Haruhi had, for once, made it early to the club today. She sat down on the couch and took a breather before her guests were to arrive. The room was strangely quiet with only the sound of Kyoya fingers hitting the keyboard of his laptop with a curious Tamaki peeking over his shoulder.
Mori-senpai and Hunny were, of course, at Mori's kendo practice like every day and the twins where softly talking near a corner. After a minute or two, Haruhi's head snapped up as Kyoya closed his laptop and got up, "Time for hosting."
As the girls came in they were surprised to see Haruhi was not late today. Some of the girls were usually peeved at the lateness, but Kyoya simply added 10 more minutes onto her first group of girls. Haruhi politely greeted them and once they had all sat down, they begin to ask why he had been so early today.
Haruhi shrugged, "I hadn't been feeling that great so I stopped studying earlier than usual."
All the girls asked in a rush.
"Are you okay?"
"Maybe you should have went home early."
and, "You're so brave, Haruhi."
Tamaki suddenly popped up, "Excuse me, ladies. I have to talk to Haruhi for a moment."
The girls looked on worriedly as Tamaki pushed them out of earshot.
"Mommy, come over here!" he whined.
"What?" Kyoya asked, irritated.
"Our daughter is horribly sick and-"
"I'm not sick, senpai." Haruhi said, flatly.
"Daddy says you are! You are going home!" He pointed.
"That's not fair!" Hikaru and Kaoru spat in unison, joining the conversation.
Hikaru crossed his arms, "If she gets to go home for nothing, why can't we?"
Tamaki herded them, "Don't you see? Because she's a commoner she can't afford any type of medicine! She could die from the simplest cold."
The twins eyes went wide and they ran to Haruhi, sliding their arms around her, "It's okay, Haruhi we will nurse you back to health!"
She struggled to breathe, "I really don't see how this will help."
"We will heal you with hugs." Kaoru cooed.
Tamaki bounded forward, "That's a perfect idea! Come here, Haruhi!"
"Help!" she aimlessly called.
Then almost a second before Tamaki could glomp her she felt two strong hands slide underneath her arms. Haruhi sighed in relief knowing who it was.
Mori safely place her a few feet away from the others. She stared up at him, "Thank you."
She smiled, happily. Abrubtly, her eyes widened in a realization, "...I guess it was a good thing I always came late."
She braced herself, but it didn't seem to have any effect, as Haruhi wobbled from Hunny's impacted. But then something abnormal happened, she blacked-out for a moment.
Hunny immediately stopped his talk of sugary and cute things and let go of his friend, "Haru-chan?"
Haruhi shook her head, "S-sorry, just a little tired."
Hunny frowned and then turned to Mori, "Neh, Takashi. We should sit next to Haruhi and cheer her up."
Haruhi was slightly confused; she had not said she was sad. But she didn't deny their company, knowing that there was not a chance of another hug attack.
In the end it seemed to be a very good idea. With the merging of all their clients, there was more talking amoungst the girls than anything else. Haruhi could easily sit back and close her eyes for a moment.
She had not been doing too well these past few days and today was the day her mother had died. Haruhi was surprised that Kyoya had not mentioned it for her sake. There was no way she could muster up the strength to tell anyone. Besides, the more minutes that passed, the more unable she was to move or even create intelligent speech.
There was suddenly an arm that looped around her shoulder, bringing here back to earth. Her eyes fluttered open...when had she shut them?
Haruhi looked at the hand on her shoulder and then to its owner- "Mori-senpai...?" Her voice was shaky and low.
"...falling," he muttered.
She blinked her eyes a few times before things came fully into focus. They were still in the Music room, sitting where they were before, but they were alone. A clanking noise came from behind Mori. She leaned over and spotted a Hunny playing with some toys on the floor. A second look around proved that the others had gone home.