"Why?" she asked herself as she sat up, and put her face in her hands, and began to cry. Luna saw her every time, and for once, did not blame her for crying. She had a right to, did she not? Of course she did. Luna tried to comfort her every night, but to no avail.
"After everything we went through together," she sobbed.
"Serena, he did what he had to do, so the rest of the world could survive. So YOU could survive!"
"I know, Luna," she said. "I just wish there was another way!" Serena plopped back down, and buried her face in her pillow. She felt as if it was all one big nightmare. But it was all too real. And there was nothing she could do to change that.
* * *
The man in a black suit and coat was leaning up against a wall. In his hand was a rose. It had started to wilt away. The man groaned. "Serena........"
* * *
Amy Anderson was on her way to her computer cram school. She was full of anxiety. Her mid-term was only 15 minutes away. And, as she ran to school, she was trying to recall every fact that was in that little blue-haired head of hers.
She ran to school, but right before she got there, she ran into someone. It was a man in a black suit, and a black coat. She did not hit him. In fact, she could have sworn that she went right through him! But that was not possible, was it? Of course not. Then again, Amy was almost certain that she had went right through the man. The man had not noticed her, so he kept walking along the sidewalk, staring at the wilting rose in his hand.
"Weird," she thought. Amy decided not to think about it anymore. Instead, she was thinking about her exam again.
* * *
Raye was sitting on the front steps at her temple. She was thinking about how tired she was, and how she did not want to do her chores. Still, grandpa would probably be upset with her if she started getting lazy.
"Better get 'em done," she whispered. Just then, she saw a man in a black suit and a black coat walk by. Since she was not really thinking about chores, she hollered at him. "Hey!" The man paid no attention to her. "Hey, you!" she shouted even louder. This time, the man looked at her.
"Oh my Gosh!" Raye thought. "That face! It looks like...no! It can't be? Can it?" The man walked up to Raye.
"Oh, um...uhhh...I was just wondering...would you..."
"Would I what?"
"Oh, never mind." Raye blushed. The man shrugged, and walked away.
"That face...and that voice..." she thought.
* * *
Lita was wandering around town, going from mall to mall. She had spent no money, though, as she had none to spend. She was only looking at item that she thought that she might buy when she came back. The next thing she saw, however, she knew she would never buy.
A man in a black suit and black coat approached her. They exchanged glances, but even at that, Lita could not help getting a feeling of deja vu.
"I know that man," Lita thought. The man continued on his way, still holding a wilting rose in his hand. A total of 2 petals had fallen completely off, and a third was about to. "Could it be...Darien...?"
* * *
Mina was on her way to the mall. She was going to meet Lita there. She still felt sorry for Serena. The same questions went through her head every day. What now? What will happen if someone else attacks? Will the Sailor Scouts be able to defeat them without Tuxedo Mask? Mina had the answer to none of these questions.
As Mina was walking to the mall, she saw a man in a black suit and a black coat walk by her. The man looked oddly familiar. The man looked at her, and she looked back.
"Darien," she said blankly. The man ran away. Was that Darien, or a figment of her imagination? Mina wished she knew. All she knew was that she was confused. She looked down. A rose petal was laying there. "Weird," she said to herself.
* * *
The man in the black suit and coat ran as fast as he could. He never seemed to run out of breath. He ran to his apartment, and sat down on his couch. Just at this time, he sensed that his love was in distress. "I'm coming, my love." The man put the rose he had been holding in a vase, and ran out the door. He ran faster than he had ever ran before. He ran and ran and ran. Finally, he got to his love's house.
"Serena!" he shouted as he knocked on the door. Serena opened the door, and her jaw dropped.
"Darien!" Serena tried to embrace him, but she went right through him! She nearly fell flat on her face, but for once she kept her balance.
"Serena, I'm sorry about that."
"I am immortal now. I have come down from Heaven to be with you." A puzzled look appeared on Serena's face. "Serena, I'm an angel. I have not earned my wings yet, but--"
"What does it matter?" Serena quickly interrupted. "You're here!"
"Yes, but I don't know how long I have. An angel is only allowed so much time on Earth."
"What? I...I don't under...stand."
"Serena, once an angel comes down to Earth, it only has a limited time to stay."
"At least three weeks."
"And at most?"
"33 days. Has something to do with the traditional number of years Jesus was alive on Earth."
"So...why did you come back?"
"In order to get my wings, I have to do a certain number of tasks."
"I'm not exactly sure. They just have to be good deeds."
"Wait a minute. You knocked on the door, yet I went right through you. How did that happen?"
"An angel is allowed to touch anything it wants to, but can not be touched. I can hug you, but if you try to hug me, your arms will pass right through me."
"Well that sucks," Serena thought aloud.
"I know. Listen, the reason I came here is that I sensed you were in distress. What's wrong?"
"What's wrong?! THIS is what's wrong," she said as she passed her arms through Darien.
"Oh," Darien said. "By the way, I saw all the others today. Mina was the only one who actually said my name."
"Did you stay and talk?"
"Of course not! I'm DEAD! They wouldn't have been able to handle it." Darien did notice an old man walking by as he said this. "Anyway, I thought you were fighting Nega-scum."
"No. I was still upset about what happened." At this time, Molly came walking by. She had stitches in her forehead, her left arm was in a cast and sling, and her right ankle was bandaged up. She had a single crutch, as she was not allowed to put any weight on her injured ankle.
"Hey, guys," Molly said in a cheery voice. She did not seem to care that she was almost a walking bruise.
"Hey, Molly. Why are you so cheery?" Serena asked.
"No particular reason. I'm just going to the Crown Game Center. Nephlite said he'd meet me there."
"Molly...hasn't anyone told you?" Darien asked.
"Told me what?"
"Nephlite's........dead," Serena said. Molly's eyes became watery. "Molly, I'm sorry...I know what it feels like."
"No! You still have Darien! I don't have anyone!"
"What about Melvin?" Darien asked.
"He's got another girlfriend now," Molly said as she sobbed.
"Who?" Serena asked in amazement.
"Some girl from the dissecting club." Molly went away as fast as her condition would allow her.
"Poor Molly..." Darien said. He looked Serena in the eye. "Serena, I have to go now."
"Darien, wait..." It was too late to stop him. He had already disappeared. Serena just kept staring in the same direction. "This is going to take some getting used to," she said.
* * *
Molly went to her apartment, rather, her mother's apartment. She went to her bed, and laid down, hoping to wake up, and find out that this was all one really nasty nightmare. But, as things often are, it was all too real.
Molly raised her head from her pillow, and saw someone she never expected to see in her apartment. "Darien..."
"Molly, how are you?"
"What are you doing here?"
"I'm here to help you. I know you are going through a tough time."
"How did you get in here?"
"Molly, try to hold my hand," Darien said as he held out his right hand. Molly put her hand out to hold his, but much to her surprise, her hand went right through his! "Molly, I'm an angel. I died ten days ago." Molly was silent. "I know it's hard to understand, but I really am an angel."
"How...did you...die?" Molly asked, still in shock.
"Fighting the Dark Universe, the same as Nephlite."
"Yes. I know this may not help much, but you two will be together again."
"We will?" Molly said in her quaint little accent.
"Yes. Nephlite is in heaven right now, and he is watching over you at all times." Molly thought she was having a dream for sure now.
"This is too much," she said as she fainted.
"Maybe I should try a different approach," Darien said to himself as he disappeared.