Sequel now released as as a separate story.
Tamaki Suoh was never thought to be a particularly wise person. Smart, perhaps, maybe even genius, but all geniuses have their thorns and Tamaki's was made clear in his naïve idiocy.
The childlike, illegitimate son of the Chairman of Ouran Academy was seen by most to be only a rich, sinfully handsome man of dubious birth, albeit possessing an ungodly amount of charismatic charm and a view of the world so genuine and transparent that any reasonable person would have to assume he was purposely fabricating it.
What rarely was noticed though, especially by Tamaki himself, was the way in which this absurdly rich young man was like a servant; a common gatekeeper; a door-man; the fellow who stands outside the vacation hotel, opening the door for you and your baggage while he tips his hat.
That is Tamaki Suoh, and ironically, his servanthood was shown most clearly in the place wherein he was, mostly, considered King: his pride and joy, his family, his Ouran High School Host Club.
But how? How is this King, this prideful, dashing, childish Suoh, anything like a commoner doorkeeper?
You see, Tamaki made for his first recruit the man who would be his best friend, Kyoya Ootori. For this manipulative genius, Tamaki opened a door into something the third Ootori boy had never thought possible: Exceeding his family's wooden frame, hedged in by his elders, never able to move above and beyond. Tamaki, nearly without realizing it, showed Kyoya it was possible for him to create something more beautiful than ever imagined on the walls outside of his frame. Tamaki took out Kyoya's own heart and showed to him what lay within—that yearning for more, an unbridled passion to accomplish all that he was able, even beyond the confines of his family.
From then on, Kyoya was always prepared for something interesting when Tamaki was involved. And while the vigilant Kyoya was also always ready to solve the problems that the absent-minded and idealistic Tamaki would create, he knew that Tamaki was worth watching—simply because, no one had ever burned his heart so much before. For Tamaki, though, his greatest accomplishment was, simply, to get Kyoya in on the act—to show him that not only needn't he only work out of a self-concerned mathematical game of profit and loss, but that he could, and truly did, act for the sake of others. Kyoya, almost unwittingly, was drawn into these two new, twin worlds brought before him by the tour-guide, door-keeper that was Tamaki Suoh.
To Kyoya, Tamaki himself was an intriguing notion, in his own way.
Next Tamaki recruited Kaoru and Hikaru Hitachiin, to whom he tried to show a world beyond their own myopia; beyond just being 'The Twins' and living alone on their rock of seclusion. He showed them their individuality and, at the same time, the beauty and advantage of their togetherness. Tamaki drew Hikaru and Kaoru to a door for they, themselves, to open, which would not only lead them to people who could tell them apart, but more importantly, drew them into a world where they would allow for themselves to be told apart.
Hikaru and Kaoru had originally called Tamaki "Milord" as a joke; a jest at his Feudal Lord demeanor. But from the day he showed them to the door, their joke begrudgingly grew closer and closer to respect. But only by a little bit. He was, and always would be, their foolish feudal Lord even as he was, at once, their doorkeeper.
For his third recruit, Mitsukuni Haninozuka, Tamaki taught the young Martial Arts master that true strength was found in accepting and dealing with yourself, faults and all, and not in putting on the airs of what those around you see as true strength. He showed Mitsukuni the way back to the world of cake and sweets and bunnies; back to the world of truth for Mitsukuni. A world which he had thought had been lost, or at least thought he had wanted to lose.
Tamaki, as the doorkeeper, showed Mitsukuni that, yes, Usa-chan can come too.
Then there was Takeshi Morinozuka. He followed Mitsukuni wherever he went, not that Tamaki was unhappy to have him. "The more the merrier" was his motto, one of his many. No, Tamaki was no begrudging guide—he had no trouble taking on as many along as were willing to join him on his extravagant boat; after all, he was absurdly rich. Takeshi, the man who needed so little, was yet still served by Tamaki by providing the third-year Kendo expert with a family, with friends, with people who understood him as he was—silent, introspective—and accepted him. Tamaki brought Takeshi to a family where, even with just a glance, his hidden, interior self was seen just as plainly as were it obvious.
We could go on-so many passed through his open doors: Kanako and Toru, Dr. Yabu, Shiro, Umehito and Kirimi Nekozawa, Princess Michelle, Kanoya, Mizusu and Mei-chan,Yuzuru Suoh and Shizue Suoh herself, even that one Tanuki-all of them, and so many more, one way or another, allowed the door-keeper Tamaki to usher them through into a world bigger than they could've thought.
Indeed, the sinfully beautiful Tamaki Suoh was never thought to be a particularly wise person.
He was certainly one for opening doors, though.
Yet, isn't there is one more person to be escorted? Perhaps someone who he might even follow inside?
The time to start is now,
And I can show you how…