24 Hours to Life
by Moon Momma

2:30 pm, Tokyo

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Nephrite and Usagi listened to the announcement on the car radio. "That sounds really good, Nephrite," Usagi said.

"Thanks," he said absently. "Let me drop you off at your place, then I need to teleport back to my house. I'm going to see if I can transfer my money into a new account connected to this reality."

He stopped near the apartment building where Usagi and Mamoru lived and let her out, then teleported from inside his car to his mansion. He ran to the table where his computer was and turned it on, waiting impatiently for it to boot up. When it was finally ready, he went to the website for the bank where he had his biggest account and entered his login information. Where before the screen had come back with the annoying and alarming message Invalid user name and/or password, now a screen came up with his account information on it. Clicking around and typing quickly, and using a little energy to nudge the process along, he opened up a new account - a special kind he had found an invitation to on his main page - and transferred his money into it.

Hoping this would work, that the accounts he was creating would exist in the reality where he was right now, he did the same for his other three accounts, opening up new online accounts at those banks and transferring the money into them. He looked again at the totals; if this did work, between his money and the other three Guardians' winnings from the casinos, there should be more than enough money to pay all their debts. And once he got his business back on track, the supply of money would be practically endless. He wondered if the other three would have any interest in working for him. Jadeite he could see as a businessman; Kunzite and Zoisite, not so much, but they had surprised him more than once during this whole affair.

With money theoretically in place and ready to be withdrawn, he teleported to an ATM he remembered near the harbor walk. He inserted the card for one account and punched in a suitably large number.

We are sorry, that amount exceeds the maximum permitted daily withdrawal from your account. The machine spit his card back out.

Nephrite sighed, cursed, then inserted his card again. The maximum daily cash withdrawal from each account, he discovered, was only thirty thousand yen. A drop in the bucket compared to how much money he needed and how much he had in his accounts. Well, it was better than nothing, and would go a little further towards settling his and the other Guardians' debts. He took out the maximum amount from each of his accounts, stuffed the money in his pockets, then ran down the walk to where scores of people were standing in line waiting to accept his apology and his money.

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