11: To Be Complete
Eli and Madison were lost in each other’s eyes and oblivious to the
rest of the world. All was quiet and Sakura smiled as she slipped Harmony into
her pocket with all her other cards. Something
from earlier came back to her, she frowned slightly.
“Li,” Sakura turned to face him once more.
He was staring at Eli’s book, uncertain what to do with it since Eli
was busy. “What was that all about, earlier?” Sakura asked,
catching and holding his gaze.
“Oh that,” he gave a careless shrug, “nothing.” It really was
nothing now, after all that had just happened.
“No,” she insisted softly, placing a hand on his chest, “it
wasn’t nothing. What was it?
Did I do something?”
He gazed at her, his eyes full of tenderness, “No love,” he whispered
gently, caressing her cheek.
“But I must have!” she said, sorrow filling her eyes, “please tell
me.” She whispered.
“You didn’t do anything, not on purpose.”
“Then I did do something!”
He almost looked away, “Sakura, when,” this was hard for him to say,
he felt so foolish now, “When you said you wanted to know all those things,
about magic. That you should be
able to do things like that without me… I felt like you didn’t want me
around anymore. Like you needed me,
but you didn’t want to, and as soon as you learned enough from me, you would
push me out of your life.”
“Oh, Li,” tears formed in her eyes and unable to bear them he looked
away, “I’m so sorry,” she caressed his face, thinking over her earlier
words. Yes, they had sounded much
like that. But that wasn’t how
she had meant them. She had been
thinking that it would be important to know those things in case Li or Eli were
ever unable to help her. She
hadn’t meant to hurt him. Just as he had never meant to hurt Meilin back in
elementary when she had felt that because she had no magic she wasn’t needed.
That had been untrue. But his careless words, seen in the light of that belief, had often
cut her. And it was equally untrue
in this case. But it didn’t take
away the hurt.
“I will always need you, Li.” She whispered. “You’re my
heartbeat, and the better half of my soul.”
Li’s eyes met hers once again, and he drew in a shaky breath, smiling
gently at her. “I know that now,
Sakura.” He drew her close to
him, Eli’s precious book slipping, unnoticed, to the ground, “I’ll never
doubt you again, because you are my heartbeat as well.
The better half of my soul.” He leaned in toward her and she closed her
eyes, anticipating his kiss.
“Ahem,” a throat cleared behind them, causing them to back away from
“What?” they snapped as one.
“Could someone explain to me what just happened?” Aiden asked.
Ms. Mackenzie laughed, and soon those around her were laughing as well.
It was quite a lot to take in.
The others emerged from their hiding places.
Tory helped Meilin up and they walked out toward the others.
Kero and Yue had already reverted to their false forms, just in case any
one came by. Now that the Harmony
had been captured the Time spell had been broken.
In an unorganized jumble each group told their story, and with each story
Aiden’s eyes widened.
“I didn’t know you children led such, um,” he searched for the
right words, “interesting lives.”
Sakura laughed, “We don’t always, but yes, we have had more than our
share of adventures.”
“Mm hmm,” Aiden raised a brow.
“So is there anything else going on in your active
lives that I should know about?”
“Plenty!” Eli laughed . The
others joined him.
“Nothing dad.” Tory assured clapping him on the shoulder, “We plan
to lead uneventful lives for the rest of our days.”
Watching him Eli wondered if
that were really true, especially considering a certain sneaking suspicion he
had. He raised a brow at Meilin and Tory. They were standing just a little close. Julian noticed too.
“Uh, what’s with you two?” he asked.
“Hm?” Tory tilted his head at his best friend in question, “What do
“Well, you’re uh…” he gestured helplessly at them.
“Oh!” Tory grinned, throwing an arm around her shoulders, “I
decided Meilin wasn’t so bad after all. We’re going to a movie on Friday.”
Meilin pulled back, glaring at him imperiously. She put her hands on her
hips, “YOU decided?” she asked incredulously.
“Oh I see.”
“Come on Meilin.” Tory grinned wickedly. “You’ve got to admit, as
a kid you were a pain.”
“A PAIN!? And I suppose you’re God’s gift to women.
Is that it?”
Tory shrugged, closing his eyes and crossing his arms behind his head,
“You said it, not me.” he said smugly.
“Why you!” Meilin clenched her fists, “You know what? Maybe I
won’t go to that movie with you,” she turned her back to him and he watched
her through one barely open eye, “you are a jerk Tory Avalon! And you can
just find yourself another date for Friday night!” she flipped her hair
“Is that so?” Tory drawled. Meilin
couldn’t see, because her back was turned, but he was very close to her now.
“Yes,” she went on angrily, “and if you think for one second that
I’ll-” she stopped as arms encircled her from behind.
Tory rested his check on top of her head.
“Yes, you’ll what? Go
on, I’m listening.” He said softly.
“I’ll, I’ll.” Meilin stammered, trying to resist the urge to melt
into his arms. She failed, “Oh,
never mind.” She mumbled, leaning back into him.
“You know what?” Madison smiled at her friends as they observed the
new couple. “I think they deserve
Li and Sakura nodded, “You said it.” They spoke in chorus and then
blushed. Li pulled Sakura into his arms.
“So what are your plans for Friday?” He asked quietly.
Sakura smiled, moving her hand up to play with his hair, “That
depends,” she said coyly, “What are you doing Friday?” Li brushed his lips
over hers and she sighed in contentment. Wrapping his arms around her he
deepened the kiss.
Eli nudged Madison, “That looks like fun.” He wiggled his eyebrows
Madison giggled, “Eli.” She said warningly.
Ignoring her he drew her into his arms, placing his lips over hers.
Aiden took all this in silently, happy that his children were happy. Ms. Mackenzie, her arm linked through his, agreed whole heartedly with that thought, though she, of course, couldn’t be absolutely certain what he was thinking. The two adults smiled at one another. Julian watched them all with a small smile of his own. He picked up Kero, who was once again pretending to be a toy, and eyed him thoughtfully. It was good to see everyone happy again.