City Under Siege:

City Under Siege:

Chapter One

" A darkness will form

To conquer all man

Beware of the past

For evil has a plan"

Syaoran walked home alone from another day at school. He kicked a rock and mentally kicked him self for not having the courage to say what he wanted to say. The image of a certain auburn haired girl, with bright emerald green eyes, comes into his head. Along with a name like no other: Kinomoto Sakura. Syaoran smiled at thought of Sakura. He'd known her for what…five years? They'd captured Clow Cards together and Syaoran had grown fond of her.

Oh admit it, baka! You love her! But no matter how hard he tried, he'd never had the courage to tell her. The thought of just having her say his name out loud sent shivers down his spine.


I can almost hear her. Man, I need more sleep.

"Syaoran-kun! Wait up!"

"Huh?" Syaoran turned around and almost fell backwards in shock. There she was, Sakura, running up to him, calling it out his name, and he wasn't daydreaming!

Sakura ran up until she finally caught up to him and stopped to catch her breath. "Syaoran-kun, I've been calling your name since you left school. Why didn't you wait for me?" She finally asked.

Syaoran blushed slightly. "Gomen ne, I didn't hear you."

Sakura frowned. "Didn't hear me?" She put a hand to his forehead. "Are you feeling okay? You look a little red."

Syaoran pulled back before he blushed more. "Hai, I'm fine. Why did you call me?"

Sakura smiled. "Silly, have you forgotten already? We have that science project together, remember?"

How could I forget! Syaoran mentally kicked him self again. He'd totally forgotten about the project, where he'd been teamed up with Sakura. He was so excited he almost fell out of his chair...actually he did…

"Okay class, I've already given you the assignment, now I'm going to give you your partner." Their science teacher had announced. "Chiharu you're with Takashi. Naoko you're with Tomoyo. And Syaoran you're with…"

Syaoran crossed his fingers and prayed to Kami-sama he'd be with…

"…Sakura." The teacher finished.

Syaoran jumped for joy, but his sweater caught onto the something on the desk and slammed him back into his seat. He fell to the side and off his chair.

Sakura, who sat in front of him, immediately got up and lent him a hand. "Are you all right, Syaoran-kun?"

Syaoran blushed redder than he ever did before, just then. Half out of embarrassment, and half because Sakura was holding his hand. "H…h…hai, Sakura-chan."

The rest of the day was a blur from then on.

So why did I forget now? Syaoran thought.


Syaoran shook his head and came back to the present. "Nani?"

"I asked you what you wanted to do?" Sakura repeated. What is with him today? Usually I'm the space case.

"I…uh…you decide." Syaoran replied. Science was never his best subject.

"Well…" Sakura started. "We could do it on lightning." Then Sakura giggled.

"Nani?" Syaoran asked.

Sakura covered her mouth. "Nothing, it's just that when I think of us doing a report on lightning…" She giggled again. "You're an expert."

Syaoran smiled and started to laugh with her. True, his most famous attack, besides his elemental attacks, was lightning. That didn't mean he knew it from a scientifical stand point. He knew the more…magicianal view of it, and its uses. But, he had said Sakura could decide. "All right. Lightning it is."

"Where should we study?" Sakura inquired.

Syaoran stopped walking. "I don't know. Where do you want to study?"

Sakura nodded. "Well…the library has some stuff, but truly, the best place would be your house."

"NANI?" Syaoran exclaimed.

"Well, yeah, I mean you have all those magician books. I'm sure they'd have something on the anatomy of a lightning bolt or something." Sakura paused and frowned. "Why? What did you think I meant?"

Syaoran smiled on the inside. She's still as clueless as she was back in the fourth grade. Makes me love her even more. He thought. "Nothing. My house it is!" They started walking again to his apartment.

When the got to his apartment, Syaoran took out his key and opened the door. Sakura stepped in and smiled at the colored of the walls. The walls were covered with forest green wallpaper, very fitting for Syaoran. He always did like green. Sakura thought with a smiled.

Syaoran put down his school bag, and Sakura followed with hers. "Do you want something to eat or drink?" Syaoran offered.

"Iie, but thank you anyways." Sakura replied sweetly.

Syaoran nodded. "Wait here, I'll go get my books." He ran off to his room.

Sakura made her way to the dining table and brought out her school supplies, notebook, paper, pencil, etc…

Syaoran came out carrying a good five, six books with him. He set them in the middle of the table. "Ready to start?"

Sakura's eyes went wide at all the books he had. "This is going to take a little longer than I thought."

Syaoran laughed. "This is nothing. Maybe a quarter of what I actually have back there." Sakura giggled and they started looking through the books. Some were in Japanese so Sakura read those, while others, Syaoran had to read.

Sakura and Syaoran rummaged through the books for what seemed like hours. "Here's something." Sakura said. " 'A lightning bolt can be miles long, and yet, only about an inch thick.' Wow." She copied the fact onto her paper.

Syaoran scanned his book again. " 'It says a lightning bolt occurs when positive charges from the ground, meet up with negative charges from the storm cloud.'" Syaoran read.

They continued to work until it was about six o'clock. Sakura glanced at her watch, (The one Yukito gave her) "Oh my gosh! Tori is going to kill me! I have to get going!" She packaged her stuff and grabbed her backpack.

Tell her! Tell her! Syaoran got up. "Sakura?"

Sakura turned to face him. "I...uh…I wanted to say…" Syaoran was interrupted when the phone rang. I thought I turned the ringer off! Syaoran smiled to Sakura. "Wait just a sec. He ran to the phone. "Moshi moshi. Syaoran speaking."

"Xao Lang (Is that how you spell it?)" A voice said weakly on the phone. "H…hahaoya?" Syaoran said. "What's wrong?!" Sakura came over when she heard him talking to his mother.

"Xao Lang, I…must warn you." She replied.

"What wrong?!" Syaoran asked desperately.

"A evil…force is…coming. You…must…prepare. 8…" Her breathing got harder.


"8…6…4…" Then the line went dead.

"Hahaoya! Hahaoya!" Syaoran called, but no reply. He reluctantly hung up.

Sakura put a gentle hand on Syaoran's shoulder. "What is it?"

"My mother was warning us about something. An evil force she said. We need to prepare."

Sakura thought for a moment. "Anything else."

Syaoran got frustrated. "Iie! She…she was too weak to say anything else! Demo…"


"She said a number…864. What could it mean?"

"A place? A password?" Sakura tried.

"Iie! A flight number!" Syaoran exclaimed.

"She's coming here." Sakura caught on.

"We've got to check out when it arrives." Syaoran picked up the phone again and dialed the number. "You planning on leaving?" He asked.

"Iie, it's more important to stay here with you." She replied.

Syaoran smiled. "Arigatou."

Sakura smiled back and shrugged. "We're friends aren't we? Friends are there for each other when they need them."

But I want to be more than friends. "Hai, friends."

Syaoran and Sakura had called the airport and found out Flight 864 was arriving from Hong Kong in Japan the next afternoon. They both agreed to meet her after school. Sakura had been very supportive of Syaoran during his time of worry. But she longed for them to be something more. I want him to love me like I love him. She had thought.

They now sat in math, one class they all had, Sakura, Syaoran, Tomoyo, Meiling, Naoko, Chiharu, Takashi, and Rika. Sakura tried to concentrate in her work, but something was bothering her. Something that sent chills up her spine.

Sakura shivered and glance over at Syaoran, he looked over at her and nodded. Something was up, and both of them could sense it. But what is it! I've captured all the Clow Cards and turned them into Sakura Cards. Could this be the evil force Syaoran's mother tried to warn us about?

Just then the wind began to pick up outside. Sakura glanced outside the window and saw the white clouds turn a dark black. This is not good.

There was a loud bang and the door to the classroom blew open. Loud hollers and cries could be heard from the hallways. Sakura and Syaoran shot to their feet. They ran to the door, while the kids in their class stood up and began to worry what it was. When they looked out, they saw bodies of their fellow classman littering the floor. "What is going on!?" Sakura exclaimed.

The hollering got louder and a semi transparent thing came screeching into the classroom. It almost hit Sakura, but Syaoran pulled her to the side. It flew through the classroom, twirling up people's bodies, making them pass out. Meilin and Tomoyo ran to the door to Sakura and Syaoran. "What's happening!?" Meilin cried.

"An evil force just made it's appearance." Syaoran said, still holding Sakura.

Sakura saw Naoko, Chiharu, and Takashi go down. "Iie!" She tried to run to them, but Syaoran held her back.

"There's nothing you can do for them now!" He said, though he too had to turn his head from the sight. The creature would wrap around the person, draining their energy and making them turn ghost white, before collapsing.

"We have got to get out of here!" Tomoyo shouted over the cries and screams.

Soon, more hollering could be heard, and Meilin shouted. "More are coming!"

"We've got to leave, now!" Syaoran said. He started down the hallway, pulling Sakura along.

"We can't just leave them!" She cried.

"We're not! We'll come back for them! I promise!" Syaoran said, Sakura reluctantly ran away from the classroom, Meilin and Tomoyo behind them.

Three creatures were trying to cut them off. "This way!" Syaoran rammed down a door to his left and ran through. The girls followed him, and he slammed it shut. The creatures were beating the door, trying to get it open.

"We're trapped!" Tomoyo said.

Syaoran ran to the window and tried to get it open. "It's locked!"

"They're coming through!" Meilin said, leaning against the door. Sakura came up and blocked the door with a chair.

Syaoran grabbed another chair. "We are getting out of here!" He threw it through it at the window, breaking it into a million pieces. "Come on!"

Tomoyo went through first, then Meiling, followed by Sakura. Syaoran made ready to jump down, when the spirits finally broke down the door. He jumped down hastily. "Let's go!"

No one moved. Syaoran followed their gazed and gasped.

Sakura opened her mouth to speak. "Hahaoya?"

"Otousan?"(SP?) Syaoran said in disbelief.

Behind them, Meiling and Tomoyo screamed and tried to dodge the spirits from touching them.

Sakura brought out her key and turned it into a staff. "Shield! Release and dispel!" Shield went around Meiling and Tomoyo, protecting them, for now. Sakura turned her attention to the two figures before them. "Who are you!"

Syaoran brought out his sword. "They're fakes! Out parents are dead! They can't be real!"

"Sakura!" Sakura looked up to see Kero flying her way.

"Kero-chan! What are you doing here?!" Sakura asked.

"That doesn't matter now! What you have to know is that this is a powerful evil force, that evil Clow Reed himself was unable to defeat!"

Syaoran narrowed his eyes at his "father". "I knew it! This is the evil force hahaoya warned me about!"

Syaoran's "father" unsheathed his sword. "Our master wishes you to join us." He smiled.

Nadashiko, Sakura's mother, brought out a similar sword. "And she won't take no for an answer."

Both "parents" charged in after Sakura and Syaoran. Sakura dodged a swipe from Nadashiko. "I won't fight you!"

Syaoran blocked a blow from his "father" with his own sword. "Sakura! They're not real! They died along time ago!"

Sakura blocked a blow with her staff. "But they look so real." Sakura had a hard time taking all this in. She'd never known her mother, but always dreamed of meeting her. Wanting to know if she really looked anything like her.

Syaoran attacked his "father" relentlessly, fully believing they weren't the real things.

Nadashiko smiled and held out her hand. "Come with me, my daughter. We can be together once again."

Sakura paused then her hand slowly came forward. When it was close enough, Nadashiko sneered and slice at Sakura's hand, making a small gash on the back of Sakura's hand. Sakura pulled back her hand and winced. She looked up with tears in her eyes. "Why are you doing this?"

Nadashiko didn't reply, but instead took another swipe, opening a larger gash in Sakura's leg. Sakura cried out in pain and fell to her knees.

Syaoran kicked his "father" away and turned to see Sakura down on her knees, looking up with horror at Nadashiko. "Sakura!" He brought up his sword. "Force know my plight, release the light! Lightning!" His attack hit Nadashiko and she flew back, landing besides Syaoran's "Father".

Syaoran ran to Sakura's side, and lifted her up into his arms. She grabbed onto him and cried into his uniform. Syaoran turned to Tomoyo and Meiling, who were still safely in Shield. The spirits had given up and flown away, seeking other prey. "Come on! Let's go!" He started running away from the school, the two girls following him. They had to find sanctuary until they could figure out what they were going to do.