I state for the record that, despite the fact I really, really wish I did, I don't own any of the characters that will grace this story; it's all CLAMP's! Always has been, always will be!
Also I don't pretend to have any Mastery over the language of Japanese or any clue as to correct grammatical structure. I put it in and hope it gets across the point I'm trying to make!
Also, I've only ever seen the American dub, the first 3 and the 5th DVDs of the sub. Everything else about the whole Sakura-Eriol-Yue arch I've gleaned from the Internet. Sorry if they are all OOC or I slip up and start calling Syaoran, simply Li. Someone? Do tell me if I do that! [Inspired by Bare Naked Ladies - One Week]
The Magical, Mythical, Mischievous Master Clow.
By Dr Megalomania.
For a small city called Tomoeda, of the lovely isle of Japan, the week began like any other. For four magical guardians, the week began hellishly with the activation of an ancient curse, bestowed upon them a long, long time ago . . .
Part One: Clow-dy Days Ahead . . .
Let us begin our harrowing tale of mystery and intrigue, of bravery and valour, of golf clubs and soap bars . . . centuries before it all started.
"Two thousand, one hundred and twenty eight . . ." a quiet voice drawled delightedly.
"Two thousand, one hundred and twenty nine . . ."
"Two thousand, one hundred and thirty . . ."
"Two Thousand, one hundred and thirty one . . ." he gazed over the meadow from his tree, and restrained himself from laughing out loud. The young guardian laced his hands behind his shoulder length hair, /One day it's going to be as long as the Master's/ he thought determinedly. He closed his eyes and tried to imagine himself with hair down to his feet.
"Two thousand, one hundred and thirty two . . . I'm impressed, Keroberos, two whole hours. Non-stop."
"Hic! Uru-hic-sei!" Growled the lion-cub.
"Two thousand, one hundred and thirty three, no, I won't *and*, two thousand, one hundred and thirty four . . ." Yue swung his feet off the branch, and stretched his wings. He chuckled, and outstretched his palm. A cool blue orb began to form there. He concentrated harder. Icicles started to form within the blue orb.
"Hic!" Hiccupped Keroberos loudly.
The orb exploded with a tiny glassy shattering noise. "Keroberos! You did that on purpose!"
"Hic! This, hic! Is all, hic! Your! Hic! Fault! Hic!"
"Two thousand, one hundred and forty!" Yue said as he stuck out his tongue.
Meanwhile . . .
"Oh," she promised, "I will."
Small messy palms stuck out into the air, "I'm totally serious." He said peering at the girl through his spectacles
"Oh, I will."
"I mean it Ruby; give him some time to adjust."
She nodded harder, "Oh ho, ho, I will!" And stuck out her hands again to receive the tiny bundle that was about to be passed to her safekeeping.
Clow straightened. She blinked at him, "Ruby, wash your hands first, they're all sticky."
As he looked down on her, the girl ran off quickly, pink hair streaming behind her. He shook his head quietly and looked down at the small purring bundle in his hands.
"So what shall we call you then?" He muttered quietly to the blue furred cat. He moved to his study's window to get some inspiration, smiling gently at the tiny being he'd finished creating, "I know, how about Spinner?" the small kitten looked at him and shook its head, "No. . . Then how about Spinel Sun? That rolls off the tongue quite nicely." The kitten nodded and went back to sleep.
When he looked up, the smile faded slowly from his lips.
Outside, in the grounds of his mansion, thousands of bubbles floated across the lawn.
He smiled helplessly, Yue, by far the most troublesome of the three, had struck again with his favourite joke, the soap-bar. He wondered what Keroberos had done this time, to warrant Yue's . . . *spirited* attention. He shook his head and looked down at the sleeping furry form of Spinel Sun. Three of his four guardians were already proving to be quite a hand full, and he wondered how this fourth would be like.
"AIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIiiiiiiiiiieeee!" Ruby came running back into the room. She was soaking wet.
Clow Reed sighed. Only months had passed since he had created Yue and Keroberos, weeks since Ruby Moon, and now, days since this new one. He hoped this one would be a calming influence on Ruby, who could be the devil incarnate should the desire to prank one of the other two take hold.
But her pranks were quite the firecracker next to the raging infernos that Yue and Keroberos could conjure when one angered the other.
He sighed again as he watch Ruby storm out into the grounds to reek revenge on whoever had the audacity- /probably Yue again/ he mused - to pull the same ice-cold-bucket-of-water-over-door- prank twice in one week.
Months elapsed, then years, and then finally decades. The Reed mansion was home to many, many happy memories that were sometimes painful (like the time Ruby conjured up a huge mouse trap and caught Keroberos' tail in it), sometimes revengeful, (like the time after the mousetrap, Keroberos stole all of Yue's clothes while he was sleeping and threw them out the window into a pond, believing Yue was responsible for the trap. Yue, then a handsome young man with waist length hair, had to spend the next couple of days wearing one of Clow's old robes while Clow insisted on cleaning the clothes manually, without magic) and sometimes just plain weird (like the time Clow magicked a fairground to amuse them and then Yue threw Spinel Sun into a candy floss machine for no apparent reason other than the fact Spinel was small, and the machine was just *there*. It was then the others found out about Spinel's *slight* problem with sugar when he flew around the grounds, spitting out Ruby energy beams, demanding more sugar.).
Ah, yes, many, many, many happy memories.
And of course, they all found out about each other's strengths and weakness, and the pranks became bigger and more elaborate until one day . . .
"GET BACK HERE!"
"NO! NO! NO! NOT BY THE FUR ON MY CHINY CHIN-CHIN!" Keroberos roared as he flew past the Master's study, rapidly followed by an incensed Ruby Moon.
Clow peered up briefly from the Clow Card he was working on. He chuckled at the ruckus, much as he loved the quiet solitude of his study, he adored the sound of his now 'grown up' guardians playing. He glanced over at the more studious, quiet guardians curled up on the window seat.
"My dear brother, I think you'll find it was Rembrandt."
"I think you'll find you're wrong."
"I postulate you'll find that *you*, in fact, are the one who is wrong."
"It's not Rembrandt."
"Fine, we ask the Master." That was Yue's defence to every argument over who was right, since Yue was -nearly- always right.
"Go on then, he'll just tell you it wasn't Rembrandt."
Clow opened his mouth to tell them not to involve him but was interrupted by:
"ARRRGH! LEMME GO!" Howled Keroberos, "UNHAND MY TAIL, YOU POSSESSED BAKA!"
"SAY PLEASE AND I MAY CONSIDER IT!" screamed the butterfly winged young woman.
The lion sprinted into the room, dragging behind him rather harried Ruby.
"WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU?! IT ISN'T REMBRANDT!"
"OH! YOU WOULDN'T RECOGNISE FINE ART IF BEETHOVEN HIT YOU WITH A PIANO!"
"*MASTER CLOW!*" The four suddenly turned on Clow, with enough force to make him jump. The purple ink spilled all over his desk and splashed all over the Clow Card he had been designing, he picked up to ruined card to see if it was at all salvageable. He sighed; it wasn't such a loss, as he seriously doubted that anyone would ever need an Algebra card. He tossed it into the wastepaper basket, and waited to see who would start the argument about whose fault it was. Last time it had been Ruby accusing Keroberos, the time before it had been Yue accusing Keroberos, and this time it would be . . .
"Oh, now, look what you did Keroberos," sneered Spinel.
"Me? I've only just come in," Hollered Keroberos "AND GET THIS THING OFF MY TAIL!"
"I'm not a thing; I'm a gorgeous little girl." Ruby instantly leg go and leapt to her own defence.
"Ha! You're no more a girl than Keroberos is a cultured connoisseur of the Opera." Yue told her haughtily.
"And if I knew what he just said I'm sure I would agree with him." /Ah!/ thought Clow, /This is new. . . / They were fighting on sides rather than their usual all-out scraps.
"Oh, you would! Only because he *acts* so smart . . . he can't even recognise a Rembrandt!"
"I haven't got a clue what Suppi-chan on about but he's spot on!" cheered Ruby.
Clow pulled his key out, and muttered a few words that were lost under the latest of the increasingly violent quarrels the four were storming up recently. Their personalities were clashing harder than ever before, and each seemed to take delight in the others' deficiencies. They didn't seem to understand what it was like to be tolerant of the others' slight failings.
Suddenly there was peace in the room. "Thank you Silent," he nodded gratefully, "You may return."
The woman curtsied elegantly and returned to her card form.
The powerful magician tuned to address the hushed guardians, "I know there is nothing in this life I can do to make you understand each other, but maybe there is something I can do for your next Masters . . ."
The four stared at their Master quizzically as he cast an unfamiliar enchantment. A spell that would lie dormant until the four supernatural guardians were to be reunited once more . . .
And now it's time for LEAVE IT TO DOCTOR MEGALOMANIA!
DrM: Konnichiwa! I'M BAAACK!
Yue: What the hell was that all about? What's this about Keroberos and me growing up with them?! And I was never a child!
DrM: I know, I know! But it's such a kawaii idea that I simply had to do it! And it would also make more sense for the rest of the story!
Yue: Hmmm, as long as my hair doesn't have to suffer any more abuse I'll be happy.
DrM: Oh, I can promise that it won't be only your hair that will suffer.
Yue: [sighs] At least tell me something of similar implications happens to Keroberos.
DrM: That's for me to know and you and minna-chan to find out . . .
Yue: Remind them to R&R.
DrM: Oh yeah! Please R&R! I love it! All writers love it! Everybody loves-
Yue: -and that all the time we have, thanks for reading! Ja-ne!