Fear of the Dark

New Life

Rena released an arrow, watching as it flew straight into the bullseye.

“I see you’re shooting things again.”

She turned around to see her fiancé standing at the top of the hill looking rather bored. She walked up to meet him as thunder rolled over head. Unlike her sister, she didn’t mind the thunder.

“There have been a lot of storms lately.” She said.

“I know. You get used to it after a while.” Syaoron replied.

“So, are they awake yet?” She asked, referring to her sister and Syaoran.

“Yes, they got up half an hour ago. How are you feeling?” He replied. He was still worried about how she was coping since they had been taken and tortured; he had his own way of coping, strategies given to him by Yuui to help. Rena was a bit more stubborn to tell anyone anything that was bothering her and preferred to keep it all to herself, often worrying everyone around her unfortunately.

“Not too bad; I’m still not sleeping though.” She answered with a sigh.

“Have you told Yuui?”

“Why would I tell that jerk anything?” she snapped.

“So he can give you something to help.” He replied calmly.

She sighed, “Fine. I’ll talk to him later-I promise.”

He nodded, “Good. Also, Sakura was wondering if you would like to join her and the other girls for an outing later.”

Rena’s face brightened at the news and he smiled, “You should go see her-she’s in her studio.”

She ran back up to the castle and headed inside to look for her sister, and he sighed, looking up at the sky and watching the lightning. It looked like there was going to be more than just thunder later on.

Sakura looked up as Rena came bouncing through the door of her studio and smiled. “Hey Rena, how are you feeling?” she asked.

“Not too bad. Syaoron said you wanted to go out later.” Rena replied.

“Yes-would you like to join?” she asked.

“I’d love to.” Rena replied happily.

“Great.” Sakura smiled.

“Where is it you wanted to go?” Rena asked curiously.

“I thought it might be nice if we went to the hot springs for a while.” Sakura explained.

“That sounds lovely.” Rena smiled.

Sakura returned her sister’s smile, and Rena sighed. “I better leave you for now,” she said, “But come by and let me know when we’re leaving.”

“I will.” Sakura said as she left.

When Rena left Sakura returned to her work, painting the doll she was currently making. There was a knock at her door and gave permission for them to enter, not straying from her work. When she finished painting the small area she looked up to see Syaoran standing beside her and she smiled.

“What’s on your mind?” She asked, returning to concentrating on painting the doll.

“I just came by to see what you were currently working on.” He said as he looked at the four dolls sitting in a row at the top of her workspace. She placed the doll down along with the paintbrush and turned to him.

“You always come to see my work, don’t you?” she smiled.

He turned his gaze to her as she stood and wrapped his arm around her waist. “Of course I do; I like to see what you do.” He said.

She rested her head against his chest and closed her eyes.

“When are you going out with the girls?” he asked.

“Later in the afternoon.” She said. “Are you jealous?” she then joked.

“Maybe a little.” He continued to joke with her.

She giggled, “Oh dear.”

He tilted her head up and kissed her, licking her bottom lip in plea of entry. She willingly parted for him, allowing him entrance into her sweet cavern. They kissed each other fiercely and passionately until they parted for air. He smiled and kissed her on the cheek, “I’ll see you later.” He said, and then left her. She smiled, returning to her work undisturbed for the next hour.

Chii was carrying a tray with two teacups and a teapot with a plat of biscuits down to Sakura, who had requested a specific tea and specific biscuits. Chii was a little confused as Sakura had never been so specific before, so she was curious to know if it was some kind of special event. As she walked down the hall she passed Syaoran, who stopped to talk to her.

“Hello Syaoran,” she greeted cheerfully, “How are you today?”

Syaoran smiled kindly, “Good thank you. I assume that’s for Sakura?” He asked.

“You assumed correctly.” She replied.

“Didn’t she have that yesterday? She doesn’t usually have the same thing two days in a row…”

“Well yes, but she specifically asked for it today.” Chii replied.

He seemed confused for a moment, but then something clicked and he shrugged. “Well, I suppose there’s nothing wrong with that.” He said, “I better get this paperwork done; I’ve been procrastinating.”

“Well get your butt back to the study.” She laughed.

“That’s where I’m headed.” He said, and then continued on his way.

“Have fun!” Chii called out, and then continued on her way to Sakura. When she entered the studio, Sakura was through into the next room where she displayed her art, hanging up some paintings.

“Sakura?” She called out.

The young queen poked her head around the wall and smiled as she saw her friend. “Just a moment!”

Chii placed the tray down carefully on the table and began pouring the tea. Sakura walked out to greet her and Chii smiled. “Have you been hanging up some paintings again?” She asked.

“Yes; it’s been a bit frustrating, to be honest.” Sakura sighed as she took the teacup from Chii.

“I’m sure it’ll be fine.” Chii smiled.

“Yes, it always is.” Sakura agreed as Chii sat down with her.

“Everything’s been so much more livelier since you came here; it’s been fun!” Chii said.

Sakura smiled, “Thanks Chii.” She said. “If you don’t mind me asking…how long have you been here for?”

Chii thought for a moment. “Hmm…six years or so.” She replied.

“How did you come here?” Sakura wondered as she fiddled with the tea cup.

Chii smiled a little sadly, “I ran from a war, you see. It was horrible back in my old country, and I was meant to marry some king’s son in order to settle the war, and my parents had been murdered because of them-I wanted no part in it, so I fled. Somehow I ended up here, where I met Fai and the others. Sora was still alive when I came here, and she offered for me to stay. I decided I should, but I said that in return I’d do some of the maids jobs…and here I am, head maid.” She laughed.

“I’m sorry to hear that.” Sakura said.

“It’s ok; I love my life here. I get to do whatever I want, and I’m not held down by any obligations. That life wasn’t for me at all. Sometimes I feel a little guilty for what I did, but from what I’ve heard everything settled down-apparently an unknown army completely destroyed whoever was trying to take over my land…” Chii said thoughtfully.

Sakura smiled, “Thank you for telling me.”

“Anytime,” Chii smiled, “Well, I better go; lots of jobs to do!”

“Thank you for the company.”

“You’re welcome.” Chii said cheerfully, and then left. Sakura finished her tea and continued with hanging up her paintings, and then she left her studio to go find Rena and the others before heading out for the afternoon.

Syaoran lay on the couch in front of the fire, resting with a book over his face. His brother, Fai and Yuui were all playing poker around the coffee table. “Hey-you were cheating!” Syaoron snapped.

“I have no idea what you’re talking about.” Fai said.

“New game.” Yuui said as he dealt out the cards again.

The prince muttered something and Syaoran laughed. Fai picked up his cards and sighed. They placed their bets and the next card was revealed. Syaoron swore and decided to fold, then looked over at his brother.

“So why do you have a book on your face?” he asked.

“Because the light hurts my eyes.” Syaoran replied.

“Sensitivity to sound?” Yuui asked.

“A little.”

“Congratulations, sounds like you have the beginning of a migraine.” The blonde said sarcastically.

“Great…” Syaoran muttered.

“So where did the girls go for the afternoon?” Syaoron asked.

“Rena didn’t tell you?” Fai asked.

“No; she was too busy being happy about being able to leave the castle that she never told me.”

“They went to the hot springs.” Syaoran answered.

“Haven’t been there in a long time.” Fai said.

“I’m surprised you let them go considering the circumstances.” Yuui said.

“Sakura’s entitled to have her freedom. Besides, they’ve got guards.” Syaoran answered.

“Such fun.” Fai said. “Fold.”

They began a game of Old Maid, tired of playing poker. “So, what are you going to do if war breaks out?” Yuui asked Syaoran.

“I don’t know.” He groaned.

“Hopefully it won’t.” Syaoron said.

“We have enough forces to take out anyone; doesn’t mean it will be easy though.” Fai said dully.

“No. However, I’m sure we can expect a couple of assassins.” Yuui said.

“How wonderful. I hope they die slowly.” Syaoron muttered.

Fai laughed, “That’s not very nice.”

“Since when have I ever been nice to the enemy? I beheaded one of their men.” He said bluntly.

“That’s true, I suppose.” Fai shrugged.

“Shut up and play your game.” Syaoran muttered, rolling on his side and falling asleep. They all shrugged and continued playing their game, ignoring Syaoran who was sleeping on the couch.

Rena sighed with contentment as she sat in the warm water. It felt wonderful with the steam allowing for a calm and relaxing bath. Chii sat a little deeper in with the water up to her neck as she sat down; Tomoyo sat with her, and Sakura sat with her back against one of the smooth rocks.

“This is amazing.” Chii sang.

“No kidding…” Rena agreed.

“How long has it been since we’ve been to a hot spring, Rena?” Sakura asked.

“I’d say a good two or three years.” She replied.

“I’m so glad I came.” Tomoyo smiled.

“So, how’s married life Sakura?” Chii asked. “I’m still getting used to seeing you two in bed together.”

Sakura turned a deep shade of red and looked away. “Oops, you’ve embarrassed her.” Rena said.

“Have you fought yet? It’s said that the first fight is the worst.” Tomoyo said as she combed her fingers through her dark hair.

“We don’t really fight-or argue. If we do it’s usually because one of us has done something to worry the other.” Sakura replied.

Chii sighed, “That’s kind of boring…not that I want you to fight or anything.”

“You know, Syaoran has really changed since meeting you Sakura.” Tomoyo said casually.

Sakura looked up, “How so…?”

Chii smiled, “Well, he used to…I dunno how to explain it…hold everything in I guess. He was always so focused on his work and didn’t talk much of his feelings.” She explained.

“Since meeting you, he seemed to open up more and focused less on the work-mind you, you didn’t give him much of a choice.” Tomoyo giggled. “There are other things too, but that’s the main thing.”

Sakura smiled. That was nice to know.

“So…when are you trying for-“

“Rena, I will bite you if you ask that question here.” Sakura cut across her sister quickly, her face bright red. Rena looked at her with amusement and suspicion.

“Oh?” she said. Sakura sighed.

“So, when do we have to be back by?” Tomoyo asked, stretching her arms.

“Before dinner.” Sakura replied.

“Fair enough.” Chii laughed. They sat in the springs for a while and then got out, dressing and then heading back to the castle.

When Sakura returned to the castle with the girls, she headed for the lounge where she figured Syaoran would be. As she entered the lounge she spotted the three playing cards and Syaoran asleep on the couch. Fai looked up first and saw her, “Hello,” he greeted.

“What are you playing?” Sakura asked.

“Old Maid-again.” Yuui replied dully.

“Oh, I see. I didn’t think Syaoran slept during the day.” Sakura said.

“He’s got a migraine.” Yuui said.

Sakura walked over and sat down beside Syaoran, slipping her hand into his.

“How were the springs?” Syaoron asked.

“They were lovely, thank you.” She smiled.

“Cool. Darn, I lost again.” Syaoron muttered.

“You suck at cards.” Fai said.

“Shut it, cheater.” He snapped.

Sakura giggled. Yuui stood up, “I have to go do some things. Have a nice evening.” He said.

“Thanks.” Syaoron replied. He sighed and then stood as well, “I’m going to go find Rena.” He said.

“She said she’d be in her room.” Sakura said.

“Cool, thanks.”

Fai looked to Sakura, “Cards?” He offered.

“No thanks.” She smiled, “But thank you.”

He sighed and stood, “I’ll leave you two alone; have a good night.” He said, leaving.

She smiled, “Thank you.”

Once he was gone she looked back to Syaoran who was still asleep. She sat quietly in thought, thinking about Rena’s earlier comment. She didn’t want to tell anyone just yet, and Syaoran appeared to be the same, so she decided to just keep quiet for the moment.

How time flew by with the busy days and weeks. Before anyone knew it, six weeks had passed and for the moment everything was peaceful. Sakura lay in bed on late night beside her husband, snuggled close.

“Aren’t you tired?” Syaoran asked.

“A little,” she smiled, “But not really.”

He smiled, “Have you spoken to Yuui yet?” He asked.

“He’s going to see me tomorrow morning.” She replied, “We’ll find out then.”

“Do you want me to stay?” he asked with uncertainty.

She kissed him, “I’m more than happy for you to stay.” She replied.

“Alright,” He said. He could feel anxiety and excitement twisting into a knot in his stomach, and he couldn’t sleep. Sakura closed her eyes, finally beginning to feel tired, and fell asleep. It took Syaoran a while longer, and as he lay there he smiled. He wondered what life would be like, how everything would change. He kissed her temple and closed his eyes, falling asleep.

Morning came a little too swiftly for Sakura’s liking; she was tired and annoyed and didn’t want to shift just yet. “Morning to you too.” The blonde doctor’s voice intruded into her thoughts and she rolled over, burying her face.

“Sakura, you need to get up.” Syaoran said.

She groaned and sat up, the sleeve of her nightgown falling down her shoulder.

“Good.” Yuui said, checking her for a fever. “Lie on your back.” He ordered.

She did so and he continued to poke and prod at her. There was a knock at the door and Syaoran slipped out for a moment to speak with his brother. He re-entered a moment later to see Sakura sitting back up and Yuui scribbling some notes. Sakura was fiddling with her hands and Syaoran came to sit beside her.

Yuui placed a hand on Syaoran’s shoulder, “Congratulations.” He said. He then turned to Sakura, “You’re about three weeks away from the twelve week mark; take it easy so nothing causes any problems.” He told her.

She smiled, “Thank you.”

“I should leave now. I’ll see you two later.” He said, and then left.

Sakura felt so happy with the news they’d just been given. She felt excited, and she wondered about their child. Syaoran hugged her, sharing her feelings. He smiled as he held her, “I’m looking forward to this.” He said.

“I’m glad you are.” She giggled.

“Do you think you’ll be ok, carrying to term?” He asked.

“As long as you’re with me I’ll be fine.” She said.

“I’ll be with you all the way, I promise.” He said, kissing her cheek.

“Thank you.” She said.

Rena sat at the dining table with Syaoron waiting for Sakura and Syaoran. “Where are they!?” she complained.

“Yuui was in with Sakura when I spoke when I spoke with my brother.” Syaoron said, “They might not be finished.”

“What’s wrong with Sakura?” Rena asked.

“Syaoran didn’t say.” He shrugged.

She sighed and slumped back in her chair. She was beginning to starve. She looked up as Syaoran and Sakura suddenly appeared at the door and she sighed with relief. “Sakura, why did you need to see Yuui?” she asked.

“That’s a secret.” Sakura smiled.

“So you’re not sick?” Rena asked.

“Nope.” She replied.

Syaoron stared at his brother for a few moments and Syaoran looked at him. “Can I help you?” He asked.

“You look happier than normal.” Syaoron said.


“I’m just curious.” He shrugged.

Syaoran shook his head and returned to talking with Sakura, while Rena glared at the cat who walked by her feet. The cat hissed at her and walked off, leaving Rena even more annoyed than before.

After breakfast Sakura headed off for the baths where she was joined by Chii and Rena. Tomoyo was off at another conference and would be gone for a while, according to Syaoran. Chii sat herself down and Rena leant back against the edge.

“So what’s the secret you’re not telling? Come on, spill…” Rena complained.

“I can’t tell you, that’s why it’s a secret.” Sakura giggled as she stretched her arms.

“Aww, is Syaoran making you keep it a secret?” Chii complained as well.

“No, it’s not. I’ll tell you in three weeks.” Sakura said.

“Oh fine.” Rena sighed.

Sakura looked up at the roof; she didn’t feel so good. “Hey, are you ok?” Chii asked.

“Yeah, I’m fine.” Sakura smiled.

“Hmm…maybe you should finish up-it could be the steam.” Rena said with worry.

“Yeah, I’m going to go lie down.” Sakura smiled, and got out to dry herself and get dressed. She had decided on something that wasn’t too restricting, a white dress with a pink sash, and once she was dressed she headed back to the bedroom. She entered the room and walked over to the bed where she lay down, trying to rid herself of the horrible feeling, and closed her eyes. She heard the door open and close, and a gentle hand against her forehead. She opened her eyes as Syaoran sat down, and she let him rub her back.

“Aren’t you feeling well?” he asked.

“Not really,” she replied, “It’s probably the worst part about being pregnant.” She half laughed.

“Is there anything I can do?” He asked.

“Just being here is enough for me.” She said softly.

He smiled, “Ok.”

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