The Only Constant is Change

It's Haruhi, Kaoru, and Hikaru's final year at Ouran. Dynamics are changing and evolving... What will happen to the Host Club Members?

Author's Note: This story takes place about 8 months after the events in A Faire Shot at Mythology. It can be read as a stand alone, but it references events and items from that piece as well. If you are reading my work for the 1st time, I would humbly suggest reading my other stories The Game and A Faire Shot at Mythology before reading this to completely understand some of the relationship dynamics that I use. I promise that if you like this style of writing you will like those too. =)

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75. Homecoming

Hearing the broken way that his daughter called for him, sent a knife through Ranka’s heart, “ Shhhh… honey, I am ok. Really. I’ve had worse happen at the bar. I’m going to be ok and I am going to be heading back to the House as soon as I can. Be strong, sweetheart. I love you so much.” 

“Ranka?” Akira’s voice cut gently in on the line. “I don’t want to interrupt, but we need to know what is happening. I have a report from one of my Agents but what is the next step. Do we need to get you? Do we need to meet you at the police station?” 

“That gentlemanly and sexy agent of yours, Noguchi, offered to give me a ride to the police station,” Ranka forced himself to reply with his usual casually flirty tone, which made Haruhi giggle and hiccup. “I AM pressing charges, so I hope someone can get a call into the lawyer and have him meet me there. The police have three of Yoshio’s men in custody.” 

“What about my father?” Kyouya asked hesitantly. 

Ranka sighed quietly, “I’m sorry, Kyo-chan but your father is really not a nice man. He left the scene before Akira’s team and the police arrived, but thanks to Ms. Bellamy and Tamaki, we may have enough proof to charge him as well and it won’t just be our word against his.” 

“Thank gods,” Kyouya replied with relief. “I know how slippery he can be. You have my full support, Sir. He needs to be held accountable for his actions.” 

“I’m really glad to hear that, Kyo-chan,” Ranka replied with honest relief. “You are like a son to me and have been for a long time, but I know the power of blood.” 

“I have formally disassociated myself from the Ootori family. Aside from my sister, there is no one that I care enough about to remain where there is no respect or affection. I have everything I need in your daughter and my friends.” 

A muffled sound off the speakerphone drew their attention. 

“Ok – We are heading down to the police station. Someone please tell Yuzuha what is going on. It looks like we won’t make it back to the Ball. I’ll meet you all at the hotel.” 

“Dad, I want to come down to the police station,” Haruhi interjected. 

“It may be a good idea if both you and Kyouya both go,” Akira responded. Nodding at Hikaru, he continued, “I know you want to go with them, but I also know that for appearances sake, you need to stay here for a bit longer. Are you ok with that?” 

“No,” Hikaru sighed. “I am not ok with it, but I understand. I’m not staying longer than another 30 minutes for appearances and then I am leaving to join Kyo and Haru. Mom will just have to accept it.” 

“I know she will, Hika,” Kaoru replied to his twin. He glanced at the clock on the wall. “We are only supposed to be here for another hour anyway. We can meet you back at the hotel when you guys are done. We will make a grand enough absence that you won’t be missed and it will buy you guys a bit more time before the story breaks.” 

“Leaving now,” Ranka cut in. “I will see you at the station.” 

“Love you, Dad.” 

“Love you too, babygirl. Bye.” 

Yorihisa stepped forward, “I will take you both down to the station and get the car from Tamaki. You can have the limo take all of you to the hotel when you are done with processing. That way Akira can continue protection for Yuzuha. I don’t think anything more will happen tonight, but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared.” 

“What should the rest of us do, Dad?” Hani asked Yorihisa. 

“At this point it would be better if all of you went back down to the Ball until the HDG contingent leaves. I know it will be difficult, but try to at least look like you are having fun. The quieter we can make this now, the more it will impact it will have when it comes to light.” 

“Yes Sir,” Hani replied. He looked over at a sudden sound and saw Haruhi partially undressed as she changed quickly, completely disregarding everyone else in the room. “We will head back downstairs now. See all of you soon.” 
 

 

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Haruhi clutched the bag containing a change of clothes for her father tightly. She stared out the window of the town car driving her, Kyouya, and Yorihisa to the police station, her mind a whirl of emotion and worried thoughts. Is Dad really ok? I know he would say that he is ok to keep me from worrying, but what really happened? It had to have been bad if he has enough evidence to press charges against Yoshio. I know Yuzuha said we were covered for legal fees by HDG, but it is going to be a long drawn out battle. Can we afford the cost if something happens? I am covered for the rest of the tuition to Ouran this year and I can always delay college if I need to for a couple of years. But is he really ok?

“Stop love,” Kyouya said gently and laid his hand on her knee.

“Huh?” Haruhi replied shaken out of her thoughts.

“You are thinking too hard,” Kyouya answered as he entwined his fingers in hers. “I am glad your father is pressing charges. My father needs to answer for his actions.” He brought her hand up to his lips and kissed the back of it. “Please don’t worry about legal fees or anything either. You are covered, my love… no matter what happens.” He gave a quiet sigh. “I am more worried about the press hounding you even more than they already are when this comes to light. It’s no fun being in the spotlight for something like this and you have already had to deal with so much.”

Haruhi squeezed his fingers. “I can handle anything as long as I have you and Hika by my side.”

“Always,” Kyouya breathed as he bent forward to place a soft kiss on her lips.

A soft clearing of the throat from Yorihisa kept the kiss from turning more intense, though with the conflicting emotions racing through his body, Kyouya would have welcomed the moment to lose himself in the one thing he was absolutely sure of – his love for the woman next to him.

“As young master Ootori stated, any legal fees accrued by either you or your father will be taken care of. Monday morning, the solicitor for House Zouka has a meeting with the lawyer from HDG to create a trust that will cover any fees and expenses.” Yorihisa gave Haruhi a gentle smile. “You are now a child of many families, not just your own. I know it will take some getting used to, but in our world, family will support you.”

“I am honored to be a part of House Zouka,” Haruhi replied with respect, “and even more honored to be considered a daughter of the House. I will strive to prove that I am worthy.”

“You already are,” Yorihisa said with a smile, “but that does not mean there aren’t responsibilities as privileges. Fortunately you have never failed in the challenges that have been placed before you, so I do not foresee any issues.” He looked out the window. “It appears that we are approaching the station. I do not see any paparazzi, so we may still be in the clear.”

Haruhi held her breath as the car pulled up to the curb in front of a solidly gray stone building. Her heart started racing as she stepped out of the car, Kyouya’s hand on the small of her back the only thing keeping her from bolting up the steps.

Entering the building, Haruhi and Kyouya were immediately ushered to a conference room where Tamaki, Marika, Ranka, and three other gentlemen were located (one obviously an Officer and the other equally obviously a lawyer, which left the 3rd man dressed all in black as the Agent that rescued Ranka). As she was walking in the room Haruhi saw through the glass the Agent put a solicitous hand on her father’s shoulder and her father look up and smile at him, but the exchange was quickly broken as Ranka saw his daughter.

Standing up quickly and heedless of the dress he still wore, Ranka engulfed Haruhi in his arms and held her tight as she started sobbing. “I’m sorry, Dad. I’m so so so sorry!! This is all my fault. If I hadn’t come out with Hika and Kyo, Yoshio would never have targeted you.”

“Hush, hush babygirl,” Ranka soothed as he stroked her hair. “This is most definitely not your fault. It’s purely on Yoshio’s head. He can’t accept that what you and Kyouya and Hikaru have is something that is beautiful and real. He will never understand that people are more valuable for their differences. He is so intent in his quest for power, he doesn’t even realize he has already lost.”

Haruhi held her father tightly for a few more minutes before Ranka gently disentangled himself and pulled a startled Kyouya into an equally tight hug. “This isn’t your fault either Kyo-chan. So please don’t think it. Your father is a cruel man who is trying to manipulate the people around him into doing what he wants. I am not going to stand for it and I hope you won’t either.”

“He’s not my father,” Kyouya’s voice was muffled as his face was pressed into Ranka’s shoulder. He held his body stiffly at first, not wanting to believe Ranka’s words, but the soft touch of Haruhi’s hand against his, made a dam break inside him and with a single sob, he squeezed Ranka hard before controlling himself and stepping back. “I am not going to let him get away with what he did to you… what he is trying to do to Haruhi, Hikaru, and me. What can I do to help?”

“Actually, the first thing I really want to do is change,” Ranka eyed the bag that Haruhi was holding hopefully. When she handed it to him with a smile he continued, “Not that Yuzuha’s creations aren’t amazing, but I kind of need to be myself right now. After that we can continue what we were doing before you got here – planning the next step.” He grabbed the bag and stepped out of the room in search of a bathroom.

“We have a BOLO out on Yoshio Ootori,” the Agent spoke up. At Haruhi’s inquiring look, he introduced himself. “I’m Jun Noguchi. I work for House Zouka.”

“More specifically, Agent Noguchi is in charge of our private security team,” Yorihisa spoke from the back of the room. “He has proven his dedication and loyalty to House Zouka since he was a child.”

Agent Noguchi bowed to Yorihisa, “I could do no less for the House that took an orphaned boy into their home and gave him a chance at a life.” He turned back to Haruhi and gave her a genuine smile which immediately put her at ease. “I know the overwhelming sensation of being suddenly a part of something much bigger than you. Rest assured, we will find Ootori and bring him to justice… Thanks in big part to Mr. Suoh and Ms. Bellamy”

Tamaki stood up as Haruhi threw her arms around him. He held her nearly as tight as Ranka had, she breathed into him. “Thank you Tama… I don’t know what I would have done if you hadn’t been there.”

Tamaki gave her a kiss that appeared chaste but seared into the skin of her cheek as he whispered, “My princess, I will do anything for you. Always. You and Kyo more than anyone else have loved me for who I am, not who they wanted me to be. You are my chosen family; however it works out in the end. I love you.” He looked at Kyouya. “Both of you,” he whispered.

“Love you too Tama,” Haruhi whispered back. She looked up to see Marika smirking at her before giving her a wink.

Haruhi stepped out of Tamaki’s arms and gave Marika a hug as well to thank her. “I really appreciate all you have done for us.”

“I am glad I could help,” Marika replied honestly. “Tamaki has been my friend for so long and has told me so much about you all that I feel like you have been my friends for years, not just a few days. Let’s just hope that the video I took will be enough in court. It was enough for the police to issue a warrant for Ootori’s arrest, so I am keeping my fingers crossed.”

At that moment Ranka and another police officer entered the room talking animatedly. “The police have just learned that the pilot for Yoshio just filed a flight plan to return to Japan. The plane is scheduled to depart in two hours. We are assembling a team to apprehend him at the airport.”

“As a member of the Press I would like to accompany the police team,” Marika spoke up. The officer turned to glare at her. She fished her press credentials out of her purse. “I will stay the requisite 20 yards back and I will not interfere, but I have a right to document breaking news and the arrest of a very prominent business man is definitely considered breaking news.”

“Marika,” the lawyer spoke up from where he was observing everything. “I’m sorry, but you are now a material witness in this case. You would put the case in jeopardy if you accompany the police.”

“Damn,” Marika muttered. “Would it compromise the case if another news anchor captured the arrest on film?”

“Depends,” the lawyer continued. “If the arrest warrant information was made public via the normal channels, then any news station could pick up the information if they are so inclined. But you cannot provide any insider information to anyone. As tempting as it may be to reach for your phone and text one of your colleagues at the moment, Ms. Bellamy, if you did so, Yoshio Ootori could sue you for harassment.

“Do it the normal way then,” Kyouya said quietly. “There should still be enough buzz surrounding HDG, the Master testing, and our recent interview that anything with the words Hitachiin, Ootori, or Fujioka will be flagged.”

“We hope.” Tamaki said.

“And we wait…” the lawyer replied.

 

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11:07pm

BREAKING NEWS!! Prominent Japanese businessman Yoshio Ootori has been arrested for kidnapping, assault, and battery of a fellow Japanese citizen and high ranking employee of Hitachiin Design Group Ryouji Ranka Fujioka. Mr. Fujioka is the father of Haruhi Fujioka who along with her boyfriends Hikaru Hitachiin and Kyouya Ootori came out as a triad at the start of the Paris Winter Fashion week. It is unclear at the moment how Kyouya Ootori feels about his father’s arrest, but sources close to HDG say that an altercation happened between son and father earlier this week after the very public and now infamous red carpet entrance and interview. Yoshio Ootori is the President and CEO of Ootori Enterprise Group, a global company based in Japan that has interests in medicine, security, and pharmaceuticals. Kyouya Ootori is currently in his first year at the University of Tokyo and is a successful businessman in his own right, as President and CEO of KO Global, an emerging markets investment company. Haruhi Fujioka and Hikaru Hitachiin are currently students in their final year at Ouran Academy in Tokyo, Japan. Hikaru is the son of legendary fashion designer Yuzuha Hitachiin and along with his twin brother debuted a new line at the Parisian Fashion Week. Haruhi Fujioka recently took the martial arts world by storm as the first female granted Mastery status in traditional Japanese Aikido. None of the above people were available for comment. We have footage of the arrest of Mr. Ootori as he was attempting to depart the country to return to Japan. Parisian Police have taken him into custody and a court hearing regarding bail will be arranged for next Tuesday.

Now onto the weather…

   
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