LEGEND OF THE AKITSUBATA & THE OBERISKU NO SHOUJO
By Loki 

3/09/2004 

(ac re-working of the original narrative-Akitsubata & the Crystal Flower)
 
Welcome to the amazing world of the Oberisku no Shoujo! Her secrets will reveal themselves over the course of 
the coming chapters. 
 

Long ago, an ancient
A beautiful Senshi-Goddess Queen led people to our region of space in search of a new home, her name was Sule 
and she had established the joint celestial dominion where she ruled upon the Earth whilst her sister Freya
reigned on the planet Orpheus . The ancient Celts worshiped her as a Sun Goddess,as some strands of our lost 
heritage survived and made their way into folklore. the star we now refer to presently as the sun was once 
known as Sule, named after its beautiful founder ... so when the lost Earth princess reveals herself as the 
Oberisku no Shoujo, everything changes and a new legacy is born.
I hope you'll find this grand epic exciting and entertaining.
 
In this edition I have merged the first four chapters as book I  with two chapters. The first chapter of book II 
onwards will feature Phantoma & Dr. Zero as integral to the central plot.
  
My special thanks go to Dejana, my BETA reader *huggles*: Joris Van Dingenen, for helping me with Japanese names. 
ck out her 'Sailor Moon Crystal Nexus' on
 
BOOK I CRYSTAL TABLEAU 

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DISCLAIMER 

I do not own Sailor Moon, nor do I own Phantoma: as the original Sailor Moon characters & plots are the property of Naoko Takeuchi & all involved in the Sailor Moon experience. The same is true in respect to Phantoma & I am simply borrowing them. However, I have created my own plots and characters. These belong to Loki. Magenta Dawn Publications(c) 2004 
 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
A CRYSTAL CURSE PART i 

A CRYSTAL CURSE PART II
BOOK II CELESTIAL CONFLAGRATION
GATES OF THE GALAXY
I AM SAILOR EPSILON 

ENDYMION'S POWER 

CELESTIAL PANTHERS AND THE PRINCESS AKI JOIN FORCES 

BOOK III ARC OF THE CRYSTAL GIRL 
MAU REVOLUTION - GENJI & THE MOON CAT RESISTANCE 
JANUS & THE TEMPORAL HELIX - LOVE OVER DARKNESS 
CONFLAGRATION - THE NIGHT THEY CAME 
AN UNEXPECTED ALLY - RETURN OF JADEITE
BOOK IV AKITSUBATA UNFOLDS  
SATURN & THE STAR RAVEN 
MOON GHOSTS AND THE JADE TRIDENT 
LOKI & THE ASGARDIA - ARAKNITOPA DEFEAT
STAR MAVERICK 
BOOK V AFFINITY WEFT 
RETURN TO MYOLA CITY 
DEMETER'S DREAM - THE NEW PRINCESS OF EARTH 
CORONATION-LOVE REIGNS SUPREME 
EPILOGUE 
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A CRYSTAL CURSE PART I 
I wait in shadow as I wander through the void
I live amongst the shadows and cast my light 

By the wings of a golden bat I secure the dawn 

My journey is long as I perform my duty 

I emerge from my long sleep free of my torpor  

I observe, wait and carefully consider my next move 

I am Phantoma the warrior of justice who is guardian of the innocent and star lance of affinity moon the 
galactic sovereign  
I stand before the gates of time to fight by your sides oh mighty Senshi
 

Long before the Silver Millennium two beautiful worlds within our solar system were engaged in an intimate dance. The Earth and its sister world, Orpheus intersected one another's paths once each year as they circled around our sun, known back then as Sule. These spectacular spheres seemed to almost kiss
one another as they passed each other by. Orpheus, with its multi-coloured rings of lucidity, and its sister 
Earth, with its amazing blue countenance shining like a pearl across the void, was an awesome sight. Anyone
fortunate enough to behold these resplendent disks would be seduced by this pair of stellar
lovers flirting amongst the stars.
 

Many spacecraft moved back and forth between these luminous worlds. Thousands made the voyage from the various
kingdoms within the solar system, coming from as far away as Pluto to participate in system wide celebrations. 
The five impressive moons, set against banded shades of purple, pink, red and lavender clouds resembled jewels 
set across the vast circumference of Orpheus. This was the spectacular view one would encounter whilst looking 
through the panoramic view ports aboard a typical tourist-class space bus. Its sister world, the Earth, 
presented an equally impressive view.
 
The periodical alignment of these planets was considered a major cultural event celebrating love and romance. 
It was especially so for the young, as many couples celebrated it as a fertility rite, and especially auspicious,
as children born or conceived at this time were deemed sacred.
 
At this time Luna, a disk of silver destined to leave its orbit and become home to the house of Serenity 
twenty five thousand years in the future, was part of Orpheus's cluster of five beautiful moons. This year,
everything would be irrevocably altered.
 
In Orpheus's equatorial capital, Odina, celebrations were in full swing. The night possessed a special 
significance for the young princess Florianna. She was engaged to prince Aries of Mars, who was to join her 
on the balcony at midnight. She stepped out into the warm night air, taking in the sights and sounds of the 
celebrations in the city cradled within the valley below.
 
Florianna was nineteen years old and all of five feet five inches tall. Her petite hourglass figure was draped 
in luxuriant white silk robes. The silk floated above a pair of beautifully crafted crystal sandals, their 
sapphire-studded ankle straps throwing off brilliant blue prisms of light with each step she took. 
Florianna's oval face possessed a luminous glow. Her flawless alabaster skin accentuated her delicate features 
to perfection. Her abundance of wavy red hair cascaded over her shoulders, then flowed down her back and over 
her breasts to her waist. Florianna's stunning green eyes were like those of a cat, sparkling like jewels 
penetrating deep into the darkness.
 

Florianna took a long, deep breath as she looked into the night sky, which was festooned with fabulous fireworks
displays. She swept back the hair from her eyes, threw on a cloak and sighed contentedly.
 
In the next moment, she was brought back from her thoughts by a violent quake. Florianna was no stranger to 
earthquakes and thought it would pass quickly,but she soon realised it was far more significant and destructive 
than any she would ever know. Florianna knew this was no natural occurrence, but was still
terrified as a cold sensation swept through her entire body.
 
Suddenly, screams broke out everywhere. The skies filled with a mysterious web of darkness. The warm breezes 
flew into a rage, and the beautiful shimmering Earth swam in and out of phase, horribly distorted by atmospheric
turbulence. Her last thoughts before she lost consciousness concerned her fiancé.
 
The prince, with his young sister Rhiannon, ran up the long winding flights of steps leading to Florianna's 
bedchamber. He noticed her prostrate body sprawled upon the ground, checked her pulse, and carefully carried 
her inside to place her upon the luxuriant bed. Rhiannon was eight years old, and her long blonde hair shone
in the eerie light as she handed a wet towel to her older brother. The crescent moon symbol upon Florianna's 
brow began to glow, and they knew she would be okay...but what of their world?
 

It had begun. The two worlds were thrust toward one another, almost colliding. The entire planetary system was 
thrown into chaos as the sequence of destruction unfolded. Orpheus had been flung free of its orbit. The 
confusion descending upon Earth and Orpheus was unprecedented. In the days and weeks that followed, reports 
began to come in from planetary Senshi stations on Mars, Venus and Mercury. Security satellite networks were 
abuzz with a tapestry of frightening data streams spreading the news system wide, and subsequent intelligence 
revealed the identities of those responsible for the cataclysm.
 

It was the Araknitopa Alliance that was behind this disaster of apocalyptic proportions. The diabolical 
collective wished to break up the celestial Senshi by cutting off its central capital. When the tempest had 
subsided and time moved forward, their dark curse began to spread insidiously throughout the entire Sulean 
star system. This dark curse slowly encroached upon all the kingdoms in the solar system, isolating the 
planetary dominions from the galaxy.
 
After the fall of Queen Serenity, the results of the isolation of the planetary kingdoms from one another would 
be clear, and the Araknitopa's plans for dominance amongst the stars complete. Orpheus spent thousands of years 
aloft as a rogue planet, eventually finding a new home around a yellow star much like its former home. 
Orpheusean scientists created an atmospheric shield to prevent its atmosphere from being drawn into the vacuum 
of space.
 
Ruled by the house of Freya, one of nine royal houses located on Orpheus itself and its beautiful moons, 
Orpheus enjoyed a wonderful period of prosperity. However, the ninth house, Luna, had strayed into Earth's orbit,
thereby establishing the foundation stone upon which the House of Serenity would grow.
 

The Silver Millennium began to blossom. Its capital, Serenity City, was truly beautiful. So, too, were the other
magnificent Moon cities, with their crystal structures and enclosed causeways forming a lattice of glittering 
jewels when viewed from space. The Moon Kingdom's capital was vast and breathtaking.
 

Princess Serenity's mother soon found herself fighting many battles as she led the armies of the Moon Kingdom. 
Her Senshi, who courageously took on all comers, had defeated the forces of darkness many times. This continued 
until the arrival of Queen Beryl and her generals, who had been taken from Endymion by her dark power. When 
Beryl launched her deadly assault, the battle was soon lost. Queen Serenity sacrificed her life by using the 
Silver Crystal to send her court to the future, while everybody else took their chances in battle or assisted 
the evacuation effort.
 
Ages later Queen Freya, Orpheus's much-loved ruler, would learn of the awakening of the Akitsubata crystal 
array containing the lost Oberisku no Shoujo. This would prompt her to send her daughter, the princess Magenta
Dawn, to seek their lost sister world and join Sailor Moon and the Sulean Senshi on an exciting quest to break
the curse of the Araknitopa and punish them for their crimes. The guardian of time, Sailor Pluto, had 
unwittingly reconnected the broken links between our solar system and our distant cousins of Orpheus, and this
had set the stage for what was to come.
 
***
 
The hustle and bustle of Hong Kong on an unusually hot spring day seemed to melt the beautiful young scientist, 
who stretched her long, shapely legs as she lay back in the soft black leather chair of her computer 
workstation. She stretched like a cat with eyes closed as tension left her body. She let out a long sigh, then 
sat upright.
 

Smiling to herself, the scientist reached for a fresh cup of percolated coffee. She had almost completed her 
experiment, having spent hours working on the possibility of using zero-point energy pulses to open view ports 
into the deeper recesses of the Milky Way galaxy. Hotaru Tomoe had followed her father's example by choosing a
career in science, specialising in post-quantum physics at Tokyo University. Hotaru had completed her PHD in 
Astrophysics at the prestigious Hong Kong Science Academy. This was significant, as this institution was well 
known and respected globally.
 

Her father, Dr. Souichi Tomoe, supported her both financially and emotionally. Both father and daughter shared a
mutual love and admiration for one another.
Hotaru's father had won a Nobel Prize in 2000 for finding the sub-atomic relationships in genetics. He would 
soon have another reason to be proud of his brilliant daughter, as she was to be nominated for this year's
Nobel prize in the field of frontier science. Using her research, Souichi was close to finding the universal
codex of all organic function that lay at the heart of life's most awesome and challenging mysteries. He hoped 
his research would lead to cures for deadly conditions such as cancer and HIV, as well as other 'Hot Viruses,' 
as they were known in the field.
 
This was Hotaru's day, and now all her efforts were about to bear fruit. Hotaru had worked tirelessly over the 
last year to crack the great mystery underpinning the fabric of space, time, and whatever else awaited beyond. 
Hotaru wanted to dance amongst the stars; she longed to travel to magnificent worlds she could only visit in 
dreams. This was her secret wish, and she wanted it with a fierce intensity. Today her wish would begin to
manifest. Ever since she was a child, she had had vague memories ("were they dreams?" she asked herself),
feeling the sensation of being all-powerful and beautiful. She believed she commanded great power and 
responsibility, and felt an affinity with the planet Saturn.
 

Sighing, she thought, *Those were only fleeting fantasies, weren't they?* No matter; the dreams were enough to 
inspire her quest for the stars.
 

Suddenly her thoughts were interrupted by the sound of the door opening. Hotaru smiled, recognising familiar 
footsteps approaching her workstation. Brushing a loose strand of hair out of her eyes, she turned toward her 
father as he kissed her cheek and sat next to her. Then, as if on cue, the twin pulsars came into view. Hotaru 
smiled with satisfaction as the image solidified on the screen.
 

To her surprise, she noticed an anomalous crystalline structure orbiting a small Earth-sized world. This awesome
sight almost eclipsed the stunning moons encircling the colourful sphere as it revolved around the system's 
yellow star. The golden star belonged to a trinary stellar cluster. Hotaru named it 'The Amaterasu Disk,' after
the Japanese sun goddess. She named the planet 'Orpheus.' She did not even have to think about the name; it 
slipped into her mind as if it had already named itself. She mused over what kind of people might live upon 
this strange and beautiful world, with its rich tones of red,indigo and pink. Its four majestic moons were
equally impressive.
 

She plotted its distance from her own solar system, gathering the data on a memory pod computer. This PC was the
new Microsoft Nexus, reputedly the most advanced and the smallest AI desktop computer ever constructed. Hotaru 
sighed as her father whistled. "Sweet Pea, you have it. It's remarkable! You've found the first life-sustaining 
world outside our solar system, and that crystalline craft is the icing on the cake!"
 

They studied the specs closely as they began to flash across the screen. The schematics were configured and fed
into a 3D simulator, and a holographic representation of the new life-bearing world as it revolved around its 
star appeared in the centre of the lab. These images hovered a metre off the floor, and Hotaru felt something
wonderful begin to overwhelm her as they watched the mysterious crystal object spinning about the beautiful
planet. Hotaru hit the intercom,asking Tokako to contact the Hong Kong Daily Chronicle. She then turned to her 
father, and like a child she jumped up and down and flung her arms about his neck, and squealing with excitement.
"Daddy, what an awesome discovery this is!"
 

"Honey, you're going to set the world ablaze. You've made it. I am so proud, and I love you very much," he 
replied smiling.
 

A tear nudged itself free from Hotaru's violet eyes and trickled in a line down her cheek. Her father caught it 
upon the tip of his finger, and touched it to his lips.
 

"Hey Sweet Pea, lets do lunch." She nodded, they finished their work, locked down the lab, and headed for the 
lift.
 
^^^
I stood above the city and could not see the familiar landscape I had known so well. I had transformed into 
Sailor Moon. The first thing I noticed was the spectacular view below; it really spun me out. I turned to my 
left and right, and wondered how I had ended up on top of this majorly scary mountain peak.
I had no supplies, and none of my friends were there to help me. I was alone.
 

It was then that I noticed a swirling haze before me, expanding with every passing moment. Suddenly, I blinked
and my eyes took on the shape of saucers.
I was dumbstruck, observing my ghostly reflection hovering in this majorly weird mist. Suddenly, the freaky
mist vanished and a warp or something replaced it. Before I could blink a second time, a cream-coloured, 
longhaired cat leapt from the portal and sat in front of me, washing itself. I shook my head.
*What a cute fuzz ball, on top of a freezing mountaintop, of all places!*
 
Then I spoke aloud. "Hey, that's majorly weird!"
 
The strange moon cat regarded me, and finally spoke. "You are Neo Queen Serenity." The pretty golden eyes 
flashed. His voice shook me momentarily and I forgot where I was.
 
"Yeah," I replied, observing the familiar crescent moon flashing upon his forehead. He nodded.
 

"Usagi - can I address you that way?" he asked, in a humorous manner.
 

"Of course; are you by any chance familiar with two other moon cats named Artemis and Luna?"
 

He paused before answering, and I giggled as this stunning cat sneezed when a few snowflakes perched themselves 
precariously upon the bridge of his nose.
 

"What is it you find so amusing, Miss Moon? Now, where was I? Oh! Yeah! Yes, I know them! They are family, but
they lost touch with the Mau collective a long time ago." I shivered, and urged him to continue.
 

"We are scattered throughout the galaxy, its a long and interesting story."
 


I shuddered, both from the cold and the vision that began to blur as the cat's words faded and I awoke with my 
bedroom window wide open. I started as Luna gasped.
 

"Loki, you say you're from Mau!" Luna exclaimed. "I remember now...yes, and there are others!"
 

The cream-coloured cat was sitting on the windowsill, looking regal and smug. Luna's eyes blazed with curiosity 
as she listened to the new moon cat.
 

"I'm guilty as charged," Loki replied. "I have a message for you all... By the way, Usagi, you have awesome
dreams!"
 
I sat bolt upright, and smiled in astonishment. Not only did he freak me out by showing up in my dreams, but he
was real, and not just a moon dream.
 

"I am going to be working with you guys for a while. I have been sent by Sailor Pluto, or Setsuna, as she is
 better known by her friends on Earth." Luna jumped onto the window ledge, purring as Loki continued. "I believe
 you and the Earth Senshi know her well."
 

Suddenly, a flash of lemon light preceded Pluto's arrival. She stood before us holding her time staff. By her 
side sat another moon cat, who winked at Loki as she introduced herself. "I am Morgana, attendant to Queen
Freya of Orpheus. I will answer all questions in time. For now, we have plenty of other news to share with 
you." Morgana began to softly purr as Pluto continued.
 
"Loki, you are more mischievous than I. I must apologise, Usagi, for our intrusion into your beauty 
sleep...that goes for you too, Luna." Setsuna laughed as Luna meowed in a bemused fashion.
 

"Well, I must say, Loki, you have outdone Artemis' 'central control' stunt, and I'm sure you two have a lot in 
common," Luna said, laughing. Pluto and the new moon cats sat upon my bed, and we talked for a while before 
organising the foldout sofa for Setsuna. She detransformed, borrowed one of my nighties and slept on the sofa 
with Loki curled up against her stomach.
 

The next day Setsuna rose early and took the first shower. She opened her satchel and put on a short green dress,
lemon stockings, and tan leather sandals. After my own shower I put on a pink skirt and a white top and chose a 
matching pink vest. Setsuna led the way downstairs, with her pack over one shoulder.
 
Mom was surprised and happy to see her. She prepared an extra place at the table. Mom ignored Loki and Morgana 
as they shared a large can of tuna and saucer of fresh cream.
 

"Setsuna, its been a long time since you've visited us. I am so glad to see you again. What are you doing these 
days?" Mom asked whilst serving breakfast, which consisted of cereal, fresh strawberries on a platter with 
yoghurt, a stack of buttered toast and orange juice.
 
Setsuna smiled as she replied. "I'm enrolling at the university with Usagi and the others, and I'm really looking
forward to it."
 

"Good for you! I hope you all enjoy campus life, as it is a special time in your lives. I remember my days, 
studying, dating, and... Ah, memories!"
 

We laughed, and after finishing breakfast we said our goodbyes. Dad gulped down a cup of coffee while munching 
upon a fruit muffin. Like a showman he struggled with his suit jacket, simultaneously eating and drinking 
whilst getting into his car. He saluted us with a half-eaten muffin in hand and delivered a gargled
"Have a good day, girls." We laughed and waved. Then off we went.
 
I had contacted the others on my communicator, and we met around the bus stop. As Setsuna and I moved quickly 
along the sidewalk, my beloved Mamoru caught up with me and took my hand. We stopped for a moment while the cats,
including the new arrivals, joined us. Mamoru greeted Setsuna enthusiastically, just as surprised to have her 
with us again as we had been. He kissed my forehead and playfully tugged my meatball plaits. We had soon reached
the bus stop, where the others were waiting. Mamoru turned to face me and kissed my open lips as I was halfway 
through saying something. I soon forgot what it was, grinning after that majorly dreamy kiss. I blushed a 
little; the other girls were giggling at us. He tenderly lifted my chin and looked deep into my eyes.
 

"I love you so much, Meatball Head." We smiled at one another while Rei groaned in her customary fashion. Then 
we slipped our arms about one another and jumped on the waiting bus. I had not called Mamoru yesterday, as he
had worked a late shift and needed his sleep. We took our seats quickly and kissed once more. Mamoru slipped his
strong arm around my waist, and I placed my head on his shoulder. I felt so safe and secure, and yes, very much
loved.
 

It was orientation day, and formalities gave way to a long and languid sun-splashed afternoon. We all agreed to
meet later in Setsuna's room. Mamoru and I decided to set off early, taking a long stroll through the
resplendent campus gardens with their array of aromatic flowering plants. It seemed this botanical
display was arranged especially for the two of us. I turned and slid my arms about Mamoru's neck and he lifted 
me off my feet, as he always did. I giggled as he once again kissed me in that awesome dreamy way of his.
 


Fortunately, the girls and I all had rooms on the same floor. Setsuna and Loki were set up well; the decor in 
the room was so cool, and I wondered how she managed to get a room painted in the lemon-green colours she loved.
After juicing a heap of fresh fruit, we sat on cushions and beanbags scattered around the exotic room, admiring
 the work she had done with it in such a short time.
 
I made a funny face at Rei to get a rise out of her. I loved her teasing. There was a time when I had hated it,
but now it was as natural as having breakfast! We were all so happy to have Setsuna back with us again, so we 
all praised her decorating skills and chatted amongst ourselves for a time. Setsuna lifted the Garnet Orb,
grinning, as this tool was mostly responsible for the rapid apartment makeover. It was good to see Setsuna so 
happy and light-hearted. She was usually so 'seriousso!' We knew something had changed in her, and we all 
speculated later about what might have brought about the remarkable transformation.
Minako had come closest (and she would!). She believed Setsuna looked as if she were in love.
 


"No way!" I exclaimed at the time, but I would have to admit, much later, that she had been on the ball about 
this. After all, she was the Senshi of Venus and mistress of the power of love! We would eventually find out
 the hot buzz, but for the moment it was keeping us guessing. My attention returned to Setsuna's
clever use of the Orb as interior decorator.
 

"I thought it was too good to be the true Setsuna's work!" I said. We were laughing still as I spoke.
 

"Well, a little Senshi magic at short notice is acceptable here, don't you think?" she replied. We all continued
to laugh as she passed around a plate of munchies, of which I took my usual fistful. For this I got a frown 
from Rei, who had trouble keeping a straight face after I blew her a long raspberry.
 

The decor was truly remarkable, with indoor plants, cool posters featuring popular bands and cool new age
paintings. These all contributed to the amazing atmosphere. While we drank our juice, Setsuna hit a key on her 
laptop. Instantly, the most incredible sight appeared on the screen. It was a Sailor Senshi, but nobody we'd 
ever met. She possessed an abundance of blonde hair swimming about her hips, and wore a short bubblegum-pink 
dress with a gold sash about her waist. I loved the gorgeous quartz crystal high-heeled sandals on her feet. 
In her hands, a glowing crystal wand shone with a soft light.
 

"She is Princess Magenta-Dawn, the princess of Orpheus. It's a world light-years from Earth, and is where
 Morgana and Loki come from." Setsuna had certainly surprised us all.
 

Makoto coughed. "What, huh? I mean, who? And where?" Setsuna raised her bronzed hands to quiet us, and we 
listened to her story.
 

"I must tell you, this woman is a Senshi from outside our solar system. She is the princess of Orpheus and 
connected to the celestial Senshi, the defenders of our Milky Way galaxy." This was so amazing that we sat like
statues as she went on. "You have proven yourselves worthy, and more than able to join the
greater battle now being fought throughout the stars."
 
Rei nodded, then spoke. "I saw her image appear within the flame of prophecy a month back! I thought it was
Usagi at first... So, she is a Senshi princess! Looks like you're not the only monarch among the stars,
Serenity!" I growled, sparring playfully with Rei as always. Setsuna raised her hands for silence
and the hint of a smile left her face, changing the mood back to its serious tone.
 

"There is so much to tell, and you need to know it all! So, brace yourselves, as it's pretty intense!"
 

Ami crossed her long legs and sipped the orange juice thoughtfully. "Are we talking about a war, Setsuna? I get
the feeling that we have only cut our teeth on the enemies we've encountered so far!"
Setsuna nodded, then my darling Mamoru spoke. "So, I guess we are going to learn more about Magenta-Dawn? 
I get the feeling that she is already on Earth." Setsuna smiled knowingly, then extended her hand. In her palm
lay a most beautiful crystal flower. It was fashioned from lignite, and its deep obsidian depths sparkled with
an unearthly light. It was so pretty, and yet majorly weird. Suddenly, the stone resonated with a melodic female
voice.
 
"Hi, guys, I am Magenta Dawn. I will be with you within the hour! You've seen my Senshi form. I will explain 
everything when I arrive at the arcade. I will look like a university student. I am looking forward to meeting 
you all, so stay cool until then." Magenta Dawn's voice was liquid silk, strange and yet compelling. She sounded
like a moon princess, all right, and yet she was obviously different from anyone we had ever encountered. I sat 
still, and for a minute or two nobody spoke. We sat there stunned and awestruck until Minako began to stroke 
Artemis and shake her head.
"Wow, I have the feeling that life is about to become a lot more interesting." She smiled at Artemis and Loki.
 
"You don't know the half of it," Loki said as his golden eyes lit up.
 
I thought about the stars, and imagined looking down from space at our blue pearl, and the magnificent moon that 
I loved so well. I felt a new sense of adventure fill my heart as Mamoru gently squeezed my hand.
 
~*~
 
We begin this chapter in geo-synchronous orbit above Tokyo, just after the defeat of Mistress Nine, a new and 
unpredictable enemy has ambitious plans to redeem the former Sovereign of Silence, transform her into a hybrid,
and cease Pluto's time wand, using it to seek revenge against a common enemy also threatening the Senshi & the 
entire galaxy. He alters the past & re-directs the future with interesting consequences ... so enjoy & please 
vote & review!
*winks*

Loki 
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 Chapter 2
PLUTO IN LOVE
 
*Four years prior to Sailor Moon and the Senshi's meeting with Magenta Dawn.*
 
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Whilst Sailor Moon and the Senshi were battling Dr. Tomoe and his daimons, General Janus watched the events 
unfold from his orbital platform in geo-synchronous orbit above the Earth over Tokyo. He was surprised and 
delighted when Saturn destroyed Pharaoh 90. General Janus drew Mistress Nine's 'Affinity Essence' through a 
luminous portal, his magnificent crystal sceptre pulsating with violet light.
 

He hated the alliance with every fibre of his existence, and finally his plans were coming to fruition. *I do 
not need you, Pharaoh 90, for you are a plaything of the Araknitopa alliance. You would deny me the opportunity
to take my place as ruler of this galaxy, and this I cannot allow!* His interest peaked, and a new idea formed
in his mind whilst Sailor Moon rescued Saturn and returned her to infancy.
 
"No, Sailor Moon! ... I'm afraid your efforts will appear futile, and little Hotaru and dear daddy are going 
for a temporal stroll!" so saying, he had isolated baby Hotaru and her father whom had instantly vanished. 
Janus had altered events in such a way as to take baby Hotaru and her father and send them both eighteen years
into the past. Janus waved the sceptre and a golden light issued from the portal, illuminating its crystal tip.
He crossed the chamber quickly and stood before a fragile feminine figure, whom appeared to be sleeping 
peacefully. Janus directed the sceptre to release its power, and a magnificent mother-of-pearl energy enveloped
the beautiful body of the sleeping girl. She wore a short black shift, and her abundance of thick raven black 
hair poured over her breasts and spilled over the edge of the white enamel table upon which she lay. Janus 
quickly punched a series of keys on a console, reciting a series of incantations. Then a brilliant burst of 
light containing Mistress Nine's 'Affinity Essence' was released into the prostrate girl. It was his intention 
to transform the power of the deadly sovereign, turning it to his advantage. The girl was central to this
purpose. 
Janus raised the sceptre, directing its violet light towards the double-arched portal, striking the swirling 
aperture before him. In an instant he had completed his rearrangement of the past, with surgical precision. 
Janus set the temporal coordinates just after Sailor Moon's showdown with Neptune and Uranus. The Moon Princess
and her Senshi would be living a reconstituted past, with the result of Mistress 9 being saved nanoseconds before she would have been dusted.
 

Mistress Nine's essence had been infused into the body of his lost beloved, Amidarainia. She was gone; only her 
memories and persona remained. Janus had loved her since childhood, and since the day she left her body he had 
never been the same. This had occurred five years ago during an assault on his home world, which was located in
the Rubicon Star Delta, approximately one hundred and eleven light years from Earth. His hatred of the 
Araknitopa Alliance, singularly kindled by this tragic loss, made him more of a threat to their plans for
domination of the Milky Way than the Celestial Senshi - as Janus himself was once the Celestial Senshi's most 
powerful warrior mage. He had sworn to avenge her death.
 

Suddenly, he clenched his fists tightly as familiar feelings of anger and grief raged within his darkened heart.
The people of his world had been ill equipped to resist the awesome power of darkness that almost destroyed 
their once-thriving civilisation, and were now a conquered people. Janus shivered, and a tear fell upon the
soft cheek of his beloved's face. He kissed her gently, then returned to the task of completing the merging. 

Janus could not hold back the images flooding into his mind of the day he visited the celestial temple where 
his beloved lay in stasis. Despite all his skill as a warrior mage, there was nothing he could do for her. The 
high priestess of Chronos, and the other temple priestesses he had grown up with, spent many moon cycles trying 
all the magic they knew and still could not revive her. 

He was inconsolable. Polliatia, Amidarainia's sister, had held the sobbing young man in her arms and gently
rocked him, explaining that her sister would be moving into a new blossoming and life would be hers afresh. She 
slept in his guest room, looking after him for the eight days of grieving. Although the ceremony of 'Season's
Mist' was beautiful, he could not sacrifice her body to the flames of Odina, and kept her in a crystal crypt 
while he searched for a way to somehow bring her back.
 
Janus was extremely bitter, feeling that she had abandoned him. It was because he felt this way that he turned 
against the Celestial Senshi. He unfairly blamed them for her death, and although intellectually he understood 
her loss was beyond their control, he felt he had to lay the blame on somebody and they were as good as any he 
could think of. He became a mercenary, leaving Chronos through the temporal gate and paying for his passage on 
a star freighter commanded by his loyal sisters, Janilia and Korila. The girls were highly skilled young 
Senshi, and were keen to hit the Araknitopa back. They did regret leaving their home world to live on Myolia, 
an ancient world far enough outside the war zone for them to be together as a family for at least a short time.
Their parents had been killed, along with many of their friends and neighbours in their home city of Madoria, 
where they had once all been happy and secure...but that had all changed. Janus shook away the tears and fixed
his attention on the task at hand.
 

Janus and his sisters had recruited a task force to isolate and capture an Araknitopa orbital attack platform. 
He had managed to convince the occupants to join the winning side quite easily. Those of low rank had been 
treated badly by their overseers in the Alliance, and those of high rank saw an opportunity to gain prestige 
under a powerful warrior mage who was well-respected and feared by the central ruling council of the Araknitopa 
Alliance, 'The Orb of Yaksharia.' So, after the crew had surrendered, the 2,000 strong compliment of Shadow 
Warriors, technicians and other personnel had aligned themselves with Janus, supporting his cause.
 

Janus knew Mistress Nine would never replace his beloved, but the former sovereign possessed an inexplicable 
allure and magnetism that had captured his wounded heart. His obsession consumed him completely, leading to
this bold attempt to bring back something of the happiness he knew with Amidarainia. He also realised that at
the same time, he would have a powerful and beautiful queen to rule by his side. 

Suddenly, a translucent amethyst cocoon encased Amidarainia. This beautiful crystal shell remained for eight 
hours, then it spontaneously shattered. The woman's rich green eyes flickered open, looking left and right, 
taking in her unfamiliar surroundings. In an instant, she remembered the last moments of her former life. 
She sat bolt upright, gripping the sides of the table until her knuckles turned white. She was amazed at the 
thousands of colourful fragrant blooms set about the massive chamber, leaving her awestruck by their fragrant
beauty.
 

"What is the meaning of this, and who are you?" she asked, seeing Janus. She tried to use her long hair as a 
weapon, and soon realized it could no longer serve this purpose. "What have you done to me?"
 
Janus regarded her thoughtfully, then spoke.
 
"My name is Janus; I am the true lord of time, and rightful keeper of the sceptre of Chronos." He began to laugh.
The wide-eyed girl swung her bare legs off the table, and she jumped to her feet. The cold stone sent shivers 
through her bare feet, quickly ascending her legs and freezing her entire body so she stood trembling before him.
For the first time in her existence she felt vulnerable, and was not accustomed to this. She felt fear and
confusion give way to anger, and she rose to her full height to confront the arrogant and - she thought, 
despite herself, extremely handsome - stranger before her.
 
"Did you help the Senshi destroy my master? Or...is it that you have your own reasons for this and private
agenda?"
 

The tall, good-looking man did not reply right away. He quietly observed her, as if she were a precious
artefact of some sort. Mistress Nine smiled, and a curious sense of freedom she had not expected began to 
overwhelm her.
 

"Do not think I am not aware of your sense of liberation," he finally said. "I could have let you dissolve into
nothingness and take your chances again as a child of Sule...but then, you would not discover the glorious
power and appeal of what I have to offer."
 
Mistress Nine's expression was one of alarm and confusion, as she did not understand Janus's motives nor his 
metaphysical jargon.
 
Suddenly, he transformed into a pulsating purple blob, surrounded by a violet light. Then like lightning, the
blob slid onto the floor, then quickly over her feet, sliding up her long shapely bare legs. In seconds it 
slipped under her silk shift. She screamed with terror, feeling a powerful and exhilarating surge move inside 
and over her entire body. She basked in this experience in spite of herself, realising that she wanted this to
go on forever. Janus then withdrew and immediately reassumed his true form. Standing there with her eyes as 
wide as saucers, she stared at him in disbelief and began sobbing like a child. The frightened and vulnerable 
girl knew with absolute certainty her powers were gone. She was reduced to a defenceless young woman, not 
understanding
any of this, and chose silence, not knowing what else to do or say to this powerful being who held her destiny 
in his hands.
 

"Behold! You now possess a beautiful physical form...thanks to my beloved Amidarainia."
She once more felt unfamiliar emotions overwhelm her, as an innocent girl's eyes looked back at her from the
flawless crystal mirror's surface. She knew the mirror didn't lie. *It is true,* she thought, *I am flesh and
blood and it belongs to me!* This was a new beginning; she felt both elated and scared at the same time. The
strong persona of Amydarainia melted into her being and she welcomed it, as it felt so right. It occurred to
her that she was warming to this man and couldn't explain it. She loved the way he moved and the way his
beautiful long violet cloak whirled about his tall body. She admired his short indigo hair and handsome
features set off by brilliant violet-blue eyes. She loved the way he constantly brushed aside the long fringe 
that refused to stay out of those deep and intense eyes and his magnificent physique made her give away a smile.
She then noticed his strong hands and the beautiful violet stones set into a crescent moon on the ring upon his 
left hand. Finally, his rich baritone voice sent shivers of pleasure throughout her entire body every time he 
spoke. She was not used to this, and as he moved her heart skipped a beat. She looked at him with radiant green
eyes, experiencing the first tides of unfamiliar memory and emotion washing over her. Then tears of frustration 
began to spill profusely down her cheeks.
 

Janus again threw her off guard, stepping forward and gathering her in his strong embrace. He easily lifted her 
off the floor, and her delicate bare feet left the cold stone whilst he kissed her passionately. She did not 
struggle, nor object, when Janus gently untied her silk shift and slipped one large hand inside. Her jaw dropped
and she stared into his eyes, searching for reassurance as he gently caressed her warm breast. He kissed her
hair, lips, and
delicate throat, and this sent unaccustomed tremors of excitement throughout her body. She should have been 
enraged, but she wasn't, no, not at all. The tumultuous feelings were a new and wondrous experience for her and
she realised she wanted more.
 
"Ah... That's so nice." Janus allowed her to soak up the warmth and pleasure of the intimate encounter, and
smiled as the tears freed themselves, as they betrayed the inner feelings rising from inside this once deadly 
and wrathful being.
 
Janus thought carefully, as his heart was fast overtaking his head. Then he poured her a goblet of wine. Taking
her hand, he led her to a comfortable sofa. After she had emptied the contents of the goblet, he hit a series 
of keys on a console and a schematic appeared on the crystal screen. 

"I wish to explain the business side of our relationship, and I think you will find it to your liking." He 
decided to discuss the next phase of his plan, gradually introducing the subject whilst both savoured the 
aromatic heady taste of the rich red wine grown by his father on his home world. "I have a task for you. 
There is a young princess with power so great she can barely contain it."
 
He paused for effect, and then went on. "I need you to guide her development, and assist her to realize her
awesome potential, as this child shall become great."
 
She momentarily shook off her emotional torpor, paying more attention to his words.
 
"You could say this is right up your alley! Like a night cat, I want you to rear a moon kitten for me." Seeing 
she was interested, Janus then began to explain. "You see, this child is the daughter of Prince Diamond, former
ruler of the Dark Moon, Nemesis. The mother is Sailor Moon." Now, he explained how he had learned of this. 
"The midwife present during the transfer of the unborn child of the Moon Princess to her surrogate mother Zowie
sought passage aboard my sister's star freighter. She had little money, was wanted for falsifying birth records,
had few friends off Nemesis and trusted very few people. We offered her a new identity, material resources and
a safe world for herself and her own children. In return, she informed us that the transfer of the child
to its surrogate was achieved through magical craft, and explained in detail the circumstances surrounding the 
Moon Princess's pregnancy." 

She looked at Janus with both disbelief and fascination upon her lovely face. "So, there is a new and powerful 
moon child, and you want me to bring her into our plans?"
 
Janus liked her use of 'our plans.' "You've got it! Sailor Moon was seduced by the prince whilst in a trance 
state, and it was Wiseman whom cast a spell over Diamond, forcing him to confuse and deflower the princess. 
The illusions convinced Moon he was Prince Endymion making love to her, repeatedly, until she became pregnant
whilst imprisoned within a temporal bubble." She now wore a look of shock. Janus continued his narrative.
 
"What's fascinating about the Moon's Princess's experience is the way the Silver Crystal healed her body,
removing all traces of her pregnancy and the birth of her child!" He loved telling her the news, as it was so 
like his conversations with Amidarainia. "Where was I? Oh yes, the girl-child Miranda was born
and secretly spirited away."
 

Her curiosity had peaked. "Moon has no idea?"
 

Janus smiled." No way! When Tuxedo Kamen rescued Sailor Moon, Diamond's guard was down. It was because of 
Wiseman's spell, and his feelings for Moon, that Diamond was so easily destroyed, along with most of the Dark
Moon Family."
 
The fires of ambition burned brightly in Janus's eyes, and Mistress Nine felt his enthusiasm sending shivers of 
pleasure through her.
 
"It was too late for him, but not for the child. Diamond's benefactors were determined Wiseman would not keep
the baby girl. Now Miranda is approaching her sixteenth year, sent to a world called Orpheus by Sailor Pluto
secretly, as she had full knowledge of these circumstances...and this is how the lady of Pluto and I are 
connected." She urged him on, unconsciously using a gesture Janus remembered so well as one of Amidarainia's 
most endearing. He reached out and stroked her hair as he spoke. 

"Enough of business! You are truly enchanting and lovely. This is a new beginning for both of us, and you need 
a new name. I shall give you my beloved's, which is Amidarainia."
 
She smiled, reaching out and touching his hand and nodding her acquiescence. She felt the new persona blending
with the embers of her previous existence, and felt comfortable with the new name that somehow brought her 
closer to the man whom, unbeknownst to her, she was falling in love with. She brushed her hands through her hair,
sipped the wine and asked: "How did she die?"
 

Janus sighed, squeezing her hand then replied. 

"Her parents were terminated by the Araknitopa Alliance's attack on our home world. These beings are more 
powerful than your dearly departed, Pharaoh 90, who neglected to tell you that he was part of this alliance. 
Your combined strength was still only a very small part of their strength." This surprised her and she eagerly 
waved him on.
 

"Pharaoh 90 was a mindless stellar parasite. Perhaps he would have eventually destroyed you, too, in time." At 
these words, she knew her existence as 'Mistress Nine' was finally over. She was Amidarainia now, and felt a
surge of love like a fountain of liquid fire warm her once-frozen heart. She stopped for a moment and gazed
into Janus's violet-blue eyes.
 

"I am she, am I not?" she asked.
 
"Essentially, but you are like a twin, with a unique fiery quality combined with her latent personality." He 
tried to explain the complexities of 'Affinity Consciousness.' "You see, Amidarainia's essence is now part of
the 'Affinity Weft'." She could not understand what this was, but intuitively it sounded like the loom and harp
of all existence and so much more. He paused, allowing his words to be absorbed by his new love...then quickly 
changed the subject.
"My plans are set. You will battle with Princess Pluto! After she is defeated, I want her time wand."
 
Amidarainia put her head upon his shoulder, feeling a little tired. "I have no powers, I cannot fight her like 
this!" Janus put his arms around her, lifted her face to his, and kissed her gently upon the red petals of her 
sweet lips. 

"My darling Amidarainia, you already have the power of a Senshi, and I will train you to use it with a little
help from my sisters. Have no fear, it will be easily accomplished." Janus opened his hands and placed an 
incredibly stunning choker with a violet stone around her throat. Then he gave her an orb, which she held in 
her delicate hands. Janus took her in his arms once more and she didn't resist, now hungry for these new 
emotions, allowing herself to melt into his embrace as they kissed passionately. He picked up her feather-light
 body in one quick movement, then carried her to his bedchamber.
 

Hours later, she sat up and leaned over the sleeping form of the man she now loved, kissing him. His eyes
flickered open as he drew her to him, and once more they made love.
 

Later, they emerged from the crystal bath and shared a light meal. She stepped naked before the crystal mirror,
then dressed slowly, liking the feel of her new clothes and smiling with satisfaction. The image that looked
back at her would take a little getting used to, as for the first time in her existence she realised that she 
was actually happy.

*Very chic,* Janus thought to himself as he gazed upon her gorgeous body.
 
She shook her abundance of long black hair that fell to her slim waist, and pirouetted. She then faced him, 
smiling.
 
"You like?" he smiled, standing with arms folded whilst admiring her sexy countenance.
 

"You bet I do, my love!" The fire of love made her dizzy. Their intimacy had brought them closer and they knew 
they were in love. *Not only do I look and feel good, but I now have a life complete with impressions and 
memories and love... I never knew, and to think I was prepared to go without it forever as the Sovereign of 
Silence!*
 

She was caught up in the collage of images and sensations that flooded her mind, as faces and places took her 
breath away. "I remember growing up in a beautiful
city, it's so awesome!"
 

*She even speaks like her, yet I love her for who she is and who she has become!* Janus mused to himself. "I 
want you to make ready for our visitor, my love, Princess Pluto will soon be with us, and we cannot afford to
allow her to interfere with our objectives." He swept her up in his arms once more, and they kissed before he 
left for his craft, promising to return soon.
 

^^^
 
Not long after rescuing Haruka and Michiru from death on Earth, Setsuna, as Sailor Pluto, had visited Chibi-Usa 
to say farewell. She then summoned her star craft, using the orb's power, and made ready to return home to the
planet Pluto after an absence of well over a thousand Pluto years. As a direct result of altering the timeline 
to save her friends, she had to relinquish her role as guardian of time. Though this saddened her, she felt 
glad to be returning after aeons away. Although she would still possess the ability to move through time, she 
knew it would be limited by the temple of Chronos. What the future held she did not know for certain, but she 
was ready for whatever it brought forth.
 

She thought about her days as a child on Pluto, and smiled as the image of a black marble palace within a domed 
city appeared in her mind's eye in all its splendour. She was the princess of Pluto, much sought-after by many 
suitors from all over the solar system. Her father knew she was not interested in any of those guys, as she had 
told her parents that a star warrior would become her beloved. She had felt his essence in a dream, and she 
would wait. After speaking to her mother, Queen Persephone, they had both agreed to allow Pluto to approach 
Daphne, the high priestess, to be initiated into the temple of Chronos. She was granted entry soon after, 
whilst the price she paid for this escape from her determined pursuers was that she could not return home until
she had completed her duties as guardian of time.
 

Her age was indeterminate, for most people were not familiar with the power and ways of a temporal priestess.
As such, Pluto's affinity essence, as Daphne explained it, was like a strand on a boundless tapestry. The 
difference that marked those who served as priests and priestesses, Senshi, or members of the ruling classes, 
was their ability to activate their affinity crystal seeds, which were aligned with streams of life force 
cascading through every fibre of existence. This did not mean this power was exclusively the province of the 
powerful, but something each entity had to evolve to over many existences spanning time and space and the 
unknown realms beyond this universe. In this sense, death could not extinguish such individuals, as their 
affinity seed essences are perpetually carried from one life to the next...each one usually different from the 
last, but not always.
 

When Pluto was a little girl, she had loved the amazing legends told by storytellers featuring powerful beings 
that fought for love, justice and harmony amongst the stars. The priestess Daphne described it as a living 
celestial kaleidoscope encompassing all realms, and Pluto had been fascinated by this awesome cosmic mystery.
 

She was brought back to the present by flashing warning indicators. She activated the viewscreen and observed 
the fast-approaching crafts now approaching her tiny ship. She was being pursued, and she could not break free 
of the evil armada closing in on her. Though she destroyed several of these batlike fighter craft, there were 
too many to fight off, so she allowed them to escort her. 

After docking at their destination, she entered the orbital platform's airlock. She scanned for energy 
signatures, couldn't get any clear readings, and decided to enter cautiously. Nothing could have prepared her 
for the size and sheer power of this place, it was truly incredible. She lifted her head and stared, the 
metallic white enamel-like walls must have been at least one hundred metres high and the massive dome encasing 
the central chamber was many more across. There were no people about, only computer workstations and glowing 
obsidian crystal points protruding from the white flagstone floor. She observed the many tunnels leading into 
darkness, like spokes on a massive wheel, as she stood in the centre of the vast circular chamber and waited.
 

"Welcome to my parlour, Princess Pluto, such a quaint human cliché but most appropriate I think!"
 
The voice echoed in all directions. Pluto spun about to see where it was coming from, and stopped as Amidarainia
appeared opposite her across the chamber.
 

"I am Sailor Pluto, and I will defend the people of the Earth and all who call upon me for help. Prepare to face
your punishment!" Sailor Pluto held the Garnet Orb in her hands. It began to glow and a brilliant lemon-green 
light projected a quanta arc pulse towards Amidarainia. "Quanta-Arc Pulse!" she screamed as they faced off from 
opposite ends of the concourse under the atmospheric dome shield.
 
Amidarainia stood facing Pluto, a look of defiance on her face as she folded her arms across her chest. Suddenly,
her hands began to glow a bright coppery red and she directed streams of force, blocking Pluto's attack. "I will
not let a reckless Sailor fool who abandons the laws of Chronos stand up to me unchallenged."
 
*Now how did she know that!* Pluto sensed there was something strangely familiar about the woman facing her. Her
adversary was undoubtedly a Senshi. She wore a short-sleeved top and short skirt cast in midnight blue with gold
stars, a silver crescent tiara upon her brow, and a choker with a beautiful violet stone cut in the shape of a 
star. Her legs were long and she wore matching boots and held a translucent deep blue crystal wand in her
delicate hands.
 
There was something else, though, something she could not quite figure out, and it bugged Pluto big time as she
braced herself to meet the full force of her opponent. Pluto felt terror grip her as she regarded the vision of 
darkness standing before her, clad in midnight blue with waist-length raven black hair swirling about her rounded
hips. Upon closer examination, it wasn't her features, dress, or her voice that was familiar: it was the way she
spoke.
 
"You're only a girl...and why do you seem so familiar to me?" Pluto whispered, as they stared at one another, 
waiting to see who would make the next move. Then it dawned on her: she recognised Mistress Nine's essence within
this adolescent girl. She stood defiantly with her hands on her hips, tossing her abundance of shimmering black 
hair over her shoulders as she laughed. The girl possessed a dark energy and yet she also had a spark of goodness that was
clearly present.
 

Suddenly, shadow warriors surrounded Pluto, but she launched a Mega-Shriek, instantly disintegrating the hideous
assembly. 

"There is nothing you can do to stop us, Pluto, you're smart, so stand with me and rule the universe with Janus
and you will be queen of your own dominion amongst the stars!"
 

Pluto shook her head and glared at her adversary. "Your words have no power over me, your dominion of darkness 
and destruction will fade under the light of the Silver Crystal's power of light and justice, and I will be here
still when Sailor Moon defeats you!" Pluto could feel the stresses upon the fabric of existence stretching 
almost to breaking point, as fiery eyes glowed with a fierce intensity.
 

"Fool, you will not stop me, you or your other Senshi companions. I will destroy them and I will take pleasure 
especially in your demise!"
 
Pluto then launched her Dead Scream attack and in retaliation, Amidarainia launched a Spider Warp at Pluto.
 

She had to act fast. Using the wand of time that would be eventually returned to the temple on Pluto she 
transported herself instantly to her crystal glider and fled. As Pluto manoeuvred past Janus's forces, an 
uneasy feeling overtook her as she sensed a presence within the craft. Then suddenly her orb resonated with a 
melodic voice, whilst still resting in its crystal cradle on the console.
 

"Princess Pluto, I am a friend; you need only know me as 'Morgana.' You need to destroy their attack platform. 
Position your craft at these coordinates, take the orb in your hands and say, 'I call upon the power of the 
Brisinganin'." The female voice was sweet and cultured, but Pluto could now see its source. She was surprised 
by the mysterious black moon cat who was returning her gaze with fiery eyes of emerald green. "Pluto, it is 
important that you listen carefully and place your full trust in me."
 
Pluto did as she was instructed. Suddenly, the vast platform exploded into a burst of brilliant light, but this 
was not the end of this powerful vessel, as Janus altered the space-time fabric to make good his escape. With 
their base gone, the remaining fighters re-grouped after being thrown clear of the temporal shock wave and began
their relentless pursuit of Pluto's tiny craft. The dark shadowy force seemed to consume the tiny star craft as 
Pluto sped towards the moon.
 

After entering orbit, she realised with a shock that the craft's landing systems weren't functioning. She 
thought quickly, using the orb to safely land.
"This is ironic; I am seeking refuge amongst the ruins of the Moon City, and I must now seek out the crystal 
Star Arch!" 

The moon cat appeared before her, a black cat like Luna, but with a silver crescent upon her brow and five tiny 
stars about it. "Princess Pluto, let us go quickly."
 
Morgana ran ahead, and her jewelled collar threw an energy shield around them both as they entered the ruined 
city that was once the pride of Queen Serenity's realm. She knew she only had one shot at escaping Amidarainia's 
forces: by activating the portal she suspected lay within the cavern where the mysterious crystal fragment she 
had discovered months before lay. Morgana's eyes glowed brilliantly as they made their way through the 
labyrinthine passages that ran deep beneath the once glorious city.
 
"Well Morgana, we've no other choice!"
 

When Pluto first scanned the crystal fragment, unwittingly re-activating it after more than twenty thousand 
years, the readings indicated it was a key to an ancient interstellar gateway. This mysterious portal had not 
been used since well before the Silver Millennium, and now it was their only hope of escape.
She moved towards it, surrounded by a luminous lemon green wave of energy provided as both atmospheric and 
defensive cover by the Orb. The surrounding rock had crystallised due to the release of the crystal's powerful 
force as it struck the surface within these subterranean caverns aeons ago.
 
Suddenly, Pluto felt sharp stabs of pain hit her right shoulder, and she fell to the ground. Morgana lifted a 
paw and sent a beam of pink light towards the shadow warriors following behind. "You're weak from the blast; do 
not fear, as I have placed a barrier between us and our pursuers. They will be dusted by the portal once they 
break through!"
 
Morgana nudged Pluto's face, and this encouraged her to sit up and she stroked Morgana's silken fur. She slowly 
stood up, after brushing the sand off her bruised knees. She became aware of another presence inside the cave, 
and Morgana reassured her it was a friend. 

Pluto felt the orb begin to vibrate, as it pulsated in sync with the light thrown by the crystal arch. Feeling 
exhausted, she noticed with distress a warm wet sensation moving slowly down her spine.
 
"Mau Healing Activation!"
 
Pluto's eyes opened rapidly as Morgana's silver crescent markings threw a healing light around her. The bleeding
stopped, and she could move her shoulder again.
 
"Thank you so much, Morgana, I have some questions to ask once we're out of here." Pluto gasped as she caught 
her breath.
 
"There is time enough for that, come on, the portal is active!"
 
Pluto turned suddenly, feeling a strange sensation envelop her as the portal opened within the crystal arch, 
and a swirl of beautiful prismatic colour lit the interior of the cave.
 
"Oh, Neo-Queen Serenity, help us now, please!" Morgana cried as Pluto fell into the arms of a tall stranger and 
all three crossed the threshold. Behind them, a fourth figure of light creamy ginger had opened his eyes. A 
brilliant purple light issued forth and destroyed the shadow warriors that were attempting to enter the cavern, 
and this mysterious moon cat also jumped through the portal before it closed and the cavern collapsed.
 
Pluto felt the liquid effulgence carrying her weightless body through the swirling gateway as Loki, Morgana, and
Enki, the tall figure who held Pluto in his arms were carried to safety. Pluto allowed the sensation of floating
to relax and calm her, then lost consciousness. The last thing she remembered before waking was the soothing 
voice of the mysterious guy who had, with Morgana and Loki, rescued her from certain death.
 

Pluto later learned he was a warrior mage. He was unlike anyone she had ever met and somehow she knew their 
lives were destined to be forever linked. It was quite a shock when Pluto realised where she was; she had 
travelled hundreds of light years beyond the solar system. In all her travels, she had never ventured beyond the
Ortt cloud that ringed the solar system. The only places she visited were inter-dimensional realms located in 
the same space, different realities that lay parallel to the Moon and Earth kingdoms.
 

Orpheus's history and the subsequent links with the Earth and Moon kingdoms took a long time to digest. She also
realised the reasons for the crystal arch's non-discovery, as the Araknitopa Alliance, a far more deadly 
adversary than any of the enemies thus far encountered by Sailor Moon and her fellow Senshi.
The Araknitopa Alliance were waging galactic war against the Celestial Senshi. This both freaked her out and 
fascinated her. The Araknitopa closed off not only the galactic Senshi from the solar system, but also the 
planets within from one another. Usagi and the others had never wondered about the other kingdoms, and now she 
knew why. It had not occurred to them, as their memories and curiosity had been cursed by the web of darkness 
shrouding each crystal arch throughout the solar system.
 

"The people of Mars, Jupiter, Mercury and so on are also oblivious to the existence of each other, believing 
their sister worlds were destroyed by Queen Beryl!" Loki explained. 

Pluto considered this. "I never lost the knowledge of my world. Why?"
 

Morgana lifted her head. "You see, Pluto, as the guardian of time, you were not likely to return to your kingdom,
as was required under the agreement each temporal priestess accepts upon initiation as mistress of time. So only
you remember, and what they did not expect was your loss of the responsibility and return home."
 

Pluto began to think about this, and the more Loki and Morgana explained it, the more it made sense. "So because
I would not return for perhaps thousands of years, the Araknitopa alliance could dull my people's memories 
without worrying about me, as I would not be going home for an indefinite period."
 
Loki and Morgana nodded and spoke together. "Precisely!" Pluto then de-transformed, assuming her casual identity.
There were distant footsteps. 

"Enki!" Setsuna called out. He was several hundred metres away, moving slowly towards them. Whilst out of 
earshot, she commented to Loki and Morgana. "He is so dreamy... Oh no, I'm sounding like Usagi. That's not too 
bad, as she is the future Queen and has good taste."
 

They all laughed, as both Loki and Morgana had observed the antics and heroics of the Moon Kingdom's Senshi and 
their reluctant budding queen, Usagi, through their recon-crystal satellite array.
 
"We're honoured to be in such company, as I am looking forward to meeting Usagi and the girls." Loki hopped up 
on his hind legs, placing his front paws upon Setsuna's knees, and leapt onto her lap.
 
"Loki, you old softy, you're just like that fur-lined hunkmeister, Artemis, he is really cool!" Morgana teased. 

Loki shook his head and raised his paws to the sky, and mewed. "Morgana, you've got me there!"
 
They all laughed and waited for Enki to reach them. Setsuna sighed with pleasure, as the warm fragrant scent of
spring flowers filled her senses. "Hmmm!"
 

She stood on a vast sandstone plateau looking into mauve skies, wondering how far Orpheus was from Earth. 
Setsuna was surprised to learn the portal had moved her four years into the future. The strong tall figure in a 
long deep blue velvet cloak, with its pointed hood covering most of his face, approached her and smiled. He 
intrigued her, and stirred something inside that felt so warm, and she loved his strength and calm demeanour.
Setsuna remembered the explanation of how he and the cats found her. They had picked up powerful energy 
signatures, and others not so negative, and these were what prompted their entering the portal to investigate. 
The star crystal was part of an ancient array known as 'The Oberisku no Shoujo's Crystal Rosetta.' 
Enki explained that not a lot was known about this mighty obelisk since the recent awakening of its vast crystal
lattice. Morgana and Loki told the story of a legend concerning a crystal girl who was the queen of all Senshi,
and she was linked to the old order that once ruled Earth and Orpheus long before the separation. Apparently, 
there was a great deal of secrecy regarding these portals lest the Araknitopa Alliance got word of it and tried
to steal them.
So Orpheusean scientists, along with Queen Freya and those linked to the Celestial Senshi and the temples of 
the stars, including Enki, actively investigated this profound discovery. Setsuna learned the portal had 
activated, as it had throughout the galaxy, the moment she had first encountered it, setting it off 
unintentionally.
 
When Enki entered the chamber where she had been protected by Morgana and Loki, he knew something important had 
happened, this was why he left her with Loki and Morgana until he had reported to Celestial Senshi headquarters.


He told her all about his beautiful planet, Orpheus. She remembered flying in his star glider with the cats and
seeing the stunning planet and the four moons for the first time, marvelling at their beauty. She was blown away 
by the fact that Earth and Orpheus shared a common heritage. Setsuna remembered gripping his arm as they entered
orbit around Orpheus. It took her breath away, set against a shimmering backdrop of stars and golden nebulae. 
The moons were like multicoloured jewels, and the artistry of the majestic Orpheus with its purples, pinks and 
red rings of cloud was stunning.
 

Enki gently sat her upon a stone seat carved from a burnt orange stone, one of several arranged in a circle 
surrounding a magnificent white marble octagonal altar. They were in the centre of the celestial temple dedicated
to the goddess Isisiata, which lay open to the sky. He approached the altar, placing a beautiful translucent 
crystal raven at its centre along with other talismans.
 
Raising his hands, he began his incantations as Setsuna wrapped the velvet cloak tightly around her shivering 
body. Instantaneously, five luminous orange tubes of energy manifested themselves in front of her. Loki and 
Morgana urged her not to be alarmed, as these were magical beacons to evoke protective shielding before 
teleporting to the capital. She nodded and rested her palms gently on each cat's shoulder, and they waited.
These gelatinous cylindrical forms made up the powerful circuit encompassing the temple perimeter, and it stood 
three metres in height. The tubes vibrated in sympathy with Enki's incantations, creating a lattice of colourful
lightning as a beautiful city appeared before them. Enki took her hand, leading her and the cats through the 
portal.
 

They all stood in a glorious court of flagstone, amidst tall buildings fashioned from marble, granite and 
crystal. Setsuna took in the vast public square, noticing with surprise how deserted it was, and then observed 
the spectacular colourful zodiac motif at their feet. The symbols were totally unknown to her, and after laying 
the palm of her left hand upon a crystal plaque she noticed gentle sensations pulsing through her hands. 
Instantly she possessed a full working knowledge of the Horoscope based upon the stellar position and other 
factors connected with Orpheusean culture and magic. She marvelled at how easy it was to accumulate knowledge 
via this technology. She thought it truly amazing, and she loved it all.
 

"Where are all the people?"

It was then Enki pulled back his hood, and his handsome roman features were now complemented by their 
surroundings. She admired his smile and his blue eyes with their amused expression as he took her hand, and this
made her pulse race. She blushed, looking away for a second, then back into his eyes, and he smiled. This was a 
face Setsuna would come to know and love so well. She returned his smile and they walked for a time in silence 
with the cats leading the way.
 
With tall solid build, violet-blue eyes and short hair of gold, she thought he looked resplendent in his black 
uniform with its silver trim.
 
"This is my home, Pheona City, the city of artisanship."
 
"You're an artist?" Setsuna asked as she lifted her swanlike neck, gazing upon megalithic structures and lavish 
botanical gardens interspersed between the majestic monuments and buildings. She was totally awestruck.
 

"Yes, of a sort, but I am also a warrior mage," Enki answered. "This is the civilian capital, and the Royal city
is seven hundred kilometres away to the West," he said, lifting a silver orb that began its rhythmic pulsations 
as a shimmering blinding light encircled them all. After the brilliance subsided, Setsuna beheld a city that 
was filled with thousands of people going about their business.
 

"What just happened there?" Setsuna asked, both fascinated and curious.
 
"You were scanned, to make sure no evil viruses were implanted."
 
Setsuna's eyes doubled in size as she faced him. "Don't tell me, you had to be sure I was not a plant by the 
Araknitopa Alliance." She thought this made sense, even though for some unknown reason this offended her as she 
felt she had won his trust.
 
"Of course I trusted you, Setsuna," he said smiling.
 

She laughed. "I should have realised you can read my thoughts. I guess I will have to be careful what I think 
about." She smiled mischievously as she looked
him up and down, still smiling as his face reddened a little.
 

"Touché, you've got me there," he replied, raising his hands in a gesture of placation. "Let's go, I want to 
get you to a clinic and get some good food into you. You might not wish to chance our food rations... They're 
okay, but not the kind of cuisine a lovely lady such as yourself deserves after all you've been through."
 

People Enki knew greeted him, and two of these accompanied them on their way.
 
^^^
 
Over the weeks and months that followed, Enki visited me and we would often go out exploring the city outskirts.
One morning I woke to find Loki staring at his reflection in the mirror. I was curious as to what had brought 
him here so early, as dawn was about to break.
 

"Hi, Setsuna," he said, jumping onto the floor and rubbing against my bare legs and feet. His fur was so soft 
and warm that it made me giggle as it tickled my skin. "We are going to be working with you, Pluto. There are 
some important things you need to know, and Enki has full confidence in you."
 
He lifted his head and sat up, watching me intensely. "I have to tell you. It's not going to be easy, but Enki 
really likes...whoops!" He crouched and sat like a moneybox waiting for me to place a coin in his back where 
the slot would be, and began washing himself. "Sorry, I think I let...myself out of the bag!"
 

I laughed, and ruffled his soft ears. "It will be yours and my secret, Loki, and I must admit, he is as Usagi 
would say, dreamy and a totally cool guy!"
 

I stood and looked at my reflection. My long emerald hair fell in a single wave over my left breast and down to
my waist. The necklace of jade, with a small quartz raven nestled between my breasts, caught the light of the 
awakening sun and set off a kaleidoscope of colour over my dress. The lemon-green fabric of the short skirt 
complimented the strapless emerald bodice embroidered with shining star sapphires. I pirouetted slowly. Loki 
whistled his approval and I blushed, smiling at this cheeky Moon cat. Loki was such a cute fluff ball, nodding 
his approval. I reached for my rod and threw my emerald cloak about my shoulders.
 

Now I noticed the sleek and familiar form of Morgana opposite Loki. They were winking at one another as Loki 
approached and rubbed noses with his purring companion. This seemed to be their customary affectionate greeting.
They trotted side by side, and followed me out of the living precinct into the central causeway. Then, I moved 
quickly across the vast atrium with Loki and Morgana in tow.
 
^^^ 

Aki stood upon the threshold of the Celestial palace, staring into the beautiful gardens illuminated by the 
light of four majestic moons. Aki was a beautiful girl growing up on Orpheus, a strong-minded and 
independent-thinking individual who was known and loved by all her people. Several months had passed since
Pluto had arrived on Orpheus, and in this time she had endeared herself to not only the people of Orpheus,
but Prince Enki as well.
 
Setsuna sighed and laughed. "You have to understand, Aki, that Earth's cultural differences are valid even though
they were isolated from the galaxy community for so long."
 
Aki giggled. "How dumb, to use an Earth term."
 

Setsuna shook her head, still laughing. "Sule was so much more interesting than that boring designation the 
Earth people gave it, as Sule was the name of a heroic Affinity Mage."
 
"The Earth's Celtic peoples worshiped her as a goddess," Aki explained, "because she had visited their world to 
help fight the Dark Kingdom."
 
Aki had studied Earth culture at school. Her 'Imparter,' Axia, praised her efforts, describing Aki as her best
student. Aki was fifteen years old, a moon away from her sixteenth birthday. Setsuna had learned that Aki was 
heir to Tsurania, the kingdom of the fourth moon. Aki hoped one day to visit the Earth, and then travel to 
other worlds now freed from the dark web of the Araknitopa Alliance.
 
The Alliance had long isolated Orpheus and its celestial allies from the Sulean star system. History spoke of 
these dark times; originally three Celestial Senshi had set one of nine crystal-star gateways upon the planet 
Mercury deep beneath the 'Wisdom City.' Unfortunately, these powerful stone talismans, along with their crystal 
companions that made up the many petals of the legendary 'Oberisku no Shoujo's Crystal Rosetta,' were long ago 
lost. 

The Wisdom City's massive crystal dome, impervious to the sun's intense rays, housed millions of Mercury's 
citizens. Deep beneath the surface, a network of subterranean cities connected Wisdom City to the dark side of 
this mysterious world, where planetary defence and deep space transport stations were located. The City 
represented a vital jump-off point for interstellar trade and other activities.
 

The Orpheuseans and the Mercureans, like all the other Sulean worlds, called the sun Sule, whereas the people 
of the Earth called it simply 'The Sun.' When the 'Oberisku no Shoujo' was destroyed, Orpheus was pushed out of
its orbit and sheered its sister planet, Earth. The devastation caused by this cataclysm destroyed over ninety 
percent of the Earth's surface, taking with it the Celestial Senshi capital, Atlantari. The survivors retreated 
to Orpheus in whatever craft they could find, and the Affinity Weft Guardian headquarters was quickly 
re-established on Orpheus.
 

Unfortunately, the damage to Orpheus's crust was also significant. Although the damage was isolated to the 
Northern portion of the eighth continent, it took centuries to rebuild all the lost cities. Aki explained how 
Orpheus had dislodged one of its moons, which eventually became the Moon Kingdom of the Earth. The new era that 
followed led to the emergence of the Silver Millennium, of which Setsuna knew much. Eventually, Aki completed 
the story of Orpheus's arrival in the tri-star system that allowed its civilisations to recover and thrive. 
The time had now arrived to punish the Araknitopa for their actions.
 

"I hope you've enjoyed the history lessons as much as I, Setsuna."
 
Setsuna nodded. "I have learned so much from you, Aki. I think you will be a valuable addition to the celestial 
Senshi."
 

Enki called out his greeting and quickened his step. He first picked up his youngest sister and lifted her off 
her feet, spinning her around, hugging her. He gently placed her feet upon the ground, turned to Setsuna, and 
did the same. Setsuna laughed with joy as he kissed her quickly upon the lips. They stood there staring deeply 
into one another's eyes. Aki smiled, whilst shaking her head, and made her excuses to leave, allowing them some 
privacy.
 

Setsuna studied his features, noticing the lustre of the star gems indicating his rank as he caught their 
reflection in her deep green eyes. Enki softly kissed the flawless tanned skin of her beautiful neck, and their 
lips met, opening to a long sweet kiss.
 

When he first laid eyes upon her, he had told Aki he had finally found his star princess. Aki thought this so 
romantic and took an instant liking to the bronzed princess of the Sulean planet called Pluto. So, when they 
were joined, Aki was a moonflower attendant at the ceremony. It was so beautiful, as too her new sister by 
marriage. Unfortunately, they would have to leave Orpheus to face the dark forces of the Araknitopa alliance 
and meet new allies whom would assist them in their quest.
 
Finally, before leaving they discussed the mission with Enki's other sister Princess Magenta Dawn, who would 
join them on Earth after they had reconnected with the Sulean Senshi. The party of Moon Cats stood around the 
beautiful star crystal portal, now active after twenty thousand years. Loki trotted by Setsuna's shapely long 
golden legs, his fluffy tail tickling her skin. She squatted and stroked his fur, he looked up, and in a cat's 
way, smiled.
 
"We will have much to do, Princess Setsuna of Pluto, so we will need extra help. I have asked Morgana to come 
along. Robbie will join us later; he will monitor events from London's new Central Control after meeting up 
with Suzanne Cherry Blossom formerly Sailor Cerciana in Tokyo ... Luna and Artemis we do remember meeting in 
an earlier embodiment and look forward to meeting them once again!"
 

Enki slipped his arm around Setsuna's slender waist and they laughed as Aki pulled Loki's tail, and he let out 
a cute squeak of protest. After last-moment goodbyes, Queen Freya kissed her son and newly acquired daughter, 
and Aki presented them both with a tiny crystal raven - the ancient talisman symbolic of Senshi magic upon their
world.
 
"Take care. Both of you, take care, and please keep in touch whilst on Earth. You're facing a dark journey ahead,
so enjoy your fruitful time as newly joined as much as you can, as I fear you'll have so little chance to enjoy 
yourselves for a long time after!" She looked both sad and happy as she pronounced her farewell incantations 
and the small party stepped through the portal.
 
^^^
 
LEGEND OF THE AKITSUBATA & THE OBERISKU NO SHOUJO
 
By Loki
 (a reworking of the original narrative-Akitsubata & the Crystal Flower)
 

Welcome to the amazing world of the Oberisku no Shoujo! Her secrets will reveal 
themselves over the course of the coming chapters. 
 

Long ago, a beautiful Senshi-Goddess-Queen led her people to the Terran region of space in 
search of a new home. Queen Sule established the joint Celestial Kingdom. She ruled upon 
the Earth, whilst her sister Freya ruled the resplendent Orpheus . 
 
The ancient Celts worshiped her as a Sun Goddess as  some strands of our lost heritage 
survived and found their way into folklore. the sun was once known as Sule, this golden 
sphere of fire named after its beautiful discoverer... the lost Earth princess shall reveal herself 
as the Oberisku no Shoujo, and then everything changes and a new legacy is born.
I hope you'll find this grand epic exciting and entertaining.
 

In this edition I have merged the first four chapters under book I  with two chapters. The first 
chapter of book II onwards will feature Phantoma & Dr. Zero as integral to the central plot.
 

My special thanks go to Dejana, my BETA reader *huggles*: Joris Van Dingenen, for 
helping me with Japanese names. ck out her 'Sailor Moon Crystal Nexus' on
 

BOOK I CRYSTAL TABLEAU
 
~*~
 
DISCLAIMER
 

I do not own Sailor Moon, nor do I own Phantoma: as the original Sailor Moon characters & 
plots are the property of Naoko Takeuchi & all involved in the Sailor Moon experience. The 
same is true in respect to Phantoma & I am simply borrowing them. However, I have created 
my own plots and characters. These belong to Loki. Magenta Dawn Publications(c) 2004 
 

~*~ 

TABLE OF CONTENTS
A CRYSTAL CURSE PART i
A CRYSTAL CURSE PART II
BOOK II CELESTIAL CONFLAGRATION
GATES OF THE GALAXY
I AM SAILOR EPSILON
ENDYMION'S POWER
CELESTIAL PANTHERS AND THE PRINCESS AKI JOIN FORCES
BOOK III ARC OF THE CRYSTAL GIRL
MAU REVOLUTION - GENJI & THE MOON CAT RESISTANCE
JANUS & THE TEMPORAL HELIX - LOVE OVER DARKNESS
CONFLAGRATION - THE NIGHT THEY CAME
AN UNEXPECTED ALLY - RETURN OF JADEITE
BOOK IV AKITSUBATA UNFOLDS 
SATURN & THE STAR RAVEN
MOON GHOSTS AND THE JADE TRIDENT
LOKI & THE ASGARDIA - ARAKNITOPA DEFEAT
STAR MAVERICK
BOOK V AFFINITY WEFT
RETURN TO MYOLA CITY
DEMETER'S DREAM - THE NEW PRINCESS OF EARTH
CORONATION-LOVE REIGNS SUPREME
EPILOGUE
 
~*~ 
 
A CRYSTAL CURSE PART i 
I wait in shadow as I wander through the void
I live amongst the shadows and cast my light
By the wings of a golden bat I secure the dawn
My journey is long as I perform my duty
I emerge from my long sleep free of my torpor
I observe, wait and carefully consider my next move
I am Phantoma the warrior of justice who is guardian of the innocent and star lance of affinity 
moon the galactic sovereign  
 

I stand before the gates of time to fight by your sides oh mighty Senshi
 

Long before the Silver Millennium two beautiful worlds within our solar system were engaged 
in an intimate dance. The Earth and its sister world, Orpheus intersected one another's paths 
once each year as they circled around our sun, known back then as Sule. These spectacular 
spheres seemed to almost kiss one another as they passed each other by. Orpheus, with its multi-coloured 
rings of lucidity, and its sister Earth, with its amazing blue countenance shining like a pearl across the void, was an awesome sight. Anyone fortunate enough to behold these 
resplendent disks would be seduced by this pair of stellar lovers flirting amongst the stars.
 
Many spacecraft moved back and forth between these luminous worlds. Thousands made the 
voyage from the various kingdoms within the solar system, coming
from as far away as Pluto to participate in system wide celebrations. The five impressive 
moons, set against banded shades of purple, pink, red and lavender
clouds resembled jewels set across the vast circumference of Orpheus. This was the 
spectacular view one would encounter whilst looking through the panoramic
view ports aboard a typical tourist-class space bus. Its sister world, the Earth, presented an 
equally impressive view.
 
The periodical alignment of these planets was considered a major cultural event celebrating 
love and romance. It was especially so for the young, as many
couples celebrated it as a fertility rite, and especially auspicious, as children born or 
conceived at this time were deemed sacred. 

At this time Luna, a disk of silver destined to leave its orbit and become home to the house of 
Serenity twenty five thousand years in the future, was part
of Orpheus's cluster of five beautiful moons. This year, everything would be irrevocably 
altered.
 

In Orpheus's equatorial capital, Odina, celebrations were in full swing. The night possessed a 
special significance for the young princess Florianna. She
was engaged to prince Aries of Mars, who was to join her on the balcony at midnight. She 
stepped out into the warm night air, taking
in the sights and sounds of the celebrations in the city cradled within the valley below.
 
Florianna was nineteen years old and all of five feet five inches tall. Her petite hourglass figure 
was draped in luxuriant white silk robes. The silk floated
above a pair of beautifully crafted crystal sandals, their sapphire-studded ankle straps 
throwing off brilliant blue prisms of light with each step she
took. Florianna's oval face possessed a luminous glow. Her flawless alabaster skin 
accentuated her delicate features to perfection. Her abundance of wavy
red hair cascaded over her shoulders, then flowed down her back and over her breasts to her 
waist. Florianna's stunning green eyes were like those of a
cat, sparkling like jewels penetrating deep into the darkness.
 

Florianna took a long, deep breath as she looked into the night sky, which was festooned 
with fabulous fireworks displays. She swept back the hair from
her eyes, threw on a cloak and sighed contentedly.
 

In the next moment, she was brought back from her thoughts by a violent quake. Florianna 
was no stranger to earthquakes and thought it would pass quickly,
but she soon realised it was far more significant and destructive than any she would ever 
know. Florianna knew this was no natural occurrence, but was still
terrified as a cold sensation swept through her entire body.
 
Suddenly, screams broke out everywhere. The skies filled with a mysterious web of 
darkness. The warm breezes flew into a rage, and the beautiful shimmering
Earth swam in and out of phase, horribly distorted by atmospheric turbulence. Her last 
thoughts before she lost consciousness concerned her fiancé.
 

The prince, with his young sister Rhiannon, ran up the long winding flights of steps leading to 
Florianna's bedchamber. He noticed her prostrate body sprawled
upon the ground, checked her pulse, and carefully carried her inside to place her upon the 
luxuriant bed. Rhiannon was eight years old, and her long blonde
hair shone in the eerie light as she handed a wet towel to her older brother. The crescent 
moon symbol upon Florianna's brow began to glow, and they knew
she would be okay...but what of their world?
 

It had begun. The two worlds were thrust toward one another, almost colliding. The entire 
planetary system was thrown into chaos as the sequence of destruction
unfolded. Orpheus had been flung free of its orbit. The confusion descending upon Earth and 
Orpheus was unprecedented. In the days and weeks that followed,
reports began to come in from planetary Senshi stations on Mars, Venus and Mercury. 
Security satellite networks were abuzz with a tapestry of frightening
data streams spreading the news system wide, and subsequent intelligence revealed the 
identities of those responsible for the cataclysm.
 

It was the Araknitopa Alliance that was behind this disaster of apocalyptic proportions. The 
diabolical collective wished to break up the celestial Senshi
by cutting off its central capital. When the tempest had subsided and time moved forward, 
their dark curse began to spread insidiously throughout the entire
Sulean star system. This dark curse slowly encroached upon all the kingdoms in the solar 
system, isolating the planetary dominions from the galaxy.
 

After the fall of Queen Serenity, the results of the isolation of the planetary kingdoms from 
one another would be clear, and the Araknitopa's plans for
dominance amongst the stars complete. Orpheus spent thousands of years aloft as a rogue 
planet, eventually finding a new home around a yellow star much
like its former home. Orpheusean scientists created an atmospheric shield to prevent its 
atmosphere from being drawn into the vacuum of space.
 

Ruled by the house of Freya, one of nine royal houses located on Orpheus itself and its 
beautiful moons, Orpheus enjoyed a wonderful period of prosperity.
However, the ninth house, Luna, had strayed into Earth's orbit, thereby establishing the 
foundation stone upon which the House of Serenity would grow. 

The Silver Millennium began to blossom. Its capital, Serenity City, was truly beautiful. So, 
too, were the other magnificent Moon cities, with their crystal
structures and enclosed causeways forming a lattice of glittering jewels when viewed from 
space. The Moon Kingdom's capital was vast and breathtaking.
 
Princess Serenity's mother soon found herself fighting many battles as she led the armies of 
the Moon Kingdom. Her Senshi, who courageously took on all
comers, had defeated the forces of darkness many times. This continued until the arrival of 
Queen Beryl and her generals, who had been taken from Endymion
by her dark power. When Beryl launched her deadly assault, the battle was soon lost. Queen 
Serenity sacrificed her life by using the Silver Crystal to
send her court to the future, while everybody else took their chances in battle or assisted the 
evacuation effort.
 

Ages later Queen Freya, Orpheus's much-loved ruler, would learn of the awakening of the 
Akitsubata crystal array containing the lost Oberisku no Shoujo.
This would prompt her to send her daughter, the princess Magenta Dawn, to seek their lost 
sister world and join Sailor Moon and the Sulean Senshi on an
exciting quest to break the curse of the Araknitopa and punish them for their crimes. The 
guardian of time, Sailor Pluto, had unwittingly reconnected the
broken links between our solar system and our distant cousins of Orpheus, and this had set 
the stage for what was to come.
***
The hustle and bustle of Hong Kong on an unusually hot spring day seemed to melt the 
beautiful young scientist, who stretched her long, shapely legs as
she lay back in the soft black leather chair of her computer workstation. She stretched like a 
cat with eyes closed as tension left her body. She let out
a long sigh, then sat upright. 

Smiling to herself, the scientist reached for a fresh cup of percolated coffee. She had almost 
completed her experiment, having spent hours working on the
possibility of using zero-point energy pulses to open view ports into the deeper recesses of 
the Milky Way galaxy. Hotaru Tomoe had followed her father's
example by choosing a career in science, specialising in post-quantum physics at Tokyo 
University. Hotaru had completed her PHD in Astrophysics at the
prestigious Hong Kong Science Academy. This was significant, as this institution was well 
known and respected globally.
 
Her father, Dr. Souichi Tomoe, supported her both financially and emotionally. Both father 
and daughter shared a mutual love and admiration for one another.
Hotaru's father had won a Nobel Prize in 2000 for finding the sub-atomic relationships in 
genetics. He would soon have another reason to be proud of his
brilliant daughter, as she was to be nominated for this year's Nobel prize in the field of frontier 
science. Using her research, Souichi was close to
finding the universal codex of all organic function that lay at the heart of life's most awesome 
and challenging mysteries. He hoped his research would
lead to cures for deadly conditions such as cancer and HIV, as well as other 'Hot Viruses,' as 
they were known in the field.
 

This was Hotaru's day, and now all her efforts were about to bear fruit. Hotaru had worked 
tirelessly over the last year to crack the great mystery underpinning
the fabric of space, time, and whatever else awaited beyond. Hotaru wanted to dance 
amongst the stars; she longed to travel to magnificent worlds she could
only visit in dreams. This was her secret wish, and she wanted it with a fierce intensity. Today 
her wish would begin to manifest. Ever since she was a
child, she had had vague memories ("were they dreams?" she asked herself), feeling the 
sensation of being all-powerful and beautiful. She believed she
commanded great power and responsibility, and felt an affinity with the planet Saturn.
 

Sighing, she thought, *Those were only fleeting fantasies, weren't they?* No matter; the 
dreams were enough to inspire her quest for the stars.
 

Suddenly her thoughts were interrupted by the sound of the door opening. Hotaru smiled, 
recognising familiar footsteps approaching her workstation. Brushing
a loose strand of hair out of her eyes, she turned toward her father as he kissed her cheek 
and sat next to her. Then, as if on cue, the twin pulsars came
into view. Hotaru smiled with satisfaction as the image solidified on the screen.
 

To her surprise, she noticed an anomalous crystalline structure orbiting a small Earth-sized 
world. This awesome sight almost eclipsed the stunning moons
encircling the colourful sphere as it revolved around the system's yellow star. The golden star 
belonged to a trinary stellar cluster. Hotaru named it
'The Amaterasu Disk,' after the Japanese sun goddess. She named the planet 'Orpheus.' She 
did not even have to think about the name; it slipped into her
mind as if it had already named itself. She mused over what kind of people might live upon 
this strange and beautiful world, with its rich tones of red,
indigo and pink. Its four majestic moons were equally impressive.
 
She plotted its distance from her own solar system, gathering the data on a memory pod 
computer. This PC was the new Microsoft Nexus, reputedly the most
advanced and the smallest AI desktop computer ever constructed. Hotaru sighed as her 
father whistled. "Sweet Pea, you have it. It's remarkable! You've
found the first life-sustaining world outside our solar system, and that crystalline craft is the 
icing on the cake!"
 
They studied the specs closely as they began to flash across the screen. The schematics were 
configured and fed into a 3D simulator, and a holographic representation
of the new life-bearing world as it revolved around its star appeared in the centre of the lab. 
These images hovered a metre off the floor, and Hotaru
felt something wonderful begin to overwhelm her as they watched the mysterious crystal 
object spinning about the beautiful planet. Hotaru hit the intercom,
asking Tokako to contact the Hong Kong Daily Chronicle. She then turned to her father, and 
like a child she jumped up and down and flung her arms about
his neck, and squealing with excitement. "Daddy, what an awesome discovery this is!"
 

"Honey, you're going to set the world ablaze. You've made it. I am so proud, and I love you 
very much," he replied smiling.
 
A tear nudged itself free from Hotaru's violet eyes and trickled in a line down her cheek. Her 
father caught it upon the tip of his finger, and touched
it to his lips.
 
"Hey Sweet Pea, lets do lunch." She nodded, they finished their work, locked down the lab, 
and headed for the lift.

^^^
 
I stood above the city and could not see the familiar landscape I had known so well. I had 
transformed into Sailor Moon. The first thing I noticed was the
spectacular view below; it really spun me out. I turned to my left and right, and wondered 
how I had ended up on top of this majorly scary mountain peak.
I had no supplies, and none of my friends were there to help me. I was alone.
 
It was then that I noticed a swirling haze before me, expanding with every passing moment. 
Suddenly, I blinked and my eyes took on the shape of saucers.
I was dumbstruck, observing my ghostly reflection hovering in this majorly weird mist. 
Suddenly, the freaky mist vanished and a warp or something replaced
it. Before I could blink a second time, a cream-coloured, longhaired cat leapt from the portal 
and sat in front of me, washing itself. I shook my head.
*What a cute fuzz ball, on top of a freezing mountaintop, of all places!*

Then I spoke aloud. "Hey, that's majorly weird!"
 
The strange moon cat regarded me, and finally spoke. "You are Neo Queen Serenity." The 
pretty golden eyes flashed. His voice shook me momentarily and I
forgot where I was.
 
"Yeah," I replied, observing the familiar crescent moon flashing upon his forehead. He 
nodded.
 
"Usagi - can I address you that way?" he asked, in a humorous manner.
 
"Of course; are you by any chance familiar with two other moon cats named Artemis and 
Luna?"
 
He paused before answering, and I giggled as this stunning cat sneezed when a few 
snowflakes perched themselves precariously upon the bridge of his nose.
 
"What is it you find so amusing, Miss Moon? Now, where was I? Oh! Yeah! Yes, I know 
them! They are family, but they lost touch with the Mau collective a
long time ago." I shivered, and urged him to continue.
 

"We are scattered throughout the galaxy, its a long and interesting story."
 
I shuddered, both from the cold and the vision that began to blur as the cat's words faded 
and I awoke with my bedroom window wide open. I started as Luna
gasped.
 
"Loki, you say you're from Mau!" Luna exclaimed. "I remember now...yes, and there are 
others!"
 
The cream-coloured cat was sitting on the windowsill, looking regal and smug. Luna's eyes 
blazed with curiosity as she listened to the new moon cat.
 

"I'm guilty as charged," Loki replied. "I have a message for you all... By the way, Usagi, you 
have awesome dreams!"
 
I sat bolt upright, and smiled in astonishment. Not only did he freak me out by showing up in 
my dreams, but he was real, and not just a moon dream.
 

"I am going to be working with you guys for a while. I have been sent by Sailor Pluto, or 
Setsuna, as she is better known by her friends on Earth." Luna
jumped onto the window ledge, purring as Loki continued. "I believe you and the Earth 
Senshi know her well."
 

Suddenly, a flash of lemon light preceded Pluto's arrival. She stood before us holding her time 
staff. By her side sat another moon cat, who winked at Loki
as she introduced herself. "I am Morgana, attendant to Queen Freya of Orpheus. I will 
answer all questions in time. For now, we have plenty of other news
to share with you." Morgana began to softly purr as Pluto continued.
 
"Loki, you are more mischievous than I. I must apologise, Usagi, for our intrusion into your 
beauty sleep...that goes for you too, Luna." Setsuna laughed
as Luna meowed in a bemused fashion.
 
"Well, I must say, Loki, you have outdone Artemis' 'central control' stunt, and I'm sure you 
two have a lot in common," Luna said, laughing. Pluto and the
new moon cats sat upon my bed, and we talked for a while before organising the foldout sofa 
for Setsuna. She detransformed, borrowed one of my nighties
and slept on the sofa with Loki curled up against her stomach.
 
The next day Setsuna rose early and took the first shower. She opened her satchel and put 
on a short green dress, lemon stockings, and tan leather sandals.
After my own shower I put on a pink skirt and a white top and chose a matching pink vest. 
Setsuna led the way downstairs, with her pack over one shoulder.
 
Mom was surprised and happy to see her. She prepared an extra place at the table. Mom 
ignored Loki and Morgana as they shared a large can of tuna and saucer
of fresh cream.
 
"Setsuna, its been a long time since you've visited us. I am so glad to see you again. What are 
you doing these days?" Mom asked whilst serving breakfast,
which consisted of cereal, fresh strawberries on a platter with yoghurt, a stack of buttered 
toast and orange juice.

Setsuna smiled as she replied. "I'm enrolling at the university with Usagi and the others, and 
I'm really looking forward to it."
 

"Good for you! I hope you all enjoy campus life, as it is a special time in your lives. I 
remember my days, studying, dating, and... Ah, memories!"
 
We laughed, and after finishing breakfast we said our goodbyes. Dad gulped down a cup of 
coffee while munching upon a fruit muffin. Like a showman he struggled
with his suit jacket, simultaneously eating and drinking whilst getting into his car. He saluted us 
with a half-eaten muffin in hand and delivered a gargled
"Have a good day, girls." We laughed and waved. Then off we went. 

I had contacted the others on my communicator, and we met around the bus stop. As 
Setsuna and I moved quickly along the sidewalk, my beloved Mamoru caught
up with me and took my hand. We stopped for a moment while the cats, including the new 
arrivals, joined us. Mamoru greeted Setsuna enthusiastically, just
as surprised to have her with us again as we had been. He kissed my forehead and playfully 
tugged my meatball plaits. We had soon reached the bus stop,
where the others were waiting. Mamoru turned to face me and kissed my open lips as I was 
halfway through saying something. I soon forgot what it was, grinning
after that majorly dreamy kiss. I blushed a little; the other girls were giggling at us. He tenderly 
lifted my chin and looked deep into my eyes.
 

"I love you so much, Meatball Head." We smiled at one another while Rei groaned in her 
customary fashion. Then we slipped our arms about one another and
jumped on the waiting bus. I had not called Mamoru yesterday, as he had worked a late shift 
and needed his sleep. We took our seats quickly and kissed
once more. Mamoru slipped his strong arm around my waist, and I placed my head on his 
shoulder. I felt so safe and secure, and yes, very much loved.
 
It was orientation day, and formalities gave way to a long and languid sun-splashed afternoon. 
We all agreed to meet later in Setsuna's room. Mamoru and
I decided to set off early, taking a long stroll through the resplendent campus gardens with 
their array of aromatic flowering plants. It seemed this botanical
display was arranged especially for the two of us. I turned and slid my arms about Mamoru's 
neck and he lifted me off my feet, as he always did. I giggled
as he once again kissed me in that awesome dreamy way of his.
 
Fortunately, the girls and I all had rooms on the same floor. Setsuna and Loki were set up 
well; the decor in the room was so cool, and I wondered how she
managed to get a room painted in the lemon-green colours she loved. After juicing a heap of 
fresh fruit, we sat on cushions and beanbags scattered around
the exotic room, admiring the work she had done with it in such a short time.
 
I made a funny face at Rei to get a rise out of her. I loved her teasing. There was a time when 
I had hated it, but now it was as natural as having breakfast!
We were all so happy to have Setsuna back with us again, so we all praised her decorating 
skills and chatted amongst ourselves for a time. Setsuna lifted
the Garnet Orb, grinning, as this tool was mostly responsible for the rapid apartment 
makeover. It was good to see Setsuna so happy and light-hearted. She
was usually so 'seriousso!' We knew something had changed in her, and we all speculated 
later about what might have brought about the remarkable transformation.
Minako had come closest (and she would!). She believed Setsuna looked as if she were in 
love.
 

"No way!" I exclaimed at the time, but I would have to admit, much later, that she had been 
on the ball about this. After all, she was the Senshi of Venus
and mistress of the power of love! We would eventually find out the hot buzz, but for the 
moment it was keeping us guessing. My attention returned to Setsuna's
clever use of the Orb as interior decorator.
 
"I thought it was too good to be the true Setsuna's work!" I said. We were laughing still as I 
spoke. 

"Well, a little Senshi magic at short notice is acceptable here, don't you think?" she replied. 
We all continued to laugh as she passed around a plate of
munchies, of which I took my usual fistful. For this I got a frown from Rei, who had trouble 
keeping a straight face after I blew her a long raspberry.
 

The decor was truly remarkable, with indoor plants, cool posters featuring popular bands and 
cool new age paintings. These all contributed to the amazing
atmosphere. While we drank our juice, Setsuna hit a key on her laptop. Instantly, the most 
incredible sight appeared on the screen. It was a Sailor Senshi,
but nobody we'd ever met. She possessed an abundance of blonde hair swimming about her 
hips, and wore a short bubblegum-pink dress with a gold sash about
her waist. I loved the gorgeous quartz crystal high-heeled sandals on her feet. In her hands, a 
glowing crystal wand shone with a soft light.
 
"She is Princess Magenta-Dawn, the princess of Orpheus. It's a world light-years from Earth, 
and is where Morgana and Loki come from." Setsuna had certainly
surprised us all.
 
Makoto coughed. "What, huh? I mean, who? And where?" Setsuna raised her bronzed hands 
to quiet us, and we listened to her story.
 

"I must tell you, this woman is a Senshi from outside our solar system. She is the princess of 
Orpheus and connected to the celestial Senshi, the defenders
of our Milky Way galaxy." This was so amazing that we sat like statues as she went on. "You 
have proven yourselves worthy, and more than able to join the
greater battle now being fought throughout the stars."
 
Rei nodded, then spoke. "I saw her image appear within the flame of prophecy a month 
back! I thought it was Usagi at first... So, she is a Senshi princess!
Looks like you're not the only monarch among the stars, Serenity!" I growled, sparring 
playfully with Rei as always. Setsuna raised her hands for silence
and the hint of a smile left her face, changing the mood back to its serious tone.
 
"There is so much to tell, and you need to know it all! So, brace yourselves, as it's pretty 
intense!" 

Ami crossed her long legs and sipped the orange juice thoughtfully. "Are we talking about a 
war, Setsuna? I get the feeling that we have only cut our teeth
on the enemies we've encountered so far!"
 

Setsuna nodded, then my darling Mamoru spoke. "So, I guess we are going to learn more 
about Magenta-Dawn? I get the feeling that she is already on Earth."
Setsuna smiled knowingly, then extended her hand. In her palm lay a most beautiful crystal 
flower. It was fashioned from lignite, and its deep obsidian
depths sparkled with an unearthly light. It was so pretty, and yet majorly weird. Suddenly, the 
stone resonated with a melodic female voice.
 

"Hi, guys, I am Magenta Dawn. I will be with you within the hour! You've seen my Senshi 
form. I will explain everything when I arrive at the arcade. I will
look like a university student. I am looking forward to meeting you all, so stay cool until then." 
Magenta Dawn's voice was liquid silk, strange and yet
compelling. She sounded like a moon princess, all right, and yet she was obviously different 
from anyone we had ever encountered. I sat still, and for
a minute or two nobody spoke. We sat there stunned and awestruck until Minako began to 
stroke Artemis and shake her head.
 
"Wow, I have the feeling that life is about to become a lot more interesting." She smiled at 
Artemis and Loki.
 
"You don't know the half of it," Loki said as his golden eyes lit up. 

I thought about the stars, and imagined looking down from space at our blue pearl, and the 
magnificent moon that I loved so well. I felt a new sense of
adventure fill my heart as Mamoru gently squeezed my hand.
 
~*~
 
We begin this chapter in geo-synchronous orbit above Tokyo, just after the defeat of 
Mistress Nine, a new and unpredictable enemy has ambitious plans to
redeem the former Sovereign of Silence, transform her into a hybrid, and cease Pluto's time 
wand, using it to seek revenge against a common enemy also
threatening the Senshi & the entire galaxy. He alters the past & re-directs the future with 
interesting consequences ... so enjoy & please vote & review!
*winks*
 Loki
 
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Chapter 2
 

Chapter 2
 

PLUTO IN LOVE
 

*Four years prior to Sailor Moon and the Senshi's meeting with Magenta Dawn.*
 

********
 

Whilst Sailor Moon and the Senshi were battling Dr. Tomoe and his daimons, General Janus 
watched the events unfold from his orbital platform in geo-synchronous
orbit above the Earth over Tokyo. He was surprised and delighted when Saturn destroyed 
Pharaoh 90. General Janus drew Mistress Nine's 'Affinity Essence'
through a luminous portal, his magnificent crystal sceptre pulsating with violet light.
 

He hated the alliance with every fibre of his existence, and finally his plans were coming to 
fruition. *I do not need you, Pharaoh 90, for you are a plaything
of the Araknitopa alliance. You would deny me the opportunity to take my place as ruler of 
this galaxy, and this I cannot allow!* His interest peaked,
and a new idea formed in his mind whilst Sailor Moon rescued Saturn and returned her to 
infancy.
 
"No, Sailor Moon! ... I'm afraid your efforts will appear futile, and little Hotaru and dear 
daddy are going for a temporal stroll!" so saying, he had isolated
baby Hotaru and her father whom had instantly vanished. Janus had altered events in such a 
way as to take baby Hotaru and her father and send them both
eighteen years into the past. Janus waved the sceptre and a golden light issued from the 
portal, illuminating its crystal tip. He crossed the chamber quickly
and stood before a fragile feminine figure, whom appeared to be sleeping peacefully. Janus 
directed the sceptre to release its power, and a magnificent
mother-of-pearl energy enveloped the beautiful body of the sleeping girl. She wore a short 
black shift, and her abundance of thick raven black hair poured
over her breasts and spilled over the edge of the white enamel table upon which she lay. 
Janus quickly punched a series of keys on a console, reciting
a series of incantations. Then a brilliant burst of light containing Mistress Nine's 'Affinity 
Essence' was released into the prostrate girl. It was his
intention to transform the power of the deadly sovereign, turning it to his advantage. The girl 
was central to this purpose.
 
Janus raised the sceptre, directing its violet light towards the double-arched portal, striking 
the swirling aperture before him. In an instant he had completed
his rearrangement of the past, with surgical precision. Janus set the temporal coordinates just 
after Sailor Moon's showdown with Neptune and Uranus. The
Moon Princess and her Senshi would be living a reconstituted past, with the result of Mistress 
9 being saved nanoseconds before she would have been dusted.
 

Mistress Nine's essence had been infused into the body of his lost beloved, Amidarainia. She 
was gone; only her memories and persona remained. Janus had
loved her since childhood, and since the day she left her body he had never been the same. 
This had occurred five years ago during an assault on his home world,
which was located in the Rubicon Star Delta, approximately one hundred and eleven light 
years from Earth. His hatred of the Araknitopa Alliance, singularly
kindled by this tragic loss, made him more of a threat to their plans for domination of the 
Milky Way than the Celestial Senshi - as Janus himself was
once the Celestial Senshi's most powerful warrior mage. He had sworn to avenge her death.
 
Suddenly, he clenched his fists tightly as familiar feelings of anger and grief raged within his 
darkened heart. The people of his world had been ill equipped
to resist the awesome power of darkness that almost destroyed their once-thriving civilisation, 
and were now a conquered people. Janus shivered, and a
tear fell upon the soft cheek of his beloved's face. He kissed her gently, then returned to the 
task of completing the merging.
 
Janus could not hold back the images flooding into his mind of the day he visited the celestial 
temple where his beloved lay in stasis. Despite all his
skill as a warrior mage, there was nothing he could do for her. The high priestess of Chronos, 
and the other temple priestesses he had grown up with, spent
many moon cycles trying all the magic they knew and still could not revive her.
 
He was inconsolable. Polliatia, Amidarainia's sister, had held the sobbing young man in her 
arms and gently rocked him, explaining that her sister would
be moving into a new blossoming and life would be hers afresh. She slept in his guest room, 
looking after him for the eight days of grieving. Although
the ceremony of 'Season's Mist' was beautiful, he could not sacrifice her body to the flames 
of Odina, and kept her in a crystal crypt while he searched
for a way to somehow bring her back.
 

Janus was extremely bitter, feeling that she had abandoned him. It was because he felt this 
way that he turned against the Celestial Senshi. He unfairly
blamed them for her death, and although intellectually he understood her loss was beyond 
their control, he felt he had to lay the blame on somebody and
they were as good as any he could think of. He became a mercenary, leaving Chronos 
through the temporal gate and paying for his passage on a star freighter
commanded by his loyal sisters, Janilia and Korila. The girls were highly skilled young Senshi, 
and were keen to hit the Araknitopa back. They did regret
leaving their home world to live on Myolia, an ancient world far enough outside the war zone 
for them to be together as a family for at least a short time.
Their parents had been killed, along with many of their friends and neighbours in their home 
city of Madoria, where they had once all been happy and secure...but
that had all changed. Janus shook away the tears and fixed his attention on the task at hand.
 

Janus and his sisters had recruited a task force to isolate and capture an Araknitopa orbital 
attack platform. He had managed to convince the occupants
to join the winning side quite easily. Those of low rank had been treated badly by their 
overseers in the Alliance, and those of high rank saw an opportunity
to gain prestige under a powerful warrior mage who was well-respected and feared by the 
central ruling council of the Araknitopa Alliance, 'The Orb of
Yaksharia.' So, after the crew had surrendered, the 2,000 strong compliment of Shadow 
Warriors, technicians and other personnel had aligned themselves
with Janus, supporting his cause.
 

Janus knew Mistress Nine would never replace his beloved, but the former sovereign 
possessed an inexplicable allure and magnetism that had captured his
wounded heart. His obsession consumed him completely, leading to this bold attempt to bring 
back something of the happiness he knew with Amidarainia. He
also realised that at the same time, he would have a powerful and beautiful queen to rule by 
his side.
 

Suddenly, a translucent amethyst cocoon encased Amidarainia. This beautiful crystal shell 
remained for eight hours, then it spontaneously shattered. The
woman's rich green eyes flickered open, looking left and right, taking in her unfamiliar 
surroundings. In an instant, she remembered the last moments of
her former life. She sat bolt upright, gripping the sides of the table until her knuckles turned 
white. She was amazed at the thousands of colourful fragrant
blooms set about the massive chamber, leaving her awestruck by their fragrant beauty.
 
"What is the meaning of this, and who are you?" she asked, seeing Janus. She tried to use her 
long hair as a weapon, and soon realized it could no longer
serve this purpose. "What have you done to me?"
 
Janus regarded her thoughtfully, then spoke.
 
"My name is Janus; I am the true lord of time, and rightful keeper of the sceptre of Chronos." 
He began to laugh. The wide-eyed girl swung her bare legs
off the table, and she jumped to her feet. The cold stone sent shivers through her bare feet, 
quickly ascending her legs and freezing her entire body so
she stood trembling before him. For the first time in her existence she felt vulnerable, and was 
not accustomed to this. She felt fear and confusion give
way to anger, and she rose to her full height to confront the arrogant and - she thought, 
despite herself, extremely handsome - stranger before her.
 
"Did you help the Senshi destroy my master? Or...is it that you have your own reasons for 
this and private agenda?"
 

The tall, good-looking man did not reply right away. He quietly observed her, as if she were a 
precious artefact of some sort. Mistress Nine smiled, and
a curious sense of freedom she had not expected began to overwhelm her.
 
"Do not think I am not aware of your sense of liberation," he finally said. "I could have let you 
dissolve into nothingness and take your chances again
as a child of Sule...but then, you would not discover the glorious power and appeal of what I 
have to offer."
 
Mistress Nine's expression was one of alarm and confusion, as she did not understand 
Janus's motives nor his metaphysical jargon.
 
Suddenly, he transformed into a pulsating purple blob, surrounded by a violet light. Then like 
lightning, the blob slid onto the floor, then quickly over
her feet, sliding up her long shapely bare legs. In seconds it slipped under her silk shift. She 
screamed with terror, feeling a powerful and exhilarating
surge move inside and over her entire body. She basked in this experience in spite of herself, 
realising that she wanted this to go on forever. Janus then
withdrew and immediately reassumed his true form. Standing there with her eyes as wide as 
saucers, she stared at him in disbelief and began sobbing like
a child. The frightened and vulnerable girl knew with absolute certainty her powers were 
gone. She was reduced to a defenceless young woman, not understanding
any of this, and chose silence, not knowing what else to do or say to this powerful being who 
held her destiny in his hands.
 
"Behold! You now possess a beautiful physical form...thanks to my beloved Amidarainia."
 
She once more felt unfamiliar emotions overwhelm her, as an innocent girl's eyes looked back 
at her from the flawless crystal mirror's surface. She knew
the mirror didn't lie. *It is true,* she thought, *I am flesh and blood and it belongs to me!* 
This was a new beginning; she felt both elated and scared
at the same time. The strong persona of Amydarainia melted into her being and she 
welcomed it, as it felt so right. It occurred to her that she was warming
to this man and couldn't explain it. She loved the way he moved and the way his beautiful long 
violet cloak whirled about his tall body. She admired his
short indigo hair and handsome features set off by brilliant violet-blue eyes. She loved the 
way he constantly brushed aside the long fringe that refused
to stay out of those deep and intense eyes and his magnificent physique made her give away a 
smile. She then noticed his strong hands and the beautiful
violet stones set into a crescent moon on the ring upon his left hand. Finally, his rich baritone 
voice sent shivers of pleasure throughout her entire
body every time he spoke. She was not used to this, and as he moved her heart skipped a 
beat. She looked at him with radiant green eyes, experiencing the
first tides of unfamiliar memory and emotion washing over her. Then tears of frustration began 
to spill profusely down her cheeks.
 
Janus again threw her off guard, stepping forward and gathering her in his strong embrace. He 
easily lifted her off the floor, and her delicate bare feet
left the cold stone whilst he kissed her passionately. She did not struggle, nor object, when 
Janus gently untied her silk shift and slipped one large
hand inside. Her jaw dropped and she stared into his eyes, searching for reassurance as he 
gently caressed her warm breast. He kissed her hair, lips, and
delicate throat, and this sent unaccustomed tremors of excitement throughout her body. She 
should have been enraged, but she wasn't, no, not at all. The
tumultuous feelings were a new and wondrous experience for her and she realised she wanted 
more.
 
"Ah... That's so nice." Janus allowed her to soak up the warmth and pleasure of the intimate 
encounter, and smiled as the tears freed themselves, as they
betrayed the inner feelings rising from inside this once deadly and wrathful being.
 
Janus thought carefully, as his heart was fast overtaking his head. Then he poured her a goblet 
of wine. Taking her hand, he led her to a comfortable sofa.
After she had emptied the contents of the goblet, he hit a series of keys on a console and a 
schematic appeared on the crystal screen.
 

"I wish to explain the business side of our relationship, and I think you will find it to your 
liking." He decided to discuss the next phase of his plan,
gradually introducing the subject whilst both savoured the aromatic heady taste of the rich red 
wine grown by his father on his home world. "I have a task
for you. There is a young princess with power so great she can barely contain it."
 

He paused for effect, and then went on. "I need you to guide her development, and assist her 
to realize her awesome potential, as this child shall become
great."
 
She momentarily shook off her emotional torpor, paying more attention to his words.
 
"You could say this is right up your alley! Like a night cat, I want you to rear a moon kitten 
for me." Seeing she was interested, Janus then began to explain.
"You see, this child is the daughter of Prince Diamond, former ruler of the Dark Moon, 
Nemesis. The mother is Sailor Moon." Now, he explained how he had
learned of this. "The midwife present during the transfer of the unborn child of the Moon 
Princess to her surrogate mother Zowie sought passage aboard
my sister's star freighter. She had little money, was wanted for falsifying birth records, had 
few friends off Nemesis and trusted very few people. We
offered her a new identity, material resources and a safe world for herself and her own 
children. In return, she informed us that the transfer of the child
to its surrogate was achieved through magical craft, and explained in detail the circumstances 
surrounding the Moon Princess's pregnancy."
 
She looked at Janus with both disbelief and fascination upon her lovely face. "So, there is a 
new and powerful moon child, and you want me to bring her
into our plans?"
 
Janus liked her use of 'our plans.' "You've got it! Sailor Moon was seduced by the prince 
whilst in a trance state, and it was Wiseman whom cast a spell
over Diamond, forcing him to confuse and deflower the princess. The illusions convinced 
Moon he was Prince Endymion making love to her, repeatedly, until
she became pregnant whilst imprisoned within a temporal bubble." She now wore a look of 
shock. Janus continued his narrative.
 
"What's fascinating about the Moon's Princess's experience is the way the Silver Crystal 
healed her body, removing all traces of her pregnancy and the birth
of her child!" He loved telling her the news, as it was so like his conversations with 
Amidarainia. "Where was I? Oh yes, the girl-child Miranda was born
and secretly spirited away."
 
Her curiosity had peaked. "Moon has no idea?"
 
Janus smiled." No way! When Tuxedo Kamen rescued Sailor Moon, Diamond's guard was 
down. It was because of Wiseman's spell, and his feelings for Moon, that
Diamond was so easily destroyed, along with most of the Dark Moon Family."
 
The fires of ambition burned brightly in Janus's eyes, and Mistress Nine felt his enthusiasm 
sending shivers of pleasure through her.
 
"It was too late for him, but not for the child. Diamond's benefactors were determined 
Wiseman would not keep the baby girl. Now Miranda is approaching
her sixteenth year, sent to a world called Orpheus by Sailor Pluto secretly, as she had full 
knowledge of these circumstances...and this is how the lady
of Pluto and I are connected." She urged him on, unconsciously using a gesture Janus 
remembered so well as one of Amidarainia's most endearing. He reached
out and stroked her hair as he spoke.
 
"Enough of business! You are truly enchanting and lovely. This is a new beginning for both of 
us, and you need a new name. I shall give you my beloved's,
which is Amidarainia."
 
She smiled, reaching out and touching his hand and nodding her acquiescence. She felt the 
new persona blending with the embers of her previous existence,
and felt comfortable with the new name that somehow brought her closer to the man whom, 
unbeknownst to her, she was falling in love with. She brushed her
hands through her hair, sipped the wine and asked: "How did she die?"
 
Janus sighed, squeezing her hand then replied.
 
"Her parents were terminated by the Araknitopa Alliance's attack on our home world. These 
beings are more powerful than your dearly departed, Pharaoh 90,
who neglected to tell you that he was part of this alliance. Your combined strength was still 
only a very small part of their strength." This surprised
her and she eagerly waved him on.
 
"Pharaoh 90 was a mindless stellar parasite. Perhaps he would have eventually destroyed 
you, too, in time." At these words, she knew her existence as 'Mistress
Nine' was finally over. She was Amidarainia now, and felt a surge of love like a fountain of 
liquid fire warm her once-frozen heart. She stopped for a
moment and gazed into Janus's violet-blue eyes.
 
"I am she, am I not?" she asked.
 
"Essentially, but you are like a twin, with a unique fiery quality combined with her latent 
personality." He tried to explain the complexities of 'Affinity
Consciousness.' "You see, Amidarainia's essence is now part of the 'Affinity Weft'." She 
could not understand what this was, but intuitively it sounded
like the loom and harp of all existence and so much more. He paused, allowing his words to 
be absorbed by his new love...then quickly changed the subject.
"My plans are set. You will battle with Princess Pluto! After she is defeated, I want her time 
wand."
 

Amidarainia put her head upon his shoulder, feeling a little tired. "I have no powers, I cannot 
fight her like this!" Janus put his arms around her, lifted
her face to his, and kissed her gently upon the red petals of her sweet lips.
 
"My darling Amidarainia, you already have the power of a Senshi, and I will train you to use it 
with a little help from my sisters. Have no fear, it will
be easily accomplished." Janus opened his hands and placed an incredibly stunning choker 
with a violet stone around her throat. Then he gave her an orb,
which she held in her delicate hands. Janus took her in his arms once more and she didn't 
resist, now hungry for these new emotions, allowing herself to
melt into his embrace as they kissed passionately. He picked up her feather-light body in one 
quick movement, then carried her to his bedchamber.
 

Hours later, she sat up and leaned over the sleeping form of the man she now loved, kissing 
him. His eyes flickered open as he drew her to him, and once
more they made love.
Later, they emerged from the crystal bath and shared a light meal. She stepped naked before 
the crystal mirror, then dressed slowly, liking the feel of
her new clothes and smiling with satisfaction. The image that looked back at her would take a 
little getting used to, as for the first time in her existence
she realised that she was actually happy.
 
*Very chic,* Janus thought to himself as he gazed upon her gorgeous body.
 
She shook her abundance of long black hair that fell to her slim waist, and pirouetted. She 
then faced him, smiling.
 

"You like?" he smiled, standing with arms folded whilst admiring her sexy countenance.
 
"You bet I do, my love!" The fire of love made her dizzy. Their intimacy had brought them 
closer and they knew they were in love. *Not only do I look and
feel good, but I now have a life complete with impressions and memories and love... I never 
knew, and to think I was prepared to go without it forever
as the Sovereign of Silence!*
 
She was caught up in the collage of images and sensations that flooded her mind, as faces and 
places took her breath away. "I remember growing up in a beautiful
city, it's so awesome!"
 
*She even speaks like her, yet I love her for who she is and who she has become!* Janus 
mused to himself. "I want you to make ready for our visitor, my
love, Princess Pluto will soon be with us, and we cannot afford to allow her to interfere with 
our objectives." He swept her up in his arms once more,
and they kissed before he left for his craft, promising to return soon.
 
^^^
 
Not long after rescuing Haruka and Michiru from death on Earth, Setsuna, as Sailor Pluto, 
had visited Chibi-Usa to say farewell. She then summoned her star
craft, using the orb's power, and made ready to return home to the planet Pluto after an 
absence of well over a thousand Pluto years. As a direct result
of altering the timeline to save her friends, she had to relinquish her role as guardian of time. 
Though this saddened her, she felt glad to be returning
after aeons away. Although she would still possess the ability to move through time, she knew 
it would be limited by the temple of Chronos. What the future
held she did not know for certain, but she was ready for whatever it brought forth.
 
She thought about her days as a child on Pluto, and smiled as the image of a black marble 
palace within a domed city appeared in her mind's eye in all its
splendour. She was the princess of Pluto, much sought-after by many suitors from all over the 
solar system. Her father knew she was not interested in any
of those guys, as she had told her parents that a star warrior would become her beloved. She 
had felt his essence in a dream, and she would wait. After
speaking to her mother, Queen Persephone, they had both agreed to allow Pluto to approach 
Daphne, the high priestess, to be initiated into the temple of
Chronos. She was granted entry soon after, whilst the price she paid for this escape from her 
determined pursuers was that she could not return home until
she had completed her duties as guardian of time.
 

Her age was indeterminate, for most people were not familiar with the power and ways of a 
temporal priestess. As such, Pluto's affinity essence, as Daphne
explained it, was like a strand on a boundless tapestry. The difference that marked those who 
served as priests and priestesses, Senshi, or members of
the ruling classes, was their ability to activate their affinity crystal seeds, which were aligned 
with streams of life force cascading through every fibre
of existence. This did not mean this power was exclusively the province of the powerful, but 
something each entity had to evolve to over many existences
spanning time and space and the unknown realms beyond this universe. In this sense, death 
could not extinguish such individuals, as their affinity seed
essences are perpetually carried from one life to the next...each one usually different from the 
last, but not always.
 

When Pluto was a little girl, she had loved the amazing legends told by storytellers featuring 
powerful beings that fought for love, justice and harmony
amongst the stars. The priestess Daphne described it as a living celestial kaleidoscope 
encompassing all realms, and Pluto had been fascinated by this
awesome cosmic mystery.
 
She was brought back to the present by flashing warning indicators. She activated the 
viewscreen and observed the fast-approaching crafts now approaching
her tiny ship. She was being pursued, and she could not break free of the evil armada closing 
in on her. Though she destroyed several of these batlike
fighter craft, there were too many to fight off, so she allowed them to escort her.
 
After docking at their destination, she entered the orbital platform's airlock. She scanned for 
energy signatures, couldn't get any clear readings, and
decided to enter cautiously. Nothing could have prepared her for the size and sheer power of 
this place, it was truly incredible. She lifted her head and
stared, the metallic white enamel-like walls must have been at least one hundred metres high 
and the massive dome encasing the central chamber was many
more across. There were no people about, only computer workstations and glowing obsidian 
crystal points protruding from the white flagstone floor. She
observed the many tunnels leading into darkness, like spokes on a massive wheel, as she 
stood in the centre of the vast circular chamber and waited.
 

"Welcome to my parlour, Princess Pluto, such a quaint human cliché but most appropriate I 
think!"
 

The voice echoed in all directions. Pluto spun about to see where it was coming from, and 
stopped as Amidarainia appeared opposite her across the chamber.
 
"I am Sailor Pluto, and I will defend the people of the Earth and all who call upon me for 
help. Prepare to face your punishment!" Sailor Pluto held the
Garnet Orb in her hands. It began to glow and a brilliant lemon-green light projected a quanta 
arc pulse towards Amidarainia. "Quanta-Arc Pulse!" she screamed
as they faced off from opposite ends of the concourse under the atmospheric dome shield.
 
Amidarainia stood facing Pluto, a look of defiance on her face as she folded her arms across 
her chest. Suddenly, her hands began to glow a bright coppery
red and she directed streams of force, blocking Pluto's attack. "I will not let a reckless Sailor 
fool who abandons the laws of Chronos stand up to me
unchallenged."
 
*Now how did she know that!* Pluto sensed there was something strangely familiar about 
the woman facing her. Her adversary was undoubtedly a Senshi. She
wore a short-sleeved top and short skirt cast in midnight blue with gold stars, a silver crescent 
tiara upon her brow, and a choker with a beautiful violet
stone cut in the shape of a star. Her legs were long and she wore matching boots and held a 
translucent deep blue crystal wand in her delicate hands.
 

There was something else, though, something she could not quite figure out, and it bugged 
Pluto big time as she braced herself to meet the full force of
her opponent. Pluto felt terror grip her as she regarded the vision of darkness standing before 
her, clad in midnight blue with waist-length raven black
hair swirling about her rounded hips. Upon closer examination, it wasn't her features, dress, 
or her voice that was familiar: it was the way she spoke.
 
"You're only a girl...and why do you seem so familiar to me?" Pluto whispered, as they stared 
at one another, waiting to see who would make the next move.
Then it dawned on her: she recognised Mistress Nine's essence within this adolescent girl. 
She stood defiantly with her hands on her hips, tossing her
abundance of shimmering black hair over her shoulders as she laughed. The girl possessed a 
dark energy and yet she also had a spark of goodness that was
clearly present.
 
Suddenly, shadow warriors surrounded Pluto, but she launched a Mega-Shriek, instantly 
disintegrating the hideous assembly.
 
"There is nothing you can do to stop us, Pluto, you're smart, so stand with me and rule the 
universe with Janus and you will be queen of your own dominion
amongst the stars!"
 
Pluto shook her head and glared at her adversary. "Your words have no power over me, 
your dominion of darkness and destruction will fade under the light
of the Silver Crystal's power of light and justice, and I will be here still when Sailor Moon 
defeats you!" Pluto could feel the stresses upon the fabric
of existence stretching almost to breaking point, as fiery eyes glowed with a fierce intensity.
 

"Fool, you will not stop me, you or your other Senshi companions. I will destroy them and I 
will take pleasure especially in your demise!"
 
Pluto then launched her Dead Scream attack and in retaliation, Amidarainia launched a 
Spider Warp at Pluto.
 
She had to act fast. Using the wand of time that would be eventually returned to the temple 
on Pluto she transported herself instantly to her crystal glider
and fled. As Pluto manoeuvred past Janus's forces, an uneasy feeling overtook her as she 
sensed a presence within the craft. Then suddenly her orb resonated
with a melodic voice, whilst still resting in its crystal cradle on the console.
 
"Princess Pluto, I am a friend; you need only know me as 'Morgana.' You need to destroy 
their attack platform. Position your craft at these coordinates,
take the orb in your hands and say, 'I call upon the power of the Brisinganin'." The female 
voice was sweet and cultured, but Pluto could now see its source.
She was surprised by the mysterious black moon cat who was returning her gaze with fiery 
eyes of emerald green. "Pluto, it is important that you listen
carefully and place your full trust in me."
 
Pluto did as she was instructed. Suddenly, the vast platform exploded into a burst of brilliant 
light, but this was not the end of this powerful vessel,
as Janus altered the space-time fabric to make good his escape. With their base gone, the 
remaining fighters re-grouped after being thrown clear of the
temporal shock wave and began their relentless pursuit of Pluto's tiny craft. The dark 
shadowy force seemed to consume the tiny star craft as Pluto sped
towards the moon.
 
After entering orbit, she realised with a shock that the craft's landing systems weren't 
functioning. She thought quickly, using the orb to safely land.
"This is ironic; I am seeking refuge amongst the ruins of the Moon City, and I must now seek 
out the crystal Star Arch!"
 
The moon cat appeared before her, a black cat like Luna, but with a silver crescent upon her 
brow and five tiny stars about it. "Princess Pluto, let us
go quickly."
 
Morgana ran ahead, and her jewelled collar threw an energy shield around them both as they 
entered the ruined city that was once the pride of Queen Serenity's
realm. She knew she only had one shot at escaping Amidarainia's forces: by activating the 
portal she suspected lay within the cavern where the mysterious
crystal fragment she had discovered months before lay. Morgana's eyes glowed brilliantly as 
they made their way through the labyrinthine passages that
ran deep beneath the once glorious city.
 
"Well Morgana, we've no other choice!"
 
When Pluto first scanned the crystal fragment, unwittingly re-activating it after more than 
twenty thousand years, the readings indicated it was a key to
an ancient interstellar gateway. This mysterious portal had not been used since well before the 
Silver Millennium, and now it was their only hope of escape.
She moved towards it, surrounded by a luminous lemon green wave of energy provided as 
both atmospheric and defensive cover by the Orb. The surrounding
rock had crystallised due to the release of the crystal's powerful force as it struck the surface 
within these subterranean caverns aeons ago.
 

Suddenly, Pluto felt sharp stabs of pain hit her right shoulder, and she fell to the ground. 
Morgana lifted a paw and sent a beam of pink light towards
the shadow warriors following behind. "You're weak from the blast; do not fear, as I have 
placed a barrier between us and our pursuers. They will be dusted
by the portal once they break through!"
 
Morgana nudged Pluto's face, and this encouraged her to sit up and she stroked Morgana's 
silken fur. She slowly stood up, after brushing the sand off her
bruised knees. She became aware of another presence inside the cave, and Morgana 
reassured her it was a friend.
 
Pluto felt the orb begin to vibrate, as it pulsated in sync with the light thrown by the crystal 
arch. Feeling exhausted, she noticed with distress a warm
wet sensation moving slowly down her spine.
 
"Mau Healing Activation!"
 
Pluto's eyes opened rapidly as Morgana's silver crescent markings threw a healing light 
around her. The bleeding stopped, and she could move her shoulder
again.
 
"Thank you so much, Morgana, I have some questions to ask once we're out of here." Pluto 
gasped as she caught her breath.
 

"There is time enough for that, come on, the portal is active!"
 
Pluto turned suddenly, feeling a strange sensation envelop her as the portal opened within the 
crystal arch, and a swirl of beautiful prismatic colour lit
the interior of the cave.
 
"Oh, Neo-Queen Serenity, help us now, please!" Morgana cried as Pluto fell into the arms of 
a tall stranger and all three crossed the threshold. Behind
them, a fourth figure of light creamy ginger had opened his eyes. A brilliant purple light issued 
forth and destroyed the shadow warriors that were attempting
to enter the cavern, and this mysterious moon cat also jumped through the portal before it 
closed and the cavern collapsed.
 
Pluto felt the liquid effulgence carrying her weightless body through the swirling gateway as 
Loki, Morgana, and Enki, the tall figure who held Pluto in
his arms were carried to safety. Pluto allowed the sensation of floating to relax and calm her, 
then lost consciousness. The last thing she remembered
before waking was the soothing voice of the mysterious guy who had, with Morgana and 
Loki, rescued her from certain death.
 
Pluto later learned he was a warrior mage. He was unlike anyone she had ever met and 
somehow she knew their lives were destined to be forever linked. It
was quite a shock when Pluto realised where she was; she had travelled hundreds of light 
years beyond the solar system. In all her travels, she had never
ventured beyond the Ortt cloud that ringed the solar system. The only places she visited were 
inter-dimensional realms located in the same space, different
realities that lay parallel to the Moon and Earth kingdoms.
 
Orpheus's history and the subsequent links with the Earth and Moon kingdoms took a long 
time to digest. She also realised the reasons for the crystal arch's
non-discovery, as the Araknitopa Alliance, a far more deadly adversary than any of the 
enemies thus far encountered by Sailor Moon and her fellow Senshi.
The Araknitopa Alliance were waging galactic war against the Celestial Senshi. This both 
freaked her out and fascinated her. The Araknitopa closed off
not only the galactic Senshi from the solar system, but also the planets within from one 
another. Usagi and the others had never wondered about the other
kingdoms, and now she knew why. It had not occurred to them, as their memories and 
curiosity had been cursed by the web of darkness shrouding each crystal
arch throughout the solar system.
 
"The people of Mars, Jupiter, Mercury and so on are also oblivious to the existence of each 
other, believing their sister worlds were destroyed by Queen
Beryl!" Loki explained.
 
Pluto considered this. "I never lost the knowledge of my world. Why?"
 
Morgana lifted her head. "You see, Pluto, as the guardian of time, you were not likely to 
return to your kingdom, as was required under the agreement each
temporal priestess accepts upon initiation as mistress of time. So only you remember, and 
what they did not expect was your loss of the responsibility
and return home."
 
Pluto began to think about this, and the more Loki and Morgana explained it, the more it 
made sense. "So because I would not return for perhaps thousands
of years, the Araknitopa alliance could dull my people's memories without worrying about 
me, as I would not be going home for an indefinite period."
 
Loki and Morgana nodded and spoke together. "Precisely!" Pluto then de-transformed, 
assuming her casual identity. There were distant footsteps.
 
"Enki!" Setsuna called out. He was several hundred metres away, moving slowly towards 
them. Whilst out of earshot, she commented to Loki and Morgana. "He
is so dreamy... Oh no, I'm sounding like Usagi. That's not too bad, as she is the future Queen 
and has good taste."
 

They all laughed, as both Loki and Morgana had observed the antics and heroics of the 
Moon Kingdom's Senshi and their reluctant budding queen, Usagi, through
their recon-crystal satellite array.
 
"We're honoured to be in such company, as I am looking forward to meeting Usagi and the 
girls." Loki hopped up on his hind legs, placing his front paws
upon Setsuna's knees, and leapt onto her lap.
 
"Loki, you old softy, you're just like that fur-lined hunkmeister, Artemis, he is really cool!" 
Morgana teased.
 
Loki shook his head and raised his paws to the sky, and mewed. "Morgana, you've got me 
there!"
 
They all laughed and waited for Enki to reach them. Setsuna sighed with pleasure, as the 
warm fragrant scent of spring flowers filled her senses. "Hmmm!"
 
She stood on a vast sandstone plateau looking into mauve skies, wondering how far Orpheus 
was from Earth. Setsuna was surprised to learn the portal had
moved her four years into the future. The strong tall figure in a long deep blue velvet cloak, 
with its pointed hood covering most of his face, approached
her and smiled. He intrigued her, and stirred something inside that felt so warm, and she loved 
his strength and calm demeanour.
 

Setsuna remembered the explanation of how he and the cats found her. They had picked up 
powerful energy signatures, and others not so negative, and these
were what prompted their entering the portal to investigate. The star crystal was part of an 
ancient array known as 'The Oberisku no Shoujo's Crystal Rosetta.'
Enki explained that not a lot was known about this mighty obelisk since the recent awakening 
of its vast crystal lattice. Morgana and Loki told the story
of a legend concerning a crystal girl who was the queen of all Senshi, and she was linked to 
the old order that once ruled Earth and Orpheus long before
the separation. Apparently, there was a great deal of secrecy regarding these portals lest the 
Araknitopa Alliance got word of it and tried to steal them.
So Orpheusean scientists, along with Queen Freya and those linked to the Celestial Senshi 
and the temples of the stars, including Enki, actively investigated
this profound discovery. Setsuna learned the portal had activated, as it had throughout the 
galaxy, the moment she had first encountered it, setting it
off unintentionally.
 

When Enki entered the chamber where she had been protected by Morgana and Loki, he 
knew something important had happened, this was why he left her with
Loki and Morgana until he had reported to Celestial Senshi headquarters.
 
He told her all about his beautiful planet, Orpheus. She remembered flying in his star glider 
with the cats and seeing the stunning planet and the four
moons for the first time, marvelling at their beauty. She was blown away by the fact that Earth 
and Orpheus shared a common heritage. Setsuna remembered
gripping his arm as they entered orbit around Orpheus. It took her breath away, set against a 
shimmering backdrop of stars and golden nebulae. The moons
were like multicoloured jewels, and the artistry of the majestic Orpheus with its purples, pinks 
and red rings of cloud was stunning.
 

Enki gently sat her upon a stone seat carved from a burnt orange stone, one of several 
arranged in a circle surrounding a magnificent white marble octagonal
altar. They were in the centre of the celestial temple dedicated to the goddess Isisiata, which 
lay open to the sky. He approached the altar, placing a
beautiful translucent crystal raven at its centre along with other talismans.
 
Raising his hands, he began his incantations as Setsuna wrapped the velvet cloak tightly 
around her shivering body. Instantaneously, five luminous orange
tubes of energy manifested themselves in front of her. Loki and Morgana urged her not to be 
alarmed, as these were magical beacons to evoke protective
shielding before teleporting to the capital. She nodded and rested her palms gently on each 
cat's shoulder, and they waited.
 

These gelatinous cylindrical forms made up the powerful circuit encompassing the temple 
perimeter, and it stood three metres in height. The tubes vibrated
in sympathy with Enki's incantations, creating a lattice of colourful lightning as a beautiful city 
appeared before them. Enki took her hand, leading her
and the cats through the portal.
 
They all stood in a glorious court of flagstone, amidst tall buildings fashioned from marble, 
granite and crystal. Setsuna took in the vast public square,
noticing with surprise how deserted it was, and then observed the spectacular colourful 
zodiac motif at their feet. The symbols were totally unknown to
her, and after laying the palm of her left hand upon a crystal plaque she noticed gentle 
sensations pulsing through her hands. Instantly she possessed
a full working knowledge of the Horoscope based upon the stellar position and other factors 
connected with Orpheusean culture and magic. She marvelled
at how easy it was to accumulate knowledge via this technology. She thought it truly amazing, 
and she loved it all.
 
"Where are all the people?"
 

It was then Enki pulled back his hood, and his handsome roman features were now 
complemented by their surroundings. She admired his smile and his blue eyes
with their amused expression as he took her hand, and this made her pulse race. She blushed, 
looking away for a second, then back into his eyes, and he
smiled. This was a face Setsuna would come to know and love so well. She returned his 
smile and they walked for a time in silence with the cats leading
the way.
 
With tall solid build, violet-blue eyes and short hair of gold, she thought he looked 
resplendent in his black uniform with its silver trim.
 
"This is my home, Pheona City, the city of artisanship."
 
"You're an artist?" Setsuna asked as she lifted her swanlike neck, gazing upon megalithic 
structures and lavish botanical gardens interspersed between the
majestic monuments and buildings. She was totally awestruck.
 

"Yes, of a sort, but I am also a warrior mage," Enki answered. "This is the civilian capital, and 
the Royal city is seven hundred kilometres away to the
West," he said, lifting a silver orb that began its rhythmic pulsations as a shimmering blinding 
light encircled them all. After the brilliance subsided,
Setsuna beheld a city that was filled with thousands of people going about their business.
 
"What just happened there?" Setsuna asked, both fascinated and curious.
 
"You were scanned, to make sure no evil viruses were implanted."
 
Setsuna's eyes doubled in size as she faced him. "Don't tell me, you had to be sure I was not 
a plant by the Araknitopa Alliance." She thought this made
sense, even though for some unknown reason this offended her as she felt she had won his 
trust.
 
"Of course I trusted you, Setsuna," he said smiling.
 
She laughed. "I should have realised you can read my thoughts. I guess I will have to be 
careful what I think about." She smiled mischievously as she looked
him up and down, still smiling as his face reddened a little.
 

"Touché, you've got me there," he replied, raising his hands in a gesture of placation. "Let's 
go, I want to get you to a clinic and get some good food
into you. You might not wish to chance our food rations... They're okay, but not the kind of 
cuisine a lovely lady such as yourself deserves after all
you've been through."
 
People Enki knew greeted him, and two of these accompanied them on their way.
 

^^^
Over the weeks and months that followed, Enki visited me and we would often go out 
exploring the city outskirts. One morning I woke to find Loki staring
at his reflection in the mirror. I was curious as to what had brought him here so early, as dawn 
was about to break.
 

"Hi, Setsuna," he said, jumping onto the floor and rubbing against my bare legs and feet. His 
fur was so soft and warm that it made me giggle as it tickled
my skin. "We are going to be working with you, Pluto. There are some important things you 
need to know, and Enki has full confidence in you."
 
He lifted his head and sat up, watching me intensely. "I have to tell you. It's not going to be 
easy, but Enki really likes...whoops!" He crouched and sat
like a moneybox waiting for me to place a coin in his back where the slot would be, and 
began washing himself. "Sorry, I think I let...myself out of the
bag!"
 
I laughed, and ruffled his soft ears. "It will be yours and my secret, Loki, and I must admit, he 
is as Usagi would say, dreamy and a totally cool guy!"
 
I stood and looked at my reflection. My long emerald hair fell in a single wave over my left 
breast and down to my waist. The necklace of jade, with a small
quartz raven nestled between my breasts, caught the light of the awakening sun and set off a 
kaleidoscope of colour over my dress. The lemon-green fabric
of the short skirt complimented the strapless emerald bodice embroidered with shining star 
sapphires. I pirouetted slowly. Loki whistled his approval and
I blushed, smiling at this cheeky Moon cat. Loki was such a cute fluff ball, nodding his 
approval. I reached for my rod and threw my emerald cloak about
my shoulders.
 
Now I noticed the sleek and familiar form of Morgana opposite Loki. They were winking at 
one another as Loki approached and rubbed noses with his purring
companion. This seemed to be their customary affectionate greeting. They trotted side by 
side, and followed me out of the living precinct into the central
causeway. Then, I moved quickly across the vast atrium with Loki and Morgana in tow.
 
^^^
 
Aki stood upon the threshold of the Celestial palace, staring into the beautiful gardens 
illuminated by the light of four majestic moons. Aki was a beautiful
girl growing up on Orpheus, a strong-minded and independent-thinking individual who was 
known and loved by all her people. Several months had passed since
Pluto had arrived on Orpheus, and in this time she had endeared herself to not only the 
people of Orpheus, but Prince Enki as well.
 
Setsuna sighed and laughed. "You have to understand, Aki, that Earth's cultural differences 
are valid even though they were isolated from the galaxy community
for so long."
 
Aki giggled. "How dumb, to use an Earth term."
 
Setsuna shook her head, still laughing. "Sule was so much more interesting than that boring 
designation the Earth people gave it, as Sule was the name of
a heroic Affinity Mage."
 
"The Earth's Celtic peoples worshiped her as a goddess," Aki explained, "because she had 
visited their world to help fight the Dark Kingdom."
 
Aki had studied Earth culture at school. Her 'Imparter,' Axia, praised her efforts, describing 
Aki as her best student. Aki was fifteen years old, a moon
away from her sixteenth birthday. Setsuna had learned that Aki was heir to Tsurania, the 
kingdom of the fourth moon. Aki hoped one day to visit the Earth,
and then travel to other worlds now freed from the dark web of the Araknitopa Alliance.
 
The Alliance had long isolated Orpheus and its celestial allies from the Sulean star system. 
History spoke of these dark times; originally three Celestial
Senshi had set one of nine crystal-star gateways upon the planet Mercury deep beneath the 
'Wisdom City.' Unfortunately, these powerful stone talismans,
along with their crystal companions that made up the many petals of the legendary 'Oberisku 
no Shoujo's Crystal Rosetta,' were long ago lost.
 
The Wisdom City's massive crystal dome, impervious to the sun's intense rays, housed 
millions of Mercury's citizens. Deep beneath the surface, a network
of subterranean cities connected Wisdom City to the dark side of this mysterious world, 
where planetary defence and deep space transport stations were
located. The City represented a vital jump-off point for interstellar trade and other activities.
 
The Orpheuseans and the Mercureans, like all the other Sulean worlds, called the sun Sule, 
whereas the people of the Earth called it simply 'The Sun.' When
the 'Oberisku no Shoujo' was destroyed, Orpheus was pushed out of its orbit and sheered its 
sister planet, Earth. The devastation caused by this cataclysm
destroyed over ninety percent of the Earth's surface, taking with it the Celestial Senshi capital, 
Atlantari. The survivors retreated to Orpheus in whatever
craft they could find, and the Affinity Weft Guardian headquarters was quickly re-established 
on Orpheus.
 
Unfortunately, the damage to Orpheus's crust was also significant. Although the damage was 
isolated to the Northern portion of the eighth continent, it
took centuries to rebuild all the lost cities. Aki explained how Orpheus had dislodged one of 
its moons, which eventually became the Moon Kingdom of the
Earth. The new era that followed led to the emergence of the Silver Millennium, of which 
Setsuna knew much. Eventually, Aki completed the story of Orpheus's
arrival in the tri-star system that allowed its civilisations to recover and thrive. The time had 
now arrived to punish the Araknitopa for their actions.
 

"I hope you've enjoyed the history lessons as much as I, Setsuna."
 
Setsuna nodded. "I have learned so much from you, Aki. I think you will be a valuable 
addition to the celestial Senshi."
 
Enki called out his greeting and quickened his step. He first picked up his youngest sister and 
lifted her off her feet, spinning her around, hugging her.
He gently placed her feet upon the ground, turned to Setsuna, and did the same. Setsuna 
laughed with joy as he kissed her quickly upon the lips. They stood
there staring deeply into one another's eyes. Aki smiled, whilst shaking her head, and made 
her excuses to leave, allowing them some privacy.
 
Setsuna studied his features, noticing the lustre of the star gems indicating his rank as he 
caught their reflection in her deep green eyes. Enki softly
kissed the flawless tanned skin of her beautiful neck, and their lips met, opening to a long 
sweet kiss.
 
When he first laid eyes upon her, he had told Aki he had finally found his star princess. Aki 
thought this so romantic and took an instant liking to the
bronzed princess of the Sulean planet called Pluto. So, when they were joined, Aki was a 
moonflower attendant at the ceremony. It was so beautiful, as
too her new sister by marriage. Unfortunately, they would have to leave Orpheus to face the 
dark forces of the Araknitopa alliance and meet new allies
whom would assist them in their quest.
 

Finally, before leaving they discussed the mission with Enki's other sister Princess Magenta 
Dawn, who would join them on Earth after they had reconnected
with the Sulean Senshi. The party of Moon Cats stood around the beautiful star crystal portal, 
now active after twenty thousand years. Loki trotted by
Setsuna's shapely long golden legs, his fluffy tail tickling her skin. She squatted and stroked 
his fur, he looked up, and in a cat's way, smiled.
 
"We will have much to do, Princess Setsuna of Pluto, so we will need extra help. I have 
asked Morgana to come along. Robbie will join us later; he will
monitor events from London's new Central Control after meeting up with Suzanne Cherry 
Blossom formerly Sailor Cerciana in Tokyo ... Luna and Artemis we
do remember meeting in an earlier embodiment and look forward to meeting them once 
again!"
 
Enki slipped his arm around Setsuna's slender waist and they laughed as Aki pulled Loki's 
tail, and he let out a cute squeak of protest. After last-moment
goodbyes, Queen Freya kissed her son and newly acquired daughter, and Aki presented 
them both with a tiny crystal raven - the ancient talisman symbolic
of Senshi magic upon their world.
 
"Take care. Both of you, take care, and please keep in touch whilst on Earth. You're facing a 
dark journey ahead, so enjoy your fruitful time as newly joined
as much as you can, as I fear you'll have so little chance to enjoy yourselves for a long time 
after!" She looked both sad and happy as she pronounced
her farewell incantations and the small party stepped through the portal.
 



^^^
  

A CRYSTAL CURSE PART II
 
It was a beautiful spring day in Tokyo. Naru gave Umino a lingering smile as their hands 
interlocked across their table, amidst a setting illumined by sprigs
of sunlight. A warm breeze enfolded them as if a maternal goddess were protecting them. 
Naru and Umino lost themselves in a timeless moment. They loved
this little botanical café, a romantic retreat aptly named The Cherry Blossom Café. This open 
establishment, nestled within a circle of beautiful flowering
cherry blossom trees, created the perfect romantic setting for lovers to spend some quality 
time together.
 
The delicate flowers were in full bloom. They delighted in the beauty of the tree 
overshadowing their table. It was truly breathtaking. The way the tree
branches bowed in the warm breeze took them back to days of old where honour and 
romance were paramount, reminding Umino of a beautiful Japanese flower
maiden draped in pink silk with fragrant flowers woven through the elegant fabric. The lovely 
tree bowing before them with its profusion of striking colour
suffused into the botanical expanse, creating a beautiful and relaxed atmosphere.
 
Suddenly, four very fast cats sped past their table.
 
"Wasn't that Luna and Artemis, Umino?" Naru's eyes shot back to her lover's face as they 
both rose to see where the cats were heading.
 
"Yeah! Those other cats...?" He stood there trying to figure out who the other cats were. It 
had been a year since he and Naru were brought into the circle
of Usagi's secret world and discovered their friends were Senshi. The greatest surprise was 
learning Usagi was to become Neo-Queen Serenity, and Mamoru
the King.
 
Suddenly, out of nowhere, Usagi, Makoto, Rei, Ami, and Minako rushed towards the 
arcade.
 
"What's the hurry? They didn't even stop long enough to say hi!" Umino mused as he pulled 
out Naru's chair. She got to her feet quickly, adjusted her skirt
and shoulder bag and looked in the direction of their retreating friends. Naru was a tall slim 
redhead; her bright attentive green eyes were penetrating
and shone with an intelligent playful gleam. They never missed much. Umino found it nearly 
impossible not to lose himself within those magical emerald
eyes. Umino wore a soft white wool pullover, black jeans, and since getting contact lenses 
looked taller and more attractive. Naru had to watch out for
other women who also thought these things true of her man. Almost as if he could read her 
thoughts, he smiled at her lovingly and squeezed her slim and
soft hand. Umino shrugged as he thought about where the girls were going. They were 
moving away rapidly with cats in tow as they continued on their way
towards the arcade.
 

Umino's eyes swept approvingly over the slim figure of his girl, and he was very pleased with 
what he saw. Naru wore an elegantly cut suit consisting of
a sky blue pleated knee-length skirt and a matching jacket that beautifully contoured her 
figure. Her high-heeled sandals added extra height, complementing
her overall appearance. Umino loved the way she would throw back her tumble of vermilion 
and laugh at something he or one of the others had said. She knew
Umino had proved a worthy partner in all things, especially as a lover in matters sexual and 
especially in those matters of the heart. She grinned to herself,
remembering their first night of tender lovemaking. Those precious images flashed across her 
mind's eye. She remembered also, with a grin, how shy they
were that magic night. It was so fantastic, every touch and kiss. She had thought anything like 
that was not possible, even whilst lying naked cradled
and contented in Umino's arms. Naru was brought back to the present, blinking, as she 
focused on the familiar figure approaching their table.
 

"Come on, guys, there's somebody you might like to meet." Mamoru gave his invitation and 
they followed him to the arcade.
 
The flashing lights, fascinating sounds and familiar atmosphere were a welcome comfort for 
Umino as he entered the arcade's interior. The arcade had always
reminded him of freshly percolated coffee. He'd been coming here for years, and now it again 
began to fill his senses with sights, sounds and aromas.
 
All the girls were sitting around a large table. Luna, Artemis, and the two mysterious new 
fur-lined arrivals sat in anticipation of how the day's events
would pan out. Naru stroked the new cats; Loki and Morgana, whom, like Luna, purred and 
mewed contentedly. At that moment, Mamoru and Usagi joined the
assembly.
 
"Hi guys!" Usagi greeted her two friends, and asked them to take a seat. Andrew 
approached the table and introduced the tall - and, Umino thought, beautiful girl standing 
beside him, smiling shyly.
 
"Usagi, this is Magenta Dawn, and she's staying at our place as she is enrolling as a student at 
the university. I described you guys to her and well...
I will let you do the rest, Magenta!" Andrew's eyes could scarcely move away from that 
gorgeous face which, he thought to himself, must have launched a
thousand ships. *No, ten thousand ships! Whoops, I shouldn't think this way, I love 
Reika...but this girl is so stunning!* he thought as he bowed and returned
to his work.
 
"Hi! I am happy to meet you all," she said as her eyes danced with a vivacious shine. The 
graceful blonde stood almost as tall as Mamoru, and he too was
impressed by her beauty and presence.
 

*She's so like Usagi...taller, and pretty. She could almost be Usagi's older sister...perhaps 
she is! Or a cousin, or something!*
 

Usagi stood, extending her hand, and Magenta Dawn took it. Her handshake was firm and 
confident. "I am Usagi! Here are my friends... Makoto, Minako, Rei,
Ami, Umino and Naru ...and of course, my guy, Mamoru!" Usagi's face lit up as she 
mentioned Mamoru's name.
 

Magenta Dawn shook hands with everybody warmly, and they all noticed the curious pulse 
of gentle force shooting into their bodies as she touched them. It
left everyone awestruck. She looked resplendent in her bubblegum pink skirt, with its broad 
hem floating midway down her amber thighs. Magenta's eyes shone
like sapphires. Minako commented on the delicate tea rose pinned to her white t-shirt. Her 
hair fell loosely over her shoulders and back, swirled around
shapely breasts and fell in a cascade over her rounded hips in a sumptuous soft gloss. 
Magenta Dawn's long tanned legs looked as if they had been poured
into hot pink sandals in an Olympian goldsmith's workshop. The delicate ankle straps of her 
finely crafted sandals were studded with gold stars. In her
hair, a gold rose hairclip and hot pink headband gave her a sweet, innocent countenance. 
Usagi exclaimed with appreciation at the sparkling emerald raven
pinned to the hair band. The lovely piece exuded an otherworldly glow.
 

After introductions were completed she sat, and then everyone ordered. The conversation 
flowed easily as each learned a little about the other. The arcade
was quiet, and so in relaxed casual banter they became better acquainted.
 

"I love your world, its sooooo cool!" Magenta pronounced as she licked her strawberry 
cheesecake ice-cream cone. "We have just over one and a half billion
people living on Orpheus and its moons. Earth has certainly come a long way since the 
cataclysm." She looked puzzled as nobody seemed to understand what
exactly she was getting at.
 

"I'm sorry, Magenta Dawn, but our tiny little blue pearl has had many such global 
upheavals...of which are you referring?"
 

Magenta Dawn looked at each attentive face and cleared her throat, then began to recount 
the lost history of both their worlds in a brief, but complete
manner. When she had finished, all eyes were open wide with fascination and curiosity.
 

"So, our connection to Orpheus is one of family, in a sense? Mamoru asked, leaning forward 
and holding the lignite crystal flower in his hand as it caught
the many colourful lights within the arcade.
 

Makoto added, "I can understand now why we've never been contacted by our respective 
planetary kingdoms. That's scary and way weird!"
 

Magenta nodded and checked her watch quickly, then looked into each expectant face. 
"Meao-Setsuna will soon arrive with somebody else you will meet. I won't
burst her bubble, let me just say that it's another surprise and we'll be celebrating tonight at 
Andrew's place." She smiled conspiratorially at Loki who
smiled his cat smile and nuzzled Magenta's hand.
 

"I love surprises!" Usagi exclaimed, as her meatball plaits danced with excitement. She took 
Magenta Dawn's hands and squeezed them, smiling.
 

Setsuna entered the arcade ten minutes later, and she was in the company of a tall and 
strongly built guy in his early twenties. He was a little shorter
than Mamoru, but the difference was negligible. He nodded in Magenta Dawn's direction 
and, after introductions, Setsuna and Enki stood at the head of the
table and asked for silence. They had their audience's attention; she told them an important 
announcement was to be made. Andrew was also curious and stepped
out from behind the counter. He found a seat near Mamoru and crossed his arms, leaning 
back in anticipation.
 

"I have a wonderful piece of news for you all; I only regret I could not have sent for you 
earlier due to circumstances outside my control. Enki and I met
four years ago on Orpheus, and we became friends...and eventually fell in love ... we kind 
of...got married!"
 

The silence was complete. Not a sound stirred for what seemed an eternity as seconds 
passed by. Then Usagi jumped to her feet and threw her arms around
Setsuna's neck, hugging her fiercely. "Wow! Eeeee! Why didn't you say so earlier? That's 
fantastic news Setsuna, nice one guys!" Soon everyone added there
congratulations to Enki and Setsuna, and then laughter filled the arcade. Most of the patrons 
either smiled their acknowledgements from their machines,
or clapped uproariously from their tables, wishing the newlyweds all the best for the future.
 

"I know it's a lot to take in, guys, but there is so much you need to know about why we are 
here. I will explain about that later. I have a memory pod of
our wedding for all of you tonight, but in the meantime, let's enjoy ourselves."
 

At seven o'clock they had begun to arrive at Andrew's place. He was due to return at ten to 
join the party, so they spent the first hour listening to Enki
and Setsuna's story and instructions in detail.
 

"You all need to return to Orpheus with us, as we are in the midst of a struggle with the 
Araknitopa Alliance, a deadly new enemy who basically puts the
Dark Moon Family and others out of contention for the most deadly adversary you'll 
probably ever encounter." Setsuna waved her time wand, and the attack
platform could be seen in orbit about the planet Pluto. Janus' war platform hung in 
geo-synchronous orbit above the vast domed city of Thearidea, the capitol.
 

"We're also up against a man with great power called Janus. He is not fighting with the 
Araknitopa Alliance, but has his own agenda and is working with
an old enemy - well, sort of." Setsuna cleared her throat and continued, "Remember Mistress 
Nine?"
 

Usagi shuddered as images of the moments leading to her destruction and that of Pharaoh 90 
came to mind. "I almost lost Chibi-Usa to those monsters. So
why is Mistress Nine important here?"
 

Setsuna put a hand upon Usagi's shoulder and spoke softly. "I know that was a difficult time 
for you. You had come into your own and had helped Saturn destroy
the Sovereign of Silence. You had to deal with the loss of Hotaru and her father and then had 
to face a test of your power and right to the throne by Haruka
and Michiru. Through it all you came through, but you need to understand that it's important 
to listen carefully now." Usagi took Setsuna's hand and squeezed
it. She turned to Mamoru, who opened his arms to receive her embrace as she rested her 
head against his chest.
 

"Well, I had left the Earth aboard my Crystal Glider for home at long last. I had looked 
forward so much to going home after hundreds of centuries away.
I was daydreaming about my life as a child and emerging woman before my training, and 
when the alert indicator went off I found myself surrounded by strange
dark fighter craft." Setsuna took a sip of mineral water, then continued. "I could not fight my 
way out, and I had no choice other than to be led to Janus's
attack platform in orbit around the Earth. Eventually, I faced off against a young girl around 
seventeen years old. She might have been older; it was difficult
to gage as we were fighting one another and I barely escaped." She paused and then went 
on.
 

"I detected something familiar about her, but I could not put my finger on it at first; it wasn't 
anything in her appearance, but the inflections and tone
of voice. She was not throwing off dark vibes, she was a combination of darkness and light... 
I then recognized her. It was Mistress Nine standing before
me in another body, possessing something of its former occupant." Shock fell upon each face 
in the room. Usagi gasped, clinging tightly to Mamoru. Minako
shook her head, whilst stroking Artemis for comfort.
 

"I thought I was done for. I teleported to my crystal glider and headed for the moon, with 
shadow warriors like I'd never seen chasing after me." Setsuna
took a long drink from her mineral water after refilling it from the crystal carafe, and pressed 
on. "I escaped with the help of Morgana, who is also,
as you know, from Orpheus. I had, months before, picked up strange signals from my time 
wand that reacted strangely when I found a crystal arch embedded
beneath the capital city of Queen Serenity. It gave off unusual temporal and spatial signatures 
and I discovered I had uncovered some sort of gateway.
I always intended to investigate it, and from what I learned it pre-dated the Silver Millennium 
by tens of thousands of years."
 

Mamoru interrupted her. "Why didn't Queen Serenity ever mention it?"
 

"I don't know for sure, but she might have not understood its purpose and sealed it off before 
the caves were cut off after the war. Queen Serenity may
have been unaware of it at all... I just do not know, Mamoru." Mamoru's eyes blinked as the 
mystery of the gateway deepened.
 

"So you escaped through the gate after activating it?" Ami asked.
 

"Yes, and thanks to Morgana and Loki I was found by Enki and brought through the portal, 
as he had been on patrol and picked up a temporal pulse. He found
a disused portal on a nearby world long since abandoned and he stepped through it...and the 
rest you know."
 

Usagi then fixed her gaze on Setsuna. "So, all this took place four years ago?"
 

"Yes, that's about right," Setsuna replied. "Janus has only reappeared in our time after 
Morgana's use of a power object called the Brisinganin, it's a
necklace once worn by Queen Freya when she fought as a Celestial Senshi before becoming 
queen."
 

^^^
 

On Janus' attack platform, Amidarainia slept soundly after the excitement of the previous 
day's life-changing events. She felt as if she had lived millennia
over the last twenty-four hours. She lay naked, wrapped in a sheet, dreaming of her new 
love. She was also exhausted after the lovemaking, and the emotional
tumult and temporal shift that saved the platform from an unknown power unleashed by Pluto. 
She knew Janus had done something to protect them; Janus hoped
to claim Pluto's time wand as his own. Amidarainia was truly grateful to still be alive.
 

Later, she stepped from the shower and dried herself off, then dressed quickly in a cream silk 
wrap that gave her the countenance of an ancient Greek goddess.
She wore her hair in a high coronet to amplify the stunning effect. After adding perfumed oils 
to her soft skin, she was content. Rhada assisted her with
her makeup, holding the mirror at various angles. Amidarainia nodded her approval. She rose 
to her feet and crossed the floor in response to the COM link.
Suddenly, a dark emissary appeared before her on the crystal screen. She could not help 
jumping back a little in fright at the hideous visage before her
on the view screen. She silently chided herself for her display of weakness. The shadow 
general asked her to join him in the main dome.
 

When she arrived, her eyes were automatically drawn to the magnificent image beyond the 
dome's massive girth. Amidarainia beheld the impressive sphere and
gasped as the general informed her it was the planet Pluto. Its icy symmetry stood out like a 
bright snowball hurled by a giant into the void of space,
and its surface reminded Amidarainia of a smoky quartz crystal sphere.
 

"Janus wanted you to see this, Lady." The general's reptilian hand moved across one of the 
softly glowing crystal outcrops of obsidian protruding from the
stone floor.
 

Suddenly, the image of a pretty girl clad in a short, misty black dress appeared before her, 
kneeling upon a large circular bed draped in a purple ruffled
quilt of exquisite quality. Miranda's gossamer shift had been fashioned from misty black lace 
imported from Ishalia, a world in the Orion belt orbiting
a yellow star almost as young as the Amaterasu Disk. The cut of her pretty shift accentuated 
her physical beauty to perfection. The low-cut bodice was
studded with row upon row of tiny diamonds. This gave the girl a sensual and regal bearing. 
The choker bore the familiar moon crescent cast in pure obsidian,
with a sapphire teardrop set at its centre. Miranda had just turned sixteen. Suddenly, she felt 
a little uneasy, for reasons she could not say. Turning
her head of long sumptuous raven-black hair, with eyes wide and now alert, she surveyed her 
surroundings.
 

"What am I looking for?" She spoke aloud whilst quietly closing the ancient text she had been 
studying for a week now as part of her exams. She unfolded
her long graceful legs and jumped to her feet. She was careful to place the magical text back 
upon the crystal lectern. She reached for her soft midnight
blue cloak, then wrapped herself within its warmth, rushing quietly from her room. It felt so 
strange, as if she were being watched. *That's ridiculous,
isn't it?* Miranda thought to herself.
 

She brushed her hands over her shift, removing any creases, and stepped into her sandals that 
sparkled with tiny amethysts. Miranda stepped into the lavish
temple garden and made her way along pink granite columns etched with ancient symbols 
reputed to be forty seven thousand years old. Those mighty columns,
like an honour guard, climbed the terraces as if marching along the causeway towards the 
mythical fountain with its beautifully carved stories set in pink
granite. She walked towards a familiar shady tree where she loved to sit and daydream.
 

She spent an hour just sitting under its secure branches, with her amber legs crossed, elbows 
resting upon her knees. After stretching, she decided to once
more walk around the grounds and take in the aromatic scent of this magnificent garden. 
Miranda loved its monuments and beautiful sandstone outbuildings.
After a while, she returned to her room. An old thought instantly entered her mind, and she 
soon found herself wondering what her mother looked like. She
always thought about her when she was alone or afraid, as she was at this moment.
 

*What was she like?* Miranda mused, catching her reflection in the crystal window as she 
crossed the veranda once more. Unknown to her, she stood a few
inches taller than her mother, at five feet seven inches. She had gained the extra height from 
her father.
 

A knock at the door brought Miranda back to herself. She threw a smile of welcome 
towards her friend and personal attendant, Celera, as she hugged her briefly
and sat beside her. Celera was her best friend, not just an attendant. Both Miranda and 
Celera had known each other for four years and had studied under
the same imparters at school for half that time. Celera used to look after Miranda up until 
eighteen months ago, when Miranda reached the equivalent of
ten years of age. She had spent the first four years of her life on Orpheus. Miranda like many 
Senshi children; in their first four to five years of life
they experienced phenomenal physical growth that slowed at puberty. Miranda had now 
reached this point, and her biological clock had adjusted itself to
the natural human growth cycle. Celera and Miranda had been friends since the first time 
Queen Freya placed baby Miranda in her arms four Earth years ago.
When Miranda took her first steps, spoke her first words at three weeks, Celera was there to 
guide and protect her charge until she was old enough to look
after herself. Miranda and Celera had over time become more like sisters than simply friends. 
Miranda spoke to the queen to get Celera her position as
her personal assistant.
 

Miranda had only just noticed the look of excitement upon Celera's face, and she had to ask 
what her news was. The two girls were both stumbling over their
words; what Celera had to say would change Miranda's life forever.
 

"Chibi-Usa! They call her "Small Lady!"
 

Then a young grey moon cat ran into the room mewing, and leapt onto the veranda seat, 
looking Miranda up and down. The cat's jewelled collar pulsed with
a lavender glow. "Hi, my name is Diana! I am Chibi-Usa's guardian and friend."
 

Miranda knelt upon the floor, extending her right hand. Diana sniffed it, considering her for a 
moment. Then she rubbed herself against the hand and announced,
"Wow, you're Chibi-Usa's younger sister! Pluto and Enki contacted Neo-Queen Serenity 
and explained your history!"
 

At first, her heart sank, thinking Neo-Queen Serenity would want nothing to do with a 
bastard child. Seeing the sadness sweep over the young girl's face,
Diana interrupted these thoughts and reassured her immediately.
 

"No, Miranda, she loves you very much and wants so much to meet you."
 

Miranda's heart leapt. "Mother! I have never known her, yet, I feel her love and protection 
all about me...especially at night when the moons have reached
their fullness!" Miranda picked up the tiny furball and gently rubbed her tear-splashed cheek 
against the soft fur. "Where is Chibi-Usa now?"
 

Diana sat upright and answered enthusiastically. "She is on Earth, in Crystal Tokyo. She's in 
Earth's future!" she added.
 

"When can I go to her, and how?"
 

Loki then appeared. He briefly rubbed noses with Diana, then faced Miranda and answered 
her as best he could. Neo-Queen Serenity wanted to prepare her younger
self to meet you so try not to worry too much as she will be just as anxious as you are about 
your reunion.
 

*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*
 

Amidarainia felt strong and loving hands resting softly upon her slender shoulders.
 

"She is a pretty child, isn't she, my love? She has a powerful aura...a power I recognize; she 
is her mother's daughter for sure, and much more!" Janus
said softly over her shoulder as he kissed her neck, sending tingling sensations of desire 
throughout her body that set her passion ablaze. She turned
in his arms and thrust her body against his, and they kissed, and for a while forgot about 
everything. Then they slowly and reluctantly drew apart and
returned to present matters.
 

"I have a crystal memory pod for you to see, my love. It possesses a short history of the 
Dark Moon Family and explains the schism that emerged between
the house of Queen Serenity and the house of the disenchanted!"
 

With this, she kissed him once again. They stayed like that for what seemed to Amidarainia a 
wonderful eternity. He looked down at her, cradling her face
in his hands, smiling at her. Tears brimmed in both of their eyes. She treasured these moments 
like this, as it was when she loved him the most...not as
the heir apparent to the throne of Chronos, but the strong and gentle lover and protector she 
loved so well.
 

Janus knew it would be difficult to capture the new moon princess, but if he played his cards 
right, he would have his revenge upon another Araknitopa general.
At the same time, he would possess the powerful young Senshi. With her as their ward, they 
would rule the galaxy.
 

^^^
 

Ami brushed her hair and cradled two large medical textbooks as Setsuna stood waiting, with 
an unreadable expression upon her face. Standing behind Setsuna,
with strong and gentle hands upon her shoulders, was a tall and very attractive guy motioning 
them to enter the room. They obeyed in single file. Enki
stepped forward and introduced himself as Setsuna's husband, or as in Orpheusean culture, 
her conjoiner.
 

Enki proclaimed, "My Setsuna is now a member of the Orphean Royal House and that of 
Pluto and the Moon Kingdom. This has not occurred for over twenty thousand
years!"
 

Mamoru's expression was one of surprise and joy for his friend as he unconsciously stroked 
Usagi's face. After everyone had arrived, including Umino and
Naru, they sat down to a banquet of wonderful food prepared by Makoto and Magenta 
Dawn earlier that day. Magenta Dawn had left an urgent message with Enki
and Setsuna, but this would come later, after they had a chance to enjoy themselves. It was 
ten o'clock when Enki and Setsuna rose and announced the crystal
pod was ready for viewing, and they sat and waited for the holographic presentation of the 
lavish wedding ceremony to begin.
 

Suddenly, the beautiful world came into view. As if aboard a spacecraft the focus panned 
across Orpheus' impressive girth and its four amazing moons. Rei
gasped when she beheld the incredible crystal disk orbiting the mysterious planet and its 
fantastic size. It was almost as vast as Tokyo itself.
 

"Wow! This is so beautiful!" she whispered, hardly able to control her excitement. They all 
felt this way as the images of individual moons and their most
impressive features gave way to Orpheus itself. The reddish-orange sandstone outcrops 
jutted kilometres into the lavender-gold skies. There were strange
and beautiful forests, and jungles, not to mention the capital Asgardia and Enki's home, Fiona 
City. Then the members of the Royal House introduced themselves,
each giving an account of their lives and their most interesting insights into the highlights of 
Enki's life and their feelings for Setsuna. Their interests
and occupations in their society were fascinating, and they topped it all off with a tribute 
wishing them well in their conjoining, with family and friends
all reciting an incantation for long life and many offspring. Then the ritual itself.
 

Setsuna looked glorious; they both did, with Enki in his sapphire blue dress uniform with 
silver trim accentuating his regal bearing. Enki wore a solid
gold medallion, its ornate five-pointed star surrounded by a spiral of precious stones cut into 
star shapes. His thick black cloak added a sense of authority
to his already impressive countenance.
 

Young temple priestesses had especially handcrafted Setsuna's misty pale green dress. The 
process had taken three weeks to complete. Its luxuriant dimensions
were cut from the finest fabric and its bodice was adorned with thousands of tiny star 
sapphires. This set off her sumptuous golden skin, acquired on Orpheus
under its gentle sunlight. The stunning halter neck design poured over her well-proportioned 
figure, with the calf-length gossamer gown glittering like
a jewelled nebula whenever she moved under sun or moonlight. The matching sandals also 
threw off bursts of colour with every step, completing the final
touch to her loveliness. The women envied her beauty. The men delighted in her beauty and 
stunning profile, especially the sensational long slit descending
from one curvaceous hip, revealing an elegantly sculptured leg.
 

Setsuna waved to the crowds, which were bedazzled by the bride's awesome countenance. 
Setsuna wore a stunning necklace of beautifully cut emeralds resembling
leaves, with a large three-inch silver disk resting against her cleavage. Set into the disk's 
mother-of-pearl surface were a cluster of pink opals, and
these were truly amazing. The thin soft green fabric highlighted the generous curve of her 
breasts, and the two-tone colour changed from the stunning emerald
green to a startling teal that flowed over rounded hips like a waterfall, descending to a few 
inches above her sculptured ankles. She wore a girdle of
gold with a series of jade disks cascading from her right hip along the exposed leg when she 
walked. The girdle's tassels brushed against her bronze thigh.
Her luxuriant emerald locks tumbled just above her knees.
 

"Wow! Setsuna...that outfit is amazing!" Rei gasped in envy of the stunningly sexy wedding 
gown.
 

In Setsuna's hair were woven strings of gorgeous pearls and a solid gold tiara with an emerald 
and Axiala stone, much like a deep blue diamond, symbolising
the union of their planetary Royal Houses. When one gazed upon Setsuna and Enki, you 
could see the love for one another in their eyes. They each wore a
gold ring, Setsuna's studded with diamonds and Enki's with onyx.
 

Enki placed a medallion similar to his own around Setsuna's neck after their joining to seal 
their vows. This was a delicate version that he had had made
especially for the occasion. It was fashioned from electrum, prided as sacred on Orpheus as 
it was in ancient Earth's long history. The newlyweds finally
embraced, much to the delight of the crowds and their hoots and cheers of joy. The people 
partied all that night, and so too Setsuna and Enki. Everyone
in the apartment joined in the revelry as champagne and other beverages began to pour.
 

The couple had arrived at Queen Freya's crystal palace, where the reception was to be held. 
The striking couple ascended the long red granite terraces leading
to the palace entrance, which were flanked by thousands of Orpheusean well-wishers, trying 
to catch a glimpse of the royal couple as they ascended the
final granite steps. They soon disappeared into the palace they walked along the impressive 
causeway, stopping occasionally to admire the many magnificent
murals, statuary and other treasures accompanying them on their way to the Queen's 
chamber.
 

Then Queen Freya, with Magenta Dawn and a younger princess named Princess Aki, placed 
garlands of Orpheusean flowers around the happy couple's necks. The
young princess took both their hands in hers and formed a circle, including Magenta Dawn 
and others in celebration.
 

Usagi took a long look at one of the young girls and stared at her for a long time. Usagi could 
not get over the feeling that she knew this girl and couldn't
understand why. Usagi decided to keep her own council for the time being, but it continued 
to play upon her mind.
 

Then the queen recited a beautiful incantation, and the multitudes fell silent as they listened to 
her lyric voice that created a sense of awe in Usagi.
The queen then sang an ancient Asgardian folk song. This was the precursor to a 
pyrotechnics display that sent a vast kaleidoscope of colour against the
velvet darkness. The fullness of two of the Orpheusean moons was instantly transformed as a 
plethora of fireworks and laser light displays bedazzled them
all with their breathtaking beauty.
 

"Wow! It's so beautiful, Mamoru!" Usagi spun around and threw a cute smile in her beloved's 
direction; her meatball plaits danced with excitement as she
whispered in his ear. "I want a wedding like that!" She giggled as sounds of surprise and awe 
filled the room with conversation.
 

Enki and Setsuna were congratulated as the festivities continued until midnight. Everyone 
helped clean up; the Umino and Naru said their goodbyes, wished
them luck on their mission, and left happy and contented.
 

Mamoru and Usagi turned to one another and smiled. Then, hanging up the tea towel, 
Mamoru took Usagi in his arms and kissed her passionately until her high
heels left the floor. She allowed herself to melt into his embrace, felt his arousal, and 
whispered to him breathlessly.
 

"Keep that up, muffin, and I'll have a lot of trouble sleeping...err, that is, if I go home too 
soon." She giggled and began to tickle him once their dreamy
kiss had concluded.
 

"Well, meatball head, if you change your mind, you're always welcome to stay at my place 
tonight!" His eyes danced with that mischievous glint she knew
so well as she seriously considered his invitation. However, she felt it was far too soon for 
them to become lovers until her engagement was announced,
which would be on her nineteenth birthday. This was not a moral choice, but one in sync with 
the temporal and astrological conjunctions given her by Setsuna
the night she appeared in her bedroom with Loki and Morgana. Setsuna insisted she consider 
her advice carefully if she wanted Chibi-Usa's birth to take
place as planned. She agreed, hard as it was to resist Mamoru's obvious charms, fabulous 
body, and beautiful heart.
 

"Huh? What was that you said, muffin? Err, I'd love to, but it's not time yet!" She managed 
these words in her husky and deliciously sexy voice. Mamoru
smiled and nodded, kissing her on the forehead. Then he gently pulled her soft meatball plaits 
and hugged her before they returned to the lounge to hear
what Setsuna and Enki had to say to them all.
 

*^*
 

 

Chapter Four
 

JOURNEY TO CRYSTAL TOKYO-ENCOUNTER WITH THE OBERISKU NO 
SHOUJO
 

********
 

Magenta Dawn returned to Orpheus to organize an evacuation of Geb Prime, a peaceful 
post-industrial world a little ahead of Earth. This planet was ruled
by the empress Laksmilara, who was beautiful and wise. The Empress bore the titles 
"Songstress" and "Celestial Bard," and she had been initiated as a high
priestess much loved by her people. Their star system consisted to four habitable worlds, and 
three others that were only useful as outposts, requiring
dome cities to support large scientific or resort populations. The settled worlds - Kito, 
Blatona and the Vikonean home world - joined Geb Prime in a cooperative
planetary government system under the leadership of Empress Laksmilara.
 

Magenta Dawn and her Senshi allies, numbering twenty-five in total, were sent by Queen 
Freya to aid the Empress in response to a distress call. Laksmilara
and Magenta Dawn had been friends most of their lives. They had played together as four 
year olds, and subsequently grew closer during childhood and adolescence.
They were inseparable, acting much like sisters. They studied together at the Druidic 
Academy over a fun-filled eight-year period after completing their primary life skills training.
 

Laksmilara was a tall, elegant redhead, her hair the colour of exquisite rubies. She was petite 
and possessed a pretty, pixie like smile, and her sense of
humour and skill at playing the Moon Dawn Harp was second to none. Freya and Laksmilara 
would write and perform elaborate musical scores, Laksmilara playing
her jewelled harp and Freya her crystal flute. They toured the stars with their classmates, 
participating in a series of concerts, visiting countless worlds
and cities.
 

They had been there for one another when hearts were broken, or to share the joy of first 
love, and would often sit and talk about sex, boys, and their
favourite songs or practice reciting poetry or stories. When Laksmilara became pregnant by 
her boyfriend, it was Magenta Dawn who spoke to her mother Adari
and introduced the couple as promised for conjoining. This saved Laksmilara from a painful 
separation, as only a high-born Senshi like Magenta Dawn could
sponsor another and end the controversy rapidly spreading across the celestial media net. 
When news of their imminent union was announced, this quieted
the critics and pleased both Laksmilara and her conjoiner, Prince Doyan, as well as their 
relieved parents. The scandal died a quick death, and their joining
was a festive and joyous occasion.
 

Magenta remembered another notable moment in their shared past, the most significant event 
of her life to date. It was the day she and Laksmilara became
lost in the Calpaxo dragon caves. These dangerous and much-feared caves were named for 
their volcanic instability and deadly inhabitants. The nine-year-olds
wandered off during an excursion with their imparters, who became frantic upon discovering 
they were missing.
 

Magenta Dawn remembered only too well the repercussions of their little adventure. She had 
to use her Senshi power, and at the time she wasn't sure if it
would work. She also encouraged her friend to follow suit, so they could defend themselves 
from the creatures about to attack. Although their powers were
untested, and usually inactive until puberty, a Senshi child at this important point in their young 
lives was to be inducted into the temple of the goddess
Ceriddwen. They were besieged by Metomons, small batlike creatures who could assume 
any form they desired and would attempt to drain the energy from their
hapless victims, potentially fatal enemies if help wasn't quick in coming.
 

"Magenta Princess Magic!"
 

She remembered her first use of her untried powers clearly. She transformed into her Mini 
Dawn form. She wore a hot pink skirt and a matching top with tiny
silver crescents sewn onto the ruffled short sleeves and hem of her skirt. In her hair was a hot 
pink bow, and a tiny emerald raven was fixed to a gold
choker around her swanlike throat. She stood five feet tall, gaining an extra two inches 
complements of her quartz crystal sandals. She was holding a purple
sceptre. She held it above her head and launched her attack. Her battle cry echoed 
throughout the vast caverns, drowning out the screeching creatures that
scattered in the burst of light and the powerful shockwaves unleashed by her attack.
 

"As the night gives way to the dawn, I command you to surrender to the light of truth and 
freedom! Be gone!"
 

The Metomons imitated her and rushed at the two frightened girls. They need not have 
worried, as the sceptre threw out a golden pulse and fried the hundreds
of energy parasites instantly. They were more cautious the second time they came, assuming 
the forms of shadows, and also attacking in their natural appearance.
 

Laksmilara transformed into her Mini Golden Star Maiden form. She stood clad in a liquid 
gold skirt spangled with tiny rubies, a mesh top with silvery blue
bows woven into its beautiful metalwork, and knee-high red boots that added extra height to 
her impressive stature. There was a ruby crescent set upon
a gold choker around her neck, and in her hair a white hair band with a series of star 
sapphires woven into it. Her wrists were bedecked with gold bracelets,
and magical symbols were carved into the gleaming metal.
 

She raised her hands and cried, "Symphonic Fire Cascade!" holding a half-meter translucent 
red crystal ring in her hands. A series of concentric rings of
energy rippled outward like stones cast into a deep pool, dissolving many of the Metomons 
and frightening the others away. The creatures vanished instantly.
 

The girls hugged one another, and sat in the cave entrance waiting for somebody to find them. 
They had not yet detransformed when they felt something strange
building up in the cave. They got quickly to their feet, thinking another attack was coming. 
Suddenly, a flash of purple light led them to a vast temple,
with an oval-shaped altar and a massive crystal obelisk resting upon it. Then a young girl in 
her late teens appeared before them. She was wearing a short
shift, and apart from a tiara, that was all. The two youngsters stared at the woman, whose 
body was fashioned from clear crystal. They could not work out
how a woman made of crystal could breathe, move about and communicate - but speak she 
did.
 

"I am the guardian of the loom, the mistress of affinity streams here and now, past and future 
and beyond these universal confines. I am the seed and the
flower, its rising and its death, and you are my children and my joy!" The two girls were 
afraid, yet they also understood this encounter was particularly
important and they decided to ask what she meant. Magenta Dawn began.
 

"What does all this mean, and who are you?" The lovely visage smiled and opened her liquid 
hand. A flower appeared, and transformed into a tiny child on
a silk pink cushion. She handed the tiny baby to Magenta Dawn, asking her to cup her open 
hands, and she felt a featherlike weight kiss the palms of her
small hands.
 

"She is your future, your anchor, and will be with you and your family soon. I have given a gift 
to your mother, and this little one will need you both
in the coming years."
 

Laksmilara followed this with another question. "You mean, beautiful lady, that this will be 
Magenta's sister?
 

"She is the key and she is the flower. In time I shall return, as you have been appointed leader 
of your people, and will someday join with a great Sailor
Soldier from a world once bonded by stars and long ago lost. Then I will return, and assist 
you when the time is right. Soon, others will find you, so
do not fear, as you are safe!" With this another burst of purple light exploded and they were 
alone in the dragon caves once more. They sat and looked
at one another, not quite understanding the impact of this visitation.
 

"Think we're dreaming, or something?" Laksmilara mused, scratching her itchy knees, which 
were slightly irritated by the crystal dust that was in abundant
supply throughout the caves.
 

"I don't think we were dreaming. I think we've been selected to play a part in a cosmic 
mystery!" Magenta Dawn replied, wide-eyed. Laksmilara took her friend's
hand and sighed.
 

"I suppose the adults might explain it... Hmmm, maybe not, as they'll probably think we're 
trying to keep out of trouble and won't take our word for it."
 

"I think we might just keep it to ourselves for now, there is nothing we can do about it 
anyway...and, the baby sister?" Magenta Dawn sat with her elbows
upon her knees, thinking about that. She wanted a baby sister, but her mother cried whenever 
she asked about getting a new brother or sister, so she believed
her mother did not want any other children and did not press the matter.
 

"Well, let's detransform and gather our belongings," Magenta Dawn suggested. Laksmilara 
nodded, and fifteen minutes later their parents and two of their
favourite imparters appeared in the chamber. They didn't look happy, but they also were 
puzzled as they looked at the children with both concern and amazement
at the girl's glowing Senshi symbols upon their brows.
 

"What the hell were you thinking, Magenta?" her father asked in an angry tone. "We've had 
half the palace guard looking for you, not to mention the staff
and some of your friends. We want to know what happened here! We only found you due to 
your transformations - and don't deny it, as this is very important."
Laksmilara burst into tears and ran into the arms of her mother, who comforted her. Magenta 
Dawn rose to her full height and spoke honestly, leaving nothing
out except the strange visitor.
 

"Well, father and mother. We are sorry for worrying you. You see, we were following the 
other children and were distracted by a beautiful wall painting.
I asked Laksmilara to sketch it so I could paint it once we returned to camp. Unfortunately, 
we could not remember the path we took and spent a lot of
time looking. We thought it pointless, as we would only become more lost than we were, so 
we entered the caves, as it was getting dark and cold outside
and we were frightened." She took a deep breath and continued.
 

"We sat and waited, hoping you would come, and then a flock of Metamons appeared and 
began to imitate us and threatened to attack!" Laksmilara's father
gasped, as did all the company as they listened earnestly to the children's story. Laksmilara 
spoke next.
 

"That's when Magenta suggested we try to transform into our Mini forms. I thought it silly at 
first, as we weren't old enough to do anything to hurt the
creatures, but I hoped we could at least frighten them off until morning if we weren't found. 
The wonderful and weird thing is that it worked, and we fought
them and won!"
 

Magenta Dawn's mother Queen Freya slapped her forehead. "By the pantheons of Asgardia, 
why me? Why me!"
 

"We are sorry this has happened, but I think this all means something important, and maybe 
one day it will make itself known to me and all of us." Magenta
Dawn's wise statement surprised her parents, and they thought about what had actually 
happened. The only time a child had displayed such abilities to transform
prior to puberty was the goddess Ceriddwen. She was reputed to be what the high priests 
and priestesses understood to be the affinity matrix, a collective
consciousness embodied in one individual like a queen bee - or, to put it another way, 
someone who could be themselves and simultaneously exist in all
members of their people.
 

Queen Freya was said to have been born to a goddess, as her mother was also named 
Freya, and her age was unknown. *So, could Magenta Dawn and Laksmilara
be Senshi goddesses?* Freya asked herself.
 

Magenta Dawn's memories faded, and her thoughts returned to concerns of the present. She 
could not bear the thought of anything happening to her friend,
and was happy to be with her once again. She could not figure out how the enemy had 
penetrated their complex defence array, as it was almost impossible
to breach. The only way this could happen was if agents sneaked behind the lines and 
sabotaged part of the grid. She was determined to find out how it
had been done. She knew it was not beyond their enemy's abilities to find a weakness in the 
two-thousand-light-year protective perimeter network. Most
of Laksmilara's cities had been attacked and occupied. At this time, there was no word from 
her son Arjuria, or his sisters Coronata and Mialita, who were
on a summer holiday.
 

Magenta Dawn and her entourage had arrived three days ago in the capital. She had quickly 
secured the cities that had not yet been touched by Araknitopa
forces. She then made contact with members of the chamber of Ceriddwen. These were 
Senshi initiated as Magi, who were currently engaged in aiding their
citizens in a complex evacuation effort. People were guided to safe havens, whilst Celestial 
Senshi took on the Shadow warriors and their Krateo allies
based at the opposite side of the galaxy.
 

Magenta Dawn busied herself with organising troop movements and consulting with her 
Senshi generals, in an attempt to distribute aid to the civilian population
and launch counter attacks against the enemy. It was taxing on her reserves; she had only 
been here for three days and already she had her work cut out
for her. What was worrying Magenta Dawn was the fact that the other worlds in the Quola 
star system, eight light years away from Orpheus, would soon be
attacked if their defence grid failed again.
 

*^*^*^*
 

Back on Earth at Motoki's place, Enki and Setsuna had decided the time had come for 
serious discussion.
 

"Well, everyone, its time to bring you up to speed," Enki announced, raising his hands for 
silence. Then Setsuna spoke.
 

"Magenta Dawn has returned to Orpheus on Celestial Senshi business; we shall join her after 
we fulfil an important task first. Usagi, this concerns you."
Usagi's eyes looked fixedly at Setsuna's, and a hint of panic gripped her as a chill ran through 
her body. She sensed something life-changing was about
to occur.
 

"Usagi, this also involves all of us, and cannot wait any longer. We are to return to Crystal 
Tokyo to meet with Neo-Queen Serenity and her court," Setsuna
continued. Usagi sighed with nervous anticipation, wondering where all this was going. "I 
usually don't council people to be exposed too often to their
future selves, but in this instance it is both essential and unavoidable."
 

Usagi felt the palpable truth of her friend's words penetrating her heart like arrows sent from 
an elf's bow. She knew she was the main focus of the meeting
with her future self, and this unnerved her no end. "Why do I feel such a great loss? There is 
somebody I love in danger, and I don't know whom, why, or
how this is so...but I know it is true!" Usagi shook her head to clear it. "This is something my 
future self can clarify for me, so therefore I agree with
Setsuna and Enki. I really think we all should go." Setsuna nodded.
 

After eating and preparing what they would need for the journey, they all transformed. The 
Sailor Senshi all gathered in a circle with Enki, Tuxedo Kamen,
and the four moon cats. Then they all cried out, in unison, "Planet Power Teleport!"
 

Pluto and Enki held hands, the time wand opened a portal, and they were instantly sent to the 
future.
 

*^*^*^*
 

Crystal Tokyo was quite active at this hour of the morning; the sun had just ascended above 
the vast northern spine of the mountains. These majestic peaks
were part of the re-emergence of the land of Mu, a legendary lost continent like that of the 
mythical Atlantis. This massive continent had once rested beneath
the sea off the coast of Japan. Since its re-emergence and subsequent explorations over the 
last thirty years, its secrets were only now beginning to reveal
themselves to Royal archaeologists and scholars the world over. The range of impressive 
peaks extended several hundred kilometres from east to west, resembling
the spinal plates of a gargantuan Stegosaurus striding across the newly-formed land bridge 
that linked Japan to this incredibly mysterious land. The illusion
of a titanic Stegosaurus was further enhance by the rising sun's outpouring of luminous 
haemoglobin-red morning sunlight.
 

"Everyone ready?" Pluto asked whilst checking their surroundings.
 

"We're okay," Sailor Moon replied, and they moved quickly across the fertile landscape. The 
terrain was markedly altered, so much so it took them a little
over twenty minutes to reach Crystal Tokyo proper. Fifteen minutes after that, they entered 
the palace grounds. The guards recognized the party straight
away, and voiced their salutations to their guests. Senshi, officers, and dignitaries of all sorts 
passed back and forth through the western gate en route
to the palace, passing the impressive palace gardens on their way.
 

They observed small gatherings of school children standing in front of the temple dedicated to 
Amaterasu. Staff and children alike marvelled at the images
produced by the holoimager, which provided accompanying dialogue detailing the history of 
Crystal Tokyo. Another sequence featured the mapping and exploration
of Mu and the discoveries found so far. A simulation of the rise of this magnificent continent 
was showing on another screen, the images speeding up the
event, revealing the tectonic shifts and turbulent currents of molten magma as the plate surged 
out of the ocean floor and cooled.
 

"Hey, Mercury! That's something I would like to have explained to me!" Jupiter laughed as 
she and the others soaked up the impressive documentary series,
and Mercury made a point of obtaining a copy if there was time later. Mu was so 
topographically diverse it was like having several countries and complex
ecosystems all assembled on one land mass. What was really fascinating was the fact that its 
long-lost cities were only now being surveyed for the first
time, after being completely uncovered by an international effort. It was truly a new era of 
peace, since the great thaw had concluded a few years ago.
 

Suddenly, a little girl and boy ran to Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Kamen and bowed. The young 
girl threw her arms about Sailor Moon's neck, and she picked the
child up and hugged her, then set her down and ruffled the boy's dark hair. Both children 
presented her with a crystal cat; she kissed each child and thanked
them. This beautiful cat looked a lot like Luna. The real Luna purred her approval, liking the 
figurine very much.
 

"No negative vibes, Artemis!" she announced, lifting her dainty head into the air, remembering 
the episode with the dreaded time warping clocks used by
Queen Beryl's dark generals.
 

"Well, Kitty, _you_ are one gift we can be proud to have at home!" Artemis replied with a 
chuckle, rubbing his nose against the side of Luna's face.
 

The two six-year-olds stood shyly before Sailor Moon, waiting for any further instructions 
there might be, but she smiled and told them they could meet
the others and be shown through the palace by the Sailor Senshi in person. She embraced 
them once more, and Venus and Pluto co-opted three teachers and
a priestess to accompany them. Ten minutes later, everyone moved along the causeway, 
disappearing into the crystal palace. The pink marble ceilings rose
fifty metres above their heads; elaborately painted murals were set upon the polished black 
marble floors, with the walls cast in magnificent jade giving
off a lustrous gleam. Their footfalls echoed throughout the vast structure as they approached 
the royal chamber.
 

Suddenly, the causeway opened onto a vast circular atrium. They stopped to look around the 
room. Everything was so beautiful, so different from their last
visit to the future. They were blown away by the incredible rainforest motifs covering the 
seemingly boundless black marble floors. These images depicted
the moods and mystique of the four seasons. They were really quite amazing.
 

"Hey, guys! Let's stand in the centre of the chamber, fan out along each spiral, and share 
what we find!" Tuxedo Kamen suggested, and everyone thought it
would be fun and would help ease Sailor Moon's anxiety. They slowly moved from the centre 
of the vast chamber in a clockwise direction, examining each
intricate feature and marvelling at how the striking images flowed into one another.
 

"It's really beautiful, isn't it!" Jupiter said, awestruck as they all were. Their eyes soaked up 
the display like sponges, and Mercury scanned many of
the images into her microcomputer.
 

"This is so breathtaking! The artistry that has gone into this... Look at those thunderheads! 
Wow! That lightning emerges from those clouds as if we were
really looking into the sky!" Mars also expressed her feelings about this amazing image.
 

"It looks so real, you could almost lose yourself here," Venus called out. "Get a load of that 
rainbow, the way the sun bursts from that layer of cloud!
The corona of stars and galaxies above are so dreamy!"
 

Enki gasped. "Oh, wow, this rivals anything I've seen on Orpheus!"
 

Their attention was immediately distracted from their musings over the palace's beauty by 
approaching footsteps behind them. It was a Senshi General. He
smiled, gave his greeting, and invited them to enter Neo-Queen Serenity's chamber. They 
had all detransformed by this time, and sat quietly waiting for
the queen to arrive. Unfortunately, Usagi began to give way to her intense anxiety about 
meeting her future self, but Mamoru's strength filled her with
courage. He looked into her deep blue eyes, placed his hands upon the soft skin of her sweet 
face, and kissed her gently. Mamoru's support allowed her
to summon the strength she needed to deal with what was to come.
 

"Mamoru, I feel there is something coming that is going to shake us all up, and it's not meeting 
my future self I am worried about. It's a sense of foreboding
I just can't shake off!" she said anxiously.
 

Suddenly, Diana galloped towards Artemis and Luna. "Mommy! Daddy! So good to see 
you!" The young cat danced around her parents from the past. Luna and Artemis
were also anxious about meeting their future selves, although their child seemed to be looking 
forward to the experience. Minako laughed. "Hey, Luna, you
said cats couldn't dance!" This broke the tension as everybody including Usagi laughed.
 

Suddenly, delicate footfalls were heard moving in their direction as Neo-Queen Serenity and 
the King, flanked by older versions of Artemis and Luna, stepped
forward. Everyone soon relaxed after the nerve-racking introductions were out of the way. It 
was a warm reunion. Usagi clung to her future self, and then
burst into tears.
 

"Now, Usagi, I have been good at comforting myself, and haven't lost my touch!" The queen 
wiped the tears from Usagi's face, then touched her cheek. She
sat Usagi down and held her hands in her own whilst everyone took their seats. The chairs 
were arranged in a semi-circle, and refreshments were served
as Neo-Queen Serenity addressed the assembly. "I want to thank you for supporting Usagi, 
but please bear with us, as there is no easy way the truth can
be approached. I can only hope that Usagi, and all of you, can embrace it too!" Then the 
queen began her story.
 

"Do you remember four years ago, Usagi, when you defeated Wiseman?" Usagi nodded. 
"Good. Prior to this battle, Prince Diamond took you to his palace and
kept you in confinement... Well, during that time you were held in a temporal bubble. Do you 
remember waking and wearing those different clothes?"
 

Usagi nodded, once again motioning her older self to continue.
 

"During that time you were brainwashed. Prince Diamond, under the influence of Wiseman, 
had you believing he was Mamoru. Over the course of twelve months...you
were involved with him in an intimate relationship." The queen held Usagi close as the shock 
began to sink in. Serenity decided this was the moment. She
had to go through with this, as painful and cruel as it seemed, but she had to explain the 
outcome of this cruel deception.
 

"I remember everything...every lie, every touch, and the guilt was horrific, but I had to learn 
the truth, and so too do you, Usagi. I won't lie to you,
it won't be easy for you at first...but you must know it all... You became pregnant!" Usagi 
screamed.
 

"No! Not Diamond! I... I am a whore!" Her words struck Mamoru like a slap in the face, 
and he held Usagi with Serenity. The queen's eyes brimmed with tears
as she asked everyone to stand in a circle, the cats included. She held the Silver Crystal over 
Usagi's head and shouted.
 

"Cosmic Healing Activation!"
 

A beautiful, soft pink light filled the chamber, followed by a soft gold and purple light. Usagi 
immediately calmed and fell into a deep restful sleep.
Serenity and Endymion counselled Mamoru and the others for an hour or so, explaining how 
this had been revealed.
 

"When the child's energy signature set off the Silver Crystal, it cast a copy of itself in the 
presence of a gangly, tall, white-haired woman claiming to
be her surrogate. I could not face her, and eventually sent her away to Orpheus, where until 
last night Miranda was all but a stranger to me. The second
Silver Crystal was a translucent black star. I had sent the woman, Zowie off with her high 
priestess, Tenso, off after Miranda was born, and the young girl
travelled to Orpheus with the child. For a long time, I could not deal with my pain. I never 
hated Miranda; I simply could not protect her or give her
the love she so truly deserved until I had discovered the truth about Diamond's part in all of 
this." Serenity's hands were shaking as she looked into
the eyes of Usagi's friends.
 

"Where is this woman now?" Rei asked.
 

"She is a Senshi I discovered, Sailor Nebula and she lives on Orpheus and has been training 
Miranda in her Senshi form as Sailor Dark Moon." Everyone just
stared at the queen with more questions in their eyes. She took a long sip from a fluted crystal 
goblet and went on.
 

"There are agents of the Araknitopa Alliance here in Crystal Tokyo. Do not fear; we've been 
keeping an eye on them and we feed them false information about
our movements. We learned recently that the timeline had been altered on several occasions. 
Fortunately for us all, no evil has come of it - we're still
here, and this might explain why the palace and the many differences in the future are 
unfamiliar to you all." Serenity stretched her arms over her head
and sighed, releasing the tension evoked by the re-telling of these emotionally charged events. 
Endymion then turned to Mamoru.
 

"You need to be more supporting and loving from now on, as these events were and are a 
shock for us both. Usagi was a victim of a dark plan by Wiseman who
is no more. Miranda has unique powers, and our new enemies know this. There are others 
who want our stepdaughter, Mamoru, so I want you to understand what
you're up against. Usagi will be especially vulnerable right now, and Serenity can only finish 
her story once Usagi is able to take it all in. For now,
we invite you all to refresh yourselves and join us in the dining hall in three hours for lunch."
 

"Rei, I would like you to join me in Usagi's bedchamber," the queen announced. "Use her 
moon sceptre and your healing power during this period, try to get
her to eat if you can, and bring her for the meal. A palace physician and a moon priestess are 
also at your disposal, Rei. You are very close to Usagi,
as your counterpart in the future continues to be to me, and I cannot think of anyone better to 
assist Usagi's healing. Her body was healed, and no trace
of the pregnancy or birth is there, as the Silver Crystal took care of that. So, go now, and we 
shall speak later." The assembly broke up, and everyone
was caught up in the incredible emotional vortex.
 

*^*^*
 

"I am not sure how I feel right now, Rei," Usagi confessed. "I don't feel bad anymore. At first 
I wanted to hurt my child, I did not wish to ever know or
meet her...but I can't deny her!"
 

Rei took Usagi's hand, stroked it gently, and prepared a draught to soothe her emotional 
tumult. She drank slowly, and her face was streaked with tears,
but colour had returned to the face that had been a ghostly white a few hours back. Serenity 
entered the room, and Rei smiled and nodded as the queen sat
upon the large soft bed with its ruffled quilts that reminded Usagi of a large chunk of coconut 
ice. She was getting her appetite back, and this was a
good sign.
 

Serenity stroked Usagi's tender cheek. "You do not have to meet her, Usagi. She will 
understand; she's only learnt about you recently. As a matter of fact,
she's only known about you for a few days."
 

Usagi blew her nose and shivered, then wrapped her arms across her chest and looked into 
the deep blue of her future self's eyes. "I want to meet her. She
is my child, and I love her! I now realize she needs me, and I need her too!"
 

The queen smiled and hugged Usagi once more. Rei ordered the reluctant mother to finish her 
draught, and twenty minutes later she had bathed and dressed
and joined everybody in the dining hall for a delicious meal. Afterwards, Usagi asked where 
Miranda was. She was surprised to learn she was on Earth, in
Crystal Tokyo, having travelled from the past three days back to meet her mother in the 
future, and again today to meet Usagi.
 

"This is getting confusing! So, when I gave birth all physical traces were healed by the Silver 
Crystal?" she asked, patting her firm stomach, glad she
had no physical trace of the birth.
 

"Usagi, it's incredible. Miranda has a unique power, and a new and enigmatic crystal sceptre, 
and there is much more!" Serenity said smiling.
 

After Usagi's recovery, she asked for the memory mind meld offered by her future self with 
the help of Luna and Morgana. She re-lived the whole thing. She
saw only Mamoru's face; his hands, his naked body, and his love filling her being. She 
understood the Silver Crystal had protected her as much as it could
during the ordeal in the bubble, and had actually assisted in blocking the memory.
 

Diamond himself was unaware of what had happened until he was struck by the Silver 
Crystal's energy just after Sapphire's death. At that point it all came
flooding back to him, and he was devastated. Usagi saw it all. He was so distressed and 
would have never violated her under his own will. He wept, and
vowed to care for the child, and made arrangements with his loyal entourage to spirit the child 
away along with the surrogate and her midwives. The surrogate
was charged with bringing up the child well away from Nemesis until Wiseman was 
destroyed. He did not know how to deal with Usagi, but his love for her
was pure, and this was why he had cleansed his heart from darkness whilst his family were 
dying all about him.
 

"When can I meet her, Serenity?"
 

The queen looked at Serenity thoughtfully. "She is staying in the palace. You can meet her 
tomorrow, if you choose."
 

Usagi agreed, and asked if Chibi-Usa knew about her half-sister.
 

"Yes, she and Miranda are inseparable. I have to admit I was worried about how they would 
get along, but I needn't have concerned myself. I can say, Usagi,
we've got two very loving and gifted daughters."
 

Usagi hugged the queen once more, and the rest of the evening was spent in conversation and 
light entertaining activities.
 

*^*^*
 

When the shy and beautiful adolescent girl entered the room with Chibi-Usa holding her hand, 
Usagi's heart leapt. She was so beautiful, with long glossy
black hair that fell down to her waist. Her figure was full and she was taller than Usagi by 
several inches. Miranda wore a cream gown, with a black sash
about her slim waist, and clear quartz sandals upon her delicate feet. Her eyes were the same 
deep blue as her mother's and her face was a combination
of her mother and father's finest features. Miranda's voice was like silk, and when she said 
hello, it was all Usagi could do not to run to her and hug
her fiercely.
 

"Hi! I am, um, Miranda, as you have probably guessed by now...and you're my mother!"
 

Miranda's eyes brimmed with tears as Usagi's arms reached for the young girl, whose 
breathing became uneven as both mother and daughter rushed into one
another's arms. They cried, they laughed, holding on to one another as if they might be 
separated once again if they let go. Mamoru joined them after they
had had some time together, and handed Miranda a beautiful crystal rose.
 

"Welcome into our hearts, Miranda," he greeted her. "You can consider me either as your 
friend or like a father. I cannot and would not try to take the
place of your father, but if you need fatherly advice or somebody in your corner... I will be 
there!" Miranda was overwhelmed with emotion. She kissed
Mamoru's face as salty tears ran down his cheeks. Usagi hugged her daughters, and they just 
stayed like that for some time, just being together and loving
together. Soon all the Senshi, including the moon cats, poured their love and affection upon 
Usagi and Miranda - reunited at last.
 

*^*^*
 

Three days later, news from the vast ancient capital, Myola City, revealed a surprising secret.
 

"It's news of great importance and interest to us all, especially Setsuna and Miranda!" 
Neo-Queen Serenity stood in her mother of pearl gown, with its light
fabric flowing over shapely calves, complemented by smoky quartz crystal sandals. She wore 
a silver chain girdle about her rounded hips, and her meatball
plaits were exceptionally long, and shone with an otherworldly glow. In her hand was a 
remarkable and beautiful emerald trident encircled by nine silver
serpents, with these running back and forth in a multi-helix.
 

"That's the symbol of the Cosmic Affinity Stream!" Setsuna gasped, recognizing it from 
paintings of the lost treasures upon Orpheus. She had first laid
eyes upon this symbol prior to her marriage to Enki.
 

The queen replied, "That is correct, Setsuna, and more is yet to come!"
 

Then Usagi asked a question of her future self. "What does this mean in respect to Setsuna's 
responsibility to return to Pluto and pass on the time wand
to its new bearer?"
 

The queen smiled. "It means that the succession can be performed here on Earth. What's 
more, intelligence tells us our friend Janus is waiting for Setsuna
in orbit around Pluto, and has no idea of what we've discovered."
 

Setsuna looked both excited and relieved. She had to admit she had dreaded trying to get 
past Janus. He was a worthy opponent, gifted with the power of
manipulating time and space, however, his power was limited and this was why he 
desperately wanted the wand. The full extent of Janus's wish for revenge
and his lust for power was revealed to Setsuna by the Brisinganin, when Queen Freya 
allowed her to wear it on Orpheus before leaving for Earth with Loki.
 

"There is something else, a legend speaking of the 'Oberisku no Shoujo'!" Everybody's 
attention lay fixedly upon Neo-Queen Serenity's face as she announced
this awesome news. "What this means is, we have to go to Mu, and fast! This powerful being 
will be found at the temple of Poseidea, linked to the former
capital of the Celestial Senshi. This city, Myola City, established around eighty thousand 
years ago, and may hold the key to this mystery and perhaps
victory over our enemies. Japan's finest scientists are working around the clock to both 
catalogue and decipher the millions of crystal memory disks left
behind by these people whom were quite advanced by our standards. There is an army of 
archaeologists and other experts waiting for the Earth's best scientists
to reformat our Crystal Hyperdrive computers to process this material. Also, they have found 
more conventional ancient records carved in wood, stone and
precious metals in various states of preservation. Archaeologists have already sunk their teeth 
into this material, but there is so much it will take decades
to get through it all, I fear. This is but a fraction of what lies both on and beneath the surface 
of this amazing continent."
 

The queen's hands rested firmly against her breasts whilst clutching the royal moonstone 
crescent on its thick silver chain. She sighed and sat upon the
soft silver cushion on her throne.
 

Then Endymion spoke. "I will lead the expedition, as you'll require some local knowledge of 
this new and ancient land. My own knowledge may be limited,
but such as it is, it shall be of great help to you all. The power locked in the obelisk ,if we find 
it, may prove too much for you, and Serenity and I
feel its too risky. Haruka and Michiru will join us within the hour, and they have made contact 
with the celestial Senshi, having opened formal
relations between Crystal Tokyo and the Celestial Senshi capital on Orpheus. Eventually, the 
other planets, when access to your kingdoms is restored, will
be on hand to ward off any threat by the Araknitopa Alliance or Janus. So, let us first deal 
with the matters at hand."
 

He emphasised the fact that once the portals throughout the solar system were re-opened, 
Senshi from both times would immediately be granted access to their
respective kingdoms.
 

The queen added. "You'll need to seek out your individual Crystal Gateway ; you only need 
to stand before the dormant portal to activate it. The dark curtain
separating Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and so on will then be accessible ... remember, 
your subjects have been isolated from one another since the Silver
Millennium, believing Beryl's forces control each world outside their own." the queen's eyes lit 
up as she felt the power of the Senshi of both time lines
begin to concentrate in strength and purpose.
 

Usagi's face lit up at this news, for it meant the establishment of a new Earth-Moon Kingdom. 
Then Queen Serenity and King Endymion asked everyone to join
them for dinner. Miranda, Chibi-Usa and Usagi formed a noisy fun-spangled triad; their 
gregarious banter entertained the others on their way to the dining
hall. Led by Usagi, they sang and skipped along in unison, and much laughter and joy filled 
their hearts. Attendants rushed back and forth, laying one
lavish dish after another upon the elegantly decorated tables used for special occasions. 
Classic Japanese faire and European dishes were in plentiful
supply. Dessert was to be dominated by six varieties of ice cream, assorted cheesecake, and 
cakes of all descriptions were stacked on gold and silver platters,
as well as biscuits prepared that afternoon by the many palace chefs.
 

Makoto turned to Usagi and laughed. "Hey, Usagi! I love this food; I think I might ask the 
queen if I can help out in the kitchens." Everyone was delighted
with the banquet held in their honour. Both wines and other beverages were served, including 
soft drinks and juices for the children and anyone else who
wanted it.
 

"This food is sooooo dreamy!" Usagi pronounced whilst directing her fork into a delicious 
piece of chicken breast drowned in rich gravy.
 

"Yeah, Usagi, I think we can pig out big time today, and work it off on Mu tomorrow with all 
that hiking and exercise! You'll need it to prevent yourself
becoming a blimp!" Rei giggled, giving Usagi a cheeky grin, and Usagi retaliated with a long 
raspberry.
 

Miranda almost fell out of her seat with laughter. "Hey guys, I won't be able to get anything 
down if you keep making us laugh so much!" She laughed until
it almost hurt. It was the best fun ever. Chibi-Usa poured Usagi a glass of delicious red wine 
grown by King Endymion himself, and the taste was divine.
 

Usagi laughed. "Chill out, Rei, I don't exactly see you leapfrogging mysterious rocky outcrops 
in a single jump, or imagine you, of all people, running
up a rock face with enthusiasm, brat!" Usagi humourlessly chided her friend. Rei feigned hurt 
and pouted, and then she put on a funny face and laughed.
 

They enjoyed the fine fare. The entertainment came in the form of dance, song and 
storytelling. The king and queen had put on a fabulous program featuring
singers from Elysian and Calypso. Then two magnificent black panthers appeared before the 
assembly and bowed their massive heads. Then performed a series
of complex gymnastic routines, encouraged dutifully by the enthusiastic cheers, sighs and 
applause showered upon them by their spellbound audience.
 

Miranda gasped as the larger panther stopped before her. She beheld the most beautiful 
golden eyes she had ever seen; these luminous orbs locked upon hers
and something was exchanged. They lost themselves in a brief, but seemingly infinite moment. 
Then to Miranda's surprise, the magnificent Black Panther
transformed into a dark haired, tall and majorly dreamy guy. His black uniform accentuated 
his powerful physique, and this gave him a regal baring. He
stepped forward and offered his hand and Miranda smiled as she took it. Prince Kantaro 
introduced himself, then kissed Miranda's hand and bowed. Rei sighed
as Makoto gave the usual, "He's so dreamy ... just like my last boyfriend!" and the other 
panther transformed, a beautiful woman now stood beside Kantaro
and smiled. Her long dark hair fell to her waist, her sleeveless black silk gown lined with gold 
stars adorned the low cut neckline and hugged her rounded
hips then cascaded in a shower of gold settling upon its wide hem. Her glossy black high 
heels upon her delicate feet completing the picture as she stepped
forward and curtseyed before the king, queen and honoured guests.
 

"I am Princess Kumiko of Calypso, and my brother and I will now recite stories of old from 
our beautiful moon kingdom on Calypso that orbits Princess Jupiter's
home world!" smiling at Makoto as she returned an surprised smile, remembering she was a 
princess in her own right. Then the recitation and singing began.
Makoto looked at the king and he answered her unspoken question.
 

"Mako-chan, Calypso was unaffected by the Araknitopa's curse as it wasn't a military 
stronghold. This was because they, along with the kingdoms of Titan
and Ganymede were safe-havens for refugees." The king then listed a series of small outposts 
not affected by the curse, or attacked by Beryl's forces.
Makoto along with the others listening to his explanation satisfied their curiosity. Miranda 
kept glancing a Kantaro whom smiled in her direction and had
a young girl whom attended his sister run across the chamber and place a crystal memory 
pod in her outstretched palm with a golden flower. Miranda smiled
at the sweet lavender haired child draped in a knee length pink gown encrusted with star 
sapphires as she spun around quickly and returned to her older
brother's company. Miranda nodded at Kantaro who stood watching across the chamber. 
His face beamed as the warm smile Miranda gave him was confirmation
of what he suspected she felt for him at their meeting ... *It was incredible and mutual*he 
mused smiling to himself as she took in the heady fragrance
of the Calypsan flower he gave her. She felt the cool weight of the crystal memory pod in her 
hand, curious to know its contents.
 

Later, well after the guests had departed, they ate supper.
 

"We will meet after breakfast tomorrow morning, for we need to make arrangements and 
plan everything properly ... where we're going is a peninsula across
the Myola Sea. This body of water, so named after the capital, Myola City. The sea 
separates the land bridge from the mountains, and sea is far quicker
and we don't have to cross the mountains ... I hope we find some answers in this ancient city 
... so lets get some sleep." Endymion said, and everyone
agreed.
 

*^*^*
 

The next morning Usa-chan, formerly Chibi-Usa now too grown up to be addressed as a 
child entered Usagi's room and sat upon the end of her bed. She had
been unable to return to sleep.
 

"You awake, Usagi?" she asked as Usagi rolled onto her back and yawned, whilst her hands 
rubbed the tiredness from her eyes. The sun slowly ascending into
the morning sky, bursting into a fountainhead of colour. They both stayed watching as a 
magnificent corona of bright purple leapt into the sky, consuming
remnants of a receding starry night sky. The morning star heralded the coming of day. Usagi 
sat up, stretched and turned to Usa-chan.
 

"Wow! I had the strangest dream! I dreamt I met a girl made completely of clear crystal, and 
she rose from a large disk! draped about her shoulders was
a beautiful crystal cat, and the girl spoke to me!"
 

Usa-chan's expression changed from a passive sleepy visage to one of disbelief and fear. "I 
had the same dream, Usagi! What does this all mean?" Usa-chan
asked, concerned.
 

"I don't know, but if I am right, I don't think we'll be the only ones who had this dream!" 
Usagi said thoughtfully, swinging her long legs out of the comfortable
warm bed.
 

"Miranda also dreamt about the girl, only, in her dream, this girl asked her to use her wand in 
conjunction with both your Moon wand and my spiral wand
to direct the power of the Oberisku no Shoujo's Crystal talisman!" Usa-chan explained as she 
looked into the crystal mirror, admiring her reflection. She
stood like a Greek goddess, clad in a luminous pink nightdress. Usagi thought she was 
growing up too fast; it had been a long time since Usa-chan's crush
on Helios. She knew her daughter would always love him, but was hoping maybe one day 
she might find a love as deep and rich as her own with Mamoru. Usa-chan
was fifteen, bordering womanhood, and she had already started dating. Usagi pined for the 
baby she knew one day she would bear.
 

She was lucky to have two daughters, and if she counted Usa-chan of the future she 
potentially had three daughters. Usagi excused herself, and stripped
off her own nightdress, and grabbed a thick towel. She then entered the bathing pool in her 
private courtyard enclosed by a canapé of trees. She floated
upon her back, washing away the tiredness from her body and swam about the huge 
seashell-shaped pool. She emerged like Aphrodite from the foamy waves refreshed
and alive, with a towel about her head and body after shampooing and lathering her skin with 
aromatic floral soap. After drying her hair and tying her
meatball plaits, Usagi dressed as Usa-chan took her swim in the glossy black marble shell. 
Then Miranda joined them in conversation until breakfast. They
discussed the trip to Mu companionably. Miranda shared her dream with everyone, and it 
turned out that everybody, even the Moon Cats, had dreamt about
the crystal girl and her familiar countenance.
 

"This means today is a significant one. I won't say any more, but time is of the essence and 
we should prepare for the trip. It seems fate is playing her
hand here and all this is obviously connected to the lost crystal talisman." Neo-Queen 
Serenity was unable to hide her excitement as she spoke.
 

*^*^*
Later that morning they boarded the 'Dew Dawn', a beautiful yacht equipped with the latest 
scanning equipment and computerised workstations, and set off
across the new strait for the vast shores of Mu. The journey took an hour, and once ashore, 
they marvelled at the terrain with its geographical diversity.
They set up base camp. It was a strange experience standing side by side with other versions 
of themselves, and everyone felt it. The conversation flowed
despite the awkwardness that took a little time to subside as they checked their equipment. 
The science team was led by a tall and stunning woman, Doctor
Chika Yokomato. Along with her were Motoki's future self and Rick Daniels from Los 
Angeles. The three of them made up the spearhead of the investigative
team.
 

After taking in the scene before them; the high mountains, the foothills festooned with deep 
forests and an ancient stone road before them, they climbed
into four-wheel drive vehicles and began a two-hour journey. They stopped now and then for 
breaks and to stretch their legs and explore.
 

In the distance lay the first peaks of the mountain range, which ran almost a thousand miles in 
length across the massive continent. When the incredible
city came into view, nothing had prepared them for what their eyes beheld. They moved 
through the massive sandstone pillars forming a fantastic oval wall
surrounding the vast city. Within the ovoid colonnade, a processional way ran its entire length. 
At various intervals, paths led into the capital and converged
upon the city centre. They spent the day exploring the ruins and those structures still intact, 
without finding the obelisk or anything connected directly
with their dreams, but they weren't disheartened as it was only a matter of time before it 
would reveal itself to them. Later that night they made their
way into what appeared to be the old quarter of the city. The moon illuminated the ancient 
landscape, giving it a haunting aura.
 

The forests and hills surrounding the metropolis bore silent witness to this incredible scene. 
There were awesome lifelike statues of important figures
set upon a stone platform in the city centre. "This is something, Usagi!" Minako said as her 
eyes tried to take in the marvels of this place.
 

"I am doing some calculations, and the centre is one of ritual and religious activity," Ami 
announced. "I am also picking up strange readings from that
building opposite. There is a power source within, and it may be linked to the obelisk dreams 
we've all had."
 

The group moved towards the structure carefully. These once-mighty edifices, worn and 
crumbling under the weight of time and the elements, still retained
their beauty and atmosphere. They stood within the vast auditorium, and like brothers, 
Mamoru and Endymion examined the murals and discussed the magnificent
hieroglyphs.
 

Usagi, Miranda, and Usa-chan stood in the centre of the auditorium for a moment before 
noticing the soft purple light growing in the room. In an instant
it enveloped them and transported them all eighty thousand years into the past. The packed 
earth dissolved, replaced by magnificent pink granite flagstone.
There were people jostling one another, dressed in colourful robes, and they were going 
about their daily lives, not noticing the strangers amongst them.
 

Usagi looked to the sky and observed the impressive statue they had encountered earlier. 
The girls had noticed the orange glow emitting from the pretty
young woman fashioned in the resplendent crystal substance. She wore a jewelled laurel in 
her incredibly long hair, and a short dress tied at the waist
with a flower-laden vine exquisitely carved from the fantastic crystal. The workmanship was 
incredible; the magnificent orange crystal was beautifully
crafted to create a lifelike replica of a young princess with the symbol of Earth upon her 
brow. This made everyone gasp and tremble in awe. Her hair fell
in a glowing cascade and threw off streams of golden light, refracted from the glorious 
moonlight. This young maiden was crouched on one knee, and she
was stroking a large crystal cat fashioned from the same orange crystal.
 

Setsuna appeared beside them, holding her time wand, which was pulsating like a flashing 
strobe. Standing by her side were Uranus and Neptune. They embraced
and exchanged greetings, then tried to comprehend what was happening. Setsuna had no 
idea; the temporal shift had something to do with this, and its power
was obviously greater than that of her time wand. Usagi watched as another purple flash 
transported them to an ancient academy where priestesses trained,
and they sat about on marble benches or in circles upon the grass chatting companionably.
 

The young priestess' quarters lay behind a high fence covered in ornate mythical motifs that 
wound its way throughout the courtyard. The motifs had been
painted in beautiful colours and imbued with power. The young priestesses lived within the 
academy until the end of their training. The girls, having been
admitted at fourteen years, would complete their training as priestesses and be fully initiated at 
eighteen.
 

Motoki, a young palaeontologist whose past self remained in the arcade in 21st century 
Tokyo, gasped with admiration at the sight before his eyes. He beheld
a beautiful high priestess that emerged from a group of her peers at the open gates to greet 
the strange party. She looked pretty in her short white shift
with a gold cord about her slim waist. She invited the company to enter the sanctuary and 
refresh themselves. However, she separated Motoki from the others
and led him into a private garden. the girl wore her dark hair long, and it floated upon her 
lower back. They disappeared behind a metallic door portraying
ornate mythical motifs from the capital's long history.
 

Inside the beautiful private courtyard filled with exotic plants and flowers, she sat beside 
Motoki upon a smoothed stone bench. The flowers and herbs growing
nearby were aromatic and intoxicating, and he began to feel relaxed. A sense of warmth 
swept over the young scientist as the girl sat with her lovely form
glowing like a bronzed goddess. She took his hands and held them in her lap, and began to 
speak to him gently. "What is it you want from our people?"
 

Motoki was taken a little off-guard by her question, how should he answer her? He thought 
for a moment before speaking. "I am from the future, from a land
called Japan, and I am here representing Crystal Tokyo and the kingdom of the Earth under 
the reign of Neo-Queen Serenity and King Endymion. We wish to
study your civilisation and learn about our origins."
 

He took a deep breath and waited for her reply. It came in a most unexpected way. She 
leaned forward and kissed him square upon the mouth. The kiss deepened,
and his arms went around her waist, and he felt himself melting into her embrace. He looked 
into her eyes, and she nodded. He asked himself if she had
read his mind, and in answer she rose and stood before him smiling.
 

Then, to his amazement and delight, she untied the golden chord around her waist and 
allowed the shift to fall to the ground. She stepped daintily out of
the circlet of white fabric, now breathtakingly naked before him. He reached for her and she 
pressed her hips against his now naked form. He blushed as
his arousal took control, not knowing how he lost his clothing, and her soft shapely breasts 
felt cool and wonderful against his chest.
 

"We are artisans of magic; both you and I are set apart - not from life; we are destined to 
reconnect the galactic Senshi. This requires a new lineage,
and I will bear it for humankind, and she will be the catalyst!"
 

Young Motoki was confused and honoured. "I am just a scientist. Why have you chosen me 
for this task?"
 

She pressed her moist lips against his, and he felt himself warming to her once more, and their 
mouths locked in a deepening expression of passion. "Are
you not friends with Endymion? So, too, is your past self. They are affinity brothers, as are 
you and the King, and vital to my purpose."
 

After they drew apart, she elaborated. "I need a young mage, and you're it! I can bridge the 
past and future, as I was Princess Akalia of Myola. You were
Prince Tayibu, and we were joined eighty thousand years past. You were killed before you 
could give me a female child who would carry on through the houses
of the Moon Kingdom and Orpheus. So, my beloved, I want your love and your seed so I 
can conceive the hope for the future through you - as I am the obelisk
girl, the lattice of the unfathomable!"
 

Suddenly, Motoki collapsed upon the ground, and he sat there gasping as a pulse of 
lemon-green light enveloped his contorting body. Then he calmed and looked
up into the face of the lovely crystal woman, who was sitting cross-legged with his head in her 
lap.
 

"We are one and the same," she said. "We are three streams; as it is lost it is found in the 
union of life's diversity and here lies its true power. I am
yours for the taking. I give you love and knowledge, and you've given me your wisdom from 
your time. You've awakened the currents flowing from the Oberisku
no Shoujo. Our child is conceived this moment, and she will be taken to the twenty-first 
century and raised by a queen. She is the flower of hope and life's
infinite wisdom." With this she took his hand and immediately put him at ease by stroking him 
gently. She was well-versed, both in the ways of a priestess
and the art of love.
 

She once again took on the form of flesh and blood. This bronzed young goddess allowed 
him to rise with her and stroke her long raven black hair, then he
caressed her warm breasts and explored the sanctuary of her womanhood ... then they made 
love. Later, when they were spent, they lay under a sun drenched
sky drinking in the love they shared. She explained the significance of their sexual union as his 
initiation as a mage into the order of the Oberisku no
Shoujo. Also, he was her lover and the father of the child now growing within the beautiful 
young woman now lying in his arms. Motoki's skills as a trained
quantum research expert were essential and indispensable if Serenity and Endymion were to 
unlock the Crystal obelisk's secrets and ultimately become successful
in defeating their enemies.
 

Suddenly, she transformed once again into a beautiful crystal girl. He was flying with her 
kilometres above the city, holding her hand feeling a sense of
exhilaration. The priestess - or goddess, he still had not made up his mind - he recognized 
now, having seen the drawings of the Oberisku no Shoujo in
the paintings he had examined the night before.
 

Then he lost consciousness, and later found himself dressed and on the ground with the King 
and Senshi in a circle expressing concern for him. Ami was putting
a cold cloth upon his face to revive him. Then a bright silvery blue pulse leapt from the temple 
behind them, and everyone spun around to look at it. The
statue of the crystal princess rose to her full height and spoke.
 

"My gift to you is wisdom, my power lies in your hearts. The fire to quench the darkness and 
heal the fires of conflict are in my hands, and the Oberisku
no Shoujo is entrusted to you all. You are my affinity children, for this power lives in a child 
whom is one of your own, on the sphere of colours in your
century!" Another brilliant flash almost blinded them, and the statue returned to its original 
stance.
 

Motoki shared his experience with everyone that night. He explained how she had both 
seduced and bedazzled him, changing him forever. He told them he had
been initiated as her mage, and was the father of a child most likely living either on Orpheus 
or upon the Earth. He felt he now understood the power of
the Oberisku no Shoujo, and felt a great love for her.
 

 

**Present Day Tokyo May 5 2004**
 

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Usagi, Mamoru, and the others were totally overwhelmed by their experiences in Crystal 
Tokyo. They had seen so much, and not even the wonders of Orpheus
prepared them for what transpired during their visit to ancient Myola City. The most 
significant event after the reunion between Usagi and Miranda was
the mysterious encounter with the Oberisku no Shoujo in the form of an alluring young 
priestess. This senior acolyte was in fact a Senshi Goddess. She
seduced Motoki in order to seed a new generation of Earth Senshi, to re-establish the 
Goddess lineage on Earth, thereby restoring the Terran Kingdom. She
was to be born on Orpheus or upon the Earth, and would be a target if the Araknitopa 
Alliance ever found her before she awakened.
 

The initial meeting with Miranda went exceedingly well, considering Usagi's emotional state at 
the time. She was extremely grateful to her future self,
for Neo-Queen Serenity handled everything with consummate skill and wisdom. Her strength, 
loving support, and use of the healing power of the Silver Crystal
helped Usagi through the painful revelations. Thanks to Serenity's help, and Mamoru and 
Rei's love and support, Usagi was able to embrace the great joy
of discovering she had a wonderful new daughter.
 

When Miranda transformed into Sailor Dark Moon, she was both beautiful and powerful. 
Usagi was overwhelmed with love and pride, and they exchanged ideas
on how to tackle their new enemy and trained together for their mission. Chibi-Usa also 
joined them as the Sailor Moon of the future.
 

Miranda's Senshi form was striking; her black top and skirt were decorated with bands of 
tiny diamonds that spiralled their way around the suit. There were
hundreds of obsidian crystals encrusted upon a wide belt at the waist. Her black knee-length 
boots, studded with a combination of diamonds and obsidian,
complemented her dusky complexion. Her black meatball plaits, the trademark of the 
Serenity lineage, fell midway down the backs of her long legs. She wore
a gold tiara bearing a golden crescent.
 

Miranda was to travel to a world called Geb Prime with Magenta Dawn and the two panther 
metamorphs, Prince Kantaro and Princess Kumiko. Magenta Dawn had
told Miranda not to say why, for security reasons and to prevent causing her mother 
unnecessary distress. So she said nothing.
 

After saying their goodbyes, Tuxedo Kamen, Sailor Moon and the others stepped through 
the crystal arch on Orpheus and returned to Earth. Usagi and Mamoru
found it hard to leave Miranda behind, but she had a full and rich life on Orpheus. Usagi 
could hardly expect Miranda to leave everything and everyone
she loved on Orpheus to come and live with them both on Earth.
 

Usagi shook her head slowly and leaned back against Mamoru's chest, where she felt most 
secure. She found it extremely difficult to process everything that
had happened on Orpheus right now. She let out a long breath.
 

"Oh, Mamo-chan!" she said softly. "Tell me I'm the same girl you know and love. Am I still 
your meatball head? Please, just say it, so I don't get lost
in this new person I am becoming. Mamo-chan, I am sooo afraid... Oh, no!" She broke off 
as the tears, like uninvited guests, crashed through her resolve.
She fought to maintain control, but she was too tired to hold back the watershed of pent-up 
emotions and sobbed uncontrollably.
 

"Hey, my beloved meatball head, my Usako, I'm still your muffin. Hell, we've been through so 
much, you and I!" he said warmly, rubbing her tense shoulders.
"Everything has changed in Crystal Tokyo, with the rising continent and its secrets. I 
remember the legends about Mu now. I think it would have re-emerged
eventually, maybe during Chibi-Usa's future reign as queen, if the timeline hadn't been altered. 
Who knows?"
 

He sighed and stroked her meatball plaits, then placed his hands upon her shoulders and 
gently turned her to face him. He gently kissed her eyelids, nose
and lips, and then their kiss deepened. This was the perfect poultice for them both as they 
forgot the world, the stars, and the Oberisku no Shoujo.
 

"The fact is, we're still alive, along with everybody we care about, and that's got to be a 
bonus. We have a new future and new daughter to love and get
to know, so just give it time."
 

Usagi looked up into those orbs of deep blue." Wow! That kiss took me back to the first 
time you held me in your arms. Do it again!" She giggled as Mamoru's
lips greeted hers enthusiastically, and the fountain drew them out of time and space. Usagi 
wore a light grey calf-length skirt, spun from fine wool. Her
black Angora jumper cradled her shapely contours, and felt like velvet beneath Mamoru's 
hands.
 

After the kiss broke, they turned and looked into the fountain's magical waters. It was as if 
the rhythmic cascade of crystal was rejuvenating them. They stood in companionable silence 
for ten more minutes before Usagi spoke.
 

"Hey, muffin! You know... I really don't want to lose my adolescence too fast. Err, I don't 
know, Mamo-chan. I feel as if I have been spun around, turned
inside out and put back together all wrong." Mamoru turned to Usagi, gathering her in his 
arms once more.
 

"I love you sooooo much, meatball head!"
 

"Ditto!" she replied as they giggled together.
 

~*~
 

There was no shortage of surprises for Usagi and the others. These life-changing events were 
quite disorienting, for even Setsuna's fortunes had changed
considerably since relinquishing her role as guardian of time and meeting Enki. She had finally 
found her destined love; and their conjoining had altered
her life completely. So much about Crystal Tokyo had changed, especially the Crystal 
Palace; which was far larger and more magnificent than their last
visit after defeating Wiseman. Janus had certainly made his presence felt, to say the least.
 

~*~
 

Usagi sighed as she looked at her friends who, like herself, were waiting for Mamoru to pick 
them up. There were many items they had been given by Queen
Freya to be examined and translated. Mamoru would take the materials to Usagi's apartment, 
and then drop the rest of the girls off at the Cherry Hill Temple.
The cache consisted mainly of crystal memory pods, filled with historical data and magical 
codices. Makoto thought their adventure a total blow-away, and
everyone agreed, including Usagi. They knew things would start to move very quickly now 
that the curse was finally broken after twenty-five thousand years
of isolation.
 

Mamoru pulled up in his red sports car, and everybody helped place the boxes and other 
items into the boot. Mamoru had to give Makoto a lift home so she
could bring her all-wheel-drive back to pick up the rest of the material. The weight of many 
of these items surprised them somewhat, given their size.
Everybody wanted to let their hair down after that, and agreed to make a stop at the arcade.
 

Motoki stood at the counter talking to Miss Haruna, who now worked as a tutor at the 
university. Her face lit up as Usagi and the others entered the arcade.
She ran to hug Usagi, greeting Mamoru and the others in kind. She looked great, in a 
sleeveless velvet midnight blue top and leather skirt, with charcoal
stockings and black leather high-heeled sandals.
 

"Hi everybody! It's great to see you guys again. I think I will be working with most of you this 
year!" Haruna said as her thick brunette hair swirled gracefully
about her hips.
 

"I'm in your group this semester with Setsuna and Naru!" Usagi said smiling.
 

"You have all done well for yourselves, and you're growing up so fast. I feel as if I'm standing 
still!" she laughed, winking in Mamoru and Usagi's direction.
 

"I will give you guys a discount on your burgers and shakes, say, half price...but only for this 
afternoon!" Motoki said, smiling at Haruna, whom he thought
very attractive. He kept chatting with her, while everybody took their usual seats. Then 
Haruna joined them, and they spent a pleasant afternoon talking
about their high school days whilst Haruna shared anecdotes about her childhood and college 
days. She was quite the storyteller, and had had her share
of schoolgirl crushes. She also admitted to playing pranks that were brilliantly executed 
schemes to get back at an annoying bully, who, ironically, years
later became engaged to her brother Kyushu. As for Kyushu, he was employed by Tokyo's 
internationally famous scientific museum as a research assistant.
Umino knew the layout of the museum backwards and forwards and said as much.
 

"You should see the amazing Egyptian display - hmmmmm!" Before he could finish, Naru 
stuck a straw in his mouth and giggled. Everyone else joined in, and
Umino shrugged as he hugged his fiancé.
 

"I think we'll let people find out for themselves what's on display, Umino!" she laughed as he 
surrendered to the delicious shake and her clever strategy
to shut him up. The cats all sat close by, quietly chuckling to themselves whilst devouring 
some grilled fish and fries.
 

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
 

Later that day, Mamoru and Usagi caught a train to Kyoto and ate at one of Mamoru's 
favourite restaurants. Then they went to a play featuring a stylised
production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Usagi loved it; the singing was 
truly magnificent, and Mamoru was pleased that she enjoyed the
lavish musical production, especially the contemporary spins on the narrative. The production 
blended Japanese myths with brilliant scriptwriting that both
satisfied purists and offered a different take on the master.
 

They later visited the environmental expo, and marvelled at the amazing work done all over 
the world to help reverse the damage done by industry's unchecked
use of natural resources. Mamoru then took Usagi to the planetarium, and later, they visited 
the Spiral Palace. The little café blended in well with its
surroundings. It was surrounded by a series of cypress and conifer groves, like spokes of a 
wheel, with beautiful flowering plants growing along the pink
granite flagstone causeways. The setting was reminiscent of magical sacred groves where, 
long ago, ancient priestesses attended temples dedicated to various
deities of pre-history. They imagined sitting before a bard, who would play her harp and sing 
wonderful stories to begin a journey through the ages to
the present.
 

"Thank you, Mamo-chan." Usagi looked up into Mamoru's eyes and touched his cheek.
 

"I love you so much, Usagi, it's all I can do to think about anything else!" he replied, smiling at 
her beautiful face.
 

"I want so much to be your wife, but I know we should wait for the right time." She kissed 
Mamoru with a fierce passion that surprised him. His own desire
quickly met hers, as they lost themselves in the sweetness of a moment that held them 
blissfully suspended.
 

The stars shone through the crystal dome of the herbarium as they continued talking, 
exploring the ringed causeways where statues of extinct animals were
set in lifelike positions. They read the plaques, telling the story of each creature and how they 
once flourished in the wild. Because of human encroachment,
over-hunting, poaching and the use of these creatures for bogus remedies, many animals had 
been placed on the verge of extinction. Then the plaques told
the revival stories; tears pricked in the corners of Usagi's eyes after reading about these 
beautiful creatures brought back from total extinction. She
turned to Mamoru, smiling, as they were both moved by what they read. Most of these 
species had been restored through genetic research and cloning.
 

Mamoru admired Usagi's reflection in the crystal walls as her gossamer white dress floated a 
little below her knees. Its bodice loosely cradled her breasts
and left her arms and shoulders bare. The cut of the neckline revealed just enough cleavage to 
make Mamoru smile in appreciation at his beloved's lovely
body. He loved her smile, the way she spoke and how her eyes lit up when she was excited, 
and he loved her hair.
 

Recently, he had learned she had a sweet voice, after hearing Usagi singing to herself. Usagi 
had made up the song, and Rei had asked if she could add extra
verses. The completed song was recorded, and Rei and Usagi did quite well from it. Usagi 
could now afford to pay her way through university and buy herself
a car. She and Rei planned to record an entire album, and Mamoru was proud of his meatball 
head for achieving so much in a short time.
 

Usagi thought Mamo-chan looked really cool in his black hip-length wet leather jacket. She 
loved the red shirt and black leather pants and boots he wore.
She sighed contentedly, resting her head upon his shoulder as they walked hand in hand, 
exploring the planetarium's amazing star gallery and the other
wonders of this magical world. They sat upon the grass. Usagi asked Mamoru to lay his head 
upon her lap, which he was more than happy to do. He looked
up at her and smiled contentedly.
 

"Now, my love, I know what it's like to lie in the lap of a goddess!" she blushed, placed a 
finger upon his lips, then leaned forward and kissed him. He
gently cupped her breasts, feeling their warmth and softness through the fabric of her dress, 
and stroked them gently until she began to feel warm and
erotic sensations move thrillingly through her body. Her thighs began to shake and her 
breathing became shorter, quickening with the rhythm of her dancing
heart as Mamoru continued to trace the contours of each breast, kissing each nipple through 
the bodice. Usagi moaned with pleasure. This was a totally
new experience as he felt her body respond, like a finely tuned instrument, to his touch.
 

"Oh, Mamo-chan, keep that up and I won't be able to stop myself from eating you up like ice 
cream, or strawberry cheesecake!" she said, laughing.
 

Mamoru turned his face so his cheek rested upon her bare thighs as he stroked and kissed 
them, sending fountains of desire through her. She ruffled his
hair, and knew he too was aroused. He held her hands against the warmth of her skin, and 
spoke about Miranda and Chibi-Usa and all they'd been through
during the last few weeks.
 

"I am so happy, my love; I can't get over how much Miranda is like you, but yet she's got 
something else that makes her unique," he said in a contemplative
manner.
 

"I love the fact that she wears her hair in meatball plaits like yours truly," Usagi replied, "but 
on the first night of our meeting, she explained she
didn't wish to make me uncomfortable by styling her hair that way in case she somehow 
offended me! She need not have worried," she mused, looking at the
carpet of stars that seemed to wrap the crystal dome in its secure net.
 

"I can't wait until Chibi-Usa is growing inside your womb, and kicking for the first time. I am 
looking forward to being there beside you as she makes her
grand entrance into this world!" Mamoru said as he sat up and turned to face her, with a smile 
upon his face. They embraced once more, and he helped her
to her feet.
 

They made their way to their hotel, where they had conjoined rooms. After they had watched 
television for a while, Usagi left the room and five minutes
or so later returned wearing a sleeveless ruffled laced bubble-gum pink negligee. In her hands 
she held a small box, and dropped it in Mamoru's lap. She
moved behind Mamoru, and tickled him until they were in one another's arms, kissing.
 

"Usako, are you sure?" Mamoru asked as he examined the packet of condoms.
 

She leaned forward, and spoke gently. "I've never been surer of anything in my life." She 
looked so beautiful, yes; she was very sexy, Mamoru thought as
he watched her untie her familiar meatball plaits. He had rarely seen her without them, and 
now her sweet musky scent mingled with the vanilla essential
oil she wore, sending him into a frenzy. She helped him undress, and in a seductive fashion, 
Usagi slowly helped Mamoru put on the condom.
 

Then they began an elaborate ritual of foreplay, touching, kissing and exploring one another's 
bodies. Discovering the power of his manhood, its hardness
and heat fired Usagi's passion that built up as they pleased one another in so many ways. She 
felt each kiss move from her eyelids to her neck, shoulders,
and hands, and then he kissed her knees and his lips moved gently up her thighs.
 

Usagi removed her negligee, and Mamoru traced the curve of her body's contours as his 
kisses settled once more upon her breasts. They whispered endearments
to one another as they finally climbed under the bedclothes, and Mamoru continued to thrill 
her in ways she thought not possible. Then after building up
to the apex of their intimacy, she opened herself to him. He entered her moist depths and lost 
himself in her sex. They soared to new heights of bliss,
and fell asleep in one another's arms.
 

The next day, they rose to a chorus of enchanting songbirds. They winked at one another, 
then raced to the bathroom. Usagi got the first shower, but Mamoru
was a good sport, so he prepared breakfast and they ate on the back patio. The setting was 
bathed in morning sunshine, and they were both aglow with the
aura of their first night of passion.
 

"Mamo-chan, I am so in love with you. I know people have said it before, but it's like music, 
or art. Love is something that is unique for each of us, and
right now it's the only word I can say that even comes close to the feelings and the sheer joy 
of being a part of your life!" Mamoru felt the corners of
his eyes prick with a tear or two as he smiled and took her hand, and they drank their coffee 
in sweet silence, each losing themselves in the gaze of the
other.
 

They returned to Tokyo in the early afternoon. Ami was waiting at the station with Luna and 
Artemis.
 

"Hey, guys! You really look rested, and it's a good thing too; you both needed time on your 
own." Ami took both their hands and squeezed them. They collected
the luggage and headed back to the campus apartments.
 

Everybody gathered at Usagi's apartment for their first Senshi meeting since returning to 
Earth. They discussed the materials they were given to study by
Queen Freya and Magenta Dawn, and divided the workload according to the skills of each 
participant. Usagi read about the detailed history of the Sulean
system, and how the duel kingdom of Earth and Orpheus had been established. The ancient 
ancestress was the first queen of Earth, a Goddess Senshi. These
beings, according to the text they were studying, were incarnated every nine thousand Earth 
years. The last time this had occurred was before the Araknitopa
Alliance's removal of Orpheus from its orbit around the sun, coinciding with the release of the 
dark curse.
 

They all studied the nature of the Oberisku no Shoujo. Apparently, she and her subjects 
coexisted as a unified consciousness upon a given sphere-planet,
combining the phenomenal and metaphysical structure of the Earth. In other words, the Earth 
was a hive, and the Oberisku no Shoujo was its Queen, and the
two were interconnected.
 

Magenta Dawn's writings on Affinity Consciousness, a paper prepared for the Sulean Senshi, 
helped Usagi and Rei understand the next phase of their evolution
from Eternal to Affinity Senshi. Usagi would eventually become a being much like the 
Oberisku no Shoujo, and this was truly awesome to contemplate. The
girls looked at one another and a thought moved between each of them, and they burst into a 
bubbling fountain of laughter.
 

"I hope I can get whatever ice cream or other goodies I want if I become like her!" Usagi 
mused.
 

Rei squeezed Usagi's shoulder, and smiled warmly at her dearest friend. "Hey Usa-chan, you 
know, it's so good to see you laughing again. I know all this
has been tougher on you than the others realise. Just come to the temple whenever you want 
to talk, or to get some advice if Miranda puts on a typical
teenage daughter tantrum." Rei laughed at this. "You might need to just not play mom too 
much, and be yourself. I think you'll find this works with her,
as I sense she needs a friend as much as she needs a mother."
 

Usagi's eyes filled with tears of appreciation as she embraced the raven-haired girl, and they 
stood like that for a few minutes before Rei smiled and stepped
back, looking at her friend.
 

"Well, we've got heaps of data to get through. I'm so grateful to Ami for putting this material 
in an understandable format. Hey, you know, Magenta Dawn's
pretty smart too! Ami gets along so well with her, and Umino, too. Well, we might as well get 
started," Rei sighed as they sat down at their computers
and began working on the ancient texts.
 

They were amazed to find fascinating parallels with pagan and native cultural structures. 
These possessed a different set of aspects that were the hallmark
of a unique and highly advanced civilisation. The Affinity Weft described as "an aggregate 
reality" according to the translations offered by the Orpheusean
memory pods.
 

Rei remembered how Magenta Dawn had painstakingly spent a week teaching her the 
linguistic nuances, how to decipher the crystal glyphs and figure out how
to convert these into Japanese or English. Then she began her detailed study of the 
Orpheusean Codex, for Rei's position as priestess of the Cherry Hill
Temple made it easier to impart this knowledge to others. There was another important 
reason; the codex was imbued with great power, and required a skilled
medium and seer to convey its knowledge.
 

Rei studied the translations carefully each night after eating her evening meal, and shared her 
findings with Usagi and the others. The inevitable laptop
waited for her fingertips to take her to new frontiers of experience and wonder. The ovoid 
pod, or, as Rei described it, the 'beautiful translucent crystal
leaf' began processing data, feeding the computer's memory bank. They would go through the 
documents, answering questions and explaining the subtle nuances
contained within the cryptic pages of the transcript. The more they studied the text, the more 
incredible its contents.
 

*Wow! This is an incredibly awesome concept to grasp,* Usagi thought to herself. She now 
knew the process of transformation would continue perhaps indefinitely,
but they had scarcely begun translating the codex. Usagi was surprised to learn that a 
multitude of Senshi warriors and magi fought to protect billions
of worlds amongst the stars.
 

Rei's grandfather also assisted the girls in preparing for the rituals in the temple, for he was 
able to organise ceremonial robes and accoutrement as well
as choreograph the various ritual formulations. When the occasion required, Rei conducted 
an Orpheusean ritual, combining it with ancient Shinto mysteries,
to enhance the metaphysical power locked within the codex. During these magical rites, they 
experienced visions of beautiful stars and worlds that burst
into fountains of light. Then, during a meditation session the following day, the girls 
experienced a series of disturbing visions.
 

Makoto was the first to experience a sensation of leaving her body and floating above the 
assembly, and then she felt herself moving through the fabric
of space-time. Looking around her strange surroundings she beheld a beautiful sphere floating 
inside immense clouds of plasma. The colours were remarkable
as she felt herself dissolve into the outer skin of a translucent sphere. She was momentarily 
disorientated, and then she saw the most beautiful sight
that had ever caught her eyes. She knew it was her city, the capital of the kingdom of Jupiter 
long forgotten now. It reached out like the arms of a lover
to greet her. The buildings were composed of massive crystal spires, terraces, and other 
geometric structures that pulsed with a soft green and indigo
glow. Her feet touched down within a beautiful park, and she looked around her for signs of 
activity.
 

"This is my kingdom, but where are my family?" Suddenly, she saw the crystal shell covering 
the city, setting it awash with bright orange light. Thunderheads
gathered within the biospheric enclosure. Suddenly, thunderclaps of ear-splitting intensity 
almost deafened her.
 

"What's happening? Somebody, please help me!" Makoto shivered as the massive sphere 
shook violently, and to her horror began to crack, as red lightning
danced like a rapacious youma around the park and struck the beautiful city. There were loud 
explosions, sending thousands of people into the wide streets
as screams of panic almost drowned out the raging storm.
 

Makoto rose to her full height, and cried out "Jupiter Eternal Power! Transform!" Suddenly, 
she stood with sceptre in hand; it was a new symbol of her power.
She stood in a gold skirt, with an emerald top and a purple sash about her waist, with a jade 
crown upon her head. She was surprised to find her hair was
longer, and hung freely touching the base of her spine.
 

The blinding thunderbolts were accompanied by a multitude of hideous entities entering the 
cracked sphere, the creatures attacking the city and its surroundings.
 

"Woden's Cosmos Cascade Bolts!" Jupiter was able to destroy many of them, but they were 
too numerous, and she could only keep fighting as best she could
to hold them back. The storms raged and the temperature continued to rise. She tried to 
shield the city as best she could, and Senshi she did not know
now fought by her side. These familiar, yet unknown, warriors addressed her as Lady Jupiter. 
The Araknitopa Alliance forces made another attempt to destroy
the capital's spaceport, where ships were leaving in large numbers to escape the enemy 
attack. Some were destroyed by enemy firepower. These unlucky ones
burst into bright fireballs of death above and made Jupiter scream in a tearful rage. Jupiter 
launched another counter-attack, only to have the enemy retaliate
by destroying another portion of the city, ending thousands of lives. Suddenly, the sphere 
shuddered and a black mist descended as the atmosphere quickly
became unbreathable.
 

"Moon Crisis Power!" Jupiter turned to see Sailor Moon in an unfamiliar fuku consisting of a 
white top and short white velvet skirt, with silver ruffles.
The bodice was covered in star sapphires, and she wore a golden crown with a crescent of 
moonstone surrounded by ten stars, representing the planetary
kingdoms. The star of Sule hung on a chain about her swanlike neck, along with a silver 
choker of Celtic motifs. Sailor Moon's matching knee-length boots
completed the stunning new transformation. There was a mother-of-pearl shield extending 
itself around the city, issuing from Sailor Moon's sceptre. The
enemy craft, like flying black slimy pancakes as large as a house, were unable to inflict further 
damage.
 

"Jupiter, are you all right?" Sailor Moon asked as her eyes scanned their surroundings for 
signs of danger. "What is going on? We were meditating in the
temple, but now we're here?"
 

"I don't know how we got here, but we must fight these enemies. If this is an illusion, it's a 
darn good one. I'm treating this as a real fight, so let's
kick ass!" Jupiter cried.
 

"All right!" Sailor Moon replied, calling upon the power of her sceptre once again.
 

Jupiter didn't know how she knew these people by name, but she found herself barking 
commands to her Senshi. A tall woman, a high priestess in long white
robes with a revealing diamond opening upon its bodice, bowed solemnly and waited for 
Jupiter's instructions. Jupiter spoke quickly to her priestess, and
she nodded, her long corn-yellow hair streaming down her back to her hips.
 

Sailor Moon had placed the population in a state of suspension as the fight for the capital 
took a turn in their favour.
 

"Majesty! We'll fight our way out and hit them from behind with the emerald wing of the fleet. 
They've defeated the Araknitopa advance, and Orpheusean and
Terran forces are closing in for the kill!" the long blonde-haired priestess Jupiter now knew as 
Antigone informed the Senshi.
 

The scene suddenly shifted. Sailor Moon, Jupiter, and the other Senshi along with Tuxedo 
Kamen realized they were standing on the bridge of a Sulean Senshi
fighter craft. The powerful craft was firing upon the black slimy creatures, and the enemy 
retreated back through the cracks upon the surface of the sphere.
 

Their ship moved through a portal within the massive walls, and then they moved beyond its 
confines where stars could be seen behind the bands of Jupiter's
atmosphere. They joined a fleet of impressive emerald battle cruisers, accompanied by 
creatures resembling winged dragons with warriors upon their backs
surrounded by an energy shield. These star cavalry flew in formation, and pulses of energy 
destroyed many of the Araknitopa attempting to escape to an
Alliance fighter platform. The sight was truly awesome, for Jupiter's atmosphere was alight 
with brilliant colour as the battles raged about them. Then
a squadron of black batlike craft appeared as if out of nowhere, emerging from a luminous 
purple gas cloud. They fired upon the vast Celestial armada,
wiping out all but a handful of enemy ships. The remainder moved into some kind of 
sub-space conduit, and the battle was won.
 

Suddenly, there was a brilliant flash of light. Usagi was sitting in a hospital ward, but this time, 
she was a child of only five years. Turning her head,
Usagi saw Makoto unconscious upon the floor of the medical centre and rushed to her side. 
She gingerly shook her awake and Makoto's eyes opened, then widened.
 

"Huh? Oh, hi, Chibi-Usa! Hey, you're not Chibi-Usa, but..." She trailed off. Usagi shrugged 
her shoulders.
 

"Well, if this is somebody's idea of a joke, I am not amused," Usagi said, pouting.
 

"How and why are we here, and more to the point, where are we?" Makoto asked, shaking 
her head as the young Usagi helped her to her feet.
 

"We're on the moon!" Usagi said. Suddenly, Queen Serenity entered the room and smiled at 
Makoto, before turning to Usagi and squatting down to look into
her daughter's eyes.
 

"My beloved daughter, there are so many things I ought to have told you, but there was so 
little time and too many uncertainties," the Queen sighed. "Please
forgive me. I know this is not easy for you, but you have to become strong, and yes, this 
whole experience is a part of your training. You all must understand
the past, for Freya and I felt it necessary so that you might develop the skills and strength to 
defeat this powerful enemy. I am visiting you from the
time gate. I know what is in store for the Moon when I return, and I only have this 
opportunity to give you the key to your ultimate destiny." Serenity
handed Usagi a magnificent necklace fashioned from bright fiery orange stones.
 

"Wow! It's so beautiful, and possesses great power!" Usagi gasped as Serenity placed it 
around her neck and held her daughter in her arms. Usagi returned
to her natural age. The two women clung to one another, crying tears of longing for the past, 
present and future.
 

"This necklace is your legacy left to you, as you are part of the Affinity Weft, and the 
Brisinganin is destined to fall to the next affinity queen or goddess
according to historical tradition," Serenity explained. "My darling daughter, you are in 
sisterhood with the Oberisku no Shoujo. The necklace is linked
to the power she embodies, as do you, my daughter."
 

Usagi knew her mother spoke from the heart, and she flung her arms about her mother's neck 
and kissed her cheek. Suddenly, the other Senshi appeared, with
the exception of Mercury. Tuxedo Kamen and the cats arrived next, looking a little 
disoriented and confused. Serenity greeted each of them with a warm
embrace. They felt honoured, and relieved. She picked up Luna and Artemis, and the tearful 
reunion touched everyone's heart.
 

"My adorable guardians, you have and continue to serve my Usagi and Endymion so well, I 
love you both very much." Luna and Artemis both mewed and purred
and found it difficult to speak without crying, but they didn't care, and affirmed their love and 
respect for their monarch and friend.
 

"Oh, Queen Serenity! It is wonderful to be in your company once more!" Luna cried as she 
rubbed against the queen's neck, and Artemis sat upon Serenity's
lap and rested his head against her free hand. The queen's eyes filled with tears as she 
stroked her faithful courtiers.
 

They spent time talking together, sharing accounts of battles with the Dark Moon Family, Dr. 
Tomoe's daimons and the altering of the time line by Janus.
Serenity had been kept up-to-date by Pluto of the past, and missed very little.
 

"I urge all of you to prepare yourselves, for much depends upon your efforts. The Araknitopa 
are powerful, with many nefarious allies. It will require everything
you have to help the Celestial Senshi to defeat them," Serenity explained.
 

"Where is Ami?" Rei cried.
 

"She is well; do not be overly concerned, as she has much to share of great import," Serenity 
replied.
 

"Thank you, Queen Serenity, I was freaking out a little." The queen hugged Rei and smiled, 
then turned to Usagi and spoke gently.
 

"My dear daughter, one day both Endymion and yourself will guide the galaxy from the newly 
formed Sulean Kingdom. I shall be near whenever I am needed.
You know I love you very much, Usagi, and one day we shall all meet again." So saying, the 
queen raised her arms into the air and spoke an incantation
that preceded bright silver light, and she stepped through a temporal portal, where Pluto of 
the past waited to guide her home. Serenity waved farewell
and stepped across the threshold.
 

There was a humming sound emerging from the Brisinganin as it hung around Usagi's neck, 
filling the room. They all instinctively held hands, and returned
to consciousness and began comforting one another.
 

"Hey, Mako-chan, are you alright?" Rei asked. Usagi was muttering something 
incomprehensible as she sat up and knelt upon the thick cushion.
 

"What hit me?" she said, trying to regain her composure.
 

"Hey, meatball head, it wasn't me!" Rei said playfully as the tension broke within the chamber. 
They then heard Minako calling out, as she had still to
return to consciousness.
 

"Hey Usa-chan, sounds like Minako has taken a detour!" Makoto laughed.
 

"Hey guys, she's just like that, you know she loves lingering in clothing boutiques and gift 
shops!" Rei said, giggling.
 

As if on cue, Minako spoke aloud. "My moon child? Where is she now, am I dead?" Minako 
laughed uncontrollably, as she was still unconscious and obviously
experiencing an event in the past, or a scripted scenario. She seemed dazed and confused.
 

"Hey, guys!" Artemis said with a look of concern as he meowed and nuzzled Minako's face. 
She woke at last, and cradled him in her arms.
 

"Wow! I was on Venus! In an incredible domed valley! It was huge, at least ten thousand 
square kilometres. I helped my people fight to defend the Venusian
republic from Araknitopa attack, and I was queen. I saw so much suffering and death. I was 
just glad to have joined you guys and meet Queen Serenity, but
it wasn't a dream - look!" Minako pointed to the necklace around Usagi's neck, and there 
was the same necklace she had been given in the dream. Everyone
examined it, and Usagi smiled knowingly.
 

They were all curious about Ami's experience, for her vision was without an Araknitopa 
attack scenario.
 

"I was involved in the relief effort, for the Alliance had caused havoc and Orpheus was three 
hundred million kilometres out of its orbit. We could not
do anything more for them, and were engaged in helping the other planetary kingdoms," Ami 
described. "There was a strange pulse moving through the Sulean
system, and we spent months trying to find its source. At the same time, we were visiting the 
worst hit worlds. Suddenly, I was sitting upon a bridge command
chair studying stellar maps making some calculations, when I seemed to have forgotten what 
and why we were in space. My bridge commander asked where we
were heading. I shook my head, feeling stupid for not being able to answer him, and 
shrugged, telling him I honestly didn't know. Then I questioned my
crew, and nobody knew what our mission was and why we were heading for a dead world. I 
gave orders to return to the Wisdom City on Mercury!"
 

Rei shivered while her grandfather lit some incense, put on some light music to create a 
much-needed change in ambiance, and prepared some tea.
 

"We've all experienced living at a time during the Araknitopa Alliance's assault on the Sulean 
system during the activation of the curse. Ami's account
was interesting, as this indicates the way in which the curse worked!" Mamoru summarized, 
closing his eyes as he remembered his own visions. He had been
standing with his father, fishing on a beautiful golden beach on Earth, when suddenly the sun 
swung rapidly across the sky. The Earth's poles shifted dramatically,
and violent storms filled the formerly blue skies in minutes and temperatures plummeted. Then 
icy waterspouts appeared, reminding Mamoru of crazed whirling
dervishes dancing, upon raging seas that earlier had been warmed by hot thirty-five degrees 
centigrade winds from the north.
 

Rei and Usagi asked everyone to write down their memories, so they could be studied along 
with any other subsequent visions or other unusual experiences
encountered during their ritual practices. Luna insisted they all rest and stay at the temple 
guesthouse, and reconvene in the temple the following morning.
 

The next few days were busy for everyone. Mamoru had to work extra shifts, and the others 
had assignments to hand in to their professors. They continued
their metaphysical studies, and this made their workload intensely stressful until Umino and 
Naru agreed to help out. They all worked hard on the Orpheusean
codices, ritual exercises, and trained hard. They gained so much knowledge in such a short 
time that they even developed new skills and powerful attacks.
 

Everyone longed for the weekend. Usagi and Mamoru looked forward to spending some 
quality time before reality reasserted itself once again, imposing its
demands upon them all.
 

They broke for the weekend, agreeing to meet early on Monday morning. Usagi and 
Mamoru met at her parents' house and they had lunch, then drove to the tennis
centre where Usagi changed into a cute pink and white tennis dress with short apricot socks. 
Taking her racket in her hand she twirled it as if it were
her moon sceptres, looking like a vivacious cheerleader. She felt a little moody, and pouted 
when a pretty brunette paid a little too much attention to
Mamoru.
 

*I'm feeling so insecure about everything right now. I trust Mamo-chan with my life as well as 
my heart; I only get like this when... but I am worrying
about Miranda and miss her so much, and Chibi-Usa too!*
 

Mamoru, sensing her discomfort, reassured her by wolf whistling at her outfit and commenting 
upon the lustre of her sexy tanned legs and all-around loveliness.
She giggled and blushed, and this made Mamoru grin from ear to ear. She smiled at him then, 
banishing her childish insecurities.
 

They spent two hours playing tennis. Usagi won the first three games, and wondered if she 
should let Mamoru think he was letting her off light. She thought
about it, and let him win the last two games. Mamoru was skilled as a marshal arts expert, but 
she had the edge on him when it came to tennis. They kissed
passionately on the court by way of a victory prize, and in this way, they both felt like 
champions. After changing, they entered the sports centre's cool
and cosy café-restaurant and shared a chocolate milkshake.
 

"It's good to just spend time like a normal couple - you know, just having a good time and 
not worrying about if the sky is going to fall!" Mamoru chuckled
in a light-hearted way. Usagi knew that deep down he was worried as much as she about the 
future and those they loved.
 

*^*^*^*
 

A week passed. It was dusk in Tokyo after an exceptionally warm day. Luna and Artemis 
were making their way across town, via a network of deserted alleys.
The two Moon Cats were on their way to the arcade to meet with Mamoru, Usagi and the 
girls. They stopped for a time, admiring the fast approaching sunset.
They took in the magnificent sight of the golden solar disk, its burnished corona suspended 
like a Chinese lantern over the horizon. Artemis compared the
scenescape to a tsunami of molten honey, with its lofty crests breaking over a luminous purple 
blanket. The picturesque illusion was presented courtesy
of the thick smog of Tokyo's peak hour traffic, which hugged the late afternoon skyline.
 

"Strange how such a dirty atmosphere can create such a beautiful illusion, Artemis!" Luna 
mused as the two cats continued enjoying the glorious Tokyo sunset.
 

"It's quite a sight... One day, however, the skies will return to their natural beauty, exceeding 
the vision before us!" Artemis replied. Suddenly, he became
aware of movement off to their right.
 

"Luna! Look out!" Without hesitation the nimble-pawed Moon Cat leapt behind Artemis, 
who assumed a battle stance, growling at the weird intruders. They
stared in utter disbelief as the most incredible sight met their eyes. There were thousands of 
them. The metallic creatures seemed to have appeared out
of nowhere. These gleaming decapods sashayed across the alley as countless others emerged 
from abandoned industrial estates nearby. They sprawled onto
the surrounding vacant blocks like a pulsating carpet of platinum.
 

The cats watched, stunned, as a group of these creatures broke ranks to examine a children's 
playground close by. The majority of them were absorbing materials
from the many abandoned car-wrecks around. The awestruck Moon Cats continued to 
observe the determined activity displayed by these strange visitors, who
worked assiduously, oblivious to the black & white onlookers. These creatures were half a 
meter in length, their silver legs much like a Crustacean, with
glowing sapphire eyes and translucent black antennae.
 

"Stay back, you evil robots...err, bugs, or whatever you are!" Luna exclaimed as both Moon 
Cats jumped onto the wall above. "I think we'd better call the
girls, this is Senshi business!" Luna gasped, keeping her eyes fixed upon the swarm below.
 

"Good idea!" Artemis agreed, not taking his eyes off the creatures for a second. Then a most 
unusual sight presented itself to Luna and Artemis. The creatures
began collecting energy, which was converted into hovering sapphire-blue blobs, a kind of 
regurgitated by-product of their ravenous eating frenzy.
 

Ten minutes later, Sailor Mercury was kneeling with computer in hand and a look of absolute 
concentration upon her face as she conducted her preliminary
scans. Mercury was curious about the readings, for they yielded nothing immediately 
threatening but were like nothing she had ever encountered before,
and she felt this was a precursor to something important.
 

Meanwhile, the rest of the Senshi blocked off the network of alleys, setting up a perimeter 
confinement zone with a force field courtesy of Tuxedo Kamen.
The creatures stopped, and remained motionless for the briefest of moments as Mamoru's 
hands pulsed with golden light. The energy screen he had created
prevented any passers-by from entering the area.
 

Some high school kids stood behind the shield, not understanding what it was or why they 
couldn't see through it. There was a crowd gathering and some kids
began throwing stones into the golden shield, and these disappeared into the opaque barrier. 
Mercury's attention returned to the flashing screen now processing
the data she had collected.
 

"Hey, guys! These are harmless; I am not picking up any evil energies. They're only scanning 
the area for their own scientific curiosity and are recycling
waste, altering its molecular structure and converting it to pure energy. I cannot determine 
where these guys are from, but I can tell you they're not
connected in any way with the Araknitopa Alliance, or any enemy forces!" She scratched her 
head as Sailor Moon knelt down beside her, and smiled at one
of the creatures that seemed to be caught up in a ball of spun aluminium wire.
 

She gingerly reached out with one slender hand and freed the decapod from its predicament. 
Its eyes fixed upon her and flashed twice as its body hummed
contentedly, ceasing its struggle. It knew Sailor Moon was trying to help.
 

"Wow! So cool, but where are you from, little guy?"
 

There was a sudden flash of lemon-green light, announcing Pluto and Enki's arrival. They 
soon joined the others, and were keen to examine the strange insectoids.
 

"These little guys are from a Senshi planet!" Enki exclaimed, pointing to the forehead of the 
creature in Sailor Moon's hands. She smiled, commenting on
the beauty of the sapphire crystal helix upon the creature's brow.
 

"Yeah! Enki, you're right. They probably discovered a link to one of the lost portals and then 
found themselves here on Earth. We really need to know if
they're here to help us, or something else." Mars sat beside Sailor Moon and addressed the 
creature.
 

"Hi there. Err, why have you come to our planet?" To her surprise, and that of everybody 
present including the cats, it spoke perfect Japanese.
 

"You're correct, Sulean Princess! I am the prime Composoid task director representing the 
people of the Dendoria, a world with a highly advanced civilization
by your Earth's standards. Our people have colonised the outer rim of our galaxy, and are by 
nature peaceful explorers. However, since the Araknitopa began
attacking our satellites and allies 1.07 million of your Sulean years ago, that all changed, and 
we've engaged them on countless occasions and held them
back thus far."
 

The assembled Senshi were totally lost for words.
 

"So, how did you get here? Through the portal?" Jupiter asked, still stunned by the talking 
metallic insect.
 

"Yes, Makoto! And yes, we know you're Senshi, new sisters and brothers to assist in the 
war effort. We're going to need all the help we can get, as a crucial
turning point in the war is fast approaching." The expressions on the stunned and anxious 
faces listening carefully to the emissary from an unknown Senshi
civilization struggled with the significance of this first meeting.
 

The Insectoids continued their work as their spokesman added, "We are aware of the Moon 
Cats on your world. There are several located across your sphere
in capital cities and other prominent points, including the arctic and equatorial regions. They 
are presently making preparations to assist your world
in taking its place amongst the celestial Senshi after aeons of isolation. Some are not 
awakened," it continued, "and you'll need our assistance, for the
darkness is coming to this region of space. Our task is to awaken the last of the sleeper 
Senshi Cats from Mau who made their homes on your planet after
the separation of your sister sphere, Orpheus."
 

Venus then asked a question. "So, is it your mission to discover these Moon Cats and bring 
them to us?"
 

The glittering crystal eyes flashed, and then the Composoid replied. "This is partially correct, 
as those already awake are now assigned to a Senshi mage
from the network of Celestial Senshi spheres laced through our galaxy. The uninitiated are 
being brought to you as we speak, as there are only twenty upon
this world." The robot turned to the cats that were present. "Luna and Artemis, if I can be of 
assistance please inform our Tokyo operations envoy known
as Suzanne Cherry Blossom. Her Senshi title is Sailor Cerciana."
 

The ambassador from Dendoria explained that it was a common cultural and political tradition 
that cats from Mau lived on and worked with Senshi worlds.
They learned that there were worlds amongst the stars whose populations were all Senshi, 
and these men and women served their worlds in a range of fascinating
ways. They were all gifted and creative, some with a penchant for the arts, sciences, and military 
or matters of state, and some served in Celestial Senshi
Temples. Mars was especially interested at this point, as Magenta Dawn had said the same 
about Orpheus and its allies.
 

Then Tuxedo Kamen approached the gathering after a brief absence, and waited for a break 
in the conversation before sharing his news that he was sure would
take them all by surprise, especially Luna. He stood silently with a fluffy white cat in his arms, 
and couldn't help smiling in anticipation of the reaction
they would get.
 

"Hey guys! I have somebody here you might want to reacquaint yourselves with!" At this 
moment Sailor Moon and the others turned their heads and couldn't
believe their eyes. Luna gasped a cry of disbelief, and then fainted. Artemis was finding this all 
too funny, and his tail brushed against Luna's nose
as she stirred, mumbling to herself.
 

"No! It's not him; he can't be one of us, can he?" Artemis tried not to laugh as his head turned 
and winked at the smug expression on the huge white fluff
ball draped in Mamoru's arms.
 

"Hi! Luna! It's Hercules!" the cat exclaimed. "Hehehehaha! Look, Kitty, I won't bite, and 
hey! I've taken your advice and trained real hard to shed some
kilos, and I feel great!"
 

He then poured himself from Tuxedo Kamen's arms and sauntered over to Luna and Artemis, 
sitting upright to wash himself as he gazed into Luna's stunned face.
 

"You! How, but you're an ordinary cat!" she stammered. Hercules shook his head patiently. 
Artemis sputtered a laugh that only gained him a whack from Luna's
paw and sent him tumbling. He quickly jumped to his feet and mewed by way of apology. 
Luna sighed, then turned back to Hercules. "So big guy, how did this
come about?"
 

He looked at the stunned assembly, and then began to tell his story.
 

"You see, after we last met, I continued to live with the little girl Amanda and her family, who 
were quite happy to look after me. Then a Moon Cat shows
up one night, introducing herself as Princess Ishtar of the Mau collective. Before I know it, 
she befriends me and gives me a history lesson on Mau culture
that blows my mind. She starts speaking to me in thoughts, which of itself is not unusual, but 
when she spoke aloud... Well, she really frightened me,
so much that I climbed a tree and refused to come down. She patiently waited for me to 
recover my dignity, and then reluctantly I climbed down so we could
talk."
 

Artemis chuckled. "You weren't frightened by Luna, Hercules, but this new cat freaked you 
out?"
 

Hercules nodded, and then continued his story. "I will explain that later, Artemis. Where was 
I? Oh, yes, she coaxed me down and gently explained what she
wanted me to do, asking me to suckle from her teats. I did so, and then I began to feel weird, 
but it was a good weird, if you know what I mean. She placed
this firestone collar around my neck. After I had finished feeding, she asked me to speak, and 
to my surprise I found I could!" Hercules shrugged and crouched
close to the ground, looking deeply into the eyes of his friends whilst the insectoids stirred into 
motion once again.
 

Most of the Senshi sat upon the ground listening, while Mercury and Pluto stood with 
Neptune and Uranus, continuing their survey of the area. Hercules meowed,
then continued. "Even before meeting Ishtar, I was having weird visions telling me I had once 
lived on a world with a race of cats similar to Luna and
Artemis. I could speak to Ishtar with my mind, and she went into great detail regarding the 
history of the galaxy and Earth's connection to a world called
Orpheus and lots of stuff about some really nasty alliance. She also explained why I was 
different from other cats. You see, this was due to the fact that
I had possessed a rainbow crystal fragment. I didn't have my star seed, as it was caught in a 
dimension under the control of Galaxia, whom you've dealt
with already. The dark alliance also stole star seeds, but the affinity essence is still deep 
within, and Ishtar could awaken it and restore a star seed."
 

"But Hercules, I don't understand. Why didn't you get yours back when I defeated Galaxia?" 
Sailor Moon asked.
 

"Well, the Alliance had managed to snare many star seeds from Galaxia and from their own 
activities, as they programmed their victims as spies to work behind
enemy lines."
 

Sailor Moon gasped. "I feel totally dumbstruck! The Araknitopa have been either working 
with our enemies, or have used them for their own ends." Sailor
Moon looked at Luna and smiled. "It seems we've a lot to learn about our new enemy, and I 
am glad you're one of us...I guess I can get used to that, Hercules."
Artemis winked at Hercules, who coughed and continued his story.
 

"You see, the rainbow crystal shards could only enter a child of Mau, or an evolving Senshi." 
At this point, everyone thought about the implications for
those they had rescued from Beryl's ambitions. "When Ishtar appeared in my mistress 
Amanda's bedroom, the next thing I knew I had been transported to an
orbital crystal spacecraft. It was there that I spent a week or two after my golden crescent 
appeared, and I was immediately required to train as a warrior
Moon Cat. The rest, you know!" Luna and Artemis nodded as they recalled something of this 
process emerging from their ancient memories. Luna smiled and
extended her paw.
 

"Welcome, Hercules. I also wish to inform you that my beloved partner, Artemis, and I are 
glad to have you join us all in the fight against the Araknitopa
Alliance!"
 

Hercules's eyes opened wide at the news about Luna's fur-lined love, and blushed. "Hey 
Artemis, I won't cramp your style. Luna's been a good friend, and
I would like to be yours too!"
 

Artemis replied, laughing, "I remember teasing Luna about you back then, so there's no need 
to worry about that. Luna and I go back quite a way, and we've
a daughter named Diana. You'll get to meet her, along with Morgana and Loki from 
Orpheus!" Hercules meowed, raising his paws into the air in happiness.
 

Sailor Moon and the others fussed over Hercules, whilst joking and clowning about. The 
Senshi detransformed, and Hercules joined the team. They all looked
forward to working with Suzanne Cherry-Blossom and the other Senshi on Earth, including 
Princess Magenta Dawn.
 

The eventual appearance of other Moon Cats joining them in the battle against their new 
enemy was the topic of conversation. The Composoid completed their
energy gathering activities and reconnaissance, then prepared to teleport to other locations 
around the globe to join others preparing for the Celestial
Senshi's arrival on Earth.
 

Later, Mamoru and Usagi were holding hands and walking along the promenade of soft pink 
granite on the picturesque campus grounds, talking about the day's
amazing events.
 

"Mamo-chan, I feel so invigorated and excited about meeting these new Senshi! I wonder 
what they'll be like, and if they're already amongst the students
here or watching our houses waiting for the right time to announce their presence." Usagi 
sighed and turned to Mamoru, batting her eyelids seductively
to catch him in deep thought and plant a sweet kiss upon his lips.
 

"Hey, meatball head, you know I really like the way you do that," Mamoru confessed. "I get 
so lost in my thoughts that I forget what's going on around me,
and I need the distraction right now." With these words, he caressed Usagi's shoulders, 
sending shivers of pleasure throughout her body. He slipped his
arms around her waist, and their kiss deepened as Usagi's feet left the ground. She soared 
both physically and emotionally, and felt contented.
 

The stars were quite bright now, and Usagi placed her head upon Mamoru's shoulder and he 
slipped an arm about her slim waist as they looked into the night
sky, wondering how many stars were home to other Senshi, and how many were controlled 
by the Araknitopa Alliance.
 

*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*
 

Anthea Hawksburn never knew her parents. A white family had adopted her, and her new 
family moved to Alice Springs. The community was a new ultra-modern
housing estate, established after the formation of the new Oceania Federation in January. This 
new republic included Australia, New Guinea, New Zealand
and the league of Southern Pacific Nations. At the same time, a referendum had granted 
statehood to the indigenous peoples of the northern and central
portions of the continent. The new state of Uluru, formerly The Northern Territory, included 
much of the central-eastern region of Western Australia, the
upper-northern portion of South Australia, and a small portion of New South Wales. 
Arnemland and the Torres Strait were also included as part of this self-governing
homeland for Australia's indigenous peoples.
 

Anthea studied anthropology and archaeology at the newly completed Ochre Hills University, 
and was enjoying meeting people from all over the world. She
especially loved her friends of Aboriginal descent, and led a cultural club on campus. She was 
a movie buff like her brother, who was a space cadet. He
loved Star Trek, or any movie if well made with a solid plot. He was determined not to be 
stereotyped by those kids still harbouring anachronistic ideas
about his people. He was good-humoured and was quick to anger when pushed too far, but 
he always preferred to use his head than his fists to sort out a
disagreement.
 

"Hey, what do you reckon about those robot insects at Uluru?" he asked, taking a re-heated 
pizza out of the microwave.
 

"I want to check it out, bro, but I think they'll probably not let civilians near the site," she 
sighed, wishing she could get the exclusive for the campus
newsletter.
 

"Chill, Anthe. I have a friend who's a journalist with the Clarion." Anthea jumped to her feet, 
eyes wide, and enthusiastically embraced her tall brother.
 

Mike wore a black denim jacket, stretch jeans, and light blue golf shoes, and his hair was cut 
short. At seventeen, he stood almost six feet tall, and for
Some considered this reason a freak. He took this as jealousy by his peers and demanded, 
and got, their respect.
 

"I'll call him and send an SMS text and video message on my cell phone." He smiled as his 
dark eyes glinted with excitement at the prospect of encountering
an ancient intelligence that might even know about the Dreamtime and so much more. Mike 
was a science fiction writer. Some of his stories had been published
in a scientific anthology, and he was about to submit his manuscript to Penguin Publishing in a 
week's time. They had finished lunch when Mike's cell phone
rang, and he tossed it to Anthea.
 

"Hi! ... You can? That's awesome! Here's Mike!" She handed back the cell phone and 
rushed to her room to change.
 

She emerged wearing an indigo silk dress that fell to mid-thigh, its V-neckline revealing a little 
cleavage. Her long wavy raven black hair sat upon her
curvaceous hips, and shone like her smooth obsidian skin. She possessed a stunning figure, 
the envy of all her friends; she was admired by many of the
guys on campus and her long shapely legs were considered the sexiest in The Alice. Her smile 
was radiant, and her face beautiful, with deep brown eyes
that one could lose themselves in if not careful. She put on a gold chain necklace, bangles, 
and her slim lady's gold digital watch. She wore a quartz
raven, or crow, as some called it, but she didn't like that - she insisted it was definitely a raven 
and she had worn it since she was a child.
 

Mike was proud of his sister, and had been overjoyed when she told him she was dating Kirk 
Trask, a computer expert working for the Uluru department of
infrastructure. He was "a nerd, but a cool guy," Mike remembered saying after meeting him 
for the first time. They were now the best of friends, and often
went fishing together or played football or basketball. They were both adepts on the 
chessboard and computer keyboard.
 

"Come on, let's move." The front door rang, to the sounds of Dido's "Hunter."
 

Jake Trevalla arrived on time, he was wearing a lightweight summer suit, his long blonde hair 
tied back in a ponytail, and he sported a pair of Mako shades.
Jake extended a hand and took Anthea's, smiling cheerfully.
 

"Hi Jake, I'm pleased to meet you!" she said, smiling at the jovial reporter.
 

They drove for fifteen minutes, watching the sky, which was covered in a shroud of low-lying 
smouldering thunderheads.
 

"I hope it doesn't come pouring down in a torrent," Anthea said whilst putting a disk into her 
digital video camera.
 

~*~
 

Steve Winter had set up base camp at the southern end of the Uluru reserve. He had arrived 
early and wanted to study the metallic insects first-hand. A
smartass snuck through and tried to steal one of the bugs, but he was found stunned, unable 
to move for an hour or so, and was promptly carried off by
Home Guard federal security police.
 

A flash of light caught his attention, and he looked in the direction from whence he thought it 
had come. His jaw dropped as his eyes fell upon the prettiest
woman he had ever seen. Her soft dark skin actually glowed with a brilliant gold light that 
pulsed like a stroboscope. Her long raven-black hair flowed
over her breasts and down her back in a shimmering curtain. Her almond-shaped eyes were 
almost oriental, he thought, as she stood in a short fuku with
its hem studded with tiny blue diamonds. Her shoulders, and shapely limbs, and bare feet 
were resplendent. He was stupefied, lost for words. *Where are
you from gorgeous?* he asked himself.
 

Suddenly, he felt the ground move quickly under his feet, and before he could utter a protest, 
he was picking himself off the expansive lawns of his childhood
school playground. He looked up and beheld the beautiful young Aboriginal girl he had seen 
moments before standing over him smiling.
 

"I am the fountain of fire; many know me as Mother Myola of the Atlantarean provinces, 
known by your people on this planet's eastern region as the Goddess
Shakti, and other countless names by the dark peoples of these timeless lands, both here and 
upon its sister continents now in slumber beneath your oceans.
I shall awaken these and they shall rise in your thirtieth century. I am the Affinity Goddess and 
Senshi of fire and serpent power, and work with the Earth
Goddess known as the Oberisku no Shoujo who is my mistress. I am guardian of sleeping 
Senshi, and you are my child asleep for countless ages, and now I
shall awaken you."
 

Her voice was like that of liquid silk. He cried out in terror and found himself clinging to this 
stunning woman as roaring violet flames encircled them
both. The next thing he knew, he stood holding her hand within a grove of giant primordial 
trees. She was naked, and so lovely to behold, he thought. He
chuckled as he realized he too was naked as the day he was born. She pressed her warm 
body against his, and feeling the softness of her teardrop-shaped
breasts sent his senses soaring as he fought unsuccessfully to calm his manhood. Summer 
breezes caressed their bare skin, immediately soothing Steve's
emotional state. He looked up, observing the massive trees towering overhead. They moved 
past the trunk of one of those mighty giants. A spectacular canapé
of interlinked branches looked down upon a clear stream below that flowed within a deep 
conduit, running endlessly in both directions. The trees formed
an honour guard marching in single file on both sides, guarding the deep narrow watercourse.
 

They ran down the steep slope, their bare feet sinking into moist black volcanic soil, and he 
placed an arm around his companion's silken waist to steady
them both. Steve found himself laughing playfully with the lovely black girl as they jumped into 
the fast current of the cool crystal waters and made their
way across. He marvelled at her glistening wet body, her perfectly proportioned figure, her 
long legs, curvaceous buttocks and breasts as she turned and
tossed her head, sending her thigh length hair into a swirl. She was laughing uproariously, 
encouraging him to catch up with her as she ran like a gazelle
up the steep embankment. Steve thought she moved more like a graceful black leopard with 
every step, throwing off waves of sensuality stirring his loins.
 

There were three Aboriginal shamans waiting for them. They sat upon a narrow slate ledge on 
reed mats as the ebony girl led him by the hand. They knelt
before these ancient soothsayers, who presented them with a branch filled with magical 
berries. After thanking the wise ones, who nodded silently, they
continued on their way until they reached the top, passing by the huge columns of ancient 
trees that sheltered them from the sun's intense heat.
 

The scene before them opened onto a sunburnt landscape. They approached a large 
Victorian manor surrounded on all sides by spacious verandas. They climbed
the steps leading to the fragrant bay wood veranda that ran the length of the house. She led 
him to the red gum double doors, which stood open, waiting
for them to enter the anterior. Casual wicker chairs with colourful cushions flanked the 
entrance. There was a sleek black cat with a silver star emblazoned
upon its brow, and it lifted its head, regarding them sleepily, before yawning and placing its 
head back upon its black paws.
 

The house's interior, with its parquetry flooring, opened out onto a series of spacious hallways 
and large rooms with ornately moulded ceilings. Steve gasped,
admiring the exquisite motifs and the other features that awaited them in each room. The 
furnishings were classical in style, and the array of collectables
decorating the central ballroom was reminiscent of an exclusive private museum. The 
collectables were based upon indigenous cultural themes, with magical
implements labelled and information sheets provided. Then there was a burst of violet flame, 
and he found himself sitting before his companion, a little
disorientated but attentive.
 

Steve knew this wasn't due to anything he drank last night, nor did he have heat stroke. She 
was the real deal, and everything she said had a ring of truth
about it. He didn't understand why, but this was not important right now, as he continued to 
admire her radiant countenance. She said she was considered
a powerful goddess of love and fecundity, and looking at her lovely form, he didn't doubt it 
for a single moment. Her penetrating almond eyes looked right
through him. Her long black hair poured like black silk to her hips. The shimmering gold sash 
she wore about her rounded hips caught the light beautifully,
and thick necklaces of precious and semi-precious stones hung upon her chest, partially 
covering her bare breasts. She smiled as she lifted her arms in
invocation. There was a flash of burnt-orange. Her statuesque figure appeared as if it were 
carved from black marble by a skilled artisan.
 

She knelt before him, and picked him up in her arms. He realized with shock that he had 
become a newborn child. She smiled, and coaxed him to suckle at
her breast. He drank hungrily, and felt the sweetness of the nourishing milk start to change 
him as an ensemble of bees throbbed in the distance behind
him. The goddess-like being continued to chant in an incomprehensible tongue. She then 
placed his head upon her lap, and sang to him. He heard the sound
of the bees intensify and accelerate towards the back of his skull, before hitting him as 
explosions of fiery light filled his senses and bolts of energy
he came to know later as Shakti-Kundalini shot up and down his spine. At this point he was 
restored to his adult self. He was relieved, to say the least,
but something about him had changed forever. He didn't know what, but he did not really 
care.
 

He watched her intently as she began some sort of invocation. She held in her hands a pink 
lotus, its fragrance enveloping his senses. Suddenly, an emerald
green sash snaked its way about her magnificent form. Then the colour changed several times, 
moving from a peacock blue to orange, red, silver, black,
white, lemon-green and pink. She pirouetted in mid air and the garment spun away, replaced 
by her original silver outfit, which was reminiscent of the
Sailor Moon and other Senshi he had seen on the news. He noted the fuku; this time it was a 
little different, with emerald leaf motifs spiralling around
the top and skirt. He thought her truly entrancing as she pinned the lotus to her hair. Silently, 
she gave him the fruit-laden vine bursting with bright
red berries. She instructed him to plant the berries until all were sown. When he was finished, 
they instantly sprouted.
 

Steve woke, and found himself laying face down upon a drop sheet he had set up for the 
cleaning of his photographic equipment and sound gear. He sat up,
holding his head in his hands, and began to sob uncontrollably. Then he sensed a presence 
beside him, and the ebony girl leant forward and kissed him softly
on the lips, gently wiping away his tears. He could not believe it, for she just knelt there 
without a stitch on. He automatically reached for her, and
she cradled him against her breasts.
 

He felt secure as she soothed and stroked him. Then she led him into the tent where he 
undressed, and they fell upon his airbed and explored one another's
bodies. He felt himself move so deeply inside her that he felt as if her gates of love and life 
had devoured him. Their bodies moving in an ecstatic
dance, they found themselves almost merging into a single entity. Their desire, at first hungry 
and urgent, burned with a fierce intensity. Then they again
made love rhythmically and languidly as he felt the world spin. Myola, as she preferred to be 
called, took a gold chain and gold pentacle surrounded by
a spiral of stars from around her neck and put it around his. She then kissed him once more 
as they held each other close.
 

"My child, my love and mage, I will call for you when the time is right. Sleep now, my 
general." She walked into the hot sun and vanished.
 

He had fallen asleep on the double airbed. A disembodied presence moved above his 
prostrate bulk; it felt as if a gale swirled over his bed. He climbed
out of the tent, looking about for the woman, but she was long gone.
 

*I must have been dreaming,* he thought, but he noticed something in his hand. It was a 
crystal sphere that glowed gently with pink light, and he felt an
immediate sense of warmth and security overcome him as he placed it in his pack. Then he 
felt the weight of the heavy chain about his neck. He knew something
remarkable had transpired between himself and a Senshi - or was she a goddess? He didn't 
know, but he loved her, of that he was sure.
 

Steve returned to the mobile home that served as his office and accommodation. Within the 
red centre he made ready for Jake and his friends to arrive within
half an hour. He quickly showered and dressed, then continued his work.
 

He looked out the window; the ochre landscape trembled beneath the banks of eerie storm 
clouds smouldering above.
 

~*~
 

A disembodied presence hovered before the large varnished double doors, then floated into 
the atrium of the attractive modern open-plan home. The entity
made its way to the kitchen where the décor was cast in the latest style. Large windows 
looked out onto the surreal landscape outside. The kitchen possessed
smooth red granite benches; there was parquetry flooring and the rich complimentary tones of 
stone, wood, and rich rose-velvet drapery were impressive.
Alone upon a barstool sat a raven-haired young housewife with a bemused expression upon 
her gentle face. She was totally oblivious to the presence in the
room as she stared through the window at the approaching armadas of thunderheads. She 
was lost in her thoughts.
 

Uluru emerges from the landscape, like a giant who has stopped it's journey for the night. The 
disembodied presence floats in an almost euphoric and sedate
state, not knowing its identity nor understanding the images around it. The luminous white 
lattice that scarred the landscape flowed out in every direction,
like a white spider's web glowing against the rich ochre soil of the ancient desert. A series of 
white junction boxes punctuate the landscape.
 

Suddenly, three aboriginal shamans had appeared out of nowhere playing their beautiful and 
haunting music. These ancient sages were covered in an assortment
of elaborate magical motifs, the body paint skilfully applied. The ancient ones were 
connecting with the sentient land about them. Each had a talisman
of power about his neck. One possessed a long silver beard; although he was quite old, his 
physique matched those of his younger companions. They wore
black loincloths decorated with powerful symbols and beautifully decorated pouches 
strapped to their sides, containing magical implements and substances.
Two were playing didgeridoos, and the third kept time with percussive stones as they chanted 
their evocative magical incantations.
 

The skies were immediately filled with thunder and lightning, and a curtain of rain approached 
as a storm moved toward the Alice.
 

Suddenly, thousands of the Composoids moved like a surreal river of chrome across the red 
wilderness towards the great rock, their movements fluid. The
shamans acknowledged the larger Composoid with a gesture of benediction as they passed 
by.
 

~*~
"This looks so awesome! What Ya' reckon, Mike?" Anthea shouted over the thunderclaps 
that shook the ground as The Rock rose, phoenix like, from the desert
terrain in the distance.
 

"Shit, sis...there they are!" Mike shouted excitedly, pointing in the direction of the moving 
mass of silver.
 

"Stone the flaming' crows!" Jake yelled as he pushed down on the accelerator, and they 
moved towards the front line of creatures to get a closer look.
 

"Hey, bro! They're heading for the rock!" Mike said to Jake, slapping his shoulder from his 
position in the back seat.
 

"Let's get there as fast as we can guys," Anthea replied as she pulled a soft lavender jumper 
and umbrella out of her pack.
 

They finally arrived at base camp. The equipment had already been set up, and a team of 
journalists from home and abroad were focusing on long-distance
scans of the creatures as they went about their business in the desert.
 

"Crikey, mate! They're not from Earth! Bloody hell, I hope they're friendly, 'cause I want to 
get home in one piece or my wife will bloody kill me!" one
Sydney journalist laughed nervously, trying to release the tension they all felt as the creatures 
crept ever closer to their position.
 

Anthea started filming. She found a comfortable position and was amazed by the 
extra-terrestrial event, not fiction nor a hoax, but the real deal. Choppers
were unable to fly due to the storm, but camera teams were filming the historical event in a 
broadcast being carried to an global audience of something
in the order of three billion people. The media crews from CNN, BBC, Star Television and 
others sent live copy across the satellite networks and other
mediums as humanity were forced to accept the fact it was no longer alone amongst the stars. 
Then a luminous lemon-green mist rose two metres off the ground.
Media crews focused on this latest event. The swarm of Composoids had injected crystal 
markers a meter deep into the ground over several hundred kilometres,
in a circle around Alice Springs and Uluru.
 

Suddenly, Anthea's ears stung with pain as a loud screeching sound filled the land. The storm 
intensified, lightning flashed, and the sky darkened. As if
out of a nightmare, thousands of flying things descended from the clouds and began attacking 
the city.
 

"Oh shit!" Tom Bola, a photographer with Seven News shouted as one of the helicopters was 
fired upon by something like a heat ray. The craft exploded into
a tumbleweed of fire as the crew had only seconds to jump clear.
 

"Get the f**k out of there!" he shouted into the intercom. Journalists and camera teams 
abandoned their choppers and ran for cover.
 

They heard loud explosions coming from Alice Springs as pillars of black smoke rose from 
the city's outskirts, near an industrial estate.
 

Anthea turned and saw two women stumbling through the underbrush. One was a blonde 
white girl, and the other was a full blood aborigine like herself. She
felt she had to join them and, not questioning the impulse, ran to greet them.
 

"I'm Anthea! I think we're supposed to do something, but what?" she shouted as the women 
took her hand and led her away into the desert. Steve joined them,
for he felt the same compulsion to follow them into the battle zone. They were instantly 
bathed in silver light, and a woman's voice spoke to them.
 

"My children, I am the Senshi mother of serpent power, sister to the eastern provinces of 
your planet and the southern empire long since past. You are sleepers,
Senshi awaiting their awakening, and I shall lift you from slumber." So saying, they all, except 
for Steve, went through the initiation rituals tailored
for their own spirit's signature.
 

"Each of you are designated a title and powers that will come forth when you use your 
talisman," the woman said. After giving the information needed, their
foreheads all glowed with the crescent moon symbol. They all transformed, including Steve, 
who held the pink crystal sphere in his hands and stood in a
dark charcoal general's uniform. He had become Magnatar, high warrior mage of the Sulean 
Senshi.
 

"I am Sailor White Raven, mistress of magic and defender of the innocent!" Anthea cried as 
she stood in her red fuku with high-heeled ruby sandals upon
her feet. She wore a gold sash about her slim waist and onyx sequins covered her top. Her 
golden tiara possessed a beautiful red ruby crescent. Her long
raven-black hair flew out behind her as she stood with feet apart, holding a translucent red 
crystal sceptre with multi-coloured crystal serpents forming
helixes upon the crystal stem.
 

"I am Sailor Aurora," the other black Senshi cried. "I am the mistress of the stars and 
guardian of the land and its inhabitants!" She stood in a gold fuku,
with a black sash studded with amber disks. She wore amber high-heeled sandals and an 
onyx tiara with an electrum crescent surrounded by five onyx stars.
Her beautiful hair also danced in the winds of the storm as she stood, like White Raven, 
holding a black onyx sceptre.
 

"I am Sailor Sun Storm, harvester of all things bountiful, mind of the star of Sule, child of the 
great Earth mother, and defender of all living things!"
shouted the blonde Senshi in her bright orange fuku with a lemon-green sash about her waist. 
She wore knee-length gold boots, held a bright orange sceptre,
and had star-shaped firestones wrapping their way around her fuku. Her tiara was a luminous 
gold with a diamond crescent surrounded by four birds fashioned
from orange firestones. Her sumptuous wavy golden hair swirled about her sculptured thighs 
and was caught by the wind.
 

They were beautiful and a formidable team. The enemy were now aware of them, and a 
squadron broke away to take them on. The battle had now truly begun.
Sailor White Raven lifted her wand into the air and cried, "Rainbow Serpent Power 
Transform!"
 

Suddenly, a giant rainbow serpent appeared overhead; this majestic being pulsated with a 
startling array of colour, forming an incredible corona. The mythic
creature strode across the sky, each step punctuated by ear splitting thunder and lightning. 
The length of this sky serpent was approximately four kilometres
long, and it was half a kilometre across. Everyone's attention was fixed upon the ancient 
leviathan as she climbed over terraces of thunderous anvils of
cloud. The serpent's movements sent wave upon wave of rainbow rings against the enemy, 
destroying many of the flying creatures still attacking the base
camp. Next, Magnatar lifted his staff and shouted his own incantation.
 

"I call upon the power within the Earth Mother to ascend and strike at the heart of the 
enemy!" A blue light enveloped the camp and the ground shook violently
as a gash opened in the Earth's crust. A fountain of magma shot into the air and showered 
down upon several hundred of the obsidian flying creatures, destroying
them. The magma settled, and began to collect into a molten lake two kilometres away. 
Magnatar waved his staff and the lake solidified into a series of
Newly formed rocky outcrops.
 

Journalists continued filming the battle, not sure what they were seeing, but there was little 
time to try and rationalise the situation. All their survival
mechanisms were overriding all but the strongest urge: to report the event for their networks 
and their respective print media.
 

They watched the Senshi and the magnificent rainbow serpent in battle. The Senshi launched 
separate attacks upon other flying creatures that emerged from
the thunderheads to the west. The many onlookers below were absolutely spellbound as they 
stared in wonder at the magnificent rainbow serpent. There were
brilliant bursts of colour following each footfall as she walked across the sky. For her part, 
White Raven felt an incredible affinity with the fiery power
of the mythical beast she embodied. She also felt this same connection with the land and sky. 
She would fight with all she had to defend it, and right
now, she was more than happy to despatch the Araknitopa's airborne mercenaries. The 
battle raged on as a fleet of quartz fighters, looking like stars,
took on the serpent and failed.
 

A dead tree was struck by lightning, causing it to explode into flame. At the base of its 
charred remains sat a stunning black priestess of magic. She sat
cross-legged with hands resting upon her knees, in a deep trance state, her long black hair 
tumbling over her short red shift. Softly she sang an ancient
chant, adding her power to that of the new Senshi currently engaged in battle against their 
dark enemies.
 

The priestess had crossed the threshold between worlds, for she had witnessed the fall of the 
once great empire stretching across three oceans known as
Atlantari, with its northern provinces called the Poseidean collective. This civilization had 
endured on Earth for well over eighty thousand years. Then,
in the final battle that preceded the last ice age, this once glorious civilization had been all but 
wiped out by this old and deadly enemy. The Alliance
had first scarred this primordial land to the south eighty thousand years before, for it had 
attacked Earth and Orpheus on several occasions until a new
Senshi Goddess Queen was born. When the Oberisku no Shoujo had left her descendents to 
guard the joint Affinity league without an Earth Princess they became
vulnerable to the occasional attack. The last period of harmony took place ten thousand years 
before the final assault, the beginning of the curse, and
Orpheus's expulsion from the Sulean star system.
 

Suddenly, her eyes flickered open, her ebony body enveloped by indigo flames. She was 
unaffected by the magical fire and continued her chant. She vanished,
and then reappeared beside the sleeping form of White Raven, her Affinity essence having 
assumed the form of the magnificent sky warrior now under the
additional protection of the dark priestess.
 

~*~
 

Usagi woke to a bright stream of sunlight as it made itself at home in her campus apartment. 
She cuddled her soft toy panther and stroked Luna's fur. Her
faithful, and much loved, guardian lifted her head and mewed.
 

"Good morning, Usagi! It's a beautiful morning for the beginning of the semester!" the cat 
greeted her.
 

Usagi stroked Luna as she picked up her diary, checking off her list of things to do. She 
stumbled into the kitchenette, put on a pot of coffee, then switched
on the television and set about making their breakfast, humming softly to herself. Luna 
enjoyed her grilled chicken breast fillet and bowl of the fruit
yoghurt she loved. Usagi prepared cereal, toast and a buttered hot roll with cream and 
strawberry jam.
 

Her attention was suddenly drawn to the newsreader in Alice Springs Australia, where the 
silver Composoids had made headlines. Usagi almost choked on her
roll as she saw two Senshi speaking to journalists with three unfamiliar moon cats by their 
sides. Police and military looked on, for they had no idea
what they were dealing with.
 

The cameras panned across to a series of scorched hillsides, charred remains of helicopters 
and, in the distance, an array of smouldering buildings. The
icing on the cake for Usagi was the incredible vast rainbow serpent that strode across the 
sky, chasing ugly flying creatures that looked like black slimy
pancakes. These hideous creatures were screaming in terror as they fled their gargantuan 
pursuer. The Senshi were unconcerned as the massive Rainbow Serpent's
massive fiery eyes shot beams into these airborne creatures, and they burst into flame.
 

"What the...?" The journalist's jaw dropped as the sky serpent made light work of the 
creatures and the storm continued to rage.
 

Usagi sat down on the couch with Luna and they watched, unbelieving, as a Senshi calling 
herself Sailor Aurora spoke to representatives of the media.
 

Then the serpent descended and moved towards them, and each mighty footfall shook Alice 
Springs to its foundations and made the earth jump around Uluru.
A guy who was some sort of mage soon joined the Senshi, and they turned in unison, reciting 
an ancient incantation. The rainbow serpent vanished,
and a beautiful black woman in a red fuku with a gold sash tied about her waist appeared 
before the assembly. She called upon the bare-footed young priestess
to join her and her fellow Senshi. Sailor White Raven's hair was long and black, and fell to 
mid-thigh. Her sceptre, with its multi-coloured crystal serpents
forming helixes upon its translucent crystal stem, made Usagi gasp. She had seen the symbol 
before, on Orpheus, when Queen Freya had showed it to them
all.
 

"What does all this mean, Luna?" she asked, not taking her eyes off the screen for a second.
 

"I think it's definitely connected to the Oberisku no Shoujo, and we must meet with these girls 
as soon as practically possible!" Luna pronounced as she
watched in awe.
 

The ruby sandals gave Sailor White Raven an elegant touch. She then addressed the 
assembly. Her fellow Senshi, Sailor Sun Storm, and the others stood quietly
listening.
 

"O kindred children of the stars! Your time has arrived! You have seen our power, and now 
know our common enemy! I call upon your government and cultural
leaders to assemble here at Uluru, on your full moon at ten o'clock under the stars, where we 
shall speak plainly about what is expected of your people
and what is to come." Then the three women joined hands and used the Senshi Teleport 
power to instantly vanish before the eyes of the world. The media
and other onlookers were totally stunned.
 

Usagi immediately knew, as did Luna, what all this meant. Earth was being inducted into the 
galactic community, whether it wanted to be or not. The choice
had been made, and now the tumultuous consequences had to be faced. Usagi realized that 
soon the Earth would be brought into the war, and might face imminent
attack. She didn't expect this to happen so soon but, thinking about it, she knew there was no 
avoiding it.
 

Usagi and the others met again that afternoon to discuss the latest events. They were all 
aware of the first attacks by the Araknitopa Alliance against
the Earth, and knew it wouldn't be long before the alliance launched another series of attacks. 
They had to be ready when it came. They were aware that
sleepers were joining the fight; what Usagi witnessed in Australia was enough to inspire 
confidence, but they could not afford to become complacent. They
would soon be linked to the Celestial Senshi network, and meet these amazing Senshi and 
work closely with them.
 

~*~
 

During the next week, little disturbed the usual pace of campus life. Usagi enlisted Mamoru's 
help on an essay she hoped would impress her new lecturer,
Dr. Basil Palaeolophis. She sat waxing lyrical about their future prospects regarding study and 
career contentedly whilst staring into her mug of hot chocolate,
watching the huge pink marshmallow floating like a cerise island in a delicious frothy sea. 
They worked in companionable silence; only taking time out
every twenty minutes to chat and go over their work. An hour later, they finished proofing 
and had just printed out the essay when suddenly there was a
burst of silver light in their apartment.
 

To their surprise and puzzlement, another Moon Cat sat upright, blinking as it surveyed 
Usagi's apartment. The Moon Cat cleared his throat. "Whoops! Err,
methinks I have the wrong apartment! Allow me to introduce myself, I am Robbie, yep! 
Nothing fancy, just Robbie, I am the technologist supervisor for the
Celestial Senshi Command network."
 

Usagi and Mamoru looked at one another and shrugged, trying to keep from laughing at the 
cute furball's tone; he sounded like a real tech-head with flowery
royal manners in overkill. *You and Melvin would get along like a house on fire!* she mused 
silently whilst smiling at the regal posture of this gorgeous
black and white Moon Cat.
 

"So, if your appearance here is a mistake, Robbie, then who are you looking for?" Usagi 
asked, chuckling as Mamoru smiled at his true love and joined her
infectious giggling.
 

"Hey guys, go easy on me! I am a quick study, and can adapt to your linguistic nuances. To 
answer your question, I am looking for Princess Setsuna, or Sailor
Pluto, and her husband Prince Enki." The black and white cat's eyes filled with pleading as 
Mamoru explained where their rooms were located, and then Robbie
thanked them both and immediately departed.
 

"What was all that about, I wonder?" Mamoru said, frowning.
 

"Whatever it's about, my love, I think we'll soon find out." Usagi replied thoughtfully. Mamoru 
considered this, then he noticed Usagi's amused expression.
She suggested they needed a change of atmosphere, as the apartment was getting a little 
cramped, what with Senshi emissaries appearing and disappearing
at all hours. Mamoru watched as she closed her eyes, every bit a picture of perfect 
tranquillity. He thought she looked so lovely and adorably cute. Usagi's
thoughts turned over in her head and then she came up with a solution to their little fur-lined 
problem. Her eyes flew open as she finally came up with
an idea.
 

"Hey, let's catch a movie! You know, it's been a while since we've seen one, so let's go see 
the new Lord of the Rings film, Return of the King!" Usagi
enthusiastically suggested, and Mamoru nodded, smiling.
 

"It will be a good opportunity to let our hair down, as I think it will be a while before we get 
the chance again." Usagi felt what Mamoru said was correct.
He wanted so much to maintain the normal day-to-day routine they'd established since 
returning from Crystal Tokyo and Mu. Time was growing short, and apart
from the encounter with the Composoids, things were rolling along just fine, but how long did 
they have left before they would have to face a deadly enemy
or other crisis? He didn't know.
 

Usagi grabbed her coat, a soft blue woollen one Mamoru had given her for her birthday last 
year. She rushed quickly into the bathroom, and put on a little
mother of pearl eye shadow and strawberry lip gloss, then slipped on a pair of black wet 
leather boots that accentuated the contours of her shapely legs.
Usagi nodded approvingly at her reflection in her full-length bedroom mirror. Her reflection 
winked back at her, grinning cheekily.
 

She sauntered into the lounge-dining area and Mamoru's face lit up as Usagi again took in his 
handsome features. Then Mamoru tossed his keys into the air,
turned quickly in a circle and caught them in his left hand, and they laughed as Usagi took his 
arm and they left the apartment.
 

*^*^*^*
 

Robbie walked along the carpeted hall, and occasionally students stopped to pat and fuss 
over him.
 

*Grrrr! I must remember humans don't expect a cat to talk! I will be so glad when Queen 
Freya allows us to introduce the Earth Governmental council to the
celestial community and dispense with the code of silence. Besides, they've been isolated long 
enough, haven't they?*
 

He continued slinking his way past young men and women, trying to avoid being stepped on 
and brushing against their legs to slow them down and influence
them to watch their step. Suddenly, he felt his feet leave the floor as a cute blonde female 
student picked him up and hugged him, rubbing her face against
his soft coat.
 

Robbie felt comfortable with the girl's fussing, but then he realized with surprise and curiosity 
that she gave off a strange, familiar energy. He probed
her thoughts and looked for a Senshi signature. Sure enough, she was Sailor Hathaw from a 
lovely emerald world called Phebiala. Not only that, she was
a Princess, and her parents Queen Isis and King Osiris ruled Phebiala with their daughter and 
three other children. He was honoured to be in this girl's
presence, let alone in the arms of this charming and beautiful Princess. Robbie's musings were 
suddenly interrupted by a melodic voice that rang loudly
in his head, momentarily stunning him.
 

*Right you are, little one, I am the princess and here to work with the Sulean Senshi, as are 
you!* The pretty student in a sleeveless red silk shirt and
tight fitting white shorts carried Robbie to the hallway, where she sensed Setsuna's presence 
and knocked softly upon the solid cedar door to her apartment.
 

"Come in, if you're blonde-haired and a meatball head!" a voice laughed. Hathaw frowned, 
and then shrugged as Robbie's golden eyes blinked and his whiskers
twitched in amusement.
 

"Is she going to be surprised?" Hathaw whispered to the now-relaxed Moon Cat. Opening 
the door slowly, she stepped into the room and saw Setsuna working
at her laptop; she stood quietly waiting, and coughed, then spoke.
 

"Hi, I am Hathaw, or better known by the students and faculty as Bianca, and you are 
Setsuna, also known as Sailor Pluto I trust? I need to speak with you,
as I am here on Earth to assist Sailor Cerciana with these guys," she looked down into the 
eyes of the unfamiliar Moon Cat.
 

Setsuna's eyes opened wide as she caught the golden crescent upon the brow of the cat and 
the golden anvil upon the girl.
 

"Well, Bianca...take a seat and, err, I'll get you a drink. You like citrus Earth drinks?" Bianca 
nodded, and her long blonde hair fell upon Robbie's back
and settled around her rounded hips. Her eyes were a brilliant bright green when she assumed 
her Senshi form. She was a little taller than Usagi, her rich
bronzed complexion contrasting beautifully with the sumptuous corona of gold pouring down 
her back. Bianca's high cheekbones accentuated the natural beauty
of her oval face and its delicate features. Her fine-boned physique and small hands were 
remarkably like those of an artist.
 

Robbie broke the silence as both women regarded one another, both wondering about the 
other's Senshi powers and background. "The name's Robbie, Setsuna,
and I've a message for you and Enki from Queen Freya."
 

Bianca gasped as Robbie poured himself onto the floor. "You mean you're an emissary from 
Orpheus?" she asked, totally awestruck.
 

"That is correct, Bianca," he replied slipping back into his formal demeanour.
 

"I have only visited Orpheus once, when I was twelve and that was four Earth years back," 
Bianca commented. "It's a beautiful planet, Setsuna, you're lucky
to be joined to Enki. By the way, is he going to join you here soon?"
 

Setsuna smiled and replied, "Yes, of course, and you'll have the opportunity to meet him."
 

Robbie looked up into Setsuna's eyes and caught her attention. "I am afraid I have some 
worrying news, and that must wait for the prince to join us." Robbie
then turned his attention to Bianca. "Bianca, you're welcome to stay, as your assignment 
includes meeting the Earth Senshi and their associates and family.
Setsuna will assist you with whatever you might require, but her time is short, despite her 
powers as the caretaker of the time gates. She must pass on
the Garnet Rod to its new bearer when she or he appears. You also have other Moon Cats 
on Earth to prepare for Ishtar to initiate."
 

They sat and continued to share light conversation for half an hour, discussing everything from 
Earth's cultural diversity, sciences and agricultural technology,
to brief accounts of Sailor Moon's defeat of Queen Beryl, Wiseman and his minions, along 
with other impressive victories over the forces of darkness encroaching
upon their isolated star system.
"For an isolated people, you've received your fair share of incursions from the Dark 
Kingdom!" Robbie exclaimed.
 

Setsuna then spoke a little about herself, of her childhood, family, and affection for Small 
Lady, whilst Bianca described her beautiful home world in great
detail.
 

Robbie shared many funny and witty stories; he also related serious anecdotes concerning his 
adventures behind enemy lines. Bianca and Setsuna were fascinated
by Robbie's account of his many experiences serving on the Celestial Senshi's front lines. He 
recalled how they cordoned off the enemy stronghold located
within the Rigal star sector, and went into great detail regarding the use of tachyon mine fields. 
A vast armada of Senshi in turn supported those
warships keeping the Araknitopa Alliance's forces at bay.
 

Suddenly, the sound of keys in the door brought their conversation to a close. Enki entered 
the apartment, immediately taking in the sight that greeted
his eyes, and a smile instantly appeared upon his face.
 

"Robbie! I am glad to see you again, my old friend!" Robbie stepped up to Enki, rubbed 
himself against his legs and purred. Then the cat took his place
beside Bianca, who rose and extended a stiff hand, trying to remember if she had the ritual of 
'shaking hands' right. Enki smiled once more, took the trembling
girl's proffered hand, and squeezed gently. He then placed a fist against his heart, giving the 
Celestial Senshi salute, and both women followed suit.
They took their seats, and the apartment was abuzz with conversation once more.
 

"So, Robbie, what tidings have you for us?" The black and white cat hesitated for a moment, 
thinking of how best to broach the subject.
 

"Look, Setsuna and Bianca, you'll have to forgive me for not telling you this earlier, but you all 
had to be here, as those were Queen Freya's expressed
instructions. So I'll now, as you say on Earth, 'cut to the chase.' Princess Magenta Dawn and 
Princess Miranda are trapped on Geb Prime, which is currently
under attack by the Alliance, and it won't be long until the Araknitopa invade."
 

Enki and Setsuna gasped as they listened to his words. Bianca's expression turned to stone as 
her hands clenched and her eyes closed, trying to prevent
a rogue tear from escaping. Enki and Setsuna also struggled to control their emotions as 
Robbie continued.
 

"You see, Magenta Dawn and Miranda had travelled to Geb Prime to assist in the relief 
effort, as supply lines have been cut to a trickle and enemy assaults
have taken their toll. We have sent word to Kantaro and Kumiko, who are panther 
metamorphs, to find them and bring them home to Orpheus. They've known
Laksmilara and Magenta Dawn since they were children. Laksmilara is moving the population 
off the surface of Geb Prime into subterranean cities built for
evacuation purposes." Robbie sighed after giving his long account.
 

Enki shook his head in disbelief. "My sister sure picked a bad time to go to Geb Prime!" he 
remarked as worry clouded his usually jovial expression. He
knew they would have to leave the Earth and return home, to attempt to get the girls off the 
planet's surface while there was still a window of opportunity
open to them.
 

Robbie continued, "Geb's planetary defence had kept back Araknitopa guerrilla assaults 
successfully for four hundred of your Sulean centuries. Prior to
the princesses Magenta Dawn and Miranda's arrival, Geb Prime had held its own against the 
alliance. Unfortunately, this is no longer the case and we can
only assume the worst: that they must know something important. The Alliance had ignored 
them thus far, but now the game has changed, and we must act while
we still can."
 

Bianca tucked her knees under her chin and shivered involuntarily as the Moon Cat's words 
brought home the urgency of the situation.
 

"The Alliance is pulling out all the stops, and as far as they're concerned the stakes are high. 
Even if Geb Prime has to be crushed in the process, they
won't worry about being selective when it comes to eliminating their greatest threat. If the 
Araknitopa leadership decides to send its heavy armament from
the Rigal Star system, where it has one of its largest starship-building facilities and a fleet of 
some forty thousand Pulsar attack carriers, we're in
big trouble. This is why Queen Freya has asked you both to return to Orpheus immediately." 
Robbie lay with his head resting upon his paws, which were partially
visible under his chest.
 

Bianca's sad expression showed clearly upon her face. Princess Aki had introduced her to 
Miranda, and the two young women instantly hit it off.
Bianca and Miranda had studied together at the Senshi academy on Geb Prime with the 
vivacious princess. She thought about the many occasions she had visited
Miranda and Princess Aki at her palace on Tsurania, arguably the most beautiful of the 
Orpheusean moons. Bianca had also met, briefly, the tall and handsome
Kantaro; she would have given anything to spend just one night in his bed given the chance. 
However, when she learned Miranda and Kantaro had fallen in
love, she wasn't too disappointed, as who better to love him than her closest friend? They 
were likely to conjoin at some future time, and Bianca looked
forward to that day and hoped one day to find her own wonderful guy.
 

When Bianca started at Geb Prime's Senshi academy, the first girl she and Miranda made 
friends with was Kantaro's sister, Kumiko. Kantaro and his sister
were twins, and lived upon a moon known as Calypso, which orbited Jupiter. The mysterious 
moon world was apparently one of very few worlds untouched by
the Araknitopa curse within the Sulean system. Kumiko was a very sweet girl. She was 
known and loved by everyone on Orpheus, and was the most sought-after
for conjoining. Bianca enjoyed their many long conversations on the banks of the Nuea River. 
This beautiful setting was truly remarkable; its incredible
wetlands teeming with life always inspired and relaxed them both. The scenic landscape of the 
vast delta seemed to go on forever.
 

The two girls had spent every opportunity after classes and training drinking in the wondrous 
sunny days and sunsets reflected off the mirror like surface
of the river. Even now, she could see the picturesque images unfold before her as if she were 
reliving them once more. She remembered standing beside Kumiko
watching the majestic setting sun, burst into a sea of magenta. They stared with awe at its 
surreal beauty whilst a starlit sky, adorned with beautiful
nebulae, gained the upper hand as the display reached its apex. The girls then attempted to 
capture these resplendent images on canvas, setting up their
easels on the river's picturesque banks. Each day they spent hours sketching and painting the 
scenescape, with its abundance of exotic creatures that inhabited
the water, land and skies above.
 

They enjoyed every moment spent on Geb Prime, as its Senshi academy was renowned 
amongst the Celestial Senshi community for its excellent high standards.
Kumiko would transform into her magnificent panther form and commune with the other 
creatures. Bianca loved riding upon Kumi's massive black back, and
she often tied a garland of colourful flowers around Kumiko's neck.
 

In this manner they crossed the shallows of the Nuea River on a regular basis, exploring the 
delta's awesome environs. One could be forgiven for thinking
this beautiful world was the perfect haven for all weary star voyagers, but sadly, now and 
then they would hear audio sirens either announcing a raid or
signalling a curfew, depending on the type of siren used. This warned them that Araknitopa 
forces were launching another raid, and the planetary defence
attack platforms and quantum fields would not always be able to repel everything thrown at 
them.
 

Occasionally, a team of special enemy forces would land on the surface. Hideous creatures 
with unheard-of powers often accompanied these troops.
The troops would kill the men, sometimes leaving the children alone to grieve over the loss of 
parents and older siblings, and would rape women and girls
unfortunate enough not to be in the shelters or protected by Senshi. The creatures that 
encountered civilians would often devour their hapless victims.
To protect themselves, everyone on the planet wore tracer beacons and were always armed. 
Their ancestors had quickly learned to take precautions against
any pending assault.
 

According to ancient Calypsan records, the panther and Pegasus metamorphs were 
connected to one of several races of metamorphs scattered throughout the
galaxy. These mysterious and powerful beings were believed to have been stellar wanderers 
who migrated from the Andromeda galaxy around 1.07 billion Sulean
years ago, to colonise unoccupied worlds on the outer arms of the Milky Way. They only 
sought to colonize worlds unclaimed by others, and if cohabitation
was agreed to by it's indigenous species living upon a given sphere then, and only then, would 
the newcomers settle.
 

The most renowned metamorphs living amongst the Sulean Senshi were those upon Elysian 
and Calypso, but there were other metamorph colonies known by the
Orpheuseans. The first, of course, was Mau. Another was a world known as Tigrohan, 
where other feline metamorphs resided. These were often called Star Tigers
and Mandahlionia.
 

The other major metamorph races were quite different, and amongst those were species 
closely resembling creatures found in Sulean folklore. These creatures
were occasionally reported as living in deserted regions on the moons or in planetary sphere 
cities that were abandoned prior to Beryl's invasions towards
the end of the Silver Millennium. Legend had it that these races were isolated due to the 
Araknitopa Alliance curse, and not a lot was known about their
status or how reliable the stories of their exploits were. It would be quite some time before 
Sulean researchers could with confidence refute or substantiate
the rumours, but there were many people convinced that these beings still lived upon the 
planets and moons within the Sulean system.
 

The Sulean Senshi had only recently re-established communications system wide after a gap 
of one thousand years. The significance of the crystal portal's
discovery, and subsequent re-activation by Pluto, meant the Araknitopa Alliance's curse had 
finally been broken. However, the real and imminent possibility
of all-out war with the Alliance was inevitable, and the Senshi had to unify the planets and 
restore their royal houses throughout the solar system.
 

Bianca returned to herself, and then she waited.
 

"They know, the bastards know!" Setsuna shouted as her building anger finally erupted in an 
uncharacteristic display of unfettered rage. She knew the Araknitopa
Alliance must have found out somehow about the Oberisku no Shoujo, and were seeking 
Princess Miranda. Setsuna also believed they might think Miranda was
the lost descendant of the goddess Senshi Queen. *...but how did they know?* Setsuna 
thought to herself, still clenching her teeth and gripping her time
staff as if her life depended on it.
 

Enki's eyes flashed dangerously. Everyone felt the impact at this unbelievable turn of events. 
They discussed the situation in depth, before Setsuna and
Enki transformed. Then a burst of lemon-green light heralded the additional presence of Loki 
and Morgana, and they greeted their old friend Robbie before
joining Setsuna and her husband. Last-minute instructions were given to Bianca; she was to 
introduce herself to the other Sulean Senshi and assist in the
coordination of those Senshi arriving on Earth. Their primary task was to establish a Mau 
network under Sailor Cerciana's stewardship. They were also to
seek out other Senshi Sleepers whom, like their feline counterparts, were unaware of their 
true natures.
 

Bianca nodded her agreement. "Tell Sailor Moon and the others what has happened. Robbie 
will keep all of you up to date."
 

Pluto gathered power using her garnet staff, and then a brilliant lemon-green flash teleported 
them instantly to Pluto's Crystal Glider, which was in geo-synchronous
orbit over Tokyo. They set a course for the Moon, and an hour later they stood before the 
crystal gate beneath the ruins of Serenity City. There, they
discussed the significance of the Oberisku no Shoujo. They also knew the reunification of 
Sulean and Celestial Senshi was almost complete. To restore its
power and turn the tide of the war, Sailor Moon and the others must uncover the remaining 
gates, thereby interfacing with the Affinity Weft. However, this
would have to wait until Magenta Dawn, Miranda, Kantaro and Kumiko were safely returned 
to Orpheus.
 

Suddenly, a kaleidoscopic vortex appeared before them as they approached the sealed 
chamber, cleared by Enki's Star Laser Elimination. There were dead shadow
warriors upon the floor of the cavern. Loki and Morgana stepped forth to clear the way to 
the portal's threshold.
 

"Mau Matter Disintegration Pulse!" the cats cried in unison. Twin beams of bright-orange light 
emanated from the crescents upon their brows, and the chamber
was cleared of all traces of the dead shadow warriors and rubble. They stepped across the 
threshold and were teleported instantly to Orpheus.
 

*^*^*
 

When they arrived, they immediately made their way to the celestial temple. Enki explained 
that any spacecraft wishing to enter Orpheusean space would
be escorted by Nova-class starships, to ensure no enemy craft or operatives were smuggled 
through planetary defences. They stood together within the temple
perimeter while the luminous orange gelatinous tubes pulsated against the valley's impressive 
topography below. The megalithic array of sandstone shards
penetrating the expansive purple skies above were quite spectacular; they resembled large 
triangular pieces of homemade shortbread protruding from the
valley's outer rim.
 

The group was instantly transported, and moments later they stood before the picturesque 
gardens surrounding the impressive Orpheusean Crystal Palace. When
their eyes adjusted to the stunning landscape before them, they wasted no time and rushed up 
the pink stone terraces to enter the palace atrium. They walked
briskly along the stone causeway leading to the queen's chamber. Pluto was delighted as 
always with the decorative motifs that lined the processional way,
and the many wonders before them that ran throughout the ground floor of the palace. The 
walls, fashioned from flawless amethyst, and the decorative silver
lattices covering the ceilings high above their heads completed the impressive architectural 
display.
 

They weren't able to resist the temptation to drink in the beauty and magic of the spectacular 
motifs contributing to the magnetic atmosphere as they fast
approached the threshold leading to the queen's chamber. They were greeted warmly by a 
Senshi mage, and she bowed, and then waved them through.
 

Inside, Freya stood waiting with her hands clasped, staring into the bubbling waters of a 
translucent amethyst fountain. This incredible sight was the centrepiece
all visitors saw when they first entered Freya's chamber. Its beautifully crafted figurines were 
in the form of pretty Senshi children chasing and teasing
one another, all playing together and using their powers to entertain themselves.
 

The queen turned to welcome her guests. Her face was worn with worry and the tiredness 
was clearly obvious in her reddened blue eyes. As soon as she took
in the sight of her son and his beautiful wife, her face instantly lit up, transforming her 
completely. She rushed to embrace them both, briefly squatting
to pat the Moon Cats.
 

Freya wore an absolutely stunning silk dress of metallic gold. Its low-cut bodice tastefully 
showed off her youthful cleavage, adding a sensuous touch to
a woman thrice Usagi's age. The broad hem of her short skirt sparkled with hundreds of tiny 
diamond studs that twinkled like a thousand stars as she moved
about the chamber. Freya was truly a woman of great beauty and majesty. She looked quite 
sexy, with her flawless bare skin's alluring bronzed complexion
rivalling any nubile girl's. The matching cloak floated above sculptured ankles, and her metallic 
golden high-heeled sandals, studded with tiny diamonds
and delicate ankle straps finished off the sensational look.
 

Pluto smiled, her thoughts returning to her experiences whilst spending almost five years on 
Orpheus. She remembered just how much she had really missed
Usagi and all her friends. Pluto had really changed, for she had never before felt or allowed 
herself to experience the true depth of her emotions. However,
since then she had fallen in love, joined with Enki, and remembered her close bond with Small 
Lady, who was now almost grown and had blossomed into an
attractive adolescent girl. She chuckled as she thought about how similar the princess was to 
her mother, as she too always seemed to get into mischief.
Pluto realized she had completely transformed, like a butterfly emerging from its cocoon into 
a new reality filled with an array of differing emotions.
 

Then Freya spoke. "Pluto, I am so happy to have you both with me in our time of great 
need." Freya leaned forward, kissed Pluto's cheek, and clasped Enki's
strong hands and kissed her son in kind.
 

"My children, I have to warn you, things are going to be extremely dangerous. As you know, 
the Araknitopa are planning an assault on Geb Prime." She wrung
her hands unconsciously as she spoke.
 

"Can't our forces reach them in time and fight off the Alliance?" Enki asked, a look of worry 
upon his handsome face.
 

Suddenly, Freya's eyes filled with tears as she shook her head. "Magenta felt she and her 
friends would be able to assist in the relocation of the populace
from the surface to the protected subterranean cities. She thought they would all learn from 
the experience...and now..." Freya could no longer keep the
tears back and she broke down in Setsuna's arms. The wave of sadness overcame Setsuna's 
efforts at self-control, and her own tears joined those of her
beautiful mother in law.
 

"You can't try to rescue them, Enki," the queen said after a moment. "I know you love your 
sister and would do anything to protect her, but I warn you,
my son, it's going to be difficult and extremely dangerous and you might not succeed. You 
could be even killed before ever reaching the surface." Freya
looked up at them sadly. I realize you both care about Magenta Dawn, and Usagi's child, and 
her friends, but I don't want to lose you, and I have few options
right now as our forces are stretched at the moment and relief is two weeks away...and by 
then, it may be...!" Setsuna and Enki both stood on either side
of the queen, each with a protective and loving arm around her waist as Freya's luminous 
sapphire-blue gaze locked onto her son's eyes, trying to make
him understand how she felt. Then Pluto interjected.
 

"Your Majesty, I can use the Orb. My small craft is fast and manoeuvrable, and we can slip 
in behind enemy lines and get them out." They led Freya to a
soft milky-white crescent sofa and they all sat down. Pluto rested her elbows upon her knees, 
thinking out her plan.
 

"I may not be the guardian of time any longer," Pluto explained, "but my powers are still 
significant, and will remain so until the new guardian is appointed.
Trust me on this, I can do this with Enki and the help of the Moon Cats!"
 

Freya had real fears for her daughter and Miranda and the Calypsan, but she realized Pluto 
had powers that could make a real difference to this seemingly
impossible situation and listened to what she had to say. Pluto produced the Orb and placed 
it in the queen's open hands. Freya's eyes doubled in size,
as she could feel the sheer power of this magical instrument.
 

"I can see them," Freya whispered. "They're safe for the moment. Magenta is gathering 
refugees and leading them below to the capital's subterranean transport
conduit," she said, spellbound by the images appearing within the orb. Her soft bronze 
complexion had become waxen with the emotional strain, but now her
expression changed and colour began to return, giving her face a lovely glow.
 

"I want to organize a Celestial Senshi sectorial council meeting this very day, my son," the 
queen announced. "Sailor Charadatta can head the meeting, as
I must rest and meditate upon this situation. I will be no use to either myself or the Senshi if I 
don't." She took Pluto's hand, and then Enki put a strong
arm around his mother's waist and helped her to her bedchamber where she soon fell into a 
deep dreamless sleep.
 

"She's pushed herself so hard. She looks okay for a time, but the strength is ebbing away," 
Enki said, holding Pluto in his arms and feeling her warmth
against his chest.
 

"I know, my love," Pluto sighed. "I think we'd better make sure she's not disturbed, and we 
should recall Aki to care for her mother. We may even need to
elicit Chibi-Usa's help on this one." Pluto rested her head against her husband's chest.
 

*^*^*^*
 

The vast crystal structure of the ancient craft could hold five cities the size of Tokyo.
 

Princess Ishtar from the Mau homeworld, along with Sailor Cerciana, guided her crystal 
glider to the moon. They flew to the surface, passing through the
crystal portal. The Sulean Moon Cat contingent, numbering twenty-eight cats from Earth, 
found themselves on Orpheus. There were cats from across the entire
galaxy gathered here. Luna, Artemis, Loki and Morgana and their company felt the united 
sense of purpose and camaraderie amongst the Mau cats from all
corners of the Milky Way.
 

Luna and Artemis looked at one another, and scanned their surrounds, they had been 
teleported aboard the empty vessel in orbit around Orpheus. The huge
crystal disk unoccupied and dormant for thousands of years since Orpheus had been flung 
from it's orbit and Sulean Star System. The disk had been sent
to the wandering sphere and it's satellites to protect Mau monarchs meeting with Orpheusean 
government representatives at the time. They had also visited
Orpheus to enjoy the festival that was to be the last both worlds would share for quite some 
time. Their visit also included a busy schedule involving
inter-stellar talks on trade and mutual interests shared by both worlds. The disk suddenly shut 
down, the Mau representatives and their monarchs permanently
stranded. The massive craft remained unapproachable for some twenty five thousand years, 
and nothing could get even remotely close to it. Suddenly, after
all that time, the crystal disk lit up like a golden spark in the void of space. It's luminous patina 
signalled it's re-awakening. Queen Freya ensured
the craft would remain undisturbed, for this had been a tradition followed by Orpheusean 
monarchs instinctively for eons.
 

It was quite a remarkable sight as the craft's awakening lit up the Orpheusean night sky as it 
had those of it's moons. The luminous craft could also be
seen by the occupants on the neighbouring planets and nearby planetary orbital defence 
platforms nearby. The crystal disk had suddenly flared into life
the moment Miranda, Magenta Dawn, and the panther metamorphs on Geb Prime found 
themselves in mortal danger. Something important was happening, and this
wasn't lost on Luna and Artemis, or the army of Mau cats who at that moment found 
themselves teleported aboard Queen Bast of Mau's ancient flagship. Loki
and Morgana were the first to see the holoimage of Queen Bast appear within the crowded 
chamber. They had looked up from their vantage point amongst the
hundreds of Mau cats that had all focussed on the Mau queen, who stood atop the massive 
bridge suspended on a series of metallic pillars supporting the
bridge that rose ten meters from the heart of the vast chamber. The impressive obsidian 
columns covered with ancient symbols. The queen, assumed her feline
form. She sat upright, a petite black cat with emerald eyes also possessed a powerful aura 
that drew her audience like a magnet as she addressed the assembly.
She looked upon her subjects with love and respect, and raised her paw for silence, whilst 
Mau generals moved back and forth along the outer balcony to
perform their duties. Bast's bridge officers barked commands to busy crewmembers at the 
many workstations behind the queen's platform. Everyone ceased
their conversation, and focussed their attention on their queen. Loki, Morgana, Luna, 
Artemis, Hercules, Robbie and Onyx and his mate Podlet at that moment
joined the queen on the central command bridge. They could see the majestic bands of 
Orpheus, her jewel-like moons through the ship's crystal transparent
hull.
 

The Queen of Mau nodded as her luminous green eyes appeared to illuminate the chamber.
 

"I am Bast, queen of Mau. I have been waiting for this day for a very long time, and it has 
finally arrived." Her statement was met with uproarious cheers
from her crew and the other cats throughout the ship.
 

Bast, like so many other ancestral leaders, had been forced off her homeworld by the 
Araknitopa Alliance not long after Orpheus had found its new home.
After Bast briefed them on the latest from Geb Prime, she explained the importance of 
rescuing Princess Miranda, Magenta Dawn, Prince Kantaro and his sister
Princess Kumiko. Bast and Ishtar informed their feline audience about a vision each 
experienced.
 

"We have been alerted to what is to come my children ... Ishtar and myself have encountered 
a being who is linked to Orpheus and it's sister world Earth.
She is known as the Oberisku no Shoujo, and she informed us that two important phases in 
the war were about to unfold. ... Firstly, we must rescue Kantaro
and Kumiko and the Senshi princesses, Magenta Dawn and Miranda ... Earth, Orpheus and 
Calypso shall play a vital role in this shift that is about to take
place. I was also instructed to take this vessel to Geb Prime to firstly fulfil our first objective 
to rescue our friends ... secondly, we're to play
an active role in the war in a military sense ... after this we are to travel to our home world 
and liberate Mau ... we are also instructed to assist General
Janus, who had been disenchanted with the Celestial Senshi, but this shall change as we will 
discover as we join him in battle ... for he shall personally
involve himself in the rescue attempt." Bast paused for silence as the import of her words 
found their mark.
 

She went on to explain their role in the liberation of the Mau homeworld in greater detail. 
They were all of one mind as an uproarious cheer filled the
chamber as she nodded and stepped from the platform.
 

The massive crystal disk suddenly throbbed into life and left orbit. The ship would reach Geb 
Prime in ten Earth days.
 

*^*^*^*
 

Meanwhile, in orbit above Pluto, Janus and Amidarainia examined a schematic of the 
Plutonean capital.
 

"We must teleport into the temple of Chronos directly ... I must discover the identity of the 
man or woman destined to succeed Sailor Pluto ... and send
them into the past and assume control of the garnet staff!" Janus said thoughtfully.
 

Amidarainia screamed, then collapsed into Janus's arms. The obsidian star cluster around her 
neck began to pulsate, and he realised his mistake.
 

*I made a serious mistake when I gave my love that talisman ... its meant only for Miranda ... 
the reaction of the cluster can mean only one thing; the princess
is in danger.*Janus realised forgetting entirely about the time staff.
 

He carried Amidarainia to a sofa in his ready-room, removed the star-cluster from around 
Amidarainia's neck. He placed it back in its crystal case, slipped
it into the velvet bag tied to his belt, then barked a series of commands to his officers who left 
the chamber. Rhada joined Janus and he instructed her
to tend his lover. Amidarainia soon cried out for Janus, and he rushed to her side and knelt by 
their bed. He took her hand, and reassured her all would
be well.
 

"My love, I'm feeling a little better, but you are troubled!" she said with a loving smile while 
gently stroking his face.
 

"Miranda's life is in great danger, and we must get to her before the Alliance does!" He 
brushed her lips with a gentle kiss and squeezed her hand as Rhada
attended her mistress.
 

Janus lifted his violet wand and chanted an incantation. Immediately the attack platform had 
left orbit, and then reappeared above Geb Prime. He launched
his fighters, and after an hour of intense battles as his fighters flew countless sorties, it wasn't 
long before they'd taken out Krateo and shadow positions
on the surface. Janus and Geb Prime planetary defence forces worked closely together to 
assist with the evacuation effort. Janus's forces escorted Geb
Prime refugees to waiting transports sent from Doratia, a peaceful race eighty-two light-years 
away. These people were the next in line if Quola fell,
and the grid ultimately failed.
 

"Curse those parasites! ... No! ... You're not getting your hands on Dark Moon!" Janus 
shouted as he ran to the command bridge. He assigned Leado, a young
girl from his homeworld, a girl with teal hair that fell about her waist in ringlets to assist Rhada