Chapter 1

POV: Lilacheart

I rested quietly on the couch. I had just been chased around the block by Rabbitfoot for dissing Danny Phantom. AGAIN. I probably should've learned by now. But I thought of doing this as a substitute for how boring P.E. is at the town middle school. We lived in a small community, Wands and Worlds County. It was a great place. The governor, Sheila, was the best. She was like the mother of the town. That didn't make the schools any better, though. I was glad I'd finished my math already; I would mess up every problem if I tried working on it now.

"I should try to get Foxwhisper to do that as a substitute for PE," I said to myself and laughed. Foxwhisper. She had bad knees, so she usually sat out of P.E. Maybe she could get her daily workout by being chased around town. I laughed at the thought. I would LOVE that. I'd never chased anyone around the block before, only been chased. And if I enjoyed it so much, who knows? Maybe she would, too.

"I wish it were Friday. We are going over to Cloudwind's house that day," my sister, Soundstorm, said as she came down the stairs.

I smiled. "Thursday isn't so bad," I pointed out. "It's just one more day. What time is it?" I hadn't paid attention to the time while running.

"4:03," Soundstorm said.

"I told Starsight that I would bring her my copy of Tsubasa Chronicles 16 at 4:15," I said, standing up.

"How come? Doesn't she have her own?" Soundstorm asked.

"She lent it to Rabbitfoot, who lost it," I muttered. I ran up the stairs to my room and grabbed my copy. I put on a jacket. It was cold outside. I glanced at the small roll of bandages in the pocket. I had badly scraped the back of my wrist, and was given some bandages to wear on it about three weeks ago. The huge cut was gone now, though. I ran back down the stairs, not bothering to take out the bandages. What was the point? After all, you never know when that type of thing would come in handy. If I'd had it at hand at the time I'd scraped my wrist, I probably wouldn't have had to see all the blood.

"I'm going out, now, Soundy!" I called over my shoulder as I stepped outside. Soundy was my nickname for her. Just as mine was Lilac.

"With who?" she called back, failing to restrain her laughter.

"Oh, shut up," I snapped playfully, shutting the door.

I darted down the sidewalk. Dang it! I thought. I'm going to be late! I sharply cut the corner, and stopped when I noticed something from the corner of my eye. A small red scratch in the air.

"Hmm?" I muttered to no one in particular. I turned around and walked towards it. As I took a step forward, the thing grew larger. I yelped and jumped backwards. What...was this...?

The scratch suddenly threw three figures onto the ground. I did all I could not to scream like a weenie, but it still came out as a startled yelp. The scratch closed, and I started to shiver when I noticed that two of them were injured. I couldn't find the third one anymore. I noted that they were both men, and the third had looked to be like a snowball, or something.

I grabbed one of their shoulders and rolled him onto his back. My eyes widened in surprise. HUGE surprise.

This person looked like...Syaoran?

But he was a book character! Wow, I was obsessed, wasn't I, to compare a random stranger dumped on the road to Syaoran.

But maybe it wasn't just me...I rolled the second man onto his back, and he looked like Fai. He even wore an eye patch over his left eye, like Fai. This was just INSANE! I shook Syaoran by the shoulder, hoping he would wake up. I had to be just stupidly obsessed. Neither of them was real. That...just wasn't possible.

After a minute, the one who looked like Syaoran groaned. His eyes opened very slowly.

"Hello..." I whispered.

"Wha...? Who are you?" the boy asked. Then, without warning, he sat upright. "Sakura-chan! Fai-san! Kurogane-san! Mokona!"

My mouth dropped open. This...this couldn't be happening...! Maybe it was all a giant prank.

"Who are you?" I asked.

"My name's Syaoran," he said bluntly.

"You're KIDDING," I gasped, just gaping in absolute shock. "That's...just...what...it's not...ugh..." I couldn't find a way to put it, so I just stared.

"Your mouth's hanging open," Syaoran said, sounding almost amused.

"Right..." I said, then added, "You can't be real!"

Syaoran cocked his head. "Um...is there something I'm missing here?" he asked.

"...You are a book character!" I finally yelled. I was glad that the school, which I had just walked by, was empty, so at least no one else thought I looked like a nut. I held the sixteenth book, which I had been carrying, in front of him.

"...We have a book...?" Syaoran gaped. "Since when?" He appeared to be more shocked then I was, if that was possible.

I couldn't speak, unless I wanted to stammer like an idiot again.

Syaoran attempted to get up, but winced. He looked at his arm, which was scratched and bloody.

"Here," I said, pulling out the bandages.

"Why the heck are you carrying those around?" he asked sceptically.

"I scraped my arm three weeks ago. Haven't had the attention span to take them out." I held the bandages out towards him. He reluctantly took them.

"Where are the others?" he asked quietly as he wrapped them around his arm.

"Fai's over there. I think I saw a snowball fall down beside you," I replied.

"Snowball...? You mean Mokona?"

"Oh my foo!" I squeaked, doing everything I could not to seem over-obsessed. "Mokona's real?"

"Yeeeeeaaahhh..." Syaoran said as if I was stupid. He then turned to look at Fai. He used the remainder of the bandages on Fai's injured leg.

"Do you need a place to stay?" I offered. I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that Soundy would NOT complain, we had three guest rooms, and...

What were they doing here, anyway?

"We couldn't—" Syaoran began.

"It's OK, we have two guest rooms, me and my sister," I said quickly, not including the third guest room because it probably wasn't necessary.

"What about your parents?" Syaoran asked.

"Parents?" I asked curiously.

"Never mind," Syaoran muttered. At this point Fai began to wake up. Syaoran instantly attempted to stand up, but he just fell over.

"Here, let me help," I offered quietly. Maybe it was stupid, but I felt like I was talking to someone famous. He looked reluctant, but didn't object. I helped him to his feet.

"Fai-san?" he asked. So, I wasn't wrong after all. This was Fai.

Mokona jumped from the bush. "Fai's awake!" It said cheerfully.

"Whoa..." I just stared, completely overwhelmed. This was too cool.

"Syaoran-kun?" Fai said, dizzily shaking his head. "Where—"

"I have no clue, ask her," Syaoran said, gesturing to me. I forced a smile, waved shyly, made a weird "meep" noise, then took a step backward.

"I'm Lilacheart," I whispered. "This is Wands and Worlds County."

"By the way..." Syaoran started. "Any reason you aren't using honorifics...?"

"We don't use them here," I said. "We just call each other by name."

"That's weird," Syaoran commented.

"Well, I think that honorifics are weird," I admitted. Syaoran looked like her really had nothing to add.

"Fai—" I had to think for a moment, then I added '-san' "—I offered Syaoran-kun some shelter at my house. Would you like to stay there?"

Fai thought for a moment, then said "I can't think of anywhere else we have to go at this point."

I glanced over at Mokona, who had a weird look on its face. "Are you okay?"

"Mokona's cold!" it whimpered.

I laughed. "It is cold out today." I noticed the weird clothing that Syaoran and Fai were wearing. It was obviously clothes meant for warmer weather.

I slowly put my hand on the ground. Mokona looked a little doubtful, but I smiled. "It's okay," I said. It hopped onto my hand and I put it in my pocket. Mokona smiled and fell asleep.

"Cute..." I said, trying not to seem really shallow. I rested my hand on its head. Syaoran seemed to relax a small amount as I helped Fai to his feet. Fai glanced at the book in my hand.

"What's—" Fai began.

"Apparently, we have our own book," Syaoran commented, still sounding surprised and a little skeptical.

"Manga, actually, and it's a series of about 24 or so."

Syaoran's eyes widened. Fai looked equally surprised.

"Right!" I said, remembering Starsight. "I was bringing this to Starry's house..."

"Starry...?" Fai asked.

"Oh! Right, Fai, Starry's your biggest fan!" I said, laughing so hard that I cried. Fai looked fairly embarrassed by this.

"I'll have to have Starry come over to see me instead," I decided. I helped the both of them walk to my house then rang the doorbell.

"Is pressing that button going to do anything?" Syaoran asked.

"It just lets my sister know I'm here."

"How?" Syaoran asked curiously.

"I'll explain later," I said quickly as the door opened.

Soundstorm smiled. "Lilacheart!" she said. "I thought you were—" She then stopped abruptly.

"Oh. My. Fooing. God," Soundstorm said slowly. "That...who...what...I...this...they..." Her eyes went wide.

I nodded. "Yes," I said. Inside, I was echoing the exact same surprise. I could hardly believe this myself.

"That's...That's not possible...!" she finally said. "Those are just people dressed up, right...?"

"Mokona can prove otherwise!" Mokona said, popping out of my pocket.

"Cute!" Soundstorm said cheerfully, smiling. I nearly laughed. I hadn't seen her smile like that in a long, long time.

"This is my twin sister, Soundstorm." I said to Syaoran and Fai.

"I'm Syaoran," Syaoran said.

"I'm Fai D. Flowright," Fai added. "You can call me Fai,"

Soundstorm grinned ear to ear, then she noticed the bandages and looked worried. "Are they injured?" she asked.

"A little bit," I said.

"Well, best let them sit down, then," she said, moving out of the way to let us inside. I helped the two to the couch and gave Mokona to Soundstorm.

"Mokona will prove we aren't fake now!" Mokona said cheerfully. It inhaled an apple, then spit out an orange, then projected a picture of Yuko.

Both my and Soundstorm's mouths dropped open.

Yuko didn't notice us, and Mokona dropped the image before Yuko could speak. "Ncha cannon!" Mokona squeaked, then it blasted a gigantic beam and knocked down the door. Fai whistled and a barrier formed around him. Then it dropped because he couldn't hold it up for long in his condition.

"Now do you think we're fake?" Syaoran commented. He was on his side, looking about ready to dose off.

"Not at all," I said, but secretly, I still thought this was all a dream. "Soundy, I need to call Starry."

"So she can ask Fai on a date?" Soundstorm whispered.

I sniggered briefly. "No, I didn't actually get to give her the book, but yes, I might tell her about Fai, too," I admitted. "She is completely obsessed with him! I have to tell her about this."

Soundstorm nodded. "She'll probably think you're insane, though."

"She always thinks I'm insane," I commented, picking up the phone and dialling her number.

It rang once, then twice. I tapped my foot impatiently. There was a click.

"Hello, this is Icemoon," a voice said. Icemoon was Starsight's sister.

"It's Lilacheart. I need to talk to Starsight."

"Hold on a moment," Icemoon said. She covered the speaker end with her hand, but I still heard her call, "Starry! Your friend Lilacheart's on the phone!"

Her footsteps were quite loud as she ran to the phone and snatched it from her sister's hand, saying a short thank you to Icemoon.

"Be polite to your sister!" Soundstorm shouted with a laugh. We both knew that this was really ironic. Starsight laughed, then properly thanked her sister. I knew she must've been in a hurry.

"Why are you calling me?" Starsight asked. "You said you'd bring that book to my house thirty minutes ago!" She sounded frustrated.

"I'm sorry..." I whispered. "Are you angry at me?"

"No, I'm angry at Rabbitfoot for LOSING my favourite book in the series!"

I put the phone on speaker. Fai, Mokona, and Syaoran HAD to hear this.

"Still working on your fanfic, Shattered Soul, right?" I asked. Syaoran, Fai, and Mokona were listening intently now.

"Yeah, but that's not why I need that manga. I wanted to go over and do some editing to that freewrite I did where Clone Syaoran nearly killed Fai."

Fai flinched. "Wh...what...?" he whispered, sounding completely startled.

"Shh," I hissed.

"Who are you talking to?" Starsight asked.

"Soundy," I lied. "Anyway, can you please come over to my house and pick up the book?"

"Why?"

I bit my lip. "I found some injured people on the street on the way over."

"Oh my foo..." Starsight said. "Who?"

I had NO idea what to tell her next. "Starry...how to put this..." I whispered.

"Just spit it out," she said half-playfully.

"Syaoran and Fai are at my house."

Silence.

"You're KIDDING," Starsight said at last. She sounded amused.

"I'm not," I whispered.

"No, seriously, who was it?"

"I'd be happy to put Mokona on the phone for you as evidence," I said, now weirdly frustrated. A bashing sound came from the other end; it sounded like Starsight had banged her head against the phone.

"They aren't real, Lilac!"

"That's exactly what I would've said thirty minutes ago! It's not a prank because I saw Mokona's Ncha cannon and its ability to talk to Yuko. It swallowed an apple then spit out an orange. Fai showed me some magic. It's real, and I'd be happy to put Fai on the phone for you!"

More silence.

"I need to see this for myself," Starsight said. However, she didn't sound annoyed. She sounded absolutely excited. There was a click, and then the dial tone came on, letting me know she had hung up. I started to dial another number.

"What are you doing now?" Fai asked, sounding a bit worried.

"Calling Magicyop so he can find someone who can repair my door."

Mokona laughed, whistled innocently, and backed around the corner and out of sight.