"Where is Yao?" Meiling repeated, louder this time. Something was telling her that something happened to him.
"H-He's not coming house with us anymore, Meiling," Li said as gently as he could.
Her ruby eyes froze in fear. "N-No.." she collapsed, trembling. "No.." One by one, her tears cascaded freely down her cheeks. "I-I don't believe you.Yao is alive! Yao is alive!" she cried.
Sakura hugged the girl, weeping too."Meiling, he's gone. He saved us."
"I wasn't even able to tell him how much he means to me..how much I love him,"she whispered.
Eriol turned his back. "The 53rd card was created to counteract the cards, but sadly, that card is not enough. Clow Reed created another card, the Joker. It was sealed in the original lasin board of the Li clan so as to help in locating the cards whenever they get lost, but the board was destroyed two years ago. Fortunately, a new board was created just in time when Sakura accidentally set the cards loose."
"Yao and I did it. We wished to find someone powerful enough to spar with, but we bit on something more than we can chew," narrated Syaoran.
Meiling leaned on Sakura, drowning herself in her tears. "Yao..Yao.."
Something extraordinary happened then. The masamune magically dissolved into fine, silvery dust that danced in the wind carrying some petals of jasmines.
Her heart was strangely comforted. It was a sign. It was a promise. He would still be by her, no matter what.
"Yes, I'm going back. Yes,yes, my identity was revealed already. No, Ruby Moon and Spinel Sun are not well. THey are in a full-scale battle over the last piece of cake. Yes, they are on the brink of setting the neighborhood on fire." Eriol glanced at his servants warily before turning his attention back to the phone. "Yes, Kaho. Yes, I am well. I already sent my letter to school, to Terada-sensei. I will do miss my friends.." He frowned when Kaho said something. "Kaho, it's not true!" He sighed again. "Kaho, I implore you to stop listening to Nakuru's tales! I have no girlfriend here, least of all Daidouji-san. She's a nice and sweet girl but believe me, she means nothing to me.."
As the woman's voice droned over the phone, a flashback caught him off-guard. That moment when he held Tomoyo in his arms and protected her from the rain. He had never felt that instinct- the need to protect somebody- in his whole life. The impule to take care of a person as if she was a fragile porcelain figure.
He blinked when he heard the busy tone. He didn't even realize that Kaho had hung up on him already. He placed the receiver down. Clow Reed may be laughing at him now, but Kami-sama, he was simply confused.
Tomoyo looked at the Hiragizawa residence nervously. She rung the doorbell and opened the door. There she found two fierce-looking creatures throwing kitchen utensils at each other.
Both stopped and turned to her. "H-Hi.."
Eriol came down, smiling. "Konnichiwa, Daidouji-san."
"K-Konnichiwa, Hiragizawa-kun.." She bowed and handed him a giftwrapped box. "I-I heard you were leaving tomorrow already so.."
"A farewell gift?" he asked, amused and touched at the same time.
"S-Sort of," Her cheeks flushed, she abruptly pivoted and was about to walk away when he hurriedly grabbed her hand clasped it tightly. He pulled her gently beside her. "Maybe you will allow me the privilege to have you as my audience when I open this thoughtful gift," he said.
Tomoyo looked around the room and panicked when she saw Ruby Moon and Spinel Sun conveniently slip out of the room to continue their disrupted battle in the den.
He chuckled. "Thank you for giving us a little courtesy of privacy here, my friends." He then carefully opened the box and lifted its content.
A small framed cross stitch of the Clow symbol with a matching clock at the bottom.
"It's lovely," he whispered.
"I made ita few nights ago..not very original though. The clock thingie was just bought, but the rest was my work. It's not good but-"
He shook his head with a smile. "Thank you. It's beautiful."
She blushed again, more profusely this time.
He touched the smooth glass and looked at the clock. "This will tell me when it's time to go back and be true to my feelings."
He chuckled once more and bent to kiss her hand. "I shall come back and visit you, Daidouji-san."
"I shall wait for that."
Syaoran looked at his cousin in concern. "Are you sure you're ok?"
Meiling nodded. "Of course!" She placed her things down and hugged him. "Take care of yourself."
Her eyes twinkled. "Take care of Kinomoto too."
His face flamed. "Meiling!!" He looked around the airport as if Sakura would be standing behind them, eavesdropping.
"Tell her what you feel, Syaoran. She will listen," she said confidently.
He nodded slowly. "Maybe..maybe someday."
"True love comes only once in a lifetime..seize your happiness before it disappears." Her eyes shooka s she remembered Yao once more.
He nodded and squeezed her hand. "Be strong, Meiling." He then handed her a flower crown. "Yao asked me to give you this."
She took it and pressed it on her heart. "He has already given me one..only that crown is made to last forever. a crown of pure love."