Disclaimer: I don't own CCS, Clamp does. But I do own this story.
Okay, here's the final chapter. Yup, that's right…this short piece is the final chapter to this story.
So please drop a review after you finish reading this. And please read the Author's Note at the end of the chapter.
Just so you know, this chapter is kinda drama-ish. But then again, this story is already a drama. Lol.
I hope you enjoy this! Read on!
"I'm With You"
Everyone in the room turned to the main entrance doors just as an irritated looking Chyou trudged in and stopped at the end of the long aisle, only wearing a silk under-dress with her make-up all smudged on her face.
"Don't go on with this wedding!" she screamed angrily, pointing accusingly at the altar where Syaoran stood looking just as bewildered as the priest.
Her voice echoed through the large room until it was outdone by the sound of running footsteps.
Eriol and Tomoyo stopped right behind Chyou and looked over at Syaoran, looking guilty.
Syaoran looked over at the pair, now more confused as ever.
"Consider this as our wedding gift!" Eriol shouted- pertaining to him, Tomoyo and the rest of their close group of friends -with a grin on his face, not at all caring at the looks he received from some of the many upper-class people who where merely watching the whole commotion silently in their seats.
It took a few seconds for Syaoran to register what he said and that was when his thoughts were cut off by the soft giggling of the lady in front of him. He narrowed his eyes curiously at his supposed-bride-to-be. He continued staring at the veil covering her face and slowly moved his hands, and started to pull it up.
"Xiao Lang stop!" Chyou shouted once more, making Syaoran stop unveiling the girl's face. All he could see was her pink lips, which was currently formed into a grin.
Syaoran smirked at the familiar sight. No doubt about it, it was-
"Sakura" Syaoran whispered, sounding breathless, as he threw the veil up and behind her.
The long white cloth slowly dropped behind her head, revealing her smiling face.
"Hey Syaoran" she said in a half-giggly voice.
Syaoran's face lit up at the sight of her. He wanted to kiss her right then and there but knew better than to do such a thing. He turned back to the still-confused priest and nodded, completely ignoring the disturbing sounds Chyou was making at the back of the room as she struggled against the guards who were trying to take her away.
The priest snapped out of his own thoughts and looked down at his guide, immediately proceeding with the ceremony.
"Do you, Prince Li Xiao Lang, take…"
"Sakura Kinomoto" she whispered with a giggle.
"…Sakura Kinomoto, as your lawfully wedded wife?"
"I do" Syaoran said with a grin on his face, who can't help from his excitement.
"Do you, Sakura Kinomoto, take Prince Li Xiao Lang, as your lawfully wedded husband?"
Syaoran looked at Sakura curiously.
"I now pronounce you, man and wife. You may kiss the bride" the priest announced happily.
Syaoran glanced at the priest, then turned to his friends who were all grinning like mad, especially Eriol, Tomoyo and Mei Lin. Then he turned back to Sakura who had a brow arched at his direction.
"What are you waiting for?" she whispered with a smile.
"Well, I…" he can't help but feel awkward; after all, he hadn't kissed Sakura since before she lost her memory.
"We've done this loads of times before, what's the matter now?"
Syaoran's head snapped up to her in shock at what she had just said, but all Sakura did was giggle.
Everyone in the room watched the two stare at each other, waiting for them to do the most awaited moment in the ceremony.
Everything was still and silent but in the next second, Sakura was already in the air as Syaoran, half-laughing, picked her up easily and twirled her around.
All who were present in the room looked at the two with smiles on their faces until Syaoran put Sakura down and kissed her hard yet passionately on the lips.
"May I announce, Prince Li Xiao Lang, and Princess Li Sakura" the priest said in a loud voice as everyone stood up, cheered and clapped their hands for the newly weds. The orchestra started to play their music as Cherry Blossom with white Rose petals and sparkles fell from the ceiling like rain inside the room with Syaoran and Sakura never breaking from their kiss.
"Hua Lien! What is the meaning of this?" Yelan half shouted, watching the sight.
"Let go of me!" Chyou shouted with a struggle as the police tried to settle her down in the back seat of a police car. "I said let go!"
Hua Lien looked at her daughter and sighed, then turned to her friend.
"I'm sorry about all of this Yelan"
"What? But what have you done t-"
"Yelan!" interrupted a voice behind her.
Still bewildered at the whole ordeal, Yelan turned around to see her husband making his way towards them with ha few of the elders.
"Yuan? What is the meaning of all this?"
Yuan stopped right beside Yelan and stared hard at Hua Lien and Chyou with disgust.
"Haven't you brought enough shame for your family? You still dare to show yourself in front of us after all you have done?" he said in a stony voice before turning to the policemen who were standing behind her. "Take her away" he ordered.
"Stop! Wait Yuan! What is this all about? Tell me before you take them away"
Yuan sent one more glare to Hua Lien and Chyou before turning to his wife. "Shen and Hua Lien owes a lot of money to several companies all around China. They've been having financial problems for 2 years now and have been avoiding their debts by moving around constantly. When they heard that Xiao Lang was to be married, they quickly took the opportunity and offered their daughter to marry him and take money from us to pay off what they owe"
Yelan brought her hand over her mouth to cover her shock. She looked meaningfully at her husband for any sign of a joke, but he looked dead serious. She turned to Hua Lien and she looked as guilty as a criminal could be.
"Where is her husband?" Yuan asked the general who was standing-by watching the whole scene.
"Already brought into custody sir" he replied with a nod.
"Thank you" he said with a nod before turning back to the policemen. "Take them away"
The policemen nodded and brought the two women into separate police cars.
"I'm sorry Yelan" Hua Lien said with a sigh before looking up at the rear-view mirror, just in time to see the bride and groom exit from the entrance doors and join the others outside.
A small smiled formed on her lips before her view was cut off as the police car she was exited the palace gates and turned down the road.
"What was all that about?" Sakura asked as the last police car went out the gates.
"Don't worry about it Sakura dear" Yelan said, forcing a smiled on her face, and trying to forget her friend's betrayal.
Yuan looked at his wife and placed a comforting arm around her shoulder, giving her a little shake by rubbing her arm. He turned to his son then at his wife.
"Ms. Kinomoto" he addressed, getting her attention as well as Syaoran's.
Syaoran looked at his father and waited for him to give a rude comment of some sort and hoped that Sakura wouldn't take it too bad. He knew how frank on words his father could be so he instantly felt cautious.
Sakura looked at Syaoran's father, not blinking, and not backing down from the staring contest they somehow started to have.
A few minutes later Mei Lin and the others exited and watched the exchange silently from behind the newlyweds just as Yuan blinked.
"Ha! You blinked!" Sakura shouted joyously, sounding a bit smug.
Everyone looked at her, stunned.
She looked around her and realized what had just happened. She turned back to Syaoran's father with wide eyes, covering her mouth as she gasped.
"Ms. Kinomoto" Yuan started in a monotone voice with a straight face.
Sakura bit her lip.
Yuan looked at her daughter-in-law seriously. "I mean, Mrs. Li" he corrected, his face now softening. "Welcome to the family"
Syaoran, Mei Lin and the rest of their friends visibly sighed at this, as did Yelan who was now grinning.
Sakura's eyes started to water and she was grinning like a Cheshire cat before she ran to her now father-in-law and practically leaped up to reach her arms around his neck and brought him down in a hug like a child would do.
Yuan was shocked, as well as everyone else present around them but Sakura didn't let go, she was too happy that she was accepted in the family to even consider how the scene must look like to the other people around them.
Yelan smiled and hugged her husband and Sakura together, making Sakura shift her other arm around Yelan.
Syaoran smiled in shock as his usually-serious-and-strict father wrapped his arms around Yelan and Sakura, returning the hug.
A few minutes later, the group broke away laughing at what had just happened as Yuan held Sakura's small hand in his, looking over at his son.
"Xiao Lang" he announced, nodding at his son, indicating him to come over.
"Father?" Syaoran said with a straight face.
"Take care of your wife alright?" he asked with a face alike Syaoran's.
Syaoran nodded mutely.
"I give you my blessing" he added with a small smile.
Syaoran smiled back at his father, shocked to see the smile on his face as he took Syaoran's hand and placed it over Sakura's. He patted Syaoran's back and kissed Sakura's free hand before taking his leave with Yelan back inside the mansion.
Now all who were left outside was Syaoran, Sakura, Eriol, Tomoyo, Mei Lin, Jay, Chiharu, Takashi, Rika and Naoko.
"You know, this is your reception party, so you two should go inside and entertain your guests" Mei Lin pointed out with an arched eyebrow.
"Indeed. Your sisters are in there taking care of everything and making everything perfect just for the both of you" Jay announced, looking over at Syaoran with a smirk.
The reception lasted through the whole day. After the ceremony in the morning, the Chinese blessing ritual for the married couple took place, then lunch was held right after along with entertainment to the guests until the evening as the dinner was served while a program was going on up front on the stage.
As for Syaoran and Sakura, they couldn't wait to leave the group and talk between themselves. They had received tons of gifts and loads of congratulations from almost each and everyone of their guests whom they don't even know.
"To the bride and groom!"
Everyone present in the room raised their champagne glasses in the couple's direction as they stood out on the stage set up in front of the room.
"Thank you" Syaoran and Sakura bowed to everyone with sincere smiles on their faces.
The program resumed as people continued to watch and chat along with everyone else, unbeknownst to them that the main couple of the evening had slipped out of the room and out into the balcony.
Sakura walked over to the ledge, placed her hands on the railings and sighed, feeling the night breeze hit her face, sending a shiver down her spine. She smiled and rubbed her arms until she felt another pair of arms wrap around her waist.
She turned to Syaoran. "What's the matter?" she asked, seeing the look on his face.
Syaoran shook his head with a smile on his lips.
She raised an eyebrow at him.
"Nothing's wrong. I'm just happy at how things turned out" he confessed.
She smiled at him and hugged him back. "Me too"
"I honestly didn't think everything would turn out this way. I thought I actually lost you and would have to spend a miserable life time with Chyou"
Sakura smiled and rested her head on his chest.
"I'm just glad this ended up with me and you together again. A lot of things have happened and if I think about everything now, I wouldn't think this turn out would've been possible until now that it's actually happening. Coz honestly Syaoran, all the things that happened to us couldn't possibly happen to any average person…to say the least, everything seemed so far-fetched. But it still happened" she said in a sigh.
"Maybe it's because we're not average people to begin with. Everyone experiences their own fairytale if they pull the right strings. In our case, this fairytale ended with the prince and princess living happily ever after together…literally might I add" Sakura giggled at his last comment.
"True, you really are a prince after all…my prince to be exact. And now I am your princess" she said in a giggly voice.
"I love you Sakura" he whispered in her ear. "And I'm never going to leave you ever again. I was honestly afraid that I would never see the real you again, and it's such a blessing for me to have you back again, just the way you were before"
Syaoran sighed and waited for her reply. But she didn't give one.
"Sakura?" he asked, slightly pulling away.
Sakura gripped her hands to his back, pulling him back to her. She raised her head to him, eyes teary.
"I love you too Syaoran…and I don't want to ever leave you either. Promise to stay with me forever. I dunno what might happen in the future, something may or may not happen that might make me lose my memories again, but please promise me that you'll still stay with me, until you find another way to make me remember" she said softly, a lone tear now running down her cheek.
Syaoran looked at her, then hugged her as if his life depended on it.
"I will never let something like that happen to you again Sakura, but in any case that it does, I will never leave you. I love you too much than to let something like that keep us apart. We have a whole lifetime ahead of us to start a new life and make new memories…and I'm going to make the best of that"
Just as the wind blew hard around them, he held Sakura's head up with a finger and kissed her passionately.
Everyone has memories…a great gift given to each of us.
Given the will to remember our past and whatever will happen in the future is already a blessing, an opportunity to look back at everything we accomplished and gone through in our life.
Though given the right to remember, sometimes we are cursed to forget…forget parts of our life even though we strive to avoid forgetting.
Which is why, we are given two types of memories.
The mind holds many memories we may forget one way or another, no matter what we do. Either because of an accident, or because of growing age, we may lose the capability to remember. But the heart- though may hold only few memories -holds those which we may never forget, for it remembers only our most precious memories all on its own.
We don't know what the future holds for us. There will always be the good and bad…
So don't take even the simplest things so lightly, for we may never realize how much we treasure it until they are taken away from us.
In Syaoran and Sakura's case…that's their love, and the memories each of them hold for each other.
- THE END -
That's it. The end to Forever in My Heart.
Disappointed? Don't like the ending? Please tell me. But I honestly did the best I could to end this. I was thinking of putting up an Epilogue but thought that it would just ruin the ending. So I decided against it instead.
Anyways, I hope you guys enjoyed this story. Sorry for those times I updated so late though. I can't help it. Sometimes I just get caught up with my own things that I forget about my other priorities.
On the other hand, my other story Meant to be Wild will be continued. I actually didn't bother the next parts to that story so I can finish this one first since this is much shorter and easier to write about. But now that this one is done, I'll be continuing that now.
Again, I hope you liked this story! Thanks for reading and thanks for all the reviews!