Sea of Dreams:
Chapter 1: The Tennis Match
"You're late again."
The cold words swept
onto the chill morning air and quivered there. Brilliant shafts of sunlight
streamed through the tiny windows and vainly lit up the gymnasium. There was a
long net that stretched across the length of the gym, and behind it, stood a
tall girl with short auburn hair, emerald eyes, a tennis racket and a very
makes it their priority to play tennis with you at daybreak, you know,"
the boy said carelessly. "You're lucky I even came at all."
girl said, a note of defiance coming into her voice. "It's not like you to
be scared - "
"I'm scared of
nothing!" The boy's amber eyes glared at the girl's emerald ones.
"You're scared of
nothing," the girl mimicked, "yet you lose to me every day in
matter?" the boy said in a mocking voice. "Don't want to play?"
"Give me a good reason not to. You lose all the time, anyway."
"Just because I
lost yesterday - "
"And the day
before that," she added.
"Okay, fine, the
day before that - "
the day before that."
"Okay, fine - " the boy paused for a moment, pondering. Then, his
expression changed. "Hey!" he shouted.
The girl smirked.
"It's true what they say."
"Is it true that
where you come from, the sun rises an hour late?"
"So, where you
come from, everything's an hour late?"
you too, catch on an hour late."
"Look, can we just
play?" he said menacingly.
She served the ball. He
missed it. As he went for the ball, he suddenly whipped around.
"What was that
about catching on late again?" he asked furiously.
She shook her head,
smiling. "An hour late," she said quietly to herself.
"That's not fair. You cheated," the girl complained.
The boy glared at her.
"Are you accusing Syaoran Li of cheating?"
"No, I'm accusing
the lamppost! Of course I'm accusing you of cheating!"
"I'd be careful of
who I was accusing, Sa - "
"Syaoran Li is a cheater! Syaoran
Li is a cheater!" she shrieked.
"Shut up!" he
She glared at him,
before turning off in a huff.
"Thanks for the
game, Sakura!" he yelled after her.
He ducked as the ball
came whizzing toward him. It hit his arm.
"Why is her aim so
good?" he muttered to himself.
Kinomoto Sakura walked in high bad humour back up to her room in her hostel. She greeted her roommate by throwing a pillow at her and flopped onto the bed.
"What's up?" Mihara Chiharu asked.
nothing. How did I end up
being best friends with that jerk again?"
"Oh, you mean Syaoran?"
Sakura narrowed her
How in the world did I end up hanging around - " she
Chiharu sighed, and propped herself against Sakura's bedpost. "Syaoran's a really sweet guy. You just have to give him a
"Are you saying
that only because you've got a crush on him?" Sakura yelled.
"Why would it
bother you?" Chiharu asked innocently. "You don't even like him, you're just his best friend, that's all - "
shouted, "and I don't want you crushing on my best friend, got
She ran out of the
room. Chiharu smiled.
Syaoran stomped up to his room in his hostel. His roommate, Yamazaki Takashi looked up.
"Fought with Sakura
again?" he asked innocently as Syaoran sat down
on his bed.
"Fought?" Syaoran asked in a mockingly thoughtful voice. "I
never fought. She's getting on my nerves with that temper of hers!"
happened?" Yamazaki asked.
Syaoran rolled his eyes.
"Nothing. I served the ball, and by mistake it hit her in
the face. Then she got all jumpy and kept calling me a cheater and - "
"Is that why
you're angry at her?" Yamazaki asked.
"She accused moi of cheating! Me! Syaoran
Li! The leader of the Li clan! I never cheated; it was an accident - "
He never got any
further, for Yamazaki was rolling around in tears of mirth.
"Really, Syaoran, sometimes you act like a little kid. I mean,
getting all worked up over a little thing Sakura said to you! She's a really
sweet girl. . .and kinda hot
too, now that you mention it. . ."
"You keep your
hands off - "
girl?" Yamazaki asked
innocently. "She's just your friend, right?"
"Right!" Syaoran shouted.
"And I don't need you on my best friend's tail, got that?!?"
And he ran out of the
room yelling "SAKURA!!" at the top of his lungs.
"She's not going
to be in the boy's hostel, you idiot!" Yamazaki yelled after him.
A surprised silence
greeted his words.
Sakura ran into the main lawn of the college. She didn't care if she was angry or not, she'd never stand Chiharu getting the attention that Syaoran normally reserved for her -
Stars winked in front of Sakura's eyes as she ran into something very solid. She fell back, massaging her head.
When she looked up, she saw Syaoran Li on the ground. It appeared that he had been running as well, and they had run smack dab into each other.
"Syaoran?" she asked, growing dot-eyed.
"Sakura?" Syaoran asked, and
"Look, Syaoran, about that tennis game - "
"I'm sorry about
acting like a kid," Syaoran said quickly.
"I'm sorry for accusing you of being a cheater," Sakura said meekly.
"Hey, I should've gotten used to it by now," Syaoran said.
There was an awkward
"Friends?" Sakura asked.
"Friends," Syaoran agreed.
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A/N: Shoopid, shoopid first chapter. If y'all could just review, that would make me very happy.