Shadows & Roses

Family Issues

Soft music played behind me as I stretched out on my bed in my room with my math book. My tutor had just left and Isamu and Noemi were still in class. They would be returning home soon though and we had plans to go out for dinner.

It had been two months since I had come to stay with my brother and his fiancée and things were going well. I had talked to Honey a couple times since coming and he had kept me filled in on what was going on with the others.

I was more than elated that Tamaki and Haruhi were finally together. They were perfect for one another and I really hoped they would last. The twins were really no different.

Kyoya was the one that worried me though. Honey didn't bear any ill will towards Kyoya at all but I knew it wasn't easy for him to come to terms that I didn't love him like I loved Kyoya. However it seemed the Kyoya might not have cared about me nearly as much as I had thought. Honey said he was his normal self around the Host Club. Calculating and business like, just as he had been before I came. It made me a little sick that he had seemingly gotten over me so fast but I was also happy that he was happy. I mean it was over, he had to move on.

I was drawn out of my thoughts when my phone began to ring. Sitting up I grabbed it from the bedside table and answered it.

"Hello?" I asked.

"Misora dear! It's Mother!" she chirped.

"Oh…hello Mother." I replied wondering why she was calling me. I hadn't gotten one call from my family since I had come here. Why was she calling now?

"Hello to you too dear. Listen I can't seem to reach your brother on his cell phone would you please tell him that I'll be arriving with your father, Mitsukuni, Takashi and their parents in a little over an hour? We have some papers that you need to sign and things like that." she asked.

"An hour?" I asked trying to keep calm.

"Yes. I'll see you then hon." Mother said and hung up.

"Damn damn damn!" I cursed and quickly punched in my brother's number.

It rang a few times before going to voicemail. I hung up and tried another 3 times.

"Come on Isamu! Pick up!" I prayed ring after ring. I didn't have Noemi's number so I couldn't call her.

"Hello?" Isamu said.

"Yeah you should probably get home. Like now. Mother and Father are coming with the Haninozuka's and Mori." I rushed out.

"What?! Okay look hide Noemi's stuff. I'm going to take her and drop her off at her parents and be there as soon as I can." he said and hung up.

Sighing I got up and quickly began to change. My mother would murder me if she showed up and I was wearing sweatpants and a baggy t-shirt I'd stolen from Isamu. I pulled on a pair of jeans and a baby pink and black striped sweater. Slipping on a pair of baby pink flats I pulled my hair out of it's braid and hurried out to the front room.

There were a few things laying about so I quickly scooped them up and put them in their places. Then I made my way to Isamu's room and grabbed at anything that was evidence of Noemi living her and walked to my room. I figured that was the best place to hide things.

I had just put the last item away when the door opened. I hurried out of my room and found Isamu standing in the doorway as he helped Noemi out of her coat.

As I set eyes on them my eyes fell to Noemi's rounded stomach. She was a little over five months along now and on her slight frame it was obvious that she was pregnant. A few days before she had gone to the doctors and found out whether or not it was a boy or girl. She and Isamu were going to have me be the godmother and they were planning on taking me out for a big dinner that night to tell me if it was a boy or girl. However as much as I had come to love Noemi I wasn't happy to see her with Isamu.

"Noemi! What are you doing here? I thought you were going to your parents!" I said.

"I decided not to. It's time to come out of the shadows." Noemi replied.

"Are you serious?" I asked.

"As a heart attack." she nodded.

"And you're okay with this?" I asked looking at Isamu.

He sighed and nodded, "We talked about it and it's time Sora. I love Noemi and our baby and I'm done hiding them. If Mother and Father want to have a hissy fit and tell me that I'm wrong and a disown me that's fine. My last semester is paid for so they can't take that from me and Noemi's parents said that we can move in with them. It's alright."

I smiled and walked over hugging them both.

"I love you guys. No matter what happens you've got me. I don't care if Mother and Father like it or not." I said.

"Thank you Sora." Noemi said with a smile and Isamu pressed a kiss to my forehead.

About twenty minutes later there was a knock on the door and Isamu got up to get it. Noemi had gone to the store to pick up things for dinner. If things went well she planned to make a large dinner for all of us.

"Isamu! Sweetheart!" Mother chirped as she embraced my brother then turned to me.

"Misora! I've missed you so much!" Mother said as she embraced me.

I turned and saw Isamu greeting the Haninozuka's and the Morinozuka's. I greeted them before turning to Honey and Mori. Honey smiled and hugged me which felt amazing. I had missed home and Honey's sweet scent was familiar and comforting. However Mori just gave me a small nod which bothered me.

"How are you doing?" Honey asked.

"I'm doing good. My grades are excellent." I smiled.

"Everyone misses you a lot." Honey said.

"I miss them too." I replied.

"Oh! Haruhi asked me to give you this! She said that you gave it to her to read and she's returning it! She liked it." Honey said and produced the battered English copy of Little Women I'd loaned to Haruhi before everything had gone south. I'd forgotten about it.

"Tell her I said thank you and that I'm glad she liked it." I nodded.

"Sora."

I turned and saw my father standing in the doorway.

"Hello Father." I said.

"I trust you've been behaving yourself while you were here?" he asked.

"I have sir." I nodded.

"Very good." he said and with a curt nod walked over to where my mother stood with the Haninozuka and Morinozuka's talking to Isamu about school.

"Come on and I'll show you the balcony. It's got a great view of the city." I said and led Honey and Mori out to the balcony while my the others talked.

"Wow! This is beautiful! Isn't Takashi?" Honey said leaning on the railing.

"Don't lean too far over Mitsukuni." Mori cautioned.

"How is school going for you Mori?" I asked and he nodded again.

Something seemed wrong. Mori had always been the quiet type (with the exception of him being sleepy) but he had always answered my questions. I wanted to find out what was going on with him but something told me that it had to do with Honey.

"Oh! Honey! I made some cake last night. It's made of commoner cake mix so I don't know if you'd like it but it's Strawberry Shortcake." I said.

"Ooh! I can't imagine a cake I wouldn't like! I'll try it!" Honey grinned his eyes lighting up.

"Well help yourself." I replied and he headed inside.

Mori went to follow him but I grabbed his hand, "Wait."

"Is there something wrong?" I asked looking at Mori.

He shook his head before reaching for the door. Rolling my eyes I grabbed his hand again.

"Mori don't make me get rough. I know you won't hurt me but I won't hold back from you. Now tell me what's going on." I replied and I guess he must have realized that I meant it.

"You hurt Mitsukuni." he replied.

I nodded, "I thought so and I'm sorry."

"You shouldn't have done what you did." he said.

"I know. I wasn't thinking with my head. I let what I was feeling get me all messed up and I lied to all of you and I apologize for that." I replied.

"Did you love him?"

I looked up at Mori who's face was unreadable, calm and stoic thanks to his martial arts training. Keeping my emotions in check was something I had never mastered in all my years of training and proved as tears pricked he edges of my eyes.

"I did. A lot." I said.

A second later Mori surprised me as he pulled me into a hug, one of his large hands resting on my back, the other on top of my head in a comforting manner. I wrapped his arms around his middle and hugged him back.

"He's not the same." Mori said.

"Who?" I asked.

"Kyoya. He misses you." Mori replied.

"I miss him too." I whispered into Mori's shirt.

After a few moments I pulled away and wiped at my face, "Sorry I got your shirt a little damp."

"It's okay." Mori smiled and patted my head.

Suddenly I heard the sound of glass shattering and both Mori and I jumped. Reaching over I threw open the door and saw my Father pinned against the wall by Isamu who was fuming, his face bright red. Noemi stood on the other side of the room with her hand over her mouth as she stared at my Father and Brother. The glass of the coffee table was smashed into a million pieces.

I hurried over to Isamu and grabbed his arms.

"Isamu! Let go!" I said gently tugging on him.

"Stay out of this Sora!" Isamu spat.

"No! What are you doing?! Trying to kill him!?" I replied and brought my foot between his, kicking the right one.

He had broken his ankle when he was 8 and ever since it was weaker than the other. Kicking his weak ankle knocked him off balance a little and his grip weakened. That gave me the chance to grab his arms and pin them behind his back before shoving him to the floor.

"Sora what the hell?!" he cursed.

"Unlike you Sora is being a respectful child! She's atoning for her mistakes!" Father spat.

"Isamu what on Earth are you doing?" I asked ignoring my father and looking at my brother.

"HE CALLED NOEMI A COMMONER WHORE!" Isamu replied.

"What?!" I asked and stood up.

"How dare you?!" I said glaring at our Father.

"Misora it would do you best to stay out of this considering your current standing." My father warned.

"I-" but Isamu grabbed my wrist.

"He's right Sora. This isn't your fight." Isamu said looking at me.

"But-" I started and Isamu leaned down so he was right at my ear.

"Listen to me now. If you speak out for me he'll disown you just like he's about to do to me. That means that Kasumi gets everything. You can't let her inherit everything. She's spoiled. It will all be gone before we know it. You can't let the family business fall into ruin like this."

"Isamu I can't just not say anything." I replied.

"I don't care. For the sake of everything I am begging you to stay out of this. Please Sora." he said his voice pleading.

I nodded and stepped back, my mouth firmly shut.

"Isamu it seems that you have disgraced this family and have chosen to do so in front of guests. I do not understand what has gotten into both you and your sister that you have become such insolent and troublesome children! However while Misora's indiscretion was one that was shocking I find yours to be unforgivable. At least your sister had the taste to have a tryst with someone of her social standing. You have sunk to the bottom to do so and not only that but have produced a child with her. From this day on you will no longer be an acknowledged member of this family. You have no one to blame but yourself." he said and with that turned to me.

"It seems that I have made a mistake by sending you here Misora. You will return home with your Mother and I today and you will have no further contact with Isamu. You will continue your studies in privacy of your room. Now you have ten minutes to collect your things. I will see you in the car." he said and with that left.

"Mother! You can't let Father do this!" I said looking at my mother.

"I cannot go against your father's wishes Misora." she said and without even looking at Isamu left.

Both the Haninozuka's and Morinozuka's gave Isamu a sad glance before following my parents.

"Sora you say goodbye to Isamu. Takashi and I will get your things for you." Honey said.

"Thank you. Just get my clothes, my laptop, books and toiletries will you?" I asked and they nodded before disappearing. With that I turned to my brother.

"You're a freaking asshole. You're leaving me alone to deal with them and Kasumi alone." I said as fresh tears started in my eyes and I threw my arms around his neck.

"Shh…it's going to be okay. Just remember I love you Sora. This was something I had to do sooner or later. If you ever need anything you can always come to me. No matter what. Okay?" he asked.

"Promise?" I asked reaching out my pinky.

He smiled and wrapped his pinky around mine, "Promise."

Wrapping his arms around me again I felt him squeeze me tight before he kissed my cheek. Once he let me go I walked over to Noemi.

"I'm so sorry for my parents." I said.

She shook her head, "It's alright. I expected something like that. It's just ignorance. There's nothing for you apologize for."

"I'm still sorry. I'm going to miss you so much." I said and hugged her.

"I know sweetheart but just know that what Isamu said goes for me too. You're the closest thing to a little sister I have and I'm not about to abandon you. I love you." she said and hugged me.

"I love you too." I said and hugged her back, tears flowing faster.

"Shh…don't cry…if you do I'll start crying too." Noemi said and pulling back wiped the tears off of my cheeks with the pads of the thumbs, tears rimming her eyes.

"Sora? We've got everything." Honey said as he walked out of my room with a couple of bags.

"Alright. I love you both so much." I said turning to my brother and Noemi.

"We love you too." Isamu said and both hugged me, Noemi pressing something into my hand.

Looking down I saw it was a copy of her latest sonogram.

"What is this?" I asked.

"Something to remember your niece by." Noemi replied.

"Oh my god! Congradulations!" I smiled and hugged them both again.

"We'd better go." Mori said putting a hand on my shoulder.

"Right." I nodded and started for the door however before the three of us could get there Isamu called out.

"Honey!"

Honey turned, "Yeah?"

"Take care of my little sister will you? Make sure she doesn't get into too much trouble?" Isamu said.

Honey smiled, "Sure thing!"

With a final wave we climbed onto the elevator.

"Sora? Are you going to be okay?" Honey asked.

"I'll be okay. As the oldest of the Nishimura family it's my job." I nodded as I slipped the sonogram into my pocket.

The doors slid closed and I wiped the last few traces of tears from my cheeks. I was done crying. It was time to suck it up and face what was coming for me.

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