Disclaimer: I don't own the Wallflower or the characters. Just my OCs
Kagami stared up at the hotel, getting more nervous by the second. She didn't know if she was ready for this moment, but she knew she was safe with Ranmaru. She felt his hands on her shoulders.
"You ready, Gami?" he whispered in her ear. She nodded and let him lead her into the hotel. They headed towards the restaurant and saw her mother, her mother's boyfriend, and his two kids sitting at the table. Kagami took a deep breath and started to walk towards the table. Ranmaru was at her side, holding her hand and rubbing comforting circles with his thumb.
"Oh, Kagami, there you are," her mother greeted. Kagami smiled at her before Ranmaru pulled her seat out for her and went to take his own. "Ranmaru, good to see you again," she said with a smile.
"Likewise," he said with a smile. Ranmaru knew that Kagami's mother probably knew all about him now, but she still treated him with kindness and he was thankful that she trusted him with her daughter.
"Anyways," her mother said, "this is my boyfriend, "Hideyoshi, his daughter, Kasumi, and his little boy, Isamu."
"It's nice to meet you all," Kagami said shyly. Hideyoshi held his hand out for her to shake, which she did hesitantly. Kasumi noticed it and frowned, but attempted to repeat her father's gesture. Kagami shook her hand with a little less fear. Isamu knelt on his chair next to Kagami and stared at her as if he was studying her. Kagami didn't seem to be as nervous around the little boy, or even Ranmaru who had his arm around her shoulders.
"You're pretty," little Isamu said before returning to coloring his menu. Kagami blushed and looked over to Ranmaru who whispered, "I agree," in her ear.
"So, Kagami, Ranmaru," Hideyoshi said. The two teens looked at him. "Kaoru here tells me that the two of you attend at Morii High School. Do you two like it?"
Ranmaru shrugged, but smiled. "It's school," he replied. "I guess it's like other schools, but really the only thing we care about is seeing our friends. It's almost like a second home for us."
"That sounds nice," Hideyoshi said stroking his beard. "My daughter might be starting there next fall. You might be classmates."
"That's cool," Kagami responded with a smile. She looked over to Kasumi and frowned when she saw the girl giving her a strange look. She tried to play it off and said, "When you start, I can show you around."
"That's a generous offer," Kasumi said monotonously narrowing her eyes at Kagami in her studying. She was making Kagami feel like she was on display. Kagami looked away, to the entrance of the restaurant and gasped.
"What's wrong, Gami?" Ranmaru asked her. It drew everyone's attention to the girl. They all looked to the spot she was looking, but only Ranmaru and her mother tensed knowing who the man was that she was seeing.
"N-nothing," she stuttered. "I just have to go to the bathroom is all." She was about to make a break for it, but felt someone stop her. She looked down to see Kasumi's hand on her shoulder.
"I'll go with you," she offered. Kagami simply nodded and flashed Ranmaru a look of sheer panic.
Hideyoshi took out some money and handed it to his son. "Isamu, why don't you go to the bar and get yourself a Shirley Temple."
"Kay, daddy," the little boy agreed happily as he ran off.
Then he looked to Kagami's mother and Ranmaru. "May I ask what all of that was about?" he questioned.
Kaoru looked down, feeling slightly ashamed at her past transgressions. "Well…" she started to say as she and Ranmaru watched the guy sit down with what they assumed to be his business associates. This was going to be a long night.
Kasumi nearly threw Kagami into the bathroom, but only because she was trying to rush her in. "Want to explain to me why you seem to be afraid of everyone and everything?" she asked a little harshly.
"I'm sorry," Kagami said looking down to the ground. "It's not you guys, honest. I've just had some bad experiences and it takes a while for me to trust."
"It was that guy, wasn't it?" Kasumi asked in slight concern. "I saw how all three of you were looking at him. Who is he, Kagami, and why were you so freaked out?"
Kagami turned away from her and tried to push her away. "It's too personal," Kagami explained. "You don't even know me. I just can't come out and say it."
Kasumi frowned. "Did he hurt you?"
"Stop asking me questions!" Kagami shouted as her tears of frustration escaped her. She was shaking from the force of her sobs wracking her body. "P-please, just stop."
They heard a knock outside the bathroom door which confused them. Who would be knocking on the outer door to a public restroom?
"Kagami, are you all right?" they heard the concerned voice of Ranmaru ask. "It's okay. The jerk didn't see us. He's here for a business meeting or something. Please come out."
Kasumi flashed Kagami a look of understanding before going to open the door. "I'll wait out here," she told him. "Talk to her."
Ranmaru nodded and slipped into the bathroom. Kasumi shut and guarded the door, sending away any women trying to get in. Inside, Ranmaru was holding Kagami and rocking her slightly.
"It's okay, darling," Ranmaru cooed. "I will never let him hurt you again. No matter what, I will protect you."
"If he comes after me," Kagami started, "you won't be able to stop him."
Ranmaru grinned and chuckled. "You should know me better than that by now. If he hasn't gotten to you yet, he never will. Any of his talk is just that. He cannot hurt you, and if he does I'm sure the guys will want to take care of him just as much as I would before he gets shipped off to prison."
"But I've never reported anything," Kagami reminded him. "If you hurt him, you can go to jail."
"Stalking is a crime," Ranmaru said. "If he's seen around the mansion, I'm not afraid to report him."
"He's Auntie's business associate," Kagami retorted.
"Not for long," Ranmaru admitted. Kagami pulled away and stared up at him in shock. "What, you didn't really think we were going to keep quiet, did you?"
"I told you not to tell her!" Kagami yelled.
"I had to!" Ranmaru shouted back. He calmed himself and sighed. "Gami, listen…I tried to keep quiet, but that guy kept coming around. If we hadn't said anything, there could have been a day where you come home alone or leave by yourself. He could be anywhere, Gami. They all can, and the best thing to do is limit how close they can come to you."
"She got a restraining order?" Kagami asked Ranmaru. He nodded at her. "And for the other guys you told me about that you still see. Kagami, we want you to be safe. We love you…I love you."
Kagami gasped at Ranmaru's confession. She hadn't expected him to say those words so soon. "Oh Ranmaru…" she whimpered clutching onto him again. He let her cry as he brushed her hair from her face. "I…I love you too."
"I know, Gami," he whispered before kissing the top of her head. "I know."
"You two okay in there?" Kasumi asked from outside the bathroom.
"We're fine," Ranmaru replied slowly walking Kagami over to the sink. He took a paper towel and rinsed it with cold water. He used it to wash the smeared makeup and puffiness off of Kagami's face. "Now that's my beautiful girlfriend. We should get back before your mother worries." Kagami just nodded and took Ranmaru's hand. They met up with Kasumi and walked back to their table. Unfortunately, they caught the eye of Kagami's mother's ex-boyfriend.
Back at the table, they continued with their dinner. Kasumi was a little kinder towards Kagami, and Kagami seemed to feel a little more comfortable around her and her father. Isamu was happily drinking his Shirley Temple and was making everyone laugh.
When it was time to go, Kaoru's ex came over to the table. "I thought it was you, Kaoru," he said slyly while eyeing Kagami. "It's been too long."
"If you ask me, it hasn't been long enough," she snapped bitterly. "Now get out of our way."
"Kasumi," Hideyoshi said calmly, "take Isamu to the car. I'll be right there."
"Okay, dad," she replied picking up her hyper brother. She flashed a worried look back before walking out of the restaurant.
Kaoru, Ranmaru, and Hideyoshi were glaring at the offending man in front of them. Kagami just buried herself in Ranmaru's loving hold. "How dare you?" Kaoru said dangerously. "How dare you come anywhere near me or my daughter after what you did?"
"Mom, not here…please," Kagami whispered.
The man smirked and said, "I have no idea what you are talking about." He flashed Kagami a look of lust and Ranmaru moved her so that she was now behind him.
"Don't even think about it," Ranmaru growled.
"As I said, I don't know what you're talking about. I was just admiring your girlfriend's beauty. Believe me; you're a lucky guy."
Kagami's mother slapped him across the face after he made his comment. "You sick son of a bitch," she said quietly. "I can't believe you even thought to lay a hand on my daughter. If you ever come near her again-"
"You'll what?" he asked grinning. "Call the police? She never reported me, did you my dear?"
Kagami pressed her forehead against Ranmaru's shoulder as the guilt consumed her. She knew she should have reported him, but she was afraid of being taken away.
"It doesn't matter," Ranmaru stated in a business-like manner. "Mrs. Nakahara took out a restraining order on you for her and all of us who live in her mansion. You are currently in violation off a court order, so technically we could have you arrested now if we wanted." His eyes then narrowed at the man. "If you ever come near Kagami again, I will do everything in my power to take you down."
The man glared at Ranmaru and was about to say something when Hideyoshi spoke up. "Well, we better get to the party we're going to. We're expected somewhere else."
"We are?" Kagami asked.
"Yes, sweetie," her mother said with a smile. "I was going to surprise you two, but we're going to Hideyoshi's associate's business party."
Ranmaru smirked at the creep blocking their path. "Sounds like fun. Let's go."
The four left the restaurant, keeping Kagami guarded at all costs. She didn't think she'd ever be this safe, but now even her mother's newest boyfriend and his daughter were helping her. Her mom was right. She did like this one.
They met up with Hideyoshi's kids outside and they all got into his large car so that they could head to the party. Ranmaru sat in between Kasumi and Kagami in the back seat letting his girlfriend lean her head on his shoulder. She looked lost and hurt, and it didn't suit her. He then whispered his earlier confession into her ear and smiled when he saw her smile in return. That was all he needed to see to know that things were going to be okay.