A/N: I'm baaaaaack! Whoo...outlining new stories is such a pain. But as promised, here is the first chapter of 'Remember When 2: Ties That Bind'! As the title suggests, this story is a continuation of another. If you haven't read that first, please do so, or else you'll be totally lost. Stick around at the end for some special notes on what to expect this time around; make sure you read them before you bombard me with questions. Thanks to all my very patient readers; you guys are the absolute best!
This story takes place about five months after the end of 'Remember When' (which puts it about a year and a half before the 'Remember When' epilogue).
Please note that I haven't read the manga, and so my storyline may be a bit different.
I do not own Ouran High School Host Club; it belongs to Bisco Hatori. This story is for entertainment purposes only.
ON: May 15th, 3:35 PM
Thank you sosososososo much for the package! I never get to have sweets at the dojo. I only get one cake a night, and I have to wait until after dinner to eat it. Takashi's so mean! Tell Haru-chan thank you too! Her homemade cake was my favorite…I ate it all up! But afterwards, I got all bouncy, and now Sensei has a funny face, like he's been sucking on a lemon or something. Someone should tell him that cake is much yummier than yucky sour fruit!
I know you're sad that I haven't seen you in a while. Sensei said that you called him and tried to convince him to let you guys visit (he had that funny face again…I told him he could have some of my cake if he needed something sweet, but he made a little choking sound, and then Takashi carried me away). I promise that after I graduate this dojo, I'll pick one that lets me have visitors! Or maybe I'll open one of my own…and I can paint it pink, like strawberries, and we'll have cake there everyday!
Oh, before I forget! I read your last email. No, I haven't heard from Kyo-chan in a while. But I'm sure he's super busy, getting his Doctor Degree!
Give Haru-chan a big hug from me, and from Usa-chan! I'll see you guys in June, for Hika-chan and Kao-chan's birthday, right? Can't wait!
PS: Do you think Hika-chan and Kao-chan will let me pick the cake?
ON: May 15th, 3:45 PM
Please stop sending Hunni sweets. Sensei is getting tired of scraping him off the ceiling.
See you in June.
ON: May 15th; 3:55 PM
This is Haruhi. I'm replying for Tamaki, since your email sent him straight into his corner. I'm sorry about the sweets; we won't send anymore. Hunni-sempai's emails just sounded so pitiful…you're not really depriving him of all things sweet and sugary, are you? Because, if I remember right, he got a little violent the last time you tried.
Say, you haven't heard from Kyoya-sempai, have you? Tamaki hasn't been able to get a hold of him, and neither have I. If you have heard from him, can you tell him to please give Tamaki a call? His sulking has gotten completely out of control.
See you in June!
ON: May 31st; 7:09 PM
Hi. This is Hikaru. Sorry I haven't written in a while. I've been really busy here at school; Kaoru and I just got asked to supply the outfits for a campus wide fashion show. It's kept us hopping. But I did read your emails. It's great that you're actually staying in touch this time…it's always nice to hear from you!
I suppose I'll see you soon for my birthday. Can't wait! Tell the Boss I say 'Hello'.
ON: May 31st; 7:22 PM
Please stop sending me emails from your brother's account. It's always great to hear from you, but you don't have to feel responsible for your brother's reply. I know that he's angry at me. He'll write when he's ready.
Send me something from your own account next time.
ON: June 1st; 8:32 AM
Do you realize that it has been two whole weeks since you've heard my voice? Why must you be so cruel to yourself? Depriving yourself of such beauty can only hurt you, my friend! Luckily, this situation is easily remedied. Simply pick up that delightful little cell phone that you carry with you everywhere, and dial my number. In fact, you don't even have to dial, since I am programmed into your phone as the very first speed dial.
Please call me, my friend. I miss talking to you.
A tout de suite!
ON: June 2nd; 12:45 PM
Thanks so much for the present! It's a super cute little outfit. Are we dressing up for your birthday party? Can Usa-chan have a costume too? Takashi's letting me bring him, since it's a special occasion!
See you super soon!
PS: Have you heard from Kyo-chan lately? Tama-chan called me the other day to ask if I had.
ON: June 2nd, 12;48 PM
This costume. Are you serious?
ON: June 2nd; 1:28 PM
What inspired outfits! I'm so very proud! And I am more than thrilled to wear mine for your special day. I can only assume that you and Hikaru were stimulated by my brilliance, both in the Host Club Days and now. You're so very welcome, for an inspiration such as me.
And don't worry. I'll talk her into it.
ON: June 2nd; 2:12 PM
We are friends. I am excited to see you, and to celebrate your birthday.
There's no way in hell I'm wearing the costume you sent me.
ON: June 2nd; 8:37 PM
I was just wondering if you got the package that Hikaru and I sent your way. Everyone else emailed once they got theirs. You are still planning on coming to our birthday party back home, right? I know I haven't heard from you in a few months, and you never responded to the invitation. But Haruhi told me what your workload is like, and I figured that you were too busy to reply, so I put you down on the guest list anyway.
On that note; I know you're busy, but you should probably give the Boss a call. He's driving everyone nuts asking if we've heard from you.
ON: June 3rd; 11:18 AM
It's been months, and I've barely heard from you. Please, I know you're angry with me, but I need you to talk to me. Kaoru told me that you've been taking on extra projects in your college courses, and that you've volunteered as a part time employee at your mother's fashion design company. He says that you've been working nonstop, and that your face is starting to look like mine did during Christmas break.
Don't do this.
Please, Hikaru. Don't do this because of me.
Talk to me. Let me help. You idiot, this mess is all my fault anyway. Let me try to fix it. I gave you time because I know that you needed it, but enough is enough. I'm not going to let you mope yourself to death over me.
Contact me somehow. I don't care which way.
PS: If you give yourself an ulcer, Kaoru will kick your ass. And I'll let him.
ON: June 3rd, 3:36 PM
You're an ass, and I'm still not talking to you. But obviously, your life would spiral into a barren wasteland of chaos and despair without my words of wisdom. So, I'll give them to you in an email, and then I still don't have to speak to you.
You've got to talk to her. It's been months, and we're all getting tired of watching you work yourself into the dirt. I realize that you don't have to feel when you're that tired, but you're starting to look so run down that people can actually tell us apart. We knew this was going to happen eventually. I understand your need to deal, but it's enough now.
Family first, remember? You promised me.
I know you're still mad at me for telling Haruhi about how bad you look. It's why I'm camped out in our old room downstairs, after all, sending you this message instead of telling you face to face. But I'm worried about you, you jerk. How are we supposed to die on the same day, like we promised, if you work yourself to death before I can catch up?
I miss you. Hikaru, it's time to come back now. Okay?
ON: June 3rd; 5:00 PM
Someone's called my cell phone six times in the past hour, and hung up before 'Hello' every time.
Just talk to me, moron. It'll be okay, I promise.
ON: June 3rd; 5:42 PM
I'm not angry at you. Please stop worrying.
I'll see you soon.
ON: June 4th; 2:38 AM
DON'T IGNORE DADDY! IT IS IMPOLITE TO STOP SPEAKING TO YOUR SPOUSE! YOU HAVE THREE DAYS TO CONTACT ME, OR I WILL FLY MY WAY TO YOUR DORM ROOM AND APPLY MY SUPER STARLIGHT KICK STRAIGHT TO YOUR INSENSITIVE SKULL.
I'LL WAIT UNTIL YOU'RE SLEEPING, TOO.
COUNTDOWN STARTS NOW.
ON: June 5th; 4:58 PM
What's wrong? Where are you? Why haven't you responded to anyone? Tamaki's frantic; his cell phone never leaves his hand anymore. He checks his email at least twenty times a day. He's driven up to see you seven times in the last four months. I'm sure you know that already; you're always conveniently absent when he gets there.
Listen, Tamaki may think everything is fine and dandy. He's oblivious, after all, to the grittier aspects of life. But I'm not, and I know why you're upset. It doesn't matter how many times you swore that you were fine with it; it wasn't true then, and it certainly isn't true now.
Please, Kyoya-sempai, don't let something like this break what you have. Don't make him choose. Come to Hikaru and Kaoru's party; he'll be so excited to see you.
Please call him.
TO: Pocket Ninja, Mori, Hitaachin1, Hitaachin2
ON: June 7th; 7:23 PM
Please pack your things and travel to the nearest airport. I've chartered my family's jet to pick up all of you and then bring you to our location. You should be receiving an email from Haruhi in the next hour or so, explaining the situation.
Please get your things together quickly. There may not be much time.
TO: PocketNinja, Mori, Hitaachin1, Hitaachin2, OotoriK
ON: June 7th; 8:14 PM
I'm sorry, this email won't be very long, because I don't have a lot of time. And I'm sorry that I can't be more specific, but the details I have are sketchy at best, and I don't have a very clear picture of the situation just yet. But Tamaki asked me to email all of you to let you know what I can.
It's his mother. Tamaki's mother is sick, very sick. I don't know how bad her condition is, but Tamaki and I are leaving on the next flight out. Tamaki…he told me to ask you. To ask all of you, to come, when you can.
Kyoya, I don't know if you're reading this, but if you are, please come. I know that you're angry, and you're not the only one. But Tamaki needs you. He needs his family. We have to put everything aside for right now, Kyoya, Hikaru.
You promised. We all did.
A/N: How the tables have turned! Haruhi struggles to keep her family together, but why is Kyoya trying to break it in the first place? How will Hikaru react when it comes down seeing Haruhi, after avoiding communication for months? Tamaki needs his family now more than ever; but can they stay together long enough to support him? The story will return to regular formatting in the next chapter; no more emails. And more memories will be shared, although the setting will be vastly different. Stay tuned, and Happy Reading!