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29 April 2008 @ 07:40 pm
I come bearing new fanfic  
Title: Of Hearts and Memories - Chapter 1
Fandom: Tsubasa Reservior Chronicles, Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core
Pairings: Major: Syaoran/Sakura, Fai/Kurogane, Riku/Sora, Angeal/Zack
Word Count: 2,158
Rating: T (may get higher in later chapters)
Summary: Syaoran and the others arrive in a new world locked in war, where the biggest challenge is surviving from one day to the next. With the help of another trio of world travellers and a few employees of Shinra Inc., Syaoran is determined to retrieve Sakura's feather and end the constant threat of the legendary Bahamut. But sky pirates, the war and Shinra's dark secrets are just a few of the issues he will have to contend with in order to succeed.
Author's Notes: Many, many thanks to youkohiei_fan, for help with the title and previewing this for me, and luzzleanne. Without either of them, I might be doing schoolwork.


Mokona landed them smoothly in a dark forest, and the first thing Syaoran did was to look around to make sure everyone was accounted for. Sakura stood close by his side as Mokona landed gently on her shoulder. Kurogane and Fai were behind them, surveying their surroundings with caution, and Syaoran determined to do the same. The wood was quiet, far too quiet, and he reached for Sakura’s hand. There was no way of knowing what type of world they had landed in, and even though his eyes were slowly adjusting to the darkness, he could not see beyond the trees.

“That’s an interesting gummi ship you guys have,” a stranger said from somewhere to his left, and he turned swiftly, simultaneously reaching for his sword and pushing Sakura behind him. He relaxed a little when he saw it was only a group of unarmed teenagers only slightly older than himself.

“A… gummi ship?” he asked.

“That white thing,” the brown-haired boy said, pointing to Mokona. “That is how you got to this world, isn’t it?”

“Well, yes,” he responded, wondering whom the boy was and if he would be any use to them in understanding this world. “Do you live nearby?”

The boy shook his head. “No. We’re world travelers too, and we just got here. I’m Sora, and these are my friends Riku and Kairi,” the boy continued, indicating the two on either side of him.

“I’m Syaoran,” he responded.

Sakura stepped out from behind him and curtseyed to the strangers, causing Mokona to jump to Syaoran’s shoulder instead. “My name is Sakura.”

“I’m Fai,” the mage said, coming up behind the younger travelers, “and the grumpy ninja back there is Kuro-“

“Kurogane.”

Sora smiled at them. “So, what are you guys doing in this world?”

Syaoran was about to tell them about their journey, about how they were searching for Sakura’s memories, but before he could say a word, a bright flash filled the wood, and an explosion shook the ground and filled the air. At that moment, two men went rushing between the two groups.

The second one to go by turned around to face them, pausing only for a brief moment. “You people, please, get yourselves to safety.”

“Zack, concentrate!”
The young man turned and followed the other into the woods, heading in the direction of the explosion.

“Who does he think he’s talking to?” Kurogane asked, pulling Souhi out of its sheath. Screams started to fill the void.

“You want to help too, right?” Sora asked him. When Syaoran turned again to look at the three travelers, he saw they all had swords in their hands. He decided he would have to wonder about where those had come from later. Right now, there were people that needed help.

“Yeah,” he agreed, pulling out his own sword. The only thing he worried bout was Fai and Sakura were unarmed. Well, they could decide what to do with them once they understood the situation better. Leaving them behind could be even more dangerous. They had not had time to assess what sort of dangers awaited in this world beyond what had caused the explosion.

Syaoran used his free hand to hold Sakura’s, and he followed the other three travelers through the wood. The screams were getting louder, and the light in front of them grew stronger. He gave the princess’ hand a gentle squeeze to reassure her that they were going to be okay. The smell of smoke wafted through the air, confirming his belief that the explosion had started a fire.

“We normally don’t get this much excitement so soon,” Fai remarked as they made their way over the roots of trees.

Syaoran felt the pressing need to move faster as the longer they tarried, the more people that could be hurt. He didn’t even know for sure if the two men who had gone running past before were helping or causing the screams. However, he was unfamiliar with the terrain, and moving faster than the slight jog they were already at was out of the question.

The other three stopped at the edge of the burning village, and Syaoran drew up beside them to survey the scene. Most of the buildings were ablaze, and the heat drifted towards them, scorching his face. There was no sign of the two men or any of the villagers, but as Syaoran stared down the street he saw a monster sniffing the ground about a block away. A woman screamed and he was immediately decided. They would have to help protect any remaining villagers from those monsters.

“Sakura-chan, Fai-san,” he said, gripping his hand tighter around the sword. “Please stay here and be safe.”

“Kairi,” Sora said, turning to the girl in his group, “you stay here, too.”

“Right,” the girl said, nodding back at him. “I’ll protect them.”

“Let’s go!”

Syaoran did not wait to see which way the others were going; he immediately set out in search of the monster he had seen earlier. He didn’t know the layout of the village, and he thought the best way he would be able to help the villagers would be simply to eradicate the monsters stalking them. When he caught up to it, the monster was walking around in a circle in an intersection. It looked vaguely like a wolf, but it had scales rather than fur and two large wings protruding from its shoulder blades. He faltered for a moment, and the monster lifted his head to growl at him. Readying his sword in front of him, he focused on the fight awaiting him, blocking out the sound of the screams and the heat of the fire.

He brought his sword up sideways to block the monsters lunge. The creature bounced away and crouched low to the ground, growling at Syaoran. He made sure his sword arm was ready to act, waiting for the monster to make its next move. Kurogane had told him to learn his enemy’s movements instead of rushing forward to recklessly attack. Snarling and remaining close to the ground, the monster started to slowly circle him and Syaoran followed it, making sure the front of his body was towards the creature at all times. Even though he had been watching, he barely had time to dodge as a fireball came flying towards him, and it still singed his left shoulder, causing him to grit his teeth in pain. To hell with the ninja’s lessons, he had been removed from his position, and, charging the monster, Syaoran drove his sword deep into the monster’s left shoulder. He did not want to risk getting hit by another mysterious fireball.

The monster groaned and collapsed to the ground as he removed his sword. His shoulder stung, and he hoped other monsters who could use fireballs had not gone after the girls and Fai. Fai should be able to use his magic to protect the three of them. Still, he couldn’t let himself worry about them; he was sure the others would not be thinking about the girls and Fai while they were fighting. Kurogane certainly would not. The other two boys he was unsure of, but they had seemed rather confidant in the girl’s abilities to protect herself. He shook his head; he could not afford to be distracted. The princess was safe; he had to believe that.

He heard another frightened scream, and he started running in that direction. The people of this village need his protection at the moment. He kept his eyes peeled for any other monsters as he ran through the streets. When he did find some again, it was a small group of them instead of a lone one, and they were surrounding the man who had told them to get themselves somewhere safe. He actually looked like he was not much older than Syaoran. The teenager did not look nervous, and he had a confident gleam in his eye as he twirled his sword around once in his hand, but Syaoran still worried he would not be able to handle that many monsters on his own. He rushed forward to help him, placing his back towards the other teen as the monsters charged.

The next few seconds were a blur, but as Syaoran blinked in the aftermath, standing in the center of a ring of dead monsters, he was quite certain that he hadn’t actually done anything. The other teen circled back in front of him, twirling the sword in his right hand. “Hey, kid, you’re not too bad,” and Syaoran knew he was just saying it to make him feel better. “I’m Zack.”

“…Syaoran,” he said, wondering if this was really the time for introductions.

“Now that man,” Zack said, pointing with his sword down an alley, “is amazing.”

Syaoran followed the direction and saw Kurogane taking down a significantly larger monster than the ones they had just fought. “Yeah. He’s sort of like my mentor.”

“Really? Lucky!” The other teen’s cheerful energy was starting to distract him from the battle, if only because that positive energy was contagious. “Let’s see,” Zack said, absent-mindedly looking from side to side, “my mentor is-“

Too late Syaoran noticed the monster creeping up behind Zack, and before he could finish shouting a warning, the monster hit Zack in the back of the head, sending the taller teen staggering forward. He prepared himself to fight with the beast, knowing that after Kurogane spent so much time training him, he should have been able to sense that monster coming. Again, he was left feeling confused as before he had the chance to fight the monster, it was struck from behind and fell to the ground.

The man who had been with Zack earlier was standing behind the monster with a large sword in his hand. “Zack, focus.”

“Yes, sir,” Zack responded as he straightened himself, but the other man had already gone. “Syaoran, you can stick with me.”

Syaoran thought it would be safer for both of them to fight together, and he briefly nodded before following Zack down a nearby alley.

---

“Syaoran-kun,” Sakura whispered, staring into the burning village. She had not been able to see him for a while, although she had caught the occasional glimpse of the two other boys.

“Don’t worry, Sakura-chan,” Fai said, and she turned around to face him. He had taken his cloak and coat off and had laid them across a low hanging branch and was currently leaning back against a tree. “Syaoran-kun can take care of himself.”

“I’m not worried,” she said, shaking her head. Rather, it was more a wish she could be able to help him instead of staying behind. Her only consolation was that Fai had been left behind this time as well. “What about your friends?” she asked, turning to the girl they had just meet.

“They’ll be fine,” she reassured her. “Sometimes the hardest part is waiting.”

The crackling of the fire filled the air, and Sakura watched their shadows dancing on the forest floor. This world…

“Mokona,” she called, and the white thing hopped from Fai’s shoulder to her waiting hands, “is there a feather here?”

“Mmm. But Mokona doesn’t know where it’s coming from.”

“Is that why you’re here?” Kairi asked. “To find that feather?”

Sakura nodded. “That’s why we’ve been travelling. Those feathers contain my memories, so we won’t leave until we find it. Will you be staying long?”

“We won’t leave until Sora’s keyblade tells us to.”

Sakura smiled, and hoped that moment was not going to be too soon. It was nice to meet others who were travelling between worlds, and she wanted to know these people better. Friends were so fleeting when they travelled swiftly from world to world, but with Kairi, there was the chance of meeting her again on a future world, which made the opportunity to become friends all the more precious. Still, she couldn’t tell if Fai trusted the newcomers or not, and it would be a while before she could get Kurogane’s opinion. Even with the village burning behind her, she still could not think badly about this world where she had met such nice people.

She gave a slight start as behind the other girl, she saw two glowing eyes in the dark forest. “Kairi-chan, behind you!”

Fai pushed himself away from the tree, but Kairi had already turned around to dispatch the monster in question with a few strokes of her sword. Sakura noticed that Fai looked a little stunned, and he was not quite as relaxed as he had been when he leaned back against the tree.

“Wow, Kairi-chan, that was amazing,” she said, moving closer to the other girl.

“Thanks, Sora taught me that trick,” Kairi said with a smile, keeping her sword down at her side. “If another monster comes our way, I can show you a move Riku taught me.”


 
 
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SHE'S INFECTIOUS HUMAN WASTE: Fangirling over twinssmokexscribbles on April 30th, 2008 12:12 am (UTC)
I have three words for you: Best crossover ever. And because it's you, the execution is terrific. Great job, and I'm always so glad to see some more fic from you!

*fangirls*
E'ka: RikuSora handsekas on April 30th, 2008 01:28 am (UTC)
*blushes*

I'm glad you like the idea, and I hope you continue to enjoy future chapters. I have big plans for this idea. ^.^
youkohiei_fan: angealxzachyoukohiei_fan on April 30th, 2008 12:18 am (UTC)
^______^ (I should be doing papers...I still have til Thursday ^^)

You know how much I loved this idea and the prospect of all the future yaoi makes me incoherent...love as always! <3
E'ka: Sora Riku Heartekas on April 30th, 2008 01:20 am (UTC)
I should be doing finals. ^.^ But the first one isn't due until Saturday.

I'm glad you enjoy it so much. There might be a few surprises for you. ^.^;
youkohiei_fan: rikusora kissyoukohiei_fan on April 30th, 2008 01:51 am (UTC)
^_^ I hope it's a good surprise! Good luck on your finals
E'kaekas on April 30th, 2008 02:04 am (UTC)
Maybe...?

Good luck on your papers too.
youkohiei_fan: angealxzachyoukohiei_fan on April 30th, 2008 02:10 am (UTC)
XD Thanks <3
✩ Lex: partysparkism on April 30th, 2008 10:47 pm (UTC)
...I think this may be one of the most epic crossovers I have ever seen.
Totally can't wait to see what happens with this. ♥