This is a shout out to Rileycharlotte! Where are you??? You just up and disappeared with a big poof all gone I miss your work and I never got to find out the end of your Fruits basket fic. Missing your work /tears/ hope to see you up and writing again soon and links posted to where I can continue to read your work.

Author's Note:

Glasses: Normally I do this at the end of this chapter but I want to apologize right off the bat for taking so long to update and guess what this story still isn't finished yet.


Glasses: Okaaaaay they get it. You know that's why you never made it into this story. You annoy the hell out of me. Anyway let's get to the next chapter

Momiji: Yay story!!! Oh me, me, me I want to be in the story. /Jumps up and down/ can I can I please?

Glasses: What? No! this is about Ayame, Shigure and Hatori! I don't need any other people showing up. You're all driving me crazy as it is.

Momiji: /tears/ but I want to be in the story, Yuki, Kyo, and Tohru get to be in the story so why... sniff can't I? Whhhhaaaaaaa! Glasses is being mean to me!

Black Haru: HEY you got a problem? The kid want's to be in the story so you damn well better write him in before I break all your fingers and you can't write at all. What's the matter you don't have the talent to add another character you second rate hack.

Glasses: /Sweat drop/ Note to self do not make Momiji cry I like my fingers. See look I'm putting him in the story.

Black Haru: Good writer /pats glasses head/ now I'm just going to sit here and watch you and make sure you don't screw this up okay.

Glasses: /Nervous laugh/ Whatever you want Haru.

Momiji: Yay, yay thanks Haru, you're the best.

Glasses: /mutters/ little brat.


The sound of his door sliding open and an obnoxious questioning little voice brought Hatori into head splitting consciousness.

"Oh there you are." Momiji pointed at the dragon who had been sleeping under his jacket on the chair in his study.

"Hari you don't look so good. You're not sick are you? It would be pretty silly if you let yourself get sick you being a doctor and all...." The rabbit folded his arms behind his head and regarded the hung over dragon and his red rimmed eyes. Hatori's only response was to turn his head away from the boy and fall back to sleep, however it seemed that was going to be easier said than done as a wailing voice that was entirely to loud brought him unwillingly back from the brink of unconsciousness.

"Awwwww Hari you're so boring!!! come on get up!" The dragon could feel a tug on his shirt and opened his eyes to see Momiji clinging to him and attempting to pull him to his feet.

"Come on Hari you can't sleep all day!" the boy protested. Actually I was thinking of doing just that. The dragon thought to himself bitterly.

"Get up, get up you have to drive me to Shigure's house Tohru called and invited us for dinner and it would be really rude of us not to show up don't you think?" If Hatori had been capable of breathing fire he was sure there would have been one very well done rabbit in the room.

"Momiji call Tohru and tell her we can't make it.... but thank her for the invitation." Hatori slumped forward in his chair rubbing his forehead with the palm of his hand.

"Hari it's five o'clock! She probably has dinner started and every thing! You want her to cook all that food for nothing! that would just hurt Tohru's feelings, we can't do that!" Hatori glanced over at the clock and blinked, Momiji was right, god what time had he passed out this morning if he was still feeling hung over at this hour! Of all the cursed luck!

"Go wait in the car." Hatori muttered hauling himself out of the chair.

"YAY!!!" Momiji jumped up and down and ran out of the room sticking his arms out and making airplane noises.

After cleaning himself up quickly, Hatori half walked half dragged himself into the car and drove to Shigure's house with Momiji singing all to loudly in the back seat all the way

"Who's in the forest strolling? the birds and the bees sing Momiji... Hari Hari you sing to!"


"Awwww! Hari your no fun!"

Hatori pulled up to the house "Yay we're here! we're here." Momiji exclaimed. "Tohru Tohru were here." The boy called running up to the house. The door slid open to reveal a smiling Tohru and while Hatori's reflexes were not at there best, he did manage to grab Momiji by the arm before he could pounce on Tohru and transform.

"Momiji behave." The dragon stated.

"Kay!" Was all the boy said before running off into the house.

"Hatori, thank you so much for coming, and driving Momiji here." Tohru said welcoming Hatori into the house.

"I didn't mean to be a bother but Shigure and Ayame decided they were going out at the last minute. I had already planned dinner for six people and I figured that instead of wasting food I'd just invite over you and Momiji. I hope you don't mind."

"No, it was a very nice invitation Miss Honda, thank you, we appreciate you taking the trouble."

"Oh no it's no trouble....."

"Every time you open your mouth I swear! It pisses me off!" Kyo shouted sitting at the table.

"Waaaaaahhhhhhhh!!! Kyo's picking on me!" The rabbit wailed. Hatori sat at the table and glared at the cat and the rabbit. Momiji stopped wailing immediately, Kyo looked at Hatori accusingly.

"What's your problem anyway? Who woke you up on the wrong side of the bed?" Hatori gave no comment and simply focused on eating his meal, which was proving to be a bit of a challenge with his stomach not being as appreciative of Tohru's cooking as it usually was.

Tohru looked a little distressed with Hatori glaring at his food, Kyo glaring at Hatori, and Momiji glaring mischievously at Kyo.

"Don't mind them Miss Honda, your cooking is astounding, as usual." Yuki flashed one of his award winning smiles at Tohru.

"Oh really you think so?" Tohru asked sheepishly.

"Why of course I do." Yuki's attentions to Tohru only served to aggravate Kyo who's attention snapped from Hatori to Yuki.

"Of course it's good! I mean you shouldn't have to say it's good all the time. The only time it isn't good is when she cooks those stupid leaks." The cat grumbeled.

"Well unlike you I know how to give credit where credit is due, it's only polite you know, stupid cat." Yuki said between bites of rice.

"What did you just call me? I dare you to say that again you damn rat!" Kyo raged.

"Stupid cat." Yuki stated just to irk the cat further.

"That's it pretty boy you want to take this outside?" The cat challenged

"No actually I don't. unlike you I have enough manners that I'm not going to allow a good meal to sit a grow cold." The rat replied

"I think you're just worried I'm going to mess up your pretty boy face." The cat retaliated.

"The probability of that happening is less than zero, so actually I'm not worried about it at all." Yuki said in a matter of fact way.

"Just what the hell is that supposed to mean?" the cat shouted back.

"I'm sorry I'll use smaller words, in simple terms it means you fight like a girl." Yuki stated.


Supper pretty much progressed that way with Yuki and Kyo bickering, Tohru playing referee, and Momiji adding annoying background noise. Hatori didn't know what was worse the fact that he was having the worst migraine of his life, or that despite that fact that what was really on his mind at the moment was Shigure and Ayame.

Eventually Kyo stormed off from the table to go sulk on the roof. As he was leaving the room.

"Kyo don't you want dessert?" Tohru asked innocently.

"NO I DON'T!" the cat shouted and stomped up the stairs.

"Yuki, Kyo's so mean. You'll play with me right, oh I know I know let's play cards. Pleeeeeeeeeeaaasssssssssse!!!!" Momiji begged.

"Well..." was all the rat managed to say.

"Yay!" The boy exclaimed pulling Yuki off into the other room.

Tohru being the great host that she was brought Hatori a cup of tea for which he was most grateful.

"Hatori?" The dragon blinked surprised at the soft voice that had snapped him out of his brooding.

"I don't mean to pry but you seemed a little distracted at dinner, and I know that I don't really know you all that well, and like I said I don't mean to pry and all, and if you don't want to answer me you don't have to... but is something bothering you?" Hatori took a moment to process the question that had been hidden in that nervous babble.

"I wouldn't say I'm particularly bothered...." Hatori frowned and lit a cigarette.

"Shigure and Ayame are spending a lot of time together.... they seem really happy."

Hatori almost dropped his cigarette. Tohru had hit the nail right on the head so to speak. How did a girl who at times seemed undeniably spaced out, manage to be so intuitive when it came to other peoples problems and feelings? perhaps the more pressing question was just how obvious was he acting with his feelings? which lead him to the even more important question of what exactly his feelings were? Hatori inhaled smoke wishing that it would help ease his headache, but finding it didn't even really ease his nerves.

"Shigure, Ayame and yourself have always been close right?" Tohru continued, the dragon nodded but said nothing.

"You know my Mom and I were close, I mean she wasn't just my Mom she was my friend to. When she passed away Uo and Hana were always there for me, they can't replace her but they really care for me, and I know they want very much for me to be happy. You can never really replace someone you love but if my mom were still around I know I wouldn't be as close to Uo and Hana as I am today. We've been through so much together. I'm sorry, I was trying to make a point. So I guess what I'm trying to say is no one ever really replaces someone you love, but that doesn't mean you can't find other people that you love in different ways. Since my mom died I've met Shigure, Yuki, Kyo, Momiji, Ayame, you Hatori and all the Sohmas. If I had closed myself off from everyone I wouldn't have met such good friends and wonderful people and I don't think I could have ever really been happy. I haven't forgotten my mom, but I'm happy here. Mom would have wanted me to be happy. You know Shigure and Ayame... I think they want you to be happy too Hatori, and I think.... I think Kana would want you to be happy to... don't you think so Hatori?"

Hatori said nothing.

"I'm sorry. It's really none of my business. I guess I'll go see how Yuki and Momiji are doing." Tohru turned around to leave the room.

"I think.... I think you're right Miss Honda." Hatori said evenly. Tohru halted in mid step she turned and smiled at the dragon.

"Miss Honda could you tell Momiji to finish up his game of cards. It's a school night and we really should be going." Tohru nodded.

"Tohru... thank you." Hatori said softly. Tohru's smile just widened as she left the room to go collect Momiji.

Added: Sorry about spelling I know this story needs an editor badly. I don't think I'm the worst writer out there but I know I'm close the the worst editor ever! I'm going to work on fixing some things up and it isn't helping that I keep finding different name spelling for FB characters on different web sites and in different fan fiction's errrr... Okay I messed up I should just pick a spelling a stick with it sorry for any confusion.