Author's Notes: I know that you guys don't like Harry/Sakura, but personally I don't think that it'll be that bad. I am finally updating this story, yay!
Bleah. Harry Potter 6 was so sad. But oh well, it doesn't affect this story anyway. And I haven't seen HP 4 movie yet :( But I will soon!
This chapter is filled with short little scenes. Sorry, I'm not in the mood of writing long… stuff :P I promise you that the next chapter is going to be at least 10 pages long!
Everyone's worrying about the 'ships, don't' worry. It will all work out fine!
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Disclaimer: CCS - Clamp.
Hope Will Never Fade
Chapter 10: Déjà vu
"Sakura? What happened today?"
The girl named Sakura flinched at the question; she turned her head to see Syaoran Li.
"Nothing… I don't know what you're talking about," she replied, still smiling.
"Don't lie to me Sakura…"
The auburn haired girl gave a quiet sigh and looked out the window from the common room that she shared with Syaoran, Tomoyo, and Eriol.
"Well, if you have to know Syaoran, I'm not sure myself," Sakura said.
Syaoran was nearly sweat dropping but he rolled his eyes.
"Okay then, Kimonoto," the boy replied rather harshly as he strolled to his room and closed the door with a soft click.
Sorry, Syaoran, but I told you the truth. I am clueless myself, Sakura thought as she searched for her Potions book to write her essay.
"Kaho Mizuki," he acknowledged.
"That's me," she replied, nodding to the newcomer. "Professor Snape," she added, almost quietly.
"Now you must wonder why I'm here," he muttered, coldly.
"You read my thoughts," she said as she glanced at him before she turned back to her task.
"I'm here for personal issues. I want to test you, to see if you're qualified for the position that—"
"The position that you've been trying to acquire for a while," she completed the sentence for him.
She stood up from her chair in the gloomy staff room and straightened her robes.
"I've been studying my best. If you think that I'm not qualified enough, then I will quit. You won't have to force me to," she said, sincerely. "I'm only here for Eriol," she admitted, "I'm worried about him."
"Then perhaps you should step aside willingly right now for someone qualified to replace you," he said flatly.
"Someone qualified like you," Kaho added in a rather mocking voice.
"Someone who has tried to get that position for years and is far more qualified than the person standing in front of him."
"Have it your way, then," she muttered as she swung herself around and quickly made herself out of the staff room. "Why can't anyone take me seriously?"
She wasn't depressed, or angry; she was just disappointed that everyone just saw her as a pretty woman with a pea-sized brain. While being lost in her thoughts, she unconsciously made her way to the Headmaster's office. Well this is definitely where I need to go for now, she told herself as she muttered the password to the statue guarding the entrance. She gripped her robe tightly and clenched her teeth. The Headmaster will understand, she reassured herself. I know that he will.
"Professor Dumbledore," she started as she mounted the last step of the staircase.
"It's Albus Dumbledore," he added, calmly.
"We call our elders by their last name in Japan," she added, "much more polite."
"Take a seat," he said, nodding.
She obeyed instantly as she saw Albus Dumbledore flick his wand. A chair appeared beside her and she nodded to thank him.
"Is there something that you wish to tell me?" he inquired, looking at her through his half-moon spectacles.
"I wish to quit," she said, simply.
"One cannot quit a teacher's job. You've promised me that when you agreed to take this position," he said seriously.
"If there's any ways around those agreements, I'd agree to them," she added. She watched him shift his gaze around several portraits hanging on the walls.
He pointed to one of them and said: "You see the Headmasters and Headmistresses? They never could have quitted, they're bound to the school. And so should you," then he gave a slight chuckle, "Defense Against Dark Arts hasn't been a long-time job for a while but you'd certainly have a record if you would quit now. I cannot allow that and I will not," he added, with authority. "I'm sorry, Kaho, but I cannot find a qualified teacher in this moment."
"What about Ser—" she started.
"There is no one to replace the Potions Master either, miss. Now please resume to your studies. I expect great things from you."
With that, Kaho Mizuki left; she took that as the cue to retreat herself from his office. She flicked her new wand and the chair disappeared. Once again, her wand was flicked to open the door in front of her, leading to the staircases. Several seconds later, the lady was gone from sight.
"You were chosen by Clow Reed, I believe that I can trust Clow Reed's choices," he said as he turned to Fawkes.
"Are you sure about that, Dumbledore? After all, Clow Reed is just a child now," a voice came.
"You live in a portrait," Dumbledore said, half-absently, "we judge from different perspectives, Phineas."
"Hey there!" came a rather loud whisper. Tomoyo jerked up her head quickly and smiled.
"Hi, Hermione," the Japanese girl replied.
"How was class? Actually, I don't have to ask," Hermione sat down beside Tomoyo.
They were in the not-so-quiet library, with Madame Pince watching and listening while she seemed to be gliding along the rows of bookshelves.
"What are you doing?" Hermione inquired as she took out a big tome titled The Occidental Runes.
"Herbology, I just don't get it. I know that I haven't started the class yet but I've been reading over this first chapter for days and I still don't get the point of it," the black haired girl placed a finger on her mouth prettily.
"Herbology? Well, you really don't need to study in advance, a lot of it just comes when Professor Sprout teaches you. You'll do fine, besides, you were sorted in Ravenclaw!" Hermione exclaimed.
Madame Pince glared at the pair and whispered a "sssshhh". Tomoyo blushed slightly.
"Well, I'm not sure what the houses really mean but um, thanks, I guess," Tomoyo paused, "but you'll stay be the brightest of the school."
"Don't be too modest, Daidoji," Hermione said.
"It's Tomoyo. Tomoyo Daidoji. I believe that British use first names more often among friends."
Friends, Hermione thought. Yes, we are friends.
As if there was a cue, the two started working on their homework. Hermione wrote about runes in Norway while Tomoyo read silently to herself, puzzling over the mystique of Herbology.
There was a rustling of fabric and a groan.
The dark haired sorcerer leaned against his big armchair as he slowly sat down. His cloak was left thrown carelessly on the couch beside him. He did not even notice the worried glance that Sakura gave him.
"Eriol, are you feeling fine?" she asked. He jumped in surprise and wiped his forehead.
"I'm fine, Sakura," he replied, "just a bit tired."
Sakura frowned slightly but smiled, believing him.
"You should sleep now!" she exclaimed. "Come on, Eriol. I'll wake you up in an hour for dinner."
He didn't exactly protest as he grinned his infamous grin.
"You're quite a life saver," he said, "thanks."
"No prob, after all, you are, sort of, my dad," she grinned stubbornly. "Now go sleep!"
He gave a fake pout and laughed. He grabbed his cloak and swung it to rest on his shoulder.
"Night," he mumbled.
"It's the afternoon, Eriol," Sakura sweat dropped.
Eriol only snickered in response to his foolishness and waved goodbye one last time to his half-daughter. He felt Tomoyo's cat rub against his leg as he entered the room. He leaned down and held the kitty in his arms.
"You're quite charming, no wonder she chose you," he murmured. The cat purred in response and nuzzled against his arm. "You could take a nap too, huh?" he asked rhetorically.
He leaned into the soft material of the bed and relaxed his muscles. But the last worries still lingered on his mind.
"Kaho… will you survive … this time?" He groaned in his sleep. "Too… powerful…."
Hermione felt a tap on her shoulder and she jumped slightly in her seat.
"Ron! Harry!" she exclaimed softly.
"Seriously, why do we always have to come here to find you?" Ron asked as he took a seat beside her. Harry followed.
"One foot on common antidotes on the first day! What does he think we are?" Harry rolled his eyes and fixed his glasses. He looked across from him to find a black haired girl studying quietly.
"Oh yeah, Tomoyo and me already did it. What are you stuck on?" Hermione asked, putting away her runes book and taking out her potions essay.
"I really don't understand how you can do homework so quickly," Ron muttered under his breath.
"What? Gee, Ron. Now I'm pretty sure about giving you planners for Christmas," Hermione replied. "Hey Tomoyo? Do you want to help them with Potions?"
"Erm, sure," the Japanese girl replied, her gaze turned away from her Herbology book. She smiled subconsciously and her amethyst eyes sparkled. "But you know, it's almost dinnertime."
"Almost dinnertime? Wow," Harry started.
"You must have been stuck here for a long time. We've already eaten!" Ron exclaimed.
"Oh, right," Tomoyo blushed, "then sorry, I should leave and grab some last bites before the food goes all away." She looked at each of them for a second and grinned before packing her belongings into her bag and leaving quickly like the wind.
Just as she reached the exit of the library, she saw a shadow move quickly towards her, she frowned.
"Hiiragizawa-kun?" she asked, timidly.
"Daidoji-san! No time to waste. Sakura, she just fainted," the dark haired boy told her, while panting. Tomoyo had a look of terror on her face as she gasped.
"What are you waiting for? Take me there!" Tomoyo exclaimed, looking at her friend weirdly.
"Right," he muttered, "sorry, I'm out of it." He gave a look if anyone was around and took Tomoyo's hand quickly. He closed his eyes and conjured a teleporting spell. His body felt light and his head ached, he frowned dramatically.
There was a thunk and Tomoyo quickly made her way to her best friend and cousin.
"What happened?" she asked Eriol. She looked around her and saw Syaoran standing above Sakura's limp body.
"It seemed like Sakura was sleeping, but she fell unconscious and she fell down from the couch and knocked her head pretty bad," Eriol said, "I healed her already, I've done my best."
"I think that we should keep this away from others," Syaoran added, "we've already attracted too much attention."
Tomoyou nodded silently and cast a worried gaze upon her best friend. Sakura, why does it feel like déjà vu all over again?
Author's Notes: Yes. Finally. Please drop a comment.