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sam_storyteller ([personal profile] sam_storyteller) wrote2005-07-01 08:26 am
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Ouran Host Club: Keep The Customer Satisfied; PG.

Rating: PG
Summary: Kyouya does what he has to, in order to keep his customers satisfied. Tamaki/Haruhi, vague hints of Kyouya/Renge.
Warnings: None.

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First Posted 9.8.06

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"Mother, isn't there anyone you like?"

Kyouya looked up at Tamaki over his clipboard and smiled slightly. "Why, are you afraid some girl's going to steal me away?"

"I was just wondering. Women seem to bore you and it isn't natural not to want to please women," Tamaki remarked. "Unless you're gay, of course."

"Would it matter if I was, Father?"

"It would make you a better host. A gay man has very pure motives when he tries to please a woman. He works with never a thought for his own gratification."

"You must be the gayest man in school, then," Kyouya murmured. Tamaki laughed.

"Me? Everyone knows I'm a narcissist," Tamaki replied, leaning his head over the end of the couch to actually study Kyouya, albeit upside-down. "I love it when women adore me."

"You'd never act on it though," Kyouya observed, bending over his book again. "I don't know why you're so afraid of women."

"ME? Afraid of WOMEN?" Tamaki asked, eyes widening.

"You'd never actually kiss one. You'd never actually ask one out. You just like to make them swoon without backing up any of your promises," Kyouya remarked. He sounded uninterested.

"I -- I -- !"

"It's interesting. If you were gay, of course, that would explain it."

"I'm not gay!" Tamaki almost howled.

"Oh? How's your courtship of Haruhi coming along? Even Honey's copped more of a feel than you have."

"It isn't Kinglike to indulge in vulgar things like that," Tamaki sulked.

"If you're really that afraid of her -- "

"I'm not afraid!"

Kyouya smirked. "Not gay, not afraid, and yet not Haruhi's boyfriend. Like I said. Interesting."

"HARUHI!" Tamaki called across the music room. Most of the girls being entertained looked up. Haruhi turned around in her chair, resting her hand on the back of it.

"Yes, senpai?" she asked. Tamaki swung his long legs off the couch, darted forward, and kissed her soundly.

Most of the girls at the table fainted. The twins burst out laughing. Even Mori deigned to roll his eyes a little. Hunny beamed widely.

"So cute!" all the girls chorused in unison.

Tamaki turned around to give Kyouya a triumphant look.

"Very well done," Kyouya murmured. Next to the running total column in his accounts book, he made a note to buy more biscuits for the coming weeks. When word got out that Tamaki and Haruhi were in love, their clientele would no doubt triple.

"See?" Renge said, calmly sipping her tea as she sat nearby. "Girls love the Forbidden Gay Relationship!"

"How could I ever have doubted you," Kyouya murmured with a smile.

END

[identity profile] meredithyang.livejournal.com 2006-09-08 02:06 pm (UTC)(link)
Awwww, that was really *lovely*!
I've always thought Kyouya & Renge would make a most interesting couple. So thank you profusely for posting this! (bows)

[identity profile] sam-storyteller.livejournal.com 2006-09-08 05:17 pm (UTC)(link)
I had never really considered the idea of Kyouya and Renge ACTUALLY becoming involved before this fic, but once it did occur to me, I have to say it intrigues me too.

[identity profile] rising-wolf.livejournal.com 2006-09-08 02:22 pm (UTC)(link)
I don't have to look for new shows anymore. I just watch what you're writing and play follow the fandom. No matter what it is, I know it has good fiction. :D

[identity profile] sam-storyteller.livejournal.com 2006-09-08 05:14 pm (UTC)(link)
Hee! Sam the Fandom barometer!

[identity profile] enchantee.livejournal.com 2006-09-08 02:31 pm (UTC)(link)
Kyouya using the phrase "copping a feel" absolutely makes my life.

[identity profile] davia-paige.livejournal.com 2006-09-08 02:44 pm (UTC)(link)
Ohmygoodnessouran, i needed that. I think i'm in withdrawl. You wouldn't happen to know where i could find any of the manga after vol. 6? *shakes a bit*

[identity profile] sam-storyteller.livejournal.com 2006-09-08 05:03 pm (UTC)(link)
I have one chapter of vol 7, but the whole thing should be out in English in another month or so.
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[identity profile] msp-hacker.livejournal.com 2006-09-09 01:56 am (UTC)(link)
Volume 7 is out in English. I picked one up at Borders last Sunday.

[identity profile] sam-storyteller.livejournal.com 2006-09-09 02:33 pm (UTC)(link)
WOO! I didn't see it at my local Hastings, but Hastings isn't known for being quick off the mark. Thanks for the tip!

[identity profile] kannnichtfranz.livejournal.com 2006-09-08 03:01 pm (UTC)(link)
Excellent. :) I shall never tire of Tamaki/Kyouya banter, especially when they call each other Mother and Father. :) Renge and Kyouya working together is a bit intimidating -- perhaps Kyouya is just waiting for her to grow up a little, before he invites her to help him take over the world.

What I've been wanting to read lately, since eps 20-21, is some interaction between Tamaki and Kaoru, where Tamaki learns what Kaoru has been thinking and reacts to it. I really want to see him utterly smash the whole melodramatic carriage metaphor, whether on purpose or inadvertently. I tried (http://kannnichtfranz.livejournal.com/28876.html#cutid1), but didn't really get where I wanted to go. I suppose I should keep an eye on the Ouran communities in case anyone has the same idea...

[identity profile] sam-storyteller.livejournal.com 2006-09-08 04:57 pm (UTC)(link)
Having read your fic, I really like it -- Kaoru's vulnerability comes through in a staggeringly perfect way. I can see what you mean when you said it didn't quite get where you wanted it to go, but it's still a really excellent fic. I love the line about "You're the one holding it together, and you're an IDIOT!"

(Would you mind if I recc'd it?)

For me -- and this is all opinion-based -- I think if Tamaki did smash Kaoru's ideas about the pumpkin metaphor, it would be inadvertent. I could see Kaoru trying to explain it to Tamaki and Tamaki simply not getting it -- being totally perplexed by the idea that he's somehow holding everyone together. Which in turn would raise Kaoru's awareness of the interconnection they all share. It's not a series of strands that link everyone directly to Tamaki -- it's a web that links everyone to everyone else, with Tamaki in the center. Even if one of those strands snaps (as it sort of did briefly in the Twins Epic Fight episode, early on in the series) the others hold strong.

It would be an interesting fic to write. I'm not sure if I'm up to it at the moment, but I'm filing it away for thought.

[identity profile] kannnichtfranz.livejournal.com 2006-09-08 05:42 pm (UTC)(link)
*blinks in surprise* I would be flattered if you recc'd it -- it makes my day just that you said you liked it. :)

and Tamaki simply not getting it

Yes! That would be awesome. :D And I like the idea of Tamaki's ignorance fueling Kaoru towards greater understanding. It's very Ouran. :) I hope you write it!

It's interesting to think of Kaoru as the only one who sees this framework of relationships and how reliant they are on each other... I wonder how much of it Kyouya sees. He was there that Halloween night, not taking part in the festivities, but there. Just to keep an eye on the kids, was my thought. Very parental. :)

[identity profile] sam-storyteller.livejournal.com 2006-09-08 05:44 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks! I'll recc forthwith. I can also go and put my comments actually WHERE YOUR FIC IS POSTED, if you like, I didn't even think about that...but only if you want, don't want to spam you :D

[identity profile] kannnichtfranz.livejournal.com 2006-09-08 06:02 pm (UTC)(link)
Heh, no worries, only a few people ever comment at my journal, so I guarantee you I'll never feel overwhelmed by the spam. ;)

[identity profile] moonlitwaters.livejournal.com 2006-09-09 04:48 am (UTC)(link)
Out of curiosity, what do you mean about Tamaki smashing the carriage/pumpkin metaphor? As far as I can see, the metaphor is pretty accurate. I'm ontrigued by the idea, but I'm not sure what you're trying to say.

[identity profile] sam-storyteller.livejournal.com 2006-09-09 02:29 pm (UTC)(link)
I find that the big flaw in the pumpkin/carriage metaphor is that -- well, the twins see the Host Club as a group of people who are merely held together by Tamaki's immense charisma. But in fact it's a group of people brought together by Tamaki who are forming bonds with each other, bonds of friendship of the sort that can last all their lives. (Not to mention future business contacts. Ohtori, Hitachiin, and Suoh seem to be some of the most powerful names in Ouran's Japan, and could form a very strong business cartel.)

It's hard for Kaoru to see this, because he's never really had a friendship other than Hikaru before, and also because right now he's actually in the process of forming those friendships, learning about the other Host Club members and finding ways to bond with them. Right now Tamaki is the main motivating factor when they all go out to do something together, but Kaoru taking steps like setting Haruhi up to spend a day with his brother and suggesting the Courage Trial to improve class bonding....these are social skills that you use to make friends with, and they've learned them from Host Club.

And that's my very long winded essay on the topic. :D

[identity profile] kannnichtfranz.livejournal.com 2006-09-09 03:06 pm (UTC)(link)
Sam said it better than I can, but yes -- the metaphor may be accurate in some ways, but it's awfully melodramatic and oversimplified. And the way it's presented makes you think about it at face value, but I think you have to keep in mind that it's Kaoru's opinion, and he's going to be insecure about his world outside Hikaru. I feel that while the metaphor is interesting and clever, it's pretty serious for Ouran, and in Ouran, much fun can be had by smashing the serious things and turning them into crack which makes us love the characters even more. I feel that Kaoru should be scolded for his gravity by having his metaphor blow up on him -- though instead of scolding, my fic came out as more of a fluffy pep talk. ;) I'm definitely not saying there should be tragedy and they should all fight and fall out of the carriage; rather, I'm saying that Kaoru is being presumptuous and his carriage should disappear in a puff of smoke and logic. :)

[identity profile] hidden-gems.livejournal.com 2006-09-08 03:17 pm (UTC)(link)
"Not gay, not afraid, and yet not Haruhi's boyfriend. Like I said. Interesting."
Like I said before: You are made of win!

[identity profile] magicicada.livejournal.com 2006-09-08 06:59 pm (UTC)(link)
Wonderful. I love the way you captured Kyouya's coolness and Tamaki's unusual logic and how Renge totally stole the show there at the end.

[identity profile] ysabet.livejournal.com 2006-09-08 07:49 pm (UTC)(link)
^__^ I can SO see that happening in the series..... followed shortly, of course, with Tamaki's utterly horrified expression and sulk in a corner in that way he does. **snerk**

[identity profile] rudetuesday.livejournal.com 2006-09-09 12:15 am (UTC)(link)
Kyaaaaah! I love the dialogue, as always. I also like the idea of Kyouya and Renge flirtily scheming of tea and scones (or whatever they'd scheme over). That's a story, right there...
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[identity profile] unicornvamp3z.livejournal.com 2006-09-09 10:52 pm (UTC)(link)
hehehe, wonderful peice of silly Ouran fluff. the touch of Kyouya/Renge is priceless. :)

(Anonymous) 2012-06-02 04:48 pm (UTC)(link)
A really good story, like all your Ouran Highschool Host Club stories I read till now.