Chapter 23

"Papa, it's about time isn't it?" Maya asked, using her spoon to play with her cold cereal. Her other arm was on the breakfast bar, hand supporting her head.

"Hmm. Yes, it is. A week from now should be about it." The father glanced at her daughter, he was reading the newspaper. "Is that alright with you?"

Maya snapped out of her trance-like state and grinned towards her father, "Of course it is! It should be fun."

Her father smiled back and turned back to his newspaper.

As Maya headed back to her room, her heart felt so heavy she was surprised it didn't drop. She trudged up the stairs, gripping the marble banister for support. As she slumped into her plush desk chair, a notification popped up on her computer – 1 new e-mail.

Maya clicked on the notification. It read ;

"Dear Maya,

How about dinner this Saturday night? It's to make up for missing my party. It was my birthday, you know. Some guy came to look for you, quite the popular girl aren't you? He said something about you 'having someone else', can't be him right?

I eagerly await your reply, Nicholas."

Maya scoffed at the dinner part and quickly began to type her response.

"Thanks, but no thanks. I'm going to be too busy packing to go to dinner with you. I'm moving to America. And if that person is who I think he is, then yes. He is the person I like, and I like him much more than you. But happy birthday."

She clicked the 'send' button and got up.

Thinking to herself out loud, she said, "I wonder if I should tell Kyouya? Hmm. I don't think he'll be too happy to hear about it. I guess I will later on then."


"Ehhhhhhh?!" Hatsumi looked at Maya with a look of deep surprise.

"You're movingg? To America?" Maya nodded and sipped her drink. The two were at a cafe and Maya wanted to have some fun with one of her only good female friends.

"But why? This is so sudden!" Hatsumi's cheeks became rosy with excitement.

"Because, my father is going to open some of his firms in America. He says I can't stay here without him. It's fine I guess. I won't be gone forever. And maybe it'll be fun, I like to travel." Maya smiled.

"When will you be back?" Hatsumi already was beginning to tear at the thought of Maya leaving for an extended period of time.

"I am not sure about that Hatsumi-chan. But the fact is, I will be."

"And there's nothing to be done about it?" Hatsumi pouted.

"Not a thing. Oh Hatsumi. This is nothing to cry over. Promise me that when I come back, you won't be such a crybaby anymore."

Hatsumi then began to cry with her hands in her lap. "Oh-sniff-kayy. I -sniff- promisse."

Maya smiled and reached over to take the trembling girl in her arms.

"I'm going to miss you." She whispered, patting the girls back.


At school , Maya was a little quieter than usual. She always had things on her mind, and whenever she looked particularly troubled, someone would ask her if she was alright. She would look at them, realize she was still in school, and reply, "Yeahh, I'm fine." with an weird smile on her face. Even an idiot could see something was wrong, but the host club members didn't say anything about it.

"Must be that time of the month." Hikaru whispered to Kaoru.

Kaoru looked on at Maya, who was now looking like she was thinking very hard , and shrugged uncertainly.

"Is Maya-chan okay?" Hani glanced at the girl, she had refused his sweets for the past few days now, which was very odd indeed.

Mori grunted, he was confused as well. Her greetings didn't have the usual pep in them anymore.

Tamaki strut over to Maya and bent down to her level. "Mayaaa. Is everything alright? Is anything bothering you? I'm always here for you." He smiled, roses littering the background and casually flicked his hair back.

Maya blinked, tilted her head and stated, "Your face is bothering me."

As Tamaki went into his corner, mumbling and sobbing about how his face couldn't possibly bother anyone, Kyouya glanced at Maya, and continued to sort through files.


"Maya, it's time to go." Kyouya put away the rest of his files.

Maya was looking out the window, spacing off. As soon as she heard her name, she jerked out of her daydream.

"Huh, oh yeah. I'll just grab my things."

Before she reached her bag, Kyouya grabbed her arm, and gently pulled her towards him till she was in his embrace. He studied her face before feeling her her forehead.

Maya laughed as soon as she knew what he was up to.

"If there's any problem, any at all, please tell me. I'll do my best to help. That's what I'm here for."

Maya looked at his face, and noticed his forehead creased with lines of worry.

"I know that, but it just so happens that there is no problem. So relax, okay?" Maya reached up and stroked his face while smiling lightly. The lines on his forehead smoothed away at her touch.

"Okay." He pecked her on her cheek and then on her lips.

She pulled away and took her bag, and reached out to Kyouya, "Are we going or not?"

Kyouya took her hand and smiled. "We are."


The day before Maya was going to leave, she told all of the club members except Kyouya.

"Now, I don't want any of you to tell him, cause I want to tell him myself."

"Oh, Maya, that's so sad. But we will see you again right?" Tamaki hugged her and pretended to wipe a tear from his eye.

The twins squashed Maya between the two, "Promise to visit and call. We'll visit you too! Don't forget us."

"Hah, how could I forget you two. Most annoying twins in existence. Not to mention most fun. And yes Tamaki we will. I'm going to miss you all. And please take care of Kyouya."

Maya smiled while hugging each of them, and accepting a lollipop from Hani who was tearing.

"Goodbye Hani-senpai, goodbye Mori-senpai, it was a great pleasure meeting and knowing all of you.I've had such a great time here." She grinned.

"Well, I've got to go now to finish up my packing. I love you all! See yyou guys later."

She waved and then she turned around to leave the third music classroom for the last time.


Unfortunately, Maya was too busy packing up, that she forgot to tell Kyouya.

"Done packing Maya? We're set to go at 4 PM." Maya's father stood at her bedroom door.

"Oh, yeah I know. I'm nearly done. Last minute things, you know." He nodded and went away.

Meanwhile, at school Kyouya was wondering where Maya was.

"Tamaki, did you see Maya today?" Tamaki replied no, and just shrugged with a vague smile on his lips.

When Kyouya spotted Hatsumi alone, he went up to her.

"Excuse me Hatsumi-san, do you know where Maya is? I haven't seen her at all."

Hatsumi looked at him in surprise, "You mean she didn't tell you?"

"Tell me what?"

"Maya's leaving today. She's going to America. And she won't be back for who knows how long." Hatsumi started to tear again, and her lips were starting to tremble.

'No. I mustn't cry. For Maya-kun!' She told herself.

Kyouya stared at her for two seconds, registering the fact that she of all people was leaving.

"Do you know when she's leaving? The time?"

"Yeahh. Four o'clock, she said."

He glanced at his watch which read 3:18.

"Thank you."

Kyouya strode away as quick as possible.

"I'll see you later Tamaki." He muttered as he strode past his best friend.

Tamaki smiled coyly, and sighed, "Ahh, young love."


"Come on Maya, we're leaving." Maya's father called to her from the front door.

"Coming! I just feel like I forgot something.." She rummaged through her bag, and everything was there. Then a lightbulb went on above her head as a very familiar black car stopped in front of her ex-house.

"Oh no. I forgot to tell Kyouya! Um, you go on ahead daddy, I'll be at the airport very soon."

Her father looked at her, "Alright. Be there by 4:20 sharp. Plane leaves at 4:30."

"No problem." Maya grinned.

Her father smiled and got in the awaiting limo. "Ahh, young love.." He murmured as the driver drove. "Excuse me sir?"

"It's good to be young." He laughed.

The chauffeur looked at the rear view mirror nervously and didn't say anything other than, "Uh, of course sir."

Maya waited as Kyouya paced up to her.


"Hello... Why didn't you tell me?"

"I'm so sorry. I forgot right when it counted. But I'm leaving in a few. Will you miss me?" Maya smiled.

And with that, his anger melted away, "Of course not. Who would waste their time missing someone like you?" He smiled and pushed his glasses up.

"Well, this someone would waste their time missing someone like you. Very, very much."

He chuckled and enveloped her into an embrace. "Then I suppose, I must return the favor. I will miss you Maya. More than you know."

She smiled and started to cry. She didn't even feel the tears coming till they began making paths down her face.

"Haha. Look, I'm crying."

He wiped her tears away and kissed her.

When he pulled away, she said, "I need a ride to the airport. Care to help a girl out?"

"I'll make an exception. Just this once." He smiled and opened the passenger door.


"Well, here we are." The pair stepped out of the car.

Maya nodded gravely.

"Before I go, Kyouya, I need you to know that I'm in love you."

She looked him square in the eyes with her own clear almost green eyes. His onyx eyes met hers, and he said, "I'm in love with you too Maya, and I have been for a long time now. So please come back soon."

Her eyes creased with a smile and she kissed him.

"Goodbye Kyouya Ootori."

"Goodbye Maya Tateishi."

And so, Maya walked into the airport, right as the clock hit 4:21.

"You're late Maya." Her father smiled at her.

"Yeah. I guess I am."

"Flight 237 to New York is now boarding. Flight 237 to New York is now boarding."

"Let's go Maya." her stepmother called to her as Maya looked out the window to see Kyouya leaning against his car.

"Coming!" Maya pushed open the window and yelled, "You better not cheat on me!"

Kyouya spotted the girl leaning out the window grinned, and waved.

"I swear."

The end

Don't worry guys, this is the end to this part of the story, but there will be little snippets of the future and things like that. So stay tuned! :)