Ok, this chapter I'm a lot happier with. I hope you are too!


LOCATION: DOWNTOWN NYC

Haruhi fought back the tears in her eyes and tried to stop her thoughts from running wild. However, it was nearly impossible to stop either. She was being sold as a slave and might not ever see her father or her friends again!

And there was nothing she could do about it.

She once again went through all the faces of her loved ones in her mind, each one making the tears closer to falling.

Once again, she paused on the image of Kaoru. It hit her that they just figured out their feelings for each other, and now they were to be permanently separated.

The car jerked to a stop and Haruhi was pulled from her thoughts. She looked out the window- they were in a completely different part of the city. Marsh parked the car and got out, coming around to Haruhi's side. He opened the door and untied her hands.

"Listen here. I'm giving you some money and you're going to go into that Victoria's Secret there." He pointed to a building with a big pink sign. Haruhi had heard of it before, but she'd never actually had any interest in ordering from it. She felt it was a waste of money. "I'll come in in a few minutes, so it looks like we're separate customers. You are to find the sluttiest looking things you can find in there. I don't care how expensive it is Hell, I don't care if you go with the angel wings even! Just find something you think is slutty and then meet my by the changing rooms in ten minutes. Got it?"

She nodded and he handed her a wad of cash. On wobbly legs, she walked into the store. Dazed, Haruhi looked around at the women and girls, going through the bins of panties and bras, talking and laughing and having a good time. It amazed her at how unaware they were of how she was suffering in the clutches of mad men! They were blissfully unaware! It almost made her incredibly angry to see them so damn happy!

Marsh walking through the door and a sales associate coming up to him reminded her to get moving. Acting quickly, she picked out a red and black lacey bra and a thong to match. She also grabbed a pair of red feathery wings. Her whole body shaking, she walked to the changing rooms, where Marsh was nonchalantly looking though the lingerie.

He barely glanced at her. "Try on the bra and make sure it pushes up the little you've got."

Trying not to show the fact that she was offended, she nodded once and got into the changing rooms. Once she had fastened the bra, she turned and looked at herself in the mirror. It took all of her not to scream.

In the mirror, there was a bruised and battered woman where her reflection used to be. Her eyes were big and terror-filled. The woman also had dark circles under her eyes from lack of sleep, small cuts and purple bruises all over her body. Trembling even more, Haruhi had realized there was one part she needed to examine. She took a deep breath, and then grabbed hold of her pants and yanked them down in one swift motion. Just as she expected; her area was black and blue from all the abuse. She was surprised that no one had taken her aside and said anything.

That's society. No one wants to get involved. No one wants to help me…

a tear finally escaped and trickled down her cheek. Swallowing the lump forming in her throat, she put the sweats back on, turned away from the horrific sight in the mirror and went to go pay for the lingerie.


LOCATION: AN NYC EMERGENCY ROOM

"Kaoru, please get out from under there! The doctors just want to help you!" Hikaru begged. Kaoru, cowering underneath a chair, shook his head rapidly, his whole body quivering. Hikaru flashed a worried look at the head of the medical team. "Is he going to be okay?"

The doctor nodded. "This is just a normal reaction to the ordeal and whatever else they put him through."

"Normal? My baby brother's cowering under a chair and you call it normal?"

"Hikaru, please quiet down, there are other patients in this hospital." Kyoya chimed in. The shadow king was standing nearby with the medical team. Because of his medical training, his friendship with Kaoru, and by showing his card that proved he was an Ootori, he was allowed to help the doctors.

Hikaru sighed with resolve and then got down on his knees, trying once again to coax his bother out. "Kao, you're okay now, remember? You're in a hospital, safe and sound."

Kaoru shook his head again and began to cry. Between sobs he said. "Make…them… go away!"

The head doctor knelt down. "Mr. Hitachiin, I understand you went through quite a traumatic experience, but the faster you cooperate with us, the faster we can get you healed and home!"

"Maybe it wasn't the best idea for you to have him strip right now. It probably triggered…" Kyoya trailed off. Then it was like a light bulb lit up in his mind. He turned to the doctors. "Everyone please clear the room for a moment. I need to speak with the patient."

"But, Mr. Ootori, sir-"

"Now!"

The doctors shrugged at each other and followed orders. Once they were gone, Kyoya joined Hikaru on the floor. "Kaoru, they're gone for now. But I need to ask you something…what did they do to you? What did the doctors' words and actions bring back memories of?"

This brought on another round of sobbing for Kaoru. Hikaru offered his hand to his brother. "It's okay, Kao. You can tell us. No one's going to hurt you if you do!"

"I…I was…I was raped! I was raped and so was Haruhi!" Kaoru tossed the chair onto its back and threw himself into his brother's arms.

Kyoya winced at his friend's words. "I was afraid of that…"

Kaoru tightened his arms around his brother as he continued to cry, letting the pain of the horrible experience out through his tears.


Later, after the doctors had successfully examined the petrified twin and had given him enough Benadryl to calm him down, Hikaru plopped down in the seat that his brother had been hiding under just hours before. He moved the seat close to the bed that Kaoru lay on. Kaoru had his eyes closed, tired from the events, as well as the medication, but was fearful of falling asleep. He didn't want to risk reliving the horrible memories- or worse, wake up to find he had dreamt his whole return.

His eyes opened once he heard Hikaru move the chair. "Hey."

"Hey…" He took Kaoru's hand in his. Kaoru sighed. "What's up?"

"I'm just…worried about Haruhi, is all… I'm just sitting here while she's being sold….tonight!"

"You just focus on recovering, Kao. Haruhi's going to be okay. Mori-Senpai, Hunny-Senpai and the boss met up with Ranka and they're going to bring her home and get our fortune back."

"I don't care about the money! You don't seem worried at all about her!" Kaoru tried to prop himself up on his elbows. "How can you be so sure that she's going to be okay?" He raised his voice as best he could in the drug-induced haze he was in. "What if she's already dead?"

Hikaru's finger hovered over the call button for the nurse's station, but he changed his mind. Instead he took hold of his brother's shoulder and gently lowered him down.

"Kaoru! Calm down! We've got two human weapons on our side! Not to mention a distraught father…ok, two if you count the boss. "

The twins shared a quick, yet uncomfortable laugh before Kaoru groaned in pain. When he was tossed out of the van, he had broken a rib.

After the pain subsided, Kaoru settled back down and was silent for a little while. "I just can't help but think about her," he said suddenly. "And this dream I had had, where they beat and raped her to death and I swear if I hadn't seen her right after I woke up, I might believe she's dead, and the weirdest thing is that in the dream she tried to tell me she loved me, and…and…" Kaoru took a deep breath and stopped his sentence from running on further. He had just practically spilled the beans about his feelings for Haruhi. Of all the times, he had to do that now!

The look on Hikaru's face said it all, as he smiled, knowingly. "Kaoru…I think your mind is trying to tell you something…are you…in love with her?"

Kaoru's eyes welled up with tears. "…and now I might never see her again!"

Hikaru leaned forward and hugged his brother once again. Kaoru sobbed into his twin's chest, while they silently prayed for Haruhi's safe return.


The big shaboozie is coming up soon! (Yes I stole that word from an early 2000's Nickelodeon game show...deal...)