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. =)


78. Sass

Tamaki unlocked the door to the Maison de Roses and held his breath as he pushed the door open. I know Yuzuha said she was going to have staff working overnight to return it back to the way it was before the Ball last night, but it took them 2 full days to set up, can they really pull it down in 8 hours?

“Wow, the staff Yuzuha hired really did a great job,” Renge said. 

Tamaki breathed a sigh of relief. “I am really grateful for that. Not that it didn’t look fantastic last night, but I wanted this party to feel homey and not elegant. If that makes sense?” 

“Totally,” Kaoru responded with a smile, “I know that mom goes over the top with HDG events, but that is not everyone’s style.” 

Tamaki laughed at Kaoru’s response and arched an eyebrow, “Didn’t all of you tease me constantly about not going overboard with Host Club events? That my ideas were too flamboyant…”

“Nope,” Kaoru smirked, “That was ALL Kyouya. If you left it up to Hika and me, then most of our themed events would have been even more extravagant.” 

“And with less actual clothing being worn,” Hani grinned as Kaoru pretended to be offended. 

“Don’t tell me that you wouldn’t have wanted to see Haruhi in a bikini top and mermaid tail for our last underwater themed tea party,” Kaoru retorted. 

“Considering we were still trying to pass her off as a boy at the time of that particular party that would have been disastrous,” Takashi replied. 

“Details, details,” Kaoru waved his hand nonchalantly before switching topics, “So Tama, what do you want us to do?” 

“My first thought is I want a shower and to change out of this tux, but after that I have a list.” He looked at his watch. “I have some staff from the main estate coming over in two hours to bring a Christmas tree and all the decorations that I bought for the party. The caterer’s will be here about 6pm, the carolers around 8pm, and Santa around 9pm. I didn’t really think about games, but Renge mentioned something about a scavenger hunt and I think that sounds like a really fun idea.” He turned to Renge. “How much time do you think you will need to plan it?” 

“If you don’t mind me going through the house and hiding things, then I can get the actual bulk of the work done in about an hour. It will take me longer to scout out good places to hide things and come up with the clues for them. How many people do we have coming tonight?” 

Tamaki did a quick count, “Well there is the 8 of us Hosts, plus Mai, Marika, Jon, and Mel. When I told them about it, Zhi and Sakura mentioned that they had other plans, but would try to drop by around 9, so we can probably leave them out of that game. So I think that is 12 people you can figure on.” 

“Ten actually – Five teams of two,” Renge answered. “I can’t play since I will know where everything is and I am going to need an assistant to help me hide things, if we are going to be done in time.” 

Kaoru started to raise his hand but Tamaki interrupted, “I can help you with that. I know every nook and cranny in this place, so I would be an unfair advantage on a team.” 

“Perfect!” Renge clapped her hands. “Then we will need 25 things to hide. It doesn’t have to be decorations, but we should make any other objects festive enough that if someone finds them, they will know that they are part of the hunt. 

“We can go through what the staff brings over and decide then,” Tamaki ran a hand through his hair and grimaced. “I really need a shower. You are all welcome to use the bathrooms if you want to clean up as well.” 

Renge and Mai exchanged looks and hesitated. 

Kaoru saw the look and answered before they could, “We can call mom to have some clothes brought over for later, but in the meantime, I know Hika and I packed enough clothing for Haruhi that we can find something that you could borrow.” 

Mai arched an eyebrow, “Renge is closer to Haruhi’s height, but I’m almost 7 inches taller than Haruhi. Somehow I don’t think anything will fit.” 

Kaoru grinned, “Oh ye of little faith. This is an official HDG designer you are talking to. I can make it work. We are going to need to be casual anyway if we are climbing around putting up decorations and such.” 

“Whatever you say, meta,” Mai sassed. 

Kaoru looked puzzled, “Meta?” 

Mai grinned, “Metamour. Partner of my partner. I figure that since you and Renge are officially bumping uglies, then that makes you her partner as well as my partner, which makes you my metamour.” 

“MAI!!!” Renge cried as both she and Kaoru turned a glowing shade of red while Hani, Takashi, and Tamaki burst out laughing. 

“What?” Mai smirked. 

“Oh you are pure mischief, Lady,” Hani giggled. “I hope we get more chances to hang out in the future. You are something else!” 

“I will take that as a compliment,” Mai grinned before turning to Kaoru, who was still a little pink. “And I do trust you, you know. All teasing aside, I have always loved working with you and your brother. You are a formidable team but you bring out the best in your models. For those of us smart enough to see it, we really appreciate it.” 

“Thank you?” Kaoru responded, still a bit sheepish. 

“You’re welcome,” Mai responded sincerely. “Now which shower do you want Renge and I to use?” 

“Why don’t you use the one that is between Kyouya and Haruhi’s room?” Tamaki replied. “That way Kao can grab stuff from her closet for you.” 

“Works for me,” Mai replied as she linked her hand with Renge’s. “Lead on lover!” 

The guys stood for a minute watching Renge lead the way to the upstairs bedrooms. 

“Mai really is something,” Hani laughed, “I thought Kao and Hika knew how to cause a scene, but that one takes the cake.” 

Kaoru smiled. “She has a reputation for being blunt that can and does cause some friction with the other models, but honestly, I appreciate it most of the time. She has a wicked sense of humor and intelligence in a field that is dominated by women who are pretty but very superficial. I’m really glad that she and Renge found each other. I can see the influence of each of them on the other and it makes them both stronger.” 

“She fits in well,” Takashi said quietly. 

“Yes she does,” Hani replied. “Come on Takashi, I want a shower nearly as much as Tama-chan.” Turning together they walked up the stairs toward their room. 

“Do you mind if I share your shower?” Kaoru asked Tamaki. 

“Not at all,” Tamaki replied with a smile. “I just didn’t know how it was all going to work with Renge here too. I mean… I know she is kind of your girlfriend and all now…”

Kaoru stepped forward and took Tamaki’s hand before stretching up and placing a kiss on his cheek. “I guess she kind of is my girlfriend now, but I also kind of hope that I am also considered your boyfriend.” He blushed faintly again. 

Tamaki smiled and pulled Kaoru in for a hug. “I would like that.” 


They stayed like that for a minute before Tamaki said, “I hate to break this up but I REALLY need a shower.” 

“Go on. I will find some clothes for the girls and then join you in a few.” 



Tamaki let the water flow over his head as he let his mind drift. His plans for setting up for the party that evening drifted into the change in the house from the night before, which led him to think about the Ball and Ranka’s kidnapping. All of a sudden, the terror he had suppressed the night before in the adrenaline surge to find and rescue Haruhi’s father came rushing back, flooding his body and causing his knees to buckle. He slid to the floor of the shower and started shaking uncontrollably. The nightmare scene of Ranka bound, helpless, and about to be raped played over and over in his mind as he stood outside the window unable to do anything to stop it.

“Tama, I set out clothing but is there anyth-“ Kaoru said as he walked into the bathroom, his voice cutting off abruptly as he saw Tamaki on the floor crying with sobs racking his body. Without thinking Kaoru ripped off his clothes and ran to kneel next to his friend. Pulling Tamaki into his arms, he stroked the wet hair back from his face and asked quietly, “Tama, love, what is it?”

Instinctively, Tamaki wrapped his arms around Kaoru and held on as tightly as he could. He fought to get the words out of his mouth, “I.. It’s… keep seeing… I couldn’t help… couldn’t do anything… Ranka… nearly… gods… I couldn’t stop him…”

“Shhhh…,” Kaoru held Tamaki as tightly as possible and crooned soft noises at him until he could feel Tamaki relax the grip he had. Shifting his body slightly, he moved both of them so the spray of the water wasn’t directly in their faces. Quietly, he asked again, “What happened, love?”

Tamaki took a long deep shuddering breath. Then he took another, before being able to pull his head back and look at Kaoru. “Everything from last night just hit me. Gods… what that man nearly did to Haruhi’s father was horrible. And Marika and I were outside unable to stop any of it. All we could do was watch and record it, like some twisted reality show. Ranka was nearly beaten and raped in front of us, and there was nothing I could do to stop it.” Bitterness dripped from his voice.

“Gods… Tamaki. I didn’t know.”

“Only Marika and I know. Plus I guess the agent who was able to rescue him. Haru and Kyo don’t even know the full extent of it. We gave the video to the police before they got to the station and Ranka made it very clear that he did not want either of them to see the video.” Tamaki gave another bitter laugh, “Ranka is so strong. He wants to protect them from the horror of the situation for as long as he can… It happened to him. I will respect that decision, but I don’t know if I can face Haru again knowing she thinks something awful happened and that I was unable to save her dad. I don’t know if I can ever forgive myself for not being able to stop it.”

“Oh Tama,” Kaoru held him tighter, “You did save Ranka. The only reason we knew where to find him was because of you. You said nearly… does that mean that the police were able to rescue Ranka before he was actually… assaulted?”

“Yes… but it was so close… even a minute more…”

“Shhhh… It was a horrible experience. Not just for Haruhi’s dad, but for you too.” Kaoru tilted Tamaki’s face up and gently kissed his lips. “I know Ranka. He’s so much stronger than the world generally gives him credit for. He may be bruised by this experience, but he isn’t broken. It will take time, but he will heal.” Kaoru kissed him again. “And so will you. Tama, love, you did so much… but you are hurting for things you had no control over. Let’s just say you could have tried to rescue Ranka. How many people were in the room besides Ranka and his attacker? If I know Yoshio Ootori, there were probably at least a couple armed guards in there as well. Am I right?”

Tamaki nodded, “There were two other bodyguards.”


Tamaki nodded again.

“So what would have happened if you and Marika rushed in? They had weapons. You didn’t. They probably have experience fighting. You don’t. If you had tried to go in, you would have been captured or worse.”

Tamaki pressed his head back against the tile, “I know that logically. Fuck – I even said nearly the same thing to Mari.” He laughed bitterly. “So why can’t I get my heart to believe it? Why am I sitting her in the shower shaking like a leaf?”

“Because you have been through an incredibly traumatic event and you haven’t had time to process anything,” Kaoru said. “You have been running on adrenaline and you are finally coming down from it. It’s all perfectly normal, love. Trust me, Haruhi and Kyo, and even Hika to a lesser extent are doing the same. They are also going to crash soon and they are going to need our help. I want to help you now, so you can help them when they need it.”

“Kao… what if I could have done something?”

“You still can,” Kaoru replied gently. “You can’t change the past, but you can choose how to face the future. You can choose to stand by Ranka as he faces his kidnapper in court. You can choose to stand by Kyouya as he faces his father. You can choose to defend Haruhi against the inevitable backlash in the media and among the social elite at Ouran.”

“Not that she needs my help,” Tamaki answered with a weak smile.

“True, but we both know that while Haruhi doesn’t need us to defend her, she still needs us to support her as she blazes forward on her own. Otherwise, she gets lost in the causes she champions and will lose herself eventually.”

Tamaki pulled Kaoru in close and kissed him. “When did you get so smart?”

Kaoru pretended to be offended, “What?! I’ll have you know I was always this smart. I just never bothered to show it to all you unworthy imbeciles.”

Tamaki laughed, the genuine sound bringing a real smile to Kaoru’s face. “Well, this imbecile is realizing that he really was an idiot for taking you for granted for so long.” He stood up, offering a hand to Kaoru. Adjusting the water flow, he said with a grimace, “We probably have about two minutes of hot water left, how fast can you get clean?”

“It will be hard, but I like a challenge,” Kaoru grinned.

“Good, because that is not the only thing getting hard at the moment,” Tamaki winked as he traced his hand down to his erect cock. “Get clean, so I can get you all dirty again. I’m not going to take anything for granted anymore.”

Kaoru grabbed a pouf off the wall, squirted a dollop of shower gel into it, lathered it up and ran it over his body, making sure that Tamaki was watching as he stroked himself with the suds it left behind, before laughing, throwing the pouf at Tamaki’s chest and jumping under the rapidly fading heat of the shower spray. “Your turn!”

Tamaki was equally as fast as he ran the soapy pouf over his body, but the few seconds he spent in admiration of the soap rinsing down Kaoru’s lithe body, cost him the last heat of the water. He shivered as he rinsed off in the tepid water.

Kaoru laughed as he handed Tamaki a big fluffy towel the moment he turned off the tap. “Don’t worry my prince, I can think of a few ways to warm you back up.”

“Oh really?” Tamaki grinned as the last of his traumatic thoughts faded in the present as he wrapped the towel around his waist and faced a very naked Kaoru.

With a mischievous smile, Kaoru stalked him across the room, a wrapped towel coiled and ready to strike in his hand.

“What do you think you are going to do with that, huh?”

Kaoru tried to whip the towel out to crack at Tamaki’s legs, but misjudged the bulky weight of it and Tamaki caught it easily.

Wrapping it around his hand, Tamaki pulled Kaoru in closer until he was able to drop the towel and reach for Kaoru’s hips. Bringing the naked man sharply up to his chest, Tamaki claimed Kaoru’s lips while Kaoru wrapped his arms around Tamaki’s neck with a moan.

Still kissing him, Tamaki slowly walked Kaoru backward to the bed in his room, while Kaoru worked at undoing the towel around Tamaki’s waist. Feeling it fall to the floor, Kaoru wrapped his hands around the rapidly hardening member.

At the bed, Kaoru turned them sideways and fell onto it, finding Tamaki’s mouth again as soon as they had settled. Shifting his weight, without ending the kiss, Kaoru straddled the other man. Finally breaking the kiss and breathing heavily, Kaoru murmured, “I told you I would warm you up.”

Tamaki sighed as he felt Kaoru’s cock brush up against his as the other man straddled his hips. Lifting his hips slightly he pushed into it, causing more friction as the two cocks glided against each other. Gasping against the moan that fought to escape, Tamaki answered, “I’m beyond warm… fuck Kao, I want you so much right now. I want to feel your cock in my mouth. I want to suck you off until you scream my name, I want to swallow you.”

“MMMMMmmm…,” Kaoru ground their hips together as the dirty words made him even harder. A few more thrusts and he shifted position again, flipping himself around and swallowing Tamaki’s cock in a single motion.

Tamaki screamed as the wet heat engulfed him, but it only took a moment before he realized that Kaoru’s cock was only inches from his mouth. With a smile, he reached up and guided the slim member into his mouth, feeling Kaoru shudder as he returned the favor.

Together they set up a rhythm that rocked them back and forth, Tamaki’s grip on Kaoru’s hips tightening and keeping him upright as Kao felt his knees get weak the closer he got to the edge. With a cry, Kaoru pulled off the other man’s cock and yelled, “Tama!” as he shot his load deep into Tamaki’s throat. Breathing heavily, he collapsed against Tamaki as the other man continued to suck on his softening cock. Finally, with a heave, he lifted and turned himself so he could see the blonde.

Kaoru looked at the smile on Tamaki’s face and grinned. On impulse, he bent down and gave Tamaki another deep wet kiss, tasting the lingering flavor of his cum on Tamaki’s tongue. “Mmmm… I don’t think I could ever get tired of that glorious mouth.”

Tamaki laughed. “Good. Because I think I could suck you for years and never get tired of it.”

“I’ll hold you to that,” Kaoru responded. Then reaching back he wrapped his hand around Tamaki’s still hard cock. “But I think at the moment, it’s only fair if I return the favor.”

“You don’t hav- … unnngh,” the rest of Tamaki’s sentence was lost in a groan as Kaoru shifted down to where he could suck Tamaki off, while still watching his expressions.

“I like watching you cum,” Kaoru replied as he put one finger in his mouth and sucked, before sliding it behind the blonde’s cock, teasing across the balls and perineum and teasing at the tight puckered hole. “You are so wet here, must have been from me sucking earlier… but that’s good. Your turn to scream my name.” With a single motion, he swallowed Tamaki’s cock and slid the finger inside him, gliding perfectly over Tamaki’s prostate.

Tamaki’s body jerked at the sudden motion, but it was only a matter of seconds before the pleasure took hold and he was panting out Kaoru’s name in a litany. The motions of Kaoru’s tongue and mouth on his cock and the finger slowly fucking him brought him to the edge in moments. When Kaoru added a second finger, while still maintaining eye contact, Tamaki couldn’t take it anymore and threw his head back and granted the return favor as he yelled “Kaoru!” and came hard.

Still breathing hard, he pulled Kaoru on top of him, the golden redhead snagging a towel and wiping his hands on it on the way. Wrapping his arms around Kaoru, he held him close as he whispered “Thank you.”

Kaoru hummed in contentment as he snuggled into Tamaki’s chest. “You are very welcome, lover.”



One room over, Hani was lying naked across Takashi’s chest in a similar manner, idly tracing circles across his chest. After hearing Kaoru yell out Tamaki’s name, they turned to each other and smiled.

“I am glad that they are exploring each other,” Hani said. “They make a cute couple.”

“Yes, they do. They complement each other very well.”

“I hope that it lasts.”

“I have no doubt. Our group is strong and our relationships with each other only make it stronger.”

They listened to the increased moans from the other room.

“$10 says Tamaki comes in less than a minute,” Hani grinned impishly.

“I think he can hold out for another two minutes at least… you are on.”

Two minutes and 15 seconds later, Tamaki yelled out Kaoru’s name.

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