•Sailor Sun and Sailor Earth Fanfic•
* PREFACE *
Long, long ago, there was a civilization. They were happy and prosperous for many many years. They were known as the Suntonians. If trouble arose, their guardian, Sailor Sun, would take care of the problem.
They lived a peaceful life, they could handle the everlasting hot weather on the sun. They knew how to enjoy themselves, they laughed, they were excellent swimmers, since they always swam in pools on hot days. They never had much trouble or enemies.
But there was an evil being named Deyanira who hated the sun people. She has despised them for centuries, but didn't have enough power to get her comeuppance. When she finally had enough power, instead of taking over the land using her army, she wanted them to suffer, to have no where to go, to experience the same thing she felt when they wouldn't let her live with them. They've heard stories about her and didn't want an evil person living among them, but Deyanira didn't know that. She thought they didn't like her. So Deyanira had to find a new home, so she asked to live on various planets close to the sun, but being rejected, because the King of the Sun told the others about her evilness.
But eventually, Deyanira found a home at last. She lived far away, on a very small dwarf planet. Except she took it over by force. She destroyed most of the people living there, and her and a few people she used a brainwashing spell on lived there.
Anyways, Deyanira and Deyanira alone came, and used a powerful fire spell to heat up the sun. It was hot enough to burn anyone or anything on it in a close radius. People who didn't move out of there quickly enough would get burned to death.
It was pure chaos. Children crying for their parents, the elders and others who couldn't move fast enough getting incinerated. There was fire everywhere, the sky was red, there were screams and pleads, before some were silenced and were replaced by new voices piercing others ears, people pushing others to get on the emergency escape air crafts. Sailor Sun was in charge to evacuate the population, that was more important than destroying Deyanira.
Sailor Sun was the Suntonian's Guardian, so she was next in charge to be responsible for the Sun people, since the King and his court lived at the center of the star, and didn't survive the attack.
All alone with a whole civilization to feed and find a home, Sailor Sun sent out to Earth to find refuge. Sailor Sun was good friends with the Guardian, so that was the best place to go, in her opinion.
Sailor Earth, the Guardian of Earth before Prince Endymion, was relectant; she didn't want Deyanira attacking her planet either, but Sailor Sun was desperate. So Earth agreed to take the Sun's people in.
For a short time all was good, well, close enough to good. Lots of the sun people lost family or friends. The Sailor Soldiers could hear crying at night from some houses.
Could you blame them? Imagine losing over a quarter of your community's population.
The Suntonians learned to adapt to Earth's different lifestyles. The Earth people learned to get used to the new arrivals, and learned some stuff from them, too, like how to swim.
All was well...until Deyanira heard about the Sun people and their new home. In a fit of rage, she decided to go to Earth, and was going to attempt to use her fire spell again. She raced off of her planet and was heading for Earth.
Various physic civilians sensed an evil presence coming and told Sailor Sun and Sailor Earth. Sailor Sun knew SHE has returned to finish the job. She knew she and she alone had to battle her and end this once and for all. She couldn't risk have another planet being destroyed.
"Good luck" she said to Sailor Earth. "Thank you for taking us in. But I have to fight this battle alone." She said to her friend as she was preparing to leave.
Sailor Earth begged to help her in the upcoming battle, but Sailor Sun knew she had to do it by herself. She wanted to deal with Deyanira, she was still angry at her. She wanted to handle her.
Leaving the sobbing Sailor Earth, her people and her new home behind, she set off into space to destroy Deyanira.
They fought a long and gruesome battle, and in the end...neither got what they wished for.
Deyanira was just too strong for Sailor Sun to wipe out entirely. Even her special attack, Sun Boiling Starburst didn't work.
Just before Sailor Sun perished, she used the rest of her strength to drain all of Deyanira's power and sent it to Sailor Earth. She thought she should use it, since she wouldn't use it for selfish purposes, had two different civilizations to protect and let the Suntonians stay on her planet, so she returned a favor.
Sailor Sun was sick of fighting, sick of protecting, sick of having that weight on her shoulders. She wanted to be happy and free, to live a normal life. And eventually, she did. But we'll get into that later.
And then...she died. Deyanira was filled with glee for a moment. She finally got some revenge! But then she remembered her situation. No power, she was now unable to destroy Earth. She was furious, but knew she had to leave the scene before anyone else would come and finish her off; she was wounded herself.
Deyinara, tired and weak, ran away back to her base/home, infuriated that she had to rebuild her power again.
Back on Earth, Sailor Earth was worrying about her friend when Deyanira's power came to her. She felt rejuvenated, powerful momentarily as if she was light as air with no worry, she felt as if her soul has been purified, free of the sadness. She felt calm for a moment. But then...a horrible feeling came soon after. Sailor Earth has a special power, she gets a bad feeling when something horrible has happened. (That's why she couldn't sense when Deyanira was coming over, because she didn't destroy Earth yet.)
Suddenly terrified, she started to fly out of Earth and go into outer space, trying to find her friend.
Sailor Sun had put a barrier around Earth, since she knew Earth's guardian would try and help her in battle, and would probably get wounded. (Sailor Sun was stronger than Sailor Earth.)
Since Sailor Earth got Deyanira's power and was now more strong, she had plans to break the barrier. But when she got to Earth's atmosphere, it was already broken. She was puzzled for a moment, then had a horrible realization. A scout's power/spell disappears once they perish. She got a horrible chill up her back, and had goose bumps on her arms. She flew as fast as she could to find her fellow Guardian, trying to hide her panic and tears, zooming as fast a meteorite.
By the time Sailor Earth came to the battlefield to see if her buddy was still alive, it was too late. Deyinara escaped, and Sailor Sun was dead; her cold, blue, wounded body laying motionless in the middle of space. Her Scout outfit was torn. Sailor Earth gasped and rushed over there.
No matter how many tears were shed, no matter how many cries and pleads were said, nothing Sailor Earth did brought her fellow Guardian back. Not even her new powers she had attained did anything to help bring her alive again.
Sailor Earth wished Sailor Sun didn't put the spell on Earth's atmosphere, then she could head out to space and help her, then surely she would still be alive.
'Why did Sailor Sun have to be so stubborn?!' Sailor Earth thought. 'If only she didn't put a barrier, she would still be here! Stupid, stupid, stupid!' She thought as she watched Sailor Earth's coffin being buried in the cemetery while she was crying, mad with grief. Sailor Sun was her closest friend, after all.
'Why couldn't the barrier break when Sailor Sun was in battle and could really use a hand?' She said to herself in her head as she was on watch for enemies three days after the burial. She was mad that she couldn't find the weak Deyanira and teach her a lesson she would never forget.
Life was very different without Sailor Sun. Sailor Earth never got over her death, but at least she could keep her people and the Suntonians safe with the power she got.
After many centuries, Sailor Sun eventually 'left', as well. (Just because you're a Sailor Scout doesn't mean you live forever, just a lot longer than a human.)
People started living on the moon. Eventually Prince Endymion took over the job of protecting Earth. The Suntonians died out.
Sailor Sun has never fought another battle since then, and Sailor Earth has never protected anything in this universe in centuries—how could they, they haven't reincarnated yet!
...Or have they?
And this is where our story begins...
* CHAPTER 1 *
Akari Ikeda yawned as she woke up from her slumber on
a normal Tuesday morning. Feeling pretty groggy, she looked at her clock. 6:30 AM, it read. Good, she woke up early enough to put some effort into her makeup. She pulled her yellow and white sheets off herself and walked over to her vanity. A heart shaped face, with long blonde hair, pink lips, and half open green-brown eyes with a wisp of hair over the left one looked back at her.
She got changed into a blue, brown and white school uniform, put some mascara and lipstick on, went downstairs for breakfast (cereal, yum), and brushed her teeth.
"Bye mom! I'm off to school," she called as she left out the door.
She started walking off to school, pausing to feed some tuna she's stuffed in her backpack to the yellow kitten that always hangs around by the dumpster in the alley. She felt sorry for it, it always was alone and hungry, she always saw the cat pawing through the garbage bin. He/she's eyes seemed as if they were searching for something. In the afternoon the cat was nowhere to be seen.
She got to school 15 minutes before the bell. She sat on a bench and double-checked her algebra homework and talked to her two friends, Kaori and Etsoya until the bell rang.
Akari went to her locker before first period would begin, grabbing her books, taking a quick glance at HIM before blushing and heading towards the language room. 'I don't know why I bother,' she thinks to herself as she walks through the hallway. 'I don't even know his name.' HE was in her history, language and gym class. He had black, sort of long hair and piercing hazel eyes with olive toned skin. He usually wore dark colours. They didn't look right for each other; Akari wore bright colours while he didn't, and they have never exchanged a word to each other so they might not have anything in common; but the moment Akari saw him two months ago when he moved to Japan from Canada, heading towards the school on his first day, she was dying to say something to him, but she couldn't get any words out. She would stammer and blush, she would make a fool of herself every time she attempted to talk to him. So she stopped trying after the first month.
He never said much, probably because his Japanese wasn't the best, he couldn't pronounce some words all that well, but he was really good at language, surprisingly. 'Just like me.' Akari thought with a grin.
She got to language class and took a seat. HE sat in front of her.
The bell rang, and the language teacher Mr. Takahashi came in the room.
"Alright, settle down," he said. There was still chatter. A minute passed. "Settle down please." People were still talking. Mr. Takahashi scowled, and a vein bulged in his bald head. "QUIET!" Everyone looked up, having the same expression on their faces as someone who got pantsed in front of the entire school and shut their traps. Mr. Takahashi's black glasses, sweater vest, wrinkles and bald head didn't make him seem like a threat, but boy, did he have a loud voice.
"I have a very important announcement to make," he said. "Anyone who wants to get extra credit, listen up. You know the elementary school near here? Well, if you join Reading Buddies, you get to go over there and read with the kids. It's a great way to improve your reading skills, and you get extra credit. If anyone would like to sign up, I am passing this sheet around. Sign it if you wish. Your first trip to the school will be in a week, on Tuesday, from 3:30-5:00. Tell your parents and make sure to get these permission forms signed and handed in to the office by Friday."
Akari smiled. What a perfect opportunity! She was a good student, she got almost straight A's since she was eleven. Now was the perfect time for her to boost her mark and get the highest grade in the class. Plus, she loved reading, and kids!
Akari noticed HE was writing on the sheet. She made sure to see his name once the sheet came around.
When the sheet got passed to Akari, she grabbed it as if it was gold paper. She scanned the page, looking for the blue pen she saw HIM write with.
Colin. That was his name.
'And what a beautiful and original name it is,' Akari thought with a smile.
She wrote her name on the sheet, grabs a permission form and passes the pile to the next person.
Five minutes later, and after the papers went around the class, Mr. Takahashi collects the sheet and begins his lesson.
But Akari is too busy day-dreaming about Colin and reading to children to pay attention. Before she knows it, class is over. She collects her stuff and leaves.
The week goes by in a blur. Random tid bits of memories flutter into Akari's mind as she walks to the elementary school with other students. Licking an ice cream cone after school, giving the wrong answer in science and being humiliated in front of the class, feeding food to the kitten on her way to school.
'It's like a kaleidoscope of memories,' she thinks randomly to herself as she fiddles with her sky blue string bracelet, waiting for the stoplight to turn red as she and the others wait on the curb.
Five minutes of walking later, the group arrives at the school. They walk in the front doors and head straight towards the library.
Akari and the others shuffle through the school, gazing at the awards on the blue walls, the doors with teacher's names on it in every corner. They see the library and go in.
The high school students and elementary schoolers in one room is quite a sight. A group of giants standing near the entrance in one corner and a group of excited and somewhat nervous munchkins in the other.
'They're so cute!' Akari thought.
An unfamiliar lady gets up from the rocking chair in front of the huge blue carpet and claps her hands three times.
"First of all, I'd like to thank the students from J. R. High for coming here today.
'I'm just going to get to the order of business. I am Ms. Kimura, the librarian." She pulls out a black fedora with white slips of paper in it from behind the chair. "The children will pick out a name from the hat. If they say your name, high schoolers, go with the person who called your name and stand over there by the tables. Once everyone's name is called, you can go and find an AGE APPROPRIATE book. Find somewhere to sit. Help the children read, NO funny business. In an hour and a half, I will ring this bell." She holds up a rusty miniature school bell in the air. "Then the high schoolers will stand near the entrance and go back to their school. Understand?" They all nod.
'Geez, she looks scary. Wouldn't want to mess with her. She seems like the person who wouldn't expect nothing but total obedience,' Akari thinks.
You'd think Ms. Kimura, being a librarian and all, is some sweet, plump old lady with glasses with those chain things to keep it on as a necklace, smiling 24/7 with rosy cheeks and white hair; but she's anything but.
She is on the pale side, with her jet black long hair twisted in a bun with two red chopsticks through it. She's pretty tall and has on a black skirt and black frilly shirt with red high heels. She does have glasses, but they're red with no necklace thing and give her an edgy look, as if her outfit and red nails didn't give you that impression already. She hasn't smiled once. Her face has a stony expression. Her eyes are brown, and they say: 'I'd rather be in the toilet having explosive diarrhea without any toilet paper than stay here with you brats.'
Ms. Kimura holds out the hat and a kid walks up, his eyes showing fear as he approaches her. The child closes his eyes and pulls a name out of a hat. A tall, lean guy a grade below Akari walks up next to him.
More and more kids pull a name from the hat. A quarter of the children have someone next to them.
Akari whips her head from the poster she was reading in the far end of the library to the person who called her name, praying she didn't get some trouble maker kid.
It's a girl. She looked sweet and innocent, not someone who would make trouble. Akari walk over and stands next her, a few feet from the hat and the next person calling out a name.
Akari takes a good look at her. She has medium length brown hair the colour of dry soil, chocolate brown eyes that sparkle in the light, a cute white graphic shirt with leaf green leggings. She's just below her belly button and has dimples. She's looking at the same poster Akari was.
The students stand in silence until everyone has a partner. Then they get out of their formation and separate, looking for a good book to read.
Akari looks at her and a crooked smile is plasted on her face. She doesn't know why, but she feels comfortable around the child. Like she knew her all her life. She felt more relaxed already.
Akari snaps out of it and asks: "Got any books you want to read?"
The girl looks at her with wide eyes and shakes her head. "Not really." Her voice isn't very loud, it's just above a whisper, but sounds like bells. It's like something you'd hear from a movie, an auto tuned voice for a music video.
She suddenly smiles, then has a weird expression on her face.
"I know you—y-you seem familiar. I swear, I've seen you somewhere before..." She's shaking her head again then bites her fingernail, lost in thought.
"Same here." Akari says, furrowing her brow. Did she see her from work? On the street? Another extra ciricular? No, she would have remembered. Akari had a great memory, she could memorize any page from a text book or any face she'd seen.
"Ladies!" Ms. Kimura shouts from the book sign out counter. Both girls jump.
"Why are you talking? This a library! Quiet down! This is not social club, it's reading buddies! So go and find a BOOK!"
"Yes, ma'am," Akari mumbles. She realizes they're the only people still standing on the carpet/reading area.
Akari and the girl enter the maze of bookshelves.
"So, what's your name?" Akari asks as she looks at some books on a shelf with the child.
"Moriko. Moriko Suzuki." she answers.
"That's a nice name." She replies.
"Thanks," Moriko says, grinning.
They look at some books for a few minutes.
"This book looks good," Moriko half-whispers, looking embarrassed. She was a shy child, she hardly raised her hand in class, didn't have much friends. But for some reason, for one of the first times, she felt in a talkative mood. She didn't know Akari, she wasn't 100% comfortable around her just yet, so that's why she looked embarrassed and wouldn't talk to her that much in the beginning of this tale.
Akari takes a look at the book she's chosen.
"That's a great book, Moriko."
"Really?" She says, the corners of her mouth going up. "Have you read it before?"
"Yes, a long time ago, when I went to this school...hey, when did Ms. Kimura come in? Geez, she's loud."
"I don't know. And you're right. Everyone here, even the student teacher is scared of her." A seconds silence. "How old are you, Akari?"
"Just turned sixteen," she replies, grinning, thinking of how long she's waited for day to turn into an almost-adult.
"Is it nice being a grown up?" She asks, practically reading Akari's mind.
"Sort of. But enjoy your time as a kid while you can." She looks at Moriko. "How old are you?"
"Huh. You looked older."
"Really?!" She asked excitedly.
"Really. And you have a great vocabulary for your age."
Akari coughs in her fist, trying to put on a serious and mature face, getting back on topic. "So, is that the book you want?"
"Alright. Do you want to find a spot to sit?" Moriko nods.
They walk over to the reading area in front of the shelves and pick a spot on the carpet to sit at.
Moriko reads out loud, reading very well. Akari occasionally helps her out with a word she can't pronounce, and Moriko sometimes asks questions to Akari, and Akari answers and asks something to Moriko. They eventually finish the book and find another one. This is the cycle that occurs twice for an hour.
That is, until a series of events will unfold after THIS happens.
"The tortoise asks the bird for a walk, and he replies—" the book drops from her hands.
"What's the matter?"
Moriko has stopped mid sentence and now has a distant expression on her face. She's turning pale, her eyes are growing wider by the second, and her mouth is having a darker and more bleak look. She's looking straight ahead at who knows what, and looks positively terrified.
An unpleasant feeling settles in Akari's stomach.
"Moriko? Moriko, what's wrong?" No answer.
"Is everything alright?"
Akari is getting uneasy.
"Moriko? Answer me!" She's shaking her now. Akari doesn't know why she feels like crying; she just met the girl, after all. But she's worried for her.
Just before Akari is about to call Ms. Kimura over, Moriko returns. Her eyes aren't as wide, her face isn't so pale, she looks worried, not terrified, and she looks like she's returned to Earth.
"Oh, thank goodness," Akari breathes. "You had me worried there."
"They're here." Moriko whispers so quietly Akari had to strain to hear.
"Who's coming? Moriko, what's going on?"
"They have come. They have landed." She says with a scared expression and odd sounding voice.
After ten seconds of silence, Moriko snaps out of it. "I'm sorry, I don't know what I was saying..." But she still looks scared.
Akari holds one of her hands.
"Listen, if anything is going on, you can tell me. I know we just met, but you can trust me."
"MORIKO! WHAT DID I TELL YOU?! ONLY READING IS ALLOWED! NO TALKING!" Ms. Kimura shouts.
"Sorry," she whispers. She gives Akari a side glance. She didn't know how, but she could tell Moriko's eyes were saying 'I'll tell you later. It's important.'
For the rest of the half hour the two read a book, and then Akari had to go. She saw Moriko wave as she left the library with her peers.
The next day at school Akari kept on thinking about that girl.
'What happened?' She thought during language as Mr. Takahashi was talking about the success of the first Reading Buddies meeting.