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Second Chances

By CrystalShadows87

Humor / Romance

Fire and Ice

Fire and Ice (Mars/Jadeite one-shot)

It was a day like any other. The sun was beating down, and a light breeze rustled through the trees. Everything was finally at peace after Queen Beryl had been defeated. The five girls who put an end to her could finally resume their lives as normal girls. Everyone had decided to meet up at the park, apart from Rei, who had some chores to do around the shrine. She would meet everyone later. As she swept the stairs out front, she thought about everything she and the others had been through.

Everyone is born with a purpose. It just so happened that Rei and the others served a seemingly more important one than most people. It was their job to make sure Earth was always protected from any outside threats. Rei began to think about the four Generals. She remembered very vividly the night they regained their memories, and how quickly that happiness had been ripped away. The love in Jadeite's eyes as he looked at her was something she would never forget. A single tear rolled down her cheek as she replayed that moment in her head.

As she resumed her sweeping, her two feathered companions Phobos and Deimos began to squawk frantically. That could only mean one thing, that someone was nearby. Rei turned slightly, but before she could fully see who was there, a soft but gentle voice cut through the quiet summer air.

"I found you…" That voice. It was so familiar. Rei turned to look at the mystery person, and when she saw him, she gasped. It couldn't be, could it? The broom she was holding slipped out of her hands, clattering to the ground. She stood in silence, gazing intently into a pair of deep blue eyes. It was him. He gingerly stepped forward, ascending the stairs. Finally, he reached her. Even with him standing directly in front of her, Rei was at a loss for words.

"J-Jadeite?" she stuttered, her voice shaking. He nodded, taking a step closer to her. "B-But, how? I thought you were…" she was so overcome with emotion that she couldn't even finish the sentence. He nodded again.

"I was" he said softly, his eyes never leaving hers. Rei reached up with a shaking hand and placed it gently on his face. The last thing Rei remembered was Jadeite and the others being turned into the crystals represented by their names, and she never thought she would see him or the others again.

"How are you here?" she asked, her voice steady but quiet. Jadeite shrugged, running a hand through his tousled blonde hair.

"I honestly have no idea. All I remember is waking up in…Mamoru, right? That's his name here?" Rei nodded and continued listening as he spoke. "I woke up in his apartment sometime after you guys defeated Queen Beryl. I think the silver crystal resurrected us."

"That makes me so happy" Rei said with a grin. Now, she thought, maybe she and the others would get their happy endings after all.

"Me too" Jadeite grinned, pulling Rei into a hug. "Well, you look like you're pretty busy, so I can go if you want…" Rei took his hand and shook her head.

"No, it's alright. You don't have to. I'm almost finished, anyway." In a matter of minutes, she was finished with the sweeping. She wiped the sweat from her brow, then turned towards Jadeite. "Do you want to come inside?" He nodded and followed her into the shrine. She motioned for him to sit, and he obliged. Rei then disappeared around the corner to the kitchen to prepare a pot of tea. As Jadeite waited for her to return, he glanced at all the different artwork and things hanging on the walls. He was so engrossed by them that he never heard Rei's grandpa enter the room.

"Oh, hello. You must be a friend of Rei's" he said cheerfully, startling Jadeite slightly.

"Yes, my name's Jade…er…Jay" he said, stumbling over his words.

"Nice to meet you. Funny, Rei's never mentioned you…" Jadeite quickly tried to think of a way to explain who he was and how he knew her, but was saved by Rei appearing in the doorway.

"Hi Grandpa" she greeted him, smiling. "I see you've already met Jade…Jay" she stuttered, choosing the same name he had. Upon hearing this, Jadeite flashed her a smile.

"Yes, I have. Tell me, Rei, where do you know him from?"

"Oh, we, uh…we've known each other for a while. I just never really thought to mention it" she said, shrugging casually. It's not like it was a lie…she had known him for a long time. Granted, it wasn't always on the best terms, but there was nothing they could do about that. It was in the past, and now they could start fresh.

"Why not? Do you have something to hide? He's not your boyfriend, is he?"

"No, Grandpa. Calm down" Rei assured him, chuckling nervously. She glanced over at Jadeite, who now had a seemingly sad expression on his face. Shortly thereafter, Grandpa left them alone. There was an awkward silence filling the room, and Rei decided to break it.

"Look, about what I said earlier…I had to lie to him. I can't really explain our history to him. He'd have a heart attack" Rei said softly, placing her hand on Jadeite's. He nodded, turning his head to look at her.

"I understand" he sighed. "But, you really didn't mean it?"

"No" Rei said, shaking her head. "I want to be with you more than anything. And now that we actually get a second chance…" Rei was hushed by Jadeite leaning forward and kissing her softly. As he pulled away, he gazed deep into her eyes.

"I'm glad. I just feel bad about all the trouble I caused you and the others…" it was Rei's turn to silence him, and she did so by gently placing her finger on his lips."

"It wasn't your fault. You were corrupted. All that is in the past now" Rei reassured him, smiling. With the awkward tension out of the way, the two continued their conversation. They were interrupted by the Shrine phone ringing in the hallway. Rei sighed, stood up and walked out the door to answer it.

"Hello? Oh, hey, Usagi. Are you guys still at the park? You are? Great, I'll be there soon. Oh, and I have a surprise…no, I'm not going to tell you. See you soon. Bye." Rei hung up the phone then walked back into the room.

"You want to come to the park with me? I was supposed to meet everyone there a while ago but I got caught up talking to you and completely forgot" Rei explained, chuckling. Jadeite grinned playfully at her as he stood up.

"Sure, I'll come with you. It'll be fun to see everyone and not have to try to kill them" he joked. Rei smacked his arm playfully, stepping in front of him to walk out the door.

"Always a joker" she sighed. As they walked to the park, they talked about how everything was now, and how nice it was to have a sense of normalcy again. Suddenly, Rei looked up at him, her eyes filled with curiosity.

"What's the matter?" Jadeite wondered, looking down at her.

"I was wondering, do you know where Nephrite, Kunzite and Zoisite might be?" Jadeite shook his head, sighing.

"I don't really know. i last saw them passed out in Mamoru's apartment, so I don't know if they're still there, or what…" he explained, his voice getting gradually quieter as he spoke.

"Well, wherever they are, I hope they're okay" Rei said softly. Within a few moments, they would have their answer. When they rounded the corner to the park, they were faced with a slightly bigger group than they were anticipating. The remaining three generals had awoken, and Mamoru had brought them to the park to surprise the girls. Rei and Jadeite sped up and were soon joined with the rest of the group. Finally, everything was as it should have always been.

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