Shades 0f Dawn
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Joined 12-31-12, id: 4451541, Profile Updated: 03-22-14
Author has written 5 stories for Puella Magi Madoka Magica/魔法少女まどか★マギカ, and Sakura Trick.

Dear Graduation and College,

Please come quickly.


-A High-School Senior

Hey! I'm Shades 0f Dawn, but you can call me Kaede. Yes, it's a Japanese name, but no, I'm not Japanese. I always thought it was a weird name until I took an interest in anime/manga. Now I feel pretty cool. ;)

I'm a high-school student (soon to be graduating!) that loves playing sports, especially soccer, but also enjoys other various hobbies including writing! I'm also an avid anime watcher (thanks in part to a couple of close friends), and after having just finished Puella Magi Madoka Magica about a year ago, I made the decision to write a fan-fiction that explores possible continuations of the storyline.

Anyways... this is my first time writing, and if you're reading this, this could probably be your first time here as well (hopefully though, it's not your last). I apologize in advance if I don't write chapters very quickly as I do sometimes get caught up in homework and studying for tests. But well, school is.. school, y'know? Nothing can really be done about it.

I love constructive criticism, so I appreciate any comments, suggestions, or anything else you'd like to say about my stories (especially if you liked them! :D)

A little about myself...

I consider myself a generally open-minded person and diligent (at least when I want to be xD). I also love chatting with people (you can certainly find a lot of interesting personalities on the internet!), so don't hesitate if you wish to shoot me a message either here or via email at

I like romantic novels, action movies, sports, dogs... and ice-cream... and... well, other things that I'll think of later.

Among the things I dislike (off the top of my head) are celery sticks and soccer refs that call offsides when the defender was clearly closer to the goal line than you were. But mostly just the refs, because celery sticks don't give you yellow cards when you complain.

...Putting that aside though, I really do look forward to writing this story! So, shall we embark on this journey together?

(The lyrics that inspired the story...)

Fading Fast (Lyrics):

When I open my eyes, the sakura petals drift past, reminding me of the changing seasons.

As I stroll aimlessly, my feet are inevitably led towards you.

With my heart pounding, I force a forlorn smile and expect warmth,

But all I can feel is the lingering winter wind biting my cheeks.

You notice me and smile back, but I can see the hidden tears I’ve become so used to.

As you walk past, your back fades away into the nostalgic distance.

When I’m alone again, I begin to doubt our uncertain future.

And this affliction is tearing me apart.


There was a time, when I was young and innocent,

I used to believe I could become the architect of our dreams.

I thought that our future could be illuminated by my aspirations.

But now that I’m older, I can’t help but think how laughably mistaken I was to believe in those delusions.

Who am I to think that I can reach the stratosphere?

Even now, the gray city skyline obscures the horizon from my view.

Sooner or later, we must all wake up from our dreams.

The beginning of our inescapable destiny - our bleak reality - awaits.


As I continue walking, the heavy beating of my heart accompanies the melody of my hollow footsteps.

An overcast cloud blots out the sunlight, as the sky - like my circumstances - melts to gray.

The bustle of crowds approaches as I am jostled to the side and lost in a sea of faces.

What’s the point of moving forward if there’s nothing to look forward to?

My footsteps grow weary as I turn back with slouched shoulders.

I’ve tried so hard and so long to hold onto what I cannot have.

It was foolish and selfish of me to think that I could save you.

Perhaps it is time to head back and give in to my predetermined fate.


Sometimes, I don’t know how I’ve managed to survive until now.

I’m wavering in this world that is losing color.

The despair of our situation is too much to bear.

How long can someone stand against the darkness?

As the black and gray waves of defeat close over us,

And we sink beneath life’s dry routine,

I wonder if we will soon fade away from this world.

Will you accept this colorless ending?


But I can feel the warmth drifting beyond the loneliness.

I can see the sunlight trickle through the darkness.

With averted eyes and longing gazes, we never knew what to say to each other.

But now I finally understand what to do.

I’ve decided that waiting is just so ridiculously pointless.

I’m going to cast aside my doubts and even if sailing straight is difficult, I will keep walking forward.

I’ll change my fate and the rules that govern it.

The future is opening up to us, so let’s seize it.


I remember the tender smiles we used to exchange.

The nostalgic warmth of your shoulder and the scent of your perfume is still clear in my mind.

I remember the broken days when our overflowing tears were sparkling endlessly.

Your loving embrace is what has kept me going all these years.

I remember a memory about a desire to protect you: the dream that’s still engraved in my heart.

Beyond hidden tears and forlorn smiles, faint words and distant feelings,

Even if you smile like nothing’s happened, I want to reach you.

If you can hear my voice crying out to you, then a miracle will happen.


So I won’t forget our promise.

Destiny is now in my hands.

I will grab and give warmth to that lonely hand of yours.

As time now begins to tick away, let’s keep moving forward in this world.

Even if we trip and stumble along the way, even if we have to carry each other,

Let’s ascend together and illuminate this grim world with the sweet future.

As we walk on through the weakening rain, it’s time we write our own story.

Let’s fight for this true miracle.


So don’t accept this colorless ending!

Stand up against the howling wind and dark storms!

One day, the light of love and courage, though it may seem far away, will shine again.

So swallow your doubts and let your desires cry out!

Closing my eyes, I’ll pray to the sky to give me one more chance to chase that hope.

And together, let’s watch the colorful shades of dawn glimmering over the distant horizon.

The brilliant hues of our utopia will fill our vision.

Together, our footsteps will be the color to our lives.

Fading Fast:

- Part 1 (AFTERMATH - 5 chapters): Picks up right where the anime ends. Homura, Kyouko, and Mami try to survive in the increasingly doomed Mitakihara City as they cope with their emotions. But as hope starts to fade, a new organization arrives on the scene with an irresistible offer; a chance for the Puella Magi to reunite and live normal lives. Could this be too good to be true? Will the remaining magical girls be able to truly fulfill their inner desires?

- Part 2 (RECOVERY - 12-15 chapters) With the rather unexpected return of Madoka and Sayaka and the strange disappearance of DAWN, the magical girls must now cope with their whirlwind of emotions and the feelings they hold. Even with everyone together in a normalized Mitakihara City, can the fragile balance of peace really hold up? Between lost expectations, heart-aching disappointment and guilt, the Puella Magi must come to terms with themselves and those they hold dear as they continue fighting for a happy ending.

- Part 3 (DUSK - 20-25 chapters)

- Part 4 (DAWN - 20-25 chapters)

STATUS: Working diligently(?) on the next chapter for Fading Fast. Estimated update - April 12th?

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The Bodyguard and the Client by Dessert Maniac reviews
Instead of becoming a goddess, Madoka died. Desperate, Homura turned back and set a new timeline in motion. Twelve years later, Kaname Madoka is stalked by an albino called Kyubey, so she hires a bodyguard, who turns out to be Akemi Homura. Slowly, the past resurfaces as Homura finds herself falling in love and falling apart - again. Disclaimer: I don't own MM. Sporadic updates.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica/魔法少女まどか★マギカ - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 8 - Words: 32,105 - Reviews: 27 - Favs: 20 - Follows: 35 - Updated: 4/21 - Published: 7/15/2013 - [Homura A., Madoka K.] [Mami T., Kyoko S.]
Big Sister's Responsibility by GreatSnapper reviews
Mysteries abound in Academy City, and once again Mikoto finds herself at the center of it all. This time though, she's determined not to simply stand by and let those she cares about suffer the consequences. Becoming strong enough to protect what is most important to her comes with its own set of complications though, and as usual, Mikoto hasn't really thought everything through.
Toaru Majutsu no Index/とある魔術の禁書目録 - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 8 - Words: 50,358 - Reviews: 74 - Favs: 53 - Follows: 72 - Updated: 4/19 - Published: 12/5/2012 - Mikoto M.
Heartbeat by basalisk120 reviews
A little while back, Sayaka noticed something very surprising about her friend Kyouko - whenever she looks at her, she get's the strangest feeling in her chest! Of course, it doesn't take a genius to work out why, but now she's going to have to work out if Kyouko feels the same way! (Mostly cute fun, but gets a little emotional at times... Set in an au where Kyouko saves Sayaka)
Puella Magi Madoka Magica/魔法少女まどか★マギカ - Rated: T - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 3 - Words: 33,313 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 21 - Follows: 30 - Updated: 4/17 - Published: 3/11 - Sayaka M., Kyoko S.
psychosaga by ant0nym reviews
How would things have gone differently if Kyoko had been a little more self-aware of her feelings, and Sayaka been a little less absorbed in her own self-pity? Rated T for adult situations, language, suggestive themes and just the right amount of gore. Team Sayako. I own nothing, seriously. Behind Closed Doors in the hidden section.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica/魔法少女まどか★マギカ - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 51 - Words: 208,006 - Reviews: 301 - Favs: 61 - Follows: 76 - Updated: 4/16 - Published: 7/13/2013 - Kyoko S., Sayaka M.
More Than a Wish by yukinagato16 reviews
Continuing off where Madoka is about to make her wish at the Walpurgisnacht invasion... and she does. But will the consequences be for better or worse? Only time will tell... Madoka/Homura, Kyoko/Sayaka, with Mami in the middle. And some Kyubey on the side.:3
Puella Magi Madoka Magica/魔法少女まどか★マギカ - Rated: T - English - Romance/Fantasy - Chapters: 10 - Words: 47,811 - Reviews: 24 - Favs: 18 - Follows: 31 - Updated: 4/12 - Published: 12/19/2013 - Madoka K., Homura A., Sayaka M., Kyoko S.
Chronicles of the Puella Magi 1st by Foxtrot0220 reviews
RvB/PMMM crossover. In an alternate universe, Madoka is living in the future. Inspired to fight to protect those she loves, she enlists in the UNSC. However, little does she know that her assigned role, a "Puella Magi", and the outpost she's being sent to, the PM 1st at Blood Gulch, will completely shatter her expectations and open a new chapter in her previously uneventful life.
Crossover - Puella Magi Madoka Magica/魔法少女まどか★マギカ & Red vs. Blue - Rated: T - English - Parody/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 3 - Words: 6,523 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 4/7 - Published: 3/10 - Homura A., Kyoko S., Sayaka M., Madoka K.
Silent Melody by Shrrg reviews
There is a certain beauty to sacrifice. Kyou/Homu eventually. R&R?
Puella Magi Madoka Magica/魔法少女まどか★マギカ - Rated: T - English - Romance/Supernatural - Chapters: 8 - Words: 68,634 - Reviews: 53 - Favs: 31 - Follows: 41 - Updated: 4/4 - Published: 1/10 - Homura A., Kyoko S.
Maple and Lemon by Foxtrot0220 reviews
A short Sakura Trick fanfiction. Kaede and Yuzu realize their feelings towards one another and come to terms.
Sakura Trick - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,351 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 1 - Published: 3/31 - Kaede I., Yuzu I. - Complete
The Color of Lilacs by atree reviews
Perhaps it was impossible to make a wish you didn't regret. At least Sayaka and Kyouko can regret together.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica/魔法少女まどか★マギカ - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 10 - Words: 46,096 - Reviews: 78 - Favs: 92 - Follows: 122 - Updated: 3/14 - Published: 5/11/2012 - Sayaka M., Kyoko S.
Traces of your Tears by Shadrala reviews
As Academy City's Darkness drives its Level 5 student, Misaka Mikoto to the point of no return, a strange phenomenon teleports her to a dangerous and obscure world along with her greatest nemesis. Their Esper powers greatly limited by some unknown force, they must learn to work together if they want to survive. But can this even be done? Or will they end up destroying each other?
Toaru Majutsu no Index/とある魔術の禁書目録 - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Supernatural - Chapters: 7 - Words: 22,846 - Reviews: 70 - Favs: 48 - Follows: 71 - Updated: 1/31 - Published: 4/2/2013 - Mikoto M., Accelerator
Going Under by ForestFireSong reviews
Sayaka was a sinking ship, and she was dragging Kyoko under.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica/魔法少女まどか★マギカ - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 706 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 5 - Published: 1/20 - Sayaka M., Kyoko S. - Complete
Our Single Snowflake by Otaku4eva99 reviews
"It's our single snowflake. If it melts, that means I will never see you again. It is never going to melt." *Christmas Themed One-shot*
Puella Magi Madoka Magica/魔法少女まどか★マギカ - Rated: K+ - English - Friendship/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,842 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 9 - Follows: 1 - Published: 12/20/2013 - Madoka K., Homura A. - Complete
A Happy Dream by angel0wonder reviews
The wheels of fate turn to allow for new opportunities, possibilities, and change. Specifically for two girls whose fortunes never allowed them to be together, until now.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica/魔法少女まどか★マギカ - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 13 - Words: 91,188 - Reviews: 376 - Favs: 375 - Follows: 406 - Updated: 11/18/2013 - Published: 4/12/2011 - [Sayaka M., Kyoko S.]
Once Upon The End by Larkabel reviews
Only weeks after Madoka's sacrifice gave birth to a new universe, a simple, misguided wish caused it to spiral out of control, leaving humanity – and other magical girls – to pick up the pieces. / Post-anime timeline, OCs
Puella Magi Madoka Magica/魔法少女まどか★マギカ - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Angst - Chapters: 5 - Words: 63,340 - Reviews: 30 - Favs: 25 - Follows: 37 - Updated: 8/2/2013 - Published: 1/15/2013 - Homura A., Mami T., Kyoko S.
The Singing City by InsightfulMagician reviews
Every Magical Girl has their own way to relax and momentarily forget about all the stress of demon-hunting and seeing their friends killed. Homura's way of relaxing is a bit more mundane than one might think.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica/魔法少女まどか★マギカ - Rated: K+ - English - Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,141 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 1 - Published: 5/31/2013 - Complete
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Lemon and Maple reviews
A Sakura Trick Yuzu x Kaede fanfic. Kaede is nowhere to be found, and Yuzu tries to look for her. Just another short, lighthearted conversation between the two ensues. But is there something deeper weighing on Kaede's mind?
Sakura Trick - Rated: T - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,057 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 1 - Published: 3/29 - Kaede I., Yuzu I. - Complete
Fading Fast reviews
After the death of their friends, Mami, Kyouko, and Homura must protect the city their companions died to protect. But as the wraiths envelop the city, it isn't long before despair and hopelessness sets in. That is, until a mysterious figure appears on the scene with an offer the girls can't refuse. Could this be too good to be true? Will the girls find the happiness they long for?
Puella Magi Madoka Magica/魔法少女まどか★マギカ - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 11 - Words: 117,154 - Reviews: 51 - Favs: 35 - Follows: 46 - Updated: 3/22 - Published: 1/1/2013 - Kyoko S., Sayaka M., Homura A., Madoka K.
A Mitakihara Midsummer's Melody reviews
A multi-chapter Collab with Larkabel - Just any other summer day with the Puella Magi of Mitakihara City. Kyouko tries to get Sayaka's attention, Homura plans her day with Madoka, and Mami pulls the strings behind it all.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica/魔法少女まどか★マギカ - Rated: T - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 4 - Words: 39,303 - Reviews: 33 - Favs: 23 - Follows: 24 - Updated: 2/8 - Published: 11/30/2013 - Sayaka M., Kyoko S., Homura A., Madoka K. - Complete
Sakura-Colored Rhapsody
Sakura Trick One-shot - Haruka reflects on her special moment with Yuu, and the two of them come to terms with each other. Also includes a quick poem/song at the end.
Sakura Trick - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,422 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 2 - Published: 1/12 - Haruka T., Yuu S. - Complete
And I'm Home reviews
In an alternate universe where Madoka's wish has brought everyone back together, Kyouko and Sayaka search for meaning in their lives and each other as Valentine's Day approaches.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica/魔法少女まどか★マギカ - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 10,787 - Reviews: 12 - Favs: 29 - Follows: 3 - Published: 2/13/2013 - Kyoko S., Sayaka M. - Complete