Case 6: A New Start
Love can destroy a person's soul when their loved ones died.
Kyoya was struggling through his first week of grief. He was not the same guy that we all know about . . . He started on wearing contact lens instead of wearing his eyeglasses; every night, he goes to some socialite parties, get drunk, sometimes get in a fight, or two, and then went home so late. No matter how girls flirt at him, he would have never let his guard down to toxify him by kissing or harassing them. He is still an Ootori.
It made Fuyumi really worried about what he did today . . . it could be worse than this. As she prayed in her bedroom, Kyoya didn't come home yet.
"Kyoya . . . you're late!" Yuuichi scolded his little brother as he was panting all over the mansion hall. Akito assisted him as Kyoya was drunk, babbling about something . . .
"Oh, ish daht yew, Akitew-niih? *hics* yowr awesum en hawt" Kyoya chuckled as Akito tries to hide his laugh. His father just came from work.
"Kyoya . . . you're banned from going outside the premises, even though what it takes. It's too much . . ." his father said as Kyoya laughed.
"*hics* dahd! yowr howmm! ash yowshwal . . . yowr leyyt. Haha *hics*" his drunk son welcomed his father with a warm hug. Suddenly, Kyoya cried.
"Aiy wahndher eif Hahruwhii wihll cohme howm aghain" Kyoya said after the people went silent. Fuyumi comes to his rescue as he passed out afterwards.
"Dad . . . I'm getting depressed about Kyoya's condition . . ." Fuyumi said as his eldest brother, Yuuichi wrote something on a medicine description paper for anti-depressant medicines.
"Buy this one for him, Akito. He's having post-traumatic stress after what happened" Akito nodded as he went to a 24/7 pharmacy as their father helped the unica hija brought Kyoya.
"Father, I can do this . . ." she uttered as her father stopped her.
"No, let me, Fuyumi. It was forever since I carried him . . ." he continued as Yoshio carried his youngest son in his arms, suddenly, all of Yoshio's emotions these years were suddenly been breached. He can't take up to his conscience to see his youngest son like this. He cried in despair as he held Kyoya much in his arms and savor the moment that he was been carried up to his bedroom. Fuyumi, on the other hand was following his father, crying silently as Yuuichi comforting her. Yoshio placed Kyoya in his bed, doing all the care: taking off his clothes and s, then been rinsed by a damp towelette, then made him wear his bed clothes. Kyoya peacefully sleeps in his bed right now as his father was holding his hands.
"Father . . . you need to take a rest" Yuuichi reminded his father as Fuyumi leaned on his brother's chest.
"I agree with Yuuichi-nii-sama, otou-sama. It's not good for your health" she concluded as their father nodded.
"Okay . . . I'll be sleeping with Kyoya after I change my clothes" Yoshio smiled weakly as htye nodded and went back to their respective rooms. Their father, on the other hand went back to Kyoya's bedroom and he finds him crying in his sleep, calling for Haruhi's name. He hushed Kyoya as he went on his bedside and comforted him. He slip in his bed, putting Kyoya's head on his shoulder and tuck him in his arms and sleep.
You see, a father's love, no matter how cold he is, when he feels like his own flesh and blood is suffering, he can feel it no matter the distance is.
Can distance tell our heroine's first day of her training on become an angent once she came back from Japan?
"Nee-sama! Ohayo!" greeted the little Hitaachin as she surprised our heroine as she serves breakfast in bed.
"Nngh . . . Ohayo, Ageha-sama" Haruhi greeted her little boss as she opened her eyes and hiding her big yawn.
"Onee-sama. Don't call me that. It's embarassing . . ." Ageha replied as she smied at her.
"Remember, dear. You are my boss. Even your mother and your two brothers are my bosses, too. I also know my place" she said politely as she bowed her hand. Taking their breakfast together, Kaoru went on the room with her dress for the day.
"Ohayo, Kaoru-nii!" Ageha greeted as she hugged her brother. Kaoru chuckled as he hugged her little sister back. He was bringing a pastel pink retro french coat and a brimmed feather hat, with that five inches pink stilletos.
"The colors and the design is perfect, especially the combination . . ." Haruhi commented as the little girl sqeaked.
"You think so, Onee-sama?" she asked. Haruhi nodded.
"If I was your mother, I would be really proud of you, Ageha-sama" she continued as Ageha hugged her.
"Bonjour, mademoiselle! Your schedule for Hitaachin School of Fashion is here for a six month full course, and for the S.A.S training also for six months according to the said plan. The schedules are here, then your first fashion show will be in three months, in Ageha's Retro Line in Spring" Kaoru explained as she take the schedule folder as she went out of her bed.
"A full-pack schedule, eh?" She sighed as she nodded and smiled.
"Please take good care of me, Hitaachin-sama-tachi . . ." she bowed at the siblings as Ageha hugged her again.
"Don't be late on your first day. We'll take care of you!" she said as she take the towel and went to the bathroom.
"Haruhi . . . don't let your trainings put into a waste. This is for your best friend's sake and for everybody. It's just like a scholarship program.Good luck, Madeleine!" Haruhi's determination increased as she feel relaxed by dipping her body into the warmth of the water of the tub.
As Kaoru was preparing for things, Ageha went for her bath since Kaoru finished his bath and breakfast. He closed the door in place as Haruhi went to the main room. To Kaoru's shock, he saw Haruhi on a towel.
"Kaoru . . ." she gasped as she saw Kaoru blushing.
"I'm . . . I'm sorry, Madeleine. I'll be on your bathroom as you change” Kaoru immediately bows in apology as Haruhi stopped him by pinning him on the wall. She can hear Kaoru's heart beat as she leaned on his body.
"Kaoru . . . can I trust you?" she whispered in his ear as Kaoru groaned.
"You can, Haruhi . . ." he huffed nervously as she pull him closer to her. As she wraps her hands on Kaoru's neck, he was blushing enormously.
"Kaoru . . . you're too red already" Haruhi said as she tries to open the towel that wraps her body. The young lad was really nervous.
"Remember, you are my wardrobe assistant. So, you must assist me" she smirked at him as she get changed on the fitting room.
"Haruhi . . . I never seen you so daring before. It's so dangerous to fall in love with someone like you. I can't love you at the same time as Hikaru does . . ." thought Kaoru as he lie on her bed. He can smell her strawberry scent. He feels a burning sensation in his stomach, in which he was imagining something in his daydream.
"Kaoru . . ." Haruhi went out of her fitting room as she was on her budoir, curling her hair.
"Curls makes you seductive, make it puffy and seductively curly. Make up must like a minimum pink" Kaoru ordered as Haruhi nodded. He was observing her the whole time to make sure that she's been doing is fine. After an hour, she slipped in her stilletos and feather brimmed hat as she attached her pearl jewelry and bringing her Louis Vuitton bag.
"Êtes-vous prêt, mademoiselle? (Are you ready, mademoiselle?)" Kaoru asked as Madeleine took a dive on his arm and responded "Oui"
When they walked in the hall, the models were looking at her as Ageha and Hikaru was waiting for her.
"Vous regardez dans votre magnifique robe, Madeleine! Magnifique!(You look stunning in your dress, Madeleine! Splendid!)" Greeted Hikaru as Madeleine bowed at the Hitaachin siblings.
"Ce est parce que des dessins magnifiques de madame Ageha. Elle exprime la liberté et la mode animé durant cette période. C'est bien! (It was because of Madame Ageha's splendid designs. It expresses freedom and the lively fashion during this period. It's good!)" Ageha's blush spreads on her cheeks and chuckled.
"Ce est vraiment gentil de vous, mon cher. Vous êtes vraiment terre à terre que ce que dit mon oncle. Irons-nous à votre classe aujourd'hui? (How thoughtful of you, my dear. You're really down to earth as what my uncle said. Shall we go to your class today?)" Ageha smiled as she bowed at them, proceeding to her mother's class. When she arrived at the classroom, Yuzuha was practicing seven other modes to balance books on their heads to aquire poise whie ramping on a catwalk.
She already done it before she went to Milan . . . but it was just a practice run.
"Bonjour, chère! Vous êtes juste à temps! Venez! (Good morning, dear! You're just in time! Come!)" Yuzuha greeted as she bow down in affirmation.
"Rassemblez tout le monde! (Gather up, everyone!) Listen. Today, we have a new student hailing from Japan. Her father was a good friend of mine when I studied fashion designing in Japan, and I want you to welcome her" Yuzuha smiled as she introduced Madeleine to her class.
"Hello, ladies. I am just new here. I am Madeleine Erizawa, graduated law at first and now taking fashion designing. It was really a pleasant moment to meet each and every one of you" she smiled as other newbies admire her clothing: it was one of the rare Hitaachin's collections under Ageha's clothing line.
"She looks like an aristocat . . . her skin looks so smooth!" admired the first lady, Garnet Lee. Her friend, Miyuki Ling agreed with her statement. "She was like a hidden jewel . . . Good thing that she chooses fashion designing and modeling as her second course". The whole class was admiring at her beauty, even Hikaru and Kaoru was mesmerizes by it.
"Madame, je suis désolé que je suis cinq minutes de retard (Madam, I'm sorry that I am five minutes late)" a french lady walked inside the classroom.
"It's okay, Éclair. Get in" Yuzuha smiled at her as she nodded. As Madeleine was knowing her classmates, Éclair walks into them . . .
"Was that Éclair Tonerre, the CEO of the Suoh Enterprises' fiancee?" she thought.
"Anata ga ki o tsukete dazou, onanoko wa. Sore wa abunai desu yo ni (Be careful of that woman. It would be very dangerous)" said a Japanese model, Momoko Sakurakuza. Haruhi nodded at her.
"Okay, let's begin our classes!" Yuzuha warmed up as her studens agreed.
They discuss about the proper posture in modeling, especialy when they step out in a catwalk in different clothing. Yuzuha took Hikaru and Kaoru as an example, showing the degree of leveling their chin up and the pose they will take in each dresses. Haruhi was paying attention to her studies. An hour later, they tried to do basic postures in ramping, Haruhi immediates show her prowess in her studies as she applied it when she gracefully ramping on the catwalk with her five inches stilettos on.
Ageha clapped in glee as Yuzuha take a good job on their lessons.
After the next class was Professionalism in Putting Make-Up. It was really a hard time for Haruhi to take mix and match on the palette, in which she immediately gots it and rated the topnocher in the day's class. Hikaru was her teacher, and yes, she was also taking notes in putting tones and colors on her face especially when taking precautions on her face's structure.
The next one was ballet. Mei Yasamura was her teacher. Stretching her body was the worst part as she needs to maintain her posture and size: she musn't be skinny nor fat. At least, her muscles are already stretched for the next day's events.
It came from the moment that all activities in the fashion school are already done.
She took a sigh on the cafeteria as she eats vegetable salad and non-fat chocolate milk. She notices that she had plenty of notes taken from different subjects as she was doing recaps.
"Mind If I join you?"Momoko smiled as she nodded in agreement.
"Thank you. I've never been to a Japanese since I left our homeland" it hints homesickness that made Haruhi sighed and comforted her.
"Demo, anata ga koko ni iru ndayo. Datte, modeiru ga anata no yume tame ni. Shinpai suru wa. minna ga dai jyou bu dakara. (But, you are here because your dream was to be a model. Don't worry. Everything's gonna be alright)" Haruhi cheered her companion as she gasped and painted a smile on her face.
"Honto ni arigatou gozaimashita, Madeleine-san (Thank you so much, Madeleine!)" Momoko bowed in gratitude.
"Don't always take the pressure, dear. Everybody feels the same the way you do. Don't share the burden alone. You can count on me" Haruhi patted her shoulder as other girls, Garnet and Miyuki went on their table.
Éclair noticed the sudden friendship between the four of them that made her so jealous about it. Ageha was observing Éclair from afar to observe if she's worth to graduate the school and be one of the models of the Hitaachin Fashion Company.
Evening comes as she take a good rest on her bed while the maids are mending massage, manicure and pedicure simultaneously.
"If you just saw Éclair today, onee-sama. She was so jealous of you" Ageha reported to Haruhi as she looked ather.
"Ageha-sama, someone warned me about her. Do I need to take it seriously?" Haruhi asked as Ageha nodded.
"She was a fine woman: an aristocrat that every man can desire, but compare with her attitude, she can't bear the intolerance of competition when a newbie comes in, especially if they are good enough to knock her down. It would be wise to do something that can teacher in a professional way" she commented.
"That would be a good idea, Ageha . . ." Hikaru agreed as Madeleine and Ageha bowed at him.
"Aww, come on, you two don't need to be formal . . . we're on the house right now . . ." he smiled as the two girls chuckled.
"Hikaru . . . I haven't seen you these days. Where's Kaoru?" Madeleine asked Hikaru as he sits beside Ageha.
"Switchig places with me on the administrative work. I will be the one teach you tomorrow about trendsetting . . . mixing and matching your tone with the clothes, accessory, footwear and make-up that you are wearing for the whole week. I am looking forward to see you in classes, Madeleine" he smiled at her as Haruhi nodded in reply.
"So . . . I will be mending my own style . . ." she chuckled as some maids arranging some racks of dresses on her shelf, the others were checking the footwear and jewelry deliveries and putting them in the cases inside the vault.
"Hikaru . . . I think this is too much. I'll find a way to reimburse the cost . . ." she protested as Hikaru cut her in her dialogue
"No, dont ever think of that way. Madeleine, we are doing this in order to give justice to Renge, whatever the cause may be. Don't worry, mom is supporting our cause. We must transform you in a different way. When you come back to Japan to solve the whole case, you can easily blend with people . . ." he explaines as Ageha nodded.
"You have our support onee-sama. Don't worry. This thing will be over soon. Even Renge-onee-sama wil be happy" she added as our heroine smiled back at them with a tear on her eye.
"I couldn't thank you enough. I am personally indebted on you guys. Seriously. I woudn't go this far if you don't support me. Thank you guys" she bowed down in appreciation as Hikaru and Ageha hugged her.
"Next week would be your first step in ramping. We have an audition on mother's summer fashion line and few students are selected to be in this spot. You must be in the spot. You must gain people's attention with the grace when you walk in the stage, wearing the brand . . ." Hikaru reminded her as she nodded in affirmation.
"Please take care of me dearly, Hitaachin-sensei" she bowed in respect as Ageha chuckled at his big brother. It was pretty awkward, too.
"Say, wouldn't you mind some other time, I'll tour you around the fashion streets of Milan?" invited Hikaru as Madeleine chuckled.
"Sure. Why not?" she agreed as Ageha pouted.
"Onii-sama . . . you are so lucky that I have classes tomorrow. Uugh" she stormed off to the room as we both chuckled.
"Kids . . ." Hikaru sighed as he put his head on Haruhi's shoulder. She didn't mind as she put her head gently against the crown on his head. She feels relaxed as she opened a conversation with him . . .
"Hikaru . . ."
"Yes, Haru-chan?" Hikaru whispered in response.
"I already miss Japan. I feel guilty that I didn't inform dad" she sighed as Hikaru wraps his comfortable hug around her. He can feel that she let go a sigh of relief.
"I know, Haru-chan. Just hang in there, everything's will be over soon. Be strong" he smiled as Haruhi nodded. As she was comforted around Hikaru's embrace, she didn't know that she was asleep in Hikaru arms. Carrying Haruhi in his arms, Hikaru's putting her in the bed, tucking her in.
"I know that I can't bear your burden, but we . . . I am . . . always here for you . . ." he whispered in her ear and carefully left the room.
She can't bear the loneliness that she felt. It was like she was possessed by it. She was never been this sad before. She was thinking of his father who was mistakenly mourning for her death, and cause Kyoya's heartbreak. She can still the scream of agony and pain when he saw the burning car. As she scanned to her phone, she can see Kyoya's memories through digital photographs passing though her fingers. From it, she can see Kyoya's smile, his face when he sleeps, and his warm embrace that she can't escape.
Her tears won't stop falling from her eyes. All she can do right now is to succumb the pain.
"Kyoya . . ." the only thing she can whisper as she cries to her sleep. In her dreams, there was an inception that always haunts her: Renge . . .
"Haruhi . . . save me . . ." she wailed as she tried to reach her . . . not until she wakes up again, screaming her best friend's name. Ageha was comforting her as she shrugged herself from the dream.
It has been a month since she was in Milan.
"Nee-san, it's time for your exam results" she smiled as she was on her regular routine. It was her first exam results today. She was getting her exam results today. She immediately went to the school downstairs after she was all set.
"Good morning!" greeted the twins as Madeleine bowed in respect.
"Good morning, Hitaachin-sama-tachii" she replied back as Kaoru gives a white envelope, with the exam results. Madeleine smiled at her results, her high remarks give her much satisfaction. It pays all of her hard work for this month.
"You advanced the others, Erizawa" Hikaru commented as Kaoru continued "In other words . . ."
"You are a perfect candidate for the next featured model in the company and you can graduate quickly because of your skills and talents" they rhymed as Ageha clapped her hands in congratulating her.
"Gosh, I can't believe this! Thank you!" she smiled as she excused herself to go to her first class. When she was on her way, she bumped on a blonde French guy, made her stumble on the floor. The others were shocked.
"Miss, are you okay?" the guy asked her. Madeleine just nodded.
"No way. It's the 'king'. Éclair would be really mad at this" the other bystander commented as the guy made her stand up. She can feel that her hips are aching.
"Thank you -" Madeleine said as she lifts her head up to smile at him, but she was shocked of what she just saw: It was the CEO of the Suoh Enterprises, Rene Tamaki Richard de Grantaine. She froze on the floor, her heart was beating abnormally and her whole body was shaking. She immediately stood up and apologizes to him as she walked away as possible.
She can't believe that they will meet there . . . He knows Renge so well, and after that scene from the past . . . her tears pour her eyes as she wipe them out.
Just when she arrived, Garnet passed her, so as Miyuki.
"Hello, Madeleine!" the girls greeted at her. She went to greet back and smiled at them.
"Did you get the results of your exam?" she questioned. The two girls nodded. Just in time, Yuzuha went inside the classroom. The whole class greeted her as Yuzuha made them sit down.
"I guess that you have the exam resuts already, right?" Yuzuha asked. The whoe class nodded in response and she smiled.
"As you know, there are five people who can enter the prestigious summer fashion show at Rio de Janeiro. The company conducted a pre-ramp on the catwalk today on the auditorium for people who didn't pass on the border line. There are special privileges for two people who topped the exams this month . . . As I call your names, please stand up" Yuzuha smiled as she opened her folder.
"The person who topped the exams this month is . . . Madeleine Erizawa. Congratulations!" she announced as the whole class applauded, and at the same time ridiculed for what happened in the results. Haruhi stood up and bowed for acknowledgement.
"The next one is . . . Éclair Tonerre" Yuzuha continued as the class applauded again. Éclair's temper was slowly increases as she can't believe that she was topped by a newbie. She wears her smile to hide her temper. Haruhi feels something strange on her that day.
"For these people, they have been rewarded to be on the first and second spot, and the access to everything for the prestigious summer fashion show. As for you, Ms. Erizawa, you have four pictorials with Richard de Grantaine, and two couture photography sessions with Ageha about the retro line. The plane will leave at five in the morning. Wait for the lobby crew to get you. I think Ageha will escort you about the first four pictorials at Rio de Janeiro” people exclaimed in shock to learn what Madeleine’s prestigious reward will be.
She can see Éclair’s death glare. She raised her hand as Yuzuha attended to her question:
“Yes, Ms. Erizawa?”
“Are there no explicit or sexual content in this pictorial?” she asked as Yuzuha shook her head in reply.
“No, dear. It will be the wedding couture line you are holding. But, there are no kisses, just sweet pose for the romantic aura” she added as Madeleine can see that Éclair released a heavy sigh on her chest.
“Well, I can make it up, I guess . . .” she affirmed as Yuzuha nodded and dispersed the whole class. In that, she relieved a heavy sigh as she went to stack up her books as she read the pictorial tips on her book.
“Aren’t you leaving?” Momoko asked Haruhi as she shook her head.
“I think I need to stay longer. I need to study the basic poses that I can do for tomorrow’s pictorial. I’m kinda nervous” she replied as Garnet chuckled.
“Oh please, you don’t need to be scared. You beat all the odds to have your position right now. Now, everyone was after you . . . take the best out of your work and do the best shot that you can give! We’re heading first, Madeleine! See you next week!” Garnet bid her goodbye as she left alone in the room.
She can feel that she was too alone in the room. She opened her phone as he looked at Kyoya’s picture . . . not until someone barged inside the classroom she’s in.
Haruhi was shocked after she saw Richard. It made her beat as she put her phone on the bag.
“Yes?” she replied as he walks towards her. He bowed down, saying that he’s sorry about what happened earlier.
“It’s a pleasure to work with a pro, Mr. du Grantaine” she smiled as she reaches her hand for a handshake. Richard chuckled and kissed the knuckle of her left hand.
“Pleased to meet a natural rookie. You look nice in your photos, you know. I was one of the judges when choosing the pictures” he added as our heroine smiled.
“Oh, please no. I am not in a full bloom yet. I’m kinda nervous about the wedding couture tomorrow” she sighed as Richard gave her a pat on the shoulder and smiled at her.
“Think of your partner as your groom. In that way, you can convey your true happiness during the whole duration of the pictorial” he said as he walked out of the room.
“If you are asking, Éclair and I are no more, that’s why she doesn’t need to be that jealous anymore. If you set your emotions for the pictorial tomorrow, I’ll let the role play run as long as it helps you. I’ll see you tomorrow, Madeleine” he bowed at her and went away.
Haruhi can feel her face so red. She needs to straighten up everything for her new career. She mustn’t be noticed, especially he was the best friend of the man he really loves.