Chapter 1: Cold Receptions
A Sailor Moon/Crystal Tokyo Fanfiction
The 8th part in the "Daughters of Crystal Tokyo" Collection
By Chari VonDillarizz
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Warning: Adult themes and content, reader discretion advised.
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Chapter 1: Cold Receptions
They bowed before her and she looked at them, uncertain as to whether she wanted to hug them for having made it back alive or have them all banished to the darkest parts of space! Standing behind her was Sailor Ceres, having stayed simply for moral support.
It was Ceres who had met the ship when it landed. Though it only took a few minutes for the Inner Senshi to surface and welcome their lovers home. Ceres was a bit jealous of them. Certainly, they'd all had more than their share of loneliness. However, she wished that she and the other Asteroids could find that kind of love. That was love that would never die, no matter the circumstance.
At last, Serenity addressed Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, "I am glad you all made it back safely. However," She allowed that to hang in the air just a moment before going on in a tone that was that of a cold queen, "To say that I am livid would be an understatement. I do not know what in the name of Selene possessed the three of you to attempt such an imprudent plan!" She saw Setsuna lift her head and open her mouth to speak, but Serenity would not have it, "Do not say anything! Your actions, your deception hurt me most of all Puu!" Serenity then turned her crimson eyes on Haruka and Michiru for an instant, "At least you two have a history of going off and doing the unreasonable in order to do what you think you have to do. But you, Setsuna… You were the first friend that I ever had! I do not understand!" She threw her hands as frustration and anger permeated her entire being.
Setsuna looked up at her queen, the regal being that had grown from small lady. She knew that she and the others had betrayed her. Setsuna also knew that there was nothing that they could say that would make Serenity understand. She and Kiyoko had both grown into head-strong and stubborn women. It was as much a merit as it was a flaw. They stood by what they believed in, but once they'd made up their minds it was a difficult thing to change it. With that thought, Setsuna said the only thing she could, "I am sorry my lady."
Of course she Haruka's head shot up. That was not good. And just as predicted, Haruka spoke a bit rashly for the position they were in. She addressed Serenity, "Your Highness, we were doing our duty. We were protecting the line of the Silver Millennium." Yes, Haruka had just succeeded in making matters worse based on the expression that crossed Serenity's face.
Serenity snapped, "Haruka, do you call lying to EVERYONE and keeping us all in the dark so that we cannot PROPERLY protect that which we are sworn to protect doing your duty?" The octave to which Serenity's voice had raised rivaled her mother's capabilities.
Haruka did not respond, which was a wise decision. Michiru spoke this time, fortunately with more grace and tact than her lover, "You're right my queen. Our judgement was dreadful to say the least. Nonetheless, I pray that you take a moment to consider that our intentions were good."
Taking a deep breath, Serenity replied to Michiru, "I am certain that your intentions were good Sailor Neptune. Regardless, you should have included the rest of us… or at least myself and the King." She looked on the three before and was struck with the same feelings as when the conversation began. Before this could get out of hand she said, "Go. All three of you please go. Find something to make yourselves useful and do not get into any trouble." She turned from them and walked past Ceres to sit on her throne, or collapse onto it more accurately. Once the three of them were gone, Serenity looked at Sailor Ceres and spoke with a melancholy tone, "Do you think I was too harsh with them Ceres, honestly?"
Ceres looked fondly at her queen and friend and told her, "No, Serenity, I do not. It's fortunate that everything turned out well. But you are right, what they did was reckless." For a moment she covered mouth, not having thought about the fact that the Outers were her superiors. She should not be speaking that way about them.
Seeing Ceres reaction actually made Serenity smile, "I asked your honest opinion Ceres, don't regret giving it."
…. A Few Days Later….
There was little that rivaled the free feeling of light travel! Kiyoko could feel magic pulsing through the universe around her. She felt like she was one with it. It was the most joy she had felt recently. As they neared Earth, Kiyoko knew that joy would end soon. When they entered the solar system, Kiyoko had this strange feeling, as if they had passed through a web. However, that made no sense. Perhaps she was just being paranoid because of her anxiety about facing her family on Earth. She told herself that is what it must be!
Not long afterwards she and Usagi reached Earth, landing inside the walls of the Crystal Palace Grounds. Waiting for them was Serenity and Helios. None of the others had come. When they materialized, Kiyoko heard her sister gasp as she laid eyes on their mother. It was understandable. She had become Sailor Cosmos and the transformation was breathtaking. Serenity ran up and hugged their mother with overflowing love. Usagi laughed and hugged Serenity back, "I missed you too my sweet. We came as quickly as we could." She looked at Kiyoko as she spoke that last sentence.
That caused Serenity to look at Kiyoko and the look in her eyes made Kiyoko want to go and hide as she had down whenever she'd messed up something of Serenity's as a child. Swallowing, Kiyoko smiled at her sister and said, "Hello Serenity. I missed you."
Serenity put on a tight lipped smile and stepped back from their mother, replying to Kiyoko's greeting in a cool tone, "Hello Kiyoko. I am glad you are well." It was all that she could say in that moment, her feelings toward her sister still so conflicted. Kiyoko knew that and so she simply nodded.
Usagi looked between her two daughters, feeling the tension, and said, "Perhaps we should go inside. I want to see my grandchildren. Besides, we have much to discuss." Not waiting for either of her daughters, or Helios for that matter, to respond, Usagi started walking into the castle. Kiyoko and Serenity both stared after her briefly before following her, Helios taking Serenity's hand and following as well. They may be queens, but she would always be… well, not only their mother… But Queen Mother as well.
He heard her footsteps and held up his hand before she could speak. His long navy strands hanging in his face as he looked at the sight before him in the pool. He looked on at the three beauties of the Silver Millennium, dismissing the Priestly King entirely. The mother of the cosmos and her daughters…. Oh how the one mesmerized him. Her grace and elegance drawing him in. But her heart was spoken for…. Such a pity… Eventually he broke himself for the pool of sight and addressed her, "What is it Hakai?"
She hated when he silenced her like that. Even more, she hated his obsession with that daughter of the Silver Millennium. Hakai was certain it would only end in disaster. However, she would never voice such thoughts. That would just get her punished. It wouldn't change anything. So she swallowed the spiteful words on her tongue and got to what was important, "There was a disturbance detected."
He arched an eyebrow at her, stepping down from the pool, his deep blue cape flowing behind him, "What sort of disturbance Hakai?"
Taking a deep breath, she replied, "An energy. It passed through the field at the edge of the solar system."
He laughed at her and said, "Of course an energy passed through the field. The newly anointed Sailor Cosmos and the Golden Queen just arrived on Earth." His eyes were momentarily distant as he thought back to the image in the pool. Then they turned sharp and locked onto Hakai, "That is what you disturbed me for?" His eyes narrowed.
The instant his eyes narrowed, Hakai found herself on her knees with an immeasurable pain in her head. She managed to eek out her words, "No… Father…. " She grabbed the sides of her head and pushed on, "It was something else. Something that was with them…. But it was not their energy… And it was strong…."
Shinigami's eyes widened and he saw his daughter drop to the floor completely. He paid her no mind, however his curiosity was most definitely piqued. What power could the Silver Millennium be hoarding now? No matter… He knew what he would do… Shinigami would possess everything he wanted… The daughter of the Silver Millennium, her crystal, and this new power…. Nothing would stand in his way. Looking back at his daughter, he shook his head. Hakai was of so little use sometimes he wondered why he kept her around. He hadn't hesitated when her mother proved too weak….