A great tragedy occurs and Rini finds herself taking comfort in the arms of the Brief's family...
Rini stretched her arms up towards the ceiling and let out a big yawn. She was really tired, she didn't think she would be this tired after her mother trained her to use the Crystal. Soon she would be Queen though and she needed to be able to protect her people. I can't wait to become queen. She thought. Then, everyone will believe me when I say that I'm ready.
"Rini, dear will you come down here?" Queen Serenity yelled to her daughter. "Your father and I want to give you something."
"I'll be right there mom!" She yelled back to her.
Rini ran into the living room where her parents were both sitting on the couch. Her mother had a small box with a pink bow on it sitting on her lap. There was a tag that said 'To: Rini, our darling'.
"Happy Birthday!" Everyone cried as Rini entered the room.
Rini had totally forgot that today was her birthday, she was too excited about learning how to use the crystal that she had totally forgotten about it.
Ami brought out a huge cake with 15 candles on it. All of her friends waited anxiously for her to blow out the candle.
"Make a wish and then blow out the candles." Ami said.
I wish I could save the day like Sailor Moon used too. She silently wished. She wanted so much to be a heroine, like her mother. She sucked in her breath and blew out the candles.
Everyone clapped and then Lita asked. "What did you wish for?"
"If I tell you, it won't come true." Rini replied. She was somewhat embarrassed about her wish and she didn't want everyone to know what it was.
After everyone had cake and ice cream, it was time for the gifts. Ami gave Rini a book that would help her out when she became the Queen. Lita gave her some of her special cookies that Rini loved so much. Rei gave her a talisman to protect her from her temple, and Mina gave her the newest Sailor V video game because Rini had loved the older one.
The last person to give her a present was her parent's. Her mother handed her the box she had been holding. Rini gasped as she opened the box. It was a locket just like her mother's old one. Her wish had come true, she was going to be the new Sailor Moon.
"Go on say it." Said Rini's mother.
"Moon Crystal Power!" She shouts. Ribbons surround her and in a minute, she is Sailor Moon. "Wow, this is the best gift ever! Thank you so much!"
Just then, Queen Serenity felt something strange. There was a huge energy coming towards the castle. She ran outside to see what it was and gasped at what she saw. Crystal Tokyo was gone. All that remained was the castle.
"Oh noooo!" She screamed.
Rini heard her mother's cries for help and came running along with everyone else. They gasped at what they saw. The whole city was gone and her mother was being held up in the air helplessly kicking her feet and gasping for air. She didn't have the strength to transform or to even fight back. The scouts transformed and attacked the shadow that held the queen. One by one they were thrown to the ground. Venus tried to use her Love Chain powers but instead of getting hurt, the shadow became stronger. It shot Venus's attack right back at her, the energy piercing though her chest. She fell to the ground dead. The others did the same thing and met the same fate. Now only the King and Rini remained.
The King attacked. He was no match for this unimaginably strong monster. Rini watched helplessly as her father fell to the ground dead, right next to the rest of the scouts. She ran to his side and the side of her fallen friends with tears in her eyes, screamed at the top of her lungs. This distracted the shadow and caused it to drop her mother. Rini ran to her side and picked up her head, placing it in her lap.
"You have to stop this creature." She said, blood spilling from her mouth. "Stop it before it destroys our world."
Rini had tears streaking down her face as her mother spoke to her.
"What are you?" Rini shouted at the creature.
"You are the one they call Small Lady?" He asked her.
"Why do you want to know?" She shouted back.
"You are the on that I'm supposed to get rid of before you can become Queen!" He said to her.
"Rini." Her mother croaked out. "You have to stop this thing, I know you'll find a way." With the Queen drew in and exhaled her last breath.
"NOOOOO!!!!" Rini screamed in agony. "Mother, don't leave me please, come back!"
Just then the shadow charged at her. She moved out of the way just in time and pulled out her Time Key. She shouted out the magic words and disappeared into a black hole.
"HA, HA, HA!" The shadow laughed in delight. "She fell into my trap!" The illusion of the destroyed city disappeared then so did the shadow.
Where am I? Rini thought. This isn't the future is it? She was walking down a street that was paved. It looked like her home had, just moments earlier.
"Hey move it!" Someone shouted.
"Sorry." She answered to the voice and went onto the sidewalk. She hadn't realized how scary it could be when you don't know where you are. She wasn't in her sailor suit anymore, but she had blood dripping off of her chin. She hadn't even known that she had a cut on her face. She wiped the blood away hastily as she remembered what had just happened. She couldn't believe her family and friends were gone, and on her birthday too. This had been the worst birthday she had ever had. Tears streamed down her face as she thought about all of this. She fell to her knees crying because she couldn't hold it back anymore.
"What's wrong?" She heard someone ask. "Are you OK?"
She looked up into the big blues eyes of a woman. She looked so friendly and concerned. The woman got out a tissue and wiped Rini's tears and the blood on her face away. Rini couldn't help but feel a warmth towards this woman, even though she didn't even know her.
"Something awful happened to my family and I don't know what to do." She told this woman, not mentioning that she was from a different time and space.
"You poor thing. You're going to stay with me." She said. "What's your name?"
"My name is Rini." She told her.
"My name is Bulma." She said to Rini. Just then, she pulled this capsule out of her pocket and pushed the button on it. A capsule car appeared in its place. "Jump in!" She said.
Rini was a little iffy about going home with this woman, but she seemed really nice and plus she needed to find someone to help her find the shadow creature that had killed her family.
"We're off!" Bulma said as they left.
The shadow watched from afar as a lady with green hair knelt down beside Small Lady. It watched as Small Lady climbed into an aircar with the lady.
This is going perfectly to plan, she will be helpless here, she thinks she is in the future, she has no idea where she is and she will not be able to defeat me this time. The shadow thought as it watched her. I'll kill her and then I will bring darkness on the whole Universe.
Rini and Bulma rode home. Rini's mouth dropped open when she first saw Capsule Corp. It was huge, even bigger than the palace had been. Bulma was telling her about her family when they arrived. Rini was all ears when she heard Bulma talking about her older son Trunks. She couldn't wait to meet them. Bulma pulled up the drive and they both jumped out of the aircar. She led Rini into the building and took her to the guestroom.
"I'm going to make dinner, you can go use the shower down the hall." Bulma told her. "I'll send someone up to get you when it's ready, OK?"
"Thank you so much, for helping me out like this. I don't know what I would have done if you hadn't come around." Rini said with gratitude in her voice.
"You're very welcome, my dear." Bulma responded. "There's clothes in the closet, that should fit you." With that Bulma left the room to start making dinner.
For a few minutes, Rini sat on the bed to think of what she should do. She then got into the closet and pulled out a really cute pink dress. She slung it over her arm and headed down the hall to the bathroom. Just as she turned the corner, I guy with purple hair came flying around the corner and ran right into her. She cried out as she fell to the ground hard. When she looked up she saw a very handsome guy with purple hair and big blue eyes.
"I'm really sorry!" He said, picking her up and handing her the dress that she had dropped. "You must be Rini. My name is Trunks, my mother said that you were here." He said shaking her hand. Just then, he heard his father's familiar voice calling him. "I got to go, my dad's training me and he only let me have a five minute break. I'll see you at dinner tonight." With that he ran off in the direction of the voice.
Wow, he was really cute. Rini thought and walked into the bathroom. After her shower, she headed back to her room, and sat down on the bed. I don't know what I'm going to do, I don't even know if I'm in the future. I couldn't concentrate when I used the key because of that shadowy thing. I could be anywhere. Just then there was a knock on the door. Rini answered it and saw Trunks standing there.
"I came to tell you dinner's ready." He told her.
"Okay, but you're going to have to show me the way because I'd probably get lost if I tried to find it on my own." She said.
She followed him into the kitchen and sat down at the table next to him. She blushed when he smiled at her. He's really cute! She thought to herself, but I can't forget my mission. As soon as Bulma sat the food on the table it was like a school of piranha, everything was gone in a matter of seconds. Bulma just kept it coming. Rini hadn't even finished her first plate and the guys were on like their third plate. Rini was just watching them. Finally, Vegeta looked up and narrowed his eyes at her.
"What are you looking at?!" Vegeta demanded standing up and knocking over his chair. Rini was so surprised that she fell over backwards out of her chair.
"Vegeta!" Barked Bulma. "That's no way to speak to our guest!"
"Shuttup Woman!" He barked back. "Why are you staring at me like that?!"
"I uhh..." She was trying to think of something to say.
"You kind of remind me of my mother." She said, trying to hold back the tears when she thought of her mother. "Only she can eat like that."
"Huh?" Vegeta said, very surprised at her answer, but before she could explain, she had run from the room.
"Great, just great! Her first day here and you make her feel unwelcome!" Bulma yelled.
"Shuttup woman, when I want your opinion, I'll ask you." He answered. Bulma let loss the roll she had been eating. He easily sensed it and ducked out of the way. "You know, that wasn't much of a throw."
Bulma stood up and stormed out of the kitchen after Rini. She followed her to the guestroom and sat down on the bed next to Rini.
"He didn't mean it." She told Rini sympathetically. "He doesn't really know how to act around people." She saw the tears streaming down Rini's face.
"It's not that." Rini managed to say. "I haven't told you why I'm here."
"What do you mean 'why I'm here'?" She asked really confused.
"I came here to save my parents, but I think there was a mistake and I didn't get to where I need to be." She said, not really talking to anyone but herself. "This shadowy creature killed my family and my friends, and I have to find a way to save them. The future depends on it."
"What? I don't understand." Bulma said.
"My real name is Princess Serenity, and my mother is Queen Serenity. I am the future and I have to find a way to save them. That's why I was crying when you found me. I don't even know where to start." Rini began to sob even louder. She couldn't hold it back.
I'll call ChiChi and Goku and see what they say, I'm sure together all of us can help her. Bulma thought to herself not saying it outloud. "Get some sleep. We'll see if we can help you tomorrow."
Rini lay down and as soon as her head hit the pillow, she was out. In her dream, she saw the shadow and she watched helplessly as her parents were slaughtered in front of her eyes. She was helpless to do anything. Her head shot up off of the pillow. She was soaked in a cold sweat. It took her a minute to figure out where she was. It was only a dream. She thought. Wait a minute, it wasn't a dream, it happened, it all happened, I'm responsible for my parents death. I killed them.
She jumped off of the bed and snuck out of her bedroom window. She ran away from the house in the direction Tokyo should be. When she was about a mile away, she took a break and found a small spring. She sat down next to it and splashed the cool water on her face. She was hot and sweating from running here. Just then, she heard a noise. It's the shadow that killed them. She started to panic. He came for me, now he's going to kill me. A thousand thoughts raced though her head. She finally pulled out the locket and shouted those three magic words.
"Moon Crystal Power!" The ribbons surrounded her and in a moment, she stood ready to attack when whatever it was came through the bushes. She was terrified, she didn't know what to do. The bushes rattled as it came closer, and her fear grew with each second. If only her mother was here, she would know what to do. Rini thought. But she's not here, I have to stop living in the past and focus on what I have to do.
When the bushes parted, she gasped at what was standing before her.
Trunks, with his Saiyan hearing, heard the window to Rini's room open. He had been outside enjoying the peace outside, for once away from his parents arguing. Now where is she going? He thought. I should follow her, maybe she's in some kind of danger or something. Trunks took off in the direction he had heard her, making sure that she didn't see him. He didn't want her to think he was following her, even though that was what he was doing. There's something about that girl, something different, and I'm going to find out what it is.
He stayed a distance behind her as she headed into the woods. They were going farther and farther into the woods. Trunks was still trying to find out where she was going and he hadn't realized that she stopped to take a break. He kept on coming and then he heard her scream out three words "Moon Crystal Power". He would just come out and when she realized it was he, she would calm down.
"C-c-come out of there!" He heard her stammer, barely over a whisper. Before he could move, he saw a shadow wash over her. At first it was just a shadow, but than he saw that it was less see though as it started to look more like a person. What looked like hands wrapped around her neck, lifting her off of the ground. He saw her face turn red as her oxygen was cut off. When he saw this, he sprung into action, creating a ki blast in the palm of his hand. He hurled the ki blast at the shadow and caught Rini before she hit the ground. He saw that the shadow had become more humanlike after he had used the ki blast on it. Rini lay unconscious in his arms. He realized that he didn't have a chance to beat this thing. It would become more powerful with each attack so he flew off in the opposite direction of Capsule Corp., he didn't want to lead that thing back to his family.
Rini opened her eyes and saw a familiar face. It was the cute guy she had met earlier. What happened? She thought as she tried to sit up. She was forced to lay back down by Trunks. She looked around and saw that they were in a cave.
"Are you all right?" He asked, genuinely concerned.
"I think so. What happened, where are we?" Rini asked, still in the sailor outfit.
"Something attacked you. I don't know what it was." Trunks told her. "Why are you dressed like that?"
"I am Sailor Moon, the champion of justice!" She answered with pride in her voice.
"Who's Sailor Moon?" He asked, confused. "I've never heard of Sailor Moon before."
"That's because I'm not from around here. I don't even know where I am." She said, tears forming in her eyes. "I have to save my family and my friends, but I'm scared. I don't even know where to start." When she said these words, she couldn't hold back any more. She flung her arms around Trunk's neck and let the tears come. She cried until she tired herself out and then she fell into a deep sleep on Trunk's shoulder. When he realized that she was asleep, he picked her up and flew off in the direction of Capsule Corp. Poor girl. He thought. She has no one left in the world.
"Don't worry, I'll protect you." He said, in a whisper. And then he kissed her on the lightly on the cheek. "I won't let anyone hurt you anymore."
The next time Rini woke up, she saw that she was back at Capsule Corp. How long have I been asleep? She thought. The last thing I knew, Trunks and I were in a cave. She sat up and swung her feet over the edge of the bed. Her feet touched the floor and a cold shiver ran down her spine. It was really cold in there. She stood up and walked over to the window. When she looked out, there was no moon. Isn't there supposed to be a full moon tonight? She thought. Where is it? She didn't have time to think about it because at that moment her stomach growled, almost making the walls shake. She closed the window and walked over to the closet. She pulled on a T-shirt and a pair of shorts. She opened the door and walked in the direction of the kitchen. As she entered a group of people that she didn't know looked at her. They were just looking at her and not saying anything. Just when she was starting to get a little nervous, Bulma pushed through them and started to talk.
"Everyone, this is Rini." She said.
"Who are all of these people?" Rini whispered so only Bulma could hear her. "Why are they looking at me like that?"
"I'm sorry. This is Goku, his wife ChiChi, his son's Goten and Gohan, and Gohan's wife Videl." She said introducing them. "They're going to try and help you with what ever it is you're here for."
"Really?" She said. "But I don't know how to stop that thing, and each time someone fights it, it just gets even stronger."
"That's why you have to become a lot stronger than it." Said Goku. "And we're going to train you."
"What?" She said surprised. "I already know how to fight. I'm Sailor Moon."
"Sailor what?" He asked.
"Sailor Moon, the messenger of love." She told him.
"Well, even if you are this Sailor Moon, you should still train with us, so next time you are strong enough to beat it. Trunks told us that this shadowy thing tried to kill you." He said.
"Huh? Where is he?" She asked.
"He's outside right now." Bulma told her. Rini rushed from the room and ran outside.
"Trunks!" She called. "Where are you?" She walked on top a hill and there he was, just sitting there all by himself.
"Trunks." She said. "Thank you for saving me. I'm really grateful. I owe you my life."
"No problem." He answered, not looking her in the face. "Where were you going anyway?"
"I was going to Tokyo, to see if my mother is there. I have to know if I'm in the past or the future, or if I'm somewhere else." She told him. "How did you know I left?"
"I heard you." He answered.
"But I was quiet, no one could have heard me." She said quite puzzled.
"I'm a Saiyan. We have more powerful senses than the humans on this planet." He answered. Looking up into her eyes. "I felt something, and it told me to follow and protect you."
"Really?" She asked, seeing the serious look on his face.
"Yeah, so I followed that feeling and saw that you were in trouble, so I helped." He said. She sat down next to him and looked up at the stars.
"It's so beautiful out here." She said, changing the subject. "Don't you think so?"
"Yeah. I always come up here." He said.
Rini closed her eyes, Star Light, Star Bright, I wish you would guide me in my quest. She silently wished. They sat in silence just looking at the stars. Trunk slipped his arm around Rini's waist and Rini laid her head on his shoulder. She forgot everything when she was with him. She felt a warmth within that grew and grew until she couldn't help herself. She looked up and him and he looked down into her eyes. He leaned down and pressed his lips against hers, she kissed him back. All of her problems disappeared and all she could think about was Trunks. She had never felt this way before. For a long time, they sat afterwards, just enjoying the night air and each other's company. This has to be a dream. Rini thought. I don't want to wake up. She knew deep down that it could never be. She wasn't from the same time or space. She would have to leave eventually.
Bulma watched from the window when Rini ran out of the house. She seemed to be in a really big hurry to go and see Trunks. She watched Rini run up the hill and sit down next to Trunk's. They look so cute together. She thought. But I'm really worried. What if she has to leave. She said herself that she wasn't from around here. I don't want Trunks to get his heart broken.
"What's wrong?" Someone asked, breaking into her thoughts.
"Nothing." She answered quickly, not even knowing who had asked the question. She walked over to the table and sat down. She picked up her cup of tea that she had poured a few minutes earlier. There was something really strange about that girl, but somehow it was familiar to her, it was almost like she knew her from somewhere or sometime. It was like she knew her, or something. She sipped her tea and looked over at her husband who was sitting across the table from her. He would never say it, but Bulma knew he was worried about her. Ever since Rini had told her where she was from she had been really worried for some reason, and it was starting to show.
"It's getting late. We'd better get going." Goku told the two of them. "We'll see you tomorrow." With that everyone left and it was just Bulma and Vegeta.
"I'm worried." She told him.
"About what" He asked her.
"About Rini and Trunks." She said. "I don't want them to be hurt if Rini has to go back where she came from when this is all over." He walked over to Bulma and placed his hand on her shoulder. He leaned his face down and kissed her on the lips.
"They'll be fine." He said. He stood up and walked towards their bedroom. "You coming?"
"Yeah, in a minute." She told him. She stood up and walked outside. When she stepped outside, she saw something move in the shadows. She headed over in that direction, curious as to what it was. She walked into the bushes, thinking that it was a cat or something. She didn't see anything and was about to head inside when she saw it again, disappearing around the corner of the building. What was that? She thought. It couldn't have been a cat, it was way too big. As she turned the corner, this huge creature emerged from the shadows. It was black and it had red eyes that glowed in the pale light. There was a sword in its hand. Bulma watched unable to speak as it came towards her. She didn't even have time to cry out as it dove into her body, possessing it to do whatever he wanted. Now I'll be able to get close enough to destroy, and because I'm in her friend, she wouldn't dare hurt me. It thought. Then I'll be rid of her, just like all the rest of those worthless royals.
The shadow, in Bulma's body, walked into Capsule Corp. and into her bedroom. It made her lay down in the bed with Vegeta. Vegeta looked over as she entered the room. She looked really pale and tired.
This whole thing must be getting to her. Vegeta thought to himself. He pushed it from his mind and rolled over, putting his arm around her. She didn't even react when he did this. She must really be stressed out if she doesn't even notice that I'm here. Oh well, maybe she'll be feeling better in the morning.
If I can fool him, I'll be able to fool anyone. He didn't even sense me. The shadow in Bulma's body thought to himself. Fools! This will be even easier than I thought. I'll get her, and then I'll destroy everyone and everything in this whole Universe. There will be only darkness and silence for all of eternity. This is too perfect, even better than I thought it would be. Ha Ha Ha!!
What's happened to me. I can't move. Bulma thought, fighting against fighting against some invisible force to regain control of her body. This can't be happening to me. I've already been outside of my body in a frog, but now I'm inside and I can't move. She could see where they were going and hear if anything was said, but she couldn't work her vocal cord or control her body. Why are you doing this to me? Get out of me right now you monster! If my husband knew, you'd already be dead! In fact, you probably would've been dead a long time ago. Get out of me! Someone help me please!