Author's Note: WOOT! Last chapter! Will someone please tell me why the morning after chapters are so difficult for me to write? Grrr... Well, here it is! Hope you all enjoy it and please remember that reviews are my favoritest things in the world!
When I woke up the next morning, the sun had just barely risen, and I could see the pink and orange hues of light peeking through the curtains. Lena was pressed into my back, her face buried into my hair so that warm, slightly moist puffs of air hit my neck. Sometime in the night, she'd wrapped her arms around my waist as well.
At first, I was surprised to see another face, young and incredibly handsome, lying directly in front of me—within kissing distance if I wanted. In fact, his nose almost touched the tip of mine and I leaned closer, pressing my forehead against his and feeling the urge to giggle at the contact. When I realized that it was Kaoru who lay in front of me, I blushed, knowing that Hikaru probably still slept behind Lena. Kaoru's arm was around my waist, brushing against Lena's, and his fingers rested on my back, entangled with someone else's—Hikaru's most likely.
I knew that I needed to get up, but I was so comfortable!
A glance at the clock revealed that I still had twenty minutes before I usually got up to get ready for work—and on top of that I'd already saved myself another twenty minutes of travel time by staying here tonight. I could afford to lay here a little longer—so long as I didn't fall asleep. Lena had never been a morning person, and would never voluntarily wake up so early in the morning.
With that in mind, I snuggled into their warm hug, and once more, I closed my eyes.
I felt it when Rai woke up and realized who she laid in bed with. Her muscles tensed slightly before she again relaxed, and a few moments later she was sleeping peacefully. I'd only been up for an hour or so by this point—though I'd never let Rai know I'd woken up this early (she'd begin to expect it of me before long).
Hikaru's arm tightened momentarily and I thought that he too had woken up, but he merely grabbed his brother's fingers which had become dislodged with Rai's movements, and settled again, his breathing even.
Everything was quiet and peaceful. The soft breathing of my sister and the boys (though in Kaoru's case I should say snoring) was hypnotizing, and for once I had not awoken to the busy sounds of traffic outside the window or my mother in the kitchen preparing lunch for her children. My younger brother was not banging incessantly on our door and Rai was not shaking me out of bed, yelling about us being late for something or other.
There I lay; snuggled between the two people I cared for especially, and tried to force myself back into slumber. If I didn't soak in all of the rest I could now, I would by no means be fit for company by this afternoon. Naturally, my efforts failed, and I turned to my back with a resigned sigh. Hikaru merely inched closer, his forearm brushing the undersides of my breasts. I almost blushed remembering the way he'd boldly caressed me the night before. His hands were so warm and talented…
Bemused with my own thoughts, I looked at his face, enjoying the angelic quality it possessed in slumber. I'd seen Hikaru be the charming host, the devilish twin, the rich snob, and now the seductive lover, but I think my favorite face of his was this one—where he was not merely playing to the needs of the many facets of his personality.
I began to wonder what face he would have when he awoke. Would he still be the doting boy from last night? Or would he transform back into the child who had gotten what he'd wanted from his toy, and now wanted to discard it?
Damn it; why am I ruining this? But I knew why. This was all just too good to be true. Hikaru and Kaoru had asked for one night, and we'd given it to them. They'd never said anything about a future; hell, they hadn't needed to. We'd willingly jumped right into bed with them—we hadn't even stopped to think!
The air left my lungs with a whoosh and I reached up to stroke my finger along the side of his face. He really was handsome; his skin was soft and his lips full, and when he opened his eyes, the passion and fire contained in them could burn you to a crisp.
Deciding that laying here in bed was obviously doing nothing for me, I carefully crawled out of bed, making sure not to jostle them too badly. I turned back in time to see Hikaru, still sleeping, reach out to look for me. His had connected with Rai's back and he pressed closer to her. I enjoyed the sight for a moment, the three of them together like that, before I picked up my belongings and went to the bathroom to begin my day.
Waking up twenty minutes early certainly had its upsides. For example, I was in the kitchen before anyone else, and so had the time to whip up something to ease the grumbling in my stomach before Cook (or any of his morning minions) arrived. I ate in the kitchen, my mind still whirling.
I'd left Rai sleeping with the boys. Should I not have done that? I don't think she's realized yet what heartbreak she may be in for—at least I've prepared myself. I hope.
It took a while before Rai actually did get up, by then I'd already begun cleaning my dishes. I could tell she was surprised that I was already up and about, but she didn't say anything. I think my worry may have shown on my face so in an attempt to set her at ease I asked, "Are you hungry?"
"I am, but don't worry about it. I'll make myself something. In the meantime, you may want to head to the dining room and set everything up for the household breakfast."
"I'll get right on that." And then, because I couldn't resist, I said, "So are the boys awake yet?"
Rai chuckled a little before she answered me, biting her lip in an almost coy smile I'd never seen from her. "When I left this morning, they were cuddled together with their feet between each other's legs. It was very…cute."
I chuckled too, wondering if I'd get to see that myself. As I began setting up the table, I couldn't help but contemplate that seeing Hikaru every morning when I woke up would definitely make me into more of a morning person.
While Rai prepared her breakfast and Lena set out the table in the main room, the Hitachiin brothers were upstairs waking up from their pleasant slumber. They both noticed, at about the same time, that something, or someone, was missing.
"I don't know; where's Lena?"
"I suppose they'd already be working now, don't you think so?"
"Yeah, I guess. I wonder why they didn't wake us up?"
"Well, quit wondering and let's go ask."
With that exuberant statement, the two boys threw off the sheet, only then realizing how little clothing they wore. Throwing on pajama bottoms of a silk like fabric and rushing to the bathroom to brush their teeth (morning-breath, yuck!), the boys hurriedly left the room.
As they were walking downstairs, Kaoru decided that he'd rather not run around without his shirt and made to retrieve it from the room. "I'll be right down," he said.
Hikaru merely shrugged and strolled nonchalantly into the kitchen where he noticed one of the girls digging in the fridge, presumably for something to drink.
"Do you know where Lena is?"
The girl stilled in her movements, turning around to smile at him. A quick onceover of his naked chest and the pants that rode a little too low on his hips turned her smile into a smirk as she leaned against the counter.
"Hello to you too, honey. Why don't you come over here and give me a nice big kiss, hmmm?"
Hikaru laughed a little, reaching behind his head to ruffle his already tousled hair. "You know, I'd love to Rai. But if you don't mind, I'd rather kiss Lena first."
Her smirk turned into a grin so large that it practically swallowed the lower half of her face, a fact that wasn't helped when Kaoru came in the door behind his brother and said, "I, however, have no problems kissing you first thing in the morning."
Knowing what was coming, and not really in the mood to watch his brother make out with his girlfriend's twin sister (again), Hikaru started to back out of the kitchen. Rai broke away long enough to tell him where to find her sister before merrily going back to kissing Kaoru.
In the dining room, Lena had just completed her task and had stepped back to admire her work. Hikaru, eager to make up for not being able to awake with her this morning, wound his arms around her waist and chuckled when she jumped.
"You shouldn't sneak up on people like that, you know."
"But, Lena…" Hikaru affected a tone of innocence, "…you're so cute when you're startled."
A blushing Lena turned around to scold him but, before she could, Hikaru pressed his lips to hers, effectively making her forget what she'd been about to say.
"Hikaru…wait…" He trailed kisses over her cheeks and nose, down her jaw, and paused to nibble on her ear. "Hikaruuu please…What… What if someone sees us?"
"Hmmm…are you embarrassed, little Lena?" Her nails had dug into his skin and she'd turned her head, giving him more access to her neck. "Do you want to keep this a secret?"
"But, what, little Lena? Don't you like this?" He bit her skin softly, tugging it into his mouth and sucking, making her gasp in surprise and a little bit of pain. That was probably going to leave a mark.
"I…I do…but Hikaruu…oh" His hand had found her nipple and was tugging gently on it through the fabric.
"Don't you like me, Lena?" Hikaru stopped teasing her, looking straight into her eyes and cupping the side of her face in his palm. Lena had rarely, if ever, seen him look quite this serious.
A small, chaste (comparatively speaking) kiss was all she gave him when she levered herself onto the tips of her toes. "Yes, Hikaru. I like you; I really, really like you. I just don't want you to …er…get in trouble…for being with me."
His eyebrows furrowed and she had the insane urge to kiss the little line between his stylishly plucked eyebrows. "Just who would I be getting into trouble with?"
She felt her one of her eyebrows raise incredulously at his question. "Who would you…? Your parents, of course!"
It took a moment before his frown cleared and then he laughed as if this were all some big joke. Lena waited for his hilarity to die down as she stood, arms crossed and glaring at him. "I seriously doubt my mother would refuse to overlook your commoner upbringing. As long as she gets grandchildren, she'll be happy. And besides, it's not every day I meet someone as amazing as you who can tell my brother and I apart. You even come with a doppelganger so Kaoru and I are both happy."
She was torn between being stung by his commoner comment, wanting to slap him for acting as though he'd had all this planned out, kicking him for jumping straight to having children, and giddy at the thought of having his babies. And did I just hear him say I'm amazing?
Instead, Lena merely reached up and gave him a good, hard thump on the forehead, and was rewarded with his yelp of pain. "What was that for?"
That earned him a roll of her eyes. "Let's just say you have a lot of training to do."
She started to walk away, but he quickly caught up with her, lacing his fingers through her own and smiling down. Lena couldn't help it but return his contagious smile. "As long as training implies that you're my girl, and no one else's, and that my reward for all of this training includes lots of kisses, then I'm willing to comply."
"I think that can be arranged."
And so it was that when they entered the kitchen to see Rai and Kaoru holding hands and making goo goo eyes at each other over a bowl of cereal, they too were holding hands and staring adoringly into each other's eyes.
Of course, a few minutes later, Cook entered the kitchen, immediately noticing their dishes and the way they seemed to be paired off. He secretly smiled to himself, simultaneously shooing them all out of his workspace so that he could get started on breakfast.
When they all left his kitchen, he laughed out loud to himself. It looked like he'd won the household bet after all. Of course, this might just make it harder to tell any of them apart.
Que sera, sera.
Author's Note: So...? Please tell me what you think; I'd love to hear what you have to say. I'm also looking for new topics so if there's something you'd like to see me attempt I'll give it a shot. :D