A great tragedy occurs and Rini finds herself taking comfort in the arms of the Brief's family...
Rini walked into the house still in Trunks arms. He walked her to her room and kissed her lightly on the lips outside of her door. Her hair cascaded down her back and the wind coming in through the window blow it over her face.
"Good night." Trunks said kissing her this time, on the cheek, and then turning and walked the other direction towards his room. Rini opened the door and stepped into the room. She walked over and flopped onto the bed sinking into the blankets. She sighed as she thought of Trunks. He is so dreamy. I think I'm in love. She thought. I can't wait to see him tomorrow. She walked into the closet and pulled out pair of pajamas, and pulled them on. She put her hair back in a loose ponytail, and lay down. As soon as she closed her eyes, she fell into a deep sleep. I love him. She thought as she drifted off to her happy dreams of him.
"I'm so happy." Rini whispered. "I hope we never have to part."
"We'll be together forever, my love." Trunks said brushing his lips on hers. "I love you."
"Oh Trunks, you're too good to me." She said. " We will never be apart."
They were sitting under the stars. Looking up at the moon, Rini thought of her mother. Oh I wish you were still here. She thought. She leaned her head on his chest and lay in his arms. I never want to leave.
"I found you, Small Lady!" Someone screamed. "And now you're mine!"
"Noooo!!" A wail escaped from Rini's throat. "It can't be! It's impossible!"
She stared in horror as the source of the voice came closer to her. "I have you now!" the voice screamed.
"Noo! I won't let you hurt her!" Trunks said, stepping in front of Rini. "I'll protect her with my life!"
"All right, then you will die too!" The voice screamed out. "I think I'll let you go first!"
"Take your best shot!" He yelled.
"Trunks nooooo!!!" She wailed, but it was too late, he was sent flying backward into a nearby tree. "Oh Trunks!" She cried, rushing to his side. Somehow, he managed to climb to his feet.
"Is that your best shot!" He shouted, stepping in front of Rini once again. "Come on! You can do better than that!"
"Oh? You're not going to turn and run? I guess you have more guts that I thought and soon those guts will be all over the ground!" The voice said. Trunks stood his ground, wiping the blood that trickled out of his mouth.
"Come on! I'm ready!" Trunks said, standing his ground. "Kill me! I'll protect the Princess until the end of time!"
With that, the voice shot a blast of energy that went straight through his chest. He fell to the ground, dead. Rini rushed to him and laid his head on her lap.
"Trunks!!!! Noooooooo!!!!" Tears poured from her eyes and fell onto Trunks face, washing the blood away. "Why'd you have to go and do that! Now what am I gonna do? I don't want to go on without you! I love you!" She screamed out her agony.
"Who are you?" Rini screamed with tears streaming down her face.
"I am something that you created. I am...." The voice trailed off.
Rini's head shot up from the pillow. She was drenched in a cold sweat. She looked around the room and saw that she wasn't in her room. This wasn't her bed. She swung her feet over the edge of the bed and sat looking down at the floor, trying to make sense of the dream. She looked at the clock on the nightstand. Four O'clock in the morning? I'd better try to get some sleep. She thought. Her thoughts were interrupted, when there was a knock on the door. Who would be up at this hour? She thought, walking to the door. She opened the door and Bulma stood before her.
"Bulma?" Rini said, surprised to see her up so early. "Hi, why are you up so early?" She asked, yawning.
"I thought you might be hungry." Bulma said, there was no emotion on her face at all. She was like a zombie.
"No thank you. I'm going to go back to sleep." Rini said, closing the door. She walked back over to the bed and lay back down. She laid her head on the pillow and was asleep in a minute.
When Rini awoke, the morning sunlight filtered through the room, making everything look so perfect. Rini climbed out of bed and quickly put on her clothes. It was noon. I can't believe I slept that long. She thought, pulling on a pair of socks.
She walked out of her room and headed for the kitchen. She walked through the door and sat down at the table. Bulma sat there sipping her morning coffee. She hadn't even looked up when Rini came in. Rini walked over to the fridge and pulled out an apple. She walked outside, biting into the apple. It was so beautiful this morning. The sun was shining and the birds were singing.
Just then, a figure appeared in front of her. She fell to the ground at his feet. She covered her face and prepared for the worst. Nothing happened, and she looked up to see Trunks smiling down at her. He reached out his hand and helped her to her feet.
"Are you almost ready?" He asked.
"Ready?" A puzzled expression crossed her face. "Ready for what?"
"Remember." He said, letting out a sigh. "I'm taking you to Tokyo to see if you can find your family."
"Oh yeah." She said, the memory coming back to her. "I remember now." She didn't say anything about the dream she had had the night before.
"Come on." He said, pulling her close to him.
Rini put her arms around him.
"Do you trust me?" He asked, seeing the nervous look on her face.
"Umm.." She said. "Yes, I trust you. You saved my life the other day."
With those few words said, Trunks took off into the air. Rini screamed in fear, when she saw herself soaring above the ground.
"Ahhh!" She screamed, burying her face in his shoulder. "Don't drop me!"
"Calm down." He said, calmly. "Take a look around you. This is the most exhilarating experience anyone could ever have."
"I don't want to look!" She cried. "I'm too scared!"
"Don't be such a baby!" He scolded, trying to get her to look. "It's beautiful"
Carefully, Rini peeked over Trunks shoulder. She looked around her, she was soaring above all of her problems. They couldn't get to her way up there.
"You... You're right, Trunks!" She cried, taking a look around her. "It's beautiful!"
She turned over so her body was facing the ground. Trunks held her tightly around the waist. She put out her arms, and closed her eyes, feeling the air over her face.
"Trunks." She said, getting his attention.
"Yes?" He asked.
"Can you teach me to fly sometime?" She asked, with her eyes still closed.
"Sure, kid." He said, heading for Tokyo.
Shortly after, they landed in the middle of Tokyo. He let go of Rini, and she stood staring at every thing. I know this place. She thought. It looks so familiar. They were in a playground with children all around them. She walked over and sat on the swing. I know! My father used to take me here to play when I was little. I would go on the swings and he would push me, while mom sat on the bench and watched us. She thought.
"Are you okay?" Trunks asked, breaking into her thoughts.
"Yeah, I'm fine. I know where I am." She said, walking towards the street.
"Where are you going?" Asked Trunks.
"I'm going to go home." She answered very seriously. "Until I do, I'll never know where or when I am."
He raced to catch up with her, taking long strides to stay next to her. She was almost running she had to know. As she rounded the corner to Serena's street, she saw an old cat with a crescent moon on its forehead.
"Luna!" She cried, very much happy to see her old friend.
"MEOW!!" Said the cat.
"Luna, I know that's you, you can talk." She said, kind of annoyed.
"Okay, but who are you? And how do you know my name and that I can talk?" She asked, very puzzled.
"You don't recognize me?" Rini asked. She quickly pulled her hair up into the pig tail style, just like her mother. "Now do you recognize me?"
"Princess Serenity?" She asked, looking her over. "It can't be. You died 10 years ago when Queen Serenity was killed."
Trunks had finally caught up, but hadn't heard Luna call Rini Princess Serenity, and Rini still hadn't said anything. It had to stay a secret.
"That's impossible! I've been here for only a few days!" She said shocked. "I used the key and must have come into the future, but what can I do?"
"Uhhh... Rini?! Why is that cat talking?" Trunks said with wide eyes. "And what are you talking about. Are you from the future or something?"
"I didn't want to say anything, but here goes." She said walking over to a bench and sitting down. Luna came over and jumped into her lap. "It was my fifteenth birthday party, when 'it' came. I don't know who or what it was. My mother ran out of the palace and it grabbed her around the neck. Everyone tried to help her, but one by one, they were all killed. I finally got it to let go of mom, but it was too late, she was dying. She gave me this locket for my birthday, and I was so excited, I had to use it, but it wasn't enough. I had to use the time key to save myself, and this is where I ended up. But that thing followed me and I'm really scared. I don't know what to do." Trunks sat there, staring off into space, in shock over what he had just heard.
"You have to fight it!" Said Luna. "I can teach you to use the crystal, like I did your mother, you will become Sailor Moon!"
"Is it going to be enough though?" She asked, doubting herself. "I mean, will I be strong enough to beat this thing?"
"I can help you." Trunks said, coming out of his trance. "I know how to fight."
"Great! I'll teach you to use the locket and he can teach you to fight!" Luna suddenly cried out. "You'll become strong enough to beat it!"
They sat on the bench and Luna told her all about what had happened since she was gone. She told her about the Z-Soldiers and how they had been protecting the Earth when she had 'died'. Trunks told her about the Oozaru, and the Super Saiyans. She was very shocked to hear that there were these things called Dragon Balls, the whole time she was alive and she had never known about it. After a while, it started to get late, so Trunks decided to take her home. He picked her up and held her close to hime while she held Luna. Off they went in the direction of Capsule Corp.
It was already dark when the three of them walked through the door. Bulma was sitting on the couch staring off into space.
"What's wrong with mom?" Trunks asked his father in a hushed whisper.
"I don't know, she's been like this all day." He answered, not sounding worried at all.
Trunks came in and took the sleeping Rini to her bedroom, laying her down gently on the bed, so as not wake her. He took off her shoes and pulled the blankets up to her chin. He set Luna on the pillow next to Rini's head. Poor old cat. He thought to himself. He walked out of the room and into the living room, sitting down on the couch next to his mother.
"What's wrong mom?" he asked, looking into her eyes.
"I'm fine." She answered with no emotion at all. She stood up and walked out of the room, heading towards Rini's room. Now I have you! The shadow inside of Bulma's body thought. Bulma was screaming in her mind, trying to gain control of her body. Why are you doing this! Leave her alone! She's just a kid! She screamed at the monster inside of her body. The shadow just ignored her and kept on walking towards the room. Leave her alone! Get out of me! When my husband finds out, are you going to be sorry! Bulma consistently yelled. Oh would you shuttup already! It barked at her, just making her get louder and more annoying. Why did I have to get in the body of this loud mouth? I should have found someone a little less annoying!
Bulma's body headed for the door, grasping the handle. It turned the knob and pushed open the door, stepping into the room. She walked over to the bed and picked up the scarf that lay on the floor. She tied a kind of noose with it and slipped it around Rini's neck. Sleep well Princess! It thought to itself.
-Back in the Living Room-
"What was that all about?" Trunks asked. "I asked her what was wrong and she gets up and walks out of the room."
"Don't let it get to you." His father told him. "She's like that sometimes."
Trunks stood up and walked into the kitchen, opening the refrigerator door. He looked in the fridge and pulled out some leftovers from the night before, and sat down at the table. He didn't care that it was cold, he wasn't really hungry anyway. Why didn't she tell us she was the Princess? He asked himself. Didn't she trust us? We took her in and she didn't even tell us where she was from. A thousand thoughts ran through his head. He was so deep into thought that he didn't even hear when his father was talking to him. Suddenly, he felt a huge ki level rise and then disappear. He looked around the room and saw that his father had sensed it too.
"What was that?" Trunks exclaimed, jumping up, knocking the chair over. Before Vegeta could answer, they both felt it again. "OH NO! IT'S RINI! SHE'S IN TROUBLE!" He yelled.
He ran towards her room at top speed, his father close behind him. I hope we're not too late! Hold on Rini, we're coming! He thought as they ran towards her room.
If this place wasn't so big. Vegeta thought. We'd already be there and that thing would be dead.
When they entered the room, they both gasped at the sight before them.
Bulma tightened the scarf around Rini's neck, squeezing the life out of her. Rini's eyes flew open, and her hands went to her neck. She couldn't breathe. She looked up and saw a familiar face holding the scarf around her neck. What?! She thought when she saw Bulma standing over her. She grabbed at the scarf, desperate to breathe. She needed air. She saw red spots in front of her eyes and felt her body sink. You can't die!! She heard a voice scream. It was her mother's voice.
"Mom." She choked out. Again she heard the voice. Open your eyes and fight this thing! Rini dug her nails under the scarf and managed to pull it away from her throat long enough to take in a few short breaths. She gathered all of her anger and sorrow and managed to pull the scarf off. She sucked in the air, filling her lungs, and pulled out the locket.
"Moon Crystal Power!" She shouted. A bright light flashed and ribbons surrounded her body. In a minute, she stood before Bulma standing in her Sailor Moon outfit. "I am Sailor Moon! I will right wrongs and triumph over evil!" She yelled out Sailor Moon's famous phase. "Why are you doing this Bulma?"
"I'm not Bulma." She said calmly. Rini gasped as she realized the truth.
"Get out of her body right now, you monster!" She yelled at it.
"As you wish, dear." It responded. Just then, Trunks and Vegeta burst into the room. They were just in time to see the shadow come out of Bulma's body. Bulma started to fall to the floor, but Vegeta rushed over and caught her before she hit the floor.
"I've got to get Bulma out of here!" Vegeta yelled, and then left the room with Bulma in his arms. Trunks ran over to Rini and stood in front of her.
"I won't let you hurt her, you monster!" Trunks yelled.
This is like my dream. Trunks is protecting me. OH NOOOO!! I remember what happened next... Trunks was killed! She thought, jumping in front of Trunks and throwing her arms around his neck.
"NOO!! I won't let you hurt him!" She cried, tears forming in her eyes as she thought about the dream. She ran to the window and jumped out of it. "Follow me you coward! I'm the one you want! Leave them out of it!"
The shadow followed her out the window and around the side of the house. I've got to get this thing as far as I can from them. She thought. She ran through the woods, the shadow following close behind her. She didn't see Trunks as he flew above. He swooped down and picked her up, flying as fast as he could. He didn't know where he was going, but he had to get Rini as far away from there as he could.
"Let me go!" She shouted. "It'll kill you! I had a dream, it'll kill you!"
"I don't care if it kills me, as long as you're alright!" He said. "I love you!" Those three words hit Rini, causing her mouth to drop open.
"You... you do?!" She said.
"With all my heart." He whispered to her. She looked over her shoulder and saw that the monster was a person. All of the anger and hatred had been thrown at it and now it had become almost human.
"Wait! Stop!" Rini exclaimed, jumping from his arms.
"Rini!" He cried, diving for her. He caught her, and put her down on the ground.
"Who are you!" She demanded. "Tell me the truth!"
The creature that had been following them, stepped into the pale moonlight. Rini looked at the person who stood before her and gasped.
"It's impossible!" She said.
The person that stood before Rini was Wicked Lady.
"It...it...it's im..im..impossible." Rini stammered. "You're me?!"
"That's right Princess." She said. "You became me, when you became Queen."
"But, why are you trying to kill me?" She asked.
"I'm trying to kill you, so you will not become me." She said. "I still have good deep down, but the evil is so overwhelming I can't control what I'm doing. It controls me." She said and suddenly, she seemed to snap out of the sort of trance she had been in.
She's fighting! Rini thought. She's fighting against the evil that possesses her. Just like I did when Sailor Moon saved me.
"I finally know what I have to do!" She cried, pulling the crystal out of the locket and holding it up in the air. She concentrated on what her mother had taught her. I have to heal her. She thought. If I don't, the future is as good as gone. Her sailor outfit disappeared and she stood before Wicked Lady in her princess dress, her hair up the same as her mother's, the crescent moon on her forehead glowing bright.
"You don't have to do this." She said. "You can't. You're the future queen. I know there is a good side of you, I'm that good side, please come back from that place you are in."
Wicked Lady felt something changing within her. She felt warmth deep within, she knew where she belonged and she knew that she was the only hope for a future.
Trunks ran to Rini, he placed his hands over her and was engulfed in the white light that surrounded them. He concentrated his energy into the crystal.
"Princess, I will always protect you." He said. "Always."
Wicked Lady felt the warmth spread throughout her whole body, engulfing her in the white light.
"Thank you Princess!" She cried out and disappeared. "You saved your future, but I'm sorry to say, that your parents weren't saved."
Rini fell to the ground with Trunks lying next to her. After a few minutes, Trunks eyes opened and he sat up, picking Rini up and laid her across his lap.
"Rini?! Rini wake up." He whispered. Rini groaned and opened her eyes.
"Is it over?" She asked.
"Yeah, she's gone." He said. "Who was that? She looked like you."
"That was me." She said. "From the future. I have to leave now."
"Will I ever see you again?" He asked, feeling sorrow set in.
"Yes, one day we will meet again." She answered.
"What about your parents? She said that they were still gone." he asked.
"Don't worry about them. They'll be fine." She said, standing up and pulling out the time key. "Remember? You told me about the Dragon Balls. I'll save them with those."
"I'll miss you." He said, kissing her lightly on the lips.
"I promise, we will meet again." She said. She used the key and disappeared into a black hole. "Until we meet again..."