a long time, she reached out and picked it up - her Star Power Stick. Just like Usagi did before Makoto began to reminisce about her time as Sailor Jupiter and the warmth she received from Usagi and the group of friends she forged all that time ago. Then she began to think about what Usagi said earlier today;

"I'm afraid she is. The Sailor Scouts need to reform." -
"Noone is asking you to become Sailor Scouts again. In fact I'm asking you to find your daughters and see if they are Sailor Scouts." -


She stopped thinking about the past and started to think about the future, the very idea of Nari being a Sailor Scout filled her with mixed emotions; excitement, joy, worry, fear, confusion, a great sense of ambiance churned her stomach. Makoto continued to stare at the stick for a while longer, working out exactly how she felt about all this. She gripped the stick tighter, she reached a decision. Makoto placed the stick in her breast pocket and left her room to return back downstairs.

Walking downstairs she looked at Nari reading her book, almost as if she was preparing to become a Sailor Scout already. At the bottom of the stairs Makoto leaned against the railing, staring at Nari. Feeling increasingly tired Makoto closed her eyes and began to dream, the music was influencing her vision. "JUPITER STAR POWER, MAKE UP!" The build up of energy was electric. Makoto saw a vision of a transformation taking place, she was transforming into Sailor Jupiter, or so she thought. At the end of the transformation she looked at the result and it wasn't who she thought it was; everything was as she remembered, the laced boots, the green skirt and collar, the pink bows, the tiara, but one significant difference was apparent - it wasn't Makoto. It was a different girl, with long blonde hair down to her waist, bangs that frame her eyes down to her ears, and aquamarine eyes - a mix of blue and bright green. When the girl struck her final pose - Makoto's own pose - Makoto realized who it was, it was Nari.

"Little memories, marching on your little feet, working the machine.
Will it spin? Will it soar? A little dream, working the machine.
Zoom. Walk away. In planets far. Closing in oh, and going far."


Makoto began to appropriate her daughter into her memories, watching her fight the very minions and villains she herself did nearly 25 years ago. Watching Nari perform attacks - Supreme Thunder, Sparkling Wide Pressure, Jupiter Oak Evolution - Makoto saw her daughter as powerful and strong-willed. Even though she was just aware enough to know she was really just remembering her past and putting Nari in her memories, she began to feel a growing sense calm, her fears began to melt away at the prospect of Nari as a Sailor Scout. Then she began to remember about the times she had with Usagi and the rest of the scouts. Makoto always felt warm and welcome around Usagi, she had a connection with all the girls that made them smile, Usagi's pure heart had always brought out the absolute best in everyone she came across, and none more so than the Inner Senshi - the four girls she discovered first and made into her best friends. Makoto began to feel a sense of warmth in her heart, thinking that the same thing may happen to her daughter.

As the music began to fade away Makoto's conscience slowly returned and she woke up to find Nari, still reading her book. Makoto took a deep breath and sighed, her fears and illusions dispersed. She sighed so loudly that Nari turned to find her mother at the stairwell. "Mother?" Makoto looked up and a little flustered. "Are you okay?"
Makoto smiled "Yes. I'm just daydreaming."
"Coming up with a new recipe?"
She shook her head. "No, just dreaming."
"Heh. Okay." Nari returned to her reading, but Makoto continued to stare for a moment longer.
"Nari." Nari turned back to her mother. "I need to talk to you, can you come upstairs to my room?"
Nari was a bit surprised "Sounds serious."
Makoto nodded slightly to that response. "It is serious." After a brief pause Nari marked off her book and set it down on the couch before getting up to follow her mother up the stairs. Makoto opened the door to her room and let Nari in. "Have a seat on the bed." Nari did so and Makoto sat next to her. "Nari. There's something I need to tell you. It's something I've had to keep a secret for-" she sighed "twenty-five years now. It's something noone really knows." Makoto paused "Not even your father knows about this." Nari rose her head slightly, it seemed that she was being serious. Makoto decided to change her tact a bit. "Tomorrow Aunty Usagi is going to visit you."
"Oh yay." Nari interrupted "I love hanging out with Aunty Usagi, she always makes me smile."
Makoto smiled at the last statement. "You know what? She tells me you make her smile too." Nari loved to hear that, she smiled back at her mother. "Anyway, Usagi is going to visit you tomorrow, not me."
"Oh." Nari uttered "Why is that?"
"Well she wants to get to know you better. She's going to ask some questions and I'd like you to be honest with her, okay?"
Nari was getting confused "Uh, okay."
Makoto sighed and continued. "The reason Usagi is coming to visit is because she wants to know-" she took a moment to phrase the next sentence properly. "If you are a Sailor Scout."
"Huh?" Nari was now very confused "Why? Why me? I'm not part of the royal family, and I don't know anyone who is a Sailor Scout. How could I be a Sailor Scout?"
Makoto nodded along with her. "Yes, you're not part of the royal family. That's just Usagi, Uncle Mamoru and Chibiusa."
"Right."
"Nari." Makoto leaned in towards her daughter. "You do know a Sailor Scout."
At that moment Nari gasped, everything started to click into piece. Her mother's secret, Usagi's visit, if she's not a Moon Princess then. "You're a Sailor Scout?" she asked.
Makoto nodded slightly, just enough to be noticed. Nari gasped again as her mother reached into her breast pocket and revealed her Star Power Stick to Nari. "I was Sailor Jupiter." For several moments there was silence; Nari had no idea what to think. All her life she knew her mother as this creative, passionate, unique person who mentored her and certainly entertained her as she grew up into the fourteen year old she is today. Even though she knew that her mother knew Usagi and that Usagi was Sailor Moon, it never occurred to her at all that her mother might have been a Sailor Scout. It's not unreasonable to assume that, but she didn't even do that, she literally never entertained the idea. This new discovery will change the way she sees her mother; no longer just creative and passionate, now as she read in her book she starts to see things in Sailor Jupiter in her mother - strength and nobility. Makoto on the other hand was trying to read her daughter's expression; she could see the shock and confusion on her daughter face, but she tried to imagine just what was running through her mind. Maybe the thought of leading a double life as a super heroine, maybe the thought of keeping this secret for so long, maybe the thought of fighting wave after wave of bad guys. In truth Makoto could never really understand what her daughter could be thinking, as a teenager she was always difficult to understand; Nari had such a unique way of thinking that it is sometimes often confusing to even talk to her, but Makoto also knew that that came from her own unique vision. Nari was also a bit of a wall flower, she has a lot of trouble being social with her friends at school and Makoto always tries to help her whenever time becomes available, which really isn't that often.

Finally Nari asked the question. "Am I a Sailor Scout mother?"
Makoto smiled "That's what Usagi wants to find out tomorrow." Still holding the Star Power Stick Makoto then realized she could find out right now. "Actually we don't need to wait." She opened her hand and passed the stick to Nari. "Take the Star Power Stick." Nari was nervous, visibly trembling at the very thought that she might actually be a Sailor Scout. "Don't worry Nari." Tentatively Nari reached out to grab the stick and as soon as she touched it a green light began to shine through her forehead. Makoto could not believe her eyes, her daughter bore the symbol of Jupiter, the very same that she herself possessed.
Nari could feel warmth from her head and began to cover it. "What's happening mother?"
Makoto's eyes began to water, the light glistening off her tears. "Nari, have a look in the mirror." She then leaned back to reveal the mirror on the dresser. Nari was gobsmacked. Her eyes widened as far as eyes could be widened, she saw the light from her forehead and couldn't believe what she saw. "You are Sailor Jupiter." Makoto added, she leaned back up and then hugged Nari, crying as she did. Nari began to cry as well, she simply can't find any other way to handle the situation. The two women continued to cry for a moment as they each tried to come to terms with what each other was and is. Makoto was the first to regain her composure and pulled away from her daughter. "Nari, I have never been more proud of you than right now." she said while trying to wipe away her tears.
"Mummy." Nari hasn't used that name since she was five. "I'm scared."
Still teary eyed Makoto hugged Nari again. "I know exactly how you feel Nari." She sniffled some more before releasing her embrace and looking back at her, holding her shoulders. "I was just like you when I became Sailor Jupiter. I was fourteen in fact when it happened, and back then I was a bit of an outcast. People were too afraid to come near me because I put people off with my aggression. Then I met Usagi in school and she helped me open up, and that's when I became Sailor Jupiter. I was a tough young girl, but I remember being afraid almost all the time, fighting so many enemies for so long. I'd put on a brave face but I was terrified." Makoto paused, seeing her daughter so distraught and frightened nearly unnerved her again. "True courage does not come from fearlessness. Meeting your deepest fears and overcoming them, that's genuine courage." Nari stopped crying, it dawned on her that this side of her mother had always been there, it was never in full display all the time but she realized that it always appeared in the darkest moments of her life - being bullied in school, rejected by boys she liked, and her terrible introversion. "And I see that in you. You are such a courageous young girl." Her mother always told her to met her fears and to find a way to overcome them. Nari leapt into her mother arms and hugged her again tightly. Makoto started to cry again "You'll make a great Sailor Scout Nari, I know it."

The two women continued to hug each other, mother comforting daughter, daughter comforting mother.
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This is the first of the Timelines chapters that will feature in the fanfiction. Each one of these chapters specifically tells the backstory of one of the scouts, focusing on the major events in their lives in great detail. Of course this one is for Makoto Kino - Sailor Jupiter. The chapters reveals her life after Super Stars up to today; her beginnings as a chef and how she rose to the title of Head Chef, a bit of an easter egg in that while never doing so in the 90s anime she falls in love with and marries Ittou later in life, achieves her dream to own and cook in her own restaurant, and how she became famous for her dishes. A recurring theme in these chapters will be the effect Rei's life will have over the rest of the scouts, at some stage and at varying levels every one of the scouts lives will be affected by Rei and her depression. Apart from that, along with the chapter was the surprise reveal that her daughter Nari is indeed the next Sailor Jupiter.
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Chapter 7 - Star Crossed Love

Makoto and Nari both spent much of the rest of the day bonding with each other, it's a very rare thing to discover your daughter to be a heroine. They both spent the day talking about each other, Sailor Jupiter's experiences and Makoto's past life, Makoto even encouraged her daughter to keep reading Usagi's autobiography, she told Nari that the book was excellent and could teach her a lot about the possible situations she might expect as a Sailor Scout, both as a scout and as a civilian.

Later that night everyone was preparing for bed, Nari was already asleep and the couple were in their room - Ittou finished changing into his pajamas and walked over to his side of the bed while Makoto was already in bed sending a message on her phone;
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Usagi i have incredible news. Nari is a sailor scout! It's so amazing we've totally bonded over this. Talk to you soon. :)

Ittou climbed into bed, noticing his wife playing on her phone. "Hey, what are you doing?"
"I'm just sending Usagi a message." Makoto finished typing and sent the message.
"Seriously?" Ittou couldn't believe it "You talked to her all day didn't you?"
Makoto chuckled "Actually no." She put her phone onto the dresser. "I spent the morning talking to Usagi and actually I spent the rest of the day with Nari."
Sitting up Ittou leaned back onto his pillow and the wall. "Really?"
"Yes." Makoto's smile dropped as she realized she needed to talk to Ittou about Sailor Jupiter. "Actually we need to talk about Nari, but to do that we need to talk about me."
Confused Ittou raised his eyebrow. "Huh? Why?"
Makoto sat up onto the bed and met his eye level. "Ittou." She paused for a few seconds, trying to find the right way to tell her husband. Seeing the curiosity in his eyes she just blurted it out. "I'm Sailor Jupiter."
Ittou was stunned; he could not believe what Makoto just said. "You're Sailor Jupiter?!"
"Oh." Makoto looked away for a second, she just realized her mistake. "No, I mean I was Sailor Jupiter."
Ittou's jaw dropped, his wife just admitted that she used to be a heroine? No, he thought, this can't be true. "No Mako." He finally said "You weren't Sailor Jupiter."
"Huh?" Makoto was shocked at his remark "What do you mean?"
"Mako." Ittou reached over to her, stroking her hair and brushing her cheek. "I know you. You're a creative, passionate woman; and I remember Sailor Jupiter as a strong and noble fighter. I'm sorry but I don't see that in you."
"But I was Sailor Jupiter!" Makoto protested. She doesn't understand why Ittou doesn't believe her, she never lied to him before and of course he knows about Usagi and Mamoru - Mamoru introduced him to her! "Hang on!" Makoto quickly turned back to the dresser, she decided to reveal her stick. "This should prove it." She grabbed it and turned back to Ittou, showing him her Star Power Stick. "Here."
Her hand outstretched Ittou examined the stick in her hand. "What is that?"
"My transformation stick. I used it to become Sailor Jupiter back in the day." Ittou picked up the stick and it immediately felt different to what he thought. He was expecting some sort of plastic toy one would find in a toy store with bright colours and metallic paint. This was nothing like that; the stick was heavier than he thought, the stick was metal - possibly steel. The golden details looked like gold, they even felt like they were gold. Finally the details were ornate and delicate, the golden crown, the golden ball bearings around the gold star. If this is a hoax, he thought, Makoto certainly did a great job hiding it. It felt so real, maybe it is real.
Ittou twitched and handed back the stick. "I'm sorry Mako but I need more than that."
Makoto couldn't believe it. "Seriously?!" He must have felt the metal, she thought, he has to know that isn't a toy. "What can I do to prove to you that I'm Sailor Jupiter?" Makoto raised her voice, exasperated at his disbelief.
"Honestly?" Ittou replied and Makoto nodded back. "If what you say is true and that is a transformation stick, then please, transform."
Makoto just stared back at him. "What?"
"Transform for me. If you really were Sailor Jupiter you should still be able to transform into her, right?"
"Okay, first of all it's 10:00 PM. Second of all it's very cold. Do you remember those uniforms? They're pretty short."
"I thought so." Ittou concluded she was just trying to be more interesting. He sunk back under the covers and into bed, lying down to fall asleep, but Makoto wouldn't have a bar of it. She can't simply let alone.
Makoto took a very deep breath and sighed deeply at what she was about to do. "Fine." Ittou turned back to Makoto, reacting to her utterance. "If it will prove to you who I am, I'll transform into Sailor Jupiter." Makoto then pulled off the covers and got out of bed, looking for a good place to stand. Ittou wasn't sure what was happening, is she really going to try to transform? he thought.

After a few moments of moving around the bedroom Makoto found just enough space to transform. She held her stick aloft, raising her right hand over her and preparing to transform, but then a thought crossed her mind. "Hey, if Nari wakes up your a dead man." Ittou chuckled and Makoto returned to her pose. She took one more deep breath before shouting "JUPITER STAR POWER, MAKE UP!" The stick built up energy for just a second before discharging, electricity arced from the stick to all across her body, a swirling vortex of lightning. The storm began to encircle her, Makoto stretched her left hand out to push the storm away from her as she had always done. Ittou sat back in awe, eyes wide open and jaw dropped, his assumption was entirely disproven. The electricity was now entirely around her, the storm surged all around her and then CRACK! thunder struck. The electricity dispersed, in its place was Sailor Jupiter's uniform; green laced boots, a short green shirt with a pink back bow, her pure white leotard with a large pink bow, a green sailors collar, held together by a polished green brooch, her long white gloves with green collar trims, her shining rose studs, the green balls of her hair tie and a golden tiara with an emerald jewel in it's center. At the end of the transformation Sailor Jupiter stretched out her left hand and held back her right, striking her traditional pose. She was finally revealed, Makoto was Sailor Jupiter, glowing in the light of the bed lamp. Makoto then turned to Ittou and gestured to him to see her. "Proof?"
"Oh my god!" Ittou still couldn't believe it, but least now that was just a figure of speech. Makoto was indeed Sailor Jupiter. All of a sudden Ittou felt a strange sensation take over his body, it was a feeling he had not felt in years. Desire. He pulled off the covers of the bed, stood up and immediately walked up to Makoto, unable to control his thoughts. "I can't believe it. You really are Sailor Jupiter."
Makoto just stood there, staring at Ittou. "Yep." She smiled back at him.
Ittou stood in front of his wife in her uniform, his right hand reached out to her left arm and held onto her, still in a trance. "Mako, you have no idea what this means to me." His breathing was noticeably heavier. "I used to try to find Sailor Jupiter so long ago, I tried to follow her a few times whenever I knew a fight was near me." Makoto flustered a little, she never knew about this before. "Mako." Ittou moved closer to her. "I tried to find her because I fell in love with her." Makoto gasped, her eyes began to water, the light shimmering off her eyes. "She was such a strong fighter and noble friend, I wanted to find her and to be with her the whole time." He sighed "But then she saved the world and the Sailor Scouts broke apart. I'm not proud to admit that I cried myself to sleep a number of times." A stream of tears began to fall down Makoto's cheek. "Mamoru saw me one day and decided to introduce me to a girl he knew." Ittou began to smile. "You." With her mouth wide open Makoto gasped again. "Seeing you here, now, like this. It all makes sense now. Do you remember when I proposed to you? I said that a part of me fell in love with you at the start?" Makoto nodded back, too distraught to speak. "I guess I must have always thought you were Sailor Jupiter. That deep love I had must have been my subconscious or something. Whatever it was it was telling me that you were who I was looking for the whole time." Ittou reached in to kiss her and the two felt a strange new sensation surge around their bodies. Lust. Ittou broke away from Makoto and his body tremored, surging with energy he could not contain for much longer. "Mako, I really want to be with you right now."
Makoto too felt the energy in her, she also quaked. "Ittou. We can't right now." She was barely capable of containing her own desire.
"Mako, I need to sleep with you." Ittou began to stutter. "I-I can't control myself much longer." His breathing was very labored now.
They both wanted the same thing but Makoto needed to finish her business before anything can happen. "Please Ittou. Just sit down, we still need to talk about Nari." Makoto slowly sat onto the bed, still shaking from the encounter, Ittou sat beside her. "Okay." Makoto tried to sigh "Now that you know I'm Sailor Jupiter we can talk about Nari." She rested her hand on his knee and began to smile again. "Ittou, our daughter is the next Sailor Jupiter."
Still shuddering and still in shock Ittou appeared unaffected, he was in a permanent state of shock. "Really?!" Makoto nodded slightly. Ittou could not believe what was happening, my wife was the original Sailor Jupiter, he thought, now Nari is Sailor Jupiter? This is incredible! All of a sudden a thought just occurred to him. "Wait. Does that mean she's going to fight?"
Makoto sighed "Yes, probably. Usagi told us that a new threat seems to be looming, so chances are she'll be fighting someone." Makoto could see the grief on her husband's face, she tried to comfort him, stroking his leg. "Don't worry Ittou. Nari will be fine, she has an inner strength that will come out, I know it." Ittou saw the affirmation in his wife's eyes, somehow she allayed his fears. He couldn't control himself any longer, Ittou lent in to kiss Makoto again with even more passion; the energy between them was still coursing through their veins. They both laid down along the bed, kissing and touching, surrendering to their desires.
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"I understand it now." Makoto declared "I finally get it." Makoto kissed Ittou instantly on the lips and pulled back just as quickly.
"Get what?" Ittou asked.
Makoto took a moment to breath easier. "You said you followed Sailor Jupiter right? The whole time?"
"Yes."
"Well then you must know that I never had a lasting relationship with anyone while I was a Sailor Scout, right?"
Ittou bobbed his head "More or less. You've had a couple of boyfriends but they never lasted."
Still smiling Makoto sighed "Everyone else had someone by the time we split up; you know Usagi and Mamoru." He nodded back in reply. "Rei had been dating Yuuichirou for so long they got married by that time, Ami reunited with her long distance boyfriend Ryo and also married, and Minako was starting her relationship with Lee." Despite herself Makoto was still smiling. "I was the only only who never found true love as a Sailor Scout. I was starting to get depressed over that. Then we disbanded, and then Mamoru introduced us to each other." She paused for a moment to let Ittou work it out, but he was just too confused. Makoto sighed, clearly he didn't understand. "You idiot!" She kissed him again as briefly as before. "You are my true love!" She was grinning for ear to ear. "You were the one I was meant to find back then. You fell in love with me and tried to find me the whole time. You were always meant to be for me." That's when it hit Ittou, he wasn't the only one to rediscover his lover. Ittou saw Sailor Jupiter in his wife, Makoto saw her true love in her husband. They both regressed to when they were teenagers, seeing each other in a totally different light than what they used to before and they both explored each other for the very first time, a second time. Then Makoto hugged Ittou tightly around his body. "Ittou."
"Mm?" Ittou grunted, looking down at her.
"Don't leave me." She whispered, falling asleep on top of him.
Ittou smiled "Leave you?" he wrapped his arms around her, providing the security she desperately wanted. "Never." They both sighed and began to fall asleep. "Thank you for loving me Sailor Jupiter." Ittou said softly.
Makoto was just conscious enough to reply back. "Thank you for finding me Ittou." Ittou used the last of his energy to switch off the desk lamp and fall asleep with his wife in his arms, the couple had felt the power of true love for the very first time in their lives. It was eclectic, dangerous, electrifying, deep, but most of all it was raw energy that transcended everything else.
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Well well well. I wonder who here predicted this. This was a very ambitious chapter for me, not only is it the first time I've written about mature content, it actually deals with the concept of past lives and how the past can still have an affect on us today, I was even inspired by recent threads here and touched on mental health. In this case we learn that Ittou and Makoto were in fact preordained to be together; how Ittou originally fell in love with Sailor Jupiter, how he tried to find her and how Sailor Jupiter was coping with a growing sense of loneliness, how when the scouts were divided Ittou was distraught and Mamoru bringing two poor souls together, and how they both made their lives afterwards while not at all realizing they were looking for each other all along.
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Chapter 8 - Nari Asanuma: Sailor Jupiter

A black car was driving up the slope into the tableland. The car was headed towards Setagaya and inside the TOYOTA Usagi was driving Chibiusa and Luna to visit Makoto and Nari. Chibiusa was beside her mother, pestering her. "Why exactly is Luna coming with us again?"
"We need her to come in case Nari can't use the Star Power Stick," Usagi replied "or if she needs anything else we don't know about."
"Well what can she need?" Chibiusa shrugged.
"We don't know Chibi." Luna interjected at the back "She might need something else to transform into Sailor Jupiter."
"But I was able to transform using mother's Silver Crystal. Why can't she transform with her mother's stick?"
"Chibi, right now we don't know whether she can or can't transform with it." Usagi replied "All we know is that she is a Sailor Scout and that she definitely is Sailor Jupiter."
Pulling up to a set of traffic lights Luna leaned up to Chibiusa's chair. "Don't you want me to come and see Makoto Chibi?"
"Of course I do Luna." Chibiusa turned to see her "I don't want to take you away from your duties through."
"Sit back Luna, we're about to move off." Usagi instructed her and Luna obliged. Then as the car began to move again Usagi addressed her daughter. "Chibi, Luna is allowed to come and go wherever and whenever she wants, she may be my butler but she is also free to spend her time however she wants. Right now she wants to see Mako and Nari."
"Of course mother." Chibiusa turned back over her seat to see Luna. "I'm sorry if I offended you Luna. I didn't mean-"
"I'm okay Chibi," Luna replied, lifting her hand "but I am upset that you don't consider me as a friend before a butler."
"But I do Luna. I mean okay, I guess I should have thought you'd want to see the old gang, but I-"
"I really do Chibi. I haven't seen everyone in a while. I actually miss them." Chibiusa saw Luna become sad and it was then that she realized just what she done, Chibi really hurt Luna's feelings. Even since Luna became Usagi's butler she had less and less time to really socialize with the girls, eventually she almost never saw them when they visited. Yesterday was a wake up call, she needed to reestablish some old friendships, so she asked Usagi to join them visiting Makoto. Luna said it was in case Nari was not capable to use the Star Power Stick, and in truth that is a concern, but the major reason was to actually spend time with Makoto.
"Oh god." Chibiusa uttered.
"Hush Chibi." Usagi snapped lightly "I think you've done enough damage." Chibiusa turned to her mother and her eyes started to water. She really didn't mean to upset anyone but she managed to make Luna sad and upset Usagi. Chibiusa brought everyone down.
She shook her head and muttered to herself "I'm such an idiot."
"Okay. We're here." Usagi announced as she pulled over on the street, just before Makoto's house. Everyone got out of the car, but Chibiusa rushed out quickly and just as Luna closed her door and prepared to walk Chibiusa ran around the car and up to her, Luna was flushed when Chibiusa hugged her tightly, this sudden affection has come out of nowhere.
"I'm such an idiot Luna." Chibiusa explained "I'm so sorry, I shouldn't have made you feel bad."
"Oh." Luna blushed even more "Um, thank you Chibi." She chuckled nervously, she had no idea how to react, this seemed to have come so suddenly.
Usagi turned back to see the two women make up and smiled, she knew Chibiusa would do that - Usagi still sees a lot of her younger self in her daughter; a ditzy young women who occasionally gets her foot caught in her mouth and cares deeply for her friends and family. "Hey guys." Usagi called out to them. "Don't keep Mako waiting!" She saw the two react and start to walk down the footpath, holding each other by their waists. Sometimes I wonder about Chibi, Usagi sighed as she thought, but then her real personality shines through and she always makes everyone feel better. Usagi began to grin, she really is her mother's daughter. Luna and Chibiusa met with Usagi and the doorstep, she looked at each of them and asked "Are we ready?" They both nodded and thus Usagi turned about to ring the doorbell.
After a few seconds the front door opened and Nari greeted everyone. "Hi Auntie Usagi!"
"Hiya Nari!" Usagi hugged Nari like she used to as a child. "How's your mother?"
"She's just preparing some food. Come in."

Nari stepped aside to let everyone in; Usagi, then Chibiusa, then a strange lady she never met before. "Oh, who are you?"
"Nari, this is Luna." Usagi introduced her to Nari. "She is a friend of ours and your mother's."
"Oh." Nari heard that name before. "You're Luna?"
Luna was taken by surprise, she was never acquainted with Nari before so she should be a total stranger to her. "Oh, you know me?"
"Not really, but I thought Luna was a cat." Luna was stunned, everyone was stunned. How does Nari know that? Nari looked around to find everyone surprised at the seeming insider knowledge she has. "I read about it."
Suddenly Usagi had a thought. "You read about it? From my book?"
"Yeah. Mother asked me to read it so I can be a great Sailor Scout."
"Oh!" Everyone sighed and chuckled and laughed. Usagi was the most relieved. "You had us going there for a while." After everyone's mirth had dispersed Usagi explained. "Well yes she is the Luna in the book. We transformed her into a human being."
"Oh wow, no way!" Nari beamed. She read the book but never imagined Usagi had the power to changes animals into people. She doesn't really.
"Yeah. Luna was getting old in cat years so we found a way to make her human." Usagi raised her hand, gesturing to Luna. "And now here she is."
"Wow!" Nari turned to Luna and walked up to her. "Welcome to our home Luna."
Luna blushed again. "My my, what a formal welcome. Thank you Nari, I appreciate that."
Nari smiled back at Luna "Let's sit down." Everyone headed over to the lounge room and just as everyone sat down Makoto entered the room with a plate of sweets and cakes.
"Hey guys." Makoto said "I've got some sweets from the cake shop." For all of Makoto's talent in the kitchen she can't cook deserts well.
"Oh yay!" Usagi still loves cake, any chance she gets to eat cake she takes it. Usagi immediately grabs a plate and a piece of chocolate cake, everyone else took a piece of cake or a sweet biscuit. "Mmm, this is so good Mako."
"Yeah I thought you'd like it Usagi." Everyone kept on eating their treats. "Mm. Luna, I'm surprised you're here. Have you meet Nari?"
"Yes." Luna finished chewing her biscuit. "She is a very polite young girl." Nari blushed at the comment and smiled. "You've raised her wonderfully Makoto." Nari laughed nervously.
"Thank you Luna." Makoto replied. "Actually I'm glad you're here Luna. I'd like to catch up with you, I don't get to see you very much anymore."
Luna blushed "Oh, well thank you Makoto. I've been go-"
"Luna." Makoto interrupted "You've known me now for 25 years. Please, call me Mako." She smiled at Luna and Luna simply looked back at her, beet red with embarrassment.
"Of course, Mako." Luna smiled back at her. "I've been good, Usagi and Mamoru have made quite a home for me in their house and they treat me well."
Makoto looked slyly at Luna "Come on, give me the dirt. Who's been sleeping with who?"
Dumbfounded Luna leapt back, taken completely by surprise at the question. "MAKO!" Usagi yelled at her while Makoto was laughing at herself. Chibiusa and Nari were both chuckling softly to each other. "Don't tease Luna like that!" Everyone was laughing but Luna was just shocked, she actually thought Makoto knew about last night when Usagi and Mamoru did sleep together. Luna just sat there in the laughter and the noise, embarrassed and blushing.
"Aw Luna, are you okay?" Makoto asked.
"Oh." Luna snapped out of her bubble. "Uh, I'm okay." She laughed nervously. Noone knew it but Luna had been feeling lonely recently, she reached the point on her life where she finds herself thinking about finding someone to settle down with. She has been finding it difficult to deal with complex human emotions; she wants to find love and experience what most of the other girls have now with their husbands, however she has the personality and experience of a fifteen year old girl, trapped in the wisdom and the body of a thirty year old woman. Her head has been trying to understand these conflicting emotions and desires for some time now, and every time she thinks about Artemis doesn't help at all. For all the appreciation she has towards Usagi she also feels personally responsible for Artemis' death; as cats both she and Artemis were suffering from old age by the time the scouts split up and while the girls found a way to transform them into humans they only had enough power to transform one of them, committing the other cat to a death sentence. The last anyone saw of him was when he stammered down the steps of Hikawa Shrine, Minako was so distraught she ran up to him and hold him one last time, but he disappeared and was never seen from again.
"Are you alright Luna?" Makoto asked. She was genuinely concerned, everyone stopping laughing half a minute ago and they all just stared at Luna staring off into space.
"Oh!" Luna returned to Earth. "Yes I'm fine. I'm just thinking." She knew if she mentioned her problems they all start worrying about her, and today is Nari's day. Luna smiled back at Makoto.
Makoto grinned. "Great. I've got lunch cooking right now, I'll just go and check up on it."
"Can I come with you?" Luna asked as she stood up.
Everyone was a bit surprised by Luna. "Uh, are you sure Luna?" Makoto asked
"Yes, I'd like to talk to you some more and keep you company."
"Uh, well, if you want to, okay sure." Makoto replied.
She stood up and the two women walked off towards the kitchen, but as Luna passed Nari she stopped to turn to her to say "Thank you for welcoming me Nari. I'll see you later on today." She smiled at her and Nari smiled back, Luna wanted to make a connection with new friends as well as old ones. Luna then continued to go to the kitchen and talk to Makoto.
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Walking into the kitchen Makoto walked up to the stove, a pot of chicken stock was simmering away, a second pot of noodles were cooking in a bath of boiling water, and ingredients were scattered about the kitchen bench. Luna followed behind her, standing by at the end of the kitchen. She knows that a cook needs all their space in the kitchen. "What are you making for lunch?"
"I'm taking a break from creating new dishes, just a simple Miso Ramen with egg and scallion." Makoto checked the pots and began to prepare the ingredients.
"Mm." Luna smelled the stock and licked her lips. "It smells delicious Mako." Then a thought occurred to Luna. "Mako, can I ask a question?"
"Sure!"
"Can you teach me how to cook?" Makoto turned to Luna, shocked at the question. "Nothing like what you do, but I'd like to learn to be better at what I do for Usagi."
Makoto blushed at the compliment "Do you cook Luna?"
"Of course. I cook a lot of simple meals; pasta, steaks, roasted vegetables. I'd like to improve my repertoire and my skill." Luna smiled at Makoto.
Makoto laughed a single "Ha! Alright. I'll teach you a few things, but since I spend so much time at the restaurant I can't do a lot, I'm usually dead tired by the end of the day."
"Oh no, I don't want to impose." Luna immediately started to recant, raising her hands in front of her and shaking them.
"Luna, I'm happy to help you."
"Oh no, if it's too mu-" Makoto walked up to Luna to held her hands.
Makoto could sense that Luna was not feeling well. "Luna, can I ask you something?"
Stopped by Makoto's advance Luna replied "Yes."
"Are you okay?" She looked into Luna's eyes and saw her eyes slowly start to water, the light shimmered as tears slowly flowed.
"I'm okay Mako."
Makoto didn't buy that. "Luna, are you okay? Really?"
After a moment of silence Luna lowered her head and surrendered. "Truth be told no. Not really."
Still holding her hands Makoto clapped hers and Luna's hands together. "What's wrong?"
Luna sighed "Well, I've been thinking about finding someone to be with. I've been feeling lonely for a while now and-" Luna sighed again "I think I've reached the time in my life to start finding love for myself."
Makoto gasped, she never really thought Luna felt this way, living with Usagi and Mamoru even. "Oh wow, you've been lonely?"
"Yes. I haven't seen a lot of the other girls for a long time now. Actually, to be honest Mako part of the reason I visited was really just to see you and catch up. I really missed doing that."
"Oh." Makoto couldn't think of anything to say.
"And honestly, living with Usagi and Mamoru, I want what they have - what you have with Ittou." Luna sighed a third time "Love. I'm missing love in my life."
"Oh Luna." Makoto lowered her head so she could see Luna's face. "There's nothing to be ashamed of. Everyone experiences this at some point in their life." She smiled at Luna and Luna couldn't help but smile back, Makoto's face was so cute when she smiled. She then rose her head again and Luna followed her gaze. "I can help you with that you know. I can show you how to flirt and how to dress and dating, that sort of thing."
"Oh." Luna was taken aback at this sudden interest Makoto had to her. She smiled back at Makoto. "Thank you Mako. I really do appreciate that."
"Hey." Makoto grabbed onto Luna's shoulder and Luna blushed some more. "Let me tell you about last night." Makoto sat down next to Luna "Last night, not long after I told Usagi about Nari on the phone, I learned something about Ittou that I never knew before. It turned out that he used to follow me when I was Sailor Jupiter years ago and that he actually feel in love with her back then. I can't be sure since he's not here but I think Mamoru must have set us up with each other, and the rest is history." Luna grunted, she understood the nature of love to be complex but never so much so. "You see Luna, true love is a strange, very unpredictable force. You might find it in places you least expect it, in places that seem dangerous or uncomfortable, or in my case in the most mundane of circumstances - I mean all we tried to do was just talk like a regular couple, we uncovered some of our deepest secrets and in an instant we were totally different people, people we both wanted to be with years and years ago." Makoto smiled at Luna again. "Love is eternal Luna, but true love is a precious thing that only a rare few couples ever get to experience. I'm a very lucky woman to be married to my true love. I'll help you find someone for you to love."
"Thank you Mako." Luna felt a warmth inside her heart, Makoto's friendship had been rekindled.
"Oh!" Makoto just remembered, she quickly took you Star Power Stick out of her pocket and handed it to Luna. "Give this to Nari would you?"
"Sure." Luna to the stick and got up to see Nari again.
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At the lounge, watching Makoto and Luna walk off Usagi and Chibiusa were talking amongst themselves. "I wonder why Luna wants to help out Mako." Chibiusa whispered.
"I can't be sure Chibi but I think Luna misses her." Usagi whispered back. Nari was at the other side of the lounge and couldn't hear them, she thought they were talking about her - especially since they are here to visit her.
After a moment of quiet deliberation Nari chose to clear her throat. "Huhmm!"
The two women looked at Nari and realized that she was still there. "Oh! Sorry Nari." Usagi said nervously "We forgot you were here."
Chibiusa looked back at her mother. "Maybe you did!"
"Hey!" Usagi protested. The two bickered some more and Nari began to laugh, watching her godmother and Chibiusa fight always made her laugh. After a moment they noticed Nari laughing her head off and stopped again. "Maybe we should talk to Nari now."
Chibiusa laughed nervously "Yeah, let's stop fighting." They both looked at Nari as she was finishing her mirth, slowly giggling before stopping entirely.
"Okay." Usagi began "Now that we've got that out of the way, Nari-" Usagi sighed "How are you today?"
Thrown by the very ordinary question Nari took a second to reply back. "Uh, I'm okay Auntie Usagi. How are you?"
"I'm good, thank you. Your mother told me that yesterday you and her bonded a lot, how was that?"
Nari sighed and smiled "Yes, it was such a weird day." Chibiusa chuckled a little but Nari didn't notice. "I was just reading your book here, listening to music, when mother came downstairs and called me up to her room. We went up and sat down on her bed, and we started talking about her and being Sailor Jupiter." A thought just crossed her mind. "Hey, did you guys know about her?"
Chibiusa laughed and Usagi replied. "Really? You think we'd miss something like that?" She was chuckling herself.
"Oh yeah." Nari felt stupid but she didn't really care. "Anyway, she was talking about being Sailor Jupiter and stuff-" Her demeanor suddenly changed "And then she showed my her cool stick and I touched it and light started coming out of my head. It was so weird and so cool." As she described the day's events Chibiusa's jaw dropped, she wasn't really expecting that kind of a response.
Usagi nodded along and said to Nari "I see. So you saw the Symbol of Jupiter right?"
"Oh, how did you know?" Nari asked.
"You mother sent me a text earlier this morning. We've been talking about you since last night Nari."
"Oh, okay." Nari smiled and Usagi smiled back at her.
"How do you feel about being a Sailor Scout though." Chibiusa interrupted.
Nari's smile dropped and she sighed. "Well I'm pretty scared. I don't like fighting in school so I don't know how I'm going to fight baddies."
Usagi kept on nodding, she knew exactly how Nari felt. "I totally understand Nari. When I became Sailor Moon I was just like you, I really didn't want to fight anyone and I have to admit at the start I was very bad at what I did." Usagi then paused, she decided to get up and walk over to Nari, sitting down beside her. "It takes time to get used to it, all the fighting." She sighed and held her knee "It never goes away, no matter how hard you try you'll always want to not fight. As a heroine my first thought was always 'Why do I have to fight? Why can't we just stop fighting?' It's that part of you that you shouldn't lose, but never let take over either." She looked down at Nari and smiled at her, she really could see herself in her.
Nari smiled back and said "Mother actually told me a great saying about courage." She turned around to face Usagi directly "True courage doesn't come from being fearless. Facing your fears and beating them makes you courageous."
Usagi chuckled "I'm pretty sure that's not how it goes." She stroked Nari's long blonde hair and smiled. "But I like it." Nari chuckled back and the two were beaming.

Luna entered the lounge room, holding the Star Power Stick and walked up to Nari. "Nari, can I ask how old are you?"
"Fourteen."
"Oh my. Did you know your mother was the same age when she became Sailor Jupiter?"
"Yes, she told me yesterday." Nari smiled and Luna smiled back. Everyone was in such a happy mood.
Luna then handed Nari the stick "Let's see what happens when I give you the stick."
Everyone else laughed and chuckled. "Luna, she knows what will happen, we all know what will happen."
Luna was surprised to hear this and chuckled nervously. "Ehehehe, yes okay. Well your mother wants you to have this anyway." She handed Nari the stick and Nari took it without hesitation. Once again the Symbol of Jupiter appeared on her forehead, gleaming in green light. But this time Nari wasn't afraid anymore, she knew what was happening and was not at all surprised to feel the heat from her head again. Everyone else looked back in awe, it was such a long time for any of them to see something like this. Luna was awestruck most of all, this girl that she only know for less than an hour would become one of the heroes of the world. "Okay Nari, stand up for us please." Nari promptly stood up from her seat. "Okay, hold up the stick above you and shout Jupiter Star Power, Make Up!" With her right hand Nari stretched out her arm as far as she could over her head and, after a few seconds of psyching herself up she took a deep breath and shouted "JUPITER STAR POWER, MAKE UP!"
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Nothing happened. The stick didn't charge up power nor fire electricity, nothing happened. Everyone was shocked, why didn't it work; they all though. Luna on the other hand was not so surprised, although she was concerned. "Hm. Interesting. May I?" She reached out to Nari and Nari handed Luna the stick back. Luna took a moment to examine the stick, nothing was wrong nor out of place. "Hm. Try again." She handed the stick back to Nari. "Try to muster all of your strength in your diaphragm and channel it through you. Your shout will become much more powerful." Nari didn't really understand what she said but she decided to psych herself up much longer this time, after about ten seconds see tries again. "JUPITER STAR POWER, MAKE UP!" She was definitely louder, Makoto heard her clearly from the kitchen over the clatter of the noise, but to no avail.
"Hey keep it down guys." She shouted from the kitchen, and hearing that everyone sighed loudly.
"Hm." Luna was thinking that she needed a new item. "Okay. Give me the stick Nari. I think that is the wrong item for you." She again placed her open hand to Nari and again Nari obliged. Luna then placed the stick onto the table in the middle of the room. "Okay Nari. Please place your hands in front of you." Hesitantly Nari did so. "Don't worry, this won't hurt." Luna grabbed a hold of Nari's wrists and turned her hands upward. "I'm going to place my hands onto yours. I want you to concentrate as hard as you can on the power of Jupiter, I will do the same. We may be able to summon for you a new item just for you." Usagi and Chibusa gasped, they had no idea Luna had this power. In truth though this should have been obvious, in the past Luna had indeed summoned items for them, but never as a human. With her hands in Nari's Luna guided Nari through the process. "Okay, close your eyes and concentrate." Nari did so; she cleared her mind of everything and focused solely on the power of Jupiter, nothing else was in her mind. Luna was concentrating on her power to summon items into her hands and to channel Nari's thoughts into physical form. After a few seconds light started to appear in Nari's right hand, the pure white light clumped together to form a new stick, similar to the Star Power Stick, but this was something else. Nari felt a little pain as the light continued to build. "Don't waver Nari. Keep going." Luna encouraged her to continue. Everyone else was stunned at the sight, what looked like the formation of an entirely new object. The light built up to it's peak and then it exploded in light, the entire room shone an intensely white light for a second. After the light died down they all saw it, in Nari's right hand a new stick never seen before by anyone - except Luna, she saw the stick and was gobsmacked, she gasped seeing it and stepped back a couple of paces.
"Luna, are you alright?" Usagi asked.
"Tha-that's the ancient stick!" Luna exclaimed, pointing at the stick. "That's the ancient Power Stick from thousands of years ago!"
"The ancient stick?" Chibiusa interjected.
"Nari." Luna was breathing heavier than usual, clearly affected by the gravity of the weapon Nari now possesses. "That there is one of the most powerful items from the Moon Kingdom. It is the transformation stick that was the progenitor to every other transformation item the Sailor Scouts ever used." Nari looked down at it; it looked similar to her mother's Star Power Stick in that it was a green metal stick with a great deal of gold trimming, but it was totally different - instead of a golden star the symbol was a golden three-dimensional lightning bolt, there was no Symbol of Jupiter on the rod, instead the rod was flush with gold lightning bolts along the handle of the stick. "Nari, that is the Lightning Power Stick. Sailor Jupiter's first transformation item."
How old is that stick?" Usagi asked another question.
Luna turned to Usagi and said "Somewhere between two and three and a half thousand years old." Everyone gasped, even Nari who had no real idea what was going on. "I'm sorry guys but I can't help you at this point. The information on the Lightning Power Stick and all the other ancient sticks are gone, lost to history." Noone knew what to do, but strangely Nari decided to try to transform. She held up the stick like she did before. "Wait Nari, what are you doing?"
In no time at all she took a deep breath and shouted "JUPITER LIGHTNING POWER, MAKE UP!"

The stick began to build up energy as the other had done before and in a flash the stick discharged it's energy. Unlike the Star Power Stick however the energy didn't release onto Nari's body, instead the lightning shot above and struck her from over her head, raining electricity all over Nari's body. The surge of energy compelled Nari to stretch out her arms and legs, covering her entire body with the power of Jupiter. The electricity surged all around Nari's body, her chest, her arms and legs. Everyone was shocked at what they were seeing, the power of the stick was beyond anything anyone ever imagined. The noise and the light was so powerful that Makoto simply had to get out of the kitchen and work out what the commotion was. "Hey guys, what's goi-" She saw her daughter transform and simply stopped, her eyes widened and she gasped as her jaw dropped. Then as the storm was reaching it's climax CRACK! thunder struck again. Just like Sailor Jupiter before her the energy vanished and in its place was Sailor Jupiter's uniform, sort of. Much of Makoto's uniform is there, but subtle changes and differences could be found all over; starting at her feet Nari's boots were the same as her mothers - small green healed boots, laced and up to her ankle. Her skirt was longer than her mother's, it was a dark green skirt that went down to Nari's knees, also behind her was her back bow - a bright green bow, very unlike her mother's pink bow. Her leotard was exactly the same, pure white covering her entire torso. Her gloves were much shorter than her mother's, only covering her hands, but they were similar in appearance in that they were also white and had a dark green trim around the ends. However it was Nari's chest where the most difference can be found, the ensemble of clothing was similar in that it featured a bow tie and a sailors collar held together by a brooch, however all of it was different. The bow tie was dark green instead of bright green colour like her back bow. Her collar was similar to her mother's in that it too was dark green with white borders, however woven into the collar was a golden thread and on either side of the collar were large golden lightning bolts. The bow, the collar, the lightning bolts, all the focal points pointed to the brooch in the middle of Nari's chest, it was a polished bright green sphere and on the front of it a golden leaf Symbol of Jupiter shimmered in the light. Nari's face was the last to be transformed, again like her mother a tiara and earrings were formed, but unlike her mother Nari wore golden drop earrings that featured gold lightning bolts on either side. Lastly her tiara was very similar to Makoto's in that it too was golden and featured a shining emerald in the center, however as well as that the gold had an embossed design. It was hard to see past Nari's bangs and fringe but the gold also featured lightning bolts on either side of her tiara. However the biggest change was yet to come, with her arms still outstretched the Lighting Power Stick began to change, all of a sudden the stick was glowing white light and it began to grow and grow and grow and grow. The stick became so long it was practically a staff, then the light disappeared and revealed the stick was no longer just a stick, it was a shining gold spear at both ends, shaped to look like one very long, very large lightning bolt for Nari to hold at all times, and if that weren't enough the gold was electrified, discharging and arching all over the blade. Once the transformation was complete Nari threw her pose, she kicked out her left leg and stretched out her left hand in front of her, with the Lighting Power Stick in hand her right hand was behind her, holding the great spear over her head, ironically she mimicked her own mother's stance but with the spear she was more threatening and menacing than Makoto.
She was the Goddess of Lightning herself.

Once everything had stopped and the light and the noise disappeared everyone was frozen; Usagi had witnessed the greatest spectacle she had ever seen, ever seen. Chibiusa marveled at the sight of her newest partner's transformation. Luna was dumbstruck at the sheer power of the Lightning Power Stick. Makoto was so close to crying she couldn't stop shaking, she even stopped breathing for a few seconds, absorbing the image of her own daughter as a Sailor Scout. But none were more affected by the transformation than Nari herself, the influx of energy was so powerful, so painful, so immense that she could hardly feel anything, she never thought to do anything at all, she simply moved and acted naturally without thinking about what she was actually doing. From the moment she cried out her transformation phrase to the moment she struck her pose everything was automatic, as if she knew exactly what she was doing. Once the energy had disappeared and everything returned to normal Nari had no strength left, she fell immediately to the floor and everyone sprang into action. Grief stricken Makoto shouted "NARI!" She dove straight to her poor child, she had fainted and was unconscious. "GET SOME WATER!" She screamed to the others and Luna quickly darted to the kitchen. Usagi jumped up to help Makoto pull Nari onto the couch, they dragged her limp body up and seated her onto where she was last.
Nari had just begun to regain consciousness when Luna hurried back with a glass of water. "Mummy." She whispered so weakly.
Luna came right up to Nari and tipped the water down her open mouth. "Drink this Nari." She had just enough energy to drink the cold liquid, coughing up only a little by the end.
Makoto patted Nari's back to get the last of the drink down. "How are you feeling Nari?"
She was breathing so heavily Nari was practically rasping for air. "I-I'm fine-huh-now." She was unable to reply without catching her breath.
"Nari." Usagi was catching her attention. "Have you seen yourself yet?" Nari turned to Usagi and slowly shook her head. "Have a look." Nari looked down to see her uniform, white and green with specks of gold were all over her. She looked at her hands to see her gloves. "You're a Sailor Scout." Nari's eyes became wider and wider and she started to cry in sheer delight. She hugged Usagi and they both began the cry, Makoto joined in, hugging Nari as well, and the trio were all overcome with emotion.
Chibiusa stood up and met Luna right beside the three girls, she turned to Luna and whispered under all the crying "That's Sailor Jupiter."
Luna nodded and replied back "It's incredible to see that power in such a young girl." Chibiusa also nodded back but Luna wasn't done yet. "I can't believe that she can wield the Lightning Power Stick. She can barely transform without fainting."
"She's just overloaded from the experience of transforming."
"I hope so Chibi, because that stick isn't just a transformation stick," Chibiusa turned to Luna. "It's not just weapon, it is the raw power of Jupiter. It and by extension Nari is the master of lightning."
"What do you mean Luna?"
"As of this moment, right now, Nari Asanuma is not Sailor Jupiter, the Sailor Scout of Lightning; she is Sailor Jupiter, the Goddess of Lightning." Chibiusa gasped and her eyes glistened in the light. "Her power is unrivaled." The two women looked back and Nari, the happy teenager draped with her mother and her godmother clinging to her, rocking her slowly as they all came to terms with Nari being a Sailor Scout. Noone would know it now but Nari's true power was about to reveal itself.
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Another long chapter! :eeklez: Anyway in chapter eight we finally get to see Nari, the mild mannered, respectful teenage girl transform into Sailor Jupiter, except it's rather more complicated than all that. Apart from that more of the backstory is revealed, most importantly knowledge of Artemis has now surfaced and it's not good news, in fact it's quite upsetting. We learn that Luna's transformation into her human form is at least in part in conjunction with the disappearance of Artemis, leading everyone to believe in his death and for Luna to personally take responsibility for it. Combined with a longing to find her own love Luna has been depressed and seeks to reconnect and least with the Inner Senshi, starting with Makoto. And then the big finale in the chapter with Nari transforming into a different Sailor Jupiter, a far more ancient and arcane Sailor Jupiter. This is quite an intriguing story I weave. :mrgreen:

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Chapter 9 - Proving Ground

The sun was setting at the Hikawa Shrine and everyone from Makoto's house drove down to visit Rei at the shrine, although she wasn't at all pleased with what they were planing. "What do you mean 'you want to make this place a training ground?!'"
"Look Rei." Usagi explained "We're going to need somewhere for the new scouts to train, so I thought the shrine was the perfect place to train up and teach them."
"Well yeah I don't mind that, but how are we going to fit everyone in here?"
"What do you mean?" Chibiusa asked
"Well, with all of the old Sailor Scouts - that's ten, add the new Sailor Scouts - another eight, plus two Tuxedo Masks - that's another two. So that's-" Rei took a moment to add up. "AH! Twenty people! I haven't had so many people in a long time!"
"No Rei it will just be us;" Usagi continued to explain the plan "You, me and Chibiusa, Mako with Nari, and then Setsuna with whoever the next scout is." Usagi had a hunch one of Setsuna's twin daughters will end up being Sailor Pluto - maybe even Puruto herself; the new Sailor Moon is Usagi's daughter, the new Sailor Jupiter is Makoto's daughter, the logic fits perfectly, but with Nari as this entirely new Sailor Scout noone really knows what to expect anymore. "That's all." Rei sighed, she was thinking about Natsu and her prospect as a Sailor Scout. Rei's entire demeanor had started to change, up until now she was broken by her divorce with Yuuichirou and the death of Grandpa Hino, the foundations of her life had been disintegrated by betrayal and violence. However today she was noticeably chatty and Usagi distinctly saw a smile from her at one point. Something must have happened to Rei, Usagi thought, she seems to be more confident now.
Eventually Rei responded "Okay, that seems fine to me." She even smiled again.
Usagi smiled back at her. "Great! Thanks for letting us use your shrine Rei." Something has definitely changed Rei for the better, Usagi continued to think.

At the back of the shrine Makoto and Nari were strolling in the garden, taking in the pristine scenery - the setting sun washing the sky in a golden haze in a forest of Saruka. Nari breathed in the fresh air deeply and sighed. "This shrine is so peaceful. Did you really go here a lot?"
"Yeah." Makoto looked off into the distance. "I know the shrine maiden and she's a really nice person, well most of the time. Anyway she was Sailor Mars years ago too."
"Oh wow. Does she have a daughter too?"
"Yeah, but she lives abroad so Usagi needs to find her again."
Nari was surprised hearing this. "Oh. Why is she not here?"
Makoto sighed "Well, it's a long story. And a sad one." Makoto looked at her daughter and Nari looked back to her mother. "I don't want to make you sad today. You are a Sailor Scout now, enjoy your youth." Makoto smiled at Nari and began to stroke her blonde hair.
Nari looked back at the trees and the golden air. "I love it here, I'll come to this shrine after school."
Makoto laughed "That's good to hear, this shrine always helped me calm down after a long day, I think this place will do you some good." The two reached the end of the garden and came back around to met Luna who waiting for them, sitting on a bench between buildings. Luna left Makoto with her daughter to give them the opportunity to bond some more. The tranquility of the shrine and the colours of the sky compelled Luna to meditate for a while and calm herself, perhaps to make her less timid and shy. Luna was just sitting be herself, being, as Makoto and Nari walked up and joined her. "Hi Luna." For a second nothing happened, Luna continued to stare into the middle distance and observe the trees rustling in the wind, Makoto and Nari were both looking at Luna spacing out.
"Huh." Luna finally noticed the two girls and turned to them. "Oh hi." Luna smiled.
"Wow Luna, it really looked like you were zoning out there." Makoto said.
"Oh yes, I thought I'd try to mediate a little." Luna turned back to watch the trees again. "It's been such a long time since I was here, and the garden is really peaceful. It's so easy to just sit and be."
Luna started to mediate again but Makoto wanted to spend some time with her. "Hey Nari, go join the others at the front of the shrine."
"Okay. See you Luna." Nari said as she waved goodbye and ran off.
"Bye Nari." Luna waved back and smiled as she past by. As Makoto walked over to sit beside her Luna sighed. "You really do have a lovely daughter Mako. Some day I'd like to have a son or a daughter of my own."
"Yeah." Makoto smiled at Nari in the distance. "She's a great kid." She sighed "I just wish she was more confident around boys."
"Oh?"
Makoto turned to Luna "She's a bright young girl, top in her class in mathematics and science, and she has friends, but I wish she could open up some more, especially around guys."
"Hm." Luna took a moment to think. She really wasn't the best person to talk to about confidence, she herself had to meditate because of all the embarrassment she suffered earlier today, but Luna shares Usagi's desire to help wherever she can. "Can I ask how did she met her friends?"
"Oh, well she met them in class. They were study friends and when they did assignments together they finish it quickly and spend the rest of the day chatting, and they became friends. Nari has a few study friends now and they all hang out and have fun together."
"Hm. Maybe she needs to find a boy who can challenge her academically." Luna suggested.
Makoto sighed "I've tried that. Nari is just too shy, she gets very flustered around boys she likes, and there's a lot of them."
"Hm." Luna grunted "Well I'm not really sure what to tell you Mako." She then leaned over to see Nari in the distance with the others. "But I think with Nari being a Sailor Scout she may open up much more. I recall you had a similar problem before you were Sailor Jupiter."
Makoto nodded along to Luna's observation. "Yes, you're right." She then stood up "Come on, let's met up with the others." Luna stood up and the two women walked off to join the rest of the group.

Running over to Auntie Usagi Nari joined the other group of women at the front of the shrine. "Usagi!" She waved to her godmother to draw her attention.
Usagi and Rei were still chatting but Chibiusa heard her and reacted. "Hey Nari."
The others then did the same "Oh hi Nari, come join us." Usagi her called over. As soon as Nari joined the group Usagi introduced her to Rei. "Nari, this is Rei, she is the maiden to this shrine."
Nari saw Rei in her miko robes and was taken by her beauty. "Oh wow, you're so pretty." She chuckled.
Her comment made Rei blush and she smiled. "Aw, thank you." Nari actually made Rei giggle. "Hey, do you want to know a secret?"
"Okay."
Rei leaned into Nari's ear and whispered "I used to be Sailor Mars." She giggled some more and Nari gasped, even though she already knew that.
"Oh wow, you must have fought with my mother!" Nari blurted out.
Rei laughed and the others joined in after her. "Sure did. She did most of the fighting really."
"Mako was a pretty tough fighter back in the day." Usagi added "Very aggressive and really strong."
"Yeah, but Luna said you might be stronger." Chibiusa addressed Nari.
Usagi and Rei both turned to her and gasped. "Seriously?!" Usagi asked.
Chibiusa nodded "Luna said she is the Goddess of Lightning. That's a direct quote! Nari's power is unbeatable."
"No way!" Usagi couldn't believe it, this polite young girl is more powerful than her rough and tumble mother?
Nari was dumbfounded, she doesn't have an aggressive bone in her body, how can she be stronger than her mother?, she thought. "I am?"
"That's what she told me." Chibiusa shrugged. "Apparently the stick you have is the origin of Sailor Jupiter's power. Nari, you possess the raw power of Jupiter."
Nari still couldn't believe it, she reached into the right side pocket of her coat to pull out the Lightning Power Stick. This small metal rod seems to be changing her destiny right before her eyes and in ways she simply cannot understand right now.
Makoto and Luna joined the group and they both noticed Nari with the Lightning Power Stick. "Hey guys. Nari, playing with your new toy already?" Makoto asked.
"Oh hi mother." Nari waved at the two "No, I'm just thinking about what this means for me, being a Sailor Scout and all."
"Oh yeah, one of the things you'll discover is that you'll actually have a lot alike with the other scouts. For example me and Usagi both love to romance guys with our cooking, even though I'm better at it."
"Hey!" Usagi whined as Makoto laughed and poked her side.
"Yeah, and me and Mako both have pretty aggressive personalities." Rei then started to laugh as well.
"But most of all Nari-" Usagi concluded "You'll find that you, Chibiusa and every other Sailor Scout will be good friends to each other and make each other happy." She then brought Rei and Makoto beside her and they all held each other. "We all have become great friends to each other and we wouldn't change a thing." They all smiled and exuded sheer delight by merely being with each other.
Nari smiled at the women and the friendship they cultivated with each other, but then I though run through her head. "Wait. Chibiusa? What do you mean?"
"Oh I'm sorry." Usagi explained "I completely forgot to tell you, Chibi is Sailor Moon. She's going to lead you and the scouts this time."
Nari turned to Chibiusa and Chibiusa waved back to her. "Heya!"
"Really? You're Sailor Moon this time?"
"Yep!" Chibiusa nodded and she pointed at her Crystal Star locket. "This was the locket mother used to transform into Sailor Moon, now I have the locket and I transform into Sailor Moon."
"Wow, that's so cool!" Nari beamed. Auntie Usagi was her favorite relative, but she had the most fun playing with Chibiusa, even though she was more than twice Nari's age. Whenever she had any free time in between artworks and exhibition openings Chibiusa would also visit Nari to have fun and play. Really Makoto's and Usagi's families are the most tightly knit amongst the scouts, others relationships like Ami's and Minako's families, and Ami's and Hotaru's families are close but nowhere near as friendly or tightly bonded than like of Makoto and Usagi.
Chibiusa sighed "I guess we better get started soon or later. Come with me Nari, we need to start training you to fight." She gestured Nari to come to her and hesitantly Nari did so, walking past the old scouts to join Chibiusa and Luna into the courtyard. In the meantime the women decided to chat amongst themselves and move to inside on the buildings.
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Opening the door Rei invited Usagi and Makoto to a pot of tea. "Take a seat guys." By a traditional table Usagi, Makoto and Rei all knelt down onto cushions and drank their tea. "So Mako, your daughter is a Sailor Scout?"
"Yeah Rei." Makoto drank her tea in between chatting. "You should have seen it. She has her own uniform, and wow, her power stick is so much better than my crummy one." She drank even more tea. "I'm actually jealous of my own daughter!" Makoto chuckled.
"Wow, that sounds really huge." Rei replied "I'm sorry I missed it."
"Hm." Usagi grunted, drinking her tea in the process. "Mako nearly did miss it herself, I got to see her transform. It was amazing! It was totally different to Mako's transformation."
"It was?" Makoto asked.
"Oh yeah. It was a lot more flamboyant, the lightning shot straight down over top of top of her and the electricity sparked all over her body. It was much more dramatic than yours Mako."
"Wow, I only saw her uniform." Makoto gasped "That's sounds amazing."
"It really was." Usagi continued to drink her tea, everyone else continued to do so, but then Usagi had a thought. "Rei, can I ask you something?"
"Sure."
"I've noticed you've been very happy today; you're smiling, chatting, even laughing now. I gotta ask, what's happened?"
Rei was surprised, she didn't realize just how much her attitude had changed. "Huh? What do you mean?"
"I mean you sound so much more positive than you usually are, honestly I haven't seen this side of you in years. Something must happened yesterday, what was it?" Rei giggled to herself and Usagi pointed at her. "That right there! You giggled."
Rei drank another sip of tea before finally explaining herself. "Well, I just learned some pretty incredible news. I know you haven't left Japan yet Usagi, but I already know that my daughter happens to be Sailor Mars." Usagi and Makoto both gasped, they were dumbstruck; how could Rei possibly know that? they both thought. Rei saw them both and was confused herself. "What's wrong?"
"Rei, how do you know that?!" Makoto asked.
"I used the fires." Rei said quite bluntly. The other girls were still confused; they knew that ever since Rei discovered her own grandfather's death she swore off consulting the sacred fire, her faith had died the day Grandpa Hino had died. Hearing that Rei actually revived her practice was astounding.
"Wow, so you she her in the fire?" Usagi asked.
Rei slowly nodded "Yes, I saw Natsu through the flames, and I saw her as Sailor Mars. The fire roared when I completed the prayer and there she was, this towering giant in the shrine." Rei sighed "I want to find my daughter Usagi. I want to see her and try to reconnect with her."
Usagi began to smile "Does that mean you'll come with me to Sydney?"
Rei gasped quickly at the question and immediately changed her demeanor to her usual stoic self. "No, I don't want to be anywhere near Yuuichirou. I'm not going to Sydney." She sighed "I will go to Melbourne and meet you there, if you can find Natsu and bring her with you I would be so happy."
Usagi nodded slowly herself "We will Rei." Then they all heard a loud crackling from outside, the ground even shook for a moment. They all held on the table. "What was that?!" Usagi asked. They all got up and quickly exited the room.
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Nari and Chibiusa both entered a large empty courtyard paved with stone, it was just an ordinary courtyard between buildings. They both faced each other in the middle of the courtyard, preparing to spar, while Luna climbed onto a wooden deck beside the courtyard along one of the buildings. Luna would adjudicate "Okay, let's start with some basic hand to hand combat."
Chibiusa assumed her fighting stance as she directed Nari. "Okay Nari, take off the coat and let's begin." Luna began to walk up to Nari as she took off the large grey trench coat she was given by her mother. Nari wore the coat because everyone, including Nari, thought it was best not to alert the public that the Sailor Scouts are coming back just yet. Taking off the coat she revealed her Sailor Scout uniform, handing Luna the coat she rummaged around a deep pocket to pull out her tiara and the Lightning Power Stick. In the time it took for everyone to arrive at the shrine they already discovered that the electrified blades were independently retractable, each blade could vanish into the hilt of the spear. Nari gave Luna the stick and she promptly returned to her position by the sidelines. Chibiusa stretched for a moment as Nari prepared herself, wearing her tiara. "Okay. Let's begin with some basic attacks." Chibiusa sighed "Go on, hit me with your best shot."
"What?" Nari uttered. Chibusa is one of her very best friends, not she asking her to hit her? Point blank?
Chibiusa relaxed for a moment and sighed "Nari, you're going to have to learn how to fight and for now that means you have to strike me, now please-" Chibusa resumed her stance. "Fight me." Nari needed to steel herself, she was about to do something she never thought she would ever do. Nari clinched her fist and wound up, throwing a right punch straight at Chibiusa's face. But Nari was too predictable, just as quickly did Nari throw her first punch Chibusa blocked the attack, Nari's fist locking into Chibiusa's palm. Nari and Chibiusa sighed; Nari was relieved she didn't get to hurt her dear friend, Chibiusa was just glad Nari finally tried to attack. "Okay. Well at least you understand how to throw a punch." Chibusa let go of Nari's fist and they both relaxed. "Now you just need to know how to throw a punch well. Relax for now." Chibiusa gestured at Nari to lower her stance and she did so. "What you want to do is as you lift your fist you pull back as well." She then demonstrated this by moving her right arm slowly and in a way that shows Nari how to move. "So by the time you have risen your arm your fist is ready to spring out instantly." Nari nodded along to Chibiusa's explanation. "Now then-" Again Chibiusa returned to her battle stance. "You try it." Nari also resumed her battle stance, she visualized herself repeating Chibiusa's movements, and then after just a few seconds Nari did so - she quickly lifted and pulled back her right arm and launched it straight at Chibiusa's head again. Again Chibiusa knew Nari would throw a right punch, after all she knows that Nari's right is her dominant side, so again she blocked the blow with her left palm, but this time she felt pain - real pain in her hand. She knew she felt the full force of Nari's power. "That's much better." She said, releasing her grip on Nari's hand. "Okay, now do a combo. Three consecutive blows." This was considerably more difficult for Nari, this required planning. Nari took a few seconds to work out exactly how she wanted to fight, again seeing her movements in her mind. Then she prepared to fight, in quick succession Nari threw a simple right-left, Chibiusa blocked each of the two punches easily, but then Nari pulled a right hook and caught Chibiusa completely be surprise. Nari was nanoseconds away from landing a blow, but Chibiusa's quick thinking changed her block and she was able to stop the punch from connecting to her head, however by blocking the punch the force was still enough for Nari to press Chibiusa's hand onto her cheek.
Nari could not believe how close she was to hitting her very best friend, her expression changed from the anger that fueled her attack to grief at what she very nearly done. Nari shrieked in fear "Oh my god! Are you okay Chibi?!"
Chibiusa chuckled and relieved Nari's stress. "I'm fine Nari, you really didn't get me." She let go of Nari's fist and Nari quickly recoiled away from her, still in shock. "A hook! I didn't see that one coming." Chibiusa saw the concern in Nari's eyes and reassured her. "Nari, it's okay. Do you know what that means?" Nari shook her head. "It means you're finding your fight style, you're becoming less predictable right now." Chibusa smiled and after a few seconds of processing all that happened Nari decided to smile as well, she's just relieved she didn't hurt her friend. Chibiusa sighed "I think we can skip kicks for now." She turned and slowly walked up to Luna, presenting her hand. "The stick please."
"Really?" Luna asked "So soon?"
"She'll need to learn sooner rather than later." Chibiusa explained and Luna then handed her the Lightning Power Stick, Chibiusa pressed down on the golden lightning bolt and instantly the golden blades unsheathed from the hilt, once again glistening in the light from the electricity arcing all over the blades. Chibiusa then returned to Nari and handed her the spear. "Okay Nari, now we're going to work out your special attacks. These are the attacks you use with any of your weapons." She pointed at the spear and Nari looked at her golden spear, wondering how exactly to use it. "Just like the transformation phrase each of your special attacks require a phrase to chant in order to use. Try it out."
Nari took a moment to work out what to do; a spear like this, she thought, with so much electricity running through it, it would need to discharge somehow. And a lot of energy would be needed to spark the discharge. It took her no time at all to work out she needed to slam the tip of the spear straight into the ground. But what to say, she continued. Many words and terms ran though her head; lightning, thunder, electric, shocking - after a while she held the spear as high as she could and shouted "SUPREME THUNDER." She went with the most obvious answer, mimicking her mother. She then slammed the spear down as she yelled "CRASH!" The spear cut through the stone and dug into the ground, but nothing else happened. No elaborate discharge nor electricity arcing anywhere in particular, nothing really happened. "Hm." Nari grunted, that wasn't it, she thought. So it has to be different. She thought intensely about what it could be; if it were about slamming the spear into the ground there would have to be a large area to disperse the electricity, that means the attack would cover a large area around me, that means the phrase would be something like-. She again raised her spear and shouted "SHOCK WAVE." and though the spear down into the ground. "CRASH!" Again nothing happened, but Nari knew exactly why. She quickly reset her stance and shouted "SHOCKING WAVE." This time the blades began to build up energy, sparking and fizzing all along the gold. JACKPOT!; she thought. "CRASH!" As soon as she struck the ground a massive surge of electricity was sent into the earth and spread all along the ground, equidistant and constantly moving outward. It was a wave of electricity moving out to cover a field.
"JUMP CHIBI!" Luna screamed, but Chibiusa had other ideas, she quickly run out of the way of the ever encroaching band of electric energy. The shock wave was moving so fast Chibusa was barely able to stay ahead of it. The ring of electricity continued to push further out, becoming dangerously close to Luna and Chibiusa. Luna took no time when the sparks reached her, she jumped over and cleared the band as they crossed over the wooden deck. Still running Chibiusa finally realized she too could clear the ring of energy. She immediately stopped and using all the energy she would have used to run further Chibiusa instead jumped backwards as the ring of lightning traveled further out. Luna saw Chibiusa and inquired "Are you alright Chibi?"
Chibiusa sighed, wiping the sweat off her brows. "Yeah I'm fine, but how far does this thing travel?" They all watched as the ring continued onward for a few more seconds before finally disappearing into the ground. Everyone sighed and Chibiusa turned about to walk back to Nari.

Rei, Makoto and Usagi all leapt out of the room to find out what had happened, running up to the courtyard. By the time everyone had met the electricity disappeared and Chibiusa was walking back, they all reached Luna at the deck and Rei asked "What happened?"
"Are we under attack?" Makoto added.
Luna shook her head "No Mako, we're fine. In fact we just saw one of Nari's special attacks." Nari was still by the spear, still buried into the ground. She had the idea to attack this way but could never have predicted what happened next. Nari - a quiet, polite, young schoolgirl - just channeled the power of Jupiter to attack the very earth she stood upon and spread its tremendous power outwards. Nari was panting beside her spear, despite the great deal of effort she put into the attack she was still coursing with energy. "Shocking Wave-" Luna explained "A ring of electricity spreads over the ground. Anyone who touches it is paralyzed and is dealt the full force of the power of Jupiter." Luna turned to the women beside her "At least that's what the legends say. I've never seen anyone do that before myself." Luna then looked directly at Makoto. "Mako, Nari is still trying to find her inner strength, but today me and Chibi just witnessed your daughter's true power for a brief moment." Makoto gasped as Luna continued. "Nari is going to be a fine Sailor Scout. She is well on the way to surpassing you." Makoto slowly began to smile at Luna, then the smile turned into a grin. Makoto did worry about her little girl as a Sailor Scout, no right-minded mother would not want to protect their children. Makoto turned to see Nari, still beside the spear, still panting - still trying to transcend the experience. All of a sudden she wasn't worried anymore, Nari was absolutely the best one to be Sailor Jupiter, she thought. Makoto walked over to her daughter and just stood there for a second; she saw Nari's eyes shimmer in the light of the red sky, and she started to cry. Looking back at her mother Nari also began to cry, she let go of her spear and it feel straight onto the ground. The two hugged each other tightly and cried together, tears of joy, the comfort only a mother can truly provide.
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This is an interesting chapter, a few things are discovered and take place here; firstly a teaser at the start by pointing out that Setsuna in fact has twin daughters, making the search to find Sailor Pluto that little bit harder. Also it becomes revealed that later on in the story as the search of Rei's daughter is about to begin she will in fact become Sailor Mars herself, or at least that's what the fires say. Of course the biggest piece of info here is revealing one of Nari's special attacks - Shocking Wave; an area of effect attack that electrifies the very ground around Sailor Jupiter and causing anyone who stands on it to become paralyzed and to be dealt damage from the electric charge.
This ends the Makoto/Nari discovery mini story that has taken place over the last few chapters. The focus will shift towards Setsuna and her daughters in the search for Sailor Pluto as well as a brief return to the Negaverse and their current developments for conquest.

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Chapter 10 - AN46I-5

Two cycles have passed in the Negaverse and inside the scientific building General Tsajei was inside a darkened room with a scientist, they were both observing another Nitrogen test on another alien, this time he was a free citizen of the Negaverse - a volunteer who was prepared to die for the greater good of the empire. Once again gas seeped through the invisible vents and unlike the slaves and aliens before him he was calm and ready. The gas continued to flood the room although this time, unlike any of the other test subjects there wasn't an immediate reaction, the man seemed unaffected by the gas. "Hm." Tsajei grunted, he saw for the first time the marvels of biological manipulation and smirked. "Perhaps there is a use for science in war." He heckled. The professor took no notice of the General's barb, focusing on the test subject and his reactions. The citizen was still sitting on his seat, thinking to himself he may be the first person in the Negaverse to overcome Nitrogen Inhalation.
Two minutes had past before the subject coughed, the scientist slammed his fist onto the desk in front of them. "He's going to die!"
Tsajei was taken by surprise at the sudden and violent outburst. "Calm down, professor. We don't know that yet."
"Yes I do." the professor said. "Every test subject that coughs dies in the end." They could now both hear the citizen beginning to cough much more.
Tsajei turned back to the professor "Has anyone survived these tests?"
The professor's head was slumped over the desk, listening to the subject slowly losing his life, one strained cough at a time. "No. Noone has survived our trials." He rose his head to see the test subject now coughing uncontrollably. "We're closing in on what we need to breath in a Nitrogen rich atmosphere, but right now we can only do it for about half of one section." The professor began to shake his head "Not even close to half of a cycle, nevermind a full cycle."
General Tsajei turned to face the professor directly. "You told the Council that you were close to defeating Nitrogen Inhalation."
"We are!" The scientist snapped back "Of all the tests we conducted he-" He pointed to the man currently beginning to choke on the gas. "Is the closest we have ever reached to that goal. We know that the drug AN46I-5 is close to the approximate formula we need to achieving this, we just need the time to develop it further."
Tsajei was unaffected, he took no interest in the plight of the scientists. "I don't much care for your obstinacy. We have a battle strategy that relies on your ability to overcome the toxic gas, we need to launch our invasion as soon as possible."
"And shouting will not speed up the process in the slightest!" The professor raised his voice, he too turned to the General and stood up straight, trying to match the General's posture. "You cannot speed up progress, you can only invest more into it."
Tsajei smirked "My my, someone finally grew a backbone." He took one small step to close the gap between the two men. "You will develop a drug that will combat Nitrogen Inhalation by the end of the next cycle in whic-"
"The next cycle?!" the professor shrieked.
"Yes. In which you will provide for the Purple Serpent enough dosage to immunize the entire army from Nitrogen gas. Do we have an understanding?"
"That's not possible." the professor explained "Our best projections by the end of that period is to synthesize a drug that may to able to counteract Nitrogen Inhalation by possibly a full cycle, but not immunize the body entirely."
The General sighed "I don't want to have to do this." He opened his jacket and revealed his hand pistol; a very futuristic looking devise, a laser sight, holographic cross hairs a mix of modern and almost steampunk appearance, straight lines and perfect curves intermixed with layered metals and intricate detail. It in itself was a masterpiece of design. Tsajei repeated himself "Do. We. Have. An. Understanding?"
The professor was frightened but put on a brave front. "You're threats will not hurry us along, if anything it will cause us to cower in fear and halt our work altogether. I fail to see how this will help you." For several seconds the two were in a standoff; Tsajei used his weapon to intimidate the scientist into yielding, but this trick had failed. The professor is at the mercy of the General, however he knows that if he dies so to does the plan to conquer Earth.
Tsajei knew he was going to lose; he lowered his weapon and placed it back into the holster inside his jacket. "You're a very lucky man professor, you have just bought yourself some time to continue your research."
General Tsajei then turned around to leave, but the professor had to ask. "General, I must ask a question."
Tsajei sighed "What is it now?"
"With respect sir, I must know why you push us? Why do you come here to harass us to complete our research?"
Again Tsajei sighed and he turned around. "The reason I come here is because there has been a change on 2416-3." He decided to return to the professor and explain what was happening on Earth. "I've made a terrible mistake and I need to launch our invasion as soon as possible."
"How so?"
"It would appear that a new brand of superbeings are beginning to emerge." Tsajei continued "So far only one seems to have surfaced, but it is only a mater of time before more begin to appear. We have to act while we still have the upper hand."
The professor raised his eyebrow "Just one? Do you think it's a little rash to fret over one superbeing?"
Tsajei looked down, shaking his head "Stupid scientists." He looked back up to the professor "We are military men; we don't stop to contemplate, we act on what we see. We enter a battlefield and determine how to defeat the enemy in it." Tsajei paused to emphasize his next point. "The battlefield is changing professor, we must change our strategy to neutralize the threat."
The professor nodded along "I cannot promise total immunity General. What I can promise is that by the end of the next cycle we do expect to do able to have a formula for AN46I-5 that can counteract the affect of Nitrogen Inhalation for at least half of a cycle. Should everything go to plan we will be able to provide the Purple Serpent with the necessary dosage and you then will be able to began you plan for conquest."
Tsajei smirked "I knew we could count of you." He then turned again and once again left the room. The professor sighed, thinking about exactly how to pinpoint the right chemicals and the right dosage for this drug. Then he snapped, he remembered the test subject in the chamber, he looked back at the screen and saw he lying on the floor like so many others before him. He too was trying to reach the mirror to call for help, but alas, just a moment after the professor noticed him he also lost his life and his hand, outstretched in desperation, fell to the floor. The test subject thought has was prepared to die for the empire, but in truth noone is truly prepared - noone can ever say to themselves they are genuinely happy to end their life and then do so without a trace of a doubt lingering in the back of their minds, wondering what would happen if they continued to live. Noone is ever truly prepared for death.

The professor sighed, his work condemned another soul to the underworld. He pressed a button and a large square vent appeared from the top, draining the room of all the toxic gas. It took just a few seconds for the room to be empty, just a vacuum with nothing but a chair and a corpse. The vent rose back up to the ceiling and then the room was pressurized with air. After the noise had subsided the door opened and a man in a laboratory coat picked up and dragged the poor soul out of the room. The professor then called over a microphone "Bring it the next test subject." An alien woman was sent into the chamber, the whole process would start all over again.
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Okay, chapter 10 checks into the Negaverse and its attempt to conquer Earth. Their invasion remains forestalled as they still haven't developed an immunity to Nitrogen gas. The rush to push the drug turns nasty when General Tsajei threatens the lives of the scientists but the conflict ends peacefully. Tsajei also reveals that somehow the spy drone has picked up the movements of the scouts and that Nari is now known to him as a new Sailor Scout. All of a sudden it becomes a race against time to reform the Sailor Scout before the Negaverse gets the chance to strike.
The next chapter is the second Timelines chapter, this time we'll discover Setsuna's past as she becomes an eminent astronomer for JAXA.

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Chapter 11 - Timelines: Setsuna

20 years ago (Main Title)

With the television blaring in the background Setsuna was typing furiously on her computer, the keys clanking loudly. Behind her the television was showing a documentary, an English documentary dubbed in Japanese - the Planets. As Setsuna was working on her thesis in Physics she was very much addicted to watching this documentary, in this case she was just about complete and the show was starting. She could hear the music beginning to swell and the narrator began his speech. "1977-Nen 8 tsuki, boijā to yoba reru 2-ki no uchūsen ga shinji rarenai hodo no tabi o hajimemashita." Setsuna frantically typed her closing paragraph as quickly as she could so she could focus all of her attention to the show. "Karera ga nan jū oku-mairu mo no uchū kūkan no kiken kara ikinokoreba, karera wa tōkute kimyōna sekai ni tōtatsu shi, karera wa sōzō o yabutta -" She was so nearly done, a couple more lines. "Gasu Kyojin." It was an episode about the outer planets - the gas giants - and the story of Voyager II's quest to discover the great planets and their moons. "Finished!" Setsuna exclaimed, she just completed her - page thesis on the Higgs Boson. She quickly scrolled up to the very top of her document and edited the title of her thesis;
Higgusu Boson Ga Uchū No Mirai O Kaeru Hōhō, Setsuna Meiō
How the Higgs Boson Will Change the Future of the Universe, by Setsuna Meioh
Setsuna sighed, her two month long research into the theory of the Higgs Boson and its potential to change the way we see the universe was finally complete. It was her magnum opus, her defining publication, her thesis was the body of work where Setsuna would establish herself as the pioneer of astrophysics in Japan.
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18 years ago (The Search for Life)

Inside a club, sitting by the bar, Setsuna was drinking a beer by herself. She drank straight from the bottle, it was her fourth bottle tonight - she was getting blind drunk. She emptied the bottle, slammed it down hard on the counter and called the bartender. "Hey." The barman turned to her. "Another."
He sighed and walked up to her. "Are you sure Setsuna?" He knew her by name since she goes here at least twice a week, for a month now. "I think I might need to cut you off."
"I don't really care." Setsuna sighed. "I just need a drink."
The barman grunted, he decided to pull out a glass and open a tap. "I'm giving you water." Setsuna grunted, she simply stopped caring. The barman placed the glass right in front of her and walked off. Setsuna took the glass and began to drink it, starting to sober up.
Just then a man walked up to a seat next to her, he called the bartender and asked for a beer. "Barman. I've have a beer." The bartender did so, taking a beer glass from a shelf and pouring beer into it from the tap. The man paid for his drink.
The barman than took out a coaster and put the glass on top, sliding the drink to the man. "There you are." The man took the glass and began the drink, after a second he stopped - sighing from the drink, and looked over to see Setsuna drinking her water, clattering the bottles of Tiger Beer beside her.
He decided to chat to her. "Evening." She didn't really react, just an errand grunt in reply. He noticed the empty bottles next to her. "Are we alright?"
Setsuna finished her water, dropping the glass onto the counter and sighed. "I'm okay. Just drinking my sorrow away."
The man sighed. "Well they are free for lecturers." She grunted again, staring down at the empty glass. He took one more sip of his beer and sighed. "What do you teach?"
Setsuna sighed. "Astronomy." She paused for a second. "I don't even specialize in anything. Just general, first-year Astronomy."
The man stared at her, thinking about the anguish she must be feeling. "What was your doctorate?"
Finally Setsuna worked up the courage to look at him. "Astrophysics. I'd love to at least get a job in that, but there's none available right now and that post is already filled here."
"I see." the man nodded along with her. "What was your thesis?"
Setsuna sighed again. "Oh, just a dead end, crackpot theory. The Higgs boson and what it could mean for the universe."
The man smiled, he found the right person. "How the Higgs Boson Will Change the Future of the Universe?" Setsuna immediately reacted, this man memorized the title of her work. He relaxed back onto his chair. "I've read your work Dr. Meioh, it's fantastic work." Her eyes widened, despite getting her doctorate she received heavy criticism for basing her work on a theory rather than a provable, tangible concept, however now it seems someone has appreciated her research. "Dr. Meioh, may I take you back to your home?" So smitten was she when the man offered to escort her home she stood up from her chair and stumbled a little, still rather uncoordinated from her drunkenness. The man chuckled a moment and got up as well, reaching for her hand and giving her balance. Setsuna blushed, probably from all the alcohol, she got up and thanked the man. "Thank you mister..."
"Doctor. Dr. Saburo Akemi." Saburo shook the hand he was holding Setsuna up with. "I work for ISAS; the Institute of Space and Aeronautical Science."
"Oh my." Setsuna gasped, it was the very institute she wanted to work in. It's the place where Japan's greatest astrophysicists and engineers end up to work on major space projects for Japan, and as she wanted to become one Setsuna applied for a position in ISAS, she was turned down. "You work for ISAS?"
Saburo laughed. "Indeed!" He looked into her eyes and saw the light glisten off them. "Let's go, I'll take you back to your room and we can discuss your work." She nodded and the two left the club, Setsuna holding on to Saburo's arm.

The two were walking along the campus grounds, Setsuna occasionally stumbling on the cobble stones and tripping over her high heels. Holding onto her Saburo kept her balance as he chaperoned her to her accommodation. They laughed every time. "My goodness Dr. Meioh, you've really gotten yourself quite drunk tonight!" Saboru exclaimed. After Haruka and Michiru both left for Australia Setsuna left Chibiusa with Hotaru at the old residence to move into student accommodation in K.O. University once she secured her job as a lecturer, the very place she did her learning. They continued onward with Dr. Akemi still chatting to Setsuna. "Why are you living with the students?"
With a slight slur in her speech Setsuna replied. "I used to study here, I used to live with friends in another apartment but they moved out, so I found my old dormitory was empty and just took it."
Saboru laughed. "How convenient!" Setsuna laughed with him. They eventually reached the building where Setsuna lived and they both reached the steps leading to the door. "Is this it?"
"Yep." Setsuna nodded and turned to her carer. She stared into his eyes and thought about how this random man seemed to have appeared out of nowhere to guide her back to safety.
Saboru walked up to Setsuna and held her by her shoulders. "Dr. Meioh, the world of science is changing in Japan. There's no longer a focus on engineering and the applied sciences, more and more scientists and physicists are beginning to at least accept the possibility of the Higgs boson, and this movement has brought your work to the attention of ISAS." He then let go of her to search the pocket on his pants, pulling out a card. "I'd like to extend an invitation to you, I can provide for you a position in our Astrophysics division." He handed her the card and she did take it but Setsuna didn't look at it, she was entranced by the alcohol still in her blood and the chivalry of the this strange man. She walked right up to him and grabbed his neck, she pulled him to her and kissed him. It was sloppy, drunken and not at all romantic but Setsuna still tried to convey her gratitude to this man with a kiss. After a second she pulled back, giving Saboru a moment to process the moment. He really did want to find her and give her a position in ISAS, but her bold impulse caught him off guard. Looking down on her he saw her beautiful smile; crimson lipstick, scarlet diamond earrings of garnet, her maroon eyes peering through the fringe of her emerald hair, wearing a slender red dress. With her face flushed from the kiss Saburo grabbed her neck and leaned in to kiss her back. The two continued to exchange kisses that night and in so doing a new love had blossomed, Setsuna and Saboru would continue their love affair until the end of the year in which they got married.

On Thursday, the 18th of January 2001 Doctor Setsuna Akemi gave birth to two twin daughters;
Chiyo 'Puruto' Akemi was born on this day at 12:26 PM
Kagami 'Sharon' Akemi was born at 12:28 PM

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14 years ago (Mercury)

A dark blue Mitsubishi was driving across Chōfu, the two doctors were driving to their new workplace. Since the start of the year ISAS and the other national space agencies were in the middle of a restructure, overlapping policy and consecutive failures in launches motivated the government and the boards to centralize the organizations. Today was the first day of October, the day Japan would have a new space agency. The couple were discussing this at length. "What should we expect today?" Setsuna asked.
"I'm not really sure; probably nothing different, I guess we just need to be more familiar with NASDA and NAL." NASDA was the National Space Development Agency, the building responsible for constructing satellites and launch vehicles as well as tracking these. NAL was the National Aerospace Laboratory, the building responsible for general aeronautical transports such as rockets and aircraft.
"Hm, do you know anyone from there?" Setsuna asked.
"Not in particular no. I don't really work with the engineers." Saboru chuckled. The car was pulling into the entrance of this new building.
Setsuna looked out her window and got confused. "What did you say it was called?"
"The National Research and Development Agency on Aerospace Research and Development."
She points at the window. "Then why does it say JAXA?"
Saboru looked at her window and laughed. "Oh! Sorry! I gave you the official name. JAXA means the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency."
"Ah!" Setsuna nodded. "I see."

JAXA. The national space agency.
This was Setsuna's dream realized, she was about to enter her new work as one of Japan's brightest stars in astrophysics. The car drove up to an empty space near the building's entrance, she and Saboru both exited the car and walked towards the doors. Very little of their old workplace had changed; apart from the big JAXA signage and new security gate really nothing has changed, the same old grey building really. The doctors entered the building and their boss - Doctor Naoki Okumura - greeted them. "Ah, the Doctors Akemi. So good to see you today. How do you find the new facility?"
Setsuna and Saboru both looked about and found absolutely nothing had changed in the reception. "Familiar." Setsuna declared.
"Indeed Dr. Okumura." Saboru added "I don't really see much of a difference."
"Well of course nothing has changed here." Naoki interjected. "It's still the reception area. The changes happen beyond." He then gestured to the main hallway and the couple walked with Naoki along the hallway. "Let me take you to your offices." The group arrived at the elevator and after a moment the doors opened and they all entered, Naoki pressed for the fourth floor. During the ride Naoki made some small talk. "How are the children?"
"Oh they are a handful!" Setsuna exclaimed. "Chiyo keeps running around the house every spare moment and I have to keep Kagami away from the walls, she keeps drawing on them."
Saboru and Naoki laughed. "Sounds like your house is falling down!" Naoki taunted. DING! The elevator opened and they all walked off onto the floor. Dark Matter Division. Saboru's specialty. They all walked down the main hall, passing other doctors, discussing their theories and research. Eventually they reached Saboru's office and Naoki opened the door for him. "Dr. Saboru Akemi, you have access to the latest equipment in detecting and measuring dark matter. You can also work directly with engineers and physicists from NASDA." His office was very ordinary; a simple desk with a computer, a window overlooking the outdoors, and a rows of shelves, all full of books. "Get settled." Saboru gave Naoki a thumb up as he closed the door. "Let's continue to your office Dr. Akemi." Setsuna and Naoki walked back the way they came to again reach the elevator. This time the elevator took a while to return to them so Naoki continued his banter. "Do you think Kagami will grow up into an artist?"
"I hope so, if she learns how to draw she can turn her attention away from the walls." Naoki laughed again and shook his head. The elevator opened and they again entered it, this time Naoki pressed for the fifth floor. After only a few seconds the elevator again dinged and opened it's doors, the two doctors leaving. Astrophysics Department. Again Setsuna and Naoki walked down the hall, again passing other doctors, again chatting to each other. Setsuna's office was much closer to the elevator and so after just a moment of walking Naoki opened the door to her office. Setsuna's office was similar to her husband's; another simple desk with another computer, another window overlooking a different view of the outdoors, and another row of shelves, all again full of books. "Dr. Akemi, you also have access to the latest software, hardware and equipment at your disposal and personal authority and autonomy in the laboratories and work stations. You too have direct lines to work with the other two buildings." As he spoke Setsuna walked into her new space. "Get comfortable Doctor, this is your new office." Naoki closed the door behind him, leaving Setsuna to roam about the space. She sat down by the desk, the comfy swivel chair parked directly at the computer. Setsuna touched the desk, feeling the cold, sterile touch of the vinyl coating.
"Excellent." She uttered and she began to logon to the computer and begin her work for JAXA. This really was the start of her career in science.
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12 years ago (Neptune)

Setsuna was in the office of the Dr. Okumura, fighting over the opportunity of a lifetime. "But this is important! I want to go and help the team!"
"Dr. Akemi I fail to see the urgency, or really the point for that matter in your involvement with this NASA group."
"Eris was just discovered last week, that thing is much bigger than Pluto. There's a huge push to reclassify Pluto as not a planet. I think JAXA needs to take a greater interest in this New Horizons probe and just what it will mean to the future exploration of Pluto and the Kuiper Belt."
Naoki stood up from his chair. "By sending one of our own to assist them?" His voice echoed within the walls of the office. A silence descended over them; this was the first time Setsuna ever expressed a great deal of passion in her work, so much so that she needed to fight for the chance to work on a project dear to her heart. Naoki sighed. "Dr. Akemi, I realize that you want to aid the Americans with their attempt to reach Pluto, but I honestly can't see how you can provide any tangible help. As far as I can see NASA is getting on fine." He sat back down into his seat.
"For now." Setsuna interrupted. "For now the Americans are getting what they need, but I do not trust that position will remain so." Setsuna approached Naoki's desk. "Dr. Okumura, I need to help this group." Naoki looked away for just a moment, thinking why on Earth Setsuna was being so aggressive about this.
He looked back at her. "What can you provide to the Americans?"
"Telemetry. I can help program the probe and guide it to Pluto by way of Jupiter."
Naoki boomed a single "HA! You want to code? Why not simply leave them to it?"
"Because it will take many thousand of calculations to guide the probe to specific points in the system, even for today's supercomputers."
Naoki leaned back into his seat and sighed. "You're not going to take no for an answer, are you?"
Setsuna shook her head. "Absolutely not."
Naoki held his chin for a moment, still thinking. "Fine. Go to America." He sighed again. "Besides, you need to take a vacation anyway."
Setsuna smirked at this, she extended her hand. "Thank you Dr. Okumura. You will not regret this."
After a second he grabbed her hand and shook it. "Just stay out of trouble there, it can get dangerous in America." Setsuna simply nodded in reply, and with that she was going to embark on arguably her biggest project in her entire career, she would volunteer herself to work on the New Horizons probe.

the Following Month

The airport was bustling with people going in and out, at the departure gate a chauffeur stood along a row of drivers, each with their own signage, waiting for very important people to arrive. The chauffeur had his own billboard. 'Dr. Setsuna Akemi PhD.' After a few moments of passengers leaving the gate Setsuna finally emerged with her luggage, slowly taking in the surroundings of George Bush Intercontinental Airport; she was in America, Houston in fact. Setsuna knew a driver was waiting for her so she looked about and found her driver, unfortunately she never went to Usagi for lessons in speaking English and by now Minako was already abroad. She walked over to her driver, her looked Japanese to her so she asked him. "Anata wa watashi no untenshudesu ka?"
Are you my driver?
"Uh-" The driver was Asian-American. "Setsuna Akemi?"
"Hai."
He knew enough Japanese to know what that meant. "Okay, come with me." The driver gestured to Setsuna, compelling her to follow him. They both walked across the vast airport and eventually exited, the driver occasionally checking behind him that Setsuna hasn't wondered off. The two walked along the footpath, past the taxis and eventually to their car.
The chauffeur opened her door for her and Setsuna thanked him. "Arigatō." The driver bowed as she thanked him and entered the car. He closed the door and entered the driver's seat, closing behind him. The black Ford started up and left the airport, destined for the Johnson Space Center. Setsuna saw Houston pass by her, weirdly the American skyline looked not very dissimilar to the Japanese skyline, lots of skyscrapers and modern buildings reaching high. She past many sites; the Convention Center, the Museum of Natural Science, Discovery Park, NRG Stadium, the Museum of Fine Arts. Eventually Setsuna saw it, the big blue circle - NASA's logo. She arrived at the space center, the driver entered the driveway and after a minute of looking for a space and parking he exited the car and once again opened Setsuna's door. She got out and again bowed to thank him. "Arigatōgozaimashita!"
He bowed and as she walked off he sighed. "That wasn't a 'Thank you'." He never heard the Japanese term for 'Thank you very much!'
Setsuna walked up to the foot of the entrance into the building, she looked directly up and sighed. NASA, every astronomer's dream. She was about to enter one of the oldest and most decorated institutions of space science and exploration in the world. She looked back own in front of her, took a deep breath and parted the doors, entering the space center. Setsuna was surprised, the foyer was almost empty. She was expecting the sort of energy and bustle she's used to in JAXA. Apart from the receptionist two men were talking, Setsuna knew she was meant to find the team director - Sol Alan Stern, and she recognized him immediately.
She walked up to the men and they both saw her coming. "Ah, Dr. Akemi." Alan greeted her. "Welcome to NASA. I am Dr. Alan Stern and this is Dr. Kenji Hisoka."
The second man was a translator provided for Setsuna. "Akemi hakase, NASA e yōkoso. Watashi wa Hiroshi Kenji oka hakasedesu. Kore wa Aran Stern hakasedesu."
Setsuna bowed to both of them and they each bowed back to her. "Attakai kangei arigatōgozaimashita."
Kenji smiled and turned to Alan. "She says thank you for the warm welcome."
Alan nodded. "Okay. You have volunteered to join us with programming telemetry for the New Horizons probe, correct?"
"Anata wa Nyū Horizo​​ns purōbu no teremetoripuroguramingu ni sanka suru tame ni borantia sanka shimashita ka?"
"Hai." Setsuna nodded. "Watashi wa, purōbu ga meiōsei ni tōtatsu suru michi o shiji suru tedasuke o shitai to omoimasu."
Kenji nodded along to her response. "She wants to help with plotting the probe's trajectory in order to reach Pluto."
"Fantastic!" Alan exclaimed. "Then let's show her to probe itself." Alan then walked off down the hallway.
Kenji quickly relayed the message. "Purōbu sonomono o hyōji shimasu. Watashitachi to issho ni kuru."
Setsuna's eyes widened. "Hai!" She and Kenji caught up to Alan down the hall and the three continued walking, it was a long walk down to the other end of the facility where the construction was taking place. Eventually they reached the large cargo bay doors and as they all stood by the doors Alan opened them, and there it was - a small box of open circuitry with pieces of important components strewn about it and a half complete satellite dish on the ground beside it. Most of it's components and instruments were still not completed but it was slowly coming together.
"There she is." Alan sighed. "That thing is going to Pluto."
Kenji paraphrased Alan's utterance for Setsuna into a question. "Anata wa purōbu ga meiōsei ni iku to shinji raremasu ka?"
Can you believe that probe is going to Pluto?
Setsuna shook her head. "Īe. Jinrui ga tassei dekiru mono wa subarashīdesu. Sore wa chūmoku niataisuru!"
No. It's amazing what humanity can achieve. It's remarkable!
Kenji chuckled as he translated for Alan. "She thinks it's amazing what mankind can achieve." Alan nodded his head to that reply. Setsuna was mesmerized by this small probe, it was destined to reach the very edge of the Solar System. She couldn't stop thinking about the future; where the probe was going to, what it was going to find, where will the probe go next. For the rest of the year Setsuna would spend her time in NASA's facilities, calculating the trajectory of the probe's launch and flight path through space.

9 months later

At the Johnson Space Center the building was much more lively; astronomers, engineers, physicists and astronauts were all moving around, talking and working. In a secluded room in the center Setsuna was working, she had her laptop connected to the Cray Jaguar supercomputer at Oak Ridge, she had the authorization to use the supercomputer to calculate the probe's flight path. She had been working on the exact path for the entire time, using Jaguar she was able to pinpoint the exact angles the probe needed to travel to reach Jupiter and use the planet's gravity to increase its speed towards Pluto, it's taken her the last five months to pinpoint the exact angle the probe needed to eject from Jupiter. The software was working overtime, Setsuna calculated the exact angle precisely to within 1842 decimal places, the margin of error was now just a few hundred thousand kilometers. She inputted the latest numbers and run a simulator to demonstrate its path; spinning circles along orbital paths span around the screen, a white line was drawn from the center. The line crossed the asteroid belt easily and reached the big orange circle - Jupiter. The white line then turned left and continued along the screen until it run into a small black circle - Pluto. The simulated probe crashed into Pluto. "Eh?" Setsuna uttered, it actually hit the planet this time, she simply needed to make one minutely small change to the angle, just enough to clear Pluto and its gravity. She scrolled through the numbers, the screen flashing with digits for a brief moment before she reached the end. She simply added a 5 at the end of the chain and ran the simulation again. Once again the fake probe reached Jupiter and turned to Pluto, this time it past by it roughly twelve and a half thousand kilometers away. "Sorede oshimai!" Setsuna exclaimed, she quickly placed the laptop on the ground and ran out of the room looking for her Japanese friend. "Hisoka hakase!" She screamed past others around her. "Kenji! Hisoka hakase!" She ran down the stairs and continued towards the hallway. "Hisoka hakase!" Setsuna eventually found him with a couple of engineers. "KENJI!" She yelled, finally drawing his attention. "Yatta yo! Watashi wa meiōsei e no michi o purotto shimashita!"
I did it! I've plotted a path to Pluto!
"Eh?" Kenji uttered. "Excuse me gentlemen." He walked up to Setsuna asking "Anata wa meiōsei e no hikō keiro o motte imasu ka?"
You have a flight path to Pluto?
Setsuna nodded. "Watashi wa chōdo yaku 12500-kiro hanareta meiōsei o tsūka suru purōbu de konpyūta-jō de seikō shita shimyurēshon o jikkō shimashita."
I just now ran a successful simulation on the computer with the probe passing by Pluto approximately 12,500 kilometers away.
Kenji's eyes widen. "Shinken ni?"
Seriously?
"Hai!" She replied, she gestured to the stairs, compelling him to follow her. They both went back down the hall and up the stairs to where she was.
After a minute of hubbub and noise Kenji returned down the stairs and shouted. "EVERYONE, DOCTOR AKEMI HAS PLOTTED A SAFE FLIGHT PATH TO PLUTO!" Everyone cheered at the news, they were finally able to launch their probe knowing that there was no real risk of losing it. The probe was still a month or so away from completion but now it was able to reach its target safely.

the New Horizons probe launched from Cape Canaveral on Thursday, the 19th of January 2006. It will take the probe 9 and a half years to reach Pluto.
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6 years ago (Moon)

Space.
The final frontier.
A lone lander was floating, gently gliding down to land. Three astronauts were about to land on one of the most unique landscapes imaginable. There was much chatter amongst themselves and to JAXA. "Tokyo, we are just over the landing site.........now."
Inside the Mission Control room a group of scientists and engineers were at their stations, monitoring the lander and it's occupants. In amongst them was Setsuna, leading the mission and directing the team. "Gentlemen you should start your decent now, keep that thing steady."
"Yes ma'am." The lander floated above the surface for a moment and then slowly descended. "We're at 1000 feet." The astronauts counted off the distance. "750 feet." The speed was critical, it had to be a soft landing. "500 feet."
"Decelerate a little." Setsuna interjected. "You're too fast."
"Roger that, 300 feet." The lander slowed down its fall. "200 feet."
"That's good." Setsuna interrupted again.
"100 feet." The tension was rising. "Fifty feet." Setsuna stopped breathing for a few seconds, waiting for a response, anything. "Touchdown. The lander has landed on the Moon." Scattered claps came from Mission Control, a few men and women cheering at the safe landing.
"Alright gentlemen, you can release the airlock and exit the module. Remember that you have limited oxygen so don't stand around for too long." Setsuna instructed.
"Yes ma'am, we'll be prompt."
"I mean it! If my assumption is correct you're going to see something you never thought was possible." Setsuna tried her best to warn them of what they might encounter at the Sea of Tranquility. "Just stick to the mission."
An astronaut sighed over the radio. "Yes ma'am. We'll be fine." The airlock hissed open and the astronauts exited the lunar module, climbing down the ladder. One by one the men reached the surface of the Moon, moon dust flying off the ground as each foot landed on the ancient, dusty landscape. They all started to look around, trying to find what it was they were after. Eventually one of them saw it and as his eyes widened fully to the magnificent sight all he could think to do was utter the phrase "Oh mai godu!" He saw it, the ruins of the Moon Kingdom.
"I take it you see the ruins?" Setsuna broke the moment.
"Yes Doctor. It's the most incredible sight!" The astronaut saw the crumbled ruins of the palace; the entire structure was as grey and dusty as the Moon itself. Where the walls once fortified the castle was now a run down brick wall, cracked and damaged, with a hole breaching the wall every so often. Most of the actual structure was gone, most of the rooms and turrets were now just outlines, jagged peaks of bricks and moon dust. However one structure in particular seemed to be mostly in tact, what appeared to be the main building - the palace itself. Apart from very large fissures along the roof, lengthy cracks reaching down to the very base of the building and what were clearly turrets torn from the awnings the palace was more or less safe and stable.
After a second Setsuna barked at the astronaut. "We gave you cameras for a reason Dr. Sen. Use them!" The astronaut pulled his left arm close to his chest, his suit had a control panel on his left wrist. After typing a few buttons his helmet began to send a live feed of his view. At Mission Control the entire room waited with baited breath, Setsuna most of all. With Pluto's demotion and her no longer being a Sailor Scout she wanted to hold on to the past, she even wears a badge at all times - a picture of an artist's rendition of Pluto with the phrase 'Meiōsei wa wakuseidesu!' in bold white text over it. 'Pluto is a planet!' After a moment the feed reached Mission Control and after a couple of seconds there it was, clear as day, Dr. Sen's view of the Moon Kingdom. Everyone in Mission Control exploded in cheers and ruckus; Setsuna simply gasped at the sight, the old residence in such a state of disrepair, but she began to cry as well seeing it again. Beside her was her husband and Dr. Okumura, clapping at the images on the screen.
Saboru leaned over to Setsuna and shouted over the noise. "Congratulations Setsuna! You've just discovered the Moon Kingdom." She turned to him and tearfully she kissed Saboru on the cheek. He blushed but Saboru pulled her close to him.

Then Dr. Okumura interrupted "Do you realize what this mean Drs. Akemi?" The two turn to him and stare, waiting for a response. "You Setsuna have just proven the existence of extra terrestrial life." A thought occurred to Setsuna, she never considered the Moon Kingdom to be alien, or herself for that matter. "This discovery doesn't just prove that aliens exist-" Naoki pointed to the screen. "They are intelligent. They are capable of understanding complex concepts; masonry, construction, architecture - this clearly demonstrates that Selenic life was intelligent, intelligent enough to create a complex of structures designed to fortify the royal family." Setsuna looked back at the screen, the view was still of the ruins but now Dr. Sen was moving about the site.
"There seems to be a lot of structures around what looks like the palace." Dr. Sen replied over the radio. "Given the frequency and size I think these are shrine rooms." Maybe of these rooms the astronaut discovered would have been no bigger than a small bedroom, just big enough for a person to enter the niche. However something else was there. "What the?" The astronomer found a slate with alien writing chiseled into it, under it however was a language far more familiar. 'Σελήνη' Greek. "Can anyone read that?"
Greek that Sestuna knows. "Oh. Selene? How did that get there?" She wondered how on Earth Greek managed to end up on the Moon.
"Selene?" Saboru asked
"The Greek Titaness of the Moon." She answered. "She watched over a mortal man known as Endymion and fell in love with him as he slept for all eternity." The two other doctors nodded, drawing a number of similarities to their collected knowledge of Usagi's and Mamoru's own story. "However, how on Earth did Greek end up here?"
Setsuna tried to this out, but as she was she was interrupted by Dr. Sen. "Here's another one." In the ruins of a different shrine room the astronaut found another slate with Selenic writing and kanji this time. '月読' "Tsukuyomi?" Dr. Sen uttered. "Why is this god's name here?"
"Keep searching doctor." Setsuna ordered "I'm getting a feeling this is not a coincidence." The astronaut continued to search for more slates. Setsuna leaned towards her husband. "I think more lunar deities are going to surface here."
"Here's another." The astronaut picked up a new slate with again more alien text and this time hieroglyphs, ancient Egyptian Coptic.
Setsuna took a moment to read the glphys, then she gasped. "Khonsu?!"
Saboru turned to her. "Khonsu? Who's Khonsu?"
Naoki also turned to her. "You can read hieroglyphs?"
She really shouldn't be that surprised. "Yes Doctor, I can read hieroglyphs." Setsuna then turned to Saboru. "Khonsu is the Egyptian god of the Moon. He and Thoth represent the passage of time."
Naoki was surprised. "I had no idea you knew so much about mythology Setsuna."
"Not mythology, just lunar deities."
"Doctors, this is something you need to see." Dr. Sen drew everyone's attention back to the screen, and noone believed it. It was a map, carved into the backside of the palace building.
Moreover Setsuna recognized the map's basic shape. "That's not possible!" She exclaimed, walking up to the big screen. She saw a very basic map of Greece. "This is ancient Greece!"
"Greece?!" Saboru exclaimed.
"Oh yes." Setsuna added. "I recognize the shape and the pattern of the islands." However one in particular caught her eye. It looked more like a star than an island, almost like a symbol even. "Doctor. Can you take a look at around north of Crete?"
"Where Doctor?" Dr. Sen doesn't travel at all.
She sighed. "Above the lowest island. Focus on the bottom half of the map." The view changed as the astronaut moved into position. "I don't believe it." The anomaly she saw was much clearer now and there was no doubt in her mind. Setsuna pointed to it on the screen, a star shape on the map with Greek written next to it. 'Θήρα' "That's Thera!" She looked back at the doctors who were both confused at what they were meant to think. "That's Thera! This is one of the possible locations of Atlantis; it's said that the island may have housed a highly advanced civilization compared to the Greeks, Plato certainly suggested that in his work." Setsuna took a moment to reassess the map again. "I can't be certain, but judging from this it seems possible that-" She gasped again. "The Moon Kingdom has indeed been on the Earth, living in fact on Thera." Audible gasps could be heard all over Mission Control, the doctors joining in.
"Is that even possible?" Naoki asked.
"Why isn't it?" Setsuna snapped back. "It's clear from this map that Thera holds a certain significance to the Moon Kingdom. I can never be certain without testing, but judging purely from what's in front of me right now that seems to be the most likely reason for this." He nodded in agreement. Setsuna turned back to the screen and realized the astronauts oxygen was getting quite low. "Doctor return to the module, you've been there long enough. Recall the others too."
"Roger that." Dr. Sen switched off the feed and called out to the others. "Guys let's head back to the module." The three astronauts headed back to the lander and the mission to find the Moon Kingdom was complete, however so much more was discovered. It seems that some sort of cooperation took place and the possibility of cohabitation even began to surface. The Moon held so many secrets that it was only the beginning of a massive discovery.
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2 years ago (Io)

Deep in space a very small planet was about to be greeted by it's second visitor in it's lifetime. The first was a similar sized piece of rock that slammed into it very early in it's history, the crash resulted in the creation of five moons around this planet. This was Pluto, and after nine and a half years of careful planning and steely navigation finally the New Horizons probe was about to pass it. The probe was already awake, it have been since December last year, but now it had reached the climax of its mission. The probe sent out it's regular signal and it raced out at the speed of light - nearly three hundred thousand kilometers every second. This packet of data would take 4 hours, 25 minutes, 18 and a quarter seconds to reach Earth; screaming past the ice giants, passing straight through the gas giants, pinging across the asteroid belt, shooting past Mars and the Moon and reaching Earth.

Time to reach Pluto - T-0:00:00
Time for Data to reach Earth - T-4:25:18


8:49 PM
At JAXA very little was happening, only a few doctors and scientists were working and the rest of the complex was empty. It was approaching 8:50 in the evening and all that was left were the maintenance workers and a few night owls during research. In a modern observatory room in JAXA a doctor was monitoring all the telemetry from the New Horizons probe, Setsuna knew that the probe was going to pass Pluto sometime today so she asked one of the undergraduates to cover all the data when she was away and call her the second Pluto came into view. He was relaxing at the deck, leaning back onto the chair and drinking coffee, reviewing all the data. All of a sudden one the of monitors changed and the doctor turned to it, he saw a small white dot at the center of an almost purely black screen. The doctor looked up and saw 'Camera' on the toolbar, this was the probe's camera and the dot in the middle of the screen was Pluto. Drinking his coffee the doctor nearly spat it out again seeing the toolbar, spraying the monitor and the keyboard with coffee, he immediately put his mug down and grabbed his phone, quickly trying to find Dr. Setsuna Akemi's contract and calling her.
Ringing. Ringing. Ringing, then. "Hi, you've reached Dr. Setauna Akemi. I can't come to the phone right now, please leave a message after the beep."
Ah! Her voicemail, the doctor thought. "Dr. Akemi, this is Dr. Taro, you asked me to call you as soon as Pluto could be seen." He quickly looks back at the screen and saw the tiny white dot grow very very slightly. "Well, I can see Pluto. You better get over here now as soon as you get this message." He then hang up and quickly turned to the other monitors to work out how much time she had to get to JAXA.
8:50 PM
Meanwhile in Setsuna's home she and Saboru were both fast asleep in their bed, they both enjoyed a night of love making and were worn out from the night's amorous activities. The light's off and the curtains drawn the only light in the room was the red from the bedside clock, the couple bathed in the glow of the light. All of a sudden Setsuna's phone began to vibrate and light up, Dr. Taro was calling her. The phone continued to jump around the dresser for a few seconds before stopping, the doctor was leaving his voicemail. During this time Setsuna moaned slightly, adjusting her body to relax some more. The phone then light up a second time, repeating the doctor's message;
Code:
Message from Dr. Taro
Dr. Akemi, this is Dr. Taro, you asked me to call you as soon as Pluto could be seen. Well, I can see Pluto. You better get over here now as soon as you get this message.

After a few seconds the phone died down again and for the next half a minute everything was peaceful again. Then again the phone lit up a third time, Dr. Taro gave Setsuna forewarning;
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Message from Dr. Taro
Dr. Akemi, when you get this message you have roughly 4 hours and 24 minutes before the probe sends full pictures of Pluto here.


Time to reach Pluto - T+3:56:32
Time for Data to reach Earth - T-0:28:46


12:46 AM
The bedroom was still dark and the couple were still sleeping, however Setsuna stirred, she groaned and rolled over the bed facing the dresser. She aimlessly reached over to the dresser for her phone, eventually finding it and pulling it to her. Still half asleep she checked to see if there was any news, there was. Slowly Setsuna was waking up to Dr. Taro's messages and as she read them her eyes widened and her heart began to race. "WHAT?" she yelled, quickly getting out of bed, switching on the light and getting dressed as fast as she could. Saboru grunted, he woke up at the sound of Setsuna's shriek. "Setsuna, what are you doing?" He asked still asleep.
Running around in her underwear Setsuna grabbed a pair of jeans and started to put them on. "I just now checked my phone, my probe is at Pluto now. I don't have a lot of time to get to JAXA." With her jeans on she walked up to the wardrobe and pulled out a white button shirt to wear.
"I see." Saboru yawned. "I'll see you in the morning then."
Fully clothed now Setsuna walked up to Saboru and kissed him for just a moment. "It's already morning dear. I'll see you there okay?" Saboru nodded and then fell back asleep. Setsuna switched off the light and left the room, she didn't even do her hair.
12:51 AM
Setsuna left her modest home, entered their dark blue car and drove out of the driveway, speeding off towards JAXA. She knew she could make it there in about twenty minutes but she was going to cut it fine.

Time to reach Pluto - T+4:21:34
Time for Data to reach Earth - T-0:03:44


1:11 AM
Setsuna was just one road away, passing the traffic lights just before she could see the building come into view. She immediately pulled into the parking lot and quickly found a nice space just at the front of the entrance. She quickly got out of the car and checked her watch; 1:12:45 AM. Setsuna had just 150 seconds to reach her office on the fifth floor, as soon as she checked her watch she run straight for the doors and with one mighty heave she swung them open. The receptionist was surprised at the sudden jolt. "Dr. Akemi! You startled me."
"I don't have any time! I'll sign in in a few minutes!" Setsuna stormed off, bolting for the elevator at first but then she noticed the stairs beside them and opened the emergency door leading to the stairs. In no time at all she rushed up all five flights of stairs, huffing and puffing but taking no time to rest. Setsuna exited the fire escape route and returned to the main hallway of the fifth floor, checking to see where her office was. She saw Dr. Taro waiting for her by the door, frantically beckoning her. She quickly run down the hall and with the Dr. Taro stepping aside she burst through into her office. "Report!"
Dr. Taro checked his watch. "Dr. Akemi, you have about fifteen seconds to spare." He gestured her to the monitors. "This way. We're expecting the next image any moment now. The New Horizons probe has survived it's journey."
"Anything else?" Setusna asked.
"Nothing of note. The moons are too far away to get any real reading." Dr. Taro replied. The two just sat there, staring at the monitor, waiting for the image to refresh, and then there it was - a full, clear image of the dwarf planet Pluto. It actually looked like a tanned version of the Moon itself, cratered and with shades of dark, earthy browns - similar to the seas of the Moon. Setsuna gasped at the image, she never thought in her wildest dreams she would actually see Pluto. She began to cry, her entire life's work - her thesis, her career, her involvement with New Horizons - had all led to this moment, seeking out and finding Pluto. "Dr. Akemi?" Dr. Taro saw her eyes welling up and became concerned. "Are you alright?"
Choking up and rying to hold back her tears Setsuna replied. "I'm fine, I just never thought this would actually happen,-" She stretched out her hands at the monitor, trying to hold Pluto. "Actually seeing Pluto." She sighed, she was finally content. After years of toil and fighting and self doubt over whether of not Pluto was even worthwhile she felt a great sense of satisfaction seeing its image, it was absolutely worth all the time and the trouble to see Pluto.
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Yesterday

Inside Setsuna's house was just a young girl sitting by the kitchen counter. She was sketching in her art book, drawing another one of her latest creations, a heavy set, ironclad swordsman, cleanly slicing a man in half with his sword. Then she heard a rattling from the door, her mother was returning home from work. "Puruto?" Setsuna called out.
"Hello mother." Puruto replied back.
"How was your day in school dear?" Setsuna walked up to her daughter.
"Great, I made a new friend today."
"Oh, who is he?" Setsuna asked coyly.
Puruto giggled. "She is a brainiac like you mother."
"Don't call her names Chiyo." Setsuna whined, poking her daughter's side while Puruto continued to laugh. They shared a moment for a while but then Setsuna remembered about the day's revelations earlier, and compelled by worry Setsuna reached out to grab onto Puruto's shoulder. "It's a good thing your father isn't here right now Chiyo. I don't think he'll want to hear what I have to say. But Chiyo I have to tell you something about myself, something that as of right now only one other person knows about me." She paused for just a moment. "Do you know the celebrity Usagi Tsukino-Chiba?"
Puruto nodded. "Yeah, she's like the writer chick who was a superhero years ago."
Setsuna nodded along to her Chiyo's cloying description of the Moon Princess. "Something like that yes. Well, I'm going to tell you my secret Chiyo, and I have no idea how you'll react to it." Setsuna shook her head at the end of her statement, and she knew that however Chiyo was going to respond her life was about to turn upside down. Chiyo 'Puruto' Akemi was about to discover that her highly intelligent mother would reveal herself to be the superheroin Sailor Pluto, master of time.
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Finally! This took one and a half weeks to complete and you can see why. This chapter focuses Setsuna's life over the past 25 years; achieving her doctorate of Physics with her thesis, eventually working for JAXA - Japan's space agency, joining the New Horizons group in NASA to build the probe, leading the mission to land of the Moon and discover the ruins of the Moon Kingdom, and her reaction to when New Horizons finally reached Pluto a couple of years ago. We also get to see one of Setsuna's twin daughters, she named them Chiyo and Kagami but also gave them the nicknames Puruto and Sharon, after the dwarf planet and its largest moon.

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Chapter 12 - Chiyo Akemi: Sailor Pluto

Setsuna's house was abuzz in activity, she and her daughter were quickly cleaning the house as they were expecting visitors. Chiyo was kneeling down, dusting the windows while Setsuna finished the last of the vacuuming. "Puruto!" She shouted over the machine. "Can you dust the tables now?"
"Just a sec!" Chiyo was just finishing off her window, wiping in down one last time. "Okay mother." She got up and headed over to the coffee table in the lounge room. Chiyo was dressed for home, a simple black t-shirt and track pants - comfort clothes for lounging about. Chiyo was unlike any other of the school girls in Juuban Municipal High School, she was a goth chick. Chiyo's appearance reflected this; she normally wears makeup like other girls, heavy eyeliner, black fingernails and a deep maroon lipstick, but she also applies a very small amount of rice powder on her cheeks - the makeup Geisha use to color their faces white - to give herself the slightest appearance of a vampire, after all she does associate herself to be one. Her hair was the most striking part of her appearance though; she has long black hair down to her belly button and a distinct fringe, a swath of hair fell from the left side of her face down and across to her cheek, covering her left eye. She sported an Umbre look, the ends of her hair was dyed a dark red color, an almost blood color. Only her right eye was visible, scarlet red like her mother. Chiyo's entire face was awash with mystery and intrigue, she embodied the look of a modern goth.
"Can you see through your hair Puruto?" Setsuna asked.
Chiyo chuckled "Yes mother." Every so often Setsuna would ask about her daughter's appearance, Setsuna doesn't have a problem with Chiyo being goth but she doesn't quite understand it either.
Setsuna finished her vacuuming, switching off the machine. She began to unpack the vacuum cleaner as she spoke. "Well there's not much left to do. I'll dust the rest of the tables, you can finish that one and relax."
"Yes mother." Chiyo finished polishing the coffee table, set everything back the way it was and got up, taking her paper tower to the rubbish bin. Setsuna took the vacuum cleaner away and just as Chiyo returned from the kitchen the doorbell rang. Chiyo turned to see her mother continue into her room to hide the machine. "Do you want me to open the door mother?"
Setsuna yelled from behind the closed door. "Yes please Chiyo." Immediately Chiyo changed course, she made her way to the door and opened it to reveal a large group of women; Usagi, Chibiusa, Luna, and the girl she knows form school. "Good morning everyone, you must be mother's friends."
Usagi chuckled. "Well I think she's more of a friend of mine."
Chibiusa poked her mother in the ribs. "She can be both!" All Luna could do was sweat nervously at the royal family's bickering once again.
However, despite the noise Chiyo eventually recognized the girl standing in front of all of them. "Oh hi brainiac!"
The girl waved back, chuckling. "It's Nari." Nari and Chiyo both smiled, they met only a couple of days ago and began to build a friendship together.
"Mother is a little busy right now, please come in and have a seat." Chiyo led the group inside the house and down the hallway into the lounge, the space was too small for everyone to find a seat so Chiyo went to the dining hall to get herself and Setsuna chairs.
At the same time Setsuna came out of her room and saw the group at the lounge. "Hi everyone. How are you all?"
All the women and Nari stood up to greet her. Usagi was the first to talk, hugging Setsuna. "We're great." After letting go she turned to gesture at Nari. "This is Nari Asanuma, she's Mako's daughter."
Nari waved at Setsuna and Chiyo. "Hiya!" She smiled again and Setsuna grinned, she immediately saw the ray of sunshine that Nari was.
Usagi continued "We brought her here today because of what we talked about over the phone yesterday." Setsuna didn't tell her daughter yet the identity of Sailor Jupiter, she knew that today's visit would do all the talking for her, and Chiyo never told her mother fully that the girl she met was Nari. This day was going to be a very eventful day for the Akemi family. Everyone sat down and Usagi asked "Firstly Setsuna, is she?" Setsuna simply sighed, she got up from her chair and walked off. Everyone was stunned at this sudden display of defiance, or at least that's what it looked like. Chiyo didn't even bother to look as her mother when into her room. "Setsuna?!" Usagi demanded.
Setsuna came out of her room and returned with her Planet Rod; the bright blue power stick she once used to transform into Sailor Pluto. "Chiyo?" She handed the power stick to her daughter and Chiyo simply grabbed a hold of it. Instantly a dark light started to appear on Chiyo's forehead but her fringe obscured the full image, she lifted her hair to reveal that indeed she bore the symbol of Pluto. Usagi wasn't at all surprised, her assumption was proven correct - at least in this instance. Chibiusa too was not surprised, she arrived at the same conclusion as her mother did. Luna was more afraid than surprised, remembering the stories of the Queen of the Underworld filled her with dread. Nari was the only one of the group that was truly stunned, her eyes widened and her jaw dropped. "Yes Usagi." Setsuna finally addressed her. "She is the new Sailor Pluto."
With the moment broken Nari leaned over to Luna to whisper "Did my head look like that too?"
Luna nodded "Yes it did."
"Okay." Usagi got up from her seat. "We're going to Rei's temple. Since we need to train the scouts as quickly as possible it's best that we take everyone there and help Chiyo transform and work out her attacks." Everyone agreed and they all stood up to go. "Nari, why don't you join Chiyo and Setsuna in her car? It'll get cramped if we all go in mine."
"Okay!" Nari beamed "I can talk to my new friend." Setsuna looked at Nari, she didn't realize Chiyo and Nari was already acquainted.
"Yeah. Mother, this is who I was talking about yesterday. The brainiac." Chiyo went up to Nari hugged her, wrapping her arm around her waist. The two girls seemed to have somehow bonded in the very short time they have met. They chuckled for just a moment.
"We better go." Luna interrupted "Rei and Mako are waiting for us and Rei doesn't like to wait around for long." The group all moved towards the door, chatting amongst themselves. As the last person out the door Setsuna closed and locked the door. The group separated into two cars; Usagi drove her daughter and Luna, while Setsuna drove her daughter and Nari, all to the Hikawa Shrine.

At Hikawa Shrine a dark blue Mitsubishi Lancer pulled up just outside the steps, Setsuna turned off the car and eventually everyone got out. "So you two met at lunchtime?" She asked Chiyo.
"Yep!" Chiyo replayed. "She and her friends saw me and decided to include me into her circle."
Nari shut her door and ran up to Chiyo "Yeah. I saw you by yourself and I wanted to make friends with you. You seem so mysterious and I wanted to find out about you." By the time she reached Chiyo she turned to Setsuna. "Did you know she's a Lolita? And she is a really good artist? And she has wicked cool hair?"
Setsuna laughed heartily. "Of course I do Nari! I've lived with her for sixteen years." The group began their ascent up the stairs.
Halfway up Chiyo exclaimed. "This place must be massive to have stairs this long!" Setsuna and Nari both laughed. Eventually the group reached the top to find all the other women mingling; Usagi and Makoto were talking about Nari and her progress over the last 24 hours, Luna committed herself to continue catching up with the old gang, she was talking to Rei and Chibiusa about their lives. Setsuna walked up to Usagi and Makoto while the girls catch up with Chibiusa and Luna.
As everyone arrived Usagi turned to the girls. "Okay now that we're all here, Chiyo go with Nari to train with Chibiusa. We will sit back and watch you, if you need any help ask Chibiusa or Luna." Chiyo nodded in reply and the group all left to the courtyard, Chibiusa leading Nari and Chiyo with Luna following behind them all.
As her daughter left her view Setsuna became worried for her Puruto. "I don't think she's ready to be a Sailor Scout."
The women turned to her, Usagi was the first to ask. "What makes you say that?"
Setsuna continued to stare at where she last she her daughter. "A gut feeling." She paused to take a deep sigh. "Mother's intuition."
A thought occurred to Rei. "Intuition? Like a vision?"
Setsuna shook her head. "No, not a vision, I mean she really seems to be unprepared. You know when I told her about me as Sailor Pluto she laughed, she didn't really believe it. I had to transform into Sailor Pluto for her just to prove it."
Makoto grunted. "Sounds like me and Ittou."
Setsuna continued. "I tried to give her your book Usagi but she laughed it off and said she didn't need it. She thinks she can handle herself in a fight but she's never been in one, and I know that even though she dresses like that and draws macabre and gore she is a very warm and kind girl. I really think she will get traumatized in a fight."
Usagi saw the grief on Setsuna's face and smiled. "I think that if Chiyo says she's ready then she's ready Setsuna." She paused and turned to the others. "I think I can honestly say that none of us were ever truly ready to be Sailor Scouts." Usagi paused again, looking at Matoko laughing at herself and Rei nodded along. She turned back to Setsuna to finish her point. "In truth Setsuna there's no way to prepare her for what may come, the only thing we can do as mothers is bring our daughters up well, teach them the right things and worry about them when they go." As soon as Setsuna heard this her eyes began to well up, she was about to cry.
Just before she completely lost her composure Setsuna said "Thank you Usagi, it won't stop me from being afraid for her, but you are right." She lent in and hugged Usagi. Usagi did nothing but comfort her, patting her back as Setsuna cried for her daughter. Then the group saw it, a bright white light coming from the courtyard.
"We have to go!" Usagi exclaimed. "Chiyo is about to transform."
Makoto and Rei were the first to hurry, Makoto lamented "I still can't believe I missed Nari's transformation." Slowly Usagi helped turn Setsuna around and got her to start running towards the courtyard after them.
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As the group entered the courtyard Luna once again took her position from before, along the wooden deck beside the courtyard. Once again Luna directed today's training. "Okay Chiyo, firstly you've met Nari from earlier." Chiyo nodded in reply. "She is in fact Sailor Jupiter."
"I thought so." Chiyo replied, surprising Luna. Chibiusa s☹ed a little and Nari and Chiyo both simply stared back at Luna. "What?" Chiyo asked.
Wide eyed Luna answered. "Well, how did you know Nari was Sailor Jupiter?"
"I'm not dumb!" Chiyo snapped back. "Ever since mother told me about Sailor Pluto I kinda figured that I'd be meeting the other scouts, I mean that's how the scouts were a group. Since noone really explained why Nari visited us I just assumed she was a scout." The thought finally caught up with Luna. "I didn't know which scout she was, only that she was one. You now just admitted that." Faultless. Chiyo's logic was perfect, but in fairness she was just very observant. Chiyo enjoys reading a lot of crime novels for the subject matter, her favorite character is the eminent Sherlock Holmes - the world's detective.
Chibiusa laughed some more. "I think Chiyo is going to be very useful."
Luna honestly couldn't help and smirk herself, the deductive power of Chiyo amazed even her. "Alright then." She began in fact to walk over to the rest of the girls. "Since you have it worked out Chiyo I guess we can go straight to your transformation." Luna walked right up to Chiyo and held out her hands. "Please reach out to me, I'll hold your hands." At first Chiyo was hesitant, she wasn't really sure what to expect from this, but eventually she did so. Luna placed her hands on top of Chiyo's and instructed her. "I want you to think of nothing but the power of Pluto, clear your mind and focus on that power." Chiyo closed her eyes and began to meditate, emptying her mind and fixating on the power of Pluto. Luna did the same and just like before with Nari Luna focused on summoning a new item for Chiyo. Once again the white light appeared and again clumps of light began to form around the girls and gravitate to each other, forming a new item. The experience was similarly painful for Chiyo but she didn't show it, she has a much higher tolerance for pain. After a few moments of focus and energy the light exploded and all that was left was a new power stick, something totally unexpected for everyone - except Luna. She knew that this stick was especially dangerous, it was death itself. When the summoning had finished Chiyo let go of Luna and checked her right hand; it was similar in appearance to Nari's Lightning Power Stick, the stick was dark red with gold and silver details all around it, intriguingly the golden symbol was a crown shape - a three dimensional crown surrounding a silver sphere attached to the head of the stick. Again there was no symbol of Pluto, instead the crown shape was detailed with shapes, silver rhombuses lining the crown. Also as one last hit of detail the handle of the stick was lined in silver in a zig zag pattern, resembling the crown shape. This was a very regal design, fit for a queen. "Chiyo, that's your Metal Power Stick." Luna pointed out as the other women began to come into view. "When you're ready hold the stick over your head and scout Pluto Metal Power, Make Up!" Chiyo thought at it; she could work out that this stick was more likely to produce something made of metal, most likely a sword, but really she couldn't work out anything else. As she was trying to work out the stick all the other women hurried to along the wooden deck, all of them watching intently at Chiyo. After a few deep breaths she raised her right hand high above her and with the stick in the air she screamed "PLUTO METAL POWER, MAKE UP!"

The moment she finished the crown on the stick shone a bright golden light and the silver shapes began to move, ripple even, it's as if they were liquid metal. In fact they were liquid metal, the silver shapes began to ooze out of their placings and poured down over the stick, down Chiyo's arm over her body, down here legs and up along face and hair. She was entirely encased in metal, the light from the stick shone over Chiyo and the metal glistened a splendorous white halo all around her. Everyone saw the sight of Chiyo in her metallic state, the radiance caught the eye of all the women and Nari. The light form the stick continued to shine brighter and brighter, flooding the entire scene in white light until a sudden burst dispelled the light and the metal, revealing Chiyo's very unique outfit. Just like Nari is with Sailor Jupiter Chiyo's outfit differed from Sailor Pluto's, however while Nari's outfit contained subtle differences Chiyo's was wildly different; Chiyo wore black kitten heeled shoes over her frilled maroon socks. She still wore the same pure white leotard like every other scout but her skirt was completely unique; her skirt was pleated like the others but it was beautifully decorated, lined with a bright red lace and a frilled bottom Chiyo's skirt was large - down to her just past her knees - and had stitched patterns all around it, bright red like the lace over the field of dark green. Just like her mother's Chiyo wore a deep maroon back bow. Also like her mother she wore long gloves that cover her forearms, however her gloves were not white, she wore silver gloves - they almost looked like armor plates - with the same dark green trim along the ends of her gloves. Once again Chiyo's chest featured the greatest change; her bow tie was also deep maroon to match her back bow. Just like Nari and not very much like Setsuna Chiyo wore a dark green collar with the same white borders framing its edge, with the same golden thread featuring the crown symbol on each side of her collar. The brooch shone brightly in the light; it was entirely made of metal, a silver sphere gleamed at the center of Chiyo's leotard with a golden leaf symbol of Pluto glinting in the light. Chiyo's earrings were simple dangle earrings, a thin steel wire hung from each ear holding a droplet of garnet. However it was her tiara which was by far and away the most unique feature to her outfit; up until this point the tiaras of all the Sailor Scouts were simple golden chevrons with a elliptical gemstone in the middle, Chiyo's tiara was vastly different. The bottom of the tiara was the same in that it pointed down in the middle of her forehead and it was indeed golden, however the shape of the tiara was that of a crown - five large points pierced through Chiyo's hair, and embedded in each of the golden spires were a single large jewel of polished garnet, every one of them shaped like a droplet. Chiyo's tiara was so different it had to signify something - status. Once again the power stick was the last to transform, light came out of the Metal Power Stick and it grew from one end this time. The stick grew very long, but then Chiyo - holding the stick above her in her right hand - decided to grab a hold of it with her left hand then split the stick apart. In the act of taking her hands apart the Metal Power Stick split from a single long stick into two sticks, the light from her right stick was the same length, the light from the left stick was significantly smaller. Then the light disappeared to reveal the Metal Power Stick transformed into a pair of swords, a longsword for Chiyo's right hand and a dagger for her left. With the transformation complete Chiyo began to strike her pose, with her swords in hand she swung them around her and at the end she posed with the long sword pointed up to the sky and the dagger pointing to her right hand, the swords framing her portrait as if she were in a painting, with her legs crossed over.
The Queen of the Underworld has risen to her duty.

Once again, as everything calmed down a silence descended over the scene. For Usagi, Chibiusa and Luna it was another spectacle to watch, Nari got to see firsthand what a transformation looked like rather than experiencing it. Setsuna was dumbfounded; she had no idea that her daughter would be so different from herself, Chiyo was not the master of time and space, she was something else entirely. As for Chiyo, she was elated; she took a moment to look at herself, holding her swords in front of her and with eyes wide open a smile crept onto her face. She was undeniably the sickest, most bad ☹ Sailor Scout ever. "Wow!" Chiyo exclaimed, staring at her swords. She noticed that the swords were both engraved with strange symbols, she recognized what they were but not what they meant. "Mother." She called out. "You need to come and have a look at this."
From the deck Setsuna quickly came up to Chiyo. "Be careful Puruto! Those aren't toys!" She quickly grabs a hold of Sailor Pluto's long sword and takes a look the etching. Immediately Setsuna recognized the symbols, they were Selenic - the alphabet of the Moon Kingdom. When Setsuna led the team of astronauts to find the ruins of the Moon Kingdom they encountered Selenic for the very first time, since then Setsuna is the leading expert in the Moon Kingdom and its people. As she read the symbols Setsuna sounded out each phonic. "Pu-lu-to. Vah-mo. Zo-oh; Puluto Vahmo Zoo." Setsuna turned around to the other women on the deck, translating the text. "Pluto's Right Hand. Probably refers to the fact that's it's a right-handed longsword."
Chiyo addressed her mother again. "This one has more writing." She handed her mother the dagger and they swapped swords.
Setsuna examined the text on the dagger. "Ve-ee-lai. Sheh-n-to. Veelaishehnto." This time Setsuna looked up to Sailor Pluto. "This is Soultaker." She handed the dagger back to Chiyo and Chiyo took the time to study them closely; 'Pluto's Right Hand' was a very long sword, resting her arms in front of her it towered over her by a clear head, by contrast 'Soultaker' tapered to a point up to her eye level. Sailor Pluto's armaments and gloves all gleamed in the sunlight.
"Wow!" Luna exclaimed. "Well I guess hand to hand combat is out of the question for you Chiyo." Luna turned to the women of the deck. "Should we just focus on special attacks?"
Usagi nodded. "Yeah, let's find her special attacks. Nari can transform into Sailor Jupiter and later on they can learn to fight with their weapons."
"Oh great!" Makoto jumped at the thought. "I can finally see my Nari transform!" Watching the women take amongst themselves Setsuna turned back to Chiyo in her exquisite Sailor Pluto uniform and after a few seconds of thought she smiled, calmer now than before. Setsuna knew there was nothing she could do now except give her Puruto the support she will need to become the new Sailor Pluto.
"Puruto." Setsuna finally said, going up and crouching to carefully hug her, avoiding the large blades still in the air. "Just be careful out there. Fight with all your strength." She stood up again and walked off to the side with the other women.
Luna eventually returned back next to Chiyo. "Okay, we're going to work out your special attacks. If you're anything like Nari you should have two special attacks." Yesterday after discovering Shocking Wave Nari and the women also uncovered Nari's ranged attack, Lightning Javelin. Nari is now capable but not yet adept at Naginata style fighting. However all eyes were on Chiyo and Luna as everyone, including those two, waited to discovered Sailor Pluto's attacks, only this time it wasn't quite so obvious what to do. Chiyo simply stood there, holding onto her swords. Luna too was trying to work out what to do, so was Nari.
However by the sidelines Usagi leaned over to Setsuna and asked. "I've been meaning to ask, where's Kagami?"
"Santorini." For a second nothing happened, Setsuna turned see Usagi have no idea where Santorini is. "Greece Usagi, she's near an island in the Aegean Sea."
"Oh!" Usagi chuckled nervously. "Sorry."
Setsuna laughed. "That's okay. She's on a research team there to determine if my theory about Atlantis is correct."
"Oh wow!" Usagi exclaimed. "Does she like it there?"
"Oh yes, it's spring there now and she loves the island life."
"Is it like Japan?" Usagi asked. She's never been to Greece.
"Not at all!" Setsuna laughed again. "Actually, now that I think about it where's Mamoru?"
"He needed to go to work." Usagi sighed. "He got called in yesterday and needed to help out a group with programming something for HAL."
Setsuna frowned. "That's a shame. I have missed seeing him."
Usagi granted back at her. "Mm, I know that he hates missing out on seeing Chibiusa transform." Usagi sighed again. "I hope he'll get to see her."
Setsuna grabbed a hold of Usagi's waist and pulled her to her. "Don't worry, he'll be all over the world with you Usagi." Usagi smiled at the last comment.

Chiyo was still standing, trying to work out her special attack. Her observational skills were stretched to the max; she knew that whatever she needed to do it had to involve the swords, she also knew that Soultaker was likely to be used as a secondary weapon, Pluto's Right Hand was much longer and heavier than Soultaker, so she believed Pluto's Right Hand played a more active role in a fight. But what on Earth could be an attack? Nari was also trying to work out Sailor Pluto's special attack, she reached similar conclusions through her intellect but for different reasons. But then the thought struck Nari, she thinks she has an idea. "Hey Chiyo!" Nari yelled, she walked right up to Sailor Pluto's ear and whispered her idea. Chiyo's reactions were visible, as Nari continued her explanation she became more and more confused.
When Nari finished and pulled away from her Chiyo simply turned to Nari with a look of bewilderment. "Are you sure Nari?"
Nari shrugred. "It can't hurt to try." Chiyo looked back at her swords and thought for a moment. What's there to lose; she thought.
Chiyo decided to act; she leaned back and shouted. "SWORD RAIN!" She threw Soultaker into the air, expecting it to stay there, but the dagger simply fell back to the ground, the metal clanging on the stone ground.
Chiyo sighed and Nari went to pick up Soultaker. "Okay," Nari said. "Try 'blade' instead." Nari handed the dagger back to Chiyo and stepped out of the way.
Chiyo took a moment to refocus her thoughts and then leaned back again. "BLADE RAIN!" Again she threw Soultaker into the air and this time while in the air the dagger began to glow a strange black light before splitting into ten copies of the same sword, floating in the air. This was Chiyo's special attack, with Pluto's Right Hand she held it aloft and swung it downwards, proclaiming. "FALL!" The copies of the dagger all began to fall to the ground, Luna and Nari both ran out of the way of the falling swords. One by one the blades fell from the sky, raining metal and death. The swords fell with such force they cut through the stone and buried cleanly into the ground. After a moment, as everyone was processing the attack Chiyo simply said. "Nice!" Everyone turned to her as she continued to say. "I like this attack!"
Luna looked around. "Where's your sword in this?" She asked. Strangely Chiyo didn't even respond, she simply thought, Where is Soultaker?, and Pluto's Right Hand suddenly moved her arm and pointed to one of the buried daggers, it's as if the sword was attracted to the dagger.
"Wow!" Chiyo uttered. "I think it's that one." She walked up to the dagger Pluto's Right Hand was magnetized to and pulled it out of the ground, as she did the other daggers transformed - one by one - into dark magic, disintegrating in the wind. Everyone slowly came out and encircled Chiyo, this newfound ability to literally rain death from the sky was a powerful and very dangerous ability that has been bestowed to a teenager who appeared to not be able to understand the gravity of her power. Chiyo was ecstatic, the idea of magic and swords and death were all very much to her liking but for all the wrong reasons.
"Chiyo." Usagi said to her, watching Chiyo stare at her swords with wide-eyed wonder. "These are not toys. You have to understand that these swords can kill in the wrong hands. You need to be very careful with them."
Chiyo sighed and without looking at her she replied. "They can kill in the right hands too, swords have very limited application." Chiyo turned to Usagi and continued. "I know what these are, I know they are very dangerous." She then turned to Luna and Chibiusa. "I promise I'll be responsible, I know I like blood and gore and stuff but I promise I'll use these only when I need to." A number of the women awed at Chiyo's very proper response, Setsuna smiled as was so overcome with emotion she came up to Chiyo and hugged her again.
"Thank you Chiyo." Setsuna said to her daughter. "I know you'll made a great Sailor Scout." She pulled away from Puruto and concluded. "And with these you'll be very safe." Looking at the swords. Chiyo smiled back at her mother, she always thought that Setsuna was not accepting of her being a Lolita but here and now she was more confident in herself than ever before. Setsuna finally got over her fear for Chiyo and knows that she will handle herself as best she can.
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Okay so finally I got to post this after two weeks. This reveals the not-really-a-secret secret that Chiyo Akemi - nicknamed Puruto - is in fact the next Sailor Pluto. Chiyo's character is very experimental for me in that I know a few goths but really no Lolitas, so wanting to make a Lolita Sailor Scout I did the research and looked up certain features about the fashion. It was always my intention to make Pluto the underworld scout, focusing on death, and Saturn the time scout, reversing the roles of the originals. This marks the end of the Setsuna/Chiyo discovery mini story, but not quite Japan right now, the next chapter is the last one in Japan before Usagi, Mamoru and the new scouts began to travel the world. One last minor story needs to start, I've already hinted at what it is but now the story will finally come into focus.

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now i finished reading it :D it was long but felt short once i started to read it
because it's mainly focused on chiyo,her attitudes mostly reminded me of a goth friend of mine :P i also liked their mother-daughter relationship and the nickname puruto :D
can't wait for the next chapter so we'll see more development of the storyline :ohmy:

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now i finished reading it :D it was long but felt short once i started to read it
because it's mainly focused on chiyo,her attitudes mostly reminded me of a goth friend of mine :P i also liked their mother-daughter relationship and the nickname puruto :D
can't wait for the next chapter so we'll see more development of the storyline :ohmy:

Actually that's fantastic to hear. It was the aim to create a reasonable character to embody goth and the darker aspects of humanity. Thank you.

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Chapter 13 - Phantom

It was the night before Usagi's trip around the world, the tickets were bought and everyone was packed and ready to go. Suitcases lined the backside of the couch by the front door, each with their own name tags - Usagi Tsukino-Chiba, Mamoru Chiba and Luna Tsukino. The couple were already upstairs and sleeping in bed, Luna was about to go to bed herself. She entered the guest bedroom in her pyjamas late at night after a day of booking, packing, printing and organizing everything since Chibiusa, Nari and Chiyo are all joining them. Exhausted, Luna closed the door behind her and slowly walked up to and climbed into her bed. She let out a big sigh and stretched herself for a moment in bed before plugging her phone into the charger and relaxing herself, switching off the desk lamp beside her and drifting off to sleep. Her mind emptied; the energy of the day was spent on the computer and in the kitchen, tending to Usagi's needs and hunger, as she does every day. Today was especially busy with all the preparation and coordination needed to move six people constantly and all over the planet.

Luna was only just asleep, the warmth from her bed relaxed her totally. Then all of a sudden she thought she could feel something, the slightest sense of a hand stroking her hair, even her neck. Luna didn't bother with it, she was too tired to really care about sensations; as far as she was concerned she was alone and was just dreaming. Then the sensation changed into something much more noticeable, she felt her lips get much warmer - it felt like someone was trying to kiss her in her sleep. Luna stirred, she woke up to find that no one was there. Confused and a little frightened, Luna looked around. "Hello?" She decided to switch on her phone to light up the room. "Hello?" No one. No one else was here, just Luna. She became concerned, there may be an intruder in her own room, but with limited hiding space and her growing even more tired Luna simply slumped back down onto her pillow and fell asleep again. She was so tired that the thought of another person being in her bedroom slipped out of her mind instantly, once again she began to sleep. Not long after Luna again felt the same sensation on her lips, it wasn't a bad feeling so much as it was uncomfortable, Luna had never been kissed before and while she liked the sensation it was entirely unwanted. Again she woke up and this time Luna launched, sitting up in bed. "Who's there?" In the dark she looked around to once again seem to find no one else in the room. This time she switched on the bed lamp and checked again. "Is anyone here?" She stared around the room; the space was very small but open, apart from the bed and the side window all that was there was the wardrobe, and she could tell it was empty. Luna was now very confused. "If no one else is here," Then what exactly is happening to me? She continued her thought. Despite the fact that she knew the room was empty Luna felt very insecure. Looked down at her phone and hatched a plan, she turned the light off and pulled her phone from the charger, holding it in her right hand just in case. She fell back into bed and took a few minutes in the dark before she started to fall asleep again, clutching her phone, waiting for him to come back. Once again the same sensation returned, the same warmth on her lips and now what felt like hands holding her neck. This was the most distinct feeling yet of the presence of another person, Luna definitely felt a man kissing her in her sleep. The instant she woke up she launched her phone straight at the man's face with all the force she dared to land. She swung her phone across his face and - nothing, she didn't feel anything, no flesh, no bone, nothing. Her right hand simply flew over her face, but what was truly disturbing was that even though Luna's hand swung over her and hit nothing, she still felt the man's kiss - after her hand swung. Luna immediately opened her eyes to again find noone there, she waved her hand about, working out if she aimed correctly or not. "I definitely swung at the right place." She uttered. But I'm certain that I still felt it, she continued her thought. Luna knew for sure now that indeed noone was here physically, but the only remaining possibility frightened her - the very real chance that some sort of ghost is having its way with her. There wasn't much she could do, but Luna felt very insecure and couldn't fall asleep easily anymore. For minutes she looked around in the dark, waiting for the apparition to show itself to her, but after several minutes eventually she fell asleep once again. Once again the sensations returned, but this time Luna didn't wake up - if she did it would simply retreat again. Luna intended to let this play out and discover what was going on. After a moment of kissing the ghost revealed himself in Luna's mind, a man with long white hair appeared in her vision. Luna didn't recognize the man but for some strange reason he had a familiar face.
Finally the man spoke to her. "It has been such a long time Luna."
Without thinking Luna replied. "I've missed you Artemis."

As soon as she heard herself Luna woke up in a cold sweat, breathing heavily and distraught from her dream. "Artemis?!" She couldn't believe it. She couldn't believe her feelings. She couldn't believe herself. "ARTEMIS?!" Entirely new thoughts started to flood her mind; what happened to Artemis fifteen years ago? Is it possible he could have turned into a human after all? Is what she is feeling real or not?
Is Artemis genuinely alive or truly dead?
Luna held her head, in the darkness she tried desperately to work out what exactly was happening to her. "No." She began to mutter. "No no no no, Artemis is dead. I killed him. I killed him by living." Luna paused to sink slowly back down onto her pillow. "The Silver Crystal could only turn one of us into a human. I survived." She began to cry. "I killed Artemis by living."
"Luna." He whispered into her ear. She opened her eyes and saw him - Artemis in human form. He was an astral spirit; only his face, chest and arms were visible in the vision but his hair gleamed in a white halo, shimmering in the light only Luna can see.
Eventually Luna asked. "Artemis?"
He nodded. "Yes." Luna gasped and for a moment she was happy, but then a thought struck her. "Wait. Are you alive?" Artemis chuckled, he reached out to brush her cheek. Luna felt the warmth of his skin and reacted, moving her head as he caressed her neck.
"Yes." Artemis finally replied. "I am alive." Luna started to cry again, the thought of Artemis being alive after all this time was too much for her to bare. "Don't cry." Artemis wiped the tears rolling down Luna's cheek.
"I thought you were dead." Luna cried back. "Have you been alive this whole time?"
Artemis smiled back at her. "Yes, I have. I've lived a wonderful life in E-." He was about to tell her where he was but he cut himself short, somehow he knew that Luna was going to travel with Usagi to activate the scouts and he didn't want to distract her from that.
"Eh?" Luna repeated him. "E-what? Where are you Artemis?"
He raised his hand. "Where I am is not important right now. Right now I just want to tell you that-" He stopped, Artemis could see Luna's face still full of sorrow and guilt. He smiled at Luna again. "That I have wanted to see you again, so much so that I have discovered a way for us to talk to each other through telepathy."
Luna gasped. "Telepathy? Is that what this is?"
Artemis chuckled again. "Yes, I can create an image of myself and send it to whoever I will it to. It takes a great deal of concentration for me to talk to you Luna. But seeing you again, your beautiful face and your long black hair-" He stared into her eyes and smiled again. "It was all worth the time and effort, just to see you." Artemis came right up to Luna and kissed her again, cradling her head in his hands. Shocked at first Luna eventually relaxed, she tried to reach out to Artemis but her hands and arms fell through the image. Startled Luna gasped and they stopped kissing. "What's wrong?" Artemis asked.
"I can't fell you!" She exclaimed. "I can feel your hands and your kiss, but I can't feel your arms. I don't understand this."
"Oh Luna." Artemis rubbed his fingers along her neck. "You need to learn telepathy yourself, otherwise you just can't feel my presence."
Slowly Luna nodded. "I understand."
Artemis slowly moved away, he was preparing to leave. "I need to leave now, but before I do I must tell you Luna, follow Usagi. Keep her safe."
As he moved away Luna climbed up from her bed. "Of course I will, but please tell me where you are."
"I can't yet Luna." Artemis shook his head as he continued. "You must trust me, please travel with Usagi and ensure she is safe."
"Please Artemis, where are you?" Luna pleaded but as she did Artemis' image dissolved and the light was gone.

Luna just sat at the end of her bed, frozen. She held a terrible guilt over Artemis' death for fifteen years, holding herself personally accountable for it. Now not only was he alive and well but he is trying to communicate with her. For a minute Luna was silent, in the twilight Luna was full of different emotions; delight, joy, fear, confusion, sorrow. She started to cry again but the intense emotions swelled her heart and she couldn't contain herself anymore. She slammed her fist straight onto the mattress and yelled. "ARTEMIS!" She was breathing so hard Luna was straining, wheezing even. Tears poured out of her as she was coming to grips with the idea that Artemis is alive. Everything she felt in the past fifteen years; guilt, heartache, regret - everything began to explode. Her very soul was raging against the sorrow. "ARTEMIS!" She was uncontrollable now. Luna's head was buried on top of the sheets, crying into them, choking now from all the built up emotion she had carried all her human life. She didn't kill Artemis; her choosing to live wasn't selfish, she didn't consign Artemis to his death - instead Luna wasted fifteen years of her life regretting over something that never happened. Luna felt like a complete idiot, she was pounding her bed and screaming in pain. Luna was unhinged.
"ARRRRRRTEEMIIIIIIIIIIS!"
A knocking came from outside her door, it opened to reveal Usagi having woken up from Luna's grief. "Luna?" Luna turned to see Usagi at the door, lit from behind by the light outside. She stared at Usagi for a few seconds, trying to control herself, breathing heavily. Then Luna quickly sprang from her bed and ran into Usagi's arms, desperate for some comfort, hugging her master tightly. All Usagi thought to do was hug her back. "Luna, what's wrong?"
Luna continued to cry, her head buried into Usagi's side, but composed herself enough to respond. "Usa-Usagi, h-he's alive! He's alive!"
"Who's alive?" Luna kept crying on Usagi's shoulder, Usagi decided to hold Luna's neck and compel her to look at Usagi. "Please Luna. Tell me who is alive?"
Tears streamed down Usagi's hand as Luna finally replied. "Artemis." Luna began to smile. "Artemis is alive!" Usagi was shocked, she knew that Artemis cannot possibly be alive. The miracle of human life went to Luna.
Usagi let go of Luna, immediately switched on the room light and turned to close the door. "Luna, tell me everything you know."
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Later in the early morning, as the sun was only starting to rise Mamoru climbed down the stairs. He woke up to find Usagi wasn't in bed with him. He found Usagi on the couch, watching the news, the television was barely audible. Usagi didn't go back asleep after talking to Luna, she had no idea how to react. "Usagi?" She didn't hear Mamoru, Usagi kept watching the news. He walked right up to her. "Usako." Usagi lifted her head and turned to her husband. "Are you alright?"
Usagi patted the space beside her. "Sit down, we need to talk." He did so and Usagi began to explain herself. "I'm worry for Luna. She says that Artemis is alive and that her spoke to her in a vision." She paused to turn back to the TV. "I fear she may be losing her mind."
Mamoru stared at Usagi for a moment, he too had the same sense of shock Usagi had with Luna, but unlike his wife Mamoru was more open to the theory. "I suppose it may be possible." Usagi turned to him as soon as he said that. "If it's possible to transform Luna into a human then it possible that Artemis had undergone the same transformation."
"Of course it's possible Mamo!" Usagi snapped back at Mamoru. "But we could only save one of them. There was only enough power to turn Luna into a human." She fully turned to face her husband now. "We couldn't save them both," Usagi sighed. "Artemis is dead."
Mamoru began to shake his head. "We never saw him die." Usagi's jaw began to drop. "Luna transformed, Artemis walked off down the stairs, Minako ran to see him, he disappeared. Usako, we may not have seen him for years but even I have to admit there's a chance he's out there somewhere." He paused to hold his wife. "It's always possible." Mamoru looked at the TV, the news bulletin featured a story in London, something to do with Sailor V. "Maybe even Minako knows about him."
"Mm." Usagi simply replied with a grunt. She lent her head down onto Mamoru's shoulder as they both watched the news, thinking about Luna and Artemis the whole time.

Then a thought struck Mamoru, watching Sailor V on the television he flinched for a moment and looked at Usagi, she drifted off to sleep beside him. He looked back at the TV, he just worked out who stole Chibiusa's Silver Crystal.
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Okay, so this is the last chapter before the global tour will begin. This also kicks off the last major story arc in the fanfiction - they were; the quest, the backstory, Rei's depression, the new senshi and now Luna and Artemis. I've hinted around the story a few chapters earlier but now we see the story in greater depth and understand Luna much better; the guilt over losing Artemis, the sacrifice everyone took in keeping her alive. So at this point Artemis' appearance throws Luna's emotional state into chaos. Everything will come to a head at the end of the next chapter as we finally begin to reach the first fight scene. Interestingly when I started I didn't have a specific piece of music in mind, but then I started to listen to Moby and all of a sudden Why Does My Heart Fell So Bad? seemed to fit it perfectly, so I added it.

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Chapter 14 - Countdown

Along a dark hallway the professor walked with vigor towards the light at the end. A rattling could be heard every time he took a step forward, the drug was prepared. He reached the light and passed through the open doorway to find General Tsajei reviewing the most recent data from the spy drone. The professor stopped just passed the door to observe the General hunched over, resting over a crystalline console, watching the information pour over the screen close up. "General," the professor called out. "You wanted to see me."
Without so much as turning to look at him Tsajei replied. "I've been told by the Council that you have manufactured our drug." Immediately the professor opened his grey laboratory coat and extracted a glass bottle fill of transparent yellow pills.
Lifting the bottle in front of his face the professor shook the bottle and explained the drug. "AN46I-5/212. This is a rather unique formula using trisulfur as a base chemical change in the respiratory system."
"Trisulfur?!" Tsajei interrupted.
The professor smirked, it seems the General knows all too well the complex nature of such a molecule. "Indeed General. That there is the reason why it took so long discover. When you ingest the drug the pill falls down to your stomach and the fluoroboric acid eats away the lead lining the free radical. For there the chemical is absorbed through the internal skin of the organs and will reach the lungs where the sulfur will break apart and change the composition of the organ temporarily to metabolize Nitrogen."
Tsajei shook his head as the professor explained. "Trisulfur though? One of the rarest free radicals in the known universe?"
The professor sighed. "Unmanufacturable and next to impossible to source, or so say the local traders." He paused to sigh a second time. "I took the liberty of searching the trade routes; there hasn't been a shipment of trisulfur in 17 revolutions. The only solace I can provide for you is that the current reserve is more than enough to cover the invading forces, but for a permanent solution? It's just not possible."
Tsajei stopped moving his head and continued to examine the streaming data, he let out a sigh. "Is their no other way? Perhaps a compound that's a good deal more abundant?"
"We've examined every possible molecule, compound and chemical chain. The trisulfur free radical is the most abundant solution." General Tsajei finally turned to look at the good professor, a grim expression colored his face. "Science is not a battle General. It may begin in the fog of war, but we intellectuals scout the field for discovery, we take any and every avenue to seek the truth. It is only the truth that we seek, and when we do that truth serves as a lesson the universe wishes to teach us." The professor walked up to Tsajei by the console. "At least you have a temporary immunity, one that lasts every three quarters of a cycle." He paused to hand the General the drug. "Take heart."
For a unit nothing happened, Tsajei remained saddened by the news of the chemical, but he promptly took the glass bottle and held it by the light of the screen. "Three quarters of a cycle you say?"
"The result was better than the expected prediction. Total immunity from Nitrogen Inhalation for three quarters of one cycle, and a progressive deterioration of the immunity for the remaining quarter. Once you ingest just one of those pills you have exactly one full cycle to return to an Argon-rich atmosphere or you will die."
Tsajei nodded along with the professor. "Thank you. I realize I might have been quite aggressive to you and your scientists. However the success of this conquest rests on the effectiveness of this drug."
"Indeed General, I do not appreciate your tact but I respect the importance of the task at hand." The two men were finally in agreement.

The professor then turned to look at the data himself. "Is that from the probe?"
"Indeed it is. I've been focusing on the superbeings and some quite intriguing information is surfacing." Tsajei quickly tapped the buttons on the console, lights flashed and blinked as he pressed on the slick surface. Pictures of Tokyo began to emerge and in the center a video of Hikawa Shrine. Despite Usagi and the others best efforts the enemy was fully aware of her movements, training the new scouts. "A second superbeing has emerged and while preparations have already been made for Sailor Jupiter it is this new character I haven't anticipated." Tsajei pointed at Chiyo in the video. "'Sailor Pluto.' I've never heard that name before, and her abilities are most unusual, ever for a superbeing."
"What can she do?"
Tsajei took a deep breath and sighed loudly. "If this video is true this Sailor Pluto can morph metal and wields two possessed swords. Each blade is entangled to the other by some means."
"Entangled?!" The professor turned back to the General. "What do you mean?"
"For whatever reason the longsword can identify the dagger through shear will."
The professor sighed and turned back to the screen. "Will this be a problem?"
Tsajei shrugged. "I can't be certain. It's ancient technology with devastatingly intelligent application."
"Application?" The professor asked.
Tsajei pointed at the video and beckoned the scientist to watch. "Look." The video showed Chiyo performing her Blade Rain attack, throwing the dagger into the air and calling out to it, the sword splitting into ten identical blades.
"Did that sword just split?!" The professor pointed at the screen, alarmed at the vision.
"More or less. The dagger duplicated." Tsajei raised has hand to hush the professor, watching the rest of the clip, seeing the swords plunge towards the earth and bury into the ground.
"Good grief!" The professor shrieked.
"Just watch." The General replied. After a few seconds Chiyo's longsword moved her hand and pointed at the real dagger.
"Ah, I see." The professor nodded. "So the longsword can locate the real dagger in that mass."
"Indeed." Tsajei replied. "An attack like that is likely riddled with traps. I can only speculate what happens if I take the wrong sword." The two men continued to view the data streaming onto the crystal screen. Tsajei turned to the professor. "Are the drugs ready for my men?"
"Yes. The Council has provided the Velvet Cross with a manifest of the army and the pills have already been distributed."
"Excellent." General Tsajei clapped his hands and began to walk out. "Come professor, let's head to the University Wing and prepare tests on the wormhole generator." The two men walked off and exited the room, the screen still beeping and flashing new data all the time.

The countdown began. The first attack on the Earth will take place in 35 hours.
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Wow, it's been such a long time since I posted a short chapter. :lol: This in fact represents the end to the beginning of the story; what started as a terrible discovery for Usagi with the need to restore the Sailor Guardians is slowly becoming a reunion of sorts for the old girls. With all the time that passed for the senshi they all inhabit their own part of the world, the quest to reactivate the scouts is in fact a motivating force for the girls to reunite and perhaps reestablish old friendships. However this is about the Negaverse and its final preparations for their attacks. The drug for Nitrogen Inhalation is finally completed for General Tsajei and the Purple Serpent to use, now absolutely nothing is stopping him and the army from launching their invasion. We also now learn that the covert operations of the drone as indeed uncovered Usagi's training of the new scouts and that Tsajei is very aware of what he is up against. Get ready guys! For the first time the Quest and Negaverse plots are about to meet and interact. BATTLE SCENE IMMINENT!

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I've mentioned elsewhere on the forums that I've been playing around with Universe Sandbox 2, I decided to recreate the star system where the Negaverse setting takes place. Before I go any further the names are just placeholders and do not currently represent the names of the star, the planets or the moons.
It's a star system very similar to the Solar System in that it has eight major planets orbiting the star and one small planet, an asteroid belt, and rocky planets close to the star and gas giants further out. However the system has many key differences; the first and most noticeable difference is the star itself, it's a blue giant. The asteroid belt is another distinctive feature of the system, it orbits the at a rather unusual inclination. Known as the Rocky Portal the belt sits outside the rocky planets and orbits the star at an incline of between 65 and 70 degrees. Another major feature is that not only is the asteroid belt eccentric but in fact all of the planet's orbits are eccentric too, the outer planets even more so. In astronomy planets are thought to be formed from as part of the formation of stars, within a nebular the mass in the center of a giant molecular cloud slowly forms a star and the circulating matter around the star eventually forms the planets. Because everything circles the star in parallel they all orbit along an imaginary straight line. In astronomy the term 'eccentric' means an orbit that greatly deviates from this standard. More or less all of the planets in the Solar System have some eccentricity in their orbit, including Earth with something like 0.0025 degrees, however this system has wildly eccentric orbits, peaking and troughing every which way. There is currently no known reason why this is the case.


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File comment: The star is modeled after Sirius.
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Aurorae Lunares
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A link to the original, uncensored chapter on dA. In this context 'uncensored' means certain words are replaced.
This chapter features music as part of the fanfiction, when you reach a link in the text, please click on it in a different tab and let the music play as you read.
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Chapter 15 - Sydney

At Narita Airport everyone was sitting down, waiting. Usagi was at the end of the passengers lounge, she slept on Mamoru's shoulder while he was reading a book about Australia. Beside him Chibiusa was teaching Luna English, Luna never learned how to speak English before even though the rest of the family can all speak it fluently. "O mizu o itadaite mo īdesu ka?" Luna said.
"Okay." Chibiusa thought for a moment. "May I have some water? You try it."
Luna took a longer time to work out the phonics of the words. "Mei ai havu sam wota?"
"Hm." Chibiusa replied. "You still need to work on how you sound out words."
"Eh?" Luna asked.
"Oh! Anata wa mada anata no fonikkusu ni torikumu hitsuyō ga arimasu." Chibiusa repeated herself in Japanese.
"Ah, okai!" Luna gave Chibiusa a thumbsup. They both continued Luna's training. Makoto sat beside them with Nari reading her own reference book. Nari was wrapped in all the facts about Australia she was learning; how James Cook discovered and named the many landmarks of Sydney Cove, about the hundreds of different Aboriginal Australian clans and tribes that filled every stretch of land in the continent, the sporting culture of the people. Next to Nari Chiyo was busy drawing another picture as Setsuna was reading her daughter's reference book. In the middle of her reading Setsuna peered down to see what her daughter was drawing, it was a picture of Australia but with a strange image coming from the right side of the picture.
"Chiyo, what are you drawing?" her mother asked.
Sketching the bulge Chiyo replied. "I'm just drawing Australia with a cancer in it."
"A cancer?!" Setsuna shuddered, panicking at her daughter's apparent activism.
"Yep. I've made it to look like a cancer is growing in Canberra and it spread all across the land." The bulge seemed to look very much like a melanoma stretching to all the apparent sites of the major cities.
"I see." Setsuna uttered. "But I have one question; why?"
"Well I have been watching the news about Australia recently. Their government is just so weird and stupid, they just love their rules and laws and stuff like that."
Setsuna laughed for a second. "Oh Puruto!" She rubbed the back of Chiyo's head. "I forget you're such a perceptive young girl." The two girls giggled at each other. Everyone was waiting for their plane to arrive. Mamoru continued to read the book for a moment longer, he then looked out at the massive glass window. An aeroplane had just landed and was taxiing towards the gate, seeing this Mamoru looked down at Usagi still sleeping and gently nudged her awake. Her head jutting Usagi woke up, groggy and still half asleep.
She yawned and turned to Mamoru. "What was that for?"
He pointed at the plane. "I think our plane is here." Usagi looked to the plane now sitting on the runway.
Usagi stretched and yawned for a moment. "Okay, time to get ready for our ride." Everyone stood up and prepared to go. Makoto hugged her Nari, Setsuna embraced Chiyo, the two mothers would see off their children on a global adventure of wonder and danger.
"Nari," Makoto said. "Make your mommy proud!"
"I will mother." Makoto kissed her daughter on the cheek as they pushed back and held each other by their forearms. Nari blushed for a moment, it's not common for her mother to show her affection for Nari in public.
"Chiyo." As Chiyo closed her art book Setsuna addressed her. "Be safe out there, okay?" She hugged Chiyo and after a moment Setsuna handed her daughter's book back.
Chiyo knelt down to pack her books and pencils into her backpack. She zipped up the bag and stood back up to her mother, watching her eyes well with tears. "Aww mother." Chiyo hugged Setsuna again. "I'll be fine," She looked up to her mother again. "I promise."
Setsuna smiled widely, she lent over and kissed the top of Chiyo's head. "Alright then." She lent back up. "Go to Usagi Puruto."
"Okay." Chiyo let go of her mother and walked up to Usagi with Nari following behind her. "Bye mother!" Chiyo waved to Setsuna.
"Bye mommy!" Nari shouted, waving to Makoto. The two mothers waved as they Usagi and her family all walked off towards their gate. As the group was lost in the crowd Setsuna finally lost her self control and began to cry, weeping into her hands and shielding her grief.
Makoto sighed and walked up to Setsuna, hugging her tightly. "Don't cry Setsuna." She said as Setsuna sobbed and sniffled and slowly regathered herself. "Chiyo is going to be fine. She's a clever girl, just like my Nari."
Setsuna stood there for a while, for a moment she was trying to find her Chiyo in the moving mass of people, but to no avail. Eventually she turned to Makoto and despite her friend's best efforts to comfort her Setsuna began to sob again. "Two weeks?!" She shrieked quietly before crying into Makoto's shoulder.
"I know, I know. Two weeks is a very long time, and truth be told I'm worried about Nari too." Setsuna raised her head out of Mako's shoulder and looked back to her, still weeping. "But you know what? I believe in Nari's strength, she has the inner strength to defeat the enemy, and I know that Chiyo has that too." Makoto smiled to her friend, her infectious smile raised Setsuna's spirit and she smiled back to her, still with tears in her eyes. "Also," Makoto turned back to the crowd where Nari and the others walked into. "She has to defeat them." She sighed. "The fate of the entire world is going to rest on the shoulders of two sweet young girls." Setsuna sighed as she was finally able to calm down from her sorrow.
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On board the plane the group were seated in first class, this time both Usagi and Mamoru were sleeping in their seats. The early morning departure and the troubles with Luna wore them both out. Luna herself however was wide eyed, looking out the window and witnessing the awe of the sunburnt land and the sapphire sea. In front of the family Chibiusa was keeping an eye on the girls. She wore the same red t-shirt she wore a few days earlier, on the day her mother gave her the Crystal Star locket and she became Sailor Moon herself. The locket itself was still pinned to the shirt, but it wasn't blinking anymore. Once Chibiusa transformed it stopped, once Sailor Moon was reactivated the locket returned to it's dormancy, waiting to be used in combat again. Chiyo was finishing off her drawing from earlier in the airport, sketching out the finer details of the picture. Nari was by the window and she was still reading her book.
Then the pilot made an announcement. "Good morning passengers, this is you captain speaking. We will be arriving at Sydney International Airport in about half an hour. At the moment we are cruising at sixteen thousand feet approaching Uluru, the heart of Australia. Passengers on the left side of the plane can see Uluru through their windows." As the captain was talking Nari immediately stopped her reading and looked out the window, looking for the great sandstone monolith. Chiyo also wanted to see Uluru, she closed her art book again and leapt up from her seat to get a view of the window. "The site is owned by the Anangu tribe of the Pitjantjatjara people in central Australia. The rock is a spiritual site for the Aboriginal people and has been known to mankind for over ten thousand years. It remains to be Australia's iconic tourist attraction and while it is not prohibited the Anangu tribe asks that people do not climb Uluru for religious reasons."
"Can you see it Nari?" Chiyo asked.
Nari pointed at the window. "There!" On the red sand a large rock rose above the land. Uluru, the center of Australia. They both could see the rounded, bright red rock.
"Wow!" The girls stared at the sandstone formation in awe. "Why is the sand and the rock so red?" Chiyo asked.
"Oh, that's because of the iron." Nari answered. "The land is so full of iron particles the sand is coloured red due the abundance of iron in the grains."
"Okay." Chiyo nodded. The plane flew past Uluru and the view returned to the blue sky and the red land. Chiyo got up to return to her seat, thinking about the new country she was going to land on. Chibiusa was about to fall asleep herself when she noticed a person aisles ahead of her. A woman was returning to her seat from the bathroom. She wore a flowing red dress and tied her black hair into a single odango bun, but she also wore sunglasses. Who wears sunglasses on a plane?, Chibiusa thought to herself. As the woman walked past her Chibiusa turned around to keep watching her, the same red dress fluttered about the woman as she continued to walk past, revealing little more apart from her sneakers. Hm. What a strange woman. That was Chibiusa's final thought before turning back to her seat and slowly drifting off to sleep. Just for a little while.
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Sydney. Australia's first city. After the plane had landed, passing through Customs and gathering their bags the group finally exited the airport into a dreary, overcast winter's day in Sydney. "Phew!" Usagi exclaimed. "I'll never get over how stringent the Customs officers are in Australia. They check everything!"
"Yeah. They want to make sure nothing really bad gets in." Mamoru sighed.
Luna breathed in deeply as she stretched, twisting her arms and legs while carrying her luggage and sighing. "Right, so what do we do first?"
Setting her handbag down Usagi knelt down to search for her phone. "We need to see Yuuichirou and Natsu in Newtown. I asked Michiru to contact him and tell him to expect us today."
"Well in that case let's just check in and go to Newtown." Mamoru replied. "But I'm not joining you there. As far as I'm concerned you guys are there on business, I'll just go to the theater or something." As Mamoru talked Usagi stood up with her phone, switching off Airplane Mode. Her iPhone dinged with messages from Makoto and Setsuna, she couldn't help but chuckle at all the messages. "Anything important?" Mamoru asked.
"Oh! I finally got a reply back from Michiru!" Usagi exclaimed, tapping her phone.
"No doubt she's talked to Yuuichirou and can tell us where to find Natsu at this time." Luna added
"No he can't." Usagi interrupted, she handed her phone to Mamuro and they read the email;
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From: Michiru Gregorio
No way! I'm not talking to that guy ever again. I have spoken to Haruka though, she's going to check Koko and I'll check with Elanora.
See you in Melbourne,
Michiru

"Oh dear!" Mamoru let out. "So Yuuichirou doesn't know we're here at all?"
"Seems so." Usagi picked up her handbag and dropped the phone into it. "So we can't go to Newtown anymore."
"So where does that leave us?" Chibiusa asked.
Usagi sighed. "It leaves us stranded in a big city with no plan to find a single person we've never even met before." She was deflated, the first stop on her global trip has already gone array. "We can't go to Yuuichirou anymore and we simply can't find her by just looking around." Usagi turned to everyone. "Sydney is a massive city, we can't just wander around."
Mamoru thought to himself for a moment. "I have an idea."
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As the group walk past the Sydney Opera House they approached the entrance to one of Mamoru's favorite locations in the world, he visited it the first time he traveled to the city and has done so every time since. The Royal Botanic Gardens of Sydney. For two hundred years the gardens have been Australia's oldest scientific institute, collecting plants from all over the British Empire since as far back as 1817. Not long after marrying Usagi Mamoru took his wife to Sydney for a vacation and loved the gardens during their visit. Today Chibiusa and Luna would both visit the gardens as well as Nari and Chiyo, Usagi and Mamoru were ahead of the group. "This is a great idea!" Usagi chuckled at Mamoru.
"Okay Luna." Chibiusa pointed at a ferry beyond the harbour shoreline. "That's a ferry."
"Eh?" Luna reacted. "Ferri?"
Chibiusa clapped. "Yes! You're English is getting better." Luna smiled back at her. They continued their English lesson.
"Oh wow!" Nari was still reading her book. "The gardens are so old!"
"Really? How old?" Chiyo asked.
"Just over 200 years old. This guy Governor.........." Nari pulled the book closer to try to read the name. "Macquarie? I'm not sure if that's right. Anyway the governor founded the site as part of his domain in 1816 and have been finding plants from everywhere since. That's so cool."
"Woah, nice." Chiyo replied, she's not that interested in the history so much as the garden itself. The large garden covered a vast area around Farm Cove, a 30 hectare patch of green at the foot of the harbour. The group entered the gardens; trees border each garden and dot along the pathways, the gardens feature many lawns for the public.
After a few minutes of walking Usagi wanted to sit down. "Let's have a rest guys." Everyone chose a spot on the grass and relaxed near the path. Nari and Chiyo laid down to watch the clouds pass by, Chibiusa was still teaching Luna more English, but behind everyone Usagi and Mamoru sat together. They were trying to work out what to do now.
"No way! I'm not going to see Yuuichirou." Mamoru protested more. "You can't make me Usagi."
"We don't have much of a choice Mamo." Usagi argued. "We simply don't know where she is or what she does. Ever since Rei returned home we lost all contact with her."
"That's because we lost contact with Yuuichirou. When the word spread everyone shut him out." Mamoru sighed. "Hell, I heard Michiru herself beat him up too, but I have no idea if that's true."
Usagi laughed. "Well I think it's true. This country definitely changed Michiru. Did you know she grew her hair some more?"
"I didn't. She looks so different to when she was still in Japan."
Usagi chuckled. "Yeah. I like her with her hair, she looks more elegant with long hair I think."
"I can't wait to see her." Mamoru chuckled himself. "I hear she's made more music ready to release."
"Oh my god you have to hear it Mamo!" Usagi exclaimed. "I heard this song called Have Your Cake, it sounds so great. Michiru has really become a great violinist." After a brief pause Usagi remembered. "Hey wait, we were talking about Yuuichirou and Natsu!"
Mamoru laughed. "Really? Didn't you notice you changed the subject?" He continued to laugh roundly.
"I'm serious Mamo." Usagi whined. "We need to find Natsu as quickly as we can! We can't waste a lot of time."
Mamoru gestured at the view. "Just what do you think we're doing now?"
Usagi sighed. "We're here because we need to think of a way to find Natsu. You seem pretty set in not going to seeing her father. Can you think of anything?"
Mamoru sighed, shaking his head. "I can't think of anything." Usagi stared back at her husband for a few seconds longer before looking out to the water, the gardens clearing an unobstructed view of the open ocean.

Meanwhile deep in the city, at the SCG - the Sydney Cricket Ground, a sports team was practicing. Women were going through their drills and practice games for the AFLW, The Women's Australian Football League. The Women's Sydney Swans team were playing a mock game of footy, practicing for their match with the Greater Western Sydney Giants. Hardened athletes running around the grass, chasing after the football. One girl in particular stood out form the rest, the right wingman. She was a tall young girl with a toned body and tanned skin, wearing a red jersey with a white number 8 on the back. As the football was flying in the air and the noise of the other players she jumped up and over an opposing teammate, catching the ball and tumbling over the player and slamming into the ground on her back. The coach blew his whistle and shouted. "Nice mark Nat!" A few of the other players clapped and cheered her on and Nat got herself back up, the football clutched to her chest and the players running and moving into position. Nat was entitled to a free kick, taking a mark grants that privilege. She scanned the field for open areas and found one in the left back pocket near the goal. Nat lined her sight, walked over to it, ran to it and kicked a drop punt high into the air. As the seconds ticked by the players scrambled to get under the ball, Nat's marked player leapt up herself and caught the ball in similar style.
"YES!" Nat yelled out and clapped her hands, the wind blowing her black hair forwards.
This was Natalie Hino, the name she adopted after she ran away from Yuuichirou.
This was Natsu Yamada.
Far off in the distance, a lone woman stood along the aisles of the spectator seats. She was nondescript, wearing a red dress, sunglasses and a wicker brim hat. It was the same woman Chibiusa saw on the plane, the same strange figure. Only she wasn't so strange, she just wore a disguise. She took off her sunglasses and just stared at Nat on the field. "Natsu." She uttered under her breath. The woman took off her hat and pressed it against her chest, revealing herself.
It was Rei. She was so driven by recent events that she had to see her daughter once more. She needed to see Sailor Mars.
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FINALLY!!! After such a lengthy period I've finally completed chapter 15. ^_^' This should not have taken so long. Anyway it's finally happening, the Sailor Guardians are on the move. This chapter sees them reach their first stop over in Sydney and already things have gone off to a bad start. With Micuiru refusing to help and Rei's past the group is completely unable to find Natsu all by themselves. Disheartened by this they go to the Botanic Gardens to work out their next move. Meanwhile it turns out that Rei has in fact covertly traveled to Sydney herself to find her daughter, as the clock ticks to the first battle scene of the fanfiction. Also as a sidenote this is the first chapter to feature music from my favorite local musicians the FourPlay Electric String Quartet. Since the next few chapters are in Australia a lot of their music will feature.
Be prepared for the next chapter, it is Rei's Timelines chapter. It will explain how the hotheaded, passionate teenage girl became a broken soul tortured be a history of betrayal and violence. Yes, the next chapter will be depressing.

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Sailor Moon X, a fanfiction by Chris Sifniotis. Avatar by Sailor DooM.
An upcoming Sailor Moon/Melody's Escape crossover: Usagi's Escape
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