~A little while ago - Aboard the Doll Ship~
The Doll Goddess reclined on her throne, letting her humanoid form melt away so that from the waist down she was a rippling amorphous blob of golden liquid latex. Her hair tendrils swayed lazily from side to side as she relaxed. She could feel the multitude of new minds connecting to her, and it was good. She radiated satisfaction to her children. Everything was proceeding beautifully. She relaxed further, content with how things were progressing, until a sudden disturbance blasted its way into her mind. Mars-Doll was being ripped away from her!
"Not this time!" She declared, focusing her power on maintaining a grip on Mars-Doll's mind, just as she had done when Sailor Moon had undone Pluto-Doll the first time.
She fought hard, and though the power that was working on Mars-Doll was slightly weaker, the Doll Goddess was having more difficulty this time. Sailor Mars' resistance was added to the equation, and the mental hold on Mars-Doll eroded further. Curiously, her undoing worked differently to Pluto-Doll's, and a physical connection remained along with a tiny mental one. That would make matters easier once Mars-Doll was returned to her presence. For now, she would whisper temptations into her prodigal Sailor Doll's mind and try to gather information on who had tried to take her away.
The Doll Goddess let herself relax once more, listening to the tiny tidbits of information filtering to her from Mars-Doll. There wasn't much tangible information, but she was content to wait for now. Sooner or later Mars-Doll would eventually succumb to her whispers and return to being her dear daughter once more.
The Doll Goddess lost track of time as she relaxed in a state of bliss until she felt another disturbance within her mind. It wasn't as strong as what happened with Mars-Doll, but strong enough for her to quickly figure out what was happening. Someone was trying to take away another one of her daughters! A quick mental search left the Doll Goddess shocked. It was Mercury-Doll! Shock gave way to questioning, and then it became anger. Everything was pushed aside as the Doll Goddess clenched her hands and teleported herself to the bowels of the Doll Ship. Upon arrival, the Doll Goddess found Mercury-Doll kneeling with Pluto-Doll, her blue hair tendrils wrapped around her sister's arms and connected to her head. Rage filled her as she reached forward with pseudopods from her amorphous lower body and wrenched Pluto-Doll free of the traitor and pulling her into the warmth of her liquid latex embrace. At the same time, she willed her own hair tendrils to whip forward and bind Mercury-Doll.
"Traitor!" She screamed at Mercury-Doll, "You ungrateful bitch! I offered you everlasting love and freedom, and you try to turn my children against me? You will suffer for this, Mercury, until you beg me to forgive you and accept you back into my family!"
Rather than wait for a verbal reply that would have served no purpose but to annoy her, she commanded her tendrils to penetrate Mercury-Doll's head and forcibly connect to her mind. Ami screamed in agony as the Doll Goddess forcibly connected to her mind. After a few moments, a blinding white flash blasted awareness away.
An indeterminate time later, Ami found herself regaining consciousness. She couldn't see yet, but she could feel the pinching of tight bindings along her arms and legs, as well as around her throat. Slowly, she realized that she was suspended amid a vast web of blue latex. She could feel latex covering everything except her face like a second skin. Turning her head was difficult, and quite painful given her restraints, but she was able to see and feel that she was again in a mindscape, 'wearing' her Doll self, and hanging by golden latex cables wound around her spread-eagled limbs and her neck.
Moments later, the Doll Goddess floated into view, a resplendent humanoid figure in glowing golden latex.
"I am very disappointed in you, Mercury-Doll." She admonished, her tone matching that used by teachers to inferior pupils, "It seems you have failed your loyalty class and are in need of discipline."
Ami winced involuntarily at the Doll Goddess' words. She knew what her enemy was trying to do, but she still instinctively felt shame at being called a failure. Ami tried pulling on the latex bindings that held her, but they had very little give. The Doll Goddess however noticed both the attempt of trying to free herself as well as the wince from the words spoken. The Goddess had a fairly good idea on how to break Ami. All it would take was time and soon her daughter would be back to her normal self once more.
"I had such high hopes for you, my dear." The Goddess continued, "I gave you so many chances too. Now I am forced to discipline you."
Ami's bindings suddenly constricted, cutting more deeply into her neck and limbs and restricting her air supply. The choking lasted only a few moments before the Doll Goddess instructed her bonds to relax.
"That was a small sample of what you can expect if you continue to fail my class." She declared, "However, should you prove capable once again, you will be rewarded."
Ami glared at her. "This... is not... a classroom." She gasped, trying to call upon her reserves of will, "And you... are not... my teacher!"
The bindings tightened around Ami's neck once more for several moments before slacking off.
"The first rule you will learn in my classroom is that I am your teacher." The Doll Goddess stated firmly.
A moment later, and the scene around them changed into a typical Japanese schoolroom and seated in the desks were all of the other Senshi Dolls. Although Ami could not see their eyes, she felt each of them staring at her humiliation, causing her cheeks to turn red.
"Now, class." The Doll Goddess said calmly, "What is the most important aspect of our sacred Doll family?"
All the other Sailor Dolls raised their hands immediately. Ami was sure she knew the answer that the enemy wanted to hear. She knew that Mars, Saturn, and Neo-Moon would be making their move soon. If she could hold the Doll Goddess' attention on her, then perhaps they might stand a chance. It wasn't how she had wanted to do it, but she had no choice now but to do her best. She tried to raise her right hand, only to find that it was stuck fast to her desk by sticky golden goo.
"Don't you even know such a simple answer, Mizuno-san?" The Doll Goddess mocked, "My, how the brilliant have fallen. Very well. Venus-Doll, the answer please."
"Loyalty, Mother-Sensei." Venus-Doll declared, drawing a round of approving nods from the other Sailor Dolls.
"Correct, Venus-Doll!" The Doll Goddess replied, before blowing a mouth-ring kiss at her. Venus-Doll giggled and writhed as the pleasure flowed through her. Once it had passed, the Doll Goddess spoke again. "Punish your failing classmate, Venus-Doll." She instructed.
Venus-Doll nodded, and then turned to Mercury. "Imagine not knowing that." She said mockingly.
"Venus Love-me Chain!"
The golden heart links wrapped tightly around Ami before shocking her with yellow energy. All the while, the Sailor Dolls giggled and chorused "Ami-chan's so stupid. Ami-chan's so stupid!"
Ami tried her hardest to not scream but couldn't help but let out a small whimper as the energy coursed through her. A few seconds later it stopped as Venus-Doll sat back down at her desk, leaving Ami to try and regain her breath.
"Class, what is the second most important aspect of our sacred family?" The Doll Goddess asked.
Again Ami tried to raise her hand but found them stuck once more to the desk. The Doll Goddess shook her head as all of the other Dolls raised their hands immediately once more.
"Really, Mizuno-san?" The Goddess said with mock surprise, "I would've thought you'd know this one so well. Very well, Neptune-Doll, please give us the answer."
"Undying love, Mother-Sensei." Neptune-Doll answered promptly, the other Senshi Dolls nodding in agreement with her answer.
"Correct, Neptune-Doll." The Doll Goddess praised, blowing a mouth-ring kiss at her.
Neptune-Doll let out a moan of delight and squirmed in her chair. Once it had passed, the command came again.
"Please discipline your classmate who is falling behind in her studies." The Goddess instructed.
Ami grimaced. She had to keep telling herself that this was not a real classroom, that all she was 'failing' at was being brainwashed by the enemy. It wasn't as easy as it sounded. The Doll Goddess had chosen her torment well. She had to bite her lip to keep from crying out as Neptune-Doll called out "Deep Submerge!" and blasted her with it.
Once again, the Sailor Dolls laughed at her and chorused "Ami-chan's so stupid. Ami-chan's so stupid!"
It seemed to take forever for the blast to end, and Ami was sure she tasted blood.
"I won't lose!" She ground out.
~Doll Ship, Teleporter Room~
The Silver Doll on duty in the Teleporter Room of the Doll Ship felt a shiver of pleasure as she read the readings of the monitor indicating an incoming teleport. The monitor had shown that it was one of the Sailor Dolls, and with her two young females and what appeared to be two cats. The appearance of the cats did not worry the Doll, she simply figured they either got pulled in by accident or the two young females were holding onto them for additional comfort.
The Silver Doll moved to stand near the front of the teleporter and bowed as the room lit up with white light for several moments before fading away. Standing on the pedestal were Sailor Mars, Saturn and Neo-Moon, with the two Moon Cats perched on their shoulders.
"Honored Great One, it is a pleasure to welcome you back home." The Silver Doll greeted warmly, "I would be honored to escor..." The words froze in her mouth as she stood back up and looked at what was in front of her.
Instead of the smooth faceless of a normal Senshi Doll, the human features of Sailor Mars were showing, as well as the 'Doll' label was gone. Not only that, but all three of the young women were slightly poised to strike.
If the Silver Doll was still able to show expressions, her face would be one of shock and fear as she sent out a mental cry of warning to the Doll Goddess.
Saturn let out a sigh of relief as the teleport completed without an immediate attack. In fact, the way the hapless Doll woman in front of them had gone through most of a rehearsed greeting before she'd noticed anything amiss was almost comical. Well, if one ignored the fact that the woman was a victim of the enemy.
Mars immediately stepped forward and slapped an ofuda onto the Silver Doll's faceplate.
"Akuryo Taisan!" She cried, causing the ofuda to flare up and render the Doll unconscious.
"We'd better hurry." Artemis declared, "We need to find the other Sailor Senshi and free them before anyone else spots us."
"Right." Saturn replied, before poking her head around the corner, looking down the corridors. Finding them empty, she signaled for Mars to lead the way.
The seductive whispering inside Mars' mind grew stronger, more enticing, for her to simply betray her fellow Senshi and bring the three of them into the loving embrace of the Doll Goddess. Gritting her teeth and doing her best to block out the voice, Mars' led the way to where she had a fairly certain idea as to where the other Senshi would be.
A few minutes later, the three Senshi cautiously stepped through a latex door, and found themselves in a large room, the same room that Phoenix-Doll and Pluto-Doll were brought to after their ascension, and found it empty.
"Strange..." Mars murmured, "I would've thought they'd all be in here..."
"Something isn't right here." Neo-Moon whispered, before jumping slightly at the sound of giggling echoing throughout the room.
"Welcome home, Sister."
~Within Ami’s Mindscape~
Ami couldn't help but let out a small cry of pain at the searing heat of Phoenix-Doll's attack.
The Doll Goddess shook her head disapprovingly. "At this rate Miss Mizuno, you're going to be failing my class and have to stay for another semester with me. Now I'm sure you don't want that." Her voice suddenly took on a more soothing tone, "I can help you pass, and all you have to do is give..."
Suddenly the phone of the Goddess' desk began to ring. Her hair tendrils flailed about slightly as if showing her annoyance at being interrupted.
"Yes?" The Goddess answered, as she picked up the phone. "I see..." She purred in delight, "Inform my daughters...have them brought to me at once."
"I won't lose." Ami whispered as the Doll Goddess was speaking into the phone.
As she'd expected from the moment she'd been caught, the real-world arrival of Mars, Saturn, and Neo-Moon had distracted the Doll Goddess and provided a welcome lull in the humiliating torture. Better than that, the Doll Goddess seemed to be under-estimating them. If she had realized just how much of a threat Chibi-Usa represented, she would not send others to attack her, she'd command the ship to do it instead. For everyone's sake, Ami knew that she had to keep the Doll Goddess focused on her. In the back of her mind, she was formulating a counter-attack. As long as she could hold out against the enemy, the others had a chance.
"With all due respect, the test isn't over yet, Sensei!" she declared, her tone respectful, yet with a hint of defiance.
If the Doll Goddess could smirk, she would have at the response from Ami.
"No. No it is not, Miss Mizuno. Let us continue where we left off." The Doll Goddess replied.
Outside in the real world in the bowels of the Doll Ship, the liquid gold latex of the Doll Goddess' body slid away from Pluto-Doll as Phoenix-Doll continued her ministrations to her beloved.
"My dear daughters, you are to go join your sisters and help subdue and capture the three females inside the lounge room. You will then bring them to my chambers and wait for me there."
"Right away, Mother." Phoenix-Doll mentally replied as she helped Pluto-Doll to her feet.
The physical contact of the Doll Goddess and Phoenix-Doll had calmed Pluto-Doll's mind down. The memories that had been brought forth by Ami...Mercury-Doll were pushed aside and seemingly sealed away once more.
"Come, my beloved Phoenix-Doll. We must go help our Sisters." Pluto-Doll said as she took her lovers hand and walked over to the nearby latex wall and a moment later, the two of them vanished.
~Doll Ship Lounge~
Three sections of the wall abruptly shimmered and liquefied, allowing six figures to pass through and reveal their presence. Ahead and to Mars' left there now stood Venus-Doll, her flawless orange latex glistening as she casually flipped her hair tendrils, and the powerful green-latex form of Jupiter-Doll. Ahead and to the right, Neptune-Doll was reclined against Uranus-Doll, who had her arms around her love and was gently rubbing her belly. Straight ahead, the cat-hooded figure of Enigma Kre'Doll crouched at the pink latex feet of Moon-Doll, who was petting him. Even without faces, their smugness was obvious.
"Looks like the little ones made themselves a better fit for our family." Uranus-Doll remarked.
"They've grown up nicely." Neptune-Doll noted, "Though they've ruined Mars."
"Agreed. Poor girl needs our help."
While Uranus-Doll and Neptune-Doll were talking, Mars, Saturn, and Neo-Moon were already dropping into fighting crouches and spreading out slightly so they'd have more room to maneuver.
"How do you want to do this?" Saturn asked, levelling the Silence Glaive in the direction of Uranus-Doll and Neptune-Doll, "Formally or informally?"
Neo-Moon willed her Pink Sugar Wand to appear in her right hand, and aimed it towards Moon-Doll, while Mars produced a pair of ofuda ready to throw at Jupiter-Doll and Venus-Doll.
"Well Mars did make a fit about us not doing it formally." Neo-Moon said with a smirk, as Mars gave a huff of annoyance.
A wry grin appeared on Saturn's lips. "So she did. Very well then." Giving her Glaive a quick flourish, Saturn announced, "Called upon to cleanse the world of this corruption, I'm Blazing Sailor Saturn!"
"Freed from the corruption, I'm Sailor Mars!"
"And in the name of the Moon, we will purify you!"
Not to be outdone, the Sailor Dolls adopted their poses as well.
"Bringing the salvation of our Mother and Goddess, I am Sailor Uranus-Doll!"
As Moon-Doll finished her line, the walls shimmered once more as Pluto-Doll and Phoenix-Doll stepped forth.
"In the name of our Goddess, you will join us!"
"Now, are you three going to join us willingly, or will we have to forcefully bring you before our Goddess?" Uranus-Doll asked calmly.
Mars, Neo-Moon and Saturn exchanged a glance and nodded once.
"Pink Sugar Heart Attack!"
The trail of pink hearts struck Uranus-Doll in her midriff but bounced harmlessly off her shiny dark blue latex skin as she and the other Dolls laughed.
"You're going to have to try harder than that to stop me, Chibi-Usa." Uranus-Doll laughed.
Neo-Moon looked stunned for a moment, before turning and looking at Saturn, exchanging a knowing smile. Neo-Moon raised the wand up above her and called forth to the power residing within her. Neo-Moon passed her left hand over her wand, and in a flash of pink flame, it transformed from a pink hearted wand to a golden wand topped with a crystalized flame gem. Within that flame gem was her Silver Crystal.
"Very well then." She murmured, then nodded to her companions. "Let's go!"
Several things happened at once.
Jupiter-Doll and Venus-Doll sprang towards Sailor Mars, who calmly threw her ofudas at them with a shout of "Akuryo Taisan!".
Saturn twirled the Silence Glaive before her and started towards Uranus-Doll. Uranus-Doll immediately manifested her sword and leapt into the air.
"Space Sword Blaster!"
Saturn's barrier absorbed the blasts from Uranus and Neptune, but Uranus was on her in an instant, forcing her to parry her sword strikes.
Venus-Doll and Jupiter-Doll evaded Mars' thrown ofuda, which didn't really surprise anyone. As she twisted in mid-air, a sparking antenna appeared from Jupiter-Doll's forehead.
Watching the initial clash, Enigma Kre'Doll tilted his head quizzically.
"The pink-haired girl…" He murmured, "Did she come from us?"
"It matters not, my dear." Moon-Doll murmured as she stoked his head, "Soon she'll be a part of our family."
Pluto-Doll and Phoenix-Doll stood near Moon-Doll, silently watching the fight unfold in front of them, judging when the opportune time for them to jump in. Saturn skillfully fended off Uranus-Doll's sword, while trying to find an opening in both her and Neptune-Doll's attacks.
The appearance of the wall made the two Dolls pause momentarily, giving Saturn the opening she required. At that moment, the familiar warm presence of the Flame entered her mind.
"My child, if you and Neo-Moon can use the Silver Crystal on either Sailor Moon, Phoenix or Pluto even for just a moment, I can assist in freeing them from the Doll Goddess!"
Saturn gave a mental affirmation, knowing that Neo-Moon had done the same.
"Blazing Silent Crash!"
The blades of the Glaive began to glow bright purple as a large ball of white fire, tinged with purple flames formed on the blades. Swinging the Glaive horizontally, Saturn sent the ball of fire straight at Uranus-Doll and Neptune-Doll. Before either of the Dolls could attempt to block the attack, the ball exploded, creating a large wall of white-purple fire that crashed into the Dolls, slamming them up against the opposite wall.
"Venus Love-Me Chain!"
Sailor Mars narrowly avoided the snaking chain and connected her right fist to Venus-Doll's chin, sending her back slightly, before dodging a kick from Jupiter-Doll.
Out of the three Senshi, Mars was having the harder time with her fight. Not only was the voice in her head becoming more insistent, both Jupiter-Doll and Venus-Doll were trying to get inside her head by temping her to submit and rejoin the Goddess.
"Don't fight it, Mars." Venus-Doll said, dodging a strike from Mars, "Rejoin us with the Goddess, become happy and content once more."
"I'll never submit again!" Mars insisted as Venus dodged away from her.
It was hard going, fighting in this place where every inch of her surroundings was pressing against her mind. She sensed that she should duck though, allowing her to avoid a powerful kick from Jupiter-Doll.
Venus-Doll let fly a kick of her own, that Mars barely blocked.
"Fire Soul!” She cried, catching Venus-Doll in the stomach with the fireball. Her triumph was short-lived however as Jupiter-Doll trapped her arms against her sides and shocked her with a mouth-ring kiss to the back of her head.
With Uranus-Doll and Neptune-Doll briefly out of the fight, Sailor Saturn turned her attention to help Mars out against Jupiter-Doll and Venus-Doll.
"Blazing Silent Crash!"
Jupiter-Doll and Venus-Doll were sent flying into the wall, as Mars struggled to stay on her feet. The fire didn't affect her as much as it did to the Dolls, but the effects of Jupiter-Doll's mouth-ring kiss had left her feeling weak. Saturn rushed to her side, helping to support her while she recovered.
"Mars, are you going to be alright?" She asked worryingly.
Mars gave a weak nod. "It's taking everything I have to stay in control and not give in. We must end this quickly."
Saturn turned to Neo-Moon and shouted, "Neo-Moon, use the Crystal!"
"Ok!" Neo-Moon replied, nodding once before returning her attention to Moon-Doll.
"Come back to us, Usagi." she murmured, aiming at her chest.
"Silver Moon Cleansing Inferno!"
Five spiraling beams of white fire leapt from Neo-Moon's wand, racing for Moon-Doll. Enigma Kre'Doll immediately tackled his Mistress to the ground, while Pluto-Doll and Phoenix-Doll stepped in to intercept the attack.
As soon as the energy struck them, Phoenix-Doll and Pluto-Doll were immobilized, and suffused with a loving warmth. They began to glow white in the sustained beam.
The white glow became gold as a powerful presence surged into the two Dolls. The mindscapes of both Phoenix-Doll and Pluto-Doll became engulfed in golden fire as the Flame appeared.
"My daughters, come back to me!" She commanded, as she combined her strength and power with that of the Silver Crystal, purging the Doll programming that had been embedded into their minds.
When the flames had cleared, in the middle of the mindscape, the naked form of Phoenix curled up in a fetal position was floating within the warm embrace of gold fire.
"Phoenix my dear, it's time to wake up!" The Flame said as she strode over.
Phoenix's eyes slowly opened at the voice, looking around to see who had called her. As her gaze settled upon the Flame, her face lit up in delight and stood up, embracing her mother tightly.
The Flame held Phoenix tight against her fiery body. "I told you that I would free you did I not?"
Phoenix nodded. "Pluto?"
"She is free as well, but there is still a fight to be won. Now go! Free the others and stop the Doll Goddess!"
"I will, Mother." Phoenix murmured as the mindscape vanished.
In the real world, the 'Doll' labels on both Phoenix-Doll and Pluto-Doll flashed gold before fading away completely. The smooth latex that covered their faces began to ripple and like Mars, revealed their normal facial features.
Ami bit down hard to keep from screaming as she was punished again for being unable to raise her hand and be the one who told the Doll Goddess what she wanted to hear. She was glaring daggers at her erstwhile sensei, while still trying to tug her hands free of the sticky latex goop sticking them to her desk. She wasn't making much progress, and the frustration was showing in the rapid side to side thrashing of her hair tendrils.
The Doll Goddess' body language suggested that she was enjoying Ami's anguish almost as much as Jupiter-Doll was enjoying her reward.
'I won't lose!' Ami repeated internally, 'Tell yourself that you're winning, demon, and enjoy it while you can. I won't lose, and we will stop your evil plans!'
"You know, Miss Mizuno, if you're struggling with your studies, I am more than willing to tutor you in private." The Doll Goddess as she strode past Ami's desk. "It would save you from being humi..."
She was interrupted by the phone ringing once again. As the Goddess listened to whoever was on the other end, Ami noticed her hair tendrils thrashing about in anger. Ami had a fairly good idea about what had happened, and knew that she needed to keep the Goddess distracted on her.
"And what would this tutoring involve, Sensei?" Ami called out.
"They what!?" the Doll Goddess screamed into her phone.
Her shock and anger shook the classroom. Ami noticed her surroundings becoming less detailed, as if the Doll Goddess couldn't focus enough to maintain the illusion. Moreover, the Doll forms of Mars, Pluto, and Phoenix suddenly threw their heads back and let out screams that were equal parts ecstasy and terror. Ami smiled, and clenched her hands into fists. The restraining latex gave in easily. The rules had changed.
"I'll be right there" the Doll Goddess hissed, trembling with fear and rage, then hung up and turned back to Ami.
"Your lessons will have to wait, Miss Mizuno." She purred, as she leaned in close and cupped Ami's face with her hands. "An urgent matter has come up that requires my complete attention. I will leave you in the capable hands of your Sisters."
"I don't think so!" Ami replied, shocking the Doll Goddess by pulling her hands free of her bonds and grabbing her captor by the wrists, "You need to spend a little more time in Ami's world."
With that, she lashed out with her hair tendrils, wrapping them around the Doll Goddess' head and forcing a connection like the one she'd made to Pluto in the real world...
The golden light surrounding Phoenix and Pluto faded away, as the two lovers stared at each other. The room was entirely silent, each girl wondering whether or not Neo-Moon had been successful in freeing the two Dolls. It wasn't long before they found out.
Phoenix and Pluto shouted together as they turned and faced Enigma Kre'Doll, Moon-Doll, Uranus-Doll and Neptune-Doll. Pluto's attack struck both Uranus-Doll and Neptune-Doll as they were trying to recover from Saturn's attack, while Phoenix's struck Enigma Kre'Doll, sending him flying into the wall.
Bounding forward, Phoenix and Pluto dashed towards Moon-Doll to grab her before she, or any of the other Dolls could react. A section of the floor melted and a pair of grasping hands emerged, reaching for Phoenix and Pluto. Saturn opened her mouth to shout a warning, only to watch in awed relief as the latex hands melted and dripped harmlessly to the floor.
"How?" Venus-Doll gasped.
A small smile appeared on Saturn’s face. "Ami-chan did it." She murmured.
Moon-Doll reached up to her forehead, hoping to grab her tiara, but she was a fraction of a second too slow. Phoenix and Pluto were able to tackle her.
"Neo-Moon! Now!" Saturn cried.
Neo-Moon nodded and raised her wand again, only to be struck in the back by a ball of green lightning.
Mars and Saturn turned to face their new foe; Sailor Dracarn-Doll.
"You have betrayed the Goddesssssss!" She hissed, "You mussst pay."
As Neo-Moon struggled to her feet, Mars and Saturn moved to protect her, with Saturn facing Dracarn-Doll and Mars, the remaining Senshi Dolls.
"Neo-Moon, are you alright?" Saturn asked, not taking her eyes off of the green Doll in front of her.
"Yeah, I'm fine."
"Free Sailor Moon and the others!" Saturn shouted, as Dracarn-Doll dashed forward.
Dracarn-Doll tried to dart around Saturn to stop Neo-Moon, but was stopped by the Silence Glaive.
"You want to stop her? You have to go through me first." Saturn growled.
Pluto and Phoenix watched on. Torn between wanting to help the others but also keeping Moon-Doll pinned down for Neo-Moon. To make things worse, Uranus-Doll, Neptune-Doll and Enigma Kre'Doll were all beginning stir and recover. Not only that, but seeing how close the Goddess had been in recapturing them made things more urgent.
"Neo-Moon! We need you!" Phoenix shouted.
"You can't do this!" Moon-Doll moaned, struggling in Phoenix's grip, "I won't let you corrupt me too!"
Twin red jewels appeared on the black bands connecting her hair tendrils to her head, just as Neo-Moon was getting to her feet.
Moon-Doll screamed at the same moment that Neo-Moon cried "Moon Cleansing Inferno!"
Moon-Doll's scream sent out a blast of sonic disruption that knocked allies and enemies alike crashing to the ground. Everyone except Phoenix, who was behind her, and Neo-Moon who was invoking the power of the Silver Crystal and the Golden Flame, clapped their hands over their ears, or where their ears should be. The whole deck shook, and everyone who had been affected was writhing in agony on the floor.
The scream continued even as the white hot light of the Silver Crystal engulfed Moon-Doll.
Like before with Pluto and Phoenix, Moon-Doll began to glow white, which then turned gold.
Moon-Doll dropped to the ground in whatever this place was, momentarily confused as to why the traitor no longer held her. She seemed to be in the ruins of something. The ground beneath her flawless pink latex was a large block of white stone, with fallen columns on each side. The only other things she could see were a silvery white spotlight beaming down on her, and a landscape of golden flames in all directions.
"What is this?" She gasped, before another voice echoed around her.
"Princess Serenity!" It called, "Come back to us!"
If she'd had eyes, Moon-Doll would have blinked. It was true that she was also Princess Serenity-Doll, but she did not recognize the echoing voice.
"Who are you?" She demanded as she sprang to her feet. Despite the discomfort caused by the silvery white spotlight, she was ready to fight.
There was a flash of golden flame and striding purposefully towards Moon-Doll was the Flame, her body alight with gold fire.
"I have come to set you free, Princess Serenity!" The Flame declared. "To free you from the Doll Goddess' corruption that has taken hold of you."
"You will do no such thing." Moon-Doll retorted, dropping down into a fighting pose. "The Doll Goddess has freed me. I am her daughter and I will help her remake the world in her image and free woman-kind."
"The so-called Doll Goddess is deeply misguided, Princess" The Flame declared, "She is judging all men by the sins of a few. She must be shown the error of her ways, and she must allow us to restore Humanity."
She held out her arms as if inviting Sailor Moon into her embrace.
"It is lying!" The honeyed voice of the Doll Goddess boomed across the burning mindscape.
Bubbling golden liquid latex appeared at Moon-Doll's feet, before immediately climbing her legs and spreading a feeling of warmth and belonging.
The flowing latex swept up her body, forming itself into a tight backless dress. A golden rivulet flowed along Moon-Doll's right arm, while four droplets climbed her face. The droplets reached her label and merged with it, turning the letters gold. The rivulet flowing along her arm reached her hand and began to grow into a long golden scepter with a crescent moon on each end. Wings of golden latex angelic feathers grew from her shoulder-blades.
"We are Princess Moon-Doll forever!" Moon-Doll declared, her voice echoing with that of the Doll Goddess...
The Flame shook her head at Moon-Doll's declaration. "No, you are not. I will show you the truth!"
Gold fire began to swirl around the Flame, growing larger and larger before she thrusted her hands forward, sending the flames spiraling towards Moon-Doll.
Moon-Doll twirled her scepter rapidly before her, catching the incoming fire.
"My Goddess cannot be denied!" She grunted with an effort.
The silvery spotlight intensified.
"Mama!" A child's voice called from behind the light. "Come home, Mama! You have to come home. Please, Mama. Stop being a Doll. Free yourself. Free yourself and Papa. You have to free yourself, Mama, or I'll never be born."
The child's voice made Moon-Doll hesitate for one brief moment. It was all that the Flame needed to push past the scepter. She intensified the gold fire, pulling in the silver light as it engulfed Moon-Doll completely. Within the flames, she could hear Moon-Doll grunting and gasping as she fought to break free of the fire, with little success.
"We all love you, Princess." The Flame murmured, "Let us cure you."
It took a few more moments for the sounds of Moon-Doll's struggles to stop, before finally she cried out.
The flames flew away from her body in all directions, revealing Usagi, naked, with a glowing crescent moon mark on her forehead, and the Silver Crystal shining on her chest. Tears poured down her cheeks as she dropped to her knees.
"Chibi-Usa-chan!" She gasped, "Mamo-chan!"
"Princess, can you hear me?" The Flame asked as she knelt down beside Usagi.
Usagi groaned as she slowly sat up and stared with curious eyes at the Flame. "Yes, but… who are you?"
"It doesn't matter right now, Princess. You are needed. Our friends are in danger. Go, save them, and stop the Doll Goddess!" The Flame commanded while she helped Usagi to her feet, as the mindscape faded away.
In the real world, the white hot glow of the Silver Crystal began to intensify. Moon-Doll herself began to glow a brilliant pink, which became brighter and brighter.
Everyone had to shield their eyes as Sailor Moon's Silver Crystal appeared and the light became blinding.
A moment later, two voices cried out together.
"Moon Crystal Power!"