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Seiya x Shaina contest entry: the Knight's Trial :iconpsycho-blue:Psycho-blue 1 3
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Zodiac Knight Saint Seiya oneshot: Unchained
Don’t Black Out.
As his muscles screamed in agony with every step, as his breath became more and more strained, as his vision blurred in exhaustion, and as blood trickled down the wounds of his body while his heart continued to will his tired body into functioning, the only thing that kept Andromeda Shun’s mind from hazing into unconsciousness was that mental chant.
Don’t Black Out.
While the upgrades and adjustments Aries Mu gave Shun and his fellow Bronze Saints in regards to sacred cloths did their job in ensuring that the armor remained mostly intact during the gauntlet of the 12 Houses, the survival of his soul and flesh were entirely up to them, and it each passing minute brought them closer to absolute failure. But Shun knew that if he withdrew his Cloth back into its container and give his body even a minor respite without the mystic weight of the Andromeda Cloth impeding his ascent, it would guarantee death. Besides, it wasn’t as if Shun could just let
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Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Season 2 Episode Guide
episode 1:  Fiore and Gesen walk through the Gate of Time and into the remains of the Dark Kingdom, where they assess their location and decide to use it as their new base of operations.  While Fiore makes preparations, he allows Gesen to go into the main world and begin carrying out the plan by finding Usagi Chiba.  This cuts to our heroes Usagi and Mamoru enjoying a peaceful day at the mall with their daughter Chibiusa.  A year has passed since Mio was defeated, and the Senshi have all moved on with their lives, recalling nothing of their previous adventures so that they can live in peace.  They are accompanied by Luna, who has reverted back to her toy state and watches over Usagi.  Unfortunately, the peace is shattered in an instant when Gesen materializes in the mall and begins his assault, destroying everything in his path.
episode 2:  The Chiba family quickly runs into the parking lot to escape Gesen’s attack, but they are surrounded by Xe
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Darkstalkers oneshot: Incomplete (Lilith Oneshot)
It was easy enough for her to tell that she was coming home soon. She could detect that sparkle of joy coming closer and closer to the source of her existence.
When Morrigan was first made aware of Lilith’s existence, as the final fragment of her power that needed to be absorbed so that she could become the true heir of the Aensland house and thus the throne of Makai, she saw Lilith’s innocence and purity as naivete that Morrigan herself outgrew centuries ago. As a succubus, Morrigan accepted long ago that her fate was one of short-term hedonistic pleasures, for long-term content was impossible. Apart from requiring a near constant source of stimulation to keep her unique metabolism healthy, it was also the burden of a succubus of Morrigan’s exceptional power to absorb the souls of others through the seductive ways that her kind was made infamous by the humans they fed upon. Morrigan had experienced many great loves in her existence, many of them from the humans, but
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Sheol File: Infinite Ki Stability in Males :iconpsycho-blue:Psycho-blue 1 0
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Sheol File: Advise B and the Genetic Rosemary
The purpose of this document is to consolidate the research that I have done as the head of Sheol’s Biochemical Department, particularly as it relates to the development of the performance-enhancing drug “Advise.”  I am unsure what is going to become of this project now that Monsieur Levesque is in the midst of a trial that he doesn’t expect to go in his favor, but his lawyer has strongly recommended that I continue my research independently as most of the critical work has already been completed.  My beloved Claude has offered me sanctuary during this troubling time, and thanks to Monsieur Levesque taking full responsibility for Sheol’s failure I’ll be able to continue my work in peace.
The development of “Advise” began shortly after the destruction of the outer limits of Jerusalem at the hands of a patient the media called “the Blood Red Sandman.”  The patient’s actual name is Abraham Goldman, a martial
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Sheol Spotlight: Denji
Name: Denji (real name not a matter of public record)
Height: 6’1”
Weight: 198 lbs
Age: Unknown
Sex: Male
Likes: His fans, crowd reactions
Dislikes: Backstage politics, drug dealers
Country of Origin: Unknown (believed to be USA)
Fighting style: Hardcore Wrestling
Theme: “iGod” - Evans Blue
Denji, the Light in the Sky.
Like many masked wrestlers such as himself, his true name and birth date are not available to the public, but what makes Denji a true enigma is that none of the other employees and talent working for Global Wrestling Enterprise have seen his true face.  Always careful to dress in a secluded part of the arena, Denji appears to his colleagues only when it is time for a match, making himself scarce soon after the match ends and not seen again until the next tour date.  Despite this, a number of wrestlers suspect who Denji could be underneath the mask, and they have collaboratively pieced together what might be his origin story.
The earliest
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Torched by an Angel (SFxT Gill/Angel Oneshot)
He was supposed to be beyond this feeling.
He was supposed to be the savior that the prophecies foretold of long ago.  He was supposed to be the one who fulfilled the ambitions of the society that were once considered distant dreams.  He was supposed to represent the next step in human evolution.  He was supposed to be a shepherd that led the enlightened and converted the blasphemers, beyond the base human emotions of hate, avarice, and wrath.
So why did Gill, the ultimate embodiment of harmony whose physical and mental prowess were so perfect that his body was a flawlessly balanced hue of blue and red, with a long golden mane as shimmering as the finest gold, take such delight in watching the blood of the fallen pool on the floor?
With the emerald jewel on his forehead gradually fading as his heart rate evened, Gill looked past the blood pooling at his feet and to the fallen himself.  If Gill was the shepherd of humanity, the man who Gill had just beaten was a wolf
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Sheol Spotlight: Junior
Name: Junior Fonoti
Height: 6’4”
Weight: 350 lbs
Age: 31
Country of Origin: Samoa
Likes: Anything that makes him feel good
Dislikes: reporters, photographers
Fighting style: Sumo
Theme: “One Hand Killing” - Twelve Foot Ninja
Hailing from a warrior tribe known throughout the Samoan Islands for their propensity of producing men of uncommon strength, Junior first left his homeland after being sent to Japan by the King to learn the art of Sumo.  Knowing little about the sport, Junior initially refused, hoping to be sent to the United States to learn American football, but his petulance was the very reason why he would be heading in the opposite direction.  While no one questioned Junior’s natural power, being able to easily overpower every opponent he faced in the Islands’ annual fighting tournaments, as a person he left much to be desired.  Therefore, the King decided that he could best serve his homeland’s reputation in a sport whe
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Sheol Spotlight: Abraham (Revised)
Name: Abraham Goldman
Height: 6’1”
Weight: 170 lbs
Age: 34
Country of Origin: Israel
Fighting Style: Jeet Kune Do + “Violent Impulse”
Likes: Moments of clarity
Dislikes: Blackouts
Theme: “Resurrection Code” - Disarmonia Mundi
The son of two Israeli Defense Force soldiers and the first-born of twin brother and sister, Abraham Goldman gained interest in martial arts from an early age.  After watching an episode of “Morphin’ Raiders” as the media craze for the show reached the middle east, Abraham knew what he wanted to do with his life, and any time he wasn’t in school was spent practicing form with any martial arts book he could get his hands on.  Although Krav Maga was the martial art of his parents and his homeland, Abraham found harmony through the teachings of Jeet Kune Do and opened his own dojo upon graduating high school.
Through his study of martial arts, and combining that with his studies in rabbinical schoo
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Sheol Spotlight: Tariq
Name: Tariq Al-Aziz
Height: 6’0”
Weight: 185 lbs
Age: 32
Country of Origin: Palestine
Fighting Style: The Killer’s Way (ancient martial arts linked to Persian swordplay)
Likes: Nothing in particular
Hates: Nothing in particular
Voice Actor: Kim Strauss
Theme: “Writings on the Wall” - Parkway Drive
The Killer’s Circle began towards the end of the Dark Ages as a conspiracy to forcibly end the age of stagnation that had paralyzed Western Europe by removing certain figures that impeded civilization’s progress via murder from the shadows.  Upon completing a series of missions that eventually allowed the light of innovation to shine in Western Europe once more with the Renaissance, the Killer’s Circle remained active but hidden: its existence would only be known to those who the Circle’s leaders deemed worthy of clientele.  By the 1700s, the Killer Circle began to spread to the West, South, and East until by the mid-1800s, the K
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Sheol Spotlight: Jacob
Jacob Kilgrave
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 165 lbs
Age: 19
Sex: Male
Country of Origin: USA
Fighting Style: T’ai Chi Quan
Likes: “That girl…”
Dislikes: Withdrawal symptoms
Voice Actor: Johnny Yong Bosch
Theme: “Painting Shadows” - Dead by April
Although the country largely knows him as the frontman of the youthful metalcore band “Young Wretches,” Jacob Kilgrave’s musical prowess stems from a traumatic history of violence and vices.  Born to a middle-class Jewish family, Jacob first picked up a guitar at age 8, and won a nationally televised talent show at age 15 to earn a record label for himself and the garage band he formed in his neighborhood.  But with that fame came exposure to a world much darker than the bright lights of network television painted, and once he became pressured by his family to share his fame with them, he chose to hide in those shadows.
Within those shadows Jacob was exposed to the worl
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Saints vs Senshi Epilogue
“I see...that is unfortunate.”
“The Pope sends his gratitude for offering your services, but he has decided it would be best if we went our separate ways,” Shaina explained to the hooded leader of the Sailor Senshi’s enemy.  “If Sanctuary has a need for you, they will contact your forces, but for now, it is recommended that you stay out of our way.  Spectre Pures are difficult to create and we wasted too many of them for a plan that didn’t pan out.”
“There’s no need to be so crude about it, Ms. Shaina,” Fiore said with a grin.  “I told you just how dangerous the Sailor Senshi could be, and the Pope gave me several details about the competence of the Bronze Saints.  We probably would have won if the Princess-”
“The Princess was your end game, one that you didn’t tell the Pope about.  That is why he has terminated our professional relationship,” Shaina interjected, pul
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Saints vs Senshi Act X
“In your country’s past, shamans would initiate a ritual called ‘kodoku.’”
Transmitting his will through Gesen’s body as his core and eyes turned a light blue, Fiore spoke to the Saints and Senshi as they watched the mass of debris take amalgamated form.  Even when every single Golem Trooper and Spectre Pure came at them with everything they had, their combined power didn’t add up to the dark energy that was emanating from the shifting blob now taking humanoid shape.  The primordial muck was now assuming a more cohesive aesthetic, forming black armor on the body while its face began to appear.
“They would take several poisonous insects, place them in a sealed jar, and wait until they were forced to kill each other for survival until there was only one left.  The final victor was known as a kodoku, and its body would be used as a hex to be placed on those who earned the shaman’s ire.  In a way, you could say that
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Saints vs Senshi Act IX
Background Music
“PHOENIX GENMA KEN!”
Under most circumstances, no matter the strength or supposed godhood of the victim, Ikki’s Phoenix Genma Ken spelled irrevocable doom.  An attack that targeted the brain of the opponent, Ikki used his fist’s cosmo to manipulate an enemy’s nervous system, sending him into a spiral of their worst nightmares until they literally died of fright, or were put in a coma if they were lucky.  In theory, a single Golem Trooper would prove absolutely no challenge given that the move had felled opponents who otherwise outclassed the Phoenix Saint.
In practice, it left much to be desired.  The Golem Trooper, upon being struck, shuddered for a few moments, and then turned around to deliver a spiked slip to Ikki’s head.  Ikki growled in pain as the thorns scratched his forehead and drew forth a streak of red, and the second slap skid across his armor
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Don’t Black Out.

As his muscles screamed in agony with every step, as his breath became more and more strained, as his vision blurred in exhaustion, and as blood trickled down the wounds of his body while his heart continued to will his tired body into functioning, the only thing that kept Andromeda Shun’s mind from hazing into unconsciousness was that mental chant.

Don’t Black Out.

While the upgrades and adjustments Aries Mu gave Shun and his fellow Bronze Saints in regards to sacred cloths did their job in ensuring that the armor remained mostly intact during the gauntlet of the 12 Houses, the survival of his soul and flesh were entirely up to them, and it each passing minute brought them closer to absolute failure. But Shun knew that if he withdrew his Cloth back into its container and give his body even a minor respite without the mystic weight of the Andromeda Cloth impeding his ascent, it would guarantee death. Besides, it wasn’t as if Shun could just let one of his comrades take over.

After the previous house, the other Bronze Saints were left completely exhausted. Despite how awful shape Shun himself was in, he was able to hide his critical condition enough to volunteer to clear the final house and for the other Saints to believe that he could do it. His body was telling him it was a bad call, especially since he had no idea what awaited him, but at the very least Shun believed he could at least by the others time to recuperate. Saori only had an hour before her fate was sealed, and the only way to rescue her was to clear the 12 houses. Therefore, Shun stepped into the house and prepared for what was to likely be his final battle. As long as he didn’t get slaughtered into seconds, Shun could pass knowing that he bought the time needed for the others to recover and avenge his death.

“My my...I had heard that a bunch of Bronze neophytes were running a train across my Gold comrades...but I suppose there’s a limit to how long a miracle can be drawn out.”

Shun was lauded by his peers for his complete mastery of Cosmo manipulation and sensitivity, but it didn’t take a master to sense the overwhelming aura of sinister intent beating down upon him like a monsoon. His pupils dilated as his struggles against exhaustion allowed him to assess the temple where he would face his opponent. The temple floor had the appearance of a rose garden, with black, white and red blooms emerging from the pavement like beautiful weeds. There was a strange aroma coming from the garden, but it wasn’t anything poisonous: Shun’s training included being able to identity and protect himself from toxins, and he couldn’t detect any shifts in his cosmo that weren’t happening already due to fatigue. But that scene...copper...blood? Why did the roses smell like blood?

It was a faintest flicker of murderous intent approaching him from his left that caused Shun to lunge into action and twist counter-clockwise, hurling the blunt end of his Cloth’s inherent chain weapon at where the intent approached him. The source of the intent vanished for only an instant, but it was enough for Shun to lock onto his position and finally gaze upon his foe as he landed on his feet with his arms folded. Seiya mentioned something en route to the Zodiac Houses’ secret location in the mountain ranges of Greece about tales he heard from other Saints during his time training in Sanctuary: the Pope’s final guardian before his stronghold at Athena’s main temple past the House of Pisces, stood a lethal yet beautiful warrior, his physical attractiveness directly contrasting the blackness of his heart. It was no surprise that upon asking Mu about this figure, that he confirmed that Deathmask was a close personal friend of the Pisces Saint that stared at Shun with the eyes of a violent predator.

“Aphrodite…”

“Oh...you’ve heard of me?” the lavender haired Gold Saint with the beauty mark and violet lips said with a grin. “How flattering...you know I’ve had eyes on you for a while, Andromeda. You could imagine how interested a Gold Saint would be when his Pope told him that the current avatar of Sanctuary’s sworn enemy Hades was a Bronze Saint chosen by fate to serve the house he was born to destroy. It made the bounty he put on your head all the more enticing.”

Shun’s secrets were somehow lay before this man he had only heard of through reputation. Shun’s beloved elder brother, Phoenix Ikki, confessed to him before the trek up the 12 Houses that he rebelled against the Graude Foundation that adopted them when he heard rumors that they intended to breed Shun into being Hades’ next body so that they could kill the both of them while trapped in flesh. But Shun told Ikki that his master, the late headmaster of Andromeda Island, was immediately aware of his fate and instead taught him meditation techniques that allowed him to properly channel and vent the dark wave of unholy murderous intent. It sounded cool, but for Shun, his meditation technique was quite simple. As long as he focused on that which he treasured most, the killing intent would remain dormant, and Shun could fight with a clear conscience.

Still, no time to be tilted by Aphrodite’s knowledge. Don’t black out.

“I need to clear this temple to save Athena,” Shun said quietly, keeping his eyes upon Aphrodite as he stalked his prey, walking a circle around Shun as the Andromeda Saint lay his chain upon the ground and prepared for the worst. “Surrender now, and let me pass. If you don’t-ACK!”

The fatigue was even worse than Shun initially thought. Even though a Gold Saint could move at light speed at a minimum, Shun knew that his ability to track Cosmo allowed him to react and protect himself when that speed was used against him. Moreover, the chains he lay at his feet were supposed to protect all angles around him. Aphrodite was fast, but while Shun’s eyes could follow him, his body could no longer keep up. What a terrible time to reach his limit.

“Your threats have no effect on me, neophyte. Like I said, a miracle can only last so long. That is exactly why the 12 Houses are structured like a gauntlet: even if an enemy were to defeat one of us, in the end we will prevail. And the role of Pisces is to clean up the trash that climbs up this mountain that wasn’t put to the landfill by the other houses...and that’s what you are, you know? Trash.”

While Aphrodite appeared lithe, his grip was tighter than a steel clamp, and Shun could only gurgle. Don’t black out...black...black…

Aphrodite hurled Shun to the floor where he rolled over onto this back. As he willed his body to climb back to his feet, the most he could do was roll over onto his stomach and struggle to push himself up. Shun knew he was about to die, and his body was in such terrible shape that he couldn’t even damage his enemy. A Gold Saint would have been a life-or-death struggle even if Shun was completely healthy, but in his eagerness to be a hero, instead he would just be a helpless victim. But it appeared Aphrodite was a sadist: all he had to do was not black out, keep pretending to believe he stood a chance, and Aphrodite would try and break him rather than realize that his friends were in even worse shape. He could still buy time for his friends, and hope that they could avenge him in the afterlife.

Aphrodite wiped his gold boot on Shun’s face before kicking his temple and forcing him back onto his back, placing his foot on Shun’s chest and looking into his blurred eyes. “...I know what you’re trying to do, pretty one,” Aphrodite hummed as he leaned down and slapped Shun on his cheek to keep him from losing conscious. “You’re probably thinking I’m going to play with you thinking that I’ll be so busy making your last moments agonizing ones, that I’ll forget about your friends at the house below...sadly I’m going to disappoint you. The Pope has entrusted me to clean up the trash, and he has given me a deadline. But don’t worry, I’m not going to kill you immediately. I want you to savor your death, especially as I drop the heads of your friends next to your broken body just before you pass.”

It was bad enough that Shun could not even defend himself. It was bad enough that his decision prove his heroism looked like a worse and worse call. But Aphrodite seeing through his choice to die in humiliating agony as a ploy to buy his friends time was almost too much to bear. He wanted to cry as he sometimes would as a child, fitting his reckless decision to ignore common sense. But he wasn’t going to allow this man the satisfaction. He needed to face his death with courage. And hope that even the minimal minutes he bought his friends would be enough

Aphrodite waved his hand and a white rose uprooted itself from the ground to float between his fingers. A slight spray of red emerged from its root as it did so…blood. “You saw the blood. It’s as bad as you think. The roses here grow not from dirt and water, but from the blood of my victims. And once I plant this white rose into your body, it’s pedals will turn red with the dye of your blood. Once it blooms fully red, your death will be confirmed. This entire garden is the unmarked grave of those I had to dispose of...like I said, you’re trash, and like trash at the compost heap you’re going to be used as fertilizer for my garden.”

What a terrible way to die. A wave of regret washed over Shun as he cursed his fate. If he had only been a little more patient, maybe this wouldn’t be how everything ended. The fragrance of the garden further sapped his strength, so perhaps it was poisonous after all and he just couldn’t tell due to his fatigue. Why did he have to act so macho...no, it wasn’t macho. He needed to be brave and venture into the unknown for the sake of his friends. Sometimes it paid off, and this time it didn’t, and it would prove to be fatal. At least with this slow agonizing death Aphrodite was about to cast upon him, lowering himself to plant the stem of the white rose within Shun’s flesh, Shun could mull over what apology he’d tell the others when he met them in the afterlife…

“HCK!”

...the terrible pain of being seeded with the Bloody Rose did not come. At first Shun thought it was because his body was too numb to feel it, and it was only when Aphrodite stumbled off of him that Shun noticed that something was wrapped around the Gold Saint’s neck. And with his extra moment’s respite, Shun regained enough of his wits to feel that familiar Cosmo. It was a signature that he held dear to him, even closer than his beloved brother Ikki and his fellow Bronze Saints. It was the same signature that kept him from succumbing to the boundless killer instinct that lay within him, for his memory of that signature kept him serene.

Aphrodite tossed a black rose at the direction of the rope that coiled around his neck, and the rope loosened immediately as the aggressor loosened her hold to evade the attack. He wasn’t so much shocked as he was agitated, as a Gold Saint should have been able to sense a Cosmo so close to him. Following the signature of the Cosmo as he locked onto it, he found a cloaked figure with the material of the cloak mirroring the environment around it. He went through his memory to figure out why it was a familiar garment...and then the hood of the cloak fell to reveal long blonde locks and steel mask with stylized lining around the eyes and lips. “It’s you...the survivor of the purge…”

“J...June!”

Shun willed himself to raise his voice as his longtime sparring partner, comrade and friend tossed her cloak aside to reveal her Cloth: a revealing bikini of metal and spikes that clearly emphasized freedom of movement and agility over brute force. “...Shun,” the woman said solemnly beneath the steel mask before slowly removing it, revealing her strikingly beautiful face that so appropriately complimented the rest of her gorgeous figure. As June turned back to Shun, she allowed herself a nervous smile as a tear from her eye. “...I love you.”

A simple phrase, and one Shun swore that he would repeat to her again and again when the civil war that had engulfed Sanctuary finally ended. But now that phrase frightened him, for it meant that June was going to do something drastic that likely meant he wouldn’t have the chance to say it to her. With a sniff, June turned back to Aphrodite and lifted her wrist to reveal a pulsating device embedded into her soft skin. “And as for you...you know what this means, right? You’ve seen my face, and I have already chosen my husband. I can’t let you leave here alive, murderer!”

Crushing her steel mask in her hand until it shattered into pieces, June screamed in desperate rage as the device hummed to life and activated at her behest. “CLOTH BOOSTER!” Oozing from the bracelet was molten liquid, and it sizzled across her accordingly as she grit her teeth and allowed the liquid to spread around her. Within seconds seconds, the liquid took shape and hardened into a light shealth of pine green armor that covered her body from head to toe, with coral lights flickering at the joints and chest, and her nose and mouth wrapped in a muzzle with a design that vaguely resembled the jawline of the Chameleon avatar from which she drew strength.

Prior to leaving Japan, Shun overhead Mu discuss with Saori’s retainers about an artificial Cloth with a potential entirely dependent on the wearer’s Cosmo. No longer would Silver and Gold Saints be able to coast on rank and be able to look down upon the Bronze Saints that had abilities that outstripped them despite the “lower” ranks: Mu wanted the next generation of Saints to be rewarded according to their merits rather than their constellations upon which they were destined to represent. But upon doing a brief private investigation, Shun saw the dangers of Mu’s plan: the prototype he had created by fusing his knowledge of Cloth repair with modern technology and smithing was as dangerous to its user as it was to their enemies.

By making a Cloth that fed upon the wearer’s Cosmo, the strain it put on the Saint wearing it was tremendous, and required the Saint’s blood to continue fueling power into the rest of the armor. But in return, the Cloth itself would grant the user tremendous power that exceeded that of the rank of their Cloth should they be worthy. Aphrodite immediately tested the woman’s transformation by taking a single step forward, only to instantly appear in her face despite being several yards away when his step first touched the ground. Shun was able to track his movement enough to see that he meant to plant one of those white roses between June’s eyes, let the flower leech off the juices of her skull and laugh as she experienced total neurological failure, but June stepped behind Aphrodite as he lifted his hand.

With her whip becoming sharped with the scale of the divine alloy that composed her Steel Cloth Booster, June quite literally lashed out at Aphrodite, and within seconds they became flashes of light and steel, evading each other’s death blows at the speed of light. But Shun knew that it was only delaying the inevitable: apart from being aware of the limits of the prototype Steel Cloth, and the demand for its wearer’s cosmo and blood, he already knew June didn’t have the experience and refinement in her Cosmo that Aphrodite had. At best she would have only seconds before Aphrodite adjusted her approach and slew her.

“G...get...up…”

The fragrance of the roses that lay next to him were absolutely poisonous: he was sure of it now. Lying on his back was doing nothing to aid his recovery, and his senses were becoming numb. He could only curse himself as his will faded...no, it wasn’t his will. It was only his flesh failing him, dying when he needed to survive to protect June. Because June was the one who he focused on when he meditated to contain the eternal darkness that lay within him. Without June, he would be hollow, and all that would exist within him would be…

“Rage.”

“...brother?”

Shun heard a voice echo within him, keeping him conscious enough to watch June and Aphrodite’s battle slow. It was as Shun feared: Aphrodite’s experience with his immense Cosmo and Seventh Sense gave him a clear edge over June who was relying on dangerous performance enhancers to keep up. All June had was courage and love, but she was gentle like Shun. She didn’t yet have the killer instinct to back her claims to slay Aphrodite. Her deadly whip shots only struck Aphrodite’s joints to try and slow him down: she was too worried about deterring his assault and not enough about ending his life. Aphrodite was used to pain, and even has the whip clearly hobbled him, it did not slow him down enough to drive painful strikes in June’s body. The divine steel could only do so much to protect her, especially since it leeched upon her blood to protect her body from the Pisces Saint’s strikes.

And yet...her whip was emanating a strange cosmo...no, that’s not right. It was absorbing cosmo, from the flowers. She was trying to eliminate the garden so that the air could be safe to breathe, but in doing so she was focusing the fumes onto herself. That’s why Aphrodite was able to play with her so much even though the Steel Cloth put them on equal footing in cosmo sense. He was playing with her...her, the woman Shun cared about. Her, the woman who confessed her undying love for Shun. Her, who Shun wanted to spend the rest of his life with. Her, that he needed to protect at all costs.

“Let it burn, Shun.”

“...brother,” Shun regained enough of his strength to summon tears. His connection with his elder brother went beyond the physical realm, and although he last left Ikki in the house below where he was either dying or even dead (with the Phoenix Saint even certain dead wasn’t a guarantee that he was going to stay down for long), his cosmo still beckoned to Shun in spirit. Or at lest, he thought it was Ikki...it was cruel, like Hades’ voice when Shun was early in his training as a Saint. Who was who…?

“Brother...whoever you are...please…”

“She is going to die, Shun. The last wall between you and genocidal madness is going to die.”

“N...no. She won’t...not if I can…”

“You are broken, Shun. She is trying to save you and yet you are broken...but being broken is a choice. You know what you have to do…”

“But...I’m scared if I do then-”

“IYAAAAAAA!”

June’s shrieks snapped Shun out of his musings as June’s Cloth Booster reached its limit, exploding on her wrist and with it the consitency of the molten divine metal. Before she was willing to endure the pain, but keeping the Steel Cloth consistent drained her endurance and having the superheated liquid steel fall across her body in a puddle. And yet, Aphrodite used that as his cue to toss his black roses at her body, not really picky if he hit a fatal spot as long as it amplified her pain. Those roses were as lethal as any sniper round, and watching the roses tear through her suddenly gave Shun a surge of energy that he desperately needed to pay attention to what that voice in his soul was telling him.

“Shun...your master taught you well how to contain your rage. But do not be afraid of what you’re feeling...of what you need to do to save the people close to you...of what you need to do to this vile filth that is trying to take away who makes you happy.”

“N...no...yes.”

“Shun...there are those who cannot be reasoned with. Like you, this man has made his choice, and he has chosen the path of the villain. Respect his resolve: that is the only mercy and empathy you need to grant him. Your friends love you, your brother loves you...and she loves you. The pain she feels, she welcomes, as long as you get to live to see yourself the victor.”

Somehow, June did not immediately fall to the ground. Despite the lethal hail of roses that battered her, despite the wounds that oozed from her body, despite her only tool to keep herself from being overwhelmed by a Gold Saint’s wrath rendered useless, despite her blood being drained to its limit, her eyes remained defiant as Aphrodite walked over to her and cupped her chin between his hands.

“You know...I’m actually angered and smitten at the same time with you. My rose garden wilting into nothingness is quite unfortunate...but for you to figure out how to even the playing field so quickly and step so far above your station to keep me from carrying out my duty on my preferred schedule is just intoxicating. You deserve a special escort to Judecca, someone so beautiful...let me kiss you…”

Shun felt his cosmo explode...no, it wasn’t just his cosmo. It was his darkness, or what he always thought was darkness. The voice in his head continued to goad him onward, but Shun wasn’t listening anymore. He saw the red mist escape from Aphrodite’s lips as he neared June’s face: he was going to poison her with that terrible fragrance that was coming from the flowers. Even though he made the garden to ensure he had an endless supply of roses so that he didn’t need to expend his cosmo, Aphrodite was still a Gold Saint and could have ended this already...but he wanted to make June’s last moments humiliating ones.

This was something Shun could not forgive.

“Beneath the veil of civility lies a murderous hatred in the hearts of all mankind. Do not be afraid of it, for this darkness is within us for a reason. It is not because we are doomed to original sin, but because we as humans are entrusted with the Earth’s justice. Let this darkness swirl together with your cosmo...and in that friction, let the flint give birth to the spark of retribution! Let that righteous fury flicker until your enemy is reduced to a smoldering pile of fried flesh and melted gold slag! SHUN...YOUR RAGE, YOU NEED TO LET YOUR COSMO’S RAGE IGNITE!”

The Kiss of Death was delayed, at least denied by Aphrodite’s action, as the blunt end of Shun’s Nebula Chain struck him in the jaw, forcing him to let go of June and stumble backwards. He mumbled something about having his senses dulled from having too much to drink the night before, but Shun wasn’t interested in his excuses. He only needed to make sure June fell into his arms, into his protection.

Her eyes fluttered as she realized Shun was holding her, as she always wished for him to. Looking into his eyes, she saw the fury burning within them, and his face contort trying to keep hold of his reasoning just long enough to be aware of her state. She was wounded terribly: the window of her allotted lifespan was rapidly closing and needed immediate medical attention. But in Shun’s fury, June could only smile warmly, for it was a fury she knew that was summoned out of concern for her. Using the last bit of her strength, she reached up to pull Shun’s face closer to hers, and Shun reluctantly obliged to plant a soft kiss on her lips.

And then, she fell into unconscious and her pulse became dangerously slow. Her chances of surviving her wounds were very slim, but the doubt was gone now. Shun gently placed her down to rest and glared at Aphrodite with his eyes of fury bordering on absolute madness. He was so angry, so bloodthirsty that he felt as if he was on fire, and that fire wasn’t going to be quenched with water.

Blood. Murder. Eviscerate. Impale. Screams. Pain Pain Pain Pain. You can kill him quickly and still make it a very agonizing death. Not all agonizing deaths are slow. She needs you to kill him, brutally. No mercy, no warning, no regrets.

“Kill you…”

“Those eyes…” Aphrodite’ expression hardened before a vine sprouted from his fingernails, and from that vine quickly grew a long staff of sharp vines. “What are you muttering about with those eyes. I heard Hades’ eyes were calming...but your eyes are anything but…”

With useless handicaps like fatigue pushed to the wayside of his consciousness, Shun summoned the rest of his Andromeda Cloth’s mask and let the helmet and muzzle close around his head, exposing only his eyes that widened in bloodlust and need for carnage. The last words he would say before clasping onto his Nebula Chain so tightly that his hands bled, gripping the sharp end of his weapon with the intent to slice out Aphrodite’s throat, were a frighteningly simple phase.

“I’LL KILL YOU!”

For so many years, his master told him that his gentleness was a blessing to have in the world of Sainthood, that so many of his comrades accepted the burden of Athena because they felt the world had no other outlet for them as warriors who desired combat, both righteous and selfish. Of course, his master was immediately made aware of Shun’s unfortunate destiny as the death god Hades’ mortal vessel, but he also knew that Hades enjoyed emerging from the purest, gentlest souls mankind had to offer. He only needed to strengthen that gentleness further and temper it with honor and pride. Shun would not allow himself to be a lamb: he was a shepherd who cared for those he was charged with protecting.

And having accepted that anger within him came not from selfish ambition, but an overwhelming need to protect those closest to him, Andromeda Shun had completed his training. Aphrodite was a selfish killer who supported a heretic that used Sanctuary as a tool for subjugation of the common people, and so his strikes were always true from the very beginning. His staff was as sharp as any spear, and he was hoping Shun would get too caught up in his rage so he could impale him through his Cloth. But Shun’s rage focused him, not made him sloppy: Aphrodite cursed under his breath as he watched Shun catch the staff between the hooks of his chain and yank it out of Aphrodite’s grap.

The Pisces Saint backflipped away from Shun before he could shank him with the sharp end of the chain and tossed an array of black roses at him with the confidence that at least one of them would hit. Without halting his advance, Shun rapidly spiraled his chain in front of him to allow his Rolling Defense to deflect the hail before hurling the sharp end in Aphrodite’s direction. The Nebula Chain honed in a target’s cosmo to ensure that it would not whiff, and Aphrodite knew this after the Pope briefed him on his targets that evening. Therefore, he made no attempts to evade, and caught the chain between his hands mere centimeters away from his head.

With a strong yank, Aphrodite pulled Shun forward and then let go of the chain so that he could have a free hand to summon a white rose: it wouldn’t kill him instantly but it would at least guarantee his death if he could focus his Cosmo enough to get it home in on his heart. The only problem with that was any Cosmo he could divert to the rose was needed in more pressing matters, like Shun actually using the momentum of the tug to make his armored knee to Aphrodite’s face the more painful. The Gold Saint felt something went drip down his face, and for the first time in a long time he remembered what it was like to be in a life-or-death struggle where the outcome wasn’t entirely clear.

With a spinning backhand, Aphrodite fired back at Shun and felt his fist rattle against the Andromeda Saint’s helmet, and in less in a second their fight became one of physical acumen instead of mastery of cosmo. Their punches, chops, elbows, knees and kicks created shockwaves around the aged architecture of the Pisces House, and the foundations of the house shuddered while eroded chunks finally fell from their millenia-long resting places and onto the ground while their battle reached light speed. Achieving light speed was the hallmark of Cosmo mastery reserved for Gold Saints, yet today the 12 Houses were invaded and humbled by a group of Bronze neophytes. But in that uncertainty, Aphrodite could only grin with maddened pleasure as his sparring partner collided his forearm with his own and the two became deadlocked so they could stare into each other’s eyes if only for a moment.

The pretty Andromeda Saint’s eyes were not one of a rabid animal, but more like a dog that had shed its collar to embrace his true nature. He was not trash, but a diamond in the rough that Aphrodite polished with his cruelty. For the first time in his career, Aphrodite would be entrusted with worthy prey, and a bounty that would earn him great favors and accolades with the Pope.

Shun pushed off of his enemy and again readied his Nebula Chain, but it was a feint that Aphrodite immediately recognized and took advantage of. Throwing another hail of black roses, Aphrodite focused his attack on the chain itself, and with no time to erect his Rolling Defense, Shun had no choice but to lift the chains and allow Aphrodite to crack and ultimately break it within only a couple of seconds. “It’s over,” Aphrodite shouted as he again prepared his white rose for the killing blow.

Sadly for him, he didn’t account for the long time his treacherous Gold Saint comrade Aries Mu, the greatest blacksmith among the Saints and the world’s leading expert in Cloth creation and repair, had with the Andromeda Cloth. Throughout Sanctuary’s campaign to take back the avatar of Athena and carry out the Pope’s plan to sacrifice her soul to permanently end the cycle of the Holy War, Mu had fully cooperated with the mighty Graude Foundation in order to provide those Saints loyal to Athena with the arsenal needed to overcome the drastic numbers disadvantage. And since Saints were forbidden to use weapons not inherent to the Cloth without Athena’s blessing, Mu adjusted the Cloths’ themselves to make their native attributes more effective in times of crisis. For Dragon Shiryu, should his default shield be shattered in battle, he had the option summoning an auxiliary shield with even greater durability and offensive capability at the expense of additional Cosmo: the Dragon Buckler.

For Shun, he had something else With his right wrist flickering with green cosmo, Shun let out a shout as another chain erupted out of his gauntlet like a harpoon, again forcing Aphrodite on the defensive. “NEBULA FLAIL!”

This chain not only had a pointed end for impalement, but a sharp hook attached to the point that allowed for both impalement and dismemberment. The Pisces Saint watched Shun retract the whiffed Nebula Flail and begin spinning it around him with cyclonic speed. It was time to start wrapping this up, because clearly whatever second wind Shun found was turning this into an even battle. Once more, Shun hurled his chain at Aphrodite knowing full well that it would not miss thanks to locking onto his Cosmo, but Aphrodite chose not to evade it but purposely let it pierce his shoulder.

As blood trickled from his wound, Aphrodite let out a wild laugh as he pulled the hook out of his armor and flesh and yanked on the chain not only to bring Shun to him, but also propel himself towards Shun. With aerial momentum on his side, Aphrodite twisted his body and stabbed the stem of his white rose directly in Shun’s heart. He heard him cry out as Aphrodite forced Shun onto his back with his knee planted on his chest. The stem definitely hit its mark: he could see the crack in Shun’s Cloth and the pedals slowly turning from white to red. “Hhh...hhh...there. Get sucked on, neophyte.” Aphrodite panted out with a cruel smile as rivers of sweat dripped from his brow.

But Shun’s eyes didn’t stop burning, and he wasn’t crying out in pain. Instead his mind was trying to figure out how he could still make Aphrodite die: he had already resolved that he was likely going to die when he stepped into the house, but now he was hellbent and taking Aphrodite with him. And that’s when the faintest squiggle caught the corner of his eye: June’s whip still had all of the cosmo absorbed from the garden within it. And that cosmo along with the psychic attachment it had to its fallen owner clamored for something that made Shun its ally.

Taking a sharp breath, Shun grabbed onto Aphrodite’s ankle before letting his Cosmo spark and draw June’s pulsating whip into his other hand. Then once the whip was in his hand, Shun used it to wrap around his enemy’s neck and force his enemy to stumble off of him. This gave Shun the opportunity to hurl him into the tall end of the temple’s pillar, and then summon what remained of his Cosmo for his last stand. Even though the Bloody Rose was embedded into his chest leeching his life away, Shun knew that if could kill Aphrodite then anything attached to his Cosmos would lose their potency.

Not all agonizing deaths were slow.

“NEBULA STORM”

Thrusting his free hand outwards, Shun yanked Aphrodite free from the pillar and used the deadly buffeting winds of his Cosmo to hurl the Gold Saint from structure to structure, letting the sound of his body hitting the marble architecture be his funeral dirge. After seven collisions, Shun pulled Aphrodite towards the floor with the storm reaching its conclusion, and letting the broken pieces of his Nebula Chain beat against his body like hail with such speed that they became as deadly as his black roses. The sharp end of the broken chain embedded itself in Aphrodite’s body, and the blunt end clashed against his kneecap with such force that something broke within it. The other pieces cut past and throw the Gold Saint before being embedded in the wall behind it.

And yet, even as the storm subsided, Aphrodite remained suspended in the air: even in Shun’s desperate bid for a finale, he had enough wits about him to know the terrain: there was an awning within the ceiling of the temple, and he angled his whips mostly to get a hook on that awning, and thus Aphrodite was now hanging by neck as Shun pulled down the whip as tight as he could. It wasn’t enough to break Aphrodite’s neck, and he still had enough breath to pull out another white rose to speed up the process the first Bloody Rose was taking. This time he was going to aim for Shun’s skull: neurological failure via the Bloody Rose sucking the juices of his brain sounded like a fitting end.

But it was the pause that Shun was waiting for so Aphrodite could stop squirming. For as Aphrodite was hanged, Shun had been preparing his Nebula Flail for the finishing blow, and , and that finishing blow struck true in the form of the hook end of the chain piercing and fully breaching Aphrodite’s armor, entering through his chest and emerging from his back before anchoring into the temple’s wall behind him. Death was imminent, but the Pisces Saint could only keep grinning as Shun focused the last reserves of his Cosmo into the chain and whip and prepared finish Aphrodite’s execution.

“Deathmask...you were right...these Bronze Saints really are too good…”

He wasn’t dying fast enough. The Bloody Rose in Shun’s chest was almost fully red, and his vision was blurring. Moreover, there was a smile on Aphrodite’s face. This was totally unacceptable.

With enough voltage to power a modern metropolis, Shun screamed in defiant rage as he let his cosmo surge through his chain and June’s whip to fry his enemy. The smell of burning flesh filled his nostrils, and he heard Aphrodite’s screams suddenly cut short even though his body continued to convulse wildly. That wasn’t good enough. He could still be alive. He could still be smiling, laughing at him, mocking him. This was totally unacceptable.

The entire temple flickered with awful light as Shun summoned even greater bolts, his adrenaline surge giving him another wind. This vile filth hurt June, maybe even killed her. There was no guarantee she was still alive, but Shun wasn’t going to let her sacrifice be in vain. She wasn’t going to let her death be unavenged. He laughed at him, at his compassion. He is a willing villain who needed to meet justice. And he smiled at him when Shun said he was going to kill him. This was totally unacceptable.

“SHUN!”

Snapping Shun out of his trance was someone shouting his name with aggression, grabbing onto him and hurling him to the floor. This forced Shun to let go of June’s whip, and it fell to the ground and unwrapped itself around his enemy. His next opponent had been decided, and so Shun yanked his Nebula flail free from the wall and allowed it to retract out of Aphrodite and back into his gauntlet. The sparks of rage still flickered within him, and it rejuvenated him. He could do this all night if he had to, as long as retribution was achieved.

“WHO’S NEXT!?” Shun shrieked as he stood back up and turned to his enemy.

But when he gazed upon his enemy who roared in defiance and summoned the fiery avatar of his Cloth’s motif, the angered Phoenix, Shun felt his own flame dwindle back to a quiet candle. His eyes dilated, and the tension dropped in his body. As it did so, the Phoenix inhaled to disperse the image of the bird, and walked up to his brother and embraced him tightly. “You did good...you won. You bought us the time we needed. I have never been more proud of you in my life...but calm down. The battle’s over, and I need my little brother to come back now.”

“B...brother,” Shun whispered as he looked down to see what was left of the Bloody Rose leeching his life lying dried and withered on the ground, indicating that Aphrodite had died. Glancing to his fallen enemy a few meters away, Shun noticed that his enemy was now roasted beyond recognition, with his flash cracked and distorted and his Cloth reduced to slag. The smell of death filled his nostrils once more, and Shun realized the awful weight of what he needed to do to survive.

“Kiki is tending to June: we came here just in time. Another couple of minutes and there would have been no saving her,” Ikki continued to keep his embrace tight and Shun held onto him and felt his body hiccup with sobs. “Listen to me, Shun...do not think for an instant that you are damned because of this. Do you think Hyoga enjoys the fact that he needed to outright murder his old master Camus to make him pay for his crimes? Do you think Shiryu enjoys the fact that needed to resort to killing Deathmask after he threatened to take Shunrei? Do you think Seiya enjoys the fact that he was fully prepared to rip apart Aiolia when he attacked Shaina? Do you think Mu is looking forward to how he’s going to feel when we step into Athena’s temple to put an end to this madness, and he’s forced to do what he needs to do to avenge the people Saga has taken from him? Do you think I enjoy what I needed to become in order to kill my master...to kill our enemies who try and hurt us?”

“But...it felt so good. Oh...oh brother, I feel awful because it felt so good!”

“Victory feels good, Shun...and you killed because you had to, not because you wanted to. Now you know the lure of murder...but I know you are strong enough to not make my mistakes and become enamored with it,” Ikki whispered while Shun broke down into full tears. “I’m going to let you cry like this because it means you have chosen the right path, unlike me...go back to the little brother I care for and envy for his ability to remain pure in ways I cannot, even though we both felt the lure of murder.”

Shun opened his eyes and saw that his friends were gathering around him, offering comforting smile as Aries Mu stepped among them to remind them that there was only one enemy left that would require all of them be ready. For now, Shun would be allowed to step to where June rested and feel her cosmo slowly increase in luminance. The chains of his rage bound together once more to restrain the murderous intent within him, and love again became the driving force in his reason to fight.

“...everyone...thank you, for your love and support. I’m ready to return the favor.”
Zodiac Knight Saint Seiya oneshot: Unchained
I've been talking more about the Tokusatsu version of Saint Seiya I came up with years ago in my circles, and the chatter led to an idea that stemmed from this lovely fan-doujin page of Shun being solemn over June's fallen body before glaring in rage at an unknown enemy, gripping his chain with enough force that his hands bled.  I thought it would make a good prompt for some oneshot action, so here we are!

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In hindsight, Seiya probably should have done this a long time ago if he meant to say what he was going to say once he walked through the door.

In the melee that followed Seiya’s return to Japan with the Pegasus Cloth in tow, he had little time to think about constructive solutions to the dilemma that weighed upon his heart since the battles began.  Once it had become clear that his adoptive sister, Saori Kido, was the current incarnation of the goddess Athena, the Pope of the cult-like organization founded on Athena’s behalf embarked on a violent campaign to subjugate Japan under the pretense that the Kido family were planning to use her as curry favor with her impressionable human shell.  Seiya’s sweetheart while training as a Saint in one of Sanctuary’s training facilities, Ophiuchus Shaina, was entrusted by the Pope to lead the campaign as their chief strategist.  Being Saints, their first instinct upon seeing each other again was to fight.

Seiya of course knew that Shaina wasn’t so myopic as to carry out his and his fellow Bronze Saints’ executions (who along with Aries Mu and Eagle Marin referred to their Athena loyalist faction as ‘the Zodiac Knights’)  just because she was ordered to.  He figured she was likely aware that the Pope was not the righteous man he claimed to be or was supposed to be if he qualified for the role, especially in the later weeks of the campaign where Sanctuary started hiring warriors from previously uninvolved Pantheons as mercenaries.  Only the month before, a young foreigner Saori was dating was revealed to be the reincarnation of Sanctuary’s centuries-lost enemy Poseidon, and the Pope’s response was to forcefully draw out the latent soul of Hades from Seiya’s teammate Shun with the idea that the two entities would kill each other and the other renegades Saints with him.  Thankfully some quick thinking and teamwork prevented any casualties on their side, but Shaina still served the Pope even though she had made it abundantly clear in the aftermath this was not something she condoned as a Saint.

 The Shaina he knew conducted her business with honor: she wanted to make sure if she was going to permanently kill someone, they could see their end coming, and certainly wouldn’t ask for the help of factions not directly tied to Sanctuary.  In reality, Seiya knew that Shaina just wanted the execute to rip Seiya’s heart out for breaking her ceremonial iron mask in his first escape from Sanctuary.  As a female Saint, she had no choice but to kill him for that or…

...well, that was why Seiya was here.  To apologize for putting her in such a horrible situation time and time again.  To apologize for meeting her anger with strikes instead of hugs.  To apologize for making light of her predicament that forced her to choose between him and Sanctuary, instead of empathizing with her and trying to help her find a non-violent resolution.  To apologize for taking Shaina’s heartfelt “Amazon wedding” where she put her body and soul and the line against him, with the winner gaining custody of the heart of the loser, as some delusional date where Seiya could express his feelings for her through the combat ability he honed.  

To apologize for being selfish, for thoroughly disgracing her reputation as a warrior thanks to his and his teammates’ constant victories over the forces she led, even though she had the famed and terrifying Cancer Deathmask to use as she saw fit as a field general before the Pope deferred command of the campaign to Aquarius Camus and his team of alternate pantheon mercenaries.  If he had asked the Graude Foundation to trace Shaina’s steps to this penthouse, even if she masked her presence by hiding her Cosmo, they likely would have found something much sooner.  Then Seiya could have asked her what he should have asked her when he shattered her mask and ensured their fates would be tied til death did they part.

While Shaina was not the type to care about the more traditional aspects of a relationship, preferring instead to get right to the heart of whatever matter she had to Seiya either as friends or as his arch-nemesis, Seiya still brought a bouquet of roses in case it would help his case...but his nervousness about his own well-being instantly vanished when he stepped off the elevator and felt some far more pressing emotions.

Horror, confusion, concern...for Shaina.

There were dead bodies strewn across the carpet, staining it with their blood.  The furniture was in complete disarray, with couches and television sets broken or torn apart.  The kitchen adjacent from the living room had drawers either left open, or torn out entirely with the kitchenware strewn about the floor.  One corpse was lying slumped over a pot of water that still had steam coming out of it.  And given that all of the assailants were wearing Cloths, it didn’t take more than a second to realize why Shaina’s penthouse was in such disarray.

Sanctuary had sent men to kill her.

Don’t panic, Seiya...she might still be alive, he told himself with a slow inhale before leaning down to the nearest body.  It was still warm, and the fatal wounds in his body were more indicative of a wild animal mauling him to death rather than being bludgeoned or slashed with a weapon.  Shaina’s animalistic ferocity was the bane of Seiya and his brothers for weeks upon weeks, and her fighting prowess was lauded as “once in a generation” by the Pope himself.  Even Aries Mu, who as a Gold Saint held the highest ranking that could possibly be bestowed upon their ranks, told them that if Shaina wished it she could have qualified for that particular level of Saintdom if she was judged entirely on fighting ability.

But all of these men weren’t just foot soldiers: there were Silver Saints among the dead.  And it’s entirely possible one of them got lucky.  Seiya felt a flicker of unstable Cosmo as he stepped away from the body, expecting one of her assassins looking to eliminate any witnesses.  But an instant later, the source of the Cosmo dropped from the ceiling next to the entrance, and as Seiya turned around a mix of relief brewed into his state of mind.

But it was only an instant, and Seiya leaned backward to deftly avoid Shaina clawing his face off.  Using that momentum to flip backwards and enter a ready stance, Seiya looked at his estranged love.  Not a single blemish on her face, fully exposed with all of the bewitching beauty Seiya remembered when he first escaped Sanctuary, wearing an open purple buttoned shirt and...nothing else.  Seiya could see all of her naked glory, and his heart skipped a beat as he blushed.

“Shaina…”

“Are you making fun of me?”

Seiya’s lovesick trance was broken by Shaina’s eyes widening in maddened anxiety as tears flowed down her face.  “ARE YOU MAKING FUN OF ME!?”  With a maddened shriek, Shaina again lunged for Seiya, this time grabbing a hank of his red basketball jersey and tearing it off of him as Seiya jumped backwards.  “YOU DID THIS!  WHY!?  WHY DO YOU TORMENT ME!?”

“Shaina, calm down,” Seiya grabbed onto Shaina’s wrist and used it as leverage to wrap her into an embrace.  Ever since returning to Japan, Seiya had met Shaina’s aggression with combat under the notion that because of her devotion to fighting it was the best way they could have a relationship despite being on opposite sides of the battlefield.  Shaina’s numerous attempts on his life drove Seiya to become stronger so that he could show her the immense respect he had for her, by being able to come at her, holding nothing back.  He had hoped the refinement of his technique and the expansion of his Cosmo would be ample evidence that everything he did in combat was to impress her.

It was here, seeing the aftermath of Shaina brutally slaughtering multiple Saints in a single setting, both of Bronze and Silver rank, without a single blemish, that Seiya realized that meeting her violent tendencies with more violence was a cycle that only made the dire straits of their love worse.  Shaina was in a frantic stress, in dire need of comfort that the thrill of battle could no longer provide.  But as Seiya held her, Shaina’s frenetic breathing slowed, and the tension in her body gradually loosened.  “...what happened here?” Seiya said as calmly as he could, knowing full well the slightest error in wording could set her off again.

“My men turned against me, said that the Pope ordered my execution due to how poorly this Japan campaign has gone,” Shaina grumbled.  “But I know that’s not why the Pope really wants me dead: there are too many dissenters in Sanctuary right now for him to afford executing someone he publicly lauded as a ‘once in a generation talent.’  He wants to kill me because he thinks my death will make you soft when you accept the trial of the 12 Houses.”

“...then he’s even crazier than I thought,” Seiya replied with an uncommonly low melachony.  “I wouldn’t have the Sagitarrius Cloth right now if I didn’t see you get struck down by Aiolia’s death blow meant for me.  All I could think about at that time was how I was going to avenge you, and how many pieces of Aiolia I could send to you in Heaven before he sent me there too.”

“...we didn’t finish the wedding,” Shaina growled before lifting her head and making eye contact with Seiya once more.  Shaina’s eyes really were beautiful, and the way they sparkled for him loosened his grasp of her.  Placing her freed hand on Seiya’s shoulder, Shaina’s nails dug into his flesh and drew blood.  He only winced slightly, still lost in her gaze, like the victim of the cobra her Cloth was modeled from.  “You have to make me submit if you want my heart, otherwise the ‘love or kill’ dilemma is present.”

With a sharp breath and a firm glare, Seiya took Shaina’s hand off his shoulder, gripping her wrist tightly to a point she cried out, and then shoved it into his chest.  “Didn’t I tell you the night before I was given the Pegasus Cloth that my heart was yours to do with as you please?” Seiya sternly said as Shaina’s eyes wavered.  “If you want to kill me, Shaina, this time I’m not going to stop you.  But before you do, promise me that you’ll live to see the end of this civil war between Athena and the Pope, and that you’ll make a good life for yourself with the bounty you’ll get from my heart.”

When Seiya left his apartment to go to Shaina’s recently discovered secret penthouse, Mu left him a text message as he suspected that was the piece of business Seiya claimed he needed to attend to before they flew to Sanctuary’s stronghold in the outskirts of Athens.  “Whatever business you have to settle with Shaina, make sure you come out of it alive.  Your teammates need you to lead them, because will be ultimately be our final chance to stop this war.  And if you have to kill her to stay alive, do not hesitate.”

Seiya didn’t respond to the text because he knew if this encounter was going to result in a life-or-death struggle, he wasn’t going to be able to kill Shaina.  He owed Shaina his life now, and he wasn’t going to betray her for that gift.  Her hand trembled and her eyes continued to waver.  Perhaps she felt like it was a trap, because at this point she likely figured that Seiya came here it was to finish the feud between them. Doing his best to steady his heart rate and breathing, Seiya closed his eyes and completely broken his embrace.  His arms were outstretched, completely exposed.  “...do it, Shaina.  If that’s what you want, just go ahead and take my heart.”

“There’s...there’s no honor in-”

“My guard is open, that’s my fault, and you’re just taking advantage.  You’re not sneaking up on me, you’re not deceiving me, you’re not drugging me.  You’re going to kill me face-to-face, because that’s how you’ve always done things.  And that forwardness, that sincerity is why I fell in love with you...why I still love you now.”  He opened his eyes once more, now clear of anxiety and doubt.  This is what needed to be done, and the only way he could ensure Shaina’s safety.  “I’m tired of hurting you, Shaina.  That duel where the winner gets the loser’s heart...you win.  Take your prize.”

There was a tense moment as Shaina clenched her nails into his chest.  Though he winced, he did not flinch: his arms remained outstretched as he awaited her judgment.  She trembled mightily as she summoned that murderous instinct that allowed her to butcher her assailants earlier in the day...but she had none of that aggression left.  The reptilian cold-bloodedness that her position demanded was slowly melted away by the massive rush of love and passion she felt for Seiya, that forced her to protect his life against Aiolia.  Her nails retracted from his chest, and she instead placed her open palm on his chest to feel his heartbeat.  That hearbeat...so soothing, so gentle, like his Cosmos.  That’s why the tension in her body melted when he held her moments ago: his Cosmos was too inviting for her to remain violent in his presence.

And she was going to stop pretending she hated Seiya, and didn’t hate herself for doing sooner was she was about to do.

Her touch became a light caress, and a grin formed on her soft lips before stepping into Seiya and pressing her mouth to his.  With a gentle kiss that Seiya eagerly returned, Shaina felt Seiya wrap her arms around her again, this time far gentler as he reached under his open shirt and stroked her back.  Seconds later, Seiya’s lips parted from hers and moved down to her neck, where his kisses sent a shiver down her spine.  

Even during their months-long feud where Shaina positioned herself as the supreme commander of Sanctuary’s offensive force to retake Athena through the subjugation of Japan, Shaina had dreamed about this moment, where her heart tormented her sense of duty as she fantasized what it would be like to have Seiya fall around her not in death, but in warmth as his gorgeous face and chiseled body fell around her and he swore to her that he would devote himself to her for the rest of his life.  That was no longer just a delusion: her madness had broke, and Shaina realized this was now reality.

Although this was the first time getting in this deep with a woman, Seiya instinctively knew what to do to give Shaina the warmth and pleasure she craved.  With a moan escaping her mouth, Shaina lowered her head and dug her nails into his back.  He pulled away with a wince, and he opened her eyes to see her once again grin.  “Does it hurt, Seiya?” she hummed with a sparkle in her eye that bewitched Seiya further.  Seiya still occasionally teased Jabu for an incident when they were younger where Saori rode young Jabu like a horse when they were still children, to a point where Jabu was left with welts and wounds from her riding crop, and how this did nothing to dissuade Jabu from his everlasting loyalty and infatuation with her.  Now he looked like a hypocrite, because Shaina clawing at him as they restarted their kiss only made him desire her even more.

Breaking the kiss once more, Shaina leaned into his ear and whispered.  “Bedroom, now.  Hold nothing back.”

Seiya didn’t even need to see where he was being led: Shaina would dig her nails into his back whenever their bundle of passion led them to any direction other than her bedroom.  He didn’t even need to disrobe himself, Shaina’s claws made very short work of his jeans so by the time they fell onto the mattress, there was nothing keeping their flesh from warming each other and their cosmos crossing over.

Before losing themselves to their love and lust completely, Seiya pushed Shaina off of hsi face and whispered in her ear.  “I love you, Shaina...I’m sorry for hurting you so much.”

“...and I love you, my wild horse,” she responded with that seductive purr of hers she used to do towards the end of his tenure in Sanctuary’s attendance.  “I’m sorry to have kept you waiting for so long…”

There was one last moment of hesitance before their lips locked once more, and everything they were joined together in love and devotion….

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Seiya was not immediately aware of how much time passed between when Shaina kissed him and the present, where his eyes focused and he noticed that Shaina was now sleeping peacefully on his chest, his heartbeat acting as the lullaby that soothed her soul.  While she might have acted the part of violent seductress when their exploration began, in bed she revealed that what she felt for Seiya wasn’t simple lust.  It was a profound love, and by Seiya finally confessing his own love for her, the end result was a moment in eternity that they would hold dear to them for the rest of their days.

He was about to close his eyes once more, and let himself fall back asleep with Shaina in his arms when the flicker of cosmo that woke him flashed through his thoughts again.  A cool breeze coming from the open window high above Shibuya’s city lights blew through the room, and Seiya turned to the window to see a familiar figure perched on the window sill.  “...Marin,” Seiya whispered groggily before he realized he wasn’t dreaming, and then his eyes opened completely.  “Marin-san, what are you doing here?”

“...I was asked to check on you by Mu.  He said you need to head to the Narita Airport...it’s time.”

But did it have to be today?  Couldn’t they have waited a few more days, so Seiya could wait for that moment where Shaina woke up, realize they didn’t dream the night before, and start planning where to go from there?  The stipend the Graude Foundation provided Seiya and his teammates was adequate enough where he could buy an engagement ring for her: at this point he doubted Shaina was going to say no.  And then they could...cry as Seiya finished the business with Sanctuary.  And that thought of breaking Shaina’s heart, leading her along only to potentially die as she cried, is what made him carefully wriggle out of bed and take the extra pair of clothes and underwear Marin had ready for him.

“Seiya...you will survive this.  The past few months have changed you, and you have everything you need for this challenge of the 12 Houses as long as you do not forget the lessons you’ve learned since coming back to Japan.”

“I know, Marin-san...but that doesn’t make walking out on her like this any easier,” Seiya said quietly as he steeled his nerves further to walk away and start getting dressed.  “You’ll protect her, right...while I’m gone taking care of this?”

“I care for you, Seiya...and I’ve known Shaina for many years now.  That’s why I was comfortable with you sneaking into the segregated grounds when you were younger to mingle with her.  I knew you weren’t going to cause trouble, and I knew that she was going to warm up to you,” Marin replied softly.  “I have a secret lair I’ve been staying in since I followed you to Japan.  I’ll take her there and keep her safe until you get back with news of your victory.”

A moment of anxiety came over Seiya, shattering his calm, and a tear formed in his eye.  “...now I’m scared that I’m going to let you both down.  These Gold Saints...it took all five of us just to hold off Deathmask and he’s not even close to being the best among that group.  Am I really going to be able to take out the entire faction AND the Pope?  I can’t bear the thought of walking out of here and then I don’t come back…”

“You will, Seiya.”

Another female voice filled the room, and Seiya felt the warm body of Shaina lean against his back, likely stirred by his absence.  He made himself strong for her sake, not wanting to worry her, but before he could say anything, Shaina continued to speak.  “Last night, when our cosmos crossed...I felt a Big Bang within me.  There’s a new star in my Cosmos...and it’s stable now…”

Seiya paused as he pondered Shaina’s words, and then realized she was referring to the first flicker of new life inside her...one that he was responsible for igniting.  Like any other human, it would be weeks before Shaina would first begin showing physical signs of pregnancy, but for two Saints such as themselves who could detect even the slightest shifts in Cosmo, they could tell quickly when the seed of life had taken root.  Now Seiya didn’t just have to worry about leaving Shaina, but potentially dying and leaving their child to not know his father?

He opened his mouth to say something, apologize, but Shaina leaned her head against his back and moaned softly at his warmth.  “I told you to hold nothing back, you didn’t.  I accept your love, Seiya...and that’s why I am confident you are going to come back to me.  I just ask you bring me a trophy of your victory.  Maybe you could slice off Aiolia’s nipple and have the Cygnus Saint freeze it for when you come home…?”

She might have pretended to revert back to the violent warrior that struck terror in the hearts of her enemies, but the warmth of her cosmos told another story.  And that warmth, along with the flicker she spoke of that was ignited within her the night before, allowed Seiya to steel his nerves once more as he resumed getting dressed and prepared to folllow Marin to the Narita Airport, where he would fly to Greece with his teammates and conclude the civil war that kept them from embracing each other that fateful night he shattered her mask.

“I’ll be back soon, Shaina...count on it!”
Seiya x Shaina contest entry: the Knight's Trial
Entry for :iconyanan-e-gemma: contest for Seiya x Shaina, my personal OTP for this wild series.  I've been playing a lot more with my Tokuverse the last couple of months so I decided to set the contest piece in that so as to you give you guys more insight to what revisions I've made for my version of the Saint Seiya tale.  Enjoy everyone and wish me luck :)
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episode 1:  Fiore and Gesen walk through the Gate of Time and into the remains of the Dark Kingdom, where they assess their location and decide to use it as their new base of operations.  While Fiore makes preparations, he allows Gesen to go into the main world and begin carrying out the plan by finding Usagi Chiba.  This cuts to our heroes Usagi and Mamoru enjoying a peaceful day at the mall with their daughter Chibiusa.  A year has passed since Mio was defeated, and the Senshi have all moved on with their lives, recalling nothing of their previous adventures so that they can live in peace.  They are accompanied by Luna, who has reverted back to her toy state and watches over Usagi.  Unfortunately, the peace is shattered in an instant when Gesen materializes in the mall and begins his assault, destroying everything in his path.

episode 2:  The Chiba family quickly runs into the parking lot to escape Gesen’s attack, but they are surrounded by Xenian Golem Troopers, and their appearance seems to trigger an uncomfortable reaction with both husband and wife.  This allows Gesen to catch up with them and he calls out to Usagi by her civilian name, which confuses her greatly.  When it becomes clear that she does not remember who she is, Gesen decides to trigger her memories by attacking nearby civilians and threatening to execute them if she does not cooperate.  The plan works, as her heroic spirit reawakens and she once again becomes Sailor Moon.  She tells Mamoru to take Chibiusa and run away to their car, but as they retreat, Mamoru suddenly becomes gravely ill as a dark, evil power wells up within him.  During the fight with Sailor Moon, Gesen accidentally attacks the the Chiba’s car and causes it to detonate, but Sailor Moon is relieved when she sees Sailor Luna emerge with Chibiusa unharmed.  However, Mamoru is nowhere to be seen.  It is here that Gesen decides to retreat, after Sailor Moon dispatches the Golem.

episode 3:  Refusing to believe that Mamoru is dead, Usagi puts out a missing person report while she begins a search of her own.  Luna suggests thavt they find the other Senshi and bring them together for this new threat, but Usagi refuses to ruin their happy lives because she failed to stop the enemy.  While she searches for Mamoru in the city, she encounters Naru, who is also married and is living the life of a housewife.  Usagi does her best to avoid talking about Mamoru’s disappearance, but trouble finds her anyway as a new enemy appears: a beautiful man with colorful hair and a dark cape.  With a flick of his wrist, the enemy inserts a card into Naru’s neck and transforms her into a Neo-Youma: the gunslinging cowgirl Hearts Hansen.  Sailor Moon and Hearts Hansen duel with Naru’s soul on the line, and Sailor Moon purifies her with a new attack: the Spiral Heart Attack.  Unfortunately, the new enemy proves to be far too much for Usagi, and he easily overpowers her.  He is about to cut her down when a new hero appears: introducing himself as Moonlight Knight, Usagi swears that she hears Mamoru’s voice.  Surprised by this new development, the enemy retreats as he introduces himself as Fiore, and he will not rest until Usagi Chiba is dead.  

episode 4: With Moonlight Knight disappearing quickly after Fiore left, Usagi focuses on reuniting the Senshi and remembers that Ami would be appearing at the Crown Arcade’s fighting game major later that week.  The year that has passed since Mio’s final defeat, Motoki has expanded his Crown business to other ventures, and he is now a qualifying location for one of the largest arcade tournaments in Japan.  Ami has since returned to Japan to continue her career as a doctor, but has taken to professional video gaming as a hobby, and is a favorite to make grand finals along with the enigmatic Ryo Urawa, who unbeknownst to her has had a crush on her since their high school days, and hopes to win her heart by earning her respect in the tournament.  Unfortunately, Usagi’s arrival creates chaos as the curse placed on Ryo by Gesen activates, turning him into the Neo-Youma Horofuda.  Horofuda, with his randomization powers, is able to get the upper hand on Sailor Moon until Ami’s memories are triggered by protecting Motoki from falling debris, turning her back into Sailor Mercury.  With a two-on-one assault, Sailor Mercury purifies Horofuda with a new technique, “Mercury Holy Aqua Deluge.”  

episode 5: Our next scene opens with Rei in the process of finishing a ritual on the set of a television show in the park before being courted by one of the show’s cast members, Yuichiro.  Yuichiro is introduced as a struggling young actor who once held claim to fame as the Tokusatsu hero Redman, but since then has had difficulty finding starring roles prior to the show being filmed now.  At one point, Yuichiro and Rei dated each other, but a spat over his perceived lack of conviction caused them to drift apart, though Yuichiro hopes that they can start over again now.  The two of them bicker for a bit until Gesen arrives on the scene with his Golem Troop tearing apart the set.  Gesen announces that he is looking for a volunteer for “his next big role,” and targets Yuichiro with a toss of the Neo-Youma card.  However, Rei pushes Yuichiro out of the way and is infected by the card, turning her into the Neo-Youma “Inferna Sutra,” a flame-wielding miko obsessed with cleansing the impure, which in her insane state means anyone around her.  The rest of the filming team quickly runs away, but Yuichiro stays behind, refusing to leave Rei to the machinations of her assailants.  With Inferna Sutra targeting him, Yuichiro considers fleeing in terror until Moonlight Knight appears and appeals to his heroism while dispatching the Golem Troop.  Moonlight Knight calls Yuichiro “Redman” and addresses him as if he were in character, begging Yuichiro to take the lead in the duel with Inferna Sutra.  Yuichiro considers him a madman and at first tries to ignore him, but when he realizes that Moonlight Knight is striking to kill Inferna Sutra, he turns his ire on him and attacks him with a prop sword.  This act of selflessness triggers Rei’s latent memories, and her awakening as Sailor Mars burns away the Neo-Youma curse and restores her original personality.  Sailor Mars steps between Yuichiro and the Moonlight Knight, but this is enough for Moonlight Knight to relent and congratulate Redman on reawakening the heroic spirit, and retreats.  With her memories restored, as well as realizing her error in judgment on Yuichiro sincerity, Sailor Mars reunites with Moon and Mercury as they run onto the scene late.

episode 6: Makoto is heading to the battle gym for her daily training with her longtime childhood friend turned professional wrestler, Shinozaki.  In the time that has passed since Mio’s defeat, she has married Motoki and is pursuing a career as a professional mixed martial artist.  Thus far, she is 4-1 in the fighting circuit and hopes to move into the more prestigious federations soon.  When she arrives, however, Shinozaki invite into the ring turns into a fight to the death as he transformed into the Great Netamuta.  As she confusedly defends herself, she notices an unknown Youma watching amusedly from the bleachers.  The man introduces himself as Gesen, and tells her to stop struggling and her death will be peaceful.  Great Netamuta is about to overwhelm her when Fiore calls him “a fine Youma,” triggering her latent memories about how she fought Netamuta in the past during the war with the Dark Kingdom.  Makoto transforms into Sailor Jupiter, far stronger than before, and turns the table on Great Netamuta, purifying him with the Jupiter Lightning Purge.  Jupiter turns her attention to Gesen, but Gesen retreats before she can attack.  She later receives a phone call from Rei, who informs Makoto that her power is needed once more.

episode 7:  Minako returns from a tour overseas with her alleged love interest, the British soccer star Allen, in tow, and the two of them are tailed by the paparazzi before they head into a limo and drive to Minako’s apartment.  While in the car, we learn that their relationship is largely superficial, something that was concocted by their respective managers to hype up Minako’s return to Japan and Allen recently signing with a professional soccer team in Japan.  Allen hopes to turn the relationship into something legitimate, but his reputation as a playboy has kept Minako away.  As they argue, their limousine is attacked by Golem Troopers, immediately followed by the other four Senshi engaging them in battle.  Unlike the other Senshi, Minako has retained all of her memories and powers from the previous battle, and orders Allen and the limo driver to go on without her while she calls for help.  When she disappears from view to morph into Sailor Venus, Gesen ambushes Allen and turns him into the Neo-Youma Razor Ramos.  However, when he orders Razor to attack the Senshi, he instead attacks the Golem Troopers.  Moonlight Knight appears at Ramos approaches Sailor Venus, and attempts to mercilessly cut him down before he can “tempt the pure heart of the Senshi.”  Realizing that Allen is Razor Ramos, Sailor Venus intervenes and tells Moonlight Knight coldly, “If you destroy him, I’ll destroy you.”

episode 8:  Moonlight Knight retreats from the scene when he senses an even greater evil nearby, and so the scene changes to Razor Ramos trying to go about his everyday soccer life while still a Neo-Youma, to little success.  While he does so, Sailor Venus explains to the other Senshi why their memories were sealed following Usagi and Mamoru’s wedding.  It was done for two reasons: the first was to allow the Senshi to truly live their lives as they see fit without being bogged down by the past, and the second was to prevent the Serenity persona from overtaking Usagi ever again.  Unfortunately, with the rise of the new enemy and the danger to their lives, their memories were re-awoken and they would be forced to fight once more.  Usagi mentions that the enemy told her that they only wanted her dead, and the other Senshi note that all of the Neo-Youma attacks have been from those close to them.  As they speak, Gesen steps onto the soccer field and performs a technique that complete Razor Ramos’ brainwashing, forcing the Senshi to fight him.  Moonlight Knight returns and Sailor Venus is put on guard, but he targets Gesen long enough for Venus to use her Venus Kiss Me Spark to purify Razor Ramos and return him to Allen.  Devoting herself once more to the fight, Venus erases Allen’s memories of her, though she thinks to herself that she will have to find him again.

episode 9:  The scene opens with an unnamed person narrating his never-ending struggle against evil and darkness, silently judging those around him to see if they are part of the “villainous empire” that he has sworn to defeat.  As goes through his daily routine being kind and courteous to those around him (and appropriately musing about how he must protect the purity of Tokyo), a policeman identifies him as the missing person “Mamoru Chiba,” and this is when we learn that Mamoru is still alive, but no longer the man he once was.  The mention of his name brings back terrible memories of his time being possessed by a dark, evil power, and he flies into a rage attacking the police officers, claiming that they are “agents of the villainous empire in disguise.”  As he does so, the Golem Troopers attack his area, and he breaks free from the police so that he can transform into Moonlight Knight.  He deals with the threat even as the other Senshi arrive, but they were only the warm-up.  Fiore finally makes his appearance and easily dispatches the other Senshi, de-morphing them and is about to finish them off until Moonlight Knight steps between them and issues a challenge to the “agents of evil.”  Fiore, who doesn’t recognize Moonlight Knight from his intel about this time period, orders Gesen to kill the “unknown variable.”  At first, Gesen overpowers Moonlight Knight and brings him to the brink of defeat, but when Usagi begins singing a song Minako did for a shonen fighting anime, Moonlight Knight suddenly gains his second wind and turns the tide.  With Fiore’s focus shattered by Gesen’s impending defeat, the other Senshi break free of the force field and join Moonlight Knight.  Fiore and Gesen retreat, and Moonlight Knight leaves soon after, but not before Sailor Moon asks him if he is Mamoru.  Moonlight Knight pauses, turns to say something, but quickly catches himself and only replies, “I will protect you with my life.”

episode 10:  Usagi manages to find “Mamoru” after he saves a group of civilians from a Golem Trooper attack, and this time she has brought their daughter Chibiusa with her.  She hopes that by bringing their daughter and reminding him of the time they have shared, she will be able to jumpstart Mamoru’s memories.  However, he surprises her by saying that he remembers nothing, because he is no longer Mamoru.  Until the “evil empire” is defeated, he cannot go back to the man he once was, for the empire will surely triumph if he does not do something to stop them.  It is here that they once again fall under attack, this time from two new enemies: a young man and woman with the same type of clothing and multi-colored hair as Fiore.  The two allow Usagi to transform and move Chibiusa out of the way before introducing themselves as their executioners: Ali and Enn.  Ali and Enn make quick work of Sailor Moon and Moonlight Knight, but they are denied the killing blow when two new opponents enter the ring.  They are Sailor Senshi, but unlike anyone that Usagi has seen before.  Introducing themselves as Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune, they fight Ali and Enn to a standstill before Gesen arrives and teleports the two of them to safety, stating that their presence is requested by Fiore.  Usagi is about to thank Uranus and Neptune, but the two Senshi chastise her for not being able to handle things on her own, and warns her to stay out of the way unless she wants to get hurt.  

episode 11: Fiore welcomes Ali & Enn to the planet Earth and the pre-Galaxia Era, but the cordialness is kept short as he questions what they are doing there, as it was agreed in their planet’s council that he would be given full responsibility in ending the threat to their homeworld.  It is during this conversation that the reader learns more about the enemy: Ali & Enn are part of the royal family on their homeworld, while Fiore is a strategist of their planet’s military.  Their planet lived in peace until a threat from space forced them to take arms, but they were no match for the unlimited might of their great enemy.  As a last-ditch attempt to survival, Fiore was elected to travel into the past and end the threat before it came into existence.  Ali & Enn boast that they convinced the council to send them to take over, being that they were part of the royalty while Fiore was but a peasant.  To prove their worth, they create a Neo-Youma, Garover, the Racer Wolf, to stir up havoc and draw out Sailor Moon once more.  When he attacks, it is the four Inner Senshi that answer the call.  Garover is able to fight them on even grounds, using his speed to evade the Senshi’s attacks.  Once more, Uranus and Neptune arrive to tip the scale’s in the Senshi’s favor, but their attacks are targeted to kill rather than purify, which puts them at odds with the Inner Senshi.  They butt heads for a bit until Sailor Moon finally arrives and purifies Garover with the Spiral Heart Attack. The Neo-Youma curse dissipates to reveal Yuichiro, which sends Rei into a rage as she attacks Neptune, who attempted to deliver the fatal blow.  She is struck from behind by Uranus before she can unleash her attack, knocking her unconscious, and Uranus and Neptune disperse once more.  

episode 12: Having monitored the battle with Garover closely, Ali & Enn are anxious to hunt down Uranus & Neptune and execute them before they cause any more trouble.  Fiore, on the other hand, sees a greater opportunity and orders Gesen to arrange an audience with them to negotiate a truce.  We learn that Uranus and Neptune’s civilian names are Haruka and Michiru, and they live a life of wealth and prestige as a professional fighter and world-renowned pianist, respectively.  Gesen leaves a note in their penthouse giving them a time and place to “end the war.”  They meet at the raceway complex where Haruka occasionaly competes in F-1, and Fiore is in attendance.  He explains to them that he knows of their secret mission to prevent Princess Serenity from falling into darkness no matter the cost, and reveals that it was their comrade Sailor Pluto who allowed them into their time to change the past.  Fiore offers to put their differences aside and work together for a better future, and Uranus and Neptune cautiously agree.  As proof of their alliance, Gesen reveals a female hostage and places a Neo-Youma card on her, turning her into Quarterbathory, the Football Vampire.  Uranus and Neptune deal with her, but Fiore reminds them that it is a fight to the death, and they must kill the Neo-Youma instead of purify them.  However, Fiore is surprised at how little hesitance they show in doing just that, causing the Neo-Youma, and the host, to explode in a fiery plume.  Uranus and Neptune lets Fiore know that they will not be trifled with, and at the first sign of betrayal, they will dispatch him like they dispatched Quartherbathory.  

episode 13: We open to the hospital that Ami works at, where she is cleaning herself up from a successful surgery and is preparing to head out for the day.  We learn that she will soon have her first date with Ryo, who mustered up the courage to ask her out at the conclusion of the Super Battle Opera qualifier where Ami reawakened her memories.  As she walks through the lobby, she spots Usagi near the nursery wing, where she and Chibiusa are being tended to by Dr. Meioh, a gorgeous pediatrician who affectionately calls Chibiusa “Small Lady” as she hands her back to Usagi.  Usagi had an appointment with Dr. Meioh, and now that it is finishing up, she tells Ami they should hang out.  Unfortuantely, the hospital is invaded by Golem Troopers, being led by Ali & Enn.  Ami and Usagi morph and head to combat the Golem Troopers, but they are only a distraction.  It turns out Ali & Enn are targeting Dr. Meioh and Chibiusa, who was left in her care so taht Usagi could find help.  Things seem dire until…

episode 14:  The attack on the hospital awakens Dr. Meioh’s latent memories, transforming her into Sailor Pluto.  With her newfound power, Sailor Pluto protects the nursery from Ali & Enn, fending them off until the other Senshi arrive.  The fight goes into the cafeteria wing of the hospital, where Gesen joins the fray.  The two sides clash in a free-for-all, but Sailor Pluto’s arrival turns the tide in favor of the Senshi.  Ali & Enn, however, summon more Golem Hei to separate the Senshi from Pluto and target her exclusively, proclaiming that if she were to die, they could slay “Black Lady” while she is still an infant and save their world.  Fiore hears this from his hideout, as he has wired Gesen to listen to Ali & Enn’s conversations, and panics.  By revealing this, he learns Ali & Enn do not come from his timeline, for in his world, Sailor Pluto is a staunch ally of their cause and there is no “Black Lady.”  Realizing that he will be erased from existence if Sailor Pluto is slain, Fiore orders Ali & Enn to desist, but they do not listen and continue pushing Sailor Pluto to her limit.  With a heavy heart, Gesen orders Ali & Enn to be removed permanently, and thus Gesen turns his attention away from the Inner Senshi.  With two fatal blows, Gesen strikes down Ali & Enn, causing confusion among the other Senshi.  Gesen lets the Senshi know that if he wished it, he could have killed them all any time he wished, but today he will retreat.  When he returns to the base, he questions Fiore’s order, saying that it was unlike him to kill in cold blood like that.  Fiore reveals that their mission thus far has been a farce, because if Ali & Enn came from an alternative timeline where Galaxia never existed but still doomed, it meant that Usagi was not the sole cause for the calamity.  

episode 15: Sailor Pluto gathers the other Senshi after the battle and explains who she really is and her purpose for awakening.  As the guardian of time, Sailor Pluto not only has access to memories of her past life, but her potential future lives.  Fiore and Gesen, she explains, come from a world where Princess Serenity fell into darkness once more, and upon ravaging the Earth, moved on to other planets and star systems as the intergalactic conqueror Queen Galaxia.  Pluto allowed Fiore and Gesen to walk through the Gate of Time to prevent this from happening, but Pluto assures the Senshi that she would not have done so if she knew the sort of horrors they would unleash in order to do it.  As she explains, she receives a text from one of her former colleagues from high school, Michiru, telling her to head to the park.  She parts way with the Inner Senshi and confronts Michiru and Haruka, already aware that they have awakened as Neptune and Uranus just as they have been made aware of her.  It is revealed that as Outer Senshi, they were given a secret mission by Queen Selene during the initial collapse of the Moon Kingdom: prevent the princess from falling into darkness, whatever the cost.  As such, Michiru and Haruka reveal that they have sided with Fiore as their mission is the same, and offer Pluto the same.  Pluto angrily declares them traitors and goes on the attack, but is outmatched by her opponents.  The timely intervention of the other Senshi prevents total defeat, but it’s been made clear that a rift has formed between them.  Where Ali and Enn failed, Uranus and Neptune vow to succeed, to save the future at the expense of the present.

NOTE: The crossover film “Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon vs Zodiac Knight Saint Seiya” takes place between episodes 15 and 16.

episode 16: At the remains of the Dark Kingdom, Fiore reveals to his comrades that while Galaxia might have been the end result, Serenity was not the sole catalyst responsible for the death of the future.  However, that does not change the fact that the Senshi will need to be dealt with, as Fiore suspects that they will not allow him to do as he pleases.  Together, the four of them hatch a plot to keep the Senshi occupied long enough until a solution can be found for their malady.  The first step of the plot is left entirely to Uranus, and she targets Motoki knowing how close he is to the Senshi’s civilian lives.  An ulterior motive is that Haruka is scheduled to fight Makoto in a match in the very near future, and hopes to gain a psychological advantage.  During a press conference, Haruka slips a Neo-Youna card into Motoki’s body via a handshake before beginning the interview.  The Neo-Youma card festers until it manifests itself just before showtime, transforming him into Kamemusha, the Turtle Samurai Youma.  

episode 17: Kamemusha causes a massive disruption which is quickly addressed by the other Inner Senshi, but even their combined might is no match for the curse placed upon him.  Upon transforming herself, Uranus reveals that Kamemusha’s armor completely blocks out the purifying techniques the Senshi have developed, meaning that he will continue to rampage unless he is dead...or the curse is removed, which is what Uranus will do if Makoto agrees to lie down for her at their fight the next day.  Meanwhile, Neptune has brought over one of her colleagues in the world of music, the famed percussionist U-Suke, to her penthouse to discuss a new record deal she was told to pass along to him.  After discussing the particulars, she convinces him to call the number and put it on speakerphone, as the manager insisted that they collaborate on the project.  The voice belongs to Fiore, who upon confirming that U-Suke is in the room, recites a spell as Michiru presses a Neo-Youma card onto his back, turning him into Hathoven, the Composer Pigeon Youma.    Elsewhere, Gesen arrives at Usagi’s doorstep and is confronted by Luna, who transforms into Sailor Luna and goes on the attack.  Unfortunately, she is easily tossed aside to allow Gesen to walk in and pick up the sleeping Chibiusa from her crib.  Sailor Luna makes one last attempt to take Gesen down, but Gesen’s words surprise her long enough for him to knock her out.  “Tell Usagi that I’ll make sure she’s healthy...even I know better than to treat family poorly!”

episode 18: Fiore leads Hathoven to the top of Tokyo Tower, where Fiore tells Hathoven to begin his overture, to which Hathoven happily obliges.  Elsewhere, Makoto is preparing for her fight with Haruka, pondering her options when she hears that Motoki is completely unaffected by the Senshi’s purification techniques.  Usagi agrees to stay with Makoto and provide emotional support during her match while Ami, Rei, and Minako once again search for Kamemusha.  Ami and Rei devise a plan to purify Kamemusha in ways that don’t involve Senshi techniques, and Minako agrees to play her part as news breaks out of Kamemusha’s latest rampage.  Minako confronts Kamemusha alone and leads him into a trap: while Kamemusha is immune to the purification techniques, he is still affected by the Senshi’s other techniques.  With Sailor Mercury’s Aqua Illusion keeping Kamemusha distracted, Sailor Venus binds him while Rei invokes a more archaic exorcism that successfully separates Motoki from Kamemusha, leaving the two in entirely separate bodies.  Without a human host, the expelled Neo-Youma is easily defeated by the trio.  Back at the fight, Makoto is struggling mightily against Haruka, who is using her leverage to the fullest advantage.  While Usagi tried to convince her to defeat Haruka and let the others handle Motoki, internally Makoto has already resigned to being at Haruka’s mercy.  During the ten-count, however, Usagi receives a call from Ami about their victory, and Usagi shouts to Makoto that they have succeeded.  With her eyes shooting open, Makoto quickly gets up and rushes and Haruka with enough ferocity that she manages to submit her.  Later, the five Inner Senshi congratulate one another and enjoy a night on the town.  Back at Tokyo Tower, Hathoven proclaims that he has completed his masterpiece, and is now ready to present in front of an audience.  

episode 19: Usagi arrives home late in the evening to see her home an absolute mess with Sailor Luna unconscious.  Upon checking on her, Luna comes to and reveals that Gesen took Chibiusa, and before she was knocked out he told Luna that he expected Usagi to meet him alone at midnight if she wished to have Chibiusa back on one piece.  Elsewhere, the other Senshi are enjoying the nightlife and decide to go to Tokyo Tower to finish off the evening, but as soon as they set foot at the base of the tower, they are unknowingly cut off from the rest of the world with a dimensional rift that isolates them from outside intruders.  The Senshi realize this shortly after they pass through a bystander, and that none of the other patrons realize they are there.  As they try to find a way out, Usagi goes to the meeting place Gesen detailed for Luna: the Tennozu Friendship Bridge.  She sees Chibiusa sleeping peacefully at the apex of the bridge, but Gesen falls from the girders and challenges Usagi to a duel.  Usagi remembers Luna’s words about Gesen claiming to be related to Chibiusa, and Usagi finally asks who Gesen really is.  Gesen replies, “Defeat me, and I will tell you.”  Back at the Tower, the Senshi are confronted by the Golem Troopers, forcing them to morph and defend themselves.  Due to already being exhausted thanks to purifying Motoki and defeating Haruka, the battle is more difficult than usual, and Sailor Neptune uses this distraction to begin playing the violin melody Hathoven composed for her while Hathoven uses his powers of sound manipulation to transmit the melody across Tokyo in ultrasonic frequencies.  At the Friendship Bridge, Gesen and Usagi hear the melody, with Gesen expecting the melody to awaken the darkness within Serenity, but there is no change.  The battle intensifies and Gesen seems to get the upper hand, but Moonlight Knight and Sailor Pluto arrive on the scene with Sailor Pluto taking Chibiusa and protecting her while Moonlight Knight makes the duel two-on-one.  As soon as Moonlight Knight deadlocks with Gesen, he lets out a maddened howl as a wave of dark aura erupts from him.  At Tokyo Tower, the last of the Golem Troopers are defeated as the Senshi make their way to the top of the tower, but Hathoven and Neptune make themselves scarce with Hathoven taking Neptune and flying away into the night, breaking the dimensional rift and once again placing the Senshi back in the reality.  At the bridge, Moonlight Knight undergoes a wild transformation as Metaria takes full control of his body, turning him into the Eclipse Knight.  Worse still, the emergence of Metaria awakens Serenity once more.

episode 20: A flashback reveals that Fiore told Gesen that in order to confirm the original theory that Serenity began her reign of terror as Galaxia by being possessed by Metaria, Metaria would need to be forcibly pushed to the surface while she is still Usagi Chiba.  To that end, Fiore created Hathoven to create a song attuned to Metaria’s unique frequency, obtained from Sailor Saturn prior to her death at Galaxia’s hand in their native timeline.  Gesen agreed to act as the bait and, when the time was right, absorb Metaria into himself long enough for Fiore to exorcise the spirit entirely, or for Gesen to self-destruct if Metaria’s hold on him is quicker than originally anticipated.  Back the present, the revelation that Metaria was in Moonlight Knight the entire time shocks Gesen long enough to be struck by a devastating slash, shattering his helmet and sending Gesen crashing against the girders of the bridge.  With Serenity now fully awakened, Eclipse Knight turns to her and addresses her by name, and Serenity responds with a longing “Endymion.”  Eclipse Knight tells her it is time for him to fulfill his vow to be at her side, and together they would rule the universe after they conquer the solar system.  Serenity steps forward to be at his side, but Gesen shouts Usagi’s name, causing Serenity to turn around and immediately give control back to Usagi once she sees Gesen’s true face.  Not only was he a human, but he is unmistakably Usagi’s brother Shingo, albeit a few years older than he is in the present timeline.  The distraction is enough for Sailor Pluto to fire off a Dead Scream and the Eclipse Knight, forcing him to retreat as Usagi catches Gesen as he falls into unconsciousness.  Elsewhere, the other Senshi finally detect a Neo-Youma presence, following it to the shopping district where Hathoven is causing a rampage thanks to his symphony causing the people in the area to riot violently.  As the Inner Senshi clash with Hathoven and his angry mob, Gesen awakes at Setsuna’s apartment with Usagi at his side while holding Chibiusa in her arms.  Usagi demands answers, and with his true identity revealed, Gesen gives them.  In his timeline, an unknown tragedy forced Serenity to re-awaken, but doing so allowed her to be possessed by the fully-evolved spirit of Metaria: Chaos.  The two wrathful personas merged, forcing Serenity to begin a rampage of destruction across the Earth that left the other Inner Senshi dead.  After completing that conquest, she set her sights on the rest of the Universe and adopted a new name to match her new ambitions: Queen Galaxia.  With Sailor Pluto and Sailor Saturn as her lieutenants, Galaxia begin a reign of terror that spread across the galaxy like a plague, enveloping star systems in despair with the only way out being a brutal death.  Shingo was one of the few survivors on Earth, and it wasn’t until Fiore came to his ruined planet that he learned just what his sister had become.  Fiore explained to him that Galaxia’s rampage was approaching his own homeworld, but Sailor Saturn led an uprising shortly before Galaxia’s arrival, and her clash with Saturn bought Sailor Pluto time to recruit Fiore to enter the Gate of Time hidden on Earth in order to prevent such a calamitous timeline from occurring.  Shingo begged Fiore to take him with him, and Fiore allowed him to do so, but not before also fulfilling Shingo’s request to give him enough power to be the one to kill his sister himself, should that be the only solution.  To that end, he was transformed into Gesen, the Game Cyborg Neo-Youma, and was allowed to retain his consciousness so that he could be aware of the dark deed that lay in front of him.  Meanwhile, the Inner Senshi successfully defeat Hathoven and purify him back to U-Suke, while an unmorphed Michiru watches from afar as Haruka and Fiore join her on the rooftop.  Fiore explains to the Outer Senshi that the plan was a complete success, but a complication arose from the results.  Rather than Serenity being the cause of the malady, it was Mamoru Chiba who hadn’t fully expelled Metaria, but instead let it ferment and mature into the far more powerful Chaos.  In other words, if Eclipse Knight can be successfully purified, the mission will be complete.  Back on the ground, the Inner Senshi receive a call from Sailor Luna telling them of Usagi’s battle and Moonlight Knight’s transformation, and that they need to find him soon.

episode 21: Usagi decides to keep Gesen’s recovery a secret as she takes Chibiusa home.  When she leaves, Setsuna sits down next to Gesen and admits that as the Guardian of Time and Revolution, she has awareness of the past, present, and future, including the one that Gesen comes from.  This begins a flashback sequence where Sailor Pluto goes onto Fiore’s planet and warns them of the impending doom and befalls them.  Fiore proposed using the Gate of Time to prevent such a catastrophe from occurring, having visited Earth when he was younger and being aware of its legends.  Pluto was apprehensive at first, but when news of Sailor Saturn’s failed rebellion reaches her, she agrees that causing an aberration in time paled in comparison to Galaxia’s unopposed reign.  When they arrived on the ruined Earth, they encountered Shingo, whom Pluto instantly recognized as Galaxia’s younger brother.  Shingo convinced Pluto and Fiore to include him in their adventure, and they relented.  Initially Sailor Pluto would go back in time with them to act as their guide, but Galaxia had followed them back to Earth, leaving Pluto with little choice but to act as a decoy while Fiore and Shingo stepped through the Gate of Time.  Back in the present, Setsuna admits that her future ends at that point, which meant that she died at Galaxia’s hand after they stepped through the Gate of Time.  Gesen tells Setsuna that now that Chaos has been exposed, he can contact Fiore and arrange a truce with the Inner Senshi so that the Galaxia Era can be prevented in a way that benefits both sides.  Setsuna replies that it still doesn’t excuse the rampage Fiore’s forces went on to get to this point, and they would need to pay for their crimes.  Gesen’s response is that they’ll worry about that when the time comes.  At that time, Fiore contacts Gesen via their psychic link and tells him to return to base.  After a tense moment of Setsuna staring at him, Gesen responds that he’ll be bringing a guest for negotiations.

episode 22: Several days pass as Fiore’s forces go quiet while the rest of the Senshi go about their lives waiting cautiously for the next conflict.  Having been told about the Moonlight Knight’s startling transformation, the Senshi have kept their eyes peeled for any sort of information, but thus far he has yet to appear.  This changes in the late afternoon one day when the Shitennou appear at what had been the Moonlight Knight’s base of operations, now being used as a training space for the battle-hungry Eclipse Knight.  While initially the Shitennou expect their master to be like he was when he was first possessed by Metaria, “a rabid dog beyond hope,” the Eclipse Knight is strangely eloquent, even recognizing his former servants.  When Eclipse Knight makes an offer to them to once again fight by his side to “eat the sins of the world,” Kunzite muses that a rabid dog was an inaccurate comparison.  Rather, he is a dog that has shed his collar and revealed his true nature.  Zoicite chastises Kunzite and reminds them of the vow Mamoru had him make the last time he was possessed by Metaria: to end his life before he causes greater harm.  With that, the Eclipse Knight issues a challenge to the four Shitennou and the battle is joined.  The resulting fight is enough to alert the other Senshi of Eclipse Knight’s presence, and the five Inner Senshi rush to the scene.  Back at the ruins of the Dark Kingdom, Gesen brings Setsuna to Fiore, while Uranus and Neptune gloat over how Pluto joined them after all.  After bringing Fiore up to speed on what had transpired, Fiore welcomes Pluto and offers his terms of a treaty between his forces and the Inner Senshi: now that the enemy has been revealed, they must all work together in order to ensure that Chaos does not spread to Serenity.  To that end, Fiore summons the rest of his Golem Troopers and tells the Outer Senshi to defeat all of them, and then his plan would be made clear.  The three Outer Senshi put aside their differences and begin attacking, thinking that Fiore is betraying them.  Elsewhere, the Eclipse Knight has struck down Jadeite just as the other Inner Senshi arrive, surprised to see the Shitennou again.  Sailor Moon is about to enter the battle, but Usagi feels Serenity’s influence beginning to take hold.  The other Senshi step into the battle and attempt to aid the Shitennou, but Eclipse Knight soon strikes them down, as well, leaving the Inner Senshi left.  Eclipse Knight makes the same offer to them that he did the Shitennou, “Eat sin with me, or be eaten.”  Before the other Senshi can resume the attack, Usagi finally steps forth and transforms into Serenity.  Princess Sailor Moon lifts her blade at Eclipse Knight, but soon turns around and delivers a swath of energy that causes the Inner Senshi to fly backwards while she steps at Eclipse Knight’s side.  With the sides chosen, Princess Sailor Moon teleports herself and Eclipse Knight away, leaving the other Senshi speechless.  Back at Fiore’s lair, the Outer Senshi defeat the last of the Golem Troopers and turn to Fiore, but the remains of the Golem Troopers come together to form an Adamant Golem, a former vessel of Metaria.  Still under Fiore’s control, the monster kneels in servitude as Fiore applauds the Outer Senshi.  “Thank you for volunteering.  Now, we can successfully exorcise Chaos.”

episode 23:  With his wife at his side, Eclipse Knight goes on a rampage eradicating anyone he deems “sinful,” focusing on the local gangs and crime syndicates while Serenity watches, detached from the carnage her husband is causing.  Meanwhile, Sailor Luna is remaining vigilant of news of Eclipse Knight’s rampage, while the Inner Senshi are on high alert.  Setsuna sends out a text telling them to meet at the mountain range on the outskirts of the city, where she introduces the Senshi to Fiore.  Fiore explains to the Inner Senshi that from this point onward, they are on the same team and after the same thing: eradicating Chaos with as little bloodshed as possible.  To that end, he introduces the Senshi to the tamed Adamant Golem.  The Inner Senshi are apprehensive, but Setsuna explains that the Adamant Golem is one of the few creatures in the world that can successfully withstand Metaria’s influence, and since Chaos is Metaria’s evolved form, the same should hold true for that.  With the Adamant Golem made docile from Fiore’s Xenian flowers, they would be able to contain and seal away Chaos without needing to eliminate Serenity.  Back at Usagi’s home, Eclipse Knight finds Sailor Luna and demand Chibiusa from her.  Luna prepares to attack, but Serenity tells her to do as he says.  With Luna reluctantly obeying, Serenity carries Chibiusa away as her husband resumes her rampage.  As they make their way to one of the construction areas, Serenity asks Eclipse Knight why they need to dirty their hands on “the filth of humanity,” to which Eclipse Knight eagerly replies, “I am doing this for you, princess.”  In his eyes, in order to create the perfect kingdom that they can rule together, they must first weed out the sin of the world and feed upon it.  To do that, chaos must reign so that their perfect world can be paved when Serenity restores order.  Serenity would create, and Eclipse Knight would destroy on her behalf.  As he once again swears his love to Serenity, they are attacked by the Adamant Golem, with the other Senshi watching the fight from the cover of construction equipment.  As they watch, Fiore and Gesen stand on one of the rooftops of the warehouses on site, and Fiore explains the true goal of his plan.  When the Adamant Golem takes possession of Chaos by executing Eclipse Knight, Fiore will have complete control of the entity and all of its vast power.  From there, they will use it to take revenge on Serenity before she can retaliate, and put an end to the troublesome Sailor Senshi that caused them so much grief.  After that, they would use the now-defenseless Gate of Time to return to the future and personally eliminate Galaxia.  Gesen tells Fiore bluntly that inviting Chaos back into their world sounds like a disaster, but he is sworn to obey whatever Fiore’s wish may be.

episode 24: As the fight continues, Sailor Pluto realizes that she’s seen this fight before, and finally deduces how the Galaxia Era came to be.  Like in their world, Mamoru was fully possessed by Chaos, and his power demanded the intervention of Serenity along with all of the Inner Senshi.  In the resulting battle, the Senshi emerged victorious at the cost of Mamoru’s life.  Driven mad with grief, Serenity allowed Chaos to possess her before she could eradicate its existence, and her grief turned to rage as the Inner Senshi and all of Tokyo were reduced to rubble.  Whereas before she would leave the planet silent and lifeless, Chaos used Serenity to turn the Earth into an inferno of destruction and death.  And now, with Serenity awakened and Chaos influencing Mamoru, Fiore’s plan was going to hasten the Galaxia Era rather than prevent it.  Quickly rushing onto the scene, Pluto stands between the Adamant Golem and Eclipse Knight, stating that the only way to prevent the Galaxia Era is to keep Mamoru alive.  The Inner Senshi are confused by this, believing that Fiore’s plan involved sparing Mamoru, but Uranus and Neptune reveal their true colors and attack the Eclipse Knight.  “If Mamoru Chiba fermented this horrible thing in the first place, he might do it again.  The only way to stop this madness is to permanently end the threat he poses.”  Pluto screams to the Inner Senshi that they need to protect Mamoru at all costs, and so the Inner Senshi face off with Uranus and Neptune while Pluto deals with the Adamant Golem while keeping Eclipse Knight at bay.  Sailor Venus, however, stands at Serenity’s side and addresses her as Princess.  Serenity is still holding Chibiusa and Venus asks her if this is really the Endymion she wants to be with.  Serenity tells her that he promised he would protect her, even in his maddened state, but Venus tells Serenity that as his wife, it’s her responsibility to make sure he’s happy and to keep him from doing something that would hurt himself and those he cares about.  Possessed by Chaos, Endymion cannot be a good husband or a good father, even with his vows.  As his wife, it’s her responsibility to protect him, just as it’s responsibility to protect her.  Serenity is silent as she watches the melee unfold, but then gives Chibiusa to Venus as she forms her sword and strikes it on the ground, creating a massive shockwave that completely silences the battlefield.  Eclipse Knight runs to her side and proclaims that together they will purify the traitorous Senshi, but she only needs to slap him across the face once, and Chaos is completely exorcised from Mamoru.  As the demorphed, unconscious Mamoru falls, Chaos attempts to enter Serenity, but after a brief struggle, Serenity’s aura ignites and completely rejects the entity.  In a mad scramble, Chaos enters the Adamant Golem, causing it to mutate in a darker version of its fully crystalline form, and the two duel.  Rather than stand and watch, the Inner Senshi come to Serenity’s aid (with Minako handing off Chibiusa to Pluto) and after a roll call and a few exchanges, the five Senshi destroy the Adamant Golem with a Sailor Planet Attack.  Serenity, satisfied with the turn of events, yields control of Sailor Moon back to Usagi, who quickly embraces her friends before seeing the unconscious Mamoru and running to his aid.  Before she can reach him, however, Fiore steps in front of her and pushes her back with a wave of invisible force…

episode 25:  Fiore tells the Senshi now that Chaos has been expunged from both Mamoru and Usagi, there is one loose end that still needs to be cut.  Pluto questions this, saying that her visions of the future no longer include the Galaxia Era, and soon they will fade completely.  Fiore, however, states that it’s not enough to simply stop Chaos.  While digging through the records of the ruined Dark Kingdom while in this timeline, he found a video recording of Queen Beryl’s final moments, detailing how Serenity destroyed the world simply because she felt sad.  After seeing how Serenity willfully sided with Eclipse Knight, knowing full well what kind of mayhem he had in mind for the world, Fiore decided that selfishness would one day bring calamity to the universe even it wasn’t exactly his universe...and Fiore would do anything to make sure that didn’t happen.  It’s here that Fiore reveals something that he was holding in his hand: a piece of crystal debris from the destroyed Adamant Golem, still burning with Chaos’ spirit.  The Senshi realize what’s about to happen, but are too late to stop it: Fiore stabs himself in the chest with the crystal, causing his hair to shift to a bright pink and his nails and clothing distort to include diamond deformities.  With his eyes glowing red, the Chaos-possessed Fiore proclaims how he will destroy the entire Moon lineage so that the universe can be saved forever.  Lifting his blade, Fiore charges the other Senshi and begins a battle royale in his mad quest to wipe out Sailor Moon and her family.  While before he would show restraint and remain collected, Chaos Fiore is wild and uncontrollably violent, pushing the Inner Senshi and Outer Senshi to the brink of death before focusing his attention on Sailor Moon.  However, even in such dire situations, the Senshi stand firm in protecting Sailor Moon, and in turn, Sailor Moon dives into battle and gives Fiore everything she has.  After a brutal exchange, all of the Senshi attack en masse for a Sailor Planet Attack, which at first seems to work, but Chaos Fiore steps from the wreckage and wipes his mouth.  With a grin, he wonders if he’s going through this task too quickly, and telekinetically summons the crying Chibiusa to his side.  The shocked Senshi stop in their tracks as Fiore cradles Chibiusa in one arm while spinning his sword in his other, before looking at the Senshi and pointing his blade at Sailor Moon.  “Kneel at my feet,” Fiore commands.  Though hesitant, Sailor Moon does as she is told and kneels down next to Fiore.  Lifting his hand over his head, Fiore makes his intent clear: he intends to execute Sailor Moon by using Chibiusa as leverage.  The other Senshi are about to attack, but Sailor Moon tells them no.  “He’s right, guys...I’m not this big hero everyone says I am.  I’m selfish, selfish enough that I’d throw a tantrum that would destroy the world because I lost someone close to me.  What makes me so special that I can do that?  It...it’s better this way.”  Before the final blow is struck, Fiore suddenly drops his sword to the ground, causing Sailor Moon to quickly snatch Chibiusa away and return to her friends’ side.  Fiore gasps as blood drips from his mouth, as it becomes clear what happened: Gesen has stabbed Fiore in the back.  Worse still, he is leeching Chaos out of his body and into his own.  When the transfer is complete, Gesen falls to his knees and clutches his chest, whose core is now dark purple trying to contain the evil power.  The now-sane Fiore asks Gesen what he has done, and Gesen replies bluntly, “We came here to stop Galaxia...and now, I’ve stopped you from becoming Galaxia.”  Turning to the Senshi as his body begins to shift from Chaos’ influence, Gesen begs Usagi to destroy him.  Usagi begs him not to force her to make that choice, but Gesen fires a bolt of energy at Mamoru, forcing Usagi to jump in front of the blast and swat it away with her sword.  Letting Serenity’s influence take over, Princess Sailor Moon fulfills Gesen’s request and he explodes in a plume of violet fire, with Chaos finally dissipating into nothingness.  Serenity relinquishes hold of Sailor Moon, and Usagi falls to her knees and sobs.  Fiore, however, kneels down at her level and bows his head in shame as he too cries.  Thanks to his own selfishness, he almost became as bad as the despot that destroyed his time, and told Sailor Moon that if she wished to take revenge, he would not stop her.  Usagi dries her tears and places her hand on Fiore’s shoulder, telling him that he was willing to do whatever it took to save the people he cared about, and that was something she could understand.  Meanwhile, Mamoru finally regains consciousness and stands to his feet, wondering what happened.  Unable to control herself, Usagi runs into Mamoru’s arms and embraces him tightly.  

episode 26:  Fiore is escorted to the Gate of Time and Sailor Pluto brings him back to his own timeline where he can answer for his crimes, and confirm for herself if the Galaxia Era has truly been avoided.  As punishment for turning their powers against the Princess, Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune are condemned to stand watch over the Gate of Time until Sailor Pluto’s return,  mystically bound to the Gate until Sailor Pluto decides that they have served their sentence appropriately.  Meanwhile, the Senshi are going back to their own lives, but ask that their memories be retained so that they can remember how easy it is to have the peace fade.  Minako finds Allen and accepts his proposal for a date, hoping to reconnect after distancing herself from him following the Razor Ramos incident.  Ami has begun spending more time with Ryo, and together the two qualify for the Super Battle Opera, representing Game Center Crown.  On that note, Makoto has decided that she’ll step away from the ring once she wins the title so that she can spend more time supporting her husband.  Though Shinozaki tries to convince her that she can become a long-term contender, he relents and accepts her decision.  Rei resumes her duties as a shrine maiden and college student, and while Yuichiro tries his hardest to have her accept him, Rei rebukes him but secretly telling herself that when the time is right, she’ll see if he’s still interested.  Usagi and Mamoru resume their lives together, keeping Chibiusa close as Sailor Luna helps around the house.  It is soon time to pick up Shingo and Mrs. Tsukino from the train station, but they cannot leave until the babysitter comes.  The doorbell rings soon after, and Mr. and Mrs. Chiba allow their babysitter into the house: a teenage girl named Hotaru Tomoe.

END
Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Season 2 Episode Guide
AKA Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon R, I actually finished this back in November 2016 and started working on it in early 2015.  That was when I wrote "Saints vs Senshi" as a way to better organize the ideas I had for this story by creating a pilot of sorts to give me a standalone story to work off of and better develop the characterization I wanted for the new characters.  Since I'm rather far in my career as an LMHP and as a fighting game player, sadly I do not have the time to create novels like I once did, but I felt I had too many ideas to just leave swimming in my brain.  Therefore, I wrote down an episode synopsis of what a PGSM S2 would look like, reintroducing the cast from Season 1 and also providing a new plot for previously established characters in other media, such as Uranus and Neptune remaining antagonistic to the Inner Senshi and Fiore's origin lying not just in space, but also in the future, as well as given greater roles to Ali, En, and one of the most popular monsters of the week from the anime even though he only appeared in one episode, Gesen.  

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It was easy enough for her to tell that she was coming home soon. She could detect that sparkle of joy coming closer and closer to the source of her existence.

When Morrigan was first made aware of Lilith’s existence, as the final fragment of her power that needed to be absorbed so that she could become the true heir of the Aensland house and thus the throne of Makai, she saw Lilith’s innocence and purity as naivete that Morrigan herself outgrew centuries ago. As a succubus, Morrigan accepted long ago that her fate was one of short-term hedonistic pleasures, for long-term content was impossible. Apart from requiring a near constant source of stimulation to keep her unique metabolism healthy, it was also the burden of a succubus of Morrigan’s exceptional power to absorb the souls of others through the seductive ways that her kind was made infamous by the humans they fed upon. Morrigan had experienced many great loves in her existence, many of them from the humans, but even their souls were preserved within her being constantly whispering their loving vows during those rare moments of silence...the hunger would always return. It was impossible for Morrigan to be truly faithful, and so she resigned herself to her fate that she would act according to her lust rather than her love.

But when Morrigan absorbed Lilith after a heated duel, Morrigan understood the futility of this cynical mentality. Although Lilith at the time was physically a girl barely entering her teens, the particular fragment of Morrigan’s soul that compromised Lilith’s essence completed Morrigan and gave her the enlightenment she needed to meet their father’s lofty expectations of them. When she absorbed Lilith, Morrigan felt all of those “weak” emotions flood back into her and realized that when properly channeled it would make her stronger than anyone else in Makai not just in naked might, but in wisdom and courage. Whereas Morrigan at the time was still being driven by hedonistic delights, Lilith’s brief stay in the human world prior to chasing Morrigan into the Majigen was defined by compassion, gentleness, altruism and love...and it wasn’t simply platonic love, either.

Overwhelmed by the rush of emotions long forgotten and foolishly vilified by a very large majority of the Makai populace, Morrigan selflessly relinquished control of her body to Lilith, and after Lilith defeated her creator and captor Jedah to save both Makai and Earth, peace reigned. All those who lost their lives in Jedah’s madness, even Morrigan herself despite her sacrifice for Lilith to live her life freely, were restored and resumed their lives and destinies. Morrigan took the throne of Makai and now ruled justly as a benevolent duchess. The other noble houses rallied around her new sense of responsibility, and when threats fell upon Makai, Morrigan alone was often enough to deter it.

And as for Lilith...while Lilith was once frightened and angered by Morrigan’s selfish ways, by merging with her she gained a greater understanding for the constant burden that Morrigan carried with her. Whereas before the pair saw one another as distorted reflections of each other, their relationship now was far closer to sisters. And when a threat emerged that required the full extent of their combined might, Morrigan would call upon Lilith to fuse with her once more. Once the threat was extinguished, Morrigan split from Lilith and let her return to her life in the human world...and her human lover.

Whereas Morrigan long accepted the burden of a lover’s echo eternally reverberating through her being as the hunger for more souls returned, Lilith represented a type of purity that was quite counterintuitive to harvesting souls, especially in that method. Morrigan once attempted to indoctrinate her in those ways, to go beyond simply enjoying being the center of attention with her beauty of youth and approachable gentleness, and taking advantage of it for the next level. During one of their fused adventures, she detected Lilith’s consciousness marvel over how cool a drummer of a band was, and thus Morrigan placed him in his Eternal Slumber and his soul became subject to eternal ecstasy as part of their being.

For Morrigan, it was a good experience, as she took delight in giving worthy men the satisfaction of entering her being while satisfying her desire for their touch and their sustenance, but for Lilith it was absolute torture. She had no taste for his soul and violently detached herself from Morrigan. The burden of the echoes was far too much for someone of her purity and innocence. For her, there was only that boy, and no amount of hunger or lust would ever cause her to deviate from him. While it was somewhat fortunate for Lilith that she didn’t NEED to feed on souls due to Morrigan possessing most of their strength that would require hunting (since a succubus of Lilith’s current power level and physical age only required regular high levels of stimulation and occasionally feeding on the unique liquid a dreaming human produced while sleeping, Lilith was getting by on prescription melatonin and adrenaline medication via her beloved man’s health insurance)...it also put Lilith at an impasse. The only way to for her to avoid the thirst for a man’s soul would be to forever remain in her early teen state and defer all Morrigan whenever a larger threat required their attention.

This was a luxury that Morrigan could no longer afford, and that is why when Lilith opened the door of her beloved’s townhouse, carrying a bag of groceries...Morrigan was sitting in the living room waiting for her. Lilith turned away from the door after locking it and gasped once she realized her elder clone was her house. While their relationship was far more amicable than their first encounters, Lilith still vividly remembered how Morrigan would use her beloved as a hostage to make Lilith bend to her will. Worse still, rather than simply threaten a violent end, Morrigan tempted her beloved with her succubus magic and tried to take his soul to add him among the echoes.

“Um….g-good afternoon, sister,” Lilith said nervously. Despite being a fragment of Morrigan’s soul that was separated shortly after Morrigan’s birth, their unbreakable connection made it so that Lilith still had a bit of Celtic brogue in her voice even though she had a very different upbringing. “Can I make some tea for you? Let me put the groceries away. John won’t be home for another two hours, so we can talk while I prepare dinner.”

“Tea sounds lovely, dear. I’ll let you decide what kind,” Morrigan replied.

While Morrigan had many lovers over the course of her lifetime, there were a very select few that she would have considered someone of being her true companion, one who would make her retire from the hunt of souls and do what was necessary to ensure that he would be her one true mate. The latest of which, oddly enough also named John (She wondered if her sister’s mutual attachment to the name was more than coincidental), was a man of supernatural abilities and an unyielding righteous fury that was impossible to quench. His eyes burned with a passion that melted Morrigan’s heart, and ignited her own sense of righteous fury when fiends threatened her domain. While the chances of the two of them finding a happy ending were next to impossible, Morrigan was still confident that something fruitful could have come out of their relationship. If nothing else, her fiery rider John was becoming accustomed to her presence and clearly enjoyed fighting alongside her after a tenuous start.

Lilith’s John demonstrated very different qualities from Morrigan’s John, but for the type of individual Lilith was, they were still qualities that she treasured and loved him for. While Morrigan’s John was defined by courage that brought forth the strength to topple gods and demons, Lilith’s John was a gentle and kind painter who made her heart flutter with every aspect of his being. Apart from him being quite attractive, especially when it came to his warm gaze, he would regularly profess his unyielding loyalty to her happiness, and their mutual contentment with each other’s company was reflected in the many paintings and murals he had created of her documenting how he felt about her. Whenever Lilith told John that she needed to answer sister’s call and repay the debt she owed her during the destruction of the Majigen, John always told her the same thing. “Your place will always be here. I will wait for you however long it takes, even if it’s forever!” And all of those qualities is why Lilith eagerly returned to his side once Morrigan dismissed her.

He was a young man now, approaching the end of his teenage years and enjoying an apprenticeship that allowed him to continue nurturing his artistic talents. When Morrigan was first made aware of the painter John’s existence, he was a scrawny youth unable to put up any sort of physical struggle against those who would threaten his beloved Lilith. Since Lilith came into his life, he would train in the martial arts with their mutual acquaintance Talbain, and now his body was quite toned, almost like the statues that John had around his studio in the attic for references. Lilith spoke with admiration about how John was taking his training and his apprenticeship so seriously, saying how proud she was that he was closer than ever to achieving his dream of being a well-known artist and having his works put on the display in the London Museum of Fine Arts.

“...that’s not his dream, Lilith.”

“...what?”

“I said that’s not his dream,” Morrigan placed her cup down and folded her legs. “And you know that’s not his dream. Why would you treat John like that after all he’s done for you, to brush off his love and all of the danger he’s put himself through, to say that everything he is doing is just for his own sake?”

“I...that’s not what I meant. I know that he loves me, but I don’t want for him to be unhappy for my sake,” Lilith’s eyes drifted off to one of the canvases he had made of her, wearing some of the experimental fashion pieces that caught Lilith’s eyes when he took her shopping during the time of that painting’s creation. “But he does so much for me already. I want him to be happy, I want him to fulfill his ambitions.”

“He will never achieve his ambition because you are selfish. His ambition, and his dream, is to grow old together with you and live a life of happiness. I know this, because when I first met him and bent him to my will, it was simple to do so because of our identical auras. With only a very slight spell, I made him think I was you, and from there he was little more than my slave. That is his ultimate desire, and remember that even if we are separate you are still a piece of me and I can easily detect how you feel...how you’ve always felt. It was those feelings for John, and absorbing them, that showed me the light.”

“...why are you here?”

Morrigan’s expression hardened as she took another sip of her tea and her eyes narrowed. “I can no longer afford to come fetch you from the human world. Jedah has returned, and any semblance of the man we once cared for has disappeared forever. I’m sure you’ve heard about the giant monster that rampaged across New Metro City last month?”

Lilith gulped as the flood of conflicting emotions came rushing back along with the memories of the man who she once considered the closest thing to her own father. Jedah was the one who took her consciousness that had been floating in a nameless void since Morrigan’s childhood, and gave her a physical form and a name. Although Jedah created her largely as bait for Morrigan to reclaim so that he could feed their completed soul to his “Fetus of God” experiment that would rewrite Makai to his liking at the expense of Earth, Lilith still felt some level of compassion for him, and there were times where she felt like the feeling was mutual. In the final confrontation where the Aensland sisters seemingly defeated Jedah, Lilith felt sorrow rather than elation even though Jedah’s crimes were unforgivable.

“He fooled us all, Lilith...especially me. When the Majigen was undone and all of its victims returned to their rightful places, Jedah was also returned to Makai. I felt his energy, of course, and I intended to finish him off...but he pleaded mercy. He told me that your victory over him opened his eyes to the truth that Makai was safe in the hands of the Aensland if a ‘fragment’ like you could develop a will stronger than his own. And...and because at one time I cared for him too, maybe even as a lover, I allowed him to escape to the wastelands. But he fooled us both. He was only biding his time until he acquired the weapons and allies he needed to bring ruin again...he is no longer the man we once knew, all he craves now is genocide where mercy and life have no place.”
Morrigan breathed deeply before looking into Lilith’s eyes. “I know I’ve made you uncomfortable when we share a body, but Jedah is still alive, and as the ruler of Makai it’s up to us to stop him when he returns to bring chaos once more...and that’s also why I am here to tell you that I will grant you your wish.”

“My wish?”

“To marry John, and grow old with him, maybe even one day have children with him.”

As much as Morrigan once found Lilith’s infatuation with John naive, merging with her during that battle with Jedah made the ‘older’ sister realize that what Lilith felt for John was something to be celebrated. She could see Lilith’s eyes sparkle with excitement even as her face betrayed her elation. A massive surge of anxiety and elation was washing over her and the conflicting emotions made Lilith’s young face seem like she had been shocked into a state of half-consciousness.

But Morrigan saw enough that she had Lilith’s attention, and walked across the bar of the kitchen where they were having tea to embrace her lightly. “Lilith...whatever you might think of me, know that I respect your decision to remain loyal to him and be at his side...but as long as you insist on me withholding our power so that you do not have to fight, as long as you do so you will remain the same age that you’ve been since you came to his doorstep. Eventually, his beauty will fade, and he will grow old and die while you remain as you always have...and the two of you will be unable to progress your relationship to the next level. Do you think that’s fair that you deny him his right to progress through his existence knowing that his promise to you will forever deny him a chance to take things further?”

“...you don’t have to bait me like this, Morrigan. I’ll come with you...without John. I’ll leave r...r…”

The unmistakable moisture of tears made itself known to Morrigan as Lilith cried on her chest. “Lilith,” Morrigan hummed while stroking Lilith’s lavender hair, “It is not a sin to desire someone physically, especially in your case where the two of you share an unbreakable love that would last for eternity if possible. To want to be with someone, the way you wish to be with John...what I’m suggesting will let you do that. He does not have to become an echo. I’m giving you permission to take him home with us, to become your consort. You can finally be with him, and have your happily ever after…”

“That’s not why,” Lilith said between a deep breath and pushing herself off of Morrigan. “You told me that I’m not being fair to him...but John has dreams that don’t involve me. I can’t take him away from that just to make myself feel better!”

“Why not, Lilith?”

“Because...because…”

“You want him to be happy? Lilith...everything he does is for you, by his own choice. That is why I’m offering this to the both of you. The love the two of you share cannot possibly be compromised, and if you were to walk away, no one will warm your heart like this man does. Even we succubi of the Aensland clan fall in love, especially with the men of the human realm where traits like courage, gentleness and warmth are more common than they are among the nobles in Makai. Let me show you how you can do this: you don’t even need to enter my body to make it happen...all you need is to accept what I am offering you…”

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“I’m home...Lilith?”

As John locked the door of his townhouse behind him, he noticed that the bag of groceries that Lilith claimed she was out to buy spilled out on the kitchen counter. A wave of panic washed over him and his body tensed, preparing himself for that fated moment that led him to Mr Talbain’s cabin on the outskirts of the town. Having Lilith in his life was the greatest thing to ever happen to him, but as her boyfriend he also know that he had a responsibility to protect her even if those who would threaten Lilith were likely far beyond what a mortal human could deal with. Despite that, he trained his mind and body to his limit, and he quickly scurried through the house looking for any trace of the girl he cared about.

As he scrambled around the house, he slipped on what appeared to be Lilith’s favorite shawl. Lilith’s sense of tidiness prevented her from leaving a possession like that on the floor, filling John with even more panic. From that panic, more thoughts of disaster filled his heart. It was only a month ago that the news reels on the television and internet were filled with reports of viruses that turned flesh into dead metal, or monsters rampaging through New Metro City, or the worrisome campaign where able-bodied men and women were being rallied in a final confrontation against an unseen enemy. Lilith somehow being a target in that mess was an unfortunate possibility given her lineage, even though for years the couple had lived peacefully.

But this was the moment John prepared for. As John followed the trail of clothing upstairs to his studio, he flung open the door and saw a familiar silhouette behind his curtains that he’d use to protect the modesty of some of his female clients that came in for silhouette sketches to be used in his sculpting projects, as his prerequisite curriculum for entering the school of fine arts required him to have that on his resume as well as his paintings. The panic did not immediately subside given his earlier encounters with the silhouette’s owner, but panic quickly turned into confusion when the silhoutte opened her mouth and spoke. “...is that you, John?”

“...Lilith?” John said quietly. “Why are you...why are you hiding behind the curtains? What happened?”

“While I was waiting for you I...I had a visitor. I think you might know who it was.” The silhouette with Lilith’s voice said softly. While John still had questions, relief finally set in and his body lost its tension. “She...she gave me a greater fraction of our power. She said I need it for what I’m going to tell you.”

“Then...then why hide behind the curtains? Let’s have some tea, Lilith,” John said with a nervous chuckle. While it was relieving that Lilith wasn’t in danger, there was a trembling in her voice that made him want to comfort her, and there was a gut feeling that she felt the same. Therefore, he wandered into the curtains and found his girlfriend a very changed young lady. It was no wonder that John did not immediately think it was her behind the curtains, as when he found Lilith, he immediate recognized her filled out, mature body and long hair as her older sister Morrigan...but the hair, color of her eyes and innocent sparkle in her eyes told him otherwise. It was Lilith, having finally reached physical maturity, and now her physical age had caught up to his own.

Lilith looked up as John put her hands on her bare shoulders, and she looked at him with those eyes that always sparkled when they looked at him. But there was something new among those sparkles. The unflinching love and tenderness was there, but what prevented her from gently smiling followed by a pleasant giiggle was an extra sparkle that wanted something primal...and seeing that sparkle awakened something primal within John that quickly made him turn away before it became out of control. “S...sorry, Lilith. That was rude. I’ll make dinner-”

“No,” Lilith grabbed John’s hand and pulled him back to face her. “I...I was hiding, because I’m scared that I can’t control myself and I’ll do something selfish.” With a deep breath, Lilith exhaled and looked to John. “She came in here, and told me that she needs me to return to Makai...forever. But before I go with her, she told me to bring you with me. She wants you to come with me so you can to be my...my…”

“...Lilith,” John whispered as he tightened his grip on Lilith’s hand that reached out to him. “What’s wrong? Didn’t I say I’d do anything to make you happy? Don’t I...don’t I make you happy?”

“No, John, you do! It’s just that...if you come with me, you can never go back to the life that you have right now. There won’t be any school of fine arts. There won’t be your works being in the London museum. All of your friends in Cornwall, you’ll probably never see again. If you come with me, you’ll be too valuable for Morrigan to let you out of the Castle. I’ll be putting you in a cage if you come with me...but…”

Tears once again formed in Lilith’s eyes as she fell into John’s chest, “...but I’m so madly in love with you that I hate myself that I want to put that on you! Morrigan told me that the only way for us to be together is for me to accept the extra power she gave me so I could look like this, so we didn’t have to hold back our feelings for each other because I couldn’t age like you do. I was excited, because we could finally take our relationship to the next level...but isn’t that just bondage? I love you because being with you makes me feel free, but what kind of girlfriend would I be if I took that freedom away from you just to-”

“Stop it, Lilith.”

John’s voice was unusually cold, and it sent a shockwave of chills down Lilith’s spine, but it was quickly washed away with the warm feeling of contentment as John wrapped his arms around her, and she felt a tear fall down on her lengthy lavender hair. “Do you hate me so much, Lilith, that you’d push me away claiming that it’s for my own good? Do you think that I hadn’t already decided that if I were given a choice, you would always come first? Do you think that I’m not prepared...to do whatever it takes to spend the rest of my life with you? Please, Lilith...let me into your life. I want to think that I’ve done more than enough to show you that I will always love you...because you’ve shown me time and time again that you’d never do anything to hurt me, just like I’d never doing anything to hurt you! Without you, Lilith...without you, I’d be incomplete!”

“John…”

The young man fumbled around his pockets before pulling out a small box, and quickly opening it to reveal an engagement ring. “I’ve kept this on me since you returned from the Majigen, it was one of my inheritances from my parents when they died in that accident. I was planning on giving it to you whenever we were old enough to act on our love, because I didn’t know what the rules were for succubi since you’ve always been the same age since I met you...but, here! I’m sorry if holding off on it made you worry...know that I want to be with you, forever! And if going to Makai is what has to happen for it...I’m willing to do what I have to, if that will make you happy.”

The two lovers’ hearts beat rapidly in unison as their romance finally blossomed to its inevitable peak. Lilith allowed John to place the ring on her finger, and she gulped before her lips glowed softly with her ki. “John...I don’t have a ring...but I can give you this…”

As they locked lips, Lilith remembered Morrigan’s words to her after granting her the adult body she needed to give John the means to be by her side for the rest of her life. “There’s a technique we succubi use to turn mortals into our companions both in spirit and in physical presence. It’s called ‘harmonizing.’ What this involves is removing a small piece of your lover’s soul and placing it within you, while injecting a piece of your own soul within him at the same time. Once this happens, his lifespan will be forever matches with yours, and as long as you draw breath, so will he. You’ll be able to drink from him as much as you want, for as long as you want, and all he’ll feel is your love enveloping him. And when you’re finally satisfied, his heart will continue to beat and his love will envelop you, as well.”

The extra power Morrigan gave Lilith in order to achieve her completed form, along with the careful passion blooming within her, allowed Lilith to complete the procedure, and given John did absolutely nothing to break the kiss, she let it play out until finally they parted lips and they opened their eyes once more. “Was that...supposed to be our wedding kiss?”
“How...how did you know?” Lilith said with that tinkling of a giggle she had as they tightened their embrace.

“Well...not to sound daft, but I guess I thought if your lips glowed during that kiss after all that buildup, it was probably something important,” John said with a smile. The couple gazed into each other’s eyes once more before kissing lightly, and Lilith’s newly awakened physical desires came to the forefront while she unbuttoned John’s shirt and let it fall to the floor, to which John provided no resistance, still lost in her gaze. John’s toned body was honed solely for her benefit, and there was nowhere else she would rather be than having his body wrapped around her and making her feel safe.

Lost in everything that he was, Lilith pressed her lips softly on his chest, and John took a sharp breath before leaning down and kissed her neck. “It’s strange, isn’t it, Lilith,” he whispered as Lilith let out a light gasp. “You always hear about how fairy tale romances don’t exist...but what do we live in, right now? You fell through my roof, and became an inseparable part of my life...and now we get to live together in a castle in a magic world. Sometimes, Lilith...sometimes, we shouldn’t question whether or not we’re allowed to be happy. Sometimes...we need to grasp the moments we’re given…”

“And is this the part...where Robin Hood finally gets to be with Marian?”

“As long as it makes you happy, Lilith...I’ll play any part that you want. As long as it’s with you…”

The couple soon found themselves head over heels in passionate love with each other, and Lillith relinquished her hold on her unique “living clothing,” causing her corset and stockings to scatter in a flash of violet ki while John fully disrobed. This moment was everything she had imagined and more, and the fact that even though Lilith was unleashing her full desires upon John and John’s vitality and passion remained constant while they became tangled in the curtains surrounding them, told her that her greatest wish to be with John for the rest of her days had finally come true.

And as their passions exhausted itself, if only for an evening, she watched him fall asleep with her still in his grasp and placed her head on his chest to admire his heartbeat whose rhythm shifted and stabilized for her sake, and would continue to do so as a consort of the Aensland clan. Morrigan told her that she would give them a day to enjoy their last day in Cornwall before making their journey through the Makai Gate where the Aensland clan’s escorts would bring them to the castle and John could be properly introduced to the attendants and his role explained. She assured Lilith that his talents as a painter would be valued greatly, as there were several houses allied with the Aensland clan that appreciated the fine arts especially when they came from the world of humans.

For now, she closed her eyes and allowed her astral form to drift into John’s dreams, as she sometimes would when she felt daring enough. Within his dreams, she felt his warmth and reassurance of his love, and let his imagination envelop her in a sense of wonder like it always did, now further enhanced by the confirmation of their feelings for each other. Finally, they were complete. The overwhelming loneliness of being lost children faded as they accepted their union as adults, and looked forward to their future together.

“We’ll never be lonely again…”
Darkstalkers oneshot: Incomplete (Lilith Oneshot)
Hey y'all! Figured I'd drop by being I got my hands on the Vampire Savior manga plus I've been going ham on Marvel vs Capcom Infinite. You can find the first 5 chapters of the VSav manga online at outlets like kissmanga, but I'm in the process of scanning the rest of the volumes (there are 5 total), and getting them translated so you guys can see what I'm referring to in this story. I know John might seem like a self-insert OC, but being he's already appeared in a licensed Capcom manga, and a lengthy one at that which fills in a lot of the question marks from the Vampire Savior game and even has elements that carried over to Jedah and Morrigan's interactions in Marvel vs Capcom Infinite, he might as well be canon. If Blade and Sawada from Street Fighter the Movie: the Game are canon now according to CFN, we can definitely quality John.

You can find the first five chapters of the manga, where John originated from, translated here.  I'm in the processing of uploading the rest of the story page by page to the TL team that's been working on it but that's gonna take some time, so be patient!  But just know that's baller!

kissmanga.com/Manga/Vampire-Sa…
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Favourite style of art: the style of not sucking
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Skin of choice: My skin is not too bad nowadays
Favourite cartoon character: Heihachi Mishima!
Personal Quote: "THIS IS MY YARD NOW!"
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No, I am not dead.  I'm actually here on DA almost every day checking up on certain people and browsing for any good fandom artwork. 

I've just been very, very, very busy.

I am currently a fully licensed Board Certified Behavioral Analyst, working as a Clinical Supervisor still located in Richmond, VA.  I am also now the current reigning WORLD CHAMPION in Street Fighter x Tekken, having finally unseated Esuta at EVO 2017 in a dominating round robin performance.  I've been playing Street Fighter V on the side and will be trying my hand at Marvel vs Capcom Infinite when it comes out next month.  I've also been playing Dynasty Warriors 8 XLCE and NBA Playgrounds. 

In fact, playing video games so much is a BIG reason why I haven't posted any prose in such a long time.  Every time I think about scratching the itch, I get sidetracked playing something either on my computer or on my Playstation 3 or 4.  I don't really regret this too much, though: I do more than enough writing at work drafting service plans or authorization summaries so by the time I'm home, I've already gotten the literary urge out of me. But I do have some things I have worked on that i could probably share with you guys...

At any rate, if you guys want to play me in something, hit me up and we'll exchange tag data.

Games I am taking challenges in are as follows.

Steam:
Street Fighter x Tekken (hit me up and I will give you what you need to play this online)
Ultra Street Fighter IV
Street Fighter V
King of Fighters 98UM
King of Fighters 2002UM
King of Fighters XIII Steam Edition
Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition
Injustice Gods Among Us
NBA Playgrounds
Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus
ANYTHING YOU WANT ON FIGHTCADE.  Let me know what you want to play and I'll get whatever files I need to make it happen
Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
Under Night In Birth Exe:Late (I'll be picking up UNIST whenever it drops on Steam)

Playstation 4:
Street Fighter V
Tekken 7
Blazblue Central Fiction
King of Fighters XIV
NBA Playgrounds
For Honor
Marvel vs Capcom Infinite
Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
Dead or Alive 5 Last Round
Ultra Street Fighter IV
Dragonball FighterZ whenever that comes out

Playstation 3:
Street Fighter x Tekken
Ultra Street Fighter IV
Tekken Tag Tournament 2
Tekken 5 Dark Resurrection
Soul Calibur II HD
NBA Jam On Fire Edition
Injustice Gods Among Us
Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
Street Fighter III 3rd Strike Online Edition
Marvel vs Capcom 2


Xbox 360
Street Fighter x Tekken
NeoGeo Battle Coliseum
NBA Jam On Fire Edition
  • Listening to: Dead by April - Playing With Fire
  • Reading: Umehara Fighting Gamers Vol. 1
  • Watching: White Men Can't Jump
  • Playing: Street Fighter x Tekken (2017 EVO CHAMPION WOOOO)
  • Eating: Carrots & Dinamitas
  • Drinking: Coke Zero

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:iconjaredjlee:
jaredjlee Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Party I hope this birthday is one to remember! Have your cake and eat it too
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Rihannon52 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the :+fav:  You can read the complete story at fanfiction(dot)net, under my pen-name, Rihannon.  Just in case you are interested. :)
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Psycho-blue Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2018
I would love to.  Maybe we can bounce Seiya x Shaina ideas off of each other one day (I did a Saint Seiya story back in 2015 as well)
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Rihannon52 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice!  It is the one posted here in DA?  
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Psycho-blue Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2018
yep!
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Xiao-Fury Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
.....well I guess you're happy about your team, aren't you?? :lol:
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Psycho-blue Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2018
not until we get into the Super Bowl.  They've let me down far too many times for me to trust them until they get that far.  
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Xiao-Fury Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well...I guess I spoke too soon, didn't I? lol
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DK2K1 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy birthday, dude. :D
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jaredjlee Featured By Owner Edited Sep 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Party Enjoy your birthday Champ! Have your cake and eat it too
I just purchased Sheol Must Fall to celebrate.
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