I don't own the song or the characters. The song belongs to Chameleon Circuit and the characters (except Mandy) belong to Hayao Miyazaki.

(Semi)IMPORTANT A/N at the bottom!

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Haru showed up at the Bureau rubbing her upper arm and looking uncertain.

"Hey Baron, Chicky's here!" Muta called, padding over to his chair with today's newspaper.

Toto came down from his perch. "Hello Haru! What brings you here so early today?"

"Well, I need Baron's help with something," Haru said, flushing and tucking a loose strand of hair behind her ear.

"Well, he should be waking up in a few minutes, so you can ask him then. In the meantime, can you tell us what you need help with and why you're dressed like that?"

Haru looked down at her outfit and sighed.

Instead of her usual school uniform, she had on a blue pinstripe pencil skirt, a matching suit jacket over a white shirt with a red tie, and black tights with a pair of red converse. Completing the outfit was a billowing tan overcoat and a pair of small, black, rectangular frames.

She sat down on the fountain and pulled a folded up well-worn paper out of her skirt pocket.

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Hello Haru! How've you been?

I've got a double dare for you. If you go to school dressed as the Tenth Doctor on the last day, I'll go to school dressed as the Phantom (Gerard Butler version), complete with lasso, cape, and fedora.

The double part of the double dare? You have to sing 'Everything Is Ending' by Chameleon Circuit with your best friend. I'll even send you the lyrics and mp3. The instrumental one, obviously. Send it to me as soon as you're done.

The catch?

Yes, there is a catch; I would have said 'with Hiromi' if I wanted you to do it with her.

No, you have to sing it with BARON. And don't lie, I know you've been quarreling with her a lot more recently, and your bond with the Baron is steadily growing stronger. On those grounds, I call him your best friend.

If you do (and I want recorded evidence; have Muta or Toto do it. And no video; I want to be surprised when I see you this summer), I will sing The Point of No Return with Bethany. Deal?

Yours truly,

M.

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"... You DID tell your friend Muta and I don't have opposable thumbs, right?"

Haru shrugged. "We'll figure something out. The REAL question is, do you think Baron will do it?"

"What am I supposed to do?"

The three whipped around to discover Baron standing in the doorway of his home, a confused yet curious expression on his face.

"Haru, may I inquire as to why you're dre-"

"Here," Haru said, cutting him off and handing him the letter.

He stood there for a moment, his brow furrowed in concentration. When he looked up, a nervous Haru met his gaze, fidgeting with her hands.

"Surely she knows they don-"

Haru sighed and threw her hands up in the air. "No, she doesn't! I can just record it myself; after all, she did say use them if we have to."

"That's true," Baron conceded.

"So will you do it?" Haru asked excitedly.

Baron smiled. "But of course Miss Haru. The Bureau is here to help those in need, after all. I'll just need to hear the song a few times, to understand the rhythm."

Haru smiled. "Let's do it."

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After a few tries, they were ready. Haru pressed the 'Record' button on her phone, and they began.

"Haru:

I'm getting married in the morning,

I took off my engagement ring,

It was the night before my wedding,

That was the night we started running." Haru risked a glance at Baron, hoping he remembered his cue.

He refused to look at her, choosing to focus intently on the lyrics sheet in front of him. Toto and Muta shared a knowing grin.

Only they noticed the blush Haru's voice had given the ginger cat.

"Baron:

Why would you need comforting?

Haru:

I nearly died, alone in the dark,

I couldn't open my eyes and it made me think

About what I want, about who I want." Haru had been surprised for a moment by Baron's deep, almost crooning tenor, but she had quickly shaken herself out of it.

She'd ask him if he ever took lessons later.

"Everything is ending,

I can't believe I didn't see it sooner

I know that this is what I need to do

Even though you haven't got a clue.

Everything is changing,

I have to keep you by my side tonight,

And this must be why you found me,

Why you found me." Once again, Haru found herself glancing at Baron, who was still refusing to look at her, preferring to keep time in his head whilst staring at his intro. The blush had deepened, to the point where if Haru looked hard enough, she would be able to faintly see a red tinge.

The Baron would be forever grateful she didn't look hard enough.

"Baron:

You're not scared of anything,

You know I'm an alien,

You have so many empty rooms,

You really ought to get that seen to.

Why would you need comforting?" For the first time since they began, Baron risked a glance at Haru.

Unfortunately for her, she did not have fur to hide the blush on her face, making it quite obvious to those present what she thought of Baron's singing abilities. He smiled, his blush lessening considerably.

'I might actually survive this.'

"[TOGETHER]

Haru:

I nearly died, alone in the dark,

I couldn't open my eyes and it made me think

About what I want, about who I want

Baron:

This will be too hard,

Why can't you open your eyes?

I'll think about how to stop this from going on,

Cause your life doesn't make any sense." Haru stopped, glad she hadn't stuttered during her part at Baron's deep voice. Baron continued on, thinking about how lucky Haru was to be spared any further embarrassment.

He obviously hadn't paid attention to the end.

"Baron:

Everything is ending,

I can't believe I didn't see it sooner

I know that this is what I need to do

Even though you haven't got a clue.

Everything is changing,

I have to keep you by my side tonight,

And this must be why you found me,

Why you found me." Now came the hard part. They needed to time this perfectly. They got the timing right, and they would just have a verse left; the whole ordeal would be over with.

They began.

"Baron:

You're getting married in the morning,

Haru:

That's a long time away

Baron:

You're human, you're Amy

Haru:

This is my fairy tale

Baron:

Listen to me,

TOGETHER:

I'm/You're nine hundred and seven

Baron:

Don't you know what that means?

Haru:

Doctor you're sweet..." Haru wondered at the implications of her next line as she whispered,

"hold that thought."

They joined together for the last verse, glad the humiliation was almost over.

"TOGETHER:

Everything is ending,

I can't believe I didn't see it sooner

I know that this is what I need to do

Even though you haven't got a clue.

Everything is changing,

I have to keep you by my side tonight,

And this must be why you found me,

Why you found me."

Haru pressed the 'Stop' button, sent it to Mandy, and sighed with satisfaction. " 'Tis done! Thank you so much for your help, Baron!"

He smiled. " That's what we're here for."

"I'll always feel, no more than halfway real, TILL I HEAR YOU SING- ONCE MOOOOOOORE!"*

They jumped and looked at the phone in Haru's hand. The name 'Mandy' flashed across the screen, revealing the caller.

She opened the call and held the phone to her ear. "Hello?"

"Haru! I got the song; I KNEW you wouldn't chicken out!"

"Well, you know me; I don't like to back down from a challenge."

"That's a given. Can I talk to Baron?"

Haru blinked, surprised by the sudden request. "Sure, I guess." She held the phone down to Baron. "She wants to talk to you. Want me to put it on speaker phone?"

"It would be appreciated," he replied cordially.

After fiddling with the phone, Haru set it down in front of Baron. "Miss Mandy?"

"It's just Mandy, Baron. Nice to meet you!"

"And you as well. You wished to speak with me?"

"Yes I did. Could you please tell me what Haru's wearing? And don't lie; I can smell a lie from an ocean and a half away."

Haru snickered behind her hand, and Baron smiled. "I wouldn't doubt it, Miss Mandy. Miss Haru is currently sporting a white shirt with a red tie and blue pinstripe suit jacket, a blue pinstripe skirt, black tights, red sneakers, a tan overcoat and black spectacles. She looks rather fetching," he added, causing Haru to blush.

"Don't flirt with her right now please; I need you to concentrate. Do the sneakers have the words 'All Star' on the tongue?"

Baron, the blush now returning with a vengeance, looked at Haru, who pointed her feet towards him. He nodded the affirmative, before remembering he was speaking on the phone. "Indeed they do."

"Oh good, she didn't skim over details."

"Shall I give the phone to Miss Haru?"

"No need. I already know she's listening in."

Haru's jaw dropped. "How did you know?!"

"I heard you snicker," was the flippant reply.

Haru shook her head. "You never cease to amaze me."

You could hear the obvious shrug she gave. "I try," she said teasingly. "I'm gonna let you go; Bethany needs a pick-me-up. Dylan just broke up with her, you know."

"What?! Tell her she has my deepest condolences, and to use the money she now has from no longer buying him presents to buy herself chocolate."

"Will do! Later skater!" And with that, she hung up.

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"Haru certainly has interesting friends," Toto remarked after Haru had left.

"What did you expect? She's friends with a bird brain," was Muta's snubbing reply.

"Who are you calling bird brain, you fat cow?!"

As the two resumed their usual fighting, Baron smiled as he sat in his chair and sipped his tea.

'Miss Haru does indeed have some unusual friends. But, she could have worse.'

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A/N:

I have changed the setting of the meeting from during the school year to during the summertime.

At last, school is out! We've ALL been waiting for that!

The song they sang is, as mentioned, Everything Is Ending by Chameleon Circuit. Haru's outfit is based off of the one on A-Female-Timelord's DeviantArt page, with the exception of the shoes. There's a link to the song and the picture in my profile, so feel free to check it out if you're interested.

*Mandy's ring tone is Till I Hear You Sing from Love Never Dies.

Stay nerdy, people.

~Tie-Dyed Broadway