Chapter 12: The Big Day
While the machinations of fathers continued, Kyoya and Haruhi had their hands full on their respective sides of the building as the wedding ceremony approached.
Hunny was contemplating doing some kendo to relieve the stress he felt, as Mori refused to give him any cake or sweets, which would only agitate him more. He just wanted to be married already! He yearned to see his dear Reiko in the dress that she had been babbling about for months, and he really did not like this Western tradition of not seeing the bride before the ceremony. He had waited long enough.
Mori tried to keep Hunny under control to the best of his ability. He had encouraged Hunny to pace, as any martial arts practice could result in a tear to the perfectly-tailored outfits they now wore. He had his hands full with just Hunny and his nerves, and he felt terrible for Kyoya, as he was stuck baby-sitting Tamaki and the twins, as the rest of the groomsmen were appropriately cowed by Nekozawa and his aura.
Tamaki was filled with exuberant energy about the upcoming nuptials for his friend. He was talking a mile a minute, to anyone within yelling range of him. Eventually, he was taken out of the room in an effort to calm Hunny down, as he was easily excitable on a good day, and explosive when this happy.
The only time Tamaki calmed down was when he considered Renge. She had a no-nonsense approach to all this, ready to stomp down anyone who stood in the way of the Hunny and Reiko’s happiness, and the idea of kissing her thrilled him. He did not know when he would kiss her, but he had plenty of inner mind theater moments, in which the twins would stare confusedly at him as he grinned a cheesy smile at how much she would welcome his advances. There were two main scenarios going through his mind, both very pleasing. The first one had her and her large motor suddenly appearing, she stating that they had to be together, so he would hop onto the motor and they would kiss as the motor transported them elsewhere to concoct schemes together. The second scenario had her running into his arms in a pretty dress at the top of the Eiffel Tower as they declared themselves passionately.
The twins were attempting to play nice with the other groomsmen (who all stood in a corner away from the pacing Hunny), but they failed miserably with Tamaki. Some things just never got old, such as baiting Tamaki. Their favorite thing was telling him how they planned to switch their order as they walked down the aisle, to which Tamaki would rant about how they should be more worried about Hunny than themselves. The only reason that Tamaki calmed down was because Kyoya gave the three of them evil glares to quiet down.
Kyoya allowed the twins to bait Tamaki most of the time, if only because he did not want them disturbing Hunny in his nervous state. It was only when Tamaki became ridiculous (which was every time, taking him on average three minutes to achieve that level) that he interfered. He was still thinking about Haruhi and how he would tell her of his feelings.
Haruhi had a much easier time than Kyoya in keeping the chaos reigned in. Reiko was making last minutes demands and answering questions up to the last five minutes before the ceremony, so she was calm, if a little starry-eyed as she spoke of the moment in which she married her Hunny-pie. The wedding planner was whispering all of Reiko’s demands into a phone, making strange gesticulations as she did so.
Some of the other girls were primping, making sure that their make-up was secure (as they expected to cry a lot), and Renge was large and in-charge as she flitted from one flushed face to another, helping and coaxing them into feeling satisfied with their looks. She glowed with pride, as Reiko looked spectacular and Haruhi looked well and ready to become a bride herself. It was hard for her to not think about Tamaki now and then as well, imagining what changes she would make for her own wedding.
Once Haruhi saw that Renge was taking care of the girls, she thought it acceptable to check on the boys, as she suspected that Kyoya would appreciate some back-up to deal with the energy of the twins and Tamaki. When she saw the way in which Kyoya stood between Tamaki and the twins in the hall, she knew she was not a moment too soon.
“Hi, guys. Is everything okay?”
“No! Everything is not okay! Those shady twins keep threatening to switch places in line as they walk down the aisle! Tell them that they can’t do that, Haruhi!”
Tamaki was prevented from reaching for Haruhi by the twins, who turned around in an attempt to capture her and prevent Tamaki from doing so, only to discover that Kyoya had beaten them to it somehow.
Not only had Kyoya beaten them all, but he had managed to slide an arm around Haruhi’s waist, smiling with warmth at Haruhi and her impeccable timing. That Haruhi had taken the hand around her waist and then placed her other arm around Kyoya’s waist with ease before leaning into him was what continued to hold the three watchers speechless.
After several moments of them staring into one another’s eyes, they turned to the twins.
“Hikaru, Kaoru, stop messing with Tamaki. The last thing we need is for Tamaki to completely lose it, which you aren’t helping with. Cut it out, or else.”
Kyoya did not want to be angry on such a happy day, but sometimes, those three pushed him.
“Or else you’ll do what?”
“Or else you’ll have to answer to me instead,” said Haruhi.
The twins were ready to cease all annoying remarks when Haruhi’s face took on a similar quality as Kyoya’s, as though she was starting to turn into another Kyoya. They excused themselves and went to the bathroom, in order to escape the slightly calculating and threatening looks being given to them by the quiet, yet expressive couple.
Then, the looks softened just a little as they turned to face Tamaki. Tamaki paled a little at seeing how well Haruhi’s face could match Kyoya’s.
“Tamaki, the twins aren’t going to do anything so stupid and reckless as switch spots. They know better than to mess with our favorite martial arts masters on the Big Day of all days. Stop worrying about it, and calm down.”
Tamaki gulped before turning to Haruhi.
“Did you want to say anything, Haruhi?”
“Yes. Please enjoy yourself. Just make sure you ignore the twins, unless they mention trying to pull some stunts during the reception. If they say anything, even jokingly, tell us at once. We can’t let anything mess up this special wedding for our friends.”
The fact that Haruhi spoke in the plural did not escape either male’s notice, which made Kyoya sigh with pleasure, and Tamaki gulp again. Thus warned, Tamaki left the couple, ready to go back in and join the rest of the groomsmen in preparing. Those two were being way too serious for him right now.
Thus left alone, Kyoya turned his head to gaze at Haruhi. Her face was still fixed in a look that made him proud. He had not realized that he had made such an impact on Haruhi. It was not until Haruhi noticed him looking at her that her face broke out into a sly grin.
“So, how do you like my oft-practiced impression of your calmly scary face used to keep people in line when forced?”
Kyoya laughed before continuing. Sometimes, she said the oddest things, yet the way she put it made it endearing. Her practicing it only made him feel more happy, as it meant that they would be able to do it together one day, without her breaking out into such a contagious smile right after.
“I like it a lot. But, that’s not altogether surprising.”
Haruhi smiled as well as she said, “Why is it not surprising?”
“Because I like everything about you. In fact, I love it. Your facial expressions, the way you hum when you cook rice, your passion for your work and others, as well as your kisses. I could think of many more things if pressed, but I’m not known for pretty speeches, except on special occasions.”
At this point, the couple stopped draping arms around one another as Kyoya stood closer to his girlfriend. The air was quiet and heavy, and just in the same way that his gut spoke about certain business deals, so it spoke now. And all it would say was “Now!”
“I know that, Kyoya, something I really appreciate. It’s one of many things.”
“Would you consider me vain if I asked you to name two?”
Haruhi shook her head as she placed a hand on his shoulder.
“No, Kyoya, I wouldn’t. I think it’s only fair after all you said of me. And besides, I was going to add more before you asked.”
“I’m all ears,” he said, reaching a hand out to cup her chin, sliding it up to her ear, then back to her chin.
“Well, you may have a tough exterior that you show to the world in order to convince it to do as you ask, but it’s always with the best of intentions. You hide your interest in others well, but I’ve seen it my fair share to know and value it. It’s hard to find that kind of strength of interest in others.”
Haruhi took a second to breathe before continuing, while Kyoya smiled and used his other arm to pull Haruhi closer to him at the waist.
“You also make me feel things I’ve never felt before, loved and inadequate all at once. Your devotion to work puts me to shame, which is hard to do, and yet, you still manage to make time for me in a way that I’ve never known before. Few trust me with the things you tell me, or allow me so completely into their lives as you have. I feel wanted, and a part of something bigger than anything I could do on my own.”
Haruhi’s face grew more radiant as she continued to speak. It felt good to say all of it to him at last.
“There’s a reason for that, Haruhi. I’ve made my feelings more obvious with time because I don’t want to hide them from you. I want to share them with you. More than that, I want to share my life with you. I want to share in the highs and lows that come in life with you, because with you by my side, I feel stronger than I have ever been. I feel more capable, and I think you’re my greatest source of happiness. If I work hard, it’s to make my life better so that I can support those I care about and love. And Haruhi, I love you.”
Haruhi bit her lip as she tried to prevent the smile that was threatening to overcome her whole face, as well as the overwhelming need to embrace him with that confirmation. She did not want to stop him as he spoke, but it became hard when he knelt on the ground after that. She contented herself with smiling her encouragement as she played absentmindedly with the red glove on her left hand.
“I want you to be happy, Haruhi. I want to be a reason for you to wake up and smile each day, and I want to share each day with you. Yes, we’ll both work hard for long hours and have to deal with society and family, but at the end of the day, we’ll have one another. I want you to live your dreams, with me by your side. Please fulfill one of my dreams and allow me to love you every day, for the rest of our lives. Will you marry me?”
Kyoya had not taken out the ring, and he was glad he had not, as he barely got out the question before Haruhi leaned down, taking his face in her hands, and kissed him. His hands found her hair and shoulders, and never had he felt more content. Haruhi shared that feeling, and she could not remember a time when she had felt more at peace with the world. Everything seemed better, brighter even.
Several kisses were exchanged, each one more intense than the last. Breathing had become optional, as everything they wanted seemed to exist in that one small opening, where they could commune with one another and feel every bit of the passion that they felt for one another. With eyes closed and tongues mashed up against one another, seeking out the other as though they had been missing from one another for a long time, the two lost track of time.
Once their synced breathing slowed and they felt as though they could separate without losing their balance, the couple looked at one another, both with equally radiant faces.
“Yes. I love you, Kyoya.”
“Haruhi, may I have your hand?”
Haruhi gave Kyoya her now-gloveless left hand, and he slipped the small, elegant diamond ring onto her finger. She looked at the ring, and then she placed her hand into his.
“It’s beautiful. Thank you, Kyoya. You’re very thoughtful.”
“It happens naturally when it involves you.”
“Will you walk me back to join the other ladies?”
“Of course, Haruhi.”
The happy couple strolled back to join the rest of society, swinging their arms. Once outside the room, Haruhi put the glove back on her hand with much reluctance.
“Don’t worry, Haruhi. Soon, we’ll tell them. For now, we know of our love, and now there is another couple who finally get to share their love, the same way we will soon.”
“But I want to tell everyone.”
“Me too, Haruhi. Me too.”
After sharing one last smoldering kiss, they parted. Both attempted to fix their clothes and hair before presenting themselves. Kyoya succeeded, while Haruhi’s hair still had battle scars from Kyoya’s wandering hands. Thankfully, Renge assumed that Haruhi had been attacked by rampageous twins and Tamaki, so she helped Haruhi fix up the hair just as the ceremony began.
No one asked either one why Haruhi and Kyoya were smiling so much. And that was okay with both of them, for now. Now, it was Hunny and Reiko’s turn to have their long-awaited happiness. It was their special day, and both Haruhi and Kyoya wanted to keep the focus on them.
When the groomsmen appeared at last to escort the bridesmaids, things slowed down for Haruhi. She saw Mori’s smile and knew that all would be well, at least for the couple. Reiko was seeking encouraging words from family about her looks (as they tried to hold her back from rushing down the aisle to be with Hunny), while the wedding planner and Renge herded the girls into the formation that had been practiced for the last three months.
Finally, Renge stopped herding the girls so that she could take Tamaki’s outstretched arm, and they beamed at one another before Tamaki gave his compliments about Renge’s looks, which Renge basked in. Haruhi had high hopes that those two would end up dating and maybe marry one day with the way they got on, which she was happy for.
Haruhi knew when Kyoya came behind her. In the months before the wedding, she had become very familiar with recognizing Kyoya’s gait and presence, so she did her best to restrain herself by throwing a glance behind her to her fiancé, along with blowing a kiss. Kyoya had no qualms about taking her arm and kissing her for several moments. Kyoya offered his strength and undying support in that kiss, and Haruhi did not want to lose that.
The walk down the aisle was a grand affair, with a twenty-person orchestra playing and flower girls throwing flower petals with every step they took, while each bridesmaid/groomsman couple walked with smiles on their faces, some with larger smiles than others.
Then came Reiko. Her dress, complete with a five foot train (and three girls helping to carry it) and matching veil, bounced as Reiko floated toward Hunny, her father doing his best to keep Reiko on the ground. Hunny had eyes for only Reiko, and she for him. Nothing could stop those two now, and Hunny would ensure it, rips in his tuxedo or not.
When Kyoya had to let Haruhi go, he squeezed her left hand and then took his place behind Tamaki, who was still looking longingly at Renge. The twins came after that, still in the proper order. When Reiko finally made it to Hunny, her father gave his daughter away to “one of the most respectful men ever known”.
The couple exchanged their vows, and much sniffling could be heard. Reiko was trying not to cry and failing as she watched Hunny repeat his vows to her, vowing to never leave her side, loving her always.
When Hunny had said that part, Haruhi could not help but glance over at Kyoya, who was already looking with significance at her, as though to say “I feel similarly and would say it now, if allowed”. Haruhi felt her eyes water at that, and nodded her head to agree with him, before turning back to watch Reiko say her vows. Reiko’s voice broke as she spoke her vows, and her eyes were shiny by the end. Hunny wanted nothing more than to reach out and wipe those tears of joy away, but he waited, much against his better judgment.
Soon after that, they exchanged the rings that Mori was holding onto, and they were pronounced man and wife. After their first joyous kiss as a married couple, Hunny then kissed both of Reiko’s eyes, followed by other parts of her face that the tears had touched. Then, they turned and faced the loudly sniffling crowd.
Haruhi was inclined to think that Hunny and Reiko would have skipped, had they known that the other wanted to do it just as much. The married couple opted instead for walking fast, a lightness to their matching steps, even with Reiko’s excessive dress.
The rest of the bridal party followed, with Tamaki and Renge both exclaiming about how beautiful the ceremony was, as well as comparing how much they cried. As it turned out, they both cried at the same parts, which made Tamaki jump up and down, and Renge was tempted to pull a stunt like Haruhi’s and disappear with Tamaki briefly.
When Kyoya took Haruhi’s hand again, he smiled with satisfaction.
“One day, Haruhi, this will be us.”
“I suspect this is going to be a short engagement for us.”
“Definitely less than a year. How Hunny went this long is beyond me. I’d marry you tomorrow if I could.”
“Though if we did that, I think our families would have much to say.”
“You mean your father? I look forward to telling him.”
“He’s already planning.”
Haruhi said that with as much nonchalance as she could muster, though she could not help laughing at the look of confusion that filled Kyoya’s face and eyes.
“How did he figure it out?”
“I don’t know. He told me this today.”
Kyoya shook his head. “I guess that means that I’m going to be spending a lot of time with you two as we plan this.”
“You had doubts?”
Both were chuckling by the time they reached the rest of the bridal party, each taking their turn to congratulate the couple. If Reiko nudged Haruhi in Kyoya’s direction at the end, and Hunny whispered, “You’re next” to Kyoya, then so be it. One has to listen to the bride and groom on their special day, after all.
After all of the audience filed out, the bridal party went to take pictures together. Haruhi and Kyoya exchanged knowing, happy glances at one another, at least until Renge suddenly stopped moving, causing Haruhi to almost trip, conveniently caught by Kyoya. Renge made her apologies, and when Tamaki had to stop in order to point out something beautiful to Renge, he apologized to Kyoya, who had Haruhi grab his arm for support. Kyoya glared at Tamaki’s head for a few moments, until Haruhi distracted him by putting her left hand on his arm.
Their exchange was not unnoticed by the couple in front of them, who sneaked looks to make sure that Haruhi was keeping him happy. Once they were further away, Renge’s smile turned into a smirk.
“The bait worked. Now we can commence the plan to get them together. Are you ready, Tamaki?”
“Yes, Renge. We’re going to have some fun during pictures.”
“And the reception, if necessary.”
They clasped hands in agreement before Tamaki handed Renge into the car. They soon became absorbed in watching Hunny and Reiko talk to one another, forgetting that others were in the limo with them. Haruhi found it adorable to watch, and Kyoya looked forward to the day when he could do that with Haruhi.
In the two hours that it took for the photos to be finished, chaos reigned. Hunny and Reiko were still too absorbed in one another to try to calm down the rest of the bridal party, or else they were having their pictures taken.
Haruhi took part in all of the bridesmaid photos, as well as several special photos. She got together with the rest of the Hosts to have their own photo, as well as had individual photos with the bride and groom.
When she was not taking photos, however, she was trying to fend off people on all sides of her. Kyoya did his best to stand by her side, but between tree branches almost falling on Haruhi (twice was just a little too much like a coincidence for Haruhi), several shoe malfunctions (where those holes came from Haruhi had no idea), and almost being body-slammed by Tamaki and Renge multiple times (and sometimes together), Haruhi found herself attached to Kyoya as much as possible. Kyoya had suggested that they disappear to escape the organized chaos, but Haruhi did not want to go, in case they were needed for more photos (much to the chagrin of other interested parties).
After photos, everyone attended the reception. Haruhi also texted her dad on the way to the reception to tell him the good news, as she knew that if she called, the entire audience would end up hearing Ranka’s shrieks of joy about his precious girl getting married. Ranka made up for it over text with plenty of exclamation points.
Somehow, Tamaki managed to find out about the loud noises tradition at wedding receptions, so he told the rest of the bridal party so that they could force Hunny and Reiko to experience it to its fullest with as many kisses as possible.
Haruhi thought that her troubles would be done once she made it inside, but she was wrong. Now, the twins were a factor, trying their hardest to insert themselves between the quiet couple, whispering in whoever’s ear was closest. Usually, sweet endearing words were said in Kyoya’s ear, while the other told Haruhi how much he enjoyed making Kyoya jealous by whispering in her ear, even if he was not saying anything important. Kyoya almost dragged Haruhi outside to escape their antics while they waited for food to be served, but he was restrained by a knowing left hand from Haruhi.
When the servers came with food, Kyoya found himself acting like a human shield when a server tripped and almost spilled salad onto Haruhi. His glare put fear into the hearts of all servers who could see, and they remembered to be extra careful with all the rest of the food for those two.
Once dancing began, Kyoya pulled Haruhi onto the floor as soon as allowed, so that they could be together without further incident. If people happened to bump into them on several occasions, it was understandable. It became annoying when it kept happening at the hands of taller, bigger people (for being so short, Hunny had some very tall relatives) who forced the cool and natural hosts’ bodies to keep pressing tightly against one another.
It was during said dancing that Hunny noticed Tamaki and Renge with matching grins on their faces, though Renge seemed much more nonchalant than Tamaki, who could not hide his feelings to save his life.
“Tama-chan, where are you going with Ren-chan?”
“We need to take care of some unfinished business, a plan of ours.”
When Hunny saw where Tamaki was looking, his face lit up.
“Oh! You want to try to force Kyo-chan to propose to Haru-chan, right?”
“Yes! We haven’t succeeded yet.”
“Well of course you haven’t! You didn’t ask me or Takashi to help you! And I bet Reiko will want to help too! Come with me and explain what you plan to do.”
The group made it to Reiko, but once Mori joined them, the twins soon followed, not wanting to miss out on all the action. They could smell fun a mile away, and with Renge looking more like a Lady Manager than usual, they knew she was up to something.
“So, what’s the plan, Manager?”
“Yeah! Who are going to pull a prank on?”
Renge wanted to scream with delight, but she decided not to so that she would not draw any more attention to herself. She contented herself with nudging Tamaki, who nodded happily.
Neither Haruhi nor Kyoya saw the small group come together and disperse minutes later, but they did see Hunny and Reiko soon after. Hunny was beside himself with joy over how well things had gone, and he wanted to express his gratitude to both for helping to do that, dragging the group over to the nearest chairs to talk.
After a little talk, a song came on that Hunny wanted to dance to, but Reiko feigned being fatigued from the long day, so he asked Haruhi. She agreed, if for no other reason than it was his day, and she wanted to make Hunny happy.
Kyoya watched the two dance together as he made small talk with Reiko, until he noticed Tamaki dancing with Renge. Tamaki was being overly exuberant as usual and swinging Renge around in fast circles. Kyoya did not panic, as the twirling couple was far from Haruhi, but when Hunny started going towards them, he got up and started to excuse himself.
But, Reiko picked that moment to ask him a question about Haruhi, and he got distracted talking about her and her future at her law firm. When he next looked up, with horror he saw that Haruhi was within hitting range now, so he had to get up and rescue Haruhi, which Reiko was very understanding about.
Midway to Haruhi, Kyoya saw Mori step in and dance with Haruhi, leading her away from the blurry couple as they twirled about. Now relieved, he started to head back, until he was just about to sit down, when he saw Kaoru cut in and take Haruhi. He began his whispering act from earlier, which Haruhi seemed to laugh about.
After watching Haruhi laugh with Kaoru for long enough, Kyoya decided that it was his turn to make Haruhi smile by dancing with her. He walked fast, but not fast enough to beat Hikaru, who slid in and whisked her closer to the couple swirling slightly slower because of exhaustion.
At this point, Kyoya was frustrated and surprised that Haruhi had not called out for help from him. No matter, he was going to claim her now.
The only reason that Haruhi had not looked for Kyoya was because she had been instructed not to by Hunny while dancing with him at first.
“Hey, Haru-chan! How would you like Kyo-chan to come over here and sweep you off your feet?”
“And how do you propose to get him to do that? He seems content over there.”
“We can scare him a little.”
“I don’t think he’s worried about a married man.”
“Nah, he wouldn’t be scared of me, but he might be of Tama-chan the way he keeps swinging around over there.”
Haruhi looked over at the identical faces of joy radiating from Tamaki and Renge. It seemed someone could finally keep up with Tamaki and all his energy. Heck, she even seemed to be encouraging it. Haruhi was content knowing that Tamaki would not be single for long, and went back to talking to Hunny. They could scare Kyoya, but only if they got closer.
When Hunny started saying that the plan was about to begin, she did not realize that so many were in on it. She could not help but smile at how polite Kyoya was trying to be, all the while trying to get to her before she collided with the Twirling Energizer Bunnies of Chaos. When she was taken by Mori and the twins, she could not help but wonder why they were all doing this. That made her smile because she was thinking more like Kyoya, which was not a bad thing.
“Hikaru, why are you all doing this?”
“I’m doing it to get back at him for all the stunts he pulled on me earlier, before you two were dating. I was frustrated by it.”
“I thought you let that go by now,” said Haruhi, her tone sad and disapproving.
“Oh, I did. You’re much better off with him. But, it doesn’t mean I can’t have fun. It means he cares a lot if he is so hell-bent on coming after you as he is right now. Excuse me, but I believe my time is at an end.”
With that, Hikaru stopped and bowed, turning Haruhi so that she faced an angry-then-confused Kyoya.
“Can we go outside and discuss this, Haruhi? Now?”
Haruhi giggled before answering, “Why don’t we dance? You look like you have some energy you need to get rid of.”
“You’re the one who suggested it.”
Haruhi could remember that time at the Ouran Fair when Kyoya has stepped in and started dancing with her. It had been a fun evening, and Kyoya had swept her away then, just as the others did when they danced with her. When she compared that beginning step to now, Haruhi was pleased.
Now, Kyoya used his pent-up frustration to take one step and pull Haruhi into his arms, all in one fluid motion. So situated against his chest, Haruhi leaned in and allowed Kyoya to lead, and had he wanted to, he could have given Tamaki a run for his money, the way he wanted to take Haruhi in circles.
Instead, Kyoya pushed and pulled Haruhi in and out of his arms, always clasping her more tightly each time she came close, and each push out more forceful than the last. Kyoya would have slowed down were it not for the sly grin on Haruhi’s face that seemed to egg him on more. He did not understand what was happening, but all words were caught in his throat as he looked into Haruhi’s happy eyes.
The combination of her smile and eyes were enough to charm him until she was content to explain herself, which she no doubt would do. For now, he was willing to channel the energy he felt and saw in Haruhi’s eyes, and he did just that.
It was only when the music became a slow song that their position changed, so that Haruhi could rest her cheek on his shoulder as she swayed in time with Kyoya. Eventually, even her breathing was in tune with Kyoya’s as she listened to his, the soft strains of the waltz long forgotten by her as she shared that special moment with Kyoya.
Both stopped dancing when the music turned back to a modern tune, the words “Kiss, Kiss, Fall in Love” featuring prominently in the beginning of it. Once they got their bearings, they started dancing again.
“Haruhi, why were so many of them dancing with you just now?”
“Oh, that? They seemed to believe that, if they tried hard enough, you would ‘come and rescue me’ and carry me off into the sunset.”
Kyoya looked around and realized that all of the hosts were on the dance floor. Tamaki was back to twirling at top speed with Renge, who seemed unfazed, and the married couple were now dancing. Mori and Hikaru were dancing with their fellow bridesmaids, while Kaoru danced with his girlfriend. The problem was that they were all in very close range to him.
“If you wanted me to do that, you shouldn’t have suggested we dance.”
“But I actually enjoyed that dance a lot!”
Kyoya lost all interest in the encroaching couples when he heard Haruhi.
“Really. Why now?”
“I can’t remember ever being held like that when dancing. You’ve swept me away before when dancing, but I wasn’t always interested in you or the dancing at that point. Now I can appreciate it much more. I like being pulled so close like that each time.”
“We’re going to be doing that much more in the days to come.”
“I hope so.”
Kyoya looked up with just enough time to see that Hunny and Mori were now flanking them. Then the twins came in front and behind.
“Look, Kyo-chan! We’re all dancing together! Isn’t this fun?”
“Yes, but, look out!”
It was at that moment that Hurricane TamaRenge made landfall, aiming for a spot between Hikaru and Mori. Like bowling pins part of a strike, all came tumbling down, collapsing onto one another. Kyoya had just enough time to grasp Haruhi and pull her close yet again as he tried to lean into the fall, so that he could take the brunt of it. At the end of the collision, Haruhi was indeed near the top of the pile, looking unbruised. Some others looked slightly dazed, but Tamaki quickly gained his focus.
“Group hug for the married couple!”
Hunny and Reiko had also been near the top of the pile, but they were soon crushed by all the hands and bodies trying to listen to their king. When they got back up, Kyoya led Haruhi back to a chair so that they could talk more.
When it became clear that Kyoya did not intend to propose after a near-death experience like that, Renge huffed in annoyance.
“Don’t worry, Renge. There’s still time. I can just take him aside and drop some hints if need be.”
“It’ll have to be later then. We can’t do it right now as the bouquet toss is happening.”
“That would be perfect! You can help her get it.”
“No, not this time, Tamaki. Not when I want it just as much.”
“Will all the single ladies please step forward?”
Sometimes, things happen in life that you do not expect. Renge did want Kyoya to propose to Haruhi, but she wanted the bouquet for herself. If she wanted Tamaki, then she needed to get all the good luck she could. Little could she have realized what her actions would reveal.
Haruhi stepped into the crowd, with Renge off to the left in front of her, and the wedding planner just right of Renge. Haruhi smiled to herself as she watched the usually friendly ladies give each other grim smiles as they prepared to try to get the bouquet.
Reiko threw the bouquet right at Haruhi. When the wedding planner made to jump, Renge kicked her right leg out, allowing her stiletto heel to jab her competition.
But, when the planner started to fall and tried to grab Renge’s heel, Renge kicked her foot back to escape, causing her to kick Haruhi in the stomach, losing her balance in the process.
Soon, all three women were falling, but Haruhi held up just long enough to reach out with her right hand and grab the flowers, pulling them to herself as she felt the air leave her body with a loud “Oomf!”
The rest of the women backed away as Kyoya rushed to Haruhi’s side, trying to communicate with her.
Renge felt awful for hurting her friend, and she wanted to help. She did when Kyoya commanded her to check for a pulse.
It was when she took off the red glove that Renge realized that there was something snagged to the glove, so she carefully removed the glove. When she saw the engagement ring, she gasped.
It was at that moment that Haruhi felt consciousness appear after hitting her head from falling. Whatever else happened at her wedding, she knew there would be no bouquet toss if everyone was this violent. She opened her eyes to see the concerned ones of Kyoya, who kissed her with joy as soon as she smiled at him.
Their kiss was short-lived when they heard the loud peal of triumph from Renge, who was pointing at the hand. Tamaki was first to realize what the frantic jumping and pointing meant, and he proceeded to pick up Renge and twirl her around yet again.
“We did it!”
Without fully thinking it through, Tamaki kissed Renge. When he pulled away moments later, Renge pulled him back in.
Hunny and Reiko smiled indulgently at the newest couple, and then they congratulated Kyoya and Haruhi.
“Yay! Kyo-chan finally proposed to Haru-chan! We’re so happy for you!”
As soon as Kyoya and Haruhi got up, everyone else joined in on the congratulations.
“When were you going to tell us?”
“Yeah! When did this happen?”
Haruhi smiled at the twins, now realizing why everyone had kept bumping into her that day. Everything made so much more sense now. She nestled herself just a little closer to Kyoya, knowing that everyone just wanted them to be happy together.
“Kyoya and I wanted to wait until after the reception was over, so as to not take away from the main couple we’re celebrating today.”
“But we want to celebrate with you! Don’t we, Hunny-pie?”
“Yes! You should have said something sooner, so we could make more toasts! And when did you propose, Kyo-chan?”
“It was right before the wedding ceremony. Haruhi had come to help me deal with overly excited persons who shall not be named, and after they left, I felt it was the right moment.”
“And I agreed immediately.”
“She wouldn’t even let me put on the ring right away because she wanted to say yes so quickly,” said Kyoya proudly.
At that point, everyone then turned to the other couple, who had gone from kissing to staring into one another’s eyes.
“Renge, I know we’ve spent a lot of time together plotting to get Kyo and Haruhi together, but would you consider just spending time with me, without a specific reason?”
“As in a date?”
“Well, yes, if you want that-“
“Yes!” said Renge running into Tamaki’s arms, “I’d like that a lot. We should go out tomorrow night. There’s a cute French restaurant I’ve been wanting to try out, and I think you’d like it. Maybe around six?”
With those two firmly established, more toasts were made to celebrate. After that, the endless supply of strawberry cheesecake, cake, and pies were consumed, with Reiko taking joy in feeding it to her new husband.
The dancing continued into the night, but before all the hosts left, they came to Hunny and Reiko with their gift. After much discussion, it was agreed to give a photo album to the couple, containing photos of them at various stages of their relationship, even when they were just friends in high school (because of course Kyoya still kept everything). But, in addition to the photos, each page had hand-written stories from all the hosts, as well as notes/wishes for happiness.
At the end of the album was the deed to a small strawberry field, so that the couple could visit and pick strawberries together anytime they liked, as well as have a constant supply of certain treats preferred by Hunny. Mori hoped that Reiko would listen to him and keep reminding Hunny to brush his teeth, but those thoughts did not last long since Hunny was in a hugging mood, and he was going to thank his cousin properly.
At a late hour, Haruhi and Kyoya left, both content with how the day went. As Tachibana drove, they reminisced about their busy day, and all that would be coming in the upcoming months.
“Thank you for giving me a chance, Haruhi.”
“Thank you for waiting for me.”
“I’ll always be here for you.”
“And I promise to love you. I know we have much more ahead of us, but if we have that, then I’ll have all the strength I need to help you, wherever this new job takes you,” replied Haruhi.
Much could be said of the kiss they shared, but let it suffice to say that Tachibana had stopped the car for ten whole minutes outside Haruhi’s home before either one realized that the car had stopped moving. Neither one wanted to move, as they were wrapped in one another’s arms, quite content to stay there. But, all good things must come to end, and so Kyoya escorted Haruhi upstairs so that they could both sleep.
And sleep they did. A sound, content sleep from being secure in the knowledge that they were loved by one another more than they could ever imagine or deserve. And they would not have it any other way.