Title: Peace, Love, and Serenity
Author: Mei Mei (Formerly known as Sailor Peace)
Rating: R (I don't think it will ever be NC-17, but just warning you... I'm not sure...)
Author's Notes: None really - but I told ya Part Two was coming, didn't I?

Last Time : Just a little prologue to part two!

It had been two days since the French Princess had been placed into hiding. Besides Malachite, Serenity had only seen monks. She had not seen Endymion since. It was getting quite desolate all alone in the quiet, dank and dreary building. Because she had not been allowed outside her room and the dining hall, Serenity wasn't sure if they were even in a monastery, but she supposed because of the constant loud praying of the monks, that was the most likely place for them to be.

Glancing to her bed, Serenity noticed a white dot on her pillow. Following what she now recognized as a ray of sunlight upward, she noticed for the first time, a small window covered with boards. Climbing atop the small tabletop beside her bed, she raised herself up and peered as best she could through the crack between the boards to the outside world. It was a beautiful day, from the best she could tell. The sun was bright on her eyes and she could only gaze out a moment longer before she couldn't hold herself up any longer. Lowering herself back down until she was standing flat-footed on the table once again, she kneeled and climbed onto her bed. Closing her eyes, she fell back onto the pillows, suddenly overcome with fatigue. Her last thought before sleep claimed her was of Endymion.

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"Malgré tout je vous ai laissé être, je vous sens près de moi."

Serenity shifted in her sleep at the sound of the voice.

"Tout est bien. Je suis seul tout le temps." The voice came again as she slowly opened her eyes. Glancing around the room she saw no one, but she heard loud arguing in the hall outside her room in no matter what language could be determined as angry.

"Le dije no hacerla enterada de su llegada, mi príncipe! Nadie, no igualarle que la princesa francesa ingenua debe saber están aquí!" Malachite's voice yelled angrily. Serenity flinched, mostly in fear. She had hoped she was safe here.

"Malaquita," The other voice started. Serenity wasn't able to determine who the voice had belonged to. It had been quiet and scratchy, sounding much like it belonged to an ill person, but whoever it was, he had addressed malachite in an obvious display of endearment. "Ella no era incluso despierta. A...acabo de desear cerciorarme de que ella estuviera bien," The voice rasped once more, but despite it all, it had sounded so familiar.

"Le dije que ella fuera, usted no me crea?" Malachite responded, sounding almost hurt.

"Malaquita, viejo amigo, usted sabe que no es verdad..." The other voice sighed.

"Debo ahora ir mi príncipe, no la disturbo otra vez. Ella no debe saber que usted está aquí hasta que sabemos que todos son seguros para ella... y usted, también, Endymion."

Serenity gasped as Malachite quietly called the stranger by his name. Quickly she ran to the door of her small room and after hearing Malachite walk away, she quietly opened the door to see Endymion's back facing her as he walked down the hallway.

"Endy...mion?" she called to him in a hushed voice, but he heard her nonetheless and quickly turned to her in surprise. Before she was aware of what had happened, Endymion had pushed her back into her room, shutting the door behind him.

"Do not tell Malaquita that you know I am here." He ordered harshly, his grip on Serenity's arm a bit harsher than he had intended.

"What? Why?" She winced at his grip, and realizing what he was doing he let go of her. Sighing he walked away from the door, Gazing around the dank room in disgust.

"I'm sorry you must be in these conditions, Serenity..." Sighing again he took two steps towards her spot she had now walked to in the middle of the small room, closing the distance between them. "You are in danger because of me and vice versa... Our countries are in desperate need of unity, and as Malachite said to you before, marriage is the only way at the moment..." He smiled despite himself at Serenity's sudden flush at the mention of marriage. He fancied that she approved of the idea then, but despite he innocent and surprisingly appealing blush, he continued.

"But there are still many who oppose it and anything other than war between our countries, and unless you want a repeat of your parents death on your hands, you must stay away from me until the rebel leaders have been caught!" He spoke darkly in French, and realized after the words had left his mouth that he was probably scaring her out of her wits with his harsh tone. But her reply wasn't of timid fear, rather sudden confusion and panic.

"A repeat of my parents death? Their death was an accident, Endymion! My aunt has told me the story numbers of times..." She rushed out the words, the feeling that her suspicions about her parents murder were true coming back to haunt her again after all the trouble she had gone through to deny it.

"Are you insane? Where do you come up with this nonsense? Don't you even remember what happened between our countries when your parents died?" He yelled in frustration, running a clammy hand through his limp raven locks. He knew he must look the part of a mad man, ane began to feel vaguely guilty again for yelling at Serenity. But, could she honestly not know about the former King and his wife and the real reason behind their death?

"I had the fever, I lost many of my childhood memories..." She replied as steadily as she could. 'This is not happening to me...' She thought frantically.

"Desperdicios!" He cursed angrily in Spanish. "Has no one told you the true intentions of your parents death?" Upon seeing her confused face, he sighed and stepped closer to her once again, no more than a foot from her. He reached a gentle hand out to touch her arm, to brace her he told himself. His conscious said otherwise. "They were murdered Serenity. It was no accident..." The confused look on her face soon faded into a dead blank expression. He sighed, pain gripping his hard heart, and he cold demeanor was slowly melting at the emotions she was bringing out in him. "And you did not forget because of the fever. Tell me you remember something, anything at all..." He continued, prompting her gently.

"I remember their funeral..." She replied after a few moments of silence. "I remember Aunt Madeline and Haruka's father taking me to see my grandparents in Marseilles for the summer after their death."

"I remember seeing you that day... at your parents' funeral." He said in a hushed voice, gently letting his hand drop down to enclose hers in his.

"You were there? At the funeral?" She questioned.

"Of course I was, your parents had died on a visit to Spain... My family and I had felt vastly responsible..." He said with a nod. He led her over to a cushioned settee by her bed.

"Why were they going to Spain?" Serenity felt awful for asking so many questions of Endymion, she felt even worse to know she had never been told the real answers by her family.

"To arrange our marriage... Serenity...our countries have been striving for a marriage for many generations... What did you think prompted the war in our countries?" His voice faded out as he noticed grief overcome Serenity's face.

The realization that her parents' had been murdered and that her suspicions had been correct was now taking it's devastating toll on the fragile Serenity. Trying not to cry in front of Endymion, she turned from his so that he could not see her face, but the sob welling deep in her chest was too much to hold back.

"Serenity..." He started. He wasn't sure what to say to the Princess. He knew that this news must be very difficult for her to handle but what he didn't know was how to comfort her.

"I am sorry your highness, it's just..." She sobbed again, hiccuping slightly. Endymion frowned at the pain in her soft voice and gently turned her to face him.

"Serenity..." She would not look at him though, ashamed of the fat tears rolling down her cheeks as her body shook with another sob. "Serenity..." He repeated again, gently placing a hand on the side of her face, tilting her head up so that she faced him. His heart lurched at the sight of her tears and before he could stop himself he placed a gentle kiss on her forehead. "Shhh..." He murmured, and his once lost gentleness that he had shown Elisabeth was now beginning to reform as he wrapped his free arm around Serenity's shoulders. She relented subconsciously, her shoulders loosening up a bit under his touch. His lips kissed her forehead again and before he could stop himself, he kissed her temple, then her cheek. Next the corner of her mouth, which was not enough to satisfy any man, let alone Endymion.

His lips slowly covered hers in a tender kiss, one he had forgotten how to give until he had met Serenity. He was later unsure that what occurred next was because of their mutual suffering, her grief or his lust. But at that moment all he cared about was that Serenity was whole-heartedly returning his kiss, which soon turned into anything but innocent and gentle.

He titled her head back gently, allowing himself more access to her tender mouth. Endymion hadn't felt so alive in so many years. Not since... But he forced his past love from his mind and focused on the current matter at hand.

Pulling back from her warm embrace, Endymion placed a gentle kiss to Serenity's Temple before standing slowly.

"I need to leave you know, Serenity. If Malachite was to find out that I have seen you then..."She sighed softly and gently reached out a hand to caress her cheek. "Promise me you'll do all he says..." She nodded slowly and he half-smiled down on her. "I'll be back to check on your safety again soon. I swear it."

He bent down and kissed her gently on the lips before murmuring 'adieu' and turned to leave before he couldn't bring himself to distance himself from her inviting lips. She watched him leave the room, before slowly bring a hand up to her lips, wondering exactly what had just happened and whether or not she should pinch herself to see if she was dreaming.

Author's Notes...
First of all - The reason for all the language and no translations... I wanted you to get a feeling of Serenity's oredicament.. Stuck in a Spanish monastery and not speaking Spanish... But here is the Translation! Yes teh first two lines are in French and I know Serenity knows French and cna understand that, DUH! But I just thought Him saying this to her in French was just so pretty so I wanted you guys to see it...

"Despite everything, I let you be. I feel you bext to me..."
Serenity shifted in her sleep at the sound of the voice.
"Everything is fine. I'm lonely all the time." The voice came again as she slowly openeer eyes. Glancing around the room she saw no one, but she heard loud arguing in the halutside her room and in no matter what language, it could be determined as angry.
"You are not to let any one know of your arrival, my Prince! No one, not even that naive French princesust know that you are here!" Malachite's voice yelled angrily. Serenity flinched, mostly in fear.
She had hoped she was safe here.
"Malaquita," The other voice started. Serenity wasn't able to determine who the voicad belonged to. It had been quiet and scratchy, sounding much like it belonged to an ill person,
but whoever it was, he had addressed malachite in an obvious display of endearment. "She waot even awake. I ... I just wanted to make sure she was well." The voice rasped once more, buespite it all, it had sounded so familiar.
"I assure you, she is fine. You do not trust me. " Malachite responded, sounding almost hurt.
"Malachite, old friend, you know that it is not true... " The to other voice sighed.
"I must now go my prince, do not disturb her again. She does not need to know that yore here until we know that all is safe for her... and you, as well, Endymion."
Serenity gasped as Malachite quietly called the stranger by his name. Quickly she ran to the doof her small room and after hearing Malachite walk away, she quietly opened the door to see
Endymion's back facing her as he walked down the hallway.

ANYWAY! You guys chew on that little tidbit for a while...

Next Time: Serenity sees Endymion again