What? Wicked Lady's back? But that means...
"Hello?" ChiChi said, peering out at a woman wearing a white dress. "Queen Serenity?" She gasped.
"Huh?" Went through all the people that were left in the room. Bulma stood up and walked to the door, letting Serenity into the house.
"Serena!" She cried, about to throw her arms around her until she saw the sleeping child. Serenity put a finger to her lips, quieting everyone. Bulma motioned for Serenity to follow her. She took her to a guest room where Serenity placed Rini on the bed, pulling the blankets up. She opened up the bag and took out Rini's favorite stuffed animal and placed it under her arm. After kissing Rini lightly on the forehead, she followed Bulma out of the room.
"What are you doing here?" Bulma asked as they walked back to the main room.
"I... I needed to get away from the palace for a while." She said, not looking at Bulma. She kept her face hidden under the dark cloak, so she wouldn't see the bruises. They entered the room and sat down.
"Let me take that." Bulma said, referring to the cloak around Serenity's shoulders.
"No that's okay." She said, pulling the cloak over her face. "I'm fine."
This doesn't make sense. Bulma thought to herself. Why would Serena come in the middle of the night, with her daughter? Unless...
"Come with me." Bulma said, taking Serenity's hand. She took her to a small room and took the cloak off of her. She looked at Serenity's face and gasped when she saw the bruises. "What happened to you?" She cried out, gasping at the black and blue color that started on her right eye and continued down her cheek until it met her chin.
"It... it was Darien." She stammered. Tears flooded her eyes as she told Bulma the whole story. How Vegeta had come and what Darien had done to her after he left. After she was done spilling what had happened to her, Bulma spoke.
"Let's see..." She started. "We could hide the Queen, or we could disguise her and take her back to Goku and ChiChi's place and hide."
Bulma and ChiChi were busy cooking away. Rini jumped up in the chair next to Gohan and began to talk to him about the palace. They hit it off right away, even though Rini was so much younger than he was. Serenity went to help cook breakfast and Vegeta was nowhere in sight.
"Where's Vegeta?" Serenity asked.
"He never eats with us." Said Bulma, thinking nothing of it. It was normal for him not to be around. He was always so cold and so distant from everyone else. He never said very much, he kept to himself most of the time, which made everyone think he's cold.
"Oh, okay." Serenity said, stirring a pan on the stove. "Do you really need this much food?" Serenity asked, seeing all the food.
"Oh yeah, with three Saiyan's eating, this is just a little snack." ChiChi said. Just then, Vegeta entered the room and sat down at the table. His arms were crossed over his chest and his face frozen in its normal scowl. He didn't say a word, but he kept his eyes on Serenity, who didn't really seem to notice. He watched her every move, studied the way she did things.
"Why are you staring at my mom?" A small voice said.
"Huh?" Vegeta didn't realize that the girl was sitting there.
"You've been staring at my mom since you came in here." She said, looking at the man. " I just wanted to know why?"
"It's none of your business, brat!" He snapped.
"Well excuusssee me!" She said in reply. "It was just a question, you don't have to get so mean."
A growl escaped the back of his throat and he felt like strangling the little girl. He refrained from doing anything though. He kept his anger low, he wasn't going to blow up again. He just turned his face away and ignored the little girl. Rini stuck out her tongue at Vegeta, he sent an evil glance her way when he sensed her looking at him.
Serenity couldn't help but laugh at the antics of the little girl. She started to laugh at the top of her laughs. She held her stomach, trying to stop herself from laughing. She fell to the ground, hitting her head on the table on the way down. This sent an echo of laughter though out the rest of the people except for Vegeta.
"Owe, that really hurt." She said, rubbing her head still on the floor. Goku walked over and offered his hand to help the fallen Queen, laughter shook his body. Serenity slapped his hand away. "So, you think this is funny too?"
He started busting up again and wound up on the floor next to her, rubbing his head as well. This made everyone burst out laughing once again.
"I swear.." ChiChi said, laughter shaking her body. "The two of you should have been related."
Vegeta's eyes snapped open when she said this. Why does that fit? They SHOULD be related!?!? It doesn't make sense!?!? They're so much alike?!?! How can that be, though!?!? He's a Saiyan, she's Lunarian?!?! He thought, staring at the Queen. She stood up to help Goku and that's when he saw it. She had a long white tail that flicked around as she took his hand. He looked at the child and saw that she had a tail as well. The only difference was that the child's was brown like the Saiyan tail. How can that be?!?! They're both Saiyans?!?! This confusing thought flew through his head.
After a few more minutes, breakfast was on the table. Serenity sat down next to Vegeta and began to dig in. She ate just like the three Saiyans at the table.
"Wow, you really have a healthy appetite." ChiChi remarked as she watched her shovel food in her mouth as fast as the men sitting near her. She cleaned her plate and held it up for seconds before any of the Saiyans. ChiChi gave her another plate full of food, heaping it like she did the Saiyans. Serenity put the plate down in front of her and began to dig in once again. There was only one piece of bread left that Goku was reaching for. Serenity snatched it before he could get it. She laughed in his face as his hand came back empty.
"Hey!" Goku cried. "That's not fair! You cheated!"
"Hey, you weren't fast enough!" Serenity cried back, stuffing the bread in her mouth. Vegeta stopped stuffing his face long enough to see her snatch the bread from Goku. She eats like a Saiyan and she's fast too?!?! Vegeta thought. How can that be?!?! All the Saiyans are dead except for us!! He glanced over at the child and she was the same way. Only not as fast. She wasn't eating quite as much either, but that's because she's young. "Are you going to eat that?" Serenity asked Vegeta, when she noticed him staring at her.
"Yeah!" He snapped back, turning his attention back to his breakfast.
"Don't yell at my Mommy!!!" Rini cried, as the man continued to ignore her. "I'm talking to you, you big Bully!!"
"Would you shuttup already!! Little brat!!" Vegeta snapped.
"Don't yell at my daughter!!!" Serenity snapped at Vegeta, standing up. "You are such an arrogant jerk!! Don't even talk, if you're going to be like that!! We didn't come here to have YOU yell at us!!"
"Shuttup Woman!!" He shouted, standing as well. He leaned across the table, his eyes narrowed on Serenity. She leaned towards him as well, a low growl escaped from the back of her throat. Her eyes burned into his and his burned back into hers.
"Don't tell me to shuttup, you arrogant jerk!" Serenity shouted, her face becoming red.
"You stupid bitch!! How dare you speak to me like that!!" Vegeta yelled back, his eyes locked on hers.
"Now, this isn't any way to settle..." Bulma started.
"SHUTTUP!!" Vegeta and Serenity shouted in unison, looking at Bulma. This argument continued.
"He's so arrogant, he always has to start a fight." ChiChi mumbled to Bulma.
"You stupid..." Vegeta yelled.
"I know what you mean." Bulma whispered back.
"Don't tell me to..." Serenity screamed back.
"Will this ever stop?" Gohan asked Rini.
"My mom won't let him win." Rini whispered back. "She's too stubborn.
All of the sudden there was a knock on the door.
"Hey, open up!" A voice shouted. "It's the Royal Body Guards of the Queen!"
"Serenity! You have to hide right now!" Bulma shouted.
"I know what I can do!!" Serenity shouted, pulling a pen out of her pocket. "Come here Rini."
"Okay, Mommy." She said stepping close to her mother.
"Disguise POWER!" She shouted. "Turn us into nurses!"
The two of them, reappeared in front of everyone wearing white coats and a white hat with a red plus on it. Both of them had their hair tucked up into the hat so you couldn't really recognize them by hair color. Serenity looked a lot younger and Rini looked much older. They both had masks over their faces as well.
"ChiChi! Take Gohan and go to your house! If anyone comes by, act like you don't know who I am okay?" Serenity asked.
"Of course." ChiChi said, grabbing Gohan and dragging him out the door.
"Goku! Lay down on one of the beds in the back!" Serenity ordered. He did as he was told and the two of them followed him back. He laid down in bed and acted sick. Serenity and Rini went into the bathroom and got a bowl of water. They sprinkled a little water on Goku's face to look like sweat, put a thermometer in his mouth, and an ice pack on his head. "Now, act sick."
"Umm... okay." He said, pretending to have a cough. The Royal Body Guards of the Queen searched the place and finally came to the room Goku was in. They peeked through the window and saw a man and two woman. The man was laying in bed and looked really sick and the two woman looked like nurses.
"Mind if we take a look?" One of the Guards asked.
"No, of course not." Bulma said, walking over to the door. "But I don't know if you would want to go in there."
"Why not?" He asked.
"That man in there is really sick. He's highly contagious. If you go in there for a few minutes, you can come out as sick as he is." Bulma continued. "I should know, I'm a genius. I studied a little medicine, but it was just enough to know stuff like this."
"If he's so contagious, why are those two woman in there?" He asked, giving her a suspicious look.
"Well duh! Those two are testing a vaccine for the illness!" Bulma said, like they were stupid to not know. Goku leaned over the side of the bed and pretended to puke in a trash can. "If you went in there, you'd mess up the experiment."
"Keep it up Goku!" Serenity said as all the people and the Royal Guards looked through the window. "You're doing great."
"I guess there's nothing we can do. We don't want to get in the way of Science." They said, heading for the front door. They walked to the door and climbed into their vehicles. Bulma watched as they drove off, heading for ChiChi's house. Bulma walked back into the house, closing the door behind her. Leaning on the door, she let out, in one big breath, the air she had been holding since she opened the door to let the men inside.
"We did it!" Rini cried, running to Bulma. She jumped up in Bulma's arms which surprised her not a little.
"I guess we did." Bulma said, a smile forming on her lips. Serenity walked into the room, along with Vegeta and Goku. She walked to the window and looked out.
"They'll be back." Serenity said, her voice not changing. "I have to get away from here."
"Away?!?!" Bulma asked, extremely surprised. "What do you mean away?!?!"
"I have to leave the planet." Serenity said, staring out the window after the Guards.
"What? Where will you go?" Bulma demanded.
"I don't know, but I can't stay here. I have to find the rest of the scouts. I have to visit every planet in this Solar System." Serenity said, looking up at the sky. "I have to tell my friends what happened."
"I'll take you." A voice said calmly. Everyone looked to see Vegeta standing behind them. He was leaning against the wall with his arms crossed. He had his usual smirk on his face. "I need a vacation."
"Why would you take me?" Serenity asked, eyeing him suspiciously.
"To get away from these goody-goodies." He said.
"I'm more of a goody-goody than anyone here." Serenity said, looking at the short man strangely. "What's in this for you?"
"Nothing, I'm just sick of being stuck here on this planet." Vegeta said, an arrogant tone in his voice. "I'm getting weaker by the day from sitting around this planet."
"Hmm..." Serenity was considering his offer. "Prepare the ship."
"All right, if you really want to do this." Bulma said. "I guess I can't really stop you."
Vegeta turned and walked in the direction of his room. "Call me before we take off." Before anyone answered, he had turned the corner.
"Am I going, Mommy?" Rini asked, grabbing the bottom of Serenity's long, white dress. "Can I go too?"
"Of course you can go, my darling." Serenity said. "You'll get to see my best friends again. You remember them don't you?"
"How could I forget them? They're like aunts or older sisters." Rini said, a huge smile on her face. "I get to see the scouts again, yippee!" She cried, jumping up and down. Serenity couldn't help but smile at the sight of her daughter's happiness.
"Well, why don't you go get Luna and Artemis. They're still in our room." Serenity said, forcing herself to smile.
"Okay, I'll be right back." Rini said, running towards the room. When Rini rounded the corner, Serenity let out a sigh and forced herself to be strong. This would all be over soon.
"Are you sure you want to do this?" Goku asked, looking serious for once. His eyes were full of concern.
"Yeah, I have to do this. I have to get my friends to help me. I know they'll believe what happened even if no one else does." Serenity said.
"The ship's almost ready to take off." Bulma said, peeking her head in the door. "You all better get out here."
"Rini!" Serenity called. She saw the Luna ball coming around the corner and in a minute, the pink head popped out from around the corner as well. She had the bag on her back and was holding two cats in her arms.
"I'm coming Mommy." The little girl said, walking up to her mother. She set the two cats down and Serenity picked her up.
"Let's go, women!" Vegeta shouted from outside.
"How did he get outside so fast?!?!" Serenity asked, a confused look on her face. "Oh well, let's go you guys."
"Serenity" Goku started. "You're my oh, never mind, be careful." Goku said, giving Serenity a hug. She hugged him back and walked out the door, cradling Rini in her arms. The two cats followed as the ascended the stairs into the ship.
"Good bye." Bulma said, as they disappeared into the ship. Vegeta was already aboard when they got on.
"You might want to buckle up." Vegeta said, not turning to look at her. Serenity buckled Rini in and placed Artemis on her lap. She walked over to another seat and buckled her own, placing Luna on her lap. Vegeta pushed a button and the ship began to shake.
"Is it supposed to do this?!?!?" Serenity demanded as she felt fear clutch her chest.
"Shuttup woman!!" He shouted back, trying to concentrate on the takeoff. "I'm trying to concentrate!!"
"Oh my god! Oh my god! We're gonna die!!" Serenity was screaming.
"Calm down Mommy!" Rini yelled seeing the horrified expression on her mother's face. "We're gonna be just fine!"
They flew out of Earth's atmosphere into the cold recesses of space.
-In the Palace-
"Where is she?!?!?!" Darien demanded, sending one of the Royal Body Guards of the Queen into the wall. "I want her found NOW!!!!"
"We've searched every house in Tokyo and those people that you told us to go check out. There was no one there, in either of those places." The Guard said, his voice trembling. "There's nothing we can do."
"Fine, I'll do it myself." He said, storming off out of the palace. "She'll probably try to get to her friends, the once called 'Sailor Scouts'. I have to get to them before she does." He said, a small, black crescent moon appearing on his forehead. He walked out and headed for the airport, blowing a few things up along the way. "She won't ever leave me again!!" He shouted, anger twisting his face. "I'll make sure she doesn't!!"
-On the Space Ship-
"How long until we get there?" Serenity whined. "I'm bored."
"A another day or two until we reach Venus." He stated. He walked over to the gravity machine and flipped on a switch.
"What are you doing?!?!" Serenity demanded, feeling herself being pulled down. "What is this?!?!"
"It's a gravity machine. I might as well train while we're up here." He stated plainly. "I don't have anything better to do."
"Well, what are me and my daughter supposed to do?!?!" Serenity demanded, not having too much trouble walking towards him. He looked at her and a weird expression crossed his face. That's impossible!!! He thought, looking at Serenity. She can stand up perfectly straight in 50 times normal gravity!!! How can it be?!?!?
"Why are you looking at me like that?!?!" Serenity demanded, seeing his eyes on her.
"Go away woman!" He shouted, snapping back to reality. "Go down below and make sure that little brat hasn't gotten into anything!"
"You can't order me around!!" Serenity yelled, standing right in front of him.
"I can order anyone I want around!! Now GO!!!" He yelled, standing up straight in front of her.
"No! I'm the Queen, I'll do what I wish!!" She yelled, not intimidated at all. "There's nothing you can do to stop me!!"
"Oh yeah?!?!" Vegeta said, a ball of energy beginning to form in the palm of his hand. "How bout you and me see who has to listen to who?"
"Fine!" Serenity shouted, pulling a locket out of her pocket. "Cosmic Moon Crystal Power Makeup!" She shouted, holding the locket above her head. Ribbons swirled around her, forming her white outfit that had the rainbows on the front. White wings formed on her shoulders and a long white cape formed behind her. The locket appeared on her chest and wings formed out of it reaching out to her shoulders. White high heels appeared with wings on the back of them, and crescent moon appeared on her forehead. Long white ribbons hung from the front and a staff appeared in her hand. Everything was white except for a colorful design on the front of her skirt and the crescent moons were a golden color. "I am Sailor Cosmos!"
"Hmm..." Vegeta said, seeing this beautiful woman standing in front of him half dressed. "Not bad, you're not strong enough to defeat me though."
"We'll see." Said Sailor Cosmos. "I'm the strongest of the Sailor Senshi, you will not be able to defeat me."
Vegeta lunged at her trying to scare her. She easily dodged him, not seeming one bit intimidated.
"You don't scare me Vegeta!!" She yelled as he came towards her again.
"You better get scared little girl, because I can destroy you in an instant!" He yelled, his smirk spread across his whole face.
"I doubt it." Serenity said, looking slightly bored. "You're ego could destroy me, but that's about it." She heard a growl come from Vegeta and turned to face him. His eyes were narrowed on her and he was standing ready to strike.
"We'll see how strong you are Sailor Cosmos or whatever!" He yelled, lunging at her, knocking her to the ground. She pushed him off of her and sent him flying into the wall. He hit the wall and slowly slumped to the floor.
"I told you not to mess with me." Sailor Cosmos said, shrugging her shoulders. She turned and walked towards the stairs, detransforming as she walked. "I'm going to get something to eat."
That girl is so strong!! Vegeta thought, looking at the hole in the armor he had been wearing. She has to be a Saiyan, or some other strong race! I have to find out!!! He followed her downstairs and walked into the kitchen. He saw the girl with pink hair sitting at the table and Serenity was at the stove cooking.
"Huh?" Serenity said, turning to the door after hearing a noise. "What do you want?!" She demanded, her eyes narrowed on Vegeta. He didn't say anything. He just stood there, staring at her.
"He's doing it again Mommy." Rini complained. "He's staring at you again."
"Shuttup little brat!" Vegeta barked at the child. "This doesn't concern you!"
"If you talk to my daughter like that one more time..." Serenity started. "I'm gonna... I'm gonna...Oh my god..." Her voice trailed off when she sensed a strange presence nearby.
"You'll what?!?!?" Vegeta demanded, but stopped when he saw the look on her face. "What?!?!? What is you problem?!?!?!" He demanded. Her eyes began to fill with tears and her lower jaw began to quiver.
"It... it can't be!!" She cried as she ran up the stairs. She ran to the computer and hit a few buttons. An image of a space ship appeared on the screen. "He... he followed me!!!!"
"What?!?!" Vegeta demanded.
"Darien... he... he's trying to get to my friend's before I do!!!" Serenity yelled. "I can't let him try to brain wash them!!! I can't let it happen!!!" Serenity began to type something into the computer to increase the speed. "Hold on!" She cried, when she noticed Vegeta and Rini standing behind her. She hit a button and the three of them fell to the ground.
"What'd you do?!?!?!" Vegeta demanded, trying to stand up.
"I increased the speed!" Serenity yelled. "I have to get to my friend's before he does!"
"Mommy!!" Rini cried, her small body laying on the ground. "I can't move!!!"
"Oh Rini!" She cried, struggling to stand up to help her child. She walked over to Rini and tried to pick her up. Rini was much too heavy for her to lift.
"The gravity machine!!" Vegeta yelled. "Turn it off!! So there would be no gravity at normal speed!!"
"Okay!" Serenity yelled, struggling to walk. She slowly lifted her foot, both arms pinned at her sides, and put it down in front of her.
"Mommy!! Hurry!!" Rini yelled. Serenity looked at her daughter, picturing her daughter's small body being crushed under the immense weight and pressure.
"Hold on Rini!!" She cried, picking up the pace. Vegeta couldn't move a muscle and neither could Rini.
"Hurry up woman!!" Vegeta shouted, trying, unsuccessfully, to stand.
"I'm trying!!" Serenity yelled, a determined look on her face. She finally reached the machine and was able to pick up her hand to the height of the machine. Her hand fell on the machine making the ship shake. She picked up her hand and pushed a few buttons. She turned the gravity completely off and fell to the floor, unconscious. Vegeta and Rini felt the pressure released and slowly stood.
"Mommy?!?!" Rini cried, seeing her mother's form laying limp on the floor. Tears formed in Rini's eyes when she immediately thought the worst. "No!!" She cried running to her mother's side. Vegeta followed the child and picked up Serenity's hand, feeling her wrist for a heart beat.
"She's fine kid." He said. "I think she's just tired." Rini let out a sigh of relief and looked up at Vegeta.
"I'm kind of tired too." Rini said, a yawn escaping. "Can you come and tuck me in?" The child asked, her big ruby red eyes looking up into his coal black ones. "Please?"
"Okay, why not." He said, picking up Serenity and the child. He put the little girl on his shoulder and told her to hold on to him. He picked up Serenity's sleeping form and held her like a baby, carrying to two of them downstairs. He walked into the room and carefully laid Serenity on the bed and took Rini off his shoulder. He pulled back the blankets. Rini laid down next to her mother and Vegeta pulled the blankets up around Rini's neck. He turned to leave the room, but the sweet voice followed him.
"Mr. Vegeta?" Rini said.
"Yes?" He asked, turning back to the child. Why am I being so nice to this girl? He asked himself, as he looked into the child's red eyes.
"Can you tell me a bed time story?" She asked, a look of trust in her eyes. "One about a Princess and a brave Knight."
"Okay." He said, sitting down on a chair next to her bed. "Once there was a beautiful Princess that was destined to marry a Prince. She didn't really love him, but she pretended to because she knew that one day they would be married."
"Was the Princess pretty?" Rini asked, her eyes lighting up.
"Of course, she was the most beautiful person anyone had ever seen." Vegeta said, starting to get into the story. "She met a man and fell in love with him. They ran away together to get married, but the Prince she was supposed to marry followed her and stole her away."
"Did she marry the man she loved?" Rini was sitting up really getting into the story. "Did they live happily ever after?"
"No." He said dryly. "The Prince took her and married her. She couldn't escape her destiny."
"What?!?! That's not a very good story. She's supposed to marry the man she loved. All the storied my Mommy told me have happy ending." Rini said.
"This isn't some fairy tale." He said, standing. He walked out of the room and left Rini to sleep. Rini laid her head on the pillow and fell into a deep sleep. Vegeta watched from the door as he saw the child's eyes close, then he walked into the room and sat on the edge of the bed. He reached out his hand and brushed the hair off her forehead. He looked at the child as she slept peacefully. Then, leaning over, he kissed the little girl on the forehead. "Don't worry kid." He said, more to himself. "The fairy tale will have a happy ending some day." He looked over at Serenity and saw her smiling at him. She was awake and looking deep into his eyes. "I" He started, but Serenity put her finger to her lips to hush him. She stood up and walked out of the room with Vegeta.
"Thank you." Serenity said as she closed the door behind her. "For watching her while I was unconscious."
"Humph." Was Vegeta's reply, he wasn't real good when it came to people were nice to him.
"It really meant a lot." She said, taking his hand in hers. His hands were big and rough.
"Your welcome." He said, pulling his hand away. He turned around and walked up the stairs to the top and turned the gravity machine back on. He turned away from the machine and began his workout.