Fan Fic: Shadow of the Dragon
Shadow of the Dragon
is a Card Captor Sakura Continuation Fic
written by Lord Archive
. It can be read here
Five years after the events of the anime, Sakura and her friends are drawn back into the world of magic when Sakura faces repeated attacks from an unidentified magical assailant.
Another fic, Sakura's Christmas Surprise
, written by the same author, serves as a prequel to this fic.
Shadow of the Dragon provides examples of the following tropes (Beware of spoilers):
- Abuse Mistake: In chapter 12, the ghost of Reiko slams Sakura face-first into a locker at school, bruising her forehead. Since ghosts are Invisible to Normals and Syaoran was the only other person present at the time, Teikei, the school disciplinarian, assumes that Syaoran attacked her until Tomoyo, the team Camera Fiend, provides proof that he didn't do it.
- Abusive Parents: Chapter 6 reveals that Satome is a victim of physical and emotional abuse by his mother, thus explaining his bullying and hatred of women. In chapter 19, when karma finally catches up to him and he's arrested for being a serial rapist, dear ol' Mom arranges for him to be assassinated in jail and his death ruled as a suicide to avoid any negative publicity towards her career.
- Adults Are Useless: The faculty at school repeatedly fail to take Satome's bullying seriously, resulting in multiple rape victims. It's only after he tries to rape Tomoyo in chapter 18 only for Sakura to stop him violently and him to be arrested that they finally take him seriously.
- All Chinese People Know Kung-Fu: Well, everyone in the Li family anyway. Meiling reveals at one point that all Lis are trained in martial arts from an early age.
- All Guys Want Cheerleaders: Invoked by Meiling as her reason for joining the cheerleading squad.
- Amoral Attorney: Himiko Satome is a minor example. She's Tomoeda's district attorney, as well as an Abusive Parent who beats her son at the slightest provocation.
- Anti-Magic/Power Nullifier: Chapter 10 sees Sakura face a "Null Mage," a person who, while unable to actually cast spells, can negate magical powers at will.
- Attempted Rape: Satome, the resident school bully, threatens to rape Sakura and her other female friends on several different occasions, but is thwarted every time. His final attempt, centered on Tomoyo, results in a furious Sakura brutally attacking him and using the Mirror Card to neuter him.
- Big Sister Instinct: In chapter 12, Reiko's ghost invades Syaoran's home, intending to hurt Syaoran to get at Sakura, but the ghost of Fanren is there to fend her off.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In chapter 25, Sakura is brainwashed into attacking Tomoyo, though Syaoran, Meiling, and Kurogane stop her and snap her out of it.
- Bring My Brown Pants: In the first chapter, Naoko wets herself at the sight of the dragon.
- Broken Bird: Reiko Ichimai. As she puts it in chapter 14, she had no friends, no girl ever called her, and all the boys only cared about her for sex. However, as Tomoyo points out, part of that is her own fault because she never bothered to reach out to anyone.
- Broken Masquerade: The fic opens with Sakura's friends Naoko, Chiharu, and Rika discovering the existence of magic and Sakura's powers after Sakura is forced to use magic in front of them to fight off a giant dragon golem. Takashi and Mr. Terada also become Secret Keepers as well.
- The Bully: Ryujin Satome.
- Bully Hunter: Syaoran and Meiling beat up Satome and his goons in defense of their friends, with Syaoran explicitly warning Satome that if he does anything to hurt Sakura or the others, he will make sure they never find his body.
- Burn the Witch!: During chapter 2, Takashi tells stories about witch trials and burnings... which obviously makes Sakura uncomfortable. As a result, Chiharu mistakenly believes that he too has found out about Sakura's magic and chews him out for scaring her, only to discover that he was merely telling a story that Eriol informed him of back in elementary school and end up blowing The Masquerade to him herself.
- But Not Too Foreign:
- Sakura and Tomoyo are stated to be of British descent, their maternal great-grandfather, Masaki Amamiya, being a British immigrant to Japan.
- In chapter 13, Rika is established as 1/4th American through her father Jyou.
- Butterfly of Doom: In chapter 8, Sakura uses the Time Card to travel back in time by one day to stop Tomoyo's mother Sonomi from getting killed by a drunk driver. She succeeds, but her classmate Reiko Ichimai is killed instead, much to her horror. Both Kero/Cerberus and Yue tell her that, regardless of what Sakura tried to do, someone was going to die that day, and her interference just changed who died and when.
- Calling the Old Man Out: When Sakura discovers her relation to Masaki Amamiya in chapter 24, she is quick to call him out over his disowning Nadeshiko for her marriage to Fujitaka.
- Canon Foreigner: Alternate Reality versions of Kurogane and Fye from Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle appear in the fic, here as Occult Detectives hired to investigate Sakura's attacker.
- Cast from Hit Points: Sakura and Syaoran both heal one another by transferring their own magical energy to the other on different occasions; the experience leaves them physically drained and requiring bedrest. In chapter 12, Syaoran takes it Up to Eleven and transfers so much of his own magic and life force to Sakura that he rapidly ages; according to his mother Yelan, if Sakura hadn't shared her magic with him, he would have died.
- Child by Rape: Satome himself is one; his mother only sees him as a reminder and thus constantly abuses him.
- Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: In chapter 3, Sakura is shocked at Syaoran for losing control of himself and brutally beating Satome to protect her. In this case, it's more due to the fact that he lost control and has been explicitly trained to kill.
- Continuation Fic: Of the Card Captor Sakura anime.
- Crippling Overspecialization: Subverted; in chapter 10, Sakura actually trains to fight so as to has something other than her magic to fight the assassin with.
- Darker and Edgier: Definitely darker than the source material, exploring such themes as Attempted Rape and the negative aspects of a Teacher/Student Romance.
- Defiled Forever: Satome invokes this when he is preparing to rape Sakura in chapter 10, stating that by the time he's finished having his way with Sakura, not even a "foreign piece of shit" like Syaoran will want her. Fortunately, he's stopped before anything truly unfortunate happens.
- Doppelgänger: In chapter 17, the mystery Big Bad uses Sympathetic Magic to turn Reiko into a corporeal duplicate of Sakura.
- Dying Declaration of Love: Inverted; Renji, one of Reiko's one-night stands, confesses to her spirit that he loves her and wanted to be her boyfriend before she died. Reiko is so moved by this that she finally lets go of her anger towards Sakura and peacefully passes on to Heaven.
- Electromagnetic Ghosts: In chapter 14, Tomoyo uses a tape recorder to hear what Reiko's ghost is trying to say to her.
- Even Evil Has Standards/Villainous Rescue: In chapter 10, the assassin after Sakura saves her from being raped by Satome and brutally punishes him for it, remarking that only the "worst of scum" would stoop so low. However, he also tells Sakura afterwards that if Satome had intended to merely kill her rather than rape her, he would have allowed him to do so.
- Everyone Has Standards: In the flashback in chapter 13, when a client at the adult bar discovers that all of the prostitutes there are only there because they were kidnapped and "trained", he is completely taken aback and punches out one of the employees, remarking that he may have bad luck finding a girlfriend, but when he "buys a girl's time," it should be her decision.
- Fair Play Villain: Ryuji Akuma, the assassin hired to kill Sakura in chapter 10, states that he will fight Sakura his own way rather than the way his employer wanted him to... by giving her four days to prepare to a fight to the death, warning her that, if she does not do so, he will simply kill Sakura and her entire family, including Tomoyo and her mother.
- Fingore: In chapter 10, Satome attempts to rape Sakura, but he is stopped by an assassin targeting her, who beats Satome up and breaks his hand as a reminder to keep his hands off women.
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: In chapter 4, Takashi and Chiharu persuade Sakura to use the Change Card to swap their bodies so as to get a view on how tough the other has it. They both come out with better understanding of the other.
- Free-Range Children: Fujitaka states that he has resolved himself not to butt into his children's love lives because he doesn't want to make the same mistake Nadeshiko's grandfather did.
- Freudian Excuse: As revealed in chapter 6, Satome is the way he is because his mother constantly abuses him, and he attacks girls out of misplaced anger towards his mother.
- Generation Xerox: In chapter 13, it's established that Sakura, Tomoyo, Rika, Naoko, and Chiharu's mothers are similar to their daughters, albeit with different pairings:
- Tomoyo is a Lipstick Lesbian and in love with Sakura, echoing the relationship between their mothers Sonomi and Nadeshiko.
- Nadeshiko was in a Teacher/Student Romance, whereas Rika is in one with Mr. Terada.
- Yuuka, Rika's mother, had a "foreign boyfriend" (Rika's father Jyou is Japanese-American); Sakura is in a relationship with Syaoran, a Chinese boy.
- Chiharu's mother, Yukiko, had a tendency to strangle her then-boyfriend just as Chiharu does to Takashi, though in that case, it's for getting lost in sports stories rather than telling lies.
- The Ghost: The mysterious Big Bad who's targeting Sakura has yet to confront her directly, though in chapter 25 onwards, it's all but confirmed to be Meiling's grandfather.
- Groin Attack: In chapter 18, after Sakura saves Tomoyo from being raped by Satome, the Mirror Card, taking Tomoyo's form, shatters a mirror in the room and stabs him in the groin with a shard of said mirror, ensuring he will never hurt a girl as such again.
- Head Desk: Sakura, Syaoran, and Meiling all do this when Takashi sings "You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman" in chapter 14.
- Heroic BSOD: Sakura spends several chapters after Reiko's death depressed and angst-ridden.
- Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Syaoran's singing has been described as sounding like a strangled cat.
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: The story opens with Sakura fighting off a giant dragon golem, exposing her secret to her friends in the process.
- Irony: As lampshaded in chapter 19, Satome's mother, Tomoeda's district attorney, has made a career stopping sexual predators, while her own son is a serial rapist.
- It's All My Fault: Sakura is reduced to a sobbing wreck after Reiko dies in a car crash, which Sakura herself was indirectly responsible for.
- It's Personal: Satome develops a feud with Sakura and her friends.
- Japanese Christian: Sakura mentions at one point that Tomoeda has a higher-than-usual Christian population and that she herself was baptized, though she identifies more as Shinto.
- Knight Templar Cousin: In chapter 13, Sonomi shows just how far she's willing to go for Nadeshiko's sake by breaking her captor's jaw with a lead pipe.
- May-December Romance: In chapter 15, Fujitaka finds himself attracted to a girl named Hinami Togashi, a girl around Toya's age. With approval from the spirit of Nadeshiko, he decides to go for it.
- Necromancer: In chapter 24, Sakura's attacker reanimates the corpses of several of Sakura's family members at the Amamiya family graveyard, including her mother, so as to use Sakura's fear of ghosts and zombies to his advantage. Sakura uses the Light Card to free their souls, and both she and Syaoran agree that the fact that her attacker resorted to such a tactic is going too far.
- Never My Fault: In her Establishing Character Moment in chapter 6, Satome's mother shatters a plate while ranting at her son, and then blames him for it before beating him.
- Occult Detective: Kurogane and Fye run a private investigation firm and have past experience with magic and the occult.
- Perverted Sniffing: In chapter 23, Syaoran succumbs to temptation while waiting for Sakura to get ready for a shopping trip and sniffs the panties she had worn to bed. Unfortunately, Sakura reenters the room at that moment and catches him in the act.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Not exactly villains in the true sense, but there are two examples:
- Satome, due in part to his abusive mother, firmly believes that girls are only good for making babies and thus has raped at least seven different girls, as well as nearly raping Sakura, Tomoyo, and Naoko on different occasions. Furthermore, he also spitefully calls Syaoran and Meiling "foreign trash."
- Likewise, Reiko, as part of her hauntings, derisively carves "lesbian" into Tomoyo's desk, and later calls her a "lesbian whore."
- Poltergeist: After dying from getting hit by a truck, Reiko becomes a vengeful spirit who begins to torment Sakura, who she blames for her death, and her friends and family as Revenge by Proxy. Upon discovering that Reiko will go to Hell if she keeps going down this road, Sakura manages, through much trial and error, to redeem Reiko's spirit and get her to peacefully move on. It's later discovered that Sakura's mystery attacker arranged for this as part of his campaign against Sakura.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil:
- In chapter 10, Satome attempts to rape Sakura, only to be stopped by an assassin hired to kill her, who firmly believes that "only the worst of scum use sex as a weapon against women."
- In chapter 32, it's revealed that, prior to becoming a card, the Mirror was a girl who was raped and subsequently murdered, something that Clow Reed mentioned in his journals while trying to figure out how to save her. In retrospect, this adds new meaning to her volatile reaction to Satome's Attempted Rape of Tomoyo in chapter 18.
- Really Gets Around:
- In life, Reiko is stated to has regularly slept with members of the school sports teams as a way to boost morale. When the Big Bad uses Sympathetic Magic to transform her into Sakura's undead doppelganger, she uses it to her advantage to have sex with other male students and tarnish Sakura's reputation. In chapter 16, she explicitly states she's slept with at least fifteen different boys.
- Chapter 23 introduces Megumi, who is explicitly described as a slut and doesn't hesitate to flirt with and try to seduce even taken men.
- Rummage Sale Reject: Sakura's combat clothes in chapter 10 are described as a cross between a Martial Arts Uniform and a Sailor Fuku.
- Rule of Three: In chapter 8, three people die simultaneously: Tomoyo's mother Sonomi, Syaoran's sister Fanren, and Chiharu's father. Thanks to Sakura and the Time Card, Sonomi is saved, but Reiko is killed in her place.
- Sympathetic Magic: In chapter 16, the Big Bad uses a strand of Sakura's hair to convert Reiko's spirit into a corporeal duplicate of Sakura.
- Take a Third Option: When trying to find out how to help Reiko, most of the rituals and exorcisms Sakura researches either talk about forcing the spirits in question from moving on (which, seeing as Reiko is being consumed by hate and anger, means Hell in her case) or destroying the spirits outright. Sakura refuses to do either one, wanting to redeem Reiko.
- Tempting Fate: In chapter 18, Satome laughs off Tomoyo's warnings about Syaoran's threats and what her mother will do to him if he does rape her, stating, "I've heard that bullshit before. I'm not dead or in jail, am I?" After Sakura swoops in and saves Tomoyo, he does end up in jail, and by the next chapter, his own mother has been arranged for him to be killed and his death ruled as a suicide.
- The Unfettered: Sakura's attacker really does not care who gets hurt or how much pain he causes in his attempts to get at Sakura. On several different occasions, he has endangered innocent lives, including Sakura's friends.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Sakura is extremely reluctant to harm, let alone kill anyone or anything, human or otherwise. In the first chapter, she attempts to peacefully calm down the rampaging dragon, but changes her tone as soon as she discovers that said dragon is actually a magically-animated golem and thus not actually alive.
- Whole Episode Flashback: Chapter 13 centers on a flashback featuring Sakura, Tomoyo, Rika, Chiharu, and Naoko's respective mothers and the parallels between them and their daughters.
- You Are Worth Hell: Sakura and Syaoran both state on different occasions that without the other, life is meaningless.
- You Can't Fight Fate: It's established that the world runs in balance and when it's someone's time to die, someone is going to die, and if another were to interfere and save the doomed person, another person who should have lived will be doomed in his/her place. Sakura finds this out in the worst possible way.