A/N: So there's a good story behind this one. I was on youtube searching for CCS Anime Music Videos (which isn't unusual for me, needing to find inspiration all the time for my own videos) and I came across a video by the awesome ButterflyIllusioned (of Youtube) entitled 'Through Another Day' and I absolutely loved her idea. This was the description to the video:

Sakura is a normal girl, but becomes cursed by an ancient book. She has to track down and capture ancient spirits before they do evil and cause terrible destruction. She uses the spirits she's captured to capture the others.. There's only one problem, every time she uses a spirit, some of her life is taken away. No one knows, not even her best friend Tomoyo. When Syaoran Li shows up to investigate the strange powers, he helps Sakura capture the spirits using his own power. After he starts to notice a change in her magical strength, she confides in him the awful truth of the curse. The AMV is basically chronicling Sakura's struggle with her fate and lies to everyone around her and her only help, Syaoran keeping her spirits up by telling her she'll "make it through another day".

Brilliant neh? I thought so. I kindly asked if I could write the fan fiction, and she said it was fine. Of course I changed it a bit, and I have to insert my ideas into it as well, but the general idea for this fanfic goes to ButterflyIllusioned of YT. Unfortunately, I have a hard time writing Sakura and Syaoran in their ages from the show, so I made them older. Sorry, I can't really remember what it was like to be a little kid. I was a teenager when I was ten. Lol. Anyway enjoy the first chapter, and review!

Official Summery: Sakura has been cursed by an ancient book, and doomed to recapture the spirits that were in it. One problem: each time she uses a spirit to capture another, her life drains away. Nobody knew, that is, until Syaoran Li stepped in to investigate... SXS AUish

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Through Another Day

Written by: Shadow

Chapter 1

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"Sakura," an impatient voice called out. It echoed through the small house until it reached the ears of a very groggy looking young girl.

Immediately, the said young girl shot out of her bed, "Oh geez, I'm gonna be late…again."

"Sakura!" the voice called out again, becoming more and more impatient, "Get down here you monster!"

Sakura was in the middle of throwing on her clothes at a speed so fast, the average human probably could not comprehend what she was doing, but then again, Sakura wasn't the average human.

"Touya!" she yelled back heatedly as she sped out of her room and down the stairs, "Will you stop calling me that? I'm fifteen already!"

"It's not my fault that the older you get, the more monstrous you become. Now hurry up and get your breakfast. You'll be late for school…again."

Sakura scowled at her brother, but since he insisted on calling her monster, Sakura stomped on his foot.

"Gah! Sakura!" Touya yelled in pain, "What was that for?"

Sakura grabbed a piece of toast and put on her roller blades, "For calling me a monster again! Expect more stompings if you keep that up! I'm leaving now!"

She grabbed her handbag and jacket from the pedestal near the door and skated out the house before her brother could yell, "Sakura, get back here! I'm gonna kill you!"

Smirking, Sakura sped up on her roller blades, rounding the corner before her brother could even run out the door protesting her behavior. Finally, when she was sure her brother was not going to follow her, Sakura let out a laugh of satisfaction, and turned around, looking up at the sky as she skated backwards.

She closed her eyes in pure bliss. The day was seemingly perfect, and the Cherry Blossoms were beginning to bloom, "What a beautiful day!" she said to herself, soaking the sun up through her closed eyes.

Suddenly, and out of the blue, Sakura's clumsiness gene seemed to kick in, and she felt her back hit something, "Ah!" she exclaimed, her eyes popping open.

She stumbled, trying desperately to keep her balance, but whatever she had hit was also giving way beneath her, and they both fell to the unforgiving cement with a thud.

"Hoee," Sakura mumbled as she sat up and rubbed her head.

"Sakura-chan, you're squishing me," a voice rang out from beneath her.

Immediately Sakura came back into reality and jumped up, "Ah, I'm sorry!" she said as she flushed dark red.

"It's alright Sakura-chan," the same voice rang out. Sakura immediate recognized just who it was that she bumped into. Only one person in the world would say her name in such a kind, soft voice.

"Tomoyo-chan!" she exclaimed, relieved it hadn't been someone else. Imagine if she ran into someone like her brother…she'd be lucky to get out of that unscathed!

"You're quite early today Sakura," Tomoyo inquired, "Usually you only get to class a moment before the bell rings…"

Sakura flushed in embarrassment. She was fifteen, and was still late to every subject. It was a terrible bad habit…and then, Sakura realized everything that had been said…

"Wait, I'm early? What time is it?" she asked, fearing the answer.

"It's only 7:10. School doesn't start for another hour," Tomoyo answered, smiling innocently.

"Touya!" Sakura yelled in fury, "He messed up my clocks on purpose! GAH!"

Tomoyo merely giggled at Sakura, "Well, since you are here early, would you like to take a walk with me?"

Sakura suddenly stopped her rant on her horrible excuse for a brother and thought about the offer. It was either: go home and stomp on Touya's foot again, or take a walk with her best friend…

As much as she wanted to go with the first idea, she knew that hanging out with Tomoyo was a rare opportunity now a days…and much more fun than anything involving her older brother, "Sure," she answered.

And so off the two went.

Tomoyo and Sakura were an inseparable pair of cousins. They're relationship ran much deeper than a familial presence. They had grown up together, going to the same schools and such, and became friends almost instantly. Being related was merely a bonus; not many people could claim that they had a cousin as their best friend.

"Where would you like to go Sakura-chan?" Tomoyo asked as she picked up the pace to match Sakura's slow strides on wheels (because even going slowly, roller blades were much faster than Tomoyo's normal pace of walking…or anyone else's for that matter…)

"How about the park?" Sakura asked cheerfully, "We haven't been to King Penguin in a long time!"

"Okay," Tomoyo answered in a quiet, but eager voice. Together the two of them set off to their destination, chatting of this and that.

Finally, about ten minutes later, they arrived at Penguin Park. Sakura eagerly took off her roller blades and ran to the giant slide that they called 'King Penguin,' laughing in her wake. Even though Sakura was fifteen, she couldn't help but enjoy such a nostalgic place. Her and Tomoyo would come to this very park almost everyday not too long ago.

Sakura wasn't sure what issued a change in the behavior of her and her friends to make them stop coming to the park. It was either that they were getting 'too old' for this sort of thing, or the weird rumors of odd creatures and ghosts appearing at night from the playground.

The rumors kept Sakura well away from the park for a long time, for she has a deep fear of ghosts and scary stories; however, the stories all took place in the nighttime hours of the day, and Sakura made sure that the sun was shining brightly before even considering the idea of going to the park with Tomoyo on this very fine morning.

Sakura slid down the open mouth of the Penguin King, laughing with glee, and inviting Tomoyo to come around with her the second time. Tomoyo started toward the giant penguin after her best friend, smiling at Sakura's happiness…

…however, the moment of bliss was short lived…

As Sakura was climbing the ladder to the giant penguin slide, she felt an odd presence wash over her…like something was pulling her to the little waiting hole below the slide in case there was a line. This early in the morning, there would be no one at the park, so of course, the waiting room was virtually empty.

And still, Sakura felt as if something inside were calling to her. Hesitantly, Sakura crawled into the small excuse for a waiting room, looking around for any sign of anyone.

"Hello?" she called out nervously. What if it was some weird creature or ghost like the rumors had said?

Despite the fact that Sakura's mind was screaming in protest, she ventured to the back of the little hole that was dubbed a waiting room where should could feel…something…

Sakura looked around tentatively, and finally her eyes landed on something…

"A…book?" she murmured. Time suddenly seemed to stop as she picked up the dust covered, tattered, old looking book.

Using the sleeve of her school uniform, Sakura brushed some of the dust off the cover of the book, unveiling one word: Clow.

"Clow?" Sakura asked aloud. She had never heard of anything like that before. Maybe Naoko would know something of this…Naoko was another one of Sakura's good friends; she was a book worm and she knew about every kind of book imaginable. It was scary sometimes, but useful at others.

Curious, Sakura dusted off more of the cover, revealing the words 'cursed book of' above the word 'Clow'.

It sounded like some sort of fantasy novel.

Finally, Sakura finished getting the dirt off the entire cover, revealing an insignia of the sun and moon.

"Open the book," a voice rang in Sakura's mind that sounded unlike hers. Somewhere in the confines of her thoughts was something along the lines of: "No, put the book down, and leave," but Sakura's hands seemed to have a mind of their own as she flipped open the cover…

Inside, was a detailed explanation of all sorts of creatures, or rather, spirits.

One spirit in particular caught Sakura's attention: it was entitled 'Fly'. Under the title was a picture of a giant white bird.

Sakura kept flipping through pages, briefly stopping on spirits to look at their pictures, until finally she came to the back of the book…

The back cover, was also dusty, and Sakura being the curious girl she is, dusted off the inside of the back cover eagerly.

When it was finally legible, Sakura read the text:

This is 'The Cursed Book Of Clow: the Holder of Spirits and Their Unique Powers'. Inside, it contains the information on the troublesome spirits that made up the world hundreds-of-thousands of years ago. If the book is opened, the spirits will reign free again, and it is the opener's responsibility to seal them back within this book, or an unspeakable fate will befall the earth…

Sakura stopped reading suddenly, closing the book with haste. Sakura wasn't one to believe in random horror books, but something about this…was just too weird for her taste.

Leaving the book where she had found it, Sakura ran out of the small room, telling Tomoyo that she was ready to leave.

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Throughout the whole day, Sakura couldn't focus on school. For some reason, she kept thinking about the book that she left at the park, and its horrible words: an unspeakable fate will befall the earth…

Sakura shuddered at the thought. She had opened the book, and it had said that if she didn't seal the spirits back within the book, the world would suffer. She couldn't be responsible for that…could she?

Part of Sakura wanted to run out of the school and retrieve the book, but the other part of her realized she was being superstitious, and there was no possible way that book could be real…

"There's just no way…"

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"I'm home!" Sakura called as she closed the door behind her. She had stayed after school late for cheerleading practice: something she had gotten into in the fourth grade.

When no one answered her, Sakura shrugged, and kicked off her shoes. She hummed a tune as she walked into the kitchen and opened the fridge to get out some orange juice.

As she was pouring the sweet liquid into a glass, her eyes strayed to the table, and upon realizing the item lying on it, spilled her juice all over the counter and floor.

It was the book.

It had followed her.

Gasping in surprise, Sakura stopped pouring the juice and stuffed the carton back in the fridge. She hurriedly cleaned the countertop and floor where she had spilled, drowned the orange juice, and grabbed the book while running up to her room.

She slammed the door shut, and rushed over to her desk, barely being able to move the chair so she could sit down as she searched through the book.

Sure enough, the pictures of the spirits were long gone. Just blank spots where the pictures were earlier were left inside the book.

"Wh-what is this?" Sakura asked aloud.

"I am Keroberos," a voice replied, "And since you are the opener of this book, you are my master now."

Sakura screamed, not being able to realize where the voice was coming from.

"Quiet down! The voice is coming from me, in the book. Open to the first page…"

Sakura obeyed, too shocked to protest the voice. On the first page of the book, there was a picture of a lion-like creature with feathery wings. It was very majestic, and Sakura stopped worrying only for a moment, just to appreciate it.

"You see? I'm harmless," the lion said from within the picture. Sakura blinked, trying to make sure she wasn't hallucinating. When the lion laughed, Sakura came to the horrified conclusion that she was not imagining this.

On the top of the page, it read: "Spirit of the Sun"

"So everything I read earlier…about the world and its unspeakable fate…" Sakura trailed off in horror.

"Yes," the lion said grimly, "It is unfortunate that you stumbled upon this book. Not all the spirits are kind like me, but instead are vengeful. They are looking for our old master, but since it is you that opened the book this time, you are our new master…that is, until you capture all of us…"

"Wh-why?" Sakura stuttered, "What happens after I recapture all of you spirits?"

"You die, I believe. No one of us spirits is certain, but every time this has happened, the owner is never seen again."

Sakura's eyes widened in horror, "What?!" she exclaimed, "How can you expect me to capture the spirits of this book knowing that my life is on the line?!"

"Please," the sun spirit answered, "Listen to me more carefully. None of us spirits know for sure…but wouldn't you rather save the world and everyone on it then yourself? Wouldn't it be a terrible loss if everything were to die?"

The creature sounded so saddened, that Sakura stopped and actually considered the question. "I suppose, I wouldn't want that," Sakura said finally.

"Even with what's at stake? You believe that your life is less important than the world?"

"Yes," Sakura answered immediately. "The world has so much to offer. One less teenager wouldn't do it any harm."

To Sakura's surprise, the lion laughed, "What's your name kid?"

"Sakura Kinomoto," she replied.

"Sakura, I think if anyone can do this correctly, it is you. Everything happens for a reason, and your finding this book must have been for something. You have a very pure heart. And I promise, I will do everything in my power to help you. My name is Keroberos, the spirit of the sun."

"Pleased to meet you Kero-san," Sakura replied politely.

"Kero? That's a new name for me. I rather like it. And please, drop the 'san'. No formalities are needed between friends right?"

"Friends?" Sakura asked, as if she was unsure of what she had just heard. After everything had registered in her head, Sakura smiled.

Despite the heaviness of the previous conversation, Sakura found herself in a surprisingly good mood as she chatted with Kero while trying not to think of what the outcome might be.

"So, how do I go about recapturing a spirit?" She asked.

"Well," Kero started, "I will let you know if I sense a spirit, although, you should be able to as well. When you face off against one, you must use magic to unleash any spirits in your possession against the other spirit. Once the other spirit is weak enough, you basically seal it away inside the book with a few words of magic, and…that's it. It's not always as easy as it sounds though."

"I can't even imagine…" Sakura trailed off, "what kinds of spirits I'll have to face…"

It was silent in the room for a long while. The weight of this new responsibility weighed down on Sakura like an anvil. She could die.

She could die!

And yet, she wanted to go through with this anyway. And for some reason, she didn't feel too scared of it. She felt excitement, and wonder, and the oncoming sense of adventure.

"Kero," she spoke up, "what sort of power do you have?"

Kero laughed in amusement, "I can control the cycle of the sun, breathe fire, and I can fly with the nifty wings. Plus, who would make a better steed than I? I'm an awesome creature now aren't I?"

Sakura laughed at Kero, lightening the mood. It was then that she noticed the hour:

"Oh no, its well passed midnight!" she shrieked, "I didn't even to my homework! And I've got to be up early for school!"

With that, Sakura rushed to get into her pajamas and brushed her teeth. She set her alarm for an hour earlier than usual so she could finish her work in the morning, and still get to school on time…hopefully…

With thoughts of magic and unfinished homework in her head, Sakura drifted off into an odd sleep, filled with dreams of fighting monsters and not being able to solve the math problem on the board…

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A/N: Oy, this was really difficult to write. Especially since its pretty similar to the original storyline, but not quite the same.

Anyway, hopefully this is a good start for you readers. Please tell me what you think of the idea. 8D