"Tsukino? Didn't your family just buy Chiba Inc.?" Kyouya had flipped his notebook open and began scribbling.
"Not exactly. That was a dower payment actually..."
"A what--?" Haruhi looked to her senpai-tachi with a confused look, wondering if this was yet another idiosyncracy of the rich.
A sharp squeal from Minako interrupted the conversation.
"Oh my goddess! He actually did it?! Man, Usa, you're so lucky in your man!"
"Oh please," Rei huffed, running a hand through her hair. "Like one measly Fortune 500 company is really that high a dower to shell out for the future King of the Earth."
"...What?" This time the bewildered statement came from the Hitachi twins instead of Haruhi. The host club looked at Kyouya in unison as if he had the answers to everything. In response, Kyouya merely cleared his throat and seemed to bury himself into the notebook, still scribbling madly.
"Don't you have a single romantic bone in your body?!" demanded the Venusian goddess of love. "It's not what the company is, it's the symbolism of giving one! He's symbolizing that he'll give her the world!"
"But we already know he's going to do that," Ami commented, sounding quite puzzled.
"AARGH!" Minako draped herself all over Usagi in melodrama. "No wonder you two never date! Usa-chan, help me out here!"
"Well, you know, since this club is devoted to bringing romance to young ladies, maybe we should ask them to help Rei-chan and Ami-chan to see the light," Usagi joked.
"You know," one giggling blonde said to the other, "Tamaki-san's lines sound rather...familiar."
Usagi turned from looking on while an enthusiastic Tamaki was trying to woo a increasingly flustered Ami to stare at Minako in surprise.
"Really? You can't mean Mamo-chan, can you?"
"No, no," Minako assured her, "Mamoru-san is more show not tell."
"Eh, Haruka and Michiru?" Usagi tried again, thinking hard of all the couples that they were familiar with.
"Oh goddess no!" Minako choked on her pineapple canape. "Nobody's like Haruka and Michiru, and that's a good thing for us all."
"Motoki and Reika?"
"No...oh I remember now!" Minako raised a fist into the air in victory. "Endymion!"
There was a short silence as they pondered that. Or, rather, Usagi was mentally reviewing her dusty memories as Princess Serenity of the White Moon and comparing it to the blond man who was now dipping Ami-chan precariously.
Slowly, a grin creeped across Usagi's face as she watched their antics. "He does, doesn't he? I never noticed how much Mamo-chan had changed since the days when Endymion first started wooing Serenity."
"I guess death and rebirth will do that for ya," Minako sighed now, her mood turning dark suddenly as she remembered the reason for the Earth Prince's change in personality.
"Maybe," Usagi nudged the other blond, turning to her with a wicked grin of conspiracy. "But I bet I can draw 'Endy' out of Mamo-chan."
Minako cackled, all her dark thoughts forgotten. "Oh I want to see this!"
"Oh brother," Rei rolled her eyes.
"What?" Minako defended, "it's a classic!"
"Ha! Haruka and Michiru put on a much better show when they're of a mind to," Rei insisted.
"I don't get it," Usagi whined, diverting their attention away from the argument.
"Imagine Mamoru-san and Kunzite..." Minako trailed off teasingly.
Usagi screwed up her face in concentration, but it was apparent that she was at the end of her imaginative powers. The girls sweatdropped.
"Don't sprain yourself, Usagi," Rei warned, then turned to Minako. "Bad example, Mina-chan. You know both of them are into blonds."
Minako considered the statement and had to agree. "So... Kunzite and Zoisite?"
They turned just in time to see poor Ami drop into a dead faint.