What? Wicked Lady's back? But that means...
"Rini!" Queen Serenity snapped sharply, getting the young child's attention. "Stop that!"
Rini was pulling the flowers out of the garden by the roots.
"I'm sorry Mommy." She said, her eyes cast to the ground. She looked at her dirty hands and immediately felt bad for destroying the beautiful flowers that the garden worked so hard to keep beautiful.
Queen Serenity looked sternly at the child and said sharply.
"Now you apologize to Mrs. Han for destroying her lovely work."
Rini looked at the woman trying to save the flowers and her eyes began to fill with tears. She didn't know that she had caused so much pain just because she pulled up a few flowers.
"I'm sorry Mrs. Han I wasn't thinking when I did it I didn't know I would cause so much pain." Rini's eyes were cast down at the ground and her tears started to flow. Mrs. Han didn't say anything, she just looked at the child and could tell that it was a sincere apology.
"Now." Queen Serenity started, still looking at her daughter sternly. "You go to your room and think about what you did."
"Yes mama." She said. She turned and headed in the palace, her pink pig tails bouncing as she walked. Her shoulders hunched with her ruby red eyes on the ground.
Queen Serenity sighed and turned her attention back to the gardener trying to salvage her ruined flowers.
"I'm really sorry about that Mrs. Han." Queen Serenity said, kneeling beside the woman to help her.
"It's okay." She said. "She's just a child, she didn't know any better."
"She should know better, though." Queen Serenity said, more to herself than to the woman. "She'll one day, be the Queen, she has to have a respect for all living things. Plants as well as animals and people." Queen Serenity thought about what the future would be like if her daughter grew up to be an evil Queen. The thought of it really scared her. She had seen Rini as Wicked Lady before when she was young. She knew Rini was strong from the day she was born. Her hair was a bright blond when she was born, but when she was laid in Serenity's arms, her hair was a soft pink.
"Your Highness? Are you okay?" Queen Serenity heard the woman ask, snapping her out of her daze.
"I I'm sorry." Queen Serenity stammered. "I was just thinking about something. I'm going to go lay down for a while."
"As you wish, your Majesty." Mrs. Han said. Queen Serenity stood up and walked back towards the palace. I have the strangest feeling. Serenity thought. I can't explain what it is, but it's really strange.
Queen Serenity stepped into her room and laid down on the bed. It had been only a few weeks since Rini had come back from the past. Prince Diamond and Wise Man had been beaten and Queen Serenity had been awakened. My dear Rini, I sense something strange about you... something I can't explain. She thought, drifting into a deep sleep.
*Serenity was in an open field of beautiful flowers. The humming of the bees made the day seem better. The sun shone down on her face, warming her skin.
"What a beautiful day." She said to herself, running through the field. As she ran, the sky grew dark and black clouds began to roll in. "What's going on?!?!" She cried.
Lightening struck near her, causing her to jump. She ran for cover, but couldn't find anything, not a tree, not a house.
"What's going on?!?! Where am I?!?!" She cried, running as rain began to pelt her body. Her hair stuck to her face and water dropped off the end of her nose.
"Darien!!!" She called, seeing a man in front of her. She ran towards him and realized that it wasn't Darien. The man's muscles were bulging under his shirt and he wore a type of armor that looked really familiar. She looked at him and couldn't make out his face.
"Serena" The man said. The man reached out his hand to her and she reluctantly took it. She trusted him for some reason, she didn't know why though. He held her soft, frail hand in his own, kissing it lightly.
"Who are you?" She asked, trying to see his face.
"That is something you're going to have to find out yourself." He said, his voice was deep and had a touch of arrogance in it.*
Serena's head shot up from the pillow. She was drenched in a cold sweat. She looked around her and say she was in her bed, her husband wasn't in the room at the time.
"It... it was only a dream" She said. "...But it was so real that man... he seemed so... so familiar."
Serenity climbed out of bed and headed for the kitchen. "Maybe it will calm me down if I eat something."
Serenity entered the kitchen and headed for the refrigerator.
"Your Majesty..." A voice said behind her. "Let me get that for you." It was one of the servants.
"No, it's okay. I can serve myself. You don't have to go to all that trouble." Serenity said as she continued to root through the refrigerator. She pulled out a few things and a pan. She put the pan on the stove and began to cook. She glanced at the clock. It read 10:30. It's gotten that late? I didn't think I slept that long. She thought as she began to cook something to eat. Darien must be putting Rini to bed.
"Good evening dear." A voice said behind her. It was Darien's voice. "Why don't you let the cook do that?" He said, coming up behind her, kissing her cheek.
"It's okay. It's getting late, I didn't want to bother him." She said as she continued to cook a snack. Serenity flashed one of her famous, award-winning smiles. He couldn't help but smile back. She turned her attention back to what she was doing, her smile turning into a frown. Her brow creased in a worry line.
"What's wrong dear?" Darien asked, seeing the worried look on Serenity's face.
"Huh?" She said. "What was that?"
"I asked you what's wrong." He stated.
"Oh nothing's wrong." She said again getting a worried look on her face. He wouldn't understand how she was feeling, she couldn't tell him. She felt that all of her friends were trying to keep something from her, but she didn't know what. They all had children of their own and were living on the planets that they ruled. She didn't see them very much anymore.
"I know there's something wrong... I also know that you're not going to tell me what!" He practically yelled. He stood up and stormed out of the room. Serenity watched him go. Why did I ever marry him? She asked herself. Was it because he was one day going to be the father of my child? Or was it something else...
Everyone had just returned home from a huge battle. There was going to be a big party. Bulma had said that Vegeta could stay at Capsule Corp. and they were all going to have a big picnic.
"Should we invite Serena?" Asked Bulma as she began planning it.
"We haven't heard from Serena in years." Goku said. "Can you find her?"
"I know where she's at." Said Bulma. "She lives in Crystal Tokyo. She's the Queen, remember?"
"Serena? A Queen?" Goku began to bust up laughing. "Yeah right! Serena can't even walk and chew gum without falling flat on her face!!" He said. His laughter could be heard throughout Capsule Corp. He felt his footing go and felt himself falling. He hit his head on a lamp and fell to the floor, with a thud. The whole place rattled as he hit the ground.
"Owe!" He cried, rubbing his head where he'd hit it.
"I swear, you and Serena should have been related." Bulma said, turning back to her planning.
Goku stood up, thinking of his sister Serena. He had had a dream earlier right after he had returned. A bunch of women in fancy dresses had told him not to say anything about Serena being his sister. It would be really bad if anyone were to find out about it. He had a feeling something awful would happen if it got out.
"Let's see we'll need 50 coolers" Bulma continued counting and making calculations as to how much food they would have to bring.
Goku turned his attention away from her as he heard a grunt. It was Vegeta. He entered the room, his usual scowl on his face and his arms were crossed over his chest.
"I don't know why you have to plan these stupid things." He said, not looking very interested. "Why would you want to sit around with a bunch of goody-goody's all day?"
Goku and Bulma just ignored him. They were used to the way Vegeta acted.
"Humph" Said Vegeta. "Fine, I can take a hint." He said. He turned around and walked out the way he had come in.
He turned the corner and headed for his room. He walked into the room and laid down on the bed. He had a strange feeling about this 'Queen Serena' they had been talking about. He hadn't even seen a picture, but the name seemed so familiar.
"I might as well take a nap. I don't have anything better to do." He said. He walked into his room and laid down on the bed, his eyes closing as he lay motionless. Maybe this feeling I've been having lately will go away. He thought as he fell into a troubling dream.
*"Prince Vegeta" A voice said. It was a woman, from the sound of it.
"Who's there?!?!" He demanded searching for an answer. He was standing before a huge building of some sort. There was a balcony high above, he saw the source of the voice high on the balcony. There was a woman standing there in a long dress. She had long hair done up in two odangoes that was blowing in the breeze, but he couldn't make out her face or even the color of her hair.
"Prince Vegeta" The voice said once again. "You have come for me"
"Who are you?" He asked, still trying to make out her face.
"You must find me you must set me free you must or" She said, a tear falling from her eye. He say the tear as it shone on her face, it began to glow a low white light. "Please Prince Vegeta I need your help find me"
"Princess what's your name?" He asked, seeing the silhouette of the thin, frail woman.
"It doesn't matter what my name is you must find me you must set me free once again" He voice faded and when Vegeta opened his eyes, all he saw was white.*
Vegeta's head flew up off the pillow. "Who was that girl?" He asked himself. "She looked so familiar."
Vegeta got up out of bed and headed for the kitchen. Bulma was in there, still planning the picnic.
"Who is this Serena girl!" He demanded, his eyes narrowing.
"Huh? Serena? She's Goku's friend." Bulma said, not looking at him. "They met when he was about 14 years old."
"Where does she live?" He demanded.
"She lives in Crystal Tokyo." She said, as she continued with her planning. "Maybe you could go and invite her to the picnic. No wait, we shouldn't bother her though, she's got a lot on her mind, being Queen and all."
"Queen?" He looked confused. "Queen of what?"
"She rules over Crystal Tokyo and protects us all. Her name is Queen Serenity now." Bulma said. "She was the Moon Princ.."
She was cut off short when she looked over her shoulder and Vegeta was gone. "He has no manners. He didn't even let me finish what I was saying before he left. Humph!"
"Tokyo is a few more minutes away." He said to himself. He looked around and soon a huge rainbow colored, crystal palace appeared before him. "That must be the palace she was talking about."
Vegeta flew in for a closer look and saw a woman dressed in white. She was in the garden with a small child that had pink hair.
"Is that the girl from my dream?" He asked himself, remembering the two odangoes. "Not many grown woman do their hair like that, so it has to be her."
He watched as the little girl ran into the palace, he landed with a soft thud behind the beautiful woman. She spun around to meet his gaze.
"Who are you?!?!" She demanded, her face twisting into a look of anger. "Who sent you?!?!"
He didn't say a word. He just looking into her big blue eyes. They were the bluest eyes he had ever seen. There was something really familiar about this woman.
"I asked you a question!!" She snapped, her eyes narrowing in on him. "Who sent you!!!"
"I heard you woman!!" He shouted, his face twisting in anger. "Don't talk to me like that!!"
"I asked you a simply question! Who sent you?!" She demanded, getting into a fighting stance.
"No one sent me!!" He shouted at her, also getting into a fighting stance. He began to power up, his hair turning a yellowish blond color.
She didn't realize it, but she too, was powering up. It was almost like a natural instinct, when her family or friends were in danger. Her tail lashed behind her and she was surrounded in a white light. Her hair grew in length, about three feet was hanging on the ground. Her hair changed from it's soft blond color, to a bright white.
"I warned you..." She said, her power level rising. "I'll destroy you, if you don't tell me why you just came into this garden!"
"I told you already." He said. "No one sent me, I came here out of my own free will. Bulma sent me to ask you to a picnic she's having."
"Bulma?" Serenity said, remembering at once the woman with green hair. "You know... Bulma?"
"Yeah, I live with her." He said, her face dropped and her hair turned back to its original color.
"I haven't heard from her in years. How's Goku?" She asked. "And Gohan? And Krillin? And.." He cut her off.
"They're all fine, now are you going to go?" He asked, crossing his arms over his chest.
"What a second... If you know Bulma, what's your name? I'm sure I'd remember someone as arrogant as you seem to be." She said, getting a suspicious look on her face. "Or are you someone from the Nega-Moon trying to trick me with your little game?" He eyes hardened as she tried to sense if he was telling the truth. She couldn't sense anything in this man. He was so cold.
"I'm not from some Nega-Moon or whatever. I'm from a planet named Vegeta." He said, uncrossing his arms he peered down at her. His cold black eyes narrowed on her sending a cold shiver down her back.
"Mommy! Mommy!" A voice cried.
"Rini!" Serenity cried seeing the pink pig tails bobbing as Rini ran up to her.
"Who's that man?" Rini asked, jumping into her mothers arms.
"I don't know, but don't worry darling, everything will be okay." She said, looking down into the child's ruby red eyes. Serenity set down the young Princess who immediately ran and hid behind her mother's legs. "You better not be lying."
"Stupid woman, why would I lie?!?! I have no reason to!!" He cried at her. A sob escaped from Rini's throat.
"Leave my Mommy alone, you big bully!" Rini cried, the crescent moon appearing on her forehead. With a burst of power, Rini ran towards the arrogant man. Her white tail flew out behind her and her body was surrounded in a pink light.
"Rini NOO!!" Serenity screamed, seeing her daughter head for the man.
The man didn't even move, he waited for the child to get to him and merely stopped her from hitting him. He lifted her off the ground and looked into her eyes.
"You've got quite a high power level for a child." He said, setting her down on the ground. Rini ran back over to her mother, and threw her arms around her. Serenity knelt down, scooping the small child up into her arms once again.
"What's going on out here?!?!" A voice cried.
"Darien!!" Serenity screamed, seeing her husband appear out of nowhere. She looked back to see that the man had disappeared. He was there one second and gone the next. "Who was that man?" She asked herself out loud.
"What man?" Darien demanded, his eyes narrowing on her.
"No one, I must have imagined someone was here." She said quietly. She knew better than to mention another man around him. He got really mad when she even mentioned another mans name. Why is he so worried? She asked herself. He always spazzes out like I'm going to leave him for someone else or something.
"Come on dear." He said, guiding her back into the palace, Rini still lay in her arms, almost asleep. He went to Rini's room with Serenity. He kissed Rini lightly on her forehead after Serenity laid her in her bed. Darien left the room while she staying, watching her child sleep. She looks so peaceful. She thought to herself. Let's hope all is calm for some time to come.
As she stepped out of the room, Darien was waiting for her. She walked out and he took her hand, leading her to their chambers. They entered into the room and Darien turned and looked at her face. Her eyes drooped to the floor and her hands were at her sides. He drew back his hand and slapped her across the face. She fell to the floor, her face stung from where his hand had struck her.
"You little tramp!" He growled, picking her up. He held her tightly by the shoulders. "Who is he?!?!" He demanded, his face twisting into a look of rage. "Who is he?!?!" He demanded, shaking her.
"Let go of me!!" She cried.
"Who is he?!?!" He again demanded. "Is it that Goku guy?" He demanded, shaking her again.
"You're hurting me!!!" She cried, his fingers pinched into the soft skin of her shoulders, causing her to wince in pain.
"Tell me who he is!?!?!" He demanded, throwing her to the floor. He slapped her again, trying to get her to talk.
"Stop it!!" She cried, tears streaming down her face. "There's no one!!"
"I know there is, now you better tell me who or I'll" He raised his hand to slap her once more, but he stopped and realized what he had done. He looked down at his battered wife and without a word, left the room.
Serenity stood up, tears streaming down her face. It was the middle of the afternoon, but she was making plans to leave. She stayed away from Darien for the rest of the day, but when night fell, she went into Rini's room.
"What happened Mommy?" She asked, looking at her mothers once beautiful face.
"Nothing, darling, I... I fell down the stairs and hit my face on a table at the bottom." She lied, not wanting to tell her daughter the awful truth. I've got to get my daughter out of here. She thought. If he can hit me, then he can hit our little Rini.
"Do you want to play dolls?" Rini asked, her face lighting up.
"Sure, but only for a little while. It's getting close to your bed time." Serenity said, smiling at her little Rini.
Darien opened the door to Rini's room to find his wife laying asleep next to his daughter. He didn't regret what he had done. He had to keep her in line. He couldn't lose her now, he'd worked so hard to make sure he ended up with her. He walked out of the room, closing the door silently.
Serenity peeked open one eye and say that he was gone. She packed a bag of clothes and a few toys for Rini and put the bag on her back. She picked up a sleeping Luna and Artemis and placed them on top in the bag, careful to leave the top open a little to allow air to enter. She picked up Rini's sleeping form and held her close to her, careful not to awaken her. She threw a dark cape over her, her daughter, and the bag. She was careful to cover her face. She crept to the window and opened it silently and just as silently she stepped out and closed the window.
I have to get Rini away from this place. Serenity thought. I can't bear to see my only daughter get hurt. She crept towards the stone wall that surrounded the castle and with one easy jump, went sailing over the top. She stayed hidden in the shadows that aligned the streets so no one would recognize her. No one knew she was gone. When she got outside of city limits, she flew into the air, heading for Capsule Corp.
"What happened?" Bulma demanded as soon as Vegeta entered Capsule Corp. He didn't say a word.
"Humph." Was all he said.
"Is she coming?!?" Bulma demanded.
"I dunno Woman!" He shouted. "She didn't know who I was okay?!?!" Bulma growled at Vegeta.
"You're such a total jerk!" Bulma yelled. "You probably scared her!! Why can't you just be nice to someone for once!!"
"Shuttup Woman!!!" He shouted back. This went on for several minutes later until Goku intervened.
"Hey, calm down. If she comes, she comes. If she doesn't, she doesn't." Goku said *sweat drop*.
The two of them just gave up. It wasn't worth the trouble. It was starting to get late.
"What took you so long anyway?!?!" Bulma demanded, looking sternly at Vegeta.
"You're not my mother, but if you must know, I was out training!" He spat out. They were staring at each other with daggers in their eyes. ChiChi, Gohan, and Goku just sighed a sweat drop appeared on each persons head. There was a knock at the door and ChiChi got up to answer it.