I don't own Sailor Moon.

This is PGSM Minako's POV.


I'm running as fast as I can through the streets of Tokyo. Things worse than death will occur if they find me; I have to stay hidden. People around me are fighting. They're breaking windows and destroying everything they can. The sky is a dark green and purple.

Metallia.

I blink back tears. I'm doing my best to not cry, but I have no one. Usagi, Rei, Ami, Makoto, Luna, and Artemis, they're gone. It's my fault. Everything is my fault. I tried to be strong. I really did. I'm supposed to continue and fight to the end, but everyone is gone. A world without my friends and run by Metallia is not one I want to be in. I want out.

The light.

I need to find the light and then I can leave forever. Oh no, a cop is approaching me. I've stayed in one place too long. I shouldn't have stopped running. I hope the people nearby don't notice.

"I'm Officer Shiroi. What is your name?"

I try to think of a way to ditch him without attracting attention.

"You're acting strange."

If he noticed, then… no, he is trained to notice. Take a deep breath and stay calm. I just have to be more careful.

"It's dangerous to be out here. If… you'll come inside with me."

I wonder if the light is there. I could go inside with him and discreetly search. What if it's a trap? He seems harmless; although so did Beryl before the attack on the Moon. It isn't worth the risk. I can circle back, but the light probably isn't there.

"You need to come with me."

He said it more firmly this time and he's taken a step to me. I've got to ditch this guy and continue searching. I shake my head. "No. I'm looking for something. I have to find it." I hope he sees how urgent this is and lets me go.

"I might be able to help if you tell me what it is you're looking for."

Oh no. He's taking another step to me. I bite my lip. I can run, but he'll most likely follow. He is a cop after all. A chase will definitely attract attention. I sigh. I can't think of another way to get out of this. "I'm looking for the light."

"The light?"

Why is he surprised? Does he know where it is? I nod "Yes." He shakes his head.

"You're too young. You don't need the light."

My eye twitches. He thinks I'm too young? Something about the way he said it annoys me. As if he thinks I'm a child. I step sideways. "Yes, I do." He appears to contemplate what he's going to say. I'm beginning to think he's working for Metallia. He isn't acting like everyone else. I should have run when I first saw him.

"No. The light is bad."

I take another step. How can the light be bad? The light will give me peace.

"Don't go to the light."

"I have to." He takes another step to me. He looks concerned. Why?

"You're not supposed to be here. You have to go back."

Go back? There's nothing for me. I shake my head. "I can't."

"Why?"

It's hopeless isn't it? I'm alone. There's no reason to stay. He holds out his hand.

"I want to help you."

He seems genuine. I want to explain everything, but he wouldn't understand. No one would. Suddenly, I'm thrown through the air. Has Metallia found me? Crashing through a window, I slide across the carpeted floor. I look at the broken window expecting a hideous purple blob to show itself, but it doesn't. If it wasn't Metallia that sent me through the window then what did? I manage to stand and I avoid going near the window. Whatever threw me is probably watching it. I have to go out the door and soon.

A quick look around tells me I'm in a hotel room. It doesn't appear anyone has been staying in it so I don't have to worry about someone coming in. However, it's only a matter of time before someone arrives. Whether it's investigating the noise or actually coming for me, I don't know and I'm not sticking around to find out.

"Minako"

I spin around upon hearing Usagi's voice. Yet, she isn't there. No one is there. I look down. I failed my princess. I failed everyone. Suddenly a light appears in the corner of the room. I take a deep breath as I look at it. This is it. My search is over. I walk to it.

"MIIIINAAAKOOOO"

For the second time, I spin around. Once again there is no one there. The soul of my princess is crying out. It's torture. I failed her and now she's gone. I can't live like this. I face the light and take a step. Finally I can be at peace.

"You're not supposed to be here. You have to go back."

I pause as his words echo in my mind. What if he is right? Should I not go to the light? I take a step back as I think about my conversation with Shiroi. Am I making the wrong choice? Is the light actually bad? It's the light, how can it be bad? What if I'm wrong? I take two more steps back now unsure of what to do. Maybe he is right. Suddenly, I feel as if I'm being taken to another place as everything goes black.


My eyes flutter open. Where am I? What happened? Blinking a few times, I realize I'm on the floor of my kitchen. Then I see a knife next to me. I cautiously get up and I look at my arms and legs. No cuts from glass and no carpet burn. Looking out the window, I see the blue sky and people going about their day; as if nothing happened. I turn around, confused. I look at the food on the counter again. The fog in my mind starts to clear.

I remember now. I collapsed while making a recipe Makoto had given me. I put the knife on the counter and sit on my couch. It's apparent none of what I experienced was real, even though it felt real. I decide to schedule the surgery. It's been put off for too long. Next time I collapse might be the last. I call the doctor and make the appointment. After notifying those who have to know about the surgery, I lean back and think about my search for the light. How I was desperate to leave.

If I had gone to the light, would I be dead? That's what happens when people cross over isn't it? I wonder if I should tell the other senshi the truth. I shake my head at that thought. The truth? The truth is my health has declined and requires surgery. I fainted, went to a weird place where Metallia had won and I ignored the cry of my princess. I was going to the light anyway, but my conversation with Shiroi made me stay.

I can't explain it. Why did a random man affect me more than the pained cry of my princess? Maybe he's one of those beings that guide souls. I wonder if he would have understood why I wanted to find the light. I sigh, why am I giving this any thought? My communicator goes off. I have my mission. A mission that is real. Shiroi isn't.

"VENUS POWER MAKE-UP!"