After she ate, Sakura went straight to bed. She couldn't find the strength to change into one of the robes hanging in her wardrobe, and so she just stripped off and slept in her undergarments. She fell asleep quickly thanks to the medicine she took earlier, but sleeping alone didn't feel right…she felt…lonely.
Syaoran sat back in the study, flicking through papers that needed signing that he hadn't gotten to due to looking after Sakura in the past few weeks. He didn't mind, but there was a lot to do. He sighed and set himself to work.
It was late by the time he finished, and he was so tired he could probably just crash out at his desk. He stood and left, heading for his room. It felt empty without Sakura's presence-he'd gotten so used to having her with him. He shut the door behind him, and got changed before slipping into his bed. It just didn't feel right without Sakura beside him.
Leon sat up and ran his fingers through his hair, enjoying the cool air as it brushed across his bare skin. The windows were open, revealing the clear night sky and the stars shining in the sky. "Leon?" He looked over his shoulder at his queen who was lying with the sheet up to her waist.
"What is it?" he asked.
"Tell me what happened with Diego." She ordered.
"Prince Syaoran killed him to protect Princess Sakura. Rena was unharmed, but I'm sure you've angered both of the princes." Leon answered.
She giggled, "Oh my, now that might be a slight problem." She said. "I guess I should figure out my next move…but for now, just lie with me."
He lay back down beside her and she closed her eyes, snuggling against him. He sighed; he had a bad feeling that this would end in some kind of war, but perhaps not. After all, Syaoran was the type of person who would rather keep peace than wage war, and they could manipulate that to their advantage.
When Sakura woke in the morning it was early. She got up and limped over to her wardrobe, opening the doors and looking inside. She pulled out a white dress and pulled it on, and then looked at herself in the tall mirror on the inside of her wardrobe door. It was strapless, and the satin clung to her breasts and hugged her body down to her hips where the skirt flared out. As usual, around her hips, was a sash decorated in gold. The colour of it was a beautiful peacock blue, and around her shoulders she had a light shawl in the same colour. She pulled on a pair of silver sandals that had a slight heel, and brushed her hair.
She left her room and bumped into Chii who looked sleepy. The blonde looked up and gasped.
"Wow! You look gorgeous!" She exclaimed.
Sakura blushed, "Thank you," She smiled.
"Come with me, I have something that would go perfect with that dress!" she beamed.
"Wait, my leg…" Sakura murmured.
"Here, let me help you." Chii said, and held out her hand. Sakura took Chii's hand, grateful for her help.
Chii led Sakura to her own room, which was made up of pale blues, and sat her down at her vanity. She opened up a rectangular wooden box which was full of beautiful gold and silver jewellery. Chii pulled out a pair of beautiful gold and blue crystal droplets, and a matching pendant to go with. She slipped them into Sakura's ears and then placed the necklace around her neck. She smiled and nodded.
"What do you think, Lady Sakura?" Chii asked.
"I don't think I can accept these…" She said, feeling a bit awkward.
"Please, I'd like you to have them." The blonde smiled cheerfully.
"Thank you…" Sakura smiled softly. It had been a long time since she'd been given a gift.
"Please allow me to do your hair." Chii smiled.
Sakura nodded, and Chii began to brush her hair and she tied some into a bun, and then braided the rest of it to sit around the base of the bun. "Hmm, it seems to be missing something…" she murmured. She picked up a silver comb decorated with a design of beautiful blue flowers and blue and silver zirconia, and slipped it into her hair.
"There we go!" she beamed.
Sakura looked at herself in the mirror; she couldn't remember the last time she had looked so stunning.
"White and soft colours really suit you; you look so beautiful." Chii smiled.
"Thank you Chii…" Sakura smiled softly.
"Yay I got you to smile!" Chii said gleefully.
There was a soft knock at the door followed by a maid's voice. "Lady Chii? Lord Fai is here to see you." She said.
"Come in!" Chii called out.
Sakura noticed that Chii had been called 'Lady', and looked up at her. She was smiling, and Fai walked in.
"Oh, you have a visitor." He smiled.
"Doesn't she look gorgeous!?" Chii exclaimed.
"You do look lovely, Lady Sakura." He agreed.
"Thank you…" Sakura looked away uncomfortably.
"I gave her some of my jewellery; I don't wear it anymore, and I'd like it if someone would wear it." She smiled.
"They do suit her," He agreed.
"I even did her hair!" she grinned.
"Chii, you're embarrassing me…" Sakura mumbled.
Chii giggled, "Sorry Sakura," she looked over at Fai, "Anything I can help you with?" she asked cheerfully.
"Actually, I was hoping you could tell me if Syaoran was awake yet?" Fai asked.
"Sorry, no. He's still sleeping. He had a rather late night signing off documents and other things that needed tending to." Chii replied.
Sakura's face fell. "It's all my fault…" She whispered.
"What? No! Syaoran worries more about one thing than the other, so don't worry!" Chii smiled.
"What?" Sakura didn't quite understand.
"She means that he's more concerned about you than other affairs. It's just how he is; don't worry." Fai smiled.
"Oh…" Sakura murmured.
Even so, she wanted to apologise.
"What about Syaoron?" Fai asked Chii.
"He's awake; I think he's in Lady Rena's room." Chii answered.
"Alright, thank you." Fai smiled.
"Anytime!" Chii replied cheerfully.
Rena woke to the sound of someone cracking open nutshells in her room. She opened her eyes, their beautiful shade of blue, and looked around her room. It didn't take long for her eyes to fall on Syaoron who was sitting on her other side in a chair, cracking open nuts.
"You're doing that to annoy me, aren't you?" She mumbled sleepily.
"Yes." He replied.
"What? Did you miss me?" She laughed.
He put down the nuts in a bowl and set them to the side. "I asked Yuui if you could get up today, and would you like to know what he said?" He asked.
"Forgive me for not being psychic." Rena mumbled.
"He said; as long as you don't do anything too strenuous."
Rena was expecting something more sarcastic. "Oh. So I can get up and walk around." She mumbled.
"Finally." She muttered. She'd been waiting so long to get up and move around. She'd only been allowed to walk around the room to keep her leg muscles working, and it was so frustrating.
His kiss was sudden, but she responded. She clutched him closer, threaded her fingers through his hair and ran her hands down his neck and back. She felt the need to be closer to him, yearned for him. He parted from her lips and kissed her neck, nipping at her pulse. Their moment was ruined when there was a light knock on the door. He sighed and pulled back, sitting back down in the seat beside her bed. Rena was completely red; she was aroused and he knew it.
"Come in…" she squeaked.
The door opened and Fai stepped in, "Sorry to bother you so early in the morning, but could I speak with Syaoron please?" he asked.
"I'll be back." He murmured. She nodded and he left, and she completely freaked out. The feeling wouldn't go away-it was almost painful.
"Whyyyyy?" She groaned into her pillow, burying her face.
"What is it?" Syaoron asked irritably.
"I just thought that you should know you have a guest arriving today; sometime around noon-for lunch. Unfortunately we only just received word." Fai said.
"Fuck. Alright, thank you. Who is it?" He asked.
"I believe it's someone by the name of Prince Fern." Fai replied.
"Oh fantastic. Let me know when he's arrived." He muttered.
"Of course." Fai replied. "Well, I must dash. I shall see you later." The blonde smiled.
"Yes, goodbye." Syaoron murmured, and returned to Rena's room.
She was still blushing, and he smiled, amused. He walked over to her wardrobe and pulled out a fresh outfit for her; it was royal blue, and the sash that went with it was pale blue and had the same gold chains and droplets decorating it as what Sakura wore.
"Here, you should get dressed." He said, handing her the dress.
She glared at him and sat up, kicked back the covers and carefully stood up. She stripped off with her back to him, and then held out her hand.
"Dress." She muttered.
He threw it to her, and she pulled it on, tying the ties and then the sash around her waist. She hated how she couldn't get rid of the feeling, and her legs felt a little shaky.
"Why did you do that to me…?" She mumbled.
"Do what?" He laughed. He pretended to be oblivious to it.
"You know what…" she mumbled.
"Later." He said.
Sakura sat in the gardens on her own; it was peaceful there, and she didn't feel threatened. The air was pure, and small innocent spirits roamed the gardens, playing and sleeping-they looked a bit like small orbs of different coloured lights that bounced about, and it was a pretty and interesting site to see. The sun was warm on her skin, but the wind felt nice. She wondered what the others were doing, if her sister was awake and how she was feeling. Her recovery was slow, but she was getting there-it was easy to see.
When Syaoran woke it was late morning. He rarely slept in so late, but he didn't go to bed till two in the morning so he didn't care much. He didn't realise her presence in the room until he saw her; she was sitting looking out the window, the sun bouncing off the jewels she was wearing and off of her beautiful caramel hair. She looked absolutely beautiful. He reached out and stroked her cheek, and she turned her head to face him.
She smiled, "You're awake."
"Good morning, how are you feeling?" He asked.
"My leg's still rather sore…" She mumbled.
"And in general?" he asked, concerned.
"I don't know…" She said.
He sat up and kissed her forehead. "Is something on your mind?" He asked.
She looked away, "I'm sorry…you had to stay up late because of me." She said.
He smiled, "No, it's my fault I left it late. I could have done it. But I left it." He shrugged.
She fell silent as he kissed her, and he parted from her after a few moments. "You need to stop beating yourself up." He said.
"What?" she whispered.
"You're being too hard on yourself. You need to stop." He explained.
She looked away. "Have you eaten?" He asked.
"No…I was waiting…" She mumbled.
He smiled and stood up to get dressed, "Thank you."
When their visitor arrived, neither of the princes' were impressed. It was not proper etiquette to simply show up when you felt like it. However, this particular prince was a pain in the ass, and did what he liked. They stood at the castle doors with Sakura and Rena, and out stepped from the carriage a prince; he was tall with strange leaf green hair, and strange red-brown eyes. He wore a black suit with an emerald green tie and white dress shirt.
He saw the girls and whistled, "If I could get a piece of that…" He said, looking Sakura in particular over.
Rena stepped in front of her sister protectively; Sakura was shaking and she couldn't breathe. "Breathe Sakura, just breathe. He can't harm you." Rena murmured soothingly in her sister's ear.
"I'm going to go sit the girls down for lunch." Syaoran murmured. His brother nodded.
"Hey-where are you going?" The prince called out.
"It's time for the girls to be sat down. Please do shut up." Syaoron snapped.
"No need to be so rude." The prince said.
"You showed up uninvited and with hardly any notice. Of course we're annoyed." He growled, and turned to walk inside. The prince shrugged and followed him inside.
Sakura was sat down at the dining table; her breathing came in rapid gasps, and her pulse was racing with fear. "Sakura, can you hear me?" Rena called out.
She didn't respond.
"Sakura, you need to calm down." Syaoran murmured, taking her hand into his own.
She calmed down quickly to his words, and fell back into her chair. Her eyes were dim with fear and sadness and tragic memory.
"He won't hurt you." He promised.
"I'm afraid…" she whispered.
"I know. You do not have to attend this afternoon with us; you're free to do what you wish." He said.
"I'm going to go lie down…" she whispered.
"Can Chii bring something to you? I want you to at least eat something." Syaoran said.
She nodded and stood, leaving the two on their own as she headed for her room. Rena clenched her fist in anger and then released it.
"Thank you for looking after her." She said softly.
"I won't let any harm come to her," He said with a smile.
"Thank you…do you mind if I stay…? I want to keep an eye on him." She murmured.
"You may." He replied.
They sat down and the prince named Fern soon came following through behind Syaoron. "Where's the other young lady?" Fern asked.
"She was feeling unwell, so she's gone to lie down." Syaoran smiled.
"How unfortunate. Well, my lady, how do you do?" Fern turned his attention to Rena, who was now sitting beside Syaoron.
"I'm well, thank you." She murmured.
"What might your name be?" He asked, taking a seat across from her.
"…Rena." She replied stiffly.
"That is a lovely name. What about the other young lady?" He questioned.
"My sister's name is Sakura." She said, clenching her hand into a fist beneath the table.
"Why are you here, Fern?" Syaoran asked irritably. He was angry with Fern for showing up uninvited, and for showing such provocative behaviour towards both girls. There was no doubt in his mind that it brought unpleasant memories back for both Sakura and Rena, and he wanted him to leave as soon as possible.
"I came to see how things were going." He replied.
"You're being a pest." Syaoran growled.
"Harsh. Why so rude?" He asked.
"You're the one who decided to show up uninvited. So for the last time, why are you here?" Syaoran almost growled.
Fern sighed, "Well when I heard you were taking care of two beautiful girls, I couldn't help myself." He shrugged.
Rena gritted her teeth. Who was this man?
Syaoron glared at him, "If you dare lay a finger on them, we won't hesitate to throw you out with the trash." He hissed.
"Now, now; be nice." Fern said, picking up his glass and drinking from it. "You're being unusually hostile. What happened to the peaceful rulers I met two years ago?"
"What do you want from us?" Syaoron growled.
Fern shrugged, "Can't I come say hello every once in a while?" He asked.
The boys didn't like it one bit. Instead, they sat back and ate quietly, keeping a close eye on him. Rena hardly ate anything; she'd lost her appetite around this prince. She just hoped her sister was alright.
Sakura hardly ate anything; she poked at her food and pushed it around her plate, and then pushed it away from her. Memories from when she'd been held captive arose again, and she felt ill. She rolled onto her side on her soft bed, and then she lay on her back. She closed her eyes, and tried to fall asleep.
They finished lunch, and Fern stood from his seat. "I think I'll take a wander." He said.
"I trust you know where not to go." Syaoran said sharply.
"Yes," Fern smiled.
The foreign prince left the table and disappeared out of the room, but Syaoran followed quickly behind to keep an eye on him. He didn't trust Fern's word at all.
Fern walked around for a bit, not appearing to really be doing much. He disappeared down a corridor though, and Syaoran lost him. "Shit." He swore under his breath, and stayed where he was. He decided the safest thing to do would be to go to Sakura's side.
Fern found himself in the ladies wing, and noticed a name on one of the ebony doors in gold paint. He smiled. He opened the door and stepped in, shutting the door behind him. Sure enough, lying on the bed all dressed in white and blue was Sakura, asleep and looking perfectly beautiful. He walked over and stroked her cheek, touched her lips and traced a line down her throat to the top of her breasts. Her eyelids flickered, and she opened her eyes.
"Syaoran…?" She mumbled.
He chuckled, "No, no." He said.
She froze and looked up to see the person from before in her room. She opened her mouth to scream, but he smothered it with his hand.
"Quiet!" he hissed, "You may as well enjoy this, or you're going to have a really hard time!" he spat.
Tears entered her eyes, and she shook her head, begging for him to stop.
"Good," He smirked.
But Sakura fought back. She bit his hand and rolled off the bed while he was distracted, and looked over at the door. She screamed loudly, loud enough to gain someone's attention, angering the prince.
Syaoran heard Sakura's scream and ran down the hall, slamming open her bedroom door to find Fern looking pissed off and Sakura looking frightened and horrified with tears streaming down her face as he held her by the front of her dress.
"What the hell are you doing in here!? Get out!" Syaoran shouted at Fern.
Fern released Sakura and walked out and Syaoran noticed the bite mark Sakura had inflicted. He walked over and knelt down in front of her, "What happened? What did he do to you?" He asked. He didn't really need to ask-it was obvious.
"He threatened me…" she cried hysterically, clinging to him.
"I'm sorry…" He said softly.
"I'm scared!" She cried.
"I know, and I wish you didn't have to experience such fear." He said softly as he cradled her.
Rena came running in and she saw her sister on the floor in Syaoran's arms. "What happened!?" she cried.
"Fern hurt her." He murmured.
"It's more of a how." Syaoran explained.
"Oh Sakura, I'm so sorry." Rena whispered.
Syaoron punched Fern hard in the jaw, drawing blood. "I told you what would happen, didn't I!?" he hissed.
Fern laughed. "There's someone after those girls, don't grow too attached."
"You're going home-and staying there!" he spat, marching Fern right out of the castle.
Sakura had been given some medicine to help her calm down, and she was soon asleep. "Will you stay with her?" Rena asked Syaoran. He nodded and she smiled, "Thank you, and thank you for saving her. You have no idea how much it means to me…to her…" She said.
"I'm glad I could help." He said. She smiled and left, and returned to her room where she cried alone.
Chii and Fai entered Sakura's room where Syaoran was sitting watching over her, and as the door shut he looked up.
"You called for us?" Chii said quietly so she didn't wake the sleeping girl.
Syaoran nodded, "I have a request."
"Does it concern Lady Sakura?" Chii asked.
"Yes, it does. You do not have to accept, you may decline. I'm only asking because I trust you." He began, "But I'd like you to protect her-guard her-while I cannot."
The two blondes looked at each other for a moment, and then turned their attention back to Syaoran. "We can do that." Fai said.
"Thank you, I appreciate it."
Meanwhile Rena sat in her room in the dark beside her window, where she'd closed the curtains and sat herself in her chair. Her door opened, but she did not look up-she knew who it was.
Rena didn't respond, and so Syaoron forced her to make eye contact with him.
"Look at me."
Rena looked up at him. He noticed her stained face, and sighed. "This isn't your fault," he whispered.
She took in a deep breath, and released it. "You heard what he said, didn't you?" she said.
"What part?" he asked.
"That there's someone after me and my sister." She said almost angrily.
"Yes, I heard that." He murmured.
"I swear I will kill him." She hissed.
He shook his head, "No, you can't do that. Don't do that to yourself."
She looked at him with a defiant glare in her eyes, "Fine, but if he ever dares to come near my sister again, he dies."
She stood and walked out of her room. "Where are you going?" Syaoron called out.
"To shoot a target board!" she yelled.