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Songfic: Smile
by samuraiheart
email: kokoro_no_samurai@yahoo.com
Notes: This is from Tomoyoís point of view. The song lyrics are in italics


I still remember the night we met
You said you loved my smile

Iíve known Sakura for so long. I canít imagine what my world would be like without her. Somehow I always imagined weíd be together forever. I love her very much and I hope she understands that. Iíve told her a thousand times in the way I look at her, the things I say to her, the things I do for her and the way I smile. Sheís always loved my smile.

But your love for me was like a summer breeze
Oh it lasted for a while

We went through so much together as she fought to save the world from disaster. I was always there by her side Ė cheering her on. I cherish every moment Iíve spent in her presence. Itís a shame that videotape canít always capture it all, but I remember. I could never forget Ė the thrill of being near Sakura just for a few moments is enough to last a lifetime. It is enough for me just to have those memories. At least I can keep telling myself that. I know a part of her will always love me even if she never says it. We are best friends and we can never lose that special bond. Itís hard for me to admit that it will never grow into more than that.

I could hold on a little tighter I know
But when you love someone
You gotta let em go

I know she loves Shaolan and I donít want to stand in her way. I want her to be happy more than anything else and I know they belong together. Sakura promises me that we will never lose touch and I believe her. I would follow her to the ends of the earth to make sure of it. I will always be the one she can come to when she needs a friend. Her friendship means so much to me that I can push aside my broken heart so she wonít see the tears.

So Iím gonna smile
Cause I wanna make you happy
Laugh so you canít see me cry
Iím gonna let you go in style
And even if it kills me
Iím gonna smile

I smile when I see them together. I canít help it. Making Sakura happy matters more to me than any ache in my own soul. I can shed my tears alone in the darkness, but I can never let Sakura see. Mine are tears of emptiness and loneliness, but not sadness. I am happy for Sakura and I smile so that she will know this. I want nothing more than to make Sakura happy and I donít think could live with myself if I was ever responsible for a single tear on her beautiful cheek. I know that if I told her how much I loved her she would have to make a horrible choice and Iím not sure I could live with her decision. Itís better this way. I can hold it inside and she can go on with her life.

Kiss me once for the good times baby
Kiss me twice for goodbye

I stand before her now not sure what to do. I must say goodbye and let go of all my hopes and dreams. Itís just another day to her. We will see each other tomorrow at school she reminds me as I struggle with the word goodbye. My voice cracks and shakes a little. Yes. I know I say, but my thoughts echo with the words it will never be the same. I blink back tears and hope she doesnít notice. This is the hardest thing Iíve ever had to do, but I know I have to do it for her. Everything I do is for her. As she turns away a sudden impulse hits me and I shout ďSAKURA!Ē She turns around and looks at me puzzled. I run to her and throw my arms around her hugging her tightly. She returns the hug as I whisper in her ear ďthanks for everythingĒ Sakura pauses for a moment as our eyes meet. I try to hide my sadness, but I see my reflection in her sparkling eyes. For a moment I wonder if she understands as she kisses me softly on the cheek. ďGoodbye TomoyoÖ Iíll see you in school.Ē Two hands part and mine remains outstretched reaching for something I can never have.

You canít help how you donít feel
And it doesnít matter why
Give me a chance to bow out gracefully
Cause thatís how I want you to remember me

I watch her walk away and let out a deep breath I didnít realize I was holding in. This is for the best, I remind myself. We will always be friends and I will always be hers even if she canít be mine.

Iím gonna smile
Cause I wanna make you happy
Laugh so you canít see me cry
Iím gonna let you go in style
And Even if it kills me
Iím gonna smile

At the end of the street she turns around. At first I am embarrassed that I am still standing there, but my patience earns me a precious gift as Sakura smiles brightly and waves at me before turning around and rushing home. I smile and return the wave. The image will stay with me always as an unspoken acceptance of my hidden promise to her. I will always love you, but you must find your own love. Go and be happy Sakura. You deserve it more than anyone else in this world. More than me.

Iím gonna smile
So you can find the courage
Laugh so you wonít see me hurting
Iím gonna let you go in style
And even if it kills me
Iím gonna smile

Please ignore the tears on my cheeks because I am smiling.



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