Shadows & Roses

Brother & Sister

"Is the air alright Miss Misora?" the driver asked from the front seat.

"Yes. It's fine." I replied with a smile.

"Very well then." he nodded and I went back to the book that was resting on my lap that I wasn't really reading

I was on my way to stay with my brother Isamu. He lived in an apartment a couple of hours from where I lived with our parents. He looked a lot like my father with dark hair and light green eyes but he was different from both of our parents. In fact he was more like me in some respects.

He was focused when it came to the company our father owned but he wasn't a complete snob like him and our mother and Kasumi. When he graduated from college in a few months he would take his place at the company and one day inherit it after our father passed. However the fact that he didn't think it made him superior to Kasumi and I was the reason that I loved him.

Smiling my mind drifted back to when we were kids.

I sat crying on the steps outside of my dorm at St. Vincent's. I wasn't very old at the time, maybe about 9. I was so busy crying that I didn't see Isamu walk towards me. He was a student at St. Christian's, the boys school that was connected with St. Vincent's. He would often come over and check up on Kasumi and I and bring us little treats from his visits into town.

"Sora?"

I looked up and saw him standing in front of me. He was 13 and all gangly and awkward. However I all I saw my big brother.

"What's wrong? Why are you crying?" he asked sitting down next to me, pulling a handkerchief out of his pocket and handing it to me.

"B-Because! The other girls are telling me that I don't matter! That Mommy and Daddy don't care about me!" I sobbed.

"Why would they ever say that?" Isamu asked with a frown.

"They said that Mommy and Daddy love you more because you're the oldest! They said that Mommy and Daddy will never love me like they love you!"

Isamu smiled, "Don't worry Sora, Mom and Dad love you and Kasumi just as much as they love me. They don't care that I'm the oldest or that you're the middle or that Kasumi is the littlest. They have plans for all of us. One day they'll tell us what those plans are. But trust me they do love you."

"Are you sure?" I asked.

"Of course I am. I'm your big brother. I can't lie to you." he replied.

"Promise?" I asked extending my pinky.

He chuckled and hooked it with mine, "Promise. Now no more tears or you don't get your surprise."

"Okay! I won't cry any more!" I said quickly wiping my face with the handkerchief Isamu had given me.

"Good girl. Here." He said and placed a couple of brightly wrapped caramel candies in my hand.

"Yum! Thank you big brother!" I smiled and hugged him.

"You're welcome. Now I'd better go find Kasumi and give her hers. She'll have a fit if she finds out that I didn't bring her hers first." he said and with a smile hurried off to find our younger sister.

I opened my eyes as the car slowed to a stop. We were outside Isamu's building. The driver parked and I climbed out, looking at the tall structure in front of me. The driver pulled my bags from the back and one of the bell boys came out front and picked them up before leading me inside.

We climbed the 12 floors to my brother's apartment before walking down to 12D. I tipped the bell boy who nodded before heading off. With a sigh I turned and knocked on the door.

I heard movement from inside and a moment later my brother answered the door. He wore a pair of sweatpants and a baggy t-shirt with socks. His hair was messy and he looked like he had just woken up even though it was nearly 4 in the afternoon.

"Sora? What are you doing here?" he asked, his eyes wide.

"Mother and Father sent me here to stay with you. Remember?" I asked.

"You were coming today? I thought you were coming tomorrow." he said.

"Nope. Today." I replied.

"Oh. Well…come in then." He said and I stepped into the apartment while he grabbed my bags.

"This is all you brought with you? Father said you were staying here until September." Isamu replied.

"The rest of my stuff is going to be sent soon." I said.

"Great then. How about a tour huh?" he asked.

"Sounds awesome." I smiled.

Isamu gave me a quick tour of everything before showing me my room. It was kind of small compared to the master bedroom but it had a great view of the city. I put a few of my things away before wandering out to living room. I honestly couldn't believe that he lived here. I had known that his apartment was small but somehow he had managed to make it look comfortable and homey. It was quiet nice. I wondered vaguely if he'd hired a decorator.

Isamu sat on the couch with a cup of tea, now fully dressed in a pair of jeans and a black button down with sneakers. His hair was combed and he looked a little more awake.

"So how are things going?" I asked as I sat down across from him.

"Pretty good. I'm on track to graduate soon so that should make Father and Mother happy." Isamu said.

"I bet." I nodded.

"So what happened back home that made them send you here? I thought you were going to Ouran with Honey and Mori. I was going to come see you guys a few months ago but I never got the chance because I had a mid-term." Isamu replied.

"If I tell you promise not to judge me?" I asked.

"Swear." he smiled.

"I was seeing someone other than Honey." I replied.

"Whoa…who was it?" he asked.

"His name was Kyoya Otori." I replied.

"As in the Medical Field Otori's?" he asked.

I nodded, "Yep. We started hanging out as friends and then things got serious."

"Serious? How serious?" Isamu asked.

I felt my cheeks heat up, "There is no way that I'm discussing how far I went with him with you."

"So you went that far huh?" Isamu sighed.

My cheeks got even hotter and Isamu laughed.

"You're 18 years old Sora. I can't tell you not to do the same things I did when I was your age. Anyhow so what? They found out and blew a gasket?" he asked.

"They less found out and more were told." I replied.

"Who told on you?" he asked.

"Kasumi. Oh! Did I mention that she paid off a bakery to put coconut in some cake that she knew I would eat?" I said.

"What?! Are you okay?" he asked sitting up.

"I'm fine. It was a few months ago. Kyoya took good care of me afterwards." I said.

"Where were Mother and Father?" he asked.

"Paris." I replied.

He scoffed and shook his head, "I can't believe them. God I can't believe them!"

"What did you expect? It's our parents. I'm sure if I had died they would have come back but still. It didn't surprise me. Like I said Kyoya took very good care of me until they got back." I replied

"You should've called me Sora." Isamu said.

"You're busy with school." I said.

"So? If you needed someone you could've called me. You know that." he replied.

"Well I didn't think about it okay? But look I'm fine okay? Next time I nearly die you'll be the first one I call. Okay?" I laughed.

Isamu looked at me for a few moments before sighing and shaking his head with a smile on his face.

"You know it doesn't surprise me that it was Kasumi that put the coconut in your cake. She's…just…angry." he sighed.

"I know. Oh and she did it so that she could marry Honey. She's been in love with him forever." I replied.

"Could've told you that one." Isamu said as he sat his tea cup down.

"What?" I asked.

"You mean you couldn't tell? The looks she would give Honey when you all weren't looking were sickening and the looks she gave you when you were around him were ones that could kill. I never thought she'd try it though." Isamu replied.

"Me neither trust me." I said downing the last of my tea before standing up.

"Now if you don't mind I'm going to go grab a shower. Sitting in that car made me feel all sticky." I said.

"Put on something nice afterwards and I'll take you out to dinner! How does sushi sound?" he asked.

"Fine by me." I replied and grabbed clothes from my room before I headed to the bathroom.

After a long hot shower I pulled on a pair of fresh jeans and a loose black blouse. Looking around I realized I had forgotten the gel for my hair in my room and really didn't want to go back so I decided to look around and see if my brother had any I could use.

I opened the medicine cabinet and frowned. There were wax strips and nail polish remover there. Frowning I looked at the items for a moment before shrugging. For all I knew my brother could wax and as for the nail polish remover you could use it as a remover for other things like ink and stuff. Isamu didn't have a maid so it was up to him to do things that they would normally do.

After not finding any gel in the medicine cabinet I looked under the sink and sure enough I found some there. Grabbing the bottle I stood up and that was when a flash of blue caught my eye.

Turning I saw a lacy blue bra between the cabinet of the sink and the toilet. There was no way that I could explain this away. Frowning I picked it up by the strap using my first finger and thumb and walked out of the bathroom.

"Um…brother?" I called as I walked out.

"Kitchen!" he replied and I headed that way.

I found him washing the cups from our tea at the sink. When I walked in he turned towards me and his eyes widened.

"W-Where did you get that?!" He asked as he snatched it from me.

"I found it in the bathroom. Is there something you want to tell me?" I asked.

"It's…it's…" he stuttered.

"Look if it's yours that cool. I don't care what you wear. I mean my friend Haruhi…her Dad is like that and-" but he cut me off.

"It's not mine! It's my fiancée's!" he replied turning red.

"Fiancée?! Since when are you getting married?!" I asked.

Isamu sighed, "C'mon…we should sit down. I'll explain everything." he replied.

We walked into the living room and sat down.

"So are you going to explain to me when you got engaged? What's her name? Do Mother and Father know? Why don't I know? Why didn't you tell me?" I asked.

Isamu sighed, "Her name is Noemi Kochi and she's a fellow student at the University. And the reason I didn't tell anyone, including our snobs for parents, is because she's a commoner."

"A commoner? Really?" I asked.

It was a bit of a shock. True my brother was never really a snob but I had never seen him show interest in anyone but the bimbo socialites that frequented the circles that our families ran in.

"Yeah. She's…she's amazing Sora. She's smart and funny and kind. I love her…I really do." he smiled. It was a goofy smile that accompanied a bright glint in his eye. He really was in love.

"So you didn't tell us that you were even dating her because she's common?" I asked.

"Yeah. You know as well as I do that Mother and Father would disown me if they found out that I was dating someone that wasn't up their 'standards'. The only reason they shipped you here instead of disowning you was because you were sleeping with an Otori." Isamu replied.

"I wasn't sleeping with him!" I replied and Isamu looked at me.

I sighed, "Fine! I was sleeping with him! I admit it! Happy? Anyhow so why did you never tell me about this? I wasn't going to tell our parents."

"Yes I am and I just didn't tell you because well I didn't. The only people that know are me, her, her parents, and a few of our friends at school." he replied.

"So were you ever planning to tell us?" I asked.

Isamu smiled, "Of course. Actually we've been talking about that a lot lately. It's Noemi that is against telling Mother and Father about it. She doesn't want me to lose my family just because of her. I told her it didn't matter but she insists."

"She sounds nice. Where is she by the way? I mean you're living together right?" I replied.

"How did you know that?" he asked.

"Have you seen your apartment? There is no way that you did this. And there's the fact it's clean. I saw your room the week you got pissed at the maid for misplacing your chemistry book and told her she wasn't allowed in there anymore. It was a train wreck. I know I'm not neat either but you're mess on another level. Now where is she?" I asked.

"You're too smart for you own good you know that?" he said looking at me.

"If I'd been smarter I would've figured out someway to keep Kasumi from black mailing me but this isn't about me right now. Where the hell are you keeping this woman?" I laughed.

"She's at her parents house downtown. That's where she stays when I'm out of town." he replied.

"You should let her come home. I mean now that I know she shouldn't have to hide." I said.

"Are you sure?" he asked.

"Of course! I want to meet her! Please Isamu?" I asked poking my lip out.

"You had to use the lip didn't you?" he asked.

I nodded and he shook his head.

"Does that work on the Otori boy?" he asked.

I looked at him, "Can we not bring him up?"

"Sorry. Sore subject huh?" he asked.

I nodded, "A bit."

"You loved him didn't you?"

I nodded again.

"I'm sorry. Maybe things will work out for you and him." he replied.

"They can't Isamu. Now look….call your girl. I want to meet her." I said brushing off the subject.

Isamu realized that I was done talking about Kyoya so he nodded and pulled out his phone.

An hour later Isamu and I stood in the kitchen eating take in sushi from a place he knew. It was really good. While we ate I talked to him about the Host Club and how we had all become friends. I told him about the twins and their pranks, the more than obvious mutual attraction between Haruhi and Tamaki, Honey's cakes and Mori's stoic nature. The entire time he didn't press me about Kyoya.

Suddenly the sound of the door opening caught our attention. A moment later a woman with dark brown hair and soft green eyes walked in. I saw her lock eyes with my brother and both of them light up momentarily before she turned to look at me.

"You must be Sora." she said with a kind smile.

"And you must be Noemi. It's nice to meet you." I smiled back.

"Same." she replied and walked over and hugged me.

Noemi was about my height and her voice was soft. She wore a red shirt dress with black leggings and a black sweater over it and black flats. Her makeup was minimal and the only jewelry she wore was an engagement ring of her left hand.

"I'm glad that you could come stay. I've wanted to meet Isamu's family for a long time but I knew that it would just end badly for him." she said.

"Well we're kind of in the same boat so you don't have anything to worry about. I get it." I replied.

She smiled again, "Well at least you're here whatever the circumstances."

"Sora was just telling me about her time with her friends back at Ouran. Do you want something to eat sweetheart? I ordered plenty." he said offering up the tray.

"Isamu you know sushi makes me sick. Besides Mom made me eat before I left." Noemi said as she took a seat next to Isamu.

"Oh yeah. Sorry…it's all still new to me." he said with a shake of his head.

"How long have you been together?" I asked looking between them.

"About a year and a half." Isamu replied.

"We met in History class and it was love at first sight. It was only what? Three months before we were dating?" Noemi said looking at Isamu.

"About." He nodded.

"Then how can her not liking sushi still be new to you?" I asked.

"You didn't tell her?!" Noemi said with a laugh.

"No…not yet." he replied.

"Tell me what?" I asked.

"Noemi's pregnant. We found about a week after I proposed. Good timing huh?" he smirked

"WHAT?! I'M GOING TO BE AN AUNT?! WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL ME YOU IDIOT?!" I asked and threw my chopsticks at him before walking over to Noemi.

"Congratulations!" I grinned and hugged her.

"Thank you. I can't believe that your brother didn't tell you!" she said turning to look at Isamu.

"What?! I was waiting until you got here!" he replied.

"Uh-huh. Whatever." I replied rolling my eyes.

"Great. I should've never told you in the first place. You're both going to team up on me now. I should've let Sora think I was a transvestite." Isamu frowned as he bit into his last piece of sushi.

"You'll live." Noemi and I replied in unison before laughing.

The rest of the night I spent talking with Noemi. She was going to school to become a teacher, loved horseback riding, wanted the baby to be a girl and had spent 8 years in the states when she was a kid. I could see why my brother liked her. She was easy to talk to.

"You know….you remind me of my friend Haruhi back home." I said as we sat on the couch. Isamu was on his computer checking a few things for our Father's company and had zoned out hours ago.

"Really?" she asked and I nodded.

"She doesn't come from money either and I think she's a better person for it. I've seen what money can do. My younger sister was spoiled rotten by it." I replied.

"You miss your friends don't you?" she asked.

I nodded, "A lot. They were the first ones that I ever really had. Things would've been perfect this past year if it hadn't been for the fact that my parents wanted me to marry one of my friends."

"Well I'm sure they only want what's best for you." Noemi replied.

"Yeah right. They want what's best for the company and our heritage. Once Honey and I marry three of the biggest martial arts families in Japan will be united. That means government contracts for our family and things like that. The only upside of this is that at least Honey's sweet to me. I don't love him like I should but at least I care for him." I said.

"But you love that boy right? The one you got in trouble for?" she asked.

"A lot." I sighed.

Noemi smiled and patted my arm, "Things will get better. You'll see."

"How do you know?" I sighed.

"I just do. Until then you're more than welcome to wallow in your sadness here. Getting over someone you care about takes time. Isamu and I will be here to help you. After all we're family right?" She said.

"Right." I smiled and hugged her.

"You know I was an only child growing up and I always wanted a little sister to talk to." she said as I pulled back.

"Then I think we can work something out." I replied.

"Good. Sounds like a deal." she said and put her hand out which I shook.

"Oh so what? I'm chopped liver?" Isamu asked and we both looked up to see that he had abandoned his spot at the computer.

"No…you're still the best big brother ever." I assured him.

"Better be runt." he laughed and walked over to us before plopping himself on my lap.

"What?! No! Get off me! You're heavy!" I laughed shoving him off.

"Are you calling me fat?!" he asked.

"No. I'm calling you heavy. Take that however you want." I replied.

"Whatever. Now I'm going to bed. I will see you girls in the morning. Love you both." he said and gave Noemi a kiss on the lips and kissed the top of my head before heading to his room.

"I'd better go to bed too. I have an early class. I'll see you tomorrow. Night Sora." Noemi said and hugged me again before following Isamu to their room.

Since everyone was heading to bed I decided that I should too. Walking to my room I changed into a pair of sweatpants and a t-shirt before crawling into bed. The lights of the city outside of my window was lit up and it was beautiful. Maybe things would be okay. I had my brother and my soon-to-be sister-in-law and would eventually have their baby. They were all I needed right now.

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