Thank you, nurse. replies Syaoran, smiling. The nurse smiled back at Syaoran, then walked up to the bedside table to pour some more water into the vase for the flowers before she left again.
Sakura! Syaoran! A worried child-like voice squeaked. Sakura and Syaoran looked in its direction and saw Mokona bouncing up to them, holding an expression of real concern. Oh, you poor thing! You look like youre in so much pain! Mokona cried and leapt onto Sakuras bed. Sakura reached out a bandaged hand and gently wiped away Mokonas tears. No need to worry, Moko-chan. The doctor said that we can leave as soon as the tests are over. Sakura assured the little creature. Thats good to hear. A new voice spoke up. Sakuras and Syaorans heads shot up and saw Chaos standing in the doorway, holding Sakuras Clow dress. As a token of our gratitude for ridding the village of that tyrant, as well as a little get well soon gift; we paid the local seamstresses of the village to kindly repair and clean your dress for you. Chaos threw the dress at Syaoran and he swiftly caught it, and then handed it to Sakura for her to examine it. Sakura was indeed amazed, she couldve sworn that it had been completely destroyed when she last wore it; but here it was in her hands, almost as if it was brand new. Thank you. Sakura and Syaoran both said. Theres no need to thank us, really. It was the least we could do. Choas grinned. Ah, so youre awake. Fai spoke as he and Kurogane walked into the room. Sakura looked worriedly at them both. Fai only had a black eye and a faint claw mark down his shoulder, but Kuroganes right arm was in a cast while the hand of his other arm rested on a crutch to aid him in walking due to his sprained right leg. Looks like Kurogane-san wont be doing any sword-fighting for a while. Syaoran thought sadly.
Sakura tried to sit up but Syaoran stopped her. Relax, dont push yourself. Syaoran whispered. Okay. Sakura sighed, relaxed by his voice. Syaoran rubbed Sakuras shoulder, calming her. While Fai and Kurogane took a seat by the wall opposite the curtain, Syaoran stayed by her side until the doctor came in along with the golden-haired nurse. Youre all free to go, but first the young lady will need some clothes. Said the doctor. Its okay, weve got some; thank you. Replied Syaoran; holding up Sakuras dress. The doctor smiled and left the room. Sakura, we can leave now. Lets help you get dressed. Said Fai; helping Sakura up. As she weakly climbed out of the bed, Sakura accidently let the hospital gown drop. Oh, Sakura! gasped Mokona, at the revealed bruises and scratches, which were worse than the ones on her arms and legs. Its okay, Moko-chan. They dont hurt anymore. replied Sakura, but as soon as Sakura took a step; she winced. I guess I was wrong...
The golden-haired nurse pulled the curtain around her bed, and took Sakura behind it so that she could help her dress without hurting her. Once the nurse had finished helping Sakura to slip on her shirt, she quietly came out from the drawn curtain and left the room again. Sakura; is it okay for us to look now? asked Fai. Yes, its alright; Fai-san. Sakura Replied, putting on her pants that Chaos had brought. She began to put on her shoes as Fai pulled back the curtain. Oh, Sakura were so sorry we couldnt help you. If only- Started Fai, but Sakura cut him off. Fai-san, Im fine. A few scratches and bruises, thats all. The doctor said Im clean. Can we speak with Yuko now? Sakura asked, sighing.
Alright, Sakura...then well leave right away. Fai sighed back at her. Let me get you guys checked out. Chaos said, leaving the room. Kurogane then closed the door behind Chaos.
Sakura slowly and steadily, with Syaoran gently supporting her by her arm, sat down on the end of her bed as Mokona opened up a holographic screen from the little jewel on his forehead. Yuko immediately appeared on it. Yuko turned around to face them, startled by the sudden call. She was sat at a little dressing table, wearing some silk pyjamas and was brushing her long, shiny ebony hair; she mustve been getting ready for bed. Mokona, its nice to hear from you. What have you all been up to recently? Yuko then noticed Sakuras bandages, and Kuroganes cast and crutch. Oh dear! What indeed! Gotten into some trouble, I see?
You could say that, in fact right now we have a bit of a problem. Fai answered. Fai explained the whole story to Yuko and the situation of Sakura being a werewolf which they now faced. Yuko nodded in understanding. So, a case of lycanthropy is it? I thought the princess aura seemed strangely different. So Yuko had noticed it too as well as Mokona. Yuko looked towards Sakura, and saw a confused frown on her face. The one thing I dont get is how I became like this to begin with. I mean; I wasnt bitten by one at all, and I didnt do anything that the books said would turn me into a werewolf, so how has this happened to me? Sakura asked puzzled. Oh, but that werewolf you shot DID bite you. Everyone looked at Yuko in confusion. Well, bit a part of you, at least. Everyone looked at each other, trying to figure out what Yuko was implying exactly; then suddenly it hit Syaoran when he remembered what they had found inside the werewolf Sakura shot. It was the feather.
Yuko nodded. Fai scratched his chin and smirked a little. Of course, it does make sense now. All of this did start right after Sakura got back that feather, but still; I dont see how that couldve caused this. He said. Then Kurogane realised something. Wait; didnt the books say that you become a werewolf if anything from a werewolf enters you? You know, like a wolfs saliva or its blood. When a wolf bites you that saliva enters your bloodstream, or if you accidently mix a wolfs spilt blood with your own that also counts as entering your body. Syaoran nodded as Kurogane. Yes. So?
So, the feather was inside the werewolf after all; so while it was inside the wolf, it mustve taken in some of the wolfs energy, right? Syaorans eyes widened as realisation dawned him. Hey, youre right. The feather became infected by the werewolfs affliction; so when the princess absorbed the memory from that feather, she also absorbed the affliction too. Fai nodded in agreement as the answer was finally revealed. This means that it wasnt the princess who was infected with lycanthropy. It was the feather. Kurogane grinned at the amusing truth. A were-feather? Geez, just when I started to think that this quest couldnt get any stranger. There was a little moment of silence among the group, and then they all burst out giggling hysterically at Kuroganes comment.
After a brief couple of minutes of chuckling, Syaoran and the others turned serious again. So how does Sakura un-wolf? Is there anything that can be done, Yuko? Syaoran asked as politely as he could. Yuko tapped her finger on her bottom lip as she pretended to ponder about the answer to his question. Hmm I cant really say. Ive never dealt with a werewolf customer, you see. No ones ever asked me for a cure for lycanthropy before, Im not quite sure if I have one or if one even exists at all. Sakuras and Syaorans hearts sank. Yuko then smiled broadly at them, giving them both a tiny spark of hope. But Ill see what I can do. Yuko turned away from the screen and clapped her hands as a beckoning gesture to her shop assistant, Watunaki. When Watunaki stepped into her bedroom (with Yukos permission first of course), Yuko leaned towards him and whispered something into his ear. Watunaki nodded then hurriedly left the room. Many clattering and fumbling noises coming from downstairs from the bedroom soon followed.
Well, I think its safe for me to say that it has certainly been difficult for you during your stay in this world. Yuko coughed, just starting up a conversation while Watunaki searched around in the shop for what they needed. Oh yes, very difficult! Sakura answered with a bit of enthusiasm. Honestly, Ive never been so scared or violent in my life! I had no idea how vicious you can get when youre a wolf, it is very weird being a wolf too; I can hear every teeny tiny sound a mile away from me, I can actually tell when the weathers going to turn bad, I can even see in the dark now, and everything is so smelly.
Oh, thats due to all your five senses being heightened. Thats completely natural when you become a lycanthrope. Yuko explained. But they have worked to your advantage so far, have they not?
I do have to admit, they have helped me an awful lot through all of this. But they make me feel so strange inside. And it gets so hot. Yuko looked at Sakura amusedly. What gets hot? Bright pink, Sakura pointed to the spot between her legs; and both Syaoran and Kurogane blushed after realising what she meant. A quiet giggle from Fai and Yuko made Sakura cringe, but Yuko was immediately contrite. Were sorry for laughing, Sakura; but your innocence is so charming. That feeling is also perfectly normal, I promise. Yuko then looked to Syaoran then glanced back at Sakura. Youll get used to it after a while. Yuko winked. Sakura and Syaoran werent quite so sure what Yuko meant, but Fai, Mokona and Kurogane got a good idea of what she was talking about. However, your libido will be a lot stronger than usual when youre a wolf. Particularly during this time of the month, it will. Yuko said with a smirk. Everyone looked at her puzzled. Yuko sighed then smiled cheekily. Didnt anyone in the village or in the forest tell you? Its the wolves mating season. Sakura froze completely still for ten whole minutes, both hands clamped over her mouth and blushing every shade of red possible. Syaoran reacted the same way. Ah, that explains it. This is why Sakuras been so protective and obsessive of Syaoran lately; shes in heat! Mokona laughed, and both Sakura and Syaoran almost fainted from sheer embarrassment.
Finally Watunaki came back into the room, holding a small bottle of strange glowing blue cream. Ah, thank you Watunaki. You may leave now. Watunaki bowed, and then left again. Yuko turned back to the group and showed them the bottle. Here it is; the cure for lycanthropy. You were in luck too, for this is the only one I have. Now, about the price-
Ill pay. Everyone turned and saw Chaos come into the room again. He looked up and the screen to face Yuko. Thats right, Im paying. The werewolves are of my world and the crimes of certain individual wolves are my responsibility to deal with; so I insist that I should be the one to pay for that little bottle you hold. Sakura and Syaoran looked at him astonished. Yuko nodded at Chaos. Alright, what do you want to pay?
This. Chaos pulls out from his jacket a rolled up piece of paper with a red sealed ribbon around it. The deeds to Tambals mansion and all of his lands. Now that there are no more of Tambals family, there is no one to inherit it, and there is nobody in the village with enough money to buy it. So please, will you accept this payment? Suddenly the deeds were sucked up into Mokonas mouth and Mokona spat out the bottle into Sakuras hands. Chaos looked back at the screen and saw the deeds appear in Yukos hands. Consider the price paid. The cure is all yours, princess. Yuko confirmed.
Sakura stared at the glowing bottle for a bit then opened it. Sakura brought it to her lips and was about to drink it when Yuko let out a little squeal of protest, immediately making Sakura instinctively take the bottle away from her mouth and put its cork back in. No, no, no! You dont drink it, its a body lotion.
Body lotion? Repeated Sakura. Yes, you bathe in it. Just wash yourself with that lotion and youll wash out the wolf inside you. However the cure only works when you wash in natural waters. Yuko told her. Sakura tilted her head. Natural waters?
Like a lake or river; water that has been gathered by nature, by the earth, not by man. The wolf is one of the most noble and nature-loving of spirits; it is the earth from where the wolfs spirit comes from; so to the earth it must return. Yuko explained. Syaoran stood up. What must she do? He asked. The princess has to cleanse herself with the lotion in natural waters, under the light of the crescent moon. Once clean, she must not dry herself with any cloth; she must let herself dry with the air. Once that had been made clear to everyone, Yukos image disappeared along with the hologram.
That night, Sakura made her way down to the lake where they found the first werewolf. Syaoran followed close behind, despite Sakura assuring him over and over again that she would be fine. Really, Syaoran-kun; Ill be alright. Im just taking a quick wash in the river. If I ever want to be fully human again and not just half-human anymore, then I need to do this. Syaoran, embarrassed at first, looked around the forest and decided it was too dangerous for her to be left out here on her own, and it would be irresponsible of him to just leave her alone. Alright, but Ill stay nearby and guard you, just in case. Sakura, mouth open and lost for words, simply nodded. O-Okay, thank you. Sakura began to take off her clothing, starting with her shirt, pretty much from top to bottom. Syaoran.
Dont look, but dont go too far, okay?
Okay. He said, with resoluteness in his voice. He stood facing the pathway about 50 feet away from her. Sakura hung her clothes on the lowest branch of a nearby tree. Oh no, she couldnt take off her dress. The belt across it wouldnt unfasten, and neither would the zipper. Maybe I should ask Syaoran? Sakura though. No, I couldnt! But how else can I take this off? She tried reaching from around her back and from her front, but it was no use. I wish my arms were longer. Suddenly a hand grabbed hers and a voice whispered, If you cant reach it, Ill reach it for you, if you want. Sakura turned and saw Syaoran holding her from behind. She blushed madly even though Syaoran, being the gentleman that he is, had his eyes closed tightly. Not that he hadnt seen her naked before already. He untied her belt and unzipped her dress, slowly. Sakura expected him to remove it, but he didnt. He just left it there.
Then before they even realised what they were doing, their arms were encircling each other. They were face to face, so close that they could feel each others breaths on their lips. But Syaoran gently pushed himself away from her just a little; confusing the princess. S-Syaoran-kun?
Hey, I was just wondering well Syaoran was actually a little reluctant to ask her this, but he needed to know. That night; when you came into my room, and kissed me Sakuras cheeks reddened when he reminded her of that night. Why did you do it? Syaorans soft words stunned Sakura and made her heart jump at the question. What? Sakura was finding it difficult to talk at this point, her heart was beating so fast that she was scared that shed actually stop breathing. Why did you kiss me? Did you really mean it, or was it just because of- Sakura silenced him by pressing a soft warm finger to his lips. Do you really think that I would do something like that if I didnt mean it? Not even the wolf inside me could force me to do such a thing without a true reason. Syaoran stared into her eyes warmly. Sakura Syaoran then pulled her closer to him, so that her naked breasts were almost touching his chest. He looked like he was about to kiss her, when Sakura turned her face away from him. Princess? Whats the matter? Sakura slowly broke away from him and took a step back. Sakura sighed, and took a deep breath. Now was her chance. Her chance to tell him, but little does she know that this was actually her second chance to confess to him. Syaoran-kun, theres something important that Ive been wanting to tell you something serious, and well, I need to say it to you now! That I lo-
You cant! Syaoran snapped suddenly, his outburst surprised Sakura. Her eyes started to water a little. What if he yelled because he doesnt love her back? Then again, would he have gone through all of this, have nearly gotten himself killed so many times for her if he didnt? She cant hesitate anymore, even if he rejects her feelings; she has to tell him or shell just explode. Why not? Why cant I say it? She asked him, her voice quivering with slight trepidation. Syaoran swallowed, and gave her an answer that shed never expect: Because Im saying it.
Syaoran sighed deeply. His own voice was quivering now. Im sorry; I think I know what you want to say, and if so; then I feel the same way too, I have done since- I mean, from the first time I ever saw you. But Ive been really reluctant to talk about it with you, Sakura. Sakura was struggling to finds the right words at this point. But why? Because the others are around? Syaoran shook his head. No, thats not it. You see the thing is, Sakura; Youre the princess of Clow and Im just and also; you and I are travelling across dimensions far from home all alone, with only Fai-san, Kurogane-san and Mokona with us; who are from different worlds. So really, its just the two of us. If I told you how I felt, and we ended up in that kind of relationship Syaoran had a hard time to get the rest of his words out. I wasnt sure if I could hold myself back. There. He finally came out and said it. The truth about why he always kept his feelings to himself. Syaoran looked away from Sakura, waiting for her reply. For a long pause neither of them said anything. Then Sakura finally broke the silence with a soft sigh. Syaoran-kun Syaoran turned to look at her only to see that she was slowly easing her dress from her hips and all the way down her long, slim legs. She let the rich clothing fall to the grassy earth softly, and Syaorans heart almost stopped beating at the sight of Sakuras soft bare flesh. He didnt care what those slave-traders said about her figure or her looks, to him she was the most beautiful creature in the whole world. P-Princess?! What are you-
Tell me Syaoran-kun, tell me how you feel. Sakura interrupted him. I wont regret it. If its with you, then I dont mind what we do with each other. Its alright. The moons glow cast down upon them like a theatre stages spotlight; illuminating Sakuras watering emerald eyes. So tell me. Please, Syaoran-kun. Syaoran breathed in a big gulp of air before saying those three words that he had always wanted to say to her for so long, only now; he was saying four words. I love you too. And with that, he led her by the arm slowly into the water.
He dipped his toes in sync with her toes. Once they were both halfway in the water, he put his cheek onto hers and brushed his lips to her still healing ear. I love you, Sakura. He whispered over and over, softly into her ear. I love you too. I love you so much, Syaoran. Sakura whispered back. Syaoran was stunned. Shed actually called him by his name without the kun. Hearing her say his name like that made him so happy, it was like old times again. Then Syaoran kissed Sakura for the very first time. A real kiss. Sakura knew that this was definitely her first kiss too, before it was the wolfs first kiss, but now this kiss was hers. She had the notion that shed been dreaming of this kiss with Syaoran for so long, only it was even better, so much better and sweeter than shed ever imagined it to be. Sakura suddenly felt that same rush of heat flow through her body, a flame in the pit of her abdomen that needed to be extinguished quickly. As soon as the magical kiss ended, she wanted to do it again. She couldnt stop kissing Syaoran, couldnt get enough of his mouth. Syaoran had never felt anything like it before, just couldnt have imagined that such feelings as these existed. They clung together fiercely. Both of their hearts, minds, and bodies were on fire. Syaoran pulled Sakura in closer to him, her breasts were now squashed up against his chest, but neither of them cared anymore. They just couldnt resist, they didnt want to.
Sakura blocked out the surrounding buzzes, whistles and whirrs of the forest. She was aware of their ragged breathing as they kissed again. Syaorans heart was racing. A little voice in his head kept saying; this is so good. God, I love this. I dont care if shes the kings sister anymore, I love her so much. This has to be right. I am so happy right now. I was never truly happy before, I didnt understand happiness. Now I do. Syaoran poured the glowing lotion onto his palms, rubbed it all across his fingers, then started to wash Sakura gently with it. He touched her cheek, her lips, her neck, her shoulders, and her smooth back. Everywhere he placed his hands was warmed under his touch. Sakuras skin felt like it was on fire. The haven between her legs was so hot that it started to ache, and now she could actually feel Syaorans own arousal pressing gently against her thigh. Making them both blush heavily, but Sakura couldnt help her blushing. Syaorans caressing was just making her so hot.
Heat. Sakura thought.
Thats the right word. THIS is what it means.
Syaoran began to unfasten his pants with badly trembling fingers. He was shaking all over. Sakura pulled at his black shirt, lifting it from his torso. Soon their clothes were in two loose piles on the dry riverbank, and Sakura and Syaoran waded further into the river until the water was up to their waists. Syaoran whispered; My princess. Oh, my sweet princess Sakura Sakura said; My prince
No, just Syaoran.
My Syaoran. They rocked, they waltzed. For a little while they let themselves drift together with the slow flowing water, and Sakuras fear of the unknown spun out of her mind. It was replaced by incredible longing, need, and love for someone other than herself. The two childhood friends, now lovers, waded back out of the river and laid down together on the cool riverbank.
Syaoran loomed over Sakura, staring down at his beautiful princess sprawled under him. There was a brief moment when maybe she couldve said no. But as Sakura gazed deep into Syaorans bright amber eyes and felt the intensity and honesty of his love for her, she returned those feelings. There was no turning back now.
Sakura slowly spread her legs apart and opened herself to Syaoran, trusting him completely. Syaoran nodded; then positioned himself between her thighs. Sakura braced herself; then Syaoran slowly and carefully fitted himself into her body. Sakura uttered a tiny gasp. The feeling of him moving inside was alien to her. Not painful, but invasive. However, the minute Syaoran began to rock his hips; the sensation of them becoming one took Sakuras breath away and eventually she found herself rocking with him. The feeling of their naked skin rubbing together was delicious, indescribable. Sakura and Syaoran felt like time itself was about to stop. Syaoran sighed deeply and Sakura held him with her arms and legs, but most importantly; with her whole heart. Syaoran gave one last thrust; then a warm gush of pure ecstasy rippled through Sakura and left her tingling in its wake. She knew a truth had emerged from this, their first time.
We were meant to do this, Syaoran and I. Sakura thought.
We were meant to be.
Sakura clung to Syaoran, and as their breathing slowed, Syaoran knew that his whole world had suddenly changed. He had always been shy with Sakura before, that feeling was completely gone. It was just gone. She knew him now; Sakura knew Syaoran as her own, she was one with him. And Syaoran knew her in a way that no one else had ever known her, and in a way that no one else ever would. He promised himself that. They lay together amidst the tall reeds, shivering slightly as their skin started to cool. Their damp chests pressed tightly together, their arms, legs and hips still entwined. Syaoran just loved lying there with her; listening to the slow, subtle quieting of their heartbeats. Syaoran cooed into her scarred ear and blew softly on her neck. Sakura shifted lightly, one of her arms draped across Syaoran's waist. She could feel the remnants of their lovemaking on her inner thighs, an unusual feeling at best. She felt dirty on one hand, and yet also strangely happy because it was something that she and her lover had produced. She was still so new to all of this...all of this sex stuff. It still felt odd to say the word, or to even talk about it...and yet, laying there with her lover, the both of them only the tender age of fourteen, it felt so natural. So right. How could it ever possibly be bad? Innocent and pure, yet more experienced and wiser. Sakura felt a deep bonding with Syaoran. She was sure that Syaoran, her most precious person felt it too.
They had mated. Theyd mated for life.
After all, thats what wolves did.
Meanwhile, behind the trees far away from the two lovers; Fai and Mokona had witnessed the entire event between the gentle princess and the young archaeologist. Well, looks like those two had fun during this mating season. Fai chuckled. Oh no, that was only one of the side-effects of the lotion that Yuko gave them; extreme naughty mood settings! And actually, the mating season ended yesterday. Mokona giggled. Oi, mage! Kuroganes grumpy voice called from the back of the trees another few feet behind them as he trodded his through the thick bushes and muddy forest floor. What the hell was all that noise? I could hear it all the way from the lodge.
Well, Kuro-run. Fai smiled back to the ninja as he waltzed the way back to the lodge, with Mokona doing a happy dance on top of his head. Mokona will tell you.
Hehe, Syaoran and Sakura are mating! The creature sang in amusement. Eh?! Kurogane gave a shocked and confused look back, not quite sure if he heard the dancing meat-buns words correctly. Theyre what?!
Well tell you when youre older, Kuro-cutie. Fai grinned as he left the forest with Mokona, and laughed as they were chased by the furious Kurogane who was rather ticked off by the mages last comment.
Two months later
Oi! Kid! Look out! Kurogane yelled at Syaoran. Syaoran just barely jumped away in time from the Ogres axe before it almost slashed him. The massive hulking monster roared in angry frustration and swung its giant axe at Syaoran once more, only for it to be swiftly sliced in half by Kuroganes sword. Thanks! Syaoran thanked the dark ninja. Fai-san! Are you alright?! He called out to the wizard. Fai was leaping and darting his way through dozens of fat, heavily armored trolls as they charged at him, but the small and slow creatures were no match against Fais incredible speed and agility. Oh yes, Im just fine! Fai called back. In this world a feather was being kept high up in the cold mountains by a stupid ogre who used it as a crown. Syaoran and the gang had made their way through to the Ogres treasury, but it had been well guarded by the Ogres troll minions just until it had arrived to deal with its intruders itself.
Syaoran looked up to the cliff edge above the entrance to the treasury, where they had left Sakura and Mokona; safe and out of dangers way. Sakura smiled down to him and Syaoran smiled back. Their smiles always gave each other confidence and courage. It had been two months and four weeks since they finally confessed their feelings to each other in the World of Wolves, and ever since they have been inseparable. They were much closer than they ever were before, and neither of them could be any happier. They were truly stuck together with love; Sakura wouldnt even let him fight without her. She always had to be there, no matter how many times Syaoran told her it was too dangerous. Sakura didnt care though; as long as they were together she just didnt care. Still; there have been many times when Sakura had wished that she could help and fight with him too, fight for him. If only she was still a werewolf. Sakura had been cured from her case of lycanthropy those two months ago, leaving her just plain old human again, but sometimes she did wish that she had kept some of the wolfs more desirable feats; like its heightened senses for example. She could hear the Ogres heavy huffing and puffing, she could feel the Ogres huge feet stomping towards her and her friends, and she could see the Ogres pet trolls sneaking around in the dark. She could taste their blood.
Sakura was jolted out of her daydreaming when suddenly a big earth-shattering crash made the rocks beneath her feet tremble. For a brief second she thought that the cliff she was standing on was going to crumble with her and Mokona still on it. Sakura looked to the source of the mini earthquake and saw that the Ogre had pulled out a big stone hammer from its belt and smashed Syaoran against the rocks and was slowly advancing on him to finish him off. Sakura screamed Syaorans name but she knew as much as Syaoran did that hed never get up in time to dodge the up-coming attack. It was times like this when Sakura longed for some means of strength just to save her friends. Oh how she wished for some power to save them. If she had been a werewolf still, she couldve torn the Ogres throat out easily. If she was still a werewolf, she couldve ripped apart all of the trolls in the snap of a finger. If only she still had the wolfs speed, the wolfs agility. Its strength, its power. Its hunger.
Sakura took a running start towards the very edge of the cliff, and leapt off it. Mokona panicked. Sakura! What are you doing?!
HAHAHA! NOW, ME CRUSH SNACKS WITH HAMMER! The Ogre bellowed in triumph. Kurogane and Fai rushed forward to take out the Ogre...when someone beat them to it. The ugly monster was about to swing down its hammer and flatten Syaoran, when suddenly the Ogre froze in its place as an unexpected figure came and stood defiantly in between the Ogre and its snack. The Ogre squinted down at the princess who stood in its way. At first the Ogre just snorted and started to laugh wildy, but then it saw the girls eyes glowing. The whites of her eyes turned pitch black and their beautiful green coloring warped into an eerie gleaming yellow. The Ogre paused upright, sniffing the air; suddenly uncertain. The trolls too had gone very quiet all of the sudden, slowly backing away from Sakura and Syaoran. Syaoran looked up at the princess defending him. He could hear her growling viciously under her breath. Oh no
Then, Sakura raised her head up high; and unleash a long, terrifying howl so loud, that it caused most of the caverns roof to fall in. Coincidently; all of the rubble from the roof collapsed right on top of the Ogre. Once the cavern had stopped shaking; the trolls stared at their groaning king that lay beneath all of the heavy rocks and boulders from the cracked cavern walls, then they looked back at the princess. They stared at her for moment; then screamed. They all ran for their lives from her, bumping and smacking into each other as the little cowards made their escape. The Ogre too cried and blubbered like a big baby when it finally freed itself from the rubble and ran for safety. Its big feet stomping all the way as it fled.
Sakura felt very proud of herself. She showed that Ogre whos the boss. When the group made it out of the mountains, Sakura flung her arms around Syaorans neck and brought him in for a hug. We won! Im so glad that you guys are alright, I was so worried and I just had to do something! Is anybody hurt at all? Sakura paused. No one was answering her and Syaoran was not returning the hug. Whats wrong? Am I hurting you, Syaoran?
N-No Syaoran stammered. He had no idea what to say. Umm I dont know exactly how to say this, but- Syaoran was quickly cut off in sentence when Sakura let out a tiny squeal all of the sudden, surprised by the feeling of Fai and Mokona playfully scratching the backs of her ears. This made both Sakura and Syaoran blush bright red. Sorry, Sakura-chan; but we just cant help ourselves! Your ears are just so cute and fluffy! Fai chuckled. Hehe, Sakuras got puppy ears! Mokona chimed in. Sakura frowned a little in slight confusion. Fluffy? Puppy ears? She wondered. What on earth are they talking about? Here, you can use my sword to look into. Kurogane offered. Sakura carefully took the katana from Kurogane and looked at her reflection in the blade. She gasped. Sure enough; her eyes now had glowing tints of greenish gold and yellowish amber in them, and poking out of her head were two large, furry dog-like ears. The right ear was badly notched and scarred, from that fight two months ago in the World of Wolves. Suddenly Sakura could feel something long and thick moving and lashing side to side under her dress. Alarmed by the feeling of something hairy whipping against the back of her legs, Sakura whizzed her head around to look down at her rear; and saw a big, red, bushy wolfs tail poking out of her dress and wagging vigorously. Everyone was speechless, Sakura was especially shocked. Uh oh She cried. NOT AGAIN!!!
Back in Japan
Yuko sat in the garden sun-bathing in the hot summers sun, reading a book while drinking some ice tea. Watunaki was just coming out of the house with a cup of lemonade and a bowl of ice-cream when he saw that Yuko was watching the dimension-travelling gang through the book she was holding.
Umm, Yuko? Watunaki interrupted her from her reading.
Yes, Watunaki? What is it? Yuko asked him as she rearranged her reading glasses.
Well dont you think you shouldve told them that the cure was only temporary?
Yuko put on a look of long, hard thinking; and then she just laughed quietly. Nah. Then she went back to looking at her book and drinking her ice tea.