Hello all! I'm terribly sorry for the long wait, but life has really been a struggle the past few months. Anyways, as a token of my apologies and a promise to re-commit to this fic, here's "Haruhi Knows: Chapter 3".
I had a terrible nightmare.
I remembered bits and pieces, but right now, I felt the fog of sleep drifting away, and the restless night I had was finally coming to an end. Normally I sleep like a rock, but I couldn't for the life of me find a comfortable position to lie in. With Haruhi clinging onto me, I kept staring at the tent's roof. Afraid of tomorrow.
That's today. Isn't it?
Kyon kept acting weird last night. I swear, I'm gonna break that phone once and for all one day. Still… He was acting more weird than usual. I just don't understand... My birthday isn't anytime soon and I already told him what I wanted for Christmas. I can't think of any other reason for him to act nervous.
Honestly, I'm worried about him. This new job seems tough, but he's tougher! He might be dumb and lazy, but he knows how to work hard! I just need to push him more.
What was really weird was why he was crying last night. I mean, what's up with that? And out of nowhere! What nerve he has to make me worry like that! The timing was also… odd. It was right after we had sex! God, how am I supposed to act after seeing him cry out of the blue like that? Keep that up and you'll drag me down with you Kyon.
I felt Haruhi stir in her sleep. Sometimes the best things in life are the simplest, and, as creepy as it sounds, I love watching her sleep. The way her little nose tends to twitch every now and then, and inevitably, she winds up drooling everywhere. Today was different. There was no smile, no drool on her face and she already looked irritated as she woke up.
Dammit, the sun's up. I guess it's time to get going...but first, I'm gonna surprise Kyon. After all, this is supposed to be a romantic getaway. Let's see if he cries after I hit him with some of my best moves.
I must have been more distracted than I thought I was, because I looked down and Haruhi started to kiss my chest and stomach. I managed to choke out a few words, "Hey, good morning".
She faced me with a sly look, "Shh, don't talk."
"Hey, what are you-" She put a finger to my lips.
"I have to do something," It was then that I realized what was going on. She started to pull down my pants, and try to do things that she hasn't done in a while. As much as I'd love her to, my mind was filled with images of that stupid dream I had. What did it all mean? What was all that about? Why did I see Haruhi like that? I want answers; no need them.
However, when I looked down, I saw Haruhi snarling at me. "Hey, what gives? Do you know how many times in the past few weeks you've been asking me to do this? Finally I cave in and you just lay there! What the hell?! Do you know how much trouble you're in for?!"
I managed a weak smile, "Sorry. I think I'm just still a little tired, and I had a pretty weird dream too. I'll make it up to you, I promise."
She looked at me with her eyebrow raised. I haven't seen her this puzzled for a long time, probably not since our SOS Brigade days. "You will make up for it! Now move! I'm going to get cleaned up." With that, she practically bounced up from the mattress and marched right out of the tent. Man, I love when days start like this.
I got up and brushed my teeth and saw that Haruhi was sitting near the campfire. She looked like she was cooking breakfast. "Hey Haruhi, I need to use the bathroom, I'll be back in a few minutes." She waved me off and said that breakfast would be ready soon and barked at me to hurry up.
I went over to the car and looked for the phone pieces. Swinging to the opposite of where Haruhi could see me, I opened the car door. After a minute of searching, I found where she hid them. I put the phone back together, and felt my foot tapping a mile a minute while I waited for it to boot up. Once the screen was on and it had a second to load, I felt my face fall as I saw that I yet again had no signal. I tried desperately to call Koizumi but knew that it wasn't working.
I heard Haruhi call for me and I tried desperately to dismantle the phone. Once I heard angry footsteps coming my way, I panicked and threw it behind the driver seat floor of the car, quickly grabbing hand sanitizer. "Dammit, Kyon, what are you doing? I didn't know peeing took ten minutes!"
"Sorry, I was just finishing up." I gushed hand sanitizer on my hands to further illustrate my false sincerity.
"Whatever. Breakfast is ready."
I nodded, locked the door and gave her a kiss on the cheek as I walked back to the campfire.
Dammit, Kyon! What's taking so long? The rice is almost done! If you eat mushy rice, that's your own fault!
I got up from the fire and started walking over to the car. For some reason, something in my gut told me to check there. I knew it! I knew you'd be by the car! Why are you peeing by our car?! Whatever. That's right, you'd better wash your hands, mister.
Ugh, what's wrong with him? And he thinks that just a kiss on the cheek is gonna make it better? Man, when we get home, I'm gonna-hey, wait a second. What's this? Did he just throw his phone...oh.
I knew it. I knew something was wrong. He tried to put the phone back together and must have freaked out when he heard me coming over. I knew you were stupid! You didn't even remember to put the phone pieces back like they were! And I'm ALWAYS lecturing you on putting stuff back where you found it!
But... why? What's so important? There's no way your dumb job is gonna try to call you. What could be more important than spending time with me?
No. No. I refuse to believe it. No. Kyon would never be that stupid. NEVER! After all those dumb years in dumb high school, and us dating in college, and him getting really upset when he proposed, and getting married, and our wedding night, and our honeymoon...there's NO. FREAKING. WAY.
After I sat down to eat, I saw Haruhi shuffle back over. She moved more slowly now, and she looked a bit more relaxed than she was. Thank God for that, I wasn't sure how much more cold shoulder I could take this morning.
The rice was delicious, as per usual. I felt like it was time for me to try and at least make some effort before dooming the world. "Thanks, Haruhi. It tasted great." I saw her smile, but then she glanced down at her rice bowl. "Hey, is something wrong?"
Her head snapped up and she looked me dead in the eye. Her eyes locked onto mine, as if she was studying me. She must have found what she was looking for, because after a full-blown staring contest, her face seemed to soften. "Nope. Nothing's wrong. I'm glad you liked it." After that, the only sound for a good five minute was the sound of a small fire crackling in front of us.
After we finished eating, Haruhi told me that she wanted to go on a hike, and that it was the main reason we came out here. I was actually excited, especially seeing as to how awkward the morning started off. "I need a few things from the car, stay here Kyon." Meanwhile as I stood up to put the fire out, I realized:
I forgot about the phone!
Dammit, how could I be so stupid! I totally forgot to put the pieces back where I found them! And she's always lecturing me about that sort of stuff! What kind of person am I becoming?
I really hope she doesn't make a big deal out of it. I knew that she didn't like that I had it with me yesterday, but it's not like I'm cheating on her or anything. It was just Koizumi.
I can't do it. I can barely look at him right dare you Kyon! After all this time! It's only been just over a year! Are you already tired of me?!
I... I need to calm down. There's no proof, and after our little episode last night, I highly doubt that he'd be dumb enough to pull one over on me. I'm the best thing that's ever happened to him, and I'm the best he's ever had. There's no way he'd get anyone better than me!
But still… I'm all he's ever had. And he's all I've ever had. What if...what if he's bored? I mean… If all we ever had was each other, then...what if he wants someone new? Someone different? What if...what if I'm not good enough anymore?
Dammit, not now! Stop this nonsense! This is Kyon we're talking about here! Just shut up and get your things before you start crying like a baby. Stop entertaining fantasies! You don't even have proof!
Well...there is that Mikuru folder...THAT HE NEVER DELETED.
Okay, calm down, Haruhi. I'm sure those days are well behind him.
We need to get going soon. I told him that I'd get a few things from the car, then we'd be ready. I got the essentials: trail mix, bug spray, water, yadda yadda. But then, I kept staring at the phone. I saw it, and I really, really wanted to confront him. Right here, right now. But I knew it wasn't the time. I knew it wasn't right to just make blind accusations like that. I'd have to catch him when his guard was down.
I made my way over to him. Called him over, and we started to hike.