Shadows & Roses

Time Away

"You're faster than I remember Sora-Chan." Honey grinned at me.

"Thank you. I've been working hard." I smiled and quickly did a back flip, avoiding Mori's kick.

The three of us were in the gym in the house that belonged to the twins family. It was somewhere around 9 in the morning and we had been up since 7. Yes it was a vacation but there was no reason to slack off. I worked out every morning and I was very sure that Honey and Mori did the same.

Right now I was working against Mori. He wasn't at the same level as Honey but I knew he was still going easy on me. If it had been anyone else I would've been pissed but despite the fact I was extremely good at what I did it was nothing compared to their skills and I was okay with that.

I had just attempted to swipe Mori's feet out from under him when there was a beeping.

"Time to stop? Already?" I frowned standing up and looking at Honey who was looking at his phone.

"Yeah we have to get dressed and meet the others at the beach! C'mon Sora!" Honey grinned.

I walked over and grabbed my towel and wiped my face before following Honey and Mori out of the gym.

"You've gotten very good." Mori said as we walked up the steps.

"Thanks. Like I said…I've been practicing. I wish I could say the same for Kasumi though. She still refuses to do anything of the sort." I frowned.

"Maybe she'll come around eventually! It's in her blood after all." Honey said.

"Somehow I doubt that." I replied wiping the sweat from my face.

Honey and Mori reached their rooms first so I bid them goodbye before heading to mine.

Most of the guys were sharing rooms but Haruhi and I each had our own for obvious reasons but shared a bathroom. When I entered my room I saw that the bathroom door was open meaning that the bathroom was unoccupied so I grabbed the bathing suit that Kyoya had bought me and ducked inside.

After my shower I pulled my hair into a ponytail and smoothed suntan lotion over my skin so I wouldn't burn in the sun. Dressing quickly I slipped on a pair of large black sunglasses, a black sarong and a pair of sandals before heading out of the bathroom.

Once my beach bag was collected I headed downstairs where the others were most likely waiting. Sure enough the twins, Kyoya, Honey, Mori and Haruhi were waiting near the door.

"Good morning Sora." Haruhi said as I joined them.

"Morning." I replied.

"You look nice this morning Sora." Haruhi said.

"Thank you. This was bought special for this trip. Who are we waiting for?" I asked.

"Just Tamaki but it's not unusual for him to be late." Kyoya replied giving me the smallest of smirks as he took in the sight of me wearing the bikini he had picked out for me.

"I just hope that the Boss is putting on sunscreen." Hikaru sighed.

"Agreed. I don't want to have to listen to him whine the whole way home." Karou nodded.

"If not we should remind Tama-Chan. No one likes a sunburn." Honey replied and Mori nodded.

"I'm here!" Tamaki said in a sing song voice as he walked down the stairs.

"Then we can finally leave. The clients are probably waiting for us to arrive right now. It's not wise to keep them waiting any longer." Kyoya replied.

The six of us made our way down to the beach and sure enough the girls were all waiting for us.

Overall it was a nice day. We all relaxed in the sand and swam in the ocean. I had conversations with Haruhi and the girls that were clients. I also spent time building a huge sandcastle with Honey and Mori.

The entire time we were there I could feel Kyoya's eyes on me. Especially when I stripped down to my bikini to tan. I would be lying if I said I didn't enjoy torturing him just a little.

After a long day in the sun we said goodbye to the girls and headed back to the villa. I was on my way back to my room to change out of my bathing suit and wash off some of the salt and sand when suddenly I felt something grab my wrist. A second later I was pulled through a door.

"What on Earth are you doing to me Sora?" Kyoya whispered as he pinned me against the wall of the closet we were in.

"What do you mean?" I asked smirking at him.

"You're making me lose my mind. I don't do these kind of things…pulling girls into random closets…those are things I'd expect from Hikaru and Kaoru…even Tamaki. I don't do this." he replied.

"Then why are you?" I asked.

"Because there's something about you that makes me want to." he smirked and leaned in kissing my lips.

I relished in the sudden and extremely heated kiss. The cool façade he'd kept up all day was crumbling and it made me smile to know that it was all because of me. However it didn't last long.

After a few minutes he pulled away and straightened his glasses and shirt, "We should probably go change. The others will be wondering what we're doing."

"Later then? Maybe?" I asked.

Kyoya gave a curt nod, "I shall see what I can do."

"Right." I nodded a little disappointed to see the serious and controlled Kyoya return.

We exited the closet and thankfully didn't run into anyone. I walked to my room and changed out of my bathing suit before grabbing my second shower of the day. Afterwards I changed into a purple cotton dress with a halter neck and sandals before wandering to find the others.

I found them in the sitting room. Haruhi was curled up in an armchair with a book while Hikaru and Kaoru sat behind her trying to distract her. Kyoya and Mori were busy with a game of chess while Tamaki leaned over Kyoya's shoulder trying to direct him where to put the pieces. And finally Honey sat on the couch watching some show on TV.

I opted to walk over and sit down beside him since the others were engrossed in what they were doing.

"Hi Sora!" Honey smiled as I joined him.

"Hi." I replied.

"I was watching the Food Channel to try and get ideas for our wedding cake." Honey said and I turned to see a baker decorating an elaborate wedding cake.

"That's beautiful." I replied.

"Ours will be even better!" he said.

"I look forward to seeing it." I smiled and turned back to the TV.

A few moments later I heard a ringing and saw Kyoya stand and bring his phone to his ear before hurrying out of the room, muttering in a soft voice. I wondered vaguely who he was talking to but I turned back to the show.

After a while Kyoya returned, "The maid asked me to announce that Dinner is ready."

"Who was on the phone Sempai?" Haruhi asked and I realized that I wasn't the only one that had noticed his abrupt departure.

"I was double checking that everything was arranged for our outing tomorrow. That was the tour guide's office confirming everything." Kyoya replied.

"So everything is set up?" Tamaki asked.

"Indeed. Two large tour busses are scheduled for us to use tomorrow." Kyoya nodded.

"Very well then. Let's eat." Tamaki replied and started for the dining room, the others following.

I began to walk that way as well when suddenly I felt a hand encircle my wrist for the second time that day. Turning I saw that it belonged to the same person who had pulled me into the closet not that much earlier.

"What?" I smiled.

"Tonight at exactly 11 o'clock you will meet me downstairs." Kyoya replied.

"What? Why?" I asked.

"You'll see. Oh and wear something nice." he smiled and with that let go of my wrist and walked into the dining room.

Throughout dinner I shot small glances at Kyoya who ignored me completely. I was dying to know what he had planned but I knew I couldn't really ask without giving everything away.

Finally after a dinner that seemed to take forever along with dessert we finally got up from the table. It was only 8 though and that meant that I had a few hours yet before I could find out what my boyfriend was up to.

I spent most of the time playing cards with Haruhi and Hikaru. Eventually Tamaki declared that if we were to get an early start the next morning for the tour that we should head to bed early.

More than eager to return to my room to change into 'something nice', I quickly cleaned up the cards and bid everyone a goodnight.

Once back in my room I changed out of the plain purple dress and into the white eyelet one that Kyoya had bought me. I loosely wrapped my hair around a curling iron and applied a light glaze of makeup. I grabbed a pair of white flats and carefully opened the door.

The hallway was dark and seemed quiet so I slipped out of my room and tiptoed downstairs. At first I didn't see Kyoya anywhere but a second later I saw the shadows move and he emerged. He wore a pair of loose khaki pants, white deck shoes and a loose black satin shirt.

"What is it with you popping up like that?" I hissed.

"Well they do call me the Shadow King." He smirked.

I rolled my eyes, "So where are we going?" I asked.

"That is for me to know and you to find out. Lets go." he replied and took my hand, quietly leading me out of the front door.

We walked in silence for a while before coming to the beach. We took our shoes in our hands and Kyoya led me down the beach where I could see a soft light some feet away.

"What is that?" I asked as we walked.

"Just wait." he smiled and continued walking.

After a few minutes a big open canopy bed came into view with black fabric and fairy lights draping the pillars. Black and white pillows and sheets were laid on the bed with a tray of champagne and when I got closer I saw banana slices dipped in chocolate. Candles surrounded it all giving it a soft glow.

"Oh my god. It's beautiful." I gasped.

"I'm glad you like it. Usually I go a little more extravagant but what with the fact we're keeping this quiet I was a little more constrained." he replied.

"It's perfect." I smiled and turned pressing my lips to his.

"I'm glad you like it." he replied.

We walked over and stretched out on the bed.

"Allow me." he smiled and poured me a glass of champagne.

I smiled and took the flute of bubbly liquid, sipping it carefully before scooting over so that I was leaning against Kyoya's side. He wrapped his arm around my waist and I tucked my head into the crook of his neck and shoulder.

"You know I knew that when I bought you that dress it would look good on you but I didn't realize that it would fit you so well." he said running his fingers over my arm.

"Well thank you for it. I love it." I smiled and leaned forward and pressed a kiss to his lips.

"I knew that you weren't a fan of strawberries so I got you banana's instead." Kyoya said and reached forward and picked up a chocolate covered banana, bringing it to my mouth.

"Yummy." I replied chewing the sweet fruit.

He leaned forward and kissed me before pulling back, "Indeed."

"I can think of something sweeter though." I smiled and kissed him again.

"One moment." he replied and took my glass as well as his before placing them on the tray and moving the tray from the bed.

When it was on the ground Kyoya moved back to me and presses his lips to mine again. I laid back bringing him with me. The two of us lay facing each other as we kissed and his hand found it's way to my leg, trailing under the hem of my dress and up to my hip.

He began to trace circles against my hip bones just like he had the night we'd first gotten together. I tugged lightly on his hair as he pushed his tongue between my lips, deepening the kiss.

As the kiss went on things began to get heated. Touches became more feverish and began to roam more and more. Something was pressing against my hip and I had a very good idea just what it was and just where all of this was going to end up. And as much as I wanted it to happen I was sure that I wasn't ready for it to happen just yet.

"Kyoya…stop…" I said pulling away.

"What's wrong?" he asked looking at me.

"I don't think I'm ready for this. I'm sorry." I said sitting up, adjusting the straps of my dress.

"There's no reason to be sorry Sora." Kyoya replied as he sat up beside me.

"But you went to all of this trouble! The champagne and the bed and the candles…" I said motioning around us.

"I did not ask you here under the pretense that this would lead to sex, Sora. In fact I'm very well aware of the fact that should I try to force myself on you in any form you are more than capable of incapacitating me with little effort thanks to your martial arts back ground. I did this merely because I love you and wanted to do something special for you." he replied.

"Did you just say that you love me?" I asked looking at him.

Kyoya froze and his calm demenor vanished for a few fleeting seconds before he regained his composure.

"I did indeed. It should be no surprise to you that my feelings for you have grown into something stronger than just fondness. The only question left is if you reciprocate those same feelings." Kyoya replied and took off his glasses, wiping them on the corner of his shirt.

"Are you seriously asking me if I love you?"

"That would be the nature of my statement yes." he replied.

I smiled and leaned in and rested my forehead against his, "Then yes. Kyoya Otori I love you."

Kyoya's mouth curled into a smiled and he pulled me close, laying back on the bed so that I was laying with my head nestled in the crook of his neck. His hands played with my hair and for the most part we were silent. Every so often we would kiss for a few moments before returning to our places. Soft words were murmured here and there but for the most part we were silent.

Sometime later Kyoya checked his watch and decided that it was time for us to head back. Reluctantly we left the bed and headed towards the Villa. We shared a kiss a few feet from the house before heading inside and going our separate ways.

I managed to sneak back into my room without any problem and changed into my pajamas. With a content sigh I curled up under my covers and fell asleep, my dreams a replay of my night.

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