Fear of the Dark

The Blade

Sid regained consciousness and lifted himself up off the floor; he staggered a little, and then regained his vision and balance. He looked around to find their enemies completely obliterated; chunks of dead body lay on the ground in pools of blood, and Sakura was crying as she sat beside Syaoran. He looked over to find Syaoron unconscious on the floor, and then he looked to Alice. She'd just regained consciousness as well. He walked over to her, his head throbbing.

"Alice, are you ok?"

She looked up at him and worry seeped into her gentle eyes, "Sid, your head is bleeding…" She whispered.

"It's ok, I'll be fine. I need to know if you're ok." He said.

She nodded, "I'm fine, I'm ok."

"Ok, that's a relief. I'm going to call the rest of the guards." He said, and then left Alice's side.

Moments after he called for them, guards came rushing into the room awaiting their orders. "Get those who are still alive to a hospital. Alert the deceased's families. I want the family doctor down here to look at Princess Sakura and Princess Rena and my cousins. Help Alice up to her room; have a nurse tend to her wounds." He ordered.

"Yes sir." The head guard nodded, and then gave the others their orders.

The family doctor came running in and saw the mess; he looked to Sid who pointed to Sakura, "Go over there-they need you more." He said.

Sakura looked up as a doctor approached; he was tall and had black hair, his eyes hazel. "Stay calm, I'm a doctor." He told her as he knelt down beside Syaoran.

"Please, help him…" She begged.

He smiled, "That's what I'm here for; he won't die, I promise."

She held Syaoran's hand while the doctor treated him, and he called over one of the guards. "Prince Syaoran needs to be taken somewhere comfortable; perhaps one of the spare bedrooms would do."

The guard picked him up and Sakura wanted to follow, but was stopped. "You're princess Sakura, right?"

Sakura nodded.

"I need you to let me treat you." He said. She looked hesitant and he smiled, "I'll take you to him afterwards."

She nodded, and while he treated her she watched as the dead were moved and the injured were escorted out.

"Ok, I'll take you to him now." He said, and escorted her to the room where Syaoran was resting. Once she was by Syaoran's side, the doctor left and returned to the ballroom to treat the others.


Fai walked into the lounge where his brother and Chii were sitting by the fire, and he sat down on the couch to join them. "Have you found anything out about Prince Fern's death?" Yuui asked.

"Only that the blade was made of an extremely rare metal. Do you want to have a look at it?" Fai replied.

"I will shortly. Perhaps we can find some clues from the blade used to kill him." Yuui said as he flicked the page.

"Why are we investigating this anyway?" Fai asked.

"I'm not sure; you should ask Syaoran. I'm more annoyed that he's put me in charge while they're gone." He muttered.

Chii laughed, "That would be because you were married to Sora, the previous Queen of Clow. So you have to."

Yuui fell silent and stood. "Where's this blade being kept?"

Fai stood and led him to the council chambers where it was being kept for the moment, and he felt shock run through his veins upon seeing it. "What's wrong?" Fai asked.

"That blade…is nearly identical to the one Sora carried around with her…" Yuui replied. The blade was made of viridian steel, with careful engravings along the edge of roses and thorns. The hilt was gold, with careful pattern work put into it.

"Could it have been stolen?" Fai wondered.

"Only if someone dug up her grave." Yuui answered angrily.

"Well that can't be the case; she's buried in the royal gardens, is she not?"

"That's true, and there are spells to prevent anything of the sort from happening."

"So then what's going on?" Fai asked.

"I have no idea," Yuui said, "And Syaoran will not like this."


Sakura looked up as Rena entered the room with Syaoron; Rena gave a small smile as she came to stand beside her sister who was looking increasingly worried by the second. "How are you feeling?" She asked.

"I haven't been able to sleep." Sakura whispered.

Rena sighed. "You should try and get some sleep." She said.

"No, I'm fine."

"You've been through a trauma; we get that you don't want to leave him, but for now you need to get your rest." Syaoron said.

"It's been three days." She whispered.

"And your health is failing!" Rena argued.

Sakura said nothing and cried, her frame racked with sobs. "Get some rest. That's what he would want." Syaoron said, and then left the room. Rena stayed for a moment, watching as her sister broke down. "He'll wake up." She said.

"How can I believe that when he's not awake?" she whispered.

Rena stayed quiet for a moment. "Alright…Sid had our belongings moved here, so when you can you should change your clothes." Rena said and then left Sakura alone.

Sakura sat there, looking at her bags. She looked back to Syaoran, and placed her hand over his. "Please wake up…" she whispered.

Syaoran looked over from where he stood to find Sakura standing in a white gown; her face was sad, a single tear rolling down her cheek. He reached out to touch her, to comfort her and hold her, but he couldn't. Something stopped him. He watched as she fell to the floor, a pool of blood surrounding her. He watched as he lost her, the only person he loved more than anything else in the world, and then it changed to the scene of his sister's death. Sora lay in a pool of crimson blood in the middle of the throne room, her long brunette hair soaked with it. No, not again. He couldn't lose someone he loved again-it was too cruel.

Syaoran woke with a headache, feeling the soft fur covers beneath his fingertips. He couldn't remember his dream, but he felt a hollow ache in his chest. He looked over to his right to find Sakura resting with her head on the edge of the bed, still wearing her gown with a blanket wrapped around her shoulders. He wrapped her fingers with his, holding them in his hand and feeling the sheer relief of having her safely by his side. He used his other hand to stroke her cheek, waking her from her sleep.

"Syaoran…?"

"I'm here." He said softly.

She reached out to touch his face, as if taking in his features once more. She felt tears fall down her face, and she smiled. He wiped her tears away and smiled softly, "I'm sorry I scared you," he said, "Are you ok? Are you hurt?"

She shook her head, "I'm fine-I'm ok, just focus on yourself." She said, happy that he was finally awake.

There was a knock at the door and it opened to reveal Syaoron who stepped in. "I see you're finally awake." He said, walking over and pulling a chair out to sit down.

"How long have I been unconscious?" Syaoran asked.

"Three and a half days." Syaoron answered. "Rena's down shooting target boards again-I think she's bored."

"Are we still at Sid's?"

"Yes. He and Alice are both safe."

"Alright. And how has Sakura been?" He asked his brother despite her being by his side.

Syaoron looked to Sakura and sighed. "She hasn't slept or eaten for the last three days." He said.

Syaoran looked at Sakura and sighed, "Why aren't you eating sweetheart?"

She looked at her hands, "I'm not hungry." She said.

"You can't…Sakura…"

"I'm sorry…"

He shook his head, "No, it's ok; just don't do it again." He told her softly.

"I'll leave you two alone and alert the others. Sid will want to talk to you later-alone." Syaoron said, and then left the room.

Sakura shifted and lay down beside him; he wrapped his arms around her and kissed her forehead. "What happened?" he asked softly. She stayed quiet. "Sakura, I know something happened. It's written all over your face." He said, stroking her hair and face softly.

She took in a deep breath and then released it. "After you passed out…I watched as they all rendered Rena and Syaoron unconscious, along with everyone else, all so they could find me. They threatened to kill Rena if I didn't show myself, so I gave them what they wanted and moved into their sight, and then I killed them." She confessed quietly.

"Sakura; you did what you had to do to protect your family. You're safe and unharmed; it's ok now." He said softly.

"I lose a piece of myself every time I kill someone." She whispered.

He paused for a minute, registering her words. "Sakura…"

"The man who came for me back at the palace all those months ago-when I had been held captive and taken prisoner, when I escaped with my sister; I tore him apart. I watched as my magic ripped his limbs from his body, as my magic ripped him apart. He should have been dead, but somehow he was alive." She whispered.

"Sakura-"

"I've killed others," she whispered.

He placed a finger against her lips, silencing her. "You were tortured Sakura; how can I not expect you to have killed someone in order to keep yourself and Rena alive?" He said softly.

"Part of tearing me apart…they made me kill other prisoners; they forced me to use my magic in ways I never wanted to use it." She cried.

"You don't have to do that anymore; it's ok." He told her. "Just focus on the present; just focus on us."

"Syaoran…" She cried into his shoulder, grateful that he still accepted her, that he loved her. "Thank you…"

"I'm always going to be here for you; I'll never break that promise." He said softly. "I love you." He told her.

She tilted her head up to kiss him, parting her lips for him. He kissed her back and pulled her closer to him in their long and gentle kiss, and as he parted he kissed her on the cheek. "Try and sleep for a while," he said, "I'll be here."

Syaoran held Sakura as she slept peacefully in his arms; she looked so peaceful in her sleep, so undisturbed by her tormenting past. He pulled the warm fur covers up over her shoulders to keep her warm, and then pulled his bag over to his feet; he pulled out a fresh set of clothes and dressed himself, and then looked back to Sakura. He adjusted her hair so it wasn't in her eyes and then kissed her forehead. There was a knock on the door and he looked over, "Come in," He said.

The door opened and Sid walked in, "How are you feeling?"

Syaoran sighed, "I've felt better." He said.

Sid smiled, and then looked to Sakura who was sleeping peacefully. "No one else has been able to get her to sleep while you were unconscious. It's clear that you're the only one who can get her to relax." He said.

Syaoran smiled, "Yeah, I know."

"I tried calming her when she fell apart two days ago, but she wouldn't listen to anything I had to say." Sid said. "Did she tell you what happened?" Sid asked.

Syaoran nodded, "She did…along with a few other things."

Sid looked at him with confusion, but shook his head.

"Could you tell me what happened after I passed out?" Syaoran asked.

Sid took a seat beside the bed. "Well, there were five men, all dressed in black. They were looking for Rena and Sakura, and most of the guests were either knocked out or dead. Your brother and I launched an attack, but it didn't even touch them. Syaoron turned around to look for Rena, sensed an attack and turned back, only it was too late. He was thrown into a wall, and the same thing happened to me. When I regained consciousness all five men were dead." Sid answered.

Syaoran nodded, "Thank you."

"It's pretty messy; are you sure you want to see it?" Sid asked.

"Yes, Sakura will be alright; I won't leave her for too long." Syaoran whispered.

Sid nodded, "Follow me."

Syaoran looked down at the ruins of the ballroom, seeing the destruction and blood everywhere. "Who does the blood belong to?" Syaoran asked.

"The five men; they practically exploded on impact with the spell; there were... chunks of body everywhere." Sid explained. "Who could have done something like that apart from you?"

Syaoran sighed, "Sakura."

"You're not serious?" Sid asked.

"She killed them to keep everyone safe-and she didn't enjoy it, trust me." Syaoran said as he walked around the bloody site.

"No wonder she hasn't been coping well." Sid murmured.

Syaoran stepped over some rubble and looked at the blood on the floor. "How many died?" he asked.

"Twelve of the guests died." Sid replied.

"I'm sorry…" Syaoran said quietly.

"Don't apologise." Sid said, "Also, a message came through for you yesterday."

Syaoran looked to him with confusion, "A message from who?" he asked.

"It was a message from Lord Yuui."

"What news does he wish for me to know that can't wait till I get back?" Syaoran asked as he continued examining the site.

"The blade that they found to be the weapon used in Prince Fern's death looks to be the same blade your sister carried around with her." Sid answered.

Syaoran froze. "What did you just say?"

"Yuui said not to have a panic attack; her grave hasn't been disturbed. They're still looking into it." Sid told him.

Syaoran clenched his fists in frustration and anger, and he withheld his tears. How could it possibly be that there was an exact replica of her sword, as it had been crafted by his father? It just wasn't possible; he needed to see it for himself. He'd have to look at it when he got back to Clow.

"You should get back to Sakura before she wakes." Sid suggested.

Syaoran nodded and head back to the room he was staying in. He was a little dizzy from the shock of the news and probably from the concussion, so he lay back down beside Sakura who was still sleeping. He lay there for a while looking out the window lost in thought, watching as the sky darkened. Sakura woke just as the sun set, pulling the covers tighter around her bare shoulders.

"Cold?" he asked.

Sakura looked over her shoulder and then rolled over to face him. "A little," she replied, reaching out to hold his hand.

"It does get cold at night; you should put something warmer on." Syaoran said.

Sakura sat up and looked around for her bag; Syaoran handed her some clothes and she thanked him with a smile and dressed herself in the long sleeved hunter green dress and tied her sash around her waist. She turned to him and noticed he looked a little pale.

"You look pale," she said, "Are you ok?"

He smiled, "I'll be fine."

She nodded.

There was a knock at the door and Rena poked her head in. "Dinner is shortly." She said.

"Thank you." Syaoran said.

Rena looked to Sakura, "So, are you going to eat tonight?" She asked.

Sakura looked at her feet. "I'll eat something." She whispered. "I'm sorry for worrying you."

Rena sighed, "It doesn't matter unless you're happy in the end." She said, and then left. Syaoran stood up and pulled Sakura close, "Let's go," he said, leading her to the door.

After dinner Syaoran sat with his brother who seemed a little uneasy in the lounge; Sid was with Alice who had fallen ill, which was normal for the poor girl apparently, so it gave Syaoran a chance to speak with him about the news from back home. "Did Sid tell you about the message from Clow?" Syaoran asked.

"Yes, and I don't like the sound of it one bit." His brother snapped.

"Neither do I." Syaoran said, "but perhaps it might give us some sort of clue as to who and why Sakura and Rena are being targeted."

"Yeah I guess. Why does this whole thing have to bring back all of those memories of her death?"

"I want this to end just as much as you do, trust me." Syaoran said as he stood, "I should get to bed; it's late and Sakura hates being alone."

"I'll see you in the morning; I'm going to stay here for a while." Syaoron replied. He was irritated about the news, finding it upsetting and distressing. He didn't know what to do-he felt the need to do something, but didn't know what. And he hated feeling useless.


A few days passed and Syaoran had recovered from his head injury. They headed back home on the fourth day, greeted with work when they got back. "Good morning to you too," Syaoran muttered as he took the pile of letters from Chii and began looking through them as he walked back to his room. One letter in particular caught his attention, and he flipped it to look at the seal on the envelope. His steps slowed, and he felt confused.

"What in the world…?" He opened it up and read the letter; once he read it, he ripped the letter into pieces, burning the pieces of parchment using magic.

"Syaoran?"

He turned around to find Sakura standing in front of him, still dressed in her cloak and white dress that she'd put on in the morning. "What's wrong?" he asked softly.

"I just wanted to know how you're feeling; you've been acting strangely ever since we left Sid's." She replied quietly.

He smiled and took a few steps towards her, placing his hand against her cheek. "I'm sorry for worrying you; I'm just tired is all. I'm going to go get some rest, and I suggest you do as well. It's been a long trip for all of us." He said gently as he pulled her into a hug.

"I will," she said, "Yuui wants to see me first, though."

He looked at her with confusion, "Is something the matter?" he asked.

She shook her head, "No, it's nothing. He's just checking up on me to make sure I haven't developed any other symptoms over the past few days. I feel fine, but he insists." She smiled.

"Ok…let me know if you need anything."

"I will."

He kissed her and then headed to his room where he lay down to rest. Sakura headed back to her own bedroom where her sister was sitting, swinging her legs over the edge of the bed. Yuui was waiting for her patiently, and as she walked in he looked up. "Sit." He ordered.

"I don't have a fever." Sakura said.

He looked at her and she sighed. She sat down on the edge of her bed and he completed her check-up. "Everything seems to be fine for now. Any nausea?"

"No."

"Ok, let me know if you need anything."

"Thank you." Sakura said, and he left.

Rena looked to her sister with her eyebrows raised. "So…you're fine?"

"Yes; why wouldn't I be?" Sakura asked as she took off her cloak.

"Um, seven days ago you killed five men." She replied.

"I know…" Sakura murmured.

Rena immediately felt guilty for bringing it up, and looked to her feet. "Look, I just want to know that my only sister is ok. I'm worried…" Rena said.

Sakura smiled, "Rena, I'm ok, I promise." She said.

Rena smiled back, "Ok."

"I think I'll try and get some rest now-you should too." Sakura said.

Rena sighed, "Yeah, I suppose you're right." She said, and then left Sakura's room. Sakura stripped herself and slipped into bed, glad to finally be home again.

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