Wednesday August 2 4:34pm Tokyo time
Even though Sonomi had talked to Nadeshiko by phone from Ieran's house, in the interest of secrecy she hadn't said anything about the battle or the Jewels or even about Magic. And since Sonomi could hardly wait to give her good news to her love, they were driven directly from the airline terminal to a private helicopter at another part of the airport. "In two hours, I will have my arms around my Nadeshiko and then I can show her my new powers!" Sonomi was practically bouncing with joy, unlike Sakura and Tomoyo who were both feeling tired. However it was only Sakura who managed to fall asleep in spite of the powerful noise of the helicopter.
But long before they got to their destination Sonomi began to get over her euphoria and think more clearly. "Okay, so now I have all kinds of Magic power. What actual good is it in everyday life? I can't go around putting people to sleep, or shooting fireballs. And unless I have Sakura's Illusion Card I can't very well just sprout wings and fly as I had dreamed of. People would notice."She sighed. "And that wouldn't be good. So I guess life is just going to go back to where it was before. Except...I have four... Four what? Jewel girls? I wonder." Sonomi then directed her thoughts to the band she could just feel around her leg. Topaz? Can you hear me?"
"Sure! Anytime you want to talk to us, just think of us and a link will form. Can you feel it?"
"Yes, I do feel some sort of thing connecting us... Sapphire, Ruby, Amethyst! Can you hear me too?
"Sure. We all hear anything you send to any of us." Ruby replied.
"Okay, then anyone answer this. Were you created by Magic as Sakura's Cards were, or were you once people who were transformed?"
It was Ruby who snapped back with an angry voice. "We were real people all right! I was an innocent thirteen year old girl when they came and told me I had been chosen for a great "honor"! And of course I believed them! I was just an ignorant kid!"
"It was as Ruby said, and even though I was already a priestess, Topaz added. "I still had no idea just what he was going to do to me. It was very painful and confusing to have ones spirit torn from ones body and bound to a Magic jewel, but Paser was not a cruel man and did his best to ease our pain."
"Who is this "Paser" person?" Sonomi asked.
"He was the Vizier of the South, High Priest of Amun and Master of Magics. He had a lot of other titles too, but I don't remember them anymore. He made us for the Pharaoh he worshiped. And once Ramses had our power he was unstoppable. It was because of us that he became, "Ramses the Great" and is remembered even to this day."
"This is true. Most educated people today know of the greatest Pharaoh Egypt ever had.
"He was a great man though not a god as many believed. But it was an honor to serve him. And when he went to war, I protected him and Ruby threw fireballs at the enemy."
"You bet! Those were the days!" Ruby broke in, "I was the long arm of the Pharaoh, and armies ran from us!"
Then Topaz continued, "But after he died, many wanted our power but by then Paser was dead and no one knew how to give us a new master. So for a long time we slept in our small form while the land was searched for someone who knew enough Magic to bring us back to life.
In time, a great Hittite Mage was found, but he was an evil man who lied about his loyalty. As soon as we were awakened he made himself our master and used us ruthlessly. He made himself the secret master of our country, giving orders even to the pharaoh himself. But it wasn't long before he was killed by his own assistant, and we passed on to another power hungry man, and so it went. You have no idea how horrible it is to be forced to do such a persons bidding. To protect someone you wished you could kill... But it was by far the hardest on Ruby who did the actual killing of innocents."
Fujitaka and his wife were waiting as the helicopter descended to land in the usual place behind the cottage. As Sonomi got out Fujitaka started towards the helicopter, but was left in the dust by his wife who ran to her Sonomi-chan. Sonomi had planed to help her daughter and Sakura out, but with Nadeshiko hugging her tightly she could only watch and smile. Sonomi could see Nadeshiko's mouth moving, but with the noise from the helicopter, she couldn't make out any words. Of course she didn't really need any words to understand what Nadeshiko was saying as her Magic sense could not help but feel the love that Nadeshiko overflowed with.
The helicopter wasn't quite out of sight yet when Sonomi decided she couldn't wait any longer.
"Watch!" She said with a grin, then sprouted her falcon wings and took off. She didn't fly very high nor very far, just making a circle around the group on the ground before hovering in front of Nadeshiko and making her announcement. "These are not borrowed wings, not Sakura's or Tomoyo's; they are MINE!
"Yours?!" Nadeshiko said excitedly. "But how..." She started to ask as Sonomi landed in front of her.
"Let's go inside and I'll tell you all about it." Sonomi grinned.
Since Fujitaka had known when to expect them, he had a wonderful dinner all prepared, which everyone enjoyed as Sonomi, Tomoyo and Sakura took turns relating the adventures they had had in Hong Kong to Sakura's amazed parents. After dinner they moved to the living room where Sonomi summoned the Jewels and introduced them to the family. Nadeshiko was delighted to meet the Magic beings of light of course, but Fujitaka was the really excited one when he learned where they were from.
"Ancient Egypt?" He asked Topaz, "How ancient?"
"We became Jewels in the fourth year of the reign of Ramses the second, and were made to serve him." For a moment Fujitaka looked rather like he had just been shot.
"Ramses the second? You served him? You were with him?" He asked rather breathlessly.
"Yes we were. We served and protected him from the time we became Jewels until he died."
"Uh... I need my laptop! Will you come up to my study so I can take notes as I ask you some questions?" Topaz looked at a grinning Sonomi who nodded to the Jewel girl. In a moment they were gone.
Then Sonomi turned to Nadeshiko with her eyes shining. "Would you like to fly together Na-chan?"
"I'd love to, but-" She stopped talking as her daughter held up three Sakura Cards in front of her face. "Is it all right?" Nadeshiko said the polite phrase to her daughter who grinned and nodded.
"You bet Mom! You can use these Cards to fly anytime you want."
"Thank you!" Nadeshiko said as she gave her daughter a hug and a kiss on the cheek. "This is so wonderful it seems hard to believe."
"I have the same feeling Na-chan, but it IS real! Now let's go FLY like the Magic Girls we are!" In a moment Tomoyo and Sakura were alone.
"I don't think I have ever seen my mom and dad this happy before." Sakura said with a smile.
"When I remember how Mom used to be, it's hard to believe this is the same person." Tomoyo responded with a tired smile. "So much has changed in our lives in just these few weeks that it's like we are in a whole different world-"
"Actually we are in a whole different world, remember?" Sakura reminded her love.
"True, but is a world of joy, where everyone is as happy as is humanly possible. Including me, my beautiful love." Tomoyo finished as she kissed the Card Mistress." After a moments thought she continued is a soft voice. "I now not only have more than I could have possibly wished for but I also have new memories to lay over the painful years that I was so foolishly responsible for."
"That's right." Sakura said shaking her head with wonder and trying to think of suitable words to describe what she was feeling. "This is... So fantastic... It's like it's just too good to be true!"
End of Part 3
In the previous section I arranged for my Tomoyo to have the life she dreamed of and I thought I was done. But as soon as she had it, she looked at me with those big beautiful eyes and asked in a very small voice, "Now if you could fix it so my mom has what she misses more than anything my life would be perfect... Or should I send Fiery to "talk" to you?" So I generously agreed, and arranged for Sonomi to have more than she ever dreamed of.
But once I had done that, Nadeshiko whispered in my ear. "Could you please make a world where I can have both my loves? Oh and I want my Sonomi-chan to be a real Magic Girl, like she always dreamed of." As I looked at her angelic face, I suddenly realized that her request was perfectly reasonable and agreed to give her anything she wanted. I think this means I have a weak mind... Oh well, who can say "no" to an angel.
Finally I was bothered by the fact that everyone had a world beyond their dreams except Fujitaka. It didn't seem fair to just leave him scratching around in the dust looking for bits of pottery. Not that I care much for guys mind you, but he is "the guy who has no faults," remember, so he isn't just any guy. And both Sakura and Nadeshiko love him a lot. But I couldn't think of anything that would be reasonable, and wouldn't take a lot more story. That's when Topaz reminded me where she was from, and that took care of Fujitaka. Now he had something beyond his wildest dreams too.
It's unlikly I will write any more to this series.