Welcome back everyone! Sorry if I kept you in suspense for to long but with work and school (which starts next week and I'm totally unprepared. --) I have been swamped! Sorry if there are any typos in the last chapter. I type really fast and sometimes I don't realize if I make a mistake. Well I do but when I realize it it's to late. LOL sweatdrop Forgive me this is my first time posting on this site so it's a little different from what I'm used to. Well with that said I hope you enjoy! Runs to get popcorn for you O

Disclaimer: Sadly Ai Yori Aoshi doesn't bleong to me. TT But that's ok I still love whoever does own it! LOL!

Chapter 2

Dirty Work

"Kaoru...Kaoru are you listening to me?" Takago gently set down his sake dish and cleared his throat. "I swear Minoru your son has a faint problem."

Minoru bowed his head in apology. "Forgive me father for Kaoru is very concentrated on his work. He's been staying up for countless hours this week learning about the new Hana-Sakura buisness."

"Understandable. But I hope that this doesn't continue when he leaves tomorrow morning. Because once he steps off that plane he will be representing our family. And he will be an official man in their eyes."

"Don't worry father. I will make sure Kaoru is on his best behaivor."

"Welcome to the Southwest Airlines experience. We hope that your flight experience with us is one of the most enjoyable experiences you experience on your trip." The flight attendant in the navy blue outfit smiled while pulling out a piece of paper.

Kaoru laughed a little and whispered to Aoi. "I wonder how many times we will experience her saying experience on this flight."

Aoi giggled and lightly tapped Kaoru's arm. "Kaoru-sama I'm sure she is just doing her job."

The flight attendant continued to read off the lists of do's and don'ts for the flight. After about a three minute list the flight attendant finally took her seat.

Aoi looked a little concerned. "Who would have thought there would be so many rules here on this one flight."

Kaoru sighed heavily. "I don't know. But I don't think I will be able to remember them all."

Aoi smiled and kissed his cheek. "I can't wait to get there. It'll be like us living in our own little house. Just the two of us." She snuggled up to him and smiled. "Oh that reminds me. My father wanted me to tell you that our familes have a surprise waiting for us at the airport!"

"Oh boy. I can't wait." He smiled sarcastically closing his eyes as the plane began to take off.

"So Kaoru-sama what did my father talk to you about before we left?" She looked over to him as she was growing tired reading a magazine.

"How do you know that your father and I were talking?" He looked up to her from his briefcase.

"Well Kaoru-sama my father does talk loud. It's a wonder that he even knows how to whisper really." She giggled.

He chuckled a little and shook his head. "It's nothing really. We were just talking about future things. You know about inheriting the buisness and everything."

"Are you afriad Kaoru-sama?" She looked to him worried. "You know about this whole thing?"

"Now why would I be afraid?"

"I...well it's just you haven't been acting like yourself lately. And I was wondering if maybe you were scared or nervous about something. You act as if something is not right."

"Believe you me Aoi-chan you just don't know how right you are." He turned away from her and looked out the window at the ocean.

"I'm sorry for my rude behaivor sir. I was strictly out of line." Miyabi bowed and sighed.

Uzuko smirked a little and lifted her chin gently with his fore finger. "You are forgiven. But I to should apologize for making quite the scene. It was most unproffesional of me." He winked flirtatiously at her and laughed a little now walking over to his chair.

Miyabi blushed and looked to the floor. "Tha-thank you Lord Uzuko. Really this means a lot to me."

He gently kissed the top of her forehead. "No need to thank me."

Without hesitation Miyabi closed her eyes and planted an innocent kiss on Uzuko's lips.

Shocked Uzuko could do nothing but stand there amazed. To think Miyabi had the courage, the strength to do something so bold. And then it hit him, for all she knew he hasn't had a geniune woman's touch since Aoi's mother had passed away. But he had. But how was he to go about telling her that he had another woman in his life. He definitely didn't want his little Aoi-chan to find out. She had never mentioned anything about wanting him to move on or anything. And he didn't want to do anything to upset her anymore. Because she knew that deep down he truly still had some doubts about this Kaoru boy.

Then the thought of kissing his daughter's nanny came across his head. How would Aoi feel if she ever found out about that! Sure she likes Miyabi and sure she saw her as a mother figure but them? Together? In that split second he reacted the only way his body knew how to. He stepped away from Miyabi and sighed slightly. "I'm...I'm sorry Miyabi but...I."

She turned around quickly not facing him anymore trying to hide her embarrassment. "I understand. Please...please forgive me." She began to walk out of the room as a tear fell on the ground.

"Wow look over there Kaoru-sama! They have so many shops and things in their airport!" Aoi smiled looking around in amazement at the many different shops and things in the building. "And look outside! It's just like the movies!" She laughed.

"Yes. You act as if you've never been here before." He looked to her with a smirk and a raised eyebrow. Thinking she was just putting on a cute tourist act.

"And you have?" She looked to him confused. "But Kaoru-sama I never remember you ever leaving Japan. And I think I would remember this place."

He was about to say something when he shook his head. It was not to long ago when Aoi, Kaoru and Tina had taken a trip to America to Tina's home town. But that was a while ago. That was before... But wait. As far as she knew he never went to college. And never met anyone named TIna. So then that meant there was no Tina. Was there? And if so is she here? Or in Japan?

"Kaoru-sama! There are our bags!" She pointed.

Kaoru snapped out of his thought process and walked over to the rotating circle filled with everyone's bags. He grabbed at theirs and began to walk toward the exit.

Aoi followed close behind still in awe at the amazing view of California.

"Kaoru Hanabishi! Aoi Sakaraba!" A young man in a limo driver's outfit waved a sign above his head.

"Over here!" Kaoru shouted.

"Ah yes. Mr. Hanabishi. I have a message for you." The young man slipped him a note and held out his hand as soon as he let go of the note.

Kaoru looked to the bellboy and then to his hand. "Ah." He slowly reached for his bags and handed it to the boy. "There you are. Now where is our ride?"

"I believe you have misunderstood Mr. Hanabishi. I am not here to escort you. I was only chosen to deliver you that message. Now if you don't mind." He dropped Kaoru's luggage. "I was waiting for a tip."

Aoi pulled out her change purse and handed some change to the young man.

"Thank you ma'am." He bowed and walked back into the airport.

Shocked Kaoru grabbed their things and walked over to a bench. Sitting on it a little disappointed at what had just happened.

"Kaoru-sama. What does the note say?"

Kaoru shook his head and opened the note.

To Kaoru and Aoi,

We are pleased to see you have made it this far. Due to your anxiousness to get out of the country so fast we forgot to set up arrangements for you housing! But do not fret for Uzuko came up with a brilliant idea! We have sent the money for you to rent a small yet affordable one-bedroom apartment. I'm sure it will be to your liking. On the back of this note is the address. I'm sure a taxi wouldn't mind taking you there. Since Kaoru is taking a job at the new buisness location you all should be able to live off your own money for a while. That is why we have decided to cut off your ties to the main family account. Both of them.

But don't worry the company will pay you handsomely but be sure to spend your money wisely. You're in the real world now and everyone won't be so friendly or quick to hand you things on a silver platter. I suggest you use this time to use your credit cards to buy a car and whatever else you may need as of right now. But be quick because tomorrow at midnight your credit cards will be cut off. We love you. Take care.

Hanabishi-Sakaraba

"I don't believe this!" Kaoru handed the note to Aoi and began pacing back and forth.

After Aoi finished reading the letter she slowly stuffed it into her obi. "Oh dear. Well I guess we have no choice but to get everything we need as soon as possible."

Kaoru whistled as a taxi came up to the curb. "I suppose you're right. Come on. We have no time to lose."

"Are you sure it was okay to just leave them there with no money?" Miyuka looked to Takago worried.

"Don't worry. They'll be fine. This is a test to see if Kaoru can take care of himself once the time comes."

"What do you mean! They're..."

"He has a point." Uzuko stood up and began walking around the room inspecting the models on the shelves. "Kaoru can't be babied all his life. He has to show some sort of responsibility. And now seems like a good place to start."

"But don't you think this is a little extreme! I mean he's only seventeen!"

Takago nodded. "Yes I was seventeen when I inherited the buisness. Besides if they really need us they'll call."

"Kaoru-sama. I think we're going to be ok." Aoi smiled as she looked around they're newly furnished home.

"Yes Aoi-chan. Say can I ask you a question?"

"Anything."

"Will you be ok here alone? I mean while I'm away at this so called job?"

She laughed softly. "Kaoru-sama. You forget I am an only child. I am always alone. Besides if I do get bored then I will go to the local shopping center."

Kaoru smiled and hugged her. "It's amazing how you can still keep a smile after all this time."

"Well whenever I'm with you Kaoru-sama I can do nothing but smile."

He laughed a little walking into the bedroom. "Well let's start tomorrow off great." He yawned.

She nodded and walked in after him.

"Oh that's right. There is only one bed." He blushed a little.

Aoi giggled and laid down. "It's ok. We're going to have to get used to it anyways right?"

He nodded. "Yeah. You are right." He turned off the lights and climbed into bed as well.

End Chapter 2

Author's Note: Next time!

Kaoru doesn't exactly know how to handle the pressure of managin his own buisness and being able to be home enough to keep Aoi company. And who is Aoi's new friend? Kaoru certainly doesn't like someone being there with her when he's not there to protect her. Especially when Kaoru works so many late nights. And who is that shadow following Kaoru around at night? Also what will happen if Uzuko's little secret slips out? Find out in the next chapter! Review Please! O