Sailor Moon Fan Fiction ❯ Shades of Purple ❯ The Day You Went Away ( Chapter 13 )

[ P - Pre-Teen ]

Rewind to previous chapter… *cues sound effect*

"Come with me, Beryl. We have work to do."

"As you wish, Kunzite."

He gave her the rundown of their structure and how they do their training. Beryl was to be a commander of equal status to Kunzite, according to Endymion. They trained their soldiers for 10 straight hours before calling it a day.

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It is said that the most destructive lies often start out as the most beautiful ones. That seemingly good things that satisfy your immediate desires will be the things that corrupt you. That false prophets, false teachers and other deceivers alike often don't appear as such when they come, but rather appear to be beautiful, honest and trustworthy. Those people will gain the trust of others and lead them to destruction. This would soon become the fate of the Earth, the moon, and all of the star-crossed lovers.

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"I'd say that was a pretty successful day," Beryl said as they chugged their water down in the break room.

"It certainly was. I was very impressed with your leadership skills."

"Ten years of experience will do that for a person."

"I can attest."

"So, same drill tomorrow?"

"Perhaps. I may leave you in charge for a while. I need to spend some time with my girlfriend. We have not been able to see her much since this all started."

"What? You can't do that!"

"And why is that?"

"We need you here! This is urgent business. You can't let your girlfriend be a distraction."

"With all due respect, Beryl, it is not your place to tell me what I can and cannot do."

She sighed condescendingly and set the water jug down. "Look… you respect me, right? You said it yourself. So listen to what I'm about to say: I think that girl is just using you."

This infuriated him. "You have some nerve! You dare speak such things about someone you have never even met?!"

"Oh, I know who she is. Venus, right? I was there when she exploded in front of you and Carly at the prince's garden party. I saw the whole thing go down. And I also saw the little catfights between those two girls before you started dating her."

"Your point?"

"Don't you see? Venus is only dating you to piss off Carly and to get revenge on her for the way she treated her."

"You're out of your mind. I will hear no more of this."

He began walking towards the door but she kept talking.

"Think about it. Venus basically stole you away from her, causing that scene and making you feel like you had to break up with Carly, or at least had an excuse to. She never said anything romantic like that to you before she met her, and she could've done it more privately, instead of right in front of your girlfriend. She knew that would piss her off like nothing else would. She's using you. That's the only reason she's with you."

"You're simply looking for excuses for me to stay here instead of spending time with her. It won't work. Now if you'll kindly excuse me, I'm going to bed. You will be out front at 8 a.m. sharp tomorrow. That is an order.

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As the four generals slept that night, Beryl snuck into their rooms and began influencing their dreams. She spoke lies into them. War will break out any moment. There's no stopping it. You're not ready. You need to be ready! This kingdom will be attacked at any moment! Your people could die! Train your army for battle!

Beryl was out training the soldiers at 8 a.m. as instructed. They seemed to take a liking to her. Kunzite walked up beside her, looking restless.

"Oh? Decided to show up today?" she said in a snarky tone.

He said nothing to her. "Soldiers! Three laps around the block! You have 20 minutes."

The soldiers began sprinting away to complete their laps on time. Beryl turned to him with a satisfied look on her face. "What changed your mind?"

"It is not anything you said last night. I know that the prince is deeply concerned that war will break out, and I trust his instincts. I need to be here. I'm doing this for him, not you."

Little did he know that the reason Endymion had that paranoia in the first place was because Beryl was speaking the same lies into his dreams…

And she did it again the next night. And the next. And all the nights to follow. The same lies, over and over again. And soon enough, she started speaking lies to all the generals about their loved ones. And those lies were so loud that they actually started to believe them. Dreams and reality all blended together. When they finally saw their lovers in person later on, they were automatically filled with anger and distrust. And it continued to grow, as she would not stop for a single night.

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I woke up to the sound of some rather upbeat music from outside. Gosh I loved that troubadour. I stretched and continued to lie there, staring at the ceiling like I always did.

It had been a month since the breakup, but still not a single day went by without me thinking about him. I didn't even feel like myself these days. I lie in bed this morning and wonder… could it be, when I was dreaming about him, he was dreaming of me?

Call me crazy. Call me blind. To still be suffering is stupid after all of this time…

I finally got myself up and took a walk outside, enjoying the music. After so many days and attempts of trying to shake off the thoughts of him, I eventually gave up. I figured it would happen with time, but apparently I just needed a lot of time to wallow and mourn.

I remembered the date and time. September 22nd. 9:25 on Sunday night. He was standing in the doorway, after making his case. No longer shouting at each other; there weren't tears on our faces.

And we were letting go of something special (or what was once special). Something we'll never have again. I know… I guess I really, really know…

"Well hey," I spoke aloud as I walked along through the flower fields. "So much I need to say. Been lonely since the day you went away. So sad but true… for me there's only you." I fell to my knees and picked a flower from the ground that was the same color as the roses he would give me. My eyes started to well up. "Been crying since the day… the day you went away…"

Why do we never know what we've got 'til it's gone?

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Kunzite was alone in the workout room when Beryl came in.

"I'd say the troops are ready for battle. We've done well with them."

"Indeed." He looked sorrowful.

"Aww, no need to be so down, Kunzite. Just because Venus didn't love you, doesn't mean that someone else won't."

"I'd rather not discuss this right now."

"No problem. Subject dropped."

He went over to put the weights away.

"Kunzite, you trust me, don't you? I mean, I did turn out to be right about those moon guardians and how they're using you all, right?"

"I suppose."

"And you trust me as a commanding officer, correct?"

"I can't deny that you've proven yourself worthy."

"Excellent. Then I have a question."

"Ask away."

"Will you devote your loyalty to me, as we go into this upcoming battle?"

He put the weights down and turned around. "What do you mean?"

"I mean, since you trust me and have found me to be a worthy leader, will you commit to being loyal to me and the direction I choose to go? Will you let me take the lead in this battle? I have a strong feeling about what's coming and how to handle it."

"We are of equal status. You are not above me."

"I know that, but I'm just asking for this battle. I promise I know what I'm doing. Please, all you have to do is say yes."

He sighed. She wouldn't drop this until he agreed and he didn't feel like dealing with her. "Okay, fine. Yes."

"Wonderful, now, I just need you to say, 'Beryl, I commit my loyalty to you.' Just to make it official and whatnot."

This is ridiculous, he thought.

"If I say that, can this conversation be over?"

"Sure thing."

"Beryl, I commit my loyalty to you."

Suddenly, the room went dark and Beryl started to glow in red as she let out an evil, sinister laugh and began to reveal her true form. Her eyes turned red and piercing, her skin was pale, and she had vampire-like teeth and long red fingernails. She was the creepiest person he'd ever seen. He was almost trembling in fear, especially since he had no weapons on hand at that moment.

"Thank you for saying the magic words, Kunzite. Welcome to the Negaverse. We've been waiting for you."

She sent an evil spirit out that possessed him, taking control of his body and mind.

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"Listen up!" Beryl shouted to the entire military assembled in front of the palace. "The time of war has come… and the rebels are on the moon! The moon kingdom is the threat that we've been sensing! We need to all teleport there and attack their kingdom before they attack ours!"

"Are you sure about this?" one of the soldiers asked. "From what I know, the moon and Earth are on good terms."

Beryl sneered at him. "You dare question me?! Who is your commanding officer here? Whose authority have you been bowing to all this time? Who has trained you to get you to where you're at? The moon is full of liars and deceivers! They want you to think you're on good terms so that you let your guard down and won't suspect them!"

The four generals stood by her side, all under her immediate control, and backed up everything she said.

"We will attack tonight! Make any final preparations and meet back here at 8 p.m. sharp. Don't be late!"

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I was out in the flower fields all day. Night fell and I was sitting there, gazing at the Earth. Even though it still hurt, it was so beautiful to look at from where I was. Something about the silence of night really completed the picture. I started to zone out for a while, when suddenly, Mars came running out screaming, "Venus! We're under attack!"

I quickly jumped up with my heart racing. I ran inside to find countless soldiers there, wreaking havoc and slaughtering anyone they could find.

Who are these peop- wait. I recognize some of them. They're… from Earth? But why? Why are they doing this?

I started firing my crescent beam at as many of them as I could, but there were too many. The four of us couldn't handle thousands of people at once.

A creepy woman was ordering them around. "Find me the Legendary Silver Crystal! That is what will save us!"

She was after our most powerful resource. I didn't know who she was, but somehow she convinced them to attack our kingdom for it. The other guardians and I tried to lure them outside, so we'd at least have a better chance at hitting them all.

Endymion and Serenity came running out, completely shocked at what was happening like we were. Beryl looked at the prince with a smirk and said, "Thanks for hiring me, Your Majesty. You sure made this a lot easier."

She took a look at Serenity, the woman she despised the most, and sent a bolt of lightning at her. Endymion quickly pushed her out of the way and took the attack, which killed him instantly.

"ENDY!" she shrieked. Without thinking, she grabbed a nearby sword from the ground and drove it into herself.

Beryl's immense satisfaction at that sight provided just enough of a distraction for the other three guardians to attack her together. This killed her and released the evil spirit that had her possessed. They ran over and held the body of their princess, mourning her and in doing so, letting their guard down to be attacked and killed by the others.

I was over on the other side and didn't even see what happened. After fighting off more soldiers than I could count, I was exhausted and wanted to collapse to the ground. However, that's when I caught sight of Kunzite. Without any kind of hesitation, he came at me full-force with his sword. His eyes were red and he seemed almost inhuman. He was possessed by evil.

"Kunzite!" I cried out as I dodged his attacks. "Snap out of it! This isn't you. Come on!"

I was cornered. There was no way to dodge him now. I closed my eyes and cringed as I waited for him to attack, but instead I heard the knife drop. I wasn't aware of this at the time, but this was the very moment Beryl fell to her death, and the demonic possession and all the lies that had a stronghold on him left immediately.

At the same time… Adonis had driven a sword into Kunzite's back. He had come to the moon the minute he heard about the attack, and thought Kunzite was just an enemy. He looked at me for a second with sad eyes, and ran away to go fight off the others.

Kunzite collapsed to the ground and I ran to catch him as best as I could and sat down to hold him. His eyes were back to normal. And he looked up at me in the way that I had missed so desperately…

"Venus, my love…" he reached out a hand to gently touch my face. "I am so sorry. I let her take control of me. And her lies…" he cringed in pain from the stabbing before he could finish.

I placed my hand on his. "It's okay. It wasn't your fault. It was her. I'm just so happy to have you back. The real you."

"It's not okay. I am so, so sorry…"

Tears began to roll down his face. I had never seen that man cry before. Ever. The mere sight of it made me begin to weep.

"Please don't leave me. You can make it. We'll get you some help. Please hold on!"

"I don't think that's in my control anymore, love." He closed his eyes and took a deep breath, and opened them again and smiled at me like he used to. "I am just so happy that I truly got to see you one more time."

Tears were spilling down my face harder than they ever had before. No pain was worse than this.

"I love you." I squeezed his hand as he took his final breath.

"No. No. NO!" I screamed as I started to bawl.

I sensed someone standing over me. I managed to catch my breath and look up to see who it was.

"I told you that you would pay," Carly said before she drove her sword into my chest. My world went black.

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All the moon inhabitants lay dead on the battlefield. All but one: Queen Serenity. She stood on the roof of the palace, raising her wand up and unleashing the power of the Legendary Silver Crystal; sending us into the future and turning the kingdom into stone.

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A/N: And that concludes this very long story.

Cheers to my longest fanfic thus far! Please leave constructive feedback. I'm always looking to improve my general writing skills and styles. This story went through the entire Shades of Purple album, though the songs were in a different order and there were a few times I had to slightly alter the lyrics to make them more fitting, but only a little. I won't lie, M2M's lyrics are generally very cheesy on this album and they're not one of my favorite groups or anything, but it's fun music, classic, and pretty well put together. I've been listening to them a lot lately and every song made me think of the Venus and Kunzite ship. Hence, this story was created.

This fic wasn't as spiritual as most of mine are, other than a few parts; kinda focused mostly on integrating the album. I'm probably going to take a break from VenusxKunzite stories for a while (even though they're my favorite) and focus on something else for next time. I'm thinking about going back to Pokemon, focusing on a different Senshi/Shitennou pairing, or doing some other franchise completely. I'm open to any suggestions, requests, etc. If you have any, please leave them in the comments (as well as feedback). Thanks (: