Look Over Here
Syaoran sat in tormenting silence as he tended to the flames of the camp fire he and Kurogane had started. Fai, Mokona and Sakura had gone off somewhere in the mysterious wood to find food that would cook well over the flames. They'd been gone almost an hour now and Syaoran was trying to ignore the annoying voice in the back of his mind telling him something bad had happened and he should be out looking for them.
Kurogane sat staring at Syaoran through the fire. He was sitting on the other side, fiddling with a knife he'd purchased in the previous world they'd been to. He'd been staring at the Kid for the past ten minutes and had yet to be noticed, the biggest clue that the batteries in Syaoran's brain were working full power over a brood worthy topic. Kurogane, having gotten fed up with the depressing silence that literally emanated from the boy in front of him, threw his knife into the dirt tip first. Syaoran blinked, having been ripped out of his reverie, and stared at Kurogane.
Syaoran was about to ask the older man across from him what the matter was when a rustling erupted from behind him, and he turned around to see the three missing members of their group emerge, their clothing and fur caked with dried mud and dirt, with the biggest smiles Syaoran had ever had the pleasure of witnessing in a long time. Sakura ran over and sat next to Syaoran, her arms carrying handfuls of mushrooms and berries. Fai and Mokona made their way over to Kurogane holding a small hare.
"Look, Kuro-chin, we have something other than fruit tonight, aren't you just so happy you could cry?" Fai teased as he sat next to Kurogane, who had a look of both amusement and fury mixed together on his face.
"Shut up, Fai," was all he could think of to say.
"If you want to cry, my shoulder's always available." Fai smiled his famous smile and Kurogane was horrified to hear his voice reverberate from behind him.
"I couldn't even begin to think of crying on any other shoulder than yours, Fai-chan!" his voice sounded in dramatic happiness from behind him.
Syaoran and Sakura both laughed as they watched Kurogane reach behind him and grab poor Mokona by the ears and proceed to swing it around in circles screaming unintelligible things, even to Mokona.
Syaoran dared to steal a glance at the girl sitting next to him and smiled. It was always a pleasure for him to hear her laugh, it was such a rare occurrence as their search for her memories spanned on.
She turned to him after noticing his gaze and smiled.
"Syaoran-kun! Look at all the mushrooms and berries I picked!" Her smile was beaming and Syaoran couldn't help but smile back because of it.
"You certainly have a good haul there, and they all look pretty ripe."
Sakura's smile grew and she looked down proudly at her 'haul'.
"Mokona helped pick too!" the little rabbit like thing yelled from the air as Kurogane was swinging it around, having yet to cease the unintelligible screaming.
Sakura laughed. "That's right! Mokona helped too!"
Her eyes sparkled as her laughter intensified and she dumped the armful of mushrooms and berries next to the fire. Fai got up and broke off a branch from a tree and handed it to Kurogane, who had finally set poor Mokona down and was attempting to act civilized once more.
"Well, Kuro-pin, I'd say in order to eat the hare we need to cook it first, wouldn't you?" His smile, as always, revealed nothing of what went on behind his eyes. Kurogane mumbled something under his breath and snatched the stick from Fai and proceeded to skewer the hare on it and hold it over the fire.
Sakura grimaced and looked at the pile of mushrooms and berries on the ground to avoid looking at the dead animal. Syaoran kept his gaze on her, however, not even noticing the hoots and hollers from Fai and Mokona about how 'manly' Kurogane was.
The way her eyes had sparkled just then had tugged on a tender string in Syaoran's heart, and he was forced to remember a time, long ago it seemed, when she had looked at him with those same sparkling eyes. Back then there wasn't a moment he was with her that she wasn't laughing and looking only at him. He smiled sadly at the memories that he knew would never occur again in his life time with the girl he loved. It pained him to see her look upon another with those happily sparkling eyes that were now so very rare, seeing as nowadays their owner was usually either sleeping or much less joyous than she had been in the past.
He looked down bitterly at his growing jealousy of Mokona, who had been the lucky creature to receive Sakura's gaze this time, knowing how childish it was to feel such emotions. Sakura wasn't falling in love with the little creature, not by a long shot, but her gaze was not directed at Syaoran, and that was why Syaoran was jealous. 'Look over here,' he thought as Sakura laughed again at Mokona and Fai's antics. She didn't turn her gaze from Fai and Mokona. 'There was a time when you only looked at me, why won't you now?' But she of course did not hear his mental thoughts and paid him no mind.
Syaoran gave up the thoughts and simply watched Sakura, Fai, Mokona and Kurogane have a good time. They ate, enveloped in conversation, Syaoran being the only one not talking. The hare didn't last long, but it was enough to fill everyone's stomach. Fai and Mokona were enjoying yet another game of 'Torment Kuro-chan' when Sakura let out a yawn. It wasn't big but it was large enough for Syaoran to notice. He gently touched her arm with his gloved hand, causing her to avert her gaze from the game to Syaoran. She smiled politely at him.
"You should get to bed, you need your rest more than us," he suggested quietly, smiling kindly back at her.
She sighed in disappointment but nodded her agreement. "Yes, I suppose you're right." She got up and walked over to Fai and Mokona. She planted a kiss on Mokona's forehead and Fai's cheek, then on Kurogane's cheek as well.
"Goodnight everyone!" she said.
"Night night, Sakura!"
She giggled and turned to her bedroll which was laid out neatly next to the fire, but stopped and turned to Syaoran.
"Goodnight Syaoran-kun," she said quietly and leaned up to kiss him softly on the cheek, catching the corner of his mouth.
He squeezed his eyes shut and patted her on the back. "Goodnight, Sakura."
She pulled away and climbed under the covers of her bedroll, falling asleep without a second glance in his direction.
"Look over here…" he murmured to her sleeping form. "Look over here…"