AN: Another short one, but an update all the same. By the way, I thought this story was already finished (I wrote an end anyways), but now I'm going to write an alternate ending!

Disclaimer: I don't own Hana-Kimi.

If I'd Only Known Part 4

After dinner, Izumi managed to corner me. I had been set on avoiding him as long as possible because I knew a lecture was coming.

"Shin, why didn't you tell Mom and Dad about the engagement?" he asked pointedly. "They were way too excited to be pretending."

I refused to meet my brother's gaze as I replied, "I thought you wanted it to be a surprise. I thought you only wanted me to tell them you were coming to visit." I had been working on this lie ever since our conversation weeks before.

Izumi sighed. "I guess that's ok. It's better this way, I think. Would you like to be my best man?"

He said it so casually, so matter-of-factly. Like, of course you would be my choice. My eyes widened at the offer. I never expected Izumi to ask me that. "A-are you sure?" I asked. "Wouldn't it be better if your blonde friend was your best man?"

My brother frowned. "If you don't want to do it, I'll ask Nakatsu. But you're my first choice, Shin. You're my little brother."

It was true that Izumi and I had been close when we were young, but for five years we had barely spoke to each other. That didn't change the fact that he was my big brother, and I looked up to him. I simply didn't feel like I deserved to be his best man. Our relationship was patched up, thanks to Ashiya, but we were still working on it.

"Ask Nakatsu. He deserves it more than I do," I replied.

"Ok," his shoulders fell. "Just know that I don't agree with you."