Prologue ( Setsuna has just returned to the Time Gate after the battle
with the Scouts and Knights. She is exhausted.)
Setsuna slowly lifted her Time Staff, tapped it twice and in a
flash she was back at the Time Gates. Reenie saw how pale and haggard
"Puu did you have a good vacation" Reenie asked concernedly? She
had never Seen Pluto looking this bad before. Setsuna looked at Reenie
and managed a weak smile before replying.
"No Small Lady. I didn't.," Setsuna said tiredly. Reenie just
looked at her again and shrugged, Setsuna said, with more of her usual
calmness, "I am ready to take up my duties again. Thank you for
watching the Gate, Small Lady."
"Your Welcome Puu." said Reenie cheerfully. "I'd better be going
now. Mommy and Daddy witll probably be worried about me.," Reenie said.
She turned and waltked to the door that lead to her home. She turned
around briefly and waved to Setsuna. "Bye Puu, " Reenie called and
disappeared with a flash.
"Bye Small Lady," Setsuna called back to the fading image. Setsuna thought to
When Reenie got back to the palace, her mother was waiting for her
in the palace garden.
"Did you have a good time guarding the gates? " Neo-Queen Serenity
Reenie looked at her toes. and answered, " Yes, Mommy. I had fun
guarding the gates for Puu."
"Reenie, look at me." her mother said. Reenie looked up.
Catching sight of Reenie's worried expression, Queen Serenity asked,
"What's wrong Reenie?"
She replied, "Oh Mommy. I'm so worried about Puu. She told me that
she didn't have a good vacation and she looked Awful," Reenie wailed
"Dry your tears little one, I'm sure that she's allright.," Queen
Serenity said soothingly.
"Mommy, Can you consult the Crystal and see what's wrong with Puu,"
Reenie asked drying her tears.
"I'll do it right now."Queen Serenity promised.
"Crystal, What is wrong with our friend Setsuna?" the Queen asked.
The Crystal replied, "Do not fret Your Majesty. Someone is coming to
She told Reenie and Reenie smiled. "Let's go see Daddy now." They
both said, and off they went into the Crystal Palace.
A couple of days later, at the gates. Setsuna was walking along the
Time Corridor and thinking about Carlyle's words that night at the
restaurant. <"Is the timestream really more important than happiness?
Is that All you care about?> Carlyle had questioned. Echoing her words
of that night outside the restaurant, she unknowingly cried aloud, "Yes
it is. It's All it Can be for me." Hearing herself cry aloud startled
Setsuna. She continued her walk, pondering Caarlyle's words and turning
the question of duty/happiness over in her mind as well.
Meanwhile, In the Past, Kevin had just returned from an outing with
the other Scouts and Knights. Darien had walked home with him and Kevin
had invited him in for a moment.
"So Kevin, You and Setsuna still aren't together?" Darien
"No we aren't. I want to be with her, but she said the Time
Stream is more important to her than I am. While I *CAN* understand her
wariness, it doesn't change how I feel about her!" Kevin said
"Well I hope it works out for you two." Darien said.
"Yeah, me too!" Kevin sighedd sadly.
"Listen, I'm sorry, but I have to leave." Darien said
apologetically. "I promised I'd meet Serena's family for dinner
tonight." Darian stated. Kervin smiled quietly, and wished Darien the
best of luck.
"Bye Kevin, " Darian said over his shoulder as he walked out the
"Bye Darian. See you tomorrow!" Kevin called back to the departing
After Darian left, Kevin thought to himself, He shook his head, as if to
clear his mind, but no relief came. Thinking aloud, Kevin said, "Why is
it that Setsuna thinks so much of duty and not happiness?" Finding no
answers in the air, he sighed again.
Just then a strange light appeared, and a Voice spoke,"Do not despair
Young One!" It said. The voice was firm, yet soothing. It seemed so
"Who are you,"Kevin asked wonderingly.
"I am the first Time Guardian." The Voice answered. "My name is
Anna, and I can give you some insight into Setsuna and why she is
thinking this way. For you see I am her mentor, her teacher, and
friend. I know her thoughts even better than you do." The Voice sounded
Kevin gasped. How did *IT* know about his bond with her. He had
never shared that with ANYONE! There was more to this, so he decided to
test it. "How can I be sure you will tell me WHY she thinks this way?
"Are you sure you want to hear so sad a tale Young One?" The Voice
asked. "Yes I am. I'll do anything to win her, but I fear it
impossible!" Kevin said unhappily.
"Nonsense." The Voice, or Anna as we must now call her said. "It
is perfectly possible, but we must both travel to the Time Gate. Follow
in thirty minutes Young One. " Anna instructed firmly. "Never fear, We
will win your love." she said soothingly. "Come, I must be off.
Remember thirty minutes." Anna said. The light faded and as it faded so
did the voice. Kevin looked at the clock. This would be the longest
half-hour of his life.
Meanwhile at the Time Gates, Setsuna was unsucessfully trying to put
Carlyle and his troublesome words out of her mind. She was also
getting frustrated with herself for not being able to do so. She was
also frustrated with herself for even thinking that happiness was more
important than duty, or even thinking about this at all. "I wish I knew
why this is so hard for me? "Why can't I have both? Why am I even
thinking about this at all? What is wrong with me?" Setsuna questioned
Just then the spirit of her friend and mentor Anna approached her.
Setsuna boomed as she always did. "Halt! Who dares to enter the Gates Of
Time without permission?"
"Hello child." Anna says.
"Anna" Setsuna said warmly. "It has been so long. It is good to see
you. Why are you here? Surely this is not a social call?" She teased
"I am here to help you with your problem my child." Anna stated.
"Your Knight wishes to understand this problem too, I have invited him
here to join us so we can solve this problem. In order to do so I must
restore some memories that I took away to spare you both pain. This
will help you both to understand." Anna said calmly. Any further
discussion was interrupted by a new arrival.
"Ah, Here he is now." Anna commented.
"Hello Setsuna,"Carlyle said nervously.
"Greetings Carlyle, "Setsuna sad icily.
*Man*, Carlyle thought to himself,*The icicles in her stare and voice
could freeze the universe, but I am determined to see this through. I
Will win you Setsuna!*
The Pursuit of Time 1
Setsuna, Carlyle, and her mentor Anna are at the Gates of Time
Anna said" Now that we are all here we can get started.
"How are we going to solve this problem?" Setsuna asked
"Tell me also. I would like to know too." Carlyle stated.
"In order to solve this dilemma. I must restore some of Setsuna's
memories. I took these memories away to spare you both pain. I also
wanted to give Setsuna some peace and a measure of happiness. She
really didn't have either as a child. That comes first. Second, You
must both put on these necklaces. They are very important for what we
are doing!" she said firmly
Setsuna held the necklace in her hands. It seemed to glow with a
similar sort of energy that coursed through the time corridor. She
looked at her mentor and friend as she asked: "Anna, just what is this
supposed to do?"
Anna looked at her and said: "These necklaces will allow us to view
the past, without causing any ripples in the time stream. This is
*crucial*, because of the extremely fragile nature of the stream. We
will be able to see and hear all that occurs, but, we will leave no
trace of our visit."
Carlyle's ears perked up at that little exchange, as he and Setsuna
slipped on the necklaces. He thought to himself: Anna looked at him through the
corner of her eye, and smiled to herself, but, said nothing.
Anna then asked, "Are you ready to go my children?
"Ready" they said in unison. They closed their eyes and in a flash
of light, they were gone.
When they opened their eyes, they saw that they were standing in
front of a beautiful castle. It was made from gray stone with limestone
accents on the doorway arch and the columns. It was very beautiful.
Setsuna recognized it immediately.
"That is Charon Castle," she said indifferently with just a trace
"I know child" Anna soothed gently. Carlyle had recognized it
too, but he decided not to say anything after hearing Setsuna's reaction
to being home. He thought to himself, Carlyle was shocked when Anna
responded to his thought.
"Young One, that is part of the reason we are here now." she said.
Carlyle was shocked, he asked himself in disbelief.
Anna looked at him, grinned widely, and nodded, before continuing
on. Carlyle figured that the best thing to do would be to let her lead
the way and see what unfolded.
"Smart boy." Anna muttered quietly to herself.
They started to walk toward the castle, but instead of going in the
front door, they went around the side to the palace gardens instead.
Upon entering the gardens, they came upon a group of five children and
their parents. The parents were sitting on several stone benches and
smiling at their children. When they decided to take an even closer
look, they saw that four of the children were playing, while the fifth
child was sitting and staring at the wall. The little girl, who was
about five or six years old, looked wistfully at the others, wanting to
join in, but knowing that she wasn't welcome in the group. As they
watched the group of children, Setsuna gasped.
"What is it Setsuna?" Carlyle asked frantically.
"I'm all right. I just recognized that girl. That's me," she said
in shock and sadness.
"Yes child it is" Anna crooned soothingly.
"Why is she alone and unhappy? Carlyle asked curiously.
"Do you remember now child?" Anna inquired. "Yes I do" Setsuna
"Will someone tell me what is going on here?" Carlyle asked firmly.
"I will" Setsuna answered. "That child is me. I am alone, because
of my visions. The visions that I get of things happening to time are
mainly because I'm the time guardian. I never really learned how to
handle the visions and I'd just blurt out what I'd seen, not realizing
that no one believed me." Setsuna said sadly. Just then a shout from
the children startled the group.
"Look, you guys. If it isn't Setsuna the weirdo" One child
"Yeah, Weird Setsuna having visions again," another child said
"Yeah look at her with that green hair. Only someone with green
hair could be so weird." Another child laughed. The other child, a
boy, hadn't said anything at all.
"Hey Carlyle, the first one said, " Why haven't you said anything?"
another child asked.
Both scout and knight *gasped* in surprise at hearing the one child
call out Carlyle's name. Setsuna, because she hadn't believed *HOW*
long he had been watching her. Carlyle, because apparently, Anna had
blocked out some of *his* memories, as well.
The young Carlyle still said nothing. He got up and slowly turned
and walked away into the castle. The others were confused and
wondering why Carlyle hadn't said anything. they wondered thoughtfully for a minute or two. But, soon they
forgot and went back to their game of taunting Setsuna. As the group
watched a crying Setsuna ran past them. The other children cheered, as
the adults looked on smiling. The children had succeeded in making
The grown-up Setsuna turned to Carlyle. "Why didn't you say
anything?" She demanded tearfully.
Carlyle replied, "I couldn't. I loved you and I didn't want to hurt
your feelings any more, by saying something myself. I left as soon as I
could so that I didn't have to hear anymore taunts. I have *always*
regretted not being able to say anything in your defense. I know that
you probably won't believe me, but I loved you then and I love you now."
Setsuna merely turned her head away, at which point Anna then spoke up.
"Alright now my children, let's go into the palace and check on
Setsuna to see what is happening to her." she said, and off they went in
search of the young Setsuna.
They came into a large hallway, and were about to leave it, when
Setsuna spoke up. "I remember where my room was. Follow me!" Anna and
Carlyle followed her to a rather small room on the far side of the
palace. When they entered Setsuna's room, they found the younger
Setsuna crying alone on her bed.
"What kind of parents would let their daughter cry all alone?"
"Hush, Young One, You are about to see" Anna said sadly.
"Setsuna!" her mother called.
"In here mother, the younger one answered.
A woman walked in the room. She wore a gown of greens and blues,
that flashed with the light. The crown upon her head appeared to have
been polished brightly, so that you could see your reflection in the
crown. Her black-green her was wound tightly in a bun, and supported
the crown. She wore a scowl upon her face, as she addressed the crying
child in front of her.
"Setsuna, if you'd stop having those silly visions and start
acting like a princess, the other children would like you more. " Her
mother said. "You are a disappointment to me. I wish you could be more
like your sister Rialla." She sighed. "You have embarrassed me beyond
belief. You will stay here with no food at all until our guests leave.
Is that understood?" her mother demanded.
"Yes, mother" Setsuna said sadly.
"Good" her mother said cheerfully. "You know, she continued," You
have only yourself to blame for having those silly visions that don't
exist." her mother commented.
After her mother left, the young Setsuna cried herself to sleep.
Carlyle shook his head in disbelief at the way Setsuna's own mother had
treated her. He wasn't sure *WHICH* had been more cruel, though he was
beginning to get an idea of what growing up was like for the youngest
member of the royal house of Pluto.
Setsuna stared at the child for a short time-reliving the pain of
that moment, before turning away from both of her traveling companions.
"Is this all you have to show us here?" she asked in a tight voice.
Anna nodded. "I think that it's time we left this experience." She
said, and in a flash of light they were gone.
The characters in this story do not belong to me. They belong to DIC
and the creator of Sailor Moon. Except for Pluto Knight, he belongs
to Lord Talon who has generously given me his permission to use him.
Thanks to Lord Talon and Lady Jupiter for all help and support. Now
on to the story.......
As Anna and her charges arrive at the next experience in Setsuna's
life, Anna notices that Setsuna is a little pale.
"Are you alright, my friend?" Anna asked concernedly.
"Yes, Anna. I'm fine." Setsuna replied.
Carlyle was worried also. He thought to himself
"Setsuna, Are you okay?" Carlyle asked worriedly. Setsuna looked
at him. She could see the worry and the caring in his eyes. She
thought to herself She let that thought trail off, and
smiled. "Thank you for your concern, Carlyle, but, I am fine. How
are you holding up? " She asked.
"Well, outside of finding out most of what I thought was my past
wasn't true, and I spent most of my time during childhood watching
*you* getting mistreated by Renea and Rialla. Add on to that, I am
not certain what of my past is true and made up, I'm doing just
fine!" He looked at her, and immediately regretted his words. "Sorry,
Setsuna. Didn't mean to dump on you. I'm o.k. Really, I'm
fine...beloved" Carlyle said quickly. He wanted to get the
endearment out before Setsuna caught it. He succeeded. Then Setsuna
looked into his blue eyes and smiled at him for the very first time.
Carlyle was so stunned that it took him a minute to understand that
Anna was saying something to the two of them.
"Now children, we are here. This experience will be just as sad
as the other one was. Are you ready to see this experience?" Anna
"Yes we are." They said together.
Setsuna could see Charon Castle in front of her once more. By
this time, Setsuna had stopped mentioning her visions to anyone but
She also saw Carlyle or rather his younger self as he was practicing
his sword skills in the courtyard of the castle. Soon, Carlyle and
Anna joined her to watch the events unfold.
As Carlyle was practicing, he heard a terrible commotion, with a
lot of shouting and carrying on. He looked up to see what it was,
and spied the three Royal women of Pluto. The Queen Mother Renea,
The elder Princess Rialla, and trailing behind, with her eyes to the
ground, the youngest Princess: Setsuna. He smiled to himself when he
looked at her. He thought. He looked again at
the approaching Royalty. Although Rialla was the *FLOWER* of the
court, she was too much like a flower, too fragile and surreal to
suit him. Someone with more exotic looks like Setsuna suited him much
better. He looked up again. This time eyeing the approaching Royalty
with humor. "Ah, I wonder what has got the collective Royalty upset.
Too bad I missed whatever it was. (Looks at them getting closer)
Guess I'll find out soon." he said, and grinned again. Quickly he
ceased his routine, spun around and bowed before the three
approaching women."Good Afternoon, Queen Renea, Princess Rialla,
Princess Setsuna. What brings you out here today?" he asked.
Queen Renea gave Carlyle her most imperious stare before
demanding. "Squire Carlyle, Is this rumor true?"
"What rumor might that be?" he asked calmly.
"You will address me as Your Queen." She said Imperiously.
"Did I not just do so, Queen Renea?" Carlyle asked.
"NO, YOU DID NOT! YOU, Oh never mind!" She threw up her hands in
frustration. If she didn't know better, she could *SWEAR* that he did
this *just* to annoy her.
Carlyle just shrugged. "As you say, Queen Renea."
Renea glared at him again, before continuing. "The rumor that
I am referring to is the rumor that when you are done with Knight
training, You will be SETSUNA'S protector, not Rialla's." She stated.
His face took on a surprised look. "Is that what has
dragged Your Majesties' from court? Yes, Queen Renea, It is true.
Since you and Princess Rialla are off visiting other kingdoms, this
leaves a huge gap in security for Princess Setsuna. Since she *IS* A
royal Princess of Pluto, she will need a KNIGHT to protect her and I
was given the job." he said calmly.
"But why not be *my* knight?" Complained Rialla.
Carlyle looked at her as if she were speaking nonsense. *YOU*
will be ruling Pluto, yes?" he asked.
"Yes!" shouted both Rialla and Renea.
"Well, you will have the whole palace guard to protect you,
Princess Rialla. You do not *need* me. Setsuna *WILL* need
protection when she leaves the castle. Therefore I was given the job.
Will that be all, Queen Renea?" Carlyle asked.
The Queen looked at him with narrowed eyes, "Who gave you this
job?" She asked dangerously.
"The King and the Academy Council. In fact, they insisted that I
take this job. Will that be all Your Majesties?" He asked again.
Inwardly he was laughing at being able to cause some frustration for
the two most selfish and frustrating people on Pluto.
"Go! We will discuss this later" The queen commanded. He bowed
again and walked away, still laughing to himself.
"Girls, entertain yourselves. I'm going to have a talk with
your father." So saying, the queen left the courtyard.
Rialla then turned to Setsuna. She stopped for a moment to
wonder to herself She then focused her
attention on her favorite pastime: Lecturing Setsuna. "Now Setsuna.
You know that Princess Serenity of the Moon Kingdom is to visit.
Keep those stupid visions to yourself. The Princess won't want to
hear your nonsense. In fact, keep your distance from her altogether.
Don't show your face unless you have to. I must talk to mother about
arranging a dinner tray for you during her visit so you won't
embarrass us during dinner. I want you to promise that you will stay
away from the princess. I do not want her to see you at all, you
will just humiliate Mother and I. Now promise!" She demanded.
"I promise." Setsuna said wearily. Rialla nodded and
"Also, There is a ball coming up. You do not have to show
your face at this function either. Mother and I expect you to remain
in your room for the evening. Why you aren't like me is a mystery.
She continued, You will not get any food until the ball is over,
because Cook will be too busy to bother with you. Go to your room
and stay there. I will talk to Mother about the arrangements."
Rialla stated in an imperious tone, similar to their mother.
"Yes Rialla." Setsuna said, and off she went dragging her steps.
Elsewhere an argument could be heard taking place between the
King and Queen. King Timelon and Queen Renea were arguing about the
issue of Carlyle being Setsuna's Knight. It was apparent that Renea
wasn't too happy about the arrangement.
"Why have you chosen Carlyle to be SETSUNA'S Knight? She's a
freak. She doesn't deserve a Knight. She never goes anywhere. She
never *will* go anywhere. So why does she need a Knight at all?" The
Queen demanded furiously.
"Our daughter is *not* a freak. She is also a Princess, and as
such needs a protector. Carlyle is the only person besides cook who
hasn't belittled or teased or hurt her in any way. She needs a
friend. That is why I've chosen Carlyle. He shall remain her Knight
Protector. You will not change my mind and you will cease calling our
daughter a freak and a humiliation. Do I make my self *CLEAR*?" the
Renea opened her mouth to say something more, but Timelon
silenced her with a look that said "End of Discussion". There was
only one thing for the Queen to say: "Yes, your Majesty." She bowed,
and went off thinking to herself< This is not over, yet. > She
promised herself. She has a certain status to uphold as the queen of
Pluto and she refused to let this slight to her daughter's honor go.
As she made her way through the halls, she heard Rialla calling out
to her. She thought annoyingly.
Rialla caught up to her, and told her what she had told Setsuna would
happen. The Queen approved the arrangements for Setsuna's
confinement during Princess Serenity's stay.
After seeing these events, Carlyle asked, "Is that all they do
around here, belittling and scolding Setsuna" He shook his head in
disbelief as to the rotten treatment she received.
"Yes it is. I spent most of my days either being scolded by my
mother or sister on how to be a princess and not to have visions.
Anna clucked her tongue sympathetically at her friend. She then
said," Are you ready to move on and see more of this experience my
"Yes." they said as one, and off they went to the dining room to
see what happened there. They had guessed that Setsuna would be
crying in her room. They were right. They thought they'd be able to
understand more of what had happened.
That night at dinner, Princess Serenity said curiously, "Don't you
have two daughters? Where is...Setsuna? That is her name, correct? "
"Yes," the King asked, "Where is Setsuna tonight? I thought that
she'd be joining us for dinner?"
The Queen replied, "Setsuna has already eaten. I never know how
she'll react, so, I have forbidden her to associate with polite
company. Besides she is being punished for not being a proper
Rialla then said to the Princess, "Setsuna isn't much to look at
and she has no charm or grace like you have." She said in her most
"I see." The princess commented dryly, and, nothing more was
said. The conversation moved away from Setsuna to other topics
through dinner. Soon the princes excused herself to go to bed. The
king decided that he and the Queen would have this out on the morrow.
And off to bed they all went. On they way to her bedchamber,
Princess Serenity heard crying coming from one of the bedrooms.
The Princess stopped walking. She heard a strident voice coming
from that same room. The voice whispered loudly, "Be quiet Setsuna!
Do you want the princess to hear you? Now shut up, you stupid girl.
What are you crying for anyway?" The voice demanded Setsuna stopped
crying and answered, "I never received my dinner tray." She lamented.
"Well its too late now." the voice continued. The group watched
as they saw Rialla come out of Setsuna's room and go to her own.
Someone else saw her too, Princess Serenity.
The next morning, Setsuna crept quietly out of bed, dressed and
went down to the kitchen. Cook, who liked Setsuna, realized what had
happened as soon as she heard Setsuna's stomach growl.
"Now child, you just sit down and Cook will fix you some nice hot
breakfast." she said lovingly. Cook just shook her head in
frustration. She could not understand why the Queen mother and Elder
princess were so cruel to her. As Setsuna sat down, Serenity walked
in the kitchen.
The Princess said. "Good Morning. I smelled something good and
came down to investigate."
"Good Morning, Your Highness." Setsuna said as she curtsied. She
sat down again and resumed eating as fast as possible so that she
could get away from the princess before her mother and sister came
down for Breakfast. She succeeded, and she ran away from the table
and outside as fast as she could.
The Princess, who had never seen anyone do that before and was a
little hurt asked the Cook, "Was it me she wanted to get away from?"
The Cook replied," No child. It wasn't you, really. It was her
mother and sister she wanted to get away from. She was forbidden all
contact with you by her mother and sister. If she had gotten caught
it would have meant no food the rest of the day." Cook just shook
her head again.
"Oh dear. I want to make friends with her." The princess said.
"Then, you'll have to make sure that her mother and sister aren't
around when you try to do so." Cook told her and resumed her work.
At this point, Younger Carlyle accidentally overheard the
conversation between the Cook and Princess Serenity. Upon learning
that Setsuna had had no food at all the night before, he became
incensed. The Queen had lied. He ran off to tell the King who would
be absolutely furious at the news. He was forced to wait until
later, because he was in audience. Unnoticed by everyone, Carlyle's
eyes began to change to a light shade of violet, from their normal
Meanwhile, The Queen and Princess Rialla had a feeling that
Princess Serenity would try to see Setsuna so they just pretended to
go on a visit and instead hid in the rose bushes to watch what would
take place. "Setsuna *MUST* not be allowed contact with the Moon
Princess. Her weird visions will *RUIN* any chance of an alliance
between our houses!" Queen Renea hissed. Rialla only nodded in
agreement, and they continued to watch.
Serenity approached Setsuna slowly and carefully. "Your mother
and sister are gone for a visit, surely we can walk a bit." She
suggested. Setsuna reluctantly followed, and they went on a walk.
Suddenly, and without warning Serenity jumped on Setsuna and tickled
her. Setsuna laughed and began to respond in kind.
Unbeknownst to the laughing girls, Rialla and Queen Renea were
watching this scene with growing anger. However, King Timelon and
Carlyle were also watching. The King was happy to see his daughter
laughing and smiling. Carlyle was simply entranced. Wanting to
leave them to their fun they quietly crept away.
On the other side of the garden, Rialla and her mother were not
so happy to see this. They decided to destroy Setsuna's fun. So
they proceeded to walk back in the castle like they had just come
back from their trip, and caught Setsuna disobeying.
The Queen yelled, " Setsuna, You have disobeyed me. Go to your
room. You are forbidden *ANY* contact with Anyone again. You will
not receive food for the rest of the day. In a little while I will
come up there to lock you in."
She then turned to her other daughter and said "Rialla, make
certain she gets there."
"Yes, mother." Rialla replied, and she marched Setsuna off to
her room. Renea then turned to Princess Serenity "Now, Princess."
Renea continued in a calmer tone. "Are you sure that you want to
associate with my freak of a daughter? I did warn you about her.
Because you encouraged her to this foolishness, I'm afraid I have to
switch your room to the other wing. I must ask that for the rest of
your stay that you have absolutely no contact with her at all. She
is not a good person for someone of your grace and beauty to be
around." She said in her sweetest smile. Serenity looked at it, and
felt she might be sick! The queen then left the garden and went up to
lock Setsuna in. After she had left, Princess Serenity went in
search of the King. The King was in the throne room hearing
audience. Serenity respectfully waited for her turn. Since she was
the last person, the King took her to his office.
"Now child, What is the matter? Last time I looked I saw you
and Setsuna were having a good time in the garden. So, tell me what
happened child?" Serenity told the King everything that had happened.
When she finished the King was furious. The King called Carlyle in
and told him what had taken place.
"Your Majesty," Carlyle said, "I have a hunch, that this is mild
in comparison to what has happened to your youngest daughter thus
"Exactly what do you mean by that, Young squire?" The king asked.
Carlyle then told the king everything that he had overheard that
morning. The king then became even more furious. He'd have them
locked in their own rooms, and see how they would like it. Younger
Carlyle, with a supreme effort managed to calm the king down, as he
needed him to be rational for what he *knew* could possibly send the
king over the edge. He then suggested that they talk to Cook, to see
what plans had been made about the ball. The king agreed, and they
went in search of Cook. The Cook told them what Setsuna had told
her about the Ball. How she wasn't supposed to be there at all, that
she wasn't supposed to have any food until the ball is over and that
the Queen had locked Setsuna in her room for the night and the
duration of Princess Serenity's stay. After hearing this, the king
was stunned. He had had no idea that Renea and Rialla had taken it
to this level.
The group followed Setsuna upstairs and watched as she got locked
into her room. As she was locked in, Setsuna was treated to another
scolding from her mother. "You selfish girl. This wouldn't have
happened if you'd kept your distance. You've forced us to take these
measures." The Queen said furiously. "Now you will never see Daylight
or food again. You have brought this on yourself. Come Rialla. Let
us leave. We have a ball to prepare for and Carlyle to snag before
the night is over." Queen Renea said cheerfully. The two went out
the door and locked Setsuna in.
Setsuna threw herself onto her bed and cried for a bit. She then
got a determined look in her eyes. Aloud, she shouted, "This is the
last straw. I can't take any more pain. There is only one option
left to me and I must take it to ease the pain." Setsuna then
climbed out the window and ran for the cliffs as fast as she could.
As the group was watching this, Carlyle commented to Setsuna,
"So this is this was the first time you met Serenity, right?"
"Yes." Setsuna replied sadly. As Setsuna turned away to keep her
eye on her younger self, Anna sadly told Carlyle, " It's such a
shame. Those ten minutes were the only happy moment she had here as a
"Are you serious? This can't be the only one?" Carlyle asked
"Yes child, I'm sure." Anna said sadly.
Setsuna turned back to Anna and Carlyle and asked, "Shouldn't
we follow my younger self to the cliffs?" Carlyle asked himself< What
did Setsuna mean by ending all the pain? She couldn't have meant
Suicide, Could she? > Anna responded to his thoughts again.
"Yes Young One she could and she did. We better get over to the
cliffs to see what happens." So they ran and caught up with Setsuna
before she got to the cliffs. As they were running they saw two
others join the chase. Princess Serenity and Younger Carlyle had
noticed Setsuna headed for the cliffs with a determined look on her
face. Both were wondering what she was doing. They soon got their
wish. They gasped in horror as they saw her prepare to throw herself
over the edge of the cliffs.
"SETSUNA! NO! DON'T!" Serenity shouted.
"SETSUNA! STAY AWAY FROM THE EDGE!" Carlyle shouted. He quickly
turned to Serenity and said "Your Highness, Run for the castle! Get
the King at once! Hurry!"
Serenity ran for the castle as fast as she could, thankful that
Rialla and the Queen were busy elsewhere and couldn't make things
worse. As soon as she reached the throne room, the guards saw her and
opened the throne room doors for her. As soon as the king saw her,
he cleared the throne room so that she could tell her news in
private. "What is it child?" the king asked soothingly. "Take a
couple of deep breaths so you can speak." the king said.
By this time, Serenity had calmed down enough to speak. "Your
Majesty, Setsuna's trying kill herself at the cliffs. We need you!
Hurry!" The king called for a couple of guards and the four of them
ran for the cliffs as fast as possible.
Meanwhile, at the cliffside, The younger Carlyle was trying to
talk Setsuna away from the cliffs. "Princess, Can you tell me what
has happened to make you do this?" he crooned gently. "No one is mad
at you. No one will hurt you I promise. We'll just talk okay."
"Yes." Setsuna replied. The younger Carlyle thought to
himself "When you're ready Princess, I am here to
She tells all about what's gone on with her and why she wasn't at
dinner last night. She talked about the fact that her last meal was
that morning. That her mother and Rialla punish her by depriving her
of food. How they broke up the only happy moment she'd ever had and
sent her only friend away. "I just can't take their nagging and
lecturing anymore. Do you know what I mean?" She asked tearfully.
"Yes Princess I do." he said soothingly.
Meanwhile, Serenity, The King, and the group had come up behind
her. The King, having heard everything was absolutely livid with
anger. He knew he had to calm down or he'd scare his own daughter.
"Sweetie, its Daddy. I know everything. We can fix this together
okay? Please, come away from the edge. Give Daddy and Carlyle your
hands, and we'll pull you back. I'm not mad at you sweetie. I love
you! Please come back from the edge, okay? " Reluctantly, Setsuna
gave Carlyle and her father her hands and they pulled her away from
the edge and into a hug. Though no one could see it, Carlyle's eyes
briefly flashed from crystal blue, to a fiery maroon, as he
contemplated what he thought of the Queen and her precious *flower*!
"Sweetie, Why didn't you come to me with your problems?"
Setsuna's father questioned gently. He couldn't believe that things
were so bad for his youngest daughter.
"Because I didn't know that I could." She replied hesitantly.
"Who implied that you couldn't?"
"Mother and Rialla." she replied. "I didn't even know that you
loved me." Setsuna said tearfully.
The King was shocked. He could not believe that things had been
this bad for her. "Who or what implied or told you that I didn't?" He
She replied, hesitantly " I never thought you did, because you
didn't stop the nagging, and the hurt. I needed you to hold me and
tell me I was special and I wasn't a freak or a disappointment to
you, and you weren't there." With that, she collapsed in young
Carlyle's arms, sobbing uncontrollably. His face was a mix of
disbelief and fear, but, he held the crying princess, murmuring words
of comfort to the girl.
After hearing Setsuna's answers to his gentle questions,
Setsuna's father was an absolute ball of sheer rage on the inside.
Outside however, he remained calm and gentle as he reassured his
daughter of his love for her. "Next time, Come to me if you have a
problem. Okay sweetheart?" He asked, and she nodded, with tears still
streaming down her face. The king collected his thoughts for a
moment, and then asked "Is there anyone that you've confided in about
"Yes Daddy. Anna the Time Guardian," she said. "Anna's my
friend. She doesn't think that my visions are nonsense. She says that
I get them because I'm supposed to be the new Time Guardian."
Setsuna smiled at her father, and at Carlyle, happy in the knowledge
that she was not unloved.
"Now Setsuna, Are you sure that's what she said." he asked.
"Yes Daddy, I'm sure." Setsuna confirmed.
The king was silent at this response. Anna, was supposed to be the
guiding force behind many successful kings on many planets, but, her
existence had never been proven.
Suddenly, a column of silver light appeared in front of the
small group. When the light subsided, a woman stepped forth. She was
garbed in A similar fashion to the priestesses of ancient Pluto.
There could only be one woman who matched her appearance. Anna, the
guardian of time.
"Hello everyone, Your Majesty." She curtsied to King Timelon.
The king asked "Begging your pardon, Guardian, but, I need to
know something. Is what my daughter telling me true?"
"Yes your Majesty it is. It was I, who suggested Carlyle to be
Setsuna's Knight. Because of all the pain she's been through, I
wanted her to have someone of her very own, who cares for her. I
have succeeded, but I warn you both that it will be a long road that
will take centuries before the two of you will be together. Do you
accept this role?" Anna asked Carlyle.
Carlyle answered without a moment's hesitation. "Yes I do." he
said firmly. "That is, assuming the princess *wants* me as her knight
Protector!" He added. Her answer was a small blush that rose to her
cheeks, as she nodded in affirmation.
The king smiled at this scene. His youngest daughter would be
safe. He suddenly remembered *why* his youngest was out here.
"If you will all excuse me. I'm going to have this out with Renea.
I've heard enough and it is high time that things changed around
So saying, the king started to leave but before he left he asked his
daughter one more question.
"My dear one, Did your mother and sister say where they were
"Yes father, they said they had to prepare for the ball tonight
and to also snag Carlyle for Rialla" Setsuna said.
"Thank you my dear. Oh, Do you have a dress for the ball
"No Father, I don't." Setsuna answered. He then turned to
Princess Serenity who was watching this scene with great interest,
unsure of what she should do to help. "Remedy that at once.
Princess, You and Serenity choose a gown for this evening. My
daughter's first ball gown must be special." The king commanded. He
then turned to the young man, who *still* had his arms around the
youngest princess. He chuckled quietly to himself, as he saw the
*she* wasn't letting go, either. "Carlyle, You will
provide escort." The King ordered.
"Yes Your Majesty," They all said. Then, the King departed. The
others went off to search for a ball gown for Setsuna. All but Anna.
She went to prepare the memory-erasing spell that would be needed
later this night.
Anna looked at the two before her. Setsuna's eyes were moist at
this scene, while Carlyle's eyes had a haunted look to them. She then
asked, "Should we follow Setsuna or the King?" Setsuna and Carlyle
decided to follow the King. "I want to see this." Setsuna said. "I
too would like to see this." Carlyle said.
Rialla and her mother were in Rialla's room finishing up
preparations for the ball. " That dress looks beautiful on you.
Carlyle's sure to notice you. He really doesn't have a choice with
Setsuna out of the way, not that she was ever really in the way to
begin with." The queen laughed.
Rialla joined in the laughter they shared. "That stupid girl!
Thinking she'd ever have a chance at such a handsome man as Carlyle.
She's a freak. She's nothing and I intend to make him see that
Tonight. It should be relatively easy..." Her voice suddenly trailed
off, as something caught her eye.
"What is it dear?" The queen asked. She turned to look. There,
in the doorway stood the King. But, it was a King that neither had
ever seen before. His face was a study in pure rage. It was so
terrifying that both women cowered before him. And when he spoke, it
seemed the entire room shook.
The King asked furiously, "If what were relatively easy? I expect
an answer RIALLA! NOW! IF WHAT WERE RELATIVELY EASY?" He roared at
the two of them.
Hesitantly, Rialla replied, "Stealing Carlyle away from that
"YOUR SISTER IS NOT A FREAK! " the King roared.
The Queen protested weakly, "But she is of no use to us at all.
She is nothing like Rialla and is a terrible princess. She cannot
converse with polite company, mix socially. She knows nothing about
clothes or parties or entertaining. All she does is mope around the
castle, embarassing the family. She really shouldn't go, as she just
does not fit in!" The queen insisted.
"AND WHO'S FAULT IS THAT?" The King boomed. In a quieter tone,
He ordered Renea "Tell me, whose fault is it that she knows nothing
of these trivialities? Or do you even know? Do you even understand
or are You under some misguided notion that you are helping to ensure
the survival of the Royal family by trying to force Carlyle to be
Rialla's Knight or is it even about that? You want him to marry her,
don't you? Do you even *KNOW* him?" He demanded.
The queen looked shocked "Of course I do. He is among the top
5% of the class for this year. He has most of the proper court
manners, and he is from a very *noble* family. What more is there to
know?" She commented, disbelief evident in her eyes.
"WELL I WON'T STAND FOR IT!" Timelon roared again. I"... "Excuse
me, Your Majesty, but Carlyle awaits you outside." A page
"Thank you. You may go now." Timelon commanded. The page bowed
his head, and left the room. The king then turned back around to his
wife and irksome daughter, and favored them with a dark look "Wait
here! Don't move!" the King ordered. He then went outside where the
young Carlyle was standing.
"Yes Carlyle, what news do you bring me?" Timelon asked. Carlyle
replied, " We found Setsuna a ball gown."
"How does she look in it?"
"I don't know. Serenity wouldn't let me see her in it." Carlyle
replied. "Personally, I think it will be a lovely gown, but, one is
the same as another to me." He shrugged before continuing "It's
probably better that I don't, as I'm sure Princess Serenity wants
Setsuna to look her best, and, Setsuna deserves all the happiness she
can get, after dealing with the Queen and her elder sister" Carlyle
indicated the couple just inside the room.
"Have you heard what's been going on here?" Timelon queried.
"Yes, Your Majesty. I've heard everything." Carlyle said.
"Majesty, I have an idea. Let's expose them at the ball. Remember
Anna said that Setsuna's powers as Sailor Pluto should surface
sometime tonight. She also said that my battle mage powers should
emerge as well. It will be interesting to see how those two take the
fact that Rialla will not be Sailor Pluto or the Time Guardian.
Also, I think a little embarrassment and humiliation should be good
for them. What do you think?" Carlyle asked.
Timelon laughed, as he pictured the faces of his prideful Queen
and Princess. "I think it's a marvelous idea. Let's do it!" Timelon
agreed enthusiastically. "It just might serve as a humbling
experience for those two" He finished as a broad smile remained on
his face. The Younger Carlyle looked at the king and then asked, "May
I have permission to tell Rialla off right now? Imagine me wanting
anything to do with someone so selfish." Carlyle requested, and the
king nodded his permission. Carlyle then went into the room, and at
the sight of Rialla, he became quite angry.
"How dare you call *my* Setsuna a freak. You are the one I want
nothing to do with. I could never marry someone as selfish and
Self-centered as you." Carlyle thundered.
Rialla started "But, Carlyle!" she protested lamely
"I said NEVER. Now if you'll excuse me, I'd better go and change
into my tux." He said calmly.
"Now, As for you two. I'm putting a guard on this door. You
will remain here until it's time for the ball. Is that clear?" the
"Yes Your Majesty. It is!" They said together.
The King placed the Guard and left the chamber. As the group was
watching this, Carlyle had noticed the opulence of Rialla's room
compared to the smallness and plainness of Setsuna's. He was going
to comment but decided not to when he saw Setsuna's dismissive glance
at the room. He thought to himself Once more Anna responded to his thoughts
saying "Yes Young One, I think that you have got it. We must finish
this now for Setsuna's sake. She needs to understand herself and she
has not yet. Also there are more things she must know and understand.
Our journey isn't over yet. Now we must go to the ballroom where
this experience will climax." Anna stated, and with a flash they
The ballroom was beautiful. It was made of white marble inlaid
with green jadeite. Large table were set up with food and there was
an orchestra playing in the corner of the room. The Queen and Rialla
were introduced first. Then the King and Carlyle appeared. Princess
Serenity was next. Everyone thought that was all of the
introductions for the evening. Boy, were they ever wrong. Suddenly
there was a burst of fanfare, and Setsuna was announced. Her
mother's and sister's face held classic shock, and then envy.
Setsuna's dress was strapless, showing off her lovely shoulders. The
bodice was low cut to show her cleavage. It had a long black skirt,
with a green sash at the waist. She had green ivy in her hair and
green on her high heels. She looked stunning. Carlyle was
absolutely speechless. His jaw dropped, his palms were sweaty, and
he couldn't catch his breath. He thought to himself< Oh Man! Wow!
I was so right; she's beautiful, And she's all mine. >
Carlyle went to meet Setsuna at the bottom of the staircase. He
turned to the King who nodded with a smile. Carlyle then led Setsuna
out for the first dance of the evening. He also made sure that she'd
be able to dance with him all night by throwing away her dance card.
He smiled as he thought again< Now, I've taken care of all the other
men here tonight. Now she truly is mine. No one else will be
dancing with her tonight but me! > They continued moving through
the dance. "You know, you dance very well for someone that never
learned how." Carlyle commented casually. "Thanks." Setsuna replied
shyly. They danced every dance and even had supper together.
Midway through the ball, the King called everyone to a halt to
make an announcement. Speculation was rife as to what the
announcement was. All stared in disbelief as His Majesty announced
his planned divorce from Queen Renea and his removal of his oldest
daughter as the heir of the throne. He then installed Setsuna as
the new heir. The looks on Queen Renea and Rialla's faces were
priceless. Their mouths were agape and they couldn't speak a word.
Their confusion and disbelief rose even more when Anna appeared and
commanded Setsuna to Henshin yo! Setsuna did so shouting 'Pluto
Planet Power" In a flash, Setsuna was gone and A new Sailor Pluto had
taken her place. At almost the same time, Carlyle's tux began to
change into the uniform he wore as Pluto Knight. Both of them were
quite shocked and upset at these changes. They griped a bit, but what
could they do?
As Setsuna and Carlyle turned from the throne and powered down,
Soon-to-be former Queen Renea and the now former heir Rialla tried to
get a quick word in private with Setsuna, but the King saw this and
"You will behave for the rest of this evening, Or the punishment
could be worse. Do you *BOTH* understand?" He asked, with the hint
of danger, present in his voice.
"Yes Your Majesty" they said and curtsied. As they moved off,
Renea muttered under her breath" This is *NOT* over. I'll get the
wand from that no-good freak and give it to it's rightful owner."
She and Rialla took their places on the dais for they knew they'd get
rid of Setsuna and sit there again or so they thought. They had no
idea that It'd be the last time they sat there. *EVER! *
Meanwhile, Carlyle and Setsuna had stopped dancing and walked
outside to look at the stars. "They're beautiful. Look you can see
the constellations from here. Aren't they amazing and lovely?"
Setsuna exclaimed with a smile on her lovely face. Looking at her,
Carlyle was again struck by her beauty, and not just the beauty of
her face and form, but the beauty of her soul.
As he looked into her lovely violet eyes, he whispered," No,
You're beautiful, my sweet Princess." "Call me Setsuna" She said
almost inaudibly as she looked into his clear violet-blue eyes.
Carlyle nervously asked "Will you swear an Oath with me, my Setsuna?"
"Yes, Carlyle. I will. Why don't you go first?" she replied.
Carlyle started the oath with the words," Even though we're just
starting out. I know that this is meant to be. We'll be together for
all eternity. So swear I"
Setsuna took over with" I know this to be true. I can always
count on you. So swear I."
Together they finished the oath " This we swear by all that we
hold Holy. So swear we both."
They heard some strains of music coming from the ballroom.
Carlyle asked" My Princess, Shall we go inside?" Setsuna replied
"Yes, my gentle Knight. Let's" They moved back inside the ballroom to
the sweet strains of a song. As they entered they ballroom, they
began an intricate dance. The words of the ballad, like a vow between
two lost loves, touched both of their hearts, as they sang to one
Well here we are again.
I guess it must be fate
We've tried it on our own
But deep inside we've known
We'd be back to set things straight
I still remember when
your kiss was so brand new
Every memory repeats
Every step I take retreats
Every journey always brings me back to you
After all the stops and starts
We keep coming back to these two hearts
Two angels who've been rescued from the fall
And after all that we've been through it all comes down to me and you
I guess it's meant to be Forever you and me After all
They exchanged a brief smile with each other and continued:
When love is truly right
(This time, it's truly right)
It lives from year to year
It changes as it goes
And on the way it grows
But it never disappears
After all the stops and starts
We keep coming back to these two hearts
Two angels who've been rescued from the fall
And after all that we've been through it all comes down to me and you
I guess it's meant to be Forever you and me After all
Always just beyond my touch
Though I needed you so much
After all, what else is living for?
As they sang the chorus, a final time, the crowd erupted with a loud
Meanwhile, on the dais, The King was watching his youngest
daughter with pride and satisfaction, thinking to himself He thought with small amount of
satisfaction, and gave a soft chuckle at the expression on the boy's
face. Next to the King, the Soon-to-be former queen and Rialla
weren't as happy. They looked at the happy couple with bitterness
and anger. The King saw the look and smiled. Setsuna and Carlyle kept
dancing and enjoying themselves until it was time for supper. Carlyle
and Setsuna ate supper together and danced every dance until the ball
was over. Carlyle kissed her hand, and then left to see the King and
to get some air before bed. They parted with Carlyle going to see
the King and Setsuna going to her room. As they parted, Rialla and
Renea gave each other a look, and quickly departed after the young
Later, after the ball was over, the observing Trio watched a
very happy Setsuna walk to her room, for once, happily.
As Setsuna walked into her room, she felt that she could
literally float on air. First, her mother and sister had been
denounced in front of the whole court. Then, Father had made *her*
the heir! Finally, Carlyle had been made her protector officially!
*Her* Knight of Pluto. She smiled and a small blush rose to her
cheeks. Sometimes, when her mother had locked her into her room, she
would just look out the window to lose herself in the clouds, and
then, her gaze would fall to the courtyard where HE was practicing.
She still did not understand the feeling he evoked in her, but, she
welcomed them nonetheless!
As she began to get ready for bed, her bedroom door was flung
open, and in strode a VERY ANGRY soon to be former Queen of Pluto.
"WHAT did you think you were doing, Setsuna? You stole your
sister's birthright AND her throne! How could you?" she demanded. At
first, when the queen strode in, Setsuna became panicked, as old
feelings rushed to the surface. But, in mid rant, the Queen's words
began to stir a long dormant fire within the second princess of
"How could I? Mother, you and Rialla have been shaming
punishing me for things that are part of my destiny! The question is:
How could YOU? Those visions were all part of being the Sailor Scout
of Pluto! It was *MY* birthright to inherit this title. As for the
crown, *I* don't want it! However, since father has given it to me, I
can hardly resist!" She said with a smile. She was clearly enjoying
"NEVER! Rialla was the firstborn. She should receive the
power of the throne AND the protector. Rialla should be the one to
lead Pluto into the next mansion of glory. My daughter and Pluto
*DERSREVE* the best!" Reena declared hotly.
"What of me, mother? AM I not deserving of any of this?"
Setsuna asked quietly.
"Certainly not! *YOU* are nothing but a contemptible misfit,
who I had the misfortune of bearing! Now, hand over the wand, so that
it's *TRUE* wielder can receive it's power!" Reena demanded, and
extended her hand.
"No." Setsuna said quietly.
"I SAID, HAND IT OVER! NOW!" Reena yelled, and she backhanded
AS Setsuna was sent sprawling, the last bond of empathy she
had for her mother snapped! Reena was no longer her mother, or, even
the Queen of the planet she was sworn to protect. She was an *ENEMY*,
and there was only one way of dealing with an enemy. Setsuna reached
into subspace, and bid her mother a final, quiet farewell, as she
removed the wand.
"Good. Now, give me the wand, so that Rialla will receive
it's power. Do it quickly and I might let you have dinner tonight."
Setsuna rose to her feet, and extended the wand in her
mother's direction, only to use it, as the queen reached for the
"PLUTO PLANET POWER!"
As the forces coalesced around Setsuna, the energy pinned the
startled queen against the wall. As the transformation finished, an
object appeared in Setsuna's hand. It was as tall as her, and shaped
like a giant key.
The Time Staff.
Setsuna glanced at it for a moment, and then pointed it directly
at the queen.
"Dead Scream" she whispered softly, and the blast shot out of
the staff, as she made the attack. Fortunately, for the queen, she
leapt out of the way, before the attack destroyed most of the wall
where she had been standing. Setsuna pointed the staff at the now
cowering queen on the floor
"You have always made fun of my predictions. You called me a
freak and a disappointment. You did things to punish me that I did
not deserve. I should just *KILL* you for all the misery you have put
me through, but, I see that you are too important to the weave to
eliminate at this time. IF I decided to in the near future, I could
eliminate you OR Rialla, and *no one" would ever know. However, for
this day, that is *NOT* your fate. Instead, like Rialla, you shall be
driven from Pluto, never to see home again. You will *never* again
wear the finery of nobles, and each planet you visit will shun you,
until you end up on a Backwater planet, that is too far away to have
any impact on what we will do here. You will serve as a nursemaid to
Rialla's whining brats, and you will die on that world, just as
Rialla does, wearing servant's rags"
With that last statement, Reena picks herself up, and bolts
through the door, her face a mask of terror.
Setsuna nodded to herself. *One problem down, several more to
go! * She thought. Her eyes suddenly went wide, as she felt a burst
"Carlyle" She whispered fearfully, and rushed from the room.
Meanwhile, Carlyle was very pleased with himself. Not only had he
helped his king change princess Setsuna's life for the better, the
king had declared in front of witnesses, that HE would become her
Knight. He wasn't sure at what point the princess had captured his
heart, and he really didn't care. She was a little young, but there
would be time for all things. He would finish training, and become a
*True* knight, and perhaps... he shook his head, and let hat thought
trail off as he reminded himself that to attempt to rise above
yourself, only caused you to be light-headed, and rash. That never
accomplished anything! Suddenly, he a noise to his side. He looked
around, and found his feet had led him to the royal gardens. The
noise became more clear, as he focused in on it! What he saw, shocked
him beyond belief. Leaning against a tree was Rialla, Setsuna's
sister. She was calling to him. Carlyle shook his head and walked
"What do you want, Rialla? You have already lost your claim
on the throne? What possible reason do you have for talking to me?"
"Come now," She purred "Surely you can understand this?" she
"Don't bother. The only thing *you* could get from me,
outside of Nausea, is a good laugh!" he snorted.
Her eyes went flint hard at that. "How *DARE* you speak to me
in that fashion! I may not be the heir, as is my right, but, I am
*STILL* a princess of the Royal house of Pluto. You will give me the
respect my position is due!" She demanded.
"HA! The only thing you *DESERVE* is a long vacation on a
barren moon, trying to hunt for your food. A serving woman deserves
more respect than you." He said.
Her hand lashed out and slapped him across the face at that
"You DARE insult Royalty? I shall have your head for this."
He looked at her, and began to laugh "What will you take my
head with? A nail file? Perhaps, a hairbrush? No, wait. I know!
You'll take it with your eyebrow pencil" He laughed again.
Again, her hand lashed out, but this time, Carlyle caught it.
He looked at her, his blue eyes cold. "Have a care, Rialla. Know that
I do not respond, only because you are my future Queen's sister and
it would cause her great displeasure were I to do anything to you!"
He warned her.
Then her eyes took on a crafty look, as she smiled at
Carlyle. "It is you who should have a care, Carlyle. Do you think
that simply because I no longer have a right to the throne, that I
will not have an influence in the court? I will be my sister's Royal
Advisor. I will advise sister to many misfortunes. I also have many
supporters among the Nobles. When the time is right, I shall resume
my rightful place, and lead Pluto on to greater glories. My first act
will be to strip Setsuna of her title, and then, in front of the
populace, I shall have her beheaded!" She said with a smirk.
Carlyle gasped at that statement "You can't be serious!" He
asked her, incredulously.
"I am *deadly* serious, and you will join her on the
headsman's block, *IF* you do not agree to come with me." She stated.
"But, she's your sister!" He said.
"That *FREAK* is not *MY* sister!" She said with a sniff of
"Freak" he said softly. "Freak" he repeated again, the word
was spoken louder. "FREAK" A shout this time. "FREAK!" he yelled.
"YOU CALLED HER A *FREAK*" His voice was contorted with rage.
"Yes, I did, and I..." The words died in her throat.
Carlyle's hair had gone from a rich blonde, to an ashen white, and it
was glowing. His normally clear, blue eyes, had turned into angry
violet discs of energy. They were also glowing. In fact, Carlyle
himself was glowing, as the mystic energy coursed through his body,
making him appear twice as big as he normally was. Random bolts of
energy split of from the mass buildup, striking trees, rocks, and
assorted material. Each bolt that struck something instantly turned
the offending item into charred ash. Rialla had never been more
scared in her life.
"You presume too much Rialla!" He said in a hollow voice "You
are assuming that I will let you *LIVE* that long. You have been
waving your presumed power around like your perfumed hair or a fancy
gown. I am now going to *FIX* that problem" He stated and the violet
"DRAIN" He commanded, and her luxurious dark hair quickly
lost all of its luxurious color. The orbs narrowed again.
"CHANGE" He again called out, and her elegant party gown was
turned into a dirty, grime stained, scullery uniform, that was torn
in a myriad of places. The orbs narrowed a third time.
"You called your sister weird for having visions of the
future. She is *NOT* the only one, Rialla. Shall I tell you yours?
You and the sow that spawned you will be driven from here and every
other civilized planet. Hated and shunned, you will marry a drunken
fop, who will squander most of his possessions in tavern after
tavern. The three of you will eventually end up on a backwater mud
ball, where survival will be a daily concern. You will *DIE* in the
rags you now wear, only after giving birth to a monster, who will be
as selfish and as despised as you. You will *NEVER* know happiness
again, and if you even *THINK* of returning here in an attempt to
usurp the throne from your sister *I* will personally take you to the
gate of time, and throw you in, where you will spend an eternity in
madness and pain! Now, leave and never darken this planet with your
presence again!" He thundered at her.
At the last pronouncement, she turned and ran screaming into
the night, hoping to avoid the fate he foretold.
As the last vestiges of mystical energy dissipated, Carlyle
slumped to the ground, breathing heavy. For a long time, he did not
move, save only for the rise and fall of his chest. When he finally
regained enough strength, he got up, and walked towards the king's
chamber's, knowing himself, that he had just cost his future queen
the support she would need in the time of crisis.
"Forgive me, Setsuna. I must now atone for my actions!" He
whispered quietly, and walked slowly back to the castle. Carlyle
watched as Rialla faded from sight. He knew that he *HAD* to tell the
King what had happened. So he slowly walked inside the castle to the
throne room where he found Setsuna telling her father all about the
confrontation with her mother and how her powers had surfaced. Upon
hearing this, Carlyle slowly approached the throne. Feeling his
presence Setsuna turned around to see his dejected and sad face.
"Why Carlyle, Whatever is the matter?" the King asked gently.
"Sire. I have done a great wrong. Rialla came to me outside to
try and get me to be *Her* Knight again. She said that she still had
enough influence in the court that she'd one day regain her position
and behead Setsuna. I got angry and my powers surfaced. I told her
that she'd never wear the clothes of Nobles again. I changed her
dress into rags and her hair color from black to white. I'm sorry
Your Majesty." Carlyle lamented. "Oh lad, I really hate having to do
this to you both, and after you've found each other too. However,
have hope for Anna did say that someday you two would be together.
Here is thy punishment Carlyle, Tomorrow, You will go to Hades to
study with Anselm, the old battle mage. He can teach you much that
you should know. " The King ordered. In a kinder tone, the King
continued," Now, You two. You have the rest of the night to spend
together with one Exception. My daughter had still better be
untouched come morning." The King commanded. "Now be off with you
now." King Timelon said gently. They both bowed, and quietly left
the throne room, where the king was still seated He thought to himself, as a small
tear, quietly ran down his cheek.
Carlyle and Setsuna moved into the garden. They stopped, took
each other's hand then continued walking. They walked in the garden
looking at the stars and sharing their love for each other.
Meanwhile, The group watching this, was also extremely moved by
it. For the first time, Carlyle made an attempt to try and close the
distance Between the two of them. Queitly, he slipped his arms
around her, and held her. She tensed briefly, but, relaxed into his
embrace, as silent tears ran down Her face. Anna smiled at this,
and she thought to herself< It's about time! Those two are *finally*
starting to click. Isn't it wonderful! > They all turned back to
watch the young lovers spend their last moments together.
The younger Setsuna and Carlyle had stopped under a tree. They
were kissing for the first time. Toward dawn, the young lovers
parted. "I must pack, my princess." Carlyle quietly stated his heart
heavy with sadness. "I wish that you didn't have to go!" Setsuna
"Know always that I love you" They said together. They kissed once
more and then parted.
As Carlyle left to pack, Setsuna quietly stared at the garden,
her heart breaking again! Lost as she was in her despair, she did not
notice ANNA, the guardian of time, slipping up behind her. While
Setsuna's back was turned, Anna quietly cast a spell on the young
princess, who slumped to the ground.
"Forgive me, my young friend. But, I can not allow you to retain
this memory. You must forget all you ever knew about the young
knight. Perhaps, in the future, You may be re-united. But, for now,
you must retain no knowledge of his existence" She whispered to the
unconscious princess. She then picked up the young Princess, and
carried her back to her bedroom.
Carlyle looked at Anna, his blue eyes beginning to shift. "Why
did you do that To her? I *Thought* you were her friend?" He stated
She ignored his question and asked "Are you ready to see the next
experience, my children?" They looked at each other and Carlyle
answered for them both" Yes We are." In a flash of light they were
Chapter Three Part One
Our trio arrived at the next event in Setsuna's life that they
must relive. Again Anna warns her charges that this event too will
be like the previous ones extremely painful to watch. With that
said, our travelers proceed to Charon Castle as they have before.
Both Carlyle and Setsuna guess that Setsuna' s Younger Self will be
in the Palace Gardens. By the time they finished this statement
they are in the Gardens and have proven themselves right. They
could see that although her life was better than it was and even
though she was surrounded by the beauty of the Gardens; she was
They noticed that she had her head down looking at the ground.
With her head down, the Young Setsuna didn't notice Anna's arrival.
When Anna placed her hand on Setsuna's shoulder, she startled her.
" Anna why did you do that? Why are you here?" She asked. "My child,
the time has come for you to start your training as Sailor Pluto and
the Time Guardian. We will go to the axis of time. There we will
start your training. We must work fast because important things will
soon begin to happen my child. We must be ready for them. Go and bid
your father and Cook farewell. Hurry now!" Anna instructed.
Setsuna raced off to do as she'd said. Cook who had some
precognitive abilities felt that it was time. She had lovingly
prepared a big basket with Setsuna's favorites in it. Cook kissed her
goodbye. She then hurried to the throne room to bid her father
farewell. She did so quickly and returned to Anna................