Shadows & Roses


"Mama!" Taro yelled as he ran through the door.

"Hi baby!" I grinned as he jumped into my arms.

"Hi Sora!" Honey grinned as he came in carrying their bags.

"How was the exhibition?" I asked.

"It was really good. Chika and Satoshi are amazing." Honey replied.

"Well they're Haninozuka and Morinozuka. Of course they are. Now how about some cake? I got two from the bakery just this morning." I smiled.

"Cake!" Taro yelled.

"Yep cake! Come on and we'll get you some." I laughed and headed for the dining room.

"I like what you've done with your hair." Honey said as I handed him a slice of cake.

"Thank you. I had it done yesterday." I replied.

"What did you do yesterday while we were gone?" Honey asked.

I felt my stomach churn a little. I should've expected him to ask me about it but for some reason I didn't.

"Just did some shopping, got my hair done and then grabbed some lunch before coming home." I replied.

Honey nodded and continued eating his cake, apparently not needing any other explanation. I was grateful for that. I wasn't sure what he would say if he knew I'd been out with Kyoya.

I was cutting myself a slice of cake when my phone rang, pulling it out I saw that it was Haruhi.

"Hey what's up?" I asked.

"I was wondering if you guys wanted to have dinner tonight. Tamaki got on line and bought a bunch of expensive steaks and it's more than we're going to eat." Haruhi replied.

"Sure let me ask Honey." I said and pulled my phone away.

"Dinner with Haruhi and Tamaki?" I asked.

"Sure!" Honey grinned.

"Honey agrees. How about our place this time? The kids can play in the back yard and we can cook them on the barbeque and make s'mores in the fire pit afterwards and you can all crash here. Is everyone else coming or just you and the family?" I asked.

"Just us. Is Mori coming?" Haruhi asked.

"Most likely. Bring extra because if the twins catch wind that we're hanging out they'll be here too." I replied.

"Kyoya's not coming. He has a big banquet tonight with his father's company. Tamaki already tried to pull him in but he refused." Haruhi said.

I mentally let out a sigh of relief. I didn't know how I was going to be able to handle having Kyoya and Honey in the room. I had been able to handle it when I was at Ouran but now with Taro there was more of a chance I'd end up distracted and slip up.

"Alright. So how about 6?" I said.

"Sounds great! See you then." Haruhi replied.

"Taro you want to see Aunt Haruhi and Uncle Tamaki tonight?" I asked looking at him.

"Haru Tama?" he asked his mouth full of cake.

"Mhmm." I smiled and ruffled his hair.

"I'm going to call Takashi and see if he wants to come too." Honey said pulling his phone out.

"Figured you would." I laughed before heading to the kitchen.

I checked to make sure that we had everything we needed for that night before deciding to go and get a couple of guest rooms ready. Since Honey and Taro were gone I had told Aoko to take the weekend off. It wasn't a huge deal though for me to make the beds up. I had made my own at St. Vincent's so it was no problem.

I gathered everything I would need for the beds before heading upstairs. I made up three guest rooms with fresh sheets and blankets before setting up two fold out cots in Taro's room with bunny sheets for the Mattieu and Tamiko.

By the time I got everything done it was nearly 6. I headed to my room to change clothes before getting Taro and changing his. Odds were that I would end up having to wrestle him into his because most of the time once you undressed him he refused to put back on clothes. By the time I would get him dressed again Haruhi, Tamaki and the twins would be here and I wouldn't have time to change.

I pulled off the sweats I'd worn all day and put them in the hamper before heading towards my closet. I picked out a pair of jeans and a soft gray t-shirt. I tossed them on the bed as I walked over to my dresser to grab my brush.

The moment the clothes landed on the bed the smell of Kyoya's cologne rose up and hit my nose. I couldn't help but smile at the familiar scent. I had changed the sheets but the smell of him had stuck to the pillow he'd laid on, as if the fabric had wanted to hold onto him as much as I had.

Kyoya had left early that morning, waking me up to give me a soft kiss. He had an early appointment with one of his father's associates and the banquet that night so there had been a lot to do. The last thing I had wanted to do was let him go but I knew he had to. He promised that we would see each other again soon.

Shaking myself out of the thoughts about Kyoya and quickly fixed my hair before getting dressed. Once I was dressed I headed downstairs and collected Taro from where he was playing in the living room and carried him upstairs. I changed him into a pair of shorts and sandals with a t-shirt that had a dog that looked a lot like Inu on the front.

I had just gotten him into his clothes when the doorbell rang. He took off like lightning out of his room, scrambling down the steps as fast as he could so he could open the door.

"Hi Taro." Haruhi smiled as he smiled up at her from the other side of the door.

Reaching down she picked him up before walking in with Tamaki following behind with Tamiko and Mattieu.

"Hey!" I smiled as I came down the rest of the steps.

"Hey! We brought the steaks." Haruhi said holding up the shopping bag.

I took the bag from her and peered inside to see several well sized steaks, "Yum…lets get these seasoned and on the grill."

A couple hours later the food was eaten and Haruhi and I were picking up the dishes while Honey, Tamaki and Mori (who had shown up shortly after Haruhi and Tamaki) took the kids outside to chase the fireflies that had appeared in our backyard.

"I like what you've done with your hair. I'm really sorry that I couldn't come with you yesterday." Haruhi said as we put the dishes in the sink.

"It's okay. I understand the twins weren't feeling well. I'm glad that they're feeing better though." I said.

"Agreed. They bounce back so fast from everything. So what did you do yesterday?" Haruhi asked.

"Well I got my hair done, did some shopping and then caught lunch at that really good sushi place down town with Kyoya." I replied.

Haruhi looked at me, "Kyoya?"

Suddenly I realized what I had said and I quickly began to back track.

"What? No! I said Kaoru." I replied.

"Kaoru was out of town yesterday with his Mom looking at silks for a new line they're working on. He sent me a photo of them." she said.

"Damn it." I sighed as I sunk to the floor. I couldn't deny anything now.

"Sora…what happened yesterday with you and Kyoya?" Haruhi asked.

I looked up at Haruhi, her brown eyes gazing down at me with question.

"We accidentally went to the same sushi place, it was crowded so we shared a table, he ordered sake, I got a little tipsy and we ended up here. I don't think I need to explain the rest." I replied.

Haruhi sighed and sat down on the floor in front of me, "And you haven't told Honey have you?"

I shook my head, "No. But it's not like he's not keeping secrets from me Haruhi. You know what I mean." I said.

Haruhi was the only person other than Kyoya that I had told about Honey's affair. She had urged me to say something to him and had been since I'd told her.

"He's only keeping secrets from you so you don't get hurt. He told Tamaki a while ago that he was sleeping with someone else and he didn't want you to be hurt so he kept it quiet. I think you should tell him." she replied.

I sighed, "What if he gets mad though? I mean this isn't first time I've cheated on him. If anything he could bring up the fact that him having a girlfriend isn't as bad because I've already done it." I said.

Haruhi looked at me, "Sora you can't keep this quiet. The last time you did things turned out really bad. You need to tell him."

I ran my hands through my hair and leaned against the cabinets as my mind settled on a decision.

"Fine. I'll tell Honey." I replied.

"Good girl. How about Tamaki and I take Taro home with us tonight? It will give you some time alone. I'm sure if we leave Mori will too." Haruhi said.

"That would be great. Thanks." I said with a weak smile.

"What are friends for? Anyhow I'll go tell Tamaki that I want to go home and we'll get out of your way." she said.

"Alright. I'll go get Taro's bag." I replied.

Heading upstairs I packed a small bag with clothes for bed and for the next day along with some diapers before heading downstairs. Everyone was gathered in front of the door saying goodbye.

"Here's his bag." I smiled as I handed it to Tamaki.

Tamaki nodded and hugged me, "Good luck with everything." he whispered in my ear.

"Thanks." I said giving him a smile as we pulled apart.

Haruhi hugged me as well before handing me Taro.

"I love you baby, see you tomorrow." I smiled as I hugged and kissed him.

Once I'd said my goodbyes to my son and my friends they headed out. I watched the car drive off before heading back into the house. Shutting the door behind me I turned to find Honey standing behind me.

"Sora what's going on? Why did you send Taro to stay with Haruhi and Tamaki?" he asked.

I sighed, "Honey there are a few things we need to talk about."

Something flashed in Honey's eyes before he his face tightened with something akin to a mix of sadness and shame.

"Okay." he said in a small voice and we walked into the living room.

He took a seat in the armchair and I sat next to him on the couch before taking a deep breath.

"I know about Reiko." I said looking at him.

Honey nodded, "I thought that's what you wanted to talk to me about. I'm so sorry Sora. I never meant to hurt you." he said.

I started to open my mouth to say something but he cut me off.

"I love you Sora but like I do Chika or Takashi. I'm so happy that you gave me Taro but I can't ever look at you the way a husband is supposed to look at his wife. I'm sorry." he said and I saw the tears welling up in his eyes.

"H-Honey…you don't have to be sorry. It's okay. I've known for a long time and I'm okay with you being with Reiko. If she makes you happy then that makes me happy too." I replied.

Honey looked up at me, "You're not mad?" he asked.

I shook my head, "No. I understand. But I have something to tell you. Yesterday while you were out with Mori and Taro I went out which I told you. What I didn't tell you though was that while I was out I ran into Kyoya. We had lunch, both of us got a little drunk and we came back here and we had sex."

Honey was silent for a few minutes before he finally spoke.

"Do you still love him?"

I looked up at Honey who was looking right at me. My stomach churned a little but I took a deep breath and answered.

"Maybe even more than I used to."

Honey nodded, "I'm glad."

I was shocked. The last thing I had ever expected from Honey was his acceptance.

"You're glad?" I asked.

He nodded, "I know how much you love Kyo-Chan. I've known since I heard the fight you two had a couple of years ago at the Villa."

I felt like I'd been slapped. He'd known for years now and hadn't ever said anything to me. I wanted to say something but I was too gob smacked to form words. By the time I was able to several moments had passed.

"W-Why didn't you ever say anything to me? Why did you get so angry at the engagement party when Kyoya told everyone about us?" I asked.

A small smile crossed Honey's face, "I was angry because I hadn't know that you were back together. When I found out the first time I was hurt but I didn't know how long you'd been together. I thought that since you two had broken up that it was pointless. When you got together again without me knowing I was upset that you still hadn't ever told me. You used to tell me everything." Honey replied.

"I'm sorry. I didn't mean to leave you out." I said.

"I don't blame you Sora. It's okay." he said.

"So…what now?" I asked.

"What do you mean?" he asked.

"Well obviously we have to do something Honey. I mean you're with Reiko and I'm with Kyoya. How is this going to work for us? Can we still be with them and be married?" I asked.

"For right now I think we should to keep things normal for Taro." Honey said.

I nodded, "We can work all of this out as we go along and figure out what we're going to do in time. We'll do what we do now but with a few less secrets between the two of us."

"Less secrets. I like that idea." Honey smiled.

"Me too." I nodded.

"We should celebrate our happiness! Let's have cake!" Honey smiled and jumped out of the chair.

I laughed, "Okay…cake it is."

I sat down while Honey brought out a huge chocolate cake that I hadn't even known we'd had and bottle of wine. He poured two glasses of the wine and cut a huge slice of cake which he pushed towards me, keeping the remainder of the cake for himself.

I smiled, "Who says you get all of that cake to yourself?"

"You want more?" he asked.

"No I was just wondering who said you could have so much cake." I laughed.

He smiled and dug in as I dug into mine. For the first time in a long time everything around me felt light and happy. Honey and I were friends and I was free to be with Kyoya. It was how things should've been from the start. I could only hope that everything could stay like this.

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