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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69. Rising

Despite the flashbulbs blinding the HDG contingent, all of them made it to the bottom of the staircase without mishap. Once at the bottom, Yuzuha paused a moment for the cameras before greeting the attendees. “Good Evening and welcome to the Winter Fashion Week Grand Ball sponsored by the Hitachiin Design Group. We are so glad that you could join us for the evening. We have some great things planned for the night in addition to the usual dancing and merriment. We are also going to be teasing two new lines for the Spring Collection – DQC by HDG and Phoenix Collection.”

Hikaru and Kaoru both gasped and Renge squeaked as all three looked at each other in astonishment before their heads swiveled towards Yuzuha. The mirrored looks of astonishment causing a slight smirk to cross the matron of HDG’s face.

She continued, “DQC is a line that will appeal to anyone who appreciates Haute Couture but has a hard time with Fashion sizing. The line was originally inspired by some of the most interesting and gorgeous people I know who also just happen to enjoy cross-dressing. But after watching a couple of absolutely stunning voluptuous women at one of our stores, who wistfully looked at the clothing that was obviously too small for them before passing them by to go to the shoe area, and hearing their frustrated comments about nothing ever being designed to fit them except shoes, I realized that the idea about what is sexy and fashionable has been stuck in rut for several years. Everyone should be able to find clothing that makes them feel powerful, sexy, and alive not just those who happen to be a size 8 or smaller.”

Several wolf whistles and cheers echoed through the hall, accompanied by a noticeable murmur of surprise. Several reporters started shouting questions.

Yuzuha raised her hand for silence. “I am glad you feel that way. I think it is going to open a whole new market and I am excited to be on the forefront of it. I have been talking to several of my fellow designers and they will be joining me on this mission. So by Summer Fashion Week next year, expect to see new lines coming from Versace, DKNY, Gucci, L.A.M.B., and my dear friend Tommy Hilfiger. We hope that by working together we can inspire a new age of designers and bring haute style to anyone who wants it.”

Yuzuha paused to let the cheers pass and watched gleefully as the various design groups she mentioned looked smug, while other designers looked aghast. Serves them right. I approached so many of them and none were willing to accept that the idea of beauty in the mainstream is changing fast and if we don’t get ahead of it, we will be left behind.

“The other line we will be debuting doesn’t have prototypes yet, but we have put up a gallery where you can see the concept designs. Phoenix Collection will be a new branch of HDG that I am forming that will features designs by my two incredibly talented sons Hikaru and Kaoru and by my protégé Renge Houshakuji,” Yuzuha waved her hand to include them and smiled before turning back to the assembled gathering and put a conspiratorial hand near her mouth. “I *may* have forgotten to tell them this week that I was going to do this. It’s so much more fun to surprise those really deserve the recognition, don’t you think? Of course they still have to finish school and University, but that just means that the first few years of the collection will be smaller and have more exclusive offerings. We like exclusive in this industry don’t we?”

The audience laughed while Kaoru put a quick arm around Renge to support her suddenly weak knees. Though I am not sure who needs more support her or me. He looked over at his twin who had a death grip on his lovers’ hands. I am used to Mom springing things on us, but this is HUGE! Our own line and not just our designs being incorporated into the normal HDG one… This is going to change everything.
 

 

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“Did your mom just plan your future?” Kyouya asked in an undertone with a teasing note to help ease the tension he felt in Hikaru’s hand.

“She does that,” Hikaru giggled an edge of hysteria still in the tone as he recovered from the shock. “Not that it wasn’t the future that I was going for anyway… but I wasn’t expecting for Kao and I to get our own line for at least another 5 years.”

“Are you ok with it?” Haruhi asked as she squeezed Hikaru’s hand.

“Definitely,” Hikaru replied with another squeeze. “Mom’s a smart business woman. She would only do this if she felt there was real potential and opportunity in the line. Being her children doesn’t guarantee us free rides. Both Kao and I learned that early on. Just because we are Hitachiin, doesn’t give us any leeway. We have to work as hard or harder than everyone else.”

“Which explains why you are both successful at Ouran,” Kyouya responded. “I know what your grades were, even as you pretended to be the slackers of the Host Club.”

“oh we weren’t pretending,” Hikaru grinned cheekily. “Ouran is a piece of cake compared to HDG. Host Club was the only place we could relax. Plus it gave us an outlet – to torment all of you.”

Kyouya rolled his eyes, then with a wicked grin leaned in close and whispered, “I will show you torment later. You will be begging me for release.”

Hikaru grinned, “Promise?”

“Always.”

 

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Yuzuha raised her hand again for silence. “With that exciting bit of news, I officially open the Ball. Soyez les bienvenus et profiter de la soirée!"

“Un momento per favore...” a stunning woman in a form hugging strapless dress that started in a bright peacock blue and transitioned down to a royal purple stepped forward, arms linked with two equally gorgeous men. A long slit ran up the thigh of the dress reveling closed toe stilettos that curved around her feet and ankles in the shape of a feather also in the same color gradient.

“Allegra!! Darling!!” Yuzuha smiled at her friend. “You look fantastic.”

“Well naturally, though it is a bit odd to be wearing an HDG rather than a Versace.” Allegra Versace slowly made a circle revealing the open plunging back held together only with a diamond studded pin in the shape of a firebird. She sublty winked at the group as she completed the turn, which alerted them to the fact that there was more up Yuzuha’s crafty sleeve.

“What do you mean that is not a Versace!” One of the media reporters jumped on the comment. “Who are you wearing?”

“Well hopefully these two charming escorts, but that will be later,” Allegra smirked as she stepped forward. “If my darling Yuzuha has told me the truth, I am wearing the first and only actual prototype of the Phoenix Collection.”

“I never lie, darling.”

Allegra stepped over to the group and with a wink at Haruhi and Kyouya, she linked her arm in Hikaru’s before stepping forward to do the same with Kaoru’s. “These two charming young men are the masterminds behind this look. The dress designer is Kaoru (she squeezed his arm before placing a kiss on his cheek) and these fantastic shoes were created by Hikaru (she kissed Hikaru’s cheek as well). I hear there’s a story behind the Phoenix name, but it is not my story to tell.” She turned to Hikaru and said seriously. “What is mine to tell is that I and all of Versace support you, your lovers, and all of your friends. Your decision to love openly and honestly took such amazing courage to go public with. We at Versace will never judge your lifestyle choices... after all, many of us share them... just not publically.”

A roar of questions erupted from the media, but Allegra waved them off. “Not going to tell you who or why, my little media bloodhounds. Just know that the courage it took for these young people to come out of the closet should be an inspiration for many. There are many ways to love. Fashion is just one of them.”

With that she let go of the twins’ arms, blowing a kiss to Haruhi and Kyouya as she walked back to Yuzuha. Linking arms again, they led the way into the Ball with the full contingent of both HDG and Versace behind them.

   
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