Title: the small price of pleasure

Pairing(s): Kyouya/Kaoru, Tamaki/Haruhi/Hikaru

Rating: T

Disclaimer: Ouran High School Host Club belongs to Hatori Bisco and related companies.

Complete summary: The Cake Shop AU. Genius pâtissier Hitachiin Kaoru and his twin brother find employment in an elegant cake shop owned by a tall, dark and handsome man with a past waiting to be unraveled. #2 in the Movie Adaptations Series – Antique (2008) [Korean title: 서양골동양과자점 엔티크 Seoyangkoldong Yangkwajajeom Entikeu).

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PROLOGUE

Year: 2009

On the rooftop, the early evening wind is blowing softly.

Seventeen-year-old Kaoru's heart is beating loudly on this clear day. Its pounding is all he can hear as he marches forward, step-by-step, to the edge where someone is waiting for him. Metropolitan Tokyo lies at the feet of the lone figure standing near the parapet.

Kaoru comes to a stop one and a half metres away from the person he is going to address.

"Senpai," he begins nervously, "I have to tell you something."

The black-haired senior turns around, waiting, his face a mask of inscrutability.

Swallowing once to moisten his throat and taking a deep breath to brace himself, Kaoru confesses, "I like you."

The whooshing of the wind is the only reply he receives.

Mildly flustered, he forces himself to open his eyes to gauge his senior's reaction. Quickly, he continues with, "I know... all the girls want you. And – heh, quite a lot of guys too. Uh – "

The other boy merely blinks at him, expression unchanging.

In a whisper, Kaoru says, "Sorry. I just had to tell you before you graduated. D-don't mind me. I'll… go."

When he'd told Hikaru he wanted to do this, Hikaru had called him crazy. Kaoru doesn't regret it, though.

Feeling very much like crumbling into small despondent pieces, Kaoru walks away, back into the bubble inhabited solely by himself and his twin.

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05/04/2012