Chapter 1 - Waking Up from a Blissful Dream To Face the Painful Reality
"Are you really sure about this, Tsuna?"
"What kind of question is that, Reborn? Of course, I am."
"Three years ago, didn't you decide to date Haru only because you didn't want Kyoko to be further involved in the dangerous world of the Mafia? You reckoned that if Kyoko becomes your wife, her life will surely be jeopardized. You gave up on her in order to keep her out of this perilous environment. That's how much you wanted to protect Kyoko."
"Reborn, why are you bringing that up this time?" The Vongola boss sighed. " It's true that all I can ever think of back then is to avoid putting Kyoko-chan's life at risk. She'd been kidnapped and almost killed because of me before. The only thing I ever wanted is for her to live a happy and secured life even if it means I can't be by her side. In any case, I can't see the point of talking about this now. I already have Haru. She truly loves me, and she has been there for me all this time."
"So you're really marrying Haru, I see. I've always thought she fits to be your wife better than Kyoko, anyway."
"Reborn, it's still hard to catch what you're trying to say even until now."
What was that?
A certain petite, brown-haired woman was frozen, standing outside the Vongola Decimo's office. She only wanted to have a last kiss with her boyfriend before they officially get married the next day but she heard something she shouldn't have.
She took a step back and retreated palely to her room. She was trying so hard to pretend that she didn't hear anything. Everything has been working perfectly and smoothly. Of all times, she can't be bothered by that now.
Haru laid on her bed, hugging her lion stuffed toy.
'So Tsuna is marrying me not because he loves me but since he wants to protect Kyoko, huh? I wonder why l am not surprised? Like I knew this was coming sooner or later.'
She chuckled bitterly.
'Ah, that's right. Haru has always known that Tsuna liked Kyoko ever since we were in middle school. It's really strange that he had suddenly asked me out three years ago. I just set that thought aside because I've always been waiting for that time to come – that Tsuna will look at me. And when he did at last, I convinced myself that maybe he had finally realized that I am the one for him.'
She gripped the stuffed toy tighter, and the tears she's been trying to hold back trickled down her face.
'But, it's very clear now. Haru has just heard the truth straight from Tsuna's mouth. He only dated me in order to keep Kyoko safe. I had a feeling that it was the case all along but it still hurts to hear it out loud. So those three years we've been together was just a lie? All this time, he might have never really loved me. Even if I was the one who was always beside him, he might have never really seen me because in his mind and heart, it has always been Kyoko.'
Her thoughts were suddenly cut off when she felt the bed sinking behind her and an arm wrapping around her waist.
"Hahi! Tsuna?" She buried her face on the stuff toy so he wouldn't notice the drops of clear salty liquid seeping from her eyes.
"Haru, are you crying?"
"Of course not."
"Yes, you are. Don't lie to me." He turned her around so they'd be lying down face to face. "Is there anything wrong?"
She smiled warmly at him, "No, nothing is wrong. It's tears of happiness, Tsuna. Haru is just overjoyed that tomorrow is finally the day of our wedding."
"Haru." He cupped her cheek and wiped the tears on her face with his thumb.
She rested her palm over his hand that was touching against her cheek, "You know, it's my dream to be your wife ever since, Tsuna. I couldn't believe that after 10 years, it will actually be fulfilled. At long last, the moment Haru has been waiting for her whole life is just a night away."
He planted a kiss on her forehead. "Thank you for keeping up with me until this day, Haru. I'm really lucky to have you. Tomorrow, I'll be there waiting for you at the end of the aisle. But for now, have a good night sleep."
She nodded and stared intently at his brown orbs, "Tsuna, I love you."
He leaned in closer and gave her a peck on the lips, "Me too."
The Vongola boss stood up and pulled the blanket over her soon-to-be-wife's chest. Before he left her fiancée's chamber, he gazed at her sleeping face and kissed her on the forehead one last time.
When Haru heard the door close, she opened her eyes once again.
'Me too, huh? Haru is really stupid. Why did I only realize it now that he never told me 'I love you'? It's always 'me too', 'thank you for loving me' or something along those lines but never those 3 words.'
Haru wanted to take a good rest. She needed to look her best for tomorrow but Tsuna and Reborn's conversation kept ringing in her mind.
-At the dressing room-
Haru was staring at herself in the mirror. She was wearing a very sophisticated and well-designed wedding gown. Her hair was done with a simple and elegant updo. She looked like a very beautiful and lovely bride but her heart and mind were in conflict.
'This is what Haru has always wanted.
I can't throw everything away now, can I?
I just have to go through with the wedding ceremony and I'll officially be Tsuna's wife.
But. . .
I never wanted it to be this way. This is wrong!
I can't pretend that it never happened and go on with this lie forever.
I can't push through with this, not with what I've heard last night!'
A few minutes later, the bridesmaid went inside the room, "Haru-chan~! Here is your veil. Let's put it on you."
Kyoko looked around the room but saw no sign of her. "Haru-chan?"
She called out her name several times but got no response. "Haru-chan! Haru-chan! Haru-chan!"
Hearing the orange haired girl's calls, Bianchi went inside the dressing room to check what was going on, "What is the problem, Kyoko?"
"Did you see Haru-chan? I just went out of the room to get her veil but when I got back, she's gone."
-At the Church-
"That stupid woman! What does she think she is doing making Juudaime wait. She's almost an hour late."
Hayato angrily picked up his phone, "Aneki! Why the hell aren't you here yet? The guests are waiting. What is taking that stupid woman so long to get here?"
"Hayato, we got a problem."
"Haaaaahh?! Seriously, what kind of trouble did that woman's stupidity cause this time?"
"Listen, Hayato. Haru is missing."
"Eh?" The Smoking Bomb's emerald eyes widened in shock. "What do you mean she's missing? Did she get kidnapped or what?"
"No. She ran away and left a note on her dresser. It only says 'I'm sorry, Tsuna.' That's all."
Hayato couldn't believe what he just heard. The shock made him drop his phone on the ground.
From the Cathedral's enormous doors, the right hand man stared worryingly at his boss who was waiting patiently at the altar. The silver haired man became very anxious and tense. He didn't know how he was going to deliver and explain the bad news.
A/N: I don't know what has gotten to me and I wrote this. I think I'm just in drama mode again. Waaaah! I really want Haru for Tsuna so bad! T.T
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