December Dream

"I think I love him," I admitted finally, sighing as doing so.

My mistress, Sakura Kinomoto, looked at me quizzically. "I still don't get it. Why would you fall in love with someone who's as mean and as overprotective as him?"

I blinked. That is not the Touya Kinomoto I know and love. In my eyes, he is the sweetest, most perfect gentleman who is willing to risk his life to protect the ones he loves.

Tomoyo Daidouji giggled softly. "We may not be able to read your mind, but your shining eyes says it all."

I blushed profusely. Thecard mistress' best friend could be so perceptive.

Oh wait, you guys may be confused as to who I am and what circumstances I'm in.

Let's start with the setting. It's a gentle winter day in December, the day before Christmas. I am in the room of my mistress, asking her if she can help me to be human tomorrow so I can talk to her brother. Mistress Sakura insisted to know why I want to see him, so I had no choice but to tell her about my feelings for her elder brother.

"B-But you're a card," sputtered Keroberos, sun guardian of the cards. "You can't fall in love!"

Sakura hit Kero with a fly swatter. "Shut up! We didn't ask for your advice!" She turned to me. "Well, what made you like my brother?"

My face turned hotter. "I-"

Reasons? I've got a million of them!

He's kind. He never dared to hurt me even if I hurt him and lied to him about my true persona when we first met.

He's caring. He was worried sick about his feverish sister escaping her room, but instead of chasing me away or scolding me for letting her do that, he took care of me. He didn't mind about the little trick Mistress Sakura and I pulled.

He's thoughtful. He gave me a Christmas gift even if it was his sister that he was intending to shop with. He didn't even know who I really am, and yet, his gift is with me now.

He's-

"Too many to mention," replied Tomoyo for me. I smiled at her gratefully. Thank god for sensitive people!

Sakura frowned. "Well, I can try to use the Dream card, but…"

"But…" I prompted.

She smiled sheepishly. "Errol-kun took it. He told me that it was too powerful to be experimented with."

I scowled. There goes my chance to talk to the man of my dreams.

"Maybe we can plead to Hiiragizawa-kun to let us use the cards."

Sakura clapped her hands. "That's right! Li-kun told me once that if there is one person who can change the mind of a Clow reincarnate, it's Tomoyo!"

Tomoyo sighed. "Sakura-Chan, do not put ridiculous meanings in my friendship with him. If he hears what you are saying, he's going to laugh at us."

I doubt it. Master Clow is not the type to laugh at sensitive and not to mention pretty girls.

Mistress Daidouji was ignored by the two. Kero, apparently having recovered from the swatter attack, leapt. "Oh yeah! I remember that when we visited him sometime ago, he refused tow ear his old costume again until Tomoyo asked him to pose for her video camera!"

I sweatdropped as Tomoyo swatted Kero with the same fly swatter.

"He only did that because I promised to bake him an upside-down cake," she replied.

"It only means that he wants to spend more time with you!" Sakura joined in.

"Sakura-chan, please. I don't want to do anything that might ruin our friendship," said Tomoyo as she picked up the swatter playfully.

Tomoyo-san could be so cool about it, but I know she likes the young Clow reincarnate too. The faint blush on her cheeks gave her away. But aside from that, she could hide her feelings really well.

As for me…

"Ka-chan," said Tomoyo, looking at me smilingly. "Would you like to come with me to Hiiragizawa-kun's house so we can ask his advice regarding your dilemma?"

I nodded. "I would like that very much."

We found him inside the Hiiragizawa living room, playing chess with his servants, Akizuki Nakuru and Spinel.

"Daidouji-san!" He instantly smiled brightly." I'm glad you found time to visit me again! Missed me already?"

"Hiiragizawa-kun!" she cried, blushing.

He turned to me. "Why, Mirror Card!"

I transformed to my true form then bowed at him respectfully.

Tomoyo smiled apologetically. "I'm sorry if we disturbed your game, Hiiragizwa-kun.."

"Nonsense! You are always welcome to disturb me."

"Came to ask a favor for Ka-chan," she continued.

"Ka-chan?"

Sakura-chan calls her'Kagami-chan' so I called her 'Ka-chan' for short," she explained.

He smiled at me, amused." Why, Mirror card! So ruthless of you to use Daidouji-san as a bridge to ask a favor from me! You know that I can never say no to her!" He crossed his legs elegantly. "So what can I do for you?"

I mustered my courage to speak up to my former master. "I need your help…I want to be human."

Nakuru's eyebrow shot up. "Human? But why?"

"I want..I want to talk to Kinomoto Touya and tell..tell him a bout my feelings for him." I could feel my blush intensify every passing second.

"B-But you're a card!" sputtered Spinel. "You can't fall in love!"

Did I hear that line already?

"What?!!" screamed Nakuru,horrified.

"But then again, no one ever said that cards cannot fall in love too," amended the feline, grinning devilishly at its fellow guardian.

"I sympathize with you, Mirror Card, really I do, but it's not valid enough a reason for, me to use the card."

"Please, Hiiragizwa-kun? Surely the reason of love could be valid enough!" pleaded Tomoyo in my behalf.

He scratched his cheek. "Well…"

"Well is promising," chirped Spinel as Nakuru cried out more.

I knelt down on the floor and bowed lowly. "Onegaiii!!!" I begged.

He blinked. "Child, get up! Do not beg like that!" He sighed helplessly. "Alright." He took out his key.

"Dream card!"

Blinding white light enveloped my body. For a minute I couldn't see then the light subsided.

I looked at my hand, which was now colored like Tomoyo's. I pinched it. Firm and solid.

I smiled tearfully. "My wish came true! I'm finally a human!"

Tsuzuku

NOTES ON THE DREAM CARD

I know that this card is meant for visions, but since there is no Wish card, I used the next best thing. In this fic, I decided to make up a secondary power for the dream card – to grant wishes.

The second and final installment of the fic out soon. This is my Christmas gift for all CCS fans.

Syaoran no hime