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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55. Transitions

Kyouya looked over at the girl who was sleeping against the door of the Land Rover. Warmth filled his chest as he acknowledged to himself how much he loved her. Not that he really minded sharing her with the others, his natural jealousy long having been dismissed thanks to Hikaru, but it was nice to just have an evening to themselves in the midst of all the chaos this vacation was turning into. Pulling into the driveway of the Maison de Roses, a stray thought crossed his mind. Hika was right about that too… When did he get so perceptive? 

Haruhi was still fast asleep as Kyouya put the land Rover into park. Gently, so as not to wake her, he undid her seat belt, before getting out of the car and coming around to open her door. Gingerly he opened her door and let her fall into his arms, shifting her weight slightly in order to bump the door closed with his hip. The faint noise caused her to snuggle into his chest slightly, but wasn’t enough to wake her up. I don’t think I have ever actually carried Haruhi this way, she look so fragile. He smiled and kissed her softly on her temple as he carried her into the house.

A light and the murmuring of voices in the Library momentarily diverted his attention from the girl in his arms and he walked over to peek in. Kaoru and Tamaki were sitting on the couch with a laptop resting on their knees. Hikaru leaned over the back of the couch and pointed out something on the screen. All appeared to be absorbed in what they were doing, so Kyouya turned to exit.

A faint movement in his peripherals’ made Hikaru look up. Seeing Kyouya standing there with Haruhi asleep in his arms, made a tender smile cross his face. He held Kyo’s eyes for a moment letting the love he felt for him shine through before leaning down to the others and saying, “Ok guys, it’s late and I’m tired. I am heading to bed. The website looks fantastic. Don’t stay up too late!” He leaned in and planted a kiss on Kaoru’s cheek before walking over to his lovers, kissing Kyo, and brushing his lips across Haruhi’s hair.

Kaoru leaned into the kiss and looked up, a yawn breaking its way from his lips. Seeing the others he nodded in greeting before poking Tamaki. “C’mon Tama, we have to be up early tomorrow.”

“But… the website…” His response was lost in a yawn that threatened to crack his jaw.

Kaoru smiled, “The website is done and it looks fabulous. You have all your staff set up to take care of the stuff for the grand ball and answer questions from the press. It’s time to take a vacation from your vacation.”

“Huh?”

“We leave for Santorini in 6 hours. I don’t know about you, but I want to get some sleep know, so I can enjoy the beaches and scenery to its fullest… and I am selfish and I want your naked body next to me as I sleep.”

It was the last part that grabbed Tamaki’s attention fully. He shut the lid on the laptop and set it on the coffee table. He stood and offered Kaoru a hand, linking it in his as they walked over to where Kyouya and Hikaru were standing.

Together all four walked up the staircase to their rooms.
 

 

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“Isn’t this going to be fun Haru-chan? Soft sandy beaches and warmth for a couple of days.” Hani bounced eagerly on his seat.

“Comparatively warm,” Takashi replied quietly looking out the window at the landscape passing quickly below them. “Daytime highs are around 60 degrees Fahrenheit.”

“Still warmer than France,” Hani replied pointedly with a hint of desperate lightheartedness.

“True.”

Haruhi looked back and forth between her friends. Something is off. Hani is trying to be too chipper and Takashi is quieter than normal. “Ok, you two… Spill.”

Takashi turned to look at her, his expression usually so clear to her, was indecipherable, while Hani shifted slightly in his seat. She could see Hani trying to maintain his lighthearted appearance, but neither responded to her question.

“What is going on, guys? You are both acting oddly.” Haruhi tried a different approach. “Did something happen that I missed?”

The two of them exchanged looks and Haruhi could almost see the conversation that passed nonverbally between them. Finally, they turned and looked at her.

“Our fathers were not at the house yesterday for amusement,” Takashi said in his normal quiet voice. A smile peaked through as he said, “They came to let us know that due to your achievement of your first level mastery, we have been awarded by the council the rank of fourth level masters.”

“Oh my Gods!! That’s so exciting!!” Haruhi said and threw herself across the distance to wrap them both in hugs. “You both deserve it. I am so happy for you and thrilled that I could help bring you this!!” She kissed first Takashi then Hani enthusiastically, before a thought wormed its way into her brain and she sat back in her chair across from them. “But there’s something else isn’t there. Something you don’t want to tell me.”

“You are part of our House, so you would have heard about it eventually, Haru-chan but I didn’t want to put a damper on our vacation, when everything has been so interesting and exciting.” Hani leaned across the space between them and took one of her hands in his. “In the long run, everything will be fine.”

“But for now, Mitskune and I have been given our final Mastery quests,” Takashi leaned forward to take her other hand. “The council is separating us.”

“What do you mean separating you?” Haruhi exclaimed. “Is this some sort of punishment for your choosing me as your student?”

They exchanged glances again.

“Yes and no.” Hani replied. “We really should have seen it coming and expected it. Takashi and I have been pushing boundaries since we first tested for our mastery at sixteen, which pissed off a lot of the older council members who are stuck on traditional ways. Add in the rumors that has been spreading like wildfire across the Houses that we are romantically linked as well, and now our decision to flaunt tradition by choosing a female commoner as our student and…” Hani’s voice trailed off.

“We should have expected it,” Takashi said, a hint of sadness in his tone. “But we didn’t. We were given an ultimatum by the high council. We either stop at the level we have achieved, and never become part of the High Council, or are separated during our final quests.”

“How long does the final quest take?” Kyouya asked quietly as he slid into the seat next to Haruhi. The others moved from where they had been milling around the plane to crowd around their seats to hear the answer.

“Until it is complete,” Takashi answered. “The Council will ultimately decide.”

Hani tried to inject a bit more optimism into his response. Turning to Kyouya he said, “On average it takes four to five years to complete the final mastery depending on the details of the quest. It’s not like we can’t speak to each other or even see each other during that time, we just won’t be together every day, like we have been since we could walk.”

Haruhi squeezed their hands, “I can’t imagine how difficult that will be for both of you.”

“There are still breaks, Skype, phone calls and texting,” Hani answered, “Kind of like we have been doing with Tama-chan this year.”

“It’s still not a substitution for actually being there with you,” Tamaki said quietly from over Kyouya’s shoulder. “Don’t get me wrong, it helped being able to communicate with all of you that way, but this week has reminded me that there is no substitution for face to face contact. I’m trying not to think about all of you leaving again in a few days. It’s going to be really difficult.”

Kaoru slid his arm around Tamaki’s waist. “It’s only for the length of the last term. I’m not sure about Hika or the others, but I am applying to the University of Paris to get my Fashion degree while I work out of HDG’s offices here.”

Hikaru touched his brother’s arm. “I had a feeling you were going to do that. I still am not sure, what or where I will be going, but that’s a discussion for another time.”

Kaoru squeezed Hikaru’s hand. “I am sorry I didn’t tell you earlier, but I just made the final decision. You need to be with Kyo and Haru, more than with me. I know it, I am ok with it, and I am happy for you.”

“Don’t count us out yet, Kao. There is much to discuss, but I second Hikaru’s statement that it should be done another time,” Kyouya said as he looked at his two friends. “Can you share the details of your respective quests with us?”

“Yes,” Takashi said. “The fifth level mastery is designed to fine tune the strengths that you have shown in your journey through the arts. For me, I am on the path of the natural healer. Since I continued to show an interest in House Zouka’s healing arts even as I followed the path of the warrior, and then started studying yoga with Haruhi, it makes sense. My University studies will shift towards becoming a Doctor with a specialization in natural medicine.”

“I can see that, ashke.” Haruhi said with a smile. “It does fit perfectly for you.”

“I am glad you think so, since I will continue to need your help with the yoga aspect,” Takashi smiled at her.

“I will do anything, be anything, you need.”

“I know, ashke.” Takashi kissed her knuckles. “Thank you.”

Hani grinned as he watched them, “Me on the other hand… Not so much into the healing stuff. I am going to Brazil to study Capoeira, which is their form of martial arts/dance/music. I will also be going to England to study fencing. Somewhere in between, I will be working towards getting a doctorate in world history with an emphasis on Martial Strategy.”

“That does seem fitting,” Kyouya said with a smile. “The Council did seem to play to your strengths. It is just regrettable that they separated you.”

“Perhaps,” Takashi said, tightly controlled anger creeping into his voice, “But once we complete this, the council will no longer be able to punish us for our rumored relationship. We will be equal members, we will come out publically, and we will fight to eliminate outdated and useless traditions.”

“Good for you,” Hikaru said with a fierce smile. “Let me know if I can help in any way.”

“Let any of us know if we can help.” Tamaki corrected.

“We will Tama-chan,” Hani replied. “Thank you.”

“Miss, Sirs, this is your Captain. Please return to your seats as we will be landing in Santorini shortly. Thank you.”

Hani and Takashi let go of Haruhi’s hands and leaned back into their seats, much more relaxed then when the plane departed. Catching Haruhi’s gaze and still seeing a lingering frown hiding in the creases of her forehead, Hani winked. “It’s time to have fun, Haru-chan. Our greatest worry was telling you since you are so new to our House. Now that everything is out in the open, and we have all of your support, we can accomplish anything.”

“When does the quest start?”

“In five days. Takashi will return to Japan with you and I will stay in Paris a few more days before going to Brazil. My father is arranging for my things to be shipped over and my admission to the University has already been assured.”

“Five days?” Haruhi squeaked.

“I plan to make several new memories in the next five days,” Hani grinned wickedly at her. “I may be leaving the rest of you, but I will take everything I can of you with me. Never Fear.” He linked his hand in Takashi’s as the plane decelerated.

   
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