Shadows & Roses


I sat in Kyoya's car with Taro in the backseat in his car seat. He was happy enough sitting there, babbling along with the boppy pop song on the radio. However I wasn't as happy I wanted to know what we were doing, a fact that Kyoya had yet to divulge.

"So where are we going?" I asked Kyoya drove past yet another exit.

"It's a surprise." he said with a coy smile playing on his lips. I hated that smile.

"I don't know why you just can't tell me. I mean you come to my house, wake me and my son up at 9 in the morning, drag me to the car only to make me sit here for the next two hours. C'mon Kyo tell me what's up. Please?" I said and gave him my best pout.

"That's not going to work Sora. You know that very well." he said.

I glared at him, "You're a real ass when you want to be."

"So I've been told." he replied.

With a shake of my head I pulled out my phone, "Honey should be up by now. I should let him know that I've got Taro."

"No need. He knows that I was coming to pick up you and Taro this morning." Kyoya replied.

"What? He's in on this to? Who else knows? Haruhi and Tamaki? The twins? Mori? The Prime Minister of Malaysia?" I asked.

"Prime Minister of Malaysia?" Kyoya asked raising an eyebrow.

"Oh you know what I mean!" I said.

Kyoya only smiled again and reached over to squeeze my hand, "Patience Sora."

Frowning at him I sat back and relaxed into the seat. It had been 2 weeks since I had come clean to Honey about Kyoya and I. Things were going rather well. Reiko and Kyoya were a nearly constant presence around the house and Taro got along well with both of them.

The only rule was that they didn't spend the night which was something both Honey and I had strictly abided by. Taro still liked to slip into our rooms at night and neither of us wanted him to witness things that might scar him for life.

Our friends had been a little surprised when we'd told them about all of this. We hadn't wasted much time in telling all of them just what was going on. They would've found out eventually anyway so we'd told them. However after we'd told them they'd been more than understanding and things were going well.

I saw Kyoya click on his blinker and change lanes before taking an exit.

"So are we almost to wherever you're dragging me?" I asked.

"Yes. We're almost there. In fact…we're here." Kyoya said and turned into a parking garage.

"You drove all this way to come to a parking garage?" I asked as he parked.

"Of course not. It's the building that's attached to the parking garage that is our destination." Kyoya replied and got out of the car.

I wanted to ask what kind of building it was but Kyoya had taken Taro from his seat and was on the way towards the elevator at the end of the level of the parking garage. Grabbing Taro's diaper bag and hurried after my boyfriend and son.

The three of us got into the elevator and Kyoya pressed '7' on the buttons panel and we began to rise. When it came to a stop the doors slid open to reveal a hallway with numbered doors. Apartments.

"What are we doing? Who lives here?" I asked.

"Just wait and see." Kyoya smiled and led me down the hall before stopping at apartment '727'.

Wordlessly Kyoya reached out and knocked on the door. There was movement on the other side and a moment later the door opened. Standing on the other side was a little girl about 5 with dark hair and green eyes. She looked vaguely familiar.

"Who are you?" She asked.

"Kaori! Sweetheart! Don't open the door!"

My heart stopped at the voice and a second later my eyes locked on a man with brown hair and green eyes like mine. My brother. Isamu.

His mouth turned up in a smile, "Sora."

I wanted to say something but I couldn't find the words. Instead I launched myself at him, squeezing him as tight as I could, sobbing like a baby.

Isamu wrapped his arms around me tight and I could feel tears drip onto my neck, "Shh…it's alright." he whispered.

I was crying so hard that I could hardly speak but finally I was able to gather myself enough to pull away and speak.

"I missed you so much brother." I said looking at him, trying to drink in every new line and hair that had formed in the years since we'd been separated.

"I missed you too. God I can't believe how much you've changed. You look so grown up." he smiled wiping the tears from my cheeks.

"Oh! You need to meet someone!" I said and turned to Kyoya who smiled and wordlessly handed me Taro.

"Isamu…this is Taro…my son and your nephew." I smiled.

"There's someone I want you to meet too. I don't think you two were ever properly introduced." Isamu smiled and picked up the little girl who had answered the door and afterwards had stood watching the scene.

"This is your niece Kaori. Kaori can you say hello to your Aunt Sora?" Isamu smiled.

"Hello Aunt Sora." Kaori replied with a huge smile.

"Aren't you just adorable?" I grinned.

"Hey! Isn't there someone else that you need to introduce?"

I looked over Isamu's shoulder to see Noemi walking towards us with a little boy about the same age as Taro.

"Noemi!" I grinned and broke out into fresh tears, running over to hug her.

"It's great to see you again Sora!" she said as she hugged me, tears starting down her cheeks as well.

"Oh! I want you to meet your nephew! This is Riku." she said and he gave me a big grin.

"He's so handsome! How old is he?" I asked.

"He just turned 19 months." she smiled.

"Really? That's how old Taro is." I grinned.

"Well then it looks like we've found new playmates haven't we?" Noemi laughed.

"I'm sure they'll get a long very well. And before I forget, Isamu and Noemi I'd like you to meet Kyoya. Kyoya this is my brother and his wife." I said introducing Kyoya.

Isamu looked at me confused for a moment before turning back to Kyoya, "So you're the one that I've been talking to. It's nice to finally meet you. Why don't you come on in and we can all sit down and talk?"

"Sounds perfect." I grinned and walked over grabbing Kyoya's hand and pulling him into the apartment.

"Thank you." I said looking at Kyoya.

"Your smile says everything. Now I think you and your brother have some catching up to do." he said.

"Right." I nodded and headed to the living room.

I sat Taro down with Riku to play while I took a seat beside Isamu who wrapped and arm around me, pulling me to him so that my head rested on his shoulder.

"So what's been going on with you little sister?" he asked.

"You go first. Mine is a little complicated." I smiled.

He gave me a concerned look but nodded and launched into what had happened after our parents had disowned him.

Of course they had him and Noemi evicted from the apartment that they were paying for so the two of them had moved in with Noemi's parents while Isamu finished school. His tuition was already paid and non refundable so he was able to get his History degree.

Kaori had been born a week after his graduation and a month later he had a teaching job. Noemi was a nurse at a nearby clinic while Kaori went to Nursery School and a neighbor watched Riku. They rented the apartment and were doing a pretty good job making ends meet.

"I'm glad that you guys are happy." I said looking at my brother and sister-in-law.

"What about you? How are you doing?" Noemi asked.

"I'm doing good. Honey and I got married and a couple years later we had Taro." I replied.

"And you two are still married?" Isamu asked looking at the ring on my hand before looking at Kyoya.

"Yeah technically we're still married and before you ask yes Kyoya and I are together." I said looking at my brother.

His face suddenly grew serious, "Sora…do you know what you're doing? You know what happened the last time that you two tried this. You ended up nearly getting disowned like I did." he replied.

I sighed, "Isamu I know what I'm doing. Honey knows all about this. In fact he has someone of his own. Her name is Reiko and she's a lovely person. A little on the odd side because she's into curses and charms and things like that but she's nice. We weren't happy together so we're doing what's best for ourselves. The most important thing is Taro is happy. It may not be the ideal situation but for now it's working." I said.

"You're sure you're happy?" Isamu asked.

"Happier than I have been in a long time." I replied.

Isamu nodded, "I'm not going to pretend that I'm ecstatic about the situation but if you're happy then I guess I'll have to approve."

"As if I'd stop if you didn't!" I laughed.

"Hey I'm still your big brother. I still have a say." he replied.

"Keep thinking that brother." I smirked.

He shook his head, "I haven't seen you in nearly 5 years and I can already feel the gray hairs coming in."

Noemi laughed, "Well you'd better get used to it sweetheart. You have 3 women in your life now."

"Well said." I grinned.

"Thank you. Now I think I should go and get lunch ready." Noemi said as she stood up.

"I'll help." I said joining her.

"Oh I can't let that happen! You're a guest!" Noemi replied.

"No way I totally want to help. I insist." I said.

"Alright. Come on." Noemi smiled and we headed for the kitchen.

"Me too Mommy!" Kaori yelled and hurried after us.

"So how did you and Kyoya get back together?" Noemi asked me as I cut up some vegetables to put with the rice she was working on.

I looked at Kaori and saw she was busy cutting up carrots with a blunt knife before answering.

"It involved Sake." I replied.

Noemi smiled, "Ah. That's how we got Riku."

"What do you think Isamu and Kyoya are talking about right now?" I asked.

"If I know you're brother than he's probably questioning him three ways to Sunday to make sure he's good enough for you." Noemi said.

"Well as long as he doesn't challenge him to a duel or a fight or something we're good. I don't think Kyoya really knows how to fight. At least not as well as Isamu. I'm afraid he break my boyfriend." I laughed.

"Yes…the Nishimura family fighting style. Since Riku is young he's doing what he can with him but Kaori is picking it up pretty fast. Isamu tells her about when you were training all the time." she smiled.

"I'm sure they both will be throwing around knives in no time. That's when you're really going to have to watch them. See this?" I asked pulling aside the neck of my shirt to show a four inch long scar on my shoulder.

"Oh my god…Isamu did that?" she asked.

I nodded, "I was seven and he was eleven. We were on break from school and were working along in the dojo so there was access to all sorts of things. He started teasing me to the point I lost my temper so I grabbed Kunai knife and threw it at him. He dodged it but grabbed one himself and threw it at me. I managed to duck but it sliced my shoulder. I have never been so scared of our Father as at that moment."

"What did he do?" Noemi asked.

"He yelled at both of us for an hour then made us train for an extra two hours. This is nothing though. I'm way better at weapons than Isamu is. I'm sure you've seen the scars I've given him." I replied.

"Yes but I never knew that you were the one to give them to him." Noemi said.

"Yep but the good thing about your situation is that you have him all the time. Our Father didn't get to train us like that because we were always away at school. I'm sure that Kaori and Riku will be more well behaved. Trust me." I smiled.

"I hope so. I don't know if I can handle ducking knives." she laughed.

We finished the food and carried it out to the living room to eat. When we were done Noemi and I put the boys down for a nap. When I walked back out from Riku's room I found Kyoya coloring with Kaori. The moment Kaori saw me though she dropped her crayon and hurried over to me.

"Aunt Sora?" she asked.

"Yes sweetheart?" I asked.

"Daddy says you know how to do martial arts like him." she said.

"I do." I nodded.

"Can you show me? Daddy says that a lot of girls know the stuff he teaches but my friends say that it's for boys." Kaori asked.

I smiled, "Sure thing sweetheart."

"Yay! Let's go to the dojo!" she grinned and dragged me down the hall.

Opening the door she revealed a room with Tatami mats and a large window over looking the city. It was small but was obviously a dojo.

"Kaori you know you need to change before you go in the dojo." Isamu said from behind us.

"Oh no! Sorry Daddy!" Kaori said and hurried towards her room.

"I don't have anything to change into." I said.

"I'm sure that Noemi has something you can wear, she had to run out to the clinic really quick but you're welcome to wear what you want. She won't mind. So you're going to show Kaori some stuff?" he asked.

I nodded, "Yeah. She said some girls in her school were telling her that martial arts were for boys only." I said.

He nodded, "Yeah she came home crying about that the other day. I told her not to worry about it that there are a lot of other girls that do it even if her friends don't. I guess she just needs some examples."

"Well I'm more than happy to give her some. I'm going to need some help from you." I smiled.

"Help? From me? Why do I have a feeling that this is going to hurt?" he asked.

"Because you know me." I grinned.

A half hour later found me crouching beside my brother with Kaori beside me.

"Aunt Sora kicked your butt Daddy!" Kaori giggled.

"Yeah I know sweetheart." Isamu groaned.

"Getting a little old, huh big brother?" I smirked.

"Hey respect your elders." he replied.

"Yeah not helping the 'getting old' theory Isamu. Now come on. Get your butt up." I smiled and stood, helping Isamu up.

"I'm going to go call Yuki and tell her that girls are just as good as boys!" Kaori said and ran out of the dojo.

"Looks like that plan worked. Did you have to kick me so hard the last time though?" Isamu asked as stood up nursing his side.

"Aww…I didn't kick you that hard. You're just soft. You should work a little harder big brother." I smirked.

"Yeah yeah whatever kid." he said rolling his eyes.

"Where did Kyoya go?" Isamu asked as he looked around.

"Oh he got a business call about halfway through our match and had to take it. He'll be back soon." I replied grabbing a towel.

"Does he do that a lot?" Isamu asked.

"Depends on the day. Sometimes he doesn't touch his phone for anything more than calling one of our friends and other days he has meetings and I don't get to see him. But that's how things are. He more than makes up for it when we're together again." I replied.

Isamu nodded walked out onto the balcony of the apartment with me following.

"So you're really happy with him huh?" he said as he lifted his water bottle to his lips.

I nodded, "I am Isamu. I really and truly am. He's good to me and to Taro and he and Honey have been friends for ages so he approves of him being around. I look forward to the day that we can really be together."

"What's keeping you from that?" he asked.

"Being married. Honey and I have talked and if we break the marriage up then all of the contracts become null and void. The last thing I want to do is deal with Mother and Father and all that. Hey hand me the water." I said reaching out.

Isamu handed me the water bottle which I gladly drank for before handing it back to him. He stared at it for a few moments before looking at me.

"If you're happy then I think there is something you'll want to know." he replied.

"What do you mean?" I asked.

"What if I told you there was a way to divorce and not have everything fall apart?" he asked.

"How would we do that?" I asked.

"Well…when Mother and Father first told me that you two were getting married I took a look at the papers that involved it. I know our parents and knew they were more concerned about the money and status than your happiness so I looked into things. There is a clause in the prenuptial agreement that says if either of you is unfaithful during the course of your marriage then the marriage can be dissolved without cancelling out the contracts and such." Isamu said.

My heart rose in my throat, "Are you serious?"

"Yep but that is going to require you to admit to Mother and Father that you cheated on Honey with Kyoya. Again." Isamu said.

"But I didn't! Well…not first. Isamu, Honey was with Reiko for ages before I even got back together with Kyoya." I replied.

"Are you sure you want to get divorced from Honey though? I mean are you sure that you guys want to do this?" he asked.

I nodded, "We're not compatible. We're good as friends but not as lovers or a couple."

Isamu smiled and put his arm around me, "As long as your happy. That's all that matters Sora. That's all I want for you."

"Thanks." I smiled.

A few hours later found us having to leave. The last thing I wanted to do was leave my brother.

"It's okay Sora. We'll keep in touch. I promise." Isamu said hugging me.

"I know. I'll still miss you though. I love you big brother." I said hugging him as tight as I could.

"I love you too little sister. Good luck with everything." he said and kissed my forehead.

"I will call you and we will get a play date set up." Noemi said as I hugged her.

"Sounds great. Love you." I smiled.

"Love you too." she said.

I gave Kaori a kiss and a hug before promising to teach her more the next time we saw each other and pressed a kiss to Riku's forehead before heading out the door.

"Are you okay?" Kyoya asked as we climbed into the car, Taro worn out in the backseat.

I nodded, "I'm fine. It's just hard after not seeing him for so long. Thank you so much for that. You don't know how much that means to me Kyoya."

Smiling I leaned over and gave him a lingering kiss.

"You're very welcome." he smiled as I pulled away.

Kyoya pulled out of the spot and made his way out of the garage.

"So…Isamu told me something interesting." I said.

"Really now?" Kyoya asked.

I nodded, "He told me that before Honey and I got married that he looked over the prenuptial agreement that we signed. There's a loophole in it that says that if either one of us has been unfaithful that the marriage can be dissolved."

Kyoya's eyes widened, "Are you serious?"

"I am." I smiled.

"That's great Sora which means I think it might be time to finally give Hamako what she wants." he said squeezing my hand.

"What are you talking about?" I asked.

"For sometime now Hamako has been asking me for a divorce. However I have always resisted due to the fact that it was an arranged marriage and it was done in the best interest of my father's company. But now I think I'll give her that divorce if it means that you're finally mine." he said.

"But what about the company? Won't her family's corporation pull out all their funds and things from your company?" I asked.

"It will take some fast talking but I'm sure that I can get them to agree to keep everything as it is. After all they've made billions more since we started making deals. Besides with the fact that it's amicable will work in our favor." he said.

"You're kind of scary you know that?" I smiled.

"As I've been told many times." he replied.

"So we're really getting a chance to be together. Finally." I sighed squeezing his hand.

"And if you'll accept it I'd like it to be forever." he said.

I looked at Kyoya whose eyes were still on the road ahead of us.

"Kyoya Otori…did you just propose to me?" I asked.

"If you'd like to take that as I proposition for marriage then yes, I did just ask you to marry me." he said.

"Oh wow." I said the car suddenly feeling very warm.

My head began to spin. I wasn't officially divorced from Honey. Could I really say yes to Kyoya? Could this work?

I tried to find a con to the situation but for the life of me I couldn't. I loved him, he loved me and he was great with Taro. Honey approved of him and we had known each other for a long time now. I couldn't picture anyone but Kyoya by my side for the rest of my life.

"So?" he asked.

"Forever?" I asked.

He nodded, "Forever."

I grinned and kissed his cheek.


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