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Chapter IV - Home
Sailor Guardians walk forward, getting closer to the giant crystal, which they assume is the control center. Cats follow them.
They stop right at the factory entrance. The crystal is growing through its roof, shattered concrete pieces are lying all around the floor. The only light in the room is the moonlight shining through the door and the windows.
Artemis: We can't follow you there.
Luna: Be careful, Sailor Guardians!
Luna: Watch out!
Sailor Venus: Crescent Beam Shower!
Golden beams shield the Guardians and shatters the rock into pieces. Those pieces then turn around to attack the girls from behind. Mercury turns quickly.
Sailor Mercury: Shabon Spray!
Each piece of rock is captured in a bubble. They stop in the air and fall on the ground. Mercury puts on her glasses and looks around to catch the attack source.
Sailor Mercury: It's remotely controlled by those two peaks, watch out!
Sailor Venus: Mars, Jupiter!
Sailor Mars and Sailor Jupiter: Got it!
Sailor Mars: Fire Soul Bird!
Sailor Jupiter: Supreme Thunder Dragon!
Mars and Jupiter attacks destroy two crystal peaks.
Sailor Moon: Everyone, you did great!
Sailor Mars: Still got it.
Sailor Guardians enter the factory. It's dark inside, and the footsteps echo as they walk.
Sailor Venus: We need to find the controls.
Sailor Mercury: I'm going to search for the- what?
The image on her glasses becomes noisy and disappears. All of the Mercury’s electronics had shut down.
Sailor Mars: There is a dark aura here. A special type of energy must be interfering with electricity.
Suddenly, the doors slam shut behind them. A figure of Ria appears in the distance.
Ria: Oh, you've finally arrived.
Sailor Mars: Mars Flame Sniper!
Sailor Venus: Mars, wait! That is...
The burning arrow passes right through Ria.
Ria: Oh, stop with the useless attacks. It's not me, it's barely a projection. You really fall for everything I do, don't you? Listen. Your planet will fall. There's nothing you can do to prevent it, so give up right now!
Sailor Moon: Never! Hurting innocent people is never okay! Show yourself, you villain, and prepare to be punished by pretty guardians in sailor suits! I, Sailor Moon, will stop you in the name of the Moon!
Ria: Show myself? I could, but first... Take this!
The ground underneath Sailor Guardians starts to glow, and walls of light appear around them. Sailor Mars tries to escape them but screams in pain as she touches the walls. As the girls stand in the circle of light, they feel weaker and weaker.
Sailor Jupiter: Jupiter... Coconut... Can't do it...
Sailor Guardians fall to the ground.
Sailor Mercury: I don't... Understand... Where are the controls?
Ria: You fools! You really thought I would control the crystals from the Earth?! This was all a trap to lure you in! This room is designed to drain your energy, you are powerless in it!
Ria: Huh, Test Crystal? What's that? Well, this amount should be enough for a small test. With this amount of energy, I could teleport to... Watch out, Earth! Here I come!
The hologram of Ria fades, and her actual body appears in its place. She slowly lands her feet on the ground.
Mamoru Chiba is sitting at the dinner table with Usagi's parents. They drink tea.
Ikuko: Shingo, go to bed! It's night already!
Ikuko: Don't forget to brush your teeth!
Shingo: And you don't forget to wake me up when she comes back!
He goes upstairs.
Kenji: What do you think? Are they going to be alright?
Mamoru: If anyone can save this planet, it's Sailor Moon. I believe in her wholeheartedly.
Kenji: I know... I just worry about her.
Mamoru sighs and pauses for a little.
Mamoru: Me too. After all, she is everything to me.
Ikuko: You should visit us more often. Not just when the world is ending, you know. You are also part of Usagi's family now.
Mamoru smiles, surprised.
Mamoru: Thank you. You are right, I should.
Ria is standing on the factory floor, looking at her own hands.
Ria: Huh... It's been so long since I stood on something. I haven't felt gravity for ages.
She makes a couple of uneven steps getting used to the feel of the gravity. Then she smiles sharply and walks over to Sailor Guardians triumphantly. Test Crystal lands behind her back.
Sailor Moon: Who are you? What do you want?
Ria: My name is Ria... And it doesn't matter! All you need to know is that you are no match for me! It all will be over soon! Crystals, activate!
She raises her hands, and all the crystals all around Tokyo start to rotate and strike red lightnings. People see them now and are horrified.
Ria: Okay Earth, give me your energy! Now!
She stands tall and puts both of her hands in the air. A cloud of black substance starts to form in her hands, getting bigger and bigger. But suddenly it poofs and disappears. Ria turns around sharply.
Ria: What the-?
Tuxedo Mask is outside Usagi's house, holding the crystal in place with a rose vine and stopping it from rotating. Cats help him to pull the vine as best as they can.
Ria: Curses! Someone somewhere must be interfering with the crystal flow. Well, it won't be for long. No human can withstand this power!
Sailor Moon: Wait!!
Ria: Shut up!
Ria snaps her fingers, and the crystal trees start growing around Sailor Guardians.
Sailor Moon: Stop!!!
She screams in pain as she breaks through the crystals and the light. Crystals are leaving cuts on her face and her arms. Next moment, the crystals make a fence around Sailor Guardians and become transparent. Sailor Guardians can't break through them and can only hopelessly watch from behind them.
Inner Sailor Guardians: Sailor Moon!
Sailor Moon: Wait! Listen to me! You don't have to hurt the humans!
Ria turns around.
Ria: I do what I want! What now?!
Sailor Moon drops to her knees before Ria.
Sailor Moon: Don't hurt them! You can take my energy instead. I am sure it will help you.
Sailor Mars: What are you doing...
Ria extends her hand towards Sailor Moon. A warm light shines into her hand.
Ria: This aura... I've never seen a light like this. What if... Maybe I should...
Ria shakes her head. She smiles wickedly.
Ria: Well then! I'll have your energy, and then, with you out of my way, I'll take the entire planet, too!
With a hand gesture, she lifts Sailor Moon in the air and starts to drain her energy, which appears to be a painful process.
Sailor Mercury: Stop, what are you doing?!
Sailor Jupiter: She just wanted to save the Earth, you greedy demon!!
Sailor Mars: You can't betray her like this!
Sailor Venus: Let her go! You're killing her!
Ria: I DON'T CARE!!!
She lifts Sailor Moon even higher, her hands are starting to shake. Ria is yelling against the energy waves.
Ria: No one cared when I was trapped in a crystal prison! No one cared about me, lost in space, helpless, floating away from everything I knew! No one cares about me here, being alone, powerless, so far away from home! No one! So why! Should! I! Care! Now?!
Sailor Moon opens her eyes.
Sailor Moon: That sounds... Awful... I'm... I'm sorry.
Ria's eyes widen.
Ria: What... What did you say?
Sailor Moon: I'm... I'm so sorry it happened to you.
Tears start running down the villain's face. She lowers her shaking hand and puts Sailor Moon down. The barrier around Sailor Guardians disappears, they run up to Sailor Moon.
Sailor Mars: Sailor Moon!! Are you okay?!
Sailor Moon: Yeah... I'll be fine.
Ria falls down to her knees and covers her face.
Tuxedo Mask watches as the crystal he was holding back slowly disappears. So do all other crystals around the city. The giant one on the horizon, piercing through the abandoned factory, also starts to vanish. The clouds part and the moon shines bright through.
Sailor Moon watches as a scar on her cheek heals. She turns to walk towards Quasar, but the others warn her. Ria sits on the floor with her head in her hands, sobbing.
Ria: Why did I... What was I doing... Why am I even here... I've been lost in space for so long, and I have no energy on my on.... I want to go home... I just want to go home.
Sailor Moon approaches Ria, and so do the others. They look at villain, surprised by her mood change, but they can see that it's honest. Sailor Moon puts her hand at Ria's shoulder, she almost flinches.
Sailor Moon: Don't cry. We can help you get back home. Right, girls?
Girls look at each other with surprised expressions, but then they look back at Sailor Moon and nod.
Ria raises her head.
Ria: But why? Why help me?
Sailor Mercury smiles at her reassuringly.
Sailor Mercury: We will help you, because you need help.
Sailor Jupiter: Yeah! Because that's how we do it on Earth, we help people!
Sailor Venus: Because the Sailor Guardian duty is to help those in need!
Sailor Mars clenches her fist and smirks.
Sailor Mars: Because we can!
Sailor Moon looks at Ria sympathetically.
Sailor Moon: Because I care.
She offers her hand to Ria. Ria takes her hand and gets up. She speaks, it's barely audible.
Ria: Thank you.
Cats storm in.
Artemis: Are you okay?
Sailor Moon: Artemis, Luna! We'll be right back, we're going to space!
Sailor Guardians hold hands. Ria is between Mercury and Moon.
Sailor Mercury: Now, close your eyes and imagine your home planet as clearly as you can. This will help us get there.
Ria nods. Everyone closes their eyes. Sailor Guardians' tiaras start to glow with energy.
Sailor Guardians: Sailor Teleport!
With a flash, they disappear into the sky.