AN: Yo! Well, back with my
second fan fic! This is the prologue to the story, just to give you
a recap on everything that
happened in the past seven
years during Li's life. This is all in Li's POV. Enjoy! ^________^;
That day at the airport she
had never come, and when I returned home to China I had received no word
Perhaps it was only wishful
thinking on my part that Sakura would come wish me good bye. It wasn't
until a year
later that my mother finally
admitted to me that she had called, and wrote, and yet she had thought
it was in my
best interest to hide the
truth from me. My mother had burned the letters, and somehow I never got
a response when I
wrote them. Finally, a few
months later I decided to let certain things be revealed. It
was not known that Meilin
and I were no longer engaged,
and yet after my mother finally revealing the truth to me I had made
it clear to the
elders that we were no longer
tied together. These things had come as quite a shock to them, and
yet with there
years and experience they
had admitted that for some time they had suspected. When I called
back to Japan I was
only met by the answering
machine. One time I had exchanged a brief conversation with her brother,
who told me
he would tell her.
Of course, she never called. I tried for a year to call her, everyday
after I had returned home from
school, however there was
no answer after that last conversation I had shared with her oni-chan's.
It wasn't until I had returned
to Japan five years later that I had learned that they had moved houses,
and then after
that Sakura had attended
a private high school. After having left Japan for five years I had
given up on Sakura. By
now she had found some superior
other in which she could share her life with. After high school I
applied for a well
known University in a suburb
a few miles out of Tokyo, close enough to the metropolis that I had the
benefits of city
life, and yet deep enough
in the country in which to enjoy the beauty.
When I arrived at the University
I was surprised to find one familiar face, an old classmate from the years
I had been
with the elementary school
in Japan. His name was Yamazaki Takashi. We immediately began
our friendship were it
had left off, and for 2 years
it had been this way. It had now been 7 years sense I had seen Sakura
Kinomoto, and she
still haunted me.
A few years ago I had called the Daijouji's, when the two were still in
high school. Tomoyo was
never there when I called,
I only received harshly the message machines. It was after I had
called all my former
classmates that I had given
up. I then reasoned with myself that if Sakura had really wanted
to talk to me, she would
have continued trying through
Sense the start of my University
life I had tried to remain serious, and yet to enjoy what people called
the best years of
my life. For a while
Takashi called around for Sakura, after I, having finally spilled out all
the years of anxiety and
frustration in searching
for her, however by spring break both of us had given up and enjoyed
the beautiful weather.
We were both fairly popular
in our school, both with the boys and girls, and during the summer we all
had taken trips
together. I had dated
on and off with girls, but none attracted me or left me with the happiness
and warmth that
It was the beginning of my
third year of college, in about two days. Takashi and myself had
decided to end our
summer vacation with a boom.
I had only visited the Tokyo Tower once, only for a few minutes.
that we would start off the
day at the tower, then wander around the gin'za, take the subway to shinjuku,
the day in Chiba after taking
the scenic ride back to our station, stopping through towns, and wasting
all of our
summer job money, and arriving
the night before the first day of school.
I didn't know that in two
days i would see her again, although i was always prepared to see her.
Every morning I
would dress my best, in hope
that some how, in some way I would see her again.
Sho Ichi: Haiyaku
At the present...
"I don't appreciate having
to do the 300 yard dash to make this train!" Takashi shouted as the hurtled
crowds of Tokyo.
Li, who was down a couple
of flights of stairs called back, nearly tripping over a small child, "This
happened if you didn't HAVE
to buy that Pocari Sweat at our last stop, making us miss our original
train." AN: Pocari
Sweat is a popular Japanese
drink, kinda like Gatorade, only better>
Takashi sputtered, "Excuse
me, but its very hot out!"
No answer from Li, except,
"Hurry up! There is the bell, its about to leave!"
Takashi gulped, as he contemplated
buying another Sweat at the next stop. Really, traveling anywhere
with Li always
involved mad dashes to the
next train. Li just really needed to slow down and smell the roses,
enjoy life, and there last
few precious days of summer!
Li was at the bottom of the
stairs, his eyes fixed on the doors which quivered in anticipation to close.
Takashi grinned, "Made it!"
There was no time for words
as the two jumped through the doors which nearly had caused them to wait
another hour for the next
train. The passengers questioningly glances, or perhaps starred at
the to laughing young
men who were slowly trying
to get up. The two felt out a seat with there hands and plopped down
on the worn
cushion, letting there long
legs spread out as the two sighed in relief.
Takashi took his wallet out
of his pocket, "Ikura?" how much>
Li rubbed his nose, and then
grinned slightly, "I'll only make it 500 yen because I am so nice, and
after all you borrowed
150 for that Pocari back
at the Shobaru-jin stop."
Takashi remained quiet, and
then put his hands behind his back, "So....you haven't visited the tower
sense you were
living back in my little
Li yawned, and then said,
"Yeah...but, i don't see what's that big a deal. Its just a tower."
Takashi glared at Li, "Nan
dayo!? A tower?! Here, I'll tell you some stories about when it was
constructed, I think I can
remember a bit from the book
I read back in 7th grade. I mean, after all, we do have 15 stops
until we get there."
Li sighed and covered his
forehead, and realized that, 'Some things stay the same forever....'
"Oi, Li can i borrow 150?"
Takashi called from vending machine.
Li rolled his eyes, "Not
another Sweat? This is your third today!"
Takashi grinned and said,
"Just for your information I'm going to buy a Aquarius." AN: another
Li grumbled, "Fine, kedo...your
going to spend all my money." He dug into his wallet and threw Takshi
two 100 yen
The plopping of the Aquarius
could be heard, and then the sound of Takashi's footsteps.
The rail platform was nearly
deserted, it was 9 o'clock at night on a Tuesday. It wouldn't have
been crowded. As
Takashi read the label of
the Aquarius, and guzzled it down Li viewed his surroundings. On
the opposite side of the
plat form, a group of five
or so high school girls sat giggling waiting for the next train to Haneda.
On his own
platform it was not half
as interesting. There stood a man in a business suit, probably coming
from Downtown Tokyo.
His hair was almost as glossy
as his shoes. Li self consciously wondered if he had over done
his hair gel and ran his
hands through his deep chestnut
hair. A torrent of giggles and yelps could be heard on the other
looked at them, slightly
grinning, and then all the girls burst out into laughter. He hoped
it wasn't at him.
He continued to survey
his surroundings as Takashi went over to buy their Bento box dinners from
a local vendor. An
old lady stood on the platform.,
with about 3 bags. And the only other person standing about
7 meters away was a
beautiful young woman.
He had noticed her from the beginning, however he had chose to keep her
for last. She
was such a beautiful site.
Even though the days were hot in late summer, the nights grew cold.
She wore a black
coat, and underneath that
it seemed she wore long sleeved pink shirt, and a long skirt that came
to about half way
down to her ankles.
She had on a shapeless hat, that seemed to go perfectly with her short
honey almond colored
hair. She glanced my
way and Li was greeted with a gorgeous pair of green eyes. She smiled
warmly, and then her
attention was diverted by
someone dropping all there packages a few feet away. It turned out to be
Takashi with our
He grinned, as he always
did and sweat dropped slightly, "I think I will go by some more."
Li smiled and nodded,
"Go for it."
His attention was once again
faced towards the girl. As he self consciously starred she
began to more and more
remind me of Sakura.
Li stepped forward, then drew himself back. It wasn't possible that
after 7 years of searching for
her that he would just HAPPEN
to run into her at a train station. He argued with himself for about
a minute, and then
decided that even if it wasn't
her he should try anywise. Li didn't realize that he was slightly
flushed. He stepped
forward, and, still being
extremely embarrassed of it even to this day, he asked, "Sakura?
She faced turned towards
him, and Li nearly choked as she said it. "Hai?"
Li looked down at his shoes,
and then said in a tone of utmost embarrassment "Its me. Li Shaoran."
She blinked, and unconsciously
backed away. "Li...Shaoran...?"
He said nothing and neither
had she. A few moments passed by, and then Li managed to spit out,
"Which way are
She looked confused, "Nani?"
He managed to stumble out
the words, "On the train, I mean."
She flushed, "Towards Chiba."
Li nodded, and he said, "Me
It was like a a moment in
anime, when a sharp wind blows, showing the characters a moment of tension,
loneliness, or perhaps in
this case; both. If a sudden breeze had blown Li would have laughed.
Instead the only thing
that greeted the two was
the train headed for Haneda on the other side of the tracks.
Takashi walked up, hit Li in