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Sailor Moon Fanfic: The Pledge of Sun Chapter 120At the Hikawa Shrine, Usagi and the others were enjoying a break from their study session by watching a concert on TV. The one singing was a man with bright brown hair wearing a white suit. As he finished his song, the girls went wild with screams as they cheered while screaming their feelings for him."Wow, that's crazy," murmured Rei in amazement. "Those girls are like ants in a pile of sugar.""Don't those fan-girls have anything better to do?" asked Makoto."Sounds funny coming from you, Mako," chuckled Harusuke. "I'm surprised you haven't gone goo-goo eyes and said, "He looks just like the guy who broke my heart.""What do you mean by fan-girls?" asked Ami."They're girls who're obsessed with their favorite celebrities," explained Usagi. "Some even follow them all over the world.""What would they do if they caught up with them?" wondered Ami."Oh, they don't do anything much. They just want to be near them," said Rei. "Just thinking about all that running around and screaming would wear me out.""Yeah. I don't even understand why anyone would do it," agreed Usagi. "Don't you think so, Minako?"Minako, who had been quiet the whole time, didn't answer, her eyes focusing squarely on the TV screen. Usagi then snapped her fingers in front of Minako's face to get her attention."Hey, Minako! Earth to Minako!" she barked.Minako then blinked. "Wh-What? What's up?" she asked."You okay there? You looked like you were zoning out," said Usagi.""You're not turning into one of those rabid fans drooling over that guy, are you?" questioned Rei with a teasing grin.Minako smiled. "Of course I'm not," she spoke innocently. "I don't even know who he is.""Of course you do, Minako," said Artemis. "It's Jinta Araki-"But the white cat was rudely interrupted as Minako slammed his head to the floor, pinning him down."Who has time to get obsessed with pop stars?" Minako continued. "After all, we'll be in high school next year, so we won't have time to be doing things like that."As they went back to studying, Minako happened to glance over at the TV, now showing a female reporter coming up to the singer. "That was Jinta Araki's new hit single: "Blue Crisis Love!" I'm here with the man in question after serenading the world with his beautiful voice," she turned to the male. "So, Jinta, do you have anything to tell our viewers at home as well as your other raving fans?""Yes, as a matter of fact, I do," said Jinta. "I'm looking for someone to play as the heroine in a blockbuster movie that will be shooting this week. The first round of public auditions will be happening at four-thirty pm tomorrow at the Minato Cultural Center. There will also be a swimsuit competition, so make sure you bring your best, and let's get heated up for the summer." He then looked towards the camera and gave a flirtatious wink. "I'll be waiting, my sweet heroine."Minako quickly wrote down the information, so she wouldn't forget, while making sure not to show her excitement.______________________________________________________________________The next day everyone was over at Rei's place for study hall. Usagi, Rei, Ami, and Makoto were busily at work solving math problems, when Artemis came into the room, noticing that a certain red-bowed blonde wasn't there with them."Hey, has anyone seen Mina?" Artemis asked."She said she was running a fever," replied Rei. "So, she's gone home to rest."Artemis then scowled suspiciously, knowing that was a lie. "I know what she's up to," he thought to himself. "I wouldn't put it past her if she did."He then left the room about to go off to find Minako, when he ran into Harusuke."Let me guess; you're going to go look for Minako, right?" Harusuke asked the white cat. "Over at the Minato Cultural Center?"Artemis was surprised. "Wait, how did you know that?" he asked."Come on. It was pretty obvious given Minako's behavior yesterday," said Harusuke. "I mean, come on. I pretty much know how all of the girls think, and Minako's no exception. So if it's all the same to you, I'll be going with you."Artemis answered with a nod, and the white cat along with Harusuke dashed away to the Minato Cultural Center."______________________________________________________________________Meanwhile, Minako had just arrived at the cultural center. There were many girls all around her, each talking excitedly about getting their chance to win."Well, here I am. So far, so good, I guess," Minako spoke nervously to herself. "If I can see Jinta Araki in person, I'll tell him what a big fan I am."Then, Minako felt someone tap her shoulder, making her jump while turning around, surprised to see Harusuke and Artemis."H-Harusuke! Artemis!" exclaimed Minako. "H-How did you guys know that I was here?""We're pretty good at figuring you out, Minako," said Artemis. "Plus, it was obvious.""But what I want to know is that why didn't you tell any of us about this?" wondered Harusuke. "The girls and I would have supported you.""Well, I didn't want to admit to everyone that I'm a devoted Jinta fan-girl," Minako admitted sheepishly. "You heard how everyone was talking the other day. I was too embarrassed.""So, I take it that you're going to through with this contest then," said Harusuke. "What happens if you win?"Minako smiled with confidence as she struck a pose. "Then the world will get a taste of a Pretty Guardian Teen Idol!" she said with a wink. "Plus, it'll be a surprise for the others, so please don't tell anyone, pretty please?"Harusuke and Artemis were hesitant, but with one look from Minako's pleading face, they knew that they couldn't refuse."Well, I suppose we could keep quiet for now," said Artemis."But only if you'll allow us to stick around to keep an eye on you," said Harusuke.Minako squealed in delight and tackled Harusuke in a hug. "Thanks, you guys! You're the best!" she gushed. "Now, let's get me signed up!"As she went over to the table to sign up, Harusuke and Artemis couldn't help but heave exasperated sighs."It's not like we could say no," said Artemis. "She would have gone to audition either way.""Well, since we're letting her do this, let's support her as much as we can while keeping an eye on her," said Harusuke. "Who knows? Maybe if she wins, she'll let me be her agent, and you can be the pet slash mascot or something."As the two went over to join Minako, they didn't know that a certain member of the Witches 5 had arrived, having to have chosen her next target for a pure heart."So, Jinta Araki aka Akazin is a popular and upcoming teen sensation that's talented as a singer and as an actor," Mimete thought to herself. "And to add to that, he's also looking for a girl to play as the heroine for his upcoming blockbuster. This could be a good opportunity. The way I see it, whoever wins has got to have a pure heart of love for Jinta. And if the winner doesn't work out, I'll take Jinta's pure heart instead."With a snap of her fingers, she quickly changed her appearance to the likeness of a normal girl wearing a white shirt with a picture of Jinta on it, and a pair of pants, while having long, flowing hair. She then went over to sign up for the contest too. As she came up, Minako saw Mimete and immediately shot a heated glare at her."Hold on a minute," she spoke in a cold demeanor.Mimete flinched. "Y-Yes? Can I help you?" she asked, trying to be innocent."Minako, what's the matter?" asked Harusuke, puzzled as well as worried.The red-bowed blonde seemed to pause dramatically, until her eyes sparkled. "That shirt she's wearing! She's wearing the very first shirt they made of him!" she squealed excitedly. "It's a collector's item! You really must be a die-hard fan!""O-Oh... yes, I am," Mimete spoke. "I bought it a long time ago. Guess that makes us both devoted fans.""Whew. That was close," Mimete thought to herself with relief. "For a second there, I thought my cover was blown."Just then, a woman's voice came from the loudspeaker."Attention! Auditions are about to begin!" the voice said. "Contestants, please report to the auditorium.""All right! Let's do this!" said Minako, pumping herself up. "If I want to realize my dream, I've got to give it my all!"______________________________________________________________________In the auditorium, the swimsuit competition was now underway. All of the competing girls had to stand on the stage while wearing their swimsuits and answer the producers' and directors' questions. Minako was already on the stage wearing her swimsuit and a button with the number two-fifty-one while Harusuke watched on in the audience."Hi! My name is Minako Aino," she greeted. "I'm a fifteen-year-old middle school student full of energy! I'm great at all sports, especially volleyball, and even have a killer technique known as the Flying Somersault Receive!"The judges nodded with interest. Then, a brunette young woman in a red business suit asked the first question."Some of the scenes in the movie will involve kissing," she said. "How do you feel about that?""I'm okay with it," replied Minako. "I just won't tell my parent in case they freak out. After all, kissing is the best part of acting."Harusuke rose a brow at this, thinking the question was a bit too direct and was a bit put off by Minako's response. All of the judges laughed, thinking Minako's response was adorable.A man wearing a blue suit and glasses with a brunette bowl-cut hairstyle, asked the next question."If you are chosen for the part, and the director invited you to dinner, what would you do?"A cross-popping vein formed on Harusuke's head as he looked over at the judge, clearly appalled. "What the hell kind of question is that?!" he mentally screamed. "That is all sorts of creepy!"But Minako answered the question anyway. "Well, that'll be fine by me," she said. "I'm not a picky eater. I'll eat anything placed in front of me." She then had a thought as she glanced away sheepishly. "Oh... But I don't really care for shiitake mushrooms.""Minako! Please watch your phrasing!" Harusuke mentally screamed again. "You're seriously giving the judges the wrong impression!"Thankfully, Minako's turn was over, and it was Mimete's turn. She was wearing a pink one-piece swimsuit and a button that had the number two-fifty-two on it."H-Hello there," she said a bit shyly. "My name is Miya Hanzo. It's nice to meet you.""Nice to meet you too," said another judge. "Why don't you tell us your reasoning for coming to this audition today?""W-Well, the thing is," stammered Mimete. "I came here because I want to meet my idol, Jinta. I'm one of his biggest fans, and being with him in a movie would be a dream come true."The judges were amazed at Mimete's response, and all applauded. Even Minako was impressed."Wow, she really wants to get that part," Minako said to herself. "Looks like I got some competition."Soon all of the girls were finished with their auditions, and the host soon came to the stage."The first round of judging has now concluded," she said. "We have chosen five participants to advance to the next round."Minako was worried. "Only five will be chosen?" she repeated to herself. "I know I was confident before, but now I'm don't think I made it in. And all I wanted was to see Jinta up close."The host then made the announcement. "The five numbers chosen will be, number sixty-eight, number one-thirty-seven, number twenty-four, number two-fifty-two, and lastly, number two-fifty-one! Those who were selected, please come forward!"Minako then gasped, realizing that her number was called. She then stood with all of the other chosen girls, as the audience clapped and cheered."These girls will be moving on to the second round of judging tomorrow," went on the host. "And as you already know, the winner will appear with Jinta Araki in a movie scheduled to be released next year. So stay tuned!"As the audience continued to applaud, the only one who wasn't clapping was Harusuke, who was frowning.______________________________________________________________________A little while later, Minako was getting ready for the second round in the waiting room. She was feeling a mix of emotions at this moment, part of her feeling excited, and another part feeling worried. Then, Harusuke came into the room."Minako, I need to talk to you for a second," said Harusuke. "It's about this whole thing with the contest. I think you should drop out."Minako was surprised. "Wait, drop out? But, why?" she asked."Come on, Minako, you know why! There was a bunch of red flags going off in there!" said Harusuke. "Those producers were all sorts of sketchy, when they were asking those questions! I can't even believe you answered them!""Well, that's what you're supposed to do when you're an idol," said Minako. "You take everything in stride when it comes to cringy questions and move on from it.""Not when it comes to people like that! Especially that guy in the blue suit!" protested Harusuke. "He practically reeks of something bad. Look, I get you're a strong and capable girl with big goals and really want to meet this Jinta guy, but I'm just looking out for you.""But Harusuke, it's my dream, and this may be the only way for me to get there," said Minako firmly. "Besides, we don't know for sure that I'll end up winning or not. Then again, I wouldn't put it past them if I won. I got good looks, and a terrific figure! I'm aiming for the top, and no one can stop me! If I quit now, I may not get another chance like this, or to meet Jinta. I can't pass this up!"Harusuke sighed. "I understand in wanting to follow your dream, but is it worth selling yourself to whoever you want to please?" he asked. "You're only a third year, and you're a Sailor Guardian. You've got friends and family here, and if you go through with this, the normal life you have right now will be gone. You'll have to leave Juuban and will probably never see us again. Not to mention with sketchy guys like those producers, I'm worried something will happen to you that you won't be able to get yourself out of. I just want you to think about your friends and family here."Minako looked up at Harusuke, realizing that he brought up a good point."But, then again, I guess I am overprotective. I mean, we don't even know for sure you'll win as you said before," Harusuke relented. "If you want to keep going and see this through, I guess I have no right to stop you. But if you do win, just make sure you think carefully about what you want to do, and know that you're still young, so you have plenty of time to follow your dream. Just don't give up who you are or sell yourself just for the glory of fame."Harusuke then left the room, leaving Minako by herself.______________________________________________________________________As soon as he was outside of the room, Harusuke let out a big sigh as Artemis came up to him."Couldn't convince her, could you?" the white cat said.Harusuke shook his head. "Nope. At least, I don't think," he replied. "Maybe I was a bit too naggy with her," He then scowled. "Except when it came to those pervy directors! I wanted to clobber those punks!""I know, I heard them," said Artemis. "But knowing Minako, I'm sure that she thinks that she can handle them, and still intends to follow through with her dream. You have every right to be concerned, Harusuke. I'm worried for Minako, too, but for now, I think it would be best if we watch how things play out.""But Artemis, you know if she wins, she might quit being a Guardian," pointed out Harusuke. "We'll be a member down, and we need all the help we can get with the Death Busters. Are you really okay with that?""Believe me, I'm as worried about that as you are, but the only one who can make that decision is Minako," said Artemis. "Besides, we don't know for sure if she'll win this contest or not. All we can do is be prepared to support her, no matter what the outcome is. Until then, we wait."Harusuke wanted to protest, but he knew that Artemis was right.______________________________________________________________________In another room, Mimete was getting ready for the second round as well. As she was primming herself up, Tomoe appeared in the" shadows."Mimete, how are things going on your end?" asked Tomoe."Rather smoothly, Tomoe," said Mimete. "I've infiltrated this contest, and managed to find not one, but two possibilities of finding a talisman.""Is that so?" said Tomoe. "Well, in that case, you're going to need another one of these." A Daimon Egg appeared in his hands, and made it hover towards Mimete. "Make sure that you get those pure hearts, Mimete. I fear that Kaolinite, as well as the master, are growing impatient, so for your sake, I hope you find the last talisman.""I will, Tomoe. No need to worry," reassured Mimete. "I will not fail. Just leave everything to be."Tomoe then stepped back into the darkness and disappeared, and Mimete resumed getting ready for the second round.______________________________________________________________________Minako was soon ready and was on the stage with the rest of the girls. However, as she made her way to the stage, she couldn't help but think about what Harusuke had said to her, making her start having second thoughts and feeling bad."I wonder if I was too selfish with him," Minako thought to herself. "He did bring up some good points, but it's too late to back out now. What should I do?"Just then, Jinka Araki came on the stage, and upon seeing him, Minako forgot all about being worried, feeling starstruck."Ladies and Gentlemen, it's now time to decide who will be the heroine for my movie," announced Jinta. "I'm sure that you're all dying to know who it is, which is why I'd like everyone here to participate in that choice."The spotlight then shone on an electronic circular meter behind them."The young lady who gets the support of eighty percent of you, the audience will be the winner," explained Jinta. "Now then, let's get started on our first contestant!"The spotlight then shone on the girl, who was number sixty-eight. While she remained on the stage, Minako and the other contestants left to wait their turn. Number sixty-right gave her introduction, and waited for the audience for their vote. The circular meter only filled almost halfway with red lights."Oh, sorry, number sixty-eight, but you're out of the running," said the announcer. "Next contestant, please!"As number sixty-eight sadly left, number one-thirty-seven made her way to the stage next. She gave her introduction next, and the meter behind her lit up, but only a little more than half-way, which meant she was out of the running, too. Next, number twenty-four took her turn, and also didn't get enough votes. Now, only Mimete and Minako remained."OK. I gotta stay calm," she said to herself. "I'm up after the next one."As Mimete walked past Minako about to take her turn on stage, she looked over at her and smiled at her. "May the best girl win," she said. "And good luck."Minako was surprised, but she felt relieved to hear her say those words. "Th-Thanks," she said. "I appreciate it.""Yes, make sure you do your best, foolish human," Mimete thought to herself. "Because the moment you win, I'll snatch your pure heart and take it to the professor!"Mimete then took her turn, standing confidently on the stage before the audience. "Hi. M-My name is Miya Hanzo. This morning I ate some eggs, one of my favorite foods, and in the future, I want to follow my dream of becoming a great actress who can handle any role," she said, maintaining her cute persona. "So, please vote for me. It would mean a lot to me."The audience then voted, and the meter began to fill up until almost three-quarters of the circle was ablaze with red lights, but it wasn't enough."Oooh! Sorry, but sadly, you're out of the running!" said the announcer. "Will our next contestant please come forward!"Minako took a deep breath and steadied her nerves as she walked onto the stage, putting on her best smile. "I'm number 251, Minako Aino, a third-year student at Shiba Koen Middle School in Minato," she said, taking a polite bow. "I hope you'll consider me.""This will be our final contestant!" said the announcer. "Will Minako be the heroine? You decide! Cast your vote, now!"The audience then began casting their votes, and the circle began to light up. Harusuke and Artemis watched on in the audience, waiting with bated breath. The circle slowly lit up more by the second, growing closer to the seventy-five percent mark, until pushed past it, barely going over eighty percent. Minako gasped as she looked back, believing that she would win, but then, the meter dropped back to seventy-five percent."Ooh! You were so close there!" said the announcer. "Which means, unfortunately, we don't have a winner at this time. We thank all of those who participated in these auditions!"At first, Minako was surprised, but she walked respectfully off the stage, taking her loss in stride. She was a bit disappointed."Darn, so much for my dream of becoming a Pretty Guardians Teen Idol," Minako said to herself. "But I guess I should be happy. I mean, after all, I got to see Jinta, so I guess that's okay. And who knows? Maybe I'll meet him sometime in the future.""Say, you're Minako, right?" said a voice. "The last girl to audition?"Minako looked up, and her eyes almost came out of her sockets in shock, and her heart almost stopped. The voice belonged to Jinta Araki himself, who now stood before her. She felt so excited, that she almost swooned."J-Jinta Araki!" Minako stammered, her cheeks going pink. "I can't believe it! It's really you! It's such an honor to meet you!"Jinta smiled kindly. "The honor is all mine," he said humbly. "And although you may have lost, I'm sure that there'll be other opportunities for you in the future.""Th-Thank you! That means a lot to me!" said Minako giddily. "Also, I'm one of your biggest fans, and you'll always have my support!""Thanks, but you'll forget about me someday," said Jinta. "In fact, everyone will forget about me. But that's okay. The memories of how you felt will remain. Girls will learn about true love once they move on from following celebrities, and focus their feelings on someone who will be more than a memory. But for now, I appreciate having your loyal support. I don't plan on being a teenage idol forever."Minako's eyes twinkled with admiration, feeling as light as air."Also, there's something else that you should know about," went on Jinta. "I couldn't help but watch your audition back at the swimsuit competition. I couldn't help but feel as though you were just saying what they wanted to hear. Personally, if you want to make it as an idol, you should understand that you can't always please anyone. There will be some who will take advantage of you if you sell yourself just to gain affection. But the most important thing you can do is to be yourself and not lose sight of who you are. That is the true secret to being an idol."Minako was now silent, more amazed than she was swooning. Those words struck a chord inside her, and she remembered back when she and Harusuke talked before. Realizing that he had been right, she began to feel a little guilty.Then, suddenly, there was the sound of mocking laughter that made both of them jump. As they turned around, they saw Mimete, who had now shed her human disguise."That's a lot of pretty words, Jinta, but those words can only get you so far," sneered Mimete. "Since a winner hasn't been decided for your so-called heroine, I'll just go ahead and take your pure heart instead!" She then summoned her Daimon Egg and threw it to the ground, making it explode in a pink cloud. "Now, come forth, Daimon U Tahime!"At her command, a Daimon burst forth from the pink cloud. The creature had green skin and pointed ears like a goblin, had short blue hair, and red eyes with no irises. Her outfit comprised a long elegant purple dress with a bright puce-colored cloak with lights, and had a metal hat in the shape of a microphone on her head. The Daimon took a breath and began to sing in a high-pitched voice, letting out an ultrasonic wave. Everyone in the audience covered their ears, writhing in agony, fleeing in fear. Minako and Jinta both held their ears, too, feeling themselves growing weaker by the second."Now, U Tahime! Go get Jinta's pure heart!" ordered Mimete.Obeying her command, U Tahime went over to Jinta, grabbing him by the scruff of his collar and sucked in deeply, taking the air out of Jinta's lungs. His pure heart soon came out of his mouth, and the Daimon swallowed it whole in a single gulp."N-no! Jinta!" winced Minako, still reeling in agony."Aw, don't cry for the poor thing," said Mimete, turning her attention to Minako. "You going to be joining him on your way to hell."Mimete summoned her staff and aimed it straight at Minako about to attack her, but then a familiar ball of sunlight came shooting down from above, forcing Mimete to jump back to avoid it."Who did that?!" Mimete demanded crossly.Her answer came from above as Solaris stood on top of the stage lights."When it comes to music, everyone loves listening to it, and feeling the joy it brings!" Solaris proclaimed. "It's an art that brings people together, and you dare to silence an idol's voice? I am the knight with the brilliance of the sun and the courage of a warrior, who fights for love and justice! I'm Solaris the Sun Knight! And now, in the name of the Sun with my blinding rays, I'll scorch you!""Solaris, you're here!" gasped Minako gratefully.Mimete clicked her tongue in annoyance. "You're just as annoying as ever!" she growled. "U Tahime! Get him!"The Daimon unleashed an ultrasonic wave from her mouth while singing again, and Solaris jumped out of the way to dodge as he landed on the stage. Artemis then came up to Minako without either of them noticing."Minako! Sailor Moon and the others are on their way!" the white cat whispered. "You and Solaris will have to hold them off until they get here!""Right!" nodded Minako.She then hurried backstage and took out her pen, while holding it up."VENUS STAR POWER MAKE UP!"______________________________________________________________________Transformation sequence: Minako.Minako holds up her hand as golden stars swirl around it, alighting her fingernails, turning them into a shade of bright orange. Her transformation stick appears spinning, and she takes hold of it, the star on end as well as the symbol glowing. It begins to turn as Minako is enveloped in yellow light. Then she sweeps the pen over her head as banners of golden stars emit from it. Minako then holds up the pen above her head as the banners of stars form a spiral around her body. They disappear into the ground, forming a circle of stars, and burst into more stars going upwards, enveloping Minako's body. Then Minako emerges wearing the same outfit as Sailor Moon's, the center bow, boots, and rims on the gloves colored orange, her back bow, yellow, and her center bow, blue. She then opens her eyes as she strikes her signature pose.______________________________________________________________________"Mimete! You are an enemy to all fans of Jinta Araki for what you've done!" said Sailor Venus as she stepped out from the shadows. "He may forgive you for what you did, but I, an ally to idol fans everywhere, won't! I am Sailor Venus! And in the name of Venus, I'll punish with the power of love!""Oh, give me a break! All of your preachings are making me sick!" scoffed Mimete. "U Tahime! Get them both!"U Tahime let out another ultrasonic shriek, firing a wave towards Sailor Venus. The Guardian of Love jumped out of the way, and used her signature attack."VENUS LOVE-ME CHAIN!"Her chain of hearts appeared twirling around her, and at her command, launched itself straight towards the Daimon, and wrapped itself around it. Solaris then followed up, wielding his sword, preparing to swing, but the Daimon broke free of the chain with ease, and unleashed another ultrasonic wave, which went in all directions. Sailor Venus and Solaris screamed in agony as they both were sent flying while feeling the shockwaves' immense pain. Solaris managed to recover, but Sailor Venus hit the ground, tumbling to a stop."Sailor Venus!" Solaris cried. "Are you okay?!"Sailor Venus struggled to get up, shaking the dizziness out of her head. "I-I think so," she mumbled."How pathetic. Risking your life for someone like him," Mimete cackled. "I don't know whether to call you foolish or stupid.""What do you mean by that?!" demanded Solaris."I would have thought it would be obvious," said Mimete. "This Jinta character is nothing more but a fake. A false persona just to make himself look good so no one would judge him. After all, that's how it is with you humans. You desperately strive to be famous just to get people to like you, but the truth of the matter is, people will always be judgemental and put you down. So, you create a false persona while molding yourself into the celebrity that people want you to be. And the sad part? It wouldn't even matter. Even if you do get the love you deserve, people will grow bored with you, and as time goes on, you eventually fade away, forgotten by the world.""You're wrong!" burst out Sailor Venus angrily. "That's not true at all!"Mimete, U Tahime, and Solaris looked at Sailor Venus as she stood back up on her feet, glaring with determination."Jinta Araki is not a fake! He became the idol he is today to make people happy!" Sailor Venus continued. "He also never lost sight of who he was, and stayed true to himself, which is why fan-girls all over the world love him, and strive to be an idol like him! And, you may be right about people eventually forgetting about him with time; the feelings they felt as well as his will never fade away!"Solaris was amazed. "Sailor Venus..." he murmured.Then, Sailor Venus' body began to radiate with a yellow glow that grew in response to her determination."Jinta is an idol that everyone looks up to, and can learn from someone like him, including me!" Sailor Venus went on. "It's thanks to him that I'm proud of being who I am, and I won't change myself to gain respect, and I will not let you mock him or the people that support him!"At that moment, Sailor Venus' aura exploded, its light shining brightly, causing Mimete and U Tahime to shield their eyes. As this happened, Solaris' armor changed into Venus mode as he recognized this phenomenon. Sailor Venus then heard a voice inside of her mind."Well done, Sailor Venus. For staying true to yourself, you've unlocked the dormant powers within you. Say, Venus Planet Power, Make Up."Sailor Venus held up her hand and did just that."VENUS PLANET POWER, MAKE UP!"______________________________________________________________________Transformation Seuence: MinakoThe planet Venus appears, and Minako puts her hand up, her fingernails begin to sparkle in bright yellow, and her transformation wand comes to her hand spinning, now having a different design. Her body becomes silhouetted in yellow, as yellow stars erupted from her wand, while spinning around. As she stops, a yellow circle appears below her, and bursts into several yellow stars, revealing Minako in her orange Sailor Uniform wearing orange heels, a pair of earrings, a blue bow in front, and yellow ribbon in the back, gloves with orange trims, and an orange skirt, choker, and collar. Minako then turns around, and in the middle of her forehead, her symbol appears, and her tiara materializes. Her transformation now complete; she assumes her final pose, her symbol and planet appearing in the background against a starry sky.______________________________________________________________________"She did it!" Artemis gasped, while watching from afar. "Sailor Venus unlocked her planet powers, too!"Sailor Venus looked at her hands, seeing the power radiating from them. "Whoa... This feels different than before!" she murmured with amazement. "I feel way stronger now!""U Tahime! Don't just stand there! Hurry up and beat her!" Mimete snapped, now able to see again. "Wipe her out with your Killer Song!"U Tahime obeyed, letting out another ultrasonic shockwave using her voice."Sailor Venus!" yelled out Solaris, feeling worried.But Sailor Venus stood her ground, and countered with an attack out of her own. She gave a wink as a small heart appeared into her hand, and that heart changed into a metal sword."VENUS WINK CHAIN SWORD!"She twirled the sword around her body, and with a mighty swing, the sword changed into multiple heart-linked chains of light that were longer and bigger than before. Sensing danger, Mimete teleported out of the way as the chains broke straight through U Tahime's attack, and constricted her. U Tahime tried to break free from the chains, but this time, they held her tight, not budging an inch. Mimete then summoned her wand and got ready to attack Sailor Venus, but Solaris quickly intervened."CRESCENT BEAM!"He fired and powerful beam of light knocking the wand out of Mimete's hand."Solaris! Now's your chance!" yelled out Sailor Venus."You got it!" Solaris acknowledged as he summoned forth his sword. "It's time we close the curtain on this show!"He held up his sword high, its white blade glowing brightly as he drew a circle with it. The Guardian of the Sun then gripped his sword, and shot forward, going for the finishing blow."SOLARIS CELESTIAL BLADE SLASH!"U Tahime was sliced with his blade, and was destroyed in an explosion of light, leaving only a microphone, Jinta's pure heart crystal, and the Daimon Egg. Mimete seeing the pure heart crystal, quickly rushed over to try and grab it, but Sailor Venus stopped her, using one of her chains to snag the crystal and pulled it over to her."Sorry, but you're not getting your hands on this crystal," said Sailor Venus.Mimete seethed in anger. "This isn't over! Not yet!" she snarled. "You still have to deal with my Daimon's next stage!"Then, the Daimon Egg that remained began to pulse in response, growing larger until it cracked apart and exploded, as the Daimon reemerged. It was now a black, large, frog-like creature with multiple piercing red eyes. The Daimon took one look at the two Guardians and let out a roar, while releasing a powerful ultrasonic wave, almost blowing Solaris and Sailor Venus back as they covered their ears."D-Damn! This thing is ugly as it is strong!" grunted Solaris. "We might be in trouble here!"Solaris prepared himself to attack, using his Unicorn Saber, but Sailor Venus stopped him by grabbing his hand."Solaris, wait. I don't think that will work," she said. "We're going to need something stronger than that.""Then let's wait for Sailor Moon and the others," said Solaris. "Maybe if we all work together, we can-"They won't make it in time!" interrupted Sailor Venus. "We have to take this thing out now, and there's only one thing I can think of to do it. We have to fuse!"Solaris looked across to Sailor Venus. "Wait, you mean use planetary alignment?" he asked. "Are you sure we can use it?"Sailor Venus answered with a nod. "I think we can. Sailor Jupiter was able to fuse with you after she got her powers unlocked, so why can't I?" she said. "Just do the same thing you did with her before. I know we can do it."Sailor Venus then held out her hand towards Solaris, and he took it. The two then closed their eyes, synchronizing with one another, hearing several heartbeats go through their bodies.Mimete then gasped. "No! Not again!" she cried. "Daimon! Don't let them fuse! Kill them both!"The Daimon then unleashed a powerful ultrasonic blast from its mouth, intending to destroy them both, but Solaris and Sailor Venus had already started glowing bright yellow as they yelled out at the same time."UNISON FUSION! PLANETARY ALIGNMENT!"______________________________________________________________________Transformation: Unknown.Solaris and Sailor Venus stand back to back, holding hands as their bodies radiate with light Solaris gold and Sailor Venus's being yellow. The two each hold up one of their hands, and their symbols appear above them, both of them overlapping one another. Then, the two let go, and they shoot into the air flying in a swirl, their bodies silhouetted with their respective colors. They fly closer together until they finally merge in a bright flash of gold and yellow. The silhouette of a girl in gradient colors of gold and yellow flies through their overlapping symbols and stands upon it. Boots and gloves materialize around the girl's feet, along with clothes and armor that was a mix of Solaris and Sailor Venus' outfits colored yellow, orange, and gold. The girl then opens her eyes and assumes a pose, while Solaris and Venus' symbols appear in the background.______________________________________________________________________Artemis's mouth was hanging wide in shock. "I don't believe it! They fused!"The fusion now stood before the Daimon, unaffected by the ultrasonic waves as she glared with a fiery determination. The Daimon roared as it charged straight towards them, intending to swallow them whole, but the fusion leaped into the air, avoiding it, and clenched her hand, generating power."NOVA BEAM!"A powerful beam of light erupted from her fist and blasted the Daimon square into its eyes, making it howl in agony as it recoiled. The fusion then gave it a sharp dropkick square onto its back, making it fall flat on its back, its eyes bugging out in agony. The fusion then vaulted herself off of the Daimon, landing on her feet, and held out one hand, making a bow and arrow materialize in it. As she pulled the arrow back, aiming, its head grew larger, turning heart-shaped as it radiated with overwhelming power."SOLARIS VENUS CRESCENT ARROW SHOT!"The fusion let the arrow fly as it shot forward with a twang. The arrow shot through the air at an incredible speed, cutting through the air. As the Daimon turned around recovering, the arrow pierced directly into its forehead, and on contact, multiple beams of light erupted from its body, causing it to howl in agony. In seconds, it exploded with a mighty kaboom, its body fading to ash. When the light dimmed down, the Daimon Egg was all that remained, which cracked and crumbled into dust while releasing a dying puff of pink smoke.Mimete was now beside herself with rage, as the fusion looked up at her, aiming another arrow at her."I'll get you for this!" snarled Mimete. "I promise I will!"She then disappeared. Sailor Moon and the other Guardians arrived at that moment, and when they saw the fusion standing on the stage, they were surprised."Who is that?!" gasped Sailor Mercury."Hold on a minute. Those colors... That design..." Sailor Mars gasped, recognizing the fusion. "Could it be...?"The fusion smiled as she dispersed her arrow. "Oh, hey, girls," she spoke in Solaris' voice. "A little late to the party.""Well, it's as they say, better never than early," the fusion then spoke in Sailor Venus' voice."Wow! Sailor Venus! Solaris! You guys fused!" Sailor Moon cried excitedly as she and the others ran up to her."So this is what it looks like outside of the fusion," Sailor Jupiter spoke as she inspected the fusion. "I gotta say, you guys look pretty awesome together."The fusion could only laugh as she scratched her cheek shyly.______________________________________________________________________After that, Solaris and Sailor Venus returned to normal and returned Jinta's pure heart crystal to where it belonged. The two were now walking out of the center with their friends."Sorry you didn't make it, Minako," said Harusuke. "You were pretty close to winning.""Yeah, it was pretty disappointing," said Minako. "But, I'm okay with it. I'm sure I'll get another opportunity someday. Right now, let's go home. I'm beat."They were just about to leave, when they heard someone call out to them from behind."Excuse me, young lady. May I please have a moment?"Harusuke and Minako turned around and saw the man in the blue suit, walking up to them. Upon seeing the man, Harusuke couldn't help but scowl."Can I help you?" asked Minako."Yes, I was hoping that I could speak with you to offer you a proposition," said the man. "While it is a pity that you weren't picked for the role, I do have a role that would be perfect for you. If you're interested, we can go ahead and discuss the details in a more... suitable location."Harusuke glared. Even Usagi and the other girls could see that the man couldn't be trusted and was all sorts of sketchy. Harusuke was about to tell the man to take a hike, but Minako raised an arm, stopping him. She then spoke to the man."I appreciate the offer, and it does seem like a good opportunity for me," said Minako. "But I'm afraid I'm going to have to say no."The man was surprised, as were Harusuke and the others.Minako then bowed respectfully. "I'm sorry, but right now, I need to focus on my studies, right now," she went on. "After all, I'm only in my third year. Thank you for the offer."Minako then turned on her heel and walked away, leaving the man in the blue suit, speechless."I'm surprised you turned him down like that," Harusuke spoke to Minako. "I would have thought you'd accept his offer."Minako smiled. "Oh, don't worry. I haven't given up on my dream of being an idol," she said. "But, I'll achieve that dream my own way, while not losing who I am. After all, that's the true secret to being an idol. Besides, I'm not ready to give up my current life just yet. For now, I'll stick to being Minako Aino, but someday, it'll be Minako, the Pretty Guardian Teen Idol."Minako then walked on ahead of her friends, feeling confident as she was happy that she made the right decision.
Sailor Moon Fanfic: The Pledge of Sun Chapter 119In the lab, Tellu, Viluy, and Cyprine gathered per Tomoe's request as he and Mimete stood before them, giving a demonstration and lecture about their latest plan. In between the two was a small tank that had a ball with an image of a pure heart crystal on it on the bottom, while Tomoe was controlling four bird-like puppets that floated about on top of the water."Now, I want you to pay very close attention," said Tomoe as he controlled the puppets. "Watch as the cormorant dives under the water to catch its prey."With a flick of his fingers, he made the four birds dive below the water, and fight to get their beaks on the ball. Eventually, one of them managed to grab the ball in its beak and swallowed it in seconds. Tomoe then made the birds come back to the surface, taking the puppet that swallowed the ball, and squeezed its throat, making the ball pop back out."As you have witnessed, the cormorant instinctively stored its catch in its throat using its instinct to its advantage," explained Tomoe. "This will be the model for our future efforts to steal pure hearts. We'll begin by releasing a Daimon near the target that might possess a talisman, and then have it swallow the pure heart. Once that is done, and it returns to the lab, I will have it cough it back up, a safe and reliable method if I do say so myself.""Well, that is a pretty good idea, Tomoe, but there's one problem," said Tellu. "What about those Guardians? They're just going to get in the way again, and they'll destroy the Daimon before it has a chance to get a pure heart.""That is a valid point, Tellu," said Tomoe. "But recently, we have discovered a countermeasure for dealing with their interference. Care to explain, Mimete?""With pleasure," smiled Mimete. "As you're all well or may not be aware, I've been doing some experiments by forcing some of the defect Daimons to fight the Guardians. While they were able to fend them off, even they had a bit of trouble defeating them. That was when I had an idea."She then waved her wand, and two projections appeared, one of them a white Daimon Egg, and the other being black."As you can see, the white egg is the one that Tomoe usually makes for our missions, and the other is the defect," said Mimete. "Usually Tomoe's are the ones that produce a good Daimon, but the defects are the ones that have a habit of going wild turning into monstrous creatures. That was when I had an idea. What if we took the characteristics of the defects and then added them to Tomoe's creations?"The two projections then merged together forming a brand new Daimon Egg."Do you mean combing the two Daimon Eggs?" wondered Viluy."Precisely!" Tomoe spoke with excitement. "When she proposed the idea to me, I had a hard time believing my ears myself. The idea definitely has merit, so I've created the ultimate Daimon that not even the Guardians will be able to stop!"Tomoe walked over to the side of the table where a large oven-like device sat with its door open, and a handgun inside of it. As he did with his other concoctions, he poured a pink liquid with an embryo into a beaker, however, he also poured a mysterious black liquid into it, making the embryo start to pulse and glow. The beaker exploded with a shatter, and a large Daimon Egg, colored a gradient of black and white, appeared.Tomoe placed the newly formed Egg into the oven with the gun, and the door slammed shut by itself. Then, it began to whine as its insides glowed and sparked with little beams of light emitting from it. The noise and glowing stopped, and the oven let out a giant cloud of pink smoke with turned into the shape of a cormorant spreading its wings, while letting out a caw. Then, it reopened, showing the Daimon Egg inside, but the handgun was no longer there."What happened to the gun?" asked Cyrpine. "Did it fuse into the Egg?"Tomoe throatily cackled in delight as the Daimon Egg hovered over to his hands. "Yes! This is my greatest creation yet! With this new Daimon Egg, not even those lousy Guardians have a chance!" He turned to Mimete as threw the Egg over to her. "I trust that you will use this to find the last talisman?""Just leave it to me, Tomoe," Mimete said with a wink as she looked at the Egg. "With this new Daimon of ours, there's no way that we'll fail."______________________________________________________________________Harusuke was walking around Downtown Juuban by himself, heading for the bookstore. As he walked on, he remembered back to past events that had transpired the other day, after he, along with the others, came back from their investigation.______________________________________________________________________Usagi and the rest of the Guardians, along with Mamoru, all were back at the Hikawa Shrine, giving Luna and Artemis their report of their mission at Mugen Academy."It would seem that we were right to suspect Mugen Academy, after all," said Luna. "That Daimon showing up there proves it.""Not just the school, but Haruka and Michiru, too," pointed out Minako. "Especially with how hostile they were toward us.""It seems to me that those two might know some things that we don't," said Mamoru. "Which means it's more likely that they could be enemies.""If that's the case, then you should all be careful, and watch out for those two. They could be trouble," said Artemis. "And for the time being, we should keep away from Mugen Academy for a bit until we're able to go back. That way we won't arise suspicion"Usagi and Harusuke wanted to deny what they were saying about Haruka and Michiru, but even they could agree that their odd behavior from their encounter was nothing short of suspicious, so they said nothing.Then, Usagi glanced over at Chibiusa, who was sitting quietly, lost in her own thoughts. Wondering what could be the matter, the ordango blonde went over to her daughter."Chibiusa, is there something on your mind?" Usagi asked."I was just thinking about that girl we met, Hotaru," replied Chibiusa. "Her skin was so white like snow. I could almost see right through it." She then smiled to herself. "She looked so pretty, don't you think?"______________________________________________________________________Harusuke then thought back to when Hotaru was healing Chibiusa's wound when she was Sailor Chibi Moon."Now that I think about it, that girl did seem different than average," he thought. "Not only was she more mature than her age, but there was also the way she healed Chibiusa's arm, too. It just seems like one after another with this whole thing."He soon came to the bookstore, and went inside to browse around some books. At first, he looked through some manga along with some literature, but then he came to the non-fiction section, and one book caught his eye. It was small, medium-thick, and had "A Guide Book of Prestigious Private Middle and High School" for its title. The title alone made Harusuke curious. Knowing that it was a book containing vital information about the schools, there was a possibility that the book also had information about Mugen Academy. So, he took the book out of its shelf and began flipping through the pages. Sure enough, he stopped on a page with a picture on Mugen, along with one of a man with short white hair and wore glasses with one clear lens. He then gave it a quick read."Doctor Souichi Tomoe, the genius geneticist, is the sole founder of both Mugenzu and Mugen Academy," Harusuke murmured to himself. "Sounds like he's got a lot of dough." Then he remembered Hotaru introducing herself the other night. "Wait a second. Doesn't Hotaru have the same last name as this guy? If that's the case, then she must be related to him. Maybe she's his daughter or something.""Considering of going to Mugen Academy?" asked a voice.Harusuke turned around, and standing before him was Michiru. Upon seeing her, Harusuke couldn't help but remember her glare from yesterday, but he managed to keep himself together.Michiru then walked up to Harusuke. "Professor Tomoe is more than just the owner of Mugenzu and Mugen Academy. He's also a world-renowned instructor," she went on. "But he was expelled from the academic world quite long ago.""Expelled?" repeated Harusuke. "Do you have any idea why?""Who knows?" replied Michiru. "Though, there is a rumor that Mugen Academy is a school for sorcerers and sorceresses. Pretty crazy, right? Perhaps they say that because of the merit of talented students that attend there. Or perhaps..."But before Michiru could finish her sentence, a teenage girl from another school came running up to them."Um, excuse me," the girl stammered nervously. "Are you the famous solo violinist from Mugen, Michiru Kaioh?""Yes, I am," responded Michiru.The girl then squealed in excitement. "You're an absolute virtuoso! I'm such a big fan of yours!" she gushed as she whipped out a notebook. "May I please get your autograph?!"Michiru complied and signed on the girl's notebook, while Harusuke watched on in bewilderment."You got to be kidding. First, she's a model, and now I find she's a famous violin player?" he thought. "As if she wasn't enough of a celebrity. Then again, her playing is something to be admired."As soon as she finished signing, Michiru sent the girl on her way."So, does this mean that you're one of those sorceresses, since you're a violinist, too?" asked Harusuke.Michiru smiled as she faced Harusuke. "I could be," she chuckled. "Why don't you find out for yourself?" She then handed Harusuke a small white envelope. "They're tickets for my next recital.""Wait, recital? You mean like a concert?" Harusuke asked while staring at the envelope. "And is it really okay for me to have these?""But of course," smiled Michiru. "Bring a friend if you like. You can even bring your sister."As she smiled, Harusuke couldn't help but remember the other night when he saw Sailor Neptune, and when she kissed him. Those memories alone made him blush as he tried his best to stay calm."Well, since you're being generous, I suppose I'll take them. Thank you very much," he said. "Say, I was going to head for the Game Center Crown. You... wouldn't want to come with me?""Why not? I was on my way over there to meet Haruka anyway," said Michiru.The two were just about to start walking, when Harusuke saw a pair of familiar blade twin tails sticking out from the sides of a tree ahead. Knowing who it was, Harusuke went over to the tree."Usagi, is that you over there?" he asked.The twin tails jumped in surprise, and sure enough, Usagi came out of hiding. "U-Uh... hey, you two," the ordango blonde greeted nervously. "What brings you around here?""We were just heading for the arcade," said Harusuke. "You wanna come with us?""W-Well, sure. If you don't mind having me along," said Usagi. "I mean, I don't want to intrude."Harusuke was puzzled. "Intrude? On what?" he wondered."N-Nothing. Never mind," Usagi spoke, shaking her head. "Just forget it."The three then started walking together. As they did, Usagi whispered to Harusuke so that Michiru wouldn't hear them."Hey, Bro, what were you doing with Michiru?" she asked. "You two having some rendezvous?""It's nothing like that," Harusuke whispered back. "I just happened to run into her when I was at the bookstore looking for info." He then looked towards Michiru, walking ahead of them. "Say, Sis, do you think... that it's possible that Michiru could be Sailor Neptune?"Usagi silently screamed, dumbfounded. "Where would you get an idea like that?!""Well... doesn't she look like her?" asked Harusuke. "Heck, she even sounds and acts like her. At least to me."Usagi then looked toward Michiru as well. "No way. It can't be," she said. "At least, I don't think so."Soon, the three arrived at the Game Center Crown arcade, and when they got inside, they found Haruka waiting for them."Well, if it isn't Bun-Head and her brother," said Haruka. "I guess you guys come around here a lot."Upon seeing Haruka, Usagi started thinking about the investigation from yesterday, and Haruka and Michiru's behavior. She also started thinking about Sailor Uranus, and the night when she kissed her, and what Harusuke said about Michiru."Now that I think about it, Haruka looks a bit similar to Sailor Uranus," Usagi thought. "And since I can get a good look at them, Michiru kinda looks like Neptune. Is it possible... that the two of them are..."Now feeling very curious, words started coming out of Usagi's mouth before she could stop herself."Say, Haruka? Can I ask... are you and Michiru, Sailor Guardians?"There was a long silence, Haruka and Michiru staring at Usagi curiously, while Harusuke gave his sister a look of pure disbelief. Usagi then froze with horror, screaming internally, while realizing what she had just said.Then, Haruka burst out laughing. "What? A Sailor Guardian? What the hell is that?""I must admit, even I've never heard of such a thing," said Michiru. "What is that exactly? Is it like a video game or something?"Before either Harusuke and Usagi could respond, they heard a voice snap."Stay away from Usagi and Harusuke!"The Tsukino siblings jumped and looked behind them, to see Minako, Rei, Makoto, and Ami standing there, all of which were giving Haruka and Michiru threatening glares. Sensing that the girls meant business, Haruka and Michiru decided to leave."Have it your way then," said Haruka. "Let's go, Michiru."The two of them then left."What was that all about?" Harusuke asked the others. "That was a little harsh, don't you think?""You know we're supposed to be careful around them, Harusuke," said Rei. "They could be our enemies, remember? It's for the best that you stay away from them for now.""She's right," agreed Ami.Usagi and Harusuke were about to object, when Chibiusa came walking in, looking very sulky."Is something the matter, Chibiusa?" asked Usagi."I was hoping to go to the park with Mommy Ikuko today," Chibiusa pouted. "But she had to work.""Well, which park did you want to go visit, Chibiusa?" asked Makoto."The Juuban Nature Park," replied Chibiusa.At that moment, Minako's face lit up like a Christmas tree, her eyes sparkling with excitement. "What?! That park?! In that case, I'd be happy to take you!""Wait a minute, aren't we in the middle of discussing something, Minako?" asked Usagi. "Something like how you and the girls were treating Haruka and Michiru?""I have no idea what you're talking about, Usagi," said Minako innocently. "Besides, you're starting to sound like Ami.""Minako, what's going on at that park today?" asked Ami. "You sound unusually chipper.""Yeah, and usually, when you get like that, it's one of two possibilities," said Harusuke. "Either it has to do with some major promotion, or it has to do with a good-looking guy."Minako flinched guiltily, confirming Harusuke's suspicion as everyone eyed her with suspicious glares.The red bowed blonde then conceded. "Oh, all right, fine! I'll confess! You see, they're shooting a Yosaku Eda movie there today."Usagi's face filled with excitement, too. "What?! Yosaku Eda?! That's awesome!""Wait, isn't he that famous actor who takes part in a lot of drama and romance movies?" asked Harusuke."The very same!" gushed Usagi. "Listen, Chibiusa, I'll go with you!""Of course you will," muttered Chibiusa. "That's not what you were saying before.""He is pretty handsome," Makoto sighed dreamily. "As a matter of fact, he reminds me of the guy that broke my heart.""That's what you say with every handsome guy, Mako," Harusuke spoke flatly."You can't blame her! He's one of the hottest guys ever to show on the big screen!" Minako swooned. "And if you were in our position, you would want to see him in person, too!""Say, you're coming too, aren't you, Rei?" Usagi asked her. "I know you'd want to see him, too!""Well, now that you mention it, I suppose I could," Rei spoke, pretending not to be interested. "I mean, we've got nothing else better to do.""But if we do that, what about our investigation of Mugen Academy?" asked Ami. "Shouldn't we be looking for more information as well as studying?""Well, you never know. Maybe we'll be able to find some information over there," said Usagi.Ami's eyes narrowed in a stare. "How so?" she asked.Usagi faltered under Ami's gaze, taking a few seconds. "Um... call it my woman's intuition?" she asked hopefully."Like Ami's gonna fall for that bone-faced lie," Harusuke thought to himself. "Unlike the others, Ami's not as boy crazy, and not as stupid."But Ami smiled. "Well, in that case, all right then," she said with a giggle. "Let's all go.""Say what?!" exclaimed Harusuke, clearly shocked. "You can't be serious!""It might be fun to have a nice change of pace, Harusuke," said Ami. "We can't just be worried and negative all the time.""And we might even study more efficiently if we pluck ourselves down in the middle of nature!" added Minako."But, I thought we were going to take a break from studying," pointed out Ami."All right, everyone! We're all going to the Juban Nature Park!" Usagi cried out, rallying the girls. "Let's go!""Yeah!" the other girls yelled out.Harusuke sighed. "And yet again, I get dragged along for another boy hunt."______________________________________________________________________Just as Minako said at the Juuban Nature Park, a large film was set in the middle of it, with many onlookers watching. The crew was busily at work setting everything up for the shoot. Amongst them was Yosaku Eda, who was getting into character along with the female lead. As they went about their way, Mimete watched amongst the crowd, keeping her eyes on Yosaku."So that's Yosaku Eda, a talented and promising movie star that's been movies all over Japan," Mimete said to herself. "It's safe to say that kind of passion is ideal for the last pure heart to be residing. I'll wait till he's defenseless, and then I'll snatch his pure heart. And if those Guardians try to intervene, I'll introduce them to our new and improved Daimon."The scene was soon ready, and the cameras were rolling. The scene's setting was that the hero, aka Yosaku, was going off to battle, and saying goodbye to the heroine, much to her dismay."Stay away! Don't come near me!" the heroine cried. "You're going off to fight again, and leave me behind all alone!""That's not true!" Yosaku spoke firmly, as he walked up to the heroine, holding her by the shoulders. "I won't ever let you be alone!"The two then embraced each other lovingly, as the crowd watched in amazement. Usagi and her group were watching as well, and were just as impressed."Wow, he's such a good actor!" murmured Usagi. "Makes me wonder how he got to be so good."As she and the others continued watching, Chibiusa, being the small child she was, couldn't see anything. She jumped in place, trying to get past their shoulders, but it was no use. Harusuke took notice of this and lifted Chibiusa onto his shoulders, so that she could see better."How's that, little princess?" smiled Harusuke. "Now you can see better."Chibiusa smiled and was happy, but then, a small gust of wind billowed about. It curled under the pink odango's hat, and carried it up and away into the air."Oh, no! My hat!" cried Chibiusa. "Quick, Harusuke! After it!Harusuke set Chibiusa down, and the two of them chased after it. The hat continued to drift about on the windy current, like a kite, until it happened to fly past a girl sitting on the bench reading her book. That girl was Hotaru."Hey! Somebody stop that hat!" cried Harusuke."That hat's important to me!" Chibiusa also cried. "Someone catch it!"Hotaru heard the two and looked up. Not hesitating the minute she saw it, she chased after the hat as well. The hat soon landed on the ground just a few feet away from the shore of the lake. Hotaru quickly pounced on the hat, pinning it down, so it wouldn't float away again. When Chibiusa and Harusuke saw her, they were surprised, but grateful as they came over."Thank you so much," said Chibiusa. "You saved it.""Well, you're pretty lucky it didn't land in the stream," said Hotaru. "It would have been a pity if it did."Then, Hotaru suddenly winced in pain, clutching her hand to her chest."Hey, are you all right?" asked Harusuke. "What's the matter?""It's... it's okay," Hotaru gasped. "This happens a lot. Don't worry.""Are you sure?" asked Chibiusa."Yes. I'll be fine," said Hotaru. "It'll go away soon.""This is just like what happened the other night when we saw her," thought Harusuke. "I wonder if she's got some kind of medical problem?"After a while, Hotaru's face began to relax as the pain subsided."I'll be okay now," said Hotaru. "Sorry for making you worry.""Not at all," said Harusuke. "We're just glad that you're all right.""Say, Harusuke, is it okay that we stay with her?" asked Chibiusa. "I'd feel bad if we left her all by herself.""You don't have to do that," said Hotaru. "I don't want to be a bother."Harusuke smiled. "It's all right. We don't mind," he said. "Besides, it's the least we can do after you saved Chibiusa's hat. Oh, pardon our manners, but we didn't introduce ourselves. I'm Harusuke.""And I'm Chibiusa," she introduced as she held out her hand.At first, Hotaru was surprised, but she shook Chibiusa's hand in earnest. "Well, my name is Hotaru," she said with a friendly smile. "It's nice to meet both of you."______________________________________________________________________Back at the set, Yosaku was taking a much-needed break, taking some time off the set with his costar, who also happened to be his girlfriend. The two cuddled closely together, enjoying each other's company."Are you sure that we should be doing this?" asked the woman."This is the only time we can be together," said Yosaku. "I just want to spend time with you."The two leaned in close and were just about to kiss, when they were rudely interrupted."Oh my. What a loving and touching scene this is. Is this a part of the movie, too?"Both Yosaku his costar jumped, and found Mimete, now in her Witches 5 outfit, standing before them."Who are you?!" demanded Yosaku."Someone who's after your Pure Heat," replied Mimete, as she summoned forth the Daimon Egg. "Now, Daimon U Estern, show yourself!"As she threw the Daimon Egg to the ground, it exploded in a cloud of smoke, it changing to a cormorant that let out a caw, and from the smoke, the Daimon stepped out from it. The person was a woman who wore a yellow-brown poncho, pink leggings with heels and spurs with a rope on the side, dark brown arms-length gloves, and wore a sombrero with a cactus on top of it. She also had aqua-colored skin, pink hair, and red eyes with no irises. Upon seeing the strange creature, Yosaku took his costar by the hand and took off, leading her to safety."Aww, how sweet, he's protecting his girlfriend. That's sure to prove that his heart is pure," Mimete cooed, pretending to gush. "U Estern, go after Yosaku and take his pure heart!"At her command, U Estern summoned forth a gun, and raced after them in hot pursuit."Someone! Help us!" cried out Yosaku. "There's a monster chasing us!"U Estern then aimed with her guns and began firing. A series of rapid bangs rung in the air as everyone on the set began to panic and run.______________________________________________________________________Back with Harusuke, Hotaru, and Chibiusa, they were admiring the scenery of the nature park. But then, they heard the commotion over by the set."What's going on?" wondered Chibiusa. "Are they still shooting the movie?"But Harusuke knew that something was going on, and it wasn't in a good way. "Chibiusa, you stay here with Hotaru, and keep out of sight," he warned. "I'll be right back."Before Chibiusa could even speak, Harusuke dashed off, leaving the two girls behind.Meanwhile, Usagi and the girls were enjoying a small picnic, after watching the shoot. But as they started eating, they too heard the commotion over at the set."What's that?" wondered Usagi. "Something seems to be going on.""Maybe they're resuming the shoot, and are doing an action scene," suggested Minako.But she would soon be wrong, for right at that moment, Yosaku, his costa, and the other members of the set came running past along with U Estern, much to the shock and surprise of the gang.Then, Harusuke came running up, but skidded to a stop when he saw the girls. "Everyone! Sorry to spoil your picnic, but duty calls again!" he cried.The girls wasted no time."Everyone! Let's transform!" said Minako.The teens made sure that no one was looking, and then sprang into action."MOON COSMIC POWER MAKE UP!""SOLAR CRYSTAL POWER SHINE ON!""MERCURY STAR POWER MAKE UP!""MARS STAR POWER MAKE UP!""JUPITER PLANET POWER MAKE UP!""VENUS STAR POWER MAKE UP!"______________________________________________________________________Transformation Sequence: UsagiUsagi's Cosmic Heart Compact opens, revealing the pink heart-shaped crystal inside, waving her hand over it. It flashes twice and erupts in pink light. Usagi is now standing in the middle of a light blue heart that's spinning to the right. She stands one leg while holding up her arms and begins pirouetting in the opposite direction, going faster until, in a burst of light, pink ribbons envelop her torso and midsection, transforming into her leotard. She elegantly stretches out her arms, and pink ribbons cover them, forming into her gloves. She then raised her right foot high with incredible flexibility, and pink ribbons cloak it changing into her boots. The heart made of blue light then turns into a circle of sparkles swirling around her waist, forming her skirt and bow. Now no longer in light, Usagi spins around a couple of times like a ballerina, and takes a small bow. As she comes out from her bow, a crescent moon mark glows in the middle of her forehead. Then, a tiara appears bearing a gold symbol of the Moon, along with her earrings, choker, and her ordango covers. Usagi opens her eyes, her transformation now complete, and strikes her signature pose.Transformation Sequence: Solaris (Post Crystal)Harusuke's hand waves over the Sunstone Crystal, and it began to pulse with light until it shines brightly. Harusuke, now shrouded in light, holds his hand with the Sunstone Crystal up high, and throws his fist to the floor, and his symbol appears beneath him. Light encases his legs from his feet to his hips, and in a burst of light, his boots along with his belt, and some additional armor on his thighs materialize. Then his right encompasses his right arm from hand to shoulder, and his gloves, along with some armor, appear, and the same happens to his left hand. Harusuke then punches his fists together, creating a spark of light, and crosses his arms as his chest is wrapped in light. Harusuke then throws his arms out, and his chest plate appears, the symbol in the middle glowing brightly. Finally, his helmet appears on his head, this time covering up his entire head, leaving his face exposed. Harusuke opens his eyes smiling with confidence, his transformation now complete, and assumes his signature pose, with the sun appearing in the background while his symbol overlapped it.Transformation Sequence: AmiAmi held up her hand as blue sparkles swirled around it, alighting her fingernails, turning them into a shade of bright blue. Her transformation stick appears spinning, and she takes hold of it, the star on end as well as the symbol glowing. The logo on it begins to turn, enveloping Ami in blue light. Then she sweeps the pen over her head as a stream of sparkling blue water begins to emit from it, forming her leotard, boots, and gloves. A sparkling ripple, as well as a flurry of bubbles, expands over her body, creating a small mist of water that formed the rest of her uniform the same as Sailor Moon's but the center bow, boots, and rims on the gloves were blue and bright blue. She turns around and then strikes her signature pose.Transformation Sequence: ReiRei's hand is held up as red sparkles swirl around it, alighting her fingernails, turning them into a shade of bright red. Her transformation stick appears spinning, and she takes hold of it, the star on end as well as the symbol glowing. The logo on the stick begins to turn as Rei is enveloped in red light. As she held up her pen while spinning around, long bright tongues of flame erupt from her pen, forming several rings around her body. The rings of fire tighten around her body, and in a brilliant flash of light, her outfit forms looking just like Sailor Moon's, but she is wearing red pumps along with a pair of red star-shaped earrings, the center bow is purple, and the rims of her gloves, her skirt, her choker, and collar are red. After that, Mars finishes with her signature pose.Transformation Seuence: MakotoThe planet Jupiter appears, and Makoto puts her hand up, her fingernails begin to sparkle in bright green, and her transformation wand comes to her hand spinning, now having a different design. Her body now becomes silhouetted in green, as blue lightning erupted from her wand, while holding it up. As she spins around a few times, until stopping with her back turned, the lightning swirls around her, forming rings like an atom. The lightning explodes, revealing Makoto in her green Sailor Uniform wearing green boots, a pair of rose earrings, a pink bow and ribbon, gloves with green trims, and a green skirt, choker, and collar. Makoto then turns around, and in the middle of her forehead, her symbol appears, and her tiara materializes. Her transformation now complete; she assumes her final pose, her symbol and planet appearing in the background against a starry sky.Transformation sequence: Minako.Minako holds up her hand as golden stars swirl around it, alighting her fingernails, turning them into a shade of bright orange. Her transformation stick appears spinning, and she takes hold of it, the star on end as well as the symbol glowing. It begins to turn as Minako is enveloped in yellow light. Then she sweeps the pen over her head as banners of golden stars emit from it. Minako then holds up the pen above her head as the banners of stars form a spiral around her body. They disappear into the ground, forming a circle of stars, and burst into more stars going upwards, enveloping Minako's body. Then Minako emerges wearing the same outfit as Sailor Moon's, the center bow, boots, and rims on the gloves colored orange, her back bow, yellow, and her center bow, blue. She then opens her eyes as she struck her signature pose.______________________________________________________________________Yosaku and his costar were now cornered as U Estern aimed her gun at them. Yosaku's costar bravely stood in front of Yosaku to protect him, but in response, U Estern took out a horseshoe and threw it at her, nailing her straight at her neck like she was a stake, knocking her out cold. She then fired her gun at Yosaku's feet, which upon contact, turned into a sticky substance, anchoring him to the ground, preventing him from escaping. As Yosaku struggled to get free and U Estern closed in for the kill, Sailor Moon and the other Guardians arrived at that moment in the knick of time."Hold it right there!" said Sailor Moon. "You disrupted the filming of a movie made for the public to enjoy! That makes you nothing short of an outlaw who chases people with a gun! Wyatt Earp might forgive you, but we aren't as generous! In the name of the Moon...""We'll punish you!" all of the Guardians said together."So, we finally meet face to face, Guardians," said Mimete with a glare. "Since you've taken the time to introduce yourselves, allow me to do the same. I'm a level forty Death Busters, and a member of the Witches 5, Mimete. Pleased to meet you, but sadly, you won't be around much longer. U Estern, get them!"U Estern cocked her gun, and dashed towards the Guardians. Sailor Mars went on the attack, as did Sailor Venus."MARS BURNING MANDALA!""VENUS CRESCENT BEAM SHOWER!"But as Mars released an array of fire rings, and Venus a shower of light beams, U Estern rapidly fired her gun, and shot them down before they hit."She shot them all down like it with nothing!" cried Sailor Jupiter. "That's not only good accuracy, but also fast reflexes!""Then let's catch her by surprise!" said Sailor Mercury, as she crossed her arms, conjuring up a bubble between them. "MERCURY BUBBLE SPRAY!"She threw out her arms, releasing a flurry of bubbles, making a thick fog spread through the area. U Estern looked around, trying to see through the fog, but then, Solaris appeared in front, and shot a beam of light, making it wrap around her, squeezing tightly. Sailor Moon appeared from behind, her Spiral Heart Moon Rod held in hand."MOON SPIRAL HEART ATTACK!"With a spin and a pose, she unleashed her signature blast of hearts. However, U Estern suddenly broke free from the Solar Binding, and another gun from her poncho. She spun around and rapidly fired at the Moon Spiral Heart Attack until it was dispersed. Sailor Moon and the other Guardians were shocked."No way! It didn't work!" gasped Sailor Mars."This Daimon is different from the previous ones!" said Sailor Mercury.U Estern then aimed her guns and fired at the Guardians, pelting them all with a shower of bullets, forcing the Guardians back. Then, U Estern reloaded her gun and fired at the Guardians again. Each one of her bullets had the strength of a punch as all of the Guardians were forced back. Then U Estern fired her guns at their feet, the bullets turning into a sticky substance, hindering their movement. The Guardians struggled to try and get free, but it was no use.Mimete cackled in delight. "Well done, U Estern! Now's your chance to take Yosaku's pure heart! Do it now!"U Estern put her guns away and went over to Yosaku. The Daimon grabbed him by the scruff of his collar, and inhaled deeply, sucking in like vacuum cleaner. In seconds, Yosaku's pure heart crystal came out of his mouth, and just like the cormorant it was based on, U Estern opened wide, taking the crystal into her mouth and swallowed it, much to the shock and disgust of the Guardians."Did you see that?!" cringed Sailor Moon. "She swallowed it!""That is just plain messed up!" Solaris gawked."Good job, U Estern," Mimete smirked. "Now, let's head back to the professor."But before the two could do just that, two familiar voices shouted out."URANUS WORLD SHAKING!""NEPTUNE DEEP SUBMERGE!"A giant earthen sphere attack, along with a sphere made of seawater shot forth, and blasted U Estern, catching her by surprise. So much so, that she briefly coughed up the pure heart, but swallowed it back down again. Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune then appeared."Answering the call from a new era, Sailor Uranus, here to fight with brilliance!" she said."And Sailor Neptune, here to fight with elegance!" she also said.Mimete clicked her tongue in annoyance. "Damn it. Should have known you two would show up," she hissed.She looked around, trying to find a way to escape this situation. Then she saw it. In the bushes, having to have arrived at some point during the battle, Chibiusa and Hotaru were peering through the bushes, watching.Mimete then smirked evilly as she pointed towards the two. "U Estern! Go after those kids in the bushes, and capture them!"The Daimon then took her rope, twirled it in a lasso, and threw it towards them. Chibiusa instinctively moved Hotaru out of the way, as she was caught by the lasso and pulled out from their hiding place. U Estern then pulled out her gun and aimed it straight at her."Chibiusa!" Sailor Moon and her group cried.Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune moved in to help the pink odango, but Mimete cut them off."Not so fast! Don't even think about moving!" she said with a smirk. "If you so much as flinch, there's no telling what will happen to this child!""Damn you!" seethed Sailor Uranus.Just then, a rose came shooting down from above, not only cutting the rope to set Chibiusa free, but also knocking the gun out of U Estern's hand. That rose came from Tuxedo Mask, who was sitting on top of the camera crane."Movies are visual tales made for making people all over the world happy," said Tuxedo Mask. "But you have defiled the sanctity of them with your despicable ways! It's time someone took you off the set!""Thank you, Tuxedo Mask!" Chibiusa spoke gratefully."More annoying people just keep showing up!" snarled Mimete as she summoned her wand. "I've had just about enough of you!""Not if we have anything to say about it!" said Sailor Neptune.Mimete, Sailor Uranus, and Sailor Neptune, then started to fight, the witch blasting the two Guardians as they dodged them. At the same time, Tuxedo Mask took on U Estern, U Estern firing her gun, while Tuxedo Mask countered with his roses and cane. Seeing this as an opportunity, Sailor Moon and the others struggled to free themselves from the gunk that held them. Then, Solaris had an idea."Sailor Mercury! Use your Shine Aqua Illusion on this stuff! Maybe freezing it will do the trick!""I'll give it a shot!" said Sailor Mercury, as she crossed her arms. "MERCURY SHINE AQUA ILLUSION!"She threw a stream of water right at their feet, which immediately froze the gunk in seconds. The Guardians then tried again, this time breaking free very easily. Seeing as they were free, Solaris shot himself towards Tuxedo Mask and U Estern, cocked back his fist, and swung, nailing the Daimon smack on the cheek, knocking her to the ground."Thanks for the assist, Solaris!" said Tuxedo Mask. "Now finish it!""With pleasure!" replied Solaris.He held up his hand, and his Astral Light Nimbus Blade appeared. As soon as he clenched its handle while holding it high, its sharp edge changed from black to white with the gold jewel shining brightly. He drew a circle with it, taking a two-handed stance, and dashed straight for U Estern."SOLARIS CELESTIAL BLADE SLASH!"U Estern looked up in time for Solaris to slice straight at her, cutting her half. In a shriek of agony, the Daimon exploded in a bright burst of light, leaving only the gun, the pure heart crystal, and the Daimon Egg behind. Sailor Uranus quickly took advantage, noticing the Daimon being defeated, and snatched the pure heart crystal before anyone could react, giving it a quick look."Sorry to say, this one doesn't have a talisman," said Sailor Uranus said to Mimete. "Looks like you wasted your time for nothing."But Mimete was calm. "Oh, I wouldn't say it was for nothing," she said with an evil smile. "Sure, I didn't find the talisman, but thanks to you, I have the opportunity to get rid of you Guardians once and for all.""And how exactly do you plan to do that?" asked Sailor Moon. "In case you haven't noticed, we've got you outnumbered, and your Daimon's gone."Mimete then cackled. "Are you sure about that? Because I'd say, it's still alive and kicking."The Guardians were puzzled, then Chibiusa shouted."Hey! Look at that!" she cried, pointing.Everyone looked, and saw a startling sight. Normally, the Daimon Egg would have shattered into pieces, but this time, it didn't. It was still in one piece and was glowing in an ominous light."Wh-What's going on?!" gasped Sailor Moon.No one knew. Then, everyone heard a pulse come from the egg as it grew bigger. It continued growing and pulsing until it grew to a large size. The Egg then began to crack as if something were hatching from it, until it exploded, and from it, a beastly creature emerged. It was large, ghastly, had glowing red eyes, and looked humanoid in appearance. The Guardians were shocked, while Mimete cackled with glee as she took to the air."Surprised? You were right about this Daimon not being like the others," said Mimete. "This is a special type of Daimon that will transform into this state whenever its first form is defeated, and it's more powerful."The Daimon let out a ghostly whinny as it charged at the Guardians, its feet thundering on the ground, making it shake. The Guardians scattered in all directions trying to avoid it, but the Daimon was also quick, swiping its hand and knocking Sailors Mercury and Venus to the ground."Mercury! Venus!" cried Sailor Moon."Tuxedo Mask! Get the kids out of here!" Solaris shouted. "It's too dangerous here!"The masked man answered with a nod, and he took Chibiusa and Hotaru to safety. The giant Daimon swung another fist towards Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune. The two dodged the attack with ease, and both attacked it using their moves."URANUS WORLD SHAKING!""NEPTUNE DEEP SUBMERGE!"The others joined in the fray, too."JUPITER COCONUT CYCLONE!""MARS FIRE SOUL!""SOLARIS NOVE FLARE!"Multiple attacks hit the Daimon at once, making explosions erupt all over it. The Daimon recoiled in pain, taking a step back, and retaliated with a punch of its massive fist, forcing everyone to dodge. Solaris touched his stone and, with a green flash, transformed into his Jupiter Mode. He jumped into the air, shrouding himself in lightning, and shot downwards toward the Daimon, turning into a small tornado, creating lightning that took the shape of a dragon's head."SOLARIS JUPITER RYUJIN HUNTER!"Solaris connected his attack, hitting the Daimon square on its head, only for the Daimon to snarl and throw him off."What'll we do now?" wondered Sailor Mercury worriedly as she and Venus got back up. "That Daimon's not only big, but it's too strong!""And if we don't stop it here, innocent lives will be in danger!" cried Sailor Venus. "There has to be a way we can stop it!""But how?! Even with us working together, our attacks hardly did anything!" cried Sailor Moon. "My Moon Spiral Heart Attack didn't work last time, so I doubt it'll work on something that big!""And I don't think I can cut that thing with my attack," said Solaris. "Not to mention, my previous attack didn't work either! But there has to be a way to beat it! We just got to think!"Then Sailor Moon spoke. "Solaris, I think there might be one way to take this thing down! What if you and Jupiter used that planetary alignment thingy?"Solars, along with the other guardians, all looked at her and were surprised."Well, I don't see anyone else coming up with any ideas," said Sailor Mars. "And the two of you were pretty powerful together. It might be our only option.""But we don't even know how we did it the last time," said Sailor Jupiter. "Plus, everything was happening so fast.""Just recreate what happened when you fused the first time," said Sailor Mercury. "Just think!"The daimon let out a roar as it swung its fist at them again, causing them to jump up and dodge."Well, we might as well give it a shot," said Solaris said to Jupiter. "Do you remember what we did to activate the fusion?""Let's see, I activated my planetary powers, then you transformed into your Jupiter Mode, and then... we held hands," said Sailor Jupiter thoughtfully. "That's about all I can think of.""I think there was more to it than that," said Solaris. "It was like our hearts became connected, therefore becoming one." Then, Solaris gasped. "Wait a minute! Let's try remembering how we felt back when it happened. If we focus on that, then maybe it'll work!"Sailor Jupiter nodded. "All right, let's do it!"The two Guardians stood side and held each other's hands while closing their eyes, synchronizing their breathing as well as their pulses."What the hell are those two doing?!" Sailor Uranus demanded. "They're just standing there holding hands!"Mimete was also puzzled, but didn't really care. "Looks like those two are giving up! Daimon! Take them down now!"The Daimon turned its attention towards Solaris and Jupiter and swung its giant fist. At that moment, both Solaris and Sailor Jupiter began to glow in the same green light, as power coursed through their bodies."What the...!" exclaimed Mimete. "What is that?!""That light again!" gasped Sailor Venus.Both Solaris and Sailor Jupiter then opened eyes and spoke in unison."UNISON FUSION! PLANETARY ALIGNMENT!"______________________________________________________________________Transformation: Unknown.Solaris and Sailor Jupiter stand back to back, holding hands as their bodies radiate with light Solaris being gold and Sailor Jupiter's being green. The two each up one of their hands, and their symbols appear above them, both of them overlapping one another. Then, the two let go, and they shoot into the air flying in a swirl, their bodies silhouetted with their respective colors. They fly closer together until they finally merge in a bright flash of gold and green. The silhouette of a girl in gradient colors of gold and green flies through their overlapping symbols and stands upon it. Boots and gloves materialize around the girl's feet, along with clothes and armor that was a mix of Solaris and Sailor Jupiter's outfits colored green and gold. The girl then opens her eyes and assumes a pose, while Solaris and Jupiter's symbols appear in the background.______________________________________________________________________"All right! They did it!" cheered Sailor Moon.The other guardians were overjoyed too. Sailor Uranus and Neptune, on the other hand, couldn't believe their eyes."What... just happened?!" murmured Sailor Uranus."I think... Solaris and Sailor Jupiter just joined together," said Sailor Neptune in amazement.Mimete was shocked too, but not for long. "I don't know what the heck happened, but it doesn't matter! Daimon! Crush them!"The Daimon roared in response, and swung its giant fist towards the group. The fusion quickly dashed toward the Daimon and countered with a punch of her own. The collision of their blows created a concussive blast that shook and ripped the ground and made the air tremble, causing a great wind to gust about, forcing everyone to brace themselves while shielding their eyes. The Daimon stumbled, its feet skidding across the ground, but managed to stay upright. The fusion leaped into the air, gave the monster a powerful kick to its head and chin, and a mighty knee to its midsection. As the Daimon fell to the ground with a thunderous boom, Mimete's mouth was hung agape, as were Sailor Uranus and Neptune."All right! Way to go!" cheered Sailor Moon.The fusion then clenched her hand and then fired a green and gold light beam in the sky above it. Immediately, dark clouds filled the sky along with the rumbling sound of thunder."THUNDER BINDING!"With a clench of her fist, while throwing it to the ground, a powerful bolt of lightning shot down and struck the Daimon, making it roar in agony. Simultaneously, three rings of electricity wrapped around its arms, legs, and middle, restraining it. The Daimon snarled as it tried to get free from its bindings, but they wouldn't budge. The fusion then held out her hands in front of her and began generating a huge amount of energy into her hands in the form of a green sphere with gold sparks, ready to deliver the finishing blow."SOLARS JUPITER SPARKLING METEOR CANNON!"A green, powerful, high-voltage beam erupted from her hands, swallowing up the Daimon as it let out its last roar of agony while it turned to dust. When the attack dispersed, the only thing that remained was the Daimon Egg, which finally crumbled into pieces is it let out a small puff of smoke in the shape of a cormorant. The fusion looked across to Mimete, who was still hovering, but now slightly unnerved, daring her to take her on."It would seem I underestimated you," said Mimete. "I didn't expect this kind of power to overwhelm our new Daimon so easily. No matter. Next time, you won't be so lucky. I swear you'll pay for this!"And with that, Mimete disappeared."It would seem that Eudial's got a replacement," the fusion spoke with Sailor Jupiter's voice."Looks that way, and she seems just as nasty as she was," said Solaris through the fusion.The fusion then separated back to Solaris and Sailor Jupiter. As they, along with the other Guardians, went to return Yosaku's pure heart, Sailor Uranus and Neptune watched them from a distance, still stupefied by what they had seen."So, it seems that Sailor Moon and her friends have gained some kind of fusing power," said Sailor Uranus. "I gotta say, I didn't expect.""I agree," said Sailor Neptune. "They seem to be getting stronger by the day."Sailor Uranus didn't say anything more as she along with Neptune went on their way.______________________________________________________________________Later that night, Harusuke and Chibiusa were walking Hotaru home, now being nightfall."I apologize for having you two walk me home like this," said Hotaru. "You didn't have to.""We don't mind at all, Hotaru," smiled Chibiusa. "It's the least we can do. After all, you did save my hat.""And we can't just leave you alone after what happened," said Harusuke. "Besides, what are friends for?"Hotaru looked up at Harusuke in surprise. "W-We're friends? Really?""Of course we are," said Chibiusa. "Do you... not want to?""N-No. It's nothing like that," relented Hotaru. "It's just... no one's told me that before. Everybody in my class at school thinks I'm creepy and usually stays away from me. I mean, I have random seizures, and I even do a couple of strange things, so I can't really blame them.""Well, we don't think you're creepy at all," said Chibiusa. "We think you're wonderful just the way you are.""R-Really? You think so?" asked Hotaru."Yeah. Sure, we've only just met today, but even I can see that you're a kind girl, Hotaru," said Harusuke. "And we would love to be your friends, if you're willing to have us."Hotaru stared, then a sweet, joyful smile spread across her cheeks as she answered with a nod. "Thank you, Harusuke. Chibiusa."It wasn't too long before the three arrived at Hotaru's house, which had the appearance of a large mansion. When they arrived, they saw that someone was waiting outside the house at the front door. It was the man with short white hair with one lens."Oh, look. It's my daddy," said Hotaru.Upon seeing the man, Harusuke couldn't help but gasp, remembering the man's face. "Hold on a minute. That can't be..."The man then came up to the three. "Hotaru, thank goodness you're home," he said gratefully. "I noticed it was late, and I was starting to get worried about you.""I had a slight attack while I was out, but I'm okay, Daddy," said Hotaru. She then introduced her new friends. "Daddy, this is Chibiusa and Harusuke. They were kind enough to walk me home.""How very thoughtful," the man smiled. "Thank you very much, Chibiusa. Harusuke.""You're welcome," said Chibiusa.But Harusuke was still surprised. "Um, excuse me, sir," he said. "Pardon me for being forward, but... you wouldn't happen to be Souichi Tomoe, would you?""Indeed I am," the man smiled. "Are you surprised?"Well, I've seen your face on a book recently about Mugen Academy," said Harusuke. "I just didn't expect to be meeting you in person, and finding out that Hotaru's your daughter. But it's a pleasure to meet you."Hotaru then stood with her father as she looked up at Harusuke. "Say, will we see each other again?" she asked hopefully."Of course we will," said Chibiusa brightly. "After all, we're friends now."Harusuke nodded in agreement, and Hotaru's eyes sparkled."Isn't that great, Hotaru?" Souichi spoke with a smile. "Two new friends.""Well, we best get going now," said Harusuke. "We'll see you later, Hotaru.""Okay, bye then," said Hotaru."You two can come over any time you want to," said Souichi. "We'll be here."Harusuke and Chibiusa then took their leave as they waved goodbye. As they went on their way, Harusuke noticed that Chibiusa looked a little sad."What's the matter?" asked Harusuke. "I would have thought you'd be happy to make a new friend.""It's just... seeing Hotaru with her daddy makes me miss my own daddy," replied Chibiusa. "I wish I could see him right now."Harusuke then gave Chibiusa an affectionate pat on her head. "I'm sure you'll see him again, Chibiusa," he spoke kindly. "Don't forget, your dad, as well as your mom, are missing you just as much in the future. The only thing you can do for them now is to keep doing your best as the princess and as a trainee guardian to make them proud."Chibiusa's frown turned into a tiny smile as she nodded. "You're right."______________________________________________________________________Back inside the Tomoe house, Souichi had just put Hotaru to bed, and left her room. He walked down the hall and headed for the building's lower levels until he came to the door that led to the basement, where the laboratory was. He then put on a white lab coat and in the darkness of his lab, let out a malevolent cackle, as his eyes shone ominously in the darkness.
Sailor Moon Fanfic: The Pledge of Sun Chapter 118Usagi and the gang were over at Rei's house. However, it wasn't for their usual study session. The teens had told the cats their report of what happened at the Game Center Crown to Luna and Artemis, hoping that they would make sense of the event."So, this Daimon just appeared in the middle of broad daylight?" puzzled Artemis. "That seems a bit strange.""I agree," said Luna. "It seems way too bold even for them, and there wasn't anyone controlling it either, just like what happened in the mountains.""I doubt that the enemy's getting sloppy; otherwise, they wouldn't have realized a Daimon like that in public," said Ami. "There has to be an ulterior motive. But the question is what?""If only we had something else to go on," said Makoto."Hold on. I just remembered something," said Minako. "Remember the recent Daimon's victim? It was a girl from Mugen Academy."Usagi was puzzled. "And... what does that have to do with anything?" she wondered."There was another girl from Mugen Academy that was attacked, back when we followed Rei in the resort on her birthday," explained Minako. "Now, I could be wrong, but that seems too much of a coincidence to me.""Are you suggesting that Mugen Academy has something to do with the recent attacks?" asked Harusuke. "That's a pretty bold assumption, and yet it makes sense.""Yeah. Now that you mention it, it does sound a bit fishy," said Rei. "Maybe the two incidents are connected somehow, and Mugan Academy does have something to do it.""Then, we're all in agreement," said Minako. "We'll start investigating Mugen Academy as soon as we can."Everyone nodded in agreement.______________________________________________________________________After a while, Usagi and Harusuke made it back to their home, where Ikuko was waiting for them in the kitchen."We're home!" the Tsukino siblings announced."Welcome home, you two," greeted Ikuko. "You two were out pretty late. Where were you two?""Just our usual study session, Mom," said Harusuke. "We were studying so much that we lost track on time."Just then, they heard Chibiusa, who was speaking to someone on the phone."OK. That sounds great, Mamo. Thanks. I'll see you tomorrow."The moment she heard Chibiusa mention Mamoru's name, Usagi's ears perked up. Chibiusa hung up the phone, and was about to walk out of the room, when Usagi grabbed her by the scruff of her uniform, stopping her."Hey, Chibiusa, what was with that phone call?!" demanded Usagi. "Why were you talking to Mamo, and what's tomorrow?!"Chibiusa slyly grinned at her. "You really want to know?" she asked, playing innocent. "Well, I'm ain't telling. It's my little secret. You'll never know."As she made a face at her, Usagi grew all the more irritated and angry. At that moment, the two ordangos began to tussle, Usagi trying to get Chibiusa to talk, while Chibiusa refused to tell, much to the chagrin of Harusuke and Ikuko. Finally, Ikuko scooped up Chibiusa away from Usagi, having enough."That's enough! Why are you two always at each other's throats all the time?!" Ikuko spoke sternly. "Chibiusa is going to the amusement park with her friends after school tomorrow, but I can't take her because I have to attend a Women's Association meeting. Therefore, with everything that's been happening lately, I asked Mamoru if he could chaperone, which was why Chibiusa was calling him.""Wait, which amusement park are they going to, Mom?" wondered Harusuke. "Dream Land's quite a long ways from here if you mean that one.""Actually, there's going to be a grand opening of one near Mugen C Park," said Ikuko. "They're opening it to select people, and Chibiusa's class got chosen to go as a field trip.""We're going to ride the Mugen C Park roller coaster together!" Chibiusa spoke excitedly. "Just Mamo and me!"But Usagi was indignant, her eyes burning with jealousy. "What?! Chibiusa's going to an amusement park with Mamo?! That's so no fair! I want to go too!"Harusuke then spoke in Usagi's ear, so that only she could hear her. "Come on, Usagi. You know that we already made plans for tomorrow," he said. "We were supposed to investigate Mugen Academy, remember?""But Harusuke, I want to go with Mamo!" Usagi whined in a pout. "I'm going to miss out on all the romantic rides with him!""Look, Sis, I get it, but you already promised, so you can't back out," scolded Harusuke. "Besides, if you think about it, it's not like we're going to be far away from him and Chibiusa. The Mugen C Park is at Sankakusu, and Mugen Academy is over at Mugenzu. In other words, those two places are right next door to each other."Usagi pout disappeared. "I get it! So, if we need Mamo, then he can come to us in a heartbeat!" she said with a smile. "Good idea, Bro!""I'll let him know first thing tomorrow morning, and tell him to keep in touch," said Harusuke. "Just try not to get too green with jealousy, OK?"______________________________________________________________________The grand opening soon came the next day. People from all over Juuban came to enjoy everything the park had to offer. Chibiusa and her class were having a splendid time, enjoying themselves on the rides as well as the food. While they were having fun, Mamoru was sitting at a table taking a break while another boy with brunette hair kept him company. This boy was one of Mamoru's friends from a different school named Ittou Asanuma, and here per Mamoru's request."I'm sorry that you had to give up your free time for my sake, Ittou," apologized Mamoru. "I appreciate you coming along with us.""It's no problem at all. I'm happy to help you," smiled Ittou. "Besides, seeing these kids on the rides makes me want to go on them, too. You want to give the roller coaster a try, while I wait for the kids?""N-No thanks. That stuff's not for me," Mamoru spoke, slightly nervous. "It's nice of you to offer, though."Just next to them, Kyuusuke and two other boys watched as Chibiusa and Momo rode on the roller coaster."Man! That's their second ride in a row!" complained Kyuusuke. "Are they going to ride that thing all day?!"Mamoru glanced over at the boys, feeling a bit bad for their impatience, and decided to help them out. "Say, you boys are Chibiusa's friends, am I right? How's about I get you guys some lemonade? My treat."Kyuusuke and the boys were thrilled. "All right!"Mamoru then got up and went off to buy the boys some lemonade.______________________________________________________________________Meanwhile, on the roller coaster, Chibiusa and Momo were riding the roller coaster, enjoying the twists, turns, and speed. Chibiusa was wearing a floppy sunhat that whipped and flapped about from the wind. Then came trouble. As the roller coaster dipped downwards, the wind from the speed crept under her hat, and lifted it up and away towards the ground below. When the ride was over, as she and Momoko exited the ride, Chibiusa took off to search for her hat."Momo, I'll be right back!" Chibiusa said to Momoko. "I have to go find my hat!""Hold on, Chibiusa, let me go with you," said Momoko. "We can find it together.""It's okay. Besides, I saw where it fell, and it's pretty close by," insisted Chibiusa. "You go ahead and have fun. I'll be fine. It shouldn't take me too long."Before Momoko could answer, Chibiusa scampered away, leaving her behind. Now, Momoko knew that Chibiusa going off on her own was very dangerous, and she couldn't help but worry. So, she went to get some help. She ran all the way back to Mamoru's table, where he, along with the rest of the boys, were enjoying their lemonade. Mamoru was surprised when he saw Momoko by herself."Momoko, where's Chibiusa?" he asked. "I thought that she was with you."Momoko then explained what had happened, and Mamoru couldn't help but be alarmed."Her hat flew off, and she left the park to go get alone?!" Mamoru exclaimed. He turned to Ittou. "I'm leaving you in charge, Ittou. Watch the kids for me!"And Mamoru dashed away, leaving a very perplexed Ittou along with the kids behind.______________________________________________________________________At the same time, Usagi and her group now stood outside of the steps of Mugen Academy. There were hardly any students around, and it was so quiet, almost no sound could be heard. The building itself was large, about several stories, and was a bit fancier in design. There were also a couple of security guards standing outside and even cameras mounted on some building areas."So this is Mugen Academy," murmured Ami, as she took out her mini-computer, looking up information. "From what I can gather, it's a school consisting of a kindergarten, primary school, middle school, high school, and even college and university and graduate school. They've produced sports stars, entertainment professionals, and other highly accomplished persons in different fields. Their education system alone has garnered a lot of attention, even the news media.""Not only that, but the location is right in the middle of Sankakusu, which is the center of the Tokyo Bay Land Reclamation Project," said Harusuke. "The three reclaimed sites are known as Tenohzu, Kaiohzu, and Meiozhu, which together form a triangle where Sankakusu gets its name. And right in the center of it all, is the Mugenzu District, where Mugen Academy, and we are, right now.""I'm sensing a strong aura," Rei spoke while closing her eyes. "It's so strong, that this place is overflowing with it.""I'm also picking up a strange distortion," said Ami, as she typed away on her computer. "It's making the spatial density in this area seem off."Then, a big gust of wind billowed about through the area, enough to shake some leaves off their trees."You guys feel that? The wind's suddenly picked up, and I doubt it's because of the building canyons," said Makoto. "They seem to be agitated like they're upset. A storm's brewing."Minako then sharply looked back, getting the same feeling she had before."Minako? What is it?" wondered Usagi."That feeling again," Minako thought to herself. "Someone's definitely watching us. But who?""Well, one thing's for sure, it seems that Minako's theory wasn't that farfetched after all," said Harusuke. "But the security's so tight, and I doubt that they're going to let a couple of outsiders like us in. How are we going to get inside?"Then Usagi had an idea. "I think I may know the perfect way to get inside," she said with a wink. "Just leave it to me!"The others looked at Usagi puzzled, but then, Usagi dug into her pocket and took out a familiar pink pen with gold rings, and a red jewel in the shape of a crown. The ordango held it up high and activated its powers."MOON POWER! Change me into a student who goes to Mugen Academy!"In a burst of light, Usagi's appearance changed. She was now wearing a Mugen Academy schoolgirl's uniform. However, unlike the others, her skirt was long instead of short, she had a pink bow in her hair, while it was styled in a ponytail, and she also wore glasses with red frames."The Disguise Pen?!" exclaimed Harusuke. "I didn't think you still had that!""Yup! With this disguise, no one will ever think it's me," said Usagi proudly. "I'm going to go check inside. You guys wait here.""But, Usagi! Hold on!" said Minako. "Don't go rushing in on your own!"But Usagi had already climbed up the stairs and entered the building.Ami was worried. "You think she'll be okay?""Nope. Which is why I'm going with her," said Harusuke.The boy then revealed his bracelet, and when he touched it, his appearance changed as well. He was now wearing the Mugen Academy boy's uniform, and his hair was shorter and sleeker. He then followed Usagi up the stairs and entered the building, too. When he got inside, he saw Usagi, who was staring in awe at the interior. Harusuke soon found himself gasping in amazement as well. The floor was tiled, there were several floors with glass shields like something you'd see in a mall, and there was even a small lake and fountain in the middle."Whoa. This place is incredible," murmured Usagi. "Just what you would expect private school. Are all of them like this?""Who can say? This is the only one I've ever seen before," said Harusuke. "But even I've never heard of a private school that's over sixty stories tall. It's hard to believe.""Yeah. Guess you could say that this place has "high" class," said Usagi with a smirk."I'm going to pretend that you didn't just make a pun," said Harusuke flatly. "Anyway, what do you say we take a look around and see if we can find anything?"The two were just about to start looking when they heard the sound of music playing. It was the melody of a violin that seemed to be coming from somewhere outside of the building."Usagi, do you hear that?" asked Harusuke."Yeah. I do. What beautiful music," said Usagi. "But where is it coming from, and who's playing it?""I don't know who, but it sounds like it's coming from outside in the back," said Harusuke.The Tsukino siblings then ventured further towards the back, their curiosity peaked, and wanting to know who the violinist was. They exited outside and walked over to the side, and saw a dome stone shelter. Underneath it was their mysterious violinist which turned out to be someone familiar, a young woman with teal hair whose eyes were closed as she was lost in her own world while playing."It's Michiru," murmured Usagi."Yeah. So it is," Harusuke murmured back. "The way she's playing that violin... it's like a gentle wave."Then, Michiru opened her eyes, and when she saw Usagi and Harusuke, she stopped playing.______________________________________________________________________Back by the stairs at the entrance, the others could also hear the violin playing and were entranced by its beautiful sound, too. But then, the melody suddenly stopped, the atmosphere filled with an eerie silence.Then, Minako sensed felt the hairs on the back of her neck stand on end. Someone was here. But then, someone jumped down from out of nowhere and landed in front of the girls in a crouch. The person revealed themselves to be another familiar face, a woman with short blonde hair wearing the male Mugen Academy school uniform."Haruka Tenoh!" gasped Minako."Listen, you shouldn't go poking your noses around here," Haruka warned. "If the four of you leave now, I'll overlook it this one time." She then glared. "But if you get in my way, there's gonna be trouble, and I won't show you any mercy."The girls could only stare in surprise as the wind blew through their hair.______________________________________________________________________"Coming to this place by yourselves. That's a pretty bold thing to do," Michiru spoke to the Tsukino siblings. "Bold, yet very dangerous." Her eyes narrowed in a glare. "Be careful. One day, that kind of fearless could lead you two to ruin."Usagi and Harusuke couldn't speak, not expecting Michiru to have such a look. Then, another female student from Mugen Academy appeared."Hey! You two! What are you up to?!" she barked. "State your years, classes, and names!""Oh, no! We're busted!" squeaked Usagi. "What'll we do?!""Run for it!" cried Harusuke.And the two raced away. As the girl chased them in hot pursuit, Michiru didn't say a word as she watched them leave.After a few minutes of running, Harusuke and Usagi managed to give their pursuer the slip and hide in a dark hall inside the building."Whew, that was close," panted Usagi as she caught her breath. "But we managed to get away.""Yeah, but that was enough to give me a heart attack," said Harusuke. "I didn't expect Michiru to be here of all people. Not to mention that look she gave us. It was like her eyes became twin dark orbs that would pierce my soul. I've never seen her like that before.""Me either," shivered Usagi. "My body's still trembling just thinking about it. Do you think she knew it was us?""Who can say," said Harusuke. "But I don't think we should stick around to find out. We have to get back to others, or we'll get caught again.""R-Right," nodded Usagi.______________________________________________________________________Meanwhile, back outside, Chibiusa had been searching for her beloved hat for quite some time. She had looked near the roller coaster, and even outside of the amusement park, and was now searching outside Mugen Academy's building. She looked all around until she saw her hat, which was lying in the corner of a stone wall by some stairs that led to a building with a sign that read: "Tomoe Research Laboratory." The pink ordango was overjoyed as she rushed over and picked it up."Thank goodness. I'm glad I found it," she sighed with relief. "After all, Mommy Ikuko was the one who gave me this hat, so it would have been a shame if I lost it."Chibiusa was just turning to leave when she heard something. It was the sound of whimpering and wincing that came from the other side of the wall. Wondering what the sound was, Chibiusa looked behind the wall and saw an unexpected sight. A young girl was leaning against one of the pillars, gasping for breath. She had pale white skin, had black shoulder-length hair in a bob, and wore the standard Mugen Academy uniform.Feeling worried, Chibiusa went over to her. "Hey, are you feeling all right?" she asked tentatively. "You look like you're in pain."But as she reached out towards her, the stranger shooed her hand away."I get these attacks a lot. They usually pass on their own," the girl gasped. "Just please go away. This area is off-limits, and you shouldn't be here."Chibiusa was just about to refuse to leave, when Usagi and Harusuke exited the building, having found their way outside. As soon as they saw Chibiusa, they were surprised, and rushed over to her."Chibiusa, what are you doing here?" demanded Usagi sternly. "And why aren't you with Mamo?""I was, but my hat flew off when I was on the roller coaster earlier," explained Chibiusa. "I came over here to get it, but then I found this girl. I think she's in pain. ""Whoever this girl is, she's wearing a Mugen Academy uniform," said Harusuke. "Maybe we should call one of the staff members or something?"Suddenly, a terrifying roar cut through the silence, making everyone jump, and from the bushes, a large Daimon exploded out. It was large, purple-black, looked somewhat like a feline, had large teeth and claws, and had glowing red eyes."It's another Daimon!" cried Usagi.The girl was frightened when she saw the creature, but Usagi, Harusuke, and Chibiusa stood bravely in front of her."Don't worry! Just stay right there," Chibiusa told the girl. "Usagi! Harusuke! Let's go!"Chibiusa then took off much the surprise of Harusuke and Usagi, but they followed close behind her. The Daimon charged at them, barring its teeth, intending to swallow them all at once. The Tsukinos managed to jump out of the way just in time, making hit the ground behind them as they continued to run. The Daimon quickly recovered and continued to pursue the three as they moved toward the stairs, and attacked again using its teeth. The three jumped out of the way to dodge, but that, in turn, caused them to stumble down the stairs, and Usagi and Harusuke fell on the ground, while Chibiusa landed right on top of them. Then, the other girls rushed onto the scene, having to have heard the commotion."Hey! Are you guys OK?!" called out Makoto. "We heard you screaming!""Watch out, you guys!" warned Harusuke. "Another Daimon's here!"The Daimon roared as it pounced straight at the three once more. But before it could get to them, the Tsukinos dodged, tumbling as it hit the ground with its teeth."So another one has appeared," said Rei. "It figures it would be here of all places.""All right! Let's do it, everyone!" said Usagi as she took off her glasses. "Transform!"Everyone answered with a nod as they took out their transformation items, while shouting out their phrases."MOON COSMIC POWER MAKE UP!""MOON PRISM POWER MAKE UP!""MERCURY STAR POWER MAKE UP!""MARS STAR POWER MAKE UP!""JUPITER PLANET POWER MAKE UP!""VENUS STAR POWER MAKE UP!"SOLAR CRYSTAL POWER SHINE ON!"______________________________________________________________________Transformation Sequence: UsagiUsagi's Cosmic Heart Compact opens, revealing the pink heart-shaped crystal inside, waving her hand over it. It flashes twice and erupts in pink light. Usagi is now standing in the middle of a light blue heart that's spinning to the right. She stands one leg while holding up her arms and begins pirouetting in the opposite direction, going faster until, in a burst of light, pink ribbons envelop her torso and midsection, transforming into her leotard. She elegantly stretches out her arms, and pink ribbons cover them, forming into her gloves. She then raised her right foot high with incredible flexibility, and pink ribbons cloak it changing into her boots. The heart made of blue light then turns into a circle of sparkles swirling around her waist, forming her skirt and bow. Now no longer in light, Usagi spins around a couple of times like a ballerina, and takes a small bow. As she comes out from her bow, a crescent moon mark glows in the middle of her forehead. Then, a tiara appears bearing a gold symbol of the Moon, along with her earrings, choker, and her ordango covers. Usagi opens her eyes, her transformation now complete, and strikes her signature pose.Transformation Sequence: ChibiusaThe Prism Heart Compact opens, revealing Chibiusa's Silver Crystal inside of it. It begins to glow pink until a heart made of light pops up from it, flipping and overtaking the screen revealing Chibiusa bathed in light with the Prism Heart Compact in the center of her chest. The compact bursts with pink ribbons that tighten and wrap around Chibiusa's body, making her leotard. Chibiusa then spins around as a red bow appears where her compact is on her chest. Pink ribbons then wrap around her legs, forming her pink boots, and around her waist, forming her skirt and red bow at the back. Her gloves materialize next, and white-bordered red circular accents on her odango appear, along with pointed white fittings resembling a rabbit's ears, a golden tiara with a red gem, a pink choker around her neck, and pink studded earrings. Her transformation now complete; Chibiusa winks and then strikes her signature pose with a crescent moon in a pink background shining brightly.Transformation Sequence: AmiAmi held up her hand as blue sparkles swirled around it, alighting her fingernails, turning them into a shade of bright blue. Her transformation stick appears spinning, and she takes hold of it, the star on end as well as the symbol glowing. The logo on it begins to turn, enveloping Ami in blue light. Then she sweeps the pen over her head as a stream of sparkling blue water begins to emit from it, forming her leotard, boots, and gloves. A sparkling ripple, as well as a flurry of bubbles, expands over her body, creating a small mist of water that formed the rest of her uniform the same as Sailor Moon's but the center bow, boots, and rims on the gloves were blue and bright blue. She turns around and then strikes her signature pose.Transformation Sequence: ReiRei's hand is held up as red sparkles swirl around it, alighting her fingernails, turning them into a shade of bright red. Her transformation stick appears spinning, and she takes hold of it, the star on end as well as the symbol glowing. The logo on the stick begins to turn as Rei is enveloped in red light. As she held up her pen while spinning around, long bright tongues of flame erupt from her pen, forming several rings around her body. The rings of fire tighten around her body, and in a brilliant flash of light, her outfit forms looking just like Sailor Moon's, but she is wearing red pumps along with a pair of red star-shaped earrings, the center bow is purple, and the rims of her gloves, her skirt, her choker, and collar are red. After that, Mars finishes with her signature pose.Transformation Seuence: MakotoThe planet Jupiter appears, and Makoto puts her hand up, her fingernails begin to sparkle in bright green, and her transformation wand comes to her hand spinning, now having a different design. Her body now becomes silhouetted in green, as blue lightning erupted from her wand, while holding it up. As she spins around a few times, until stopping with her back turned, the lightning swirls around her, forming rings like an atom. The lightning explodes, revealing Makoto in her green Sailor Uniform wearing green boots, a pair of rose earrings, a pink bow and ribbon, gloves with green trims, and a green skirt, choker, and collar. Makoto then turns around, and in the middle of her forehead, her symbol appears, and her tiara materializes. Her transformation now complete; she assumes her final pose, her symbol and planet appearing in the background against a starry sky.Transformation sequence: Minako.Minako holds up her hand as golden stars swirl around it, alighting her fingernails, turning them into a shade of bright orange. Her transformation stick appears spinning, and she takes hold of it, the star on end as well as the symbol glowing. It begins to turn as Minako is enveloped in yellow light. Then she sweeps the pen over her head as banners of golden stars emit from it. Minako then holds up the pen above her head as the banners of stars form a spiral around her body. They disappear into the ground, forming a circle of stars, and burst into more stars going upwards, enveloping Minako's body. Then Minako emerges wearing the same outfit as Sailor Moon's, the center bow, boots, and rims on the gloves colored orange, her back bow, yellow, and her center bow, blue. She then opens her eyes as she struck her signature pose.Transformation Sequence: Solaris (Post Crystal)Harusuke's hand waves over the Sunstone Crystal, and it began to pulse with light until it shines brightly. Harusuke, now shrouded in light, holds his hand with the Sunstone Crystal up high, and throws his fist to the floor, and his symbol appears beneath him. Light encases his legs from his feet to his hips, and in a burst of light, his boots along with his belt, and some additional armor on his thighs materialize. Then his right encompasses his right arm from hand to shoulder, and his gloves, along with some armor, appear, and the same happens to his left hand. Harusuke then punches his fists together, creating a spark of light, and crosses his arms as his chest is wrapped in light. Harusuke then throws his arms out, and his chest plate appears, the symbol in the middle glowing brightly. Finally, his helmet appears on his head, this time covering up his entire head, leaving his face exposed. Harusuke opens his eyes smiling with confidence, his transformation now complete, and assumes his signature pose, with the sun appearing in the background while his symbol overlapped it.______________________________________________________________________The Daimon snarled with blood lust as it pounced toward the Guardians, swiping with its claws forcing them all to scatter. As the battle went on, Mimete appeared hovering just above them unnoticed."Looks like the vessel I used was quite a strong one," Mimete hummed to herself. "Those Guardians don't stand a chance against it."Sailor Mercury crossed her arms and conjured a large bubble of power in them."MERCURY BUBBLE SPRAY!"She threw out her hands and unleashed a flurry of bubbles, which created a thick fog that blinded the Daimon, confusing it. Sailor Mars jumped into the fray, unleashing one of her techniques as well."MARS BURNING MANDALA!"She fired an array of rings, each one hitting the Daimon and making it recoil, but all that did make it even angrier as it let out a roar, gunning for Sailor Moon and Sailor Chibi. The two ordango guardians ran for their lives as the Daimon snapped at them with its jaws. Then came trouble. As Daimon snapped its jaws at them, Sailor Moon and Sailor Chibi Moon split into two directions causing the Daimon to hit the ground haphazardly. Then, Sailor Chibi Moon saw something that made her eyes go wide. The girl from before was now standing just on top of the stairs, having to have been watching the fight the whole time. She was also right in the Daimon's path."Hey! Look out!" Sailor Chibi Moon yelled, as she shot towards the girl, tackling her out of the way, and saving her just in the nick of time.Sailor Jupiter quickly came to their defense as her antenna extended from her tiara, gathering power, as she gathered lightning in her hands."JUPITER SPARKLING WIDE PRESSURE!"She flung a powerful disc of lightning, scoring a direct hit on the Daimon's head, making it shriek and howl in agony as it convulsed from the electricity."Solaris! Back me up!" yelled Sailor Venus."You got it!" nodded Solaris.Sailor Venus made a chain made of energy materialize, as it danced around her body, while Solaris clenched his fist, making it shine with golden light."VENUS LOVE-ME CHAIN!""SOLAR BINDING!"Venus launched her chain, and Solaris fired a beam, the chain wrapping around the Daimon tightly, while the light bent and wrapped around it, too. The Daimon struggled as it tried to get free, but its binds held it tight."Sailor Moon! Now's your chance!" shouted Sailor Venus."Take out that thing while it's trapped!" yelled out Solaris.Sailor Moon summoned forth her Spiral Heart Moon Rod, gathered all the power into it, and used her signature move."MOON SPIRAL HEART ATTACK!"With a mighty blast of hearts from her rod, Sailor Moon blasted the Daimon with her attack, making it explode in a puff of vapor. In its place, while curled up in a ball as a sleeping cat, and a Daimon Egg, which dissipated in a puff of smoke."A cat?" said Sailor Moon. "That Daimon was a cat this whole time?""So it would appear," said Solaris. "Just like what happened to that lemur a while ago." He then went over to Sailor Chibi Moon and the girl. "Hey, you two okay?""Don't worry. We're fine!" Sailor Chibi Moon called back. "We're A-OK."The girl was fine as well, but she was bewildered. "Just... who are you, people?" she wondered."We're champions of justice, the Guardians," Sailor Chibi Moon spoke proudly. "We fight for love and justice, and protect the innocent. And I'm Sailor Chibi Moon.""Well, since she's introducing herself, I might as well, too," said Solaris. "I'm the Guardian of the Sun, Solaris, and the other girls are Sailors, Moon, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, and Venus."The girl then noticed Sailor Chibi Moon's right forearm, which now had a big scrape on it, and was bleeding slightly. "Hey, Ms. Sailor Chibi Moon, you're injured," she pointed out.Sailor Chibi Moon then looked at her arm and was surprised. "Oh! I didn't even notice until now," she said with embarrassment.Then, the girl placed a hand on Sailor Chibi Moon's arm, and it started to glow. When it did, the wound on Sailor Chibi Moon's arm began to slowly fade away, much to her's and the other's amazement. In a matter of seconds, the wound was completely gone."My wound... it's disappeared," murmured Sailor Chibi Moon."Sorry if it seems a bit creepy, but it's a power I've always had ever since I was little," said the girl. "Now, it's better for you all to leave right away, especially since it's so late. The security guards are very strict, and you don't want to get caught by them."The girl then turned to leave, heading back inside the building, but Sailor Chibi Moon called out to her."Wait! Before you leave, can you tell me your name?"The girl then stopped and looked back, appearing surprised at such a request, but she smiled."It's Hotaru," the girl replied. "Hotaru Tomoe."She then walked away back into the building. As the Guardians watched her go, a familiar figure with a coat and hat stood from on top of a lampost. With a tip of their hat, they jumped up, going high into the sky."It seems as though things are about to get a bit more interesting," they said to themselves.______________________________________________________________________Hotaru walked inside of the building, heading upstairs. But no sooner when she made it down a hallway, she was once again wracked with pain, clutching her hand to her chest as she gasped for breath. At that moment, someone came out into the hallway, a woman with familiar long red hair. When she saw Hotaru, she rushed over to her."Hotaru! Are you suffering from another attack?!" the woman gasped. "Let me help you to your room."But as she reached out to help her, Hotaru immediately slapped her hand away."I don't need your help!" Hotaru snapped. "I can get there myself, so get away from me!"Then, a young man came over to see what was the matter. He was about middle-aged, had short white hair, wore a white lab coat, and wore glasses with the right lens solid."What seems to be going on here, Hotaru?" the man asked. "Care to explain, Kaori?""It's nothing out of the ordinary, Professor Tomoe," said the woman. "I was offering Hotaru help, but she didn't want it."The man sighed in exasperation. "Hotaru, you know that Kaori has looked after you ever since your mother died," he scolded. "It would be wise for you to show her some respect, and not be so selfish."Kaori seemed to smirk smugly, but Hotaru glared."I know what you're up to," she spoke hotly. "Keep sucking up to him all you want. I don't care if you're his assistant, his secretary, or whatever it is you are to him, but you're not part of our family, so stop acting like you are!"Hotaru then took off, running straight to her room."My apologies," said Professor Tomoe. "Perhaps I've been spoiling her too much ever since her mother died.""It's quite all right, Tomoe," said Kaori. "I don't mind."Hotaru was now lying in bed, trying her best to get some rest, but she could still feel pain throughout her body. She tried to ignore it, but no matter how much she tried, it was no use. Then, Professor Tomoe entered the room."Hotaru, have you taken your medicine?" the professor asked. "It would seem that your attacks haven't ceased yet.""Yes, I have, Daddy," Hotaru spoke weakly. "But it isn't working."Professor Tomoe then kindly stroked Hotaru's hair to comfort her. "It will. Just give it a bit of time," he said. "In the meantime, I brought something for you."The moment he touched her head, Hotaru could feel that his hand was as cold as ice, but she said nothing. He then dug into his lab coat and took out a strange item on a chain. It was a large crystal in the shape of a hexagonal prism with four points on the bottom, and ominous violet color."This is an amulet that has been in our family for years," explained Professor Tomoe. "Hold it close, it will protect you, and you will be able to sleep well."Hotaru was still doubtful, but she took the crystal anyway."Now then, I have to get back to work," said Professor Tomoe. "I'll come back in a bit to check on you."He then left. Hotaru was now alone once again. As she lay there, she remembered the cold feeling when he patted her head."Daddy, when did your hand become so cold?" she thought.Her eyes began to get heavy as the pain slowly ebbed away from her body as she began to drift away."How strange. The attacks are stopping now. But... I still can't help but feel scared. My attacks have never been this bad, and I keep lashing out at people, letting my emotions go out of control. Am I running out of time? How long can my body hold out?"