sam_storyteller: (Default)
sam_storyteller ([personal profile] sam_storyteller) wrote2005-07-01 03:01 pm
Entry tags:

Ouran Host Club: Games of Risk: Kyouya/Renge, PG.

Fandom: Ouran High School Host Club
Summary: Kyouya Ohtori is a gamesman above all else, and he's looking for a partner for the biggest game of all. Kyouya/Renge.
Rating: PG.
Warnings: None.

Now available on AO3!
First posted 9.17.06


Kyouya Ohtori had never really thought of his brothers as brothers, not in the way that other children had brothers and sisters.
By the time he was old enough to know and name things like familial relations, they were already in high school and very rarely home except for breakfast (often not then) and sometimes special family events like charity parties, which Kyouya wasn't allowed to attend anyway. Kyouya's brothers were a towering presence, but that was all they were: two dark, forbidding chess rooks in the distance, as inscrutable and unknowable as gods. They were all subject to his father, who was so far beyond a god as to simply be a force of the universe, but they were powerful and puzzling creatures nonetheless. From a very young age he had known that they were also competition but until he was twelve or thirteen he hadn't bothered to try direct confrontation, knowing himself incapable of succeeding against the divine.
His sister was different -- he loved his sister without qualification and she was the only person in the world he was confident loved him unconditionally in return. But she was also older, already flirting with boys as a junior-high student by the time he was allowed to attend Ouran, the mythical training ground for the gods.
The gap between his brothers was just over a year, and his sister was only a year and a half younger; he had come six years after his sister. The discrepancy did not bother him until biology class, when he realised what all this gestation and ovulation and fertilisation meant.
It meant Kyouya Ohtori was an accident. At best, an afterthought. His father had 'two heirs and a mare' as the English saying went; sons to manage his company and a daughter to marry off in some trade agreement or business merger. He had no need of a third son. Years later Kyouya would read a book of French fairy tales from Tamaki's bookshelf and understand a little better the power of being the third son, but at the age of thirteen he knew only that he had been unwanted, certainly by his brothers, probably by his father, and likely by his mother, who died when he was two.
But all this was information better known than unknown, because information was power. Kyouya did not intend to accept a trust fund from his father and go fecklessly off to Tokyo to live a shiftless life, as he saw some of his peers were preparing to do. At thirteen he was already a gamesman. He played to win, of course, but he played as well for the love of the game, and the higher the stakes or narrower the window of opportunity, the better the game. He wasn't interested in repetition; he wanted games where he had one shot for one goal, preferably a goal he could never achieve again.

The greatest game, the ongoing game, was the game of Inheritance. He had learned to play it by watching his brothers, though he wasn't a serious contender until he was sixteen. Managing a Host Club was fairly classless, of course, but he was managing it, and the club turned a profit.  

Now, when the game was speeding up, when his brothers had finally noticed his entry into it -- now was not the time for wandering eyes or thoughts. But sixteen is sixteen, with all the hormones and urges that attend it, and sometimes a chess master longs for the diversion of Daruma-san-ka-koooo-ron-da! 
Haruhi was attractive, in her boyish way, and she was intelligent and kind. She understood a great deal about Kyouya, perhaps more than Kyouya liked, but she was also, well -- boyish, and unsubtle. She didn't take hints well. She was a nice person, but as sexless to Kyouya as a doll. No, more like a teacup. Pretty and useful, nice to have around, but ultimately not very challenging. 
There were plenty of girls to choose from at Ouran, even more so because Kyouya was one of the elite Host Club. Every day, women paid him for the pleasure of his company. Kyouya did not disappoint. He had senpais, peers, and underclassmen who regularly attended the club,  women whose families were in all walks of wealthy life, from shipping to production to farming. These women were accomplished, graceful, gracious, intelligent, subtle, good businesswomen and sometimes keen gamesmen in their own right. And yet...
So was his eldest brother's wife, so was his older brother's girlfriend. His father had made it amply clear that the game was not won by imitating those already in the lead. It didn't work in business, after all. So Kyouya didn't want a woman who would grow up to be a good businessman's wife. Well, not primarily.
There was always Tamaki. He was the son of a powerful family and Homo was on the upswing, becoming very trendy and hip among the young, wealthy crowd. His own careless bisexuality bothered him not at all. Kyouya harboured no illusions that Tamaki was unattainable, either; in a week, two tops, he could have Tamaki eating out of his hand (and naked in his bed).
But Tamaki wasn't much of a challenge, was he.
His eyes fell on Renge, as they always did when he was working and thinking at the same time, especially when the Host Club was open. When she'd come from France he hadn't seen any real need to correct her on her erroneous assumption that she was his fiancee. These things sorted them out in time, and besides, who knew? She might make a good wife.
She knew how to manage business; their costs had gone down fifteen percent since she'd taken over concessions. She seemed reasonably knowledgeable about the world in general. She had a cheerful disposition and made friends easily. And...
She had an understanding of a sort he had never encountered before. She knew about manga and doujinshi and anime, she knew about fashionable trends and loved to discuss popular culture, even if she wasn't really aware she was doing it. She could tap into society, put herself directly in tune with what people were thinking, wanting, needing. She acted foolishly about it, but not indecorously.

Renge was different. She possessed all the things that an Ohtori would desire in a wife, but also a sort of noisy genius that was completely outside of the experience of his father and brothers. Renge was a wild card, and Kyouya liked nothing so well as a wild card. 
Unless it was a challenge, and she was that, too. Renge was not Tamaki to be easily manipulated, and though her Otaku heart loved all things romantic, she herself kept a very careful distance from romance. As Kyouya himself did.
"Renge," he said, as they were going over accounts one day, far from the rest -- Tamaki and the twins planning their next cosplay, Mori and Hunny studying with their heads bent low over their coffee cups, Haruhi clearing away the last of the debris from that day's activities. "Renge, do you like games?"
"I like some," she answered cheerfully. "I like role-playing games, and strategy games -- "
"What about bigger games?" he asked, and she cocked her head, more shrewdly than many would have imagined she could.
"Are you playing one?" she asked.
"I am."
"Third son?"
"Well, I call it Inheritance," he said with a smile.
"That's a game of risk."
"Do you like games of risk?"
Renge tapped her finger on her chin thoughtfully. "What do I get if we win?"
"Wealth. Power. Me," Kyouya added temptingly.
"And if we lose?"
"You've wasted a little time, maybe a little money."
"The risk is all on your side, then," she observed. "Do you mind?"
"Not at all. Would you like to have dinner on Friday night?"
"Thank you, I'd be pleased to meet your family," she said.
Then she smiled knowingly.
"Tell me, Kyouya, how much of you do I get, when we win?"
ext_41718: (mori)

[identity profile] 2006-09-17 08:12 pm (UTC)(link)
...oh wow. Just. Wow. Never would have thought of that.

[identity profile] 2006-09-17 09:01 pm (UTC)(link)
I really liked this. Any chance of a sequel showing dinner with the family?

[identity profile] 2006-09-18 02:20 am (UTC)(link)
There may be, but I want to wait and see 24 subbed first, to get a better idea of Kyouya's family dynamic in English :D

[identity profile] 2006-09-17 09:16 pm (UTC)(link)
This was amazing. I love Kyouya so much and this... well he really is that calculating isn't he? Lovely break in the middle of writing a history essay, thanks!

Back to work...

P.S. I would like to second vwlphb's comment about a sequel showing dinner with the family.

[identity profile] 2006-09-18 02:19 am (UTC)(link)
I'm going to hold off on the dinner for now, at least until I get to see subbed 24 and get a better idea of how Kyouya's dad is characterised in the anime. Then...we'll see :D

[identity profile] 2006-09-17 09:21 pm (UTC)(link)
Heh, I sense a new game coming on there at the end. ;) Much to the delight of both of them, I fear. :D

Daruma-san-ka-koooo-ron-da! *fangirls you*

Also, I got this image of all of Kyouya's prospectives flashing by, especially Haruhi and Tamaki, with little pink boxes of text under them that said, "No challenge," and then a big blinky "X" and sound effects. :)

[identity profile] 2006-09-17 09:53 pm (UTC)(link)
One thing I noticed, perhaps, These things sorted them(selves) out... ?

[identity profile] 2006-09-18 02:18 am (UTC)(link)
ROFL. What a great mental image! :D

[identity profile] 2006-09-17 09:22 pm (UTC)(link)
Whoa. See, before reading this, I had never really thought of those two together. But from the way you wrote it (and the more I think about it) the idea of them together intriges and interests me. Great story!

[identity profile] 2006-09-17 09:23 pm (UTC)(link)

Yes. This pairing works. I like your Kyouya. I can't wait until Renge meets the family...
/starts motor and ebil laughter

[identity profile] 2006-09-17 09:31 pm (UTC)(link)
I want to see the dinner! With the whole family ... and Renge ... and just more in general.

[identity profile] 2006-09-17 09:40 pm (UTC)(link)
Wow! You know, I don't like Renge. She irritates me in the anime. But I really LOVE her in this story. All that flash and noise put to good use. And that last line - Damn! That was fantastic. I actually like this pairing the way you wrote it.

[identity profile] 2006-09-18 02:17 am (UTC)(link)
Someone was observing to me the other day that Renge really could be a very useful woman, if she weren't such a squealing fangirl :D

[identity profile] 2006-09-17 09:41 pm (UTC)(link)

I love it when you get inside his head. I like his evaluation of Renge, a wildcard. It suits her.

And that final question is priceless.

But...any chance of a sequel?

[identity profile] 2006-09-17 11:02 pm (UTC)(link)
I love your Kyouya. (Likely because I love canon Kyouya, although I desperately need to see, uh, every episode after... seven? or eight. One of those.) And there's just something about how you write him here; it's not like your other Ouran fic, where you imitate so well the style of the show, because that's not really here. Except at the same time, it is -- there's something very Kyouya about the entire writing style here, more than just in terms of voice.

I don't even really know what I mean, other than YAY. *insert generic offer of childbearing here*

[identity profile] 2006-09-18 02:15 am (UTC)(link)
OH MAN. Wait till you hit 24, it's Kyouya-centric and the inspiration for this fic.

You can torrent download 1-13 as a set from Lunar, and most of the subbed episodes are on youtube now as well, though they usually get split up into three "chapters" per episode.
ext_13504: Kara Thrace, Starbuck, BSG (shadow king)

[identity profile] 2006-09-18 12:16 am (UTC)(link)
Kyouya harboured no illusions that Tamaki was unattainable, either; in a week, two tops, he could have Tamaki eating out of his hand (and naked in his bed).

*iz ded* Why, Sam? Why must you put images like that into my already smutty mind? Now I wants me some Kyouya/Tamaki!

Maybe it's just me, but this pairing didn't resonate with me. In "Keep the Customer Satisfied" I liked that little hint of Kyouya/Renge, but this time it just didn't go over well. You lost me at his conversation with Renge. And I didn't like the way he thought of Haruhi. But even if I didn't like the pairing it was excellently executed. While reading in I knew exactly where Kyouya was coming from.

[identity profile] 2006-09-18 02:01 am (UTC)(link)
To be honest, I didn't particularly like the way he thought of Haruhi either, but it seemed to ring true for the sort of cynical attitude of the show. I'm not entirely happy with this fic -- it's too much inside Kyouya's headspace. If it were entirely Kyouyaheadspace I'd be okay, or if it were entirely flirting with Renge, but the mix of the two doesn't work very well.
ext_13504: Kara Thrace, Starbuck, BSG (shadow king)

[identity profile] 2006-09-18 11:50 pm (UTC)(link)
Yeah, the mix of the two isn't exactly right, the two different Kyouya voices don't work. but I don't mean to be so nit picky, I did enjoy the fic. :)

[identity profile] 2006-09-18 02:19 am (UTC)(link)
[ profile] moonlitwaters has a couple of good smutty Kyouya/Tamaki fics ; )

Hope you don't mind my OT post, Sam. I very much enjoyed it--I agree pretty much with [ profile] unicornvamp3z in that I don't really see Kyouya/Renge, but I could definitely understand it here.

[identity profile] 2006-09-18 02:19 am (UTC)(link)
I don't mind at all :) Glad you enjoyed the fic!
ext_13504: Kara Thrace, Starbuck, BSG (Default)

[identity profile] 2006-09-18 11:51 pm (UTC)(link)
ooo thanks! *smutsmutsmut*

[identity profile] 2006-09-18 01:51 am (UTC)(link)
Brilliantly characterised. Kyouya is so intriguing and you've pointed out traits in Renge that I overlooked. Bravo!

[identity profile] 2006-09-18 03:04 am (UTC)(link)
I have two complaints:
1. No smut??! Sam, I am disappointed in you!
2. What the heck does "Daruma-san-ka-koooo-ron-da" mean?

Otherwise, I really liked it. Kyouya reminds me of Vetinari in the same way that Teddy Roosevelt (we're learning about him in History) reminds me of Vimes. There are similarities, but the differences are too numerous. Very very nice. I think I will join the ranks of those who are begging you on my knees, in any outfit you wish me in, to write a sequel.

[identity profile] 2006-09-18 08:06 pm (UTC)(link)
Sorry! I'm smutted out lately.

Daruma-san-ka-ko-ron-da (I'm spelling phonetically) is the game they play in the Newspaper episode, when Tamaki stands against the tree and everyone else inches closer whenever he's talking. I find it really memorable because it introduced me to the Daruma doll, which has a really interesting mythology around it. :)

[identity profile] 2006-09-18 08:44 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh yeah. I remember now. I now also feel like I have a really dirty mind, (which isn't untrue) 'cause I thought it was a euphemism for sex. Whoops.

[identity profile] 2006-09-19 03:45 pm (UTC)(link)
LOL, well, it sort of is. What I was saying was that even someone who plays big games, like Inheritance, sometimes wants a simple distraction, like easy sex. :D

[identity profile] 2006-09-19 09:40 pm (UTC)(link)
Ha! I knew I was at least partially right!

Arrr! Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day, mate!

[identity profile] 2006-09-18 03:48 am (UTC)(link)
Awesome perspective on a character I hate in all contexts. What a challenge, to justify her presence, and even postulate Kyouya's interest. Amazing. I think it's "inscrutable" with an a.

[identity profile] 2006-09-18 09:05 am (UTC)(link)
Behold the Power of Sam once more!!

[identity profile] 2006-09-30 09:15 pm (UTC)(link)
I really like it! There's so little stories of Kyouya/Renge. I hope you do more!

[identity profile] 2006-10-30 08:08 pm (UTC)(link)
Hee, that's great! Gotta love Renge--and if anyone would know how to turn her, ah, enthusiasm to good use, it would be Kyouya. I could so picture that last conversation between the two of them. I also really liked the part at the beginning about how Kyouya viewed his brothers.

(I found this story through [ profile] hetrecs, by the way!)

[identity profile] 2006-11-02 02:39 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it :)

[identity profile] 2006-10-31 01:15 am (UTC)(link)
LOVE it! So IC for them both! Well done! ^^

[identity profile] 2006-12-04 12:40 am (UTC)(link)
Do you ever get the feeling the Universe is laughing its ass off at your expense? Because for whatever reason, I finally decided to sit down and have a good look at all your Ouran fic today (after finally wrapping up my first story in the fandom), and what do I discover but this:

...Renge was a wild card, and Kyouya liked nothing so well as a wild card.

Now I'm hearing this jolly sonorous chuckle coming from up around the stars somewhere, and I swear I never came anywhere near "Games of Risk" before the Kyouya in my own head observed that Haruhi was his wild card (the Joker, specifically) in a different game.

Hmmm. Ouran Hive-Mind? I dunno. Weird coincidences aside, this story is fun and insightful, and I wish I'd checked it out sooner.

Your observation to another commenter, on the balance of the 'Kyouyaheadspace'-writing in this story stands out to me. Partly because I've been grappling with that same balance for three weeks, and in the end I think he won. What I've written is really a treatment, a character study. Not a proper readable story at all.

Now because you have managed a proper, readable story despite the headspace-challenge, I hope you don't mind my asking how you do that?

This issue of what Makes A Story is a massive obstacle to me, one I couldn't bully into shape even after 7500 words, and that's so frustrating. But I don't mean to rant. Just to point out once again that your writing is admirably put together, and your facility with solid storytelling is something I really hope to grasp one day.

Soon, preferably. Before madness sets in. XD

Okay, gonna read this again now just for fun.

[identity profile] 2006-12-04 12:47 am (UTC)(link)
I think "lots of practice" is mostly how I do the headspace thing -- I've been writing fanfic for well over ten years now and I've always been good at putting myself inside someone else's skin for a little while. It's just a matter of honing it, you know?

It does start with character studies, because those teach you how a character will react. So -- chin up and keep working, I guess :D

[identity profile] 2006-12-04 02:50 am (UTC)(link)
It never occured to me before, but I think the main reason I write fiction, is to put myself into someone else's skin. As a prime motive, it could be both a help and a hindrance to storywriting, and so begs further scrutiny. Thanks for bringing that up.

Aye-aye Cap'n Sam!

OH! And I neglected to mention before, that this bit in the story is sexy as hell:

..."What about bigger games?" he asked, and she cocked her head, more shrewdly than many would have imagined she could.

"Are you playing one?" she asked.

"I am."

"Third son?"

"Well, I call it Inheritance," he said with a smile.

Just. omg.

(Anonymous) 2007-05-05 02:55 pm (UTC)(link)
Can you make more of this pairing? I can't find anywhere else that has this pairing... please!!!

[identity profile] 2008-05-17 01:35 pm (UTC)(link)
*squeals* OMG this was soo nicely written! Thank you so much for writing this! Just when I was on the verge on insanity wanting some KyouyaRenge fics..and I found this gem!

Thank you! You really made my day!

Oh, and if you have time or muse, can you perhaps please write more of this pair? They are interesting together don't you think?

Is there any possibilities for continuation of this fic? ^____^

[identity profile] 2008-05-21 08:01 pm (UTC)(link)
and here I am re-reading this awesome fic. And this made me go into full drive to study again! Thanks Sam! ^___^

As I have so much time to waste *insert sarcastic tone*, I read the comments for this fic and I can understand at how others absolutely adore your writing style but is a bit uncomfortable with this pairing as Renge is so very much different than Kyouya.

But I feel that is what makes you a good writer, for being able to write Renge's character which seems hidden from the manga but is so Renge. And to be able to pair her with Kyouya (one of the most complex character in Ouran I personally feel) needs a good skill and understanding and ability to write these two characters out.

I am no writer and what I'm saying here may not make sense, but I really like your writing skills and your way of writing this two unlikely-to-pair-up character. Besides..isn't it interesting to imagine HOW Kyouya can control Renge? XD

Do write more of this pairing please? *smiles*

[identity profile] 2008-05-23 11:54 am (UTC)(link)
thanks.this is really awesome.
It's a nice fic.
somehow, you make it workout for KyouyaRenge to be a couple.
it's kind of interesting
hope to read more of it...^________^

*I know this from my friend [ profile] himehikari

[identity profile] 2008-12-02 07:44 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh good story. There isn't enough good Kyouya/Renge fiction or well anything out there. I don't understand why other's don't see the these two would be a match made in heaven. I mean they are just so perfect for eachother its quite awesome in a sense. Anyways keep up the good stories.

(Anonymous) 2012-06-02 04:45 pm (UTC)(link)
A really nice story, before this I have never read a Kyoya/Renge story, but this works totallygood. I of course can imagine Kyoya thinking about thinks as this first.