DISCLAIMER: I do not own Card Captor Sakura, or CLAMP, or any of the characters used within this fanfic.

DEDICATION: To my onii-chan, Touya (Jerome). Love you.

In The Eyes Of A Brother
by Ekai Ungson

You're growing up too fast, kaijuu.

So fast, in fact, that it's getting harder to get you up-to-date with the real world out there. And it's a big world. And it will swallow you whole if you don't learn to get with the program.

So before you run out on those rollerblades of yours, I'll write you this letter and give you some facts of life in one simple serving.

You've grown up nicely, imouto. Nice and sweet and friendly. You're not as weak anymore. You cry less and you solve more. And you think things through. That's very good. I'm proud of you.

But you also have a tendency to be gullible. The world isn't so bad. But some people in it are. It's a good thing to think the best of everyone, but it never hurt anybody to be cautious. I won't always be around to check out shady characters for you.

Which brings me to my next point. Sakura, like I said. You've grown up, and you're doing right fine without onii-chan's help. But never hesitate to ask when it's needed. I know that independent streak of yours gets you into a lot of trouble I have to save you from. And that was when I still had my powers. So do talk, imouto. I'm not psychic anymore.

Try to concentrate on your studies. I know Math may be the bane of your existence, and that it seems totally useless. But it will be of some use some years from now. Value your education. You'll need it.

You're growing up to be beautiful, kaijuu. Just like 'kaa-san. As much as I hate it, I may have to share the title "man in your life" sometime soon. I know you love that gaki, and I know he's straight enough not to break you. But sometimes, things happen, imouto. You may or may not get your heart broken. But if you do, remember that there's always tomorrow. And that everything will be all right. (But if China Boy breaks your heart, don't worry. I'll break his jaw.)

Boys will come and boys will go, but remember this. Any boy will do anything to impress you, and they will NEVER show you their bad side. Believe me, I know how the male mind works. It's up to you on how you're going to judge their character. But do NOT be taken in by shallow lies. I'd hate to dislocate the jaws of every other boy in Japan.

At some point in your life you will encounter people or events that will try to break you down. I want you to stay strong. You're growing up to be strong. Be stronger.

But don't be so strong as to shelter your heart from others. Keep your heart open to love and be loved. No man can exist alone. Keep your friends. Make peace with your enemies.

I want you to know that since you were born, I swore to protect you. And I will. But imouto, you need to look out for yourself, too. I won't be around forever to keep you in the right direction.

And always remember that even when everything is gone and lost, kaijuu, onii-chan will always be here.


--Touya


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Author's Notes: This fic/open letter was finished at 12:30 am of January 1st, 2002. making it the first finished fic of the year for lil ol' Ekai. (And the peons rejoice!)

Inspired by my own experience with my own little sister (I'm eldest of five. My only other sister is four years old. Everyone else are brothers.) and the brother I'm closest to, Jerome, (who I call onii-san even though I'm older... wahaha.) I just found myself one new year with a pencil at hand and voila.

Hope you enjoyed this.

--kai