Hey out there! It's Usagi Carter once again. This is a story I started just shortly after I bought the new N'SYNC c.d. This is based and titled after the song "This I Promise You". The song seems to have struck a cord with me and so, I present my work from the inspiration. Hope you all will be enjoying Zodiac Senshi co-written by Andrea Readwolf and myself. It should be out soon. Standard disclaimers apply.

"This I Promise You"
By Usagi Carter
March 2000
Rated: PG

This I Promise You, the song, is owned by N'SYNC and can be found on their No Strings Attached album.


Serena's POV

Thump! That's the sound my butt made as it hit the ground after I bumped into someone yet again. "I'm so sorry," I said as I looked up at the person I ran into. What met my eyes were deep storm blue eyes. 'Darien' I thought as I stared at my so-called enemy/tormentor who was actually my only love.

"You really need to watch where you're going Meatball Head," he said. Anger flashed across my eyes and hurt slashed at my heart. 'You'll never know how much I...' I thought then stopped myself.

"I'm sorry Mr. Chiba for my klutziness. If you'll excuse me, I'll be going now," I said, my voice emotionless.

"Serena wait," he said as he grabbed my arm. "What's wrong?" he asked.

"Nothing's wrong. I'm sorry," I said as I advanced toward the park after yanking my arm from his grasp.

Darien's POV

I watched Serena leave, my heart aching as I saw her shoulders shake with hidden tears. I suddenly got a déjà vu feeling. 'Do I know her from somewhere else, perhaps another lifetime?' I asked myself.

~
When the visions around you
Bring tears to your eyes
And all that surrounds you
Are secrets and lies
~

Narrator's POV

Darien's eyes glazed over and visions filled his mind, or were they memories?

A beautiful kingdom; A kind Queen; A familiar and beautiful princess; faithful friends; A love like no other; an evil queen; death; destruction; A prince; a faithful vow; unbearable separation.

Darien's POV

"Could Meatball head be that Princess in my visions?" I asked myself for the millionth time as I lay on my bed.

Several Days Later

"I'm sorry to hear that Serena. If the guy dumped you he doesn't deserve you," Andrew said to one very upset Serena. Anger clawed at my heart with the thought of someone hurting my angel. 'My angel? Where did that come from? Better not let her hear that?' I thought as I approached them.

"Andrew, Serena," I greeted as I sat down. Andrew nodded to me as Serena ignored me.

"Hey Darien. What can I get you?' Andrew asked.

"Coffee, black, please. Serena, why are you so down in the dumps?" I asked. I was being rather bold considering that I never talk like this to her. She looked at me with tears in her eyes. "Sere..."

"Darien." She said as she threw herself into my arms. It shocked both Andrew and I. She sobbed and whimpered as she buried her face in my chest. I unconsciously wrapped my arms around her fragile body.

"Serena, what's wrong? What happened?" I asked as I held my fragile angel.

"I'm sorry," she said, pulling away. "That was rude of me." She gathered her things and left quickly.

"Andrew, what just happened?" I asked.

"Serena just threw herself in your arms and cried," Andrew said matter-of-factly.

"What made her cry?" I asked, relieved, strangely enough, that it wasn't me for once.

"I guess some boy asked her on a date and then dumped her last night during the date. She's heart broken," Andy said as he went back to work.

"Where would she go in her state?" I asked.

"The rose gardens at the park," a new voice supplied. I turned to se Serena's friends; Raye, Amy, Mina, and Lita. I noticed it was Lita that had spoken. For some reason, the girls looked at me with a great sadness in their eyes.

"Thank you for telling me. Andy, I'll get my coffee later," I said as I immediately ran out of the Arcade.

When I got to the park, I found Serena, asleep, near a rose bush. I sat down next to her and pulled her into my arms. Unconsciously, she snuggled closer to me.

"Tuxedo Mask, please don't leave me," she said in her sleep.

'Tuxedo Mask?' I asked myself. 'Who in the world is that?' Suddenly, I had another round of visions.

~
I'll be your strength
I'll give you hope
Keeping your faith when it's gone
The one you should call
Was standing here all along
~

A sailor suited hero with gold hair in meatballs and ponytails; four other sailor suited girls; a silver crystal; a man in a tuxedo; the princess and prince again; four former friends, now enemies; two cats with crescent moons; betrayal; sadness; love; remembrance.

Serena's POV

I slowly awoke to the feel of strong arms around me. I opened my eyes and found Darien holding me. We stared at each other for a few moments. 'Darien, Oh how I miss you.' I thought as I stared at my beloved. "Serena, are you okay?" he asked.

"Yeah, I'm fine," I replied. 'Remember, Luna said he has to remember on his own.' I thought to myself.

"Meatball Head, what's wrong?" he asked. I noticed he still had me wrapped in his warm embrace.

~
And I will take you in my arms
And hold you right where you belong
'Til the day my life is through
This I promise you
This I promise you
~

"I can't tell you," I replied.

"Why not?" he asked.

"Because you have to remember on your own," I said before I slapped my hand to my mouth. "I've got to go. I'm late for the meeting at the temple," I said as I slipped out of his grasp.

Darien's POV

I followed Serena to the Cherry Hill temple. I waited outside while she was inside. I suddenly heard a beautiful melody followed by a beautiful voice. I walked toward the sound and I found Raye and Serena near a piano. Serena was singing and Raye was playing. "One of these days, I'm going to sing this to Darien," Serena said quietly, to the point that I almost missed her saying it. Raye looked up to respond and immediately our gaze locked.

"Sing it now," she said to Serena.

"Why?" Serena asked. Raye stood up and whispered something, and then she motioned for me to come in before she began playing her part.

~
I've loved you forever
In lifetimes before
And I promise you never
Will you hurt anymore

I give you my word
I give you my heart
This is a battle we've won
And with this vow
Forever has now begun
~

I made my way to Serena and wrapped my arms around her. She gasped and turned around, just as another round of visions assaulted my senses.

A battle. Death. Blue eyes. Longing. The Moon and Earth. Serenity, both Queen and Princess. Mars, Jedite, Mercury, Zoiscite, Venus, Kunzite, Jupiter, and Nephlyte. Luna and Artemis. Endymion. Metallia, Negaverse, Beryl.

"Serenity," I whispered. I noticed strangely that Serena looked like the princess that I had been seeing in my visions.

"Darien?" Serena asked. "Are you okay?"

"Yeah. Serena, the question is, are you okay? That entire episode earlier was pretty bad," I said as I pulled her closer to me.

~
Just close your eyes
Each lovin' day
And know this feeling won't go away
'Til the day my life is through
This I promise you
This I promise you
~

Serena's POV

Darien was still holding me when my and Raye's communicators went off. "Serena, we gotta go," Raye said urgently.

"Darien, I gotta book-it," I said as I pulled out of his embrace.

"But..."

"I'll see you later," I said as Raye and I rushed from the temple. "MOON CRYSTAL POWER MAKE-UP!"

"MARS STAR POWER MAKE-UP!"

Raye and I arrived on the scene to see Mercury on her knees, scanning the creature. Venus was dodging a ton of attacks and Jupiter had just arrived as we did. "Let's take this nega trash out! MOON TIARA MAGIC!" I screamed as my tiara hurtled toward the creature.

"BURNING MANDALA!"

"SUPREME THUNDER!"

"SHINE AQUA ILLUSION!"

"VENUS LOVE CHAIN!"

Our attacks had no affect. Before we knew what had happened, we were all injured and I was the only one standing. "Guys," I whimpered. "I can't do this alone. Darien," I whispered as the tears fell down my cheeks. I knew what I had to do and I also knew the consequences. "COSMIC MOON POWER!" I faintly heard five other voices.

"MERCURY..."

"MARS..."

"JUPITER..."

"VENUS..."

"...STAR POWER!" four voices rang out.

"NO!" the fifth voice rang out. I noticed, before the world went black, that Darien was that fifth person.

Darien's POV

I watched as my angel hit the ground. I knew in that instant that she was gone, but my heart just couldn't accept it. I sank to my knees next to her and pulled her prone body in to my arms. Then, a dam inside me burst.


"Princess, will you marry me?"

"Yes!" I swung the beautiful Princess Serenity in the air. I kissed her deeply after I slipped her engagement ring on her finger.


"Prince Endymion, you have set me free," Princess Serenity said, tears streaming.

"I remember everything..." I said as I rested my head in her lap. The pain from Zoiscite's attack faded as the memories of the Silver Millennium flooded my mind.


"Sailor Moon, you've set me free,"

"I know, Darien, I know," Sailor Moon said as I once again lay in her lap.

"I'll find my way back to you, I promise," I whispered.

"Hey, you can call me Meatball Head if you want," Sailor Moon said as I died in her arms.



"Serena! Serenity! Sailor Moon!" I shouted. "Love, please wake up," I pleaded.

~
Over and over I fall
When I hear you call
Without you in my life, baby
I just wouldn't be living at all
~

"Serena, baby, please don't leave me. I love you," I said as tears coursed down my cheeks.

"Darien, is she?" I heard a voice ask. I turned and saw the girls standing behind me.

"She's not breathing," I said, feeling the lump form in my throat.

"Princess, you can't leave us!" Raye cried out, tears streaming.

"Darien?" A weak, whispery voice asked. I looked down and noticed that Serena was moving and was looking up at me.

"Serena," I breathed.

~
And I will take you in my arms
And hold you right where you belong
'Til the day my life is through
This I promise you
~

Serena's POV

"Darien, are you and the girls okay?" I asked.

"Yeah. The question is, my dear princess, are you okay?"

"I'm fine..." I replied. I realized that with his statement, he remembered everything. "Darien..." I started.

"Yes?"

"Do you..."

"...Remember? Yes, I do," he replied. I sat up and threw my arms around him. I sobbed into his chest as he wrapped his arms around me.

"I missed you!" I cried out.

"I've missed you too," he replied again.

~
Just close your eyes
Each lovin' day
And know this feeling won't go away
Every word I say is true
This I promise you
~

Darien's POV

Serena walked into the arcade, surrounded by the girls. They were all chattering. "Ladies," I said as they approached the counter.

"Hi!" they called out.

"Serena," I said as she looked at me.

"Hi," she said sweetly. I pulled her into my arms and held her close.

"What's going on here?" Andrew asked as I kissed Serena on the forehead.

"I'm holding my girlfriend," I said innocently.

"Since when did you two start dating?" he asked.

"Yesterday," Serena supplied.

"Oh," he said, shaking his head and turning away to finish his work.

"Let's go for a walk," I said to Serena.

"Okay," she said as we got up and left.

"Serena, I love you," I said as we walked through the rose garden at the park.

"I love you too," she said before I swept her into a very passionate kiss.

~
Every word I say is true
This I promise you
I promise you
~