Melee Over the Onigiri

Shigure Sohma sighed and leaned his head into the palm of his hand. It had been less than two weeks since the 'event' as everyone secretly called it, and slowly things were becoming normal. Normal and boring, that is. Kyo and Tohru were so inseparable that they were beginning to resemble twins. Yuki, on the other hand, was constantly trying to get between them.

Yuki didn't seem to mind the occasional talk, but he prevented anything more than that. Kagura, on the other hand, was suffering from complete shock and was in the state of denial. Did her unwavering years of undying love mean nothing to Kyo? Was she so pathetic that someone else could come into his life and eclipse her as if she was nothing?

Shigure narrowed his eyes and suddenly it clicked. Quickly he picked up the telephone beside him and punched in several numbers.

"We're home!" Kyo, Yuki, and Tohru exclaimed all at once.

He brought the receiver away from his face. "Welcome home." Receiving no reply now, he went back to his business. "One, two," He would pick up, now.

"Sohma house. Sohma Hatori speaking," a familiar and monotone voice answered.

"Hey, hey Ha-san," Shigure laughed. "Are you busy right now?"

Hearing a pause, Shigure guessed that Hatori went to check his schedule. "Actually, ye-"

"Great! Can you call the guys and tell them to come over here?" He asked right away. Surely Hatori was never so busy that he couldn't hang out with his best friend in the entire world! That being Shigure of course.

"What are you up to?" Hatori asked with a threatening tone. "I know you're up to something. You always phone me when you're up to something."

Shigure thought for a moment and asked, "What about that one time Tohru-kun was hurt?"

"You know what I'm talking about. You may fool everyone else Shigure, but you can't fool me...I'm no one's fool. Always remember that I know where you live. I know where you sleep at night. I know what you ate for breakfast." Hearing nothing on Shigure's end, he asked, "Am I scaring you?"

"Y-Yes." Shigure replied shakily.

"Good. Always know that I'm watching you. I have eyes everywhere in your house. Now, was there something you wanted?" He asked calmly.

Now hesitant, Shigure asked, "Can you tell Momiji, Hiro, Aya, Hatsuharu and Ritsu to come over here? Of course, you're invited too."

"Now I know you're up to something," Hatori spoke. "All right, so you don't want Kagura over there?"

"Yes."

An hour later the doorbell rang. Tohru, who was preparing tonight's dinner made her way to the door. "I'll get it!"

"Ah, Tohru-kun," Shigure interrupted, causing her to immediately stop. "This has something to do with the main house, so I'll get it. If you don't mind, we'll discuss things in the living room."

"Yes..." She understood. Even though she was part of their household, she wasn't a part of their family. She could never truly be a part of their family. Slowly she walked back to her bedroom and closed the door.

"Kyo-kun, Yuki-kun, we have guests!" Shigure smiled as he walked towards the door.

As Kyo and Yuki walked downstairs, Hatori walked through the door followed by Ayame, Momiji, Hiro, Hatsuharu, and Ritsu. Kyo and Yuki both noticed everyone else looked confused as to why they had come; everyone excluding Momiji of course. He loved being called out for no apparent reason. It surprised everyone even more that Ritsu was starting to dress more like a man.

"Tohru," Momiji started. "Where's Tohru?"

Within a split second, Kyo was beating on Momiji. "Why are you guys here?" He asked in a low and threatening growl.

"Wah! Kyo's picking on me! B-Because Shi-chan invited us!"

Shigure sighed and cleared his throat, "Everyone gather in the living room. The meeting is about to start." With that one sentence he caught everyone's attention.

"What's this about Shigure?" Yuki asked suspiciously. He wouldn't normally call a meeting like this and exclude Tohru. Then again, he would never call a gathering a 'meeting'.

"Yeah, what the hell is this?" Kyo seconded. His temple was throbbing and everyone took notice of it.

Once everyone settled down, Shigure stood in the center of the room. He made eye contact with each individual before speaking. "What I'm proposing is a contest…Or, a competition."

"A...competition?" Ritsu repeated. "What's it about?"

"A race." Before anyone could talk, he explained, "The winner will get one wish granted. It can be any wish they desire. The competition will span two weeks."

"What kind of race lasts two weeks?" Hatori asked.

Shigure placed a hand on his side triumphantly. "Easy! The race to see who can get Tohru-kun to like them the most."

Kyo and Yuki were instantly on their feet. "What kind of a competition is that?"

"Kyo-kun, Yuki-kun, you shouldn't frown too much or you might end up with wrinkles like Ha-san." Shigure smiled. Hatori glared in response.

Hiro closed his eyes shut and waved his hand in disinterest. "I don't see what the point of this is. Why would we do something stupid like that just for a stupid wish?"

Shigure smiled. And here he thought the kid was smarter than that. "Because Hiro-kun, do you really want Tohru-kun hanging around Sa-chan all the time, do you? If you win this, you could tell her not to hang around her anymore." His answer was light and blunt and got Hiro thinking. "However, there is one more condition. No one must bring up the fact that this is all but a competition. If I find out someone has broken that rule, that person will be disqualified and suffer the consequences. Now, who's in?"

"I am," Kyo, Yuki, and Hiro instantly said. Ayame, Hatsuharu, and Ritsu, on the other hand, were still thinking.

This is it! Ritsu thought. My first step on becoming a real man! I have to stand up for myself! I have to show them that I'm not useless! "M-me too..."

Two weeks...Hatsuharu's mind echoed. Let's see...I don't have anything planned other than school. And if I enter, I can see Yuki everyday... "All right, I'm in."

Gure-san and Tori-san aren't going to enter, so it's up to me! Ayame schemed. That and this'll shake Yuki-kun up a bit. Maybe he'll start looking up to his older brother. "I shall enter as well."

"The competition starts tomorrow." Shigure smiled.