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.
- All Guys Want Cheerleaders: Invoked by Meiling as her reason for joining the cheerleading squad.
- 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: 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Doppelgänger: In chapter 17, the mystery Big Bad uses Sympathetic Magic to turn Reiko into a corporeal duplicate of Sakura.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.