A Jewel of Love fiction based on my Forum's 'Jewels of Love' collection/challenge (for more information you can follow the link to my forum that's at my profile).
This story is focusing on Crow x Sherry relationship. I noticed there are few stories with this couple and since I'm really into this ship, I decided to write more, because I never get enough with those two. So seat back and relax my RavenKnightShipping fans. Enjoy my story :)
Head – canon and post – cannon story. Also a sequel to "Deep in her heart". It's not really necessary to ready that story first but sure it will be better if you do.
Disclaimer: I don't own Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's. I own the title, the plot of this story and the 'Jewels of Love' idea. Also I don't own the cover image; I found it on the Internet so the credit goes to the original artist! This is non-profit story and I'm not making any money from it.
Chapter 1 – Invitation
"That was the last package," I muttered, wiping my forehead.
I shut down the engine and got off my duel runner, walking a little to rest my feet and stretch my legs. It was the hour of twilight and it found me deep in the Satellite area, a couple of blocks away from Martha's.
"Man!" I said out loud to myself. "I think it's time for the Black Bird delivery to retire for the night," I added, checking the time from my cell phone.
I grinned. Since I was this close, it would be a shame not to visit my little orphans. I hadn't seen them for awhile now and I had to make sure they weren't causing Martha any trouble. I smiled slyly. If I went there without them knowing, it would be a perfect opportunity to check how well they were behaving…although I knew them quite well and I was sure those kids were like little angels, unlike me and my friends.
I rubbed the back of my head awkwardly as I remembered Martha's words about how hard a time me, Yusei, and Jack gave her when we were little.
I got back on my d-wheel and sped off, picking the fastest route to Martha's... when I decided to make a small detour.
It had been many years since I had visited my old lair near Daedalus Bridge and it wouldn't be a bad idea for such a delay to pass by my old neighborhood. But a surprise was awaiting me at the root of the legendary Bridge. I saw a female presence with long blond hair.
"Sherry?" I exclaimed, astonished, riding closer to her.
It had only been a couple of weeks since the last time I had seen her at the Ark Cradle. Actually, I had seen her a couple of times from a distance on the road or downtown. I scanned the area. Mizoguchi was nowhere to be seen. This time Sherry was all alone.
She jumped and placed one hand on her chest. "Crow?!" she said after she recognized me. "You scared me!"
"I guess I have a talent for that." I grinned as I remembered a few months ago, when I had spotted her near the road, gazing at the sunset far on the horizon. I here scared her back then too.
She managed a slight smile. After our little walk and our conversation, her behavior, at least toward me, had change for the better. Apart from Z-one's brain wash, she was less angry and she wasn't glaring at me like she wanted to hit me.
"What are you doing here?" she asked softly.
"I was delivering the last of the mail and packages today. But I think I'm going to end Blackbird Delivery soon," I shared my thoughts with her.
"Why, did you find another one?"
I nodded. "Yup!"
"And I can tell that this is a better job too, huh?" she predicted.
"It sure is."
She shrugged. "So… what are you gonna do?"
"Ummm," I hummed, avoiding her gaze. "It's a little weird… my new job I mean." She lifted an eyebrow. "You won't believe me if I tell you."
"You think I'm going to laugh?" Sherry asked confusedly. "Come on, if it's a decent job then you have no reason to be ashamed."
I shifted my weight from one leg to another. "It's not that I'm ashamed," I explained. "Well let's just say that you'll find it hard to believe since it's…well, me."
"Come on Crow," she prompted. "I have no reason not to believe you. You're not the kind of person who would lie only to impress a woman like me," she released a light chuckle. "Now what is this job?" she asked again in a way that made me realize I couldn't refuse her the answer without putting my physical integrity under fire.
"Alright," I flinched. "It's a little embarrassing, actually… but they offered me a job as a member of the police."
She stared at me with wide eyes and let her jaw drop. I must have really shocked her.
"I know it's odd," I added hastily. "A marked man like me taking highway patrols. The world must have turned upside down." I scratched the back of my head awkwardly.
"Well I admit that I never expected to hear something like this, but congratulations on your new job!" she said, still in astonishment. "So when do the patrols begin?"
"Next week," I grinned.
"That's nice. So starting next week, the roads will be in danger," she joked, trying to hide her smile.
Unlike her, I smiled widely. "Hey!" I pretended I was hurt by her words.
"Relax, I'm just messing with you," she explained and glanced away.
We were left in an awkward silence. I strove to think of something to start a conversation.
"So…" I cleared my throat. "What are you doing here?" I asked the first thing that came up in my mind.
"Just a walk."
Maybe her answer was casual, but I noticed that she avoided looking me in the eyes. Moreover, even with the lack of light, I could swear I saw her blushing a little. I wondered why…
"So…" she took a deep breath."Next week you will wear a police uniform and you just finished with your deliveries…" she turned to look at me again. "Where are you going now? Back home to get some sleep?"
I shook my head. "Actually I was headed to Martha's place. It's been a while. I haven't seen my little orphans."
"You really care about those kids, don't you?"
Surprised, I raised my eyebrows. "Of course! I'm like their older brother and I love them as much as they love me," I replied softly.
"You took care of them. Of course they love you."
I sensed something strange in her voice; some sort of emotion that I couldn't explain. I placed my hand on my chin, thinking and looking at her closely. She was really beautiful, but she was looked like she was waiting. She was waiting on something or waiting for me to say or do something. This woman really was a mystery.
"You want to come with me to Martha's?" I asked her without a second though. Man! I wanted to slap my mouth. What I was thinking asking her that?
"What?" she gasped.
Now that I thought about it, it was not that bad of an idea. "Do you want to come with me?"
She hesitated a little, looking away. "I don't think I can come with you."
"Why? What's wrong with coming with me?"
She glared at me in a look of, "you-know-what's-wrong," but I was still puzzled. She rolled her eyes.
"So…?" I prompted.
"I can't go there uninvited." she explained. A chuckle escaped my lips before I managed to hold it back. "What is so funny?" she narrowed her eyes and threw me a death glare.
I grinned. "That's not a problem at all, Sherry, because I'm driving myself there uninvited too."
"So let me get this straight," she looked like she was trying to keep from laughing. "You are inviting me to go with you uninvited to your old place."
"That's right," I winked and she lifted an eyebrow. "You want to come?"
She scrutinized me and I could tell that there might be hope of a positive answer since she didn't reject my proposal right away. To me, Sherry looked like she was still thinking about it.
"C'mon! I'll introduce you to my little orphans too," I started the engine. "They're not a huge pain, at least not all the time."
Glancing away, she took a deep breath.
"Come," I pushed her again and this time she gave up on deciding.
"Okay," she shrugged. "I'll come with you," she got on her d-wheel, and put her helmet back on.
"Great! Follow me," I exclaimed.
"How bad could it be?" she wondered in low voice and I laughed.
Yay! First chapter is over! what you think? You liked it hated it? :)
Special thanks to my lovely betas RedShoeParade and BlackRoseDragonCK!
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