Disclaimer: I don't own CCS, Clamp does. But I do own this story.
EDIT (June 2013): I soooo want to rewrite this story and I plan to eventually if I get around to it. But for now, I've edited the same things as I've done for my other old story, Meant to be Wild. The manner in which I uploaded this years ago wasn't pleasant to the eye. Well, my eye, anyway. So I took the liberty of editing this entire story to change the page breakers, shorten Author's Notes as well as remove the story summaries I've incorporated in every chapter. That's pretty much it. If you're only just reading this story after you've read my more recent/latest ones, then please be aware that my manner of writing back then is... Err... Different. You'll see as you go along. I hope you still enjoy this though. Just keep in mind that this story was written by an inept and very inexperienced 15 year old version of myself. So forgive her AKA me. Enjoy!
Hey guys! It's me again…with a new story!
Anyway, this is more of a romance fic., totally different from my gang plot from my other story. This will be the second story I have ever written (Meant to be Wild being my first ever story) so I hope you guys will like this. To those who haven't read my first fic., try and check it out! Read on!
"Happy Birthday Sakura!" shouted all her friends as she stepped into her and Tomoyo's house.
"What the-" was all Sakura could say as she was being dragged into the living room by a lot of people.
Sakura was living with Tomoyo in a house- or rather mansion –where they both live in together, which they also both helped chip in to be able to make. Fujitaka gained a lot of money from a certain excavation that he supported because of a breakthrough so Sakura was able to pay for her part of the house easily.
Today was Sakura's 21st birthday and she wouldn't have it any other way. She was happy with her life. She was still cared by her father, Fujitaka Kinomoto and brother, Touya Kinomoto even though they didn't live together anymore. She always had the support of her best friends Tomoyo and Eriol…and of course, the love of her boyfriend, Syaoran.
Life couldn't get any better.
"Okay, present opening time!" Takashi shouted above the noise.
Everyone cheered as they led Sakura to the couch and they all piled their gifts for her on the table.
After a lot of cheering and laughing from the presents Sakura got from her friends Rika, Naoko, Chiharu, Takashi, and mailed in gifts from her father and brother, it was finally time to open the presents she had been waiting for. Eriol was first to step up.
"Okay, first of all…I didn't know what to give you this year since I bought you everything I can think of the past few years. So I had to ask help from Tomoyo. So, if you wanna kill me for this gift, have a 2nd thought and kill her instead"
"Oh Eriol" Sakura said with a laugh as she took the well wrapped package from one of his best friends.
As Sakura took the lip off the box, she gaped at its contents.
"Oh my God" she whispered with a smile.
"What is it?" Naoko asked since only she can see it as she was the only one on the chair as the others were on the floor.
Tomoyo giggled and Sakura looked at her with a knowing look. Sakura looked back at her gift and held it up by the straps.
It was a black teddy with décors of red.
They all laughed seeing this.
"Hey!" Eriol said over their laughter which eventually died down. "I had trouble buying that thing. The saleslady who assisted me was looking at me as if I was mad"
They all burst out laughing again.
"Okay, okay…my turn!" Tomoyo interrupted as she handed her to gift to Sakura.
"Oh my…it's s-so beautiful Tomoyo!" gasped Sakura as she looked at the gown and held it up.
It was a long elegant gown and was silver in color. It was strapless and it had a ribbon around the waist which tied to the back. Diamonds were all around it making figures as designs. All in all, it looked really expensive.
"Hey, only the best for you" was all Tomoyo said. "Besides, next time Syaoran invites us to one of his balls in Hong Kong, you won't have a problem with the gown"
Sakura laughed and hugged her tightly as a tear slid down her cheek.
"Hey don't cry, or else I'll take it back. I took me weeks to perfect that you know"
Sakura giggled before wiping her eyes.
"Okay, next is Syaoran" Tomoyo announced as she sat down and Syaoran stood up.
"Well, like Eriol…I didn't know what to give you since you already have everything I could think of…so, I settled with this" Syaoran smiled as he handed her a medium sized package.
Sakura was wide eyed and she felt faint seeing the gift before her. She looked at Syaoran if he was sure about his gift. Seeing him nod, he placed the gift on the chair as she got up and embraced him tightly.
"You're the best boyfriend a girl could have" she whispered in his ear as she kissed him on the lips.
All the girls looked at the couple and sighed dreamily then at the expensive looking diamond jewelry set Syaoran gave Sakura in adoration. It was simply beautiful, and it also looked well with Tomoyo's gown.
Sakura let go and was about to sit back down on the chair until Syaoran spoke again.
"Sakura, I have one final present" he said with a grin.
"Don't you think these are enough? You really are something" Sakura said as she nodded at him.
Sakura sat down and Syaoran stood beside her.
Syaoran smirked and looked at her as he slipped his hand inside his pocket. He faced Sakura.
He knelt down in front of her. Sakura went wide-eyed so did the rest of the people in the room.
Syaoran took back out his hand but this time was a small ring box. He held it out in front of her and opened it.
"Will you marry me?"
"N-Nani?" she asked disbelievingly, but it wasn't only her, everyone was as wide-eyed as she was.
'Sakura? Married? Cool!' Rika asked to herself.
'Oh wow, this is so romantic!' Naoko's head screamed.
'Go for it! And I should be one of the bridesmaids you hear!' Chiharu shouted within herself.
'I hope I'll be the godfather of your child' thought Takashi.
'Knew he would ask her, but this early? Either way, go for it!' told Eriol to himself.
'Kawaii! Go for it Sakura! Go! You're made for each other!' thought Tomoyo.
'Say yes! Please say yes!' thought Syaoran.
'W-What am I gonna say?' thought Sakura unsurely.
"I-I-I…" Sakura looked around her and felt really uncomfortable as all eyes were on her. She stopped and looked at Syaoran. "Well, I'm still 21 which is pretty young…I can't marry right away"
Syaoran's expression changed and Sakura noticed this. She smiled and raised his head with her hand when she noticed him starting to look down.
"Of course I'll marry you silly" she said almost teary eyed as the rest of her friends cheered at the announcement.
The couple hugged and kissed on the spot with all their friends cheering and laughing in the background.
"Hey you guys!" Eriol shouted calling the couple's attention.
The two turned to look at him then to the person beside him, Tomoyo was holding up her camcorder at the two.
Sakura smiled and held up her hand to show her ring and Syaoran did a thumbs-up.
"What do you have to say Sakura?" asked Tomoyo.
Sakura looked at Syaoran then back at the camera and grinned.
"Here comes the bride" she said then pulled Syaoran into a passionate kiss which he returned equally.
Everyone laughed at her comment then looked at them with smiles before they resumed with their eating and enjoying themselves.
"You're leaving?" Sakura asked Syaoran as they talked in their living room with Tomoyo and Eriol.
"Yeah, it was better years before when I could stay here but that was coz I didn't have any duties to do since I was too young. Now that I'm of age…I have to leave" Syaoran reasoned.
"You are coming back right?" Tomoyo asked hopefully, seeing the sad expression on Sakura's face.
It had been 3 months since Sakura's birthday party and now Syaoran's announcing his leave for Hong Kong, China since he has to take his responsibility as the prince of China once more. He has to do major explanations to his clan when he gets back since they didn't really approve of the prince of China to stay in Japan for so long as he did.
"Of course…I'm not sure when though" was all he said then he looked over at Sakura. "But I surely will, I have to come back for my fiancé.
"When are you leaving?" Eriol asked as he ran his hand through his hair and placed his other arm around Tomoyo's shoulder as he hugged her to him.
"That soon?" he asked making him nod.
Silence took over the room.
"Don't go yet" Sakura said in barely a whisper…but Syaoran heard it as he looked at her. "I-I don't want you to go"
"I have to"
"B-But, can't you tell them a lie or something?"
"I've been lying to them for years since I came back here again" Syaoran pointed out as he laughed lightly.
It's true. His parents sent Syaoran here in Japan to attend school to show Japan that they trust them enough to let them take care of something precious to China. They had built a close alliance with the country through Syaoran. They purposely sent Syaoran to Tomoeda to avoid anything dangerous if they ever sent him to a big city like Tokyo. Syaoran was supposed to leave back to China when he was 17 and he did. Unexpectedly he came back to Japan when he was 18 and never went back to China even though his parents sent over men to bring him back.
"I-I still don't want you to go" said Sakura.
"I don't want to leave you and the rest of the guys either, but it is my duty for my country" asked Syaoran.
By this time, he noticed that Eriol and Tomoyo left and went upstairs. Syaoran then stood up and led Sakura out back towards their garden.
Sakura still hadn't answered his question.
She watched Syaoran look at the view with a smile. 'I'm gonna miss seeing that smile'
"Hmm?" Syaoran asked her as he noticed her watching him.
Sakura shook her head as she sat on one of the steps to the gardens. She looked out again and sighed as a certain memory came into mind.
"S-Syaoran?" an 18 year old Sakura asked as she saw someone standing in the middle of the rain on the garden.
She took an umbrella and ran outside towards the figure but stopped a meter away from it.
"S-Syaoran" she whispered seeing that it was him. "Why are you here? Aren't you supposed to be in China?"
"I didn't wanna stay there anymore. I-I miss you"
"I do" Syaoran ran to her and engulfed her in a tight hug. "I still love you Sakura which is why I came back" he suddenly kissed her on the lips but Sakura pushed him back lightly.
"I-I…" Sakura hugged him and whispered into his ear. "I love you too…and I'll always will"
'This is just like last time. Syaoran left me when we were 17, when we were still best friends…but he came back when we were 18 and then he confessed his love for me which was when we became a couple until now' Sakura closed her eyes and a tear fell.
"Here" said Syaoran as he sat beside her.
"What is this for?" Sakura asked as she took the box he handed to her.
"A farewell present. I'm not sure when we'll ever see each other again"
Sakura sniffed as she opened the small box. Inside was a thick white-gold chain necklace with a huge ruby shaped like a heart for a pendant. The gem was stuck on a white-gold plate and at the back was engraved: 'Mr. and Mrs. Li'.
She smiled seeing the engraving then gave him a look.
"Hey! Better prepare for the future, right?" he grinned at her making her giggle at the thought.
He was right, sometime in the future…she wouldn't be recognized as Sakura Kinomoto anymore but as Sakura Li, Mrs. Syaoran Li.
"By the way, the lock on that thing is different, you need a key to open the lock, one is in the box and I have the other one" he explained.
As she took out the long necklace, indeed she saw the key inside but another item dropped from the box. She picked it up and looked at it; it was identical to the ruby heart pendant but a miniature size of it. Sakura looked at him.
"For your charm bracelet"
She nodded in understanding as she looked at her bracelet currently around her wrist. Currently, she only had 7 charms on her bracelet, leaving a lot of spaces for more. She had a pendant of a Sakura flower given by her brother which was once given to her mother from her father. It always reminded her of her family. She has a fire pendant from Tomoyo when they were 10 which was when they started to be best friends. When she was 12, she became best friends with Eriol, he gave her a necklace but she took the pendant and made it into a charm for her bracelet. She also got a swirl shaped pendant from Rika, Naoko, Chiharu and Takashi since they said it best represents their crazy bond of friendship. She also had a rain drop shaped pendant which she bought during her first road trip with her friends when she was 16, it was really rainy during those days and it suited the time perfectly. She has butterfly shaped pendant from her 1st slumber party with the girls when she was 14. Her last charm was shaped like a beer bottle which she Tomoyo told her to buy to remind Sakura of the very 1st time she got too drunk when she was 20.
"Thank you" Sakura said as she removed her bracelet from her wrist to attach Syaoran's charm.
"Honestly, I never did know that's a charm bracelet…I thought it was just an ordinary one. I only found out about it a few weeks back when Tomoyo and I were talking about you"
"Tomoyo and you were talking about me?" Syaoran merely smiled at this. "Anyway, yeah…I did start a charm bracelet since I was 9. My brother gave me this Sakura flower pendant and I got this bare white-gold bracelet for a gift from my grandfather during that time too, so I decided to start the charm bracelet by only adding charms from special people and special events. It keeps me reminded of all my precious memories in case I forget which I don't want to forget. Whenever I look at it, everything I wanna remember just clicks back in my head"
Syaoran smiled again as she wore the bracelet back on her wrist.
'So that you'll never forget me' he thought sadly.
"Do you know why I choose a heart for a charm to give you? It's because I love you Sakura, with all my heart. More than you can imagine" he said tenderly.
"I love you too" she replied as more tears fell from her eyes.
"Hey, don't cry…I proposed to you remember? It's a promise that we're gonna get married sometime in the future…which proves that we will meet again" he smiled sadly at her.
"I-I know that…but when? It could be months until that day comes even a year! I can't stay separated from you for that long!"
The diamond ring he gave her on her birthday was on her finger. She looked at it lovingly but with a sad expression on her face. If they were engaged, shouldn't she have a say on what goes for her future husband?
'No you dolt! How can you fight back against the royal family of China!' her head screamed in irritation at her stupid thought.
"I-I'm gonna miss you" she choked out as she cried harder from before.
"I'm gonna miss you too"
"You know what I've been thinking about though?" he asked her, still not pulling back from the hug.
"What is it?"
"Well, you do know that I'm the prince of China…once we get married, that makes you princess of China"
'Princess!' Sakura asked herself incredulously. She never thought about it before but once they do get married, she'll become the princess of China, and when his parents step down, they'll be the king and queen of China. 'What am I gonna do? I can't rule a country, I'm too young to rule, and I know nothing about that kinda stuff. Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh…what am I gonna do?'
"Sakura?" Syaoran asked since she didn't say anything. "Sakura?" he repeated as he noticed her weight on him start to increase.
His eyebrows furrowed as he pulled her back from their hug and noticed her eyes were closed.
Sakura had just fainted.
Hmm…I seem to have the habit of making my characters faint…like in my 1st fic. Lol.
So, did you like it? I hope you did…it will get better I promise! So, thanks for reading!
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