Love in Fashion


Where'd the time go? It seemed just yesterday they were doing their first exhibition for school and now they were mere months from graduation and returning to Japan for good. Two and half years, they'd been dating. After their sophomore year of school, Mei moved into their flat with them. She spent a majority of her time their anyway. And Hikaru and Kaoru were sleeping in separate rooms, so they decided it would save Mei some living expenses to stay in their flat. It'd been one year since then, things were going great. And for a little while, Hikaru seemed to have found someone for him as well, at least that's what they thought until two weeks before Christmas. Hikaru and his longest term girlfriend to date, Alanoire, mutually broke up. Hikaru said it just wasn't working out, but Kaoru suspected Hikaru just wasn't over a certain someone they'd seen at Honey's wedding shortly before Hikaru met Alanoire.

Now, two days before Christmas, Kaoru and Mei were enjoying a leisurely stroll through the city. Snow fell listlessly to the ground and crunched beneath their feet. Christmas lights were hung around buildings and fragrant evergreen reefs hung from the doors. Mei had both her arms wrapped around Kaoru's left arm and her face burrowed into his shoulder with only her eyes peaking out over her over-sized scarf. Kaoru walked with a smile on his face as Mei continued to berate him, wanting to know where they were going at this ungodly hour.

"You'll see." He said with a smirk.

"You know I hate that smile." Mei scowled at him, her arched brows reaching towards her dark-blond hair. She was slowly going natural, in a couple years she may go back to black. Kaoru doubted it. He wouldn't like it if she did it anyway.

"I can't help it when you scowl like that." he teased.

"I'm not scowling!" She ripped her arms away from him placing her hands on her thin hips.

"Of course not." He rolled his eyes at her. "Come on, you're going to ruin your surprise." He held his arm out for her to take.

Mei's eyes brightened and she re-latched herself to his arm. They travelled in silence for a few blocks. The only sound was the crunch of snow beneath their shoes.

In the distance, the Eiffel tower loomed over the city. Mei gasped and her hand tightened on Kaoru's arm. "You can't really call it a surprise, now." She said smugly, "I know where we're going, to the top of the Eiffel tower." Mei said matter-of-fact.

Kaoru smirked again. "Oh?"

"I've only been dropping hints for months. Don't you think giving it to me a couple days early would keep me from catching on?"

"I have no idea what you're talking about." He said all too innocently. "Cant I just take my girlfriend out for a late night stroll in the snow without other motives?"

Mei rolled her eyes this time.

They reached the park surrounding the tower and Mei's pace quickened, nearly dragging him to the elevator doors at the base of the tower. The snow flurry picked up as she pulled away from him, her gloved hand pressing the call button. Snowflakes fell, clinging to her blond hair and bronze-tinged skin. That was something else that had changed in the last couple years. Mei wasn't tanning as much, she'd stopped purposefully burning herself and now had a darker complexion but in a much more natural way.

The elevator arrived and they stepped inside. The ride wasn't quick enough for Mei who fidgeted the entire way up. Threading and unthreading their fingers while subconsciously flexing her left hand. Kaoru smiled at her before kissing her on the brow to calm her. They reached the top and Mei practically jumped out of the elevator, before she ran over to the edge. The city lights silhouetted her form. The oversized coat she was wearing did nothing for her figure, but her blond hair pulled back away from her face at the back of her neck and her more subtle rose tinted eye shadow and lip gloss gave her the appearance of an elegant Frenchwoman. Had it really been nearly three years ago when she could barely speak French at all? Now she talked circles around Hikaru and Kaoru. Who knew she would take to language as well as she did.

Mei positioned herself by the edge, waiting impatiently for Kaoru to join her. When he did, he wrapped his arm around her waist, enjoying the feeling of her melding with his body, just like she was made for him.

And she was.

"Beautiful…" he said absentmindedly.

"The scenery?"

He shook his head, "You."

She blushed prettily. She hadn't blushed like that for him in a long time. It added to the moment.

"Did you have something you wanted to give me?" she asked softly.

Kaoru smirked and jammed his hands into his pocket.

"Yeah, close your eyes."

Mei did so.

"Now, hold out your hand."

Mei stuck out her left hand, palm down. His smirk deepened. He turned her hand palm up and dropped a white envelope into her hand. Mei opened her eyes and scowled at the offending envelope.

"What's this?"

"Open it."

Mei eyed him warily and ripped open the envelope. Inside was a folded up piece of paper. Her eyes slid over the paper and then back at Kaoru.

"What is this?"

"The first notes we wrote to each other." He smirked.

Mei shook her head. "This is my surprise?"

"Flip it over."

She flipped over the paper, scowling at it.

"It's blank."

She looked up and realized Kaoru had dropped to his knee.

"Read this one." He handed her another envelope from the same pocket. Mei took it with shaking hands.

She unfolded it as Kaoru reached into his pocket.

"What does it say?"

Mei smiled, "Mei, will you marry me?"

Kaoru brought the ring box out from his pocket. Mei screamed 'yes' before he even got the box open. She snatched the box and tore it open shoving the ring on her finger.

"Hey." He pouted, "I wanted to do that."

Mei smiled brightly and flung herself at his chest, wrapping her arms around his neck.

"Of course I'll marry you!" she said elatedly.

"There was never a doubt in my mind." He said smugly. Mei pulled away smacking him gently.

"You're awfully confident."

Kaoru smiled and said. "There wasn't a doubt in my mind, because I knew there was no other woman better for me."

Mei smiled and kissed him, "Shut up, Kaoru, you talk too much."

As they kissed the snow drifted down around them and the city lights twinkled in the distance. They'd each come to Paris for different reasons but in the end, they'd found each other. And in the larger scheme of things that seemed much more important.

A/N: Thank you and sorry for the lateish update, the holidays have grabbed a hold of me and I've been insanely busy coupled with the fact that I'm writing another novel (yes I'm a masocist) I've been a tad bit absent minded. I want to thank Engimaticrose4 for betating this story. I'd like to recognize Notimari for her nudging that got this story written in the first place and everyone of you that reviewed or just simply read. I wanted to name you all specificically but I'm running low on time. So please take my sincerests thanks. I never thought writing a prequel to My Brother's Wedding would be quite so popular and all your encouraging reviews that you've been turned on to this couple absolutely warms my heart. I am by no means done with this pairing So look forward to more on them in the future. In closing, thank you thank you thank you for all your support.