Shadows & Roses

Critical

"Sora….Tamaki….sit down." Haruhi said as the two of us paced a path in the floor of the hospital's waiting room. While he went one way I went the other. Neither of us replied to her.

I couldn't stop walking. My head was spinning and if I sat down I knew that I would start thinking again. If I started thinking again that would lead to me crying and my eyes and face were already sore from the ride here.

Kyoya was in surgery. Thankfully Mori had thought to have Haruhi call an ambulance while she hid with the kids in the back room and it had arrived not seconds after he'd stopped breathing. However his condition was very critical.

I had begged to go with him in the ambulance but they'd been more concerned with my health. They'd forced me into a separate ambulance from him and had taken me straight to the ER with Honey next to me. After two hours of poking and prodding they had diagnosed me with a type 3 separated shoulder, several bruises and dehydration.

Once they had put my arm in a sling Honey and I had joined the others where Tamaki was already pacing. I had simply taken up the task as well.

As I walked I muttered prayers to whomever was listening to them that Kyoya would be okay. Everyone else was silent, too scared to speak.

The two of us continued our paths until the door suddenly opened, drawing our attention. Kyoya's brothers were the ones working on him right now so I expected to see one of them but instead I saw Fuyumi standing there. Her clothes were askew and she looked like she'd been crying.

"Where's Kyo? What's going on?" she asked.

Haruhi was the one of us with the most level head so she stood up and walked over.

"Kyoya's in surgery. He was stabbed." Haruhi said.

"S-Stabbed? By who?!" Fuyumi asked her chin quivering as she attempted to hold back tears.

"My sister…Kasumi." I said looking at her.

Fuyumi looked at me, "Sora? Oh my god! They found you!?" she asked and hurried over hugging me tight. If it wasn't for the pain meds the doctors had pumped me full of I probably would've screamed but instead I hugged her back.

"I'm so sorry." I said as fresh tears started.

"Sorry? For what?" she asked.

"For this. It's my fault. If I hadn't ever started anything with Kyoya then Kasumi wouldn't have started fighting me and he wouldn't have gotten hurt. That knife was meant for me but I moved and it hit him. And now I don't know if he's going to live or die and I'm scared and I'm blubbering to you when you're probably more scared for him than I am." I sobbed.

"What?! No! This isn't your fault! We have to believe that everything is going to be okay. Okay?" she asked looking at me with tears in her eyes.

I nodded and hugged her again as best as I could with one arm.

"So…sit down and talk to me. Talk to me about Kyo. He told me that you were back together but he always refuses to elaborate." she said.

I knew she was trying to keep her mind off of what was going on and it would help her to think of Kyoya in another way than laying on a surgical table somewhere.

"Did he tell you we're engaged?" I asked looking at her.

Her eyes grew wide, "No! How long?!" she asked.

"A couple of months." I smiled.

"I thought you were married to Honey though!" she said.

"We're in the process of a divorce. He's okay with it though. We just want each other to be happy." I said.

"I'm glad that you two are ending it on such good terms. And welcome to the family Sora. I couldn't imagine anyone else better for Kyoya than you. You're the only one outside of the Host Club that has been able to draw Kyoya's sweet side out. My little brother is a much better man with you." she smiled tucking a strand of hair behind my ear.

"Thank you Fuyumi." I replied.

"After…all of this…we'll need to get together and have dinner as soon as you're both up to it." she said.

"It's a date." I nodded but in the back of my mind I couldn't help but feel the tug of doubt about if that would ever happen.

However it was only a second because at that moment the door opened and Akito walked in.

"Akito! How's Kyoya?!" Fuyumi said jumping up with me on her heels.

"Calm down big sister. He's fine. We managed to stabilize him for the time being. The blade nicked an artery and his lung but we were able to repair the damage. He's in intensive care at the moment under sedation." Akito said.

"Can we see him?" Tamaki asked.

"Yes but only two at a time and no rough stuff." Akito said looking at Tamaki sternly.

I had a feeling that he knew Tamaki's penchant for rough hugs.

"I'll keep him in line Dr. Otori. Don't worry." Haruhi said.

"Good. Who's the first?" he asked.

"Fuyumi and Sora." Tamaki said and a moment later Akito nodded and lead us back to Kyoya's room.

Monitors beeped from all corners and there were countless wire's hooked to Kyoya's body. His skin was paler than it had been when I'd last seen him and his face looked much younger without his glasses on.

Fuyumi and I were both crying and grasping hands as we looked at him.

"C-Can I touch him?" I asked looking at Akito.

"If you want to hold his hand that would be fine as long as you don't disturb any of the monitors." Akito replied.

I nodded and walked over and pulled a chair closer to the bed before wrapping my hand around Kyoya's. It was cold but still felt familiar which was comforting. I pressed a kiss to the back of his hand and gave it a squeeze.

"Hi Kyo." I smiled up at him.

"You think he can hear us?" Fuyumi asked.

I shrugged, "I don't know. It's worth a shot isn't it?"

She nodded and smiled at him, "Hey little brother. I want you to know how much I love you. I also want you to know that I'm mad at you. When you wake up you're going to have to answer to me because I was just told that you and Sora are engaged."

The heart rate monitor sped up a little and I laughed, "It looks like he heard you."

"Well he better." Fuyumi smirked.

I smiled at her and turned to Kyoya and sighed.

"Kyoya I know you can hear me so I want to tell you I love you and you'd better make it through this. If not I swear on everything that I will call Nekozawa and make him raise you from the dead so I can kill you myself. I promise you that. So if that bright white light pops up remember that and turn around because the only thing waiting for you there is a world of pain." I said.

A moment later a nurse came in and told us that it was time for another group to come in so Fuyumi and I left. She went down to the cafeteria to get a snack while I headed outside for some fresh air. When I got out there I saw Isamu leaning against the wall with his head bowed.

"Brother." I said standing next to him.

Isamu smiled and put his arm around me sighing, "Sora…we have one fucked up little sister you know that?"

Isamu was the one taking care of things with Kasumi. The knife I'd hit her with had sunk in deep but had missed all of her vital organs and such so all it really took was some stitches to close it up. However her mental state was in question, a thing she'd made more than clear when the cops had shown up.

I watched as they loaded Kyoya quickly onto a stretcher and shoved the gurney into the back of the ambulance. With a roar of sirens they hurried off leaving me in tears. The paramedic beside me was attempting to examine me but I was shooing them off consistently, more worried about Kyoya than I was myself.

A car pulled up and a moment later Isamu and Noemi got out. Both rushed to me and grabbed me in a hug.

"I can't believe they finally found you." Isamu whispered kissing the top of my head but I couldn't find any joy in their familiar embrace as thoughts of Kyoya filled my head.

"Kyoya's been stabbed." I sobbed looking up at my brother.

Isamu's eyes grew wide, "What?! Who did it?" he asked.

"Kasumi! She was behind all of this! She is the one that had me kidnapped and she can fight! She threw a knife at me and I dodged and it hit Kyoya! Then I threw a knife at her and it hit her!' I said.

"You stabbed Kasumi?!" he asked.

"Only because she threw a knife at me!" I replied.

"Where did it hit?" he asked.

"Her shoulder. She wasn't bleeding very bad so the paramedics are looking over her inside." I said and at that moment the doors opened and the cops came out with Kasumi handcuffed.

She had a scowl on her face as she saw Isamu and I. However Honey was standing next to me and that was when it changed. The look on Honey's face was dangerous and when he saw Kasumi it worsened. The look on his face was like he was looking at something gross and disgusting. Much to her displeasure.

"Honey! Please…please don't look at me like that!" she said looking suddenly devastated.

Honey turned away and Kasumi collapsed.

"HONEY! PLEASE FORGIVE ME! PLEASE! OH GOD! LOOK AT ME HONEY! I'M BLEEDING AND IT'S ALL FOR YOU! EVERY OUNCE OF MY BLOOD IS YOURS! PLEASE FORGIVE ME!" she screeched.

I felt my stomach turn and looked up to see Isamu shaking his head. It was official. Our sister had lost it.

"She kidnapped me, tried to kidnap my friends and threw a knife that landed my fiancé in intensive care. I think I know." I sighed.

"Speaking of Kyoya how is he?" Isamu asked.

"He's stable and hooked up to all sorts of machines. They have him sedated for the time being." I sighed sinking down to the ground next to the door.

"How are you?" he asked looking at the sling that my arm was in.

"Separated shoulder and some bruises. Other than that I'm fine. Apparently I'm tougher than I thought." I said.

"I'm glad. But yeah….they're going to put Kasumi on a mandatory 72 hour hold in the incarceration section of the mental health ward here. They'll see what they can do to fix her if there's anything they can do which I doubt." Isamu sighed.

"And Mother and Father?" I asked.

"Still in Monaco. They said they'll be back when they can which could be another 2 weeks." Isamu replied disgusted.

"Man we have to have the best family on earth. I cheated on my betrothed husband with one of his best friends, you're disowned, our sister is a homicidal nut job and our parents really couldn't care less about us. Just fucking perfect. And what's worse is we've passed those same genes onto our children. They don't stand a popsicle's chance in hell." I replied.

"Nah…we're the two most normal ones out of everyone. Maybe our kids will stand a chance." he smirked.

I shook my head and sighed, "I'm going to head back in. I'm probably staying here for the night. Will you please tell Noemi that I'll call later to talk to Taro and thank her for watching him and the twins?" I asked.

"Sure thing Sis. Love you." he said.

"Love you too." I replied and kissed his cheek before heading inside.

That night I camped out on a chair in Kyoya's room with my hand clasped onto his. Every few hours the nurses would come in and check on both of us before leaving again. At first I was okay but after a while I was annoyed.

After the seventh or eighth time I was done with being woken up. So when I felt someone tapping on my arm I shook them off.

"Leave me alone! I'm sleeping." I grumbled.

"Is that the way you talk to a man that just had a knife in his chest?"

My eyes shot open as I saw Kyoya looking back at me with his dark eyes.

"Kyo!" I yelled and jumped out of the chair and threw my arms around him.

"OW!" Kyoya screamed and I jumped back.

"Shit! I'm sorry!" I said.

He smiled a weak smile, "It's okay. How are you?" he asked.

"How am I? I'm fine! How are you feeling?!" I asked.

"Sore…tired. Can you hand me my glasses? I can't see." Kyoya replied.

"That's to be expected. You nearly died baby." I said sitting down on the side of the bed, putting his glasses on his face.

"So I deduced from the machines." Kyoya said with a small smile.

"Your brother said that the knife nicked an artery and your lung. We were all really scared." I said and felt tears press against my eyes.

Kyoya reached out and grabbed my hand, pulling me down to lay beside him. I was careful to avoid the area of his chest where the knife had been and the wires that still stuck out of him as I curled into his side.

"Were you scared?" he asked as he played with the end of my ponytail.

"More than you know." I muttered into his neck.

"I imagine it would be something similar to what I felt when you were gone. I didn't know where you were or what they were doing to you." he said.

"Oh so you were scared because for once you didn't know everything that was going on?" I smirked at him.

He gave me a stern look behind his glasses and I grinned back at him before pecking his lips.

"Mrs. Haninozuka I don't know if I can advise laying in bed with a patient."

I looked up to see Akito standing in the doorway with Yuuichi.

"Sorry." I said smiling sheepishly before sitting up and moving back to my chair.

They both walked in and asked Kyoya a series of questions before making notes on his vital signs.

"How soon before I can go home?" Kyoya asked looking at his brother.

"At least a week." Akito replied.

"Isn't there any way at all that I could leave earlier? I'd really rather not have to sit around a hospital for the next seven days." Kyoya said.

Akito and Yuuichi looked at each other for a moment before turning towards Kyoya, "We thought you would demand to go home. So we prepared a solution but you must agree to it. If not there is no way you can go home." Yuuichi said.

"Name it." Kyoya replied.

"First you have to have someone watching you at all hours of the day." Akito said.

"I can make sure of that." I said.

Yuuichi nodded, "As we thought. However we'll also have to come by daily and check on you and you'll have to still have the monitors."

"I can do that as long as I don't have to stay in here. I don't access to anything from in here and I refuse to be useless." Kyoya replied.

"So when does he get to go home then?" I asked.

"We want to keep him here one more night for observation but he'll be released by tomorrow afternoon at the latest." Akito replied.

"That will be fine." Kyoya nodded.

"Good. Then we'll go and put the orders in. And by the way nothing too... strenuous. Got it?" Yuuichi said.

"Swear." I smirked.

They both gave us smiles and left.

"You should go home for a while." Kyoya said when they were gone.

"What? Why?" I asked.

"Sora don't lie to me. I know that you've been here all night. The others still left. You should at least go home and get a shower and some proper rest." Kyoya replied.

"You're not going to give up on this are you?" I asked.

"Not even close." he said.

I sighed, "Fine. I will go home, get a shower, change clothes, get you some for tomorrow and then I'm coming straight back. Got it?" I said looking at him.

Kyoya smiled, "I can't stop you anyhow."

"Exactly. Now be good and watch out for knives. I'll be back in a while." I smiled and leaned down pressing my lips to his.

The kiss lasted a little longer than I expected but eventually I managed to pull away.

"Bye." I smiled and pecked his lips one last time before heading downstairs.

Honey had arranged for a family driver to wait for me until I was ready to leave. I flagged him down and he took me home as fast as was legally possible. All I wanted to do was get everything I needed so I could get back to the hospital and to Kyoya.

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