"It's over. You're safe now." A soft, gentle voice cut through the silence like a knife. A small blond haired boy crawled out from beneath a pile of demolished wood, brushing the dust from his clothes as he stood up. He looked all around him, finding that there was no one anywhere nearby. The place he once called home was now reduced to a barren wasteland. Not a sound could be heard, and not a soul was in sight.
"Who's there?" He called out, trying to see if he could spot anyone.
"My name is Helios" the voice responded. "I am the guardian of this place." The boy looked around him once more, confused.
"Where are you?" he inquired. "Why can't I see you?"
"You're quite inquisitive, young Jadeite" the voice said.
"How do you know my name?" he asked, gasping in surprise.
"I know everything about this place" Helios said, offering no further explanation on the matter. Jadeite wandered around curiously, turning to look at the place where his home once stood.
"There's no one else here" he said quietly. " Helios, do you know what happened to my parents?"
"Yes, I do. I can tell you, but I can't promise you'll like what you hear" Helios cautioned.
"I want to know" Jadeite responded, his voice quivering.
"As you know," Helios began. "This place was overrun by an unstoppable evil force. In order to escape death, many turned their allegiance to that evil, and because of it, they left."
"What are you trying to tell me, Helios?" Jadeite asked. A man suddenly appeared before Jadeite's eyes. He had white hair that looked similar to Jadeite's, and there as a golden horn protruding from his forehead. The man stepped forward so he was standing directly in front of Jadeite, then he spoke once more.
"Jadeite, every person born into this world had the power to control their destiny. Most of them will choose goodness and righteousness, but there are also those who feed off their own greed and selfishness. Your parents…" Helios paused for a moment as he reached out to take Jadeite's hand. "Your parents gave up this life, and abandoned, to escape death." Tears filled Jadeite's eyes as he looked up at Helios.
"I don't understand" he said quietly. "How could they do this to me?" Helios shook his head in response.
"I'm afraid I can't explain that" Helios said sadly. "You may never understand why they did this, but there is one thing you can do."
"What is it?" Jadeite asked, wiping the tears from his cheeks.
"Promise yourself that you will never let greed and selfishness take you over" Helios said. "Can you do that?" Jadeite nodded in response.
"I think so."
"I must warn you, it won't be easy" Helios cautioned. "You must always be on your guard, and be aware of what's right and what's not." Jadeite nodded again, listening as Helios continued to speak.
"There are three other boys here who are also alone. You must find them, and the four of you must always stay together. Their names are Nephrite, Zoisite and Kunzite. You were all born with the same destiny, and together you will find it." As Helios said this, be began to fade from sight.
"But, Helios, how will I find them?" Jadeite asked.
"Have faith in yourself, young Jadeite" Helios said as he faded away. In just a matter of seconds, Jadeite was alone again. A light breeze rustled through the trees, and when it subsided, Jadeite heard a noise in the distance. Curious as to what it was, he followed the sound and soon found the source. A young boy around Jadeite's age was sitting on the ground, surrounded by the same devastation Jadeite had been. His face was stained with dirt and tears, and as Jadeite came closer, he could hear that the boy was still crying.
"Are you okay?" Jadeite asked quietly, trying not to startle him. The boy looked up at him, then quickly looked away. Jadeite sat down next to him, staying silent for a few moments. Finally, he spoke again.
"I know what you're going through. I lost my parents too" he said softly. The boy sniffled and turned his head to look at Jadeite.
"How did you know that?" the boy asked, amazed.
"I don't know. I could just sense it" Jadeite replied. He placed a hand on the boy's shoulder and instantly felt an overwhelming power. The other boy felt it too, and looked at Jadeite, confused.
"What was that?" he asked, his eyes wide.
"I don't know" Jadeite answered. Suddenly, he heard Helios' voice in his head. Jadeite recalled Helios telling him to find three other boys…could this be one of them? The two boys sat in silence for a moment, then the other one spoke. He brushed a lock of wavy brown hair out of his face and extended his hand to Jadeite.
"I'm Nephrite" the boy introduced himself. Jadeite took his hand and smiled.
"My name is Jadeite" he said softly. "I'm glad I found you, Nephrite." Nephrite looked at Jadeite, puzzled.
"You were looking for me?"
"Yes" Jadeite nodded, then proceeded to explain what Helios had told him.
"Wow" Nephrite murmured after Jadeite finished the story. "What do you think our destiny is?" Jadeite shrugged, then stood up and extended his hand to Nephrite to help him up.
"There's only one way to find out" he said with a smile. The sun was setting, so the two boys decided to set out on their adventure the following day. They found temporary shelter in an abandoned home, and after dragging the two beds into the same room so they could stay together, they settled in and soon fell asleep.
The next morning, Jadeite was the first to wake up, and he quietly crept out of the room so he wouldn't wake Nephrite. He walked into the small kitchen area and began to search for food, only finding bits of stale bread and a few slightly bruised apples. Sighing, he brought them back to the bedroom, where he found Nephrite awake.
"Hey, good morning!" he greeted Nephrite cheerfully. "I tried to find some food, but there wasn't much. I did find these though" he said, handing Nephrite the slightly less bruised apple.
"Thanks" Nephrite said, taking the apple and grinning shyly. The two sat in silence for a while, munching happily on the fruit. After a while, Jadeite spoke.
"I wonder what Zoisite and Kunzite are like…" he mused.
"Yeah, me too. I'm kind of scared to meet them" Nephrite said with a nervous giggle.
"I am too, but I'm sure it'll be fine" Jadeite said with a wink. "I was scared to meet you, but you're not that scary." Nephrite chuckled and turned his body so he was facing Jadeite.
"You're not either" he said with a laugh. The two finished their breakfast then decided to set out to find the other two. When they stepped outside, the eerie silence that greeted them sent shivers down their spines.
"This is so weird" Jadeite said quietly to himself as the two walked through the remains of the village.
"Yeah, it is" Nephrite agreed. "But at least we're not alone, right?"
"Right" Jadeite said with a nod.
After the two had been walking for what seemed like hours, they were starting to get hungry again. Luckily, they saw what appeared to be another village just ahead. They began to walk faster and soon arrived, finding a familiar scene before them. They decided to search the first house they could find for food. When they stepped up and tried the door, they were surprised to find that it was locked.
"That's weird" Jadeite muttered, trying the door again and pushing his weight against the door, with no success once again.
"Try the window" Nephrite suggested. Jadeite picked up a rock and slammed it against the window, shattering the glass.
"Help me up" Jadeite instructed. Nephrite hoisted him up and he carefully climbed in the window, going over to the door and opening it for Nephrite. He walked inside and shut the door behind him, then began to help Jadeite search for food. After a few minutes, they heard a noise in the next room.
"What was that?" Nephrite whispered.
"I don't know" Jadeite whispered back, creeping toward the entrance of the other room. "I'll check it out, wait here." He crept into the room and didn't immediately see anyone, but he continued searching. After a few minutes, he heard someone whimpering quietly.
"Hello?" he said, raising his voice slightly above a whisper. "Is someone in here?" There was no answer, so after a minute he tried again. "We're not going to hurt you, I promise." After a few moments, a young boy crawled out from underneath the bed. By this time, Nephrite was also in the room.
"Who are you?" the boy asked, his voice shaking.
"You don't have to be afraid, we're not going to hurt you. I'm Nephrite" Nephrite said with a smile. "And this is Jadeite."
"What are you guys doing here? I've never seen you before" the boy asked, curious.
"It's kind of a long story" Jadeite explained.
"That's okay, I've got time" the other boy said, chuckling slightly. "Do you guys want something to eat? There isn't much, but I can give you what I have." He walked into the kitchen and soon returned with a plate of bread and different fruits. "I'm Zoisite, by the way" he said as he set the plate on the table. He reached out to shake Jadeite's hand, then Nephrite's and the three of them looked at one another in amazement as they all felt the same energy that Jadeite and Nephrite felt when they first met. Zoisite almost said something, but shrugged it off. "Here, help yourselves" he said, smiling.
"Thanks" Jadeite said, smiling shyly as he reached toward the plate. "Do you live by yourself?" The boy shook his head, looking down at the floor.
"My parents are gone, but I'm not alone" he explained, turning to walk into the other room. He returned a moment later, followed by another boy. He glanced briefly at Jadeite and Nephrite, then quickly broke eye contact.
"It's okay," Zoisite whispered. "They're not going to hurt us." The fourth boy finally overcame his shyness enough to make eye contact again, smiling shyly. Jadeite looked at him, wondering…could this be…?
"Just out of curiosity" Jadeite began. "Is your name Kunzite?"
"How did you know that?" Kunzite asked, surprised. Jadeite shrugged, scraping the floor with his foot.
"I had a feeling." Jadeite said with a smile, extending his hand to Kunzite. Kunzite took it, but quickly jerked his hand back. Jadeite looked at him, worried. "Is everything okay?" he asked.
"Y-Yeah" Kunzite said, looking down at Jadeite's hand, then his own. The four boys sat in silence for a while, then decided to go out and explore. They walked around the small village, eventually coming to a lake. It was fairly large, and on the other side, they could see the palace. They stared at it in awe, each of them wondering what it would be like to live there. Just as they turned to go back to the village, Jadeite had a thought.
"We should go over there" he said suddenly. The other three looked at him, confused.
"But it's the palace…we can't just hang around there" Nephrite said.
"Just trust me" Jadeite said, walking around the edge of the lake to get to the other side. The other three followed, and once they reached the other side of the lake, they became apprehensive once more.
"I'm not so sure about this" Zoisite said nervously. "Do you think we should turn back?" Jadeite ignored his hesitance and kept walking, stopping suddenly when he saw someone up ahead. He looked closer and noticed a boy around their ages, sitting under a tree reading a book. He boldly moved forward, trying to stay as quiet as he could. While walking, he stepped on a stick, causing it to break in half. The noise cut through the quiet day, causing the boy to look up from his book. Jadeite froze, and thought about turning to run, but before he could, the boy called out.
"Who's there? Show yourself!" Nervously, Jadeite and the others stepped forward. The boy set his book down in the grass and stood up. They could see clearly now that he was royalty, and they grew nervous. As he came closer, the angry expression on his face softened.
"What are you doing here?" he asked.
"We…we were just exploring. I'm sorry if we were trespassing" Jadeite explained, his voice shaking. The other boy smiled at the four of them.
"You don't have to be afraid. I've been expecting you."
"You have?" the four boys asked in unison. The other boy nodded.
"Yes. I'm Prince Endymion."
Jadeite sat up in his bed, finding that he was at home, sitting up in his bed.
"That was such a weird dream" he murmured, then laid back down to go back to sleep.