Well, this came out a bit later then I wanted. No use crying over spilt milk though. I thank you for your reviews, they made me smile. Not to answer questions.
thetemptedangel: I'm actually not sure who Haruhi will be getting together with. There are quite a few possibilities that I've thought over but haven't really come to any decisions yet.
PandaYumi7: The girls are Kailie, Mina, Reiko and Ellie, Elaina, Tony, and Lacey. Oh and actually fraternal is unidentical twins. (The second ones not a question but meh)
If being shot in the neck, then stabbed eight times in the head and then living was the worst thing to go through, then putting on a play and finding out that your fellow club members were seated in the first row was the second.
Reiko had come to know this in the short time she had peeked out from behind the curtains. She had recoiled sharply and slapped a frantic hand to her mouth. "Oh my gosh they're out there!" she hissed to the white haired girl behind her.
Ellie placed a gentle hand on her sister's shoulder. "Oh it can't be that bad." She pushed the black haired girl away and peeked out herself. She quickly ducked back in as well, her face now matching the color of her hair. "Mina's out there!"
"I told you!" Reiko started to pace nervously. "Oh this isn't good. If she she's me on stage she'll put me through hell." She bit her lip and wrung her hands on the silk skirt of the dress. "Oh this isn't good, this isn't good. Ellie what'll I do? I can't go out now, but I can't let the others down either."
Ellie tapped her index to her lips in thought. She smirked evilly and leaned across her sister's shoulder. "Friday night," she sang softly. "Hikar-ru."
Reiko straightened. "I'll do it." she nodded her head for reassurance. "Alright, I can't back out now. They're counting on me."
Ellie giggled behind the back of her hand. "Don't you mean Hikaru-kun is counting on you?"
Reiko blushed fiercely and slapped her sister's arm. She bit her lip to keep from screaming and stalked off to find the boys. Ellie at her heels, giggling and singing 'Friday, Friday,' the whole way.
Once part of the Morinozuka clan, her family broke off many generations ago and traveled to America. She was the second oldest in a family of eight, and is the only girl amongst six children. She took up Kendo and martial arts at a young age and quickly followed this with kickboxing, as training for her duty. She was feared by some and revered by others for both her laid-back and slightly cocky attitude, and received a confession at least three times a month. At the age of twelve she was shipped back to Japan in place of her brother to uphold the family's four year old debt with the Oromihanen family.
Youngest daughter to Inoumi Oromihanen, she's in line to inherit her mother's make-up line. Her father is the most powerful man in Japan both through stocks, partnerships, and several businesses. She was popular and loved by most, but never received a confession for she always acted like a child. She knows self defense but nothing more. Her family is actually used to assassination attempts, which is why they asked the visiting Harish family to provide someone to look over her at her birth. She received Tony on her twelfth birthday and has never left her side since. Her grandmother is third cousin to Mitsukuni's grandmother.
Kyouya smirked and tapped a key lightly. 'Interesting,'
"Kyouya! We're starting!" Haruhi called softly from the door to the back.
Kyouya looked up and nodded. He typed an extra line in before shutting the laptop and standing up to go do his duty.
Isn't a trouble maker, but sometimes likes to cause mischief. Also likes to play matchmaker.
Mina chuckled from her chair. "So the rumor is true." she muttered to herself. She tapped the program on her knee rhythmically. Reiko's name had been in it. Ellie's hadn't but if she knew the twins (and she had a pretty good idea she did) she wasn't too far away. The girl leaned back in her chair slightly, forsaking some of her posture for a bit more comfort. Those girls had been exchanging notes with their rivals for a while -she had caught them reading it one day- it was only a matter of time before they finally strayed off to work with them. Mina supposed it was better sooner then it was later. This way she could keep tabs on the boys. Well, better tabs. Kyouya had been given her pretty good reports every week.
The thought of the boy brought another wave of questions over. Like for instance, what was their relationship? Sure, they thought themselves rivals, but they had never actually gotten into any squabbles (though this she supposed was because they were actually somewhat level-headed). Or better yet, would they accept the proposal? It had been their parents decision, but it wasn't as if they didn't tolerate each other. Actually she knew for a fact that she enjoyed his company and he enjoyed hers. At least she thought that was the case.
Mina shook her head. There was time for that thought later, maybe when they had both graduated and were able to take over the schools. Meanwhile, she had the task of calming the ever worried, always hyper princess. "She'll be fine." Mina told the girl yet again. "It's only a play. I'm sure they didn't brainwash the poor girl."
Kailie fidgeted in her seat again. "What if they did though?" she fretted. She was, Mina noted, chewing furiously on a nail. A habit that any of them had yet to see. But then again, their princess was rarely worried. "What if she decides to quit?" Kailie's chewing could now be heard over the low din of the crowd. "Oh Mina that would be horrible. If she joins up with them Ellie will too. They're inseparable."
Mina sighed and placed a reluctant hand on the girl's shoulder. "They won't quit." she assured her. "If Reiko decides she wants to, which is very unlikely, Ellie will talk her out of it." Mina gave Kailie's shoulder a little pat before returning it to her lap.
At least, she thought Ellie would talk the girl out of it. By Kyouya's recent reports, both girls were starting to warm up to the boys, in more ways then one. This was both good and bad. If Kailie ever found out about the girls' dates with their counterparts, she'd not only blow a gasket, she'd order a covert team of spies to keep tabs on the two. And yet, this held a sort of amusement for both Mina and Kyouya alike, and it kept Kyouya reporting to her, and her back.
The sound of chuckles and giggles aroused from behind the pair. Tony leaned herself in the space between the chairs. "Surprising huh?" she asked, though it was clear by her cocky smirk she had seen this coming.
Lacy giggled and rested her chin on the top of the red haired's head. "Hika-kun and Ray-chan make a cute couple."
Kailie moaned and curled herself into a ball. "It's not fair!" she cried. "Those two were mine! Why did that idiot have to steal them from me? He has his own."
Mina sighed and shook her head. Patting the girl on the shoulder again she turned to the other red head seated beside her. "Elaina," Said girl raised her head timidly. "Would you mind going backstage and checking on the twins? Our twins. The lady's sanity depends on it."
Elaina nodded and slid off the cushioned chair. She scurried over towards the back, pausing only to explain herself to the teacher manning the entrance.
Tony coughed and lifted herself from the lean. "Well," she said, "Looks like we'll finally be able to see our Ray-chan's acting skills." Her grin looked anything but innocent as she leaned back in her chair. Lacy gave a startled yelp before jumping off and plopping herself angrily into the taller girl's lap. "Sorry," Tony shrugged and gave an apologetic smile.
Lacy was probably the only thing Tony actually took seriously.
The smaller girl had been the rebel's duty since birth and though their personalities clashed horribly, they never fought or got angry with one another. They, like both the pairs of twins, had never been seen apart. Rumors had started that the girls were actually sisters with a divorced parent.
This was obviously false. The truth was that both their families were connected with both the Morinozuka and Haninozukas. Tony and Lacy weren't cousins like the other two, but they were related by a small sliver of blood.
Upon further investigation, it was found that there had been a marriage between the Haninzuka and Oromihanen family a few generations back. Not only that but part of the Morinozka family had broken off and went to America to seek their fortunes. Somewhere along the way a new name was adapted and the old lost. Thus came the beginning of the Harish family.
If one was truly interested, it could be found that Lacy's great grandmother was fourth cousin to Mitsukuni's grandmother. The two were somewhat related. Not really, but you could suggest they had some of the same ancestor's blood.
It was a confusing thing, rich and powerful families. And though she herself had come from one, Mina had never made much effort to research other's. Her own family had enough research to skim through and Mina, having spent five years skimming through textbooks about them, still had yet to understand her whole lineage.
Though she was still exploring, she had long given up on actually trying to understand. It made her head spin believe it or not, and Mina would much rather devote her time to more important things. Like learning how to run her soon-to-be duty. That would be rather nice for a change.
But such thoughts were short lived. She'd never be able to question her position, it was already set in ink. Wealthy ness was both a blessing and a curse. Those who looked in longed for the freedom of doing whatever you wanted, those who looked out longed for the choices they would never be able to have. It was ironic how those who had it despised it and those who did not have it wanted it more then anything.
"Hey Mina," Tony waved a hand in front of the brooding girl's face.
"Hnn," Mina looked up curiously. "Yes," she finally asked, coming out of her daze.
Tony pointed above, signaling the dimming lights. "It's starting, don't you think Elaina should be back."
Kailie went into another episode.
"What are you doing here?" Ellie pulled the surprised girl off to the side. "I didn't think you of all people would sneak back here."
Elaina tapped her index fingers together timidly. "Mina told me to check on you. The lady thinks you two might quit and join the boys." She bowed her head low and continued, "The lady doesn't want you two to leave."
Ellie smiled and gave the girl's shoulder a short shake. "We're not quitting. This is a one time thing, we're just helping out some friends." she shrugged and clutched the clipboard to her chest for protection. "Why would we quit anyway. The Host Club is for girls from guys." she stuck her tongue out "I honestly doubt that I'll be entertaining girls for a while. Unlike Haruhi, but everyone thinks she's a guy so I guess it doesn't really matter all that much."
Elaina nodded softly. "Um, then I'll, um, be going now." She slunk off towards the shadows.
Elaina squeaked and rushed to hide behind Ellie.
Three figures, two with orange hair, one with black strode up. One of the taller figures put an arm teasingly around Ellie's and snickered. "So Ells. Since our little siblings over there already have plans of their own, what do you say to," He paused mid-sentence, color draining from his face. The boy jumped back, relinquishing his hold on Ellie and scurrying back to his confused twin and a surprised yet smirking Reiko.
Ellie sighed and stepped aside to reveal a flushing Elaine. "This, is Elaina, Reiko and myself's coworker I suppose. This," she wearily pointed at the boys, one of which had his arm wrapped around Reiko's shoulder. "Is Hikaru and Kaoru Hitatchin. Hikaru and sister dear seemed to have, developed a relationship during the time we've spent preparing."
Reiko and Hikaru flushed and each gave an angered sniff. It was noted though, that Hikaru kept hold of Reiko's shoulder, and Reiko did nothing more but seem to bring herself closer to the boy. 'Young love,' is what Mina would say in that teasing 'Oh what can I blackmail you for with this?' tone and her smirking eyes.
"Pleasure." Kaoru was the first one to speak. The boy bowed and smiled sweetly at Elaina. "I have heard a great deal about you from Ellie. You sound charming."
Elaina flushed harder and bowed deeply right back. "F-forgive me my intrusion." she stammered her apology hastily. "I meant no disrespect!"
Reiko sighed and crossed her arms over her chest. "Elaina you're fine, stop apologizing. Now go inform the lady that we'll be sticking around and stop trying to give herself a heart attack. Also," the black haired girl's cheeks went a light pink. Turning her head to the side, she went to hide her face as much as possible in the lace of Hikaru's costume. "Could you tell Tony and Lace that I won't be able to go this Friday?"
Elaina nodded slightly confused and bounded off. The sooner she could release herself as a burden the better. She didn't like intruding on others, no matter how they may enjoy having her around. So when she finally reached her seat, the girl gave a sigh of relief and squirmed down in her chair to remain unseen. It was only then that she realized she had missed the beginning of the play.
Were Reiko's acting skills really that good?
"..dare you sir! I'll have you know that I have no greater wish then to be removed from your presence!"
All this time, had they not seen what the black-haired fraternal twin could do?
"Don't you touch me! You keep your filthy hands to yourse…Ah! I can't believe how unrefined you, Stop! What do you think you're doing!? The both of you should be asha…mmff!"
"Don't worry Miss."
"We promise to take good care of you."
Lacy giggled and tugged gently on Tony's sleeve. "Tony-chan, don't you think Hika-kun and Ray-chan are extremely lively?"
The redhead smiled and nodded, her smirk never leaving. She was laidback, nothing seemed to make her anything unless amused, and her decision to keep quiet wasn't exactly surprising. Tony was as silent as her counterpart but she had her times. Usually she was only mute when she was thinking. Now was one of those times.
If rumor were true, then Reiko and Hikaru would be the binding for their clubs. Not to mention that her charge was already infatuated with the tiny, bunny-loving, third year. Kyouya and Mina already seemed to have a thing going as well. That left her, Takashi, and the two 'royals'. Kailie and Tamaki didn't exactly surprise her. Being so close personality wise, it wasn't hard to guess what the other would do if you already knew what one was doing.
Tony supposed her and Takashi would eventually warm up to each other. They had their charges to thank for that. It didn't escaper her notice that they were also probably (or at least Takashi was) the most level-headed of the bunch. While the 'Shadow Kingdom' was filled with brains and deviousness, the guards of the 'Kingdom of anything Cute' was gifted with both observational skills and the patience of a rotting corpse (or to put it bluntly, they could wait for seventy-two minutes while their bundle of joy washed their pinkie finger).
The year was to be quite eventful if her deduction was to be correct. The twins had already gone so she knew she was right on that. Lacy would skip off next, and thus, having pledged everlasting loyalty, so would she. Elaina would probably be able to relate to the girl/guy, and would eventually start spending even more time with them. (Not to mention the twins would have probably started to drag her over to hang out anyway.) The lady would be next, pretending to be quite offended but actually enjoying herself more then any of the rest of them. Mina would be last, though knowing Mina she and Kyouya would both make it known that they had already been allies long before any of the rest of them had even thought about joining up. Thinking about it only made it more likely to come true.
"Tony, Tony look! Ray-chan, Hika-kun, and Kaoru-kun are all back on again!"
Tony was pulled out of her thoughts by her charges hushed yet excited chants. It also didn't help much that the girl was both pulling on a lock of her hair and bouncing up and down on her knee. Her poor head was already starting to become tender. Lacy had a grip!
"I see that Lace." she said, gently unwinding the girl's fingers from her hair. "Now shush. You can't watch if you aren't quiet."
Lacy nodded her head furiously and shot her gaze back towards the stage. She really was excited about this whole arrangement. Tony had never seen the girl so fixated on something other then matchmaking before. This made Tony worried though. Perhaps she was matchmaking as she herself thought. If the ball of sunshine was, then she'd be going for twins first, seeing as they were already quite a ways along. She herself would be next since Lacey wanted nothing more then her luck in love.
Tony would rather the little girl stick to her own affairs, but she had no say in the way Lacy used her free time as long as she wasn't harming herself or someone else. It just worried Tony that one day Lacy would meddle somewhere she wasn't wanted and thus get herself in immense amounts of trouble. Money would buy having them leave her alone, but she would never be able to truly smile again. And it wasn't because she was egotistical, but because she was extremely sensitive. Lacy didn't even work well with tension focused against someone else.
And then the curtain fell. Tony, now fully kicked out of her thoughts, looked up in surprise. The audience around her was standing up, smiling giddily, clapping furiously, and chatting amongst themselves. Lacy, unlike the others, was standing on her chair and bouncing up and down in excitement. She also seemed to be desperately trying to tug her up if the pull on her arm was of Lacy's doing.
Tony finally stood and started to clap as well. If she remained seated who knew what ideas would be formed about her. The students seemed to enjoy gossiping about the members of the clubs. Especially the girls since they all seemed to have nothing better to do with their time then spread gossip and flock amongst the Host Club. Though some of the more respectable girls stopped themselves from going to the club. It never stopped them from slander though.
The idea made her cringe. The girls never did like her, and now that she was part of a club that for some reason rivaled the Hosts she was disliked even more. Tony supposed it was the fact that she not only came from America, but happened to be a complete and utter tomboy. The fact that she also wore the boy's uniform (which she now had donned) probably didn't help out either.
"Tony-chan! Let's go backstage and congratulate Ray-chan and Hika-kun!" Tony saw the glint in Lacy's eye and immediately knew what was really going through the girl's mind.
Tony sighed and stood anyway. If she wanted to play cupid then she would let her. She had better things to worry about then the brunette's constant need to make her friends fall in love. Like how to ensure that Kailie wouldn't see them running backstage, though she supposed that the girl would already be back there desperately trying to fetch her Little Devils. She also had to make sure that Mina didn't have anything to go tattling to Kyouya either. God forbid the guys got anymore information then they already had.
So she allowed herself to be dragged out of the row and back towards the curtains. Tony already had an idea of what would happen anyway.