"Darien?" Serena called to the still man kneeling at her side. He didn't respond as though he didn't hear her. The usually crowded mall had become deserted. The darkness repelled people away. Serena shivered slightly when she noticed how dark Darien's eyes had become. He still didn't move. "Darien?" she asked again, hoping that he'd respond. "Pluto?" she asked looking up at the sailor scout. "What's wrong with him?" she asked tearfully. "Is he okay?"
"I'm not sure" Pluto said as she moved closer to the couple. Her eyes were scrutinizing the situation carefully. "I told him to be careful," she whispered slowly. "Darien, can you hear me?" she asked. He didn't respond so she shook his shoulder. Then he did respond, quickly. He attacked the scout with precision and threw her against the large room. Before she knew what had happened she was lying on her bruised back and Darien was towering over Serena.
"Darien?" Serena asked as she stared up into his black eyes. "It's me, Serena. Don't you remember me?" He didn't say anything. When she tried to reach out to him, he drew back.
"Don't touch me" he cried and backed away from her. "You'll take from me," he glared at her.
"Darien?" the look he gave her hurt more than anything had ever. It was a look colder than any other he'd given her. "No, I won't take anything from you. I promise," she sobbed reaching out to him. "You promised you wouldn't stop loving me. You promised, please don't break your promise" she begged.
"I saw you take the power from him" Darien said looking at the limp body lying a few feet away. "You will not do that to me." He turned away from her, ready to leave.
"Darien, no" she cried and ran after him. "I let you go before. I didn't fight hard enough but I'm not going to make that mistake again. You gave up everything for me and I'm not going to let you leave me like this" she cried as she charged into his body with hers. They'd bumped into one another so many times during her morning runs to school but this felt different. It wasn't the fact that she was desperately trying to save his life, or that he radiated evil. The difference was that his arms didn't automatically rise up to catch her unbalanced body. She fell against him but he didn't steady her, he didn't reach for her the way he'd always done in the past. Serena shuddered but clung to him hoping her touch would elicit some sort of response.
"What are you doing?" he said darkly as he tried to pull away from her warm embrace.
"I'm saving you" she said sobbing. Her small body shook violently as he fought to leave her hold on him. She didn't let go. She couldn't. "I'm Serena and we're meant to be together. You have to remember and you have to let me save you" she begged.
"Serena" he shuddered as the warmth from her body went into his. A glow of light radiated on the couple and engulfed them. Nothing matched the way he felt at that moment. "Serena," he whispered raising her face with his hands as memory upon memory rushed back to him. He remembered all of their moments in their past lifetime and their current one. Their love was stronger than the greed for power that had controlled him moments before. "Serena," he called her name again and kissed her deeply. "I'm strong enough now," he said after finishing the kiss. "I'm strong enough to let go of the darkness and to love you forever."
"You are?" she whispered looking up into his blue eyes. The smile that lit up her face brightened the room even more. "I love you so much" she whispered and pulled him down for another kiss.
"I love you too, and I'll never stop loving you" he said as the last of the darkness was vanquished by the light of their everlasting love.
AN: I think that's where I'm going to leave it. Thanks for all of your comments.