"Guess what, guess what guess what!" Pike shouted enthusiastically on a high pitch, causing Haruhi to wince. "The school's hosting a party after the play tonight! There'll be ballroom dancing and music and lots of pretty dresses!" Lille giggled contagiously, twirling in circles. "So I've decided that I'm going to do everyone's hair and makeup; you all have to look fabulous! Especially you, Haruhi! I wanna see Suoh-kun drop dead when he sees you!" The magenta-haired dancer snickered.
"Really, that's not necessary," Haruhi began blankly; Lillie abruptly cut her off.
"Of course it is, silly! And Duck, you have to look beautiful too, or Rue is going to get Mytho! Oh, poor Duck!" Lillie's small hands jumped to her cheeks, eyes filled with fake tears. "Even if we make her into the most beautiful girl in the world, Mytho will still leave her!"
"Poor Duck!" Pike cried. "Destined to be alone forever!"
"Come here, my tragic Princess!" Lillie sang, tackling Ahiru to the floor. "We must ready you for this beautiful tragedy!"
After moderate objection, Ahiru conceded to allowing Lillie to fix her long, untidy hair, while Pike, after a most apathetic argument with Haruhi, worked on the brunette's appearance. Ahiru gave Haruhi a small, sympathetic smile as Pike added curled, pigtail extensions to the club member's short hair, and Haruhi returned the gesture as Lillie wove several long, red locks of hair into perfect braids, pinning them over the girls head and tucking Ahiru's short, unruly bangs up underneath the braided headbands. When Lillie had finished with Ahiru, she moved onto Pike's hair, deviating from her usual up-do to leave a waterfall of magenta curls down instead.
A neither Haruhi nor Ahiru could be trusted with such a task of styling hair, Pike pulled Lillie's up into a single, tight bun, leaving a few strands on the side to flutter down in little ringlets.
After all the girls had finished their makeup, Pike waltzed in carrying a pile of sky blue dress bags. "Lillie and I made these over the weekend," she announced in a chipper tone.
"We snagged your measurements from the ballet costuming department," Lillie added merrily.
From the first bag, Pike pulled a long, one-shouldered, emerald, A-line cocktail dress and a pair of silvery ballet flats. "This one's for Ahiru," she smiled, handing the silk ensemble to the duck, who, with shaky fingers accepted it. Then the pink-haired ballerina unzipped the second bag, pulling from it a short, baby-pink, chiffon, layered dress with spaghetti straps and a V-neck front. "This one is Lillie's!" The following dress was Pike's own, a floor-length, sapphire ball gown with a plunging back.
Pike came to the final bag, from which she tenderly removed a mass of off-white tulle, crème lace, shimmering satin roses and rustic gold keys adorned with glittering, crystal encrusted handles. A strapless cut across the front paired well with a single lace panel and its flanking satin ribbons. White satin and tulle flared from the waist into a sweep train in the back and a short front, with a layered lace panel in the center. Silk roses wrapped around from the right shoulder, down the bodice, and around the left hip, where they traveled down the back of the skirt at an angle. Several light, mock gold chains wrapped and layered in the front in unsymmetrical arcs, the miniature keys dangling where each section of chain was pinned off. Additionally, a matching lace collar with a lace up back had been procured, adorned with more miniature keys, glittering, white crystals, and shining, gold chains and clock gears. In the center of the collar rested a fat tear-drop crystal, framed with fake gold. Pike also procured a pair of matching fingerless gloves.
"We arranged for the costuming department's help on this one," Pike smiled. "Since you're part of the production tonight…"
"Wait, what?" Haruhi almost choked.
"You didn't hear?" Pike exclaimed. Shock spread over her lovely face.
"Mister Cat has chosen this month's honored—" Lillie cut off after a sharp glance from Pike. "Whoops! I'm not supposed to tell you," she giggled apologetically. "You'll see," the blonde beamed happily. "Now let's get you into this dress!"
"Do I have to wear it?" Haruhi inquired bluntly.
"Absolutely!" Pike and Lillie chimed simultaneously.
Fan-suggested plot twist in next chapter! Stay tuned!