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. =)

http://archiveofourown.org/works/681492/chapters/1250078

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58. Lessons and Lavender

“Here, you will want to wear this tonight,” Kaoru said as he laid a clothing bag on the bed.

“I am going to be your dress up doll for the rest of my life, aren’t I?” Haruhi replied with a grin, as she looked at Kaoru in the reflection of the mirror she was using to put on her make-up.

Kaoru grinned back at her as he walked forward and laid a small kiss on her cheek. “Yup! Though, I prefer to say that I am your personal stylist. All the cool kids have them, after all.” He winked at her. “If it makes you feel any better, I also picked out Tamaki and Kyouya’s clothes for the evening. Hika, naturally already has fabulous taste, so I didn’t worry about him.”

Haruhi chuckled, “what about Hani and Takashi?”

Kaoru’s smile was a bit more sheepish, “When I went to make suggestions, Hani gave me this look and reminded me that he was in control this evening and I would be wearing whatever HE chose for me.”

Haruhi smirked, “Oh really?!? I hope I get a chance to see this. I don’t think I have ever seen you willingly let someone other than your mother pick clothes for you. Even then, that was specifically for modeling shoots.”

“It’s an odd feeling,” Kaoru responded, “but it does help put me in the mindset for this evening.” He sighed. “I am a bit nervous.”

Concerned, Haruhi set down her mascara and turned to face her friend taking his hands in hers. “You know that neither Hani nor Takashi would be offended if you decided that you aren’t ready. You could join Tamaki and me on our date.”

Kaoru squeezed her hand, “Thank you for the offer, but no. You and Tamaki deserve to have fun without me crashing it. I am nervous about going out with Hani and Takashi, but it’s the kind of nervous that I got before I stepped on the catwalk the first time with Mom. More worried that I will fall flat on my face and embarrass her than about the act itself. Does that make sense?”

“I think so. How do you feel about being a submissive for the evening?”

Kaoru could hear the combined worry and curiosity in her tone, so he made sure to maintain eye contact when he responded. “Intrigued, mostly. It’s something that I have always wanted to do, but didn’t know how or where to do so, and I didn’t want to walk into a club by myself not knowing what to expect.”

“It could have gone really really badly, if you didn’t know the crowd or went to the wrong club,” Hani said as he walked into the room. He was wearing a skin tight black latex shirt, with black leather pants, and black leather boots that laced up to his knee. His bright blue eyes were rimmed with black eyeliner, which made them stand out even more. His normally tousled blond locks were slicked back away from his face, and he looked as far from the cute lolitasha Haruhi first met as was possible. He looked dangerous. A soft “Wow!” escaped Haruhi’s lips and Hani gave her a quick wink and grin before turning back to Kaoru. “I am glad that you thought better of it. 90% of the people that you will meet are great, but like in any community there are people who prey on the new and inexperienced. That’s why it is always suggested that you go to general community socials, which are called munches, because they are usually at a restaurant or coffee shop and are a safe way to meet new people, or if you are going to a club or open play party for the first time, that you go with someone that you trust.”

“I was worried about that, which is why I never even brought up the idea to Hikaru,” Kaoru said. “Well, that and the fact that we were still technically too young to get in without fake ID’s.”

“Knowing you two, I am more surprised that you didn’t already have them,” Hani laughed.

“Mom found them and threatened to ground us and send us to a reform school if we didn’t destroy them in front of her.” Kaoru mumbled, his cheeks a bright pink. “It was the only time we have ever seen her completely furious at us.”

“With good reason,” Hani’s response was gentle. “I think your mom knows far more about alternate lifestyles and the creatures out there that prey in them, then you know or she has admitted. She also knows you two and figured out what kind of trouble or hurt you could get into.”

“That sounds like mom,” Kaoru sighed. “Even when she was away, she still knew everything that we had been up to.”

“I love your mom,” Haruhi replied quietly. “She reminds me a lot of mine.”

Kaoru pulled her into a hug, “She loves you too. She thinks of you like her own daughter. You should have heard the threat Hika got if he hurt you.” He looked down at her muffled giggle and wiped away the tear that had slipped down her cheek. “Shhh… none of that. We are here to have fun, remember?”

“I know,” Haruhi replied and took a deep breath. “Just sometimes I miss her. But I think she would be proud of me, even though most of the rest of society may label me.”

“I am sure of it, Haru-chan.” Hani caressed her hair as Kaoru held her a moment longer.

“Anyway,” Haruhi’s tone turned brisk as she turned to Hani, “Did you need something from me or were you looking for Kao?”

“I was looking for Kaoru,” Hani replied acknowledging the change of topic. “I wanted to make sure he was still comfortable with the idea of going with us.”

“I am,” Kaoru answered. “A bit nervous, because I don’t know what to expect and I don’t want to disappoint you, but more excited and curious than nervous.”

“You won’t disappoint me, Kao-chan that I promise.” Hani smiled. “I wanted to ask if you would be comfortable wearing a collar tonight. It would mean that you are under my care and protection. Basically, it’s an indicator to everyone that if they want to touch or play with you they need to talk to me first. I will talk with you and to see if you really want to do it. This way, you don’t have to worry about saying no to someone you have never met or may be intimidated by. You can also choose to just sit by me and observe for the night. No one will question it.”

“I would like that,” Kaoru nodded. “I have to admit, the idea is a bit of a turn on.” “Good.” Hani smirked. “Then come here and kneel in front of me.”

“Oooh! What’s happening?” Hikaru ran into the room curiously, alerted by a spike in the twin bond.

“I was just about to collar Kaoru for the evening,” Hani replied.

“Cool… I know he was always curious about doing that.” Hikaru gave his brother a wink before flopping on the bed to watch. “He even tried on the dog’s collar once.”

“What a way to spoil the moment, Hika…” Kaoru grumbled as his twin grinned back unrepentantly.

“Kaoru. I requested something of you.” Hani said quietly but firmly.

As if Hani’s words were an electric shock that pierced through his chest, Kaoru’s eyes snapped to the other man and he became the focus of Kaoru’s complete attention, while everyone else including his brother, faded into the background. Without another word, Kaoru walked forward, knelt in front of Hani, and looked up at him.

Hani looked deep into Kaoru’s eyes, searching for something. When he found it he nodded and pulled a black bit of leather from his back pocket. He held it up so Kaoru could look at it.

Kaoru nodded at the question in Hani’s eyes.

“Kaoru, this collar means that you are under my control and my protection. The length of time will be from this moment until I remove it when we return back to the house later this evening. If you wish to be released from it earlier, then say Hyacinth. It will come off and I will no longer be in charge of you, though I will still be your protector. Do you understand and accept these terms?”

Kaoru nodded again before saying, “I understand, Sir.”

Hani smiled at that, “Good. You know basic protocol. What is your safeword for removing the collar?”

“Hyacinth.”

“Yes. Is there a word you would rather use? Keep in mind it shouldn’t be something that would come up in normal conversation.”

“Hyacinth is fine, Sir.”

Kaoru felt his whole body shiver as he watched Hani open the buckle on the leather collar. He bit back a moan as Hani’s warm hands slid around his neck to fasten it in the back.

“Oh, Kao-chan, you are going to be so much fun,” Hani smirked at Kaoru’s reaction to his touch; the laughter in his voice notice that the solemnity of the moment was over.

“I think we both are going to have fun tonight, sir.” Kaoru grinned.

“We can discuss details of things you might want to try later but for now, I need to know what your comfort level is for exhibitionism.”

“Really?? Have you met my brother?” Hikaru laughed from the sideline, ducking as Kaoru threw a pillow at him.

Hani smiled at the exchange but waited for Kaoru to respond.

“All Hika’s teasing aside; I am very much an exhibitionist. I would prefer not to be naked, at least not naked for the whole night, since I don’t know anyone other than you and Takashi, but anything else I am ok with.”

“I know you are ok with leather but are you allergic to latex at all? I was thinking about putting you in that since Takashi will be in leather. You and I are close to the same size, so you can wear a pair of my pants. Would that be ok?”

“Absolutely! After seeing Mistress Raina in it last Saturday, I am curious about it as a material. I was going to ask about your shirt, but it can wait.”

“Wonderful. We are going to turn a lot of heads tonight. It should be fun.” Hani laughed. “If you want to come with me, I can help you into them. They are a bit tricky at first.”

“Yes sir. Would it be ok if after, I returned to help Haruhi finish getting dressed? I need to help her with an updo for her hair.”

“Why are we pulling my hair into an updo? Why can’t I just leave it in a ponytail?” Haruhi grumbled.

“Because it won’t look right with the dress,” Kaoru responded with a grin, his eyes never leaving Hani’s.

“Of course, you can come back and help Haru-chan.”

“Thank you, sir.”

Together Hani and Kaoru left the room.

“Kaoru’s right, you know,” Hikaru said as he stood up and crossed to her. “I know what’s in the bag. Your hair will look better up. You are going to be stunning.” He handed her an eyeliner pencil. “Go for the smoky-eye look that Kao and I taught you, and use the silver shadow for an accent.”

“For most people it would be very weird that my boyfriend knows more about make-up than I do,” Haruhi teased.

Hikaru grinned, “Thank the gods that we aren’t ‘most people’ then. It would be so boring.” He pulled her in for a kiss, smiling as she melted against him.

“If you keep kissing me like that, I am never going to get done,” Haruhi said breathlessly when she urgently had to come up for air.

“I shall endeavor to behave then,” Hikaru winked at her. “At least until I have you in my arms later. Until then, I will practice on Kyouya.”

Haruhi laughed as she turned back to the mirror. She looked at her boyfriend through it. “Oh he is going to be in such trouble tonight. I know what you are like when you are in this mood.”

“And what is this mood, exactly?” Hikaru said and focused on laying little nipping kisses down her neck and shoulder as he silently shook with laughter at her body’s reaction.

“Horny, mischievous, and in full-blown troublemaker mode,” Haruhi answered with a smirk. “What do you boys have planned for the evening anyway?”

“I am taking our dear Shadow King to a dance club I know. It has fantastic music and drinks.”

Haruhi arched an eyebrow at him, “There’s something else you haven’t mentioned, isn’t there?”

Hikaru gave her an innocent look and sat down on the bed. “It may also happen to be a gay bar.”

“HIKARU!”

Hikaru held up his hands and said seriously, “Kyouya’s hot and he’s mine. I want to show that off… I admit it. BUT the club also has an exclusive membership and cameras or other recording devices are not allowed. If you are caught taking pictures of the patrons, you are immediately kicked out and banned. I thought it would give him a chance to cut loose without worrying about it getting back to his father or the press.”

“Does Kyouya know about this?”

“Actually, I do,” Kyouya said from the doorway. He walked over to kiss her before continuing. “It might be fun to be Hikaru’s boy-toy for the evening. At the very least it will be entertaining… and I am thankful for the no press rule.”

“I can see that,” Haruhi said. Then out of curiosity, she asked, “So what did Kaoru pull for you to wear?”

“I came in to get changed now, so you can see for yourself.” Kyouya answered. “We have reservations in an hour for dinner before we go out to the club.”

“Crap! Is it really only an hour until our reservation?” Hikaru bounced off the bed and dove into the closet.

“Perhaps next time, you should leave off teasing Tamaki and get ready.”

“The Boss deserves a little teasing for his date plans… even you have to admit that, Kyo.”

“Perhaps, but I happen to think it is a smart idea.”

“Am I the ONLY one who has no idea what Tamaki and I are doing on our date tonight?” Haruhi pulled the mascara away from her eyes to glare at her boyfriends.

“Yup!” Hikaru grinned at her. “But Kyo is right. You are going to have fun… It’s just… well… You know the Boss...”

“Hikaru!” Kyouya’s sharp tone from the closet didn’t diminish the grin on the redhead.

Without an ounce of remorse, Hikaru pulled on a pair of leather pants and walked over to Haruhi grabbing a fitted silver shirt on the way. Kissing her on the cheek he said, “You are going to love it, I promise.”

Kyouya stepped out of the closet in an outfit reminiscent of that he wore on the red carpet – black leather pants, and a black military cut wool jacket, but the satin shirt was a deep royal blue instead of black. Hikaru’s low whistle made him spin around slowly.

“Oh you are going to cause such a stir tonight, lover!” Hikaru grinned and pulled him in for a kiss.

“I think we both are,” Kyouya grinned back, eyeing Hikaru appreciatively.

“Part of me wants to skip my date to see you both in action,” Haruhi said with a smile as she turned to watch them.

“Next time, my love, next time,” Hikaru replied. “Besides, I really want to see you in this dress, so we HAVE to do it again sometime soon.”

“I will take pictures,” Kaoru said from the arch of the doorway. He looked over both Hikaru and Kyouya and continued, “I approve. You both are going to break the hearts of all the Santorini boys. Now kiss your girlfriend goodbye, or you are going to miss your reservation time. We all know Christos is a stickler for time at his restaurant.”

Hikaru looked at Kaoru lounging so casually against the doorframe, shirtless, the shiny black latex pants riding low on his hips leaving nothing to the imagination, black low heeled riding boots, and black collar with a silver ring around his neck. He gave another low whistle. “Damn brother, we aren’t the only ones going to be causing a stir!”

Kaoru smirked and walked forward, rolling his hips and giving Haruhi a wink as she stifled a giggle.

“So do I look properly submissive?”

“You would do better if you said that from your knees,” Kyouya growled and Kaoru’s heart fluttered.

Without thinking, he dropped. “Better, Sir?” he queried eagerly.

Kyouya smiled at him as he responded, “Yes, but try to remember that you are Hani’s tonight. You don’t need to react to anyone but him. He is the one in control of you, not me or anyone else.” He gave Hani a nod through the doorframe, who was smiling at him.

Kaoru looked puzzled and slightly shaken as he stood back up.

Hani came back in and put his hands on Kaoru’s shoulders. “To your unasked question – Yes, I asked Kyouya to test you, if the opportunity came up, because if you were going to react to anyone strongly it would likely be him. I also knew that this lesson would be better learnt here than out in public.”

In a small voice, Kaoru responded, “I had no idea I would react that way until I did. Gods, I am going to mess this up.”

“Hush,” Hani pulled Kaoru into his chest. “You are going to be fine. I’ll be honest – I would be tempted to drop to my knees, if Kyouya growled at me like that. I just know that I don’t HAVE to; it’s a choice that I can make. Do you see the difference? You may be wearing a collar, but you shouldn’t give up your sense of self. There is always a choice and if you don’t like the options you can use the safe word and it will be over.”

“I… I think so,” Kaoru replied. He took a few calming breaths while Hani gently stroked his back. “I think I would appreciate a way to say No, if it ever happens in the future.”

“Very smart idea, Kao-chan,” Hani smiled and kissed Kaoru’s forehead. “It depends on the situation of course. If someone is being really rude and demanding to you and you do not know them in any way, feel free to be your normal snarky self. Like I said, just because you wear a collar doesn’t mean that you are submissive to everyone. If it is someone that you know or has topped you in the past, it’s up to you and how comfortable you feel with them whether you want to respond or not. You can always say politely – I am sorry, but I am in service to Auriel tonight and I can only answer to him.”

“Auriel?” Kaoru asked.

“I was going to go over this in the car on the way there, but we can do it now. To protect privacy, everyone has a scene name. Most often you will go by it at events and parties, though if you develop strong friendships, naturally you will start to use their given name. I am Auriel. Takashi is Karr. Do you have a preference for a scene name? I was thinking Bowie or Jareth.” Hani grinned. “You have a kind of flair that reminds me of David Bowie.”

Kaoru grinned. “I like Jareth… I used to sketch pictures of ball gowns while watching Labyrinth.”

“Jareth it is. Now, Kyo-chan, I know you and Hika-chan need to get going!”

Kyouya looked at his watch and winced, “Yes we do!” He placed a swift kiss on Haruhi’s lips before giving her to Hikaru to do the same. “Have fun with Tamaki tonight. We will see you when you get back in.”

Haruhi smiled at the two and waved as they walked out the door. “Have fun tonight!! I want to hear all about it tomorrow. Love you!”

Hikaru turned and blew her a kiss, “We love you too!” before running to catch up with Kyouya who was halfway out the door.

Hani snickered before sauntering out the door, “I think we may need to set alarms on everyone’s watches or phones. We always seem to be running late.”

Haruhi looked at Kaoru and grinned. Together they said, “Fashion.”

“All right my princess, let’s get you finished up. Your Prince is waiting and pacing in the other bedroom,” Kaoru laughed.

Haruhi turned and snagged a chair to sit in, having gone through this drill with Kaoru more times than she could count. “So what did Prince Tamaki think of your outfit?”

Kaoru responded through a mouth full of hair pins, “He wants to know when he gets to wear a pair of latex pants… and then he couldn’t stop petting them.”

Curious, Haruhi slip her hand up Kaoru’s thigh, appreciating the incredibly sleek smooth feeling. “I can see why… I could easily spend hours just petting you in them. It’s such a different feeling.”

“You should try it from this end,” Kaoru grinned. With a few more deft twists of her hair and several more pins, Kaoru created a perfect French twist with a few loose strands to frame her face. “There. Perfect.”

“How DO you do that?” Haruhi sighed wistfully. “I have a boyfriend that knows more about make-up than I do and a best friend that knows more about hair… It’s not fair.”

Kaoru kissed her cheek. “Years and years of practice, my princess. Now, let me help you into this dress. I think you are going to love it.”

Haruhi walked over as Kaoru opened the dress bag. He pulled out a handful of material that had a soft lavender sheen to it. It was fluid in his hands.

“Oh what a pretty color!” She cooed and reached out to touch the super soft material before slipping the dressing gown she was wearing off her shoulders.

“I hoped you would like it. It’s more a cocktail dress than a formal dress, but when I saw the material, I couldn’t resist.”

Haruhi took it from him, stepped into it, and slid it over her arms. The fall of the dress came just below her knees, but when she realized it was completely backless except for one small strap that connected across her shoulders, she froze. “Um, Kaoru?”

“I wanted to do something that would show off the amazing ink on your back but still have coverage and elegance. There’s an optional beaded drape that can be put in for effect, but personally, I think it looks better this way. Are you ok with it being backless? I do have a wrap to keep you warm.”

Haruhi took a step towards the mirror and twirled, angling her head so she could see the back. “It really is gorgeous. I think I can get used to it being backless as long as I am not going to fall out of it.”

Kaoru laughed, “That’s what the strap is for, love.” He handed her a pair of four inch lavender heels with silver straps.

“The shoes as always are a perfect fit,” Haruhi sighed appreciating that minor fact, since she knew that she would be in them for several hours.

“You can thank Hika later for that and this…” Kaoru held up a hammered silver necklace with amethysts dangling from it, a matching pair of earrings and bracelet as she ooh’d and aaah’d over them before putting them on.

“I swear, between you both, I am turning into such a girl.” Haruhi grumbled jokingly.

“Nothing wrong with appreciating pretty things - girl or boy,” Kaoru grinned as he fastened the necklace and looked her over from head to toe. “You will definitely knock Tamaki’s socks off.” With a final kiss to her cheek, he said. “I’m going to go grab the camera.”

Haruhi laughed and made a few finishing touches to her make-up before re-applying a shimmery gloss. Satisfied with her appearance, she grabbed the matching wrap from the bag and a small clutch purse and walked out into the living room.

Wolf whistles from Kaoru, Hani and Takashi greeted her, and she turned to smile at them when movement out of the corner of her eye, caught her attention. Turning, she saw Tamaki and the rest of the guys faded into the background.

Tamaki was wearing pressed khaki slacks that were tailored perfectly, a lavender shirt nearly the same color of her dress which made his eyes stand out, and a cream dinner jacket that accented his shoulders and the pendant he wore on the red carpet. His expression though… it looked as stunned as she felt.

Slowly murmurs of sound filtered in and she realized that the others were talking about them.

“A full minute and counting… my record is getting better. Takashi – you owe me $10.”

“Haru-chan looks amazing Kao-chan. So does Tama-chan.”

“Indeed.”

Finally, Tamaki seemed to snap out of the daze he was in and approached her quickly, holding out a dozen lilac colored roses.

“Lilac?” Haruhi smiled and leaned up to kiss Tamaki on the cheek. “You used to always do red roses.”

He grinned back at her and a thread of something indefinable but enough to cause a flutter in her stomach shot through her. “So much has changed lately; I thought I would do something else a bit differently. I hope you like them.”

“They are beautiful.” Haruhi said shyly.

“They don’t come even close to how radiant you look tonight,” Tamaki replied as he brought her hand to his lips, the compliment sounding completely sincere as tickled across her skin. Haruhi felt a rush of something long forgotten, something that had gone dormant nearly three years prior, start to make itself known. A blush crept across her cheeks.

“Mitskune, you owe me $20. Haruhi blushed first.”

Suddenly the absurdity of the situation came crashing down on both of them and they burst in to laughter. Haruhi turned to the others, “Seriously Takashi? You guys bet on who was going to blush first?”

Her partner’s expression was unrepentant as he sat shirtless on the couch and nodded, while both Kaoru and Hani laughed loudly.

“Well, I am glad we could provide some amusement for you,” she shook her head with a wry smile.

“Let me help you with your wrap,” Tamaki came up and took it from her, caressing her shoulders and causing her to shiver at his touch. “Are you ready to go? Our reservations aren’t quite as strict as the Kyouya and Hikaru’s, but we should leave soon if we want to make them.”

“So what are we doing exactly?” Haruhi asked, unable to keep quiet about her curiosity any longer.

“You’ll see,” Tamaki said with a grin at her small groan. Turning to the others, he said, “Have fun tonight!”

“You too Tama-chan and Haru-chan! See you later!”

Haruhi blew the men on the couch a kiss and turned towards the door, Tamaki’s hand burning on the bare skin of her back.
 

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