Sakura stood on the top level of the Tokyo Tower, hands pressed against the glass, overlooking the cityscape from 250 meters above, minutes before her 17th birthday. She had never gotten a proper chance to appreciate the view from the special observation deck, 100 meters higher than the main observatory and completely empty. It was closed off to the public since it was under renovation. She sometimes forgot how bright Tokyo at night was—so bright that all the stars in the night sky were drowned out by the glare of the city lights.
It was nearly midnight.
She heard footsteps behind her but did not turn around. For she could see reflection of a handsome boy with mussed brown hair and in a black suit in the window. Sakura took a deep breath and turned to face him. They had last seen each other less than a fortnight ago in the Hong Kong harbors. But they just stared at each other in silence, as if to desperately imprint each other’s faces there atop Tokyo Tower, and for this moment be suspended above the bustling city, just the two of them.
Though it was nighttime, and the special observation was dimly lit, outside, a myriad of neon lights lit the Tokyo streets like bursts of twinkling stars of red, blue, green and yellow.
He spoke first. “I’m here.”
“You made it.” She noticed that his face was still flushed, and his chest was heaving.
He glanced at his watch. “Barely. I could’ve gotten here sooner if the darned elevators to the special observatory were in operation.”
“How did you manage to sneak away?”
“Wasn’t too hard,” replied Syaoran. “The Li mansion is infested with cockroaches, so most of the Li delegation is holding meetings at a hotel nearby. Uncle Wutai thinks I’m back at the Li mansion exterminating—Leiyun thinks I’m at the hotel since I’m terrified of roaches.”
“Don’t ask.” Syaoran said with a sigh, staring at his watch.
“You can’t just leave me with that.” Sakura’s eyes were twinkling. “Really, cockroaches?”
And he placed his forefinger on her lips. “Shush now.” The minute hand reached twelve’ o’clock and in the distance, they heard the chiming of a clock tower. “Happy birthday, Sakura.”
She just stared at him with those iridescent green eyes that seemed puzzled and somewhat amused.
“I have a present for you.”
“I thought you would have forgotten,” said Sakura finally, the phantom trace of the fingers that had brushed against her lips burning. She wanted to add, in light of recent events, with the death of the Great Elder and with the whole hassle of the funeral and traveling, how had he the time to remember? And she realized, he had chosen this specific time and place for this reason.
“It’s just something small,” he said, holding out a rectangular box the size of a book. “I didn’t have time to wrap it.”
“Can I?” she asked, him taking the box. He nodded. She opened the lid and gasped. It was a beautiful gold enamel comb in the shape of clusters of stars of various sizes. She lifted it from the delicate petal paper and realized with a sinking feeling by the weight it was real gold.
“Thank you, Syaoran, I’ve never seen anything so lovely,” said Sakura, turning to the window—because it was dark outside, she could use the reflection in the glass in lieu of a mirror. Carefully, she fastened the comb to the left side of her short golden brown hair, so that it swept back loose tendrils from her face, giving a diadem-like effect.
As if he couldn’t help himself, he reached over and brushed away a few strands of hair and helped reposition the comb in the most flattering angle. “It looks pretty. Like you have shooting stars caught in your hair.”
- From Chapter 70 of the New Trials of Card Captor Sakura www.fanfiction.net/s/197453/11…
Happy Birthday Sakura April 1, 2015!
I sketched this fanart in 2013 before I wrote the quoted scene from Chapter 70: The Eye of the Dragon. It was the concept art for the chapter. I think if my fanfic New Trials were a manga, this would make a good color title page. I initially just drew Sakura. And then, I wanted to include Syaoran's back. I actually haven't posted a proper S+S fanart in quite a while. Sakura herself was very easy to draw. But I redrew Syaoran three times--I wonder what he is thinking here. The overall ambiance seems somewhat prom-like, but this is a very cataclysmic moment for those of you who have read the chapter.
I also wanted to incorporate Tokyo Tower in the picture somehow, though Sakura and Syaoran are inside Tokyo Tower. Finally, I settled for a reflection on a building, though I'm not how exactly that works. And there is some subliminal advertising going on by Sakura's grandfather's corporation, if you can spot it.
In case you are wondering, Sakura's hair pin really does exist--it was inspired off of the Rodarte star pins that were all the rage around three years ago, but truthfully, the whole star cluster concept has been around for ever, and I'm sure CLAMP's been doing it even longer as well. I was obsessed with star jewelry for a very long time. When I first got my ears pierced in high school, the first four pairs of earrings I bought were star shaped--and I still wear them quite often. I wanted to incorporate stars into Sakura's dress design, but they were such a pain to draw and color--I don't think I'll be doing stars again for a while. And I can't wait till Syaoran is out of mourning. I never thought I'd get sick of drawing him in black suits, but I have. Also, come spring, I want to dress Sakura and Syaoran in pretty pastel colors.
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