TITLE: Choosing Priorities
AUTHOR: Tiffany Park
CATEGORY: Dark Fantasy with Horror Undertones, Angst, Drama, Prequel, Probably AU, Sequel to "Embracing Destiny"
SPOILERS: Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle Chapitres 150 through 172. References to xxxHolic and RG Veda.
CONTENT WARNINGS: Mild language, violent imagery (but nothing worse than what is already in the manga).
SUMMARY: Fai adjusts to life in Seresu, and Ashura wrestles with the consequences of his recent actions and decisions.
ARCHIVE: Please ask first
DISCLAIMER: Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, xxxHolic, and their characters (King Ashura, Fai D Fluorite/Yūi, Original-Fai, Princess Tomoyo, Fei Wang Reed, Maru and Moro, and Yūko Ichihara) belong to CLAMP, Del Rey Ballantine Books, Random House Inc., Kodansha Ltd., Funimation, and probably a whole bunch of other people and companies I know nothing about. RG Veda and its characters (Lord Ashura, Lady Kendappa, Lord Taishaku(ten), and Lord Bishamon(ten)) belong to CLAMP, TOKYOPOP Inc., Shinshokan Publishing Co., Ltd., and probably more people and companies that, again, I know nothing about. This story is for entertainment purposes only and no money exchanged hands. No copyright infringement is intended. The original characters, situations, and story are the property of the author. This story may not be posted elsewhere without the consent of the author.
AUTHOR'S NOTES: This story is a direct sequel of "Embracing Destiny," and references or continues a number of elements from it. I don't think you need to read it to understand this story, but some things will be clearer if you skim over the last five or six chapters of it.
Like "Embracing Destiny," this story plays heavily with the revelation by Princess Tomoyo that King Ashura was a dreamseer, although as usual he's nowhere near as good at dealing with it as characters like Tomoyo and Yūko.
I stuck with English and tried not to use any Japanese titles, honorifics, or terminology because, quite frankly, I don't trust myself to get them correct in context. I kept "hitsuzen" rather than using "inevitability" (which may have been a mistake), but that's pretty much it.
If any of this is going to bother you, you'd probably be better off just skipping this story.