You watched all the hosts as they enjoyed the pier you had brought them to after waking them up with the smell of breakfast cooking. Haruhi sat next to you under an umbrella, a baggy shirt covering the swimsuit you lent to her. The two of you talked in the shade, ignoring the pesters of certain hosts to join them in the water, and you brought her up to date on her friends from middle school.
After a while of chatting, Tamaki stomped over to the two of you and shouted at Haruhi that "unless she got in the water right now she'd be fired." With a bemused smirk, she glanced at you. You shrugged, and she sighed before removing her shirt, revealing a solid, red one-piece suit. Tamaki grinned and lifted her from the sand, running eagerly back to the water. You sat in silence for a while before a figure stood to the side of your towel, hoping to get your attention.
It was Mori.
"May I sit here?" he asked politely. You nodded, surprised to hear him speak, and looked back at the water. You could feel him crouching under the low umbrella, his feet sliding on the ground when he finally sat.
He didn't try to talk when he sat, he just watched the waves with a blank expression on his face, though his eyes showed a certain fondness for the water. A soft smile worked its way onto your face and you watched him for a bit longer, before turning your gaze to your guests in the water.
For a while longer, a peaceful silence surrounded where you sat. That is, until the twins grabbed you under the arms. With giant grins, they jerked you to your feet and began dragging you to the pier.
Your voice was shaky as you asked them what they were doing. Their answer was almost too quick. "Nothing much," Kaoru said, further explanation provided by Hikaru. "We just want to make sure you enjoy today to the fullest."
"Guys, no," you told them, pushing your heels into the damp earth surrounding the lake, not wanting to get your sundress ruined. You were concentrated on the ground and getting as much traction as possible, hoping you could find something to help you. You couldn't.
They did, however, stop just before the wooden planks of the pier, when a shadow covered them. Looking up at the shadow, you saw Mori standing with his feet planted firmly in front of the twins. He didn't even make a sound before they attempted to reason with him but when he grunted they fled.
An embarrassed blush rose to your cheeks and you thanked him, keeping your face directed to the ground. Mori watched you twist your hands together and stir up the dirt with your feet, no expression on his unreadable face.
His voice was deep and quiet, "It's OK."
When you looked up, he was much closer than you thought. Craning your neck upwards, you looked at his blank face, then broke into a wide grin, wrapping your arms around the giant. No words were said when he wrapped his arms back around you.
"Thanks," you whispered, your head barely coming up to his chest. His grip grew slightly tighter, as if he wanted to do something, but slackened only a second after. You pulled away, still grinning like a fool, and grabbed his hand as you walked back to the towel.
Your hand was still firmly in his when you walked home.