Chapter 15: Placing the Piece Together
My graduation with Tamaki was the hardest part of being a host in the club. The graduation ball was really that emotional as the two kings bade farewell to them. Looking at each other, Haruhi was smiling on her pink laced gown, as her other patrons will notice. She even has a protégé, Kirimi, Nekozawa-senpai’s younger sister to be one of the hosts, to be precise, a female manager next to Renge. Everyone was rejoicing in the ball, there were tons of gift and messages received and Tamaki, yes, for being the most emotional one, I can award him the Oscars for being the Best Actor of the Semester. Haruhi was laughing and of course, it was also her celebration for being the new manager of the club with the twins, and the opening of Satoshi and Yasuchika in the club. Their debut starts on this graduation ball. As the dance started, I took my wife’s hand to ask her for a dance, which she was gladly accept it.
“Congratulations, sweetheart on passing your early examinations on Tokyo University of Medicine”
“Thank you, my love. I want to focus on internal medicine. I want to help to find a cure for your brain tumor . . .”
“Shh . . . Kyoya, don’t worry. I can take my chemotherapy after graduating high school, even though I can skip years in college just to live”
“But you are not qualified yet. Your body is still weak . . .”
“Kyoya, I will endure it . . . for you, for the whole family, and for the sake of everybody”
“Haruhi . . .”
“Trust the Lord, Kyoya, and if anything happens, don’t ever leave me and tire of taking care of me”
What she said is right, I must trust the Lord in times of these. I will never make her worry. In that time, I realized that I must focus everything on her speed recovery. I was scared . . . really scared as her symptoms recalling her and ending her on the hospital as father paid her whole three semesters for her last year in Ouran. The twins and Renge always calling me about Haruhi not feeling well while I am in the university studying Medicine. I always rushed to school and fetched her up as everyone noticed her condition. Some of her memories were faded . . . mostly when we first laid our eyes to each other.
I never stop on narrating it to her, and even make her look to our pictures. Every day.
She still maintained her top position as the valedictorian, and of course, as a proud husband as everyone else would be, supporting her all the way. In her graduation ball, there were many patrons were crying when they learned about her disease, and everyone agreed to build a foundation in the club, involving girl hosts that we must be aware of our politeness and how we treat people in any kind of way. She passed the exam with flying colors, as anyone can expect that, but her smile doesn’t fade and it’s still clear as day.
Her hopes of being a law student makes her want to go in a temple to pray everyday for her recovery and to her current condition. As we walk through the temple with the club, she was so bubbly and energetic.
"Kami-sama, please make Haru-chan as energetic as she is after her therapy and operation", said Mitsukuni-senpai as he swing Usa-chan with him.
"Kami-sama, there's nothing we could wish for but her happiness after her operation" Takashi-senpai prayed as he closed his eyes in prayer.
"Kami-sama, I know we will be far away from Haruhi, but Kami-sama, please . . ." Hikaru uttered as he holding Kaoru's hands.
" . . . make Haruhi well and strengthen her relationship with you, with Kyoya-senpai and their family and us in the club" Kaoru continued as he gripped Hikaru's trembling hand.
"There's nothing I can wish for, Kami-sama, but her future and her current condition. Please, there's nothing and no one stronger than you are." Tamaki seriously prayed.
"Please preserve my memory and my love with you, everyone, our family and to my husband. I pray thee to you" Haruhi whispered in a prayer, then she looked at me afterwards.
"It's your time to pray, my love" she smirked as I bow my head in a prayer.
"Kami-sama, I never been so alone in my life, until I met my family, and my wife. Please protect her at any vulnerable part which I can't do because it's your omnipotent power who can do it. I pray thee in your name"
"Please, Kami-sama, we pray thee in your name" we all chorused as we bow our heads, then we went in a commoner ramen bar to spend good time with everybody. After that, everybody was really emotional, too emotional to let Haruhi undergo her chemotherapy. We all know that it was for her own sake.
And thus, her chemotherapy started after she graduated high school.
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Haruhi didn’t respond on her last chemotherapy. Akito-nii-san take the strongest antidote to remove her brain tumor, and he explained the results after three days while she was confined in the intensive care unit for further development because she didn’t respond. She was in a coma. His father froze and cried at her side as I comfort him.
“Father . . .”
“I don’t know why God gave this to her. It was a great challenge, it is”
“Everything has its own purpose, father. We must be here for her”
“Don’t leave her in times like this, Kyoya. I can’t bear losing my only child. Haruhi’s all I have”
“So do I, father”
I was in the depth of agony right now, waiting for her results, as Akito-nii-san enters her room, he explains everything about Haruhi's current condition:
"Kyoya, Ryoji-sama, Prepare yourselves."
"Nii-san, what is the problem?"
"Haruhi will lose some of her memory when she wakes up."
My world froze and shattered as I bring on to my knees and cried. Ryoji cried while he hold Haruhi's lifeless hands. So, all that we've been through, all the times that we've been together . . Haruhi, I will be strong for you. I will be strong for you.
After a week, she was still in a comatose. I never leave at her side, even Akito-nii-san told me to go home, they just give me a bag of clothes to wear. The whole club was still in a hectic schedule, father was away to work every night, so I still remain at her style. I want to be at her side the moment she opened her eyes.
And then . . . Haruhi opened her eyes the next day in the morning sunrise.
The moment she saw me, she was confused as the ray of sunlight touches her face. Her small physique succumbs the lightof the room.
"Where am I?"
"Calm down. We're at the hospital"
"Oh . . . Who are you? Who . . . am I?"
She lose her memory. She didn't know anything' at all. I made her calm down as Akito-nii-san explained everything to her.
"Haruhi, you need to calm down. We're your family. . ."
"My name is . . . Haruhi"
"Yes, you're name is Haruhi Fujioka. I am Doctor Akito Ootori, your doctor and brother-in-law"
"Ootori-sensei . . . is my brother-in-law?"
I can't help but my tears are flowing. I wipe them away as Haruhi reached my hand.
"Is everything okay? You seem look familiar to me. Don't cry."
"Kyoya . . . don't. She may misunderstand you"
"Kyoya . . . says nii-san . . . Is this Ootori-sensei's younger brother?"
"Yes, Haruhi. This is Kyoya Ootori, my younger brother . Do you see the ring on your hand?"
She stared on our wedding ring, and as she hold my left hand, she saw my wedding ring too. She removed it, and mine too. She saw the engraved words on our each rings:
" Haruhi and Kyoya - The Shadow King and the Queen of Mood Swings"
"Ootori-sensei, do you mean . . ."
"Yes, Haruhi. Kyoya is your husband"
Her tears fell down as she made me wear my wedding ring, and I made Haruhi wear hers. She stared at the ring for too long, then she screamed because her head aches. I hug her as she subdue her tantrum.
"Did you remember something, Haruhi?"
"Yes, there was you, and me at the altar, reciting our vows"
"It seems like we have a long way to go,my brother" Akito-nii-san patted me on the shoulder and walks away from the private room to give space.
Haruhi hugged me tight as she can, then she looked at my face. She cupped my two cheeks as my tears fell down. She kissed me on the forehead as she whispered:
"Kyoya, help me to remember youand everyone. Help me to bring my love back to you"
"I will, Haruhi. I will make you remember everything." I say as I moved my face closer to her. She nibbled her nose in mine as she was asking about how we met. Luckily, I have my PIneApple Laptop with me, and that black book. She recognized it so much that she looked at the contents inside. It was all about what she did since on the day I met her. That black book was my diary the moment I stepped high school. It was my skeleton out of my closet.
"Wouldn't you mind I read it while you are in school?"
"I bring the teachers here, Haruhi. I can't leave your side in your condition"
She was puzzled as my teacher arrived, and no other than but my dad.
"Father, you're here"
"Good heavens, Kyoya. I'm glad that my daughter-in-law is safe"
Haruhi was looking at him weirdly. My dad laughed and patted her head.
"We have a long track to connect, my dear. We will placing the piece together. I am Yoshio Oototi, the father of your husband"
"Not to mention, my love. The Ootori zaibatsu holds one of the major stocks in the business industry. We focused on medicine and resorts, now we are building hotels and real estates"
She looked shocked as she looked at dad. My father smiled and he let go of a relieved sigh.
"My dear, you changed the Ootori household, and you changed me. That diary will explain everything for you"
"Dad, how did you know . . ."
"Kyoya, I lacked everything and busy while you are in the school and I want to know everything. You just reported half of it. That's why every night, I took it from your bag and read everything you've write."
"Dad . . ."
"Did you remember that I first having an interest with her? Because I read your secret black book. Now you know it, I'll take my leave"
Dad smirked at me as Haruhi was chuckling. This was the first time I heard her laughing after the therapy. She was recovering fast.
The next day, Akito-nii-san run some diagnostics in her. While we are holding hands, I was smiling for her, she does the same. Her father was happy with her recovery. In free time when I am asleep at her side, she reads the black book, thus I can hear hum her the same lullabye she used to hum me when I am sleeping.
As the months gone by, with all I can, with The Chairman Suou's request, we used the third music room to reopen some things again, also for our graduated patrons, especially her loyal patrons, Sakurakaze and Kurakano. She learned new things everyday, until she remembered the events one by one with everybody. Hikaru and Kaoru assisted her in their old room so that they could have let Haruhi reember their moments together. Even Hani-senpai and Mori-senpai who are busywith their schedules made up to their best that there are on our alma mater dear as Haruhi still explores the memories that she forget . . .
Perhaps, I need to recall back everything how she was in the host club, met her, courted her and marry her. . . but everything was stated on the black book, or so-they-called "the holy record of doom" by the twins.
Within the span of a year, people around us are starting to contribute memories for Haruhi. They were making trinkets, and even the movie that once made and funded by Renge, and all the magazines she published was given to her. It was like she's still studying after all of these things happened to her. In our first anniversary, the whle club surprised us with the theme "rainbow of memories to help Haruhi remember our relationship with each other. Of course, people (aside from the host club) doesn't know that we're married yet, just being engaged. I did exposed to them that we are married for a year now (they surprised us because all they know that it was a simple anniversary of us being boyfriends and girlfriends and being soon-to-be newleyweds. Their face was horrified and began to flip their phones open to arrange a grand entourage for our wedding anniversary. The event lasted for a week in the host club, being Tamaki as the host of this event. Many memorabillas were made and some professional photographers from the newly-built photography club together with the newspaper club to publish and capture our moments during the anniversary.
Haruhi was so happy that she could barely recognize everybody in an introduction or two. She is really superb at memorizing things. No wonder she was the valeditorian last year and recieved the highest honors an Ouran Student can achieve. It made my stress fly away as she wrapped her arms around my waist when we are starting to dance in the last day.
"The Third Music room is really full of memories, isn't it?"
"Yes dear. In this room witnessed everything: our trials, happiness, sorrows and victories in every situation weface in the host club everyday."
"I am glad that I fell in love with you, Kyoya."
"Me too love, me too"
I hugged her as the tears were flowing through my eyes. Removing my glasses to wipe my tears, she hums the song that she used to hum me when I sleep.
I hope that she remembered our love we shared.
I will wait until she remember our vows in our wedding. I hope she can remember me.
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In our second anniversary, we went back in Hokkaido to reminisce our secret wedding two years ago. She was touching the chairs, looking around until she was on the altar, facing each other. It's been forever since we've kissed on the lips. I've been so hungry for her embrace and warmth for months, and since this is the last day that she will not be staying at the hospital, leaving the two of us, yes, alone in the resort.
A good time to spend our anniversary, right?
As I recite my vows again to her, instead I made her wear our wedding ring, I gave her a
necklace, with a plated pendant letter K. I kissed her in the forehead as she breathe deeply. She bowed her head, putting her hands on her temples and the silence succumbed the whole chapel.
"Haruhi, are you okay? You don't feel well?"
"No, darling, I'm okay, just fine. Perfectly fine."
Did she said 'darling'?
"Kyoya, darling, it's my turn to say the vows, right?"
"Yes, love, it's your turn. I know you can't remember your vow . . ."
Suddenly, she puts her index finger in my trembling lips as she cupped the other hand to my right side of the nape of my hand. Slowly, she opened her lips to say something . . .
"I . . . Haruhi Fujioka. . ."
She took the necklace with the plated pendant letter H on my right hand as she stared at the neckace, then slowly gazes on me.
". . . will take Kyoya Ootori as my lawful-wedded husband . . ."
She gripped my hands in order to feel its softness and firmness as she kissed the knuckles of my hands as I was unconsciously noticed that I was blushing uncontrollably . . .
“. . . I will take care of the shadow king until he becomes one with the light, so was I will be her light to open the way for him that being a commoner is really not easy as it looks. I will be submitting to my husband as how I submit my life to God . . .”
. . . then she made me wear the necklace around my neck and whispered . . .
“. . . for better or for worse, in my sickness or for my speeding recovery, till the day that we will rejoice in the heaven above with everybody”
My tears were flowing in joy as she remember the exact words that she recited on the day of our wedding . . . She wiped my tears, as she made me cupped her both cheeks. She was blushing uncontrollably compared within the the past months that she was still recovering. She's really amazing. Her cognitive learning doesn't stop just there when she has her amnesia. She's really good.
"My love, is it the time when you want to kiss me in the lips after the pastor says 'You may kiss the bride', right?"
I just smiled and nodded. As I hold her waist with my right hand and cupping her cheek on the left hand, I did the same kiss as what I did on our wedding day. She was crying because she can remember everything right now. It's really a miracle that now she was all back to normal. I was thinking that she'll be recovering withing long periods of time, but with only a span of two years, God has answered our prayers. He never leaved us in times of trouble and suffering.
And thus, my wife remembered and always knew that she loved me.