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~The Thorn of a Rose~

Chapter 11

"GIVE THAT BACK!" I yelled at the Hitachiin twins as they raced around with my violin sheet music. "I need that for practice today~!" I whined as they held it over my head. Damn my shortness!

"Hitachiins! Stop teasing Kobayashi-san." The teacher walked over and plucked the sheet music out of their hands and handed it to me.

I bowed. "Thank you, sensei." I turned to the twins and stuck my tongue out at them. They settled on either side of me as the lesson began.

"Don't come to the Host Club for the next few days," Hikaru murmured to my left.

"Why?" I whispered back.

"Hunni's got a cavity," Kaoru explained in an undertone from my other side. "He's been impossible. Mori's being really tough on him."

"Why's he being so hard on him?" I asked, puzzled.

They shrugged. "We don't know."

"You three! Stop talking!"

~..*..~

I walked along the hallway next to Kasanoda, chatting as I headed to the Ouran orchestra club. He was telling me about this new sparrow he had found when Hunni walked towards us. Hunni's eyes were downcast and watery with tears. He had a white cloth tied around his head, giving off the appearance of a cute bunny rabbit.

"Hunni?" I asked walking towards him.

He looked up, his eyes glistening with tears. "Emiko-chan!" he cried and gave me a hug. I hugged him back as he cried. "Takashi won't let me have any sweets!"

"I'm sorry. When your cavity gets better, you'll have as much sweets as you want," I soothed.

He pulled away from me, and I swear I could see hints of anger in his eyes. "But I want them now!" He backed away and ran down the hallway.

"Hunni!" I cried, running forward a few steps before stopping. Hunni had disappeared.

~..*..~

"Hey, Emiko," Raiden said as we set up for practice.

I grinned at him. "Raiden! Are you feeling better?" I experimentally played a few notes, using the tuner in front of me to tune myself.

"Yep." He leaned on my music stand. "Hey, do you want to go out this Saturday night? On a date? With...me?"

I looked up, pausing in my playing. "Oh, um..." How could I break this to him nicely? "Raiden, I'm already in a relationship."

Raiden visibly deflated. "Oh. With who?"

"Kyouya." I turned my attention back to the tuner and ignored Raiden's look of disbelief.

"Ootori?"

"Yeah. That's the one." Finished tuning, I began to warm up.

Raiden shuffled awkwardly. "Oh. Umm..Good luck in practice, then." He walked away, his head hanging. A bolt of guilt swept through me, but I didn't return his feelings.

~..*..~

Kyouya met me outside of the music room as we finished up. Hefting my folder more securely underneath my arm, my hand slipped into his as we walked down the hallway, my other hand clamped around the handle of my violin case.

"When's the concert?" Kyouya asked as he held the door open for me.

"Next month," I replied. "Excited for it?" I looked up at him, smiling. "You are coming, right?"

"Yes, I am excited," he replied in monotone. "Of course I'm coming."

I bounced forward, beaming at him. "Yay! It's going to be a lot of fun." A thought struck me. "How's Hunni feeling?"

Kyouya glanced down at me. "Much better. He and Takashi worked it all out, and his cavity's completely healed."

I smiled fondly. "That's good. Poor Hunni. I'm glad he's feeling better, though."

"Me as well. Our income from the guests might have gone down if it had kept up any longer. We would have had to choose a different option." His glasses flashed.

I sweatdropped. "Shadow King..." I muttered in English.

"I do speak English, as I've discussed many times before," Kyouya replied in English, raising an eyebrow at me.

"I know!" I retorted, sticking my tongue out at him. "But do you understand Spanish?" I asked, switching to Spanish.

Kyouya, irritated, switched back to Japanese. "Come along. It looks like it's going to rain." I glanced up at the sky as he held the door open for me. I slid inside as he also climbed in.

"Today was a good day," I commented as the driver climbed back in again and sped off.

Kyouya glanced down at me. "Oh?"

"Mhm." I leaned back against his arm. "My mom's thinking about coming to Japan to visit. She wants to meet this boyfriend of mine."

He raised an eyebrow, leaning down. "And who would this boyfriend be?"

I smiled up at him. "Guess."

"I think I know." Kyouya leaned down to capture my lips in a kiss as the rain began.


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