A great tragedy occurs and Rini finds herself taking comfort in the arms of the Brief's family...
We Meet Again
The three girls were up for a few more minutes so Rini could tell them about her date. Rini yawned.
"I'm tired." She said, walking over to her dresser, pulling out a shirt and a pair of shorts. "Do you girls mind if I go to bed?"
"No, of course not. You're probably really tired because of the time change." Sarah said. Rini said goodnight and walked into her room, turning off the light.
Rini… A voice whispered.
"Huh... Who are you?" She asked trying to be quiet so her friends didn't hear her.
You have to save me! The voice called.
"Where are you?" She asked. "I'll help you if I know where you are."
Please, help me. The voice pleaded.
"Wait!" She shouted, but the voice had faded away. Rini couldn't go to sleep, she had to find out where that voice was coming from.
She got up and changed into normal clothes. She opened her window and jumped onto the fire escape, careful not to make a lot of noise. She climbed down quietly, jumping to the ground at the bottom. She stayed low and in the shadows, she didn't want anyone to see her, especially her roommates. I have to find out who that was. She thought. I have to help her. Her hair billowed behind her, shining in the pale moonlight. She didn't know where she was going, but an instinct deep inside was telling her to keep on going until she found out.
When she finally stopped to take a break, she was deep into a dark forest. She found a small stream and splashed some water on her face. She cupped her hands and took a drink of the cool water. It felt so good running down her throat that she didn't even see the woman that came up behind her. The lady laid her hand on Rini's shoulder, causing her to jump. Rini spun around, facing the woman. She was beautiful, with long blond hair that blew in the wind, and she was wearing a white dress. She looked like a spirit or something. She was really pale and her skin had a slight glow to it.
"Who are you?" Rini asked. "Are you the one that called me here?"
"Yes my dear." She answered in a sweet voice. "I've come to warn you that you cannot change your destiny."
"What are you talking about? My future?" Rini asked very confused.
"When the time comes, even if it is not how you want it, you cannot change it." She repeated, her voice began to fade away and so did her face.
"Wait! Where're you going?" She asked running towards the woman. "Please tell me what you mean!" It was too late, the figure of the woman disappeared.
"What am I gonna do now?" Rini said outloud to herself. She started to walk back to her dorm, deep in her own thoughts. She didn't even realize that she went in through the front door of the dorm.
"Where've you been?" Sarah asked her. "We didn't even know you left."
"Yeah, really! Were you out with that really hot guy you were with earlier? Trunks was his name?" Michelle asked nudging Rini with her elbow.
"No, it was nothing like that. I just needed some fresh air, so I took a walk." Rini said, walking to her room. She couldn't get the woman's words out of her head. You cannot change your destiny. The sweet voice kept on repeating in her head.
The next morning, Rini woke up early and started to get ready for her first day in an American college. Her roommates' were still asleep, they didn't have any classes until later on that day. She pulled on a pair of jeans and a T-shirt, and pulled her shiny pink hair back in a high ponytail. She brushed her teeth and washed her face, and when she was done, she picked up her bag and was out the door. She walked down the street to the bookstore and bought the books she needed for her classes, she bought them used because it was a lot cheaper. She walked out of the store and headed in the direction of her first class.
Can't be late. She thought to herself. Especially on the first day. She walked into her classroom before anyone else and introduced herself to the professor.
"Hi, my name in Rini. I'm a new student." She said bowing before him. He looked at her funny and realized that she wasn't from America.
"Very nice to meet you Rini." He said taking her hand, it was her first hand shake. She remembered from English class that that's the way they introduced themselves. All of the other students started to file into the room and sat in the desks behind her. She walked up and took her seat next to a girl with straight black hair that was shoulder length. The girl didn't say anything, she just stared at Rini, with her coal black eyes. Rini didn't say anything, she tried to ignore this girl that was staring at her.
Rini barely made it through the class, it was so boring. She was heading for her dorm, when out of nowhere, something swooped down and scooped her up.
She gasped. She looked at the person that held her and realized that she was in Trunks arms.
"You scared me." Rini said, letting out a sigh of relief.
"Sorry, I would have just walked up to you, but I thought that you shouldn't have to walk. You're a princess, so your royal feet should not have to touch the dirty ground." He said teasing her.
"How sweet of you." She replied using the same dramatic tone. "What're you doing here?"
"I thought I'd take you out to lunch." He said, blushing a little. "Whatta ya say?"
"I'd love to." She said kissing him lightly on the lips.
He took her to an outdoor cafe, it was really warm out and Rini was a little jumpy after being stuck in that boring class for hours.
"So. How was your first class?" He asked.
"It was really boring. All he did was talk the whole time, and he is really boring." Rini said, making a face. Trunks started to laugh and didn't stop for a few minutes.
"What?" She asked. "It wasn't that funny."
"It was just the expression on your face." He said, still chuckling. When he finally clamed down, their food was there. Rini watched as Trunks scarfed his down in seconds. She was guilty of eating like that too, but not to the same extent. He finished his first and ordered seconds and thirds. She watched him order his third and she was still not done with her first plate.
"Wow." It was all she could say. After they were done eating, Rini couldn't help but think of that woman she had seen.
"What's wrong?" Trunks asked, sensing there was something wrong. Rini couldn't help it, she had to tell Trunks. She told him about the voice and the woman. He was shocked. Rini stood up and took a step towards him, sitting in the chair next to him.
"Is there anything I can do?" He asked when she had finished.
"I don't know. I don't understand what is going on." She said. The two of them walked down the street and into the park that was around the corner. Trunks had his arm around her shoulder and the two of them didn't say anything. Just then, Rini saw something move through the bushes out of the corner of her eye.
"What was that?" She cried out, pulling away from Trunks. He sensed it, but he couldn't pinpoint it.
"I can't find it!" He yelled in frustration.
It jumped out in front of the two of them and Rini gasped at whom she saw before her.
"Rubius!" Rini screamed. "How can you be alive! Sailor Moon beat you years ago!" A low chuckle escaped his throat.
"So Small Lady. How have you been?" He said, an evil smile spread across his face. "It's been a long time. In fact, you were still just a kid when I saw you last."
"Rini?! How is that guy?" Trunks asked, giving him a nasty look.
"That's Rubius. He tried to destroy the planet a long time ago, but Sailor Moon beat him." Rini said in a low whisper.
"Come on Small Lady, are you going to join us, or am I gonna have to kill you?" Rubius said. "It's your choice." Trunks started to power up.
"I won't let you hurt her!" He screamed.
"Trunks no!" She screamed, jumping in front of him. The dream had come back, she didn't want him to fight because he had died in the dream. "Moon Crystal POWER!"
She waved her hand over the crystal, and ribbons surrounded her. In a minute, she stood before Rubius in her sailor suit. "I will right wrongs and triumph over evil, and that means you!" She yelled out the famous lines.
Rubius lunged at her, knocking her to the ground. Trunks ran over and jumped in front of her protectively. Rini stood up and pushed past Trunks.
"Stay back Trunks!" She yelled over her shoulder. She ran after Rubius and took out the Moon Scepter. "Moon Scepter Elimination!" She shouted, pointing the beam of moons at Rubius. Rubius screamed in pain and put his hands on his stomach where the beam had hit him.
"Is that all you've got." He said wincing in pain. "Come on!"
He stood up and shook off the pain he felt. He gathered some negative energy in the palm of both of his hands. He started to laugh as the power grew. Rini stopped and stood in a fighting stance. Trunks stood behind her with his hand on her shoulder.
"This'll stop you, Sailor Moon!" He shouted, hurling the energy ball straight at Rini. Rini stood her ground, not moving. She saw Trunks jump in front of her, and he simply slapped the ball of energy away like it was nothing.
"Huh?!" Rini and Rubius said at the same time.
"That's impossible!" Rubius shouted. "Till next time!" He said disappearing into thin air.
"How did you do that?" Rini asked after Rubius left.
"It was easy. You remember how my friends were going to train you?" Trunks asked, Rini nodded her head. "Well, that's what we were going to teach you."
"I have to get home and tell my mother what happened. She needs to know." Rini said, suddenly thinking of her mother.
"But what about school?" Trunks asked.
"I don't care about school, this is much more important!" She yelled running in the direction of the dorm to pack her bags. She burst into the dorm room, still in her sailor outfit, and started to pull out whatever she could carry. She left most of her clothes but took everything that might be useful.
"Who are you?" Someone in the room screamed. Rini turned around and saw Michelle standing behind her, holding up a baseball bat. "Why are you going through Rini things?"
"Michelle?! It's me!" Rini said taking a step back from her.
"Michelle? It's me, Rini." Rini said trying not to sound worried.
"You are not!" She screamed. "You're a thief! I'm calling the police!" Rini looked at herself and finally realized that she was still in her sailor suit. She quickly changed out of it and took her hair down.
"Michelle! It's me!" Rini shouted spinning her around.
"What!? Why were you dressed like that?" She asked, very confused.
"I'll tell you someday, but I have to go back to Tokyo. I'm going to leave most of my stuff here though. You can pack it up or whatever." Rini said running out the door.
Rini ran down to the street below and jumped into Trunks arms. Michelle watched from the window as her friend took off. Wow! I didn't know they could fly! Michelle thought to herself.
It only took them a little over an hour to fly back to Tokyo. When they arrived, they headed straight for the palace. Rini ran through the gates with Trunks close behind her.
"Mother!" She screamed. "Something terrible has happened! Where are you?"
Rini ran through the palace looking for her parents. Where are they? She thought, running to her mother's chambers. She pushed open the door and saw her mother lying on the bed. She ran to her mother's side and gently shook her.
"Mother. Wake up." She whispered, seeing her father on the other side of her. "Wake up." She said a little louder. Her mother wouldn't wake up. "Wake up!" She screamed shaking her mother.
Rini realized that they had been there and had used their power to make the Royal family go into a deep sleep. She ran out of the room and out of the palace. She ran down the streets to find that everyone was asleep. Not again! She thought, hearing Trunks voice behind her.
"Rini!" He shouted running to her. "Come on, we have to see if my parents are all right." He had seen that everyone was asleep and wanted to see if it affected his family too.
He scooped her up and flew in the direction of Capsule Corp. In a few minutes, they came to Capsule Corp. The two of them burst through the door and ran through the house searching for his family. They didn't find them there, so they flew to Goku's house. Trunks pushed open the door and ran inside. Everyone was seated around the table, except Vegeta who was too good to eat with the rest of them. They were all asleep, just like everyone else.
Then Rini and Trunks both heard this really strange and beautiful music. It was so soothing, it made Trunks want to go to sleep. Rini held her head up high, she wasn't affected by the music.
"What's wrong Trunks?" She asked as he fell to the ground. "Trunks?!"
She fell to her knees next to him and put his head in her lap. "Trunks! Don't go to sleep! I need your help!" She screamed, but he was so tired, he couldn't open his eyes.
"Trunks NOOO!" She screamed when he didn't wake up. She laid him down and ran out of the house. She ran as fast as she could. She had to find out where that music was coming from. She was headed for the palace, but then realized how impossible that was. She found a road and took a young woman from a capsule car, laying her in another one that was on the road. She jumped into the car and headed for Tokyo. I have to find out where that is coming from! She thought. It has to be stopped, and I'm the only one left to do it!
At the same time, Rubius and Wise Man were preparing for her arrival.
"Is everything ready?" Wise Man asked.
"Everything is as you ordered it, my master." Rubius replied.
The air car raced toward Tokyo, going as fast as it possibly could. Rini sat in the driver's seat and concentrated on the road. I have to do something! She thought. I can't let this happen to me and my friends and family! She saw the city loom in front of her, and she pushed down even harder on the gas petal, sending another burst of speed. She flew through the streets, swerving to miss all of the cars that sat, unmoving, in the street. She was heading for the palace.
After a few minutes, she stood before the palace, but she didn't enter. She knew they were waiting for her, she could feel it.
"Come on out you cowards!" She screamed, standing her ground.
"As you wish, Small Lady. So we meet again at last." Wise Man said appearing in front of her.
"What do you want from me?!" She demanded.
"You will join us Small Lady." He said calmly. Rubius appeared behind him, an evil smirk crossed his lips.
"You will help us become more powerful than anyone in the universe." Rubius said, his smirk grew bigger. "We will rule the universe, the three of us."
Wise Man used his power to pick up Rini. She fought, but with no luck.
"Let me go you coward! Are you afraid to fight me?!" Rini shouted.
"You cannot change your destiny, it lies with us." Wise Man said.
My destiny?! She thought. That lady came and told me that. But how? How could she have known this was going to happen. Rini couldn't push these thoughts from her mind. She felt like something was closing in on her, but she couldn't do anything about it.
"Your mother is dead." Wise Man said. "You are the new Queen just like you've always wanted it. She never loved you, she pretended to love you."
"It's not true." Rini choked out. "My mother loved me very much."
"You were always a disappointment to her. Everything you did wasn't good enough for her." Wise Man continued, hypnotizing Rini with his lies. "When you went off to college, she was glad to see you go. She never wanted to see you again. You're just a failure in her eyes."
"It can't be true, but I can't tell if it is, or if it is just a lie." Thoughts were spinning through Rini's head and she couldn't figure out which ones were true and which ones were fake.
"She was glad to see you go. When you came to help your mother last time, how did she repay you. She treats you like a little kid. She yells at you all the time, and this was just one of the worst ones. When you came back from the future, she grounded you for using the crystal."
"It can't be. My mother loves me, I'm everything to her." Rini's head was spinning. She was so confused.
"Your father is the same way." Wise Man continued. "You came home a minute late from the movies, with a few of your friends, and what does he do? He doesn't let you go out with your friends for a month."
"NOOO!!!" She wailed. "It's not! They love me! They wouldn't!"
"They would. They would do anything to get rid of you." Wise Man said. "They're the ones that made you leave and go to school. They didn't want you here. They sent you away so they could be alone, for once. They don't love you, they never did."
"NOOO!! IT IS TRUE!!!" She screamed. "MY PARENTS HAVE ALWAYS HATED ME!!!!"
Rini felt herself changing. Her hair went up into the hairstyle just like her mothers and grew longer, touching the ground. She grew taller and black ribbons swirled around her body. She was released from the invisible force and stood before Wise Man as Wicked Lady.
"We meet Again." Wise Man said, seeing Wicked Lady before him.
"Yes, and no one will ever see that wishy washy Small Lady again." Wicked Lady said.