I'm glad you guys liked my first chapter. I hope this one is just as good!

Three: Surprise?

"You two are acting stranger then usual," Haruhi remarked as the twins pulled her down the hall.

"Why thank you," they retorted, grinning.

Finally, they were in front of the Third Music Room. The Hitachiins grabbed each handle on the door and pushed them open. The usual flower petals adorned the entranceway, along with the customary light. However, instead of the familiar "Welcome!" that was heard from the hosts, Haruhi heard another chant come from the room. It was a greeting she could never forget.

"Happy Birthday, Haruhi!" sang the four members in the room, as well as the twins beside her. Haruhi was speechless.

"Haru-chan! Haru-chan!" called Hunny, tugging her inside. "Do you see it?" He pointed to the massive cake on the table. "It looks so good, doesn't it, Haru-chan? Um, you don't mind if I have a big piece, do you?"

Haruhi looked around. There were streamers, ice sculptures, balloons, confetti, and a pile of six presents that lay near the table. She was stunned.

"You… threw me a party…"

"Yes!" Tamaki chimed, taking her hand. "I did all of this, just for you!"

"And we did nothing?" asked the twins, sarcastically. Tamaki ignored them.

"Oh, Haruhi, you must be astounded, aren't you? But believe me, my princess, nothing is too good for you!"

Haruhi remained silent. Tamaki smiled as sparkling lights surrounded his face.

"How cute… the scene has taken your breath away! Oh, I know how happy you must be, but please, voice your thanks!"

"What's wrong with you?"

Tamaki blinked and the lights around him died. The rest of the club looked at each other.

"Um… come again?" he said, confused. Haruhi wrenched her hand out of his grip.

"I told you I didn't want a party," she snapped. "Why can't you just listen for once?"

Tamaki was taken aback. "Wh-what? But… but I thought you were just being modest…"

Her hands balled into fists. "You are such an idiot… if I say I don't want a party, I mean I don't want a party!"

"But… I thought you would be happy…"

"Happy about the fact that you are an inconceivable moron! Is THAT what I'm supposed to be happy about!"

There was a dead silence among the room. In her eyes, Tamaki could see tears well up. He started to comfort her.

"Haruhi…"

"NO! Don't even talk to me! I hate you! I HATE YOU!"

Without another word, Haruhi turned and ran out of the room. As she left, Tamaki could feel his heart tearing in two.

She… hates me…?

No… no there must be something else…

"Haruhi!" Tamaki began to chase after her. As he ran, he could hear her footsteps down the marble hall. Soon, however, the footsteps died out, and Tamaki was out of breath. He slowed his pace down to a walk, when he heard faint sobs coming from an unused chemistry room. He cracked the door open to see a figure curled up and sitting alone in the dark.

"Haruhi…?"

The figure turned to look at him. Indeed, it was Haruhi, her eyes red and overflowing.

"What do you want?" she asked, hopelessly. Tamaki made his way over to her and sat down. Gently, he wiped a tear from her face.

"Haruhi… what's the matter?" She looked to the side.

"Just go away…"

Tamaki softly put her into a hug. "Haruhi… you know you can tell me anything… right?"

There was a pause. Though Haruhi didn't hug back, she didn't reject him either. He pushed her away slightly and lifted her face up.

"What's going on?" he said gently. She looked back down and hunched her shoulders.

"My… my mother died on my birthday…"

Tamaki's heart stopped. This new information shocked him like a bolt of lightning. No wonder she didn't want to celebrate…

"Since then…" she continued, "since then… my birthdays were… just another day…"

Tamaki pulled her into another hug, tighter this time. And this time, she held on to him with all her might.

"Haruhi…" he whispered. "I'm so sorry… if I knew…"

They stayed like that for a few moments, not saying anything. But after a while, Tamaki moved her away again.

"Haruhi… I know… I know what it's like to not be able to see your own mother…"

Haruhi looked up.

That's right… she remembered, Tamaki is forbidden to even talk to his own mom…

"But today is special," he said. "Today you should be happy." He smiled. "I'm sure that's what your mother would have wanted…"

Her heart skipped a beat. Now that she thought about it… her mom wouldn't want her sad every birthday. She would want her to celebrate… she would want her to be happy… like Tamaki wanted…

She threw her self onto the blonde, locking her arms around his neck.

"Thank you…" she said. He held her close and smiled.

"Of course…"

After another moment or two, Tamaki broke the hug.

"Now then!" he said, wiping her face. "We have a party to get to!" He stood up and offered her his hand. "Shall we?"

She smiled for the first time that day.

"Yes!" she said, happily.

So, hand in hand, they walked back to the music room. When they made their appearance, the rest of the club perked up in silence, waiting for someone to say something. Haruhi looked around and smiled.

"Well?" she said. "Is this a party or isn't?"

The twins were the first ones to react.

"All right!" they cheered. They ran over to her and dragged her in.

"Come on!" said Hikaru

"We've got games!" said Kaoru.

"Ok!" she said, laughing. She was pulled over to Hunny, who was dancing with delight, and Mori, who was… well… smiling at least.

Tamaki watched her go, a quant smile on his face.

"So," said Kyoya, "you seem to have done a nice job, Dad."

He looked over at him. "Thanks…"

"What was she so upset about, anyway?"

Tamaki paused, and then gave a small sigh. "It's really not for me to say…"

"Senpi!"

Tamaki turned his attention back over to Haruhi, who was waving at him.

"Aren't you going to play?"

Tamaki put his hands to his face as his hair curled.

"SOOOO CUTE!" he swooned, hearts coming out of his head. He rushed over to her as fast as he could.

"Yes, my princess?" he said, dramatically. "You requested my presence?"

"Yeah," she said, "we were just about to play truth or dare!"

"Oh, what a marvelous game!"

"Yes…" said the twins, deviantly. "A very marvelous game…" Tamaki turned white.

"Don't you two try anything on my little Haruhi!"

"Who said we would?"

"I mean it now!"

"Haruhi, we dare you to kiss us both!"

"I SAID NOT TO TRY ANYTHING!"

So? Did you guys like it? Give me an over view! What did you like/hate?

T.