"I wish I was an only child!"
The whole room fell silent. Seven pairs of eyes trained themselves on the rust haired boy who had yelled, one of them starting to fill with tears. Nobody knew how to react to what he had said.
"Hikaru." Ren was the first to speak. She calmly placed a hand on his shoulder. "You don't really mean that." She looked over at his twin brother, Kaoru, who was on the verge of tears.
Hikaru shook off her hand. "Yes I do." He stated. He looked right at Kaoru and didn't even hesitate. "I hate being mistaken for him!" He spun around and walked briskly toward the host club door. He placed his hand on the doorknob, but paused before opening it. "Everything would be better if I was an only child!"
Then he pulled open the door adn left the room. The door slammed shut as the first of Kaoru's tears hit the floor.
"Good morning young master." The maid said with a bow as Hikaru raced down the stairs in his uniform.
He was late for school, and he didn't have time to respond. Koaru had even left without him, so he knew he was going to be seriously late.
"Good morning Hikaru." Ren was waiting for him just outside the front door.
"Ren?" Hikaru stopped and stared at the girl who had wormed her way into the club faster than Renge. She looked different, but she was still clearly just as troublesome as him and Kaoru. "What are you doing here?"
She smiled brightly. "I've come to pick you up, of course." She spun around, letting her school bag swing out so that it almost hit him. "Aren't we going to walk to school together?" She looked over her shoulder. "You know, like we do every day." She had a knowing expression on her face that bothered Hikaru.
"Look." He stated firmly. "I have no idea what you're talking about, but there isn't time to talk about it." He walked past her. "We're going to be late."
"No we aren't." Ren stated calmly, as if she had expected him to say that.
He looked back at her. "What?"
"It's only seven thirty." She showed him her watch, and he thought it looked a little different today. "With the car meeting us at the end of your driveway, we'll be at school early."
Hikaru was really confused now. "But then where's Kaoru?"
"Who's Kaoru?" Ren's voice was flat, and her expression told Hikaru that she had another meaning to the question.
Hikaru didn't care. Usually he wouldn't give someone the satisfaction of messing with him, but when it came to his brother, everything was serious. "My brother." He stated. "Kaoru Hitachiin."
"Koaru Hitachiin doesn't exist."
Hikaru felt all the heat leave his body. 'Kaoru Hitachiin doesn't exist.' The words echoed in his head. Kaoru was gone. How was this possible?
Ren walked past him. "I'm sure you're very confused." She said. She turned to face him again and her expression was understanding and a little sad. "I'll explain everything, so don't worry." Then she turned to start walking again. The motion sent her long hair and skirt fluttering in the wind.
That's when Hikaru realized what was different about her. "What happened to your hair and uniform?"
Her only response was to glance back and smile.