Shadows & Roses

An Intimate Encounter

"You look lovely Ma'am." Aoko said as she zipped the sapphire blue dress I wore up the back.

"Thank you. However I don't know how I'm going to walk on these heels." I sighed as once again I teetered on the brink of falling on my rear.

Aoko smiled, "I'm sure that you'll get the hang of them Mrs. Haninozuka. Try walking more on your toes than your heels. It will help you keep your balance."

I took a few tentative steps using Aoko's advice and found it worked.

"That is so much better. Thank you so much Aoko." I said.

"I was only doing my job Ma'am." she said smiling from ear to ear, her face blushing.

Tonight there was a charity function being held by my family and Honey and I had to make an appearance. I wore a strapless blue gown with an empire waist and four inch silver heels. My hair fell around my shoulders and I had done my own makeup.

Honestly I would have preferred to stay in sweats and have a movie night with Honey like we had originally planned. However I knew that I had to go. It was my responsibility.

That brought about thoughts of Isamu and Noemi and my eyes trailed to the ultrasound that was framed on my dresser. I hadn't talked to them since my father had nearly dragged me out of the house. By now my niece would be around 3. I wondered what she looked like and if she knew about me.

I wanted nothing more than to see her and I had tried to get in touch with them before but I couldn't find their number to save my life. I had a strange feeling that Isamu was finding a way to not talk to me on purpose. He knew that if Father found out that I had talked to him I would be disowned as well. Even now he was looking out for me despite fact that meant not being present in my life.

Sighing I shoved the thoughts back along with the tears. I didn't want to ruin my makeup.

There was a knock on the door and Aoko walked over to reveal Honey.

"Sora-Chan? Are you ready?" Honey grinned as he walked in.

"I am. What do you think?" I asked and gave a spin.

"I think you look beautiful as always." he said.

"Thank you. And you….you have icing on the side of you mouth." I laughed and walked over and used my thumb to wipe the icing off his cheek before licking it off.

"Mmm…Vanilla." I smiled and he laughed.

"Come on it's time to go." he grinned and took my hand leading me out of the room.

He was dressed in a suit with a sapphire blue cravat and vest. He looked very handsome indeed.

We climbed into the car and I saw a DVD player attached to the back of the two seats in the front .

"What is this?" I asked as I slid into the car, Honey picking up the train of my dress and tucking it into the car.

"We were supposed to have a movie night so I thought we'd have one on the way to the party!" he smiled and walked around the other side.

"Are you serious?" I asked as he climbed in next to me.

"Of course! Look! I even got popcorn and movie candy like you like!" he smiled and pushed a box of malted milk balls into my hands from out of nowhere along with a Tupperware bowl of popcorn and…towels?

"What's with the towel?" I asked.

"Here." Honey said and carefully draped it over my dress before draping the other one over his suit.

"Oh! So we don't get stuff on our clothes! You're a genius!" I smiled and popped a malt ball in my mouth.

Honey started the movie. It was The Lion King. We both loved Disney movies and I loved his pick.

We were nearly through the movie when we pulled up to the hall where my family was hosting the event. Reluctantly we turned off the movie and sat aside our snacks before climbing out of the car.

Walking inside my mother swooped down on the two of us before I could blink.

"Misora! Mitsukuni! How wonderful to see you again darlings!" she gushed and hugged us both.

"Hello Mother." I smiled.

"You two look perfect." she said.

"Thank you. This is a wonderful event. You went all out." Honey said switching from Honey to Mitsukuni Haninozuka, future head of the Haninozuka family.

When he switched he was grown up and serious. The first time he had done that it had surprised me but he had simply grinned and gone back to Honey for a few moments to explain that he only did it for appearances. Now that I was used to it I could see the gleam in his eye that was more than obviously Honey.

"Thank you Mitsukuni." Mother smiled before declaring she had to mingle and disappeared into the crowd.

Honey and I began to mingle as well. We came across several people that we recognized from Ouran as well as several associates of our families that we had to make nice with.

The two of us had just made our way towards the refreshment table when I heard a high pitched giggle. Turning I scowled as I saw Kasumi clutching the arm of some poor guy as she dragged him towards Honey and I.

I reached out to grab Honey's hand and drag him away but apparently Kasumi had inherited our mother's ability to swoop.

"Misora!" Kasumi chirped as she suddenly stood in front of us.

"Hello Kasumi." I said with a tight smile.

Thanks to the fact that we were out of the country for nearly 2 years I hadn't seen Kasumi since my wedding. I really hadn't minded either.

"I want you to meet my date Toshiro Mazuami. He's the captain of Ouran Academy's American Football Team." she smiled.

"It's nice to meet you. I'm Misora and this is my husband Mitsukuni Haninozuka." I replied.

"As in Honey Haninozuka?" Toshiro asked with his eyes wide.

"Yep." Honey smiled.

"Wow! Everyone still talks about you and your cousin Mori! You guys were the most badass pair to ever cross the Ouran gates!" he gushed.

I saw Kasumi blanch and her eyes roll in disgust.

"Thank you very much." Honey smiled politely but I could see the fact that he was amused by the fact that Kasumi was annoyed.

"Well Toshiro I think it's time for Mitsukuni and I to make our rounds. Besides your date looks like she's getting bored. Best keep her entertained. If she gets angry she might try to poison your food." I said with a wink and before Kasumi could say anything I dragged Honey away.

I wasn't watching where I was going and bumped into someone.

"Oops! Sorry!" I apologized and looked up to see a pair of dark eyes looking down at me from behind glasses.

"Kyo-" but I was interrupted as a shriek filled my ears.

My head turned to see Renge hurrying over towards Honey and I, dragging a man behind her. A second later she embraced me as well as she could around the belly that was protruding from her dress.

"It's so nice to see you two again!" she smiled.

"Nice to see you too." I replied but turned quickly back towards Kyoya.

However when I turned there was no one there. I looked around, searching for him. A short ways off I saw a man with dark hair and glasses but it wasn't Kyoya. He was too old. A cold feeling rushed through my body as I realized that I had to have bumped into that man and mistaken him for Kyoya in the midst of trying to distance myself from my sister. Sighing I turned back to Renge.

"You two make the cutest couple ever!" she grinned as she looked at us.

"Thank you." I smiled.

"I want you to meet my husband, Jean Beliveau. Jean this is Mitsukuni Haninozuka and his wife Misora. Mitsukuni was in the Host Club I managed at Ouran and Misora frequented it." Renge smiled.

"It's wonderful to meet you both. Renge has told me so much about you." Jean smiled.

"So how are things going for you two? Any little Haninozuka's?" Renge asked.

"Not yet. The time will come though." Honey smiled.

"Well when it does your lives will never be the same! We already have a daughter named Genevieve and little Pierre is due next month. We're so excited to welcome him." Renge gushed and Jean leaned forward to press a soft kiss on her cheek.

"Haruhi's actually expecting twins with Tamaki in a couple months." I said.

"That's great! Please tell her I said congratulations! I'm still reeling from the fact she was a girl the entire time! I was so blind. Anyhow we should probably get going. We haven't been here long but my feet are killing me. We'll have to get together one day soon and catch up yeah?" Renge asked.

"Sure." I nodded and Renge smiled before hugging us both and walking off with Jean who held her hand tightly.

"They seem like a happy couple." Honey smiled.

"They really do." I nodded and looked up to see Honey's eyes distant.

"Are you okay?" I asked.

"What? Oh! Yeah I'm fine! C'mon lets dance!" Honey smiled and before I could blink he had one hand on my waist and the other clasped with mine, twirling me around the floor.

The next few hours we mingled and danced before finally leaving around midnight.

"Renge looked very happy." Honey said as he climbed into the car.

"I agree." I nodded and that's when I noticed the distant look again.

I wanted to ask him what he was thinking about but I knew that he wouldn't tell me. He would have brushed it off like he had earlier. However I knew what was wrong.

I had seen that look a few days previous when Tamaki and Haruhi had been over. Tamaki had kissed her softly and she had blushed and smiled up at him, squeezing his hand. It had been a moment when they thought no one was looking, a moment that would only be shared by a couple. A moment that would never happen in our relationship.

Tears began to prick my eyes. I knew that neither of us were happy with this arraignment but I had never really stopped to think about how Honey may feel. He would never get the chance to know what it was like to be with someone you loved. At least I had been given that chance.

I wasn't a good wife. I didn't act as a wife should. We shared a house but had separate bedrooms. We'd shared a bed but never ourselves.

Since our wedding day Honey had been nothing but kind and gentle to me. Every year on our anniversary he gave me a huge bouquet of pink roses like the ones he'd given me when we had gone on a trip with the Host Club. Then tonight he'd set up the mini movie date on the way to the event and even gotten my favorite candy.

He was sweet to me and I could do nothing but think about Kyoya. I was selfish. I had to stop this and I knew how.

When we got home we went our separate ways as usual. He kissed my cheek softly and we went to our rooms.

Once in my room I slipped out of my dress and stored it away before walking to my dresser. I found the outfit that I'd worn on our wedding night and pulled it on before wrapping myself in my robe. Before I walked out I grabbed the bottle of Champagne that sat next to my bed. I had been drinking a little as I got ready that day and thankfully Aoko had forgotten to take it out. Pulling the cork out I took a long swig before replacing it in the bucket. Now ready, I made my way down the hall.

Taking a deep breath I knocked softly on the door, "Honey?"

There was movement on the other side and a few moments later the door opened to reveal Honey standing there, still in his dress pants and dress shirt, the tails not tucked in and the front open to reveal a muscular chest.

"Sora? What's wrong?" he asked.

"Can I come in?" I asked.

"Sure." he nodded and moved aside.

I walked into his room and looked around. It was a clash of adult and childlike. The furniture and bedding was grown up but in one corner sat a pile of stuffed animals and a shelf full of little toys and knickknacks leaned against the corner. And of course there was the fact Usa-Chan sat on the bed.

"What's going on?" Honey asked as he sat down on the edge of his bed.

I felt a little relieved that I wouldn't have to figure out how to get him over to the bed. Taking a deep breath I walked over and stood in front of him, dropping the robe from around my shoulders.

Honey's eyes went as wide as the first time he had seen me in the outfit.

"What are you doing?" Honey asked.

"What does it look like?" I asked walking closer.

"But….Sora…" he said.

I shook my head and carefully moved onto the bed, my legs on either side of his, straddling his lap. Smiling at him I leaned in and pressed my lips to his in a heated kiss. He was shocked for a moment but a few moments later began to kiss back.

A few moments later we broke away and he looked at me, "Are you sure you want do this?" he asked with a voice that was husky and unlike him.

I nodded and to prove the point I reached behind me and undid the top of the gown. Reaching down I pulled the hem of it over my head, the alcohol in my system making me a little braver.

Honey's breath became ragged and before I could think twice he had turned and flipped me over so I was under him on the bed. I was nervous but I knew that I had to go through with this. It was time.

We were married and this is what married people did. All I had to do was sit back and relax and everything would work out fine.

3rd POV

Honey lay on his bed thinking about Sora. She had long since snuck away, out of his room and back to hers, thinking he was asleep. He wasn't sure why she had come to him that night but he knew she had done it as some sort of sacrifice.

Even though she had kept it off of her face he had read the hesitation in her eyes. When he had kissed her he had tasted the alcohol on her tongue and had known she had drank it for courage.

However that hadn't stopped him from trying to make their night as special as he could. He had worked to carefully find spots that made moans spill from her lips and her back arch. Every movement was as gentle and soft as he could make it and he had attended to every need she'd had.

He wasn't naïve enough to think that he had been her first though. He was certain that she'd given herself to Kyoya long before they'd been married. Their connection had been far too strong for them not to have.

However despite the fact he had come to terms with the fact that Kyoya and Sora had been intimate he couldn't stop wondering if she had compared them that night. When he had touched her had she imagined that it was Kyoya? Did she have to fight the urge to moan the right name as their bodies had come together? Had she wished that when they had locked eyes that she had been looking back into dark ones rather than chocolate brown?

With a sigh Honey sat up and climbed out of bed. He pulled on his favorite pair of pajamas with the pink bunnies on them and grabbed Usa-Chan. He rarely carried the stuffed animal outside of the house but inside it was always at his side.

Making his way downstairs he reached the kitchen before reaching into the fridge, pulling out the strawberry shortcake that was waiting inside.

"What do you think I should do Usa-Chan?" Honey sighed looking into the black button eyes of the pink bunny.

"I love Sora and I know she loves me but I don't think she loves me like that. I don't know if I even love her like that. I was hoping that we would grow to love each other like my parents did but I don't think we'll ever have that. I really did enjoy being with her tonight but I don't think we should do it again. I know we're supposed to be married but I know she didn't want to do it and that she only did it for me."

Honey continued to think about it as he downed the cake in front of him. By the time he had finished that cake as well as the two others that were in the fridge he had come to a conclusion.

He wouldn't force Sora into anything. He knew that she had never loved him like a husband and probably never would. If she came to him like that again he would turn her down. He didn't want her to feel like she had to sleep with him just because they were married. He knew that it would only lead to resentment and anger in the end and he didn't want to be the one to cause that.

Standing up Honey left the plates to be cleaned by the staff in the morning and headed upstairs. On the way to his room he paused at Sora's door. He considered just going to his room but before he could stop himself he had turned the knob.

Sora lay stretched out on the bed, now wearing pajama pants and a t-shirt. Her hair was damp and spread out on her pillow. Walking over Honey pulled the blankets around Sora and tucked them around her. She shifted and curled up more under the blankets, muttering something about banana pudding. Honey smiled and leaned down pressing a soft kiss to her forehead.

"Goodnight Sora." he whispered and with that headed back to his room.

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