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Chapter 16: At the Beginning

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We were strangers

Starting out on a journey

Never dreaming what we'd have to go through

Now here we are and I'm suddenly standing

At the beginning with you

No one told me I was going to find you

Unexpected what you did to my heart

When I lost hope you were there to remind me

This is the start

And life is a road and I wanna keep going

Love is a river I wanna keep flowing

Life is a road now and forever

Wonderful journey

I'll be there when the world stops turning

I'll be there when the storm is through

In the end I want to be standing

At the beginning with you

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(5 years later)

Sakura stared at herself in the mirror. She couldn't believe it was actually happening. Tomoyo fussed over her, tweaking her hair, straightening a piece of fabric, but in the end not changing a single thing. Meilin, Chiharu, Nakuru, Rika and Naoko were showing off their dresses to each other and complimenting each other on their hair and advising the make up appliance.

Five years… a pretty long time really. Fujitaka came in and smiled at the flustering girls.

"Ten minutes, ladies." He looked at Sakura as she stood up and pride showed clearly in his eyes.

"You look beautiful Sakura."

"Thanks Dad." Sakura looked down at the dress. Tomoyo had really outdone herself. Plain white silk, tiny diamonds studding the material. A long net veil. Bouquets of roses.

The others were dressed in pale pink dresses. Tomoyo had made those too. She admired her work, standing back to get a full view.

"The best thing I've ever made!" she said eventually. Nothing more needed to be said.

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Syaoran rocked back and forth on the soles of his feet. Eriol was standing next to him, looking perfectly composed.

"Relax, Syaoran. You're supposed to be enjoying this."

"How can I relax when there are so many things that can go wrong?"

"By standing still for one thing." Syaoran stopped rocking, and turned to look at the congregation. His mother and the rest of his family were in the front row with Sonomi. There a space next to them for Fujitaka. Touya and Yukito were there too. Syaoran's sisters kept throwing them very approving glances. Syaoran didn't want to be around to tell them that Touya was already in a relationship. That would leave one man between all four of them. He felt a shot of pity for Yukito.

Behind that were the bridesmaids' families. Eriol's parents were there too. The rest of the church was filled up with friends and family from both sides of the family.  Eriol cleared his throat. Syaoran turned around and saw that a camera was about two inches away from his face.

"And here is the groom, looking rather nervous. Got anything to say?"

"Yes. If the best man doesn't put down that camera, the best man is going to find himself enjoying the reception from the hospital."

"Best man takes the hint." Eriol said, shutting the camera off. Syaoran smiled.

"Sorry. Just a bit nervous."

"So I gathered from the threats. Look, I'll bet Sakura is even more frightened."

"It's just… my whole life has been leading up to this moment. What if I mess it up?"

"We'll all laugh and bring it up for years to come." Eriol said casually. Syaoran closed his eyes. He didn't think Eriol was joking, either.

Luckily the band started to play. A violin quartet played as the bridesmaids all came through the door at the head of the church. Syaoran bit his lip as they walked down the aisle. And then she came through the door. In his eyes she had never been more beautiful. Her face was just visible beneath the veil and she held onto her fathers arm with perfect composure. Syaoran was completely stunned. At least until Eriol told him to close his mouth, which was gaping.

It was a simple service. Sakura and Syaoran didn't want it to be the kind that dragged on for what seemed like hours. When it had ended Syaoran took her hand and kissed her, as tradition commanded. And it wasn't the sort of tradition Syaoran particularly minded either. They walked down the aisle to approving cheers and applause. Outside was a large car. Gleaming in the beautiful autumn sunshine. Fujitaka stopped them and said,

"Photographs!"

The newly-weds stood patiently as the photographer snapped photo after photo. Syaoran glanced over at Eriol who sneaked away a few minutes before. The blue-haired man nodded and winked. Syaoran looked down at Sakura and whispered under his breath,

"Want to take a different mode of transportation to the reception?" Sakura stared at him a moment, then his meaning became clear. She smiled mischievously and nodded.

As the photographer took pictures of the two families, Sakura and Syaoran walked quickly down the road. Sakura turned back and called to her father,

"We'll meet you there, OK?"

"Sakura, wait!  What are you-?" But before another word could leave Fujitaka's lips Sakura and Syaoran had climbed on Syaoran's motorbike, on which a cardboard notice saying 'Newly Weds!' had been scribbled. As the stunned crowd watched Sakura blew them a kiss before they sped away.

Tomoyo sighed.

"I hate that bike."

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(6 months later)

Syaoran lay on the swing outside the house, watching an occasional vehicle zoom past, generally at peace with the world. Sakura stepped through the door and smiled at him.

"Lazy."

"Yes." Syaoran agreed. Sakura sat next to him and said,

"Syaoran, we've been married for six months now. I know we never really talked about this before, but what do you think about having children?"

"Children? I never really thought about it. I want some, of course. I just presumed you'd tell me when you wanted them."

"Oh. Well, that's a relief." Sakura said. Syaoran put his arm around her and kissed her forehead.

"And why's that?"

"Because it's due in eight and a half months."

Syaoran stared at her.

"You're…  pregnant?"

"Yes."

"Really?"

"Uh-huh."

"I'm going to be a daddy."

"Yeah."

"…Cool." He said, settling back, arms wrapped around his wife.

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(8 ½ months later.)

"I hate you Syaoran Li! I HATE YOU!"

"Sakura, breathe!"

"I AM BREATHING!" she screamed at him. The doctor shouted,

"Keep pushing!"

"WHAT DOES HE THINK I'M DOING????" Sakura yelled. Syaoran clutched her hand and kissed her quickly on the cheek.

"It's OK, you're doing great."

"I swear, if you ever do this to me again I am going to rip of your-"

"PUSH!"

"And hang them off a wall!" Sakura finished her sentence. Syaoran swallowed, gripping his wife's hand. The doctor looked up,

"I can see the head…" Syaoran smiled at Sakura. Her face was screwed up, teeth gritted.

"One more push!" the doctor called. Then, a moment later the air was filled with the shrieks of a baby. Sakura fell back onto the pillows, gasping. Syaoran smiled at her and she managed a weak grin. The doctor handed the baby to Syaoran.

"It's a healthy girl. Congratulations Mr and Mrs Li." Syaoran stared down at the tiny baby. Sakura cocked her head.

"Do you think she looks more like me or you?"

"She looks a bit like a really small tomato." Syaoran commented. Sakura glared at him and he passed her the baby.

"She's so tiny. Oh, I just know I'm going to break her!"

"Sakura, it's a baby, not a vase."

Sakura stared down at the tiny face. The eyes were open a tiny bit and Sakura could see their colour.

"Look… she's got green eyes, like me." The baby was whimpering and Sakura stared at her.

"What do I do?"

"Feed her. Come on, you've read all of those baby books."

"Diagrams look so much simpler than actually doing it." Sakura muttered, unbuttoning her blouse.

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(The next day.)

Sakura sat with Syaoran as Fujitaka, Yelan, Meilin, Tomoyo, Eriol, Touya, Nakuru and Yukito cooed over the baby. Tomoyo looked up at Sakura.

"Any ideas for names yet?"

"No…not really." Syaoran answered her. Fujitaka reached into his bag and said,

"I've brought Baby a toy. It was yours, Sakura." Sakura took the small pink bunny and smiled.

"Sakura-bunny." She whispered. Syaoran hugged her.

"I know what you want to call her."

"Is it OK?"

"It's wonderful." Syaoran assured her. Sakura took the baby from Yelan and smiled down at her.

"Hello… Yolei." Tomoyo smiled sadly. Eriol giggled.

"Yolei Li? Don't try saying that too quickly!" Tomoyo elbowed him. Touya smiled at Nakuru.

"I'm an uncle!"

"And I'm going to be an Auntie soon!" Nakuru replied. Fujitaka smiled.

"I'm a grandfather!"

"A grandmother." Yelan said. Meilin smiled.

"A second cousin!"

"Meilin, we want you to be her godmother." Syaoran said. Meilin's face lit up with joy.

"Really? You're not teasing?"

"No." Syaoran told her. Sakura turned sideways so Yolei could see them all.

"Yolei, allow me to introduce your family. Slightly extended."

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(Three years later.)

Sakura and Syaoran watched as their two daughters played together, three-year-old Yolei holding one-and-a-half-year-old Nadeshiko's hand. Syaoran poked Sakura in the ribs.

"So, when am I going to get a son out of you?"

"When I say so."

"You sure told me." Syaoran teased. Sakura rested her head on his shoulder.

"This Friday. It'll have been ten years since we first met."

"I still remember it though." Syaoran said. Sakura smiled.

"Yeah… I came home from school, and there you were. Sitting on the sofa."

"And you cut your finger open making dinner."

They fell into satisfied silence. Sakura sighed, and then looked up at Syaoran.

"Shall we see if Eriol and Tomoyo want to watch those little terrors?"

"Why?"

"I quite fancy having a spin on Kero."

"Fair enough. I'll go and ring them." He stood up and went into the house.

Sakura watched the girls playing and sighed happily. Ever since she had seen Syaoran on the sofa, from that very moment she had had a new beginning. Everything she had ever feared was gone. And now she was standing at the beginning with everything she would ever need. 

Tomoyo and Eriol were engaged. Touya and Nakuru's first baby was on the way. Yukito was seeing a girl called Sora. Chiharu and Yamazaki weren't married yet, but she determined to get him down the aisle someday, even if she had to drag him there. Meilin? She and Rika were sharing a flat near the centre of the town, where they and Tomoyo had set up a clothing line. Naoko was a professional writer, who stopped by whenever she had the chance.

It was strange to think that she was only here today because of a promise made twenty-five years ago by her mother and Syaoran's. In that time she faced an ex-boyfriend, survived school, gone and come out of a coma and nearly let Syaoran leave the country.

It was exactly the kind of life she loved. Hers was an Anything but Ordinary Life.

THE END.

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And it's over. WAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!! I love this story! I don't want it to be over already!

Here are the songs I used for each chapter:

1. Anything but Ordinary – Avril Lavigne

2. Pretend to be Nice – Josie and the Pussycats

3. I don't like Mondays – Boomtown Rats, I think.

4. Angels – Robbie Williams

5. Misfit – Amy Studt

6. Hakuna Matata – The Lion King

7. I Won't Say I'm in Love – Hercules (Disney)

8. Misery – Pink

9. Full of Grace – Sarah Mchlachen

10. A little help from my friends – The Beatles

11. Thankyou – Dido

12. Eyes on Me – Faye Wong (My favourite song! DOWNLOAD IT!)

13. Out of reach – Gabrielle

14. I Never Really Loved You Anyway – The Corrs

15. Naked – Avril Lavigne

16. At the Beginning – Not sure. It's on the Anastasia film

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