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Chapter Nine: Jump!
"So tell me, when is your family coming Li?" Sakura was sitting in the passenger's seat of Syaoran's car. Since her car was now a pile of scrap, she'd just get a ride with Syaoran, Tomoyo, or her dad and brother who were staying in the city for quite a while.
"I haven't the slightest idea. I know they plan to come at least a month before the actual wedding. Enough time for Daidouji to make the dresses and suits?"
Sakura smiled. "That's more than enough time for her. Trust me."
Syaoran looked at Sakura, "So, where are we going?"
"Well, we're going to Chelsea's, to make the Gift Register for the guest."
Syaoran looked disgruntled. "Isn't Meiling supposed to be the one with you and not me?"
"I know, but she is still with Tomoyo, something about bride's maids' dresses. She felt sorry for cancelling, so, she said to let you carry me." Sakura grinned at Syaoran. "And you being such a nice gentleman, did such that."
Syaoran groaned. "I hate shopping. Ever since I went shopping with my sisters…Let's just say that was the first and the last time." He shuddered as he remembered the experience.
She giggled. "I know what you mean. I'll you giving words of advice: Don't ever shop with Tomoyo. You just might not last long. If you want proof, ask Eriol. If I wasn't there, he might not be here."
Syaoran took a deep breath as he turned on the car. "I'll keep that in mind. I do not want a repeat of my time with my sisters." Syaoran and Sakura both laughed.
"So, do you have any idea what your fiancé would want on the gift registry?" Sakura looked at Syaoran curiously.
He shrugged. "Beats me. I have no idea what she wants. That's what you're here for."
Sakura glared at Syaoran. "Gee, thanks so much, Li." She pulled out a list from her jeans pocket. The list opened up and reached past Sakura's feet. "I guess it was a good thing I asked Meiling to write out a list for me before we left."
Syaoran stared at Sakura. "Kinomoto, what is that in your hand exactly?"
"It's the list Meiling wrote for me, I told you that."
Syaoran shook his head staring at the long list in front of him. "That's not a list for a gift registry. I don't even know what to call that! That's like an epistle on one really long sheet!"
Sakura rolled her eyes and smiled. "I thought you'd know Meiling well enough to expect this but you seem surprised. Anyway, let's get started. Something tells me we'll be in here for a while."
Syaoran groaned. "That's just great."
For the next several hours, they both spent their time walking around the mega store, looking at appliances and deciding what should really go on their registry list. By noon, the gift registry was complete and they went to a nearby diner to have lunch.
After getting their meals they sat down at a table with a window showing the busy world outside. Syaoran sighed. "Finally, I'm glad that's over. Meiling must have been out of her mind with that list."
Sakura laughed. "That was quite a list I must admit, but I've seen worse. On my job, I've met women who've had two sheets that long full of stuff…things they don't even need."
"That seems to be the case most of the time. I don't know how you do it. I could never have the patience for something like that. I'm wondering now why we're even bothering with some of these things; it's not as if we're moving into our own home anyway."
Sakura looked up curiously. "You're not?"
Syaoran shook his head. "I'm the heir to the Li Clan. That means that I also inherit the clan house along with everything else that goes along with it."
"Wow, a whole clan. Your family must be big." Sakura remarked.
"If only you knew. I'd say my family is too big and I have more than enough sisters."
"How many do you have?"
"Four," Syaoran replied.
"Four? That's a lot of sisters. How do you survive?"
"I don't know honestly, but I love them all. I'm especially closest with the oldest one, Feimiel. We just have so much in common. Wait till you meet her. She's good in martial arts but her specialty is archery. Seriously, I don't know how many times she's aimed her arrow at me."
Sakura laughed. "Sounds like you two have a lot of fun."
"Oh believe me we do." Syaoran then joined in the laughter. This day was just full of surprises. When they first met, Sakura couldn't even get Syaoran to crack a smile. Now he's making conversation and actually laughing. Maybe he's finally starting to open up…maybe. Syaoran started talking again. "You can have my sisters if you want."
Sakura waved her hands in protest. "I'll pass, thank you. I think I'm satisfied with Touya and Eriol. Ever since I was really small, Touya would call me Monster. My father would laugh as I stomped on my brother's feet and he'd cry out in pain. He's over protective too.
There wasn't a guy who could get within ten feet of me until Eriol came in. After that, Eriol was the only guy who could come within ten feet of me and survive, until I graduated." Sakura smiled. "Eriol, however, is quite the opposite. While Touya's the kind of person who rarely shows his affection, Eriol is quite open to the people he care about."
Syaoran nodded. "It shows alright, and I don't know anyone who can't see how in love he is with Tomoyo…other than Tomoyo herself maybe."
"I know, right? Those two were made for each other I'm telling you! And they're taking so long to get together. You know what, I'm starting to think that I'll take Meiling up on her offer and play a little match maker." She grinned evilly.
Syaoran shook his head. "You and Meiling certainly have a lot in common, Kinomoto. But putting that aside, I can tell you care about your brothers."
Sakura smiled. "Touya is a lot of fun and so is Eriol. We could talk about anything. My brothers are amazing…" Suddenly her smile disappeared. "I can't believe Touya would say something like that to him…"
Syaoran's smile left as well as concern appeared on his face. "Kinomoto, are you alright?"
Sakura looked up and gave a weak smile. Shaking her head she replied, "It's nothing to worry about, Li. I'm okay. Thanks." She stood up. "We should get going. I'm sure the others are waiting for us."
Syaoran said nothing but stood up as well and proceeded to leave the diner.
"Okay, thank you all for your hard work today. You're dismissed." Minato watched as the class responded and then quickly dispersed.
Ryu, on the other hand went over to Sakura and Tomoyo to talk. "I must admit, even though you two have only been in this class for a week, you are learning quickly. Please, keep up the good work."
Tomoyo blinked her amethyst eyes while Sakura just stood there in shock. Tomoyo was the first to reply. "Is it just me…or did he actually talk?"
Sakura nodded. "I know, right? He always seemed like he was mute or something. But now we know the cold guy speaks…and more than five words too."
Minato walked over to the group and laughed. Ryu was still in a bit a shock. "Ryu is much friendlier than he appears to be. He just takes a while to open up to people. But what he says is correct. You two are improving steadily in such a short amount of time. You seem to have a knack for this. May I suggest you come in at another time for more lessons?"
Sakura looked at Tomoyo then back at them. "I don't know honestly. We're busy people and at the moment we're planning a wedding."
Ryu finally came out of her state of shock. "You guys are wedding planners?"
Tomoyo spoke up. "Well, she is the wedding planner. I'm a fashion designer. We work together."
"And what about the other person we met with you in the mall…is she a wedding planner as well?"
Tomoyo shook her head. "Oh, you mean Li Meiling. No, she's actually the one whose wedding we're planning at the moment."
Minato nodded. "Oh, I see. So the young lady is engaged. Well, I hope you are able to find the time to come for extra classes. If you are, feel free to give us a call."
Sakura nodded. "Okay, we will. Until next time." Sakura and Tomoyo left the building where they pondered over the offer. It was then that they saw Meiling in the car and they both waved.
Meiling waved back. "Hey guys, are you ready to go now? What took you so long?"
Sakura and Tomoyo went in the back seat and explained everything they talked about with Minato and Ryu while Meiling drove. Meiling thought about it aloud. "So they're the two guys we bumped into that day. Didn't think we'd meet them again like that. Maybe you two should take the extra lessons. It could be quite useful."
"Perhaps," Tomoyo replied. "We'll have to think about it." She then spotted a store as they were about to drive pass it. "Hey there's the store I was talking about with the perfect shade of ribbon for the bridal gowns."
"Let's stop there then." Meiling then stopped at the nearby store. They all got out and entered the store. It was a fabric store filled with a large variety of colours.
Tomoyo then walked over to where the ribbons were and picked up some lavender sheer ribbon. It was a light sparkly colour and Meiling and Sakura gasped in delight. "It's beautiful," Meiling breathed.
Sakura asked, "So, are you going to buy it?"
"Of course," Meiling replied. "It's exactly what I wanted!"
Tomoyo smiled. "That's great. Let's go and pay for it." They spent about twenty minutes in the store and then left. Meiling backed up and they were off again.
They were soon on the highway when Sakura started to ask some questions. "So, Meiling, how long have you and Li known each other?"
"Ever since we were little kids actually. We'd visit each other's house and we'd play along with Feimiel. It was fun. We'd always get into some kind of trouble."
"Who is Feimiel?" Tomoyo asked.
"That's one of Li's four sisters. She's the oldest girl actually." Sakura replied.
"I guess Syaoran opened up to you a bit more, huh Sakura?" Meiling smiled. "That's great. It's about time he started being a bit friendlier."
Tomoyo's eyes widened. "Four sisters? That's a lot!" The other two young ladies laughed. That's when Sakura noticed a piece of paper stuck to the back of Meiling's chair. Tomoyo noticed. "What's that?"
She picked it up and read it. "'Hello again, it's been so long since we've talked hasn't it? I hope you didn't miss me too much. Hey, to help you guys figure out who I am, I decided I'll tell you what my two favourite colours are: ice blue and blood red.' "
Sakura's eyes grew wide after reading it and so did Tomoyo's and Meiling's. "Please don't tell me he did something to my car now," Meiling pleaded.
"Most likely he did." Suddenly Sakura went into another trance and Tomoyo gazed at Sakura, worried. She soon woke up in a panic. "Stop the car! Stop it now! We have to get out of this car!"
Meiling didn't know why but she did as she was told. However when she pressed the brakes… "I can't stop it! Someone tampered with the brakes!"
"What!" Tomoyo shouted. The car suddenly started to swerve out of control. At that exact moment a blasting horn came from around the corner. They all knew what was coming. "We have to jump!"
"Can we survive at this speed?" Sakura asked. The big eighteen wheel truck came around the corner speeding. It almost took up both lanes and its horn continued to blare.
"We don't have too many options, don't you think," Meiling responded. She scouted for a safe place to jump. "That field of grass is safe enough let's jump on the count of three." They held hands. "One…two…THREE!" They all jumped into the grass and landed with a thud.
They watched as the truck skidded to a halt and rammed into the once useable car. The truck eventually stopped and they all just stared at the mess that was created. It then backed up slowly away from the car. The car then exploded. "Well, isn't this just great?" Sakura stated. "Another explosion, just what we all needed."
A/N: Hello, everyone. Missed me? I'm sorry for such a late update, but I just took my last school exam yesterday. School's officially closed so I'll try my best to update as frequently as possible. I hope this chapter isn't too bad. Until next time. Please R&R.