Beneath her hand, Heero's arm was trembling, though whether it was from anger or trying to hold back the urge to beat the hell out of the new couple, she couldn't quite be sure. She could understand; she wanted to do the same. Not to mention the fact she could see Rei's and Mamoru's deaths in Duo's eyes. But they apparently didn't notice any of that.
"This is your own problem, Usako," Mamoru was saying. "Deal with it yourself; don't involve us."
"Mamoru," Makoto stated, "you and Rei are the only ones not willing to help." She turned to Usagi. "The three of us are behind you, Usagi." The blonde nodded slightly.
"I don't care what you say. Maiko's feud with you is needlessly endangering the people of earth and I won't make it any worse."
After taking a deep breath, Usagi finally spoke again. "And we're not just fighting for earth anymore."
"The colonies?" He made a sharp scoffing sound; almost immediately she felt the tension in Heero's body increase dramatically. A too calm to be good expression settled on Duo's face. "Who cares about the colonies?"
Usagi moved away from Duo, never releasing his hand, and stepped right up in close to Mamoru, a very severe expression on her face, more severe than Hotaru had ever seen her look even with all the enemies they'd faced, and said two words that froze Mamoru and put a look of pride on Duo's face: "I do."
"Why you. . ." Mamoru started to pull his hand back as if to hit her; she didn't even flinch. Duo caught his hand before it got too far. Mamoru looked down to see a handgun aimed at his face from a very close range and a hard pair of blue eyes on the other end of the gun.
"If you lay a hand on her," Heero stated simply, "I'll put a bullet between your eyes."
"You can't kill a Sailor Senshi with a gun," Rei haughtily argued as Usagi retreated to Duo's arms.
"Then don't give me an excuse."
Rei and Mamoru finally really looked at her. Heero glanced down at her with an unfathomable look in his eyes. She could se Mamoru and Rei trying to place who she was, then she could see it finally occur to the Senshi of Mars. "Saturn." She smirked. "Are you going to take us to destruction?"
She smiled back at the older Senshi. "Give me a reason."
~ * ~ * ~
The tension in the small room nearly crackled audibly, mostly from the death glares that seemed to be being exchanged by Duo and Mamoru. Even Quatre had had to give up tying to keep the peace - or in this case, create it. With a sigh, Duo pushed himself up from the table and left the room.
Haruka and Michiru were sitting on the couch as he went through the living room. The teal-haired woman smiled gently at him. "Uneasy truce, ne, Maxwell-kun?"
"Yep! Ne, where's Bunny?"
"I think koneko-chan's hiding out in her room," answered Haruka. "It's safe in there."
"Thanks. See you guys later." He started down the hallway, grumbling to himself, "Some truce. . ."
"Tell me about it," Usagi answered, opening her door. "I give Heero-kun a week before he kills one them."
"I'd give him less than that, and he'll probably kill both of them." She sweetly laughed. "You did a wonderful job standing up to Mamoru, Bunny."
"You think so?" He grinned and nodded. "Doomo arigatoo, Duo-kun."
She leaned forward and pressed her lips to his. As she felt his arms settle around her, pulling her closer to him, she wrapped one arm around his neck and settled the other hand on his chest, grabbing a handful of cloth and pulling him toward the open door and her bedroom beyond it.
Almost painfully, he broke the kiss to ask, "Are you sure about this?"
"More sure than I've ever been about anything in my life," was her answer before resuming the kiss.
They didn't break it again for quite some time, not even for Duo to shut and lock the door.
Down the hall, Michiru smiled at Haruka. "I guess we won't be seeing them again for a while, ne?" she teased. Her partner smiled back.
~ * ~ * ~
In the kitchen a bit later, the shadows displaced themselves for a moment, and a familiar green-haired woman stepped out of them with a world-weary sigh before they moved back into place. "Well?" Hotaru gently asked. "How bad is it?"
"Much worse than I'd originally feared. She's - Where's Usagi-chan? And Duo-kun?"
"Right here," he answered. The pair, flanked by Uranus and Neptune, reappeared in the doorway, clearly still in the act of getting redressed; neither had rebraided their hair, and Duo's shirt was only about half way buttoned. Not to mention he was just wearing his black overshirt; the white shirt Usagi had on looked suspiciously like his other one.
"Setsuna-san," Minako said, interrupting everyone's staring. "How bad is it?"
"I was right; she has been making a lot of time jumps, particularly in the last few hours. Thank you, Quatre-san," she interrupted herself, accepting the proferred cup of tea. "All of her jumps have been limited to the last two or so years though. As far as I can tell, she's gone no further back than After Colony 195."
"Masaka," Quatre whispered. "She wouldn't..."
"I bet she would," Heero replied. "She's collecting Mobile Dolls, isn't she?" Pluto nodded.
"And all the Mobile Suits of this time have been destroyed," put in Trowa.
"And we destroyed our Gundams," finished Wufei bitterly.
"There is a way around this," Setsuna stated. "I am the Guardian of Time, after all. I can arrange a way for us to defeat both Maiko and the Mobile Dolls."
"How?" Makoto asked.
"Bring the Gundams here."
30 December 2000
Hehehe, I'm so glad to have this Act done. Do you guys hate me for leaving off where I did? Guess what! I've earned another title!!! I am not not only the Queen of Cliffhangers, I am also the Queen of Crossovers! About time too! *skipping around happily* And speaking of cliffhangers, I'll see you all in the next Act! Ja mata, ne!