Fear of the Dark

A Heartfelt Wish

It was late at night when Sakura finished the doll she’d made for Rena. She had skipped dinner, and Syaoran wasn’t too pleased about that. Sighing, she stood and picked up the carefully made doll, deciding to go see her sister before heading off to bed. The halls were lit with candlelight as per usual at night, and it was quiet. She turned into the hospital ward, finding her sister cringing as a needle was inserted into her arm. She smiled and walked over, and as she got closer Rena looked over. Yuui looked up and spotted Sakura, and then returned to his work.

“Hello, what are you doing up so late?” Yuui asked as he walked over to Syaoron who was still asleep and checked his injuries.

“I thought I should come see Rena. I would have come sooner, but I wanted to finish this doll for her.” Sakura said softly.

“Make it quick; she needs to get some rest.” Yuui sighed.

“Put a sock in it-I’ve been in bed all day!” Rena snapped.

Sakura laughed a little, “He’s right though.” She said as she sat down in the chair beside Rena’s bed. “How are you feeling?”

Rena sighed and buried her face in her hands, “I just want this to end…” she whispered.

Sakura looked away guiltily. “I’m sorry Rena…”

“Don’t apologise, please.” She whispered.

There was silence between the two and then Sakura smiled. “Well you know I’m always here if you want to talk about anything. Here, this is for you.” She said, and placed the doll in her hands.

Rena smiled, “You always do such beautiful work. Thank you.” She said.

“It’s a unique design, different from my others.” Sakura said quietly.

“I love it.” Rena smiled. “Thank you so much.”

Sakura smiled happily, “I’m glad!” but her smile faded as she then looked over at Syaoron, who was still unconscious as Yuui treated him. “Has he woken yet?” she asked.

Rena shook her head, “No…it’s kind of boring having no one to argue with, you know?” She said.

“I’m sure he’ll wake up soon…” Sakura said comfortingly.

“Thanks. I’m sure you’re right, I just worry…”

Sakura smiled, “I understand.” She said gently. She then stood and looked to her sister, “I should go; Syaoran’s waiting for me.”

Rena nodded, “I’ll see you tomorrow.” She smiled.


Rena watched as her sister walked away, and then snapped her head up as she heard Yuui swear. “What are you trying to do-cut his arm off!?” she shrieked.

“Get a piece of shrapnel out, actually.” He replied irritably. He managed to dig a large piece of metal that was embedded in the prince’s arm. He then stitched up the wound and began cleaning his tools, “Get some sleep. I’ll wake you if he decides to wake up tonight.” The blonde said.

“Fine.” She muttered, rolling over and shutting her eyes.

Sakura entered the bedroom to see Syaoran sitting in a chair by the window. He looked up as she entered and rested his cheek against his hand. She noticed he had already changed, and bit her lip.

“I’m sorry…have you been waiting for me?” she asked.

“Perhaps, but it’s fun to keep you guessing.” He smiled.

She felt relieved to know he wasn’t mad with her. “That’s mean.” She mumbled as she began to remove her gown. He hugged her tightly from behind, catching her by surprise. “What’s wrong?” she asked.

“I’m scared that I might lose my brother.” He whispered.

She turned to face him and wrapped her arms around him. She’d never known him to feel so insecure, but it was only natural; he’d watched his sister die and so it was natural to fear for the rest of his kin.

“I understand.” She whispered.

She understood what it felt like to fear for the life of family members all too well. She pulled him over to the bed to sit down and rested his head against her chest, continuing to comfort him. If she could at least calm him down some, like he always did for her, then that would be enough for her. She was more than happy just to simply comfort him, and if he wanted anything else she gave him that too.

Sakura lay in Syaoran’s arms, looking out the window. She couldn’t sleep as she felt guilty for not telling Syaoran about her magic, and the reason why The Scarlet Organisation was after her. He was already asleep now that his chest wasn’t in so much pain, and hadn’t asked her about it, and she wondered if he was mad with her. She could feel his chest expand and contract against her back, and figuring that he wouldn’t wake, she sat up.


Surprised, she looked over to find that he was awake. “When did you wake up?” she asked.

“Just now…” he said tiredly. “What’s wrong?”

She stayed quiet, afraid of telling him. She didn’t want to bring up the topic. She covered her mouth, trying to stifle her sobs, and Syaoran sat up. “Sakura please, you’re worrying me.” He said.

“I’m sorry I didn’t tell you sooner…” she whispered.

“Tell me what?”

“About the reason Aryanna is after me.” She replied. “I’m sorry-I should have told you.”

Syaoran pulled her back into the sheets, pulling her back against her chest. “You told me about your past and what she did to you, and that would have been difficult for you. If you think I’m mad because you didn’t tell me you possessed Spirit, then you’re wrong. I’m not mad-how can I be when I have the same power?”

Sakura felt more hot tears slide down her cheeks. “I never knew…”

“I guess it never came up, so I never mentioned it. Don’t feel guilty-you have nothing to feel guilty about.” He said, kissing her bare shoulder.

Sakura rolled over to face him, kissing him softly. “Thank you.”

“Try and get some sleep,” He said softly, kissing her again and pulling her leg over his hip.

She smiled, “That’s going to be difficult right now,” she said as he ran his hand up her side and over her back. She moaned as he stroked her core and kissed him desperately, pulling him closer to her. “Please,” she begged him.

He smiled, “What?”

“Don’t tease me,” she gasped as everything seized. He shifted her onto her back as she was weak with pleasure and ducked between her legs, sliding his tongue into her. He continued to tease and torment her until she was gasping and begging for more. “Please,” she begged, “Take me…”

He continued on with teasing her, never entering her.

“Why…?” She moaned desperately, clutching at him.

He smiled, “Shh,” he said, kissing her.

Sakura was beginning to find it almost unbearable-she wanted him so badly it hurt. She was covered in sweat, breathing heavily and looking up at him with desperate want and love. She moaned as he slid into her and set a steady pace. He knew all of the right buttons to push to please her, and he certainly didn’t waste any time in doing so. She cried out as everything seized; her body felt numb and she couldn’t move. She gasped for air, sweat rolling down her temple. He came inside her, his breath stirring her hair, and he carefully pulled out of her. He lay beside her and pulled her into his arms; she rested against him, completely exhausted, and she smiled.

“One day I’ll get you back for that…” she breathed.

“Oh really…?” he asked, amused.

She kissed him softly and he kissed her back. “I love you,” she whispered.

“I know,” he smiled, “go to sleep.”

Sakura smiled and closed her eyes, finally able to fall asleep in the arms of her husband.

A difficult three days passed with Rena having a break down and Syaoron was still unconscious. Yuui had done all he could do for the prince, and told them that all they could do now was wait. It was early on the fourth morning, around four a.m. when Syaoron finally woke. He was confused as to why he was in the hospital ward at first, and then he remembered everything. He looked at his arm, finding the stitches that Yuui had given him while he was asleep and as he moved he realised the breaks in his bones had been healed. He’s going to kill me. He thought to himself. A cool breeze blew in through the window, and he felt relaxed. He was disturbed from his thoughts as he heard movement, looking over to see Rena sleeping in another bed. He wondered if she was ok, how she was coping. He sat up and swung his legs over the edge of the bed, and then felt someone flick him in the side of the head. He winced and looked up, finding his brother standing at the edge of the bed.

“What the fuck was that for?” He snapped.

“For trying to get up before you should.” Syaoran snapped back.

Syaoron sighed, “So, how’d you know I was awake?” He asked.

“Psychic abilities.” Syaoran replied dully.

He raised an eyebrow, “Really?”

“No you douche. Yuui told me.” Syaoran rolled his eyes.

“Figures. Won’t we wake Rena?” Syaoron asked worriedly.

Syaoran looked away for a moment, and then shook his head. “She’s been sedated.”

“Why? What happened?” Syaoron asked.

“She had a breakdown and attacked one of the guards. Yuui says she should be awake later in the morning though.”

He sighed, “I see… How long have I been out for?”

“Three days.” Syaoran replied.

“Oh what a pity; I just had to go and miss out on all of that work I was meant to do.” Syaoron said sarcastically.

“That’s fine, you can make up for it.” Syaoran replied.

“You’re joking?”

“If you’re going to be sarcastic about scaring the crap out of me and everyone else, then I’ll make you do twice the workload I’ve been handling for the past three days.” Syaoran said with a frightening smile.

Syaoron leant back against the pillows behind him. He knew his brother could be brutal, but he didn’t think he’d make him do everything once he got better. “So how long am I stuck in here for?” He muttered unhappily.

“Ask Yuui.” Syaoran replied. “He’s the one treating you.”

“Oh shut up.”

Syaoran sighed, “I better get back to Sakura; she doesn’t know I’m gone, and I don’t want her to wake and panic because I’m not there.” Syaoran said.

“Alright. See you later then, I guess.” Syaoron said dully.

Syaoran left and headed back to his room, where Sakura was still fast asleep. He lay back down beside her and waited to fall back to sleep, allowing the cool air coming through the window to brush over his skin. His brother was going to be fine. That was all he needed to know.

Rena landed hard on her hip as she fell from the bed. She cried out in pain, swearing, and she heard someone sigh. “Geez, how loud do you have to be in the morning?” Syaoron growled.

Rena froze. She stood up and looked over, seeing her fiancé leaning back against the pillows behind him. “Syaoron…? When did you wake up?” She whispered.

“When you swore.” He replied sarcastically.

She felt happy, but then tears started flowing down her face. “What’s wrong?” He asked.

“You had me so worried-I was so scared I’d lose you.” She whispered, walking over to him. He allowed her to embrace him and he held her, “Are you ok?” he asked.

“I’ll be fine as long as I’m with you.” She said, sobbing into his shoulder.

“I’m not going anywhere, I promise.” He said.

“It’s about time you woke up you lazy twat.” Yuui said as he walked in.

“Gee, you’re so kind.” Syaoron muttered.

“Scram blondie!” Rena snapped.

“Sorry, that won’t be happening. And neither of you will be leaving for about a week.” Yuui snapped.

“I’m going to hit you…” Rena growled.

“Rena, calm down.” Syaoron said calmly. She gave up and rested against him, deciding it wasn’t worth it.

“Good. Here, take this.” Yuui said, handing him some medicine.

He rolled his eyes and took the medication; it tasted bitter and disgusting, but it did the trick.

Sakura woke to find Syaoran getting dressed, just pulling on his shirt. While he wasn’t looking, she reached over and stole his sash, keeping it hiding beneath the bed covers. She pretended to still be asleep as she heard him sigh and look for his missing item of clothing. She giggled a little and he turned to her, realising she wasn’t asleep. “Morning sweet heart.” He said, pulling the warm furs away from her. She shivered and he found his sash, tying it around his waist. She opened her eyes to look at him and he had a look of mischief on his face.

“What are you thinking about?” She asked, dreading what he might do.

“Oh several things, but which one will I choose?” He replied with a smirk.

She inched away a little and he leant in to tickle her. She laughed until it hurt, and then he sat on the edge of the bed to let her rest. “What’s on today?” She asked. She was still cold and wanted the furs back up over her, but he wouldn’t allow for that.

“I have to meet with the council shortly, and there’s a meeting with some of the governors later. Is there anything you want to do?” he replied.

She stayed quiet, a slight blush across her cheeks.

“What is it?” he asked.

“Well…just being able to spend time with you is enough for me…” she mumbled.

He leant over her and smiled, “Whatever you want.” He said softly, and then kissed her. As he parted she smiled up at him, “Thank you.”

Syaoran sat in the meeting, listening as everyone was discussing the breach in security. It was strange that there had been several instances in which someone had come for the girls and hadn’t been noticed or sensed until it was too late. “What do we do-tighten the guard?” Fai asked.

Syaoran sighed, “No. There have been too many instances in which Sakura or Rena have been attacked.” Syaoran said.

“So what do we do?” Yuui asked dully.

“A barrier will be placed around the castle; if anyone enters I will know straight away.” He said.

“A barrier? You mean you’ll cast it?” Kurogane asked.


“No, it’s too risky. Such a barrier will take up too much of your physical and mental strength. It will exhaust you.” Yuui said sharply.

“Fine, I’ll split the job between myself and one other.” Syaoran said.

“And who would that be?” Yuui asked.

“My brother.” He replied.

“What?” Fai exclaimed.

“I’ve already spoken to him about it, and he agrees.”

Yuui sighed, “Fine.”

“Now that that’s settled, I should really get back to Sakura and let her know.” Syaoran said calmly.

“I’ll speak with you about this later.” Yuui told him.

He nodded and then left, trusting the council with the other matters at hand. He was worried about Sakura and how she was coping with the current matters, such as the abduction of Rena and his brother. He walked out to the gardens to where he found Sakura sitting on the grass, staring out at the water of the lake. “Hey,” he said, sitting down beside her.

She looked to him with a smile, “How was the council meeting?” She asked.

“It wasn’t too bad.” He replied.

She smiled, “Well that’s good then.”

“Listen, there’s something I need to tell you.” He said.

Her expression became worried, “What is it…?”

“In order for us to detect a threat, a barrier will be put up around the castle.” He told her.

“I see…from your tone of voice, I’m guessing that you’ll be the one casting the spell.” She said.

He nodded, “I spoke to my brother earlier, and he’ll be helping also.”

She smiled, “I trust you,” She said, “Be careful.”

He pulled her close, kissing her softly, “I will.” He said as he parted.

A couple of weeks passed and the barrier was in effect. Syaoron and Rena had made a full recovery and were back to normal. If anything, the two were closer, holding onto each other and protecting each other. Sakura found her new married life a little stressful, especially with all of the meetings with the different governing boards and nobles. Syaoran hardly seemed fazed by it since he was so used to having to run the country, so she sometimes felt disheartened that she wasn’t good enough. As they lay in bed together, Syaoran could tell that something was wrong. Worried, he decided to ask her.

“Sakura, is something wrong?” He asked.

“What makes you say that?” she asked, tilting her head so that she could see his face.

“I noticed you’ve been a little down lately. I’m worried about you.” He said.

She bit her lip and looked away. “I’m sorry, I just haven’t settled into my title as queen yet…I feel like I’m not doing a good enough job, like I’m letting you down.” She said.

He was a little surprised at first, but then smiled. “I can assure you that you are doing perfectly fine, my love.” He said softly.

“But what if I-“

He cut her off by placing his finger to her lips, “No buts. You are my wife, and I want nothing more than for you to be happy. You are doing fine, and the people love you. Don’t stress, it’s ok.” He said with a smile, and kissed her. “But…are you sure you want to be trying for a child so soon?”

She felt relieved of her worries and smiled. “I’m sure; this is what I want.”

“Alright.” He smiled again. She kissed him, glad to know that Syaoran thought she was doing fine, and his words made her happy. She moaned at his touch, wanting more, and he gave her what she wanted. He kissed her and held her closer. It was already late, but it was later by the time they both fell asleep.

Sakura was woken by Chii doing her usual Sunday pick up and putting away of laundry. She sat up, holding the sheets to her body, and rubbed the sleep from her eyes. Chii smiled, “Sorry, did I wake you?”

“Yeah, but it’s ok.” Sakura smiled.

“You look tired; are you feeling ok?” Chii asked as she opened the curtains. It was dull outside and the clouds were dark and stormy.

“I’m fine, it’s just been a long week.” She said.

“Well, I suppose that’s true. I noticed you’ve been making a series of dolls; how’s that going?”

Sakura smiled, “Good; I’ve almost finished the fifth.”

“May I see later?” The blonde asked, bouncing excitedly.

“Sure.” Sakura replied happily.

Chii left the room with the basket of clothing, and Sakura looked to Syaoran who was still asleep. She lay back down beside him, comforted by his warmth, and looked out the window. She lay in bed thinking for a while until she heard her husband shift beside her. She turned her attention to him; he was still half asleep, but that was normal. “Hey,” he murmured, still tired.

“Morning.” She smiled.

“It still feels early.” He complained.

“Well it’s not; it’s almost ten thirty.” She giggled.

“That’s early.”

She stared at him and he smiled, “I’m kidding.”

“Of course you are.” She rolled her eyes.

“Has Chii been through yet?” He asked.

“Yes, she has.” Sakura replied with a smile.

He kissed her, “Good,” He said as he parted from her. She looked into his eyes holding his gaze for several minutes. Thunder rumbled loudly, and Sakura jumped; she was still afraid of thunderstorms as they brought memories back to the surface. “Sakura, are you ok?” Syaoran asked.

“I’m fine.” She said.

He wrapped his arms around her, holding her close, “I’m here.” He said gently as he held her shaking frame. She hugged him tightly, trying to block out the sound. She just wanted everything to be over.

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