I don't own these characters or profit from them.


For the love of a friend
By, Clayton Overstreet

Sakura smiled as she saw Tomoyo waiting by her mail box. Grabbing her back pack and a poptart she headed for the door. Touya peeked out from the dinning room, "Hey squirt, remember that I'm going to Julian's after school today."

Sakura nodded, "Ok Touya, I'll see you later." She was out the door and next to Tomoyo in a heart beat. "Hi Tomoyo, how's it going?"

"I'm doing good Sakura. I didn't miss out on any card captures last night did I?" Tomoyo asked.

Sakura shook her head, "Nope. It was a pretty quiet night, except Kero woudn't stop playing that video game all night. I barely got any sleep."

Tomoyo giggled. "Well you know how addicted Kero is to those games."

The walked on chatting about what had been going on in school lately. Then from the corner of her eyes she saw Li and Maylin walking up behind them. Tomoyo smiled and said, "Hi Li, what have you been up to?"

Lee shrugged and kept walking, obviously trying to ignore Maylin who was trying to cling to his arm. He looked at Sakura suspiciously. "What have you been up to lately?"

Sakura pretended she didn't hear him and continued talking with Tomoyo. When they got to school lee ran on ahead, trying to slip away from Maylin who followed closely behind. "I think Li likes you Sakura." Tomoyo said.

Sakura wrinkled her nose. "Mr.Personality? No thanks."

Tomoyo smiled, "Oh yeah? Then who do you like?"

Sakura blushed and tried to think of a responce. Just then the bell rang and she smiled happily. Quickly they ran inside and to their class room. Miss Mitsuki smiled at them as they came through the door. "Cutting it a little close today girls?" They both smiled at her and sat down as the class started.

During lunch Sakura grabbed her lunch and sat with Tomoyo and her other friends at their usual table. "So how did you do on the test today Sakura?" Tomoyo asked.

Sakura moaned and rolled her eyes. "Well like I told you I didn't get much sleep last night. I just hope I didn't totaly flunk."

Tomoyo grinned at her and shook her head. "You are way to smart to do anything like that Sakura."

Sakura blushed and took a bite of her food. She always liked it when Tomoyo complimented her like that. Of course she would never be able to tell Tomoyo that the real reason she had done so poorly on the test was that she kept glancing at Tomoyo and spacing out, drawing hearts on her paper.

Tomoyo elbowed Sakura in her side and she snapped to attention. "Are you alright Sakura? You were just staring at the table. It was like you didn't even hear the bell."

Sakura looked up and her blush deepend as she realized everyone else was gone. "Um... I was just thinking about... that costume you made me last time. It was really good Tomoyo."

Tomoyo smiled at her. "You really think so? I mean I know some of them look a bit silly but did you really like it?"

Sakura nodded. "Yes, I did. I like all your costumes Tomoyo."

Tomoyo seemed to forget all about Sakura's momentary lapse into dream land as they discussed some of the different costumes Sakura had worn since she had become a card captor. However, despite what Sakura thought, Tomoyo noticed that her friend had seemed decidedly embarrassed about something. Oh well, if it was important she was sure Sakura would tell her.

Durring art class Sakura asked Tomoyo to pose for a portrait. "Why me?"

Sakura smiled, "Because you have so many pictures of me that you use for the costumes that I want one of you." Tomoyo smiled and sat down on the stool while Sakura sketched out her face.

After a while Miss Mitsuki came around to check out their work. When she got to Sakura's she stopped and smiled. "Very good detailing Sakura. You seem to know Tomoyo's face very well." She moved on, unknowingly leaving Sakura blushing. She glanced at Tomoyo who was grinning at her. Sakura felt a warm glow in her chest and got back to work. By the end of class she had just finished when the bell rang.

Sakura put down the colored pencils and slipped her drawing into her backpack. Tomoyo got up and streatched her legs out. "Those stools are hard."

Sakura looked at her apologetically. "I'm sorry Tomoyo. If I had known that you were uncomfortable I could have finished it without youy sitting there."

Tomoyo smiled and shook her head. "It's alright Sakura. After all the times I've made you pose and stand still while I was cutting those costumes for you this was only fair. Besides I wouldn't want you to be unable to finish just because I wasn't posing."

Sakura shook her head. "I enjoy posing for you Tomoyo. And believe me I know your face well enough that I could have probably done it after the rough sketch."

Tomoyo smiled at her and Sakura blushed realizing what she had just said. Fortunately Tomoyo didn't seem to notice. "Well we have known eachother our whole lives, so I shouldn't be too suprised." Sakura mentaly sighed in relief as she turned to pick up her pack. "When we get back to your house can I see it?"

Sakura kicked herself. She knew this was a bad idea, but she couldn't think of anything else to draw. "S-sure Tomoyo."

As they walked away from the school Tomoyo noticed that Sakura was very quiet. Sakura meanwhile was deciding if she shouldn't have a small 'accident' with the picture. If Tomoyo knew how she felt about her, then didn't like her anymore, it would kill her. After a while though she decided to just let her see it. Most likely Tomoyo wouldn't notice. But what if she did?

By the time they got to her house Sakura had had atleast three different fantasies. In the first one Tomoyo saw how Sakura felt and was totally disgusted. In the second she didn't notice anything at all... and Sakura wasn't sure which would be worse. In the third Tomoyo saw it, accepted it, and still wanted to be friends. That one made Sakura smile. "What are you thinking about Sakura?"

Sakura looked at Tomoyo still smiling. "What do you mean?"

Tomoyo smiled and shook her head. "You've been out of it all day. Half the time you were drawing my picture you just stopped and stared at my face."

Sakura blushed and tried to look like everything was normal. "I'm just thinking about clow cards. I think I've almost gotten all of them."

Tomoyo smiled. "You're right. You only have afew more to go."

Sakura unlocked the door and they went inside. "Kero, I'm home!"

The guardian beast flew down the stairs and looked at her. "It's about time. I'm starving."

Sakura sighed and glanced at Tomoyo appologetically. Tomoyo winked and Sakura went to the kitchen to fix Kero something to eat.

Tomoyo sat back on the couch and looked around. Sakura's house was alot smaller than hers. Tomoyo always thought it was kind of sweet. She looked around and noticed her hand next to Sakura's back pack. Without thinking she reached in and pulled out the drawing Sakura had done of her.

At first she just smiled. Sakura had indeed been very detailed. Incredibly detailed infact. There was that tiny mole on the side of her neck, that slight dimple at the edge of her eye, even the tiny hair that had been tickling her the entire time she had been trying to stay still... Tomoyo stopped and stared, running her fingers over the image. This was too good.

It wasn't that she thought Sakura had used magic to draw it. She just was caught off guard by how detailed everything was. It was like that drawing Miss Mitsuki had pointed out at the museum that one time. By the mad who had been in love with the woman in his painting. Miss Mitsuki had pointed out how he had refused to miss or add any details like so many of the other artists had done. He had claimed that there was nothing that could make it better.

She heard Kero thank Sakura in the kitchen and quickly slipped the picture back into Sakura's mack pack. "So Tomoyo do you want to see that picture now?"

Tomoyo shook her head, "I just remembered Sakura. My mother wanted me to do some chores after school."

Sakura smiled. "Do you want me to help?"

Tomoyo shook her head. "N-no thank you Sakura. It's some stuff I'll have to do for myself. I'll see you tommorow... unless there is another card to capture. Then you call me and I'll come running with my video cammera."

Sakura nodded and smiled at her. "I promise I'll call you Tomoyo."

Tomoyo grabbed her bag and ran out the door shouting a quick goodbye to Sakura. As she left Sakura sighed. She had actually been kind of hoping that Tomoyo would see the picture and tell her what she thought. "Oh well, I can always show it to her later."

Tomoyo ran for a long time. She wasn't entirely sure where she was going, but she knew it wasn't home. "I need to think. That's all. I mean there's no way she could feel like what I was thinking. We;re too young. And it's just friendship." She repeated that to herself several times on the way. Finally she found herself at the park. She sat down on the bench and shook her head.

"So what is the problem?" A voice said inside her. Tomoyo sighed. She always hated that little voice in the back of her head. "She's my best friend that's what. And she's a girl. Besides I'm sure I was just imagining things."

"If that's so then why did you imagine that?" The voice asked.

Tomoyo didn't have an answer for that one. She thought back over her relationship with Sakura. They had been friends for a long time. Their entire lives infact. Tomoyo had most of the last few years on film. But even she couldn't picture Sakura in the exacting detail she had seen in that drawing. Or could she?

Tomoyo closed her eyes and tried to think about Sakura. She was actually a bit nervouse about the idea, but something told her to do this. In fact the voice in the back of her head insisted.

Slowly she pictured Sakura. Her smile, the way her hair blew around her face as she skated. Suddenly all the blrred edges of the image in her mind sharpened to crystal clarity. She could see every detail of Sakura's face... then that damn voice had to remind her about the times they had showered together. Tomoyo blushed and opened her eyes. "Ok, ok I love her too, but that doesn't mean I can do anything about it. Suppose she doesn't really feel the same way about me?"

The voice laughed. "Only one way to find out isn't there?" Tomoyo sighed and got up, walking towards her house for real this time. She was going to have to give this some careful thought.

Kero had finished eating and had taken a nap on the kitchen table, but was woken up when he heard the front door open and close. He flew to the counter between the kitchen and the living room and took on his stuffed animal pose. Just as he got into place Touya and Yukito came around the corner. Sakura was sitting on the couch staring at a paper in her hand that Kero couldn't quite make out.

Touya stopped by the couch and snapped his fingers by Sakura's ear, "Hey squirt, what are you looking at?"

Sakura jumped and looked up at him and Yukito blushing. "Um, just a picture I drew today in art class..."

Yukito peeked around Touya's shoulder and looked at it. "Wow Sakura, that's a great drawing. Very live like, right Touya?"

Touya made a noncommital sound and turned to the kitchen to make himself and Yukito a snack. He stopped and stared at Kero for a second. The guardian beast sat absolutely still, not even breathing. "I swear sometimes this thing seems alive." He grabbed some pudding containers and motioned for Yukito to follow him upstairs.

Yukito smiled and rubbed Sakura's head, "Great drawing Sakura." Then he started up the stairs after Touya.

When they were gone Kero flew over to Sakura, who was once again engrossed in whatever was on the picture. He landed on the couch behind her shoulder and looked down at the picture. It was a portrait of Tomoyo. As he looked it over kero had to agree Sakura had done a good job on it. He looked at Sakura and saw a contented smiled and her face.

Then Sakura did something that shocked him. Slowly, without even really thinking, Sakura leaned down and kissed the picture on the cheek. Then she sat back and stared at it again. Kero was so suprised all he could do for several seconds was sit and stare.

Finally he managed to get himself under control and cleared his throat right in Sakura's ear. She jumped slightly and looked at him. "Oh, Kero you startled me... how long have you been there?"

Kero grinned at her, "Long enough. You have something you want to tell me?"

Sakura blushed and slipped the picture back into her pack. "I don't think so Kero. I don't think you could understand."

Kero frowned. "Just because I'm not human doesn't mean I don't know what goes on Sakura. Besides it's not like I'll tell anyone."

Sakura sighed and looked at him. She needed to talk to someone. "Fine, I'm in love with her."

Kero shrugged, "And?"

Sakura looked at him annoid. "What do you mean 'And?'"

Kero shook his head. "I figured that much out a while ago Sakura."

Sakura blushed. Was it really that obvious. "Well it's not exactly somethin I can just tell her."

"Why not?" He asked.

"B-because... she's a girl. And she's my best friend. What if she doesn't like me any more?"

Kero shook his head. "Sakura I'm ashamed of you. Nothing you could do would make Tomoyo not like you. Even if she doesn't feel the same way you should still tell her."

Sakura sighed and leaned back. "I guess you're right. Maybe tommorow."

Madison shook her head. It was the middle of the night and that voice in her head still wouldn't shut up. And the worst part was it was making sense. Every time she tried to convince herself that Sakura wasn't in love with her it kept bringing up moments from the past that showed that she did.

By bed time Tomoyo was kicking herself for not seeing it sooner. How much pain had Sakura been in while she hadn't even noticed. It wasn't right. And why hadn't Sakura told her?

Then Tomoyo picked up a picture of them together at the zoo. They were smiling and hugging. "I guess I can understand. I mean we had a great friendship and I guess she didn't want to ruin that."

The voice in her head laughed. "That and she didn't want to hurt you."

Tomoyo sighed. "Are you atleast going to let me get some sleep tonight?" The voice remained quiet she she took that as a yes. Setting the picture down Tomoyo covered up with the blanket and smiled contentedly. Closing her eyes she once again saw Sakura's image in her mind.

Saura yawned as she woke up with the sun shining on her face. She had been up half the night talking with Kero and was glad that today was Saturday. Sakura had decided that when she saw Tomoyo today she would show her the picture she had drawn and tell her how she really felt about her. Kero had convinced her that Tomoyo would still want to be friends, even if she didn't want to be anything else. They were still pretty young after all.

At breakfast Touya told her that he was going to the park to play baseball and her dad had to work all day. After that she had slipped some pancakes out of the stack and carried them upstairs for Kero who was still asleep.

She tried watching some cartoons to kill time, but all that was on was some old Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball reruns. So she decided to get dressed and head over to Tomoyo's house, hoping it wasn't too early in the morning.

When she got there she knocked on the door, which was answered by Tomoyo's mother. "Oh hello Sakura. Tomoyo is upstairs in her room."

Sakura smiled. "Thanks."

Sonomi shrugged, "No problem. I have some business meetings so I'll be gone all day. Have fun." Sakura smiled and turned towards the stairs.

Upstairs Tomoyo was trying on different outfits, trying to think what would be best to wear when she talked to Sakura. The blue dress and that bluse with the button missing? No, that was a bit much. Maybe one of the costumes she had made durring her, 'I want to be Sakura's sidekick' phase before she had found out that you had to have magical powers from birth. No, those were way to flashy.

There was a soft knock on her door. It was probably her mother. "Come in!"

Sakura stepped through the door, causing Tomoyo to stop in her tracks. The voice in the back of her head said, "Uh oh." Tomoyo shook her head. Why had she thought that? She was happy to see Sakura, had been thinking about it all night.

"Hi Sakura. I didn't know you were here." Tomoyo said smiling.

Sakura smiled. "Your mom let me in. Sorry I am so early, but I wanted to talk to you. Would you liek me to step outside while you change?"

Tomoyo was suddenly accutely aware that she was standing infront of the person she loved in only her night shirt. But ti wasn't like Sakura hadn't seen her in it before. "It's alright Sakura, I wanted to talk to you too."

Sakura looked suprised and sat down on the bed. "You go first." She said quickly.

Tomoyo smiled and sat down next to her. She couldn't help but notice how Sakura blushed and actually seemed to glance over her body. "I saw that picture you drew yesterday."

Sakura looked at her in shock, absently squeesing the strap on her pack. "But... but I didn't..."

Tomoyo smiled at her. "I wanted to tell you that I... I think I know how you feel Sakura. I thought it over and I think I feel the same way. If I'm reading anything into it where I shouldn't I'm sorry but..." She stopped talking and smiled at Sakura.

Sakura bit her lip and closed her eyes, trying to hold back tears. Finally without opening her eyes she said. "You weren't reading anything into it Tomoyo. I love you. I have for a long time. Infact that's what I wanted to tell you." She kept her eyes closed, still half way expecting Tomoyo to say that wasn't what she meant.

But when she felt Tomoyo's lips press against hers she opened her eyes. Tomoyo looked back at her still kissing her. Sakura began kissing back and slowly they put their arms around eachother. For both girls it was probably the best moment of their lives.

When they broke apart they looked into eachothers eyes and smiled. "Aishetru, Sakura." Tomoyo said.

"Aishiteru, Tomoyo." Sakura responded.

The end

Author's note
I almost had the voice card show up and turn out to be the voice Tomoyo kept hearing. But that would have ruined the mood. Plus I figured that Sakura would need the create card to beat it and since it was day time that was out. I hope you enjoyed this story as is though. If not feel free to write your own. If you did email me at clayton_n@hotmail.com

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