Alternate Dimensions

Chapter Six – First Day

By Crow Skywalker

Disclaimer – I don't own Card Captor Sakura or its characters. End of story.

Author's Notes – It certainly has been a long time since I've updated, and for that I'm sorry. I don't update any of my fics all that often anymore, as I often don't have the urge to write at all. But today was different, and I opened up Microsoft Word and this chapter just flowed out. Enjoy.

Pairings/Warnings – Slight Sakura/Syaoran. Rated PG.

Summary – What if Sakura had lost her concentration during the first movie, and had been sent to a different dimension where she's not the Card Captor? Sakura must now find her way back to her dimension with the help of this one's Card Captor, who's a familiar face in her dimension. But trouble's not too far off!

She awoke the next morning to the smells and sounds of breakfast being made. With blurry eyes, Sakura looked up from her pillow and read the clock beside her bed. It was only seven o'clock in the morning – much too early to be awake. With a sleepy smile, she turned over and fluffed her pillow once before cuddling her face back into the smooth warm material. However, sleep did not return again, because a moment later Meiling was yanking the blanket away from her body.

"Wakey, wakey! Rise and shine and all that junk! It's time to get up, Sakura!" Meiling said loudly, and Sakura wondered how someone could be this cheerful this early in the morning.

With a groan, Sakura sat up in bed, rubbing her eyes. "I'm so tired," she complained, hoping her 'cousin' would take a hint. She really hadn't slept all that well the night before – she'd spent hours awake, her mind racing frantically, her thoughts keeping her up with worry.

"Get used to it," Meiling giggled. "Today's our first day of school!"

Sakura immediately stilled. Up until that point, she had totally forgotten about school. Sure, Meiling had been talking about it for weeks, but it had never really registered in Sakura's mind. She had so much more going through her head, school had really been the least of her worries. She had briefly heard their conversation the night before and had thought about it, but that had been the end of any thoughts on school.

Meiling didn't seem to sense Sakura's sudden change. She was currently going through Sakura's drawers, looking for something. Upon finding what she was looking for, she smiled brightly and whirled around, a school uniform in her hand. "Aha! Found it!"

Sakura stared at what used to be her old school uniform. At least, it had been her old school uniform in her own dimension.

"I'm not too sure about the color black," Meiling groused, "But it does look sort of cute, I guess." She laid the uniform on Sakura's bed, smiling at her cousin as she said, "Breakfast is almost ready, so get ready and join us. Wei's giving us a ride to school, and we don't want to be late on our first day."

Sakura nodded, watching Meiling as she left. With a sigh, Sakura got out of bed and went to grab some necessities she would need, along with her uniform, before heading into the bathroom. A quick shower and some primping later, Sakura stood in front of her mirror, looking just like she had looked in her own time.

I can do this, she thought to herself with a sigh. I need to go to school and talk to Syaoran.

Turning away from the mirror, Sakura opened the door to her room and made her way to the kitchen. Wei had stacked a pile of blueberry pancakes on a plate for her, along with a glass of orange juice. He was nowhere to be found, but Meiling was already at the table, dressed for school and already halfway through her own stack of pancakes.

"It's about time," Meiling said through her mouthful of food. "I thought for sure you were never going to show up for breakfast."

"Sorry," Sakura apologized, not realizing just how long she had taken to get ready.

"Might wanna get started on those," Meiling indicated to the plate of food. "Otherwise, you might lose them!" She winked.

Sakura took her place at the table and began to eat.

Tomoeda Elementary School looked just like Sakura remembered it. It hadn't changed at all, except for the fact that she was currently walking towards the same school she had gone to all her life, only today she was a nobody. A total stranger to all around her. Even now, she was receiving strange looks from people she had known all her life, only now they didn't know her at all.

Out of the corner of her eye Sakura spotted her old friend Chiharu and Takashi off in the distance. She smiled in their direction, seeing Chiharu scolding the young boy like usual. When Chiharu glanced up and met Sakura's gaze with a curious one, Sakura looked away. Finding the ground quite interesting, Sakura hid her face as she followed Meiling.

"This schedule that Wei gave me is so confusing!" Meiling was complaining loudly. "Classes here are different than in Hong Kong! I don't know how to find our first classroom at all!"

Looking at the schedule over her 'cousin's' shoulder, Sakura realized that she was going to be in the same class that she had been in when in her own dimension. Taking the paper from Meiling, Sakura looked it over before signaling for Meiling to follow her. They entered the building just as the bell rang overhead.

"Can you make sense of that thing, Sakura?" The raven haired girl asked. "I know you had more schooling before you came to Japan, maybe you can figure it out."

Sakura secretly smiled to herself. The Meiling in her dimension had had trouble starting off in Japan as well. She'd soon learned and had gotten over it. Staring down at the sheet, Sakura didn't even need to look up to see where she was going. She knew the school like she knew the back of her hand. However, it might have seemed a bit odd if she led Meiling to class without looking at the sheet, so she kept her eyes on it for the time being.

All around them students were hurrying to their classrooms, grabbing things from lockers and whatnot. Sakura paid no attention to them, glancing up briefly as she started down a crowded hallway. Within moments they were standing in front of a doorway that was all too familiar to Sakura, and she paused briefly to look at the number above the door.

"Is this it?" Asked Meiling, and Sakura opened her mouth to reply but was suddenly thrown forward as someone bumped into her.

"Oh I'm so sorry!" Came a feminine voice that Sakura knew quite well. "I wasn't looking where I was going, and I was in a hurry!"

Sakura looked up to see Tomoyo Daidouji looking down at her worriedly, her hand stretched out to help Sakura up.

"Are you alright?" The dark haired girl asked as Sakura took her hand.

Dusting her new uniform off, Sakura nodded in reply. "I'm fine."

"Oh thank goodness," Tomoyo sighed in relief. Then, after a moment of silence, she started chattering away excitedly. "Hey! I met you in the mall the other day, didn't I? I came over and introduced myself, remember? I'm Tomoyo," she smiled brilliantly. "You're Sakura, right?" She then peered to the side at the other girl. "And Meiling, am I correct?"

"Correct you are!" Meiling announced with her own smile.

"Wow, when I met you guys the other day, I didn't expect to see you again so soon!" Tomoyo gushed. "When did you start going to Tomoeda Elementary?"

"This is actually our first day," Sakura blushed. It really was odd meeting your best friend and having to act like you didn't know her at all. Acting like it was one of their first meetings was tough to say the least, when Sakura was homesick and all she wanted to do was hug Tomoyo and tell her all of her problems. She resisted the urge, however, remembering that she had a part to play and it was high time she played that part. It would eventually lead her home.

"Your first day, Sakura?" Tomoyo clasped her hands together in front of her and grinned. "If you have any questions, or you need someone to show you around, all you need to do is ask!" She gave Meiling the same excited look. "You too, Meiling!"

Meiling was about to open her mouth to thank the girl when a stern voice behind them immediately shut them up.

"Miss Daidouji, are you quite done taking up the entranceway?" A young woman asked, and Sakura recognized her homeroom teacher standing behind her.

Tomoyo blushed sheepishly. "Yes, sorry."

"Then take your seat."

Tomoyo did just what she was told, leaving the other two girls behind without another word.

"Now," the teacher said, turning her attention to them, "You must be our new students. Follow me."

Following after her, they both stood awkwardly in front of the class as the teacher laid some of her papers on her desk. Just about every seat was taken in the small classroom, and each one was occupied by a student who stared curiously at the two girls. Sakura glanced around the room, wondering if she would get to sit in her old desk. Her heart stopped when her gaze landed on her desk only to find that that desk, too, was occupied and a pair of amber eyes were staring at her from the spot she was used to sitting.

Syaoran Li – Kinomoto, she corrected herself, was sitting in the spot she normally sat in her own dimension, his gaze locked with her own. She held his gaze for a moment, wondering what could possibly be going through his mind, when she suddenly remembered their first encounter the other day and she flushed and looked away. She'd run away from him and his group like a scared lamb. What a first impression. If she was going to get on his good side, she had a lot of work to do.

Glancing back in his direction, she found that he was no longer looking at her, but gazing out the window.

"Well class, before we begin today, I would like to introduce two new students," the teacher finally began the introduction. "They've come all the way from Hong Kong, and I would like for you children to help them out in any way you can. Please make them feel welcomed."

Meiling was the first to step forward. "I'm Meiling Li," she bowed politely. "My cousin and I just moved here, and I hope to join a lot of school activities and make friends!" She straightened up, looking at Sakura to let her know it was her turn.

Sakura, nervous, bowed fast and quickly said, "I'm Sakura Li."

The class looked at her, half expecting her to continue, but Sakura was at a loss for words. What could someone possibly say about themselves when they had been in a coma and apparently lost their memories? Although the class didn't know that – but Meiling sure did. And Sakura sure didn't know what kinds of things Sakura Li had liked before the accident.

"Well now," the teacher said after a moment. "There aren't many places for you to sit right now, so I'm going to have to assign you seats. Meiling, there's a chair available behind Tomoyo that you may sit in. Sakura, the only other place left for you is in front of Syaoran Kinomoto."

Sakura froze.

"Right by the window, my dear," the teacher put a hand on her shoulder and urged her in that direction.

Once again Sakura found herself under Syaoran's heated gaze. She looked everywhere but his eyes, feeling her face heat up under his intense gaze. It was like the first time he had come to class, only now their places were switched and she was the new girl about to awkwardly sit in front of him and he was the one sitting down staring intensely at her. She remembered his stare from the very first time he'd laid eyes on her in her own dimension. It was so very much like now.

Sitting sideways, she laid her bag down at her feet and smiled nervously in his direction. "Erm, hey," she greeted him. "I guess it'll be my head you'll be staring at for the rest of the school year?" She smiled at him, forcing a laugh.

He didn't say a word, and his stare didn't waver.

Biting her lip, Sakura looked to Meiling, who was looking back at her. Meiling silently shrugged before tapping Tomoyo on the shoulder and asking if she could borrow a pencil.

With a small sigh, Sakura turned around to face the front, all the while feeling his eyes on her.

So far things weren't looking that great.

To Be Continued…