I apologize to you guys for the ranting and raving I did earlier. I felt that it needed to be said, and well, I just did it. I really hope it didn't take away from the story for you all, and if you feel it has, I can go back and edit my chapter so that the rant isn't there anymore. Though I feel that those who read this at later times might be smarter to not tell me what I can and cannot do in my stories.
Either way, let me have a count here.
More than twenty-five. Y'all left me more than twenty-five reviews for just chapter seven alone. Do you know how much I fawned over all that? My email was literally exploding out the wazoo from you guys. I just want to say thank you, and thanks for sticking along with Akiyo and Haruhi. I've been thinking of a sequel, but I'm not sure. Check out my profile to see other works I have currently in progress at the moment.
This one has taken me longer to put out because I've put in so many hours at work and school, not to mention that this is my hardest chapter to write. It all ends here, ladies and gentlemen. I have to admit that I am really sad that this is ending so quickly, but I thank you all for sticking with it and supported SDAN.
Without any further interruptions, I bring you the FINAL chapter of...Spring Day, Autumn Night.
Summary: The Host Club takes it upon themselves to follow Haruhi when she says she is going to Okinawa, despite her serious threat. The secret they learn there is far greater than what they expected – Haruhi has a twin brother.
Spring Day, Autumn Night
The rest of the Host members looked on in shock, except for Kyoya, who stood by Akiyo with a smug look on his face. Finally, Tamaki pushed up his dropped jaw and pointed an accusing finger at Kyoya.
"MOMMY! HOW DARE YOU KEEP SOMETHING LIKE THIS FROM US?! DEMON!"
Kyoya pushed up his glasses and gave them all a smile. "It was prudent to Akiyo's plan, which backfired, mind you."
Akiyo sighed and rubbed at the scar on his chest, nodding over at Kyoya. "Yeah I know, but I figured it might too. You never know what Haruhi is gonna do though, do we?" He smiled over at his sister who had tears trailing down her face. "Aw come now little Spring. You didn't miss me that-Oof!"
Haruhi launched herself at her brother, near tackling him in a hug. "I thought you were dead you jerk!" She yelled at him.
She let go of him abruptly, apologizing quickly. "Sorry, Akiyo. I was just so happy to see you that I didn't think about it I guess."
"Come on over to the table. Kyoya-senpai and I will explain everything."
"Along with me!" Miyo exclaimed, taking Akiyo's free hand.
"Along with Miyo too," he said with a smile.
He used his cane to help hobble him over to the table before lowering himself down into the chair with a sigh.
"Why've you got a cane, Aki-chan?"
"Helps me walk Mitsukuni-senpai," Akiyo said, smiling over at the younger boy. "If I stumble and fall, let's just say, that wouldn't be too good on my new heart. Technically, I'm not supposed to be around and about, but Kyoya-senpai made sure I had the best doctor taking care of me and he gave me the go ahead. As long as I don't move around too much that is."
All the other Host members took a seat around the table, and Akiyo ran a hand through his hair. "Haruhi, when I tell you that I'll be there for me as long as you need me...well, it's my own personal loophole."
"How so, Akiyo?"
"Because when I thought I truly was going to die, you didn't need me anymore. You had Takashi-senpai."
Haruhi cut a look over to the tall Host who was watching her with gentle eyes. She looked away from his steady gaze, tears building up in her own once more. She was so mean to him before, especially in the hospital. Staring at Akiyo, she realized that if he had died, she wouldn't have wanted to see the body. Takashi-senpai kept her from that, like the good man he was.
"You should have known how much this would hurt me," she whispered, gripping Akiyo's hand. "Auntie and Dad are a wreck, and it's because you decided you wanted to play dead! You jerk!"
Akiyo grimaced and nodded at his sister. "I know it had to have hurt them, but I didn't want you guys to wait on me hand and foot like you've been doing for eleven years. Plus, I wanted you to be able to go off on your own without worrying about me. You were supposed to really rely on Takashi-senpai...not hate him and push him away."
Haruhi gazed down at the table, wiping at her eyes. "I was hurt that I hadn't gotten to say goodbye to you, and Takashi kept me from you in my mind. So I took it out on him. I'm sorry Takashi." She looked up at the Kendo host who gave her one of his rare smiles and placed his hand on her head.
"You're forgiven, Haruhi. I never held anything against you in the first place." He swiped at some tears that escaped from Haruhi's eyes with his thumb and nodded to Akiyo. "You and Kyoya have a story to tell."
"That we do," Akiyo finally said with a smile, leaning back in his chair. "Where do we start, Kyoya-senpai?"
"The beginning would be nice," Hikaru said sarcastically.
"Alright. Well you see, when my parents were younger, they decided-"
Haruhi smacked Akiyo in the back of the head. "Not that beginning."
Akiyo smiled at his sister. "Okay, okay. I'll stop messing around. Kyoya-senpai, why don't you start? You were the one who got yourself into my plans after all by barging into that hospital room. Like you owned the place I might add."
Leaning back in his chair, Kyoya sipped at his lemonade the waitress had brought him and pushed his glasses up. "That's because I do own the place, as you well know. But if you insist...let's see. I do believe that Haruhi was being held back by Mori-senpai, Tamaki punched a wall, and the twins were on the floor. Honey-senpai was just standing there, staring in horror..."
Slamming open the door to the operating room, Kyoya seethed. "What the hell do you mean he's dead? You're the second best doctor here and-"
The boy stopped his rant as he tilted his head, a steady thrum of beeping reaching his ears. Turning slightly, he watched as Akiyo's chest rose and fell with each breath that he took. The boy they had all come to care about was alive. He couldn't even believe it!
"Mr. Otori, thank you for ruining the patient's request," the doctor remarked, with an amused smile on his face as he crossed his arms. "I do believe you have found us out. I guess we'll just have to let you in on things now."
"What is the meaning of this?" Kyoya asked, pushing up his glasses angrily. He was not happy in the slightest, especially since the Club...no, his family, were hurting out in the hallway. And what did Dr. Carmichael mean when he said 'patient's request?' It didn't make any sense! "I demand answers!"
The doctor sighed. "The surgery went fine. We were able to save him just in the nick of time, and he will live a very healthy life as long as his heart lasts. However, it was the patient's request that his twin and the others were informed that he died. And since you told us to listen to whatever the patient said, we did."
"I'm not sure I understand..."
"He should be awake within the hour. You'll be able to get your answers then, but I implore you, do not tell any of the others that he is alive."
"You're lucky he asked for this, Dr. Carmichael. I am not so pleased with you at this moment because my family is hurting out there." Kyoya hissed angrily, taking a seat next to Akiyo's bed and waiting.
He stared at the boy intently, noting that his face was gaunt and pale. Because he was bandaged up, Kyoya didn't get a chance to see the scar that he knew the boy would carry for the rest of his life. But at least he would be alive, and that was all that mattered. Rising from his seat, he wiped at his tired eyes and told the doctor he would be back later. When he came out of the room, he saw the twins still sitting there, with Honey-senpai and Tamaki.
"Where's Haruhi and Mori-senpai?" Kyoya asked, deflated.
"Haru-chan told Takashi that she hated him and ran off. Takashi followed her, but he lost her so he's sitting in the waiting room with his head in his hands." Honey-senpai intoned sadly.
Scrubbing at his face, Kyoya shook his head. He always had hedged on the fact that Haruhi and Mori-senpai would get together, but the death of her twin took a toll on the girl in ways that he would never imagine. It was taking quite the toll on all of them.
"Hikaru? Kaoru? How are you guys doing?"
"We're numb," Kaoru finally said. "To lose a family member is hard, but to lose your own twin...I can't even imagine what Haruhi is going through. Akiyo was everything to her. He was why she was going to school, why she was putting up with us for the sake of clearing every inch of her debt. She was gonna grow up to eventually help him. And now he's gone."
"Don't fucking believe it," Hikaru mumbled, cursing to himself over and over. "We should have done more! Like...like...I don't know!" Running a hand through his hair, he sighed. "Haruhi probably ran home to tell her Aunt the bad news. Hearing her yell at Takashi-senpai like that...I know his heart is shattered. She was his everything, minus Honey-senpai."
"Even I took a backseat when Haru-chan became involved with him," Honey pointed out. "We still hung out at home, but I support the relationship that they're in. My cousin can't be with me forever, but I enjoyed all our close moments while we had them. He'll still be around though, but now I have to try and help mend the damage."
"Are we going to be able to go in and see him?" Tamaki intoned, leaning his head back against the wall to stare at the ceiling.
"It was Akiyo's request that no one see him because he thought the surgery would be messy and go wrong. It's...not a pretty sight in there." Kyoya lied, tilting his head as he did so. He didn't like lying when he mainly skirted around the truth, but it was what Akiyo wanted.
"I have to go see Takashi," Honey said softly, rising from his place on the floor. "In a matter of minutes, he's lost Aki-chan and Haru-chan." Kyoya watched him wander down the hallway before he turned back to head into the room.
"Why are you going in there?" Kaoru asked, looking up at Kyoya with confusion. "Why do you get to see him when we don't?"
"It's my hospital, and I have to help the doctor get all the paperwork ready," Kyoya murmured, lying through his teeth once more. He moved toward the door and opened it a little bit, before slipping inside and closing it behind him.
To his delight, Akiyo was awake and coherent. He was even chatting with the doctor about how to take care of himself for the next few months.
"Akiyo," he said, crossing his arms and giving the boy a look.
The boy in the bed jumped and winced, reaching out to rub his chest before the doctor slapped his hand. "You mustn't do that!"
"Yes, doc," Akiyo said, nodding to him before turning back to Kyoya with wide eyes. "What are you doing in here, Kyoya-senpai?"
"Apparently uncovering a hidden conspiracy with the patients and doctors," he said, crossing the room and sitting down next to Akiyo's bedside. "How are you feeling?"
"Hurts like hell, and they're about to put me out again so I can sleep, but I'm alive," the boy stated with a weak smile.
"Yes, about that. Do you know how much turmoil and strife you have caused?"
"Turmoil? Everyone should be sad, yes, but Haruhi should be finding comfort with Takashi-senpai. Now that I'm gone, she can rely on him if she needs anything."
"Was that really your plan?" Kyoya asked angrily, getting up and pacing around. "To make everyone hurt and feel sad, just so Haruhi would feel better with Mori-senpai?"
"I was tired of everyone waiting on me hand and foot, Kyoya-senpai," Akiyo replied hotly, crossing his arms with defiance, but wincing when they brushed over his chest. "I want them to get on with their lives like they would if I was gone. My Aunt didn't marry her beau because I was there. Now she's free to do that. Haruhi is free to love and be with Takashi-senpai because she doesn't have to worry about me. And my father...he hasn't visited me for years, but now he can stop worrying."
"Well your plan backfired," Kyoya hissed, twisting on one foot to face the boy. "Haruhi told Mori-senpai that she hated him. Hated him! All because he didn't want her to see your 'dead' body. She ran off on us, and Mori-senpai couldn't find her."
"It wasn't supposed to be like this," Akiyo said, running a hand through his hair.
"It's not a perfect world, Akiyo," he said, pushing his glasses up higher on his face. "So what do you want to do now?"
"We'll give it a couple of weeks," Akiyo murmured. "I have to heal up too if I want to be able to head out. If things are looking grim, then we can agree to meet somewhere."
"I'm not sure it can get any worse," Kyoya mumbled, running a hand over his tired face. "But I've been wrong before."
"And so we kept in contact," Kyoya said, taking another sip of his drink. "Over the next few weeks, I tapped away on my computer, taking note of everything that was going on around us. When Haruhi came to me with the proposition to leave the host club and pay her debt with a weekly to monthly stipend, I agreed."
"And I could just tell she wasn't getting enough sleep by the way Kyoya-senpai wrote about her, and I told him as much," Akiyo continued, smiling over at his sister.
"So, Kyoya-senpai, when you said that 'he said you hadn't been getting enough sleep'... you weren't talking about Takashi were you?" Haruhi asked, tilting her head.
"Indeed I was not, Haruhi. But it seemed like something Mori-senpai would say, so when you asked who it was, I had to think on my toes. In fact, you all kept me on my toes for the last couple of weeks. Seeing how much pain you were all in, not to mention the fact that Haruhi was distancing herself with ease...even our customers could tell that something was wrong."
"I'm sorry that I thought semi-selfishly," Akiyo finally said, tapping his cane on the ground. "I just figured that if I wasn't around, you and Takashi would get along better, and Auntie would get married. Dad, well, he hasn't seen me in years, but at least it's one worry off his shoulder right?"
"You should have seen his face Akiyo," Haruhi whispered, her voice cracking with grief. "I had to catch him because he would have fallen to the floor if I didn't. You are still his child, even though he wasn't able to see you. No parent wants to hear of their own child's death."
"And you know I'll personally apologize to him when the time comes, but I am still weak. I can only handle be up and around for so long." Akiyo said shaking his head.
Haruhi looked at him with tears in her eyes again. I felt so empty without you.
He gave her a small smile. Do you know how it felt to know your twin thought you were dead? It was horrible from my side too, my Spring.
Stupid Autumn. You were stupid.
I know, I know. Forgive me?
Haruhi gave him a smile and laughed a little as the tears fell down her face. You know I do.
Then I can breathe easy again.
"So will you be coming to Ouran Aki-chan? After you're all healed?"
"I figure I might as well, but I'll need tutors," the boy said, leaning back in his chair with a sigh and smiling when Miyo patted his hand. "My education is shaky at best since my auntie didn't have that much money to pay out."
"I'll be providing you with some tutors while you're healing. Nothing too strenuous, but it will at least get you ready to attend our academy. And of course, I expect you and Haruhi both to be within the Host Club."
"Where else would we be, Kyoya-senpai?" Haruhi asked, rolling her eyes.
"You're coming back to the Club, Haruhi?" Tamaki asked with a huge grin on his face.
"Of course I am. You all are my friends, and I just didn't want to be in the Club because of all the hurt I was facing. And all the hurting I was doing by being myself." She answered with a shrug.
"Now we can dress you up in girly stuff again," Karou said with a nod.
Haruhi sighed and placed a hand on her forehead. "Why me."
"Because I was the one born a boy," Akiyo said with a wide grin.
"Something tells me the girls are going to be all over you, Akiyo," Haruhi said, staring at him uneasily. "Better protect your heart. Literally."
"I've got you, the Host Club, and Miyo. Nothing will ever come between that."
"Agreed, big brother."
With the others nodding their assent, Akiyo smiled to himself. This was his family now, and it felt like all was right with the world.
Six years later, a happily engaged Haruhi was doing some laundry when her brother came rolling in the door. Literally. He shouldered his way and flopped in her hallway before scrambling up. Rushing over to the door, he shut it behind him with a bang. Leaning against it, he took deep shuddering breaths.
"Fan girls again, Akiyo?" She asked with a smile. "Why do you always run to my apartment when they're chasing you?"
"Because I know you'll be here," he murmured, peering out the window. "You've been engaged to Takashi for three years now, and you still don't trust him. So where else would you be?"
"Oh shut up," she replied, tossing a wet towel at him. "You don't know what the hell you're saying."
"Course I do, but we have an even bigger problem here so I need you to pay close attention. I don't know how it happened, or why it did, but..."
"I trust Takashi plenty enough, and you know that. He's much too busy for a wedding, as am I since this is my first day off since I started my job. It's not easy being a top lawyer in Japan you know! We can't all be free-wheeling models like you are. Now, did you and Hikaru do something again? I swear, the last time you both got in huge trouble was when we were all in class together. The teacher was green for a month. A month!"
"It's bigger than that, Haruhi. Much bigger, and I'm not sure how much I can take of it! It's like it's eating it's way through me, and I don't know what to do!"
Raising an eyebrow at her elder brother, Haruhi stopped her chore to give him her full attention. He was near panicking, and she didn't like the odd gleam in his eye. There was something wrong with her twin, and she was now curious to death. "And just what is so big that you had to break into my apartment and start venting about?"
"I-" He stopped short when he heard the door opening, and Takashi came inside. He surveyed both of them quietly. His beautiful Haruhi with her hands on her hips, and her hair down past her shoulders. He commented once that he loved her long hair, and since then, she hadn't cut it once. Then he looked at Akiyo with his wild 'I just rolled out of bed' model look, and a crazed glint in his eye.
"Hm. Bad time?"
"Well, I'm not sure exactly. But come in, Takashi. I missed you." Haruhi said, wandering over to him without thinking about it. It was the little things she did without realizing it that made Takashi just love her all the more.
"Missed you too. Mitsukuni is doing fine in Paris." Takashi said, taking Haruhi into his arms and sighing to himself.
"Oh really? Making cakes for all the big shots now is he?" Akiyo asked with a grin.
"Miss him a lot right?" Haruhi mumbled into his chest. "Was he with Kaoru or Tamaki?"
"When I visited him, neither. They were both out and about. I'll leave you to it. See you tonight?"
"I'll be there at seven sharp. Do let your mother know I'll be coming this time. I don't need yet another chewing out."
"Hm. I believe I was the one who was chewed out."
"Yes well. It still felt like I was."
Takashi bent down and placed a kiss on Haruhi's forehead with a smile before giving Akiyo a nod. After receiving a salute in return, Takashi left Haruhi's apartment and closed the door behind him. Haruhi smiled to herself and returned to her laundry.
"Now, what was so importan-"
"I'm in love with Miyo."
The end! Bwahahaha. I'm gonna tell you what I'm doing now. Laughing. I am laughing at this ending because I can just imagine what all your faces look like. XD I'm also very sorry about my lack of updating. I'm doing NaNoWriMo, so it's very hectic with my work schedule and my school schedule. Hopefully I get caught up on it and catch a little time here and there to work on the sequel for this.
The sequel will probably include more about Miyo's beginning, actually meeting Akiyo, and then most of the growing up. So you'll see special scenes that occurred at Ouran that I have skipped over in the six years later. You might also get to see Haruhi's and Mori's wedding! And will Miyo and Akiyo get together in the end? Who knows!
Well I do, but that's beside the point. Thank you all so very much for sticking with me, Spring, Autumn, and the rest of the Club. God I love my cliffhangers; even on the endings for chapters! And I am just very grateful to all of you. Just. Thank you.
I think I'll call the sequel 'Autumn's Beautiful Child' or 'Beautiful Autumn'. Miyo means beautiful child while Akiyo means Autumn [of course.] Let me know what you think of the titles, or even if you want to suggest your own! I take no offense if none of you like my titles, so don't worry. Now I'm going back to my NaNoWriMo. I have to get back in Blake mode if I want him to eventually save Remy from the Slender Man. Ja ne!