The chime of the doorbell was the only sound that disturbed the quiet morning in the Ootori Household. Maids looked up curiously from their work, curious as to who the visitors would be. Yet Frank, the old aging butler, knew exactly who it was that was going to disturb his young master's slumber so early in the day.
As soon as he had cracked open the door, a head of startling blonde hair peeked inside the house, a wide smile on his lips.
And upstairs, still curled in his comforter, the young Ootori sighed a long, heaving breath.
Followed by the rest of the Ouran Host Club, Tamaki Suoh strode past Frank and into the manor.
"I'm afraid Master Kyouya is not yet awake." Frank smiled apologetically at the Host Club members.
Tamaki made a face of surprise. "But it's 9:00!" He exclaimed comically. "I told him we were going to be here!"
Frank bowed slightly at the waist, "I apologize sincerely for Master Kyouya's tardiness. Perhaps I can direct you to the lounge while I go to wake him?"
"Nonsense, I'll go and wake him myself!" Tamaki exclaimed
Frank looked concerned as he replied. "I am afraid I would not suggest that, Mister Suoh, I-"
"Don't bother, I'm awake." Came a voice from the top of the grand staircase.
The young Ootori shot the blonde a look that could have frozen any man where he stood, but Tamaki would not be deterred.
"Come on, we still have to go pick up Haruhi-"
Five pairs of eyes blinked curiously up at Kyouya. He merely returned the gazes with a cold stare.
"I know I promised myself today, but I'm afraid I shall have to decline, for I have another engagement."
"Oh yeah?" The twins echoed. "Where to?"
Kyouya sighed heavily, pushing his glasses up his nose. "If you must know I am visiting a friend, she is in the hospital nearby."
There was a silent pause as Kyouya stared down at the group, who seemed not likely to leave anytime soon. Instead, Kyouya could see the silent question posed in their hopeful eyes, especially that darned Tamaki's. So, with a heavy sigh, he turned away and murmured: "I suppose you can tag along."
A cheer went up from the group, eliciting a groan from Kyouya.
It was going to be a long day.
(e/c) eyes glanced at the clock on the wall, above the door way. It wasn't like Kyouya to be late, much less half an hour late. A lazy sigh escaped your lips as focused back onto your hands, still bandaged and raw from the accident.
Everytime you looked at them, everytime you so much as glanced in a mirror and saw your bandaged form, it reminded you of the sickening crunch, the hot white pain racing through your entire body, the scream that sounded so unlike your own as the other vehicle impacted the passenger side of your car.
The worst thing, however, was...
"(Name)" a voice sounded, followed by a soft knock on the door. You wiped any traces of resenment or sadness from your expression and looked up expectantly.
"Kyouya~!" You exclaimed happily. "What took you so long?"
The dark haired host smiled gently at you, almost apologetically. "Well, you see, I accidentally picked up company on the way here."
You raised an eyebrow playfully at him. "Oh?"
As if on cue, a mop of blonde hair peeked into the room. "Hello!" He greeted cheerfully. "You must be (Name)!"
"Tamaki~~ Move, I wanna introduce myself too!" A childlike voice whined. Tamaki stepped in the room to make room for what seemed like a small child holding a rather large stuffed rabbit. He was followed by a much taller, almost intimidating young man. He glanced at you for a moment, and you flinched under his passive gaze, but a small smile on his part relaxed you.
"Hi~! I'm Mistkuni, but you can call me Honey~! And this is Mori. Oh, and this is Usa-chan~!"
You smiled, a little bewildered at the sudden entrance, but greeted them cheerfully nonetheless: "Nice to meet you."
The Blonde that originally popped into the room pushed his way past the duo, and much to your surprise, took your bandaged hand and ever so gently, kissed the back of it.
"It is an honor to meet a maiden as lovely as you-guh!" He was stopped short as a hand smacked him firmly over the back of the head. You looked to the owner, pleasantly surprised to find another girl standing next to him, a frown plastered on her face.
"Tamaki stop that." she chided, turning to you, her frown increasing into a smile. "Sorry about that, in case you didn't know, that's Tamaki." She pointed to the blonde partially collapsed on your bed. "and I'm Haruhi Fujioka." She offered her hand, which you took hesitantly. Making sure not to aggravate your stitches, Haruhi shook your hand once before returning it to her side.
"And we are the Hitachiin twins~!!"
You looked up as two redheads hurtled into the room, arms locked.
"And I'm Hikaru~!"
You blinked in surprise at the two, who gazed back at you, each with a clever smile. However, as the seconds wore on, you could see their expression turn from one of cheerful entertainment to curious interest. You mirrored the expression for a moment before returning it with a gentle smile.
You swore you saw their cheeks tint pink. A light giggle escaped you lips, which your hand quickly went to cover. Karou smiled, Hikaru merely blushed and looked away.
"Nice to meet you both." You told them softly. "I'm not sure if Kyouya has already said this, but I'm (First Name, Last Name)"
"Kyouya was talking about you all the way here!" Tamaki exclaimed. "He was saying how you were like a little sister, and how cute and adorab-gah!"
"Tamaki stop that." Kyouya smacked the blonde on the head.
You felt a warm blush rise to your face, as you placed a hand to your cheeks to cool your warming cheeks. "Is that so..." You trailed off, casting a shy glance towards Kyouya, who merely smiled.
"Well, it's a beautiful day outside, and the hospital has some lovely gardens, why don't we take a stroll?"
Almost immediately, Kyouya placed a hand on Haruhi's shoulder, who looked up at him with wide, curious eyes. Kyouya gave a look down at the brunette and gave a small, slow shake of his head.
"Oh." You sighed, your face falling, eyes cast downward towards the hands in your lap. "Well, you see..." You felt your eyes smart with unshed tears. You raised a hand to wipe them away, and you felt a hand rest itself on your other hand. You looked up at Kyouya, who gave you a gentle, reassuring smile.
"You see, (Name)'s spine was severely injured during the accident, she is paralyzed from the waist down. She cannot walk." Kyouya told the group calmly. A series of varied expressions appeared on each face. Pain, sympathy, sadness, pity...
"I'm sorry." You whispered, bunching the sheets in your fists, feeling the first few tears fill your eyes.
There was a quiet pause, before Tamaki spoke. "You have no need to apologize my dear."
"Yeah." Honey echoed. "We should be the ones who are sorry."
You wiped at your forming tears, summoning a smile. "No, it's okay. Honestly."
"Well, in that case,-"
"-Let's find a wheelchair."
You looked up at the twins, your eyes wide and surprised. They smiled cheerfully back at you, eyes gentle and apologetic.
"Thank you." You managed, trying to control the heat rising to your face.
"There's a set of wheelchairs just down the hall." Kyouya noted. "I'll notify the nurse we are taking her out."
"We'll get the wheelchair!" The twins echoed simultaneously.
As the twins left, they each cast a glance over their shoulders, glancing back as you watched them leave, mouthing a silent "Thank you." as the disappeared down the hallway.
There was silence between them for a few moments, filled only by the hum of the hospital.
"That girl..." Karou started, glancing at his brother.
"...Sure is interesting." Hikaru finished, his smile mirroring that of his twin.