"So far so good." Li sat with Sakura on her front porch, the sun was just setting and the light in the sky had a subtle pink to it. Kero lay, snoring gently on Sakura's lap, every once in a while he'd shift position, move his paws as if he were chasing something.

"Pudding… come back…" he muttered. Li coughed to hide the laugh that threatened to boil up.

"Akito wasn't happy with Yuki when he told Akito to shove it." Sakura leaned her head against Syaoran's shoulder and scooted closer when his arm draped over her shoulder.

"The look on his face was priceless."

"Especially when the shield pushed him out of the way."

"Was is just me or did he scream?"

"LIGHTNING didn't like him. I think he got a bit of a shock." Li looked down and pushed Sakura's bangs from her eyes.

"Sadistic little…" he admired as she giggled.

"He shouldn't have tried to stop us then. The look on his face when Yuki hugged Meilin… THAT was priceless." Sakura changed the subject slightly, though she wasn't in the least offended.

"It didn't seem to take as long with Yuki as it did with Kyo. You've definitely recovered quicker." Li kissed her forehead and tilted her chin up to look into her sea green eyes.

"If it keeps going like this, I predict that the zodiac curse will be contained by the end of the school term." Sakura nodded.

"That's good…" Li leaned over to kiss Sakura gently on her lips. They were waiting for him with a slight smirk. "I love it when you sneer at me." he muttered against her lips.

"Not sneering…" she muttered back, "I'm… reading… your… mind…" it got harder to breath as his arms encircled her waist and pulled her closer.


"You're thinking we should take this inside… maybe… up to my room…"

"You are truly talented." he admitted, leaning his forehead against hers so both could catch their breaths. Sakura picked Kero off her lap and placed him on the table just inside the door as they removed their shoes. The stars were just coming out, and it felt like they had all the time in the world.

It was as if time had stopped. The house was quiet except for the clicking of keys coming from Shigure's office, and Tohru's humming in the kitchen as she prepared dinner.

Yuki sat with Kyo on the porch outside the living room. Both were silent as the sun set brilliantly over the mountains. Both turned at the same time to enter the room and sit for dinner. Tohru and Shigure watched as the two picked up their chopsticks and began to eat. Shigure and Tohru just watched.

Kyo felt his shoulders tighten as Shigure smiled slowly.

"What are you smiling at?" he demanded.

"Nothing Kyo-kun."

"Don't call me that." His hair didn't stand on end like it used to, but his shoulders tensed more.

"I'm just happy that you and Yuki are getting along Kyo-kun." He continued as though Kyo hadn't spoken.

"I told you-"

"Will you be quiet please?" Yuki mumbled. "I'm trying to eat."

"Shut up ya damn rat!"

"Oh forget it." Yuki slapped his chopsticks on the table and grabbed his cousin's shirt. "What did you call me?"

"A RAT! A dirty, good for nothing RAT! It doesn't matter that the spirits gone! You'll always be a RAT in my eyes!"

"Screw you, you stupid cat!"

"Boys! Boys!" Shigure waved his napkin like a peace flag.

"STAY OUT OF THIS!" they both yelled at him, making his bangs sway in the wind of their anger.

"I guess the more things change…" he muttered, chastised.

He looked across the table to were Tohru sat, her chopsticks moving steadily as she ate, and watched with delight as the two boys threatened each others lives.

"Yes, yes. The more things change," he paused as Yuki threw Kyo through the paper door, and sighed, "The more things stay the same…. Yuki…Kyo..." he pleaded,"please don't wreck my house…"