Okay. This just popped into my head one day and I just had to write it. I hope you like it, but I can't please everyone. I can try though, right? Anyway, hope you enjoy.

On a hill in the north part of England lies a Victorian mansion that overlooks a huge meadow dotted with small trees, the occasional bush and many gardens full of violets, forget-me-nots, peonies, cherry blossoms and many more. Inside the mansion is a great many number of rooms, most of which were empty and unused until earlier that year, when the current occupants moved in. The mansion is now the summer residence of the man called Clow Reed, one of the most powerful magicians in the world, though this fact is not openly known. Oh, and his creations. One of them, a young boy named Yue, is currently ensconced in the back corner of the library reading a book.

"Yue-chaan!!" A little girl, around seven years old, ran into the room. Her red-brown hair was in two pigtails that were flying behind her and her dress, once clean, was now smudged with dirt. Yue looked up as she came running.

"Yes Ruby?" he asked politely as she skidded to a halt in front of him.

"Me, Kero, and Suppi are going to play tag. Want to join us?" he stared at her.

"Tag?" he questioned.

"Yes, tag. You know, where you run around and try to-"

"I know what tag is."

"Well, you spend so much time in here I thought the fun might have been sucked out of you." She retorted, sticking her tongue out at him.

"Real mature Ruby." He replied, rolling his eyes.

Her face fell a bit. "Come on Yue, please." She grinned. "It's so nice outside!"

Yue took a closer look at Ruby and noticed the dirt all over her and her dress. "Outside?" he asked, wrinkling his nose. "Why not somewhere else?"

"Because inside is for hide-and-seek!" she told him cheerfully.

"No thanks." He said, starting to return to his book.

"Pretty please Yue?" her voice trembled and her bottom lip started to wobble. Now, Yue might have been only ten years old, but he wasn't stupid.

"I'll play." He said, quickly, desperation in his voice. "But don't cry."

"Yay!" Ruby cried, dragging him out the door by his hand. The boy had the inexplicable feeling that he was about to stare death in the face at a very early age.


"Oh Yue!!!" the twelve-year-old groaned silently and wished a giant hole would appear and swallow him whole. Ruby appeared from behind the bookcase, her hair in a single braid down her back, and her dress clean this time. The nine-year-old grinned when she caught sight of him. "There you are!" she exclaimed happily. "Want to play hide-and-seek with us? Master even said he'd use the Mirror card so we have more people to play with!"

"No." Short, simple, and to the point.

"Why not?" she demanded.

"Do you remember the last time I played one of your games with you?" he asked irritably. Ruby grinned. Boy, did she remember. Yue, in his nice, clean, white clothes laying in the mud with Kero and Suppi, both in their larger forms, on his back, preventing him from getting up. Hey, it wasn't their fault it had rained the night before. Ok, maybe she'd asked Clow...but there was no proof.

"It wasn't that bad." She said innocently.

"It took me hours to get all the mud out of my hair!" he said, exasperated.

"Well, then maybe you shouldn't grow your hair down to your feet." She shot back. She fingered her hair, which just brushed the middle of her back. "You still have to tell me how you managed to do that." She said.

"No, Ruby, for the last time." She climbed up onto the couch beside him, grabbing his ponytail before he could react.

"Don't make me do this." She threatened, showing him a pair of scissors. Yue's eyes widened.

"You wouldn't."

"You don't know that for sure."

Yue shot one last look at the book lying discarded on the table as he followed her out of the room. There were some things nine-year-old girls shouldn't know- and blackmail was one of them, he decided as he was contemplating what to do with his stuff after he died.


Yue closed the book he was reading and was reaching for another one when he heard Ruby coming. The fifteen-year-old sighed, bracing himself.

"Hello Ruby." He said before she could say anything.

"Hi Yue." She settled into the chair beside him, squishing both of them to the point of uncomfortable.

"Listen…I just wanted to apologise for all the things I did to you when I was younger." Yue stared at her, sure his ears were malfunctioning. She squirmed under his gaze.

"Really." She insisted. He narrowed his eyes. No water balloons or any other ambush material floated into the air.

"Okay." He said. "Thank you." She pointed to the book in his hand.

"Whatcha reading?" she asked curiously.

"Oh-" he looked at the cover. "Runaway Jury."

She craned her neck over his shoulder, reading the back, while her hair was tickling Yue's neck.

"Mind if I read over your shoulder?" she asked.

"Who are you, and what have you done with Ruby?" Yue asked.

"Very funny." She said dryly.

"Guess not." Yue said grudgingly.

If anyone had passed the room after that, they would have seen a the two of them still squished onto the chair, Ruby's head nestled under Yue's chin, both of them bent over a book resting on Yue's knee. They might also have noticed Yue's hand draped across her shoulder. Clow saw all this from his red armchair in the opposite wing of the mansion. He smiled to himself. He shouldn't have worried in the first place.