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Fulfilling a Promise

By Matthew Galezowski

Adventure / Romance

Slight Interruptions

By taking a big leap with the usage of 'The Jump' Card, Sakura jumped as high as she can and was able enough to confess her feelings to Syaoran. Despite of the fact that he pleaded her to wait for the effects of 'The Nothing' Card to wear off.

Upon seeing her coming towards him and after hearing her confession, he quickly walked up to the edge of the stairs and caught her in his arms; just before the missing flight of stairs returning to normal. As he feels her warmth, he replied. "Thank you, Sakura. I love you, too."

She looks at his handsome face and became very touched of his words to her. "Syaoran-Kun." Her light green eyes were shining like diamonds and when she was about to make her next move on him, she hears a familiar voice calling out to her.

"Sakura! Where are you?"

"Oh, shoot! It's my brother!" Afraid that her boyfriend would get caught-up in a conflict with him again, she immediately made a request. "Syaoran-Kun, please take my card and get out of here!"

He became awfully surprised that Sakura has given him one of her Sakura Cards. He tries answering back to her as to why he would hang onto it. "But, Sakura. Why?"

She responded. "Because…I don't want to see you two fight over me. When the time comes, we'll use it. I just want to be with you…forever."

As he sees a single tear coming down from her eyes and trickled down on her cheek, he catches it and felt its moisture. He placed his hand on her shoulder and answered with a smile. "I'll keep that in mind, Sakura." After that, he exits the tower from the window and onto the roof of a building as he ran back home with the Sakura Card in his hands.

Sakura took a deep breath and made a sigh of relief. By looking over the scenery, she still remembered the time when a mysterious card called 'The Nothing' began not only erasing everyone and everything in sight, but also taking her Sakura Cards as well; where each of them contained her memories. She did, however, sealed it when she saw Syaoran disappearing before her very eyes and risked her feelings for him. As a result, both 'The Nameless' Card and 'The Nothing' Card combined together to become 'The Hope' Card. Apparently, she gives it to Syaoran whenever the time is right. As she makes her way down the stairs, she sees her brother, Toya looking for her.

"Sakura…"

"Hey, brother." She made a small giggle to herself.

As he folded his arms, he asked. "So, where's the brat?"

Knowing that her brother still has a hatred for Syaoran, she frequently retorted. "He…He went home. Why do you ask?"

He smiled. "I was going to beat the living daylights out of him."

Disgusted of his behavior, she clenched her fists tight and kicked him right at the back of his knee. This resulted of him to writhe out in pain.

Before heading outside, she turned her head to him and responded. "For once, brother, let it go. Fighting doesn't solve anything."

Toya was becoming more frustrated, when he sees his only sister having a romantic affair with the young man that he despises. "That pipsqueak! Who does she think, she is?" While he was livid of his sister's insult on him, he notices a mysterious black shadow with bloody red eyes in the distance. He gasped in awestruck, when he sees it near the forest. But as he got back to his feet, it vanished. He gave himself a moment to think about the unknown figure that he just saw. "What was that?"

As he exits out of the tower, his close friend, Yukito spots him. "Hey, Toya!" He flashes with a soft smile. "Is Sakura-chan safe?"

He nods his head and points to him. She's having a conversation reunion with her friends, such as Tomoyo, Meiling, Chiharu, Naoko, Rika and even her father.

"Well, she feels happy seeing them again. Right?"

"For now."

Yukito became worried. "What's up? Is there something that you're upset about?"

He sighed. "When I went outside, I saw something from where Sakura was. It was black and it had red eyes on it. Yet, it wasn't related to that brat."

"If it's not him, what could it be?"

"I don't know." As he checks on his sister, he pressed forward. "But until we find out what it really looks like, keep a lid on it."

"Yeah. See ya!" Yukito then headed back home and left Toya all by himself with his sister, Sakura and everyone else.

He walked on over to where Sakura is and was rejoined by her friends and his father. "Hey, squirt. Let's go home."

Once again, Sakura becomes infuriated of her brother poking fun at her. "Stop calling me squirt!"

Fortunately, he laughed. "Whatever."

Back home, Sakura sat in her bedroom. She took a deep sigh and was relieved that her brother didn't pick a fight with Syaoran; the young man that she's in love with. Later on, her best friend, Tomoyo called her on the phone and asked about the events that had transpired.

By the time Sakura informs her about the aftermath, she became very surprised about Syaoran keeping her new Sakura Card.

"Eh? Now let me get this straight: When you were strong enough to confess your feelings to Syaoran as he was about to fade away, 'The Nothing' Card unified your 'Nameless Card' and it became 'The Hope' Card?"

"That's right" replied Sakura.

Tomoyo smiled. "I'm so happy for you, Sakura! You've saved everyone with your love to Syaoran!"

"You might be, but I'm not" told Sakura, sadly.

"Is there something the matter?" Tomoyo became worried.

She lifted her head up and continued. "I…I gave him my new card."

"What? Why would you lend him your new Sakura Card, if you haven't even used it? It doesn't make any sense" wondered Tomoyo.

"Because…" Tears were than formed in her light green eyes. "I don't want to see him get beaten up, by my brother. How can someone like him hates Syaoran-Kun so much? I…I love him!" She than cried softly on her bed and there was little that Tomoyo could do to help her out.

Unknown to Sakura, her brother, Toya had overheard her small talk about the young man of whom she loves. As he carefully oversees his sister crying, he now begins to realize that he was becoming very harsh on her. By turning around, he heads downstairs and into the kitchen where his father is doing some cooking for the family.

Mr. Kinomoto briefly asks his son about what went down in Sakura's bedroom. "Oh, Toya. Do you know why Sakura is feeling down, all of a sudden?"

"It's all because of that brat. And furthermore, she has feelings for him." He clenches his fist, while grinding his teeth. "Not that it really matters. If I ever see him again, I swear, I'll…"

Just as he was about to make a harsh statement regarding Syaoran, his father interjected him.

"Don't even go there."

"But, Dad. He's…"

Like before, he interrupts him with his own statement. "Listen to me. Your theories about him with Sakura is overshadowed by your own doubts." He puts the food that he cooked, filled it on the dinner plates and placed them on the table. "Now, bring Sakura down for dinner. And once you're done with that, give yourself some time to re-evaluate your actions on him."

Toya pouted. "Fine. But, it won't be easy." Later on, he got out of his seat and heads to Sakura's room, as he informs her for supper. He makes a few knocks on her door in order to notify her. "Hey, Sakura! Dinner's ready!"

She was crying for several minutes until she managed to calm down. After wiping the tears from her eyes, she gets off the bed and opens the door softly. Her brother asks her.

"Are you feeling any better?"

"For now."

After a while, they both sat down with their father and had their supper. When it was finished, Sakura and her brother cleaned up all of the plates that were left on the table.

"The food that Dad made was great! It was so good!"

"The only thing that you need is more cleaning."

Sakura grunted. "Yeah, right." With all of the dishes washed and stored away, she heads back to her room.

In the middle of the night, Sakura had nearly stayed up late, thinking about the current conflict between her brother, Toya and her lover, Syaoran. She was looking up at the ceiling and perhaps, figure out of how to put their past differences aside. She sighed in a sign of disbelief as Kero comes from out of her drawers and was curious about her downside.

"Sakura, you've been like this all day. What's been troubling you, lately?"

She turned to him and answered. "My brother…"

The winged teddy bear raised his eyebrow in confusion. "That's it? How come you're always mentioning about him? Is it because, he still hates Syaoran?"

With a nod of her head, she replied. "He dislikes him so much, regardless that I have a relationship with him."

"Are you saying that under his belief, he believes that Syaoran would take you away from him?" he said.

"Yes." As she hops back into her bed, she pulls the covers of her blanket and placed her head on the pillow, she asks. "Kero, why is it that my brother always acts this way whenever Syaoran-Kun is around?"

"There are times when people like him just can't seem to let go of their personal problems and move on. But rest assured, something may turn up. Goodnight, Sakura." He hops back into her drawers, where he was resting.

"Okay, Kero. Goodnight." As she turns off the lights, she closes her eyes and went to sleep. Hoping that tomorrow will be a better day for her.

During her goodnight sleep, however, a mysterious black shadow with red eyes was hovering outside of her window and was watching her. It made a sickening laugh and was about to crawl inside her bedroom until Sakura opened her eyes and stood up. She made a loud gasp, before feeling her heartbeat. It was racing fast. When she glances at the window, there was nothing there but the dark blue sky with millions of stars and the bright full moon. As she went back to bed, she pondered to herself about what she heard during her sleep. "What was that sound?"

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