Prologue & Chapter 1: Shadows
A New Journey: A Sailor Moon/Crystal Tokyo Fan Fiction
By Chari VonDillarizz
Princess Serenity, once known as small lady had finally matured into a beautiful young woman and was being groomed to take on responsibilities within the rule of Crystal Tokyo and Earth that went beyond that of a Senshi. But on this day she was simply pacing up and down one of the palace hallways, trying to decide if she was excited or angry.
She had spent 1,000 years as the only child of the Queen and King. She had been spoiled and cared for as the most precious gem in the universe. But not anymore…. Her mother was giving birth to another child at this very moment. And to make matters worse, she did not know if she were getting a brother or a sister. This pregnancy had been shrouded in magic and mystery. None of the doctors or priests could tell or foresee anything about this child. Even her father with his psychic visions did not know, which seemed to please him greatly while it infuriated her. Her beloved Helios too marveled at this child, not even born yet. Her jealousy made her feel so much like the Usagi of the 20th century.
As this thought crossed her mind, Helios came down the hall with a smile of pure joy on his face. Serenity looked at him expectantly. He embraced her and looked into her eyes exuberantly, "It is a girl. She is so filled with magic it is pulsating from her. She is amazing. She seems to have taken after the King. They've named her Kiyoko. Come and see her!" He tugged on her arm and pulled her down the hallway to the chambers where her family awaited. She allowed it easily because her mind was filled with so many conflicting emotions and a looping thought that this child has changed her world entirely. A thought that she was not sure would be a good or bad thing…..
….. 200 Years Later….
"You must trust me Serenity! Those approaching are not our enemy! We need not fear them!" Kiyoko looked deeply into her sister, Queen of the Earth, Serenity's crimson eyes. Serenity looked back at her sister, also watching the monitors in the universal surveillance room that Kiyoko stood in front of now. Kiyoko could sense the continued apprehension in her sister. Since their father had passed away and their mother had stepped down from the thrown and fallen into what appeared to be an eternal sleep, Serenity had developed a mistrust for anything outside of Earth. Kiyoko believed it was out of fear… Not trusting her ability to protect Earth, but she had promised when she was a child never to peer into her mind without her permission.
Kiyoko had physically matured much more quickly than her older sister, whom she'd called Chibi-Usa affectionately until she'd taken the throne. And Kiyoko's childhood had been vastly different than what she had always been told her sister's was like. But she was so different, sometimes wondering to herself if that was a blessing or a curse.
From the very beginning her father and Helios had worked with her to develop her psychic and magical abilities. She loved magic and could feel it in everything within and outside of her. Kiyoko spent hours, days even at a time training with them, particularly her father once Chibi-Usa and Helios had married. This appeared to vex her sister sometimes. She understood though, her father shared many stories of the time before Kiyoko was born, both about the life of her family and the many exploits and battles that had led to the peace they now enjoyed. Sadly, even as a child Kiyoko knew that peace would not last. But looking back Kiyoko often wondered if her father knew his time was not infinite and was trying to cram as much preparation into her as possible before his time ran out.
"Fine. Take a party out and meet our guests Priestess Kiyoko. Take Uranus and Neptune." Kiyoko bowed, but knew that her sister's anxieties were not gone. When Serenity was nervous or angry were the only times that she used Kiyoko's proper title in private. Choosing Uranus and Neptune had made it that much more obvious. It was such an interesting phenomena that while her father had passed away it seemed that the original Senshi were not aging, even as her mother slept. Kiyoko believed that the two were most likely related. The younger Asteroids were considered her sister's guardians and had never let Kiyoko know them well. They feared her magic and were fiercely loyal to the Queen.
However, the original Senshi were loyal to both children and had loved Kiyoko with the same love they'd shown Serenity. Kiyoko spent her time not studying magic learning from them. She learned art and music from Sailor Neptune, combat from Uranus, cooking from Jupiter, and so on…. Her time was filled with nothing but lessons for the first century of her life. It was only then, when her father died and passed the golden crystal fully onto her, that she had taken her place as High Priestess and Advisor to the Queen.
Kiyoko's mind had wandered while she made her way down the palace halls. When she reached the entrance doors she saw Sailor Uranus and Neptune standing there, as she knew they would be.
They both bowed to her briefly. Then Michiru smiled at her, "So what will be waiting for us out there?" The tone was light, but Kiyoko knew what she was asking her. "Allies," she said as the doors opened.
The three of them walked down the path outside the castle, Kiyoko just barely in front of the other two. She knew Haruka hated not being in front of her, but only she knew where the guests, as her sister had put it, would land. Once they had put some distance between themselves and the castle, Haruka did step in front of Kiyoko, "Now would you actually answer Neptune, my dear Priestess?" Haruka only called her Priestess when she felt Kiyoko was hiding something, which was not often as the two of them had always been close.
Kiyoko sighed. She knew there was no way around Haruka when she was insistent. As Michiru stepped beside Haruka Kiyoko knew she was definitely cornered. "I gave her accurate information," even as the words left her mouth she knew they wouldn't be enough. Once again she sighed, "My vision tells me only that they are allies, shadows from the distant past, and that they do not come here lightly." As Haruka peered at her discerning if she was withholding anything else, which she wasn't, she felt like she was 10 years old again in combat training after unwittingly combing a physical and magical attack for the first time. Haruka still carried a small scar on her hand from it.
"Shadows from the distant past?" Michiru was the first to speak. Haruka looked at her, "Well, this should be interesting." The two of them always fascinated Kiyoko in moments like this, as two halves of one being. The both stepped to each side of Kiyoko with such grace and synchronicity that it felt like a dance, one that had been going on for 1,200 years. And so Kiyoko led them to a clearing filled with roses. It was one of her favorite places to go with her father as a child. Kiyoko spread her magic out over the field as she always did, and the flowers all bloomed just a bit more in greeting as they always had.
Kiyoko looked up as she felt the energy approach. However, she did not get a look at the beings that materialized before them because Haruka pushed her behind her and took up a defensive stance, Michiru mirroring her once again. But it was Haruka who spoke first this time, "What in the HELL are you doing here?"
Kiyoko's heart skipped a beat, though she did not know why…..