Disclaimer: I don't own any of the characters from Card Captor Sakura. I also don't really own the plot, as it's based off the book The Forgetful Bride by Debbie Macomber. I do own the idea, though, as well as anything that's not recognized from CCS.
A/N: This is just to judge whether or not people will be interested in reading this story. The Prologue will be coming up shortly. I am basing this off a book, but I'm going to try to do my own spin on it, and will not be copying from the book word-for-word. Some of the events may be the same, but details will be changed to fit the CCS universe.
Also, this is an AU with powers, though they don't come into play hardly at all. If this is popular with CCS fans, I have three other Debbie Macomber-based AU stories that I will be doing, and I'll make this a series. I hope everyone likes it! If not, please tell me why and I'll try to make it better!
The Forgetful Bride
Three people were standing in an empty space. There were no walls, no floors, and everything was white. It looked like they were just floating in the empty place. From left to right, they were recognizable as Syaoran Li, Sakura Kinomoto, and Touya Kinomoto. They all had vaguely confused and frightened looks on their faces, and were looking about them anxiously.
Suddenly, a spooky, ethereal Voice spoke to them. "You're wondering what you're doing here, aren't you?" the Voice asked.
All three jumped at the Voice. Syaoran reached for his sword, expecting it to be there, but grasped only air. Sakura did the same with her Key, but it, too, was missing. Touya just closed his eyes and started muttering to himself under his breath.
Finally, Sakura got the courage to reply. "Where are we? What are we doing here? And who are you?"
The Voice replied, "I will answer your questions in order. Firstly, you're in a story that isn't a story--yet."
"What do you mean?" she asked.
"I mean, you're in a story that is being written as we speak. Everything we say is being typed by the Great Authoress."
"Who's the"-- Syaoran was cut off by the Voice.
"SILENCE! You may not ask any new questions until I have finished answering the others."
"But Sakura got to ask another question!"
"That's because she wanted clarification. Your question is not a clarifying one; therefore I cannot reply, so don't even bother asking. Now, as to the second question: You're here because you're all characters in The Great Authoress' new story. Well, Touya's only in the Prologue and the final chapter. He's here because The Great Authoress loves to torture him." At that, Touya stopped muttering and curled into a fetal position, rocking back and forth and sucking his thumb. The Voice laughed fiendishly.
"Why?" Syaoran asked, expecting the Voice to cut him off again.
"Because he is the only person, besides various OCs, who really doesn't like the idea of you and Sakura as a couple. Well, Meilin doesn't, either, but The Great Authoress ignoring her because in many stories she usually is over Syaoran. Plus, she will not even be included in this story."
Syaoran and Sakura looked at each other, then looked away as a blush crossed both of their faces.
"People think I like him/her?" Sakura and Syaoran said in unison.
"Yes. The Great Authoress is one of them."
"What about the third question?" Sakura asked, hoping to change the subject before she became any more embarrassed.
"Ah, yes. Who am I?"
Right before their eyes, a figure popped into existence. She had long blonde hair pulled back into a messy twist with a black hair clip, purple glasses, and braces. She was wearing a froofy, puffy black and red dress, identical to the one the dead girl wears in the music video for My Chemical Romance's song "Helena". She also had a black magic wand, topped with a big, black sequin star and black and red ribbons trailing from the part where the star met the stick. "I am The Great Authoress," she said in the same ethereal Voice. In a normal voice, she added with a smile, "But you can call me Katie Mae or Katie."
Sakura and Syaoran bowed with respect, but Touya flinched away from her. "It's a pleasure to meet, you, Katie Mae," Sakura said.
Katie smiled. "Now, you two have the proper respect for a person with such power as myself. I commend you. And just for that, I won't torture either of you. But I will torture Touya." She pointed her star wand at Touya, and he was poofed into a chicken suit. Syaoran and Sakura laughed loudly as Touya started to flap his "wings" and cluck like a real chicken.
"It's just too bad that I need Touya for this story, otherwise, I'd keep him like this forever," Katie said with a sigh. "Now, to business. We need...a setting." She waved her wand around, and suddenly the empty space turned into the African savannah. "No, not that setting!" She waved it again, and it became downtown New York City. "Wrong! What is up with this stupid..." She tapped the star on her wand a few times, and tried again. Now the three (plus Touya in chicken mode) were standing in the backyard of Sakura's house in Tomoeda. "There we go! Much better."
"Hey, I'm home!" Sakura said happily.
"Well, yes and no. As you can see, we're the only people here. We need to add a few things. Like background." Katie waved her wand, and people appeared in the other houses and backyards. "Now, for the main characters. Syaoran, Sakura, please step forward."
"What're you going to do?" Syaoran asked suspiciously, eyeing Katie.
"Why, I'm getting you ready for the Prologue, of course! And there's nothing you can do about it. See, this thing here," she motioned to her wand, "is my Staff of Omnipotence. It means I can do whatever I want to whomever I want. Within copyright guidelines, of course. Watch!" Katie moved her wand, and Touya started dancing the tarantella in his chicken suit. "See? Absolute power."
Syaoran grumbled slightly, but approached Katie.
"Wait, before you do anything to us...what's this story about?" Sakura asked.
"Oh! I almost forgot! You and Syaoran play two people who knew each other in childhood, and played a game where you got 'married'. Then, fifteen years later, Syaoran comes back into your life, and he wants to marry you for real. The only problem with that is that you're in love with your boss, who in this story will be played by Eriol Hiiragizawa."
"WHAT? Sakura has to be in love with my stupid cousin?" Syaoran asked angrily.
"Yes! See, the story is based on Debbie Macomber's The Forgetful Bride. In that story, the main female character is in love with her boss, who later...well, you'll see. Anyway, she's not actually in love with him. She just thinks she is."
Syaoran and Sakura both breathed a sigh of relief. Then they looked at each other again, and blushed.
"Awww...and you two say you don't like each other." Before they could reply, she touched both of them on the head with her wand, and Sakura and Syaoran became eight and nine years old, respectively. Sakura was suddenly garbed in a starched pink dress, while Syaoran was wearing a green shirt and khaki shorts. However, for the time being, they still had their normal minds. "Now, stay here while I go change Touya for the Prologue."
Sakura and Syaoran did as they were told. Katie walked over to the panting, clucking Touya. With a wave of her wand, he stopped dancing, and the chicken suit disappeared. He also forgot about ever being tortured. Katie bopped him rather hard on the head with her wand, and he became his thirteen-year-old self. Katie pushed him over to where Sakura and Syaoran were waiting.
"Now, I want you to listen very carefully. This is how it works: Touya and Syaoran are best friends. Forget the fact that Touya's four years older than Syaoran, it doesn't matter. Syaoran, you're here because your family is living in Tomoeda while your father finishes up some major business deals. You've been here for about a year, but soon you'll be returning to Hong Kong. You two love teasing Sakura, who loves teasing you right back. Understand?"
"Got it!" All three kids reply.
"Good. Now..." She waved her wand, and everything froze. Another wave over the three of them, and they forgot everything not pertaining to the story. "We begin!" A final wave, and Katie disappeared as time started again.