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[Ouran High School Host Club] [Ensemble] Uncommon 
15th-Jun-2009 03:41 pm
bleach ★ don't send a man to do our job
Title: Uncommon
Author: rilina_fic
Fandom: Ouran High School Host Club
Character/Pairing: Host club, Ranka, Haruhi-centric [gen]
Rating: PG
Warnings: Through episode 10 of the anime, or volume 4 of the manga
Word Count: ~2100
Summary: 'Commoner coffee' makes a comeback at the host club

This fic sums up the slight love-hate relationship Haruhi has with the Host Club beautifully. It starts off with Haruhi's exasperation for the latest roleplay she's forced to perform, but the tone really softens by the end because you see both the others sincerely try hard to please her and Haruhi's genuine appreciation for it. The characters are all perfect, despite the other members being largely in the background, and Haruhi's realisation that she doesn't have to do everything by herself and, in fact, sometimes it's nice to sit back and let others handle things, is quite heartwarming.

"You rushed me here because you wanted me to make instant coffee?" she asks as they sit her down at the table.

Kaoru shakes his head; Hikaru says, "Just the opposite." And Tamaki is saying something as well, at his usual great length, but Haruhi mostly ignores him. Instead she watches the other host club members move through an elaborately staged production. Hikaru measures instant coffee into a clean cup, then passes the cup over to Kaoru, who adds a packet of fake creamer. Honey takes the cup from Kaoru and drops in five sugar cubes; Mori carries it from Honey to Tamaki, removing three of the sugar cubes along the way. Tamaki adds hot water with his usual flair, and, last but not least, Kyouya stirs the contents with a silver spoon--
clink, clink, clink--before setting the cup before Haruhi.

She eyes it with some suspicion. Past experiences with the host club have taught her that too many cooks in the kitchen is never a good thing.
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