19. ~~A New Beginning. ~~
The starseeds pulsed and flashed their respective colors; both seemed to rotate slowly as they glimmered and sparkled.
Paige stared into the light; and she felt strangely calm.
It was an amazing feeling like feeling her Father's loving embrace; she even heard him speak. "Don't be sad my Daughter, with your smile and determination there is nothing you can not accomplish."
On the wind she heard a piano sonata, a forgotten tune she played long ago with her Father, the scent of flowers and joy filled her senses.
Sue Ann's laughter chimed through. "Mama, Mama I love you! Don't cry. Big kisses for my Mama!"
Paige even heard Tyme. "Don't you ever get TIRED of crying, SHEESH! Grow up, already!"
Inspiration washed over her, all the sadness she felt at her father's death, all the love she felt for her teammates, and friends, and the angst she felt over her Mother's hatred for her seemed to whirl in her mind.
She then heard her own voice. "Who cares if Mother will never love me!? I'm an adult; I'm a senshi, and I've helped save the world! Papa loved me enough for a whole army of Parents!" She continued to uplift her spirits. "I raised a daughter, and was a one hundred times better MOTHER THAN Pluto EVER was or WILL be!"
Paige's sailor crystal burst right before her eyes, but she did not fall or die. The shards of her starseed glinted and glimmered and then became whole again as two crystalline flowers. To her left was a delicate yellow peony starseed, and to her right was a celestial blue chrysanthemum crystal sailor crystal. Little orbs of pure white light and prismatic bubbles floated up from Paige's evolved sailor crystals; between the gems a white serpentine light formed the infinity symbol, as they hovered between her palms.
Sailor Phoebe gasped. "So lovely."
"Something is happening, something wonderful." Onyx said in an awed voice.
Paige's henshin locket was then engulfed in light and when it dimmed; her locket had changed form. It now was a celestial blue heart with a yellow border and pure white wings on either side of it; her light blue chrysanthemum starseed set itself into the locket and the cover snapped closed. It then landed in her palm; Paige smiled and closed her fingers over it. The moment her skin touched the blue heart a tremor ran through her core, releasing a new energy, and warmth that spread outwards to her limbs. Her calm yellow eyes were glowing brightly; like fresh suns pure white skies.
Something was happening, her senses were on high, she felt it down to the marrow of her bones. The pieces of Autumn's sailor crystal pulsed and twinkled and then unified into dual crystalline blossoms as well. One was an ebony iris starseed, and the other was an indigo bitter nightshade bloom sailor crystal. Little spheres of indigo light and dark bubbles full of colors like raw opal rose above the new starseeds; onyx light formed a dark infinity symbol joining the two power gems. She focused and watched as the two flowers floated before her.
"Wonderful." Sailor Love gasped.
Twilight Lunar Mage watched this miracle feeling the pure energy pull at his being. "This is...This is..." he then shook his head. "...mere words could not do this pure happening any justice."
The fragments of her locket too reformed into the black jaguar head with glowing eyes, inky bat like wings with indigo bones flared from the sides of it. The noir iris crystal floated into the locket's mouth and was eaten with a little clicking noise. Autumn reached out and let the locket land in her palm; her slender fingers closed over the accessory; and she felt power fill her being. from head to toes. Her eyes shone anew; like a blue and indigo nebula swirling in an endless dark galaxy.
Simultaneously the words came to both ladies, and they knew what they now had to do.
"Essence of Life Eternal, Empyrean Aurora! Ei Power...MAKE UP!!" Paige called out and held up her new henshin locket.
A light was growing around the brown haired girl; it was like the sun was rising up behind Paige. Bringing with it was a gentle increasing warmth. Prismatic sparkles riding white dusted winds swirled up and around her enveloping her in a flutter of black feathers accompanied by faint hawk cries. Each glowing speck of dust, and each feather formed a different part of her new fuku until the whole ensemble was complete. When it ended, the new warrior landed softly between the Sailor Senshi and the attacking Sailor Pluto.
"I am the Eternal Guardian of Life, Solider of the winds of time, and protector of the young Senshi of new and to come... I am Ei Senshi." Ei Senshi announced.
Ei's fuku was celestial blue, yellow and white. Her boots were celestial blue, with yellow pipping and topped with sky blue cloud-like lace and came to just below her knees. Her pleated skirt was celestial blue with sky blue crinoline under it. Her top was white with yellow pipping and accents; on her bodice sat her new locket. Sleeves were connected to her corset but they were off the shoulder and topped with yellow pipping and seams. They cascaded down her arms to her hands were sky blue fluffy lace came out around her bare hands; her choker was celestial blue. On her forehead was a straight line yellow gold chain tiara with celestial, and sky blue gems on it; in the middle glimmered an infinity symbol.. Her hair was freshly braided and smooth and shiny and seemed to wave majestically in a soft breeze. She held out her right arm and the yellow peony jewel landed in her grip she then threw it up into the sky, and another white winged celestial blue heart appeared above her hand. There was a metal shing sound as the crystal and heart met; in a flash of light they became the Sword of Life. The weapon had a swept hilt with a sky blue heart shaped pommel with a braided golden yellow grip. The cross and rain guards were the celestial blue white winged heart. The blade was double edged with golden yellow central ridge and point.
Autumn followed suit and shouted. "Essence of Death Eternal, Chthonic Twilight! Shi Power...MAKE UP!"
She held her locket out in front of her as a dimming light enveloped her. A stillness seemed to fill the area, as a slight chill took to the air. A deep indigo and black veil roses up with prismatic pin-pricks of light dotting the inkiness. A jaguar roaring filled the silence, and leathery rustling sounded off. When the shadow fell away from the new senshi rose from her crouch and was ready to defend the Sailor Senshi behind her.
She calmly stated. "I am the Guardian of Eternal Death, soldier created from darkness and the Cat's Eye Nebula, protecting the lives of everyone and keeping them from harm. I can take anything you can dish out...I am Shi Senshi!"
Shi's fuku was black, indigo, and white. Her boots where black with white laces that came to just below her knees. She has indigo thigh high tights that are cinched with thin white ribbons. Her pleated skirt was black with an crinoline indigo underskirt. Her top was black with an indigo corset with white ribbons lacing over it; on her bodice sat her locket. Black ruffled straps went around her neck and upper arms. Her sleeves start just above her elbows and are black with white pipping cinching the tops and wrists. The onyx sleeves fall over her bare hands with indigo poufy lace work. Her red hair waved slightly around her head, as the indigo nightshade blossom shaped gem floated just above her head on her left side. Her old spear appeared and morphed into a new weapon as it met the crystalline bloom; The shape stayed the same but bat wings with indigo bones and black membranes flared out form around the spear head. In the center of the wings was the second sailor crystal the petals cascading downwards while the stamen is point upwards on the spear head. The top of the shaft is wrapped in braided leather of black and indigo; the spear from shaft to tip is over six feet tall.
Ei and Shi Senshi stood side by side their weapons in hand, and stared down the charging Sailor Pluto. The threads of time and space seemed to warp and gather around Sailor Pluto as she fired off a humongous attack. Large ebony feathered wings burst from Ei Senshi's back as she raised her sword; Shi Senshi's large black membrane bat wings appeared as she moved her spear in front of her. The attack hit and time seemed to stop as energy burst out all around everyone. The Sailor Senshi in the shields felt the power and they braced for the worse; as a loud thrum shook the core of everyone and the Universe itself. There was light, darkness, loud noise, silence and then nothing at all.